The biggest recent CIO news is Target. The global retailer hired BobDeRodes as CIO to replace Beth Jacobs, who resigned in early March after the massive data breach in January. DeRodes, a long time advisor for the U.S Department of Homeland Security, Secretary of Defense, and the Justice Department, previously founded DeRodes Enterpirses, LLC in 2010. Prior to that, he worked at First Data Corp. as EVP of global operations and technology and served as CIO of Home Depot Inc.
Matt Lynch joined drug store chain Rite Aid as SVP and CIO reporting to Frank Vitrano, CFO and Chief Administrative Officer. Lynch succeeds Don Davis, who retired from the company after 14 years of service. Most recently, Lynch served as SVP and CIO for DICK’S Sporting Goods and prior to joining that held various executive IT roles at ShopKo Stores Operating Co., LLC, a regional retailer based in Green Bay, Wisc.
PetSmart, Inc. named Michael Goodwin as SVP and CIO, effective June 2. Goodwin spent the last 20 years at Hallmark and held positions of increasing responsibility since culminating with his promotion to SVP and CIO in 2006. Prior to joining Hallmark Cards, Goodwin served as an officer in the United States Army.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) appointed Kristin Darby as its CIO in April. Most recently, Darby served as the CIO of the Northeast Region for Tenet Healthcare, overseeing nine acute care hospitals as well as nearly 100 ancillary locations. Prior to Tenet, Darby was the CIO and VP of Information Solutions for Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions, the patient safety and medical malpractice company owned by and serving the Harvard medical community.
Baptist Health appointed David Bensema as CIO responsible for leading and developing IT structures across the system. Previously, David served as Chief Medical Information Officer to develop a system-wide electronic personal health record. Prior to that, Bensema spent 16 years in private practice in Lexington before he joined the Baptist system in 2006 as executive director of physician services for Central Baptist Hospital, now Baptist Health Lexington.
WestJet announced the appointment of Rocky Wiggins to EVP and CIO, effective June 2. Rocky Wiggins joins WestJet from Minnesota-based Sun Country Airlines, where he has been CIO since 2012. Prior, he was SVP and CIO at AirTran Airways and VP of Delivery Management at Sabre Airline Solutions. He also held various positions over a 20-year career with US Airways.
INC Research, a global Phase I to IV clinical research organization, promoted Jonathan Shough to CIO. Shough previously served as INC Research’s VP of IT Operations, leading its worldwide infrastructure and telecommunications network systems, and Executive Director of IT Client Development. He is also the former president of the North Carolina Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and served as a member of the technical advisory board for Cisco Systems.
Jay Leader has accepted the CIO role at Rocket Software, a developer of software products. He joins the company from Rapid7, an IT security data & analytic solutions provider, where he was CIO since 2012. Before Rapid7, he was also CIO at robot designer iRobot since 2008.
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.