The UK arm of international construction and project development organisation Skanska has appointed Barry Smith as CIO the organisation has confirmed. Smith joins Skanska having been with architectural and design icons Foster and Partners since 2008.
Skanska has foundations going back to 1887 and is the construction business behind Crossrail, the largest civil engineering project in Europe and was the builder of the Gherkin in central London. Skanska is listed on the Stockholm stock exchange and states on its corporate website that technology is a key part of it aim to make construction safer.
Skanska teams have been responsible for the redevelopment of the St Bartholomew’s and Royal London Hospitals, the widening of the M25 that was completed in 2014 and the current redevelopment of Battersea Power Station. In the utilities sector Skanska is working with three of the main water organisations Thames, Welsh and Anglian.
CIO Smith is an experienced business technology leader in the creative and engineering sectors, he joined Foster and Partners architectural giants in 2008 from engineering firm Atkins where he had the chance to lead IT in Bangalore, India. The CIO began his career at media firm Rank Group.
At Foster and Partners Smith was responsible for a number of changes, introducing greater communications and collaboration between his technology team and the organisations architects and designers. Shadow IT was embraced and supported and when this scribe got to know the CIO Foster and Partners were already a major user of 3D printing to improve business processes.
Smith is one of a small breed of CIOs that have travelled to the Arctic Circle.