Sivakumar joined Paymark in March 2013 following four years as Chief Information Officer at 2degrees. Prior to this, he was GM IT NZ and Pacific at Stella Travel Services.
Conrad Morgan, technology operations manager, will be acting CIO at Paymark.
Chris Bunce is now Director and Chief Digital Officer at First NZ Capital, stepping up from CIO. The CDO title encompasses both CIO and Digital functions, explains Bunce. “The title change is to signal internally and externally the firm’s intentions in regards to our digital strategy."
Bunce became CIO at First NZ Capital six years ago, from head of information technology, and is a member of the executive team.
Carl Powell, former Fletcher Building CIO, is now interim CIO EMEA for Cushman & Wakefield, a global commercial real estate company.
Latest ICT merger: Plan B and ICONZ
Plan B acquires ICONZ, a founding ISP in New Zealand and provider of cloud hosted infrastructure, datacentre co-location, managed networking and voice services to New Zealand business and residential customers. “This acquisition was a natural next step following our investment in managed voice and network services last year,” says Ian Forrester, managing director, Plan B.
“It will provide additional scale across the new merged business, including access to a national data centre network of over 300 racks, and opportunities for both customer sets to access a broad range of complementary services.”
“We are excited about this acquisition. Plan B brings extensive business continuity, infrastructure and connectivity expertise to the combined business. ICONZ offers cloud services, data centre and network management skills. These are highly complementary competencies and our customers now gain access to a broader portfolio of leading-edge products,” says Jack Talbot, general manager, ICONZ.
New executive team at Liberty NZ
Australasian financial services group Liberty Financial has appointed two senior executives to head its New Zealand operations, which includes Mike Pero Mortgages: Mark Collins as Chief Executive Officer and Gareth Clague as Chief Financial Officer.
“Mark and Gareth’s qualifications and deep experience in financial services, consumer finance and mortgage lending will benefit the broader industry and our customers through brokers and a highly engaged franchise network,” says Sherman Ma, managing director of Liberty.
Collins’ most recent role was as CEO of New Zealand Home Loans, while Clague was most recently a specialist with the BNZ and formerly with New Zealand Development Trust.
ANZ first NZ bank to accept UnionPay QuickPass tap & go cards
ANZ announces ANZ point-of-sale (POS) and ATM terminals throughout New Zealand will begin accepting UnionPay credit and debit cards, enhancing service and convenience for UnionPay cardholders worldwide.
ANZ is the first bank in New Zealand to accept QuickPass, UnionPay's tap & go solution for both credit and debit cards, across its EFTPOS network.
UnionPay is the most commonly used payment tool by outbound Chinese people, with 5.6 billion cards in circulation across more than 150 countries. It is also currently the only card network that issues, clears and settles in Chinese Yuan.
“As a super-regional bank operating in 34 markets, we recognised that we needed to expand our card payment options to support customers’ cross-border activities, and make the payments process simpler and more convenient for them while they are here, says ANZ New Zealand CEO David Hisco.
Promapp gets Callaghan Growth grant
Promapp Solutions, a provider of cloud-based business process management (BPM) software for creating and managing business processes online, has been awarded an R&D Growth Grant by Callaghan Innovation.
The Growth Grant will provide up to $5 million per year, with additional funding for a further two years available on review. It aims to help organisations add scale to their R&D investment for greater market impact.
"It’s a great honour and the grant will allow us to add scale to our R&D investment enabling us to increase our development team by 50 percent," says Ivan Seselj, CEO, Promapp, in a statement.
Promapp’s customers include : Coca-Cola Amatil, Air New Zealand, Mainfreight USA, Toyota Financial Services, Ricoh Australia, McDonalds, Schneider Electric, Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Genesis Energy, Adelaide City Council and Waikato District Council.
CrossPoint Telecommunications, a provider of unified communications and business technology solutions, has been named Polycom Marketing Partner Grand Prize winner. The team was recognised for best practice in the areas of lead tracking, reporting, accountability, transparency and marketing/sales follow up. Its major clients in New Zealand include Nokia and Telefonica. “This prize is a testament of the CrossPoint's team efforts to provide the right solution needed to build for tomorrow's communications in the workplace,” says Steven Angelov, marketing director of CrossPoint.
Bulletproof has agreed to acquire the business assets of Cloud House, New Zealand's largest AWS Advanced Consulting partner. This is Bulletproof's third acquisition, having previously acquired Panthacorp, an AWS Consulting partner in December 2014, and Infoplex, a major private cloud provider, in October 2015. Bulletproof says the deal will cement its position in the region as the largest AWS partner.
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