Andy Williams has left his global CIO role in the charity sector at Save the Children for a new global CIO role at international logistics and supply chain organisation Havi, based in Germany. Williams joined Havi earlier this month following four years at Save the Children.
Havi, founded in 1974, is a full service supply chain organisation offering packaging, logistics, recycling and waste management. At Havi Williams will be supplying technology and information services to over 9000 staff across the 100 countries the organisation operates from, including its UK base at Hayes in Middlesex.
Earlier in 2016 Havi Group went through a restructure to bring together its business units as a single operation, which CEO Russ Smyth said would “make it easier for our customers to understand” in a statement. Prior to the reorganisation Havi operated as Havi Global Solutions, Havi Logistics, Havi Freight Management and Havi Supply Chain Solutions. The business also owns and operates The Marketing Store business, which remained outside of the restructure.
At Save the Children Williams said his focus was on reducing the central focus on the Leicester Square, London headquartered charity.
“I wanted to get rid of the centre and field view as it all depends where you are,” he told me earlier this year. “Part of my job is to take complexity out and I encourage people when they look at an organisational chart to look at the lines not the boxes. Don’t look at me as a box, see me as a linkage,” he said of how lines demonstrate the links of a value chain.
Save the Children is a business with its own supply chain delivering aid to some of the most vulnerable around the world such as the incredible suffering in Syria and other tragic events around the world.
Prior to joining Save the Children in October 2012 Williams was Head of IT for fast moving consumer goods maker Unilever across Europe and he’d been in a global role with Unilever for three years prior to that. Unilever is a business with high supply chain and waste management demands and a CEO with a focus on reducing the impact the business has on the environment.
Like many leading CIOs Williams has a career that includes experience of the vendor side too, having held global roles at outsourcing provider Wipro and IBM.
Williams is a prominent member of the CIO mentoring community.
Save the Children has national technology leaders in many of the countries it operates in. Karl Hoods is CIO for Save the Children UK and has been leading a wide range of transformations since late 2013.