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A look at recent movements among Australian CIOs
Tennis Australia has appointed Samir Mahir as its new chief information officer following the [[artnid:378853|departure of Chris Yates]].
Mahir has been working for IBM in Atlanta managing the delivery and implementation of the company’s worldwide sponsorship and marketing projects including the Grand Slams, the Masters golf and the Tony Awards. He has also previously worked for the USTA as the Director of Information Technology.
"Samir brings with him a wealth of IT experience from both the events and tennis industries," the organisation said in a statement.
Former Fosters CIO, Andrew Leyden (pictured), has joined electronics and telecoms retailer, the Vita Group (ASX:VTG), as chief financial officer, following his departure fro brewing company in 2010.
Meanwhile, Foster’s Group has [[artnid:387115|appointed Dean Matthews to the role of CIO|Fosters appoints new CIO]], effective 23 May 2011. Matthews has about 20 years experience within industries including healthcare, finance, retail, consulting and toll road sectors and has held senior technology and executive roles with FCPB Investments, Transurban, Linfox Group and MLC Lend Lease.
Former Pacific Magazines IT infrastructure manager, Bjorn Jacobsen, has [[artnid:383233|taken on IT director role]] at the Australian arm of global music publisher, Universal Music,
The label had conducted a search for a replacement for previous IT director, Barry Petersen, since January. Jacobsen moves into the role after a six-year stint at the publishing group.
Simon Revelman has joined visual communications company, GEON Print and Communications, as general manager, information technology.
Revelman was previously CIO at marketing and communications firm, STW Group, where he oversaw the creation of a shared services department, delivered via a private Cloud.
CIO for the federal Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), Bob Correll (pictured), has [[artnid:383538|stepped down from his post|DIAC CIO Bob Correll retires]], announcing plans to retire.
Tony Kwan, former CIO at the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, has taken over the role at DIAC.
Correll began his tenure at the department in 2005, where he led the 'Systems for People' project from 2006. The $495 million project aimed to replace the agency’s legacy support systems in favour of a set of 14 Web-based “role-based” portals covering case management, detention services, health, security, border security and visa management.
BHP Billiton Stainless Steel Materials CIO, Frits de Vroet, has resigned to take on a [[artnid:386789|new role as a chief process officer|BHP Billiton loses key CIO to overseas port]] (CPO) in Europe with Damco Logistics (part of AP Moller Maersk). The role will be based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Alan Patterson will head up the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as its new CEO, replacing Bruce Lakin, who announced his departure in December.
Patterson was previously the CEO of National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) and served as the managing director of Pearl Healthcare and was the international marketing manager of GC Corporation.
He is charged with implementing the strategic plan and will drive key membership initiatives, according to the ACS.
Former Medibank Health Solutions CIO, Chris Hardy, has taken on the [[artnid:387294|top IT job]] at the suicide prevention non-government organisation, Lifeline, as its first ever chief information officer.