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Annual Report 2013-14

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Profile | Aiyaswami Mohan

Driving Defence’s information and communications technology

Aiyaswami Mohan (known as Mohan) commenced the role of Chief Technology Officer in June 2014 giving him responsibility for the Defence Information and Communications Technology strategy, technology roadmaps, architecture, and delivery of ICT systems and applications in line with Defence’s goals and strategies. He also leads the Group Commercial function in the Chief Information Officer Group, and as the Chief Information Security Officer he also manages and governs the information security landscape.

As Chief Technology Officer, Mohan provides guidance and support to Defence on projects of strategic significance, promoting technology awareness and competence throughout the organisation. He ensures applications are built and integrated in line with the architecture for applications and infrastructure, which is aligned with the Single Information Environment objective.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering with training in the areas of technologies, leadership, and financial and project management.

Before joining the Australian Public Service, Mohan enjoyed a long career in the private sector ICT industry working for Toll Group, Optus, Satyam Computers, Coles Myer, Mercator Software, Haltek and Citicorp India.

In his first job as a software engineer, he led a technical team that implemented the automated passenger reservation system for Indian Railways, which was voted Project of the Century. He has held several roles since then, in all areas of information technology. Mohan conceived, developed and implemented groundbreaking technology products and solutions as part of his roles at Haltek, HiServ, Mercator and Satyam. He led the enterprise integration function at Coles Myer during its transformation program and the enterprise architecture transition program for Optus. More recently, Mohan was responsible for all aspects of ICT strategy, enterprise architecture, technology innovation and planning for Toll Group (an Australia-based global logistics company) including leading the Toll Group’s information security and risk management.

He said he was looking forward to using his previous experience to improve the ICT capability the Chief Information Officer Group provides for Defence.

Mohan is married with one daughter. A true sports enthusiast, he likes to watch the cricket and AFL and enjoys a game of tennis. He also loves to cook curries, and enjoys watching movies and reading books in his mother tongue (Tamil) and spending time with his family.