Former Virgin Australia digital leader reappears at CAT dealer

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Former Virgin Australia digital leader reappears at CAT dealer

James Staltari will oversee digital transformation.

Sime Darby Industrial has appointed ex-Virgin Australia general manager of digital and direct James Staltari as its new general manager of digital transformation for the Asia-Pacific region.

The company, which trades as Hastings Deering in Australia, is one of the world's largest dealers of heavy equipment made by Caterpillar and a range of allied brands.

Staltari took to LinkedIn to announce his appointment overseeing digital growth and innovation strategy.

“I am thrilled to join Sime Darby Industrial as the general manager of digital transformation across APAC," he wrote.

“Trading as Hastings Deering in Australia, Sime Darby is one of the largest Caterpillar dealers in the world servicing the mining, construction and energy industries with a network of 131 branches across 15 countries and territories.

“I’m excited to be part of an amazing team and a company with huge aspirations.”

Staltari will focus on digital strategy and execution across Sime Darby Berhad’s Industrial portfolio, otherwise known as Sime Darby Industrial.  

A Sime Darby spokesperson told iTnews Staltari's background in digital transformation roles made him an ideal fit for the company.

“James brings a wealth of experience in customer-facing digital solutions and growing commerce from a range of industries to this new role and will help Sime Darby Industrial to deliver on its digital strategy to create value across the Industrial business portfolio," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added that Staltari will report to Sime Darby Industrial’s chief digital and information officer Barry Wiech.

Staltari came in on an initial fixed term contract in September to assist in the development of Hastings Deering’s digital strategy before officially joining the team.

He previously worked for Virgin Australia in a similar role as general manager of digital and direct, leading a large team and managing a multi-channel digital capabilities.

Staltari has undertaken many developments and strategic lead roles including over 11 years at Westpac Group in various technology-focused positions.

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