NAB names new CIO – and other recent appointments
  • Ernst & Young partner to join National Australia Bank in February
  • Will drive decade-long IT transformation program
  • Extensive experience across Asian markets and in shared services
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NAB names new CIO – and other recent appointments

I-CIO editorial team – January 2014

National Australia Bank (NAB), one of the country’s ‘big four’ financial powerhouses, has appointed a new group CIO with extensive Asian and shared-service expertise to lead its ongoing IT transformation program. David Boyle, who has been a partner with Ernst & Young for the past two years, will join NAB in February. From 2006 to 2011, he held senior roles at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, heading IT operations across China, Vietnam, Japan, India, Indonesia and New Zealand, and serving as CIO for Group Services. He was also responsible for delivering the IT integration for Commonwealth Bank’s acquisition of Bankwest.

Boyle takes over the top IT job from Denis McGee, who is leaving after five years in IT leadership roles at NAB, the last year as CIO. Boyle will report to group executive of enterprise services and transformation Lisa Gray.

His remit will include the shared oversight of NAB’s systems overhaul. The bank is almost halfway through a A$1.1 billion ($1bn) decade-long transformation designed to reduce its annual operating costs by A$800 million ($709m). The ‘NextGen’ project includes developing a new core banking system based on an Oracle platform, an array of customer-centric applications, the refresh of its data center infrastructure and the virtualization all servers and storage.

Other key appointments

• Christian von Grone is returning to CBR Group as head of IT. With its Street One and Cecil brands, CBR Group is among the 10 largest fashion companies in Germany. Von Grone, who led IT at CBR from 1992 to 2009, has spent the past five years as CIO of rival fashion house Gerry Weber International.

INDIA, a leading online health and fitness store, has hired Gaurav Agarwal as CTO. He will also head the company’s products division. Agarwal was previously at San Francisco-based Zynga as general manager for its FarmVille game, which grossed over $1 billion in revenues under his leadership.
• Sushma Singh has been appointed as the next Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of India’s Central Information Commission, the second woman in succession to hold the role. She succeeds Deepak Sandhu, whose short tenure ended in December. Singh has been an Information Commissioner since 2009.

Freight management company Geodis Wilson has promoted Dean Devasia to the role of global CIO. He joined the company in 1991, and has since worked in operations, sales, management and IT, most recently as US CIO.

Insurance company Sovereign has named Ross Stephenson as its new CIO. He was most recently a program director for Hewlett-Packard.

• John Elliott is joining Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company as CIO. Elliott was most recently SVP and CIO for Aon Risk Solutions, and has also served at Bear Stearns and McKinsey & Co. He replaces Alexander Bockelmann, who relocated to Australia to be CEO of UNIQA Group’s new IT services unit (December 2013 Appointments). Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company is a member of France’s Allianz Group.
• Global brand development company SGK has appointed Robert Border as CIO. Prior to this, Border was SVP, CIO at Lawson Products, and he’s also served at Monsanto Co for 15 years and as chief information technology officer at Merisant.
Gary King has joined Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile mobile phone service provider as US CIO. Formerly CIO of clothing firm Chico’s FAS, King has also served as CIO of Barnes & Noble and VP of global IT at Avon Products.

Microsoft has made Jim DuBois its new CIO. Having been with the company for 20 years, DuBois has led its IT organization on an interim basis since former CIO Tony Scott left six months ago to join VMware (September 2013 Appointments).
NII Holdings, which provides mobile communication services through the Nextel brand in Latin America, has extended CIO David Truzinski’s role to chief digital officer, with a focus on enhancing customers’ digital experience (Should CIOs be rebranding themselves as CDOs?).
• David Giambruno is joining publishing, media and broadcast organization Tribune Co as SVP and CIO, to lead the company’s IT infrastructure and application environment. He served as CIO at Revlon from 2006 to 2013. Also at Tribune, Ghalib Kassam assumes the role of EVP, IT for Tribune Publishing, reporting to Giambruno.
Kimball International, an electronics components and commercial furnishings manufacturer, has promoted Lonnie Nicholson to the position of VP and CIO. He was most recently VP, business analytics.
• John Charles has been hired as MIT’s new VP for information systems and technology. He was previously COO for the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, and earlier served as CIO at California State University.
The ServiceMaster Company, one of the world’s largest residential and commercial service networks, has promoted Tim Haynes to SVP and CIO. Haynes joined the company in 2012 as VP and IT business partner for its American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean and Merry Maids units. Previously, he served at Nissan Motor, Nissan Americas, GMAC and Accenture.
• Tony Vaden has been named CIO at ABC Supply Company, joining from American Tire Distributors where he was CIO. In previous roles, he’s worked at Solectron (now a subsidiary of Flextronics), Dell and AMP (now TE Connectivity).

First published January 2014
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