Martha Heller

New US CIO appointments, March 2023

Mar 08, 2023 22 mins
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Congratulations to these 'movers and shakers' recently hired or promoted into a new chief information officer role.

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Tyson Foods promotes two to CTO and CIO positions

Danyel Bischof-Forsyth, CTO, Tyson Foods

Danyel Bischof-Forsyth, CTO, Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods

Doug Kulka, CIO, Tyson Foods

Doug Kulka, CIO, Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest food companies, announced the appointments of CTO Danyel Bischof-Forsyth and CIO Doug Kulka. Founded in 1935, Tyson has a broad portfolio of products and brands, including Jimmy Dean, Ball Park, Sara Lee, Barber, and more. Kulka most recently served as VP of Delivery-as-a-Service IT. He first came to Tyson in 2017 from Hewlett Packard Enterprise and holds a BS degree in Finance from University of Connecticut. Bischof-Forsyth first joined Tyson in 2018 and most recently served as VP IT – Poultry, Prepared Foods, and Customer Enablement. Earlier, she had a lengthy career with Hallmark Cards. Bischof-Forsyth earned a BS degree in Computer Science and an MBA from The University of Kansas.

Southwest Airlines names Lauren Woods as CIO

Lauren Woods, CIO, Southwest Airlines

Lauren Woods, CIO, Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines

Southwest operates in 121 airports across 11 countries. Woods first joined Southwest in 2010 and most recently held the position of Vice President. Prior to Southwest, she worked in the management consulting firm Diamond Management & Technology (now PWC). She holds a BS degree from Cornell University.

Greg Fancher joins PetSmart as CITO

Greg Fancher, CITO, PetSmart

Greg Fancher, CITO, PetSmart


Founded in 1987, PetSmart is a specialty pet retailer with more than 1,660 locations in North America. Fancher joins PetSmart from EXPRESS, where he served as CTO. Previously, he served as CIO at Taco Bell and held other roles at lululemon and Gap. Fancher earned a Bachelor of Arts focusing on economics from Colgate University and a Master of Science in Information Systems from San Francisco State University.

Mark Mazurkiewicz is CIO of Protective Industrial Products

Mark Mazurkiewicz, CIO, Protective Industrial Products

Mark Mazurkiewicz, CIO, Protective Industrial Products

Protective Industrial Products

Founded in 1984 and based outside Albany, NY, PIP is a leading manufacturer and distributor of personal protective equipment. Most recently, Mazurkiewicz was CIO of Alkegen. He earned a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University at Buffalo.

Keith Aulson named CIO at Malibu Boats

Keith Aulson, CIO, Malibu Boats

Keith Aulson, CIO, Malibu Boats

Malibu Boats

Malibu Boats is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a diverse range of recreational powerboats under a range of brands including Malibu, Axis, Cobalt, Pursuit, and more. Aulson joins Malibu Boats from Ingram Barge Co. Prior to that, he held roles at Brandt Engineering, SourceHOV, and The Turner Corporation. Aulson earned his MBA from Southern Methodist University and his BS from Texas A&M University.

Sean Moore rejoins CJ Logistics America as CIO

Sean Moore, CIO, CJ Logistics America

Sean Moore, CIO, CJ Logistics America

CJ Logistics America

CJ Logistics America provides integrated supply chain services in North America, including 80+ warehousing, transportation, and freight forwarding operations across the US, Canada, and Mexico. Moore was Senior Director of IT, Business Applications at CJ Logistics America from 2014-2017. Prior to rejoining the company as CIO, he was Digital Integration Director at RSM US in Raleigh, NC, and CIO at IMPLUS in Durham, NC. Moore has a BS in Civil Engineering and an MBA from Bradley University.

GA Telesis appoints Darryl Maraj as its first global CIO

Darryl Maraj, CIO, GA Telesis

Darryl Maraj, CIO, GA Telesis

GA Telesis

GA Telesis is a provider of integrated services in the commercial aviation industry. Maraj has been with GA Telesis for 10 years, most recently serving as CTO, Digital Innovation Group. He holds a BS in Marketing and an MBA in Finance from Florida Atlantic University.

Seneca Gaming names Les Leonard CIO

Les Leonard, CIO, Seneca Gaming

Les Leonard, CIO, Seneca Gaming

Seneca Gaming

Seneca Gaming Corporation (SGC) is a wholly owned, tribally chartered corporation of the Seneca Nation of Indians (Nation) which operates all of the Nation’s Class III gaming operations in Western New York. Leonard most recently served as Seneca Gaming Corporation’s Vice President of IT Business Solutions since 2019. He held previous roles at Resorts World Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming Corporation, and Genesis Health Ventures. He is a U.S. Army Veteran and was a Communications Officer in the White House Communications Agency. Leonard earned a Bachelor in Technology degree from the University of Maryland Global Campus.

Peter Weis appointed CIO of ITS Logistics

Peter Weis, CIO, ITS Logistics

Peter Weis, CIO, ITS Logistics

ITS Logistics

ITS Logistics offers a suite of network transportation solutions across North America as well as omnichannel distribution and fulfillment services. Before joining ITS, Weis served as Global CIO for Matson Navigation and taught an IT leadership course at the University of California, Berkeley for five years. Weis earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.

Sumaria Systems Names Alex Wong as CIO

Alex Wong, CIO, Sumaria Systems

Alex Wong, CIO, Sumaria Systems

Sumaria Systems

Sumaria Systems, headquartered in Peabody, MA, provides professional, technology, engineering, and management services to the US Government. Before joining Sumaria, Alex held IT leadership positions at several fortune 500 firms. Wong has a Master of Science degree in computer engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jay Brodsky joins American Association for the Advancement of Science as CIO

Jay Brodsky, CIO, AAAS

Jay Brodsky, CIO, AAAS


AAAS has individual members in more than 91 countries around the globe and is a multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research. Prior to AAAS, Brodsky held roles at American Geophysical Union, Thompson Media Group, and Atlantic Media Company. He holds a degree in computer science engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, and a masters in cybersecurity strategy from The George Washington University.

R&R Express selects Mark Ohlund as CIO

Mark Ohlund, CIO, R&R Express

Mark Ohlund, CIO, R&R Express

R&R Express

R&R Express is a provider of logistics multi-mode transportation solutions. Ohlund was formerly the CIO of American Expediting and Armada. He earned a BS in Applied Mathematics andComputer Science and an MS in Industrial Administration, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

Sage Dental Group promotes Daniel Mirsky to CIO

Sage Dental Group provides dental care to over one million patients through its practice network, which offers general, specialty, and cosmetic dental care. Mirsky first joined Sage in 2018 and most recently served as VP of IT. Prior to that, he was VP of IT at Vision Group Holdings. Mirksy earned a degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement from Palm Beach State College.

New CIO appointments, February 2023

Brown-Forman promotes Larry Combs to newly created role of CIO

Jared Price promoted to CIO at AMP

Rick Johnson named CDO at Marvin

Pritchard Industries appoints Chris Conway to CIO post

TYLin welcomes Stephen Cayea as CIO

Tarleton State University names Zach Gorman CIO

Joe Vande Kieft Named Central College’s CIO

Leaf Home hires Klarissa Marenitch as CIO

Matt Deres appointed CIO at Quest Software

Fleming Meng appointed CIO at Veritone

Michele Stanton joins HGA as CIO

Vijay Menta named CIO at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Quorum Software appoints Jan Manning as CIO

Steve Sharkey is the new CIO at Sunland Asphalt & Construction

Lubrizol appoints Shuja Ishrat as CIO

NCB Management Services hires Leonard Yampolsky as CIO

Zoom Appoints Cindy Hoots to Board of Directors

New CIO appointments, January 2023

Centene announces Brian LeClaire as CIO

Brad Miller joins Moderna as CIO

Colgate-Palmolive promotes David Foster to CIO

Annlea Rumfola named CIO of Yellow

Chicago Public Schools appoints Norman Fleming as CIO

Sampath Narayanan announced as CIO for Panoramic Health

Schneider Electric appoints Robert Cain as CIO for North America

Vantage Data Centers names Purnima Wagle as CIO 

Eliassen Group Appoints Rob Waddell as First CIO

Quickbase Names Dalan Winbush as New CIO

Nathan Thompson assumes the role of CIO of UBC

Keith Golden joins RGP as CIO

Thanigs Muthu announced as new CIO of LBMC

Associated Banc-Corp announces Terry L. Williams as CIO

Omer Grossman named Global CIO of CyberArk

Baiju Thakkar named CIO of Supreme Lending

New CIO appointments, December 2022

Apple names Timothy Campos as new CIO

Planet Fitness announces Paul Barber as CIO

Daniel J. Barchi named as CommonSpirit Health CIO

NCR has named Patricia Watson as CIO

David Yurman announces Christian Fortucci as CIO

Open Lending appoints Thinh Nguyen as CIO

Zoetis’ CIDO, Wafaa Mamilli, expands role to lead two major markets and customer experience

Extended Stay America announces John LaPlante as CIO

Mary Beth Eckert hired as CIDO of Pacific Life

Sumit Nair joins Essential Utilities as CIO

Hussmann announces Erin Williams as CIO

Douglas Torre joins White Plains Hospital as CIO

Smoothie King announces Juan Salas as CIO

Jess Evans named CIO for Vanderbilt University

New CIO appointments, November 2022

Karen Higgins-Carter joins Gilbane Building Co. as CIDO

Atefeh (“Atti”) Riazi Named CIO of Hearst

Jim Palermo moves into CIO role at Red Hat

Etsy names Rachana Kumar Chief Technology Officer

Crowley names Erika Graziuso as CIO

Thorlabs announces Michael Cheng as new head of IT

BakerHostetler names Katherine Lowry as CIO

Sheila Carpenter appointed CIO at Everbridge

Southwell welcomes James ‘Jamey’ Pennington as new CIO

Krishna Seetharam announced as new CIO of CyrusOne

Joyce Oh joins Moffitt Cancer Center as CIO

Columbia Bank appoints Manesh Prabhu as CIO

Scott Frost named CIO at 3Pillar Global

Pam Presswood is named CIO of Valor

Brian Wesselhoff promoted to CIO at Waterstone Mortgage

Alice Fournier joins ISS as CIO for Americas Region

New CIO appointments, October 2022

Allstate names Zulfi Jeevanjee to newly created CIO position

The NFL hires Gary Brantley as new CIO

Grady Ligon joins RE/MAX as CIO

XPO promotes Jay Silberkleit to CIO

Chevron Phillips Chemical expands remit of CIO Allison Martinez 

Delta Dental of California promotes two executives into CIO and CTO roles

Ryan Olivier is named CIO of AAM (American Axle & Manufacturing)

Excela Health welcomes Vasanth Balu as CIO

Velcro Companies selects Rob Trotter as CIO

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino welcomes Garret Finocchiaro as its first CIO

Slalom hires Michelle Grover as first CTO

Sharon Pitt is named CIO at Brown University

University of Cincinnati hires Bharath Prabhakaran as CDO

Vuori Clothing names Bryan Muehlberger to be its CIO

Eduard de Vries is named CIO for Axia Women’s Health

Matt Postulka returns to Arbella Insurance as CIO

Biju Samuel joins Frazier & Deeter as CIO

Creative Testing Solutions welcomes new CIO Jeff Modell

TGen names Kevin Campbell CIO

New CIO appointments, September 2022

Walgreens Boots Alliance appoints Hsiao Wang as CIO

American Airlines Names Ganesh Jayaram CDIO

Fletcher Previn is named CIO of Cisco Systems

Mike Sullivan promoted to CIO of Post Holdings

Omni Hotels & Resorts hires Lance Kobza as CIO

Water Street Healthcare Partners appoints Deepak Batheja as CIO

Aon appoints James Platt as Chief Digital Officer and Mindy Simon as Chief Operating Officer

Conagra promotes Tracy Schaefer to CIO

Robert Curtis is named IT leader at Danbury Mission Technologies

RealTruck hires Tom Luttrell as its first CIO

Wesley Eugene has been named CIO at IDEO

Andy Rhodes named CIO at Ultimate Medical Academy

Amit Gaur joins HALO Branded Solutions as CIO

Archkey Solutions names Scott Welch to lead IT

REV Group hires Sagar Murty as CIO

Marcus Manning is named CIO of Smart Financial Credit Union

Mark Sander is the new CDIO at Azurity Pharmaceuticals

Allied Electronics & Automation Appoints Jason Taylor as CIO

Michael Early is named CTO of Francesca’s

New CIO appointments, August 2022

Michelle Greene is the new CIO at Cardinal Health

United Airlines announces technology leadership promotions

McDonald’s appoints Brian Rice as CIO

Kimberly-Clark names Zack Hicks as chief digital and technology officer

Hyatt Hotels appoints Eben Hewitt as CIO

Kohl’s promotes Siobhan McFeeney to CTO

Denise Fleming is named CIO of Becton Dickinson

Bobby Aflatooni joins Dollar Tree as CIO

Patty Patria is named CIO of Babson College

Sevita hires Patrick Piccininno to be its CIO

Sharay Erkine is named CIO of Atlanta Community Food Bank

Cranial Technologies names Pete Foster CIO

Ryan Specialty hires Bradley Bodell as CIO

Dwain Wilcox joins J.M. Huber as CIO

Amalgamated Family of Companies announces Sanjay Chojar as CIO

Xerxes Gazder appointed as CIO of AAON

Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena announce Chief Innovation and Technology Officer Kimberly Rometo

Steve Klohn is named CIO of Dave & Buster’s

Julie Nash promoted to CIO at Arlo Technologies

Tom Sweet is named CIO of Industrial Refrigeration Pros

Christian Eidt joins Davis-Standard as CIO

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America selects Travis Gibson to be CTO

The Federal Communications Commission names Allen Hill as CIO

Owens & Minor elects Carissa Rollins to its board of directors

New CIO appointments, July 2022

Neeru Arora named CIO and CDO for Volkswagen Group of America

Monica Caldas will become CIO of Liberty Mutual

Deere promotes CIO Raj Kalathur to CFO, appoints Ganesh Jayaram as new CIO

Ingersoll Rand Names Kathryn Freytag Chief Information Officer

eXp World Holdings names Shoeb Ansari as CIO

FM Global promotes Todd Mazza to CTO

Enovis names Ariane Schiereck Chief Digital and Information Officer

Colonial Pipeline names Darrell Riekena CIO

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announces Dorothea (“Dori”) Henderson as CDIO

Carol Lee Joins La-Z-Boy as CIO

Webster Bank appoints Vikram Nafde as CIO

Skillsoft has named Orla Daly as CIO

Brad Warezak Joins Rocket Lab as CIO

Milton’s Distributing and Gordon Logistics hires Scott Gardner as CIO

Baystate Health names Kevin Conway CIDO

Nicole White Joins Odyssey Logistics & Technology as CIO

FuelCell Energy hires John Dutsar to lead IT

Limbach Holdings promotes Christos Ruci to CIO

Yale University elevates John Barden’s CIO role

Medtronic appoints Lidia Fonseca as a new board director

New CIO appointments, June 2022

Northwestern Mutual appoints Jeff Sippel Chief Information Officer

Brett Craig promoted to EVP & CIO at Target

Springs Window Fashions names Chetan Balsara CIO

Chris Clark joins Black Rifle Coffee Company as CTO

Brown & Brown hires Kiet Tran as CTO

Craig Kwiatkowski, PharmD, named CIO at Cedars-Sinai

Donatos names Steven Graves Chief Information Officer

XIFIN appoints John Kelly as Chief Information Officer

Cenlar FSB appoints Steven Taylor as SVP & CIO

Foley Equipment welcomes Kirk Hay as its new CIO

Lincoln Electric names Lisa Dietrich EVP & CIO

Brown Harris Stevens names Chris Reyes Chief Information & Product Officer

Adventist Health appoints Jennifer Stemmler as Chief Digital Officer

First Bank hires Terrence Thomas as CIO

Saket Srivastava joins Asana as CIO

Mike Macrie has joined Melissa & Doug as CIO

New CIO appointments, May 2022

The Home Depot Promotes Matt Carey to EVP of Customer Experience and names Fahim Siddiqui EVP and CIO

Deb Hall Lefevre hired as CTO of Starbucks

Dentons Names Ash Banerjee as Global Chief Information Officer

John Hill joins MSC Industrial Supply as SVP and Chief Digital Officer

Carhartt appoints Katrina Agusti as CIO

Lenovo adds CTO of Solutions & Services Group to Arthur Hu’s CIO responsibilities

AMD appoints Hasmukh Ranjan to SVP & CIO following Xilinx acquisition

Craig Richardville named CDIO at Intermountain Health after merger with SCL Health

FirstEnergy Promotes Ernest N. Maley to VP & CIO

OneDigital Hires Marcia Calleja-Matsko as CIO names a new CTO and a new CIO

Jessie Minton is the new CIO at Washington University in St. Louis

U.S. Medical Management appoints Kristin Darby as CIO

The Lovesac Company Appoints Todd Duran as CIO

Shokie Lopez is Santa Cruz Bicycles’ new CIO

Supplemental Health Care names Simon Curtis Chief Digital Officer

City of Oakland appoints Tony Batalla as new CIO

New CIO appointments, April 2022

PayPal Appoints Archana (Archie) Deskus as EVP & CIO

Jennifer Hartsock joins Cargill as Chief Information & Digital Officer (CIDO)

Rite Aid expands Justin Mennen’s role

Juan Perez joins Salesforce as Chief Information Officer

Mark Bloom joins Gallagher as CIO

Republic National Distributing Co. names Sanjay Shringarpure as CIO

Keolis North America appoints Alex Wu as CIO

Chico Moline assumes CIO position at Amentum

Partha Srinivasa is the new EVP & CIO at Erie Insurance

Waitr names Matthew Coy Chief Information Officer

Michael Smith is named CIO at InnovaPrep

Illumina welcomes Carissa Rollins as Chief Information Officer

Serta Simmons Bedding announces Shoukat Ali Bhamani as its new CTO

The CIA appoints La’Naia Jones as CIO of the agency

Dr. Karl Mathias appointed CIO for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Boston Mayor appoints Santiago Garces as new CIO

Monogram Foods announces incoming CIO Dawn Drewry

Ann Madea has joined Simmons Bank as CIO

Matthew Gunkel is named Associate Vice Chancellor & CIO at UC Riverside

WOWorks hires Kyle Mark as its first CIO

Insight appoints Sumana Nallapati as CIO

New CIO appointments, March 2022

Sanofi selects Lakshmi Eleswarpu as SVP & Global CIO

Dupe Akinyede is named CIO of Resideo Technologies

CME Group promotes Sunil Cutinho to CIO

Joe Carroll Named CITGO Chief Information Officer

Mark Mospan is the new CIO at Foundation Partners Group

Painters Supply & Equipment appoints Tareq Falah to CIO post

MarketAxess announces new CIO, Nash Panchal

Just Born Quality Confections names Chidi Alams to CIO post

United Natural Foods elects Shamim Mohammad to its board of directors

Cadence Appoints Mary Louise Krakauer to Board of Directors

Former Morgan Stanley CIO, Sigal Zarmi, joins BigID’s board of advisors

New CIO appointments, February 2022

Wayfair names Fiona Tan Chief Technology Officer

USAA appoints Amala Duggirala to Enterprise CIO post

Sharmeelee Bala named CIO of J.C. Penney

U.S. Senate Confirms Kurt DelBene as CIO of the VA

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield appoints Cindy Langston as its first female CIO

FirstEnergy Names Steve Fortune Vice President & CIO

Research Triangle Institute International hires Jorge Elguera as CIO

Matthew Kurpinski named CIO for ITC Holdings

Matt Watkins is the new CIO at IMA Financial Group

EmployBridge appoints Don Sloan to Chief Digital Officer position

Neiman Marcus has promoted Vijay Karthik to SVP & CTO

Flexsys appoints Jose Boloqui to be CIO

Gelson’s Markets promotes Ron Johnson to VP & CIO

Integral Ad Science Appoints Robert Janecek as CIO

Innoveo Adds Veteran CIO Al-Noor Ramji to its Board of Directors

New CIO appointments, January 2022

TIAA Appoints Sastry Durvasula Chief Information & Client Services Officer

Fannie Mae appoints Ramon Richards as Chief Information Officer

John Sherman sworn in as Department of Defense Chief Information Officer

DXC Technology names Kristie Grinnell as its Chief Information Officer

Jane Moran has joined Mass General Brigham as CIDO

Genesys names Wesley Story Chief Information Officer

Farmers Business Network hires Kumud Kokal to be its first CIO

Dave Berry is the new CIO at Boardriders

Atlanticus Holdings promotes Kas Naderi to the CIO position

Matrix Medical Network Selects Tom Catchings as CIO

St. Luke’s names Chris Sorenson Chief Information Officer

Bindu Purushothaman named CIO of Satellite Healthcare

Ram Balasubramanian joins Canoo as Chief Information Officer

Martha Heller

Martha Heller is CEO of Heller Search Associates, an IT executive recruiting firm specializing in CIO, CTO, CISO and senior technology roles in all industries. She is the author The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership and Be the Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT. To join the IT career conversation, subscribe to The Heller Report.