Civica names SMS' Benjamin Cowling as new local govt MD

Civica names SMS' Benjamin Cowling as new local govt MD

Cowling hails from SMS Management & Technology

Managed services and critical software applications provider, Civica has appointed Benjamin Cowling as its new Australia and New Zealand managing director for local government solutions.

Cowling hails from SMS Management & Technology, where he held the role of Victorian state director and national industry director across government, health and defence, among other positions.

He has also held a number of key government roles and was the security analysis and liaison executive at the Australian Office of Transport Security. 

Cowling was also the director and executive officer at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Civica International managing director, Richard Fiddis, said Cowling will be leading its largest business in A/NZ, which also experienced a record-breaking year

Civica’s local government business unit services more than 300 local councils and public sector organisations.

In his new position, Cowling will focus on strengthening Civica’s position as a strong business partner for local authorities by delivering solutions to help customers improve service delivery and efficiency.

In addition, Cowling will also be responsible for achieving business growth and financial success for the local government business.

“As part of my role, I will be responsible for solidifying Civica’s position as a specialist and an enabler of digital transformation for all levels of government and regulated industries,” Cowling said. 

“Civica’s open integration architecture is unique in the A/NZ local government market and allows councils the freedom to create innovative solutions without being locked into legacy ERP solutions."

Cowling's move from SMS Management & Technology to Civica comes after the $124 million acquisition of his previous employer by ASG Group, which closed in September, after a long and drawn out bidding war with DWS (ASX:DWS).

As revealed by ARN in October, SMS Management & Technology CEO, Rick Rostolis, is set to step down from his role following the acquisition of the company by ASG Group and the subsequent integration of the two businesses.

Meanwhile, Civica is gaining traction in the local public sector market, landing a $200 million deal with the Victorian Government to support the administration of the state’s new fines system and its plan to improve its service delivery.

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