Big Companies, Big CIOs

From IBM to HP to Deutsche Bank to AON, large companies are hiring new CIOs

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While all of the moves this month are momentous for one reason or another, the most intriguing, to my mind, is Ralph Loura’s joining HP.  Loura, who has been CIO of Clorox for years, will work for Global CIO Ramon Baez, who joined HP from Kimberly-Clark, another very large global consumer packaged goods company. HP’s tapping into CPG CIOs, rather than high-tech CIOs is a strategic move for HP. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact that Loura, together with Baez, will have on the company.

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Ralph Loura, CIO at Hewlett-Packard

In more news….

IBM named Jeffrey Smith as CIO to head the company’s IT strategy. Previously, Smith served SunCorp for seven years first as a CIO then as a CEO for their Business Services unit. Prior to SunCorp, Smith held CIO roles at Ingersoll Rand, Allied Signal, and Telstra as well as a CEO position at Majitek.

Deutsche Bank appointed Richard Shannon as CIO, Americas & Co-Head of Global Technology & Operations, effective October 2014. Shannon joins Deutsche Bank after 20 years with Goldman Sachs, where he most recently worked as Head of Web Platforms Technology.

Hewlett-Packard poached Ralph Loura to be CIO for the company’s Enterprise Group, a $28 billion dollar division, and will report to HP’s Global CIO, Ramon Baez. Most recently, Loura was CIO for Clorox Co. and prior to that SVP of IT Operations at Medicis.

Yahoo! Inc. announced that Mike Kail has joined the company as CIO and SVP, Infrastructure, reporting CEO, Marissa Mayer. Most recently, he served as VP of IT Operations at Netflix and prior to that was VP of IT Operations at Attensity, an analytical software provider.

GE Power & Water named former Boeing executive Clay Johnson as CIO. Prior to joining Boeing 2008 as VP of IT, Johnson held IT and software positions at Dell Inc., Nortel Networks, FedEx Corp.and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Aon, a provider of risk management and human resources solutions, appointed John G. Bruno as EVP of Enterprise Innovation and CIO. Bruno joins Aon from NCR Corporation, where he held several positions with increased responsibility, most recently as EVP, Industry and Field Operations, and Corporate Development. He also has served in senior IT roles at Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., Symbol Technologies, Inc., Cisco Systems, Bristol Myers Squibb, and United Parcel Service.

Office Depot Inc. taps Keith Sherwell as their new CIO for their international division, effective September 15. Before, Sherwell served as an IT advisor for Office Depot’s merger with OfficeMax. After the merger was completed last year, he advised the company on the IT integration. Previously, Sherwell acted as CIO of Sears Holdings since 2010.

Greg Meyers informed me he has moved to Motorola Solutions as Corporate VP and CIO, effective today.  Greg joins Motorola Solutions from Cambridge, MA-based Biogen Idec, where he was VP of Business IT having led IT for Commercial Operations, Product Supply & Manufacturing, HR, Legal and Finance.  Previously, Greg has held senior IT positions at Novartis and Johnson & Johnson.

Kris Singleton joined Omni Hotels as CIO. Most recently she was CIO for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Before that, she held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including CIO and VP of IT for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and VP of IT for MGM Mirage..

Mohawk Valley Health System, which was formed last March by the affiliation of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, NY, hired John Lynch as CIO. Lynch has 24 years of IT leadership experience in healthcare and most recently served as the CIO for Provena Health (now known as Presence Health).

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT), a real estate investment trust, appointed Todd Januzzi as CIO. Prior to ESRT, Januzzi held a VP, Application Development position at Vornado Realty Trust.

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