Russell Jones is taking on a new role at ASB - executive general manager, retail and business banking - in February 2017.\nHe is currently executive general manager - technology innovation at ASB, a role he has been holding for the past three and a half years. He is also a director at Payments NZ and healthAlliance.\nJones joined ASB after more than a decade in manufacturing -- he was IT director at International Paper in the US, and prior to this, was CIO for Carter Holt Harvey. He had been CIO for a year at ASB when he took on the role of chief operations officer with responsibility for technology, then was promoted to executive GM technology and innovation.\nIn an earlier interview with CIO New Zealand, Jones shared his insight on nurturing a career in business and information technology: \u201cWe really need people to recognise that we are in a fast moving industry and that technologies come and go; new tools, new suppliers and new ways of things come out all the time...And in that environment, why wouldn't you rather move around, and develop and grow?"\nHe also championed the need to think differently in the digital era. \u201cThe ICT team at ASB Bank is driven to think differently \u2013 to see the organisation as more than a bank, and as a technology company that is licensed and trusted to provide financial services."This shifting perspective comes as the bank faces an increasingly digital world and a changing competitive market, he says in the 2016 CIO100 report.\nNo captionFor the second straight year, Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is collaborating with Code.org to support Hour of Code, a global educational movement that reaches tens of millions of students through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. As part of Accenture\u2019s commitment to inspire and expand the opportunities for students to learn coding and computer science skills, Accenture employees in more than 200 cities across 55 countries have pledged to complete more than 10,000 Hours of Code during Computer Science Education Week December 5 to11. Additionally, more than 2,000 Accenture employees have committed to lead local events or volunteer at schools in their communities by working with teachers and Code.org to help students learn the basics of coding through online tutorials that inspire students to continue learning. \u201cThe need for more computer science graduates has never been greater. Last year, there were 500,000new computing jobs available in the US but only 40,000 qualified graduates to fill them. We all must do more to close the skills gap and prepare students to join the workforce of the future,\u201d says Paul Daugherty, Accenture\u2019s chief technology officer and \u2018chief coder\u2019. \u201cIn today\u2019s digital world, exposing each and every student \u2013 particularly girls and minorities -- to coding is just as critical as teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. I am proud of the personal commitments Accenture employees are making to help introduce students to computer programming and the vast opportunities available to them in the computer science field.\u201dNick Evans has been promoted to the newly created position of IT transformation director at Solnet. Evans says he is delighted with the challenges and opportunities that his new position will provide.No caption\n\u201cSuccessful digital transformation requires changing an organisation's IT to be more responsive and innovative," he says, in a statement. "Solnet has long-standing professional relationships with both government agencies and enterprise clients, and we understand the size and complexity of their challenges in this area.\u201d\n\u201cSolnet has the vision, along with depth of experience and technical capability needed to help our clients successfully leverage their IT assets for rapid, customer-centric digital innovation,\u201d says Evans.\nSolnet managing director Mark Botherway says the new role within the company\u2019s senior executive team reflects the company\u2019s growth and ongoing commitment to digital transformation at the enterprise level.\n\u201cThere\u2019s plenty of talk about digital transformation and it\u2019s commanding significant attention at senior levels across the country, as organisations move to improve their digital product offerings. However, the reality is that for large government and enterprise-class organisations, digital transformation is as much about strategy and execution as it is technology.\u201d\n\u201cNick, with his experience in large-scale projects, team management, solutions delivery and operations, has the perfect mix of talents for this new role. He\u2019s leading a team of specialists who have the diverse range of skills needed to help organisations successfully execute their digital transformation strategy to deliver tangible value,\u201d says Botherway.\nKen Martin is now vice president, Solution Sales, Agile Central, Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) for CA. He joins CA from Intelligent Pathways where he was responsible for the successful delivery of the company\u2019s consulting services for New South Wales, Australia. During his 10-year tenure at HP and Compaq, Martin held regional leadership positions in solution sales. He has also worked with Oracle and Toshiba.\nNo caption\n\t Matthew Hadlow is appointed to the newly created role of solutions sales consultant at Jade. His primary focus will be on helping clients with digital transformation projects and the development of new business applications.\n\t\n\tNo caption\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\tStandout Kiwi tech firms\nDeloitte Private partner Darren Johnson says 53 New Zealand technology companies have been included in the 2016 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific index, one shy of last year\u2019s record 54 companies and the third year in a row with over 50 Kiwi businesses represented.\nThe index ranks the top 500 tech businesses according to their revenue growth over the past three years and sets the standard for high growth technology businesses in the Asia Pacific region.\nChinese company Chengdu Wolaila, which provides e-commerce and 24-hour express delivery services through an internet portal called Sposter, tops this year\u2019s index with a staggering 25,239per cent growth.\nNo caption\nThis year\u2019s strong Kiwi representation, with New Zealand companies accounting for over 10 per cent of the entire Asia Pacific index for the third straight year, is continued evidence that our technology companies can thrive on the world stageDarren Johnson, Deloitte NZ\nLeading the list of New Zealand businesses is Auckland-based mobile payment company Pushpay, ranked 10th on the regional index with an impressive 4,574per cent growth. It is followed by customer relationship management platform Plexure and appointment booking and scheduling software company Timely, which come in 35th and 71st respectively on the 2016 index.\nFourteen Kiwi technology companies are placed in the top one-third of the index and seven are in the top 100.\nJohnson says the 53 companies from New Zealand outperforms regional heavyweights South Korea (50) and Japan (35), and is just shy of Taiwan (57), in terms of representation on the index.\n\u201cThis year\u2019s strong Kiwi representation, with New Zealand companies accounting for over 10 per cent of the entire Asia Pacific index for the third straight year, is continued evidence that our technology companies can thrive on the world stage,\u201d says Johnson.\n\u201cAs we saw in the Deloitte Fast 50 unveiled last month, a number of Kiwi companies have embraced disruptive technologies; with many in business to help other companies better navigate these technological changes.\u201d\nAuckland-based businesses lead the Kiwi contingent on the list with 24 companies represented, while there are 15 from Wellington, 6 from Christchurch, 3 from Hamilton, 2 from Dunedin and one each from Whangarei, New Plymouth and Queenstown.\nSend news tips and comments 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.\n\nJoin us on Facebook.