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ANZ bank, the third largest bank in Australia, has launched a global search for a new chief information officer following CIO Anne Weatherston’s resignation today.

Weatherston, whose background includes stints at Bank of Ireland, RBS and the Student Loans Company, had been in charge of the bank’s technology function since 2010.

In the interim, the bank’s group chief operating officer Alistair Currie will take over Weatherston’s responsibilities.

Currie is currently responsible for technology, shared services and operations across ANZ.

“We have made very significant progress under Anne’s leadership by establishing a transformation roadmap for ANZ technology aligned to ANZ’s super regional strategy,” he said.

“This has seen ANZ strengthen technology infrastructure, introduce new customer channels including mobile goMoney and ANZ Transactive, deliver new global processing systems in payments, loans and markets, move to a single core banking platform in New Zealand and develop a first-class technology organisation to support our business.”

Weatherston joined ANZ in 2010, and was responsible for defining and executing the bank’s technology strategy, Towards 2017. The technology roadmap under this strategy was to enable ANZ to grow from an Australian and New Zealand base to become a super regional bank for Asia Pacific by 2017.

She joined the bank from Bank of Ireland, where she was group CIO from 2006. Prior to this, she was IT director at Abbey/Santander bank. Her career also includes roles at Gaz de France and National Australia Group.

Currie’s direct responsibility for ANZ’s technology function is effective immediately.