CIO Gideon Kay is one of two CIOs that will take part in a three way live discussion at the 2014 CIO Summit with CIO UK Editor in Chief Mark Chillingworth. Kay kicked off 2014 with a change of CIO role, leaving scientific organisation LGC for the digitally disrupted world of advertising and communications at Dentsu Aegis Network, a global organisation that provides corporates with every level of advertising and marketing, clients include famous brands such as Kelloggs and Microsoft.


Kay spent three and half years with LGC, once a government agency, and drove through a transformation that connected the organisation and every scientific device to ensure data integrity and increased business efficiency. Prior to LGC the CIO had been with building and engineering leaders Balfour Beatty and has experience on the vendor side of our community with IBM.

What he told CIO UK:

“All our labs have high-end instruments which are connected to a laboratory workflow management system, which has been my main focus,” Kay said in a recent interview.  “We barcode scan all items as they come into LGC, as we need to maintain a chain throughout the organisation, and we also have to log how much time we spend on everything. That chain could be a chain of evidence for a forensic account, so you do not want to have evidence in a lab notebook, then have to add the information gathered from a test onto a PC, because there is a margin of error creeping in.

“We have acquired a lot of automation IT. Instrument integration is part and parcel of our labs, especially as everything we do has to be accredited,” he said of his role at LGC.

The business:

Dentsu Aegis Network is a multinational media and digital marketing communications company headquartered in London. Its principal services are communications strategy through digital creative execution, media planning and buying, brand tracking and marketing analytics, each housed on its own floor with a unique culture at the London HQ which Kay demonstrated to CIO UK.

Join us for the 2014 CIO Summit:

The 2014 CIO Summit takes place on September 24th at The Langham Hotel, London 9am to 5pm. This year’s event will see 11 CIOs from national, international, private and public sector organisations discuss the transformations they have managed over the last five years and their vision for the next.

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