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Trevor Didcock at the 2016 Innovation Leadership Summit, produced by Horizon. Picture by Vicky Matthers, Icon Photomedia

Former easyJet, AA and RAC CIO Trevor Didcock has joined the board of digital and business change consultancy Futurice as a non-executive director.

Didcock, who led business technology at Luton headquartered easyJet between September 2010 and early 2015 is the first UK non-exec director of Futurice. EasyJet is considered one of the most innovative companies the UK has created in recent years and four of its technology leaders recently told this title CIO podcast about life inside the airline during its rapid years of growth.

Futurice provide consultancy on digital strategy and culture and counts automotive firm BMW and banking group Nordea as customers. The business was founded in Helsinki, Finland and has expanded into Germany, Sweden and the UK, where 20 staff work with clients such as retailer Tesco, financial services firm Moneycorp, technologists Samsung and automotive player Ford.

UK MD Tom McQueen said Didcock brings experience in delivering “large scale digital transformation”. While CEO Tuomas Syrjänen said in a statement. “His experience as the CIO of major public listed companies means he brings invaluable insight into the challenges faced by big corporates as they seek to use emerging technologies to improve operational efficiencies and deliver the best possible customer experience.”

Didcock, who has been a valued advisor to Horizon Business Innovation since it’s founding said: “I met Futurice on a project we both worked on involving product development and agile engineering in the airline sector. I was enormously impressed by the quality of their consultants and practices, and by the company’s people-centred workplace culture with its focus on trust and transparency.

“Businesses seeking to become digitally driven face a complex journey when it comes to re-engineering their business model, processes, and culture.”

As CIO of easyJet, Europe largest airline in terms of passenger numbers, Didcock took responsibility for the Turn Europe Orange strategy which led to allocated seating.

You can listen to the Horizon Business Innovation podcast with former easyJet CIOs Mike Sturrock, Colin Rees, Simon Lamkin and Andy Caddy here or read the full article. 

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