BA IT chief resigns



The IT director for British Airways has resigned over a radical company restructuring which has split the airline’s IT department in...



The IT director for British Airways has resigned over a radical company restructuring which has split the airline’s IT department in two.

Brian Wilson, chose to leave the company earlier this month after turning down the chance to run either of the new operations or strategic departments, BA said. Wilson is “considering his career options”, a spokeswoman for BA added.

The airline claims that the shake-up will raise the profile of IT within the business and insist that the two roles will not overlap. Most of the IT staff will work for the operations division and no job losses are expected.

Paul Coby, previously general manager for business development, will fill the chief information officer role as head of the strategy division. Peter Radcliffe, previously general manager for central services including the datacentre and networks, will run the operational arm of IT.

The operational division will oversee the day-to-day running of IT operations. The strategic division will focus on high-level IT issues such as enterprise architecture across BA. Radcliffe insisted that the two new IT roles would not overlap and cause confusion. He added, “The IT department has been a closed box up until now. We want to buy in fresh ideas and we don’t want to do what we did before.”

In the summer BA also shook up its IT division and consultancy Speedwing. About 400 IT staff are set to transfer to Amadeus after the European IT services firm purchased BA’s airline reservation service and departure control system.

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