ARN Women in ICT Awards 2018: and the winners are…

ARN Women in ICT Awards 2018: and the winners are…

More than 70 individuals made the final shortlist in 2018

Credit: Christine Wong


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 recognised as a leader in the industry, and may also act as a role model/mentor to other aspiring female managers.

Winner: Tara Ridley (Cisco)
Highly commended: Jo Masters (Tquila ANZ)

Tara wins this award for building, transforming and leading successful sales teams for three companies in two countries over more than 20 years. Tara continues to drive innovation at Cisco, through growing the channel business by more than 12 per cent across Australia and New Zealand.


The Rising Star awards recognise the candidate with a commitment to continuous career advancement and a proven desire to reach the next level of professional development. The candidate - who has been working in the ICT industry for less than eight years - is growing quickly in importance in the ICT field, demonstrating outstanding business acumen and professional integrity.

Rising Star (Partner):

Winner: Rebecca Ney (The Missing Link)
Highly commended: Nika Khodjasteh (DXC Technology)

Rebecca wins this award for driving both external and internal change at The Missing Link, through the implementation of new marketing tools and processes. Rebecca spearheaded the launch of a new cyber security division, while redeveloping the company’s branding strategy and roadmap.

Rising Star (Vendor):

Winner: Ila Kulkarni (Veeam)
Highly commended: Kathleen Grahame (Sophos)

Ila wins this award for designing and implementing the Marketing Concierge Program at Veeam, a scalable marketing engine for resellers and service providers. Partner marketing engagement is now at its highest rate, with exponential growth for key partners such as Probax reaching 725 per cent.

Rising Star (Distributor):

Winner: An Nguyen (Dicker Data)
Highly commended: Asher Tarren (Arrow ECS ANZ) and Michelle Hahesy (Tech Data)

An wins this award for rising through the ranks at Dicker Data, growing her combined portfolio of offerings to more than $100 million in four years. An has helped build out new value-added capabilities which resulted in Dicker Data being awarded distribution rights to the Lenovo DCG portfolio.


Due to an overwhelming number of strong female contenders in the Rising Star category, a new category was created in 2017, recognising great performers with more than eight 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 noted achievements in the ICT industry.

Shining Star (Partner):

Winner: Sarah Harris (Thomas Duryea Logicalis)

Sarah wins this award for combining sales and marketing capabilities to drive growth for Thomas Duryea Logicalis. Sarah continues to acquire net new customers through a blend of consultancy skills, technical excellence and business development.

Shining Star (Vendor):

Winner: Claudia McIntosh (Microsoft)

Claudia wins this award in recognition of continued service to the Australian channel, driven through innovative thinking and a partner-first philosophy. With more than 25 years experience, Claudia is now leading the channel business at Microsoft, heading up an ecosystem of service providers, resellers, integrators and distributors.

Shining Star (Distributor):

Winners: Kaarena Chapman (Exclusive Networks) and Jennifer Lilley (Rhipe)

Kaarena and Jennifer win this award for demonstrating channel excellence over a sustained period of time in Australia, driving growth through new ideas and approaches. Kaarena continues to record double-digit sales growth, while Jennifer is building out a new ecosystem of ISV partners.

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