Wong the new ACS national president

Anthony Wong takes over from Kumar Parakala as the industry body's leader

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has picked Anthony Wong to take over from Kumar Parakala as president.

Wong has been chairman of the industry body's NSW arm for four years and also chief executive of intellectual property legal and consulting practice, AGW Consulting.

In a statement, Wong said he looked forward "to progressing the interests of ICT professionals around Australia" in his new role.

"My focus as national president will be on matters that are critical both to professionals within our sector and to the general community - including ICT skill development, SME and innovation support, and use of ICT," he said. "I will also continue to promote the development of the digital economy and its potential impact on Australia’s economic growth. We need to look beyond Australia’s traditional drivers of economic prosperity – and to capitalize on the significant impact ICT innovations, products and services can have on improving the living standards of all Australians."

In November the ACS also appointed Bruce Lakin as the new CEO of the industry body, taking over from interim CEO, Sam Burrell.

Burrell will return to his former position as ACS general manager, finance & business services.

Lakin, who has been senior director for Symantec Asia Pacific & Japan, managing director of VERITAS Software and general manager of Toshiba, will help push a “service ethic” at the ACS.

Wong will start in the president's role on January 1 and will be joined by four other new faces with the ACS appointing: Brenda Aynsley as vice-president; Nick Tate as treasurer; and Yohan Ramasundara and Jack Burton as national congressional representatives.

In early November it was announced outgoing ACS President Kumar Parakala has taken up a new role as the head of the IT advisory business at KPMG in India.

(Read an interview with outgoing ACS president Kumar Parakala on his two years in the role.) The new appointments come at a time of change and challenges for the ACS with former CEO, Kim Denham suing the industry representative body for misleading or deceptive conduct.

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