"Mike is one of Australia's most respected and influential public servants. To have someone of his calibre join us at NEC Australia is testament to our standing in the Australian market and what he believes we can achieve in the future," said NEC Australia CEO and managing director Mitsuhiro Murooka.
Mrdak spent more than 30 years in the Australian Public Service.
His various roles included secretary of the Department of Communications, Media and The Arts; secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; deputy secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and deputy secretary of the Department of Transport and Regional Services.
"I am honoured to be joining a company which has such a long and proud history in Australia," said Mrdak.
"NEC has been an important part of the Australian economy for over 50 years. Over that time the company has been a major employer in manufacturing, consumer electronics and ICT solutions, always with technology at the heart of the company's identity.
"Now more than ever, Australia has an opportunity to benefit from the global expertise and leadership of NEC, a trusted Japanese multinational corporation. Whether it be solutions in transport, major infrastructure, public safety, telecommunications and 5G, my goal is to help NEC support public and private organisations throughout Australia as our economy transitions out of pandemic restrictions. This will necessitate digital transformation across a range of product and service areas – something I am very keen to ensure NEC Australia is at the forefront of."
Mrdak was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2016.