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auDA appoints new chair, independent directors

Australia’s domain administrator auDA has appointed two new independent directors with wide experience in governance expertise to its board.

auDA has appointed Chris Leptos as its new independent chair and director, while Suzanne Ewart brings experience in strategy, treasury and finance for some of Australia’s major ASX listed companies to her new role.

Leptos is an experienced non-executive director across several sectors, and a Professorial Fellow with Monash University, and was a senior partner with KPMG and managing partner Government at Ernst & Young where he had national responsibility for leading the public sector practice.

Interim chair Erhan Karabardak welcomed the new members of the Board, who were appointed after an extensive search by independent recruitment company Hattonneale.

“These highly skilled and experienced directors will bring fresh eyes and new perspectives to the board at an important time,” Karabardak said.

Leptos said he looked forward to leading the board as it undertakes a number of strategic decisions for the organisation. “auDA is a crucial part of Australia’s infrastructure. I look forward to leading a board that is consultative and focused on its responsibilities to its members and the wider community.”

Earlier in his career, Leptos was managing director of Computer Power UK based in London, and general manager of Corporate Development for Western Mining Corporation. He has lived and worked in Jakarta, Shanghai, Toronto and London.

In May 2000, Leptos was appointed by Premier Steve Bracks to the Infrastructure Planning Council of Victoria, and in 2001 he was invited to be a member of the Australian Information Economy Advisory Council by Senator Richard Alston.

Ewart is a certified practising accountant who has held senior treasury roles at Fosters Group, NAB, Telstra and BTR Nylex, and has 17 years of board expertise and experience in chief strategy officer, chief financial officer and chief executive roles in financial services, diversified manufacturing, capital infrastructure and water industries.


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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).