by Meridith Levinson

Former CNET CIO Moves to AOL

Jan 30, 20072 mins

AOL hired a former CIO of CNET as its EVP in charge of its Platforms business unit. In this newly created position, Ted Cahall reports to AOL President and COO Ron Grant and oversees search, e-commerce, publishing tools and platforms, and services such as MapQuest. Cahall most recently worked for as its EVP and COO and as EVP of its United Online Web Services division. Prior to, he was SVP and CIO of CNET Networks.

UnumProvident Corp. promoted its CIO and EVP of service operations, Robert Best, to COO.

Douglas Norton
After 20 years with Northrop Grumman, Douglas Norton (at left) earned his executive stripes: The director of operations was promoted to CIO of the defense contractor’s Electronic Systems sector today. Norton joined Northrop Grumman in 1986 as a software engineer. He has held management and executive positions in engineering and information systems, including manager of process and tool development support and director of sector processes and design automation in engineering and manufacturing.

Stephen Koski joined light laser and LED module manufacturer StockerYale as its CIO. He’s expected to help the company use IT to drive its growth and acquisition strategies, implement a cost-effective Sarbanes-Oxley compliance program and provide the company with access to more timely information and analytics. Koski most recently worked for James Martin & Co., a global IT professional services firm, as its CIO. He began his career in IT as a project manager with Corning. 

Apparel manufacturer Kellwood hired Tom Pastorello as its director of e-commerce. Pastorello reports to Kellwood CIO Michael Saunders. The retail industry veteran previously worked for as its director of program management in charge of enterprise wide portfolio and program management for the web. Prior to the bookseller, he worked for Williams-Sonoma from 1990 to 2004 in various positions in management and systems. Pastorello developed and implemented e-commerce sites for Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen, West Elm and Hold Everything.