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DDLS appoints new leader as Mal Shaw steps down

DDLS appoints new leader as Mal Shaw steps down

Jon Lang has been brought in as the new CEO

Former DDLS CEO,  Mal Shaw

Former DDLS CEO, Mal Shaw

IT industry education provider, DDLS Australia, has appointed John Lang, former CEO of online IT training organisation, Upskilled, as its new CEO, replacing Mal Shaw, who has stepped down.

Shaw held the top spot for about six years and previously spent more than 14 years in various management roles at Express Data.

During his leadership, Shaw maintained a three year average revenue of $37.1 million, EBITDA of $2 million and EBIT of $1.3 million. It also became the first Australian company to receive the 2012 Microsoft learning competency training solution excellence partner of the year award and nabbed the top global Learning award in 2016.

Prior to his role heading up Upskilled Lang also worked for Crowe Horwath and UBS.

"With over 25 years in the Australian market, DDLS has worked hard to become the market leader in technical, process and people training in the ICT industry, winning the global Microsoft Learning award in 2016, an Australian first,” Lang said. 

“I'm joining DDLS at an exciting time where we will be introducing new partnerships, learning modalities and enhancing our offerings. I’m excited to lead DDLS in this next chapter in its history."

The appointment news comes just as DDLS was acquired for $4.7 million by asset management company, Arowana International (ASX:AWN) from the Australian College of Training and Employment (ACTE) Group.

ACTE bought DDLS from Dimension Data in October last year for an undisclosed sum.

At the time, Arowana said that the acquisition was part of its strategy to build an education platform group, EdventureCo.

"The reputation of DDLS in its core business is unparalleled.  We have an excellent platform from which to evolve and sustainably differentiate our proposition to the market,” EdventureCo CEO, Sean Steele, said.


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