HIF is delighted to welcome to its Board technology entrepreneur and business executive Michael Malone.
Mr Malone is a Western Australian entrepreneur and company director with 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications, technology and media sectors. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at nbnco, as well as ASX-Listed Seven West Media Ltd and WiseTech Ltd.
HIF CEO Justin James said Mr Malone’s appointment to the Board would further strengthen the not-for-profit private health insurer’s strategic position over the coming years.
“Michael brings to HIF a wealth of experience and knowledge and we couldn’t be happier to have him on our Board,” Mr James said. “His business acumen and deep understanding of telecommunications and infrastructure, coupled with his passion for internet consumer rights and voice in the metadata debate, means he will be a valuable asset to our organisation.”
An Irish immigrant who moved to Australia in 1978, Mr Malone founded iiNet in 1993 from the garage of his parents’ home in Perth and continued as its CEO until his retirement in 2014.
He was a co-founder of Diamond Cyber Security and served as a Chairman from 2014 to 2020, when Diamond Cyber became part of a leading national security company, CyberCX.
Mr Malone is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Computer Society.
He has a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) and a post graduate Diploma in Education, both from the University of Western Australia, and was awarded the 2011 Australian Earnst & Young Entrepeneur of the Year, 2009 CEO of the Year in the Australian Telecom Awards, and First Among Equals in the 2006 Business News 40under40 awards.
Mr Malone said he was pleased to be joining the Board of an organisation committed not just to its members but the broader community.
“Customer service and customer advocacy is something I am very passionate about and these values are very much aligned with HIF’s,” he said. “I’m looking forward to bringing my experience and expertise to the table of a not-for-profit, member-focused insurance provider that has carved out its own unique position in a highly competitive market.”