Maybe it was the season, but 2003 drew to a close amid a flurry of CIO appointments and career moves. Here’s a top-10 list from the storm of changes and appointments.
Michael B. Tasooji, 46, the former senior vice president and CIO at Walt Disney, was due at year’s end to take on the position of executive vice president and CIO at clothing retailer Gap. Tasooji will report to CFO Byron Pollitt and serve on Gap’s executive leadership team. He succeeds Ken Harris, who held the job since 1999.
Edward L. Glotzbach left his post as executive vice president and CIO of SBC Communications to become CFO of TPI, an IT and business process outsourcing advisory consultancy. Glotzbach, had served as president of SBC Services, and CFO and treasurer for Southwestern Bell Telephone.
United Air Lines’s parent company, UAL Corp., promoted Vice President of IS Nirup Krishnamurthy to CIO. Krishnamurthy’s 13-year tenure at the company includes a stint as managing director of application development and managerial roles in research and development, operations and aircraft maintenance.
German giant Siemens AG’s U.S. arm appointed Jan D. Dressel, 43, as vice president and CIO. He’s now reporting to President and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld and oversees the company’s IT and e-business strategies.
Matt Lynch took over as senior vice president and CIO at Midwest retailer ShopKo Stores. Lynch, 44, joined ShopKo in 1998 as vice president of operations and technology services. He succeeds Paul Burrows, who died unexpectedly in October.
Mary LeBlanc, former vice president for global commercial IT at Pharmacia, joined Cendant Car Rental Group as senior vice president and CIO. Cendant owns the Avis and Budget automobile rental brands.
Brokerage A.G. Edwards appointed John Parker to be CIO. Parker takes over for Mary Atkin, who was CIO for five years and has become corporate strategy director.
On Wall Street, Gerard A. Callaghan was named executive vice president and CIO at U.S. Trust. Previously, Callaghan had served in senior IT positions at Deutsche Bank and Citigroup.
Arthur Money, a former assistant secretary and CIO at the Department of Defense, joined the board of directors at Intevac, a maker of manufacturing equipment for the high-tech industry.
Internet service provider EarthLink named Travelocity founder and former Sabre CIO Terrell Jones to its board of directors. Jones is a digital economy consultant and partner in General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital company.