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Past - Information systems & engineering background that lead to managing IT and other functions at senior/board level. I've been lucky to work in some of the best International companies in the world and specifically been responsible for functions, teams and large projects in over 30 countries. My strength is using IT for business advantage, be that reducing cost, growing revenue or providing unique competitive advantage. Additionally, I've actively participated in research programs, published papers and done numerous major presentations to promote successes. In parallel and for a number of years, I did strategic business planning and was the non-executive chairman of a technology start-up company. During all of this, Maggie, my wife of 45 years, and I managed to bring up two successful daughters, live in three countries and two USA states while chalking up ownership of over 20 homes.
Future - build on our recent Australian residency by more frequently visiting our daughter Chantal and her family - we've actually been going to Sydney for 25 years. Riding my Harley more often - I particularly like the challenge of the Texas hill country and vast outdoors of West Texas. Kayaking more adventurously in places like East Texas Big Thicket; I do an hour's kayaking first thing every morning. Finally, making more use of our fishing boat that we've had for nearly 15 years.
Best Career Gigs - BOC in England - got an outstanding management education at BOC's management college, and did strategic business planning for two major divisions, which gave me a unique business insight. Shell in the Netherlands working on a Committee of Managing Directors sponsored project that shaped the group's electronic communications. Schlumberger in England and Texas - learning their world class operations culture while decentralizing IT, building a global network, running an internal consulting group, in the USA, and heading Smart Card security products development. Costain, then Wang/Digital, where I learned hands-on about start-ups, acquisitions, divestments and turnarounds. At Wang I worked on a Microsoft partnership, made IT a customer service proof point and was part of the team that built, and then sold Wang for $2B.
Parallel - While at the Unilever distribution arm, I did two years post graduate lecturing. While at Costain, was awarded an Industrial Fellowship at Kingston University for helping develop the IT post graduate program. During my career I became a Fellow of the British Computer Society, Won BOC's Headway Award for strategic planning, joined City of London's Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, became a Freeman of the City of London and, with my Costain team, won a BCS Hay Award for transformative IT work.
Back row (L-R)
Grant*, Gary, Joanna and Chantal*
Cormac & Maggie center;
Teagan* and Dylan* each side
Front Row (L-R)
Alannah, Partick and Lucas*
* Australia based