FMCG\nfood company, Simplot Australia, has found itself a new CIO with Matt\nGurrie taking up the role in January.Simplot\nis behind food brands Birds Eye, Lean Cuisine, Leggos, and others. It\nstarted recruiting for the CIO in May 2015, after Samantha McIntyre left in April. McIntyre founded FitFinder in August last year, and plans to launch her\nstartup business soon.Gurrie\nwill be responsible for leading transformation projects, and finding\nopportunities to improve business with customers and internal\noperations through technology.Gurrie\nwas previously the global IT run manager for mining and metals\ncompany, Orica, and led initiatives such as implementing an\napplication management services transformation, and developing a remote\ncompute 'box to cloud' strategic life cycle.Before\nthat, he held various IT manager roles at Australia Post,\nOfficeworks, Coles, and Hewlett Packard Australia.Gurrie wrote on his LinkedIn profile that he has managed a number of multi-disciplined technology and business projects at these organisations."These projects\nand transformation programs have included substantial changes to\nexisting business practices and ultimately led to vastly improved\nbusiness and customer outcomes,\u201d he said. In\nNovember 2015, Simplot partnered with startup accelerator, Slingshot,\nto launch Simplot Ignite. The program is about supporting food tech\nstartups in developing their ideas around\nnutri-genomics\nand personalised nutrition, customer acquisition and retention,\nhealthy\nageing, agribusiness, and food convenience. Simplt Ignite is offering\nstartups in this space $30,000 of investment.CIO\nAustralia has contacted Gurrie for comment.