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FTSE100 DS Smith appoints new Group Chief Information Officer

DS Smith, the sustainable packaging company, has today announced the appointment of Claire Dickson as Group Chief Information Officer (CIO).  
 
Claire will lead the delivery of the company’s next generation technology agenda, focused on transformation of its data and digital technology capability to deliver efficiency improvements and enhance the customer experience.  
 
She joins the FTSE 100 multinational from British Petroleum (BP), where she was the CIO for its ‘Downstream’ division since 2016, supporting seven business units and executing a strategy to drive business value through IT excellence. Prior to joining BP in 2009, Claire held roles at United Biscuits and Accenture. 
  
Claire Dickson, Group Chief Information Officer at DS Smith commented: “It is an exciting time to be joining DS Smith to support its ambitious growth agenda. DS Smith’s industry leading sustainability credentials and Purpose of ‘Redefining Packaging for a Changing World’ presents the opportunity to tap into key digital trends to enable innovation and efficiency as well as improving our customer experience.” 
 
Over the past 20 years, Claire has amassed significant experience leading large SAP and new technology and digital implementations, while pursuing a digitisation and value creation agenda. In addition to her commercial role, Claire has mentored and actively coached leaders, creating a pipeline of STEM talent for the future.  

Reporting to Adrian Marsh, Group Chief Financial Officer, Claire will replace interim CIO Robert Anderson, who will continue to support DS Smith on a project basis.  
 
Adrian Marsh, Group Chief Financial Officer at DS Smith commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Claire to DS Smith. Her wealth of experience leading large-scale transformation and data projects will be of significant benefit the wider Group, as we continue to support our colleagues and customers in this changing world. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Rob for his leadership through a period of significant transition.” 

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