Navitas appoints new Group CEO and CFO
5th Jul, 2019 Feature story:
Navitas today announced it would refresh the company’s leadership team with the appointments of Scott Jones and Colin Pavlovich as Group CEO and CFO respectively.
BGH Capital’s Ben Gray said the pair were identified as being the best candidates to lead Navitas through the next phase of its development and deliver increased value for University Partners, students, employees and investors.
“It is our intention to continue to grow the Navitas business and the Board has every confidence that Scott and Colin will do so while maintaining a strong focus on the four key principles that underpin the business: Quality; Student Experiences; Student Outcomes; and Long-Term Trusting Relationships with its University Partners.”
Mr Jones has achieved a comprehensive understanding of the Navitas business during his 18-year career with the company. He has had significant international experience in his career, including senior roles in the USA, UK, India and Australia. He has worked across all operational areas of the Navitas business, and has performed strongly in senior executive roles since 2008, including CEO of the Careers and Industry Division, Global SAE CEO, SAE Chief Operating Officer and Executive General Manager of Student Recruitment.
“Education is a highly specialised sector and Scott has demonstrated that he has an in-depth understanding of the sector here in Australia and overseas, as well as extremely strong relationships with the stakeholders who are crucial to the company’s future success,” Mr Gray said.
Mr Pavlovich has more than 20 years’ finance experience, most recently operating as Chief Financial Officer of Wesfarmers’ Department Store division, comprising Kmart and Target. Mr Pavlovich was Partner at EY before joining the Wesfarmers ranks as Executive General Manager of Accounting and Assurance for Wesfarmers Limited.
Mr Gray said, “Colin brings to Navitas outstanding finance and leadership skills as well as very strong commercial acumen and will be a wonderful addition to the Navitas Leadership team.”
Mr Gray said while the Board’s expectation is that the change of leadership will deliver operational improvements which will be focused on delivering enhanced outcomes, Navitas remained committed to both its University Pathways/Partnerships business and its Careers & Industry division.
As part of the ownership transition, Group CEO and Managing Director David Buckingham and CFO Philip Mirams have advised that they are stepping down. The new Board thanks them both for their contribution over the last few years and wishes them well in their future endeavours.