Wesfarmers recruits former iiNet CIO Matt Toohey

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Wesfarmers recruits former iiNet CIO Matt Toohey
Matt Toohey.

To lead IT in chemical, energy and fertilisers division.

Former iiNet IT boss Matt Toohey has been appointed chief information officer at Wesfarmers’ chemical, energy and fertilisers division WesCEF.

WesCEF incorporates a number of the Western Australian conglomerate’s industrial businesses, including Kleenheat, EVOL LNG, CSBP Fertilisers and industrial chemicals production facilities.

As with other industrial and retail units within Wesfarmers, WesCEF is responsible for its own IT, independent of its parent company.

“The role provides a unique opportunity to add value across our diverse group of businesses by providing innovative solutions that meet their individual strategic needs,” WesCEF’s chief financial officer Tanya Rybarczyk told iTnews.

One of Toohey’s major duties in the new role, which commenced in March and reports to Rybarczyk, will be evaluating and enhancing the company’s ERP systems.

WesCEF uses JD Edwards as an on-premises ERP platform, which the division is looking to extend using discreet software-as-a-service applications.

He will also work on improving the functionality of recently launched online customer portals, which include myCSBP, Sampling Pro and FERTview.

Other responsibilities include driving WesCEF’s innovation agenda, improving the organisation’s IT security posture, and growing the use of business intelligence.

“I’m thoroughly enjoying working with an experienced team of professionals on a challenging portfolio of projects,” Toohey said.

“It’s also really exciting to be able to work with a number of well established brands, which sit within the WesCEF division and have a clear strategy of supporting and embracing innovation.”

The position opened up following the retirement of WesCEF’s long-running manager of information technology and systems, Tony Boulton, in November last year.

Toohey’s appointment follows an 11-year career in management and executive level positions at iiNet, which included four years as its CIO.

In that time, he oversaw the integration of IT systems acquired through iiNet’s acquisitions of smaller telcos, including Adam Internet and Internode, along with network capacity improvements following the Australian launch of streaming video service Netflix.

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