Warehouse returns to group CIO model

The Warehouse has a new CIO. Owen McCall, a former principal of Deloitte's outsourcing operation in Australasia, took up the post last month.

For The Warehouse, it's a return to having a group CIO after 20 months without one.

McCall's predecessor, Neville Brown, left in March 2002.

During that time, each of the company's three divisions, The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery and the Australian operations, ran IT independently but co-operatively.

Shortly after Brown's departure, Warehouse IS general manager James Allison told Computerworld "each of our three retail brands has a general manager looking after information services and they will continue to work together on things of a group nature, as the did prior to Neville's departure."

Allison added "as an organisation, we have no current plans to implement another group CIO."

Computerworld sought comment from McCall and The Warehouse regarding McCall's appointment, but received no response by the deadline.

The Warehouse's website mentions McCall's appointment, noting "Owen joined The Warehouse on November 10 and is responsible for group IT.

"[His] focus will be on ensuring all the IS systems for The Warehouse group directly support our business strategy and that our technology investment provides clear and quantifiable benefit to the group.

"Owen spend over 17 years in the IT industry and has gained a wide variety of experience in all elements of the systems lifecycle, from IT strategy through to implementation and operations.

"Most recently, Owen was the principal for Deloitte's outsourcing practice in Australia and New Zealand."

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