Nick Kirkland


Nick Kirkland (Principal)
Business and Technology focus

Nick Kirkland is Chief Executive with CIO Connect Ltd based in London. He has held senior executive roles with Gartner Inc, Pearson plc and Sony, and non-executive roles in Financial Services businesses, including Chairman roles.

  • Professional Background:
    35 years experience in technology and business change; 10 as CIO
    Successfully led change programs across sectors including FMCG, Publishing, Technology and Financial Services
    10 years M&A experience
    15 years board level non-executive experience, including creating and chairing remuneration committee, Audit and Risk committee and Investment committee roles
    Education: BSc, Leeds University
  • Main Focus of Advisory Work:
    Strategy & Governance
    Large scale technology led transformation programs internationally
  • Selection of relevant experience:
    – Implemented SAP across Europe for a large FMCG organisation
    – Implemented shared service SAP services across multinational conglomerate for Finance and Procurement
    – Merged 27 datacentres across Europe into 5
    – Advised a government on creating and developing an Office of the CIO organisation to assure high risk programmes across 144 diverse governmental organisations
    – Managed organisational change programme to upskill IT departments and align with business strategies
    – Advised major broadcaster on IT governance arrangements
    – Advised major utility on digital strategy design considerations
    – Integrated two CIO advisory services businesses in 90 days, and maintained 75% of acquired customers over first year
    – Oversaw outsourcing programme of IT and customer services to Capita for major financial services business