auDA Appoints Former Politician, Policeman, Government Head and Army Man As CEO

auDA has appointed Cameron Boardman as its new Chief Executive Officer, the .au policy and regulatory body announced Monday, with the new CEO expected to commence later this month.Boardman has an extensive CV that takes him from the police to being an officer in the Australian Army, Victorian upper house politician and public servant, latterly with an extensive experience in cybersecurity issues.Most recently Boardman has been responsible for Investor Engagement within the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and leads the Victorian Government’s investment activities within its priority economic sectors.Boardman’s experience dealing with cybersecurity issues will be particularly important going forward as they become more and more important for top level domains. Boardman was the chief architect of the Victorian Government’s Cybersecurity initiatives which has resulted in the establishment of the Oceania Cyber Security Centre, the attraction of the first international office of Oxford University’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre and the development of CSIRO/Data61’s Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Hub.Boardman was also previously Executive Director for Innovation, Technology and Industry Programs within the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation with responsibility to implement the government’s innovation and science agenda and associated policies. He also led the policy development on behalf of the Victorian Government regarding the implementation of the .melbourne domain.His CV is extensive and the auDA release also notes Boardman led the economic development activities for the Hong Kong SAR Government in Australia and New Zealand, and was a two-term Member in the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament, losing his seat when his Liberal Party was wiped out at the 2002 election. He holds an MBA from Monash University, a LLM from La Trobe and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course.In announcing Boardman’s appointment, auDA said following an international search there were in excess of 150 applicants and the board unanimously appointed Boardman.Boardman replaces Chris Disspain who led the organisation since its beginning 16 years ago and who surprisingly left in March this year. At the time, auDA said Disspain’s contract was due for renewal later this year, but the Board agreed new leadership was required to take the organisation forward.”The Board of auDA is delighted to have attracted someone of the calibre of Cameron Boardman as CEO of auDA,” said Chairman of auDA, Stuart Benjamin. “This completes a comprehensive international recruitment exercise with an exceptionally high standard field.””As auDA looks to the future to become better connected and engaged with its members and stakeholders, the breadth of experience that Mr Boardman brings to the position including his extensive policy development, commercial and international skills, will ensure the organisation will be exceptionally well led into the future.”.”This is an exciting time for auDA and the broader domain and digital community. The board is looking forward to auDA re-positioning itself as the leading advocate of the .au domain space and ensuring its members and stakeholders views are integral as the National Innovation and Science Agenda continues to be implemented”.Mr Boardman is expected to take up the role by end August 2016.