Randall Poppell, CIO of UniGroup (which runs United Van Lines, Mayflower Transit and other transportation companies), assumed the additional role of SVP in charge of strategic planning.\u00a0 As such, Poppell will lead the company\u2019s executive management team and board of directors in developing strategic objectives and implementing long-range strategic plans. Poppell has worked for the Fenton, Mo.-based company since 2001.\u00a0 Previously, he was SVP and CIO at GenAmerica Financial.\u00a0 He worked for that company for 10 years.InterContinental Hotels Group\u00a0announced yesterday that it had hired its first CIO.\u00a0 Tom Conophy was appointed to the senior most IT position inside the hospitality company.\u00a0 He will start his new job later this month.\u00a0 Conophy, 45, will report directly to CEO Andrew Cosslett and will sit on InterContinental\u2019s executive committee.\u00a0 Conophy most recently worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he served as EVP and CTO.\u00a0 Prior to Starwood, he was SVP of strategic architecture at Sabre.\u00a0 He\u2019s also held senior technology management posts at Galileo International and Century Analysis.\u00a0 The executive search firm Egon Zehnder placed Conophy with InterContinental. Paul Gallagher joined WellPoint as SVP of enterprise operations.\u00a0 He reports to Mark Boxer, EVP of technology and operations and CIO at the North Haven, Conn.-based health benefits company. (Boxer replaced Ron Ponder as CIO at the end of 2005.)\u00a0 Gallagher is responsible for developing and implementing enterprise-wide strategies for increasing operational efficiency, lowering costs and improving customer service. (Don\u2019t lowering costs and improving customer service cancel each other out?\u00a0 I guess succeeding at both will be Gallagher\u2019s challenge.)\u00a0 Gallagher comes to WellPoint from AXA Financial, where he served as SVP of service delivery.\u00a0 Prior to AXA Financial, he was president of Fidelity Service Company (the transfer agent for Fidelity\u2019s retail business) and an EVP for Fidelity Brokerage Company.