Video: Suncorp CIO Jeff Smith

With a star-studded employment history including a stint as the chief information officer of Telstra, Jeff Smith is one of Australia's top-flight technology executives.

Suncorp CIO on Promina integration With a star-studded employment history including a stint as the chief information officer of Telstra, Jeff Smith is one of Australia's top-flight technology executives.

With a star-studded employment history including a stint as the chief information officer of Telstra, Jeff Smith is one of Australia's top-flight technology executives.

Since April 2007, he has led the IT support operation of banking and insurance giant Suncorp. Smith has played a key part in the ongoing integration of the Promina business Suncorp bought just before he joined.

It's a mammoth task that appears to be going well so far; earlier this month Suncorp chief executive John Mulcahy said the project was progressing strongly.

But that's not all Smith has had on his plate. Suncorp also has huge projects to standardise its desktop fleet and consolidate back-office infrastructure such as datacentres and mainframes. Then there's the firm's migration to IP telephony-based telecommunications.

In short, Smith's current work embodies some of the most cutting edge movements in enterprise technology. He speaks with ZDNet.com.au on life in the hot seat.