Robert Orth joined IBM Australia in 1982. Prior to joining IBM, he was a serving officer (Flight Lieutenant) in the Royal Australian Air Force.
He is currently the Director of Human Resources, IBM Australia/New Zealand. In this position he is responsible for the Human Resources functions across the business including: learning, professional and management development, leadership development, organisational culture and change, performance management, compensation and benefits, Occupational Health and Safety, Diversity, Workforce Management, Recruiting, employee relations and industrial relations.
He was appointed to this position in March 2002 having previously held the role of Director of Talent for IBM Asia Pacific for four years. In his Asia Pacific role, Mr Orth travelled widely across the Region and to Europe and the USA.
Over the past 25 years Mr Orth has held various management positions in IBM; 16 years of these in line management positions in Sales and Marketing. He has also held a number of regional positions in Australia/New Zealand including responsibility for total business process re-engineering across the company, customer service and quality, strategic planning and direct marketing.
He also holds the following Board memberships:
· The Leadership Consortium
· Diversity Council of Australia
· IBM Australia Limited
· IBM Global Financing Australia Limited
· IBM SuperLife Services Pty Limited
· Rational Software Pty Limited
· Cerulean Solutions Limited
Mr Orth has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Diploma of Education, both from the University of Sydney.