Oakton appoints new ACT sales, client management head

Oakton appoints new ACT sales, client management head

Appointment follows record year for technology and services provider

ASX-listed technology and business services provider, Oakton (ASX: OKN), has announced the appointment of Anne-Maree Lowe as the location manager for sales and client management in the ACT.

The appointment comes off the back of a strong year for the consultant, who posted record revenues for the 12 months to June 30 this year, indicating at the time it would be expanding its Canberra operations.

Lowe has almost two decades of business development experience, with Oakton COO, Steve Parker, touting her knowledge of the Canberra market.

“She is a twenty year veteran of the ACT so she knows the local market very well and it’s a specific market you need to know,” he said.

“She’s got a wealth of experience in a number of organisations around IT services selling, in large projects, large managed services, and also understanding all of that not only from a sales management point of view but being able to build a sales team under her.”

Lowe has held various positions with Telstra, Cable & Wireless Optus, Ericsson Australia, Sigma Data Corporation and Distributed Data Processing. Her most recent position was national business development and defence manager for UXC (ASX: UXC).

Parker said the appointment follows several others made recently by Oakton in IT services management, as well as in Canberra, and is in line with the company’s move into the larger project market.

The current economic climate, he said, hasn’t affected Oakton’s expansion or hiring plans.

“Like all companies we’ve revisited those [plans] to reaffirm that there is still opportunity, and we think there is, hence the appointment of Anne-Maree and a few other people we’ve appointed,” he said.

“We still see opportunity in the market. You’ve got to be attuned to the economic circumstances and you’ve got to have good credible services that are seen as valuable.

“We’ll still work to our plan, we’re cautiously optimistic would be my view.”

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