November 14, 2016 – KPMG Executive Search & Selection has been retained by the University of Adelaide to lead its search for a chief information officer. Associate director Kelly Kuras is leading the search.
The incoming CIO, according to the organization, will take the university to the next level of excellence in its IT environment and service provision. The executive sought must have a deep understanding of trends in the IT industry and how they can best be harnessed for the benefit of the university. The CIO will be prepared to take measured risks in leading the university’s response to digital disruption in education delivery, and ensuring its own IT operating model is contemporary and agile.
The incoming leader will spearhead the university’s 250-person strong technology branch, set the school’s IT strategy, and utilize an annual budget of $60.
To be considered for the role, candidates must have a proven track record in managing large IT functions and delivering significant strategic plans. He or she will also have a high degree of business acumen and the ability to transform and enhance the effectiveness of the technology team and be an advocate for technology transformation across the university. The right candidate must be collaborative, according to the university, understand how to lead in environments informed by principles of collegiality and professional autonomy, and be capable of communicating a compelling vision for the future.
The University of Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top one percent of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia’s third oldest and has a strong reputation for preparing educated leaders and delivering research outcomes that contribute to local, national and global well-being.
KPMG Executive Search & Selection has extensive experience in identifying leaders across the public and private sectors in a wide range of professional disciplines, specializing in the placement of board members, executives, C-suite leaders and senior professionals.
Ms. Kuras has over 22 years of experience in international executive search coupled with experience across business development, talent solutions, research and talent mapping solutions, succession planning/mitigating talent risk, leadership capability assessments, outplacement services, large scale recruitment projects, and executive coaching.
CIOs In Demand
CIO hiring and recruiting information technology teams are both on the rise. Nearly a quarter (22 percent) of U.S. CIOs plan to expand their IT teams, according to a Robert Half Technology ‘IT Hiring Forecast Trend Report.’ It represents a three point rise from the beginning of last year and an eight percentage point jump from one year ago.
“Organizations are getting the green light on more technology projects, prompting them to make strategic hires,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. “However, technology leaders continue to struggle to find highly skilled talent in a market with low unemployment. They seek IT professionals with specialized skills, especially in the areas of cloud computing, data analytics, mobile strategies and cybersecurity.”
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media