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A reportage on IT leadership

A reportage on IT leadership

A roundup of some of our CIO profiles in 2015.

CIO Hannes Van Zyl and CEO Geoff Hunt at the Hawkins Group head office in Auckland
CIO Hannes Van Zyl and CEO Geoff Hunt at the Hawkins Group head office in Auckland

Building blocks of leadership

When Hannes van Zyl became CIO at Hawkins Group, the staff were ‘screaming for IT.’ But after laying the foundations for the new business technology platform, he ponders on the next mission for ICT.

David Kennedy
David Kennedy


David Kennedy talks about the 3 phases of successful digital transformation

...And why the CIO post may be split into several roles during the process.

Carmen Casagranda
Carmen Casagranda


The CIO as chief digital transformation officer

Carmen Casagranda steps up from IT director to become the first CIO at Cigna New Zealand – and leading its move to a digital organisation.

Advocates and allies: James Mansell, Ministry of Social Development CIO David Habershon and manager data warehouse Mike O’Neil
Advocates and allies: James Mansell, Ministry of Social Development CIO David Habershon and manager data warehouse Mike O’Neil

Why are we not systematically aggregating data to force (and support) the government to see the full picture to make better social investment decisions?

James Mansell


The data science activist

Read more: ​CIO Upfront: Thriving in the new landscape

James Mansell is part of a small, but growing group of volunteers who are pushing for the responsible use of data to deliver social and economic value. What motivated him to immerse himself in this role?

Simon Clarke
Simon Clarke


Switched on CIO: Simon Clarke of Trustpower

Clarke treaded quite an unusual career path – corporate lawyer, CEO, and now general manager business solutions and technology for Trustpower.

Agents of change: Geraint Martin, Annette Hicks, and Sarah Thirlwall
Agents of change: Geraint Martin, Annette Hicks, and Sarah Thirlwall


'When we get it right, IT is the sewage system of the 21st century'

Read more: ​Spark works with AUT on digital tools to solve ‘real-world commercial problems’

CEO Geraint Martin on how the Counties Manukau District Health Board is preparing for tech-enabled disruption.

Victor Vae'au
Victor Vae'au


A CIO’s handbook: Planning for the long game

Victor Vae’au does not have a separate ICT strategy - it is Future35, the framework for change of the New Zealand Defence Force in the next 25 years.

NZG CIO Colin MacDonald
NZG CIO Colin MacDonald


Read more: Doing business with Damon Kelly of Enlighten Designs: From psychology to information technology

NZ government to deliver an ‘Amazon-style’ experience for citizens

Common IaaS services have already delivered $70M in annualised savings, says CIO, Colin MacDonald

Richard Parry
Richard Parry


What it’s like to be CIO for a not-for-profit

Richard Parry of Stand Children’s Services Tu Maia Whanau taps disruptive technology to reduce IT ‘cost centres’

Logan Sears
Logan Sears


Read more: SkyCity has a new CIO

‘We are very much naked online and that is working well for us’: Logan Sears of Green Acres and Hire-a-Hubby

The CEO of franchise businesses Green Acres and Hire-a-Hubby, talks about the nuances of becoming a digital company – and why revealing more information online gives them an edge over the competition.

Chris South
Chris South


Winning users’ hearts and minds

"In the commercial space, you work with your customers to develop the product. We are transposing that to the education sector," says Chris South of Network for Learning on the Crown company’s learning portal, Pond, now approaching 1000 new users each month.

Read more: Doing business with Darius S Mistry of Imagetext: The golden rule that powers IT
Hamish Nuttall
Hamish Nuttall


No shortcuts to becoming a digital business

Pointers from Hamish Nuttall, now ‘outsourced chief digital officer’ after founding and selling a startup that became the Naked Bus company.


Julia Raue
Julia Raue


Julia Raue of Air New Zealand: Building the next digital milestone

Read more: CIO100 awards open to leaders in innovation, digital transformation and ICT-enabled community programs

Julia Raue helped create a new role – the chief digital officer – who will take charge of her CIO portfolio when she leaves.

Ross Hughson
Ross Hughson


Ross Hughson: Into the startup world

The former CIO of Inland Revenue Department and Westpac NZ is now immersed in the world of business incubators, venture capitalists and crowdfunding.

Kevin Angland
Kevin Angland


Start with the end in mind

Kevin Angland, IAG

Read more: Westpac CIO Dawie Olivier on 'The killer app for today’s ICT teams'


How I became a CIO: Jason Millett and Kevin Angland share their journey

Jason Millett of Westpac and Kevin Angland of IAG talk about their ascent to the role. They also share career insights for up and coming CIOs, and how they see the role evolving.

Jason Millett
Jason Millett


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