2017 saw the number of CIOs recruited into major new roles increase on 2016 and it looks like 2018, despite the dangers of Brexit, will see an increase major role changes. In recent months there has been eight role changes as transformational business technology leaders continue to be in demand.
Former Group CIO of the automotive business RAC Steve Goodwin has joined gaming business William Hill as Chief Transformation Officer. At William Hill, which formerly counted Finbarr Joy as its CTO leading major change, Goodwin will be responsible for leading group wide transformation activities. This is Goodwin’s second role in the gaming industry, he has spent the last year at Fortuna Group a Prague headquartered gaming organisation where he was also responsible for transformation across the group. Goodwin was CIO for the RAC between 2013 and 2016.
David Ivell is the latest CIO to take on the CTO job title in a new role as the business technology leader of Good Energy. Ivell’s move over from the charity sector to the sustainable energy sector from the Prince’s Trust, the charity led by the Prince of Wales. Ivell spent over two years with the Prince’s Trust having joined from fellow charity Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, which hired new CIO Ian McKetty recently.
In financial services Mark Hall joined Legal & General, the general insurance provider from rivals Aviva. Hall, a former deputy CIO at tax collectors HMRC has been with Aviva since October 2013 and joins former G4S CIO Tim Grieveson at Legal & General. Hall takes on the remit of Group IT Director.
Tony McCandless goes from CIO to CDO as Chief Digital Operations Officer at Thames Water the utilities company in the south east of England. McCandless has been with Thames Water since the autumn following a period consulting having been with the insurance technology services provider FIS as CIO for two and a half years.
In engineering Christopher Biddle has joined ERIKS as Chief Digital and Information Officer for the Dutch based business. Biddle will lead digital and technology in the UK and Ireland for the global business which provides sealing, polymers, engineered plastics; industrial and hydraulic hoses; gaskets, power transmission; tools, maintenance and safety. Biddle brings a long heritage from Rolls Royce to ERIKS.
Former News UK architect and director of engineering Adam Griffiths joins RS Components as CTO. A pioneer of using Amazon AWS and serverless the technology leader has spent the last year with consulting group North Highland as Head of Technology, Data and Analytics.
Sharon Cooper is moving on from the BMJ, the publishing business arm of the British Medical Council where she has moved from CTO to CDO in a career with the medical business from September 2012 to July 2018. Cooper told the Horizon CIO Podcast she will be moving to a new role at the Economist Intelligence Unit, part of the famous Economist newspaper.
“Lots of exciting new things to do there I’m sure,” she told the CIO podcast in an email.
As well as new roles, Robert Costello and Martin Carpenter took on new responsibilities and titles. Robert Castello became CIO for the Global Tools, & Storage division of Stanley Black & Decker the DIY and professional tools making company. Martin Carpenter became CIO for Optum UK part of the United Health Group, one of the largest private health businesses in the USA and leader in the use of health data.