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Introducing Corporate Ladder: your weekly guide to executive appointments


In a weekly column launching today, InDaily will track the movements of those driving South Australia’s public and private sectors in industries as diverse as space and the arts. Who’s who on the Corporate Ladder? Read on.

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Growing satellite communications company Myriota has appointed Barbara Swanson as its business’s first chief revenue officer.

Swanson, who began the role on February 10, has been tasked with expanding the company’s global customer base at a time when space communications and Myriota are experiencing rapid growth.

Previously based in Sydney, Swanson will divide her time between Adelaide and the NSW capital, where her family still lives, according to a Myriota spokesperson.

Swanson previously led the US-based West Unified Communications Asia-Pacific service teams. She said the opportunity to work for Myriota allowed her to user her “skills to help grow one of the most exciting scale-ups in the international space sector.”

“I’m looking forward to working with the extremely talented and dedicated team at Myriota to take the company global. Space communications is a very dynamic and fast-growing industry to be in as we enter the fourth industrial age,” she said.

The appointment coincided with the ninth annual space forum in Adelaide and opening of the Australian Space Agency last month. It also signalled the next stage of Myriota’s global expansion.

Last year, Myriota joined forces with telecommunications company Optus to bolster Internet of Things coverage for regional Australia.

The Lot Fourteen-based company’s technology aims to make data accessible across international industries including agriculture, logistics, transport and environmental management.

Hi-tech x-ray company Micro-X has also appointed a new chief financial officer and co-company secretary with Kingsley Hall officially beginning the roles last week.

Kingsley Hall

Hall has worked in the public and private sectors across media, tourism, private equity and education. He previously led the finance, IT and legal functions for the state government’s training business Scope Global as chief financial officer and head of diversified business.

In his new positions, Hall is set to expand the Tonsley-based company’s commercialisation and build a platform for future products.

David Wark

After eight years as not-for-profit St Vincent de Paul Society South Australia’s (Vinnies) chief executive officer David Wark has moved to Operation Flinders as the chief executive office. He has been replaced by Louise Miller Frost.

Miller Frost’s most recent position was as managing director of Catherine House, an emergency accommodation and support service for women experiencing homelessness.

She will officially begin as Vinnies CEO on March 10.

Louise Miller Frost

A statement from the organisation said in her previous role Miller Frost expanded service capacity by 37.5 per cent, grew the annual budget and more than doubled fundraising income in two years. Miller Frost said joining Vinnies was the natural next step in her career.

“Vinnies has been operating in South Australia for more than 135 years but the needs are growing and more complex than ever,” she said.

“With its diverse range of services, it feels like the different roles I have held over the course of my career have been preparing me for this one and I can’t wait to get started.”

In the world of finance, HLB Mann Judd has lured Travis Rickard from chartered accountancy firm StewartBrown, naming him an audit and assurance, corporate advisory partner.

Rickard, who spent more than five years at StewartBrown, joins Corey McGowan and Jon Colquhoun in leading the audit and assurance corporate advisory team.

Rickard said he was “incredibly excited” to join the national firm.

HLB Mann Judd’s Travis Rickard joins Corey McGowan and Jon Colquhoun in leading the audit and assurance corporate advisory team.

“As a partner of HLB Mann Judd, I am looking forward to working with a team of people who are committed to quality and helping our clients whilst continuing to build on my expertise in the aged services sector,” he said.

In agribusiness, Elders Limited has appointed an additional non-executive director, Matthew Quinn.

Matthew Quinn

Quinn is also non-executive director of CSR Limited and Regis Healthcare Limited and chairman of Class Limited and TSA Management.

Between 2000 and 2013 he was managing director of property development company Stockland Group.

Looking to grow its cultural footprint, the University of Adelaide has established a suit of new leaderships roles. These included the appointment of director of cultural and campus events, former Tasting Australia creative director Ross Ganf, pro vice-chancellor (Indigenous engagement) Noongar man Shane Hearn and pro vice-chancellor (international) Jacqueline Lo.

Ross Ganf

Hearn’s appointment follows more than three years as the university’s dean of Indigenous research and education strategy where he was responsible for the management of Indigenous operations.

Shane Hearn

He has held a number of consultancy roles specialising in Indigenous relations and community engagement.

According to the University of Adelaide website, Hearn “will oversee the ongoing implementation of our reconciliation action plan and continue to lead the university’s efforts in relation to Indigenous engagement, as well as building links with the community.”

Lo will drive Adelaide’s international strategy, partnerships and engagement.

Jacqueline Lo

She moves from the Australian National University in Canberra, where she was associate dean in the college of arts and social sciences.

During her time at ANU, Lo served as chair of the academic board and spent nine years as the executive director at the centre for European studies.

If your company has a significant coming or going in its ranks that you want to share, please let us know by emailing Jessica Bassano at for consideration in this column.

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