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Halfords CIO jumps ship to move to Morrisons

Halfords CIO Anna Barsby will be moving to head up technology at supermarket chain Morrisons

Anna Barsby, CIO at outdoor and automotive retailer Halfords, will leave her current role to head up technology at retailer Morrisons.

Barsby will make the move to the supermarket brand in the autumn of 2016 to take on the role of chief technology director.

Trevor Strain, chief financial officer (CFO) at Morrisons, said: “We are delighted that Anna Barsby will be joining us to continue moving our technology function forward. She brings a wealth of valuable experience which will be important for the ongoing improvement of Morrisons’ technology.”

Barsby has held many tech roles in retail, including project management at supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, head of infrastructure and service delivery at Whitbread and IT roles in TUI Travel, before moving to her role at Halfords in 2013.

As part of her role as CIO for Halfords, Barsby has taken part in some significant transformational projects, including a cloud migration from SAP-for-retail to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud.

Barsby also led a project to help Halfords gain a single view of each of its customers, as well as deploying tablet and laptop technology to its teams to help provide better customer service.

In her role as chief technology director for Morrisons, Barsby will be taking over from current tech director Dan Beecham, who will return to Australia at the end of a three-year project.

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During his time at Morrisons, Beecham ran a project to introduce and improve Morrisons’ in-store self-checkout systems

Strain said: “Dan has moved Morrisons’ technology forward, and the improvements that he and his team have introduced help us to serve our customers better. His important contribution leaves Morrisons well placed for the future.”

Morrisons has struggled in recent years, and in 2014 suffered theft of payroll data as a result of a speculated revenge or hacktivism attack, leading to thousands of employees suing the retailer.

The data breach occurred just months after George Dymond, who was hired to handle its online retail initiative, reportedly resigned weeks after joining the team.

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