Jason Millett is now director, infrastructure and operations at Westpac Group, based in Sydney. He is responsible for developing transformation plans to improve the overall operation and delivery of technology across the Group.\nBefore this, Millett was interim CIO at Westpac NZ. The CIO post is now held by Dawie Olivier, who was previously Executive Head of Group Technology Build at Standard Bank Group in Johannesburg, South Africa.\nArian de Wit is now IT manager at Planet Innovation in Melbourne.\nPlanet Innovation is a consultancy providing technology innovation, product development and commercialisation expertise to companies around the world. It focuses on the biomedical, clean-tech and hi-tech industries.\n\nBefore joining Planet Innovation, de Wit worked for three months as a digital consultant to the Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne, where he led an independent review of internal digital capability and the future roadmap of the organisation.\nDe Wit moved to Australia following more than seven years as general manager \u2013 information and technology at National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).\nArian de Wit (right) at a CIO roundtable on \u2018Navigating the new workplace\u2019.\nSamantha Fitzgerald joins Information Leadership as a consultant, joining the team that includes Sarah Heal, Anita Rapson, Meta Mair, Paddy Plunket and Katherine Deacon.\nSamantha Fitzgerald\nFitzgerald will work on Information Leadership's iWorkplace SharePoint deployments. In her previous role as infrastructure manager at one of New Zealand\u2019s leading tertiary providers, Fitzgerald was responsible for a complex environment including Microsoft products, virtualisation using HyperV and VMWare, Cisco voice and data and SQL and Oracle databases.\n\nIntergen takes top prize at Microsoft Partner Awards\nIntergen has won the 2015 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for New Zealand. This is the third time the company has won the award.\nAwards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,300 entrants from 108 different countries worldwide. Intergen was recognised for providing outstanding solutions and services, as well as representing excellent subsidiary engagement in New Zealand.\n It is important for us to reward the future stars of the New Zealand IT industry as they start thinking about what a career in technology might look like. Simon Bright, Intergen\nFor the second year, Intergen is also sponsoring an academic award for top students in a first year Information Systems course at the Victoria University of Wellington.\nThe Intergen Young Achiever Awards are aimed at acknowledging the success of the three best performing students in INFO101: Foundations of Information Systems.\nFirst place in the Intergen Young Achiever awards went to Victor Mangan, who received a Microsoft Surface 3. Second place prize winners, Gus Umali and Angus Allan, received Microsoft Lumia Windows Phones.\nThe three were also invited to join Intergen\u2019s 2016 graduate intake at the company\u2019s annual bootcamp.\n\u201cAs an employer in the IT sector we believe it is our role to be encouraging graduates into IT roles in what is a resource constrained industry,\u201d says Simon Bright, Intergen CEO. \u201cIt is important for us to reward the future stars of the New Zealand IT industry as they start thinking about what a career in technology might look like."\n\n\nAuckland Uni team off to Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals in the US \nAn app designed by three University of Auckland students that connects people to work opportunities through social networks has earned its creators a finalist placing in the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals to be held in Seattle, US, next month.\nCalled \u2018Tether\u2019, the app is the brainchild of University of Auckland students Alyssa Ong, Vivien Lei and Opender Singh. The app allow users to actively search their extended social network for people with matching skills and connect them with casual jobs.\nTeam Tether won first place at the 2015 Microsoft NZ Imagine Cup competition in March this year, as well as the Faculty of Science prize at the University of Auckland Spark Entrepreneurship Challenge in May. They also ranked top of the Innovation category in the Asia-Pacific region for the Imagine Cup World semifinals.\n New Zealand has traditionally punched well above our weight in the world Imagine Cup competitions, with Kiwi teams featuring in the top ten teams globally for five out of the past six years. Nigel Parker, Microsoft\nAll finalists will now continue to develop and improve their projects to get them ready to present at the World Finals competition next month. They have a chance to win cash prizes and a private meeting with Microsoft global CEO Satya Nadella.\nNigel Parker, Microsoft New Zealand\u2019s Director of Developer Experience, says the competition helps encourage New Zealand students into a career in IT and innovation.\n\u201cAround 2,000 tertiary students participated in the NZ Imagine Cup competition this year, which is just 1 per cent of the 200,000 participants globally,\u201d says Parker. \u201cNew Zealand has traditionally punched well above our weight in the world Imagine Cup competitions, with Kiwi teams featuring in the top ten teams globally for five out of the past six years.\u201d\n\nSend news tips for 'CIO movers and shakers' to email@example.com\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.