Marc Bailey steps down as Intersect CEO

Marc Bailey
19 Nov 2019

SYDNEY, Australia - Marc Bailey will conclude his commitment to research accelerator Intersect Australia and move on in 2020.

Intersect Chair Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright expressed his thanks and support for Bailey’s decision, saying “Marc has, as in everything he tackles, given his total commitment to the company, made a tremendous impact on Intersect and on the Australian eResearch agenda, and he leaves with the goodwill and full support of the Board”.

Since Macquarie University CIO and Objective Corp CTO alumnus Bailey joined Intersect in 2014 the company has refined its mission to ‘Research Faster’ expanded its membership and operations into four states, created dozens of high tech products, applications and services, trained over 10,000 researchers, served over 200M hours of supercomputing, created over 15PB in research storage and implemented a successful user-pays business model for research cloud computing.

“My respect and heartfelt thanks are extended to our teams of scientists and engineers that get up each day to make a difference for research. Our staff includes some of the finest people I’ve had the privilege to serve with. I could not be more grateful for their care, commitment and adaptability – or their willingness to go the extra mile, every time, frequently against adversity or convention”

Marc Bailey

Western Sydney University Chief Information and Digital Officer, and CAUDIT NSW Chair Kerry Holling mused “Intersect is a unique and vital piece of the Australian research landscape. Members like Western depend on it for essential eResearch services through non-traditional delivery vectors. Marc understands the value of mutually beneficial negotiations, has seized every opportunity to increase yield, and set a very high bar for customer service. Our commitment to Intersect will endure, though we will miss his innovative approach.”

Professor Wainwright added “During Marc’s tenure Intersect private sector engagement has flourished with partnerships and projects with Platform9, AWS, Google, Microsoft, Macquarie Cloud Services, Hitachi Data Systems, HPE and Dell Computer. Governmental and NGO relationships have expanded or strengthened with sixteen Government entities, AARNet, NCI, the AAF, ARDC and CAUDIT. Our strong and growing University Member base may rest assured that commitment to and momentum of broadening and deepening of these relationships will continue even as we bid a fond farewell to Marc”.

As to what’s next for Bailey, he says he has a deck to paint, a family vacation to take, then ‘watch this space’ in 2020. In considering the decision he reflected “In 2014 we set out on what I imagined would be a three year mission for scientists and researchers. Before I blinked almost six had flown by. Our company is in an excellent financial and strategic position so the time is right for me to pass the baton with confidence.”

He will formally conclude his role by Christmas though will be retained in an offline advisory capacity to the Chair. The Board is appointing an interim CEO and will begin an executive search for a replacement in 2020.

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