I have a couple of board appointments to announce today as well as a correction to an announcement I posted in September. First, news from Computer Associates’ and BigFix’s board rooms:
Computer Associates (aka CA) appointed Christopher Lofgren (pictured at left) to its board of directors. And boy, is CA lucky to have him. For those of you who’ve never heard of Chris Lofgren, he was one of the first CIOs to become CEO of a non-technology company. He currently serves as president and CEO of Schneider National, a $3.2 billion freight transportation provider, and he’s only 46 years old! He was named CEO of the company in 2002 when Donald Schneider stepped down from that position (Schneider remains chairman of the board). Previously, Lofgren was Schneider National’s COO from 2000 until his appointment to CEO; CIO from 1999 to 2000; and CTO from 1996 to 1999. He joined the company in 1994 as vice president of engineering and systems. Before Schneider, Lofgren worked for Symantec, Motorola and CAPS Logistics.
Rhonda Hocker (pictured at right), the CIO of BEA Systems, was elected to BigFix’s board of directors. BigFix provides software that discovers, analyzes changes and maintains security and software configurations. This is Hocker’s second board appointment in two months. In September, she took a seat on Valaran’s board.
On September 29, I wrote that Jim Breisinger had been named Fisher Scientific’s new CIO. In fact, Breisinger’s title is vice president of information technology. He reports to Ramon Baez, who was hired as Fisher Scientific’s CIO in September. Today I obtained the executive bulletin Fisher Scientific’s CFO sent out on September 26 announcing Baez’s appointment and listing the IT leaders, including Breisinger, who report to him. When I first found out from a reader on September 23 that Fisher Scientific had a new CIO, I contacted Fisher Scientific’s PR department to confirm the tip and to find out who the new CIO was. I never heard back from anyone in Fisher Scientific’s PR department, but I was able to get in touch with a source who works closely with Breisinger who confirmed his title with me. It now appears that I obtained inaccurate information from my source.