by Divina Paredes

Movers and shakers: Tracy Voice takes on chief digital officer role, new CIO post for Garry Collings

Jul 16, 2019

Tracy Voice joins the Capital and Coast District Health Board as chief digital officer after more than seven years as CIO at the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Voice is one of the 2019 CIO50 leaders where she highlighted the role of the CIO as a vanguard of change.

“You have got to be leading new ways of doing things,” she stated. “Your role is all about transformation, being ahead, and thinking of the impossible. A core role for a CIO is to influence business leaders to make it easy and better for them to do business, and we must all learn to adapt and be open for change.”

Voice has also been corporate IT manager at NZ Post and IT operations manager at the Department of Internal Affairs.

Garry Collings

Garry Collings is now the CIO at KiwiRail Holdings Limited,the state-owned enterprise responsible for rail operations in New Zealand.

Collings is one of a handful of New Zealand CIOs who leapt to top executive posts in both the ICT user and vendor spaces.

Prior to KiwiRail, he was the CIO at freight, warehousing and logistics company Mondiale.

His previous roles include general manager ANZ for Coretex, general manager at Toll New Zealand, general manager IT for Tranz Rail and CIO at Mainfreight.

Pat Devlin is now the director of South Pacific for Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) company. He takes over management of the business’ Australian and New Zealand arm from former director Anthony Smith, who will step into a wider Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) role as channel salesdirector.

Most recently, Devlin was the Director of HPE’s Enterprise Territory Group in Australia. He has previously worked as a regional leader for several technology companies, including SimpliVity and Ruckus.

Fastway Couriers NZ chief executive Scott Jenyns

Fastway Couriers, New Zealand’s oldest courier business is adopting the brand name of its international parent company Aramex.

Established in Hawke’s Bay in 1983 by Bill McGowan, Fastway Couriers New Zealand has 18 regional franchisees with over 250 courier franchisees from the far north to Bluff in the South Island.

Aramex, a Dubai-based logistics group bought Fastway Couriers New Zealand in January 2016 for $125 million. Aramex is considered one of the top five logistics providers in the world with a presence in 72 countries, transporting nearly 70 million parcels globally each year.

“We are retaining our unique franchise business model but are gaining a global mindset with access to new innovations, new technologies and new shipping destinations,” says Fastway Couriers NZ chief executive Scott Jenyns.

“This is a major step forward for our local franchise operators but also for many New Zealand businesses that either export products to the world or import to New Zealand,” he states.

“We will now be able to position our New Zealand business as a full service logistics company which is of significant benefit to local exporters and importers, as well as international businesses sending products here.

No caption

Canstar has announced for the second year running, Heartland Bank has won its Bank of the Year – Savings Award.

Heartland Bank’s CEO Chris Flood says: “We have a long and proud history of helping our customers meet their savings goals. Among our savings products, our Direct Call Account offers a great savings rate with the flexibility for customers to manage their money, while our term deposits offer competitive rates for customers focused on watching their savings grow. We’re thrilled that Canstar has acknowledged this too.”

Canstar says these days, customers take for granted that banks have a good online platform and a variety of targeted offerings servicing everyday needs.

But one bank does stand out, it says, and for the fourth year running, has chosen Westpac for the Bank of the Year – Everyday Banking Award.

“Westpac’s Airpoints Debit Mastercard is a distinctive point of difference, being the only debit card offering which earns airpoints. That’s in addition to its well-rounded performance across all product lines and categories under consideration,” says Canstar general managerJose George.

“At Westpac we aim to achieve great outcomes for our customers by bringing them innovative product features such as Airpoints rewards on Debit Card purchases and services like our CashNav app that help customers better understand their spending habits,” says Westpac’s Andrew Twidle, Tribe Lead, Everyday Banking.

Hawke’s Bay Airport

Hawke’s Bay Airport has reached a major milestone with 750,000 annual passengers for the year ended June 2019.

Hawke’s Bay Airport chief executive Stuart Ainslie says passenger numbers are up 8 per cent on 2018 and have grown by over 100,000 passengers over the last two years.

“There has been a significant increase in passengers, three quarters of a million passengers is a milestone achievement and demonstrates the growing popularity of the region for tourists and business commuters.

“Although our airline partners aren’t forecasting similar levels of growth going forward, we are still anticipating growth of around 5 to 6 per cent over the next couple of years,” he says.

The fastest growing route has been between Napier and Christchurch, which grew by 11 per cent to over 130,000 passengers.

Ainslie says the terminal expansion project is progressing well, with the new Stage 2 check in and departures area set to open in mid-October this year. The three stage redevelopment is expected to be fully completed by the end of 2020.

Other significant projects expected to be completed by the end of the year include a new internal road layout and implementation of new car parking technology.

Harm Wessels

Digital startup Qwyk B.V. appoints Harm Wessels to the newly-created position of chief commercial officer.

Qwyk offers digital solutions in sailing schedule management and plug and play ecommerce platforms to its expanding customer base. The company is supporting the digital transformation of traditional freight forwarding companies.

No caption

Sign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, career tips, views and events. Follow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz

Send news tips and comments to @divinap