CIO Insights on Redefining the Workplace, Winning the War for Talent

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Meet the panel

Claudio Salinas
Chief Information Officer
Wesfarmers Industrial

Claudio Salinas has over 25 years of experience in digital, data, technology and innovation leadership. Named a Top 50 CIO in Australia, Claudio has worked with Executive Leadership Teams and Boards in devising and executing digital transformation in a range of capital-intensive industries. As CIO of Wesfarmers-owned Blackwoods, Claudio and his team led a complex transformation program that evolved the business capability and enabled business functions to work on any device from any location. Claudio believes that a high-performing team with strong and respectful values is the key to successful execution.

Nicola Dorling
Enterprise Technology Partner

Nicola Dorling has worked with ASX listed, Global Multinationals and government departments to develop and execute strategic business, finance, and technology transformations for more than 20 years. Passionate about technology-driven business transformation, Nicola is a Partner at Deloitte, helping her clients harness the power of technology to deliver business outcomes. Nicola is an advisory board member and former chair of the CIO Executive Council and has led technology transformation programs at Cardno, University of New South Wales, Sydney Trains, Caltex and GrainCorp.

Parth Gandhi
Group Chief Information Officer
John Sample Group

Parth is a visionary leader and specialises in connecting workplace technology and systems with real world business outcomes. Parth is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the John Sample Group and has held a CIO role for the last 10 years, with experience in both Government & the Private Sector. Parth has a strong background in developing people-centric solutions to generate efficiencies and revenue and prides himself in being a strong people leader. An innovation obsessed leader, Parth has directed several Digital Transformations and been instrumental in the development of organisations operating major brands such as IGA, ComicCon, PAX, Hair Expo, BridgeClimb Sydney & MusterFire International. 

Kirk Downey
Head of IT Asia Pacific

Kirk Downey has over 20 years of experience managing substantial IT organisations and in Management Consulting and Business Transformation. As a leader at Cap Gemini, Centrica, Logica and Brambles, Kirk helped companies develop their IT capabilities and design and deliver global technology strategies and digital transformation programs. As the Head of IT Asia Pacific at CHG-MERIDIAN, Kirk plays an integral role in the company's digital workplace journey and in transforming existing systems to deliver better user experiences for employees and customers. Kirk is also the CIO of CHG-MERIDIAN's subsidiary, Equigroup.


We are the leading international technology manager and financing expert in the IT, industrial, and healthcare technology sectors. Nearly 1,200 employees across 28 countries manage a technology portfolio worth $11.6B (2021). Our headquarters are in Weingarten, Germany.

We finance and manage international technology projects in a holistic, digital, and sustainable manner. Acting independently of banks and manufacturers, we supply the necessary assets to our customers, which include large corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, hospitals, and the public sector.

We have been managing our customers’ technology investments for more than 40 years, covering the entire lifecycle from procurement and use to data erasure, refurbishing, and remarketing. Our business model has been based on the principles of the circular economy since 1979.

We have been carbon-neutral since 2021. To achieve this, we avoid, reduce, or offset all CO₂ emissions generated by our business activities.. 

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