Private healthcare and insurance provider Bupa has recruited Yasmin Jetha as its new CIO. Jetha will join the healthcare company from October leaving her current role as COO of national newspaper the Financial Times.

Jetha will report directly to Bupa CEO Ray King who said Jetha will, "identify opportunities for technology to enable growth and support our business priorities."

Jetha has been COO of the Financial Times where global IT was amongst her responsibilities. She joined the Pearson owned newspaper from Abbey National, where she was a board member with responsibility for IT.

Bupa recently announced its results for the first six months of 2009, ending June 30; revenues have increased by 26 per cent to £3.38 billion. Bupa is a global business with over 50 per cent of its now coming from overseas. It is especially strong in Australia where a level of private healthcare is compulsory for all residents.

Jetha's departure follows Group IS director John Lister who left in early 2009. Lister told CIO last year he was spearheading a standardisation project, Bupa One architecture to simplify the infrastructure of the corporation.