We have a number of CIO moves this month across a wide array of industries. One particularly interesting move is Charles Beard who is moving from his CIO role at SAIC into a GM role, over one of the company’s business units. Likewise, Dorion Carroll is leaving his CIO role at Zynga for a CEO role at a cloud storage firm. As these CIOs are proving, now is the time for CIOs to get closer to the revenue!
Pitney Bowes, Inc. appointed Joe Schmitt to VP and CIO. Schmitt succeeded Greg Buoncontri, who recently retired from Pitney Bowes after a 13-year career. Schmitt previously held CIO roles at Steward Health Care System and Cerberus Capital Management. Prior, he spent twelve years in roles of increasing responsibility at General Electric.
Larry Roos informed me that he has moved to FreshDirect, an online grocer, as their SVP of eCommerce and CIO. Previously, Larry was VP of IT North America for Avon Prodcuts, Inc. and VP of IT for The Walt Disney Company.
SAIC announced that Robert Logan will serve as CIO, replacing Charles Beard who will remain the GM of the company’s cybersecurity business unit. Logan will also serve as CIO for Leidos following the planned separation into two independent, publically traded companies. Logan joined SAIC in 2004 and previously served as Director of Engineering for IT services.
Paul Scorza, a 30-year veteran of IBM, joined Ahold USA as its new CIO. Scorza will report to Paula Price, EVP of Finance and CFO. At IBM, Scorza has held several executive posts, including VP of Transformation Executive, VP of Application Services Delivery Leader, and Director of Enterprise Business Information.
Denise Saiki was promoted to corporate CIO and VP in charge of Lockheed’s Enterprise Systems Unit. Jonathan Rambeau, recently VP of F-35 international programs at Lockheed Martin, will fill his previous role as VP and General Manager of the Training and Logistics Solutions business.
Dorion Carroll, a three-year Zynga veteran, was named the new CIO. Carroll replaced Debra Chrapaty, who accepted the role as CEO for the enterprise cloud storage firm Nirvanix. Previously, Carroll was CTO of various departments at Zynga, including Mobile, Shared Technology Group, and Mafia Wars.
Carnival Corporation welcomed Ramon Millan as its SVP and global CIO. Prior to joining Carnival, Millan spent 13 years at Pfizer, most recently as VP and CIO for the company’s developed markets division. Millan also spent six years with PepsiCo in Mexico City in various technology and sales positions.
David Smoley joined AstraZeneca, a biopharmaceutical business, from Flextronics International. Smoley will succeed Jon Kirby, who will leave the company at the end of April, as CIO. Smoley previously worked at Honeywell and General Electric, where he held the position of Director and CIO for GE Power Controls in Barcelona.
Markel Corporation announced that Mike Scyphers, a 23-year technology veteran, was promoted to CIO. Since joining Markel in 2009, Mike has served as technology lead for Markel Wholesale. Scyphers reports to Brad Kiscaden, EVP of Actuarial, IT and Information Management, and is based in Richmond. Scyphers worked previously for the National Cancer Institute, Signet Bank, Circuit City, and JP Morgan Chase.
Martha Heller is CEO of Heller Search Associates, an IT executive recruiting firm specializing in CIO, CTO, CISO and senior technology roles in all industries. She is the author The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership and Be the Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT. To join the IT career conversation, subscribe to The Heller Report.