Standard Life IT leader moves to consultancy firm

Senior IT executive Russell Irwin has left insurance firm Standard Life to join Logica as a consultant focused on the Scottish financial services market.

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Senior IT executive Russell Irwin (left of picture) has left insurance firm Standard Life to join Logica as a consultant focused on the Scottish financial services market.

Irwin was one of the most senior members of Standard Life's IT department prior to the arrival of IT and operations director Christian Torkington and chief technology officer Mark Dixon last year.

Responsible for IT strategy, architecture, innovation and assurance, Irwin helped introduce an "ideas jam" scheme at the firm back in 2009, which collected several hundred suggestions a year from IT staff on how to better exploit the firm's technology.

He used to be one of the key reports to Keith Young, the previous top man in IT at the insurance firm, who retired in December 2009. Irwin was part of the management team that led technology at the company until the appointment of Torkington and Dixon.

In his new role at Logica, which commenced this month, Irwin will focus on business and IT transformation schemes, with an emphasis on areas such as technology innovation and enterprise architecture.

Standard Life is undergoing a thorough IT-led transformation to reach out to its customers more effectively and create new business opportunities.

Photo: Old Standard Life IT team, from left to right: Russell Irwin, senior manager IT strategy and governance; Ralph Fairweather, senior manager, information systems; Bill O'Day, IT delivery and support director; Keith Young, group IT director; Bill Birnie, senior manager development solutions; Philip Medley, senior manager, information systems



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