Sara Drakeford

IT Director - Asia Pacific, Hallmark Cards Australia

A highly experienced and competent senior IT executive, noted for driving business transformation agendas and innovation.

•Equipped with IT and leadership skills that are highly transferable across a multitude of industries with an in-depth understanding of how IT helps solve complex problems and drives efficiencies.

•Strong and objective view of technology and abreast of technology trends

•Strengths in technology simplification – building agility back into the IT environment

•Demonstrated ability to evolve IT into an operationally cost efficient and effective model in full alignment with business strategy whilst retaining a strong focus on business partnering

•With regional and global responsibility of large and complex enterprise information systems and focus on business partnerships, delivered multi-million dollar ERP to support end-to-end business processes whilst achieving substantial cost savings and efficiencies

•Substantial experience in strategic approach to creating frameworks for driving operational best practice, sustainable cultural change, and in linking and implementing the three core processes of execution – people, strategy and operations

•A demonstrated history in delivering large scale, cutting edge projects

•Described by others as a strong, passionate and determined individual who uses transformative and forward-thinking leadership and who puts emphasis on building and fostering trust

•A strong capacity to inspire commitment and passion in others in a service-focused environment through authentic engagement at all levels. Highly developed capacity to engage and hold accountable corporate teams to translate organisation’s vision and goals into sustainable outcomes

•Strong background in strategic business planning and implementation of enterprise-wide change initiatives, transformational road maps and execution plans