Qantas gets new CIO in IT shake-up

Australian airline giant Qantas has appointed a new chief information officer (CIO) and flagged the departure of Chris Seller, its chief architect and head of operations in a shake-up of its IT division.

Australian airline Qantas has appointed a new chief information officer (CIO) and flagged the departure of Chris Seller, its chief architect and head of operations in a shake-up of its IT division.

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(Qantas tail image by mateoutah, CC2.0)

Paul Jones is set to take up the CIO portfolio at Qantas, following a sweet stint as chief information officer for global chocolate brand Mars Incorporated.

Jones will report to Jayne Hrdlicka, group executive of strategy and technology for Qantas, and will be charged with driving IT across the airline.

Qantas said in a statement that his experience includes driving IT programs and delivering on goals set in IT portfolio.

"The appointment of Mr Jones as CIO will strengthen the alignment of business strategy and technology within Qantas under Jane Hrdlicka."

Seller's role in the business is set to be filled internally by the airline current head of IT corporate, freight and IT services, Lachlan McEwan.

Jones inherits a position held previously by ex-CIO Jamila Gordon, now of Leighton Holdings. Other technology matters have been handled by self-described "quasi-CIO" David Hall, now CEO of Jetstar. Hall's position as head of technology was filled mid-last year by ex-NSW Education CIO Stephen Wilson.

Jones is set to commence in his new role in April.

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