Former PM advisor joins Datacom board

Former PM advisor joins Datacom board

New appointment will help the company build up its presence in Canberra

Former PM chief of staff and ministerial adviser to Federal Government, Dr Allan Hawke, has joined Datacom's board of directors.

Dr Hawke spent 30 years in the Commonwealth public services sector and held senior roles under Labor and Liberal governments. They include being chief of staff for former PM, Paul Keating, and Veteran Affairs secretary. He also served as secretary of Transport and Regional Development and Defence under current PM, John Howard, when he came to office.

He retired from public service in February after serving as High Commissioner to New Zealand for two-and-a-half years and became the chancellor at Australian National University.

CEO, Michael Browne, said Dr Hawke's experience in the public sector would be invaluable to Datacom's plan to make in-roads into Canberra. He highlighted his commercial and strategic risk expertise as a great asset.

"Allan's impressive pedigree in government across a range of portfolios gives us a level of expertise we have not had on the board before," he said. "He understands the Australian and New Zealand business environments, which sits well with our Australasian focus."

Browne said Federal Government was a key market for Datacom's long-term growth. Having customers across all levels of government as well as the corporate sector would help it be more resilient to the market.

In a statement, Dr Hawke said he was attracted to Datacom's organic growth and targeted acquisitions strategy. He also said the company's leadership team under Michael Browne was a strong contributor to its successful business model.

Dr Hawke is also currently chairman of the MTAA Superannuation Fund Trustee Board, member of the Foreign Affairs Council and member of the Defence and National Security Advisory Council.

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