Andre Mendes is now interim CEO and director at the Broadcasting Board of Governors in the US.\nHe has overall responsibility for the US$750 million federal agency responsible for all United States civilian broadcasts abroad. The role includes managerial responsibility for the Voice of America, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting and the International Broadcasting Bureau.\nBefore this, he was director, global operations for the board, and CIO\/CTO.\nHe moved to the Broadcasting Board after over three years SVP, strategic planning and global CIO at Special Olympics.\nIn an interview with lt;igt;CIO New Zealandlt;\/igt; two years ago, Mendes noted the CIO is \u201cuniquely primed to ascend to the CEO and COO positions in technology driven companies\u201d.\nThe CIO has a \u201chelicopter view\u201d of the company that very few other people enjoy, he stated. The ERP, CRM and e-commerce implementations CIOs work on are \u201cthe entire technology strata of a company.\u201d\n\u201c\u2026. That helicopter view provides them with an understanding of the business at large including the external, the suppliers, to supply chain environments and downstream, the retailers and distributors.\n\u201cThat provides unique fodder for a CIO to be an operations leader and eventually, the organisation\u2019s leader.\u201d\n\nDave Veronese starts cloud consultancy\n\nDave Veronese has left the House of Travel where he has been CIO for over five years, and before that was its general manager IT operations.\nHe has started a business, Inde.nz, with Rik Roberts, who was a solution architect for House of Travel. Roberts is a specialist in cloud strategy and migration, application delivery and Microsoft Technologies.\nVeronese says the group is specialising in cloud strategy and services, application delivery and optimising technology teams, services and processes.\nVeronese says he is using his CIO experience to specialise in executive CIO consulting "to unlock and enhance stakeholder value and co-create great customer experiences by maximising technology systems and capability".\n\u201cOur inspiration to start a new company was from gaps in service and capability we experienced in the New Zealand market," says Veronese. "We felt that our experience, combined with certifications in our core competencies, puts us in a great position to be leaders in our specialist technologies."\n\nColin Smith has retired from his CIO role at Fisher Paykel Finance after more than four years.\nHenare Howard is now project manager, platform services, at Townsville City Council in Brisbane. Howard\u2019s previous roles include project manager ICT for Health Promotion Agency and head of IS operations at King\u2019s College in Auckland.\n\nTrudy Rankin, former CIO at the Department of Conservation, is now a director at West Island Digital in Melbourne. The role involves helping start ups to medium sized businesses through the strategic use of digital technology to \u201cgrow revenue, not costs\u201d, she says. \u201cDigital technology, used well, lets business owners focus more on their customers, so they can do more of what they love doing and less of what they don't.\u201d\n\nJustin Robbins has been appointed New Zealand country manager of Sage Business Solutions. Robbins comes to the role following six years as a strategic sales director for Sage in South Africa.\n\n\nPlan B acquires Turnstone\nIan Forrester of Plan B at the 2014 CIO100 event\nPlan B has acquired voice, video and data network provider Turnstone.\n\u201cFollowing a period of strong growth, investment and the acquisition of Disaster Recovery\nGroup last year, I am pleased to advise that we have reached agreement with the\nshareholders of Turnstone to acquire their business\u201d, says Ian Forrester, managing director, Plan B.\n\u201cOver the past few years with the introduction of cloud services, we have become more\nintrinsically involved in our customers\u2019 businesses,\u201d says Forrester. \u201cTo this end, we have\nbegun a journey to broaden our services to better meet the evolving needs of our\ncustomers.\u201d\nTurnstone\u2019s core business is voice, video and data networks built for customers using\ntheir nationwide IP network. They will continue to operate as a separate division of Plan B\nwhile providing opportunities to further enhance Plan B\u2019s solutions in line with our customer\nrequirements.\n\nSend news tips for '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.