Gig Guide: Tritium picks new CFO


Brandon How
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Electric Vehicle charging firm Tritium has recruited Rob Topol as a senior executive who will replace current chief financial officer Michael Hipwood in September.

Mr Topol moves from his role as Intel’s chief financial officer and vice-president of the accelerated computing systems and graphics business, where he has been since July last year. Prior to that, he served as Intel chief financial officer of global supply chain, cost, and inventory for around eight month. He has spent more than 22 years at Intel.

Tritium chief executive Jane Hunter said she was thrilled to welcome Rob Topol to Tritium.

“He brings a wealth of financial expertise in electronics manufacturing and supply chain, from the highly relevant semiconductor industry. His combined technical and financial expertise will support Tritium’s global scale and growth over the coming years,” Ms Hunter said.

Rob Topol. Image: LinkedIn

Chrissy Burns is the new chief information officer of the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Dr Burns moves from the chief information officer role at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She was previously the acting deputy vice-chancellor and vice-president (corporate services) between October 2019 and November 2021.

In a LinkedIn Post, Dr Burns said she joins UNSW at a “critical juncture when it comes to digital”.

“The experiences of the past two years have significantly increased both the demand for digital and thinking about the possibilities that technology affords. We have a large and exciting program of work ahead of us as we deliver the digital outcomes that enable the University’s strategy,” Ms Burns said.

The new managing director and chief executive of the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) is Helen Lofthouse who fills the vacancy left by Dominic Stevens in February.

Ms Lofthouse has spent seven years at ASX and steps into the top job from her role as group executive, markets. She was also previously the executive general manager, derivatives and over-the-counter markets. Before joining ASX she was the managing director of UBS for almost four years and an executive director at JPMorgan for just under 14 years.

The inaugural ABC ombudsman is Fiona Cameron who moves from her role as full-time Authority Member at the Australian Communications and Media Authority after more than four years. She was previously the chief operating officer at Screen Australia from its formation in 2008 to 2018. Between 1995 and 1997 Ms Cameron was the chief of staff to then Minister for Communications and the Arts Senator Richard Alston.

Fiona Cameron. Image: ABC

The new executive director for the Western Australian Health Translation Network is Professor Ian Everall. From 2017 to 2022, Professor Everall was executive dean of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at the King’s College London. Between 2009 and 2017 he was Cato Chair of Psychiatry and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne.

Western Australia’s Minister for Medical Research Stephen Dawson said he was pleased to welcome Professor Everall as the new executive director given his three decades’ worth of experience in executive management.

Western Australian state government owned energy company Western Power has appointed a new chief executive and new chair. Sam Barbaro takes the chief executive role after more than 15 and a half years with the company, while Denise Goldworthy is the new chair, after serving as a non-executive director since January 2018.

Mr Barbaro has been acting in the chief executive role since March after the former chief executive Ed Kalazjic who left to join Fortescue Future Industries as the lead of priority projects. Prior to taking the top job he was chief operating officer, executive manager asset operations and has been the go-to acting chief executive over short term periods since 2019. He was also general counsel, executive manager, governance and assurance business unit as well as company secretary between 2015 and 2020.

Ms Goldworthy replaces retiring chair Colin Beckett who has been in the role for more than seven years. She is the managing director and owner of Alternate Futures, which was established to work at the interface between Australia’s research organisations, tech start‐ups and industry. She is also the chancellor of Edith Cowan University and the chair of ChemCentre as well as sitting on several other boards.

Denise Goldworthy. Image: Edith Cowan University

Paul Kennedy is the new chief information and digital officer at the Federal Court of Australia after acting as chief information officer for the past seven months. . He has also served as chief information officer at restaurant franchising company craveable brands, pet care company Greencross, and fashion brand APG & Co.

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s new executive director, hydrogen is Rupert Maloney who has been the head of hydrogen since February 2020. He previously spent two years as general manager, strategy and corporate development at Ampol Australia. Mr Maloney has also worked at beverage company Keurig Green Mountain, food and beverage company Hillshire Brands, and Macquarie Bank.

The new chief analyst and digital business research lead for Australia and New Zealand at IT, telecommunications, and consumer tech market intelligence company IDC is Linus Lai. Mr Lai moves from the role of acting country manager for IDC Australia after more than five years in the role. Overall, he has spent more 23 years at IDC. He has sat on the board since 2008.

New Zealand-based anti-money laundering software solution company First AML has appointed Sam Halse as its new chief operating officer to replace co-founder Chris Caigou who has moved to the chief customer officer role. Mr Halse moves from the chief operating officer role at FinTech Adyen.

The Department of Home Affairs has appointed Jason Regan as Commander.

A new general manager at Services Australia is Devika Weereratne.

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