DTA's chief strategy officer Anthony Vlasic re-joins BCG

06 February 2020 Consultancy.com.au

Thirteen years after departing, Anthony Vlasic has re-joined Boston Consulting Group as a partner.

“I am excited about my new role,” said Vlasic, who previously served the strategy and management consulting firm between 2005 and 2007. He left the firm to join Westpac, where he eventually stayed on for eleven years, working on topics including strategy, sourcing, project delivery and product management.

In his latest role at Australia’s oldest and one of the Big Four banks, Vlasic was Director of Strategy & Strategic Sourcing. He led the bank’s business strategy, strategic planning, transformation and innovation agenda, and was responsible for company-wide sourcing activities and management of the supplier ecosystem. According to his LinkedIn account, he oversaw a total spend portfolio of $1.4 billion per year.

Two years ago, Vlasic joined the government’s Digital Transformation Agency as Chief Procurement Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. He had responsibility for a broad set of government digital transformation activities across >100 agencies, including strategic direction, customer strategy and capability uplift across a 150,000-strong workforce. He also led a major transformation in the unit’s $7 billion sourcing portfolio, including the implementation of a new IT procurement strategy and an upgrade of the Digital Marketplace used for sourcing external suppliers.

DTA's chief strategy officer Anthony Vlasic re-joins BCG

One of the key deliverables during his tenure was the government’s first digital transformation strategy and roadmap launched in 2018. Vlasic also played a major part in the execution of the recommendations of the IT procurement taskforce.

Reflecting on his two years driving the government’s digital agenda, Vlasic said “I am proud of my teams achievements and the way in which we achieved it – whether it’s setting strategic direction, delivering sourcing reform or uplifting capability.” 

After posting the news about his move on LinkedIn earlier this week, the post has gone viral (close to 250 likes and comments), with many of his former colleagues taking the time to congratulate Vlasic. Patrick Drake-Brockman, a Senior Adviser at Digital Transformation Agency said, “You drove some amazing changes, we will miss you at the DTA. All the best in your new role, I know you will make the most of it”, while Joanne Cantle, CHRO at Digital Transformation Agency, added “It was great working with you. Congrats on the new role, I’m sure you will kill it!” 

The Boston Consulting Group is one of the globe’s and Australia’s top consulting firms. The firm, founded in 1963 in the US, has more than 18,500 employees, of which 450 are based domestically across offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, and Wellington. The local team is led by around 45 partners.

Meanwhile, the Digital Transformation Agency has started recruiting for a new Chief Strategy Officer, with an interim appointment set to be made in the coming days.


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