by Meridith Levinson

IT Management Changes at Norfolk Southern

Feb 06, 20072 mins

Plus: New CIOs at BioScrip and Sedgwick Claims Management Services

Norfolk Southern Corp. named its vice president of information technology, Cindy Earhart, to succeed its VP of HR, Thomas Mullenix, who is retiring on March 1. In her new position, Earhart will report to John Rathbone, Norfolk Southern’s EVP of administration. She has worked for the Norfolk, Va.-based transportation company since 1985 when she joined as a supervisor in accounting. She moved into her most recent position in 2001 after working different jobs in accounting and IT.

Succeeding Earhart in the VP of IT post at Norfolk Southern is Assistant Vice President of Technology Thomas Werner. He joined the company in 1999 as its director of information technology program management and was named to his most recent position in 2000. When Werner takes over Earhart’s position, he will report to Norfolk Southern’s EVP of planning and CIO, Kathryn McQuade.  

Douglas Lee joined specialty medication distributor BioScrip as its new VP and CIO. He most recently worked for Option Care as its CIO and prior to that as CIO and partner with Technology Extension Consulting.

Sedgwick Claims Management Services (CMS) hired Patrick Funck as EVP and CIO of its North American claims and productivity management services organization. As an EVP, Funck is a member of Sedgwick CMS’s executive committee. He joins the Memphis, Tenn.-based company from third party claims administrator Broadspire Services, where he was CIO. During his eighteen-year career, he served as vice president of information technology at Zurich Financial Services, where he was responsible for North American claim systems. He held a similar position with CNA Financial as its vice president of information technology in charge of claim and underwriting systems initiatives and strategies.

Axentis, a provider of hosted governance, risk and compliance management software, elected Lorraine Fenton, a former IBM CIO, to its board of directors. During her 30-year tenure with Big Blue, Fenton served as IBM North America’s vice president of information technology, CIO of IBM’s North American Sales and Services organization, and as the company’s vice president of quality and development operations. She currently works as an independent information technology consultant.