Australia’s largest privately owned ICT managed services provider, Kinetic IT, today announced the appointment of Michael North as Chief Executive Officer. He replaces company co-founder Terry North, who is moving to a non-executive Board role after seven years at the company helm.
The changes are part of a long-term succession plan and follow a record year of growth which has seen the company grow to over 1200 staff nationally.
Announcing the transition, out-going CEO Terry North said Kinetic IT was strongly positioned amongst global players in the Australian ICT outsourcing arena, holding some of Australia’s largest and most complex ICT managed services contracts.
“Michael was the natural choice as CEO. Over the past 17 years, Michael has held a range of operational and executive roles, progressing through Kinetic IT’s ranks. Recently, he has been instrumental in shaping the strategic direction of the company as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Operating Officer.
“The leadership change is an important part of our succession plan and reflects the company’s growing maturity and national focus,” Terry North said.
Michael North said: “Two thousand and fifteen was a massive year for Kinetic IT, with two major contract wins in Victoria and New South Wales. As we look to bed down these important new clients, it’s the right time for us to build on our strong foundation and prepare for future growth.”
Michael North added that the next five years would be a period of evolution for Kinetic IT, with a fresh company strategy that will see it expanding its service portfolio to increase capabilities in security services, new ‘as a service’ offerings and more.
“Our focus will always be on working with customers and partners who value authentic relationships and personalised services delivered by people they can talk to face-to-face. It’s through these relationships that we can have such a positive impact within our customers’ environments and truly help drive their organisational goals.
We’ll also continue to invest in community and industry sponsorships, including those which encourage women to seek jobs in technology fields, delivering our own educational programs, and provide workforce opportunities within the ICT industry,” Michael North said.
“I’m proud to be part of an Australian owned and operated organisation that’s passionate about nurturing Australian talent, in a local industry with a great future,” concludes Kinetic IT’s new CEO.