Chief Growth Officer
Andy Sheats joined OUA in December 2016 with overall responsibility for our students—including marketing, sales, student advisory, and overall student success. Andy has a long background in online business, and is focused on leveraging this to improve the overall experience of our students as they study online.
Andy was the founder and CEO of health.com.au, which is Australia's first new health insurance company since 1977. Before starting health.com.au, Andy was the Head of Strategy and M&A for REA Group (realestate.com.au) for 7 years. He also had stints as Head of Product and other functional roles.
Andy is an acknowledged leader in using Agile and Lean approaches to build teams and capability through periods of change and growth. He is an expert in digital strategy, start-ups and the consumer Internet; and a regular contributor to BRW on these topics. Andy regularly lectures on mergers and acquisitions at the Melbourne Business School.
Andy earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from California Polytechnic University at Pomona, and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School. He was a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, and also at Touche Ross & Co. Andy was recognised as the Australian Growth Company CEO of the Year in 2014 for his leadership achievements in health.com.au.