by Meridith Levinson

Alcoa CIO Promoted to President of European Region

May 16, 20062 mins

Plus: Viyya Technologies Hires Former NYPD Detective as CIO

Rudi Huber

Aluminum producer Alcoa appointed its CIO, Rudi Huber (pictured at left), to president of its European region last Friday.  In his new position, Huber, 52, is responsible for coordinating HR, media, legal and government affairs for Alcoa’s operations in Europe and Russia.  He replaces Ricardo Belda, who is retiring from Alcoa after a 38 year tenure at the end of 2006. Huber continues to report to Joseph Muscari, Alcoa’s EVP and CFO, and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Geneva.  Huber joined Alcoa in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1981 as a credit manager.  He moved up the ranks inside the company’s finance department, serving in a variety of different positions around the world. In 2000, Huber was named CIO. Yesterday, Richard Perine joined Viyya Technologies, a developer of a web-based application for managing information, as its CTO and CIO. Perine comes to the West Caldwell, N.J.-based company from the New York City Police Department (NYPD), where he most recently served as a project manager in its Office of Technology and Systems Development.  During his 20-year tenure with the NYPD, Perine also served as a police officer, detective and sergeant, and spent the early part of his career in the Vice and Narcotics divisions of the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau.  Lord only knows what kinds of characters he ran into in that position.  Wonder if he had any encounters with the Gotti clan? Perine pioneered computer investigations within the NYPD while investigating Vice cases as a detective. He created and commanded the first Computer Crimes unit within the department in 1995 and later implemented and managed the first electronic case management system for the NYPD.

Community Bancorp, a community bank holding company based in Las Vegas, hired Charles McCluer as its new SVP and CIO.  McCluer most recently worked for Nevada First Credit Union as its CIO. 

Varsity Group moved its CFO into a new position.  Jack Benson is now the company’s CIO and SVP of business development.