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CIO50 2019: Kevin Drinkwater of Mainfreight tops list

CIO50 2019: Kevin Drinkwater of Mainfreight tops list

Who made it to the annual report on the most transformative and disruptive technology and digital leaders in New Zealand?

Kevin Drinkwater, Paul Littlefair and Craig Bunyan

Kevin Drinkwater, Paul Littlefair and Craig Bunyan

“We continue to innovate on many fronts, in many countries,” says Kevin Drinkwater, CIO at Mainfreight.

The company’s technology-enabled projects range from Shipment Centre, the global online booking system for air and ocean freight in Asia, to a KPI Reporting system for its European operations.

The latter saved the company 200 hours per month that were needed to send Excel reports, by using cloud technologies to feed the information from their source systems Trex and Mainmove, into the data warehouse. The customers get real-time information on performance of the services provided by Mainfreight.

Close to home, Drinkwater’s team launched one of the company’s largest projects, Mainstreet, which resulted in having operations in New Zealand, Australia and the United States running on the same transport management system.

Kevin Drinkwater
Kevin Drinkwater

These and other programmes Drinkwater has spearheaded has led him to be named as the top ranked leader in the inaugural 2019 CIO50 in New Zealand.

A panel of judges scored the CIO50 entries based on questions under two pillars - innovation and leadership.

LIC CIO Paul Littlefair is number two and ANZ Bank New Zealand GM technology Craig Bunyan is number three.

The CIO50 report - which features the 50 technology and digital leaders, and those who are ‘ones to watch’ - was launched in breakfast forums this week in Auckland and Wellington.

The research is held in conjunction with CIO50 in Australia. Together, the executives in these lists will comprise the first batch of CIO100 ANZ leaders.

Read here for more leadership insights from the 2019 CIO50 leaders.

In memoriam: Atta Elayyan

Both events in Auckland and Wellington started with a minute of silence for Atta Elayyan and the other victims of the Christchurch terror attacks on March 15.

Elayyan is one of CIO50 leaders and he was cited for his work as CEO of LWA Solutions. He was also one of the leaders in the CIO100 in  2017 and 2018

In Auckland, the tribute was led by Victor Yuen, head of product of FaceMe, who was a close friend of Elayyan. In Wellington, Murray Wills, Maxsys founder and one of the CIO50 judges, led the tribute.

Victor Yuen of FaceMe and one of the 2019 CIO50 awardees, leads the one minute silence to remember Atta Elayyan and the victims of the Christchurch terror attacks
Victor Yuen of FaceMe and one of the 2019 CIO50 awardees, leads the one minute silence to remember Atta Elayyan and the victims of the Christchurch terror attacks

Championing diversity and tech for good

There are 12 women in the 2019 CIO50 leaders. Five of them are in the top 25: Sarah Ellisdon of Counties Power, Stella Ward of Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards, Angie Judge of Dexibit, Sarah Thirlwall of MinterEllisonRuddWatts, and Vidhya Makam, New Zealand Health Group.

Sarah Ellisdon
Sarah Ellisdon
Stella Ward
Stella Ward
Angie Judge
Angie Judge
Sarah Thirlwall
Sarah Thirlwall
Vidhya Makam
Vidhya Makam

The CIO50 also recognises the best ICT-enabled programme which helps solve a community or social issue.

The 2019 winner is Zeal, with the support of the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation.

The two worked together to create “Live For Tomorrow” an online crisis intervention and a world-first response to young people disclosing mental health crisis online.

The highly commended entries were Te Tira Toi Whakangao, in association with NZTE and Datacom, and Thankyou Payroll.

The other finalists in this category were Clearpoint with Eat My Lunch and Dream Lab in association with the Vodafone Foundation.

Dr Marcus Blosch, research VP at  Gartner, spoke about the CIO and business transformation: Building a new foundation.

Dr Marcus Blosch
Dr Marcus Blosch

CIOs need to think differently about their role, said Blosch.

They must be comfortable talking about the business model, and build skills for themselves and their teams on business model design.

He also listed other skills beyond traditional ICT that CIOs need to have in their teams. 

In Auckland, Chris Trigg, chief digital officer, Southern Cross Health Society, talked about his career ascent from CIO to CDO, and the digital transformation programme at the not for profit organisation. "Data and analytics are key enablers to our business strategy," said Trigg.

Chris Trigg of Southern Cross Health Society
Chris Trigg of Southern Cross Health Society

In Wellington, Cobus Nel, general manager information services and technology at Transpower, talked about accelerating transformation and innovation for the digital era.

Cobus Nel
Cobus Nel

“The opportunities are considerable and the challenges are very real.The opportunities are considerable and the challenges are very real,” he said on the work ahead for him and his team.

Mark Ellis of Datacom
Mark Ellis of Datacom

Datacom executives Mark Ellis, associate director - sales and business development, and Mike Bullock, general manager, public sector sales, spoke on the frameworks organisations are using to boost productivity and innovation. 

Mike Bullock of Datacom
Mike Bullock of Datacom

Andrew Hurt, managing director, Australia and New Zealand of Poly, talked about the focus of the company that was formed from the merger of Polycom and Plantronics. 

Andrew Hurt of Poly
Andrew Hurt of Poly

These include helping create workspaces and equipping these with technologies and tools to help people collaborate and become more productive. "Distraction is expensive," he said.

Panel discussions were held in Auckland and Wellington on how CIOs are leading digital transformation programmes.

In Auckland, the panellists were Rebecca Chenery, chief digital officer, Watercare; Kevin Angland, general manager digital services at Mercury; Mark Baker, principal, MIH Consulting; and Matti Seikkula, chief information officer, e-Spatial.

The CIO50 panel discussion in Auckland
The CIO50 panel discussion in Auckland

In Wellington, the panellists were Matti Seikkula of e-Spatial, Stella Ward, chief digital officer, Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards; Gary Baird, chief technology officer, Inland Revenue; Sean Davidson, general manager information technology, VTNZ/Dekra; and  Paul Littlefair, chief information officer, LIC.


The CIO50 event in Auckland was sponsored by Datacom, Poly and Umbrellar
The CIO50 event in Auckland was sponsored by Datacom, Poly and Umbrellar
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2019 #cio50 event
 2019 #cio50 event
2019 #cio50 event

 


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