Musical chairs for CIOs at Warehouse, INL, NZI

Recent weeks have seen changes at the top at the IT departments of several of New Zealand's top companies.

Recent weeks have seen changes at the top at the IT departments of several of New Zealand's top companies.

Movements have taken place at CIO level at The Warehouse, newspaper publisher INL and insurer NZI.

The Warehouse has no immediate plans to replace former CIO Neville Brown, who left the company last month, according to James Allison, the discount retailer's IS general manager.

"Each of our three retail brands [The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery and the company's Australian operations] has a general manager looking after information services and they will continue to work together on things of a group nature, as they did prior to Neville's departure," Allison says. "As an organisation, we have no current plans to implement another group CIO."

Asked why Brown left, Allison told Computerworld: "Neville made his own decision -- he resigned late last year, effective in March."

He declined to comment further, echoing Brown himself, who confirmed to Computerworld last week that he'd left The Warehouse but didn't want to comment further.

Brown left the CIO's chair at the ASB bank in 1996 to take up the same position at The Warehouse. During his time at The Warehouse he oversaw the implementation of a data warehousing system for the company and a CRM system for Warehouse Stationery.

Former Auckland District Health Board CIO Pam Nobbs takes up the INL CIO's chair on April 29 and says she is looking forward to the change.

She will remain in Auckland, a condition she says was made by INL, and says her immediate priority will be to look at the company's strategic IS direction.

A replacement at the Auckland health board is being sought, she says, with Tim White acting in the position.

Former NZI CIO Roger Martin left the company last week, after 16 years with NZI and its parent NZI Life.

NZI chief executive Mike Hannan says the insurer has a "contract person in that role" and that the company has identified some suitable candidates for interview as potential fulltime replacements for Martin.

Martin told Computerworld he left because he wanted to move on after 11 years as CIO.

He plans a three month sabbatical and has "a few ideas in the pipeline" for when he returns, probably in the IT industry.

His departure was amicable, he says.

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