David Hackshall joins Cochlear as CIO

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David Hackshall joins Cochlear as CIO
David Hackshall

Bionic ear manufacturer ends eight-month hunt.

Wesfarmers Insurance IT executive David Hackshall has jumped ship to join bionic ear pioneer Cochlear as its new CIO, ending the ASX-listed company's eight month search for a new IT chief. 

Hackshall spent just over two years as the CIO for Wesfarmers Insurance.

Prior to his stint at the insurance provider, Hackshall served as one of the founding executives behind the failed online mailbox service Digital Post - a job he took on while working as global CIO for digital marketing firm Salmat.

Digital Post was a joint venture between ComputerShare, Salmat and Zumbox, which ceased operations in June last year following poor customer take up.

A Cochlear spokesperson told iTnews Hackshall would begin work at Cochlear’s Macquarie University headquarters this month, answering directly to CEO Chris Roberts.

The top tech role at the 2700-employee medical device manufacturer has been vacant since former CIO John Sutherland was poached by Ramsay Health Care in November last year.

While at Cochlear, Sutherland oversaw the introduction of a unified communications platform and an ERP upgrade.

Cochlear has operations in more than 20 countries and reported earnings of $820.9 million in the 2014 financial year.

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