The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has appointed a new Chief Digital and Technology Officer.

Joe Locandro will take on the position in March 2018 and is tasked with finding innovative ways to improve the company’s technology teams.

Mr Locandro was formerly Vice President Business Technology Solutions at Emirates Airlines (Emirates) and integral to the Emirates Group’s IT Leadership team responsible for establishing an effective and consistent IT customer experience.

Before joining Emirates, Mr Locandro held a variety of executive roles at Cathay Pacific Airlines, China Light & Power, its subsidiary Yallourn Energy – AusPower and Village Roadshow.

With over 18 years’ of experience in executive IT management, Mr Locandro has a proven track record in delivering for global blue chip organisations across the world, and has been widely recognised for his achievements and awarded several accolades including CIO of the year, top 100 global CIO of the year and Asia IT Innovator award.

“Joe is well placed to lead AEMO’s technology teams with his extensive experience and cross-industry exposure. He is highly regarded for his ability to create value for organisations by identifying business opportunities using emerging technologies,” AEMO’s Managing Director and CEO, Audrey Zibelman said.

“Digital transformation is a key pillar to the success of the energy industry, Joe’s breadth and depth of expertise will drive the development of operating solutions that enable a more economically efficient, diverse, secure and reliable power system.”

Mr Locandro said, “The opportunity to contribute to the success and future of AEMO and the Australian energy industry is exciting. I genuinely look forward to working with AEMO and the industry to deliver productive and efficient technological solutions that will benefit all Australians.”

Mr Locandro holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Commerce from University of Melbourne, a graduate diploma in Marketing from Monash University, and Strategic Application of Information Technology from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. 

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