Brisbane-based cloud hosting and web development company ATech has appointed Gary Linton to the newly created position of non-executive chairman, promoted Glenn Prinsen to chief operating officer and appointed Amanda Brown and Manuel Ruiz to the roles of community manager and senior web developer respectively.
“Gary enjoys a strong reputation and extensive experience acquired over a management career spanning more than 30 years, in addition to having served in advisory roles with numerous organizations,” said A Tech general director Sarah Jane Peterschlingmann.
“This appointment is part of our growth strategy to expand our international cloud hosting capabilities and provide web development services to mission-critical organizations. Gary’s credentials mean he is well equipped to help us execute our strategy.”
Linton brings 30 years of management and consulting experience to the company.
He is also Managing Director of Linton Howard and Non-Executive Director of LifeTec Australia, Urban Xtreme and Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association.
Linton previously served as chairman of several companies, managing director of Prospect Group, CEO of Saab ITS and Greenspan Technology, and a director of Linton Hoy O’Brien.
He holds an Honors BA in Mathematics and History from the University of Melbourne, an Education degree from the same institution, an MBA from Deakin University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Administrators of companies.
“ATech has built an enviable track record over the past 15 years specializing in building, hosting and managing high security, high performance and high availability digital solutions,” Linton said.
“His customer-centric approach, pursuit of providing mission-critical cloud hosting and SaaS websites, combined with impressive management, has produced very strong and profitable year-over-year growth. I’m thrilled to be able to play a role in the future success of the business.”
Director of Operations Glenn Prinsen was the company’s senior project manager prior to his promotion.
Previously, he spent nearly nine years on Townsville City Council, most recently as a project manager.
Earlier in his career, Prinsen worked as an IT services and support manager at James Cook University, as a web programmer at Code Valley, and as a developer at TP Human Capital.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from James Cook University and is a certified project manager.
Amanda Brown joined Atech as a community manager from MBA Lawyers, where she worked as marketing and communication manager.
Previously, she held various similar positions at King’s Christian College, St Hilda’s School, PBS, Life Education Queensland and Bartercard.
Brown has also served as director of Verity Public Relations and account executive at Kinetics and Blackie McDonald.
She holds a BA in Communications and Asian Studies from Western Sydney University.
Senior web developer Manuel Ruiz brings experience with Drupal and other web technologies that he gained working for Capgemini and other companies in Mexico and Canada.
He holds industry credentials relating to Linux, C++ and Node.js.
Peterschlingmann added “The $400,000 awarded to ATech earlier this year through the federal government’s Boosting Female Founders program has made some of these new appointments possible, enabling ATech’s international growth plan.
“ATech has proven that it is possible to run a globally competitive business from Queensland. We are competitive in a market dominated by some of the biggest companies in the world.
“We are delighted to be able to bring this business model to the international market with the support of the grant.
“All of our staff have been working remotely from Australia, and have been for 15 years; working remotely is nothing new to us! This means we can confidently interact using the same mechanisms with our international clients.
“The company’s business model attracts very high caliber candidates. We only hire high quality candidates with deep knowledge, skills and experience. I have created a flexible workplace that offers an exceptional work/life balance for everyone.
“Additionally, remote working offers the opportunity to enhance employment in regional areas. For example, in addition to Brisbane and Melbourne, ATech employees are based in Cairns, the Gold Coast and Newcastle.”