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New global leadership role for CQUni Alumnus renowned for digital transformation expertise

New global leadership role for CQUni Alumnus renowned for digital transformation expertise

Published:16 March 2017

CQUniversity MBA graduate Kumar Parakala has taken up a new role as Global Leader – Digital at GHD, an international engineering consulting firm.

CQUniversity MBA graduate Kumar Parakala has taken up a new role as Global Leader – Digital at GHD, an international engineering consulting firm.

In an endorsement of his expertise and track record, Mr Parakala’s digital transformation and growth advisory firm Technova has been acquired by GHD, which has $1.7 billion revenue, more than 8500 employees and 200 offices worldwide.

As founder and Managing Director of digital transformation and growth consultant Technova, and as former global partner at KPMG, Kumar espouses that the ground rules and assumptions that businesses previously relied on are no longer valid.

“Digital technologies are transforming the way products and services are created, distributed and consumed,” he says.

“The built environment sector in particular still operates in a largely analogue environment and there are vast opportunities to unlock new efficiencies for our clients.

“Thanks to our deep understanding of assets, business processes and technology, we have the capability to help clients reimagine and define their digital futures through new customer engagement models, products, business models, work definitions and organisational structures.”

Mr Parakala brings to his new role more than two decades of experience and insights of working at the intersection of business and technology with leading global organisations.

Most recently he was named International Professional of the Year at the SEARCC-ACS Digital Disruptors Awards.

Ashley Wright, CEO of GHD says his firm recognises the changing needs of clients and the impact digital technologies are having on their businesses.

“Through GHD Advisory, we are keen to enable our customers to achieve better outcomes and create greater value for their customers, by combining deep technical leadership and commercial acumen. We are actively investing in digital services to leverage the opportunities delivered by new and emerging technologies,” Mr Wright says.

Mark Read, Group Executive Manager – GHD Advisory, says the firm is delighted to welcome Mr Parakala, who will “drive the growth of this exciting area of our business”.

“Using our skills in location intelligence, virtual reality, visualisation, and data analytics we can help our clients adapt. Our focus is on providing new services and products that empower clients to optimise processes, resolve challenges, predict future scenarios and make the right business decisions.”