Job Title : UK CIO

Organization : Volkswagen Group

Volkswagen UK CIO Nick Gaines makes his second appearance on the CIO 50 after a busy two years that have seen him create a new IT team focused on enabling business transformation.

Under Gaines, the company undertook its largest change programme ever for the UK business, with the replacement of the sales and logistics systems.

Gaines’ IT team have also built a new datacentre, virtualised their legacy systems and implemented Itil v3 – and there’s a revamp of Volkswagen’s parts and aftersales business on the cards.

Gaines joined Volkswagen in 2008 after a stint as BAA’s director of business critical systems where he led the systems implementation at Heathrow Terminal 5. He has also worked in the financial services, airports and construction industries.

Outside of work, Gaines enjoys playing classical guitar, and expanding his collection of rare and obscure board games.