JANUARY Retail giant Super Retail Group lured the former head of IT delivery for UK department store John Lewis to become its inaugural chief information officer, in an effort to boost its digital credentials. Paul Hayes joined Super Retail after 10 years at the British retailer, with a mandate to lead IT and digital following a rejig of internal divisions.
JANUARY News Corp Australia's chief information and technology officer Tom Quinn left the company after 11 years, with the media company’s former head of digital product development Alisa Bowen taking over his former duties. The publisher also opted to merge its formerly separate technology and digital teams into a single unit under Bowen, meaning internal and customer-facing IT now operate from the same business division.
JANUARY Former chief information officer of Harris Farm Markets Simon Maizels moved out of the technology team and into a significantly larger role leading one of the company's two buying teams as well as the food retailer’s logistics operations. Later in the year he left the organisation for a data integration role at the NSW Department of Education.
FEBRUARY Hills let go its chief information officer Derek Brown as part of a senior management restructure across the company. Brown had been at the company less than three years but in that time played a pivotal role in former group manager director Ted Pretty’s “One Hills” vision to transform the manufacturing company into a technology-focused business.
FEBRUARY Sydney Water named former US and UK utilities executive George Hunt as its new chief information officer, following the retirement of Stephen Wilson in late 2015. In his previous role of global consulting partner for utilities with Wipro, Hunt led business transformation programs for a number of international utilities companies, including Greater Cincinnati Water.
FEBRUARY Service Stream was again looking for a new CIO just 15 months on from appointing Hubert Van Dalen after "cultural differences" resulted in the IT executive departing the utilities provider. Anthony Bereznicki was eventually given the job permanently, after acting in the role for several months.
MARCH Canberra IT executive Matthew Boyley returned to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science after just five months as CIO at the Attorney-General’s Department. Industry’s general manager of the ICT development branch, Neil Kinsella, was made the acting CIO following Boyley’s departure.
MARCH Private hospital operator Mater Health found itself once again advertising for a CIO after Mal Thatcher decided he would not return following a year-long stint at the helm of Queensland Health’s IT division. Former UnitingCare Health IT chief David Kempson took over as Thatcher’s replacement in July.
MARCH Former Dick Smith chief information officer Paul Keen landed a role as the chief technology officer for online outsourced tasks marketplace Airtasker following his departure from the retailer. Keen was one of around 3000 employees affected by the closure of Dick Smith in February after the receivers appointed to the business opted to shut it down.
MARCH Victorian power companies CitiPower and Powercor appointed Chris Eriksen as their new general manager for IT to oversee a transformation program focusing on the convergence between IT and operational technology. Before taking up the post, Eriksen had spent more than four-and-a-half-years as the IT general manager at mining giant Roy Hill, and has also served in senior IT-related roles at AMP and NAB.
APRIL Western Australia’s health department threw in the towel in its hunt for a permanent chief information officer, instead handing the organisation’s IT leadership to a newly-appointed chief executive who has taken control of the state’s health support agency. Inaugural HSS boss, procurement specialist Kylie Towie, will take on the CIO functions as part of her new job.
MAY The University of New South Wales scrapped the role of chief information officer in an executive restructure and replaced it with a new chief digital officer post. Former CIO Michael Kirby-Lewis and ICT change program director Denise Black both left the university as a result of the change, with Conrad Mackenzie appointed as chief digital officer and Kate Carruthers as chief data officer.
MAY Australia Post’s chief information security officer Troy Braban left the government-owned business to take up a cyber security gig with US finance giant JP Morgan. The company also ended its 10-month search for a chief information officer by luring John Cox, who was previously divisional CIO of NAB banking and markets, to join as its new chief information officer.
MAY Former Australian Communications and Media Authority CIO Karl Maftoum had a tilt at politics for the second time in four years, running for the ACT Legislative Assembly seat of Brindabella. However, despite scoring 1871 votes at the October 15 ballot, he did not end up winning a seat.
MAY Dun & Bradstreet Australia filled an IT leadership vacancy created as the result of a private equity buyout by Archer Capital in 2015. Jesse Dumoff became the credit information bureau’s CIO having previously served for four years until March 2016 as the general manager of group solutions at Veda, covering data analytics and B2B and B2C technology operations.
MAY Rio Tinto’s technology and innovation chief Greg Lilleyman left the mining giant after 25 years. Lilleyman, who enjoyed a seat on the company’s executive committee and answered directly to the chief executive, had been in the high-ranking tech role since 2014. Following the departure, the resources giant installed the acting head of its technology and innovation business unit Stephen McIntosh as the leader of a rejigged internal 'growth and innovation' group.
MAY TransGrid chief information officer Henry Tan retired after seven years overseeing technology at the NSW and ACT energy grid operator, with ICT program delivery manager Stuart Barber named as his replacement ahead of a major strategic review.
MAY Suncorp lured Sarah Harland to become its chief information officer, following Matt Pancino's recent departure to join the Commonwealth Bank. Harland was previously the head of technology for national private health insurer Medibank.
JUNE Listed private education firm Navitas brought Mick Campbell on board as its new CIO, following the retirement of long-serving IT chief Neil Hitchcock. Campbell previously looked after IT and digitisation strategy at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and served as CIO for Ramsay Health Care between 2006 and 2014.
JULY An executive restructure at rail freight giant Aurizon triggered the departure of vice president of enterprise services Jenny Purdie after just under 12 months in the role. The organisational restructure saw four of CEO Lance Hockridge’s direct report roles merged into two, with enterprise services combined with human resources.
JULY NAB appointed Andrew Dell as its new chief information security officer as part of a cyber security executive reshuffle. Prior to joining the bank, Dell had worked as a security advisor to Victoria Police, a principal security consultant at EWA Australia, and a security architect at the federal Department of Defence.
JULY Big-four audit firm KPMG split its digital operations out from its technology function and welcomed a new chief information officer in former UXC CIO Craig Wishart.
JULY NAB group executive of enterprise services and transformation Renee Roberts left after the bank restructured its enterprise services and transformation division. The division was responsible for technology, back-office processing, procurement, project management, plus business and technology transformation.
AUGUST The former chief executive of NSW shared services agency Businesslink, Albert Olley, ended a more than decade-long career supporting the community services arm of the state government. Businesslink is a standalone IT and corporate services agency created to deliver consolidated back office support to the NSW community services and housing agencies.
AUGUST Decorated National Blood Authority CIO Peter O'Halloran left the organisation after just under nine years to tackle a new set of challenges at ACT Health. O'Halloran first joined the blood authority in 2008 as its director of corporate services, a remit that included IT.
SEPTEMBER The Digital Transformation Agency continued its poaching spree with the hire of Treasury chief information officer Peter Alexander as its new operations chief. Alexander ended a stint of over five years at the federal Treasury on September 16th to start in the new role, charged with leading the agency's corporate functions as well as several special projects.
SEPTEMBER Engineering services firm Worley Parsons lost two of its top IT executives and moved central IT leadership to the United States. Chief information officer Brian Adams left the firm in July after more than five years in the role and ten years with the company. His deputy, chief technology officer Pete Wilson, was let go in September.
SEPTEMBER Central Queensland University chief information officer Peter Edwards retired, ending a 10-year stint overseeing IT at the regional university. Roy Pidgeon, who spent the past eight years as CQU’s deputy director of technology and client services was later named as his replacement.
SEPTEMBER The Queensland Police Service plucked Jenson Spencer out of the state's shared services agency to become its first ever chief digital officer, offering a newfound freedom to pursue innovations while someone else worries about keeping the lights on.
OCTOBER IAG parted ways with its head of digital and technology Claire Rawlins after just under a year in the role. While it did not provide a reason for the sudden departure, Rawlins did not immediately move to a new position.
OCTOBER High-profile Telstra chief information security officer Mike Burgess resigned, capping off almost four years leading IT security for the nation's largest telco. He set out on his own as a strategic cyber advisor, providing guidance to boards and committees about security threats and the impact they could have on their business.
OCTOBER Tourism Australia began looking for a new chief information officer after David Rumsey announced he would resign his role to pursue “other opportunities”. Rumsey claimed the role in November 2011 having previously worked as a director of corporate and shared services reform for the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.
NOVEMBER NSW Roads and Maritime Services chief information officer Joe Attanasio stepped down from his role after three years in the top IT seat to "pursue other career opportunities”. Attanasio joined RMS in May 2013 following a four-year stint as the chief information and knowledge officer at the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
NOVEMBER ANZ Bank let go its chief information officer Scott Collary and replaced the IT chief with former Dimension Data chief strategy officer of IaaS Gerard Florian in a newly elevated role, as part of a reorganisation of its leadership team. Separately, ANZ Bank scattered the functions of its CTO role amongst several executives following the departure of long-time CTO Patrick Maes. Maes quietly moved to Zurich, Switzerland in September to start a new position as managing director of the CTO group for financial services firm Credit Suisse.
NOVEMBER AARNet's first-ever chief information officer was hired to take over management of the organisation's internal business systems from chief technology officer David Wilde. Former senior systems administrator for the organisation Ian Wiltshire was last month promoted into the newly-created role.
NOVEMBER Foxtel technology chief and company veteran David Marks handed in his resignation after just shy of 18 years with the pay TV provider. His responsibilities were taken over by IT transformation director Stephen Butler, who remained within his previous role.
NOVEMBER The University of Adelaide began its search for a new chief information officer two months after Mark Gregory accepted a senior executive role across town at Flinders University as vice president of corporate services - a role equivalent to a chief operating officer.
NOVEMBER Yarra Valley Water chief information officer Leigh Berrell worked his last day at the utility after almost six years in the role, ahead of starting a new job as general manager of group information services with Bapcor, Australia's largest car parts supplier.
DECEMBER The Australian Securities Exchange began looking for a new chief information officer after Tim Thurman announced his decision to leave the organisation in March next year. Thurman is returning to Canada for “family reasons” and has already accepted an undisclosed new position.
DECEMBER Asciano chief information officer Kelvin McGrath will leave his current post in February 2017, after the freight giant was carved up by corporate buyers Qube, Brookfield and the Global Infrastructure Partners investment consortium. McGrath plans to focus on building a global market for his software start-up, MeetingQuality,.