Australian govt appoints new CIO, creates CTO role in AGIMO shake-up

The Australian government has appointed CIO Ann Steward's deputy as the new CIO, and has created the new role of chief technology officer.

Following the Australian government's chief information officer (CIO) Ann Steward's announcement that she intends to retire at the end of this year, the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has announced her replacement.

Steward announced her retirement from the role in November, after seven years as the Australian government's CIO. In a blog post today, AGIMO announced that her deputy, first assistant secretary Glenn Archer, will step up to become the new CIO, with AGIMO first assistant secretary John Sheridan to step into the newly created role of chief technology officer (CTO).

While Archer will oversee IT governance and policy for IT for the whole of government, Sheridan's role will be centered around delivering whole-of-government objectives for networks, online services, and procurement.

AGIMO said that the change aligns with the recommendations of the review conducted by former departmental secretary Helen Williams.

Archer said that AGIMO's key role within the government to improve service delivery will now continue with the changes.

"The combination of embedding AGIMO into one of the core groups within finance, together with the creation of the new CTO role, not only confirms the important role of ICT in the operations of government; it ensures that the ability of the AGCIO and the AGCTO to influence the future application of technology is both broader and deeper," Archer said.

The changes to AGIMO will come into effect from February 4, 2013.

Speaking to ZDNet on her legacy in November , Steward said that the new CIO needs strong negotiation skills in order to succeed in bringing IT reform within the government.

"Be willing to listen, but, at the end of the day, take into account what the whole-of-government benefit will be, and deliver in that context," she said.