by Meridith Levinson

CIO Announcements from Philadelphia, American Airlines, Longaberger and more

Aug 18, 20062 mins

Dianah Neff is leaving her post as CIO of the city of Philadelphia at the end of the month to join an IT consultancy to which she gave business, according to a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Civitium, which consulted on Philadelphia’s much bally-hooed wi-fi project, hired Neff as a senior partner.  Within days of the announcement of Neff’s hire, Philadelphia Mayor John Street launched an investigation into her resignation to make sure it was above board.

MoneyGram International elected American Airlines CIO Monte Ford to its board of directors.

Roger Coville began his new job as CIO of The Longaberger Company on Monday.  He reports to the COO and is in charge of a 75-person IT staff.  Coville’s new employer, which sells hand-made baskets and home décor products primarily through a fleet of 60,000 direct sales reps (think Pampered Chef), couldn’t be more different from his previous employer, Abercrombie & Fitch.  He left his post as CIO of Abercrombie in early May, after a 16-year tenure with the controversial and successful apparel retailer (10 years as its IT chief.) At Longaberger, Coville will leverage his retail and e-tail experience to develop an e-commerce presence that will support Longaberger’s field sales force. Working with the senior management team, he will also determine the IT investments the privately-held company needs to make to support its growth. 

MedQuist hired Universal Health Services’ CIO as its new COO.  Linda Reino  joins the Mount Laurel, N.J.-based provider of electronic medical transcription, health information and document management products and services on October 2, 2006. Reporting to MedQuist President Frank Lavelle, Reino will be responsible for leading MedQuist’s day-to-day operations and technology.  

Dan Cecchini Jr. recently joined Central Oregon Community College (COCC) as director of information and technology services. He comes to COCC from Colorado Springs Health Partners, a large multi-specialty health care group in central Colorado, where he served as vice president of information technology, CIO, and corporate secretary.  Prior to Colorado Springs Health Partners he was director of information technology for Colorado Health Networks. Cecchini holds multiple degrees including an MBA in operations management, a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and a Bachelor’s degree in biology.