In pictures: CIO hires and resignations in 2013

Check out our summary of this year's most notable CIO movements

  • In September, Qantas CIO, Paul Jones, was promoted to executive manager of strategy and planning for Qantas Domestic. The promotion followed a series of internal staff changes. Jones replaced Vanessa Hudson, who accepted a Los Angeles-based position of Qantas’ senior executive vice-president for the Americas. During his two-and-a-half year tenure, he was responsible for launching Qantas IT’s transformation program to improve customer service, reduce costs and align IT with broader Qantas Group strategy. According to a company spokesperson, Jones’ promotion reflects his strong performance record since joining Qantas in 2011. Jones joined the airline in 2011 from Mars confectionery company, where he was IT head for its global chocolate division.

  • Luc Hennekens replaced Jones as the new Qantas CIO. He was the airline's former chief technology officer. He joined Qantas in January from Contact Energy in New Zealand, where he was CIO for five years.

  • Linfox CIO John Ashley was recently appointed as global CIO at logistics giant, Toll Holdings, to commence in April 2014. He replaces former Toll CIO Wayne Gordon, who left the firm several months ago. Ansley is one of Australia’s most experienced CIOs - devising IT strategies for Rio Tinto and Roche prior to his current role at Linfox.

  • National Australia Bank (NAB) CIO Denis McGee announced in August that he will be resigning at the end of the year. McGee had been at NAB since 2008, and was promoted from CTO to CIO in April 2013 as part of a senior management reshuffle. McGee was responsible for NAB’s data centre transformation, virtual contact centre and shift to consumption-based pricing model for technology and communications services.

  • Following McGees resignation, NAB has appointed David Boyle, former Ernst & Young partner, as its new CIO starting in February 2014. Boyle had been a partner at Ernst & Young since March 2012, and also worked at the Commonwealth Bank between 2006 and 2011 as CIO, international financial services and CIO, group services. NAB said in a statement that Boyle is expected to drive the bank’s five-year $800 million transformation plan, which involves updating its core banking platform to reduce system complexity, and centralising operations and support functions.

  • After resigning as CIO for the University of Newcastle, Mary Sharp began her new role as head of IT for UTS Insearch in January 2013, a Sydney-based higher education institution and pathway provider to the University of Technology Sydney. Sharp held CIO and director of IT services roles with companies including Macquarie University, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Standards Australia and Western Sydney Area Health Service.

  • Following Sharp's resignation, the University of Newcastle appointed Mark Pigot as its new CIO in June 2013, after formerly working as director of ICT infrastructure and operation at the University of Sydney. He has also held IT roles at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, EDS, Reckitt and Colman and AMP. Pigot was expected to lead the university's strategic plan to be a global leader in education, research and innovation by 2025, but instead resigned from the post in September, just four months later. Ann Walters, associate director IT services, was appointed acting CIO, according to a staff directory.

  • In March 2013, life insurance outfit TAL announced the appointment of David Gillespie as CIO. Gillespie joined TAL from London-based global asset management company Fidelity Worldwide Investment, where he led the technology function for the company’s Retail, Customer Service and eCommerce business. He has a broad background in information technology having worked for Compaq, EDS and BUPA in various locations around the world.

  • Laurie Glanfield, director general of the Department of Finance and Services, took on the role of CIO for the NSW government on 29 July 2013. The director general position at NSW DHS includes taking on the role of the state’s CIO.

  • Mike Wood, who has been in the CIO role for more than eight years, left Newcastle Permanent Building Society and joined Bega Cheese Limited in April 2013. He has also been CIO for Raiffeisen Bank International and GE Money Bank in Germany, Denmark and Nordic Region.

  • Mark Gregory was appointed to the CIO role at the University of Adelaide in March 2013 to drive its 10-year strategic plan. The university said Gregory's appointment reflected an increasing focus on e-learning and IT across both education and research portfolios at the University, as it hopes to treble its investment in these areas to meet the changing needs of students and research.

  • Brisbane City Council's former CIO Nick Brant left his position in August reportedly due to personal circumstances, having been in the role since 2010. During his time there, he worked on a number of IT projects that are still underway, including an ERP transformation, a replacement CRM solution for the city’s contact centre, an electronic document and records management system, and mobile computing solutions. Brant's resignation came amid IT staff cuts that occurred in February, when the council decided to outsource their roles to Indian firm HCL.

  • Andrew Henderson, former CIO of ING Direct Australia was promoted into a global role in June after almost four years of service. He is now heading up control of the IT infrastructure at ING’s head office in Amsterdam, underpinning the bank's US$150 billion-a-year business. ING Direct named Simon Andrews as Henderson's replacement, who is now running the bank’s internal IT as chief operations officer.

  • Dan Beecham announced his departure from the CIO role with Woolworths in october 2013 to join British supermarket chain Morrisons. Beecham held the CIO position since 2007, and will relocate to the UK and his new role in January 2014. The retail giant is now on the hunt for a new CIO. Beecham has been tasked with overseeing the completion of Morrison's £300 million (A$511 million) overhaul of its internal IT systems.

  • The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service appointed Rachel Noble as new CIO and national director of intelligence in May 2013, as part of the agency’s extensive restructuring of technology operations. Noble has a distinguished career in defence, having been appointed as Australia’s first national security chief information officer in April 2009 - a role that involved providing strategic technology advice to then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

  • John Pittard retired from his role as CIO for News Corp Australia in November 2013, after over ten years of service. Pittard gave notice of his intention to retire in February, to take effect following the delivery of a number of major product and technology projects he had been driving. News Corp Australia’s chief executive Julian Clarke credited Pittard with transforming News Corp Australia's technology group.

  • Public Transport Victoria (PTV) appointed Carolyn De Gois as CIO in September 2013. De Gois was tasked with running the overhaul of PTVs IT systems, with future projects potentially including the creation of a functional mobile phone application to book journeys, and collaborating with Google Maps to include their timetables on the world’s most popular route planning service. De Gois has a history of working in the IT arena, with former roles at KPMG and IBM Global Business.

  • Former defence chief technology officer Matthew Yannopolous signed on as CIO at Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship following the retirement of Tony Kwan, who served in the role since 2011. Having commenced his new role in early October 2013, Yannopolous previously served as Defence CTO since November 2008, during which he has designed and planned the IT environment of the department, managing a team of 400 through a variety of programs. In February, he was the recipient of a public sector Benchmark Award, credited with championing Defence's data centre migration project.

  • In May 2013, Mark Doro took up his new role as CIO for not-for-profit organisation, Headspace. The move followed more than 20 years of service at Myer, one of Australia’s largest retailers. A statement by Headspace said that Doro has overall responsibility for a budget of $2.5 million "with a substantial portion allocated to capital expenditure".

  • Lawrie Turner commenced his role as CIO of Virgin Australia on 25 February 2013. Prior to the move, Turner worked with Sabre Holdings 1998 to 2000 and since then has held CIO roles with Aurizon, Optus and David Jones. Virgin Australia reported in January that it experienced problems with its new Sabre system, which led to delays for passengers. They reported that Turner will play a crucial role in managing the new Sabre booking and check-in system.

  • Jenny Levy was appointed CIO for Talent International in late June, following her redundancy at Wealth management firm Perpetual after moving its IT infrastructure, service desk and application services to Fujitsu last year. Prior to her role with Perpetual, she was general manager IT at Sydney Ports Corporation, and both head of technology and chief operating officer, corporate projects and technology at Westpac Banking Corporation. Talent International praised Levy for influencing direction and delivering programs in IT outsourcing, IT enterprise architecture, system mergers, risk applications, business intelligence and eLearning.

  • The Queensland government appointed former South Australia government IT head Andrew Mills as CIO in November. Mills will lead the ICT and related strategies driving change and innovation for whole-of-government ICT. Mills’ appointment follows the August release of the Queensland government’s ICT action plan and ICT Strategy 2013-2017, which the government said represented “a major shift form the traditional and wasteful methods of accessing and delivering government ICT to a modern, more efficient state where ICT-as-a-service is the default option.

  • Andrew Cann started as CIO of the Department of Sport and Recreation in June 2013, succeeding Stuart McRobert who left in February to take up the role of assistant director – regional service management at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Cann was a police officer for 21 years before he decided to change his career path and study IT. He became chief technology officer for the Australian Crime Commission in 2005 before making his move to his current role as CIO.

  • Derek Whitehead went for the opportunity and took on the CIO role at Swinburne University of Technology on 4 February 2013, after Jenny Beresford resigned. He was previously the university’s director, information resources and copyright officer. He has also worked as director for the State Library of Victoria.

  • After acting in the CIO role at the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, Tim Blake became deputy CIO of the department in May 2013. He is also director of rural e-health strategy and planning at NSW Health, and founder and managing director of Semantic Consulting. Blake has also worked in senior IT roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Oracle and SAP, and was a partner at Attentive Consulting.

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