Monday, 22 June 2020 12:10

Spence takes the chair at IoTAA


Industry body Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA) has appointed David Spence as its chairman.

"I'm excited to be joining the IoTAA at such an important time. COVID-19 has enabled digital transformation at the speed previously thought unimaginable, and has brought to light the opportunity presented by the Internet of Things to connect the physical and digital world," said Spence.

"Now is the time for industry, government, citizens, and academia to seize the opportunities for economic growth and social benefit afforded by the Internet of Things.

"We have an opportunity with the IoTAA to strongly engage with industry, improve cyber security across digital infrastructure, and work with the Government to enhance productivity across Australia using IoT."

Since moving to Australia in the late 1980s, Spence worked for Australian Consolidated Press (where he ran the Computer Publications business), for OzEmail as COO, and has variously been CEO, founder or chairman of many internet businesses including Unwired and Vocus.

He is the chair of PayPal Australia, National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo), DiscoveryAG, GoannaAg and Canopus Networks, and recently co-founded AllThingsEncrypted to look at new ways of encrypting IoT networks.

Spence's predecessor at IoTAA was Gavin Smith, president at Bosch ANZ, who served as founding chairman since 2016.

"Gavin has provided invaluable and tireless support to the IoTAA over the last four years, and has been critical to our development," said IoTAA CEO Frank Zeichner.

"Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude go to him, while we anticipate working together in other capacities in future."

IoTAA executive council chairman and KPMG partner Piers Hogarth-Scott said "When we commenced the search for Gavin's replacement we knew we had large boots to fill. We are delighted to have appointed someone of David experience and calibre as the incoming chair. As the senior stakeholder advisory committee of the IoTAA, the
executive council looks forward to working with David to help accelerate the adoption of IoT for the benefit of the Australian economy and society."

In related news, Judy Anderson (government relations and advocacy lead at AustCyber, The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network) and Matt Codrington (managing director of Lenovo ANZ) have been appointed to the IoTAA board.

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