Today I\u2019m channeling Joan Rivers (pictured at right) and beginning the blog with gossip: In July, I reported that Jeff Balagna, then Medtronic\u2019s CIO, was joining Carlson Companies. And last week I reported that William McGarry, former VP of enterprise applications at Medtronic, joined St. Jude Medical.\u00a0\u00a0 Well, a friendly and informed reader told me that McGarry had been the number two IT guy at Medtronic, and that McGarry apparently was none too pleased when he found out that Medtronic wasn\u2019t going to move him into Balagna\u2019s old position (and who can blame him?).\u00a0 Evidently, Medtronic\u2019s snub is the reason McGarry left for St. Jude\u2019s.\u00a0 So kudos to McGarry for getting the CIO post he wanted. I wonder if Medtronic is annoyed about losing a key employee?\u00a0 Any of you friendly readers know? \u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0This bit of news from New Zealand ought to put smiles on the faces of those readers who aspire to be CEO someday: Rob Fyfe, who joined Air New Zealand as CIO in 2003, was named the airline\u2019s new chief executive.\u00a0 He beat out a host of internal and external candidates for the coveted position.\u00a0 Fyfe, 44, most recently served as group general manager of airlines.\u00a0 John Palmer, Air New Zealand\u2019s chairman, said in a press release that Fyfe was \u201cappointed on merit after an extensive and rigorous selection process, which attracted high quality overseas candidates through to the final stage.\u201d\u00a0\u00a0 \nTrent E. Taylor was promoted from senior vice president and CIO (a position he\u2019s held since 2002) to executive vice president and chief information officer of Walgreens.\u00a0 Taylor has worked for the company since 1992, when he started as manager of information systems after working as a consultant with Ernst & Young in Chicago.\u00a0 Three years later, he was promoted to director of infrastructure and architecture.\u00a0 In 1999, he made the jump to divisional VP and CIO and a year later he was named corporate VP and CIO.\u00a0 David Bernauer, Walgreen\u2019s CEO who once served as the drugstore chain\u2019s CIO, had these kind words to share about Taylor: \u201cWhenever I consider the technological power we pack into our stores today, I\u2019m grateful for the intelligence, creativity and calm manner Trent brings to Walgreens. He\u2019s built a talented staff that keeps our technology ranked among the very top retailers in the country.\u201dRichard Yanke, whom I\u2019ve had the pleasure of meeting at a few of CIO\u2019s conferences, recently accepted the SVP and CIO post at the Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida and at its subsidiary, the First National Bank & Trust Co. in Stuart, Fla.\u00a0 He most recently served as the director of information security for Sky Bank in Bowling Green, Ohio and previously as the CIO for Three Rivers Bancorp in Pittsburgh, Pa.\u00a0 Two Northrop Grumman IT employees received National Women of Color in Technology awards.\u00a0 Diane P. Murray (pictured at left), CIO of the defense contractor\u2019s Mission Systems sector in Reston, Va., and Karen Evans (pictured at right), systems engineer manager for Northrop Grumman\u2019s Electronic Systems sector, were honored for their managerial leadership and personal achievements.\u00a0 Murray received the Managerial Leadership Award for her role as a business partner in the development of sector plans, as well as in company-wide initiatives that identify and promote IT-enabled new business opportunities for process improvement and cost reductions.\u00a0 Evans was awarded the Professional Achievement Award. She has worked for Northrop Grumman for 20 years and is considered an expert in the field of ballistics and smart submunitions. Her work contributions include serving as the engineering manager and technical lead for the development of Active Protection Systems for the U.S. Army.Keith Bearden, the one-time CIO of dental equipment manufacturer A-dec, was chosen to lead Virtual Information Executives LLC, an IT services company based in Nike country--Beaverton, Ore.\u00a0 Bearden used to work for a similar firm, Tatum Partners, as a CIO partner.\u00a0 In addition to A-dec, Bearden has held top IT and management positions with Sequent Computer Systems, Dow Chemical Company and Sysco.\u00a0 Bearden holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Austin Peay State University and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.Max Rayner was hired as CIO and executive vice president of service delivery at Internet security provider SurfControl. Rayner joins the Scotts Valley, Calif.-based company from Salesforce.com, where he was responsible for the architecture and service delivery of the company\u2019s on-demand service to more than 16,900 organizations and 308,000 subscribers.\u00a0 Prior to Salesforce.com, Rayner directed Sun Microsystems\u2019 global datacenters and infrastructure, internet engineering and e-commerce application delivery.James A. Tilley, a former CIO at Morgan Stanley, was named to DFA Capital Management\u2019s insurance industry advisory board.\u00a0 Tilley worked for Morgan Stanley from July 1983 through March 2001.\u00a0 Since then, he has served as an Advisory Director in its IT Department.\u00a0 He held various management roles while at Morgan Stanley, including managing director and CIO of the Institutional Securities Division and global head of Fixed Income Research.\u00a0 Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Tilley served in both managerial and actuarial roles at Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, now part of AXA, and at John Hancock Mutual Life and Sun Life of Canada.