June 2017

Dionne Higgins, a senior executive with success in leading significant business transformation within the education and media sectors globally, has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President at RMIT University.

With an impressive career spanning many years of senior experience, Dionne has most recently been based in Hong Kong leading Pearson PLC’s international operations team across China, Brazil, South Africa and India.  Dionne’s career with Pearson started in 2004 when she became the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Pearson Australia Group supporting Penguin Books and Pearson Education in Australia, New Zealand, India and China.

Dionne will lead RMIT’s Resources Portfolio and provide leadership to ensure that the needs of RMIT’s key corporate services – Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal Services and Property Services, are met across the global RMIT Group.

Dionne will bring exceptional commercial and leadership skills to the senior executive according to RMIT Vice-Chancellor, Martin Bean.

“Dionne has delivered significant and transformational change across complex geographies in a sector facing digital disruption.” Bean said

Dionne is thrilled to be returning to Melbourne, having grown up in regional Victoria.  She said “I am extremely excited by the opportunity; RMIT is a world class university committed to making students ready for life and work and in shaping the world through research and teaching.”