The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has re-elected Anthony Wong as its president for the next two years, effective January 1.
He replaces Brenda Aynsley, who finishes December 31. Wong previously served as the ACS president from 2010- 2011.
He is the principal of a multidisciplinary law and consulting firm, AGW Lawyers & Consultants, specialising in IT and the digital economy.
Wong held senior management positions in multinational corporations and government, including Australian Tourist Commission CIO during the Sydney 2000 Olympics and led the development of digital publishing and business transformation during his tenure at Thomson.
He also chaired the NSW Government ICT advisory panel and was a member of the NSW Government accelerating digital government taskforce in 2014. He also served on the IT industry innovation council for the Australian Department of Industry.
“Recent events in the UN General Assembly and around the globe suggest that our leaders are beginning to acknowledge the importance of ICT professionalism and the need for professional excellence in the practice of ICT,” Wong said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to champion the cause as we celebrate ACS’ achievements, the advancements in ICT and its transformative contributions to business, government and society.”
ACS CEO, Andrew Johnson, said Wong’s experience will be a great asset to the ACS as it prepares to celebrate its Golden Jubilee in 2016.
“More importantly he will be a key part of shaping what our future looks like,” Johnson said.
Johnson also praised Aynsely's efforts in the past two years.
"Her legacy will be one of great change for the organisation and a significant improvement in the profile of women in ICT. Brenda was our first female President, and her efforts will ensure that she isn’t our last. The ACS and the profession owe her an enormous debt of gratitude,” he said.