CIOs on the move and in the news

Congratulations to these “movers and shakers” recently hired or promoted into a new chief information officer role.

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Movers & Shakers is where you can keep up with new CIO appointments and gain valuable insight into the job market and CIO hiring trends. As every company becomes a technology company, CEOs and corporate boards are seeking multi-dimensional CIOs with superior skills in technology, communications, business strategy and digital innovation. The role is more challenging than ever before but even more exciting and rewarding! If you have CIO job news to share, please email me!

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New CIO appointments added Nov. 6

Caesars Entertainment appoints Denise Clark to board of directors

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Denise Clark

Denise Clark was appointed to the board of directors for Caesars Entertainment. Currently a board member for United Natural foods, Clark was formerly senior vice president and CIO for both Estee Lauder and Hasbro. She received a BS degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia and an MBA from San Jose State University.

Merck names Jim Scholefield as chief information and digital officer

In his new role as chief information and digital officer at Merck, Jim Scholefield will be responsible for the company’s IT and digital strategy. He was previously global CIO for Nike and CTO for the Coca-Cola Company. Scholefield has a BS degree from Florida State University and an MSM/MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Pivotal names Madelyn Lankton to its board of directors

Madelyn Lankton has been appointed to Pivotal’s board of directors. Lankton, with her deep record of driving innovation and IT transformation, was most recently executive vice president and CIO with Travelers Insurance. She holds a degree from Central Connecticut State University.

Marc Carlson promoted to CIO with Land O’Lakes

Marc Carlson has been named CIO of Land O’Lakes. He had been vice president of information technology at the company, and before that he was global director of IS for Boston Scientific. Carlson has a BBA in MIS from Iowa State University – Ivy College of Business and an MBA from University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management.

Lonny DiRusso promoted to vice president, CIO at RPM International

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Lonny DiRusso

Lonny DiRusso has been named vice president, CIO at RPM International. He previously held the roles of vice president – IT and director – IT with the company, which he joined in 1996. He received a BS degree in computer science from Cleveland State University.

Avi Dasgupta promoted to senior vice president – CIO with Monro

Avi Dasgupta has been named senior vice president – CIO at Monro. He joined the firm earlier this year as vice president of IT Infrastructure and Data Architecture. Previous experience includes several IT leadership roles with Constellation Brands and Xerox. He has a BE degree in computer science and engineering from Jadavpur University, a MS degree in computer science from William & Mary, and an MBA from the University of Rochester – William E. Simon Graduate School of Business.

John Dykstra promoted to CIO with Skanska USA

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John Dykstra

In his new role as CIO of Skanska USA, John Dykstra will focus on improving IT alignment with business units, increasing operations engagement, and enhancing delivery capabilities. He was formerly vice president - IT Services Delivery and was previously vice president and CIO with Octapharma Plasma. He has a BA degree from Calvin College.

Moody’s hires Mona Breed as CIO                          

As CIO of Moody’s, Mona Breed will oversee the global technology infrastructure for the company. She was previously senior vice president of infrastructure for Oppenheimer Funds. Breed has a BA degree from Emory University.

Dinu Parel appointed vice president – CIO at Parker Hannifin

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Dinu Parel

Dinu Parel has been named CIO of Parker Hannifin. He comes from Dover Corporation, where he had been CIO. Parel had been previously employed by Baker Hughes. He has both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in computer engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, as well as an MBA from Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Vail Resorts promotes Tim April as senior vice president and CIO

Tim April has been named senior vice president and CIO at Vail Resorts. He was formerly vice president of IT and guest experience for the company. In his new role, April will oversee all facets of technology, including innovative enhancements to the guest experience and best-in-class systems for the company. April received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Pacific Gas & Electric promotes Kathy Kay to senior vice president and CIO

Kathy Kay has been promoted to senior vice president and CIO at Pacific Gas & Electric. Kay was formerly vice president of business technology for the company and was previously employed by SunTrust Bank as enterprise chief technology officer. Kay has a BS degree in computer science from Wayne State University and an MS degree in engineering science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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New CIO appointments added Oct. 3

Karen Renner named CIO for Arris

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Karen Renner

Karen Renner has been named CIO for ARRIS. She joins the company from Thales, where she was CIO North America. Previously, she had been vice president and CIO for Novelis. Renner has a Bachelor of Science degree and a master’s degree from Auburn University, as well as an MBA from Georgia State University – J. Mack Robinson College of Business.

Darryl Staskowski promoted to senior vice president and CIO at Kelly Services

Darryl Staskowski has been named senior vice president and CIO at Kelly Services. He was previously vice president of information security and vice president of global infrastructure with the firm. He had formerly been with TRW Automotive. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, mathematics from Western Michigan University.

Jason Joseph promoted to CIO for Spectrum Health

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Jason Joseph

As CIO of Spectrum Health, Jason Joseph will oversee strategic and operational information systems, technology, cybersecurity, and emergency preparedness. Joseph was previously senior vice president of information services and joined the company in 2006. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Western Michigan University, as well as an MBA from University of Notre Dame – Mendoza College of Business.

Diane Schwarz now SVP, chief digital and information officer with Hunt Consolidated

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Diane Schwarz

In her new role as senior vice president, chief digital and information officer with Hunt Consolidated, Diane Schwarz covers digital transformation, cybersecurity, data analytics, infrastructure and cloud operations, ERP/SAP applications, and IT supplier management. She was previously vice president and CIO for Textron and director of IT for Bell Helicopter. Schwarz has a Bachelor of Science degree in English and mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business.

Pranab Sinha appointed CIO with MACOM

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Pranab Sinha

As CIO of MACOM, Pranab Sinha will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s information technology vision, security, infrastructure, and execution across the firm. He joins the company from Seagate Technology where he was most recently vice president of enterprise IT. Sinha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, and he has an MBA from San Jose State University.

Ed Diver named CIO for Digital Realty

As CIO of Digital Realty, Ed Diver is responsible for managing the company’s IT operations on a global scale for both internal and customer-facing functionality. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the role. He was formerly vice president of application services and interim CIO at Blue Shield of California. Diver holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting from the University of Texas.

Julie Ragland now SVP and CIO with Navistar

Julie Ragland joins Navistar from Adient, where she was vice president of IT and helped establish the company's first IT organization after its separation from Johnson Controls. Prior to Adient, Ragland served as vice president of IT, corporate applications at Johnson Controls. She has a bachelor’s degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Mojgan Lefebvre joins Travelers as executive vice president and CIO

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Mojgan Lefebvre

As executive vice president and CIO, Mojgan Lefebvre will lead Travelers’ technology strategy and execution. She will also have responsibility for Travelers’ Enterprise Operations and eBusiness teams. Lefebvre was most recently senior vice president and CIO for Liberty Mutual’s Global Risk Solutions business entity. Lefebvre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Satyaki Lodh named CIO with Borden

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Satyaki Lodh

Satyaki Lodh has been named CIO of Borden. He comes from snack maker Snyder’s-Lance, where he was vice president of enterprise applications. He has nearly 30 years of IT experience. Lodh has a Bachelor of Technology degree in computer science from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal in India.

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New CIO appointments added Aug. 28

Rob Feuerman named senior vice president, CIO at Five Below

Rob Feuerman joins Five Below as senior vice president and CIO. He comes from Gap Inc., where he was vice president IT/ BI/big data and analytics, global supply chain, inventory placement, a role he held for several years. Feuerman has a BS degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University.

Rajeev Rai appointed CIO of Wynn Las Vegas

Rajeev Rai was named CIO of Wynn Las Vegas. He joins the company from Neiman Marcus Group, where he was vice president and chief technology officer. He earned a master of management degree at Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India.

Patricia Lawicki named CIO at Allstate

Patricia Lawicki has been appointed CIO at Allstate. Previously she was executive vice president and CIO at Navient. And prior to that, she was senior vice president of global delivery for Walmart, as well as senior vice president and CIO with PG&E. Lawicki has a BS degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University Bloomington.

John Repko named executive vice president, CIO for AIG

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John Repko

As executive vice president and CIO at AIG, John Repko will be responsible for the company’s global technology strategy, overseeing core shared infrastructure, technology partnerships and process engineering efforts, with emphasis on the changing needs of global clients. He was most recently vice president and global CIO for Johnson Controls/Tyco. Repko has a BS degree in accounting from Villanova University and an MBA in IT systems from Drexel University.

Paul Wilson named CIO for Farmers Insurance

Paul Wilson has been appointed CIO for Farmers Insurance. He joins the company from Westfield Insurance, where he was group IT leader and CIO. Previously, he had been with Progressive Casualty Insurance for many years. In his new role, Wilson will oversee the development and application of all strategic IT initiatives. Wilson has a BS degree and an MBA in computer science from the University of Akron.

Robert Doty promoted to senior vice president, CIO at ServiceMaster

Robert Doty has been named senior vice president and CIO at ServiceMaster where he now oversees all IT strategy and initiatives for the company. Previously, he was the company’s interim CIO, and prior to that, he was vice president of IT infrastructure. Doty joined the company in 2014 and was previously with Nissan Motor Corp. as senior manager of infrastructure. He has a BS degree from the University of North Texas, and an MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute.

Opal Perry named executive vice president, CIO at Hertz

Opal Perry has been appointed executive vice president and CIO at Hertz. She joins the company from Allstate, where she was most recently divisional chief information officer claims, vice president technology & strategic ventures. In her new role, she will oversee IT strategy, development and operations for the firm, as well as delivery of its cloud-based systems’ transformation. Perry has a BS degree in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an MA degree in computer resource and information management from Webster University, and an MBA from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.

Jennifer Charters hired as executive vice president, CIO at Flagstar Bank

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Jennifer Charters

As executive vice president and CIO at Flagstar Bank, Jennifer Charters will be responsible for directing IT strategy for the bank, including technology initiatives and operations. Previously, she was CIO of corporate technology at Ally Financial. Charters also has extensive experience in IT leadership roles in the financial services and telecom industries. She has a BS degree in computer science from Michigan State University and an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at University of Michigan.

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