Recruitment specialist Hudson today confirmed that its CIO Atul Thapar, who was only appointed last year, had decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities.
Hudson had in July last year advertised for a newly created chief information officer role
which it had said was going to be "transformational". Thapar,
who had previously worked as the CIO for GE Healthcare, was selected for the role. Yet
he only stayed in the position for a year.
According to a spokesperson for the company, it was healthcare
that Thapar had in his sights when he decided to leave. Thapar
wanted to continue his specialisation in healthcare and run a portfolio including Asia, they said.
The spokesperson confirmed that Thapar had, amongst other
duties, been involved in a program to outsource some of Hudson's IT
infrastructure to reduce costs.
ZDNet.com.au understands that some people in Hudson's Australian
IT team were made redundant in the drive, which was said to be
carried out in conjunction with Indian outsourcer HCL. But the company
would not confirm the redundancies or that HCL had been involved.
"Hudson continues to invest in not only its core infrastructure
and front office applications but also its IT team — crucial
to ensuring the successful alignment of IT as a driver of business
strategy and growth for the medium and long term," the spokesperson said.
Thapar had also "played a critical role" in the company's implementation
of PeopleSoft, the spokesperson said. They did not say whether the company would look for another CIO.