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27 November 2017

ITS Australia appoints new president and board of directors

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
ITS Australia has announced Dean Zabrieszach will be replacing Brian Negus as its new president, supported by Dennis Walsh as vice president, and has also confirmed a new board of directors.

New and re-elected board members include Dale Andrea – VicRoads, Chen Cai – Data61/ The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, James Hurnall – Federal Chambers of Automotive Industries, Mark Jackman – Robert Bosch Australia, Mark Jackman – Robert Bosch Australia and Jeff McCarthy – Roads and Maritime Services. In addition, Brian Negus – Royal Automobile Club of Victoria and Dean Zabrieszach – HMI Technologies are also members.

They will join ongoing members of the board which features Bill Advic – Eastlink, Gino Dompetrio – Jacobs Group, Chris Koniditsiotis - Transport Certification Australia Limited, Jeremy Nassau - Transurban, Soren Tellegen - Kapsch (TrafficCom in Australia/New Zealand), Dirk Van de Meerssche - Cubic. Additional members are Dennis Walsh - Department of Transport and Main Roads and Michael Watts – Transmax.

The role of the ITS Australia board is to advocate the application of communication, data processing and electronic technologies for in-vehicle, vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure and mode-to-mode systems. It aims to increase transport safety and sustainability, reduce congestion, and improve the performance and competitiveness of the country’s transport networks.

Zabrieszach, said: It’s my belief that ours is the best ITS Association in the world. The enormous work in recent years, led by my predecessor Brian Negus, and with the help of Susan Harris, CEO and her team, have seen ITS Australia grow from strength to strength.

“The continued work to represent our members both in domestic and international settings means the Australian ITS industry has continued to grow and remains a major employer and economic contributor.”

Susan Harris, chief executive officer, referred to Negus’ six year role as the former president, “His consistency and engaged leadership has placed us in an enviable position of growth. ITS Australia has never been in a stronger position and we are building upon the momentum of the highly successful 2016 ITS World Congress.”

“We continue to leverage the opportunities the ITS World Congress created for the benefit of the Australian ITS industry.
Ongoing activities including the publication of the Smart Transport for Australia report, the bid to host the 2020 Asia Pacific Forum in Brisbane, and the engagement of a Policy Manager. These things and more will ensure Brian’s legacy is the starting point for continued success for ITS Australia”, Harris added.

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