ASG Group has announced that its CEO and founder Geoff Lewis will retire after 23 years leading the business.
Lewis built the Australian IT business solutions company from scratch in 1996 and witnessed its listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) seven years later, in 2003.
In 2016, the company was acquired by Japanese-based consulting and IT solutions group Nomura Research Institute for $350 million.
Lewis said it had been a pleasure to see the firm grow into a major Australian provider of end-to-end digital transformation services over the last two decades.
"It’s been a hugely exciting ride but the timing is right for me to step back from a business that has been part and parcel of my life for many years," he said.
"I am confident ASG Group is in good hands, with a strong pipeline of major work, an experienced and stable management team led by Dean, and the backing of a global powerhouse in Nomura Research Institute.
"Since the sale of ASG Group in 2016, I’ve been an active investor in technology and related areas, and I now look forward to broadening that role and more fully pursuing some opportunities," he added.
Dean Langenbach, who has been ASG chief operating officer since 2011, will replace Lewis effective immediately.
"Geoff is a true trailblazer in Australian technology and his tenacity, vision and commitment have helped turn ASG Group into a genuine alternative to the global digital transformation players," Langenbach said. "We wish Geoff all the best in his retirement from ASG Group."
"Our recent growth demonstrates the confidence we have in our future, supported by our renewed and bolstered capabilities, and the backing of our parent company NRI, a powerhouse global Japanese consulting firm," Langenbach added.
ASG has recently won a $9.4 million services contract with Queensland Health, to provide support, maintenance and future enhancements to its mental health data repository. The contract runs from January 2019 to 2022, with the option for an extension up until January 2024.
ASG Group employs 2029 staff across nine branches in eight Australian cities. It has 290 enterprise clients across its 10 practices.
In September 2017, ASG Group completed its $124 million acquisition of SMS Management & Technology.
ASG launched a National Operations Centre (NOC) in Adelaide in November 2018 creating more than 100 IT jobs. The managed services operation centre will provide IT support for ASG’s national clients, which include Federal Government agencies such as Airservices and Queensland utility company, Unitywater.