PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Australia has announced that chief information officer (CIO) Hilda Clune is departing that role and moving to join the company’s global technology and change leadership team where she will be focused on business and technology transformation across the PwC global network.
At the same time, chief digital officer Vishy Narayanan’s role will expand to take on the CIO responsibilities, leading the company’s digital transformation.
“Bringing together the chief digital and chief information officer roles makes sense as we integrate downstream technology into a compelling digital experience for our people and our clients,” said Sean Gregory, chief operating officer, PwC Australia.
“We want to strengthen the digital mindset across our whole business and maximise the value of the technology investments PwC has made for our people and our clients,” he said, adding, “Vishy will lead this next evolution for our firm, together with the Digital Technology Services Leadership Team.”
“My primary focus is on truly digitising the core of our firm and delivering best-of-breed technology to enhance the experience of our people and clients,” said Narayanan, who pointed out that the company has been streamlining its core technology in recent years, including the introduction of Google’s suite of business tools, consolidation of their data servers, and increasing collaboration across the network.
“Over the past several years at PwC Australia, I’ve been very focused on the role of digital transformation, particularly at a time when technology has significantly changed,” said Clune.
“In addition to investing in the right technology, we have focused on changing mindsets in order to lift digital competency and accelerate digital culture. As a natural extension of my work within a local context, I’m thrilled to be able to build on this and apply new learnings at a global level,” she said.
Clune, who held the position of CIO since 2009, oversaw a team of more than 200 IT professionals and led the company’s strategy on cloud, mobility, digital, automation, and knowledge, while also leading the workplace transformation program. Clune also spent a number of years as a member of PwC’s global CIO board, with a focus on opportunities to streamline IT infrastructure across the network as part of its global IT transformation program.
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