Robert Whittington recently joined Wendy\u2019s International as senior vice president and CIO. He succeeds John Deane in the CIO role; Deane was promoted in May 2005 from EVP and CIO to EVP of Wendy\u2019s North American Operations (more on Deane below.)\u00a0 Whittington comes to the Dublin, Ohio-based company from Sun Microsystems where his title was retail vertical technology officer. Prior to Sun, he worked for EDS as its vice president of business process innovation consulting. He also previously worked for Ernst & Young\/Cap Gemini, consulting with such companies as The Fleming Companies, McDonald\u2019s, Albertsons, Walgreens, Sears, Dayton Hudson, and the United Kingdom government. Whittington holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wheaton College and an MBA from the University of Chicago. \nDuring his tenure at Wendy\u2019s, Deane (pictured at left) made the company\u2019s information technology group more strategic and mobile, and oversaw key initiatives such as e-pay, store budgeting and store automation. He also championed change-management processes throughout the company to help meet changing consumer needs. Prior to Wendy\u2019s Deane held senior management positions at MedPartners (now CareMark Rx), Whirlpool, Price Waterhouse, and he also founded his own technology services company, Clipper Management. Deane earned a bachelor of science degree in business from the Universidad Catolica Argentina in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and an MBA from Marquette University.\u00a0 Deane is also featured in this cover story I wrote about business intelligence in the restaurant industry. Harvard Medical School\u2019s CIO John D. Halamka (pictured at left)\u00a0 was elected to the board of directors of Epocrates, a provider of clinical software based in San Mateo, Calif.\u00a0 In addition to currently serving as Harvard Medical School\u2019s CIO, Halamka is currently associate dean for educational technology at Harvard Medical School; CIO of the Harvard Clinical Research Institute; CIO at CareGroup Health System; and chairman of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network. In addition, Halamka is a practicing emergency physician, an alum of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, an avid ice and rock climber, and perhaps most importantly, a dad.\n Timothy J. Wright (pictured at right, with the hip eyewear) was appointed to the board of directors of online search firm LookSmart.\u00a0 Wright currently serves as chief executive of Geac\u2019s Asia-Pacific, Europe and Middle East operations and as its CTO.\u00a0 He has held those positions since 2004.\u00a0 He joined the enterprise software provider in 2003 as its senior vice president, CTO and CIO.\u00a0 Prior to Geac, Wright worked for internet service provider Terra Lycos as senior vice president, CTO and CIO.\u00a0 Previously, he worked for The Learning Co. for seven years, until it was acquired by Mattel in 1999.\u00a0 Wright earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from City University in London.Gerald Gluscic was promoted from vice president and CIO of copper producer Phelps Dodge to vice president of global supply chain management and information services.\u00a0 Gluscic was recognized for improving business processes, implementing a data warehousing and standardizing IT.\u00a0 He joined the company in 2001 as VP and CIO.\u00a0 In his new role, he will be responsible for all aspects of global supply chain management, financial shared services and IT.\u00a0 He will continue to report to Phelps Dodge\u2019s EVP and CFO, Ramiro Peru.\u00a0 He holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Indiana State University.Donald Haile, the former CIO of Fidelity Investments, took a job with Fidelity Ventures as a venture partner.\u00a0 Haile will provide the perspective of a CIO to companies in Fidelity Ventures\u2019 portfolio and help identify new investment opportunities.\u00a0 As Fidelity Investments\u2019 CIO, he managed a $2 billion average annual technology budget and led the adoption of numerous emerging technologies including a wireless LAN Solution and a business service management platform designed to help consolidate and correlate network and systems traffic load information across the enterprise.\u00a0 He also helped organized CIO roundtable discussions.\u00a0 He served as Fidelity Investments\u2019 CIO for seven years.\u00a0 C&D Technologies, a producer and marketer of electrical power storage and conversion systems, hired Michael C. Crowley as vice president and CIO.\u00a0 Most recently, Crowley led his own IT management consulting company.\u00a0 Previously, he worked for Avaya, Campbell Soup and Rich Products as vice president and CIO. Crowley graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor of science degree in operations management and received his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.William J. McGarry (pictured at right) was named vice president of information technology and CIO of St. Jude Medical, a manufacturer of medical devices based in St. Paul, Minn.\u00a0 He comes to the company from Medtronic, where since 2001 he served as vice president of enterprise applications.\u00a0 Prior to Medtronic, McGarry held executive IT positions at General Electric, Owens Corning, Honeywell and Pillsbury. Bayer Pharmaceuticals\u2019 Head of Informatics Joseph A. Cerro (pictured at left) joins Nextel CIO Dick LeFave and Pepsico CIO Tom Trainer as a recipient of Global Capital Associates\u2019 Albert Einstein Award.\u00a0 Cerro was recognized for his work in the field of life science informatics and IT.\u00a0 As a member of Bayer Pharmaceuticals\u2019 IT governance committee, Cerro leads the company\u2019s research IT strategy.\u00a0 Since 1997, he has contributed to the development of Bayer\u2019s technology platform.\u00a0 Before joining Bayer, Cerro was an independent technology consultant.\u00a0 He serves on the executive board of the Yale Science & Engineering Association and is one of the founding members of the Boston Technology Leadership Council.\u00a0 He graduated from Yale University with a bachelor of science degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, and he holds two masters degrees from Columbia University.