food company, Simplot Australia, has found itself a new CIO with Matt
Gurrie taking up the role in January.
is behind food brands Birds Eye, Lean Cuisine, Leggos, and others. It
started 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
startup business soon.
will be responsible for leading transformation projects, and finding
opportunities to improve business with customers and internal
operations through technology.
was previously the global IT run manager for mining and metals
company, Orica, and led initiatives such as implementing an
application management services transformation, and developing a remote
compute ‘box to cloud’ strategic life cycle.
that, he held various IT manager roles at Australia Post,
Officeworks, 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.
and transformation programs have included substantial changes to
existing business practices and ultimately led to vastly improved
business and customer outcomes,” he said.
November 2015, Simplot partnered with startup accelerator, Slingshot,
to launch Simplot Ignite.
The program is about supporting food tech
startups in developing their ideas around
and personalised nutrition, customer acquisition and retention,
ageing, agribusiness, and food convenience. Simplt Ignite is offering
startups in this space $30,000 of investment.
Australia has contacted Gurrie for comment.