Senior IS executive: Andrew Cooke, vice president, information systems Reports to: Chief financial officer
Size of IS shop: 55
Mobile PCs: 300
Hand-held devices: 160
Total screens: 1960
PC environment: Windows NT, 2000, XP; Dell; Toshiba; Mac
Server environment: Sun; Windows NT, 2000, 2003; OS/400; HP; Dell;
DBMS: DB2, Oracle, SQL, Ingres
Address: 78 Springs Road, East Tamaki, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Evaluating virtualisation technologies and
their impact on business continuity and disaster recovery strategies.
THE INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION of Fisher & Paykel over the past
few years has changed the nature of the business. The United States
is now the largest revenue generator for the group, with the company
now having two production facilities in that country.
Australia and New Zealand continue to be important markets, forming the base
for the company’s business. Longer term, the growth in Europe, the
United Kingdom and Ireland will become important.
Tracking the business across different time zones and cultures
presents difficulties. Knitting local customs and practices together
with the way the company wants to do its business also creates other
Fisher & Paykel Appliances designs, manufactures and markets
a range of innovative household appliances. It includes two wholly
owned subsidiary companies — Production Machinery Ltd that builds
production equipment, as well as Dynamic Cooking Systems, a
company in the United States that manufactures indoor and outdoor
Fisher & Paykel is listed on the New Zealand and Australian stock
In 2006 Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings acquired Elba S.p.A,
the European cookware business of De’ Longhi S.p.A for approximately
Andrew Cooke, vice president information systems, heads an internal
ICT team of 55. He says key ICT projects for 2008 include evaluating
virtualisation technologies and their impact on business continuity
and disaster recovery strategies.
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