ASB chief operating officer Russell Jones has been named CIO of the Year at the CIO Summit currently being held at Sky City Convention Centre. Judges stated that Jones has led one of the largest IT teams in New Zealand through a ‘significant organisational and cultural change’ in a complex and challenging environment. Jones is quick to acknowledge the efforts of the whole ASB team. "This award was earned by a unified technology team committed to delivering the innovations for which we are renowned,” Jones says. "ASB has already had some great firsts over the past year, with our virtual branch on Facebook and products like Home Equity Release and Save The Change. "We’re investing further in our technology team development, to grow capabilities and deliver a significant programme of work over the next five years.” Hairy Lemon Web Solutions IT manager, Connon Daly, took away the Emerging ICT Talent award, while Potentia was given the Excellence in IT Recruitment award for its efforts in dealing with the current industry skills shortfall.
Image: ASB's Russell Jones, right, with James Kennedy-Moffat from event sponsors NetApp.