by Martha Heller

New appointments at HP, Windstream, TravelCLICK and more

Aug 28, 2009

New appointments at HP, Windstream, TravelCLICK and more

The market has been quiet in the dog days of summer, but despite its lethargy, I do have some news to report.

First up, HP has hired Linda Dillman as SVP of Global Information Technology reporting to Randy Mott CIO. Dillman most recently was EVP of benefits and risk management for Wal-Mart, where she has also served as CIO and VP of Application Development. A recognized IT and business leader, Dillman has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business each year from 2003 to 2007.

Abhi Dhar is leaving his post as CIO of TravelClICK to joined Walgreens as CTO of its online business. Pietro Hugo is being promoted internally to take his spot.

Craig Lowenthal, CIO of insurance company NYMagic, has been recently named President of the IASA Insurance Accounting & Systems Association) after ten years of service to the organization.

CGI Federal, a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc., recently announced that former Environmental Protection Agency CIO Molly O’Neill will be VP and Federal Energy and Environmental Industry Lead.

At CGI, O’Neill will lead the Federal Energy and Environmental practice and its related information technology initiatives.

Windstream Corporation, a provider of high-speed Internet and high-definition digital TV services, has named Cindy Nash as CIO based on her successful track record in the role of SVP of IT the company. Prior to joining Windstream, Nash was CIO for VALOR Telecom.

Our latest entry into the CIO to COO category is David Ewing, IP International’s new COO. As the former CIO of MOLI and E*Trade Financial, Ewing has provided technical and business counsel to organizations and businesses requiring technology assessments, business integration and enterprise project management as well as international expansion, cost-reduction management, social media and financial services. Ewing has also served as CEO of D.R. Ewing & Associates, Inc., and prior to that held senior level IT positions with Nellcor Puritan Bennett, Price Waterhouse and Charles Schwab and Co.

Scintel Technologies has appointed Phil Stevens as CIO responsible for identifying and cultivating major growth initiatives and overseeing the company’s worldwide technology strategy. Stevens background includes roles as CIO of Education Finance Partners and SVP at Macy’s Systems & Technology,

Cleversafe, a provider of Dispersed Storage technology, is appointing Central Intelligence Agency CIO Alan Wade to its Technology Advisory Board. Wade retired from federal service at the end of 2006 after a thirty-five year career at the CIA. While at the CIA, Wade held a series of senior positions including the director of communications, director of security, and chief information officer – a position he also filled for the United States Intelligence Community.

NetIQ, a systems and security management company, announced that Jay Gardner has been SVP and GM responsible for engineering, product management, marketing, technical support, sales and operational functions.  Prior to joining NetIQ, Gardner was venture advisor for DFJ Mercury and an 18-year BMC Software veteran, where he served as GM of the BMC On Demand business unit and CIO.

If you know of any exciting CIO moves that I have not yet reported here, please send them my way.  In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer—and let’s let the market get back to business…


Martha Heller

Managing Director, IT Leadership Practice

ZRG Partners