It is essentially a General Management role leading a number of business areas, specifically with surgical products and technologies of FP HealthcareWinston Fong, Fisher Paykel HealthcareWinston Fong is leaving his VP ICT role at FP Healthcare, to take on the newly-created role of VP Surgical Technologies at the company.\u201cI will be moving away from ICT leadership and focus on the development and implementation of the Surgical Group strategies, their product development plans, testing, manufacturing and marketing of products that improve medical practice and care and outcomes of patients, to achieve revenue and growth expectations,\u201d says Fong.FP Healthcare designs, manufactures and distributes products and systems for Respiratory and Acute care, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Surgical care.He will take on the new role next year, and will be assisting in the search for his successor, while getting to know the areas he will lead in the Surgical business.\u201cIt is essentially a General Management role leading a number of business areas, specifically with surgical products and technologies of FP Healthcare,\u201d Fong tells CIO New Zealand.No captionThe VP of ICT role includes ensuring reliable, effective and efficient systems and processes, and contributes to the organisation\u2019s growth that targets doubling in size organically every five to six years.Winston Fong, Fisher Paykel Healthcare\u201cI will continue managing the Informatics teamthat focuses on patient management, patient engagement and patient\/product services, which utilise digital technologies including cloud, mobile, M2M, IoT and data,\u201d he states.Fong explains the VP ICT role is a global senior leadership role, based in New Zealand and reporting to the CEO. He says FP Healthcare is based in 36 countries and sell into 120, with ICT supporting over 3500 employees across 20 physical sites around the world.The VP of ICT will manage more than 100 team members across areas including ERP, Data and Analytics\/Business Intelligence, Service Management, Operations, Infrastructure, Cloud, Cyber Security, Enterprise Architecture, Project Services, Software Development and Integrations, Systems Development and Digital Services.Career ascentFong joined FP Healthcare as an intern, while completing his Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Computer Engineering) at the Manukau Institute of Technology.Over the following 17 years he has progressed through roles across technology and business management- starting as a Software Developer, to ICT Development Manager, to Group ICT Manager, until nearly six years ago, when he was appointed to Vice President ICT.\u201cICT roles are a fantastic platform for other leadership and general management roles,\u201d he says, when asked how his ICT background prepared him for leadership roles across the organisation.\u201cYou work across the entire business value stream so gain a solid understanding across many facets of the business including procurement, warehousing, manufacturing, distribution, sales and marketing,\u201d he says. \u201cHaving that understanding helps you lead and support the business, its employees and customers, with processes and digital technology.\u201d\u201cYou naturally get involved with so much in ICT and with growth, continuous improvement initiatives at FP Healthcare brings many great challenges,\u201d says Fong, who completed his MBA at the University of Auckland.These range right across leadership, strategic planning, business analysis, development, project management, organisational change management, operational management, incident management, relationship building and negotiation to supplier management.\u201cICT is certainly a function where you need to be adaptable and are continually challenged with growth and demand,\u201d he states.\u201cYou need to be creative with original thinking to solve problems and need to stay ahead of the game. To make decisions on what will work best for the business with both evolving and disruptive technology. This is required to manage a business in a competitive and dynamic environment.\u201dHe lists some of the roles and activities he has held and been involved with at FP Healthcare, all of which helped him prepare for his upcoming post:? Software development \u2013 Understanding the customer, building and increasing the customer experience.? Systems development \u2013 Project management, architecture and design and negotiating with third parties for win\/win outcomes.? Operations \u2013 Continuous improvement with providing reliable, efficient, effective and uninterrupted services.? Informatics \u2013 Listening and identifying customer needs and working through the desirability, feasibility and viability of solutions.? Deployment of SAP \u2013 Leadership of large cross-functional teams across such a high-risk project.? ICT Leadership \u2013 Strategic planning, supporting and developing the capability of team members? Managing a cyber security incident \u2013 Risk management, investigations, corrective action and preventive actionPhoto by Divina ParedesThis is a dream role for an individual who is energetic, passionate about people, working with an amazing team for one of New Zealand\u2019s top organisationsWinston Fong, Fisher Paykel HealthcareThe search for a global, innovative leaderFong shares the qualities that the company will look for as VP ICT.First, he says, is the need for \u201coriginal thinking\u201d.\u201cYou have to be a global, innovative leader and can do better than best practice,\u201d he states.This is a position for a person who \u201cnever settles, challenges the norm and is in relentless pursuit to do what is right and optimal for the business\u201d.He lists other traits that are useful for the role:? Builds and maintains the right culture and environment, which resonates company purpose and values to drive optimal outcomes.? Links ICT strategy to FP Healthcare\u2019s strategy and direction. Ensures it is understood and embraced with true buy-in and belief.? An engaging influencer and problem-solver, who can deliver results.? Maintains \u2018finger on the pulse\u2019 of risks and issues (cyber, systems, data, legal, health and safety, compliance and so on).? Has sound technical, digital transformation, commercial and business knowledge. Maintains understanding of the markets (technology, competitors, adjacent industries, suppliers) and determines how things may apply and add value.? A leader who cares and places an emphasis on people, and the contribution that they make.? Is adaptable, things will change so must be able shape the necessary business skills, soft skills and technical skills.? Sound understanding of business value stream in relation to FP Healthcare (procurement, warehousing, manufacturing, distribution, finance, sales and marketing, quality and regulatory, HR, site services).The VP ICT has a wide range of responsibilities that include management and deployment of technologies across platforms including: SAP ERP, CRM, MES, QMS, PLM, Data, Reporting, Collaboration, Omni-Channel solutions, Mobile, Networking and Cloud.The VP ICT will also help attract, recruit, retain and develop talent for current and future needs of a growing business.The role also includes ensuring reliable, effective and efficient systems and processes, and contributes to the organisation\u2019s growth that targets doubling in size organically every five to six years.As well, he or she will build long-term business and technology strategies\/objectives, create short and medium term business plans and manage their associated budgets and operations.Vendor management is critical to the role, as well as building a network and long-term relationships with business partners.\u201cThis is a dream role for an individual who is energetic, passionate about people, working with an amazing team for one of New Zealand\u2019s top organisations,\u201d he concludes.He says further details and applications for the role can be found through the company careers site.Send news tips and comments to email@example.comFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter:@divinapFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nzSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.Join us on Facebook.