auDA appoints policy development veteran as new CEO


news .au Domain Administration (auDA) – the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .au domain space – has announced that policy development veteran Cameron Boardman has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer.

The news comes some months after the organisation decided not to renew the previous CEO’s contract, a move that surprised observers at the time.

According to the organisation, Boardman was “unanimously appointed” after an “extensive international search and recruitment exercise”, which attracted over 150 “highly qualified” applicants.

“The Board of auDA is delighted to have attracted someone of the calibre of Cameron Boardman as CEO of auDA,” said auDA Chairman 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”, Benjamin said.

Boardman is currently Executive Director for Investor Engagement at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. He further leads the Victorian Government’s investment activities.

Previously, Boardman was Executive Director for Innovation, Technology and Industry Programs within the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation where he had responsibility for implementing the government’s innovation and science agenda and its associated policies.

According to an auDA statement, Boardman was also the “chief architect” of the Victorian Government’s Cybersecurity initiatives, which brought about the establishment of the Oceania Cyber Security Centre, as well as first international office of Oxford University’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre and the development of CSIRO/Data61’s Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Hub.

Before that, he led the policy development for the Victorian Government regarding the implementation of the .melbourne domain.

Boardman has further led the economic development activities for the Hong Kong SAR Government in Australia and New Zealand, and was a Member of the Victorian Parliament for two terms.

He holds an MBA from Monash University, a law degree from La Trobe University, Melbourne, and graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course.

“This is an exciting time for auDA and the broader domain and digital community. The board is looking forward to auDA repositioning 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,” said Benjamin.

The incoming CEO will occupy the post left vacant after the sudden removal of Chris Disspain back in March as the auDA sought “new leadership”.

Disspain had, from the outside at least, managed the body for 16 years with aplomb, maintaining calm in the the .au domain marketplace, and as Delimiter said at the time, his removal was something of a mystery.

The auDa statement announcing the new CEO, said Boardman is expected to take up the role by the end August. It did not make any reference to Disspain.


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