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Winning Group hires new CTO

Simon Smith appointed to help retail group respond to technology demands
Winning Group CTO, Simon Smith

Winning Group CTO, Simon Smith

Australian retail conglomerate, Winning Group, has recruited Simon Smith as its new CTO.

Smith replaced Scott Babbage who is now leading the Group's hybris team.

Smith has more than 20 years’ experience in IT and was a CIO of News Digital Media from 2007 to 2009 and Omni Media Group from 2005 to 2007.

His most recent role was director of Pantha Corporation, providing digital consultant work for companies such as Sydney Airport Corporation and RedBalloon.

Winning Group CEO John Winning said that Smith’s appointment was a “great asset” for the retailer.

“As we operate in a highly competitive industry, our point of difference is customer service and end-to-end control from order to logistics and delivery,” he said in a statement.

“Technology is at the core of our business and Smith’s experience will prove vital in ensuring that the Winning Group continues to grow and respond to increased demand.”

The Winning Group includes Winning Appliances, Appliances Online, Big Brown Box and Handy Crew.

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George Vangelatos


With respect, this version of events is a little incomplete, and arguably slights Scott Babbage. For the record, I am the former CTO of the Winning Group. I resigned in September of last year. Scott took over as acting CTO until the organisation could find my replacement.

Scott is (or, at any rate, was) the Chief Architect of the group. This is a critical role given the organisation's large (and growing) revenues from online channels. Over the last few years, much of the business's success is down to Scott's technical leadership.

I wish Scott, together with my successor, all the best for 2013.

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