Channel veteran to lead ACS

Channel veteran to lead ACS

The Australian Computer Society has appointed a new president, Edward Mandla, and vice-president, Chris Avram, to lead the IT professionals lobby group.

Mandla, currently managing director for management consultancy Alt-U, will replace current president, Richard Hogg, whose two-year term ends in January 2004.

Mandla will be familiar to many in the reseller channel from his earlier careers with AST Computers and Computer Associates.

The new president-elect, due to officially start in the new position in January 2004, said he had a soft spot for distributors and resellers from his dealings with them over the past few decades.

In the 1980s, Mandla set up AST Computers in Australia, which grew to become one of the largest PC vendors in the country. Mandla said he was chosen for the position due to his business acumen (two decades of experience with the likes of AST and Computer Associates), as well as his strong academic credentials (first class honours in commerce at UNSW, and the university medal in information systems).

His new vice-president, Chris Avram, brings similar academic brilliance to the ACS board. Avram is both an Associate Dean of the IT Faculty and senior lecturer in computer technologies at Monash University.

The two will join existing office-bearers Philip Argy (vice president) and Glen Heinrich (treasurer) in January 2004.

For more on Mandla's appointment, see next week's issue of ARN.

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