AIIA's new board to lead ICT community

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has announced a new board of directors who it says will be leading the ICT business community throughout the next 12 months.The AIIA's board, which consists of 15 directors, influences the outlook of Australia's ICT business environment.

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has announced a new board of directors who it says will be leading the ICT business community throughout the next 12 months.

The AIIA's board, which consists of 15 directors, influences the outlook of Australia's ICT business environment.

Joining the 7 continuing directors are Teresa White of Maxiem, Phil Bullock of IBM, David Bohn of Foursticks and Steve Wood of Nortel, all re-elected to the board for 3-year terms. John Grant of Data#3 also joins the team and is elected to the board for the first time.

Three appointed directors who will also be sitting on the board are Ian Birks of Ideas International, Phil Cronin of Intel and Mike Shove of CSC. The appointed directors will serve for 12 months.

"Just like the industry itself, our board is a mix of representative organisations from the ICT industry in Australia and includes local SMEs and multinational companies from both the IT and telecommunications industries," said AIIA's CEO Rob Durie.

Durie added that the AIIA will continue to focus on expanding the local industry and representing the SMEs who make up 70 percent of the membership.

"AIIA will maintain its influence with state and federal governments to provide the best possible environment for our industry. The board will continue to introduce new strategies and value-added services for members, as well as lobby for policies that ensure the industry remains strong," he said.

John Price was re-elected as AIIA chairman, Peter Kazacos -- fresh from his appointment as one of the managing directors of Telstra's combined services unit -- was named deputy chairman, and John Stockbridge was re-elected as treasurer.

Price is managing director of the HR Innovation Centre and has been reappointed for an unprecedented third year.

Price said he will continue to push for the improvement of the liability provisions and commercialisation of IP in government contracting. He will also follow up on the coalition's promise to increase financial support for the EMDG and oversee the implementation of the FTA to the benefit of our industry.

"These, and other specific priorities for the ICT industry, including improving the investment environment, will remain key areas of focus for AIIA's board in the near term," Price said.