CIO movers and shakers: Slideshow

A look at recent movements among Australian CIOs

  • Barry Wiech, Domino's

    Former Domino's CIO, Barry Wiech, has [[artnid: 368481|left the company|Domino’s CIO resigns]] to take up the CIO role with milk and dairy products provider, Parmalat Australia.

    Wiech spent five years with Domino’s and was responsible for delivering several IT projects, as well as a $150,000 upgrade of the company’s online ordering system in 2007.

    In the meantime, Domino's has engaged Recruitment Success in the search for a candidate, and will focus on finding somebody who can jump straight into the thick of things.

    “I think Domino’s is the most exciting CIO role in Brisbane, and one of the most exciting in Australia," said Domino's CEO, Don Meij. "We are going to be at the forefront of e-commerce. The CIO will have one of the most challenging and mentally stimulating roles. The IT team and our outsourced partners are continuing to grow. It’s not unrealistic that as we transform to more and more of an e-commerce business, clearly the CIO is going to become the third most critical person in the team.”

    Potential candidates can contact Leanne Ferreira from Recruitment Success for more information on the role on 02 8113 2900 or Got a CIO movement tip? Email
  • Emmanuel Rodriguez, NSW Government

    As NSW Government CIO, Rodriguez (right) headed up the controversial People First program — an IT efficiency program to reduce the number of back-end systems, streamline services and save costs.
    Rodriguez left the role at the end of 2010, however, and Andrew Gavrielatos has replaced him as acting NSW government CIO while the [[artnid:374894|government seeks a replacement| NSW government appoints acting CIO]].
    Gavrielatos (left) has a background in management and was previously with the Department of Fair Trading. He has degrees in arts and social work from the University of Sydney and a masters degree in management from the University of Technology, Sydney. He also has teaching qualifications. The People First program launched in [[xref:|July 2006| NSW government outlines 'People First']] and Rodriguez joined as CIO in [[artnid:197540|October 2007| NSW gets new CIO]]. Got a CIO movement tip? Email
  • Ryan Bessemer has [[artnid:375696|joined financial services firm, Equity Trustees|New head of IT for Equity Trustees]] (ASX:EQT), as head of business systems and information technology.   Bessemer is the former CIO of financial services group, Austock and has also held roles at Frigrite, consulting firm Ipex and software developer Software Spectrum International, now Insight Enterprises.  Got a CIO movement tip? Email

  • Former NSW housing CIO, Vladas Leonas, has [[artnid:375345|taken the top IT job|New CIO for NSW Transport Construction Authority]] at another NSW government department, the NSW Transport Construction Authority (TCA). The TCA was formerly named the Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation and is responsible for major transport infrastructure projects in NSW. Leonas was CTO of the Australian Centre for Advanced Computing and Communications (ac3) from 2002 to 2006 and has also held the CIO role at the NSW Department of Public Works.

  • Stephen Loquet, NSW DET

    Stephen Loquet is new NSW Department of Education and Training CIO. Loquet replaces [[xref:|Stephen Wilson]], who [[artnid:351803|left the role in July 2010| CIO leaves NSW Education to join Qantas]] to join airline Qantas. Loquet previously held the role of assistant general manager for information technology with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria. Got a CIO movement tip? Email File photo. Not a photo of Loquet
  • Dean Walters, Austar

    Austar CIO, Dean Walters (pictured), will [[artnid:375186|leave the top job|Austar CIO promoted]] after being poached by parent company Liberty Global where he will begin work as CIO for its European broadband operations. The pay TV company announced a management reshuffle, which also resulted in chief operating officer, Dana Strong (right), being appointed to the role of CEO at Libery Global’s UPC Ireland. Senior operational managers, including general manager of technology and operations, Phil Blackwell, and general manager of information systems, Brian Matulin, will now report directly to CEO, John Porter. Got a CIO movement tip? Email
  • Angelo Grasso, Aristocrat

    Aristocrat CIO, Angelo Grasso, will leave the organisation at the end of the month. Grasso, a ‘business technologist’, has held roles in various multinational companies. As chief information officer of the multinational gaming technology and services company with more than 2200 staff globally, he was responsible for a host of innovations, including the provision of private cloud technology, IT career mapping within the company as well as projects trialling iPads for field-force personnel. He also oversaw a business process engineering program, which overhauled the company’s product portfolio processes and the global rollout of an HR and payroll system. It is not yet clear how Aristocrat will structure the CIO role following Grasso’s departure. Got a CIO movement tip? Email
  • Andrew Leyden, Fosters

    The Foster's Group is on the hunt for a CIO after Andrew Leyden, who was appointed chief information officer in April 2009, left the company just before Christmas. Leydon joined Foster's in February 2002 and has held several executive positions within the group, as well as in finance and general management with organisations such as Reckitt Benckiser in Asia, Eastern Europe and UK and with Somerfield and WH Smith in the UK. A series of mergers and acquisitions had created a range of [[artnid: 370796|IT challenges for the beverage company|Fosters streamlines data management]], and Leydon had been working with the systems architecture team to manage these issues. Got a CIO movement tip? Email
  • Max Kennedy, Yarra Valley Water

    CIO Max Kennedy has accepted an overseas appointment and Yarra Valley Water [[artnid:374151|is looking to fill the role|Yarra Valley Water seeks new CIO]]. The CIO will report to the managing director of the business and oversee strategic management of the company. Got a CIO movement tip? Email
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