Media agency Dentsu Aegis Network has recruited its first Global Chief Technology Officer. Dominic Shine joins the London headquartered business, it has been announced today.
In a statement Dentsu Aegis Network said it created the new role “to support the ambition to become a 100% digital economy business by 2020”.
Dentsu Aegis Network went on to say “In his role as CTO Shine will oversee both technology strategy and day-to-day technology management, in addition to taking on a significantly broader remit across the technology, innovation and data agendas. This will incorporate client-focused tech solutions, key accountability for all technology platforms, a continued prioritisation of cyber security, and driving the continued integration of Dentsu Aegis’ data assets and capabilities.”
Shine joins the organisation from October 1, 2017. Shine is currently Global CIO for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp media empire. He joined the newspaper and online business in 2012 from scientific, legal and business information services company Reed Elsevier, which has recently been bolstering its technology team. Shine was Group CIO for the Reed Elsevier events business for just over five years. Shine entered the media from the insurance sector having been CIO with Beazley Group. He cut his technology leadership teeth at challenger credit organisation Egg in the first part of this century.
“Developing market-leading systems and platforms is critical to gain competitive advantage in the digital economy,” Jerry Buhlmann, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network said in a statement. “The creation of the new Global Chief Technology Officer role marks a further step towards this ambition. Shine will work in partnership with the strategy, innovation and data teams to identify and leverage the latest, most relevant technologies and innovations, including VR, AR, AI and Voice, offering clients data-driven, game changing solutions to propel their businesses’ success.”
“I am delighted to be joining the talented team at Dentsu Aegis at such an important time,” Shine said in a statement. “The network’s pioneering leadership team recognises the necessity of innovative tech-enabled client solutions and the importance of harnessing the skills and capabilities that exist across the entire group. Dentsu Aegis is totally committed to maintaining a market leading position as a data-driven, platforms and solution business and to develop or acquire to deliver on this ambition. Last year’s acquisition of Merkle was a perfect example of this strategy in action. A key part of my approach, working closely with my Executive colleagues, will be to foster collaboration around the best people, ideas and technology solutions so that we can help our clients to navigate the rapidly evolving technology landscape and realise greater value.”
Mike Young left Dentsu Aegis Network last year to become CIO of Centrica, the organisation that owns British Gas. Young replaced Rod Carr as CIO at the formerly state owned energy organisation, with Carr leaving Centrica to remain in the energy sector as CIO for Amec Foster Wheeler, as Horizon reported last summer.
Since Young left EMEA CIO Gideon Kay has been acting as Interim Group CIO, Kay achieved a major transformation as CIO of chemical and scientific services organisation LGC.