Tuesday, 20 October 2020 12:34

Ex Qantas tech lead Rouse Ganderton appointed as Eliiza GM

Natalie Rouse Ganderton, GM Eliiza Natalie Rouse Ganderton, GM Eliiza

Data science and engineering consultancy Eliiza has appointed former Qantas Emerging Technology Lead, Natalie Rouse Ganderton, as general manager.

Part of The Mantel Group, Eliiza says Rouse Ganderton will support Eliiza’s strategy to build capability across geographies and industry verticals and use this IP to begin developing solution offerings that will pave the way for packaged products and services.

Rouse Ganderton began her consulting career in her home country New Zealand before relocating to the UK to support their European customers, later moved to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways before taking up the role with Qantas in Sydney.

Eliiza says Rouse Ganderton - now based back home in Auckland - will undertake the role remotely and be charged with helping to grow Eliiza’s Sydney team and its ANZ-wide footprint across industry verticals.

Rouse Ganderton said she was excited by the opportunity to join Eliiza and Mantel Group at a pivotal time for many organisations.

“There are two schools of thought in hard times; one is ‘let's pull back and stick to the basics’, the other is ‘we can’t afford not to find better and smarter ways of doing things’. There are many advantages to be gained by organisations with the latter mindset,” she said.

“I’m optimistic about joining Eliiza right now because the people are amazing and the quality of work is outstanding, and there is a real growth mindset. I also look forward to being part of Mantel Group as a whole.

Their principles and value set are closely aligned with my own and I am keen to see how far we can drive things forward on multiple fronts. Working with the other brands and looking not just within our own bubble, but at what can be delivered across many facets of an organisation is where real transformation happens”

James Wilson, CEO of Eliiza, said: “Natalie is a proven leader in the data science and engineering space and her skills have taken her around the world. We’re very excited to now have her in our camp.”

“This is a very important hire for Elliza. We’ve been a largely Melbourne-based company, but as Mantel Group and Elliza are expanding and hiring nationwide and companies are looking to us for solutions that will prepare them for a world beyond 2020, our scope for growth is exponential. I look forward to working with Natalie.”

Rouse Ganderton, a long-time advocate for women in technology, says she intends to use her position to continue shining a light on the issues and opportunities impacting female participation in the industry.

“When I moved back to Sydney five years ago, I realised that the gender situation in technology had gotten worse rather than better, so I really wanted to play my part through women in tech meet ups, panels, and interviews. Anything I can say or do about my journey that inspires someone else is a step forward and I intend to continue that at Eliiza.”

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