13. Gerry Pennell - former CIO, London 2012 Olympics

For a few weeks in 2012, Gerry Pennell was arguably the most important IT executive in the UK. Building, integrating and managing the technology supporting the London Olympic Games was one of the most complex and high-profile assignments in IT, and Pennell has been widely lauded for the success of the IT programme. He left Games organiser Locog in November 2012 and is looking for a new challenge – with his Olympic success, he will be greatly in demand and is expected to turn up in a high-profile IT leadership role in 2013.

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