Mike Foster was previously the CEO and Executive Director of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand (FANZ). In line with restructuring of Fujitsu’s global organisation he was appointed as Head of the Oceania Region in April 2014 reporting directly to the Global President. He had been instrumental in driving the company’s business strategy at the enterprise level and to develop Fujitsu’s presence as a Tier 1 Technology Services Integrator with over 5,000 people in Australia and New Zealand.
Mike’s career to date spans over 25 years in the ICT industry in Australia and North America. Prior to Fujitsu, he spent nine years in senior executive positions at Telstra, including Managing Director, Business Sales, and more recently as the Chief Executive Officer, KAZ Group. Before joining Telstra, he was Managing Director, EMC, Australia/New Zealand and Managing Director, NCR Australia.
Mike’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Education from Victoria University, a Master of Strategic Marketing from Charles Sturt University, qualifications in Conducting Business Negotiations, Company Mergers and Acquisitions from Harvard University, and a qualification in Sustaining High Performance from Babson Graduate College in Boston, USA. He is an accomplished public speaker, having actively participated in public speaking at events in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing and South Korea on various topics including Internet Banking, Electronic Commerce, Electronic Funds Transfer, Relationship Banking, Smart Card Technologies, Electronic Security and Home Banking.
He is a strong supporter of diversity in the workplace and serves as a board member of the Male Champions of Change STEM. During his career he has been appointed to many boards including the boards of KAZ, AAS, NCR and numerous boards within Telstra including joint venture boards. He is a former board member of AIIA, Stellar Call Centre and Telstra Clear NZ.
Outside work Mike enjoys cycling, AFL football, golf and spending time with his wife Annie, their two children and his extended family.
Since leaving Fujitsu, Mike is active in supporting some Australian based startups in Automation and AI. He will bring a broad range of experience and capabilities to Mentor List.