Gleeds has appointed Ian Shearer as global chief information officer to support its digital transformation journey.
Shearer joins Gleeds from ITIS Consulting and has more than 30 years’ experience of the computing and construction sectors. He began his career as a structural engineer before moving into professional IT services. He rose to the position of CIO for Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa at WSP.
He has been “instrumental in developing and implementing operational performance improvements for high profile clients like Systra, Skanska and British Steel”, according to Gleeds.
In his new role, Shearer will oversee the next phase in Gleeds’ digital growth plan, identifying opportunities to improve efficiencies through the application of a global IT platform and common software.
In addition, he will drive the development of new, client-focused digital solutions.
Shearer said: “This is an exciting time for the construction industry, as developments in technology shift the way that buildings are designed, constructed, and maintained. As a pivotal part of that process, Gleeds needs to be leading the way in terms of its own technical and technological performance.”
Gleeds chief executive Graham Harle added: “The creation of this new role is a vital part of Gleeds’ long-term plan. As global CIO, Ian will be integral to our ongoing success, as we seek to fulfil our wider growth ambitions and build business resilience by improving the systems and processes that underline our professional excellence.”
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