Richard Tims, the new chief technology officer of NZ Lotteries, says he is looking forward to the challenge of helping run the country’s largest retail network. Tims, who was Computerworld CIO of the Year 2005, joins Lotteries from ETSL (Paymark). He has been working in ICT executive posts for the past 16 years, including a role at ASB Bank.
“While there are a lot of similarities between ETSL and NZ Lotteries, there will be a steep learning curve in joining a well known national organisation that has much more of a direct consumer focus,” says Tims in a press statement.
The New Zealand Lotteries is number 83 in the country’s list of top IT users in the 2008 MIS100 report. Lotteries has around 1860 screens, and a 40-member IS shop.
Tims has a degree in accounting and information systems from Otago University but does not consider himself an ‘IT geek’.
“While I love IT, I view it as the enabler rather than the be all and end all. I get excited about the possibilities it provides to do things that were never before possible.
“Technology will have a significant impact on everything we do in the future – at home, at work and our everyday lives. What we think is groundbreaking now is going to be 'old hat' in a few years,” he says.
In a recent interview with CIO magazine, Tims says he doesn’t believe in having a “strategic plan” for IT.
“It should, in essence, be part of [the] overall business strategic plan,” he says.
Tims takes over from Wayne Pickup, who is now Australian manager for gaming supplier GTECH.