ANZ Bank taps ex-IBM CIO Jeff Smith for agile advice

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ANZ Bank taps ex-IBM CIO Jeff Smith for agile advice

Will join technology advisory panel.

IBM's recently-departed chief information officer and former Suncorp CIO Jeff Smith has agreed to sit on ANZ Bank's technology advisory panel to help guide the bank through its massive agile transformation.

ANZ stood up its panel of external technology executives almost two years ago to help its board decide how and where to apply new technologies.

At the time it appointed Twitter APAC head of online sales Aliza Knox, former head of global retail and strategic development for PayPal Don Kinsborough, former CIO of Procter & Gamble Filippo Passerini, and then-head of strategy and engagement for Dimension Data Gerard Florian.

Florian has since joined the bank as its group executive of technology.

The panel is intended to provide the board and management "external perspectives, specialist insights and trusted advice" to guide it through the opportunities and challenges of new technologies.

Smith - who before taking on his most recent role as global CIO for IBM in 2014 served in the same position at Suncorp for seven years as well as at Telstra for four - was specifically targeted for his experience in the agile methodology, both at Suncorp and IBM.

Smith was revealed earlier this month to be leaving his role at IBM to "explore other opportunities". He has been replaced by IBM IT vice president Fletcher Previn.

ANZ Bank recently detailed a wide-ranging effort to adopt the scaled agile methodology across the entire bank.

The restructure - across both its Australian and New Zealand operations - is intended to allow the bank to respond faster to customer demands and expectations.

It will scale its current use of agile up from 20 percent, mostly in the IT and digital teams, and split the bank's entire workforce up into autonomous, multi-disciplinary teams of about 10 employees to remove bureaucracy and hierarchies and deliver new products at speed.

“We need to deliver this transformation at a much faster pace through new ways of working, so Jeff’s leadership in technology roles and his experience of implementing an agile culture make him a valuable inclusion to the panel,” ANZ CEO Shayne Elliott said in a statement.

The technology advisory panel meets quarterly.

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