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 she was an active and interesting business technology leader. Sadly we never got to meet in person.
CIO Anna Barsby said of Lorraine Campbell: “She was a bright, talented and extrovert character, a talented technology leader who has added value to a wide range of businesses. A huge loss to her family and the industry.”
Richard Corbridge, Director of Innovation at retailers Boots and a former NHS CIO said of Campbell: “I had the amazing opportunity to work with Lorraine as a very green service manager on the National Programme for IT in the NHS, she was a true super star then and her memory will be forever awesome.”
Campbell moved to Dubai with her husband and son in early 2018 to take on the exciting challenge of IT Director at the Al Futtaim organisation, which is involved in the automotive sector. Automotive was a vertical market Campbell knew well and had significant business change experience from major roles with Cox Automotive where she was Divisional CIO for the auto retail leader. Prior to Cox Automotive Campbell had been Service Director for Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and a key part of the senior IT leadership team there that led JLR in its turn around.
Her varied career also included major technology roles in financial services with Deutsche Bank, the NHS, Getronics and KPMG.
Her family told the BBC her death would leave an “enormous void” and interviewed her son Mark.
Campbell’s career is everything that a business technology leadership career should be, varied and challenging, she was often in leadership roles at times when organisations most needed a skilled individual to steer the business onto the correct IT course. She wrote on LinkedIn:
“Take the first step….or, for sure, you will never make it to where your business needs to go….enough talking, it’s time for action.”
No words can replace a mother, friend, partner or colleague, but wherever I travel in the CIO and CTO community Lorraine Campbell was spoken of with great respect and it is a tragic loss to her family and friends. I am sure the CIO community will join me in offering then condolences and I know those that worked with Lorraine Campbell will be glad they did so.