The CIO role sure looks to be a stop on the way to becoming CEO…at least judging by the resume of the new CEO of Pacific Capital Bancorp. George Leis was named the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based company’s president and chief executive yesterday. Leis, 46, joined Pacific Capital in March 2006 as executive vice president in charge of Pacific Capital’s wealth management business lines. In July 2006, he assumed the additional role of CIO. Prior to Pacific Capital, Leis worked for Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. He has 23 years’ experience serving high net worth clients in the areas of private banking, trusts and investments.
Other CEOs who’ve held the CIO post:
Community MTM Services hired Mark Carberry to serve as its COO and CIO. Carberry is responsible for engineering, technology, product marketing, privacy and legal for the developer of clinical solutions. Carberry worked for a variety of companies in the media industry before joining Community MTM, so this is an industry change for him. Most recently, he worked for AOL as its business information officer. In that position, he was responsible for the technologies that supported online advertising, corporate functions, ERP, data warehousing and business intelligence. Prior to AOL, he was CIO at publisher Penguin Group. He also previously held senior IT leadership positions with Time Warner, Knight Ridder, Orion Pictures and Citibank.
Apparently Samuel Gilchrist didn’t work out very well at the Harry Fox Agency (or perhaps the Harry Fox Agency didn’t work out so well for Gilchrist.) The U.S. music rights licensing organization hired Gilchrist to serve as its CIO in June 2006, but just earlier this week, the company announced it promoted its vice president of program management, Louis Trebino Jr., to the CIO role. Notably, Trebino joined the Harry Fox Agency right around the same time Gilchrist did, in July 2006, after helping the company with its technology transformation initiatives as a consultant with BearingPoint from 2001 to 2005 (according to the press release.) Trebino reports to CEO Gary Churgin.