Halfords CIO Anna Barsby leads 2015 CIO 100

Mid-sized businesses that are tackling digital disruption lead this year’s CIO 100 of transformation technology leaders.

Anna Barsby, CIO of retailer Halfords, has been named the leader of the 2015 CIO 100. Chris Hewertson of hotel business glh and David Jack of Hyperion Insurance follow close behind.

Barsby of outdoor, cycling and motoring retailer Halfords was recognised by the panel of CIO 100 judges for the strength of her leadership to re-energise a business that looked set face the same demise as other major retailers such as Blockbuster and Woolworths. The panel were impressed with how all three leaders in the CIO 100 were tackling head-on the major disruptions within their sectors, in particular from technology. Halfords is competing strongly against a plethora of new online rivals, new out of town retailers and a struggling retail sector as consumer confidence in the national and world economy remains low. Hotel and insurance are also markets that are witnessing major change from new market entrants and customer behaviour.

Barsby takes the number one spot for her focus on people leadership to deliver business transformation and a clear and concise communication of what the strategy is. The midlands-based CIO describes leading 100 people as „definitely a non-technology responsibility“. Barsby’s relationship with other key members of the executive team was also cited by the panel for recognition.

CIO 100 judge Mike Altendorf said: „The senior business people really see Barsby as an equal, and in a business that should have gone bust she’s been a part of affecting that change and she is a core part of the executive team.“

Fellow judge Jayne Nickalls described Barsby as „a fantastic role model for the CIO post“, while CIO columnist Ian Cox said: „It is clear she is part of a business team and she’s driving and conceiving elements of the business strategy.“

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Source: CIO Magazine

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