Clayco has hired two digital and innovation executives: Matthew Porter as chief innovation officer and Simona Rollinson as chief information officer. Porter will oversee all aspects of technology at Clayco, continuing to drive the company’s message and implementation of innovation forward in the design-build industry, while Rollinson will be responsible for overseeing all elements of the information technology function.
“We are pleased to have Matthew and Simona joining our team,” said Robert G. Clark, chairman and CEO of Clayco. “Their skills and past experiences in the ever-changing technology landscape will help Clayco expand our capabilities to deliver the best approach in the industry.”
Porter will oversee traditional IT entities such as service and storage and search for new ways to integrate IT into Clayco’s day-to-day operations through new technologies such as virtual construction and augmented reality. With more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, he most recently served as Clayco’s interim chief information officer while leading the effort to hire a permanent CIO. Seeing Porter’s experience and unique perspective he brought to advance the company, Clayco created the role of chief innovation officer for him.
“I am overwhelmingly excited to join Clayco. There is a staggering amount of opportunity to amplify Clayco’s core business through technology and disrupt the industry,” said Porter. “One of the best ways to expand a business is by bringing IT and future industry plans together, and I look forward to working with Clayco to create a new standard in the field.”
One of Porter’s key goals as he begins in his new role is to break down silos across the construction landscape. Particularly, he hopes to make data accessible throughout the construction process to ensure that the best tools are available to the marketplace, creating a seamless process from the moment planning begins to the moment the keys are handed over to a building’s owner.
Rollinson will spend much of her time working with Porter, planning to outline a strategic roadmap in the technology space, and identify new opportunities that will allow Clayco to develop innovative initiatives. She comes to Clayco with more than 20 years of experience as a technology professional. Following 17 years in the private sector at a software company, she spent four years in the public sector before joining Clayco.
“Throughout my career, I have enjoyed working with sectors that are approaching a time of disruption, and I believe Clayco is ready to lead the charge in the construction sector,” said Rollinson. “There is so much opportunity to advance within the industry, and I look forward to creating new opportunities with Clayco.”
As Rollinson begins her tenure at Clayco she is planning to outline a strategic roadmap in the technology space and establish an IT investment council, as well as identify new opportunities that will allow Clayco to develop innovative initiatives that change the field.