Australian Information Industry Association
National Board of Directors
The AIIA's influential Board of Directors are leaders in the technology business community and set the agenda for the Digital industry in Australia.
The Board of Directors oversees all AIIA operations, develops the National Business Plan, and sets the strategic direction of the Association.
Directors are elected for a period of three years from the date of their election. The Board selects appointed directors and their terms may be up to three years.
The Association’s Chair is elected from, and by, members of the Board.
Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer,
Robert Hillard is widely recognised as a leader in the information economy. His many years of experience at the forefront of consulting in Australia and overseas has seen him play a prominent role in the technology profession with a particular focus on information. He is currently the Chief Transformation Officer for Deloitte Asia Pacific.
Robert has held many eminent roles including leading Deloitte Consulting in Australia, serving on Deloitte’s global board (Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited), serving as Chair of the Australian Information Industry Association and being appointed to the Digital Expert Advisory Committee advising Prime Minister & Cabinet in Australia. He has presented in many public forums, media and has written extensively on topics associated with the information economy, including authoring Information-Driven Business (Wiley 2010) and co-authoring Information Development using MIKE2.0 (Motion 2013).
Robert’s contributions to the Australian technology industry were recognised in late 2014 with his admission as a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.
Immediate Past Chair
Chief Executive Officer,
John Paitaridis is the Chief Executive Officer at CyberCX. John is a recognised leader in the Australian technology industry and business community. He is committed to the country’s digital future with a deep passion for customers and a proven ability to translate vision and strategy into execution and results.
John was recently Managing Director, Optus Business. During his 7 year tenure as MD he led the multi-year transformation to build Optus Business into one of Australia’s leading end-to-end digital-centric ICT organisations. John created new growth engines in enterprise mobility, collaboration, cloud, IOT and cyber security. John was accountable for all aspects of Optus Business including strategy, product, go-to-market, sales, marketing, operations and service delivery.
Previously, John was Executive Director at Telstra where he was responsible for Network Products and Services and Enterprise portfolios. A seasoned senior executive, John has a strong track record of driving growth in revenue and profitability with a committed focus on serving customers and building high performance teams.
With over 25 years’ experience in the technology industry, including almost 10 years based in Europe and Asia, John has been responsible for enabling the digital transformation and technology strategies for some of most significant public-sector organisations and global enterprises across banking and financial services, retail, media, energy, health and mining sectors.
John holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2012, he was appointed as a member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) National Board of Directors and in 2016 was elected Chairman of AIIA. In 2017, John was appointed National Board Director, Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT). John serves as a Member of the Program Advisory Council for the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF), CSIRO.
Director of Entrepreneurship,
University of Technology Sydney
In his current role of Director of Entrepreneurship for UTS, Murray has built the largest community of student-launched startups in Australia, with 340 active, technology-driven startups now being supported at the university.
Previously, Murray designed and ran Westpac’s accelerator program, FUELD. He founded Startup Muster, the largest survey of Australian startups. He also grew Fishburners from 100 desks in Ultimo to 750 across Sydney, Brisbane and Shanghai.
Prior to this work, Murray spent 14 years as founder and CEO of Ad Muncher, an ad-blocking company that grew to over 100 million active users at its peak, and gave Murray the passion for technology-driven entrepreneurship that drives his work to support others today.
Angela Fox, Leader, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Commercial and Public Sector, Dell EMC Australia and New Zealand, is responsible for the sustained business success of the company in both countries.
Based in Sydney, Angela leads the commercial and public sector strategy and direction of the business while maintaining a commitment to keeping customers at the core of what Dell EMC does.
Angela joined Dell in 2006. Her career moved her to Australia then Singapore, taking executive responsibilities across the broader Asia Pacific and Japan region. In July 2014, Angela was appointed the Managing Director for Dell ANZ.
During her time in this role, Angela drew on her solutions and services experience to help customers achieve their IT needs.
She led the business to deliver market leading benefits to large organisations across private and public sectors, small and medium businesses, and consumers.
Angela has a passion for people management and is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. She launched the Dell Australia and New Zealand Diversity and Inclusion Council and is a founding member of the APJ Diversity and Inclusion Council. Angela plays a pivotal role in driving Dell EMC cultural initiatives in ANZ by supporting several internal employee resource groups (ERG) that represent the team’s passion. Angela is a vocal advocate for career success, believing a person’s adaptability and openness to embrace new challenges are key drivers to progression.
Her own career path has cemented the belief that broad experiences and the ability to be remain flexible will open alternative career paths. Angela is a promoter of mentoring, advocacy and sponsorship within the company having experienced first‐hand the success these relationships manifest.
She continues to actively supports Dell’s Women in IT Executive Mentoring (DELL WITEM) program, which has recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and has taken on the role as executive sponsor for the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN). Angela graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Auckland. Before embarking on her IT career.
She manages her life and career from Sydney, with the support of her husband and daughter.
Information Professionals Pty Ltd
Mark formed Information Professionals Group (IPG) in 2005, after a career of successfully delivering Software Development and Business Transformation programs in the Telecommunications, Transport and Government sectors here in Australia, and overseas including the United States.
IPG now provides ICT and Digital services to government and other sectors in areas ranging from Business Transformation, ICT Strategy, ICT Sourcing, Information Management, Enterprise Architecture and Digital Innovation. Mark is a highly credentialed program manager and adviser, specialised in leading, reviewing and advising organisations on the delivery of ICT, Digital & Business Transformational Programs.
Mark was appointed to the QLD Council of AIIA in 2013 and to the AIIA Board of Directors in 2015. He holds a Degree in Applied Science – Mathematics, an MBA, and executive education with Harvard Business School and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chief Executive Officer,
Stuart is an experienced CEO, Senior Executive and Company Director specialising in Information Communications Technology (ICT), strategy and Defence. His career commenced as an Army Officer (full time and now part time) and continues after 40 years. Stuart’s background has spanned successful and large international and domestic projects and covers many areas of program and portfolio management, technical project management, procurement, and business process redevelopment.
Stuart plays a significant role in the greater ICT and Defence marketplace now taking an active role in the National Board for the Australian Industry Information Association (AIIA) the Chair for the ACT Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN) and other special interest groups. His extensive experience and wide professional network have assisted in the forming of State and Federal Government policy, management of organisational direction and providing strategic advice for his clients. He has also been active in working with the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) in the formation of the Digital Marketplace (DM), input to policy and collaboration of the many stakeholders.
SME Gateway is a leader in the collaboration and successful provision of services to Defence, Federal and State Government Departments and Agencies through leveraging the capability and expertise of its very capable and diverse Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) member community. SME Gateway provides a Fundamental Input to Capability (FIC) to government but more specifically to Defence and the DTA with many areas requiring niche skill sets.
DataDriven specialises in ICT strategy, go‐to-market planning and execution and C‐level research/advisory services. Key capabilities include research‐based insights, thought-leadership content, marketing strategy consulting projects, and presentations at events ranging from facilitation of small C‐level roundtables, through to ‘big‐tent’ major keynotes with audiences in the thousands.
Craig recently returned to Australia from 4 years in Fujitsu’s Tokyo HQ in various roles including VP Global Strategy/International Marketing & Digital Services, SVP and Chief of Staff for Fujitsu’s $14Bn International Business, and Head of Marketing Fujitsu Asia. During this time, he was a key driver of the international roll-out of Fujitsu’s Digital Transformation portfolio of solutions, software, services, hardware, and cutting-edge technologies including global Cloud, IOT, Big Data/Analytics, Mobility, Security and AI/Robotics offerings.
Prior Craig was Executive General Manager Marketing and CTO ANZ/Asia/Pacific for Fujitsu. Previous roles include CEO of Gartner Japan, Group VP Gartner Research APJ, Group VP and Global Chief of Research for Gartner Technology and Service Providers business, and VP Distinguished Analyst Gartner IT Marketing and Channel Strategies. Other C-level roles include Global VP Frost & Sullivan ICT Practice and GM Marketing Planning and Alliances BT Australasia. Craig has held board positions in Gartner Japan, Gartner International, Ozhub, AIIA, The Boys’ Brigade Australia and a number of NFPs and start-ups.
Craig holds an MBA in International Business (SGSM), is on the AIIA federal board, a Fellow of the Institute of Managers & Leaders, Vice-Chair ACS(NSW) and a director of the Data Privacy Association.
Ken Boal is Vice President of Cisco Australia & New Zealand (ANZ). Ken has a twenty-year plus track record in the IT and Communications industry, supporting the public and private sector achieve transformation, improved productivity and sustainable growth through technology innovation. Ken is responsible for all aspects of Cisco’s business in Australia & New Zealand, spanning sales & business development, technical engineering, services, customer success, local partnerships and innovation.
Ken is passionate and committed to working with business and the higher education sector to enhance Australia’s economy. Outside of Cisco, Ken is the President of the Business / Higher Education (B/HERT) Roundtable; on the board of the Australian Information Industry Association(AIIA); and co-chairs the Cybersecurity Alliance in the Business Council of Australia . He was also appointed to the Commonwealth Science Council in October 2014 and is a passionate STEM advocate.
Prior to joining Cisco, Ken spent 13 years at Anixter Inc/ NetStar and Honeywell Inc. in engineering, sales and management roles. Boal graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Communications & Electronics).
Ken currently lives in Melbourne with his wife and three children.
While the detail of the typical Managing Director role is very much what I do day to day, what I am actually responsible for is change. In business today, that is often called transformation. No matter the term, my job is to ensure that our team in ANZ, and our business across all Government,Commercial, Consumer, and Emerging Devices segments have the right strategy and mechanisms in place to drive forward with a level of confidence.
Chief Customer Officer,
As Chief Customer Officer for Telstra Enterprise, John Ieraci leads the Customer Management and sales division for Telstra’s Enterprise and Government portfolio. In addition, John has accountability for the Telstra Broadcast Services and Telstra Mining Services businesses.
John has developed deep domestic and international expertise during more than 20 years experience in the telecommunications industry. He commenced his career as a network engineer, then moving into cross company product portfolio leadership positions before transitioning to business development and sales, both in technology and service provider sectors of the market.
John holds a Bachelor of Engineering specialising in Telecommunications systems and joined Telstra in 2007. Prior roles include working at Ericsson and Marconi communications.
John has been a member of the Telstra Executive Team since 2007, and also an active AIIA Victorian Council member since 2015. He is passionate about the role IT&T can play in shaping all Australian Industries.
Megan James is a leader, consultant, advisor and mentor in the ICT industry.
Megan was previously the CEO of Australian Data Centres (ADC), the only privately wholly Australian Data Centre in the country, and had been with the organisation since its inception as a start-up.
Prior to ADC Megan was one of the founding staff at Global Switch in Sydney (2001) when the awareness of data centres was starting to evolve.
She has been in the IT Industry for over 25 years with roles in storage, hardware software and a dot.com start up.
She is passionate about Australian SME's, start-ups and supporting organisations as they evolve to the cloud and digital transformation.
Megan is the Vice President for Women in IT and Communications (WIC) based in Canberra which is a growing not for profit supporting students, and women in STEM and IT.
She also sits on the Board of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and is an activate advocate and public speaker in this space.
Megan is very active in the local community and also spends her spare time by the pool as a Bronze Certified Swim Coach, and mentoring young women and graduates.
David La Rose,
As General Manager of the IBM Partner Ecosystem, David leads the organization's worldwide channel business. He engages with more than 160,000 Ecosystem Partners around emerging opportunities in the channel through cloud, analytics, mobile, security, AI and modern infrastructure.
David is responsible for the revenue generated globally through IBM Business Partners, including value-added distributors (VADs), resellers, system integrators (SI), independent software vendors (ISVs), cloud service providers (CSPs) and managed service providers (MSPs).
Prior to this position David was Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand where he was responsible for the vision and overall IBM performance of the business and returned it to growth.
He is a global executive with extensive leadership experience working in Australia, Asia and Europe spanning sales and general management in the highly competitive ICT industry.
Throughout his career at IBM he has held a series of progressive leadership roles in sales, channel management, and brand management across global regions spanning 170 countries. Along with increasing P&L responsibility, he has led thousands of cross-functional employees across sales, finance, marketing, communications, HR, and support functions.
David has extensive experience in resolving complex business issues, identifying growth opportunities and a passion for driving the business performance with a strong focus on culture and workforce engagement.
Regional Managing Director & Vice President - Australia & New Zealand,
Sharryn Napier is the Regional Managing Director and Vice-President of New Relic across Australia and New Zealand. Sharryn specialises in helping organisations transition to cloud-enabled business models - allowing them to transform their existing businesses, reignite growth, and break into new markets. Over the last 20+ years, Sharryn has been recognised for building the fastest growing APAC/ANZ business units for Qlik, Serena and CA Technologies. In every occasion, Sharryn has had the honour of leading and working alongside incredibly talented people, and is filled with pride watching their ongoing success.
Blue Crystal Solutions
Vito Rinaldi is the Managing Director of Blue Crystal Solutions, which has its national headquarters in Adelaide. He is dedicated to driving innovation and maximising business performance. By putting the customer at the centre of everything he does, Vito has created a personal approach to application, database management and cloud consulting. At Blue Crystal Solutions, Vito oversees all operations nationally within Australia, with more than 25 years of experience in IT and forming strategic partnerships.
Vito’s passion is for digital transformation and having the AIIA voice heard, not only across large multi-nationals but across the small to medium organisation punching above their weight. He is also passionate about representing small to middle sized organisations into Local, State and Federal Government, having an influence in the direction of ICT in Australia. Vito has a Bachelor of computing systems degree in IT and is actively engaged in the local community in sporting teams and IT leadership programs. Prior to starting BCS Vito worked at EDS for 8 years in both technical and management roles.
Business Leader, ANZ,
Karl Sice is Country Business Leader for ANZ at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise. He has an outstanding career track record of growing sales and profit to drive business growth, in a diverse range of organisations spanning every aspect of the IT industry.
Karl’s 30 year career includes executive roles at ASI Solutions, Staples, Acronis, Gartner, Sun Microsystems, American Express & Dell. Karl is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, and an active participant in the Member Exchange mentoring program. He is a guest lecturer for the MBA programs at Macquarie University and UTS and mentors post graduate students. Karl supports Vinnies Australia, with advice and active fundraising participation.
Karl’s achievements have been recognised through:
- ARN Hall of Fame - 2017
- ARN Women in ICT Awards - Judge 2014 - 2019
- Australian Institute of Management - Manager of the Year Finalist 2015
- ARN ICT Industry Awards - Best Partner Performance Initiative 2016
Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Rupert Taylor-Price founded Vault in 2012, driven by his strong desire to improve citizen’s lives through government. Australian-owned and operated Vault is dedicated to providing cloud services to the Australian Government and its partners with an emphasis on security.
In March 2017, Vault became one of the first two cloud service providers to be granted the Protected level of certification from the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), allowing Vault to store highly classified government information. Vault has created one of the world’s most secure clouds, with many large Government agencies already procuring Vault’s services, including the Digital Transformation Agency, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Employment, the Department of Health, the Department of Social Services and the Department of Defence.
Rupert’s has a long history of handling sensitive data, stemming from his eight years as Chief Executive Officer at JN Solutions. At JN Solutions, Rupert developed a world-leading Software-as-a-Service Information Management Platform for the Australian Government which provided extensive services to the community services sector. JN Solutions’ products were focused on meeting high-security requirements because the data it held was sensitive personal information, including citizen’s social security and health records. Under Rupert, the organisation grew to be the market leader in multiple industries, delivering over $1bn AUD in payments to customers while maintaining a strong track record in claim compliance and generating operational efficiencies.
As a result of his extensive experience in the industry, Rupert is recognised as an expert in government cloud services and cybersecurity. He is a highly sought-after speaker at technology conferences and is often called upon to provide advice to major government departments on the adoption of cloud by Government and cloud strategy.
Rupert’s educational achievements include a Bachelor of Physics Hons from the University of Southampton.
As the Managing Director of Microsoft Australia I'm responsible for Microsoft's business here, ensuring the company meets the needs of all our customers and the 11,000 plus partners who sell or build on the Microsoft platform.
As a senior technology industry leader I live and breathe client success through the application of technology.
I see my role primarily as motivating high calibre people to focus on helping clients achieve the outcomes they seek for their businesses and organizations.
Before taking on the role of Managing Director, Microsoft Australia, I was Director of Microsoft's Enterprise and Partner Group, bringing together business insights, technology and people to deliver great solutions for some of Australia's largest companies. I look forward to being considered to join the board, with Mark Leigh (Director - One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Australia) as my delegate.