Former Service Stream tech exec appointed UXC IT chief

Australian-listed information technology consulting firm UXC has taken on former Service Stream IT executive Craig Wishart as its new group CIO and CTO.

Former Service Stream chief information officer and general manager of customer care Craig Wishart is now heading up information technology consulting firm UXC Limited's IT operations as the Australia-listed company's new group CIO and CTO.

UXC, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, announced on October 7 that Wishart had been appointed to the dual-responsibility role, saying that he would also be taking on a market-facing role, leading discussions with customers on the management of IT.

UXC said that in his new role, Wishart would have overall responsibility for the UXC group's IT strategy, policies, and programs.

"This is especially crucial as the group moves towards a more unified IT structure," the company said in a statement.

Wishart's areas of specialisation that UXC expects to draw upon include leveraging cloud-based solutions, harnessing collaboration across organisations, and identifying opportunities for strengthening mobility capabilities.

Wishart told ZDNet in April last year that when he joined Service Stream in 2012, he commenced an IT overhaul that saw the telecommunications company and National Broadband Network construction contractor reduce its number of applications from over 2,000 apps to under 35 on the "eSSential" platform that is hosted with Amazon Web Services.

In addition to heading up Service Stream's IT overhaul, Wishart has also served as ANZ's head of segment program office institutional and head of account management global solutions delivery Australia and New Zealand.

He has also claimed the role of general manager of sales support, consumer marketing, and channels at Telstra, and has racked up two years as general manager of information technology for Sensis.

Wishart's appointment comes as UXC bulks up its online security market presence with the acquisition by its subsidiary UXC Consulting of Australian information and digital security organisation, the Saltbush Group.

UXC managing director Cris Nicolli said at the time that the acquisition would enhance the company's position in the growing online security space, in particular the federal government market.

"Organisations are increasingly concerned with information and data security and the occurrence of cyber threats. Every boardroom and every IT manager should be aware of the potential impacts that such breaches can cause," he said in a statement.