The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has appointed its first female CEO with Kim Denham taking on the role at the end of February, 2008.
ACS national president, Kumar Parakala announced the appointment today describing Denham as an energetic and talented ICT professional with more than 20 years experience.
"Her extensive career includes work within government, the private sector, the public sector and the community. Her diverse experience and strong understanding of the member base made her a stand-out candidate for the position," Kumar said.
"She has a passion for the industry, and her insight into the pressing issues affecting ICT such as careers, globalisation and professionalism is impressive.
"Her experience and interests very much align with the areas of major focus for the ACS in 2008."
Denham will relocate from Western Australia to Sydney to begin her new role.
"Australia has a promising ICT industry and we have very talented professionals," she said.
"We can be extremely competitive on the world's stage, but greater recognition and collaboration from the business community and the government is what's required to allow our sector to flourish."
Denham has held management roles with Ericsson Australia, West Australian Newspapers, Tourism Western Australia and CSBP Limited.
She was a finalist in the 2006 Telstra Business Women's Awards in WA and has worked on various boards, panels and steering committees.
These include the ACS WA Branch, ACS-W Board, ICT Industry Collaboration Centre in WA, Curtin University of Technology IS Advisory Board, Information Industry Forum in WA and the Australian Telecommunications Users Group.
Denham will replace Sam Burrell who has been acting CEO for several months.
Burrell will return to his position of ACS general manager.