Australian Information Industry Association


Meet the AIIA Executive Team

The AIIA Executive provides management and operational support for the activities of the Association nationally. The Executive team is geographical distributed with team members located in the ACT, NSW and VIC.

Board, Strategy and Operations

Ron Gauci

Chief Executive Officer

Ron Gauci
Ron is a leader of the ICT industry with significant experience in senior leadership and executive roles in ASX & NYSE listed, global multinational organisations such as Microsoft, Telstra, Siebel, Verizon Business and IBM. Ron is widely recognised as a transformation specialist, having delivered success despite significant challenges and adversity. Ron is also a former Victorian Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and a former national Director of the AIIA as well.

Most notably, Ron has also held significant roles outside the industry, including Interim positions as CEO at Fed Square, Melbourne Storm, and Melbourne Polytechnic (Formerly NMIT). As CEO & MD of the Melbourne Storm, Ron navigated the club to success post the Salary Cap scandal that rocked the sporting world. Despite not having any direct experience in rugby league, he oversaw the restoration of the Storm to what was at that time its most successful level since its inception in 1998 and the club is now an NRL powerhouse. Ron also built and implemented a recovery strategy for the financially challenged Melbourne Polytechnic. Today the institute is recognised as one of the leaders in dual sector education in Australia. Ron has also held senior positions in some of the largest multinational and domestic technology organisations.

Ron is a Graduate of the AICD and has extensive Board experience across a variety of different industries. He is a former Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a former member of the International CEO Forum and held a position on the Board of Governors for the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).

Ron is married with five children and six grandchildren. He has a long history of active involvement in sport and music which includes being a member of the executive covers band Big Kahuna.

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Membership and Partnership

Annette Bova

Annette Bova
Commercial & Membership
Annette is Executive General Manager of Commercial & Membership. She has an extensive background in the information and communication technology industry, as well as digital advertising.

Annette is located in our NSW office.

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Sinu Varghese
Financial Accountant
Sinu assists the CFO with our compliance and with all legal and regulatory requirements, including state and federal requirements for taxation, accounting, superannuation, and WHS legislation. She also assists with the preparation of our annual financial statements report, and monthly reporting to our Councils and Board. Sinu ensures that we meet the requirements of auditors and government agencies, and helps coordinate information for external auditors.

Located in NSW

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Sophie Whitear
Chief Financial Officer
Sophie is AIIA’s Chief Financial Officer and joined the organisation in April 2019. Sophie brought with her over 10 years experience working in professional services where she supported a range of clients to grow and improve their business operations. Sophie is a Chartered Accountant and is responsible for AIIA’s financial reporting as well IT HR and Legal matters.

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