New Zealand Post may dump CIO role

ICT role may be restructured to become part of NZ Post's postal services unit

New Zealand Post may be about to dump the position of CIO and restructure the ICT role so it becomes part of its postal services unit rather than being a stand-alone entity. Nigel Prince is currently the CIO.

NZ Post spokeswoman Lucy Jackson says the move is being considered as part of a plan to bring support functions, such as ICT, into closer contact with operations.

The proposal was circulated for comment and received “quite a lot of feedback”, she says. A final decision is expected on May 3.

Prince has also had a supervisory role with Kiwibank’s IT operations, although the latter has its own IT manager, Ron van der Riet. IT within Kiwibank will be unaffected by the change, Jackson says.

Sources say they expect the restructure — if it comes about — to further increase the influence of NZ Post computing services subsidiary, Datacom, which already performs

much of NZ Post’s IT work on an outsourced basis.

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