Mr Thompson joined Protegic earlier this year as general manager sales and marketing. Prior to this he was vice president Asia Pacific for software vendor AXS-One, part of Unify Corp.
Announcing the appointment, chairman of the Protegic Advisory Board, Neil Gamble, said this is one of the first steps in the company's next growth phase.
"Greg Ward, the current CEO based in Adelaide, was looking to step down so that the role could be based in Melbourne from where the main hub of Protegic staff operate. Greg will continue as shareholder and director with specific responsibilities for South Australia and group administration matters," said Mr Gamble.
"In only a few years, Protegic has performed exceptionally well in establishing itself as a leader in project management with a blue chip clientele and an expanding geographic base.
"Greg Ward has taken the company through this growth period, so we are very appreciative of his efforts in achieving this. Having David Thompson at the helm brings a new skill set to the senior management team and with his experience we will see Protegic grow from this excellent base.
"David has already established his credentials and the combined assets of his well rounded customer relationship focus plus his leadership skills will be a timely addition to the Protegic family capabilities during this next growth phase," Mr Gamble added.
Protegic provides strategic project management services and has experience in Enterprise Resource Planning (SAP R/3) projects, ICT projects, green field infrastructure projects, and business change and transformation projects. The company has 35 employees across the Asia Pacific region.
New CEO David Thompson said he is impressed with Protegic's credentials, its project management knowhow and its excellent customer relationship pedigree.
"There is a large and ready market for these project management skills including the overarching project assurance capabilities that Protegic spearheads. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and to replicating these achievements on a greater scale throughout Australia and in selected neighbouring regions."