New leadership appointments at two major ICT vendors

Telehealth expert Sharryn Gannon has been appointed to a new executive role at Tunstall while Ted Pretty has been replaced in the top job at Hills by colleague Grant Logan as the organisation revises its strategy.

Sharryn Gannon appointed to new executive role at Tunstall

Sharryn Gannon
Sharryn Gannon

Telehealth specialists Tunstall Healthcare has appointed Sharryn Gannon to its leadership team in the newly created position of health services delivery manager.

In addition to working alongside the executive team to expand and develop the business, she will be responsible for Tunstall’s clinical services, including the clinical triage and emergency monitoring centres, and customer service delivery, according to Tunstall, which made the announcement on 1 June.

Ms Gannon has a clinical background as a registered nurse and extensive experience in the private and public health sectors including 14 years’ in technology-enabled healthcare.

Her most recent roles include senior project manager telehealth at Serco, director of Queensland Health’s 24/7 Health Contact Centre, and senior program manager with NSW Health.

Ms Gannon said this new chapter in her career was about sharing the right information at the right time with the right people.

“Technology will change, but the purpose of this telehealthcare technology is to share information between people who need to be connected,” she said.

“Whether that’s a client and a nurse here at Tunstall, or a client and the service support people who help them in their home, or a GP talking to a nurse out in the field about a client that they’re with.”

Ms Gannon said she was looking forward to new projects, adding new business offerings and providing services to a wider group of clients.

Ted Pretty replaced by Grant Logan at Hills

Grant Logan
Grant Logan

In an unexpected statement on 27 May, Hills announced that chief operating officer (COO) Grant Logan would immediately replace Ted Pretty as chief executive officer (CEO).

Mr Logan, who joined Hills in 2011 as chief financial officer (CFO) and became COO in February this year, has been appointed to the role for an initial 12-month term.

Mr Pretty, who was also group managing director, joined Hills in 2012.

He led the organisation’s transformation from a diversified holding company to a technology business and leaves it with a strong balance sheet, a simplified business model and the board’s thanks, said Hills chairman Jennifer Hill-Ling.

On the reason for his departure, she said the board recently reviewed and refined the company’s strategy and after discussing it with Mr Pretty agreed it was time for a change in executive leadership.

The strategy involves a commitment to consolidate its existing businesses and grow organically and by acquisition within Australia and New Zealand.

As COO, she said Mr Logan would be able to move seamlessly into the role of CEO, where his primary focus would be on ensuring the company generated consistent returns for shareholders.

Prior to joining Hills, Mr Logan held CFO positions at Corporate Express, Goodman Fielder and Bayer Limited and was CEO at Philips Electronics.

“On top of his operational experience, he possesses extensive and proven abilities in negotiating and completing complex financial transactions, particularly mergers and acquisitions,” Ms Hill-Ling said.

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