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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Mitch Gersten promoted to CIO at Cox Automotive

Mitch Gertson has been named CIO at Cox Automotive. Gersten joined the company in 2008 and most recently held the role of vice president of enterprise platforms. In his new position as CIO, he is responsible for developing and overseeing Cox Automotive’s strategic business initiatives and aligning them to the global technology operations roadmap for enterprise business systems, enterprise infrastructure, and support. Gersten holds a BS degree in management information systems and finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MBA in investment analysis and international finance from Baruch College.

Ted Geisler now vice president, CIO at Arizona Public Service

Ted Geisler has been named vice president and CIO at Arizona Public Service. Geisler was promoted from general manager, transmission and distribution operations to the CIO role and joined the company in 2001. He is currently responsible for the IT applications and infrastructure, including planning, architecture, development, and operations for the company. Geisler holds a BS degree from Colorado State University and an MBA, with an emphasis on strategy, from Arizona State University - W.P. Carey School of Business.

Jim Fowler named CIO for Nationwide

Jim Fowler has been named CIO for Nationwide. Fowler has been group CIO with GE – where he was employed for nearly 20 years in numerous technology leadership roles. He will lead the insurer’s technology strategy and IT capabilities for delivery of the company’s strategic business transformation programs. Fowler holds a BS degree in business administration, MIS and marketing from Miami University, as well as an MBA in business administration and management from Xavier University.

Mitsubishi Motors North America names Natalie Milton vice president and CIO

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Natalie Milton

Natalie Milton was named vice president and CIO of Mitsubishi Motors North America. She was promoted from senior director of information technology and regional CIO and has held a variety of IT leadership roles since she joined the company more than 25 years ago. In Milton’s new role, she supports IT systems for Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA), Mitsubishi Motors Sales of Canada (MMSCAN), Mitsubishi Motors Sales Caribbean, Inc. (MMSC), and Mitsubishi Motors R&D of America (MRDA). She is also responsible for establishing IT operations for Mitsubishi Motors de Mexico (MMdM).

Melissa Bell named CIO at Danaher

Melissa bell has been named CIO at Danaher. Bell had been vice president of HR operations, where she was responsible for Danaher’s global HR and U.S. payroll technology solutions, including services in 63 countries. She had held that role since 2015. Prior to joining the company in 2015, Bell was senior director of global HR technology & workforce analytics with Tyco International, and she has held IT leadership roles at ADT. Bell has a BA degree from Columbia University.

Jamie Head named CIO of OceanSpray

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Jamie Head

Jamie Head was appointed CIO of OceanSpray where he is responsible for the end-to-end global IT operations for the firm. He was previously with GSK Consumer Healthcare as head of IT Americas. Prior to that, Head was CIO for Mars Drinks. He has a BSc in business and IT from Aston University.

Mark Sherwood appointed senior vice president and CIO of Nuance Communications

Mark Sherwood has been named senior vice president and CIO of Nuance Communications. He was most recently vice president of IT, Global Business Applications with Symantec. Sherwood had previously been with Cisco in a variety of senior IT leadership roles. He has a BS degree from the University of California, Irvine and an MBA from California State Polytechnic University – Pomona.

Jason Lish promoted to CIO at Alight Solutions

Jason Lish has been named CIO of Alight Solutions. He was most recently CISO for the firm, and in his new role, he is responsible for the company’s overall digital, technology, enterprise risk, and security strategy, as well as execution with a consumer-centric focus. Previously, he was senior vice president of security technology and operations for Charles Schwab, where he was employed for several years. Lish holds a BS degree in business information systems from Bellevue University and an MBA from Ottawa University.


New CIO appointments added June 12

Ben Pivar promoted to CIO at Carter’s

Ben Pivar has been named CIO at Carter’s. He was most recently vice president of retail IT with the firm and vice president of IT supply chain prior to that. Previously, he was senior vice president with Capgemini. Pivar has a Bechelor of Science degree in physics from the University of California, Irvine, and he holds an MBA in operations, marketing from the University of Virginia – Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

Allan Cockriel now senior vice president global CIO with Petrofac

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Allan Cockriel

As senior vice president and global CIO at Petrofac, Allan Cockriel will be responsible for driving the company’s continued digital transformation, as well as for IT and service delivery.

Cockriel comes to the company from GE, where he was for several years, working in various divisions such as GE Oil & Gas and GE Power, for which he was most recently vice president IT/global executive CIO. Cockriel holds a BSBs in management information systems, corporate finance, and risk management from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

Shahid Sumar appointed CIO for Bank Albaraka Pakistan

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Shahid Sumar

Shahid Sumar has been named CIO of Bank Albaraka Pakistan. Prior to that, he was CIO at Summit Bank, Pakistan, a position he’d held for more than seven years. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Karachi, and a master’s degree in computer science, software engineering from Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology.

Lety Duran Nettles named CIO for Novant Health

As CIO at Novant Health, Lety Duran Nettles is responsible for enhancing the digital experience for patients and employees, as well as providing superior IT capabilities in order that the healthcare provider delivers a “remarkable patient experience, in every dimension, every time.” She was most recently vice president of digital technology strategy & portfolio at Baker Hughes. Nettles has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Texas State University.

Paola Arbour appointed CIO for Tenet Healthcare

Paola Arbour was named CIO of Tenet Healthcare. As such, she will have enterprise-wide responsibility for all of IT. She will also be driving transformation and building consumer-oriented technology strategies. Arbour was most recently president at ProV Interational, and prior to that, she was vice president of services global delivery for ServiceNow. Arbour has a degree from Michigan State University.

Sally Gilligan promoted to CIO at Gap Inc.

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Sally Gilligan

As CIO of Gap Inc., Sally Gilligan oversees the company’s technology organization, driving retail, e-commerce, and global enterprise technology. Most recently, Gilligan was senior vice president of product operations and supply chain strategy, a role she’d held since 2015. She has been with Gap since 2004. Gilligan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from University of Chicago.

Rajesh Kulkarni named vice president and CIO at Lehigh Hanson

Rajesh Kulkarni has been named vice president and CIO at Lehigh Hanson. He came tothe company from Titan America, where he had been vice president and CIO. Kulkarni has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Amravati, a master’s degree in information technology, IT system design, development, and implementation from Savitribai Phule Pune University, and an MBA in international business management from the University of Buffalo School of Management, The State University of New York.

Stephen Gold named Chief Technology and Digital Operations Officer at Hudson’s Bay

As chief technology and digital operations officer at Hudson’s Bay, Stephen Gold will lead the technology and digital strategy for HBC, aligning digital operations and technical teams under one Center of Excellence for the company. Prior to coming to Hudson’s Bay, he was executive vice president of technology operations and innovation and CIO at CVS Health. And before that, he was senior vice president and CIO for Avaya. Gold holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Saint John’s University.

Dave & Buster’s hires JP Hurtado for CIO

JP Hurtado, a senior level technology executive with nearly 20 years of hospitality experience, joins Dave & Buster’s from Royal Caribbean Cruises, where he was most recently AVP of shipboard technology. He had been with the cruise line since November 2004. Hurtado earned a B.S.B.A. in decision information sciences from the University of Florida.

BNB Bank names Art Phidd as senior vice president, CIO

Art Phidd joins BNB Bank from Community Preservation Corporation, where he had been vice president – CIO for nearly three years. Prior to that, he was CTO with DJI Holdings. Phidd has a bachelor’s degree in business administration & marketing from CUNY Medgar Evers College and an MBA from Long Island University.

Matt Pammer appointed CIO at Prime Therapeutics

Matt Pammer joins Prime Therapeutics as CIO. In his new role, he will lead all of Prime’s information technology. Most recently, Pammer had been at AstraZeneca, where he was vice president of global commercial IT. Pammer had been with the firm, in a variety of IT roles, for nearly 25 years. Pammer has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Albright College, and an MBA from Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University.


New CIO appointments added May 1

Steven Carter now vice president of IS&T and CIO with CNX

Steven Carter is responsible for leading the CNX Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) function to drive the modernization of the CNX systems landscape and workplace post-separation from CONSOL Energy, as well as to lead digital innovation for the company. He was most recently CIO with C&J Energy Services. Carter holds a BSc Eng degree in petroleum engineering from the Imperial College of London.

Paul Krueger named vice president of IT/CIO at J.B. Poindexter

Paul Krueger has been named vice president of IT/CIO at J.B. Poindexter. Prior to that, he was the CIO for Stewart & Stevenson and had been with GE Oil & Gas for several years before that. Krueger has a BBA from the Henry B. Tippie College of Business from the University of Iowa, and an MS in management information systems from DePaul University.

Cylance names Kumud Kalia as CIO

As CIO at Cylance, Kumud Kalia will be responsible for the strategy, implementation, and management of infrastructure and applications. He has more than 30 years of experience scaling IT systems for high-growth companies, most recently as CIO at Akamai. Previously, Kalia was CIO and executive vice president of customer operations at Direct Energy. He holds a BSc in electronic engineering from Bangor University.

Howard Melnick now executive vice president, CIO with Signet Jewelers

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Howard Melnick

Howard Melnick was named executive vice president, CIO with Signet Jewelers. He will be responsible for developing and implementing global IT strategies in order to enable business value. Previously, he was senior vice president and CIO at Ralph Lauren. Melnick has a BS in accounting from Binghamton University and an MBA in finance from Fordham Gabelli School of Business. He is also a certified public accountant and a member of the Blumberg Capital CIO Advisory Council and the Technology Committee for The Executive Forum.

Nancy Berce now CIO with Johnson Controls

Nancy Berce has been named CIO with Johnson Controls. In this role, she is tasked with building collaborations between IT and the business community, among many other things. Berce joins the company from Abbott, where she was vice president of business and technology services. She has also held several other IT leadership roles at the pharmaceutical company, where she had been for many years. Berce has a bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer information systems from Regis University, as well as a master's degree in mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines.

Drew Domecq named senior vice president, CIO with DSW

Drew Domecq has been named senior vice president and CIO at DSW. He comes to the shoe and apparel line from Bob Evans, where he was CIO. In Domecq’s new role, he will oversee the ongoing evolution of the company’s digital platforms in order to create engaging customer experiences and grow key initiatives. Previously, Domecq was vice president of enterprise solutions at Wendy’s. He holds an Atrium Baccalaureus (AB) from Princeton, and an MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.

Ron Guerrier now CIO at Express Scripts

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Ron Guerrier

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