by Meridith Levinson

CIO announcements from the public sector and more

Dec 23, 20052 mins

Several public sector CIO announcements made news this week.  Among them,

The U.S. State Department appointed a diplomat to serve as its new CIO, according to Government Computer News (GCN).  James Vanderhoff starts his new job on January 9.  He most recently served as a foreign service specialist at the agency.

GCN also reports that Air Force Major General Dale Meyerrose got the Senate’s nod to become the first CIO of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

At the state level, South Carolina brought Jim Bryant onto its payroll.  Bryant steps into the state CIO role on January 9, according to Public CIO.  He most recently worked as a defense contractor and management consultant. 

Government Technology reported that NYC’s CIO Gino Menchini is going to resign.

And from the private sector…

Kevin Bott keeps on truckin at transportation company Ryder.  Earlier this week, he was promoted from VP of global supply chain solutions and technology services to SVP and CIO.  He reports to EVP and CFO Tracy Leinbach and he succeeds former Senior Vice President and CIO Robert Sanchez, who has been named executive vice president of operations for Ryder’s Fleet Management Solutions business segment in the U.S.

Scripps Health, a non profit community health system based in San Diego, Calif., hired Drexel DeFord as its new CIO.  DeFord starts his new job on January 3. He comes to Scripps from the U.S. Air Force Healthcare System where he has served as CTO of worldwide operations since 2002.  Before that, he was the David Grant Medical Center’s CIO. 

A former Johnson & Johnson CIO was appointed SVP of strategic marketing and commercialization at DOV Pharmaceutical last week.  Scott Myers  joined the Hackensack, N.J.-based company from J&J, where he’s worked for the last five years, most recently as general manager of McNeil Specialty Pharmaceuticals.  Prior to McNeil, Myers was SVP of Ortho Biotech Products, and before that, he was SVP and CIO of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development.  In that position, he reported directly to the chairman and oversaw a global staff of 200 as well as systems operations in the US, Europe and Asia.

Next week I’m going to post a Q&A with two Korn Ferry recruiters.  It’ll be up all week (since I’m going to be on vacation), so be sure to check it out.