Following the news that Andrew Abboud has resigned as chief information officer (CIO) at London's City University, the IT executive has commented on issues at the university that prompted him to leave.
According to Abboud, the motivation to move on and become CIO at Swiss organisation Laureate Education Group was due to a combination of factors, but he pointed out that three different vice-chancellors/chief executives during his 27-month tenure at City "led to little leadership and direction".
He told Computer Weekly: "I enjoy working in higher education, but I missed the international dimension of my previous roles in professional services firms and wanted to work again in a commercial environment where I believe the economics drive better decision-making."
Abboud said he also felt he was "getting towards the end of natural cycle of change" at City, after the delivery of a new virtual learning environment based on open-source community-based tool Moodle, as well as a suite of social media and collaboration tools based on Lotus Connections.
Commenting on his new role, he said that, although disruptive, the prospect of working in Switzerland was an attraction.
At Laureate, Abboud will be responsibile for IT in more than 12 universities and higher education colleges focusing on hospitality, architecture and design in Switzerland, Italy, China, Australia and the US.