Fronde appoints influential technology leader as new Chairman


Wellington – 20 February, 2017 - After an extensive recruitment process across New Zealand and Australia, the board of Fronde Systems Group Ltd, the leading Australasian digital transformation company, are excited to announce the appointment of the Honourable David J. Bartlett (B.Sc. Grad.Dip.Bus. FAIM MACS) as its new chairman.

David Bartlett, recently named by The Australian as one of Australia’s Top 50 most influential people in technology, has an extensive career in technology and innovation, government, and governance.

Sandy Maier (acting chairman) said “we are delighted to attract someone of the calibre of David to our board. His background in technology, government, and governance, along with his knowledge of the Australian market, are all extremely relevant to our strategy to grow our business in both the public and private sectors in New Zealand and Australia”.

David Bartlett was the Premier of the Australian State of Tasmania from 2008 until 2011. During his parliamentary career he also held the positions of Minister for Innovation, Science & Technology and Minister for Education & Skills. His time as Premier was characterised by bold reforms designed to lift Tasmania educational outcomes and capitalise on Tasmania's natural advantages in water, food and renewable energy, and also technology initiatives including championing Tasmania as the first National Broadband Network location.

Prior to entering Parliament, David had an extensive career in the information technology and telecommunications sector including roles as Chief Information Officer and Industry development specialist.

Since leaving Parliament, David has been working with regional economies, industry sectors and communities across Australia to prepare strategies for maximising economic and social renewal underpinned by broadband and digital technologies. He also holds a number of governance roles in emerging technology companies. He brings a unique perspective to discussions around broadband, innovation, commercialisation and the future of government service delivery.

David Bartlett said “I am very excited by the opportunity to join the Board of Fronde as Chairman. The well established company has new horizons and massive new opportunities in the market both in New Zealand and Australia. My career to date has been focused on driving innovation, new opportunities and delivering value to the people I work with.

Fronde offers a wonderful opportunity at the intersection of all of those things. Fronde’s great strength in the New Zealand market uniquely positions us to deliver expanded services and rapid growth in the Australian market and I am looking forward to guiding Fronde’s strategy in new markets and new technology platforms into the future.”

For further information, please contact: Kirsty Tikao, Fronde,, Ph: +64 21 728 282


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Fronde has received recent accolades from some of the giants in computing, including being awarded ‘Google Apps APAC Partner of the Year’, and ‘NetSuite Asia Pacific Japan Solution Provider of the Year’ two years in a row. Successes in consulting, software development, IT managed services, plus other strategic partnerships with Amazon Web Services and have combined to see Fronde regularly feature in the TIN100 and CRN Fast50.

Media release published in: IT Wire, CRN, CIO