Sarah’s background is in marketing, sales and strategy. A common thread in her 15 year+ career history is her passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. One of her earliest roles involved supporting the incubation, launch and spinning-out of a new software business. For several years she orchestrated tri-way partnerships between Ericsson, start-ups and telcos.
More recently, Sarah led Ericsson’s government and enterprise practice for Australia and South East Asia, driving digital transformation projects in industries such as utilities, transport and public safety. This was a role that Sarah and a colleague job-shared for four years up until the end of 2015. During this time the pair were recognised as one of Australia’s top five ‘powerful part timers’.
Today, Sarah’s situation is still rare. She works part-time as a member of the Ericsson Executive Team, reporting to the CEO. In industry, Sarah sits on the Executive Council of the IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA).
As a side gig, Sarah is a Founding Director at Umps Health, an early stage start-up providing smart technology to empower older people to live safely and independently as they age. Umps Health is currently a resident at two of Australia’s leading start-up accelerators: the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) and the Foundation for Young Australians Social Pioneers MedTech Program.
Sarah is also a public speaker on diversity & inclusion and the future of work. She became a vocal advocate for D&I and challenging traditional notions of work and job design when she returned to work after becoming a mum. Sarah is Executive Sponsor of Ericsson’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, and mentors a number of women in the technology industry.
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