The ABC’s Chief Digital and Information Officer Helen Clifton has been named one of Australia’s top three technology leaders by CIO Australia as part of their annual CIO50 awards.
Some of the country’s sharpest minds from organisations such as Revenue NSW, Seven West Media, the Victorian Department of Health, Lendlease, TPG Telecom and the Red Cross came together to celebrate the achievements of the top 50 senior tech and digital executives driving technology-led innovations, building cultures, and influencing their peers and leadership teams
Helen was recognised for her role in driving the ABC’s transition from a traditional broadcaster to the nation’s most highly trusted, valued and leading digital content provider. In a panel discussion with the other two winners, Helen said it demonstrated just how far the ABC has come in its almost 90-year history.
“This is well deserved recognition for the innovation that’s driving the ABC and how it’s become a leading force in the digital space in Australia. Indeed, we now have 18 million active users each week enjoying a huge range of digital experiences. It’s also recognition of the breadth of our distinctive, high-quality content, which gives the ABC its unique place in the lives of Australians – our audiences can watch, listen, read and interact with us whenever and wherever it suits them.”
ABC Managing Director David Anderson congratulated Helen and thanked her for her leadership in the technology area.
“Helen is driving critically important work at the ABC as we continue the transition to digital broadcasting. To see her recognised in this way for her knowledge, leadership and vision is also a strong reflection on the ABC’s technology teams and the work they do.”
The top 50 Australian technology leaders were unveiled during a celebration ceremony last Thursday evening hosted at N’galaway Terrace in Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, where more than 100 technology and c-level executives attended from across the country.