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Westpac NZ looks for CIO

Westpac NZ is looking for a chief information officer.

Written by Randal Jackson11 March 14 06:36

Education ministry gets new CIO

The Ministry of Education has appointed Stuart Wakefield as its chief information officer.

Written by Randal Jackson26 Feb. 14 08:46

Gen-i eyes Revera

Gen-i is doing due diligence on Revera, according to credible sources.
Neither party will comment on what they term “rumours” but Computerworld is reliably informed that the process is nearly complete and that an announcement is likely in the next few weeks.

Written by Randal Jackson14 April 13 22:00

Ministry of Justice IT boss moves to Talent2

The Justice Ministry general manager of information and communications technology services, Gerard Aberdeen, has resigned to join Talent2.
Aberdeen had been with Justice since 2008 and reported to Rose Percival, deputy secretary of corporate services. The IS team at the ministry has 172 staff, according to the MIS 100 report.

Written by Randal Jackson11 April 13 22:00

Target: Beat Murphy's Law

When the New Zealand Transport Agency embarked on its business transformation programme, CIO Craig Soutar took two major decisions.

Written by Randal Jackson04 Feb. 13 14:50

Casino rejects the cloud

SkyCity Entertainment Group has bucked an industry trend with its recent upgrade of IT that supports the casino firm's gaming and customer services.

Written by Randal Jackson25 Sept. 12 22:00

Police appoint Stephen Crombie as CIO

New Zealand Police has appointed Stephen Crombie as chief information officer.
He is currently executive director of the Government Service Transformation Programme. Previous roles include deputy chief executive, Knowledge Information, Research and Technology at the Department of Internal Affairs and inaugural general manager of Government Technology Services at the State Services Commission.

Written by Randal Jackson29 May 12 22:00

Gen-i appoints interim CEO

Greg Mikkelsen has been appointed acting CEO of Gen-I, taking over from Chris Quin, who is stepping up on June 1 to become acting CEO of Telecom. Quin will be in that role till Simon Mouter becomes the permanent CEO, planned for early September.
Mikkelsen currently manages the Government, Enterprise and Trans-Tasman team at Gen-i, which has just announced a three-year multi-million-dollar deal that has integrated insurance group Aon’s trans-tasman voice, fixed line and data networks on to a single managed platform.

Written by Randal Jackson29 May 12 22:00

Brett Hodgson to leave Unisys

Unisys confirms that Mr Brett Hodgson is leaving the company to pursue other interests.
The company has started recruiting to replace him.

Written by Randal Jackson09 May 12 22:00

Housing New Zealand CIO resigns

Housing New Zealand’s chief information officer, Paul Jepson, has resigned. He had held the role since joining the corporation in July 2010.
The corporation says in a statement that Shane Hamill is now the acting CIO, taking over immediately “given our pressing timeframes for our transformation programme delivery”.

Written by Randal Jackson07 March 12 22:00

Ministry of Foreign Affairs appoints CIO

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has appointed Mike Pilkington as its new chief information officer. He has been CIO at Express Couriers for the past six years.
Pilkington previously spent 16 years at DHL in a variety of roles in Sydney, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur, during which he had oversight of IT infrastructure, systems and services.
Foreign Affairs chief executive John Allen says Pilkington’s appointment comes at a critical time of technology change for the ministry. “[His] experience will be invaluable as we bring our IT and knowledge management teams together to deliver new operating platforms and tools such as the new Orange 11 network, global document management and electronic records," Allen says.
Orange 11, which is Citrix-enabled and involves SharePoint, is expected to be rolled out across the network by the end of the year.

Written by Randal Jackson31 Aug. 11 22:00

IBM to lose two major datacentre customers

Despite opening a new $80 million facility in Auckland this year, IBM is about to lose two major datacentre customers.

Written by Randal Jackson07 July 11 09:45