by Meridith Levinson

Parexel International Creates First Ever CIO Role

Dec 11, 20062 mins

Plus: New IT Leaders at Reliv International, Tyco Healthcare and Watson Pharmaceuticals

Parexel International created its first-ever CIO post and selected Christopher Rieder to fill it.  The bio/pharmaceutical services company created the CIO post in response to the online collaboration required among its clients and employees and its global growth, according to the CEO, who is quoted in the press release announcing Rieder’s hire.  Most recently, Rieder as Kos Pharmaceuticals’ VP of IT.  Before that he held senior IT management positions at BRI International and at North American Vaccine.

Reliv International named Ted Marko its director of information technology, which is the highest IT position inside the Chesterfield, Mo.-based company. Marko joins the nutritional supplements maker and marketer from The Solae Company where he served as its enterprise systems manager for eight years. Prior to Solae, he worked for Rawlings Sporting Goods for 14 years as its manager of information systems of planning.

Tyco chose Steven McManama to serve as VP and global CIO for its Tyco Healthcare business segment once the diversified manufacturer takes it public. McManama, 52, has worked for Tyco Healthcare’s Kendall brand since 1981 in a variety of IT positions.

Watson Pharmaceuticals appointed Thomas Giordano as its new SVP and CIO. Giordano most recently served as SVP, CIO and chief project management officer of Andrx Corp., which Watson acquired. In his new role, he reports to Watson’s chairman and CEO, Allen Chao. Prior to Andrx, Giordano was Burger King’s SVP and global CIO.