by Divina Paredes

Movers and shakers: Kevin Angland to join Mighty River Power

May 06, 2016
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Kevin Angland (Photo by CIO New Zealand)

IAG New Zealand CIO Kevin Angland is moving to Mighty River Power later this year as GM digital services.

Mighty River Power CEO Fraser Whineray says the new role is an important addition to the company’s leadership team as part of its focus on delivering customer-driven innovation.

“I am excited by the opportunity to step out of an industry I have spent a lot of time in and take on a new challenge in a new industry,” Angland tells CIO New Zealand. “The extension from a more traditional CIO role to a wider ‘Customer, Digital and Technology’ leadership role aligns nicely with my individual purpose of ‘seeing possibilities and helping to bring them to life’.”

He adds: “I am grateful to IAG for the opportunities they have been able to provide me, and feel I the capability we have built within the Technology Services team will continue to serve the organisation well in the future.”

Whineray says Angland “brings a breadth of experience in customer-led technology and a proven record of success with some of New Zealand’s biggest technology projects”.

The extension from a more traditional CIO role to a wider ‘Customer, Digital and Technology’ leadership role aligns nicely with my individual purpose of ‘seeing possibilities and helping to bring them to life’Kevin Angland

“There are strong parallels between our business and the insurance sector with customers firmly front of mind and the increasing importance of data and digital platforms to deliver value to customers,” says Whineray, in a statement.

Angland has held senior leadership positions with New Zealand’s largest insurer IAG NZ over the past decade, most recently as its CIO, overseeing the development and integration of technology platforms for some of New Zealand’s best-known insurance brands including State, AMI and NZI. Before IAG, he had worked at Tower and as a project management consultant.

Angland says having a long-term experience in a single sector has its advantages. “Having worked in the business and understanding the customer value proposition and the processes in the business gives you a far better insight into how IT can help deliver value,” says Angland in an earlier interview with CIO New Zealand. “It is not IT for IT’s sake.”

Whineray says the company is also recruiting for the second new role of chief marketing officer. Mighty River Power has announced it will be moving to a single new Mercury brand later this year as part of its strategic focus behind one brand.

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Tony Wai

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