The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has appointed Joe Locandro as its inaugural chief digital and technology officer.\nLocandro will take lead of the technology department of the body, which is responsible for operating Australia's largest gas and electricity markets and power systems.\n \nThe technology function is charged with \u201cworking with the rest of the business to develop the systems architecture necessary to manage an integrated, two-way power and gas system\u201d, an AEMO spokesperson said.\n \n\u201cThe opportunity to contribute to the success and future of AEMO and the Australian energy industry is exciting. I genuinely look forward to working with AEMO and the industry to deliver productive and efficient technological solutions that will benefit all Australians,\u201d Locandro said.\n \nLocandro joins AEMO from Emirates Airlines, where he vice president of business technology solutions. Prior to Emirates he spent four years at Cathay Pacific Airways where he was IT director.\n \nHe has previously held CIO roles at China Light Power, its subsidiary Yallourn Energy and its energy retail company AusPower and Village Roadshow.\n \nThe role sits separately to AEMO\u2019s Strategy and Innovation function and Office of Innovation, which are focused on constructing and defining strategies for managing the energy transition and includes teams such as forecasting and future energy systems.\n \nThey will nevertheless work \u201chand in glove\u201d a spokesperson added.\n \n\u201cJoe is well placed to lead AEMO\u2019s technology teams with his extensive experience and cross-industry exposure. He is highly regarded for his ability to create value for organisations by identifying business opportunities using emerging technologies,\u201d said Audrey Zibelman, AEMO\u2019s managing director and CEO in a statement. \u201cDigital transformation is a key pillar to the success of the energy industry, Joe\u2019s breadth and depth of expertise will drive the development of operating solutions that enable a more economically efficient, diverse, secure and reliable power system,\u201d Zibelman, who joined AEMO in March, added.\nLocandro commences his role in March 2018.