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Movers and shakers: New CIO at Orion Health

Movers and shakers: New CIO at Orion Health

Johan Vendrig has held CIO and COO roles in public and private health organisations

Johan Vendrig, then healthAlliance CIO, was keynote speaker at the 2013 CIO100 forum.
Johan Vendrig, then healthAlliance CIO, was keynote speaker at the 2013 CIO100 forum.

Johan Vendrig is the new CIO at Orion Health, filling the role vacated by David Kennedy in May. Kennedy is now a CIO/CISO consultant.

Vendrig came from health software company HSA Global, where he was chief operating officer for nearly two years. Before HSA Global, he was general manager information services at healthAlliance, the shared services organisation owned by the four northern region district health boards.

Vendrig joined healthAlliance after nearly five years as CIO of the Auckland District Health Board - one of the owners of the shared services organisation. His involvement in IT leadership roles in health began more than 20 years ago, in his native Netherlands, where he also completed a paper on health information systems at the University of Maastricht.

At EDS (now part of HP), Vendrig was manager for health accounts in Auckland and Wellington. He managed the outsourcing arrangement with Capital Coast Health when it outsourced its IT to EDS. He also worked as manager, strategy and business planning for eSolutions Alliance of Telecom and Microsoft.

David Kennedy
David Kennedy



Chris Poulter joins JUCY Group as consulting CIO. Before this, he was CIO at Fastway Global. His previous roles include CIO at PBT Group and head of IT at Toyota Financial Services.

Chris Poulter at a CIO roundtable discussion
Chris Poulter at a CIO roundtable discussion


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Deane Sloan is appointed as Equinox IT general manager in Wellington. He joined Equinox IT in 2000 as a software development specialist and over the years has moved to various roles including performance tester, principal architecture consultant, and chief technology officer (a role he still retains today).


Iggy Pintado is the new head of marketing for SAS Australia and New Zealand. Pintado is the author of Connected Generation and has spent 14 years in sales and marketing roles with IBM Australia and New Zealand.


Iggy Pintado
Iggy Pintado
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Robert Linsdell has been promoted as managing director of ANZ for Emerson Network Power. Linsdell says of the appointment: “The enterprise business continues to be a very important part of our business. Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way our customers operate, which means they need IT infrastructure that is agile, scalable, but more importantly solutions that provide them a competitive advantage."


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