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Customs gets new CIO

Border control agency the Australian Customs Service has selected Michael Grantham as its interim CIO to lead its IT department in the wake of the departure of Murray Harrison.

update Border control agency the Australian Customs Service has selected Michael Grantham as its interim CIO to lead its IT department in the wake of the departure of Murray Harrison.

Grantham was appointed at least prior to 24 October when Customs published its latest organisational chart. Customs clarified following the initial publication of this article that he was in the role in an acting capacity, with a permanent CIO still being sought. Harrison resigned in September.

The acting CIO has a foot in the top-tier executive level of Customs, reporting to Linda Smith, the CEO for the 'corporate operations' branch of the agency, who reports to Customs' CEO Michael Carmody.

Harrison, whose background was primarily in business, said at his departure that his replacement would need to be talented in both business and information technology.

If Harrison's prediction in July was correct, Grantham will be working with a smaller budget than the $105 million Harrison had spent the previous year, largely because Custom's change program was complete.

Almost no publicly available information about Grantham is available, however a press released by Optus in 2000 stated that he was the director of information technology at local insurance company, CGU Insurance.