Sydney-based managed service provider Brennan IT has named its first CIO, appointing former Oakton director, Simon Wheeler, to the role.
Wheeler has been charged with developing and managing the company’s internal strategy, and transitioning legacy systems and processes to automation and transformation.
Brennan IT CEO, Stephen Sims, said Wheeler had an immensely important mandate, as the MSP is fully committed to transforming the business in line with its strategy of becoming Australia’s most trusted managed services provider.
“Simon has more than 20 years of experience in senior roles, with a strong track record as a tech leader as well as developing, recruiting, and retaining top talent. He has been successful in delivering transformational initiatives and working in complex, challenging environments,” he added.
Wheeler praised his new employer, saying it had a strong foundation of smart processes and passionate, committed people.
“I’m looking forward to working closely with the team on our transformation strategy. This will include looking at ways to streamline processes and improve workflows, as well as continuing to do the great work that clients love us for,” he added.
Wheeler is no stranger to the CIO role, having previously held the position at Australia’s largest magazine publisher, Bauer Media, prior to joining Oakton. Before that, he was CTO at Channel Nine, where he had previously been the broadcaster’s IT infrastructure manager.
Brennan IT has had a number of senior appointments since the company’s founder Dave Stevens stepped down from the MD role he held for 18 years. Stevens remains executive chairman of the company, his main focus has been on mergers and acquisitions.
Earlier this year, the MSP appointed former Telstra director - mining, construction, oil and gas, Simon Barlow, to the position of executive general manager. At the same time, the company promoted professional services director Luke McLean to general manager of services and consulting.
In August, Brennan IT partnered with Commvault and Huawei for its backup-as-a-service offering following a sizeable increase in the amount of data under management as part of its hosted, cloud and on-premise services.