Gig Guide: ABC news boss out, RBA CIO leaves for software giant

Joseph Brookes
Senior Reporter

ABC news and investigations boss Gaven Morris has announced he will leave the national broadcaster when his contract expires, while the Reserve Bank of Australia’s long time technology lead has departed for a US software firm Salesforce.

Gaven Morris began his career as an ABC reporter and has risen to the prestigious role to lead programs like 7:30 and Four Corners.

“As the very best leaders do, he has always led by example, with a huge work ethic, absolute integrity, fearless independence and a lot of courage,” ABC managing director David Anderson said.

Mr Morris said he has no immediate plans beyond taking a break.

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Communications Minister Paul Fletcher announced new additions to the SBS Board. Vic Alhadeff was added as a non-executive director and Christine Zeitz became deputy chairperson after serving as a non-executive director since May 2018.

Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Judi Jones has resigned and will be departing the organisation in March next year. Her departure will see her return home to New Zealand to spend more time with her family.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Dr Krispin Hajkowicz will take over from Dr Jeannette Young as the state’s chief health officer next month.

“Queensland is in safe hands. Dr Hajkowicz has considerable knowledge and frontline expertise of the COVID-19 virus and in dealing with a pandemic,” the premier said.

The RBA’s long time technology executive Gayan Benedict has left the central bank for a senior role at US software as a service giant Salesforce. Mr Benedict spent eight years at the RBA, including the last three and a half as chief information officer.

He will now be Salesforce’s Chief technology officer for ANZ and its vice president of customer advisory.

Julie Bishop has retained her role as Australian National University chancellor with a reappointment for a second term for four years.

Toby Amodio has left the Australian Taxation Office to become cyber security assistant secretary at the Department of Parliamentary Services.

Deep tech accelerator Cicada Innovations has added Ingrid Marsh in the new role of director, partnerships & business development.

UNSW Computing announced its researcher Gernot Heiser, who developed the world-leading seL4 microkernel technology, has been added to the advisory panel of the Australian Privacy Foundation.

Telstra has poached Angela Logothetis from global software firm Amdocs to lead the telco’s Edge & Cloud Group.

Australian tech start-up Linktree has made former Atlassian executive Zak Islam its new chief technology officer.

The newly formed industry group Tech Council of Australia has filled out its membership with a slew of tech companies, investment firms and Accenture.

The consultancy giant lost its ANZ boss Tara Brady this week, who will return to the UK after just 14 months in the role. He will be replaced by Peter Burns, the banking expert Mr Brady recruited from PwC.

US digital consulting giant Publicis Sapient has appointed Mark Williams as its Federal Government lead in Australia. Mr Williams was most recently DXC Technology’s public sector digital consulting lead. He will be based in Canberra

IT project delivery company Avec has t announced Malcolm Barnes will be its new general manager NSW effective immediately. Mr Barnes joins after holding regional director roles for several system integrators.

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