by Meridith Levinson

Careers: CIO Moves During the Winter of 2003

Apr 01, 20033 mins

Show Me the Money

Arthur Money (left) can’t seem to keep himself busy enough. After retiring from his position as CIO of the Department of Defense in April 2001, he started his own consultancy?ALM Consulting?that same month. He still serves as its president. In September 2002, Money joined the board of Irvine, Calif.-based information security vendor Rainbow Technologies. By November, he had also accepted a seat on the board of directors of CACI International, an IT services company in Arlington, Va.

That’s not all. A month and a half later, Terremark Worldwide tapped Money to lead its data center builder and operators’ government division. Also in January, Money accepted an offer to serve as chairman of the board for Systems Research & Development, a data warehousing and security analysis software provider in Las Vegas. Within days of that appointment, optical solutions developer Essex of Columbia, Md., elected him to serve on its board of directors. January was indeed a banner month for Money.

Two other former Pentagon CIOs have also accepted positions with technology companies. Dan Porter, former CIO of the Department of the Navy, joined Reston, Va.-based IT services company Vredenburg as senior vice president of strategic development. EMS Technologies, an Atlanta-based wireless defense contractor, has named John L. Woodward Jr. (left), former deputy CIO for the Air Force, to its board of directors.

Women Moving Up

Men still dominate the business world. And while some say the reality of women in IT may be dim, there are some bright spots. Cecilia Claudio, former senior vice president and CIO of Farmer’s Insurance (see “Get on Board,” at, left the Los Angeles-based company in February to head up IT for Europe, Asia and Africa for Farmers’ parent company, Zurich Financial Services.

Universal Access Global Holdings recently named Annette Erdmann as its CIO. Deborah Freedman, president and CTO of BellSouth Technology Services, has joined Evolve Software’s board. Jeri L. Lose, vice president of IT and CIO at St. Jude Medical, has joined the board of Apria Healthcare Group.

Marian M. Lucia is the new senior vice president and CIO of The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. She previously worked for Prudential Financial and Prudential Investments. Also in the financial world, Kelly L. Briggs joined Western Sierra Bancorp as vice president and CIO.

Darden Restaurants, which owns and operates the Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze and Smokey Bones BBQ Sports Bar chains, promoted Linda Dimopoulos to CFO. She was previously the Orlando-based company’s senior vice president and CIO. Last but not least, Ursula Conway, vice president of IT at Ameristar Casinos, has become the company’s first CIO. You go girls!