Chief Executive Officer
Daniel McDonald is the Chief Executive Officer of Best Hooper Lawyers. Daniel began his career in Adelaide in the mid-nineties, working as a software developer within the telecoms industry. Daniel moved to Melbourne, Victoria in 1996 where he owned and operated Smart Tec Corporation until selling the IT business in the early 2000s.
After selling Smart Tec Corporation Daniel joined the Swedish Telecommunications Giant Ericsson as a Senior Consultant. For the first four years at Ericsson, Daniel was technically responsible for delivering one-way and two-way satellite services to Telstra Bigpond, including establishment and hand over of the Network Operations Centre and Network Infrastructure and then later as the Technical Lead for the ongoing Satellite Services.
Daniel began his career managing professional services personnel after completing a Master of Business Administration with the University of South Australia. Upon completion of the MBA, Daniel took over Ericsson’s Fixed Wireline Engineering team within the Global Services Delivery Centre. He later took on the Packet Core Business and then became General Manager for Ericsson’s Project Management Office (PMO).
In 2008, Daniel was relocated Sydney where he took on the role of General Manager within Network Operations managing a team of over 60 professional staff charged with the responsibility of managing and maintaining Hutchison’s 3g Network (which later became Vodafone). As General Manager across all the Back Office applications, Daniel’s team were responsible for managing and maintaining all of Billing Operations, all enhanced network applications and all messaging platforms
for the Telecommunications Provider.
In 2010, Daniel returned to Melbourne to undertake a new regional role of Director, Managed Services. Within this role, Daniel worked with many C level Operations team through the Asia Pacific region as they looked at transitioning and transforming their operations through Ericsson’s Managed Service Operations.
In 2013, Daniel became Chief Operating & Finance Officer (COFO) for ASPECT Studios. Under Daniel’s stewardship the business doubled in size from 60 employees in 2013 to 150 employees globally including Chinese Operations. The business became Australia’s largest Landscape Architecture and Urban Design firm and won multiple Australian awards.
In September 2016, Daniel joined Best Hooper Lawyers as the firms first ever Chief Executive Officer in over one hundred years of operation. Daniel McDonald has a Juris Doctor (Masters of Law) from RMIT, he has extensive board positions within the community and is currently the treasurer and board member of the Werribee District Hospital Foundation.