Tourism Australia CIO quits

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Tourism Australia CIO quits
David Rumsey.

Agency begins looking for a new tech chief.

Tourism Australia is hunting for a new chief information officer after David Rumsey announced he would resign his role to pursue “other opportunities”.

Rumsey claimed the CIO 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.

During his time at Tourism Australia, Rumsey oversaw an IT transformation that included the shift of its core IT systems from Oracle to Microsoft. The migration was prompted by some of the agency’s legacy systems moving out of vendor support.

"Rumsey has made a fabulous contribution during his five years at Tourism Australia, delivering a huge change management program and laying the foundations for a digital transformation journey which is now well underway,” Tourism Australia’s executive general manager of corporate services, Mark Craig, said in a statement.

"One of Rumsey’s biggest legacies is the spirit of cooperation and collaboration he helped build between marketing and digital that has enabled the successful completion of a number of critical, business wide projects.

"Rumsey has decided it’s time to seek a new challenge, which we appreciate and fully support. He leaves with our thanks and best wishes.”

Tourism Australia is now advertising for a new CIO who will focus on developing and implementing a new information and communication strategy and a program of change at the agency.

Rumsey will remain at Tourism Australia until early December to oversee the completion of a number of ongoing projects and also to assist in the process of finding a successor.

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