BCS ELITE annual dinner

Tuesday 23 November 2010

18.15 - 23.00

The Lansdowne Club, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, London, W1J 5JD

Darrell Stein, Marks & Spencer


We are delighted to announce that the winner of the UK IT Industry Awards “CIO of the Year” is Darrell Stein from Marks & Spencer and will be the guest speaker at our Elite Dinner on 23 November.

Darrell has been working in IT for 20 years starting his career at Marks & Spencer in 1990. In 1994 he joined Mars as a Project Manager, working on data warehousing and financial systems. Between 1996 and 2001 Darrell worked at Ernst & Young leading a number of major IT and Change Programmes in the financial services, retail and utility sectors.

From 2001 to 2006 Darrell worked at Vodafone, becoming IT Director for Vodafone UK in January 2004. Prior to that he was Vodafone's UK Network Director and Global IT Strategy and Architecture Director. Darrell rejoined Marks & Spencer in July 2006 as IT Director.

In 2008 Darrell was promoted to the Operating Board and given additional responsibility for Logistics, since then he has continued the Transformation of the IT Systems, including retail, head office and International Systems. In logistics, Darrell initiated a Global Supply Chain Programme to deliver £150m pa savings, so far this project is on-track with more than £30m saved in year 1 alone.

Darrell’s presentation will be on M&S IT, how he plans to incorporate new trends into his IT strategy, with special focus on the opportunities that social networks and social media represent for M&S. It will be a great catalyst for further discussion over dinner.

About the venue:

Located in the heart of Mayfair, the Club is situated in the original Lansdowne House designed in 1762 by Robert Adam, the Club today houses architecture of both the elegance of the eighteenth century and the Art Deco style of the 1930s.

The dinner will be held in the beautiful and prestigious ballroom. Originally designed by Robert Adam as the library and later remodelled by George Dance and Robert Smirke to house the renowned Lansdowne Collection of classical statuary, this elegant 18th century room has vaulted ceilings, minstrel galleries and an abundance of natural daylight.