Karen Lay-Brew

Karen Lay-Brew

President & Chair

Australian Business Software Industry Association - ABSIA

As a Board Member and Corporate Advisor, Karen advises corporations and boards on the impact of technology on the businesses. As a professed gadgeteer, Karen is enthused by the emerging technologies and their promise of ubiquitous betterment for all, and how the businesses can and must create advantage during this disruption. With over 30 years’ professional experience, Karen specialises in changing the culture of organisations, and Digital Transformation is a global Change effort impacting all businesses and communities.

Karen is the President and Chair on the Australian Business Software Industry Association (ABSIA), working closely with both the Government and the private sector to drive the Digital Transformation Agenda in Australia. Through collaborations with the US Government and Asia Pacific, it has given her insight to building a stronger ecosystem of innovative technology and service providers of small and medium businesses including start-ups.

Karen's previous roles include: Vice President (USA), Microsoft HQ in Seattle, Vice President of Six Sigma and CIO for BHP Billiton Base Metals division where she implemented a world-wide Lean Six Sigma Operational Excellence programme. As the CIO for Honeywell Asia-Pacific, she has worked across different cultures and geographies to successfully integrate the disparate IT organisations serving 14 different countries.

She is an avid diversity champion on challenges faced by those who think differently. She established Women in IT at Microsoft, coaches and mentors senior executives and women in leadership. Karen is very passionate about emerging technology and the role it plays to drive world economies and rasie living standards.

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