Job Title : Former Global CIO

Organization : Unilever

As global CIO at Unilever, a role he has recently left, Neil Cameron was responsible for a 2,700-strong global IT department, 85,000 desktops and an annual IT budget of around €800m.

A key priority for him at Unilever was the One Unilever programme to streamline and simplify the organisation.

Cameron joined the FMCG company in 2003 as Unilever’s first dedicated CIO. He joined from drinks giant Diageo.

Following a series of management roles at Dixons, AerLingus and IBM, Cameron joined Marks & Spencer in 1987 and climbed the ladder to become CIO for the retailer’s US business where he led a major change programme, replacing all its core systems.

Cameron is no stranger to the CIO50. He featured in third place in 2008 and moved one place higher to second spot in last year’s list.

Cameron has recently left Unilever to pursue other opportunities. He continues to hold board and non-executive positions, including being a member of the board of advisors at HP; on the advisory board at Leading Edge Forum; and a non-executive director at Which?.