Data#3 managing director, John Grant, has been appointed the head of a new Information Technology Industry Innovation Council established by the Federal Government.
The council will promote the IT sector as an enabler of innovation, productivity and sustainable development for the economy as a whole. In a release, Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr, said the new IT council, the fourth Industry Innovation Council established by the Rudd Government, will champion IT-enabled innovation for economic, social and environmental benefits.
“It will work closely across Government on issues of common interest to ensure we realise the benefits that will flow from Australia's new National Broadband Network," Senator Carr said in the release.
Council members will be appointed from a broad group of candidates across business, unions and government, and will meet for the first time before the end of the financial year.
Grant is also Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), a member of the Queensland Government's Ministerial Advisory Group, a member of the Queensland Government's Smart State Council and a member of Hewlett Packard's Asia Pacific Partner Advisory board.