After 23 years of social innovation the founder of national not-for-profit social enterprise Infoxchange Andrew Mahar has announced he is stepping down from his role as Executive Director and CEO.
The announcement comes more than two decades after Mahar built a computer database to help homeless people find beds, turning it into a social enterprise which today employs over 70 people and has proven to be a sustainable business model.
In announcing his decision Mahar said “the time is right for me to explore new horizons and for Infoxchange to flourish under new leadership. I have absolutely no doubt the timing is right both for me and for Infoxchange.”
Chairman of Infoxchange Lee Wapling said “During his time at the helm of Infoxchange, Andrew has helped to build a leading not-for-profit social enterprise, using information and communication technology to create positive social change.”
Wapling said “While Infoxchange will miss Andrew’s leadership we are also celebrating his impressive social contribution. Andrew has built a sustainable and robust business and played a vital part in putting Australia’s digital divide on the public policy agenda. He has also led the development of tools and solutions that help other community organisations use technology effectively.”
Mahar said the move will allow him to pursue his role as an advocate for Digital Inclusion in Australia.