RSM Australia appoints Sam Mohammad as national head of indirect tax practice

RSM Australia (RSM), one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, has announced the appointment of Sam Mohammad as national head of its indirect tax practice.

Based in Brisbane, Sam brings more than 16 years of experience in providing clients with practical and easy-to-understand advice about GST, payroll tax, stamp duty, and fuel tax credits, with a particular focus on the energy, government, infrastructure, mining, and property (both residential and commercial) sectors. He has also advised on and successfully obtained GST private rulings and duty exemption requests on a range of complex matters.

Sam is a current member of the Tax Institute’s Queensland state taxes sub-committee and has been a previous member of the Australian Taxation Office’s fuel tax liaison group. He is an admitted solicitor of the Supreme Court in Queensland and, prior to joining RSM, worked as a director at KPMG, specialising in indirect taxes.

Sam Mohammad, partner, RSM, said, “Queensland is an exciting place to be right now with a strong business outlook and lots of opportunities on the horizon. I’m looking forward to bringing my skills to bear to help RSM’s clients maximise these opportunities.”

Andy Graham, managing partner – Brisbane, RSM, said, “The Brisbane office of RSM has been growing steadily over the last 12 months and Sam Mohammad is the fourth partner we’ve appointed in that time. The Brisbane office has exceptional depth and expertise available to help Queensland clients position themselves for growth. Sam’s extensive experience at KPMG as well as his prior role as a policy officer at the Queensland state government means he’s ideally placed to provide strong business advice for local businesses.”


About RSM Australia

RSM Australia is a full-service national accounting and advisory firm delivering expert corporate financial and advisory accounting services to clients across diverse industry sectors. Its one-firm structure means clients can more readily connect to its extensive national and international networks, expertise and industry experience. Nationally RSM has 31 offices, combined with over 95 years’ experience. Its network spans across 116 countries and comprises 750 offices.

Y Soft appoints Fairuz Hairi as solution consultant for Asia Pacific and Japan

Y Soft® Corporation, a leading enterprise office solution provider, has announced the appointment of Fairuz Hairi as solution consultant for Asia Pacific and Japan.

Fairuz’s primary responsibility is to assist Y Soft’s partners and their customers in scoping, designing and implementing best-of-breed solutions, while reducing IT infrastructure costs and enabling flexibility and scalability through cloud migration. Additionally, Fairuz will work closely with partners to deliver advanced training sessions and share his technical expertise.

Fairuz has more than 16 years’ experience in IT, primarily focusing on infrastructure solutions for server, storage and networks, and has experience with design and IT training. He has also worked in the cloud and cybersecurity market, focusing specifically on threat analysis and forensics. In Fairuz’s most recent role, he worked in the offensive security space assisting government intelligence, law enforcement agencies and the military in evidence collection, web intelligence (WEBINT) and open source intelligence (OSINT) tools.

Fairuz Hairi said, “I’m looking forward to using my extensive experience in IT infrastructure and security to grow Y Soft in the region and assist our channel partners grow their own businesses. From my industry experience, I will be helping businesses in the region become more knowledgeable in their IT solutions through insights, expertise and a customer-first approach.”

Andy Lau, regional sales manager, Singapore, said, “We are excited to welcome Fairuz into our growing Y Soft Asia Pacific and Japan team. With the continuing move to cloud deployments and the associated need to secure systems, Fairuz provides a level of knowledge in various IT sectors that will assist our partners throughout Asia Pacific in delivering real value to their clients.”


 About Y Soft

Y Soft develops intelligent Digital Transformation office solutions for enterprise, SMB, and Education that empower employees to be more productive and creative. Our YSoft SafeQ® workflow solutions platform enables businesses to manage, optimise and secure their print and digital processes and workflows. Our 3D print solutions are focused in the Education sector where they provide unique ease of use and safety benefits, while utilising YSoft SafeQ software for seamless 3D print management.

Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with offices in North and Latin America, Europe and Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific region (APAC). For more information, please visit

Vertel appoints Tony Hudson as commercial director

Vertel, Australia’s largest privately-owned telecommunications carrier, has announced the appointment of Tony Hudson to the role of commercial director where he will lead Vertel’s sales, marketing and customer experience teams.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the information technology and telecommunication sectors, Tony joined Vertel in 2016 as Head of Government. Prior to Vertel, Tony worked with Singtel Optus for 15 years, with eight years in the role of industry manager, NSW government. Tony has also held positions with IBM and WordFlow Information Liquidity, an Australian start-up, as director of sales.

Theo Belekas, Managing Director, said, “Tony brings a unique combination of industry experience, a strong focus on customer success and an understanding of Vertel’s vision of smarter, healthier, and safer Australian communities. Tony will help Vertel continue to service organisations that place significant value on highly-available, reliable and secure network connections, and Quality of Service-enabled managed networks and services, backed by strong networking expertise and support. “

Tony Hudson said, “Key to Vertel’s service is listening to and understanding our customers and future customers’ needs and goals, even beyond the ICT challenges. Vertel respectfully challenges customers’ thoughts around ICT requirements, and makes appropriate recommendations for technology solutions proven to have a positive return on investment. Vertel has a genuine interest in helping our customers achieve their strategic business goals.

“Customers face an increasingly crowded and complex marketplace, with lines blurring between telco and ICT. It can be difficult for customers to navigate digital transformation and consumer experiences, particularly in a landscape defined by data and security concerns, mobile workforces, and technology. Many organisations don’t know how to decide on the right types of ICT infrastructure to support their business goals. Vertel wants to help customers take control of this environment with the most appropriate ICT solutions.”


About Vertel
Vertel is a wholly-owned, Australian national telecommunications carrier with over 40 years’ experience delivering critical network infrastructure and services to enterprise, government and service provider organisations. With a broad range of fixed and mobile network and cloud services, underpinned by excellence in delivery and on-going operations, we specialise in serving customers with high availability, performance, management and security requirements for business, mission and life-critical operations. As the world’s first wireless carrier to achieve MEF certification for its Ethernet Layer 2 service, we can design, build and deliver carrier-grade connectivity and applications for organisations throughout Australia.

Brennan IT appoints Simon Wheeler as CIO

Brennan IT LogoSydney, Australia – Brennan IT has appointed Simon Wheeler as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Simon will develop and manage Brennan IT’s internal technology strategy with a major focus on the transformation of its current IT systems and processes to automate, standardise, and implement best practices.

Stephen Sims, CEO, Brennan IT, said, “Simon brings a wealth of experience to the Brennan IT leadership team having previously been the CTO at Nine Entertainment, CIO at Bauer Media Group, and, most recently a Director at Oakton”.

This is an immensely important mandate, as Brennan IT is fully committed to transforming the business in line with its strategy of becoming Australia’s most trusted managed services provider.

Stephen Sims, said, “Simon has more than 20 years of experience in senior roles, with a strong track record as a tech leader as well as developing, recruiting, and retaining top talent. He has been successful in delivering transformational initiatives and working in complex, challenging environments.”

Simon Wheeler, CIO, Brennan IT, said, “Brennan IT has a strong foundation of smart processes and passionate, committed people. I’m looking forward to working closely with the team on our transformation strategy. This will include looking at ways to streamline processes and improve workflows, as well as continuing to do the great work that clients love us for.”


About Brennan IT

Brennan IT is a leading IT and Telecommunications managed services provider to the Australian Mid-market. We make our clients’ lives easier by delivering technology solutions and services that drive business growth and competitive differentiation. With extensive experience in strategic, whole-of-business ICT solutions and infrastructure, Brennan IT has custom-built, implemented and managed a wide range of business and IT solutions for medium enterprises since 1997.


Qualtrics Adds Microsoft Executive as COO to Continue Exponential Growth and Global Expansion Ahead of IPO

Qualtrics LogoQualtrics, provider of the world’s leading insight platform, announced the appointment of veteran Microsoft executive Zig Serafin as the company’s chief operating officer. Serafin will relocate from Washington to Utah, to lead operations during a time of rapid growth and international expansion for Qualtrics.

“We are excited to bring an industry luminary of Zig’s caliber on board as we continue growing aggressively,” said Ryan Smith, co-founder and CEO of Qualtrics. “Qualtrics is scaling at an incredible rate and there’s no better person to help us add a new level of operational efficiency than Zig. He brings a wealth of experience developing products, scaling complex organizations, and building amazing teams.”

“This has been a very long and selective search and Ryan and I feel we’ve found the perfect partner in Zig,” said Jared Smith, co-founder and acting COO of Qualtrics. “Qualtrics is passing 1,200 employees, expanding product lines, and has started IPO planning. Zig is a phenomenal operator and will bring considerable experience leading cross-functional teams on a global scale. We couldn’t be happier about having him join our team.”

Prior to joining Qualtrics, Serafin spent 17 years at Microsoft leading large teams and building multi-billion-dollar product lines. Most recently, Serafin was a corporate vice president with responsibility for Office 365 Skype for Business, which is used in 1.2 billion meetings per year in over 90 countries. Serafin also helped spearhead the development of Microsoft’s artificial intelligence platform and personal assistant, Cortana, which today services more than 130 million monthly active users. Serafin previously served as general manager of Microsoft’s Tellme Networks.

“I’m thrilled to join one of the world’s most promising SaaS companies at a very exciting time,” Serafin said. “Few cloud companies make the leap to becoming a true enterprise platform, and Qualtrics has established itself as exactly that, growing at an extraordinary pace while remaining cash flow positive. I’m eager to bring my perspective and expertise to bear at Qualtrics and partner with Jared and Ryan.”

Qualtrics is experiencing dramatic growth and international expansion ahead of a planned IPO. In the past three years, the 14-year-old private company has opened U.S. offices in Dallas, Seattle, and Washington D.C., as well as international offices in Dublin, Ireland, London, U.K., and Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, Australia. Last month, Qualtrics opened a new, 150,000-square-foot headquarters in Provo, Utah, which Forbes dubbed “tech’s boldest new headquarters.”

Qualtrics also recently won a slew of high-profile accolades, including inclusion on the prestigious Forbes 2016 Cloud 100 list and CEO, Ryan Smith, was listed at #12 on Fortune’s 2016 40 Under 40 list of “the most powerful, influential, and successful young people in business.”


About Qualtrics: Qualtrics is a rapidly growing software-as-a-service company and the leader in customer experience management. More than 8,500 enterprises worldwide, including two-thirds of the Fortune 100 and 99 of the top 100 business schools, rely on Qualtrics technology. Our solutions make it fast and easy to capture customer, employee, and market insights in one place. These insights help our clients make informed, data-driven business decisions. Global enterprises, academic institutions, and government agencies use Qualtrics to collect, analyze, and act on voice of the customer, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, 360-degree reviews, brand, market, product concept, and employee feedback. To learn more, and for a free account, please visit

Ben Darling appointment boosts Konica Minolta Australia’s 3D printing expansion

Konica Minolta Logo Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia has appointed 3D printing expert Ben Darling to the role of 3D Printing and Wide Format Sales Specialist for Australia’s southern region. His appointment will help drive the expansion of its rapidly-growing 3D printing business in the local market.

With a background in 3D printing that spans half a decade, Ben brings a wealth of knowledge to Konica Minolta’s 3D printing business. In his new role, he will help meet the needs of Konica Minolta’s 3D printing customers in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

Ben Darling explained, “As the Additive Manufacturing industry continues to use 3D printing for production of end use parts, especially in the areas of medical and low volume high value manufacturing, 3D printers are increasingly becoming a mission critical part of organisations that have invested in the technology. This means that service response times have never been more important to the success of our customers. With a national footprint of service technicians Konica Minolta is able to maintain a minimum response to have a technician onsite. There is currently not another 3D Printer supplier in Australia that can match Konica Minolta service.”

“The second reason I have joined Konica Minolta was due to the partnership with 3D Systems – a world leader in 3D Printing technology. Because Konica Minolta has six major technologies we are able to better fit our customers with the best solution for their 3D printing needs. We can provide the best fit for individual customer needs, not just another product off the shelf.”

Ben’s appointment comes as Konica Minolta builds out its 3D printing footprint in Australia, with the company adding more staff and resources to meet growing demand in the local market.

Matthew Hunter, national manager, 3D Printing, Konica Minolta, said, “Having Ben on board will help Konica Minolta in its goal to provide Australian businesses with unsurpassed levels of service and an unmatched range of 3D printing technology options. His experience will provide Konica Minolta with the additional know-how to help drive our continued growth in the region.”


About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments. Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to provide integrated print and content management solutions and services to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes. Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation and operation.

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers. For more information:

Palo Alto Networks appoints Sean Duca as Vice President & Regional Chief Security Officer for Asia Pacific

June 16, 2015Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the leader in enterprise security, has announced the appointment of Sean Duca as Vice President & Regional Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Asia Pacific.

Duca, who is based in Sydney, Australia, will be responsible for the development of threat intelligence security best practices and thought leadership for Palo Alto Networks in the region. This includes strengthening security initiatives and maintaining good channels of communications and support for Palo Alto Networks’ customers across Asia Pacific. Sean also will be a key addition to the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence team, Unit 42, actively contributing to an APAC perspective on the latest findings of cyber threats.

With more than 17 years of experience in the IT security space, Duca is widely recognised as a thought leader in the technology industry. He has provided expert guidance and advice to the Australian government around online safety issues, and on cybersecurity matters to the public and private sector within Asia Pacific.


· “I am delighted to welcome Sean to Palo Alto Networks. Sean is recognised as a trusted advisor in the IT security space and has extensive knowledge on threat intelligence and security best practices within Asia Pacific. With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Sean will be an excellent addition to the team, helping to further bolster our position in the Asia Pacific market and better serve the growing needs of enterprises across various industries in the region.”
– Rick Howard, Chief Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks

· “Palo Alto Networks is a disruptive player in the Asia Pacific enterprise security market, being acknowledged as a trailblazer by analyst houses and industry experts and owing much of its momentum to its unique and innovative next-generation security platform. I look forward to helping further strengthen Palo Alto Networks’ position as a leader in the region by engaging directly with customers and industry organisations about today’s cybersecurity challenges, threat intelligence and related topics.”
– Sean Duca, Vice President & Regional Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Duca spent 15 years with Intel Security, most recently as the company’s Chief Technology Officer for Asia Pacific. In this role he was responsible for improving and driving the company’s solution strategy and technology vision and steered the development of Intel Security’s reference architectures in close collaboration with customers and partners across the region. Prior to this, Duca held managerial roles at the company with a focus on technology management and sales engineering. Before Intel Security, he was involved in software development, technical support and consulting services for a range of Internet security solutions.


About Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks is leading a new era in cybersecurity by protecting thousands of enterprise, government, and service provider networks from cyber threats. Unlike fragmented legacy products, our security platform safely enables business operations and delivers protection based on what matters most in today’s dynamic computing environments: applications, users, and content. Find out more at

Palo Alto Networks and the Palo Alto Networks Logo are trademarks of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. in the United States and in jurisdictions throughout the world. All other trademarks, trade names or service marks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

UXC Limited Appoints Group CIO and CTO

UXC LogoUXC Limited has appointed Craig Wishart to the role of Group Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Mr Wishart has many years of experience in technology and operational roles where he has spearheaded business transformation initiatives delivering major improvements and process efficiencies. His past senior roles include:

• CIO & Executive General Manager for Customer Care at Service Steam
• Technology Executive for ANZ Bank
• General Manager, Customer Solutions & Operations for Telstra
• Program Manager for Rio Tinto (SAP Program)
• General Manager, Technology Application Development/Delivery for Sensis.

Mr Wishart will have overall responsibility for the UXC group’s IT strategy, policies and programs. This is especially crucial as the group moves towards a more unified IT structure.

Mr Wishart will also take a market-facing role at UXC. In this he will lead discussions with customers on the management of IT where these may provide benefit to the customer and assist UXC in its go to market efforts.

Areas of particular specialisation for Mr Wishart include leveraging the power of service oriented cloud-based solutions, harnessing collaboration across organisations for change, identifying opportunities for strengthening mobility capabilities and responding to the challenges of digital disruption facing many organisations.



UXC Limited is an S&P/ASX 300 listed Australian business solutions company, and the largest Australian owned ICT consultancy firm. UXC services medium to large entities in the private and public sectors across Australia and New Zealand.

UXC provides a range of unique, unmatched and formidable ICT Solutions in Consulting, Business Applications and Infrastructure that support our customers to plan & design, implement & enhance, and operate & manage their ICT requirements.

UXC strives to create simplicity and meaning in a complex world through the power of people and technology, by being the leading Tier 1 Australian IT Services and Solutions Company, delivering value, innovation and responsive business outcomes with excellent people.


OBS appoints Saul Sabath as WA branch manager

OBS LogoNovember 12, 2012 – OBS has appointed Saul Sabath as Perth’s new branch manager to support the rapid growth in the Western Australian market. Saul joins OBS from NEC/CSG, where he was General Manager -Services and Strategy. At OBS, he will be responsible for the Western Australian business and driving further growth in the region.

Saul has over 13 years of experience in the IT sector. At NEC/CSG he was responsible for the development and performance of sales and revenue activities, developing and maintaining marketing strategies and the development and performance of Vendor/Partner relationships. Saul was pivotal in building the company’s Microsoft practice, growing the Microsoft SharePoint group to be the leaders in WA and leading east coast expansion with enterprise projects in Microsoft CRM/XRM.

“We are pleased to welcome Saul as the newest member of the OBS management team,” said Andy Neumann, Managing Director of OBS. “He has solid connections in the Perth customer base, as well as the national Microsoft team. With him on board, we’re expecting the Perth branch to grow even further in the next 12 months.”


About OBS
OBS is a leading Australian IT Services Company focused on helping organisations transform their business with Microsoft technologies. Operating since 1999, OBS has worked with over 300 blue chip Australian government, public and private organisations including a quarter of the ASX 200. OBS provides specialist technical, consulting and managed application support services for organisations that wish to address performance, compliance and productivity initiatives on Microsoft SharePoint, Dynamics CRM and Cloud technologies. Backed by Macquarie Capital, OBS have over 140 staff that service Australia with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.

As Australia’s first Microsoft Gold Partner, OBS currently holds five Microsoft Gold Competencies covering Portals & Collaboration, Digital Marketing, Search, CRM and Business Intelligence. OBS was named Australia’s Best Place to Work in 2012 by BRW magazine.

Wavelink appoints John Marshall, channel manager

John MarshallSydney, November 10, 2009 – Wavelink Communications, a value added distributor of business IP telephony and wireless solutions, has appointed John Marshall as channel manager.

Marshall will be responsible for supporting Wavelink’s strategic relationships with its existing NSW and Queensland reseller base, which includes specialist resellers, systems integrators, vendors and carriers. As well as this, John will be responsible for expanding Wavelink’s channel numbers in the IP area. He will also work with Wavelink’s sales engineers and channel partners on major opportunities.

Jonathan Ordman, director, Wavelink says, “John brings to Wavelink a wealth of experience in identifying growth opportunities and strengthening partnerships with all levels of business. We are thrilled to have him put his energy, savvy and excellent relationship-building skills to what is a key position within Wavelink.”

Previously employed at Zylotech as business development manager, Marshall was in charge of managing IT distributors, resellers and end-user business. Before that, Marshall held roles as distribution manager at Kyocera Mita Australia and business development manager at Epson Australia where he oversaw all major tender installations.

He brings to Wavelink the extensive experience he has gained in signing up key alliance agreements with IBM, Microsoft and Avnet Inc. as part of a strategic growth plan.

Based in Wavelink’s Sydney offices, Marshall will be reporting to Ilan Rubin, director of business development.


About Wavelink

Wavelink Communications ( specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge IP telephony and wireless solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Polycom, Digium and Meru Networks.