Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) announces appointment of Rob Fitzpatrick as CEO


AIIA, 28 Jan 2016

The AIIA is proud to announce the appointment of Rob Fitzpatrick to the role of CEO, effective 1st February 2016. Rob will take over from Suzanne Campbell, who has successfully led the association during the past four and half years.

The AIIA, working with global executive search firm, Russell Reynolds Associates, focused on finding an executive with relevant experience in technology, a strong understanding of government, outstanding leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Kee Wong, Chairman of the AIIA Board said: “Rob was chosen in a competitive, global six-month executive search process from a strong field of local and international candidates.

“We wanted someone capable of building on the strong foundations of the AIIA, as laid out by Suzanne and her team. It was Mr. Fitzpatrick’s unique combination of national and international technology experience across a 20-year period along with his track record working with member-based organisations that makes him the ideal candidate to lead the AIIA into the future.”

“Under Rob’s leadership, the AIIA will grow more significant locally, be more engaged globally, and grow in membership to include the entire technology ecosystem. The AIIA will diversify and be more scalable and sustainable in the long term and yet continue to grow its reputation and commitment to driving exceptional value for members”, said Mr. Wong.

“This is the most exciting time to represent those in the digital economy – the challenge and opportunity of disruption is now an issue for all businesses in Australia. I’m excited to take on this pivotal role. Our members are the digital leaders helping Australian businesses embrace disruption to take advantage of the digital economy,” said Mr. Fitzpatrick.

Mr. Fitzpatrick was most recently Director, Infrastructure, Transport & Logistics, National ICT Australia’s (NICTA), now known as Data61, with responsibility for leading the commercialisation of information and communications technology research for some of Australia’s most important industries.

Prior to this, his previous roles included being part of the leadership team of, Australia’s first truly successful online grocery business and eight years with global strategic consultancy, McKinsey & Company. He holds non-executive director roles with Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet), is a Member of the Council of Charles Sturt University, and until recently was a Director of Intelligent Transport Systems, Australia.

Suzanne Campbell said “I have been proud to lead the AIIA over the past four and half years as Australia navigated its path to a new economy based on innovation and technology. The AIIA is a vitally important association as our members are helping Australia embrace its digital leadership capabilities, both locally and internationally.

“I wish Rob every possible success as he leads the AIIA into its next phase and I want to personally thank our members and my fantastic team who all work so hard to make the AIIA what it is,” concluded Ms Campbell.

“The AIIA thanks Suzanne Campbell for all of her tireless work successfully leading our association. She has built a strong team who has raised our profile with state and federal government, positively impacted policy issues relevant to our sector and articulated the voice of our members. She will be sorely missed and we wish her every possible success,” concluded Mr. Wong.


About AIIA

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is the peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. We are a not-for-profit organisation to benefit members, and AIIA membership fees are tax deductible.

Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for our members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity.

We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and through the development of compelling content and relevant and interesting information.

AIIA membership is open to all organisations in the digital ecosystem in Australia. Once an organisation becomes a member employees can participate in, and benefit from AIIA events, programs, Special Interest Groups and activities around Australia.

We represent organisations from early stage technology startups, to Australian-born businesses of small, medium and global scale, and international organisations including Apple, Adobe, Avanade, EMC, Deloitte, Gartner, Google, HP, IBM, Infosys, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft and Oracle; international companies including Optus and Telstra; national companies including Ajilon, Data#3, SMS Management and Technology and Technology One; and a large number of ICT SMEs.

Our national board represents the diversity of the digital economy.  There is more detailed information on our web site:

For more information contact:

Seamus Horan I Fuel Communications on behalf of the AIIA

0421 924 367 I

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