12: Catherine Doran, corporate development director, Network Rail
Catherine Doran was recently promoted from director of information management to corporate development director at Network Rail, with her promotion showing the strategic importance of technology at the company. As part of the top management team of such a high profile company, Doran’s decisions and strategy on the use of IT in enabling rail journeys around the UK are hugely important. Network Rail took over the rail infrastructure in 2002, and has been investing in improvements ever since. Technology plays an increasing role, with the company’s IT transformation continuing apace, now managed by CIO Susan Cooklin. . The budget for IT over a five year period is a hefty £1bn, and the executive team is keen on technology being an integral part of the business. Big projects include the “intelligent infrastructure,” which uses a network of sensors on major train lines to predict when maintenance is needed. Doran has also been director of transformation and technology at BT, CIO at Capital One and head
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