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Movers and shakers: Leading across sectors: John Holley and Dave Thompson

A round-up of appointments and events in the business technology sector.

John Holley is taking on the regional operations director role at Jericho Digital Communications, part of the Asia Pacific Digital Group, and will be based in Auckland.

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.

John Holley

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

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Dateline: 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.

Lynley Lee of Peritia Consulting and Infoxchange; and Dave Thompson of Sealord, during the CIO gathering in Nelson.
Lynley Lee of Peritia Consulting and Infoxchange; and Dave Thompson of Sealord, during the CIO gathering in Nelson.

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.

Robin Johansen, independent consultant and CIO New Zealand editorial advisory board member.
Robin Johansen, independent consultant and CIO New Zealand editorial advisory board member.

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.

Simon Gutschlag of NZ King Salmon and Peter Darlington of the Tasman District Council.
Simon Gutschlag of NZ King Salmon and Peter Darlington of the Tasman District Council.

CIO NZ editor Divina Paredes, Ali Booker of Goldpine and Simon Gutschlag of NZ King Salmon
CIO NZ editor Divina Paredes, Ali Booker of Goldpine and Simon Gutschlag of NZ King Salmon
Matthew Dodd of Datacom and Richard Butler of BlueBerry
Matthew Dodd of Datacom and Richard Butler of BlueBerry

Dave Thompson of Sealord and Joanne Mulvena of the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
Dave Thompson of Sealord and Joanne Mulvena of the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

CIO editor Divina Paredes and Pip Hurrell of the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
CIO editor Divina Paredes and Pip Hurrell of the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nigel Brabyn of Nelson Forests
Nigel Brabyn of Nelson Forests

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

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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.

David Humm
David Humm

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.

Dan Hamid
Dan Hamid

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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