ACS appoints new president

ACS appoints new president

Lawyer and CEO, Anthony Wong, given a two-year tenure during a difficult period for the industry lobby group

The Australian Computer Society has elected Anthony Wong as national president for 2010-2011.

Wong, who is also a lawyer and the CEO of ICT consulting practice, AGW Consulting, will replace outgoing president, Kumar Parakala, who was in the job for two years.

Other recent ACS appointments include Brenda Aynsley as vice-president and Nick Tate as treasurer. Yohan Ramasundara and Jack Burton were recruited as national congress representatives.

According to a statement released by the industry lobby group, Wong’s tenure will focus on ICT skill development and the promotion of the digital economy.

“My focus as national president will be on matters that are critical both to professionals within our sector and to the general community,” he said. “We need to look beyond Australia’s traditional drivers of economic prosperity – and to capitalise on the significant impact ICT innovations, products and services can have on improving the living standards of all Australians.”

Wong’s appointment comes at a difficult time for the organisation, which began in late May with the sudden departure of its CEO, Kim Denham. Denham’s temporary replacement, Sam Burrell, declined to apply for a permanent position and was replaced by Bruce Lakin.

Issues also arose when Denham took the organisation to court over allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct.

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