“You can be a global city and still be located near one of the most isolated capital cities in the world being Perth.
“The tyranny of distance does not exist like it used to, that’s something I’m confident Joondalup can take full advantage of.”
Mr Pearson said the last 15 months had shown how important going digital was for commerce and the community.
“That’s one of the things I’ll sit down with my economic development team when I take over the reins and understand with them where the best opportunities are,” he said.
The new chief executive pointed to how Joondalup was already at the forefront of the digital era with a successful cyber security program at its Edith Cowan University.
The city only has five years to take advantage of the program, however, with the course set to move to a new Perth CBD campus in 2025.
Aspects of the local economy which will need a boost coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic include tourism, according to Mr Pearson.
“Creative and imaginative ways of boosting and sustaining that as we recover from the pandemic are going to be really important,” he said.
Mr Pearson said he had the skills to be effective in a short period of time once starting a new job.
“No doubt the council will be keen for me to put my networks to good use and I know people in my networks will be interested in the opportunities in Joondalup,” he said.
“When people have found out about my new role, quite a number of them already know about Joondalup and know about it in the most positive ways.
“That’s as good a sign as any Joondalup has profile.”
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said Mr Pearson was an experienced candidate with business and government nous.
“Mr Pearson’s experience working with all tiers of government as well as his proven business
acumen ensured he was the standout candidate after a rigorous selection process,” he said.
“He articulated his vision for Joondalup, outlining who we are, where we are aiming to go as a city and how he will help to take us there.”
Mr Pearson’s first day at the city is slated for March 15.
He replaces long-serving chief executive Garry Hunt who finished up after 16 years at the city on Friday.
Mr Pearson is set to earn $360,555 a year – more than WA Premier Mark McGowan’s annual salary – with his contract in place until March 2026.
Peter de Kruijff is a journalist with WAtoday.