ACC applies the brakes

Long term projects on hold following a review by incoming CEO Ralph Stewart

Following a review of business and IT projects at the Accident Compensation Corporation by incoming chief executive Ralph Stewart, several longer term strategic projects have been put on hold. According to ACC, additional preparatory work needs to be completed before a commitment is made to proceed.

In response to questions from Computerworld, ACC says in an email that Stewart has decided to proceed with short and medium-term projects.

“[He] has asked for additional work to be completed before committing to longer-term strategic projects. Decisions on the latter projects, which include one project with a significant IT component, will now be made early in 2012,” ACC says.

Stewart has also reviewed the corporation’s executive team structure and decided to expand the team from five to seven members.

A new role for a general manager of enterprise planning and technology has been created, which ACC says reflects the intrinsic link between IT and business planning, and the vital role technology plays in meeting ACC’s business needs.

The chief information officer will report directly to the new general manager.

While there have been suggestions in the market that senior people at ACC have had to reapply for their jobs, ACC says two existing general manager roles have been disestablished, but those affected are being considered along with other internal candidates for the new executive positions created.

“No ACC IT staff have been affected by these changes, which followed standard public sector practice, including a process of open consultation,” ACC says.

Stewart replaced Jan White as chief executive in September. White had said she would stand down at the end of the year but the board decided to replace her earlier because of the pending national election.

Stewart was for the past seven years CEO of AXA New Zealand.

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