High street opticians business Specsavers has appointed Adrian Thompson as its CIO a spokesperson for the business has told the Horizon CIO podcast. Thompson joins the business from vacuum cleaner manufacturers Dyson.
Specsavers joint CEO John Perkins said in a statement: “We are delighted with the appointment of Adrian Thompson as Chief Information Officer. He has an outstanding track record of delivering major change, leading and developing great talent and securing IT delivery within fast-paced global consumer businesses. He will no doubt be a huge asset to Specsavers, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to ensure successful delivery of our own global IT and change programmes.”
Thompson spent over two years with Dyson, makers of the first bagless vacuum cleaner, hand and hair dryers. Before joining Dyson Thompson led technology for high street betting firm Gala Coral Group for four years and before that spent nine years with fashion retailer New Look. The CIO began his business technology leadership career in retail as head of IT Development at Oasis, also a fashion retailer. Thompson has telecoms experience, spending two years with the retail arm of T-Mobile.
Specsavers operates as a partnership of close to 2,000 locally-run businesses. Each store is part-owned and managed by its own directors, who are shareholders of their own businesses but who are supported by key specialists in support offices, who provide a range of services, such as wholesaling, marketing, accounting and IT.
Thompson has taken over from former HMRC and Aviva CIO Phil Pavitt who left the organisation in August 2017. Pavitt was with Specsavers for three years and three months following a CIO role at Aviva and before that three years at tax collectors HMRC.