by Byron Connolly

Open Universities Australia CIO quits

Apr 28, 20142 mins
CareersIT Leadership

Open Universities Australia’s chief information officer Michelle Beveridge has quit her post and will be moving to a newly created CIO role at Peak Adventure Travel Group.

Beveridge – who has been in the role since July 2010 – finishes at the organisation on May 9 and will start her new role in Melbourne on May 26. Anthony Russo, the organisation’s current ICT director, is the interim CIO.

Prior to this role at Open Universities, Beveridge was CIO at IDP Education, and general manager, information services at insurance firm OAMPS Limited.

She is currently chairman of the Victorian branch of the Australian Computer Society, and was chairman of the Victorian ICT for Women Network from 2007 to 2009.

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Recently, Beveridge oversaw the roll out of a learning management system – Open2Study – which enables universities to offer free online courses; as well as the Salesforce Sales Cloud, which representatives use to help students find the most appropriate courses.

The data is shared with call centre agents who already know the details of each student when they first contact a customer service representative for support.

Beveridge has also moved all of all Open Universities’ production systems into public and private cloud infrastructure.