Myles WardMyles Ward, chief technology officer at Inland Revenue Department, is the new CEO at healthAlliance.Ward will join one of the country\u2019s largest shared services organisation on November 16.healthAlliance Board chair David Clarke announced the appointment last week, citing Ward\u2019s more than 15 years of senior leadership experience. "healthAlliance is at an important point of\nchange, and we look forward to Myles\u2019 creative drive and leadership," said Clarke in a letter announcing the appointment..Ward has been CTO at IRD for nearly three years, and before this was its GM IT operations and services.He joined IRD in July 2006 as IT manager, a role he held for over four years. He came from Westpac, where he was head of business management. He is no stranger to the complexities of the health sector having previously spent some time working in the Disability directorateMost recently, his senior executive role as the CTO of IRD has been primarily focused on the strategic direction of IRD and the technology aspects of IRD\u2019s large scale business transformation, according to Clarke.\u201cCoupled with a background in operating large scale and complex ICT environments and a record of successfully delivering large scale technology related change, Myles also brings to the role an extensive private and public sector network.\u201cAs well as significant IT and ICT experience, Myles brings strategic and business planning, operational experience, and a passion for customers and people. He brings a drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to the role.\u201d\u201cHe is also no stranger to the complexities of the health sector having previously spent some time working in the Disability directorate,\u201d the letter stated.Ward has a business degree from Massey University, and a Masters of Public Administration through Monash and Victoria University.healthAlliance is jointly owned by four northern region district health boards: Northland, Waitemata, Auckland, and Counties Manukau Health.healthAlliance provides IT and non-clinical services for the four Northern district health boards. In July 2014, it started providing procurement services to all 20 district health boards.It has also recently appointed a new CIO, Kevin Robinson, who was the interim CIO following the resignation of Claire Govier in April this year.The 273-strong IT team at healthAlliance, spread over eight locations, manages one of the country\u2019s largest IT environments. It is number three in this year\u2019s CIO100,the annual report on the top ICT using organisations in New Zealand.According to the report, its ICT team manages 26,416 screens, and supports over 27,500 DHB staff across 10 hospital sites, 94 community sites and 266 dental sites.In July, another government ICT executive made a similar career move \u2013 Stephen Crombiewho became CEO of Education Payroll Limited. EPL is the government company formed to take over the management of the schools\u2019 payroll service following the Novopay incident.Matt O\u2019Mara, now chief executive at Stratford District Council, is also among the growing number of CIOs and CTOs who have moved to CEO roles. His previous roles include chief information and technology officer at Central Agency Shared Services of the New Zealand Treasury and CIO at Careers New Zealand.Peter Thomas, now Fuji Xerox general manager, came from government, where he was deputy chief executive corporate services at Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. His previous roles included general manager at Westpac, New Zealand Defence Force as CIO, GM organisational support at the Navy, GM strategic programs at the NZDF.Related: CIO to CEO: Career advice from Rob FyfeNo captionA 'helicopter view' of the organisationAndre Mendes, interim CEO and Director at Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in the US and a former CIO, believes this career ascent is due to the fact that the CIO has a \u201chelicopter view\u201d of the company that very few other people enjoy.The ERP, CRM and e-commerce implementations CIOs work on are \u201cthe entire technology strata of a company\u201d, he toldlt;igt;CIO New Zealand.lt;\/igt;\u201cWhat you have is a realm in which the CIO is now very, very comfortable because they have had to implement enterprise systems in all of those areas. 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,\u201d said Mendes.\u201cThat provides unique fodder for a CIO to be an operations leader and eventually, the organisation\u2019s leader.\u201dBasil Botoulas, vice president and general manager, ANZ, Hitachi Data Systems, also said the next generation of CEOswill come from the ranks of current chief information officers.\u201cThe best CIOs will be the CEOs of tomorrow,\u201dsaid Boutulas. While he points out that a number of technology companies now have CEOs who have this background, he believes this career ascent will also apply to CIOs in other sectors.These are the CIOs that are currently working on data analytics pulled from theInternet of Things, he stated, referring to the rise of connected devices.Send news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow 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.