Chief Information & Technology Officer at International Olympic Committee.

Gerry Pennell is the Chief Information & Technology Officer (CITO) for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In this role, Gerry is responsible both for the delivery of technology to support the IOC itself and for the oversight of the technology plans and operations of each Organising Committee.

Gerry’s career has largely been in the application and implementation of new technologies for a variety of sectors, initially in Defence (anti-submarine and smart weapons technologies) and subsequently in Financial Services and Retail.

In 2000, he took the role of Director of Technology for the 17th Commonwealth Games held in Manchester 2002. Subsequent to that, he was CIO for a £9.5bn financial services and retail conglomerate. In 2008 Gerry took on the role of CIO for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

After the Games in 2012 – and before joining the IOC – Gerry was Director of IT for the University of Manchester as well as providing advisory and consulting services for a variety of organisations including Greater Manchester Police, Baillie Gifford (investment management), Baku 2015 and the UK Cabinet Office.

Gerry was honoured with an OBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours list 2013 and was awarded European CIO of the Year 2013.

Gerry read Mathematics at the University of Manchester and is married with four grown-up children.