by Meridith Levinson

Quish announces her resignation from US Can

Sep 30, 20053 mins

Readers, I’m full of warm fuzzies today.  Behold:

Sheleen Quish (photo at left) is leaving her post as VP and CIO of US Can Co.  Yesterday, she sent a lovely, inspiring e-mail to friends, colleagues and associates informing them of her departure from the company.   I interviewed Sheleen several years ago for an article on dealing with under-performing workers.  She was an invaluable resource for the piece. In speaking with her, I quickly concluded that she is a highly effective leader and a smart and fair manager of her staff.  Sheleen, if you’re reading this, I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors.


Another CIO I’ve interviewed for stories has taken a new job.  Deborah Lipscomb (photo at right) has literally moved on to greener pastures from Carlson Restaurants Worldwide.  The former Carlson Restaurants CIO joined ClubCorp, an operator of golf courses and country clubs based in Dallas, as its senior vice president and CIO.  She will serve on the company’s operations committee.  Deb worked for Carlson, which operates and franchises TGIFriday’s and Pick Up Stix restaurants,  for two years.  While she was there, she oversaw a successful BI implementation.  Like Sheleen, she’s a terrific woman and an excellent CIO.  Best of luck to you, Deb, in your new role!   

And now for some news about CIOs I don’t know personally (yet):

Visteon’s beautifully coiffed CIO Lorie Buckingham (photo at left) was honored by Automotive News earlier this week as being one of the auto industry’s top female executives.  The “100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry” recognizes women who make major decisions and possess significant influence at their companies. Buckingham was nominated and selected based on her talents and career accomplishments.  She was featured in a special issue of the publication dated September 26, 2005.  Buckingham, who is a corporate officer at Visteon, joined the auto supplier in 2001 as director of global software solutions. She became vice president and CIO in 2002 and was named a senior vice president in 2004—the same year she was named a one of the winners of the Top Michigan Women in Computing award given by the Ann Arbor chapter of the Association for Women in Computing.  Congratulations Lorie! 

Jeffrey E. Keisling has been promoted to vice president of corporate information services and chief information officer of pharmaceutical company Wyeth.  He succeeds Bruce Fadem, who is retiring.  Keisling, 48, now reports to Bernard J. Poussot, Wyeth’s executive vice president and president of its Wyeth Pharmaceuticals division.  When Keisling joined the Madison, N.J.-based company in 2000, he was put in charge of information services at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.  Prior to Wyeth, he was senior vice president and CIO of Advanta Financial Services, and he spent 12 years with Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals.

Fadem joined Wyeth in 1995 as head of domestic information services for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and became Chief Information Officer in 1997.  Previously, he worked for BankAmerica in a variety of positions including head of worldwide application systems development and CIO of its retail bank. From 1971 to 1983, Fadem worked for First Pennsylvania Bank where he served as CIO from 1978 to 1983 (in other words, back when CIO stood for “Career is Over.”)

And finally, this tip from a reader: Jim Friosland is no longer with InteliStaf Healthcare, where he served as SVP, CFO and CIO.