by Meridith Levinson

CIOs Earn Promotions as Companies Realign their Management Structures for Growth

May 23, 2008 6 mins

Plus: News about Bob DeRodes; Disney Hires a New CIO; and much, much more.

Bob DeRodes hasn’t left Home Depot yet, but that’s not stopping the CIO from pursuing new career opportunities. DeRodes was appointed to NCR‘s board of directors on April 29, less than four weeks after Home Depot announced his intent to leave the company at the end of the year. NCR provides Home Depot with its self-checkout machines, which were installed on DeRodes’ watch.

The Walt Disney Company hired a new CIO to replace Tony Scott, who took the CIO job at Microsoft in January of this year. Susan O’Day joins the Burbank, Calif.-based media and entertainment company on June 2, 2008. She will report to Thomas O. Staggs, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Walt Disney Company. O’Day most recently worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb for 10 years, most recently as its CIO and vice president of global shared services. During her decade with the pharmaceutical company, O’Day led an enterprise-wide effort to improve operations and streamline processes. Prior to Bristol-Myers Squibb, she worked for transportation company CSX, where she began her career and left as an assistant vice president in charge of telecommunications. In the press release announcing her hire at The Walt Disney Company, Staggs said O’Day was hired for her vision for innovation and her experience managing global organizations and finding operating efficiencies. O’Day holds a Bachelor of Science degree in math from St. Lawrence University and an MBA from the College of William and Mary.

Tom Murphy, SVP and CIO of pharmaceutical company AmerisourceBergen, took on additional responsibilities earlier this month as his company announced a new organizational structure intended to improve efficiency and effectiveness and to “better position the company to continue achieve its long-term financial goals.” Murphy, who has served as the Valley Forge, Penn.-based company’s CIO since he joined in 2004, now assumes responsibility for AmerisourceBergen’s multi-year process improvement project, which includes the design of an ERP system.

Former Microsoft CIO Rick Devenuti joined the board of directors for XETA, a provider of converged voice and data communications solutions, on May 1. In addition to his board duties, Devenuti will chair XETA’s strategic advisory committee, which helps the board and the management team develop its business strategies. Devenuti, 50, retired from Microsoft in 2007 after working for the software giant for nearly two decades. His last position with the company was as SVP for its services division. Devenuti currently sits on the boards of Azaleos Corp. and St. Jude Medical Inc.

Discount brokerage Zecco Trading tapped one of its board members to serve as its CIO in early May. Michael Raneri had been serving on the company’s board since February 2007. In his new role, he’s in charge of technology and product development. Before joining Zecco, Raneri was CEO of, a consumer-oriented social networking website where users can create personalized entertainment information. Prior to MeeVee, he worked for Charles Schwab.

As the investment house’s SVP of Integrated Client Experiences, Raneri launched parts of the original site and the StreetsmartPro active trader platform. Previously, he worked for Quick & Reilly.

Intel‘s board of directors named its vice president and CIO, John Johnson, a corporate officer of the company. Johnson, 55, leads an IT organization with 5,500 employees in

50 countries.

He’s worked for Intel since 1981 and has held technical positions in sales, marketing and business development. He earned his bachelor’s degree in inter-disciplinary engineering from Purdue University.

Craig Bickel begins a new job on June 2 as SVP and CIO of Lawson Software. He comes to the St. Paul, Minn.-based enterprise software provider from management consulting firm AlixPartners, where he was a director. Prior to AlixPartners, Bickel was VP and CIO of Cabot Corp., a $2.7 billion specialty chemical company.

INTTRA, an e-commerce portal that serves the ocean freight industry, welcomed Jeff Pattison on board its senior management team as CIO. Pattison is responsible for the research, design, engineering and development of the technology behind INTTRA’s e-commerce tools. Prior to INTTRA, Pattison served as vice president of application services at NRT Inc., an owner and operator of residential real estate brokerages in the U.S. In this role, Pattison was responsible for more than 20 mission-critical consumer and B2B websites and the supporting enterprise architecture for more than 65,000 independent real estate agents in 1,000 offices around the U.S. Previously, he worked for Medco Health as its director of application development and for Accenture. Pattison graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He majored in management information systems and marketing.

J. Edward Clary, CIO of Haverty Furniture Companies, was promoted to senior vice president. Clary’s promotion recognizes the role he played in the development and execution of Havertys’ proprietary distribution systems and its integration with all of the company’s operating systems. These systems are the foundation of Havertys’ recently launched transactional website. In Clary’s elevated CIO role, he takes on responsibility for distribution. He has worked for the furniture retailer for 17 years.

Vyto Rasminas, CIO of Flowers Foods, a manufacturer of supermarket baked goods, was made a senior vice president. Rasminas was one of a number of Flowers Foods executives who received promotions amidst a realignment of the Thomasville, Ga.-based company’s operating structure designed to position Flower Foods for growth.

Babson Capital Management hired Praveen Kumar as its CIO. He reports to James Masur, COO of the Boston, Mass.-based investment management firm. Kumar joins Babson Capital from Wellington Management, where he served as director of enterprise systems. Prior to Wellington Management, Kumar was head of JPMorgan Private Bank‘s U.S. technology application development group. He also previously worked for Lehman Brothers.

VistaPrint promoted its vice president of capabilities development, Don Nelson, to CIO. In his new role, Nelson will be responsible for technology development, software quality assurance, software architecture and technology operations. He joined VistaPrint in 2006. Nelson is one of several VistaPrint executives earning promotions amist changes to its organizational stucture designed to position the company for continued growth.