CIO50

CIO 50 2010: Martin Taylor

CIO 50

Job Title : Group CIO

Organization : LCH.Clearnet

Martin Taylor is group CIO of LCH.Clearnet, an independent clearing house that stands in the middle of trades, serving major financial exchanges and markets by facilitating trading and increasing confidence within the market. He joined the company in 2006 as interim CIO, becoming group CIO six months later in January 2007.

Despite being an arts graduate with a Masters degree in English Literature, Taylor is a life-long IT professional, starting his career at British Airways in 1976, before moving to Mars in the 1980s where he spent a decade with the company. He then became group CIO at Courtaulds, and in 1996 was appointed group CIO at EMI Music where he saw in the millennium and the advent of digital downloads.

Before joining LCH.Clearnet, Taylor became group CIO for Cable & Wireless in 2003 where he helped with a major restructuring of the business into two independent divisions - overseeing the in-sourcing of IT and billing, plus consolidating datacentres, as well as infrastructure refreshes and the exiting of the US market.

Other positions Taylor has held in a career spanning more than three decades include consulting to US entrepreneur Paul Allen's European private equity business, and a non-executive position on UK governmental police and security IT boards.

In his spare time Taylor indulges his passion for sailing.

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