Helloworld's CIO set for fintech move

Helloworld's CIO set for fintech move

CIO role to be scrapped, with IT to be managed by two separate departments

David Hassan (left) is leaving his position as CIO at Helloworld

David Hassan (left) is leaving his position as CIO at Helloworld

Helloworld’s chief information officer is leaving the ASX-listed travel business, with the company not planning to recruit a new CIO to replace him.

Helloworld’s current CIO, David Hassan, has resigned. Hassan has accepted a a role outside of the travel industry and will finish up at Helloworld on 6 May.

"I really enjoyed Helloworld, but after 22 years in travel, I was keen to try a new industry and the fintech space is where significant growth and opportunity exists," Hassan said.

“David has worked at Helloworld for the last two-and-half years, during which time he has transformed the overall technology agenda both within the organisation and for Helloworld travel agents,” a Helloworld spokesperson said.

“He and his team have worked with the business to roll out a number of key agent and customer facing initiatives including a revamped Hydra, Agent Itineraries, Whitelabel websites, Local Area Marketing Portals and Digital Media.”

After Hassan’s departure, IT at Helloworld will be managed by two separate departments: IT and Systems.

IT will be led by Yusuf Ahmed, who will be appointed group general manager — IT services. Systems will be led by Alistair Campbell. Campbell will become group general manager — systems and applications.

Hassan said he is taking a role at PetSure, a fintech company focused on the veterinary/pet space.

"The space is obviously growing in Australia and to be part of that is some thing I'm really excited about," the CIO said.

"I'm taking the role to leverage my strong digital and transformation experience to join them as they go through significant grow in their core market but also as they diversify into new opportunity in the wider veterinary space and value add with consumer pet industries."

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