ACS anoints new chief executive

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ACS anoints new chief executive
New ACS chief executive Andrew Johnson.

To take helm in the new year.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has appointed a new chief executive following the recent resignation of Alan Patterson, promoting its chief operating officer Andrew Johnson to the top job.

Johnson will start his tenure in the new year. He served as the ACS' head of strategic initiaves for over three years before becoming the chief operating officer in 2013. 

He has an MA from the University of Woollongong in technology policy and management.

Chief financial officer Kim Finch has been holding the fort at the society since October this year, following Alan Patterson's resignation as chief executive after three and a half years in a 'challenging' role.

Johnson and Patterson together worked to develop a three-year plan to make the computer society more attractive for younger people in IT. One of Johnson's tasks as CEO will be to implement the plan.

“With the incredible growth of the digital economy, the ACS will continue to be a trusted source of knowledge for the Australian ICT sector.

"That we can do this is a testament to our staff, volunteers and members. I look forward to working with them all in the coming years to keep up the great work done so far,” Johnson said in a statement.

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