CIO James Robbins has joined logistics organisation ArrowXL as the business appoints a new business technology leader and a new chief finance officer (CFO).
Robbins has been tasked with driving the IT and transformation of ArrowXL, beginning with an upgrade of the existing technology platforms. In a statement ArrowsXL said Robbins will also be responsible for the development of new technologies to improve the services it offers online customers.
As CIO Robbins will be on the board and report to CEO Charlie Shiels at the Wigan headquartered business.
ArrowXL specialises in two man delivery services for high value goods, customers include high end cooking appliance manufacturer Smeg and furniture providers Boori.
Robbins joins ArrowXL from energy provider Drax Group where he devised a major group wide transformation programme during 2017. Over a five year career with utilities firm Northumbrian Water Group Robbins led a number of major transformations and prepared the Newcastle headquartered business for the de-regulation of the water industry. Robbins was with Northumbrian Water Group for five and half years, joining them in 2011 from rail and bus operator Abellio where he spent two years as CIO having joined from rail business Northern Rail where he was CIO for three years. The CIO began his career in the housing association sector, which in recent years has become recognised as an area where CIOs can deliver major change. Last year Robbins’ was succeeded as CIO of Northumbrian Water Group by Nigel Watson, who had been a key member of Robbins’ team at the utility firm.
“I have been impressed by ArrowXL’s vision for the future and how technology and innovation will play a fundamental role in shaping that,” Robbins said in a statement. “This is a fantastic time to join the company and the entire organisation is dedicated to growing the business even further.”