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Obituary: CIO Lorraine Campbell 1964 to 2019

The CIO community has lost one of its leading lights. It has been confirmed that one of the many victims in the terrorist events in Sri Lanka over Easter was Lorraine Campbell, IT Director for the Al Futtaim conglomerate in Dubai. Campbell, 55, was staying at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel when the bombs were detonated on Sunday. She had travelled to Sri Lanka for a business trip. I have had the pleasure of being connected to Campbell since 2012 and Read

CIO Podcast: Media CIOs personalise the message

Technology leaders from three major media organisations in live events, business data and daily news describe how digital is reshaping their sector and their role The media industry has been highly disrupted by the internet and the move by consumers to digital media. This has led to major changes in the business models of media organisations. For the March Horizon CIO Podcast, three leading media business technology leaders came together to debate the impact, but more importantly the opportunity, for Read

The Horizon CIO Network book club recommended reads

What the Horizon CIO Network has been reading and discovered from those tomes. Side HustleBy Chris Guillebeau, When Richard Cross was CDO of engineering firm WS Atkins he informed me that as a business technology leader he’d become aware of, and was happy that members of his team had hobby careers, more often called side hustles. Many people in organisations have a entrepreneurial streak, but need the reliability of a regular job. Author Chris Guillebeau says in his title the Read

CIO Fin Goulding to leave Aviva for Flow startup

CIO of Aviva International Fin Goulding is leaving the financial services company to join the post-Agile methodology startup The Flow Academy he helped found a year ago and described to the Horizon CIO Network. Going from a Senior Executive managing large scale technology teams to a startup is the challenge Goulding has set himself after experiencing senior CTO and CIO roles at gaming firm Paddy Power, insurance business Sabre, online organisations travelocity.com and lastmInute.com as well as financial services providers Read

Allianz UK move IT to COO as CIO departs

Insurance and asset management business Allianz UK is moving leadership of technology to the COO as its CIO Jabob Abboud steps aside. The change in the leadership of business technology is part of a organisational wide structural change, Allianz UK told the Horizon CIO Network: “Allianz UK is making a change to its organisational structure to bring together its IT and Operations teams under the leadership of Stephanie Smith, Chief Operations Officer,” a spokesperson said. “This change will streamline and Read

De-risking innovation

With technology, if we stand still, we go backwards. But equally, as CIOs we need to be sure we’re deploying the right technology, in the right way. Here, Mark Aikman of Ignition Transformation explores how to avoid the greatest risks when introducing new technology. Everyone around us – from customers, to employees, to C-suite peers – now takes for granted the continuous evolution and transformative capabilities of technology. Not surprising, because as consumers they are offered re-engineered phones, doorbell apps Read

Banking CIOs, your customers are the CEO

Banks need only to look at the high street to see their future in black and white, or rather black or red. BHS, Toys R Us and House of Fraser are just some of the great British brands leaving empty shop fronts up and down the country. And if the banks don’t watch out, it’s looking likely that they will be next. Just like department stores, who thought their customers would never switch to Amazon or ASOS, the banks laughed Read

Engineers WSP appoint Cabinet Office COO as CIO

The UK arm of Canadian engineering firm WSP has hired the COO of the Cabinet Office to be its UK CIO.  Lesley Hume joins the Toronto headquartered business as CIO for both the UK and South Africa and will report jointly to the UK CEO Mark Naysmith and the WSP Global CIO Gino Poulin. WSP has been on a major acquisition spree since 2014, when it acquired Parsons Brinckerhoff from UK construction giant Balfour Beatty in 2014. That $1.24 billion Read

CIO interview: Tony England on Wolseley becoming Ferguson

Tony England gives an insight into how Wolesley salvaged itself and became a leading US based business. Moving an organisation to focus the majority of its trading efforts into another geography is on the radar of a number business leaders in the UK at present. But back in 2008 this was not a common scenario. CIO Tony England has been on this journey and joined the Horizon CIO Network to discuss how he re-plumbed the Wolseley business and took part Read

Ti Media appoint CIO Lisa Gannon

Specialist consumer media business Ti Media has appointed Lisa Gannon as CIO as part of the organisation’s new strategy. Gannon joins the London and Surrey based business from technology analyst house Gartner. Ti Media came into being under this name in June following the acquisition of the business by private equity business Epiris LLP in March. The Ti brand hints at the businesses past as part of the Time Inc media empire and before that the business was known as Read

CIOs discuss the importance of health and well being

Horizon CIO Podcast season review – we saw in the Horizon CIO Podcast community was the support, care and enthusiasm for those CIOs working in healthcare and for bravery and passion of Avril Chester and Paul Heywood Being healthy, returning to health and working in health are key to being a successful CIO. The Horizon CIO Podcast season of January to July 2018 featured two stories from our community that bring it home just how important health and well being Read

WhatsApp proving to be a powerful tool for CIOs

CIO Editorial: Community groups come together over a range of topics and discover opportunities On the 29th of July, 2018 a WhatsApp group was formed. This group was formed to fulfil a purpose, that purpose was to Enduro mountain bike ride the many passes of the Mont Blanc region of the Alps in France, Italy and Switzerland. For the following seven days the WhatsApp group informed and entertained a group of six individuals from China, France, the UK and Australia, Read

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