The CIO Executive Council held its first board meeting last week in preparation for its official launch in Sydney on July 28, 2005.
The Board of Advisors is made up of 16 CIOs including Peter Reynolds of the Commonwealth Bank, Colin Wood of Westpac Financial Services, Richard Constantine of Swinburne University, Geordie Conyngham of Cerebos Australia, Steven Pereira of EAN Australia, Bruce Carlos of Raytheon, Karen Bard of Santos, Keith Roscarel of the Nine Network, Paul Cavanagh-Downs of Aristocrat, Greg Russell of Baptist Community Services, Paul Edgecumbe of the NSW Government and Garry Whatley of Corporate Express.
The council's executive director Con Colovos said the council is unique in that it offers a global community for CIOs free from vendor influence or politics. As it is member-driven it places the power back in the hands of the CIO and gives members a say in issues and policies that affect their organizations and the IT profession as a whole. Colovos said the council is planning a masters degree and graduate diploma specifically designed for its membership, a model of application development and metrics standards currently being used by 3500 projects globally, a mentoring program for up-and-coming CIOs and a vendor relationship and balance scorecard that will allow vendors to be certified by the council. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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