by Meridith Levinson

New CIOs at Arrow Electronics, J.C. Penney and Sabre Holdings

Sep 19, 20062 mins

Arrow Electronics yesterday announced four changes to its leadership team, which included the appointment of a new CIO.  Vincent Melvin moves into the IT post most recently occupied by Mark Settle.  Melvin comes to the Melville, NY-based company from electronics manufacturing services provider Sanmina-SCI, where he was EVP and CIO. Prior to joining Sanmina-SCI in 2000, Melvin worked for Solectron as its director of information systems responsible for all IT services and operations at the company’s Eastern U.S. facilities.  A spokesperson for Arrow told me that Settle, who had worked for the company since November 2001, left “to pursue business opportunities on the West Coast.”

Last week, J.C. Penney announced that it had hired a new CIO to replace Steve Raish, who retired from the Plano, Texas-based retailer last spring. Thomas Nealon moves into the EVP and CIO post occupied by Raish on October 2. Nealon, who’s 45, will report to Penney Chairman and CEO Myron Ullman III and will be a member of Penney’s executive board. Nealon appears to be one of the Dallas, Texas-area’s IT movers and shakers.  He joins J.C. Penney from an assignment with EDS, where he served as Southwest Airlines’ SVP and CIO leading the transformation of the airline’s IT department and the improvement of all business processes pertaining to customer interactions.  He joined EDS when his previous employer, the Feld Group, was acquired by the IT services firm.  Prior to the Feld Group, he worked for 15 years at Frito-Lay, no doubt under Feld Group founder Charlie Feld, who like Nealon, is a former Frito CIO.  

In other news from the Lone Star State, Sabre Holdings named a new IT leadership team.  Barry Vandevier was appointed CIO; Robert Wiseman was promoted to  CTO; and Sara Garrison signed on as SVP of products and systems delivery. Vandevier moved over to Sabre from Travelocity where he most recently served as CTO.  Wiseman, who joined Sabre three months ago as chief architect, is now positioned to succeed Craig Murphy upon Murphy’s retirement in early 2007.  Sabre picked up Garrison from Visa subsidiary Inovant, where she served as SVP of network and open systems.