by Meridith Levinson

New CIOs at Align Technology, Electric Insurance, Catholic Healthcare and more

Oct 16, 20073 mins

Align Technology seems to have a revolving door for CIOs. The maker of orthodontic devices announced last week that it had hired a new CIO, Sunny Azadeh. Azadeh is the company’s third CIO in about two years. In December 2005, the company hired Michael Henry to succeed Cecilia Claudio, who had left earlier that year to take a job with Mercury Interactive, in the CIO role. The constant in this equation? The CEO, Thomas Prescott. Azadeh reports to him, so did Henry and Claudio. Good luck, Sunny!

Tom Stumpek is the latest IT exec to defect from General Electric. He joined Electric Insurance Company as its chief information officer and vice president of information technology on October 1. At GE, Stumpek most recently served as global leader for enterprise architecture and new product introductions. The Six Sigma Black Belt also served as CTO with GE Commercial Finance and GE Plastics. Stumpek joined GE in 1993 as an IT project leader.

Gain Capital Group promoted its vice president of application development, Andrew Haines, to chief information officer today. The CIO role is a new position for the company. Haines now reports to Glenn Stevens, CEO of the provider of foreign exchange services, and becomes a member of the executive management team. He has been working for Gain Capital Group since March 2005, when he joined from online retailer Bluefly, where he was CIO and VP of technology. He previously worked for Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney.

Business process outsourcing services provider Access Worldwide promoted its chief information officer to chief operating officer. J. Ted Jordan replaced Georges Andre in the COO role on October 10. Andre resigned “to pursue other professional opportunities,” according to a corporate press release. Jordon has worked for Access Worldwide for 10 years. He held the CIO role since April 2002 and previously served as senior vice president of ITIS for the company’s TelAc Teleservices division. Jordon joined the company in 1997 when it acquired Jordon Computer Specialists, a software development and computer consulting company he founded.

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) hired Benjamin Williams as its SVP and CIO. Working out of CHW’s corporate office in Phoenix, Ariz., Williams will oversee the ongoing rollout of the hospital’s electronic health record and computerized physician order entry systems and manage a department with 1,000 professionals. He previously served as SVP of information services and chief information officer at St. Joseph Health System in Orange, Calif. Williams held similar positions with Horizon/CMS Healthcare in Albuquerque, NM and at Continental Medical Systems in Mechanicsburg, Pa. A certified public account, Williams began his career with Ernst & Young. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.