Oxygen appoints new Chief Executive
Dickinson replaces Mike T. Smith who joined the company as CEO in 2002. During Smith’s time at the helm Oxygen grew to become the largest specialist SAP software and services company in Australia and New Zealand with revenues of over AUD$650m in the period.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive, Dickinson was Oxygen’s General Manager – Consulting and Solutions in Australia. He has fulfilled several key executive roles for Oxygen since the company’s inception in 2001, based on one of the first ever SAP implementations in New Zealand at Carter Holt Harvey.
“That implementation laid the groundwork for many of the philosophies that have driven Oxygen’s success subsequently,” says Dickinson. “Throughout my time heading Oxygen’s Australian consulting team I have worked hard to help build an extremely pragmatic organisation that has allowed Oxygen customers to improve business agility and extract maximum value from their investment in SAP’s world class application platform.
“I am very proud to take over as Chief Executive of a company that is uniquely positioned in the market and has strong prospects for future growth. I look forward to further extending the SAP solutions we offer and maintaining our reputation for achieving real business value for our clients.”
In his 10 years as Chief Executive, Smith was responsible for taking a Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) incubator business from start up through to commercialisation and eventually the sale to ASX-listed UXC Pty Limited. He guided Oxygen’s rapid expansion into Australia, opening offices in key states as it became a leading and multi award winning SAP services and solutions business across A/NZ.
“The time is right for the Chief Executive role to be based in Australia so the company can continue its strong regional growth,” says Smith. “I have decided for personal reasons not to relocate and am delighted that Stuart has accepted the role. He is a seasoned executive, knows both Oxygen and the SAP marketplace intimately, and is a natural fit to lead this next phase.”
UXC Managing Director, Cris Nicolli, says Smith has been a great leader of the business and has made many contributions to Oxygen and UXC over the period. “It is a tribute to Mike that the company has grown so strongly and has such a sound succession plan.”