RBA CIO jumps ship to insurer

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RBA CIO jumps ship to insurer
Sarv Girn

Ends six-year stint.

The Reserve Bank of Australia's chief information officer Sarv Girn will call time on an almost six-year career to move to MLC Life Insurance. 

The insurer announced today that Girn would join the organisation in May as its newly-created chief innovation and transformation officer. He will report to CEO David Hackett.

Girn will take the reigns of a $400 million transformation intended to "deliver the most advanced digital and process infrastructure" for improved customer experience.

The executive has considerable experience in the finance sector, having worked at the Commonwealth Bank and Westpac for a combined ten years before his almost six-year stint at the RBA.

“Attracting talent like Sarv, who has such extensive financial services experience in digital innovation and customer platforms, will help cement our leadership in these areas," Hackett said in a statement.

“Our ambition is to become Australia’s leading and most trusted life insurer. This means giving customers a simpler, faster and more enjoyable experience when they purchase and use life insurance, supported by world-class technology.”

Girn said he was "thrilled" to be joining the insurer to lead its transformation program.

“This Australian icon is committed to bringing life insurance into the digital age with the investments they are making in people, technology, innovation and processes," he said in a statement.

"I’m honoured to be able to play a part in driving Australia’s life insurance industry forward in service of customers."

At the RBA Girn led a core banking overhaul to Tata Consultancy Services' BaNCS platform, the development of an API strategy, and contributed to the mammoth public-private sector effort that last month resulted in the release of the country's new payments platform.

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