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James Thomas to keynote May 1 CIO debate

Wellcome Trust CTO James Thomas will be the keynote speaker for the May Horizon CIO Network roundtable debate in London. Thomas has been CTO for the world recognised medical research charity since March 2016 having joined the Euston Road, London headquartered organisation from a year with technology services provider Atos. Thomas, was CIO of the University College Hospital London Hospitals (UCLH). During his eight year career with UCLH Thomas won plaudits for his transformative way of working with suppliers ensuring Read

Associated British Ports appoint first CIO

Associated British Ports has hired its first CIO, hiring Harm van Weezel from the Welcome Break motorway services operator. CIO van Weezel will begin his role on February 25. In a statement CEO of the port operator Henrik Pedersen said Associated British Ports (ABP) needed a CIO as it is: “Continuing to advance our IT capability, including customer-facing IT solutions, is a critical part of this.” ABP operates 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Immingham, in Yorkshire is 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

Swansea University hire CIO to be CDO

Swansea University has appointed CIO Mike Day to be Chief Digital Officer (CDO) the Welsh academic establishment has confirmed to the Horizon CIO Network. Day is returning to the UK following a three year CIO role in Sydney Australia. “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Day as Swansea University’s Chief Digital Officer,” Swansea University said in a statement to the Horizon CIO Network. “Day has extensive experience and has an innovative, transformational, strategic and student-focussed approach that Read

Neptune Energy hire new CIO

Oil and gas exploration and production company Neptune Energy has hired the former CIO of Seadrill, it has announced. Kaveh Pourteymour joins the London headquartered business from a four year career with Seadrill, which is also in the oil exploration sector. Neptune Energy is backed by Carlyle Group, an investor in Addison Lee and many others. CVC Capital Partners and the China Investment Corporation are also investors in Neptune Energy. Pourteymour has spent the bulk of his business technology leadership Read

JCB digging for a new CIO

JCB, the UK based manufacturer of construction equipment is on the search for a new CIO. Stuart Hughes has been CIO at the Staffordshire based business since June 2016 having joined JCB from hotel rooms aggregator Laterooms. “An outstanding new CIO is sought to pick up the baton,” JCB said in a statement. The new CIO will report to the CFO, but “will play a key role in leading and shaping this global function”. JCB said the role will have Read

easyJet seeks new CIO, airline confirms

Luton headquartered airline easyJet has confirmed it is currently searching for a new CIO following the departure of Chris Brocklesby to telecoms giant Vodafone, as the Horizon CIO Network reported last week. A spokesperson for easyJet told the Horizon CIO Network that: “a recruitment search is already underway”. In recent years the technology leadership role at the pioneering low cost airline easyJet has been the runway to a successful flight into transformational roles. Amongst the leading CIOs to have piloted Read

Vodafone fly in easyJet CIO

Chris Brocklesby has checked out of low cost airline easyJet to become the UK CIO for telecommunications giants Vodafone, the Newbury headquartered business has confirmed to the Horizon CIO Network. Brocklesby spent over three and a half years at the IT helm of easyJet having replaced Trevor Didcock as CIO. The Luton headquartered airline has an illustrious history in business technology leadership and has seen CIOs Mike Sturrock, currently CIO with financial services business Domestic & General, CTO of Whitbread Read

Hiscox CIO joins board of Turbonomic

US Fintech firm Turbonomic has appointed the CIO of Hiscox to its Board of Directors. Ian Penny is the second CIO to join the board of Turbonomic as Non-Executive Director, joining former GE CIO, Gary Reiner on the board. London based Penny, who has been CIO for insurance specialist Hiscox since May 2017, “brings deep expertise in leading all aspects of IT including strategy, development, engineering, operations and program execution”, Turbonomics said in a statement. At Hiscox Penny is responsible Read

RSA Insurance CIO David Germain to keynote CIO roundtable

David Germain CIO of the international insurance business RSA is to keynote the November Horizon CIO Network roundtable dinner in London. The debate will discuss with peers and industry leaders how information is the key to the CIO rising up the business value chain. The current wave of technologies, combined with a radical change in customer behaviour has given CIOs and CTOs an opportunity to be board level business leaders that enable the organisation to radically change the way it Read

Centrica Consumer hire DWP CIO Mayank Prakash

CIO Mayank Prakash is joining international energy firm Centrica, the business has confirmed to the Horizon CIO Network. Prakash will be joining Centrica Consumer as CIO the energy supply and connected homes business. Centrica Consumer is focused purely on residential customers and has the British Gas energy supplier, Local Heroes skilled traders directory and Dyno the drain clearance business under its arm. In North America Centrica Consumer operates Direct Energy a power supplier, Centrica Consumer also operates Bord Gais Energy, Read

Holland & Barrett add CTO and Transformation Director to team

Health and food retailer Holland & Barrett has bolstered its technology leadership team with the recruitment of a CTO with major retail transformation experience at former catalogue retailer Argos. Holland & Barrett International has appointed George Goley as Chief Technology Officer, and Doug Nesbit as Group Strategy & Transformation Director. Holland & Barrett have confirmed to the Horizon CIO Network that Mark Fabes remains with the business as CIO. Fabes joined the Nuneaton based business last September and has experience Read

Pfizer appoint CDO and see how digital will improve core business

International pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer has announced the appointment of its first Chief Digital Officer (CDO). The New York headquartered business announced the appointment of Lidia Fonseca as CDO in a raft of leadership changes. Pfizer is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical businesses and produces a wide range of medicines and vaccines for cardiology, endocrinology, immunology, neurology and oncology. It is also famed as the maker of Viagra the erectile dysfunction drug. Fonesca joins Pfizer from the pharmaceutical sector. “Given Read

CIO jobs update September 2018

The demand for chief information officers (CIO) continues to be strong as September 2018’s pace of role changes remained as vibrant as the summer of 2018, which as the Horizon CIO Podcast reported, was unusually high – like the heat. Demand is in fact so strong one of the UK’s leading search agents told the Horizon CIO Podcast editor that they are seeing unprecedented levels of demand and have found some search placements hard to complete. On the interim circuit Read

Irish Government CIO to give .Next conference keynote

CIO for the Irish Government Barry Lowry is to be a keynote presenter at this November’s .Next conference in London. Lowry, who has been Ireland’s foremost public sector CIO since April 2016 will share with peers how he is transforming public sector services in Ireland. Lowry became Irish Government CIO following five years as Director of IT Services at the Enterprise Shared Services division which supplied technology to Northern Ireland. Lowry has been in public sector IT since 1998. “My Read

Arriva appoint CIO Claire Hamon

Rail and bus transport company Arriva has appointed Claire Hamon as Group CIO. This is the first time Arriva has appointed a CIO in the UK. Hamon joins the business from the legal sector. Arriva, part of the German Deutsche Bahn rail business is one of largest rail and bus operating businesses in the UK, operating bus services in Kent, Surrey, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the North East. Welsh rail is also an Arriva operation. Hamon, who started work with Arriva Read

CIO jobs update – 2018 a summer of change

Talk to marketeers and sales teams and they’ll tell you that although the summer of 2018 was highly enjoyable, it has created a severe drag on business activity. Clearly the benefits of flexible working are not fully realised when the heat is on and the beach calls potential customers. Talk to the recruitment and search sector and they’ll tell you there is a real lack of available talent, from DevOps experts right up to CIOs and CTOs. Certainly the level Read

Ofcom recruit EE and BT CTO

Telecoms, online and media regulator Ofcom has appointed a new Chief Technology Officer, hiring Mansoor Hanif from telecoms firm BT. Hanif follows in the footsteps of David Doherty who was Director of ICT at Ofcom from 2013 to 2016 and led the organisation’s move to Office 365 and a range of other technologies and more recently CTO Steve Unger who left Ofcom in June, 2018. Doherty and Unger also joined Ofcom from careers in telecoms business technology leadership.   Hanif Read

Nationwide Building Society recruit CIO as COO

Financial services organisation the Nationwide Building Society has appointed the CIO of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as COO.   Australian Patrick Eltridge joins Nationwide from a three year stint with RBS, which he joined from Australia’s largest telecoms provider Telstra where he was CIO for over four years having joined the Sydney headquartered firm from global bankers Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to his career with the Hong Kong headquartered Standard Chartered Bank Eltridge was CIO with major Australian Read

Cox Automotive hire CIO with IoT experience

Vehicle auctioneers Cox Automotive has appointed Glenn Fishwick as CIO. Cox Automotive says it is increasing its focus on “connected technology”. Fishwick joins Cox Automotive from MDS Global, a technology services business focused on the Internet of Things and virtual networks. Cox Automotive provides auction and wholesale services, financial services, media, and software, and operates internationally. The business employs over 2,300 people in the UK providing solutions to its clients through businesses that include Manheim, Movex, Motors.co.uk, Modix, Dealer Auction Read

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