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CIO50 2016

  • 1

    Mark Gay

    ME

    Chief information officer

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  • 2

    Wayne McMahon

    Domino's Pizza Enterprises

    Group chief information officer

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  • 3

    Tim Thurman

    Australian Securities Exchange

    Chief information officer

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  • 4

    Bill Le Blanc

    SA Health

    Chief information officer

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  • 5

    Alastair Sharman

    Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service

    Chief information officer

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  • 6

    Scott Collary

    ANZ

    Chief information officer

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  • 7

    Leigh Berrell

    Yarra Valley Water

    Chief information officer

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  • 8

    Rob James

    William Hill

    Chief information officer

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  • 9

    Kim Wenn

    Tabcorp

    Chief information officer

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  • 10

    William Daniel Confalonieri

    Deakin University

    Chief information officer

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  • 11

    Roger Burgess

    Scentia

    executive director, operations & technology

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  • 12

    Christian Mc Gilloway

    Retail Zoo

    Head of digital

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  • 13

    Dr Malcolm Thatcher

    eHealth Queensland

    Chief executive office, CIO

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  • 14

    Dayle Stevens

    National Australia Bank

    Divisional CIO, support services

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  • 15

    Kenneth Edward Udas

    University of Southern Queensland

    Deputy vice-chancellor (academic services) and chief information officer

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  • 16

    Chris Ford

    SA Power Networks

    Chief information officer

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  • 17

    Christopher Johnson

    20th Century Fox

    Asia-Pacific IT director

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  • 18

    Tom Clark

    Corporate Travel Management

    Global chief technology and marketing officer

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  • 19

    Hilda Clune

    PwC Australia

    Chief information officer

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  • 20

    Grainne Kearns

    Jetstar Airways

    Group chief information officer

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  • 21

    Anastasia Cammaroto

    BT Financial Group

    Chief information officer

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  • 22

    Scott Andrews

    Manheim Australia and New Zealand

    Director, product & digital strategy, Cox Automotives

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  • 23

    Michelle Beveridge

    Intrepid Group

    Chief information officer

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  • 24

    John Sutherland

    Ramsay Health Care

    Chief information officer

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  • 25

    Andrew Clowes

    JLL Australia

    Head of IT

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26 - 50 (In alphabetical order)

  • Berys Amor

    Corrs Chambers Westgarth

    Director of technology

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  • Mark Ballinger

    Progressclaim

    Director, products and technology

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  • Richard Burns

    Aussie Home Loans

    General manager, customer experience and technology

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  • Julie Canepa

    Cisco Australia and New Zealand

    Chief information officer

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  • Rick Coenen

    Sussan Group

    Chief information officer

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  • Aidan Coleman

    Charter Hall

    Chief technology officer

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  • Veronica Frost

    Australian Red Cross

    Chief information officer

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  • Steve Godbee

    IBM Australia and New Zealand

    Chief information officer

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  • Elizabeth Harper

    GHD

    Chief information officer

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  • Richard Host

    NSW Department of Finance, Services & Innovation

    Chief information officer

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  • Ryan Klose

    National Pharmacies

    General manager, technology and innovation

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  • Timothy Larcos

    PwC

    Chief information officer, Private Clients

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  • Cameron McFie

    Rhipe

    Chief technology officer

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  • Andrew Mitchell

    Griffith Hack

    CIO and director of national operations

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  • Chris Nurse

    Telethon Kids Institute

    Head of technology transformation

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  • Claudine Ogilvie

    Ridley Corporation

    Chief information officer

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  • Kevin O'Hara

    Tulla Private Equity Group

    Group chief information officer

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  • Ritesh Patel

    Office Brands

    Chief information officer

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  • Simon Raik-Allen

    MYOB

    Chief technical advisor

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  • Mandy Ross

    Tatts Group

    Chief information officer

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  • Dave Rumsey

    Tourism Australia

    Chief information officer

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  • Mark Sheppard

    GE

    General manager and chief commercial officer, Asia-Pacific

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  • Melanie Sinton

    ​​Racing and Wagering Western Australia

    Chief information officer

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  • Joanne Stubbs

    Bakers Delight

    Chief information officer

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1
Mark Gay Chief information officer ME
2
Wayne McMahon Group chief information officer Domino's Pizza Enterprises
3
Tim Thurman Chief information officer Australian Securities Exchange
4
Bill Le Blanc Chief information officer SA Health
5
Alastair Sharman Chief information officer Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service
6
Scott Collary Chief information officer ANZ
7
Leigh Berrell Chief information officer Yarra Valley Water
8
Rob James Chief information officer William Hill
9
Kim Wenn Chief information officer Tabcorp
10
William Daniel Confalonieri Chief information officer Deakin University
11
Roger Burgess executive director, operations & technology Scentia
12
Christian Mc Gilloway Head of digital Retail Zoo
13
Dr Malcolm Thatcher Chief executive office, CIO eHealth Queensland
14
Dayle Stevens Divisional CIO, support services National Australia Bank
15
Kenneth Edward Udas Deputy vice-chancellor (academic services) and chief information officer University of Southern Queensland
16
Chris Ford Chief information officer SA Power Networks
17
Christopher Johnson Asia-Pacific IT director 20th Century Fox
18
Tom Clark Global chief technology and marketing officer Corporate Travel Management
19
Hilda Clune Chief information officer PwC Australia
20
Grainne Kearns Group chief information officer Jetstar Airways
21
Anastasia Cammaroto Chief information officer BT Financial Group
22
Scott Andrews Director, product & digital strategy, Cox Automotives Manheim Australia and New Zealand
23
Michelle Beveridge Chief information officer Intrepid Group
24
John Sutherland Chief information officer Ramsay Health Care
25
Andrew Clowes Head of IT JLL Australia

26 - 50 (In alphabetical order)

Berys AmorDirector of technologyCorrs Chambers Westgarth
Mark BallingerDirector, products and technologyProgressclaim
Richard BurnsGeneral manager, customer experience and technologyAussie Home Loans
Julie CanepaChief information officerCisco Australia and New Zealand
Therese Chakour-WestIT managerStihl
Rick CoenenChief information officerSussan Group
Aidan ColemanChief technology officerCharter Hall
Veronica FrostChief information officerAustralian Red Cross
Steve GodbeeChief information officerIBM Australia and New Zealand
Elizabeth HarperChief information officerGHD
Richard HostChief information officerNSW Department of Finance, Services & Innovation
Ryan KloseGeneral manager, technology and innovationNational Pharmacies
Timothy LarcosChief information officer, Private ClientsPwC
Cameron McFieChief technology officerRhipe
Andrew MitchellCIO and director of national operationsGriffith Hack
Chris NurseHead of technology transformationTelethon Kids Institute
Claudine OgilvieChief information officerRidley Corporation
Kevin O'HaraGroup chief information officerTulla Private Equity Group
Ritesh PatelChief information officerOffice Brands
Simon Raik-AllenChief technical advisorMYOB
Mandy RossChief information officerTatts Group
Dave RumseyChief information officer Tourism Australia
Mark SheppardGeneral manager and chief commercial officer, Asia-PacificGE
Melanie SintonChief information officer​​Racing and Wagering Western Australia
Joanne StubbsChief information officerBakers Delight

It is my great pleasure to present the inaugural CIO50 list for 2016! Whether they are CIOs, CTOs, heads of technology or digital, these are Australia's top 50 IT chiefs.

These leaders are driving real transformative change across their organisations. They have displayed the sort of leadership and innovative thinking that will surely place their organisations at the forefront of their respective market sectors for many years to come.

We received more than 100 responses this year with a group of 82 shortlisted IT leaders - quite a task for our panel of 18 judges.

IT chiefs from a wide spread of industries nominated this year with leading CIOs in the financial services, education, healthcare and retail featuring prominently. Government, utilities, media and entertainment, professional services, airlines, gambling and legal were also well represented.

Perhaps the most promising trend in this year's CIO50 list is that the absolute majority of '50 listers' are part of their organisation's leadership team. 60 per cent of CIOs are now reporting to the chief executive officer inside their organisations with only 10 per cent still reporting to the chief financial officer.

These are great indicators that the CIO role is an important one, and IT chiefs are being trusted by the business to deliver the technology plans and benefits that have been promised. More than ever, IT is vital to the future competitive and overall survival of organisations across all industries.

Our top 25 CIOs this year are names that we are sure most of you are familiar with - IT leaders who have well and truly transformed the delivery of technology services and created innovations that have had a positive impact on the bottom line to give their respective organisations an advantage in an increasingly complex and competitive global marketplace.

Deakin University's CIO, William Daniel Confalonieri is using technology to transform the way education is delivered to students. Deakin was the first university in the world to tap IBM's Watson cognitive computer to provide advice and answer questions fielded by 50,000 students.

Kim Wenn, CIO at Tabcorp drove Sun Bets, the largest global venture the multi-billion dollar gaming and wagering organisation has undertaken in its 22-year history. Staff satisfaction with IT services at Yarra Valley Water has jumped from 30 per cent to 86 per cent under the leadership of its CIO, Leigh Berrell.

CIOs in healthcare such as SA Health's Bill Le Blanc and Children Health Queensland's Alastair Sharman have provided compelling stories around how technology is being used to improve patient's lives and deliver better clinical outcomes.

In the education sector, Kenneth Edward Udas and his team at the University of Southern Queensland are using technology to provide prisoners - who don't have access to the Internet - with the opportunity to study tertiary programs.

Domino's Pizza Enterprise's CIO, Wayne McMahon is shaking up the quick service restaurant sector with autonomous delivery and artificial intelligence technologies; and ME CIO Mark Gay steered the online bank through a complete overhaul and redesign of its technology architecture from the ground up.

This is just a taste of the great stories of transformation, innovation and leadership all the way down this year's CIO50 list.

We hope you enjoy reading this year's CIO50 list and much as we did putting it together.

Byron Connolly,
Editor
CIO Australia