MLC Life Insurance's restructuring of its IT assets following the spin-off of the company, National Australia Bank, now has a multitude of new employees to guide the process, including a new CIO and a general manager of data and analytics.

New Chief Information Officer, Nish Chandran, joins the insurer of the First Data Group of credit card processing services, where he was A / NZ's CIO and Vice President, Information Technology.

Chandran will oversee the new technological capabilities provided by the Sanagi program, which aims to completely separate the MLC and NAB infrastructure while updating key processes, such as automation of font subscription.

ITNEWS reported in 2017, the company would invest $ 400 million in redesigning the computerHowever, the MLC said in a statement this month that the total is now at half a billion.

MLC's new Chief Data and Analysis Officer, Darren Klein, will be responsible for designing the company's strategy for data governance, analysis and understanding.

The insurer said Klein, who would join the company after stays at Tabcorp and Contexti's IT consulting firm, would also establish "a stronger data-driven culture for customers."

The company's board of directors has also strengthened its technological expertise by welcoming IBM's former vice-president, Cognitive Process Transformation Services, Jacqueline Korhonen, as non-executive director.

Korhonen was also CEO of Infosys A / NZ from 2008 to 2014 and currently sits on the board of NetComm as a non-executive director.

"Attracting people of the caliber of Jacqueline, with extensive experience with some of the world's leading IT companies, will strengthen our leadership in serving our clients," said Peter Gray, President of the MLC.

Fleur Edgerton, formerly Head of Strategic Purchasing in ICT at Ausgrid, also joined MLC as Director General Procurement and Partnerships.

The wave of hiring at the end of last year came several months after the creation of the role of director of innovation and transformation, which was occupied by the former CIO of the Reserve Bank, Sarv Girn.

Girn said "Chandran and Klein's vast experience in large-scale transformation and data analysis" would help the company achieve its goal of improving customer experiences through better use of technology. .

"Our ambition is to become one of the leading life insurers in Australia. This means giving customers a simpler, faster and more enjoyable experience when they sign up and use life insurance, backed by world-class technology. "

The start dates of the new recruits were staggered: Korhonen joined the board in December, Edgerton debuting this month and the February sendoff for Chandran and Klein.