by Martha Heller

New CIOs at the IT helm

Aug 01, 2017
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Many large firms—such as Ford Motor, Phillips 66, Staples and BNY Mellon—appointed new CIOs this summer

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Several companies were in the news recently with new CIO appointments or for adding CIOs to their corporate boards. Increasingly, we’re seeing more female executives appointed to these roles. In this edition of Mover & Shakers, women make up more than one-third of the new CIO appointments! Congratulations to all!

Jeff Lemmer was promoted from Director of IT Operations to Vice President and CIO with Ford Motor.

Zhanna Golodryga is now Senior Vice President, Chief Digital and Administrative Officer with Phillips 66. Previously, Golodryga was CIO for Hess.

Dollar General named Carman Wenkoff as their new CIO. Most recently, Wenkoff was CIO and Chief Digital Officer at Subway Restaurants.

Pragati Mathur joined Staples as CIO. Previously, she was Senior Vice President and CTO with Biogen.

Kathy Wayton was promoted from Corporate Delivery (Operations & Reservations) to Senior Vice President and CIO with Southwest Airlines.

BNY Mellon appointed Bridget Engle as Senior Executive Vice President and CIO. Previously, Engle was CIO Consumer Bank with Bank of America.

Mindy Simon was promoted to CIO Global Business and Information Systems with ConAgra Brands. Previously, Mindy was Vice President Global Business Services with the company.

Jennifer Hartsock was named CIO for Baker Hughes after the merger with GE Oil & Gas. Hartsock was previously CIO for GE Oil & Gas.

Ravi Naik is now Senior Vice President and CIO of Seagate. Naik was most recently Senior Vice President, Techhnology for Katerra.

Cleveland Clinic named Edward Marx as CIO, effective Sept. 1. Marx was previously CIO for the Advisory Board Company.

David Bernard was named Senior Vice President and CIO with Dean Foods. Previously, Bernard was Global Research and Development, and Sustainability IT Business Engagement Leader for PepsiCo.

Scott Kessler was named Executive Vice President and CIO with BJ’s Wholesale Club. Previously, Kessler was CIO for Belk.

Chris Wantlin, formerly Chief Digital Officer for Ashley Furniture is now CIO and Chief Digital Officer for the company.

Joe DiFonzo was named the first CIO for Sabre Corporation. Prior to that, he was President of Transitivity and CTO for Syniverse.

Raman Mehta became the new CIO for Visteon. Mehta was previously Senior Vice President and CIO with Fabrinet.

David Behen joined La-Z-Boy as Senior Vice President and CIO. Behen was previously Director and CIO for the State of Michigan.

Victor Fetter, former CIO and Managing Director for LPL Financial, is now the Chief Digital Officer for Vertiv.

Endurance International Group appointed Michael W. Lillie as CIO. Lillie was the former Vice President, IT for Nuance Communications.

Tejas Shah was promoted from Vice President, IT to CIO with Netgear.

LPL Financial appointed Scott Seese as CIO. Seese was formerly CIO Global Consumer, Merchant and Channels Technology at American Express.

Dwayne Allen was named CIO for Masonite International. Allen was formerly Divisional CIO of the Global Components Business segment with Cummins.

Michael Skaff is now the CIO for Jewish Senior Living Group. Previously, Skaff was COO with the Masons of California.

Lance Eliot was recently named CIO and Senior Vice President Technology for the Saban Capital Group.

Board placements

Julie Lagacy, Vice President and CIO for Caterpillar, was named to the Board of Directors for RPM International.

Patricia Watson, Senior Executive Vice President and CIO for TSYS, was named to the Board of Directors for Rockwell Automation.

Jan Marshall, CIO for Cubic, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement San Diego.

Marina Levinson was elected to the Board of Directors for Carbonite. Levinson is past CIO of NetApp, Palm Inc., and founded and is the CEO of CIO Advisory Group.

If you have CIO job news to share, please get in touch with me! Until next time—Martha