Royal Mail appoints third CIO in 18 months


Royal Mail appoints third CIO in 18 months

Karl Flinders

Royal Mail is set to get another CIO, its third in less than 18 months, when former Network Rail corporate development director Catherine Doran takes over the role from 1 September.

Computer Weekly revealed in May that former Network Rail CIO Doran was leaving the train infrastructure firm.

For the past two-and-a-half years, Doran has led a multimillion-pound transformation programme at Network Rail, and is likely to face a similarly challenging project in her new role.

At Royal Mail, she will report to Alex Smith, director of business development and technology, and will sit on the Group Executive Team Committee.

"Working closely with leaders across the business, Catherine will drive the transformation of our technology estate to underpin the commercial and operational transformation we need to achieve as a company," said a Royal Mail spokesman.

Doran has more than 30 years of experience in technology, having climbed through the ranks since graduating in the 1970s and holding senior roles in IT at firms including BT, CapitalOne and NatWest.

She succeeds Yvonne Ferguson in the Royal Mail CIO role. Ferguson left the firm in December last year, having taken over from Robin Dargue six months after his departure.

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