Australian Information Industry Association


Media Release: AIIA appoints transformation specialist Ron Gauci as new CEO

Wednesday, 05 Dec 2018

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announces the appointment of Ron Gauci as its new CEO, effective 10 December 2018. Mr Gauci replaces outgoing CEO Rob Fitzpatrick.

Mr Gauci is a 30+ year leader in the global technology, sports and education sectors. He has previously served as CEO at Federation Square, Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT). He has also held senior positions in some of the largest multinational and domestic technology organisations including Microsoft, Telstra and IBM.

Mr Gauci is familiar with the AIIA’s strategic vision and approach having previously served as Director of the AIIA Board and Chairman of AIIA Victoria.

He holds a number of other Board positions, including Chairman at Vicsport.

As CEO and MD of the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club, Mr Gauci navigated the organisation through a challenging period in its history to reach an unprecedented level of success as an NRL powerhouse. He also built and implemented a financial recovery strategy for Melbourne Polytechnic, which is today recognised as a leader in dual sector education in Australia.

Described as an inspirational executive coach and mentor, and transformation specialist, he is well known for his expertise in working with organisations to achieve rapid profitable growth through the development and execution of visionary strategic planning.

Commenting on the appointment, AIIA Chairman John Paitaridis, said, “Ron’s ability to assess issues and opportunities quickly, identify growth potential, re-energise culture and build profitable businesses has led to several high-profile turnarounds that have cemented Ron’s reputation as a transformational leader and change agent. He brings strategic rigour, deep commercial acumen and compassion to the challenge of leading people through change.

“Ron is perfectly placed to lead the AIIA and further enhance its standing as the peak representative organisation for the technology industry in Australia.

“Together we can create and sustain an environment that will build Australia’s innovation capability, drive positive outcomes and accelerate growth for AIIA members by increasing their profile, providing access to future skills, networking and new business opportunities,” Paitaridis said.

Mr Gauci is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the University of Melbourne.

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About AIIA

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information.

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