Optus Business managing director, John Paitaridis, has been appointed chair for the ICT industry’s peak member body, The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) for the 2016-2017 year.
“The AIIA has a significant role to play in leading and promoting the ICT sector. To do so, it needs a big vision and clear agenda and I am looking forward to the challenge,” he said.
“With a greater focus on nurturing partnerships and collaboration, fostering innovation, building IT skills, and advocating for policy at the state and federal levels, I am confident the AIIA will play a significant role in leading and promoting our sector and positioning Australia’s digital and technology businesses of all sizes for the future.”
In line with the AIIA’s by-laws, there were four elected positions to be filled among the 16-person board for the year.
Paitaridis joins Intel Australia managing director, Kate Burleigh, Centre for Digital Business managing director, and chief digital officer, Marie Johnson and e-Centric Innovations managing director, Kee Wong, who were all re-elected.
An additional three board appointed positions will be filled over the coming three months.
Pym’s Technology Lawyers chief executive, Mike Pym and Informed Solutions chief executive, Elizabeth Vega, were voted Deputy Chairs and KTM Capital chief executive, Charles Lindop, was re-elected as Treasurer.
According to AIIA chief executive officer, Rob Fitzpatrick, the board has provided invaluable advice and guidance in the development of its strategic plan for the year.
“This past year has been one of consolidation as we sharpen our focus to ensure we deliver the best value and opportunities to our members and that we most effectively represent the ICT sector with policy and decision makers.
“Longer term, we intend to extend the AIIA’s relevance to other industry sectors and expand our business and reputation. I’m looking forward to continuing my strong partnership with these industry leaders over the coming year,” he said.