Chris Rasmussen is an information technology professional with over 30 years of international experience managing people, commercial and technical environments. He joined Curtin University in February 2013 as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and heads up a team of more than 300 IT professionals. Since his appointment, Chris has established the Digital Futures (DF) Portfolio which aims to transform the front line University systems and ensure the necessary technological expertise is in place to support them, as well as positioning Curtin IT Services (CITS) as a strategic business partner supporting the success of the University.
The vision of the D F Portfolio is to lead the transformation of IT based capabilities with innovation and excellence to achieve Curtin University’s strategy and vision. The D F portfolio’s mission is to provide technology expertise and leadership to Curtin business stakeholders by following a highly collaborative approach to identify, deliver and support key technologies that will enable them to compete in the rapidly evolving higher education landscape. The portfolio is comprised of 3 programs, which are:
- Digital Experience - Deliver transformational improvements to key front-line digital systems and support the related, business run, Learning for Tomorrow Program to transform teaching
- Service Transformation - Transition CITS to an agile and highly responsive IT service team
- Curtin Optimisation - Focused on delivering process efficiencies and operational effectiveness
Prior to Curtin University, Chris was the Group Manager – Information Technology for Monadelphous Group Ltd. Responsible for global IT operations with services to around 80 sites across multiple countries, most of which were operating in a highly dynamic environment. He developed and maintained a Group IT Strategy and associated operational plans to facilitate delivery of IT services to the Group during a period of rapid growth, where the company doubled in size.
From 2005 to 2008, Chris was the Director – Information Technology Services at the University of Western Australia, Perth, responsible for overall University IT strategy and core IT services.
Chris has proven ability to develop and deliver strategic IT direction and associated initiatives that clearly align with, and enable, the achievement of business objectives. Chris also has extensive experience in IT management as well as program and project management of IT related projects across a range of industries including Banking & Finance, Resources & Energy, Construction, Government, Defence, and Higher Education. This experience was predominately gained working in Australia and Singapore, but with significant involvement in operations in a number of countries across Asia as well as New Zealand and the United States.
Chris holds memberships with the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) – US Computer Society, Project Management Institute (PMI), Information systems Audit & Control Association (ISACA).