Schoolzine hires new CDO and launches into New Zealand - Silicon Coast

Sunshine Coast based Schoolzine, one of Australia’s fastest growing eNewsletter platforms, has announced the appointment of new Chief Digital Officer (CDO) Craig Josic, and its expansion into New Zealand.

Mr Josic, who has been involved in a range of education and technology based projects, will be responsible for the end-to-end strategy, design and implementation of Schoolzine’s digital roadmap.

“I’m excited to be Schoolzine’s first CDO, and one of only a few in a CDO position in Australia’s education sector, and am looking forward to engaging with key stakeholders and collaborating with new partners as we expand internationally,” he said.

Schoolzine, which started out of the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast just eight years ago, enables schools to digitize their important communications to parents and the wider school community and increase and monitor engagement.

Now offering their digital solutions to schools in all states and territories of Australia, Schoolzine has given more than $600,000 in revenue back to Aussie schools through its innovative rebate system and sees New Zealand, which is geographically closer than many of its schools in Australia, as a logical new market. 

Schoolzine founder and Chief Executive Officer Phil Reardon said he was “very excited to be expanding internationally” and said New Zealand education sector representatives at the recent EduTECH conference in Brisbane showed strong interest in the solution.

“They seem particularly interested in the ability for the school to speed up the newsletter production process. The feedback from our Aussie schools is that it saves them a lot of time and money in getting their key messages out, and Kiwi schools face these issues too.”

Both Josic and Reardon will attend the New Zealanbd Principals’ Federation Conference in Wellington, New Zealand, on 30 June and look forward to working with local organisations and educational partners such as the Waikato Principals’ Association and the Ministry of Education.

Whilst in New Zealand they will also be on the scout for local talent to recruit for their NZ-based team, and to find a suitable office location.