Gavin Dietz, Managing Director - Bio 2016
Gavin Dietz is Managing Director of Sydney-based energy technology company Wattwatchers. He’s a keen technologist and home automation innovator who has spent over 25 years working in a variety of roles focused on consumer-facing, enterprise-grade, globally-applicable technology solutions. In the energy technology sector, he was global Chief Information Officer (CIO) for leading transnational smart meter company Landis + Gyr for nearly a decade 2005-2014. Subsequently he worked in the personal health genetics area, as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) with an Australian DNA information group from 2014-2016. Through his private company Fifteen11 Networks, Gavin is co-creator of ‘The Gizmo Show’. Now at pilot stage, this Australian-first cross-platform TV lifestyle show and tech blog site targets mainstream consumer audiences with an emphasis on breaking down and normalising the Internet of Things (IoT). Gavin joined Wattwatchers as an adviser in May 2016 prior to becoming MD in July 2016.
Energy technology focus - Gavin’s involvement with Landis + Gyr as CIO included a two-year stint at its headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. Landis + Gyr is the world’s largest manufacturer of electricity and gas meters, providing millions of meters annually to over 50 countries worldwide. Gavin began this energy technology role as part of the founding private equity team, Bayard Capital, which purchased 14 metering technology companies around the world over several years for a total investment of US$1.6 billion. The consolidated group subsequently became known as Landis + Gyr. It was sold to major Japanese technology conglomerate Toshiba in 2011 for US$2.3 billion, with Gavin continuing as CIO for a further three years until 2014. He originally joined the Sydney-based Bayard Capital in 2003.
A highlight of Gavin’s Landis + Gyr role was the first consumer trials of in-home energy displays in Australia. As part of the first companies acquired under the Bayard/Landis + Gyr mantle, Gavin led multinational R&D teams in Sydney and London to create an electricity meter, GSM modem and in-home display that presented real-time energy and cost within 200 consumer households in Queanbeyan (outside of Canberra). The trial included a custom time-of-use tariff structure that supported coloured lights for each tariff and real-time critical peak pricing for rapid energy reduction.
Earlier career – Gavin began working life in his home city of Brisbane, Queensland, spanning roles in consulting engineering. He later moved to Sydney, New South Wales, where he joined the News Limited ventures Super League and then Fox Studios. Next he became CIO for Shopfast, Australia’s largest ecommerce operation and most successful online grocer in the early 2000s with in excess of 1,500 daily orders and 40 trucks delivering some 75,000 individual items twice a day. ShopFast, which was sold to Coles, was a leader in its day in understanding consumer purchasing habits on a large scale and working closely with manufacturers to innovate in their relationships with end consumers.