Kate Pounder resigns as CEO of Tech Council of Australia

Ms Pounder was previously on track to become a partner at McKinsey but left the consulting firm to join Andrew Charlton, now the federal member for Parramatta, as a director of analytics firm AlphaBeta, which was sold to Accenture in early 2020.

Following the acquisition, Ms Pounder was appointed to a global role at Accenture but left after a year to return to public policy.

When Ms Pounder joined the TCA in mid-2021 it had just one employee and no office. It is now chaired by Tesla chairwoman Robyn Denholm and has a board featuring Atlassian co-CEO Scott Farquhar, Afterpay co-founder Anthony Eisen, Culture Amp CEO Didier Elzinga and Canva co-founder Cliff Obrecht.

“Over the last three years Kate has worked tirelessly to ensure that the tech sector has a strong and unified voice on the national stage,” Ms Denholm said.

“She has built a formidable team, bringing together policy, advocacy and building a large and diverse member ecosystem.”

TCA head of public policy Ryan Black will act as chief executive while the recruitment for a new CEO is under way.

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