Steven Mayo-Smith, former CIO of Yellow New Zealand, is now the general manager of technology at Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC). Mayo-Smith was made redundant two months after starting his role at Yellow in April of this year, after the company went through a major restructuring when then CEO Bruce Cotterill resigned.
He has spent the last few months travelling, and told CIO Magazine that he accepted the position at LIC because of the exciting opportunities for IT and business management in the primary sector, and its importance to New Zealand.
“It's very much to me about the industry itself. It’s fundamental to all of New Zealand, and is an area that’s got a lot going. I want to be a part of it,” says Mayo-Smith.
LIC, which is based in Hamilton, creates products and services for the agriculture sector to increase production from farm animals.
Mayo-Smith says that LIC is looking to expand its information technology offerings, with more products like its Minda Milk software which help farmers monitor their herd’s milk productivity and health information.
“One of the key things with any breeding programme is showing all of the information that goes through to produce a particular animal. Information like genetics and so on is one of the most critical things you can have.”
Mayo-Smith says he will start at LIC next Monday, and will work from Hamilton during the week.