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Gerhard leads the Global IoT Solutions group within Telstra’s Products and Technology function, a key growth area at the heart of the company’s transformation. Under Gerhard’s leadership the IoT group has moved from being a SIM only business to an end-to-end solution driven business. The group has grown at double digits YoY, with the Enterprise segment of the IoT portfolio growing at 23% over the last financial year.
His experience stretches across multiple industries, having fulfilled Australian and International leadership roles in security, advanced manufacturing, consumer electronics, health, real estate and telecoms as well as appointments on the advisory board of several start-ups. Gerhard holds formal qualifications in law, commerce, engineering and continuous improvement. With credentials that also include building a technology company from start-up, he is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship – specifically in bridging the gap between commercial product development and technical understanding to identify and deliver growth initiatives. This experience and focus on innovation drives Gerhard’s success in delivering pragmatic and transformative business outcomes for Telstra customers and leveraging new technologies to solve real business problems.
He is also the proud father to Jan and Sophia and husband to Dianne. The Loots family lives on the glorious Australian Gold Coast where they enjoy an active lifestyle including surfing and cycling.

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