Commnia Construction Software from pre-construction to handover


Most Innovative Construction Management Software CEO 2024 (Australia): Gina Yazbek

Based in Sydney, Australia, Commnia is a software development company seeking to transform the construction industry through innovative digital solutions.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Commnia is a software development company seeking to transform the construction industry through innovative digital solutions. Its all-in-one platform stands out as the go-to system for construction management, providing Australian builders with a smarter way to manage their projects. At the helm of Commnia stands CEO Gina Yazbek, whose passion for technology and innovation drives the company forwards. Here, we speak to her to find out more about her work as she is recognised in our APAC CEO of the Year Awards 2024.

As a graduate in Business and IT, Gina Yazbek possessed a background. Furthermore, Gina leverages her seasoned leadership skills to provide direction to her team, steering them towards a common goal and inspiring them to excel. As the driving force behind Commnia’s operations, Gina has led her team to take a customer-centric approach to their work. She encourages them to build lasting relationships with clients by consistently exceeding their expectations. To this end, they must not only focus on the excellence of the company’s software solutions but also provide clients with ongoing support, training, and consultation services.


“We’re dedicated to being a trusted partner to our clients, providing them with the guidance, resources, and expertise they need to maximise the value of our software and achieve their business goals,” Gina explains. “We place our clients at the heart of everything we do, actively seeking their feedback and insights to tailor our solutions to their specific requirements. By prioritising customer satisfaction, we ensure that our software remains relevant and valuable in addressing real-world challenges.”


At the core of Gina’s approach to leadership lies innovation. Commnia invests heavily in research and development in order to stay ahead of the curve, explore emerging technologies, and anticipate market trends. Fostering a company culture of creativity and experimentation, Gina encourages her team to push boundaries in everything they do, empowering them to think outside of the box and drive breakthrough advancements in construction software. To fuel their creative vision, she focuses on building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where all employees feel valued, respected, and able to contribute their ideas. Gina strongly believes that diversity fuels innovation and creativity; when employees come from different backgrounds, they bring to the team unique perspectives and talents that greatly benefit the wider company.


In the rapidly evolving landscape of construction management software, Gina has also focused on emphasising the importance of continuous improvement and learning to her team. “We regularly evaluate our processes, methodologies, and outcomes to identify areas for enhancement,” she comments. “By staying agile and adaptable, we can quickly pivot and adjust our approach based on client feedback and changing project requirements. Through ongoing learning, adaptation, and refinement, we strive for excellence in everything we do.”


Looking towards the future, Gina’s aspirations for Commnia and her team are centred around the pursuit of innovation, growth, and impact. Throughout 2024, the company will continue to build on the momentum of previous years, striving for expansion and market penetration, product development and enhancement, sustainability and social responsibility, and team growth. With regards to her own career, Gina shares, “In the next five years, I see myself continuing to lead Commnia with passion, purpose, and vision. I aspire to further expand my leadership capabilities, deepen my industry expertise, and make a meaningful impact within the construction technology sector.”


Serendipitously, she had a strong connection to colleagues, friends, and family members engaged in the construction sector. She quickly realised the industry was ripe for productivity gains achievable with the use of the emerging technology of software development. In 1999, she set out to establish Commnia (formerly Build Tools), driven by a desire to empower Australia’s construction professionals with digital solutions that streamline project management processes, enhance collaboration, and drive efficiency. Striving to address the construction industry’s most prominent pain points, she helmed the creation of Commnia’s digital solutions, ensuring that they were not only technologically advanced but also user-friendly.


Over the last two decades, Gina has guided Commnia’s journey as both Product Owner and as CEO. Her current role involves overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s innovative software solutions, as well as shaping its vision, strategy, and product roadmap to ensure its ability to meet clients’ evolving needs and remain at the forefront of technological advancement.


For her forward-thinking leadership of Commnia, Gina Yazbek has been awarded the prestigious title of Most Innovative Construction Management Software CEO, Australia, in the APAC CEO of the Year Awards 2024. In the wake of this achievement, she comments, “I’d like to express my gratitude to our team members, clients, partners, and stakeholders for their continued support and collaboration. Together, we’ll continue to drive innovation, growth, and positive change within the construction management software industry, making a lasting impact on the built environment and beyond.