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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

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

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

CIO Podcast, Editor’s review of the CIO & CTO job moves of 2018

A quarter of major business technology leadership hires in 2018 were for a CTO role. 2018 saw a small decrease in role changes amongst the UK’s CIOs and CTOs. Speaking to major search providers, they too are seeing an increase in demand for CTOs and at both ends of the country. Financial services was one of the most active sectors throughout 2018, perhaps indicative of the rising awareness that technology led challengers are fast encroaching on their business models. Early 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

Six trends of 2018, Editor’s review of the CIO year

The CIO’s role is more intense and critical than at any other time. When I look back on 2018 and the myriad of discussions held with CIOs and CTOs, whether at networking events, for podcasts or at major conferences such as the recent .Next by Nutanix, it is clear that organisations are well aware of the impact of technology. Therefore the demands on business technology leaders are at an all time high. Six key trends came out of the discussions Read

Creating the right structure for effective information security

The debate about whether information security is part of IT or not is one that has been ongoing since information security first rose to prominence as a subject. Security itself is not solely an IT issue, but as the percentage of the security threat that comes the internet has increased over the years it has, perhaps understandably, come to be seen as that. The problem stems from the fact that there is no real consensus on where information security sits, 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

CIO roundtable – Information strategies to deliver business value

Information and technology is the key to CIOs and their teams 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 operates and to be able to operate at a pace that meets the needs of a new era of customer. A leading CIO search executive recently described Read

CIOs reflect on the Gartner Symposium 2018

Last week’s Gartner ITXPO and Symposium by the analyst house was as big as ever as business technology leaders from across Europe descended on Barcelona, no doubt partially enticed by the city and its ever pleasant weather for Symposium. The Horizon CIO Network caught up with two members to reflect on an event, that the Horizon CIO Network editor feels was lacking in hype, and all the better for it. There was a sense of grounded and practical insight into Read

CIO Interview: Andrew Jordan, Carlson Wagonlit Travel CTPO

“This industry has been obsessed with the transaction,” Andrew Jordan says. Jordan is Chief Product & Technology Officer at corporate travel management firm Carlson Wagonlit Travel. His job title is typical of the latest wave of CIOs that have become oriented towards the customer, technology and the product. Carlson Wagonlit provides a wide range of business travel, meeting and event management services and claims to fill over 260 Boeing 787s with travellers every day, who stay in 100,000 hotel rooms, 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

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

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

CIOs, don’t create Frankenstein’s monster

Mary Shelley’s dark and chilling novel Frankenstein is more than a thrilling read, for the CIO community it remains a stark and timely warning. “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change,” Shelley’s protagonist states and in the wide ranging discussions we have with the CIO Network it is clear that cultural change continues to be the greatest problem organisations face. But it is not just our organisations that are changing, technology is reshaping 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

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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