May 20, 2020

Year in Review: Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

Digital Transformation
Richard Blank
2 min
Year in Review: Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

Back in July, Business Chief spoke with the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP), a system of schools in Western Sydney, about the ways it is using digital methods to transform the student experience.

Director of Data Intelligence Raju Varanasi and Executive Director Greg Whitby spoke at length about what digital transformation meant for the school system. “Digital transformation has two main focus points for us,” said Varanasi. “The first is transparency and the ease of releasing information and intelligence to teachers, students and staff. The second is operational excellence: saving time and costs.”

To change the model in the ways CEDP had, it was necessary to change the mindset throughout the organisation. “Greg knew that digital transformation came with a bit of risk, but a change of mindset had to happen,” says Varanasi. “I work with the principals to build their trust about why transformation has to happen. Every time I present to them, I try to better understand why something might be working while another thing isn’t.” Whitby’s role in the transformation was strategic. “ I have to make sure that our system is fit for purpose in five years time. The question I constantly ask myself is: ‘Are we going to be relevant, around and in the market in five years’ time?’”


CEDP found the effect on its students’ learning to be transformative. That stemmed in part from the reduced burden on teachers and principals, allowing them to move away from administrative tasks to spend time on more important matters. “If a principal spends less time on administration, or invoicing, supplier and repair issues, they can concentrate on educational leadership,” said Varanasi.

For the full interview with Varanasi and Whitby and many more details on CEDP’s transformation, take a look at our July issue or the company’s exclusive brochure.

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Jul 24, 2021

Amobee Appoints Nick Brien As CEO

Elise Leise
2 min
Nick Brien, a CEO with a proven advertising track record, will help Amobee achieve digital growth

In its latest strategic move, Amobee—a global multimedia advertising leader—announced that Nick Brien will be its Chief Executive Officer. The company is entirely owned by Singtel, Asia’s leading communications technology organisation, which provides consumers with mobile, broadband, and TV and businesses with data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics, and cybersecurity tools. 

Brien, who has worked for Microsoft, Intel, P&G, and American Express, will take over to drive the next generation of advertising tech. Said Evangelos Simoudis, Chairman of the Board of Amobee: ‘Nick has the deep expertise in advertising that we need to seize the market opportunities ahead’. 

How Did Brien Get Here? 

Before joining Amobee, Brien led 15,000 people across 40 divisions as CEO of the Americas for Dentsu International. For thirty years, he’s helped brands pilot unique advertisements, keeping up with the latest trends. He’s served as CEO of McCann Worldgroup, global CEO of IPG Mediabrands, President of Hearst Marketing Services, and CEO of iCrossing. Over the course of his career, he’s consistently strategised how to keep up with digital shifts. Now, he’ll capitalise on Amobee’s legions of experienced data scientists and developers. 

‘I’m excited to be joining Amobee at such a transformative time in our industry’, Brien explained. ‘We’ll pilot advertising accountability and intelligent decisioning. And there’s no doubt in my mind that optimising media performance—whether you’re targeting, planning, buying, or delivering—can only be achieved using applied science, machine learning, and data analytics’. 

What Does This Mean for Amobee? 

Amobee is set on growing its personal brand within the advertising sector. As APAC social media influencers, Gen Z growth hackers, and viral content producers start to enter the field, established companies will be working doubly hard to keep up. Amobee, however, is still looking good. With a Gartner Magic Quadrant for Ad Tech, a Forrester New Wave recognition, and now, Nick Brien as CEO, the firm is set up for success. 

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