by Divina Paredes

CIO to CEO: Stephen Crombie takes top role at Education Payroll Limited

May 20, 20152 mins
CareersEducation IndustryGovernment

Stephen Crombie at the opening of the Vodafone Mobility Innovation Lab and Experience Centre in Wellington.

Stephen Crombie of the New Zealand Police is one of the latest examples of climbing the CIO to CEO career ladder by moving to the top role at Education Payroll Limited (EPL) in July.

EPL is the government company formed to take over the management of the schools’ payroll service following the Novopay incident.

Crombie will be replacing Cathy Magiannis, who has been appointed as a director of the EPL board for a two-year term.

Anne Speden, executive director: information, technology and systems, will be acting CIO at NZ Police.

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Stephen Crombie stepped up to the 2IC strategy/executive director, information, technology systems at NZ Police a year ago. This was an expansion of his CIO role at Police.

He has also held executive roles at Ministry of Social Development, Department of Internal Affairs, Tait Communications and Telecom (now Spark), and Ericsson-Synergy.

EPL board chair, Dame Patsy Reddy, says Crombie brings a wealth of experience in relevant public and private sector CEO and senior management positions that will ensure the company has the very best leadership going forward.

“He has had an ideal mix of senior roles in IT, large-scale commercial management, business transformation, marketing and product management in both the public and private sectors,” says Reddy.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Stephen on board and working together to ensure the NZ education payroll continues to build on a platform of continuous improvement.”

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Stephen Crombie at a recent CIO roundtable discussion in Wellington.

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