Gary Blair is a seasoned professional with over thirty-six years of experience in information technology, particularly in the banking and finance sector and other regulated industries. He is the CEO and Principal Consultant at Imali Pty Ltd, focusing on Cyber, Identity, and Privacy. Gary’s passion lies in ensuring that his clients’ digital transformation journeys result in positive outcomes with a strong emphasis on safety, security, and resilience, earning the trust of all stakeholders.
He provides guidance to both corporate giants and small to medium-sized businesses, helping them navigate technology risk, security, identity, and privacy strategies. Gary’s expertise lies in aligning digital technology investments with business strategies and risk appetite settings.
In his distinguished career, Gary has been involved in various cybersecurity initiatives, including leading research programs, serving as an Oxford Martin Associate, and being part of the Expert Advisory Panel for the UK Government’s ‘Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre.’ His contributions extend to international cyber policy discussions and collaborations.
Gary’s executive roles in the banking sector have been transformative. He served as the Executive General Manager of Cyber, Identity, and Privacy at Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Chief Information Security Officer at National Australia Bank. At Westpac, he held positions as Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Operational Risk.
Additionally, Gary has experience in building and managing new lines of business in corporate security, risk management, business continuity, and disaster recovery. He has been involved in founding and leading technology ventures, such as Avoka Technologies and Bullant Inc. Gary continues to advise start-ups on intellectual property development, protection, valuation, and commercialization, as well as assisting venture funds with their investments in early-stage technology ventures. His comprehensive knowledge spans corporate governance, risk management, and compliance, making him a respected figure in the field of cybersecurity and digital transformation.