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Ex-Premier joins Fronde as chairman

Digital transformation company Fronde has appointed former Tasmanian Premier and Science and Innovation Minister David Bartlett as company chairman.

Bartlett has an extensive career in technology and innovation, government, and governance and prior to entering parliament in Tasmania he worked in the information technology and telecommunications sector, including in roles as chief information officer and industry development specialist.

Bartlett was Premier of Tasmania from 2008 until 2011 and since leaving politics he has worked with regional economies, industry sectors and communities around Australia to prepare strategies for maximising economic and social renewal underpinned by broadband and digital technologies. He also holds a number of governance roles in emerging technology companies.

Fronde acting chairman Sandy Maier said Bartlett’s background in technology, government, and governance, along with his knowledge of the Australian market, “are all extremely relevant to our strategy to grow our business in both the public and private sectors in New Zealand and Australia”.

David Bartlett said “I am very excited by the opportunity to join the board of Fronde as chairman. The well-established company has new horizons and massive new opportunities in the market both in New Zealand and Australia. My career to date has been focused on driving innovation, new opportunities and delivering value to the people I work with.

“Fronde offers a wonderful opportunity at the intersection of all of those things. Fronde’s great strength in the New Zealand market uniquely positions us to deliver expanded services and rapid growth in the Australian market and I am looking forward to guiding Fronde’s strategy in new markets and new technology platforms into the future.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).