People on the Move

Bluestar Energy Australia brings in Steve Jackson as MD

BLUESTAR Energy Capital recently appointed Steve Jackson as managing director of its Australian renewable development platform, Bluestar Energy Australia Pty Ltd.

Mr Jackson has more than 30 years of experience in the Australian power industry and has held executive positions with leading private and public electricity companies. He will be based in Bluestar’s Sydney CBD office.

Previously, Mr Jackson has held positions as vice president and Asia-Pacific regional manager at First Solar and as head of development at FRV Australia.

“Steve has a proven track record in establishing and scaling leading platforms in the Australian energy transition,” Bluestar founder and CEO, Declan Flanagan said.

Mr Jackson said, “Bluestar has such a high calibre team with a fantastic track record of success in developing renewable energy projects globally. I’m fortunate to hit the ground running with great resources, one permitted wind project, and other projects having commenced development with an established developer here in Australia. 

“I look forward to building another high performing team of Aussie industry professionals to develop more wind, solar, and storage projects. The challenge of meeting Australian decarbonisation targets is considerable, creating a huge opportunity to build a globally significant platform and I look forward to helping achieve this.”

Since the completion of its US$100 million initial fundraising from founder Declan Flanagan and investors S2G Ventures and Great Bay Renewables in 2022, Bluestar has been successfully scaling its global presence.

The company now has offices in Chicago, Austin, Dublin, and Sydney. Its fast-growing team consists of more than 30 professionals, and its project development pipeline already exceeds 1 gigawatt (GW), including Bluestar’s first fully permitted project in Australia, which is on track to enter construction next year.

“I am very pleased with the progress we have made in a short period of time. It’s a testament to the great group of professionals at Bluestar,” Mr Flanagan said. “But this is a long-term and patient plan. There are plenty of challenges to the global energy transition as well as undisciplined capital chasing investments, which makes Bluestar’s greenfield development-focused strategy especially important.”

www.bluestarenergycapital.com

ends

Vertiv completes Albertazzi CEO succession

GIORDANO ALBERTAZZI became Vertiv CEO on January 1, 2023, and immediately confirmed the company’s focus on “operational excellence, profitable growth, high-performance culture, and innovation”.

“I’m honoured to take the helm of Vertiv as CEO. I’m looking forward to working closely with our leadership team and employees around the world to continue to increase the value we create for our customers, further strengthen our financial performance and create long-term value for our shareholders,” Mr Albertazzi said. 

“As I’ve shared with Vertiv employees, we will work to achieve our full potential by focusing on building a high-performance culture of collaboration and innovation; institutionalising operational excellence and execution; and ultimately delivering profitable growth and improved cash flow.”

Mr Albertazzi was also appointed to the board of Vertiv.

Vertiv executive chairman, Dave Cote said, “With more than two decades of operational and business experience at Vertiv and a track record of performance in both Europe and the Americas, Giordano is the right person to drive Vertiv forward.

“He was instrumental in driving significant operational and financial improvements while leading EMEA, and in the ongoing turnaround of the Americas. He understands how to build and maintain a high-performing culture.

“Giordano’s operational expertise and deep understanding of Vertiv’s business and customers will be pivotal in driving continued performance improvement while navigating macroeconomic uncertainty.”

Mr Albertazzi has become CEO at a time of continued strong demand across Vertiv’s data centre end markets. The company reported a record order backlog of $4.7 billion as of the end of the third quarter of 2022.

Vertiv is a leader in providing thermal, power, IT management, and integrated solutions for global data centre operators to meet ongoing consumer demand. 

Vertiv announced its CEO succession plan in October 2022 and since then Mr Albertazzi assumed the role of chief operating officer, working closely with former CEO Rob Johnson to ensure a seamless transition.

In addition to becoming CEO, Mr Albertazzi will also continue in his position as president for Vertiv’s, Americas operations, until a successor is named.

In connection with Albertazzi transitioning out of the COO role, operational oversight will reside with regional Presidents to further focus on regional performance.   

Vertiv (NYSE: VRT) describes its business as bringing together hardware, software, analytics and ongoing services to enable its customers’ vital applications to run continuously, perform optimally and grow with their business needs. Vertiv aims to solve the most important challenges facing today’s data centres, communication networks and commercial and industrial facilities with a portfolio of power, cooling and IT infrastructure solutions and services that extends from the cloud to the edge of the network.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, USA, Vertiv employs about 24,000

people and does business in more than 130 countries – and is growing rapidly in Australia. www.vertiv.com

Data#3 appoints Merry GM for Software Solutions business

AUSTRALIAN technology services and solutions provider Data#3 has chosen Brendan Merry as general manager for Software Solutions.

Reporting to Data#3 chief customer officer (CCO), John Tan, Mr Merry will be responsible for creating the strategy and operational direction for the company’s Software Solutions division.

“I’m immensely proud to be appointed to this position,” Mr Merry said. “Since I joined Data#3 almost 15 years ago, we’ve successfully navigated the changing landscape with our vendors to solve customer challenges. 

“I am honoured to lead our significant Software Solutions business through this next era as we continue to evolve our approach to meet our customers’ changing requirements.” 

Mr Merry has extensive experience in the IT industry combined with the business-based education of an International MBA and many certifications including as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Mr Merry has managed direct and indirect sales channels across Australia, the Pacific Islands, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“I’m delighted to welcome Brendan to the Data#3 leadership team,” Mr Tan said . “Brendan brings significant knowledge of our Software Solutions business, along with a background in business to the role.”

Listed on the ASX in 1997, Data#3 reported revenues of $2.2 billion in the 2022 financial year and has more than 1,200 employees. Headquartered in Brisbane, it has facilities across 12 locations in Australia and Fiji.

Data#3 has been operating for more than 40 years and is focussed on ‘delivering the digital future’ by leveraging solutions such as the cloud, modern workplace, security, data-analytics and connectivity, combined with Data#3 services across consulting, project services and managed services.

www.data3.com.au

ends

Mota, Telfer join FSC board

THE Financial Services Council (FSC) has appointed Insignia Financial CEO, Renato Mota, and UBS Asset Management country head for Australia and New Zealand, Alison Telfer, as directors to the FSC board.

Mr Mota has more than 20 years experience in financial services and has been responsible for leading Insignia Financial’s transformation strategy, including the acquisition of MLC. He has developed a focus throughout his career on enabling financial wellbeing for Australians through service excellence and technology. 

Prior to Insignia Financial, Mr Mota worked for Rothschild and NAB in corporate finance roles with a focus on mergers and acquisitions.

Ms Telfer has more than 20 years of experience in Australian and global asset management. She has held a range of roles within the industry spanning through product development, strategy and client distribution to legal and government affairs.

Ms Telfer brings these skills in leading UBS Asset Management to partner with clients and industry to create better financial outcomes and positive impact beyond returns.

Prior to UBS Asset Management, Ms Telfer was BlackRock Asset Management’s chief operating officer for Australasia and was executive sponsor for BlackRock’s Philanthropic Committee and Women’s Initiative Australasia.

FSC chairman David Bryant said, “Renato and Alison bring to the board extensive knowledge and experience that further strengthens the FSC’s contribution to the national debate to the benefit of financial services consumers.

“Renato and Alison’s appointment reflects the senior industry leadership the FSC brings to help the government and regulators solve common public policy challenges. 

“Renato and Alison share the FSC’s commitment to a more competitive, efficient, and growing financial services sector that delivers high quality products for Australian consumers.

Mr Mota said, “I am pleased to take on the role as director of the FSC board as we work together to improve the long-term financial wellbeing for all Australians.”

Ms Telfer said, “I look forward to working with the FSC board to support representation of our members and to shape a world class financial services industry that serves all Australians well.”

www.fsc.org.au

ends

Vantari VR appoints Jay Kahlon, moves into US healthcare market

AUSTRALIAN medical virtual reality company, Vantari VR, has signalled its international expansion plans with the appointment of Jay Kahlon in the US as ‘head of product’.

Vantari VR co-founder and co-CEO, Nishanth Krishnananthan said he was “thrilled to have Jay on the team and I look forward to the impact his appointment will have not just on the business, but on the industry more broadly”.

Dr Nishanth said over the past decade, Mr Kahlon had been “masterminding” solutions to counter healthcare worker shortage, standardisation of healthcare and cost of healthcare training.

“Jay has strategically launched 45-plus products ranging from hardware, software, cloud and mixed reality, to the healthcare simulation market in the US that continues to empower educators and trainees across the globe,” Dr Nishanth said. 

The appointment comes on the back of Vantari VR having been found to reduce medical error by an astounding 40 percent, as part of a research program conducted in partnership with the University of Wollongong (UOW).

The research also found the training software had helped student clinicians to improve performance by 32 percent and adherence to safety and hygiene by 39 percent.

Looking ahead, Dr Nishanth said Vantari VR aimed to successfully expand business to the US markets to deliver procedural training to doctors, nurses and medical students, with a mission to eliminate medical error, through standardisation in the delivery of training across the board. Alongside the co-founders and so-CEOs – Dr Nishanth and Dr Vijay Paul – Mr Kahlon said he was looking forward to speaking with healthcare organisations and universities across the US in the coming months and beyond.

Shortly after graduating from the prestigious University of Washington, Mr Kahlon joined the team at Blue Phantom – an early-stage American start-up focusing on ultrasound simulation that was successfully acquired by CAE Healthcare in 2012. Throughout his time at Blue Phantom and CAE Healthcare, Mr Kahlon served in multiple roles ranging in product development, business development, operations and marketing, ultimately scaling Blue Phantom to becoming a world leader in ultrasound simulation and training.

In his new role as Vantari VR head of product, Mr Kahlon will be providing support to the team in areas ranging from product and platform vision and development, roadmapping, identifying and developing strategic and clinical partnerships and business development.

Of his appointment, Mr Kahlon said it was “an exciting opportunity to support Vantari VR” as the business expands into international markets “and continues to lead as early adopters in using virtual reality platforms to overcome barriers of the real world”.

“The vision Vantari has laid out utilising virtual reality to enable access to world-class clinical procedural training, regardless of educator availability, simulation space and self-directed learning has greatly resonated with how I envision our collaboration can disrupt the status quo of access to world-class healthcare training,” Mr Kahlon said.

Driven by his passion for bettering healthcare, Mr Kahlon envisioned technology as the bridge that would enable global equality in healthcare accessibility and affordability. He said he believed he had found the perfect match across international waters with Vantari VR.

“Speaking to the Vantari team, the clinical, technical and educational knowledge that the team encompasses was incredibly impressive,” Mr Kahlon said. “Vantari VR has done a brilliant job with their remarkable technology platform and has shown outstanding efforts in advancing healthcare procedural training across Australia within a very short amount of time.”

Dr Nishanth said, “Jay’s spectacular track record of integrating emerging technologies in the US market to enhance healthcare education speaks volumes to his immaculate capabilities in transcending the healthcare industry alongside Vantari VR.

“His personal mission to democratise access to healthcare training internationally with the transformative technology of virtual reality aligns with our goals for Vantari VR, and we’re excited about what the future holds for us with Jay’s expertise.”

Vantari VR is revolutionising the way doctors receive on-thejjob training through its unique ‘flight simulator’ style technology. Brought to life by a team of doctors inspired to provide better learning outcomes and reduce medical error, Vantari VR was launched in 2017 and is now operating in four hospitals across Australia.

www.vantarivr.com

 

ends

Eva Hanly to lift Squadron Energy to new heights as CEO

EVA HANLY has been appointed chief executive officer of Squadron Energy, a company of Tattarang, Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s private investment group.

Squadron Energy is constructing the Clarke Creek wind, solar and battery farm which is set to power more than 600,000 Queensland homes; the Port Kembla Energy Terminal, through Squadron Energy group company Australian Industrial Energy; and is proposing the Port Kembla Power Station which will be Australia’s largest dual fuel turbine running on 50 percent gas and 50 percent green hydrogen before transitioning to 100 percent green hydrogen. The group is also a foundation investor in Sun Cable and majority owner of renewable power company Windlab.

Ms Hanly has more than 20 years experience in the energy and infrastructure sector, following senior roles at WorleyParsons, Origin Energy and Transurban.  

Ms Hanly was previously with Transgrid, Australia’s largest energy network business, where she was a group executive, responsible for transitioning Transgrid into new businesses and services to support the energy transition.

She also led the functions for corporate strategy, commercial, innovation and technology, new energy ventures, and policy reform and economics.

Tattarang chairman Andrew Forrest AO said Ms Hanly’s experience as an operational leader in capital intensive industries across construction, transport and energy would help Squadron Energy achieve its mission to overcome Australia’s serious energy challenges.

“Australia has the potential to become a green energy superpower if we seize on the opportunities that are right before us,” Dr Forrest said.

“I am delighted that a person of Eva’s leadership capability and vision has chosen Squadron Energy to continue her great career and help lead the way in the acceleration of the decarbonisation of Australia’s economy.”

Squadron Energy has a significant portfolio of infrastructure assets in development that will provide substantial amounts of renewable power as well as support the energy system’s transition to renewable power sources.

Squadron Energy Chairman John Hartman welcomed Ms Hanly’s appointment.

“Squadron Energy has an important portfolio of projects for both the future and the present, with transitional sources of energy, and large-scale renewable sources of power,” Mr Hartman said.

Eva Hanly said she was humbled to lead an Australian-owned renewable energy company with such a bold mandate.

“Rapid decarbonisation can be achieved, and we need leaders like Andrew and Nicola Forrest who are willing to deploy capital to this critical challenge,” Ms Hanly said. “Their vision to see Australia become a green energy superpower is compelling and I am thrilled to play a role in the realisation of that vision.

“Squadron will focus on speed to market, energy affordability and energy security to grow a significant portfolio of renewable generation and the infrastructure needed to support a reliable energy transition. This is a once in a generation opportunity to partner with the Federal and State Governments to support them in ensuring we transition to renewable energy without any interruption to supply,” Ms Hanly said.

Squadron Energy targets investments in renewable power and energy-related infrastructure that supports the energy system’s transition to 100 percent renewable energy. It does not invest in coal, oil sands, or crude oil, or in any developments in sensitive marine environments.

Eva Hanly commences the role on July 4. 

www.squadronenergy.com

www.tattarang.com

ends

Rubrik appoints former CIA chief information security officer Michael Mestrovich

RUBRIK has named former CIA chief information security officer, Michael Mestrovich, to the company’s CISO role.

Mr Mestrovich will lead Rubrik’s internal data security efforts and provide top-level cyber security and cyber policy expertise to propel Rubrik’s mission to ‘secure the world’s data’.

Rubrik now brands itself as the Zero Trust Data Security Company and is finding world leaders in data security to help power that brand.

“Today (May 26) we added one of the world’s most prominent security experts to our leadership team,” Rubrik CEO and co-founder, Bipul Sinha said.

“We believe it’s essential to combine expertise from both the private and public sectors if businesses and governments want to stand a chance against cyber criminals. Michael’s understanding of the changing cyber-landscape and exceptional leadership experience will be paramount for our federal, state, and local customers, as well as private companies who are preparing for inevitable cyber attacks.” 

Mr Mestrovich joins Rubrik with more than 20 years of distinguished IT and security leadership, most recently serving as CISO for the CIA, leading the agency’s cyber defence operations, developing and implementing cyber security regulations and standards, and directing the evaluation and engineering of cyber technologies.

While at the CIA, Mr Mestrovich also served on a rotational detail as the Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer for the US Department of State, where he was responsible for managing the department’s $2.6 billion, 2,500 person global IT enterprise.

Before Mr Mestrovich’s career in the public sector, he was a systems engineer at Cisco Systems and served in the US Air Force.

“With increased vulnerabilities in existing infrastructure and legacy security solutions, organisations’ most critical asset – data – is more vulnerable than ever,” Mr Mestrovich said.

“I made the decision to return to the private sector at this critical juncture to work with the company that is pioneering the next frontier in cyber security: data security. I am thrilled to join the world-class team at Rubrik and look forward to working together to secure the world’s data.”

www.rubrik.com

Rubrik recently staged its FORWARD Conference, focussed on helping business leaders understand and prepare for cyber attacks. The conference’s keynote sessions and reports from IT and security leaders can be viewed here.

ends

Contact Us

 

PO Box 2144
MANSFIELD QLD 4122