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25 October 2016

CIO interview: Neil Pearce, Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins CIO Neil Pearce has always had sky-high ambitions. His father worked for Nasa on the Apollo programme and Neil was named after Neil Armstrong. Just like those early space pioneers, Pearce has always been interested in challenging projects. “I move towards things that interest me,” he says. As a result, Pearce has worked across a broad span of industries, including charity, retail, oil and telecommunications. His current role at Travis Perkins involves running a transformation programme and a shift from legacy systems to digital services. Pearce says the benefits will be great. “We’ll have a much more efficient business – one that’s able to attract and retain people because we’ve got a better set of systems and processes,” he says. “We’ll be at a point where we’re making use of our digital capabilities to create much better services for our customers.” Computer Weekly meets Pearce in Watford at the head office of Wickes – one of Travis Perkins’ major retail brands along with Tile Giant, Toolstation and City ...

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