Martha Heller

New US CIO appointments, November 2023

Nov 08, 20239 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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Movers & Shakers is where you can keep up with new CIO appointments and gain valuable insight into the job market and CIO hiring trends. As every company becomes a technology company, CEOs and corporate boards are seeking multi-dimensional CIOs with superior skills in technology, communications, business strategy, and digital innovation. The role is more challenging than ever beforebut even more exciting and rewarding! If you have CIO job news to share, please email me!

Walgreens Boot Alliance names Neal Sample as CIO

Neal Sample, Walgreens Boot Alliance

Neal Sample, Walgreens Boot Alliance

Walgreens Boot Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance is an integrated healthcare, pharmacy and retail company. Sample held prior roles at Northwestern Mutual, Express Scripts, American Express and eBay. He earned a PhD and MS in computer science from Stanford University and an MS and BS in computer science from the University of Wyoming.

Modere appoints Guy Thier as CIO

Modere is a consumer products company that develops and markets clean health and wellness products through ecommerce and direct-to-consumer channels. Thier comes to Modere from Cutera, with prior positions at Arbonne International and Bally Total Fitness. He holds a BA in computer science from Lewis University and an executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Joseph R. Kowaleski promoted to CIO at Great American Insurance Group

Joe R. Kowaleski, Great American Insurance

Joe R. Kowaleski, Great American Insurance

Great American Insurance

Based in Cincinnati, the operations of Great American Insurance Group are engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialized commercial products for businesses. Kowaleski joined the company in 2017 and most recently served as divisional SVP. He held a prior role at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Kowaleski earned a BS in computer science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Wayne State University.

Rajat Khanna joins Frontier Airlines as CIO

Rajat Khanna, Frontier

Rajat Khanna, Frontier


Headquartered in Denver, Frontier operates aircraft serving destinations in the US, Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. Khanna joins Frontier from Lowe’s Companies in Charlotte, NC, with a prior role at United Airlines. He earned a B.Tech from The NorthCap University and an MS in computer science from The University of Texas at Arlington.  

Rahul Goturi named CIO of TekniPlex

Rahul Goturi,  TekniPlex

Rahul Goturi,  TekniPlex


Headquartered in Wayne, PA, TekniPlex provides medical device components and a multitude of material science solutions. Most recently, Goturi was with Buckman Laboratories, and prior to that, he held roles with W.R. Grace & Co. and Solutia. He earned an MS from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Neil Hampshire named CIO for Ocean Spray Cranberries

Neil Hampshire, Ocean Spray

Neil Hampshire, Ocean Spray

Ocean Spray

Founded in 1930 by three independent cranberry growers, Ocean Spray is now a cranberry cooperative, with more than 700 family farms across North and South America. Hampshire was previously at Subway and has held tech leadership roles with Reckitt, Wrigley, and Gillette. 

Superior Group of Cos. appointed Soo-Jin Behrstock as CIO

Soo-Jin Behrstock, Superior Group

Soo-Jin Behrstock, Superior Group

Superior Group

Superior Group of Companies, established in 1920, is a combination of companies that help customers with their brands by creating brand engagement experiences for their employees and customers. Previously, Behrstock held positions at King’s Hawaiian, AG Jeans, Koos Manufacturing, AppsPeri and Innowave Technology. She holds a BA from Portland State University.

Alcami announces Tariq Jamal as CIO

Tariq Jamal, Alcami

Tariq Jamal, Alcami


Alcami provides solutions to the biotech and pharmaceutical industry across the entire life-cycle of products, from early development through commercial supply. Jamal came to Alcami from Lonza/Capsugel, and held previous roles at Novartis Consumer Health, Roche Pharmaceutical, and Genentech. He earned an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School.

Jerry Sheehan named Salk Institute’s CIO

Jerry Sheehan, Salk Institute

Jerry Sheehan, Salk Institute

Salk Institute

Founded in 1960 the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA, is an independent, non-profit, scientific research institute. Sheehan held prior roles at San Diego State University and Montana State University – Bozeman. He earned a BS and MS from Eastern Illinois University.

Autosled Appoints David Darden to CIO

David Darden, Autosled

David Darden, Autosled


Autosled is a provider of digital technology solutions for automotive vehicle transport logistics. Prior to Autosled, Darden held positions at Palmetto, Big Fish Games, and Microsoft. He earned a BS in mathematics and computer science from University of Alabama at Birmingham.

New CIO appointments, October 2023

United Natural Foods appoints Mario Maffie as CIO

BJ’s Names Anjana Harve new CIO

Julie Berry named CIO for Bath Iron Works

Dan Whitcher joins VSE as CIO

Dovenmuehle Mortgage announces Robert Howerton as CIO

Brian Carothers promoted to CIO at Proforma

rue21 names Scott Saeger as CIO

Michael Feliton joins Optiv as CIO

Richard Pluschau appointed CIO at Falcon

Eric Johnson appointed CIO at PagerDuty

Beam Suntory announces Hernán Tabah as CDTO

Delinea appoints David Koenig as CIO

New CIO appointments, September 2023

Rite Aid promotes Christine Rose to CIO

Parag Agrawal joins Fanatics as CIO

Rita Fisher Joins Lamb Weston Board of Directors

Mark Holtermann named CIO for Idaho National Laboratory

Jason L’Odense promoted to CIO at Global Medical Response

Mitre names Deborah Youmans as New CIO

Rohit Lal appointed to the Board of Bloomin’ Brands

Ryan Sparks named CIO of Eversana 

Jeff Stovall joins Abt as CIO

ABC Stores announces Doug Shimokawa as CIO

Boomi appoints Sean Wechter as CIO

Clark Atlanta University names Brian Benn as CIO

New CIO appointments, August 2023

Jason Strle joins Discover as CIO

Ingersoll Rand names Matt Emmerich as CIO

Odyssey Logistics names Maneet Singh as CIO

Chobani appoints Tom Cullen as CIO

PriceSmart announces Wayne Sadin as CIO

Boyd Group names Creighton Warren as CIO

Quaker Houghton appoints Anna Ransley as CDIO

Jeff Knowlton named CIO for Sonesta International Hotels

Southeast Georgia Health System names Susan Ibanez CIO

Jason James joins Aptos as CIO

University of Dayton names Gurvinder Rekhi as CIO

Andrea Johnson joins Pipedrive as CIO

New CIO appointments, July 2023

Marriott Vacations Worldwide names Raman Bukkapatnam as CIO

Hewlett Packard Enterprise announces Rom Kosla as CIO

Accenture appoints Rajendra Prasad as CIO

Ryan Scott Named CIO at Bright Horizons

Jennifer Stedelin named CIO at Washington University in St. Louis

Stephen Stryker joins DigitalBridge as CIO

University of Virginia announces Kelly Doney as CIO

Siroui Mushegian joins Barracuda as CIO

Golden Corral announces Dawn Gillis as CIO

Christopher Kraus named CIO at Freshpet

New CIO appointments, June 2023

Nordstrom announces Jason Morris as CTIO

US LBM names Andrew Campbell CIO

Adventist Health promotes Jennifer Stemmler to CIO

Jackson names Michael Hicks as CIO

Proterra announces appointment of CIO Dustin Goodwin

Conrad Band is named CIO of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

Duane Morris names Michael Bruckner as CIO

Alistair Erskine is appointed CIDO of Emory Healthcare

Lockton elevates Byron Clymer to Global CIO

William Walders is appointed CIO at BayCare

Ed Wozencroft appointed CIO of New Jersey Institute of Technology

Gentell names Glenn Thompson CIO

New CIO appointments, April 2023

Workday names Rani Johnson CIO

Huntington Ingalls announces Chris Soong as CIO

USAA adds Suhas Yerra as CIO for its P&C company

The Hartford names Shekar Pannala CIO for Property & Casualty

McCain Foods announces Manoj Kumbhat as CIO

Jarrod Phipps joins Holman as CIO

Richard Mendola named CIO at Johns Hopkins University and Medicine

Heather Galvin promoted to CIO at DLR Group

Mary Kay appoints James Whatley as CIO

Donna Peters named CIO of TriHealth

JFrog welcomes Aran Azarzar as CIO

Vishal Bedi named Global CIO at JAS Worldwide

John Jackson appointed CIO at Montrose Environmental Group

Stack appoints Ravi Thota as CIO

New CIO appointments, March 2023

Tyson Foods promotes two to CTO and CIO positions

Southwest Airlines names Lauren Woods as CIO

Greg Fancher joins PetSmart as CITO

Mark Mazurkiewicz is CIO of Protective Industrial Products

Keith Aulson named CIO at Malibu Boats

Sean Moore rejoins CJ Logistics America as CIO

GA Telesis appoints Darryl Maraj as its first global CIO

Seneca Gaming names Les Leonard CIO

Peter Weis appointed CIO of ITS Logistics

Sumaria Systems Names Alex Wong as CIO

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

R&R Express selects Mark Ohlund as CIO

Sage Dental Group promotes Daniel Mirsky to CIO

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

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.

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