Ipsos global CIO Ben Booth departs


Ipsos global CIO Ben Booth departs

Angelica Mari

The global chief information officer at market research giant Ipsos, Ben Booth, has left the company, Computer Weekly has learned.

Booth (pictured) is now setting up his own consultancy firm specialising in interim management and focusing on CIO, CTO and programme director roles.

Greg Smith, previously a technology chief at advertising group McCann, is the new global CIO for Ipsos based out of New York. Global director of IT services John Seglias is the most senior technology executive at the company in the UK.

Booth joined the research company in 2002 and was originally group IT director at Mori, which was acquired and became Ipsos Mori. He climbed through the ranks and became global CIO in 2010 working from London and Paris and managing a workforce of 340 staff.

Some of Booth's recent achievements at Ipsos included integration work with acquired companies, as well as a move towards social media as a key tool for research. He led IT at the firm during some tough times - during the peak of the recession in 2008-9 the IT budget at Ipsos was drastically reduced - and managed to revitalise the IT agenda with a fresher technology set-up to provide better services to clients.

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