Technology incubator, ATP Innovations, has named Petra Andren, previously ATP Innovation’s director of strategy and business development, as the company’s new CEO.
The announcement follows news that Hamish Hawthorn resigned as CEO. Hawthorn joins cyber security company, UpGuard, which was previously at ATP Innovations and is now based in Silicon Valley.
“I’m so proud of what we have achieved at ATP Innovations - and to be part of the journey of so many successful founders has truly been a privilege.
“Being recognised as the Incubator of the Year in 2014 by our international peers was a pleasing endorsement of the hard work the team has put in over the years - an outstanding achievement” Hawthorn said.
He joined ATP Innovations in 2005 and served as CEO for nine years. Over this time, he established ATP Innovation as an international business incubation of technology-based startups.
“Hamish’s vision and leadership has guided ATP Innovations to its position as one of the world’s leading technology business incubators.
“He has been an integral part of ATP Innovation’s success, inspiring and guiding the founders of our portfolio companies and the ATP Innovations team,” ATP Innovations chairman, Graham Cook, mentioned.
Cook added that the board was in agreement that Andren is the right person to take over as CEO.
“Petra’s four years at ATP Innovations have been marked by outstanding performance and demonstration of her extensive experience, skills and sound judgment in everything she does,” he said.
As director of strategy and business development, Andren was responsible for providing strategic guidance to ATP Innovation’s portfolio companies, helping them raise venture funding, access government grants and scale their businesses into global markets.
She also previously worked as the managing director of Octapharma Australia.