Gig Guide: Salesforce exec to lead ServiceNow A/NZ

Brandon How

ServiceNow’s Australia and New Zealand business will soon be led by Barry Dietrich, who has left his regional leadership roles at Salesforce to join the enterprise software company.

Mr Dietrich will officially become ServiceNow’s group vice president for Australia and New Zealand in June, and be supported by senior business leader David Thodey, who has also recently taken up a strategic advisory role at the company.

Mr Dietrich moves from his roles as senior vice president and general manager of Salesforce’s public sector in Australia and New Zealand. He was also enterprise sales director for the region.

Overall, he spent more than 12 years at Salesforce. He also previously spent six and a half years at Oracle and was formerly a member of the NSW ICT Industry Advisory Panel between 2011 and 2014.

Meanwhile, Mr Thodey, who was appointed the University of Sydney’s chancellor in March, is concurrently chair of cloud-based accounting software provider Xero and FinTech Tyro Payments. He has formerly served as the chief executive of Telstra and IBM.

ServiceNow President APAC Detlef Krause said that both Mr Dietrich and Mr Thodey are committed to “customer results and value, along with their deep belief in ServiceNow’s purpose to make the world work better for everyone”.

South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas and Barry Dietrich. Image: LinkedIn

The former head of the Victorian government’s whole of government common corporate platforms program Louise Salter is the new head of data and AI governance for Australia Post.

During her time at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Ms Salter also spent time as director for digital priority projects and as director for data services.

The director of the Swinburne University of Technology centre for transformative innovation Professor Beth Webster will move to the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research to become its director on July 22.

The new chief executive of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency is Dr Mary Russell, who has been acting in the role since June 2023 and will now serve a five-year term.

Before joining TEQSA in March 2022 as executive director for regulatory operations, Dr Russell spent a year at the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. She also spent almost two decades as a lecturer and program director at the University of South Australia’s school of health sciences.

TEQSA chief commissioner Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake will also step down from his role on May 10. Professor Coaldrake was Queensland University of Technology’s vice-chancellor between 2003 and 2017.

Five non-executive directors have been appointed to the board of Victoria’s revived public energy company, the State Electricity Commission. The chair of the board is former long-term Labor government minister in the Australian Capital Territory, Simon Corbell.

Mr Corbell was most recently chair and chief executive of the Clean Energy Investor Group. He has also been on the advisory board of the Australian National University’s battery storage and grid integration program since October 2019 and the board of the Climate Council since November 2020.

Several appointments have been made at Scyne Advisory, the public service consultancy that split from PwC Australia’s amid the fallout from confidentiality breaches at its tax practice.

Among them is former PwC partner Richard Gwilym who has been appointed permanent managing partner after acting in the role since August 2023. He has not been cemented in the chief executive role, but will continue to act in the role until it is permanently filled.

Joining Scyne as chief information officer is Richard Hilliard who moves from his role as chief technology officer at My Plan Manager Group, a NDIS plan management provider.

Airservices Australia chief executive Jason Harfield is set to leave the federal agency at the end of term on June 8. Mr Harfield has been “actively involved” in the OneSKY air traffic management upgrade during his eight-year tenure.

The Marine Bioproducts cooperative research centre’s new chief executive is Daniel Abrahams. Mr Abrahams was formerly a senior risk executive at freight operator Aurizon and Queensland electricity distributor Energex.

The former managing director of troubled startup investment fund Scale Facilitation, Joey Ballantyne, has joined the University of South Australia’s MBA Advisory Board.

Before joining Scale Facilitation, Ms Ballantyne had spent five years as Austrade’s senior trade and investment commissioner (Washington) and minister counsellor (commercial). She left Scale Facilitation in June 2023 and founded her own professional coaching firm for neurodivergent women.

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