Job Title : CIO

Organization : Boots UK

Andy Haywood has been with Boots UK since 2009 and as CIO is responsible for one of the largest IT functions in UK retail.

Like many of the other CIO50 members, Haywood is currently working on a major technology transformation project, the impact of which will be felt across the entire organisation, which includes nearly 2,500 retail stores.

Haywood’s main focus is improving business performance and customer care by making good use of technology and he believes that passion, purpose and performance are all key attributes for a strong IT department.

According to Boots, Haywood’s IT leadership has made the department into a strong and powerful partner in the business.

Haywood has some high-quality CIO experience, having also held the role at HBOS Retail Bank and retailer Asda.

Haywood’s interests outside work include playing football, raising money for a local children’s hospice by running half marathons and watching the Leeds Rhinos rugby league team.