Job Title : Senior VP, information services

Organization : Reckitt Benckiser

What they say about him: “Reckitt Benckiser CEO Bart Becht is renowned for hiring outstanding people and Gareth Hill is no exception.”

Thirty-nine-year-old South African Gareth Hill is very much a rising star among CIOs. He joined FTSE100 cleaning products and healthcare manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser as CIO in October 2006 and is also on the executive committee.

Under Hill the company’s IT function works closely with business functions to support the overall implementation of Reckitt Benckiser’s business strategy.

Prior to that Hill was IS director at Philip Green’s UK retail group Arcadia for six years and has also had stints at IBM, Rex Trueform Clothing and Arthur Andersen.

Hill is a qualified chartered accountant with a degree in commerce from the University of Cape Town.