Australian CIOs play musical chairs

There are plenty of local chief information officer positions vacant as Australia begins a new year. At least 10 large Australian organisations are currently known to be recruiting top-level IT executives, with some of the most prestigious positions being offered by state governments.

There are plenty of local chief information officer positions vacant as Australia begins a new year.

At least 10 large Australian organisations are currently known to be recruiting top-level IT executives, with some of the most prestigious positions being offered by state governments.

Queensland appointed both an interim state CIO and CTO late last year, but is still looking for permanent executives to fill those positions. Down south, Victoria has long been hunting for a deputy state CIO, although the future of that position remains unclear due to the break-up of the state's office of the CIO after the recent state election.

The NSW Department of Corrective Services advertised for a CIO late last year, as did the Australian Crime Commission. And electricity utility Transgrid joined the queue for IT talent last week with the departure of incumbent Tony Meehan.

But finding the right person doesn't appear to be easy.

Fellow electricity specialist, Queensland-based Energex advertised for a CIO in July 2006 -- but the organisation remains unable to confirm that the recruitment process has been completed.

The private sector is no different, with some big name employers on offer.

Digital media specialist Destra has what it describes as a unique opportunity to satisfy the IT needs of its "highly demanding" business executives. And Genworth Financial is still looking for a new CIO following the defection of Christopher Hatzidis to Aussie Home Loans last year.

7-Eleven has been playing hard to get about its recent CIO appointment all week. ZDNet Australia understands the retail giant has appointed a replacement for Michael Peck, who left for women's fashion giant Sussan in November.

However, 7-Eleven has not yet confirmed the identity of the mystery CIO.

Finally, the University of New England's deputy IT director, Brian Cameron, is acting in the top job until UNE can find a replacement for its former IT boss Peter Edwards, who went north to Central Queensland University this month.

Do you know of a vacant CIO, IT director or IT manager position? Drop us an e-mail and we'll make a note of it on ZDNet Australia.

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