CIO Summit 2013: Transform, Innovate, Engage

CIO Summit 2013: Transform, Innovate, Engage

A powerhouse of global and NZ speakers are featured in the premier event for ICT executives on June 11 and 12 in Auckland. The CIO Summit will not only honour the most innovative leaders and teams in business technology, but also showcase another facet of ICT professionals - as musicians.

A powerhouse of speakers including Chris Vein of the World Bank, Paul Strong of VMware, Crawford del Prete of IDC, Andrew Lam-Po-Tang of Fairfax, and Dr Peter Wilton of the University of California are featured in the CIO Summit on June 11 and 12 at the SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland. The conference, now in its seventh year, is the largest gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives in New Zealand. It is organised by CIO NZ, IDC and Conferenz.

The theme for this year, “Transform, Innovate, Engage”, reflects the convergence of technology and market forces which are pushing business leaders in every industry to rethink their strategies as economic uncertainty continues. With information technology at the core of every change today, many CIOs find themselves stepping up to the role of business strategist, taking on the mantle of chief transformation officer.

The winners of the CIO Awards will also be announced at the gala dinner on June 11 as part of the Summit. There are four categories this year: CIO of the Year, Engaging Youth in ICT, Emerging ICT Leader of the Year and Executive Team of the Year.

The winner of the CIO of the Year will attend the CIO 100 Awards and Symposium on August 11-13 in Colorado, United States. Click here for a list of the 2013 finalists.

Rob Fyfe, former CEO of Air New Zealand, is this year’s winner of the CIO Lifetime Contribution Award. The panel of judges noted Fyfe is a worthy recipient for the award due to “his approach to innovation and his courage and leadership in supporting technology-based initiatives while CIO and subsequently CEO at Air New Zealand”.

Rock and roll IT

Tim Occleshaw, 2008 CIO of the Year and now deputy chief executive, Department of Internal Affairs, will take centre stage at the gala dinner on June 11 as part of Livewire Band.

The band is composed of Colin MacDonald, chief executive Department of Internal Affairs and government chief information officer; and Con Curtin and Frits Stigter.


Colin MacDonald and CIO Tim Occleshaw play in a rock band while holding on to their C-level posts. So how do they manage this career back-to-back performance?

CIO Masterclass

Keynote speaker Dr Peter Wilton is also holding a post-conference CIO Masterclass on June 13.

Dr. Wilton will illustrate the process of “Building Strategic Innovation Capability”, using practical examples from leading organisations in Silicon Valley and Australia.

CIO Summit think tank

A strong and representative advisory council is appointed each year to assist with the building of the CIO Summit. They are:

Robin Johansen, CIO, Beca

Nigel Bailey, CIO, Fairfax

Craig Columbus, CIO, Russell McVeagh

Miles Fordyce, Group Technology Manager, NZ Post Group

Jonathan Iles, CIO, Carter Holt Harvey

Russell Jones, COO, ASB

John Deane, Group IT Manager (Acting), The Comfort Group?

Pieter Bakker, CIO, Frucor New Zealand and Australia?

Thomas Salmen, CTO, Kordia New Zealand

Brian Northern Group, CIO, Fulton Hogan

Gavin Till, IM&CT Manager, Christchurch City Council

Mike Harte, Director of Information Technology Services, University of Otago

Ralph Chivers, CEO, Institute of Directors

Tanya Harris, CIO, Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Alma Hong, CIO, New Zealand Fire Service

David Habershon, CIO, Ministry of Social Development

Tracy Voice, Director Business Technology and Information Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Stuart Wakefield, Director - Office of the Government CIO, Department of Internal Affairs

Click here for a full programme of the CIO Summit 2013.

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