NHS England remodels IT leadership – and other key industry appointments
  • World’s largest healthcare provider creates new technology management structure
  • Top tech duties to be shared between CIO and chief clinical information officer
  • Twin hires follow six months without a leader
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NHS England remodels IT leadership – and other key industry appointments

Maxine-Laurie Marshall — August 2016

New faces at the top of tech at NHS England, Del Monte, Toll Group, Intel, Vistara, LAX, and more.

NHS England, the public health organization for 53 million Britons, has split the leadership responsibilities at the top of IT, after abandoning an original search for a chief information technology officer.

The role will now be shared between Dr Keith McNeil, who becomes chief clinical information officer (CCIO) and Will Smart who takes on the CIO’s position. The health service argued that the organization was best served by having a senior medical leader alongside a technology specialist.

McNeil — a world renowned heart-lung transplant specialist turned healthcare CEO — was until last year head of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he spearheaded the introduction of a £200 million ($260m) electronic patient records system at its Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Will Smart, on the other hand, is a career public sector IT specialist, and joins NHS England after six years as CIO of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Together they will provide strategic leadership to one of the world’s largest workforces – the NHS employs more than 1.5 million people. McNeil and Smart will both report in to Matthew Swindells, NHS England national director of operations and information.

Alongside them, NHS England has also appointed Juliet Bauer as director of digital experience. She will oversee the development and adoption of digital technology for patients.

The healthcare group has been without a technology leader since December 2015 when Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information, left to become commercial director at Telstra Health in Australia.
Other key appointments

• Françoise Russo has joined transportation and logistics company Toll Group as its new group CIO. Russo brings global experience to the company, which is part of Japan Post, having been head of IT for British American Tobacco across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Earlier she held IT, HR and marketing roles at drinks company Diageo.
• KPMG has appointed Craig Wishart as CIO. He replaces Anthony Stevens who has taken the newly created role of CDO. Wishart joins from rival IT consultancy UXC where he was joint CIO and CTO.
• Serge Burjak has been named as the new CIO for the Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA).

• TMX Group has announced the appointment of Jay Rajarathinam to CIO. Rajarathinam has 20 years of financial services technology experience from brands such as Wells Fargo, Barclays and Intercontinental Exchange.

• Ravinder Pal Singh is Vistara’s new CIO. Singh is tasked with identifying and acquiring strategic technology to support operational efficiency and growth at the Indian domestic airline.

• Rui Brandao will take the role as head of Zurich ETH’s IT services from November 2016. Brandao will be responsible for all aspects of the IT infrastructure at the university, which specialises in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and management. 

• Kevin Cunnington has been named as the new head of the UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS), the department charged with leading digital, technology and data across government. Cunnington moves across from the Department of Work and Pensions where he was director of business transformation. That role will now be spread between Mayank Prakash, the DWP’s new chief digital information officer, and the related directorates.

• Intel has appointed Paula Tolliver to the role of CIO and corporate VP, taking over from Kim Stevenson who has been promoted to serve in a new executive role within the company — COO for the tech company’s Client and Internet of Things Businesses and Systems Architecture (CISA) Group. Tolliver joins Intel after two decades at Dow Chemical Co, where she rose to become VP of business services and CIO after roles as head of global head of purchasing, procurement and strategic sourcing.
• Robert Long is the new CIO at Del Monte Foods, returning to the company after two and a half years as VP of IT of Del Monte spin-off Big Heart Pet Brands. Long was a senior technology leader at Del Monte from 2011 to 2014 and earlier VP of IT at car reseller Copart.
• Beth Anne Killoran has been appointed as the permanent CIO of the US Department of Health & Human Services after holding the role on an interim basis for eight months. She will have a special focus on cybersecurity and privacy protection, as well as IT investment and strategy.
• Sreenath Sreenivasan has been made New York’s first chief digital officer. He was previously the first CDO at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Columbia University.
• Justin Erbacci has been named deputy executive director, chief innovation and technology officer for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Aura Moore, who was interim CIO was also appointed to the position permanently and will report in to Erbacci.
• Sonepar USA has made Mike Smith its new CIO and VP of operations. Smith, who has spent 10 years with US subsidiary of the French electrical distributor Sonepar Group, was previously president of OneSource Distributors at the company.

First published August 2016
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