Movers and shakers: Leading across sectors: John Holley and Dave Thompson
- 28 July, 2014 07:00
This is his first civilian role following a six –month stint in South Sudan, as deputy planning officer for the military component of the United Nations in the newest country in the world.
Holley is a reserve officer in the New Zealand Army, and has held a raft of business technology roles, including general manager operations for Visible Results and CIO of the Auckland Regional Council.
“Some sort of sabbatical, moving sideways from your normal role or into a different organisation or culture, adds real context and strength to your job,” he says on his recent UN assignment.
Moving sideways from your normal role or into a different organisation or culture adds real context and strength to your job.
This is true especially for CIOs who work on a lot of innovation and organisation change. “CIOs can work for a period of time in a sister organisation in the company, do some volunteer service abroad,” says Holley in an interview with CIO New Zealand.
“It is all about enriching you as a person because the technical side is quite easy; the leadership and how you engage with other people… that is the challenge.”
Next: Dave Thompson takes on new role in Nelson
Dave Thompson is now the IT manager at Sealord Group based in Nelson. Before this, he was head of Business Intelligence at Bank of New Zealand. He has also worked at Microsoft New Zealand for over 12 years, five of them as Director of the Services division.
He was one of the ICT executives that joined the gathering organised by Robin Johansen,when CIO New Zealand visited Nelson last week. Johansen, the former CIO of Beca, is a member of CIO's editorial advisory board.
Among those present at the gathering were Lynley Lee, former CIO At AsureQuality, who now heads Peritia Consulting; Richard Butler, senior systems engineer at BlueBerry; Matthew Dodd, business manager, South Island, Datacom; Ali Booker, IT manager, Goldpine; Joanne Mulvena, and Pip Hurrell, network and system engineers at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology; Simon Gutschlag, ICT Manager, NZ King Salmon; and Peter Darlington, Information Services manager, Tasman District Council.
The visit is in conjunction with a special report on business technology leaders in Nelson in the upcoming issue of CIO New Zealand.
Next: Executive appointments at Liverton Technology, Solity and Origin IT
Matt Nicholson joins Liverton Technology Group as business development manager. He will help Liverton meet demand nationally and internationally for its range of New Zealand developed security solutions which includes MailAdviser. Nicholson has worked at Telecom and Tait Communications.
Wellington-based software company Solity appoints David Humm as Chief Financial Officer and Dan Hamid as Chief Sales Officer.
Humm has held senior roles with several IT focused companies both in New Zealand and abroad, most recently as CFO with MetService, and before that, with MoneyMate, a Dublin based company servicing the funds industry.
Hamid joins Solity from Alexander Street Press where he was Australasian Regional Manager. Solity, established in 2012 by Israel Reyes, specialises in crisis preparedness and incident management.
Michelle Mackisack joins Origin IT as Head of Talent. She has worked in IT sales and marketing with Gen-i and Fujitsu before moving into IT recruitment
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