We’ve been incredibly busy of late reporting on the role changes within the CIO community, but the pace of change continues.
The question is, will the trend continue into 2014?
Three high profile roles are opening up in the New Year with Andrew Brothers having already stepped down as CIO of hotels and leisure group Whitbread, while Rob Fraser will leave his IT Directors role at supermarket chain Sainsbury’s in April 2014.
While in banking Barclays has announced that chief operations and technology officer Shaygan Kheradpir is to leave the banking group to join Juniper Networks as CEO.
Talking of hotels, Stuart Hughes has been appointed CTO at LateRooms.com, taking over from Adam Gerrard who left his role in May this year.
Taking up new roles are Albert Hitchcock, who has left Vodafone, the mobile operator famed for its tax affairs and former Thetrainline.com CIO David Jack (pictured) has moved to Hyperion insurance. Also on the move Stuart Walters has been appointed CIO at financial services company and comparethemarket.com owners BGL Group and International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Richard Harris as its CIO. Harris will replace by Paul Domnick who had been in the CIO’s chair since January 2009.
Taking on big roles are Mike Gibbs who will be replacing outgoing BP CIO Dana Deasy and Yvonne Ferguson will take over as Ministry of Defence CIO in January 2014. Gibbs, currently CIO and vice president of the oil giant BP’s refining and marketing business.
Lastly, The Telegraph Media Group has announced Jon Brendsel as its new group CIO. Starting his new post in January 2014 and reporting to TMG chief executive Murdoch MacLennan, Brendsel joins as a member of the senior management team.
"I think the current flurry of announcements is indicative of a steady increase in activity over the last two years that in turn mirrors growing business confidence and an increase in change and investment budgets,” said Kevin Sealy, CIO Practice Head at Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann in my last post on this subject.
"I see two major trends at the moment – the continued drive for efficiency through standardisation and shared services, and the need for agile, flexible IT that can respond quickly to the demands of the consumer facing areas of the business.
"These might seem to be contradictory – but I see them as highly complementary – in that you can only support true agility in IT if you have a sound platform from which to develop.“