Experienced IT industry advisor, academic and innovator joins Leighton O’Brien Board

Leighton O’Brien, a leading fuel software and field technologies company, today announced experienced IT strategic advisor and academic Professor Dan Hunter has been appointed to the company’s Board as a Non-Executive Director.

Professor Hunter is the Foundation Dean at Swinburne Law School. He is also an experienced IT strategic advisor and start up founder. He has degrees in computer science and artificial intelligence, and has written and consulted widely about building intelligent systems, and integrating gamification within business processes.

Leighton O’Brien Chairman Michael McDonald said it was the intention of the Board to appoint a Director with significant IT strategy experience to guide the strategic direction of Leighton O’Brien’s technology development.

“Dan’s skill set in IT strategy and transformative IT projects is a valuable addition to the Board and complements the Board’s existing commercial, legal and R&D experience.

“The timing of Dan’s appointment fits perfectly with our strategic growth plans,” he said. “Our data analytics platform is at the heart of our global growth trajectory, underpinned by our market-leading leak detection, wetstock monitoring and fuel restoration technologies.

“We’re delighted to have Dan on board and look forward to the strategic and intellectual rigour that Dan brings to further our technology competitive advantage in the global oil industry,” he said.

Professor Hunter has overseen high level IT projects including digitising the New York patent office, and is founder of several startups in the educational technology and legal services markets.

Professor Hunter, who will take up the position immediately, said Leighton O’Brien was entering an exciting period in its evolution into a data analytics technology company in the retail fuel industry.

“I am incredibly excited to be joining Leighton O’Brien at this stage in its development,” Professor Hunter said. “The company has the most sophisticated intellectual property in the industry, and there are untold opportunities in combining this expertise with recent advances in sensor technology, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence.”