Cloud applications and decentralized network are important for effective BCP: Manoj Deorukhkar, Chief Information Officer, Sterling and Wilson- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

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The IT team at Sterling and Wilson acted proactively to ensure business continuity, and had applications availability, collaboration, and mobility as the key pillars of this strategy, states Manoj Deorukhkar, Chief Information Officer, Sterling and Wilson Pvt Ltd
The IT team had already drawn its business continuity planning as a strategy that had applications availability, collaboration, and mobility as key pillars. However, the major challenge we are facing is due to the nature of disaster, rapid pace, and pan India as well as global outbreak.
The IT function moved quickly and set up help desks at every regional hub to enable work from home. We are educating our people to do basic tasks themselves and to use online tools for query resolutions. Making laptops available was a big challenge and wherever it was not feasible, desktops were installed at homes. We have also identified anchors at each location to help their peers.
There were online tutorials organized for using collaboration tools like MS Teams, LifeSize, and Goto Meeting. IT team also assessed BCP preparedness of all major service providers to identify risks, if any. We are using Microsoft Teams for internal collaboration and LifeSize for external parties. For document collaboration, we are is using SharePoint Online and OneDrive.
Work from home is not a normal mode of work in the EPC industry. Hence, it was a first-time experience for most of our employees. However, in a short time, our people have managed to settle down remarkably. A major challenge was faced, in a few locations, due to bandwidth and stability of home Internet connection.
Key lessons learned

Having a well thought out BCP and ability to execute it in minimum time and glitches
Cloud applications and decentralized network are important for effective BCP
Single point of failure can be internet connectivity at homes
Mobility is the saviour for situations where internet connectivity is an issue

Future of Work
Remote working is just not a signal but a verdict for organisations to move in that direction. Apart from a robust BCP capability, it is saving office seat charges and overheads, reducing traffic congestion and pollution, more importantly, it will help employees to achieve work-life balance and give more productive hours to the organization.
However, it also requires not just a change but a paradigm shift to more structured and consistent business processes, automation, transparency and significant upgradation of technological capability in facilitation and information secur

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Commonwealth Bank reveals new chief digital officer – Finance- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has doubled down on its fascination with how Scandinavian economies are quietly reshaping digital finance and commerce, luring across a key executive from Denmark’s Danske Bank to become its new chief digital officer.
Australia’s largest institution has confirmed that Fredrik Lindstrom, who is currently group chief information officer for Danske Bank, will replace Pete Steel in the increasingly important CDO role that straddles technology, customer experience, service design and delivery and marketing.
Steel, who has traded in his banker’s chips to hit the consulting circuit with Boston Consulting Group, had been regarded as one of the key players in maintaining CBA’s technological competitive advantage over its rivals by creating new ‘sticky’ services that provided experiential reasons for customers to stay beyond price and scale.
Two of the big moving pieces in CBA’s digital playbook – aside from ambushing its rivals by breaking an unofficial boycott of Apple Pay – have been the relaunch of the bank’s core mobile app and its complimentary Benefits Finder service that helps eliminate friction in dealing with government.
While those advances have positioned CBA well for likely greater integration and automation of transactions between banks and government services like tax, welfare and property, the CBA has also been building a buffer against a heavy fall in once lucrative credit card usage.
The CBA’s major hedge against plummeting growth in credit card issuance – the bank is Mastercard’s marquee issuer in Australia – has been to take a 5.5 percent equity stake in high-profile Swedish buy-now, pay-later (BNPL) service Klarna, joining luminaries including rapper Snoop Dogg on the shareholder register.
Notably, Klarna’s Australian arm is a 50/50 joint venture with CBA, giving the bank skin in the game against the likes of Afterpay that have skilfully exploited the consumer shift from credit to debit instruments by foisting even more transaction cost onto merchants – though BNPLs argue it’s still a fair deal because their customers are trade retailers would otherwise never see.
While Afterpay might still have the halo of a local tech unicorn stock (though these days even church tech platform PushPay’s market cap is more than $1 billion) Klarna is arguably a more developed, sophisticated and mature e-commerce ecosystem that lets retailers refine their digital offers for maximum yield.
At more than 15 years old, Klarna also appears to have a more socially conscious business model than some of its rivals, relying more on upselling its merchants than slugging customers with late fees to generate income.
That ethos is also more prevalent in Scandinavian and Nordic economies where government and financial institutions have traditionally leaned toward, or grown out of, a more collectivist environment like some European banks, a scenario more common in nations with smaller populations.
That’s not to say Scandi banks don’t have their own scandals, with Danske having one of the more conspicuous regulatory run-ins over €200 billion in transactions over nine years linked to Russian money laundering via its Estonian operation that broke cover in 2017.
While the Danish laundering scandal, like Australia’s, cost Danske’s former chief executive Thomas Borgen his job after an investigation, the stakes and players involved are in a whole different league compared to local thugs overstuffing ATMs with illicit cash.
Danske’s laundering scandal, according reports based on leaked documents in Danish newspaper Berlingske, included so-called ‘mirror’ transactions made by relatives of Russian president Vladimir Putin as well as the FSB, Russia’s main intelligence service.
Having triggered multiple raids and arrests across a number of countries in addition to embroiling other banks, the Danske scandal has not been without human cost.
In September 2019 Aivar Rehe, the former head of Danske Bank’s Estonian operation, was found dead at his home in Tallinn, with police reportedly determining the death to be a suicide, and prosecutors subsequently saying Rehe was not a suspect in their criminal investigations.
Denmark’s biggest bank in 2017 also retained the services of IBM-owned regulatory house cleaners Promontory Financial Group to run an independent investigation of how the laundering occurred, the same firm Westpac is using to get to the root of its problems.

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Centrelink loses welfare payments overhaul chief – Strategy- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

The high-profile senior executive in charge of the country’s billion dollar-plus Centrelink IT overhaul has called it quits after more than four years on the project.
John Murphy, who joined what was then the Department of Human Services from the Tempemail Australia Bank back in February 2016, worked his last day on Friday.
His departure is a significant loss for the agency, which still has another three years to run on its massive welfare payments infrastructure transformation (WPIT) project.
WPIT is replacing the legacy Model 204-based income security integrated system that is still used to process more than $170 billion worth of payments every year, more than 30 years on.
Murphy has been responsible for the seven-year program of work for more than half its life, first as the inaugural payments reform deputy secretary and now chief transformation officer.
The inaugural chief transformation officer role was established following DHS’ conversion into Services Australia in February.
A spokesperson confirmed Murphy’s departure to iTnews, with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ transformation deputy secretary Charles McHardie set to step into the vacant role.
McHardie was DHS’ former chief technology officer – a role that has subsequently been split in two – and served as acting chief information officer during 2018.
He has spent the past year-and-a-half overseeing a wide range of transformational projects at DVA, including the multi-year IT reform project, dubbed the veteran centric reform program.
The spokesperson offered no timeframe for when McHardie will take up the SES Band 3 role. He is understood to have already been drafted in as part of the agency’s COVID-19 response.
Murphy’s next steps are also unknown, though a return to the banking world would not be out of question.
Prior to joining DHS, he spent seven years at NAB, working in various senior executive roles, including as the executive general manager of deposits and transaction services.  
Like Murphy, McHardie will work alongside CIO and deputy CEO Michael McNamara to implement the remainder of the WPIT project, which has kicked up a notch in recent months.
Infosys has spent the past six months developing a new payments entitlements calculation engine after it was picked to overhaul the legacy platform last year.
The crucial system is used to work out the eligibility of welfare recipients through the country’s SAP-based Centrelink payments platform, which has already been replaced under the WPIT.
The payments platform, dubbed Payment Utility, is in the final stages of testing before Services Australia puts it to work on Centrelink payments later this year.

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Westpac tech chief poached by Barclays – Finance – Cloud – Software- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

Battle-weary bank Westpac has fallen prey to an international swoop on its top tech talent, with group chief information officer Craig Bright now confirmed to be heading to UK financial services juggernaut Barclays, with the Sydney institution now battening down for further raids.
As foreshadowed by iTnews, Bright confirmed via social media overnight that he will become Barclay’s group chief information officer, essentially a like for like swap of roles with Australia’s oldest bank where morale has been wounded and top ranks depleted amid the AUSTRAC regulatory scandal.
“Today was a day of mixed emotions,” Bright wrote on LinkedIn.
“I am immensely proud to be a part of Westpac Group and the exceptional progress we have made as a GroupTech team. I am excited by the opportunity ahead of me to re-join a company and a team I have long respected.”
The Barclay’s raid would not have been a complete surprise to Westpac, with the UK institution having a track record of cherry picking local tech leaders to take advantage of substantial salary and incentive differences.
In 2014 the Commonwealth Bank of Australia was left stunned when it lost its highly respected group chief of technology and operations, Michael Harte to Barclays, with many believing the revered change agent would start his own technology company.
Persistently upstaged by the CBA’s conspicuous capacity to adroitly execute technology modernisation across what had been a massive legacy platform – Harte was hired by reformed Assembler coder Sir Ralph Norris to put in a new real-time core banking system which he delivered – Westpac pounced on Harte’s right-hand man Dave Curran.
The issue Westpac now faces is that with Bright leaving, rival local banks, as well as overseas institutions are likely to come hunting for the team he assembled at a time when the bank will find it difficult to manage the optics of putting sufficiently enticing incentives on the table.
There is also the small matter of a major technology overhaul and questions over how Westpac’s new core for so-called banking-as-a-service will progress.  
While banking usually offers competitive compensation packages that include group, business unit and project based incentives and rewards, almost all banks in Australia are now sacrificing executive compensation as a conspicuous act of public contrition to atone for their regulatory sins.
Three of Australia’s Big Four institutions have now punted their chief executives, with Westpac and Tempemail Australia Bank also losing their chairmen.
ANZ, so far, is the only bank to escape the regulatory whip.   
At the same time, arguably less digitally integrated UK and European banks that are now rapidly modernising are known to offer remuneration packages that are more than 50 per cent higher comparable than Australian packages, often with better tax breaks.
That, coupled with a lower Australian dollar, is likely to fuel defections to overseas institutions and the tech industry generally
Bright is not the first Australian bank tech chief to pack his bags for a better gig in old blighty.
The real question now is how many more people like him are also making post-pandemic plans  to sit out Australia’s winter of regulatory discontent.

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Disney’s streaming chief Mayer to become TikTok CEO – Networking – Software- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

Walt Disney Co’s top streaming executive, Kevin Mayer, will leave the entertainment and theme parks giant to become the chief executive officer of TikTok, the popular video app owned by China’s ByteDance Technology Co, the companies said on Monday.
Mayer led the successful launch of the Disney+ streaming service in November but in February was passed over as Disney’s new chief executive.
Mayer’s appointment will be effective June 1, when he will also become chief operating officer of ByteDance, the Chinese company said.
TikTok, which allows users to create short videos with special effects, has become wildly popular with US teenagers doing viral challenges that pair dances with music clips from the app’s library. TikTok has hinted at ambitions to build a music streaming business, announcing in January that it was partnering with UK-based music rights agency Merlin to expand its musical selections.
ByteDance’s Chinese ownership, however, has sparked concerns in Washington about TikTok’s handling of personal data. The company uses sophisticated artificial intelligence to make video recommendations based on users’ behavior on the app.
In November, the US government launched a national security review of ByteDance’s US$1 billion acquisition of social media app Musical.ly, which became TikTok. Two senators introduced a bill to ban federal employees from using TikTok on government-issued phones.
One of those senators, Republican Josh Hawley, said TikTok previously told him its executives could not testify before Congress because they were located in China.
“But this new executive lives in the USA,” Hawley wrote on Twitter on Monday. “I look forward to hearing from him. Under oath.”
To appease concerns, ByteDance has stepped up efforts to separate TikTok from much of its Chinese businesses and has made several high-profile executive hires in recent months. It appointed former Microsoft intellectual property chief Erich Andersen as global general counsel in January, after hiring Vanessa Pappas, a veteran YouTube executive, to run its US operations last year.
Speculation over Mayer’s future began swirling in February after Disney named Robert Chapek as chief executive officer. Mayer, who has a “loud and forceful” style, according to a former Disney executive, was seen as a dealmaker who had only recently been put in charge of a large profit-and-loss division. His relative lack of operating experience was a main reason he did not get the top job, the former executive said.
A ByteDance spokesman said the company had “no reservations” about Mayer’s operational experience. “Any company in our sector would be delighted have him onboard.”
Under Mayer’s leadership, Disney+ collected more than 50 million subscribers in five months.
Disney named Rebecca Campbell, a 23-year company veteran, to replace Mayer as head of the direct-to-consumer and international division, which includes the streaming media units Disney is counting on to drive future growth.

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Hallam appoints new chief exec and managing director- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

Hallam, Nottingham’s award-winning digital marketing agency, is pleased to announce two significant changes to its leadership set-up.
Susan Hallam MBE is handing over the running of one of Nottingham’s leading digital agencies to Julio Taylor and Jake Third, who will take up chief executive officer and managing director roles respectively. The changes will take effect immediately.
As part of the changes, Susan, who founded Hallam in 2000, will step down from her position as chief executive officer, but will remain an integral figurehead within the company as an industry analyst, public speaker, thought-leader and advisor.
Hallam’s new chief exec, Julio, is currently creative director at the agency. His promotion will see him lead the company in a new strategic direction to focus on continuing to strengthen the teams and product development.
With over 20 years’ experience in the sector specialising in strategy and digital experience, Julio has been a key member in Hallam’s leadership team since its merger with BigSpring in 2017. He has since played an instrumental role in the transformation of Hallam into a full-service agency.
Speaking about his new role, Julio said: “I’m proud and excited to take up the challenge of leading Hallam into the future. As the world evolves, so has our agency. We’ve changed a lot over the last few years, adding new services and areas of expertise, to create a new, unified and powerful offer for our clients. Together with our talented team, we’re ready to tackle the future, and help our clients thrive in what’s going to be an uncertain but interesting time to do business.
“Susan has grown this business significantly in 20 years, and I’m looking forward to using her knowledge as we continue to push the company forward. Not just as a world-class digital and data agency, but also as the best place to work in a city as vibrant and thriving as Nottingham.”
Jake Third’s new role will see him step up from his current position as Hallam’s client services and sales director. He has worked at the company for six years, and has been integral for many of the new business wins which have been crucial to its ongoing growth.
As managing director, Jake will focus on continuing to combine driving financial results along with maintaining the health and wellbeing of the agency’s employees. Jake has worked within business development and marketing strategy for 14 years. He is also director of outreach for Nottingham Samaritans.
Speaking about his new role, Jake said: “I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to step up and lead Hallam as managing director. I know how talented our great team is and it’s largely thanks to them and the opportunities they have afforded me that I feel prepared for this role. I’m lucky to work with such inspiring people day in, day out.
“I’m also grateful to Susan Hallam, who has done an incredible job at the helm. We have some big shoes to fill, but with our solid team and dynamic product offerings, I’m confident we will take the successful company she founded to the next level.”
Susan Hallam, Hallam’s driving force for the last two decades, added: “The last 20 years have been an incredible journey and looking back at how the agency has grown since 2000 to what it is now fills me with immense pride.
“This change has been in the pipeline for a while now and I’m thrilled to see Julio and Jake, who have been integral colleagues to me in recent years, step up into these new roles. Hallam has showcased transformational results and won incredible awards for its work over the years to become a real force in the digital marketing scene and I’m excited to see it continue to grow under their guidance.”
Hallam can also confirm that new hires will be made to fill the roles created by these changes. These further appointments will be confirmed in due course.

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BEN chief Ricky Ray Butler on brand safety, lockdown & influencers- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

The entertainment world is continually re-examining its relationship with advertisers as it looks to make maximum revenue while proving it can effectively engage with consumers in various ways, and that has become all the more vital during the international pandemic.
Ricky Ray Butler is the chief executive of The Branded Entertainment Network, an artificial intelligence-powered company that provides product placement across media platforms such as TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch.
An effervescent gent with a beard you can’t miss a mile away, his passion for product placement comes through strongly in the latest instalment of Tempemail’s ‘A cup of tea with…’ video series.
From his strategically-placed base in Los Angeles, he said: “We believe that the future of advertising is going to be more so inside the content than outside the content based on the trends of ad blocking technology.”
Butler discussed a wide range of topics that face advertisers working with content creators, including the continued problem of brand safety, how brands have handled production constraints in lockdown and the ever-growing value of data.
“There are more influencers now than ever before. I remember when I first started, I was able to count on two hands the amount of influencers that had over a million followers. Today, I cannot count, there’s literally millions of them from YouTube, to TikTok to Instagram, to all the other niche platforms that are out there. So, because there’s this decentralization of content, there’s more data now than ever before and specifically, unstructured data.
“And so when we look at data, there’s structured and unstructured; unstructured is not data like views or the public metrics that you get from the platform that you put on a spreadsheet. Unstructured data is actually the audio, the visual, the actual video content. And you have to use very sophisticated AI, specifically a form of machine learning called deep learning, to be able to take all this unstructured data and to make sense of it to build to make more accurate predictions for ROI. And so right now during this pandemic and during this crisis we’re seeing more innovation around content than we’ve ever seen before.”
He cites live concerts being conducted by world famous artists from their home studios, and DJs remote broadcasting sessions, as new forms of entertainment born of lockdown necessities, not least Travis Scott’s appearance on Fortnite that has caught global attention not just within the gaming community. And with the freezing of production, Hollywood is also reacting with late-night chat show hosts such as Jimmy Fallon also broadcasting from their couches.
“It’s a beautiful thing to see a lot of these content creators and these celebrities step up to the plate and make things happen to make it so people can you know, have the more positive distractions while they’re dealing with such a weird strange time.”
Butler revealed that the business is still helping brands prepare for the forthcoming launches that will surge forward when production fully begins again in the film and television space, but is also seeing influencers and online creatives fill the void during the production close down.
“There’s other companies for example, in the fitness sector, that are being very innovative and trying to work with as much as many content creators as possible. And then you also have brands that have done a really good job on creating positive messaging through these celebrities and through these content creators, where they sponsor them to do good and to serve the community, this is a really powerful time for brands to bring more normality to the table. But also to… show empathy as well as empowering content creators to do good and to do something very positive.”
Asked about how he sees brand safety measures evolving, Butler is positive that understanding is improving generally as are processes through the introduction of technology: “You have to have very strong systems and processes to make sure there’s brand safety, making sure that you’re aligning with partners and influencers that don’t have a sketchy past or history. Now that there’s all these different creators and different celebrities out there, Aria (Accessibility Rich Internet Applications) actually navigates and monitors what’s going on. But also when we’re looking at working with different celebrities or influencers, it actually goes and does a high level background check to figure out if there’s any controversy that has happened in the past from this content and the content creators.”
Butler also discussed working with the founder of BEN, philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, as well as offering a glimpse into what he believed was to come for online platforms and the entertainment industry including the growth and continued emergence of tech players from Asia following the success of TikTok.
“They’re really good at being calculated and growing and learning from others’ mistakes and others’ wins and are able to optimize what they’re currently doing to build to become relevant and to grow.”
Watch the full interview with Ricky Ray Butler in the latest episode of A Cup of Tea With… in the video above. Other subjects of the series have included Publicis chair Maurice Levy and S4 Capital’s Sir Martin Sorrell.

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Branded Entertainment Network chief Ricky Ray Butler on brand safety, lockdown & influencers- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

The entertainment world is continually re-examining its relationship with advertisers as it looks to make maximum revenue while proving it can effectively engage with consumers in various ways, and that has become all the more vital during the international pandemic.
Ricky Ray Butler is the chief executive of The Branded Entertainment Network, an artificial intelligence-powered company that provides product placement across media platforms such as TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch.
An effervescent gent with a beard you can’t miss a mile away, his passion for product placement comes through strongly in the latest instalment of Tempemail’s ‘A cup of tea with…’ video series.
From his strategically-placed base in Los Angeles, he said: “We believe that the future of advertising is going to be more so inside the content than outside the content based on the trends of ad blocking technology.”
Ray Butler disccused a wide range of topics that face advertisers working with content creators, including the continued problem of brand safety, how brands have handled production constraints in lockdown and the ever-growing value of data.
“There are more influencers now than ever before. I remember when I first started, I was able to count on two hands the amount of influencers that had over a million followers. Today, I cannot count, there’s literally millions of from YouTube, to TikTok to Instagram, to all the other niche platforms that are out there. So, because there’s this decentralization of content, there’s more data now than ever before and specifically, unstructured data.
“And so when we look at data, there’s structured and unstructured; unstructured is not data like views or the public metrics that you get from the platform that you put on a spreadsheet. Unstructured data is actually the audio, the visual, the actual video content. And you have to use very sophisticated AI, specifically a form of machine learning called deep learning, to be able to take all this unstructured data and to make sense of it to build to make more accurate predictions for ROI. And so right now during this pandemic and during this crisis we’re seeing more innovation around content than we’ve ever seen before.”
He cites live concerts being conducted by world famous artists from their home studios, and DJs remote broadcasting sessions, as new forms of entertainment born of lockdown necessities, not least Travis Scott’s appearance on Fortnite that has caught global attention not just within the gaming community. And with the freezing of production, Hollywood is also reacting with late-night chat show hosts such as Jimmy Fallon also broadcasting from their couches.
“It’s a beautiful thing to see a lot of these content creators and these celebrities step up to the plate and make things happen to make it so people can you know, have the more positive distractions while they’re dealing with such a weird strange time.”
Butler revealed that the business is still helping brands prepare for the forthcoming launches that will surge forward when production fully begins again in the film and television space, but is also seeing influencers and online creatives fill the void during the production close down.
“There’s other companies for example, in the in the fitness sector, that are being very innovative and trying to work with as much as many content creators as possible. And then you also have brands that have done a really good job on creating positive messaging through these celebrities and through these content creators, where they sponsor them to do good and to service to serve the community, this is a really powerful time for brands to bring more normality to the table. But also to… show empathy as well as empowering content creators to do good and to do something very positive.”
Asked about how he sees brand safety measures evolving, Butler is positive that understanding is improving generally as are processes through the introduction of technology: “You have to have very strong systems and processes to make sure there’s brand safety, making sure that you’re aligning with partners and influencers that don’t have a sketchy past or history. Now that there’s all these different creators and different celebrities out there, Aria (Accessibility Rich Internet Applications) actually navigates and monitors what’s going on. But also when we’re looking at working with different celebrities or influencers, it actually goes and does a high level background check to figure out if there’s any controversy that has happened in the past from this content and the content creators.”
Butler also discussed working with the founder of BEN, philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, as well as offering a glimpse into what he believed was to come for online platforms and the entertainment industry including the growth and continued emergence of tech players from Asia following the success of TikTok.
“They’re really good at being calculated and growing and learning from others’ mistakes and others’ wins and are able to optimize what they’re currently doing to build to become relevant and to grow.”
Watch the full interview with Ricky Ray Butler in the latest episode of A Cup of Tea With… in the video above. Other subjects of the series have included Publicis chair Maurice Levy and S4 Capital’s Sir Martin Sorrell.

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Tempemail Online Media Awards: Evening Standard web chief on awarding i’s Oly Duff with chair award- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

The I newspaper’s editor, Oly Duff has been awarded the Chair’s Award at Tempemail’s Online Media Awards.
The award was given by the chair of the jury, digital editor-in-chief of the Evening Standard, David Tomchak, during an online ceremony that took place to name this year’s winners. The ceremony also saw accolades awarded to Channel 4, The Guardian, and Sky News, among others.
“It was a straightforward choice,” said Tomchak when explaining his verdict. He said, “Duff has been doing great work for the last two years at The I, and over the past 12 months its been doing better than ever before. A lot of that is down to Duff’s leadership and what he has done is feed into that growth.
There has been continuity across print, digital publications, and also on social media. It is doing a great job of getting in with a younger audience, which is always hard to do, and a lot of that is down to his leadership. The brand itself is great, the content is great and without him, it wouldn’t be what it is.”
Revealing why he chose a person over any coverage or team nominated this year, Tomchak added: ”The awards more widely have recognised what has been really good in the industry over the past 12 months. There is great diversity in how things have been awarded, and I wanted to create a balance in what was being awarded across the industry.
”It’s not that there wasn’t a great team, platform, or campaign that didn’t merit the award, but most of what was deserving managed to get over the line and claim an award in another category. There’s not an editor of the year award or a leader of the year award – so it felt like the right thing to do.”
When he was asked about any media trends he spotted in the work he reviewed for this year, Tomchak spoke of the level of quality around coverage of environmentalism and sustainability:
“It was impressive to see that type of narrative and that that story which is so important to us is really cutting through now, and that people are paying attention to it and making sure that good quality interrogative journalism was happening around that subject which was good to see.”
Finally, Tomchak offered a few words of advice to reporters and editors working through the coronavirus pandemic, and who are seeing their own media companies suffer due to a loss in revenue: “Hang in there and do your best to try and keep doing what we do. There is a real threat to quality journalism due to the threat the global economy is facing… keep doing what you… the industry will survive.”
Find the full list of winners for Tempemail Online Media Awards in the results story.

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Coles Group has snapped-up one of Walmart’s most senior and seasoned executives to become its new head of e-commerce, just as the retail giant pivots its online operations to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the uncertain retail environment in the recovery.
Ben Hassing, a 16 year Walmart lifer, will start as Coles’ new chief executive of e-commerce this month, a new executive level position that reports directly to into Coles Group chief executive Steve Cain.
The appointment comes as the wider Australian grocery and supermarket sector pivots to recast operations to adapt to a post pandemic world where shoppers are now flocking to online ordering to stay safe rather than shopping at stores because of social distancing requirements.
Both Coles and rival Woolworths initially struggled to cope with scaling up their online businesses, not because of issues taking and processing transactions but due to a shortage of goods, delivery drivers and vehicles, and disrupted supply chains.
The huge surges in consumer demand forced the shuttering of online ordering until panic buying abated, an occurrence certain to have prompted a review of digital and logistical resilience as supermarket shelves emptied as soon as they were filled.
While it is understood Hassing’s recruitment was put in play before the COVID-19 outbreak, the timing of the announcement is fortuitous as both Coles and Woolworths recalibrate online operations.
“E-commerce has a very important role to play in our purpose of sustainably feeding all Australians to help them lead healthier, happier lives and we’re looking forward to the considerable experience that Ben will bring to our business and to the leadership team,” Coles Group chief executive Steven Cain told iTnews.
It’s fair to say Hassing has pretty well done a full tour of Walmart, having started out as an MBA intern and worked his way up from a buyer through to a range of regional operational and technology leadership roles.
Hassing also spearheaded Walmart’s push into China, holding senior vice president roles for e-commerce and technology for that region before taking heading up Walmart’s cross border trade function while at the same time steering Walmart’s international e-commerce group.

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