ARN Women in ICT Awards 2017 - And the winners are…

ARN Women in ICT Awards 2017 - And the winners are…

More than 50 individuals made the final shortlist in 2017, representing more than 40 organisations


The Rising Star award recognises candidates with less than 10 years in the ICT industry who demonstrate their commitment to continuous career advancement and a proven desire to reach the next level of professional development.

The candidate is growing quickly in importance in the ICT field, demonstrating outstanding business acumen and professional integrity.

Winner - Vaishali Vijay (Capgemini)

Vaishali wins this award for quickly rising through the ranks, leveraging solid technical expertise with strong business acumen. At 30, Vaishali joined Capgemini as one of the company’s youngest directors, leading data analytics and visualisations capabilities across A/NZ. 

Finalists -

  • Genevive Ammar - APC by Schneider Electric
  • Sharlie Raymond - Outcomex
  • Kate Massey - JCurve Solutions
  • Asher Tarren - Arrow ECS ANZ
  • Sarah Loiterton - Dicker Data
  • Marie Scott - Datto
  • Shanthi Arul - Cisco
  • Kristy Thompson - HP
  • Carolyn Agombar - Juniper Networks


The Shining Star award recognises candidates with more than 10 years in ICT. The successful candidate will have shown noted achievements in the ICT industry, demonstrated areas of success (either through promotion or successful project/company initiatives), and highlighted significant achievements.

Winner - Andrea O'Halloran (HP)

Andrea wins this award for consistently demonstrating outstanding leadership skills during the past 11 years, including managing a diverse customer base across a wide range of industry sectors. Andrea’s key achievements during her time at HP include helping others achieve their goals, reaching revenue goals and delivering technology that transforms people’s lives.

Finalists -

  • Kristal Jamieson - Sophos
  • Genelle Coulson - Fujitsu
  • Wendy Komadina - Lenovo
  • Trang Dao - Eaton
  • Rebecca Nguyen - Kaspersky Lab
  • Zoe Nicholson - MuleSoft
  • Olivia Dempster - Mimecast
  • Chrissy Palmer - Dicker Data
  • Claudia Couzi - AC3
  • Rema Lolas - Dell EMC
  • Revathi Venkatraman - Citrix
  • Pamela Cass - VMware


The Achievement award recognises the candidate showing outstanding commitment to the ICT industry through continuous career development and professional achievements.

The candidate will have risen to a senior ICT role, earned a reputation as an esteemed thought-leader and is recognised as a leader in the industry, and may also act as a role model/mentor to other aspiring female managers.

Winner - Kerrie-Anne Turner (VMware)

Kerrie-Anne wins this award for achieving a range of firsts and exemplary results across the Asia Pacific region during a 25 year technology career. One of Kerrie-Anne’s most notable achievements was establishing Symantec’s Southeast Asian presence and building up its Indian operation at the age of 27, continuing her track record of driving business growth in her current role at VMware.

Finalists -

  • Kirsten Waterman - Datacom
  • Audrey Lyon - Aquion
  • Jo Masters - Tquila ANZ
  • Danielle Uskovic - Lenovo
  • Rajitha Rajasingham - Oreta
  • Tara Ridley - Cisco
  • Kaaren Lewis - Commvault
  • Michelle Zamora - IBM
  • Clare Wharrier - Autodesk


The Innovation award recognises the candidate who is a stand-out in delivering ‘big picture’ ideas and vision in the ICT industry, thereby responding to change and discovering unique and exciting business opportunities.

The candidate will show a proven track record of finding new and better ways of doing business, continually pushing the envelope.

Winner - Stacey Tomasoni (Datacom)

Stacey wins this award for continually looking “behind” the technology, bringing service design and customer centricity into every conversation. Stacey has used this insight to develop creative and innovative solutions that continue to deliver distinguished customer experience across the market.

Finalists -

  • Angela Conlon - Exclusive Networks
  • Sue Armstrong, Fujitsu
  • Nadine Lane - Tech Data
  • Angela Aspropotamitis - Ingram Micro

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