Australia Post has ended its ten-month search for a chief information officer by luring the divisional CIO of NAB's banking and markets business into the government-owned enterprise.
The organisation began its hunt for a CIO in July last year after Andrew Walduck was given a mandate to grow AusPost's emerging trusted services business. Just months later Walduck was handed an even bigger promotion to become head of the organisation's new dedicated e-commerce unit.
Simon Page had been acting in the CIO role while the search was underway until he moved to JB Hi-Fi as its chief information officer last August. Tony Gustin then took over as caretaker CIO.
The organisation today confirmed to iTnews it had secured John Cox, divisional CIO of NAB banking and markets, to join Australia Post as its new chief information officer, reporting into group executive of business services Laz Cotsios.
Cox starts his role in mid-August.
"Mr Cox brings vast industry experience to the role ... and will be a fantastic addition to our senior leadership," a spokesperson said.
Cox has been at NAB in various IT leadership roles since 2008. He started as its head of cards, acquiring and payments, later led its core banking team, and prior to his most recent position worked as divisional CIO for banking and wealth.
NAB CIO David Boyle thanked Cox for his "outstanding" contribution.
"During his time at NAB, John has achieved incredible milestones in technology that have delivered a more simple and enhanced experience for our customers. Key highlights include the integral role that John played in improving payment processing at NAB," Boyle said.
"We wish John every success in the future.”
Cox's background includes stints at SuperPartners in IT project delivery and at Accenture in management consulting.
He joins just as Australia Post begins another IT executive search for a chief information security officer, after Troy Braban accepted a US-based post working in global cyber security for finance giant JP Morgan.