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Macquarie Government appoints defence and national security growth strategist

Former Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand CEO Mike Foster joins Macquarie Government as director of strategic growth, defence and national security portfolio.

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Tue, 15 Feb 2022
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Macquarie Government, part of Macquarie Telecom Group, announced the appointment of Defence ICT industry leader and former CEO of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand Mike Foster as director of strategic growth.

The newly created position has been designed to lead Macquarie’s expanding defence and national security capabilities and pursuits, including vertically integrated cyber security, cloud, data centre and telecommunications services.

Foster also joins Macquarie Government to support the policies relating to the Hardening Government IT (HGIT) Initiative, which is uplifting cyber security capability across government agencies. Macquarie works with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), which has been selected as the fourth trial agency in the HGIT’s cyber hubs pilot.

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During his decade-plus tenure at Fujitsu, Foster led unprecedented growth in that company's defence business, including developing a dedicated workforce for the Department of Defence totalling more than 500 employees, and the signing of a $99 million contract with Defence to provide desktop-related services to 100,000 personnel across more than 450 Australian locations.

Foster’s resume also includes six years as a non-executive director of Telstra Clear, four years as chief of business sales at Telstra and two years as managing director A/NZ for EMC, now part of Dell.

The decision to join Macquarie Government was made easy according to Foster, given the company’s track record managing and mitigating the cyber threats launched against Australian government agencies.

"For over a decade, Macquarie Government has gained unparalleled insight into the digital landscape in which Australian government agencies now operate," Foster said.

"The expertise the Macquarie team has gained from providing cyber security, infrastructure and cloud services to a wide range of federal government agencies is unparalleled.

"That expertise is highly valued by the federal government and I’m excited to be leading the company’s next evolution to further support the Defence and National Security sectors."

The appointment of Foster demonstrates Macquarie Government's strong and ongoing investment in homegrown talent according to the company's managing director Aidan Tudehope, who added it is reflective of its impressive multi-year growth.

"Mike’s deep experience leading large and complex ICT programs for Defence will be critical for Macquarie Government as we continue to build on our capability offering to federal and state government customers," Tudehope concluded.

"This appointment comes during a time of unprecedented growth for Macquarie Government. In January alone, we welcomed and onboarded 10 new starters and we expect that to grow by a further 40 in the coming months as we fill a range of roles in security, cloud, and DevOps areas."

The appointment of Foster follows recent senior appointments including Peter Merrick as general manager, and Mark Vardy as strategic bid manager.

In 2021, Macquarie Telecom Group also surpassed 200 government-cleared security staff.

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