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Movers and shakers: Andrew Diver of Tower Insurance and Chris Poulter of Fastway Global

Movers and shakers: Andrew Diver of Tower Insurance and Chris Poulter of Fastway Global

A roundup of the latest business technology executive appointments and events in New Zealand and Australia.

Andrew Diver is now CIO at Tower Insurance. Diver came from Vero, where he was CIO and EGM Shared Services.

Chris Poulter is now CIO at Fastway Global. His previous roles included CIO of PBT Group and head of IT at Toyota Financial Services.

Roger Jones is now chief technology officer at Auckland Transport, moving to this role from GM business technology group.

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Forum tackles the 'impossible role' of the CIO

Two of the world’s top academic researchers on information and communications technology leadership – Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross of the Massachussets Instititute of Technology – will run an interactive workshop on the ‘impossible’ role of the CIO next week in Auckland.

The panel discussion on December 12 is part of The 2014 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) that will be held for the first time in New Zealand, on December 14 to 17.

ICIS is the major annual meeting of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), which has over 4000 members representing universities in over 95 countries worldwide.

It is the most prestigious gathering of academics and practitioners in the IS discipline, and provides a forum for networking and sharing of latest ideas and highest calibre scientific work amongst the IS profession, says Dr Mike Myers, head of the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management at the University of Auckland.

Myers says more than 1200 academics from across the globe will be attending the conference which includes about 60 sessions and 180 presentations, in addition to keynotes, CIO panels and research panels.

The theme of ICIS 2014 is Building a Better World through Information Systems and will be hosted by The University of Auckland Business School.

New Zealand CIOs are invited to register to attend the CIO panel discussions, says Cecil Eng Huang Chua, associate professor of information systems and operations management at the University of Auckland.

Chua, one of the chairpersons for the IT workshop and CIO panels, talks about the theme for the half-day CIO workshop on December 12 that will be held at the Westpac on Takutai Square in Britomart.

Cecil Eng Huang Chua, associate professor of information systems and operations management at the University of Auckland, talks about the challenges of the CIO role. The topic will be included in a CIO panel discussion on December 12 at the 2014 International Conference on Information Systems to be held in Auckland, New Zealand from December 14-17, 2014.

Voting for Unsung Heroes Charity begins

Public voting has started for the ‘Unsung Heroes Charity’ project of IT recruiter Potentia. The winner will receive a $10,000 grant. The vote is taking place until December 8 on the group’s Facebook page.

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The nominated charities are: Allergy New Zealand, Cystic Fibrosis Auckland, Lifewise, Love to Live, Sustainable Coastlines, Crohn’s & Colitis New Zealand, De Paul House and Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Institute.

Potentia managing director Josh Comrie says the group created the Charity vote three years ago as an alternative to offering corporate gifts at Christmas.

The 2013 winner: Josh Comrie - MD; Craig Dunn - Founder of Paw Justice; and Nathan Bryant-Taukiri - GM, Potentia.
The 2013 winner: Josh Comrie - MD; Craig Dunn - Founder of Paw Justice; and Nathan Bryant-Taukiri - GM, Potentia.
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