The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has chosen Bruce Lakin as its new CEO after a long national hunt to fill the role.
He takes over from interim CEO, Sam Burrell, who assumed the position after the dramatic departure of Kim Denham. Denham has since taken the organisation to court over misleading or deceptive conduct. ACS has declined to comment on the issue.
Burrell will now return to his post as the society’s finance and business general manager.
ACS attributed Lakin’s appointment to his extensive experience and good reputation in the ICT industry. Lakin recently served as security vendor, Symantec’s senior director in Asia-Pacific and previously held general management roles with Veritas and Toshiba.
“He has a strong background at a senior management level running large IT organisations and possesses an excellent understanding of the challenges and opportunities that impact Australian ICT professionals,” ACS chairman, Kumar Parakala, said in a statement. “Bruce’s leadership will help drive key initiatives that benefit our members and assist the ACS in advancing ICT professionalism in Australia.”
Lakin stated his initial focus would encompass public issues such as the National Broadband Network (NBN), Australia’s digital economy, ICT skills development, green ICT and e-security.
The new CEO was chosen from a strong pool of candidates, Parakala added.