Fairfax Media Appoints Chief Information Officer

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Fairfax Media has announced the appointment of Robyn Elliott as the company’s chief information officer (CIO).

Fairfax Media CEO Greg Hywood said: “Robyn is a tech leader with considerable experience in the Australian media sector. She’s highly commercial, has a track record delivering major change initiatives, and is a champion of using data to deliver better outcomes for customers.

“Robyn takes up this important role leading our highly passionate, agile and engaged technology teams as they continue their mission to deliver innovation in systems and processes right across our business.”

Elliott served as CIO at subscription TV provider Foxtel Australia for 12 years (2002- 2014) and led the business through significant technology growth and transformation. She was Foxtel’s information technology director between 1997-1999.

During the intervening period Elliott was principal, customer relationship management and business intelligence at IBM Global Services Australia, working with customers in a variety of industries to help them leverage customer information to enhance business performance.

Prior to Foxtel, Elliott was CIO at McIntosh Securities/Merrill Lynch in Australia and before that was at consulting firm Accenture where she worked her way up from graduate to partner.

Elliott starts in the role on 23 March 2015 with incumbent CIO Andrew Lam-Po-Tang concluding his three-year contract later this month.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Lam-Po-Tang for serving as our CIO/CTO for the past three years,” Hywood said. “Andrew has been a powerful force for achieving transformation at Fairfax. We are grateful for the immense contribution he has made to the re-making of Fairfax as a truly next-generation media business.”

Elliott said: “I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the next wave of technology innovation for Fairfax Media. Andrew and his team have done great work in developing the technology capabilities of the organisation. I look forward to taking these capabilities to the next level, using technology and data to drive even deeper levels of customer engagement and process improvement.”

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