ortanier has previously worked as group CEO of Datatrak and Chief Information Officer of Malta Information Technology and Training Services (MITTS). An economics graduate from the University of Malta, Portanier also has management consultancy experience both with the Maltese Government’s in-house change management agency and with an international audit and advisory firm, having advised various blue-chip companies.
In 2004, he assisted the Government of Bermuda in its capacity building exercise on information and communications technology (ICT) and eGovernment Strategic Planning.
As a Senior Executive with MITTS, Portanier was also the chair of Government’s CIO Council, was a member of the National Information Society Advisory Council and was Malta’s representative on the International Council for Information Technology in Public Administration. In 2006 he co-authored the Government’s Industry Strategy for Malta 2007-2010.
Nick Xuereb, Chairman of the LGA, said: "After a period of building the Authority’s framework and operations, the LGA is now moving into its next evolutionary phase, where we are in the process of consolidating our legislative framework, streamlining our practices, and broadening our outlook to continue being at the forefront of industry developments.”
“The Board is confident that Portanier’s strong strategic business acumen, strong leadership skills, and his extensive experience in the ICT industry will steer the LGA ahead and will position the Maltese jurisdiction as an international centre of excellence,” Xuereb added.