New US CIO appointments, February 2021

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

New CIO, CTO appointments

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New CIO appointments, February 2021

Bruce Hoffmeister joins Cracker Barrel as CIO

Bruce Hoffmeister, CIO, Cracker Barrel Bruce Hoffmeister, CIO, Cracker Barrel

Hoffmeister is responsible for all aspects of information technology, security and digital strategies and initiatives for the $3.1B chain that combines a retail store and a restaurant. Previously, Hoffmeister worked at Marriott International for more than 30 years where he served in a number of finance and technology executive roles including his most recent role as Global Chief Information Officer. He holds degrees in mathematics and biology from Thomas More College and earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

Keith Jones appointed as the U.S. Department of State’s Chief Information Officer.

Jones has previously spent more than 36 years in the federal government, having retired from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in October 2018, where he served as acting Chief Information Officer and Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer. At USCIS, he was responsible for the oversight and management of agency-wide CIO initiatives with the annual execution of an $800 million budget for service delivery to over 20,000 internal customers. He earned an MPS in Public Administration from American University.

Tom Peck Joins Sysco as Chief Information and Digital Officer

Tom Peck, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Sysco Tom Peck, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Sysco

Peck will lead efforts to accelerate business transformation through customer-facing technology solutions at the $52B global foodservice distribution company, and will lead modernization of its technology infrastructure. He most recently served as chief information and digital officer of Ingram Micro Inc., an approximately $50 billion global leader in technology distribution, supply chain services and cloud solutions. Peck began his career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Nordson appoints Ishmael Cooper to CIO position

Ishmael Cooper, CIO, Nordson Ishmael Cooper, CIO, Nordson

Headquartered outside Cleveland, OH, with operations in 30 countries, Nordson (NASDAQ: NDSN, $2.2B) engineers and manufactures products for industrial use in a variety of markets including energy, medical, construction, and transportation. Ishmael (Ish) Cooper brings over 20 years of business technology leadership experience to his new role at Nordson. Most recently, Cooper was VP & CIO for Livanova, a $1B medical device maker. He holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from University of Houston, and an MBA from University of Texas.

PPG Appoints Bhaskar Ramachandran, Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Ramachandran will succeed Chris Caruso, who has announced that he will retire in March from $15B Pittsburgh-based paints, coatings and specialty materials company. Ramachandran joins PPG from Jabil Inc., an American worldwide manufacturing services company, where he served as vice president, IT, and CIO of the company’s largest division. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Madras University in Chennai, India, an advanced diploma in information systems from the National Institute of IT in India, and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Mark Chequer is the new CIO at GeoVera Holdings

Mark Chequer, CIO, GeoVera Holdings Mark Chequer, CIO, GeoVera Holdings

GeoVera is a provider of specialty property insurance products​ that is headquartered outside San Francisco in Fairfield, CA. Chequer is an experienced CIO and CTO who brings many years of information security and data architecture expertise to GeoVera. Most recently, he was CIO of CSE Insurance. He will report to the CEO of GeoVera, John Forney.

Rafael Sanchez joins Six Flags as Chief Information Officer

Founded in 1961 and headquartered in Arlington, TX, Six Flags ($1.5B) owns and operates theme parks. Previously, Sanchez served as CIO of Feld entertainment. His earlier CIO roles include Brightstar, Carnival Corporation, and Diageo. He earned a BS degree in business administration from Louisiana State University.

Stan Waddell promoted to CIO at Carnegie Mellon University

Waddell has been promoted to Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer from his role as Associate Vice President for Computing Services at the Pittsburgh-based university. He had been reporting to CMU President Farnam Jahanian as the interim CIO since last spring. Previously, Waddell served as CIO at the University of New Hampshire. He earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University, an MS in Information Systems Management from University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. Waddell also served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electronics technician for nine years.

JetBlue Appoints Monte Ford to Board of Directors

Ford joins JetBlue's board with technology expertise gained from a career spanning almost four decades. In a previous role, he served as senior vice president and chief information officer of American Airlines. He is currently the principal partner at the CIO Strategy Exchange, an organization of the top 50 sitting Chief Information Officers in business.

New CIO appointments, January 2021

Foot Locker Appoints Himanshu Parikh as SVP & CIO

Himanshu Parikh, SVP & CIO, Foot Locker Himanshu Parikh, SVP & CIO, Foot Locker

Parikh will oversee the execution of the next generation of Foot Locker's strategic technology agenda in support of the sneaker retailer's key strategic imperatives and future capability-building and innovation. Foot Locker is based in New York and has approximately 3,000 retail stores in 28 countries. Most recently, Parikh served as SVP, Chief Technology Officer at The Michaels Companies. Earlier, held several executive roles with Ross Stores. Parikh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from M.S. University, Vadodara, India.

Hillrom has welcomed Sven Krause as Chief Information Officer

Sven Krause, CIO, Hillrom Sven Krause, CIO, Hillrom

With 10,000 employees and $2.8B in revenue, Hillrom is a global medical technology company providing smart bed systems, patient monitoring and diagnostic technologies, respiratory health devices, and more. Krause spent the last 17 years at consulting firm EY, where his most recent role was Partner/Principal - Americas SAP Life Sciences Leader. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Open University, London, UK, and an MIS degree from Berufsakademie, Mannheim, Germany.

Air Products Appoints Brian Galovich SVP & CIO

Brian Galovich, SVP & CIO, Air Products Brian Galovich, SVP & CIO, Air Products

Air Products (NYSE:APD, $8.9B) is an industrial gases company with 19,000 employees and operations in 50 countries. Galovich brings more than 24 years of experience to the role. Most recently, he served as the vice president, digital technology and CIO for Collins Aerospace. Prior to that, Galovich was the CIO for both Pratt & Whitney and Global Business Systems at United Technologies Corporation. He holds a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Connecticut, a master's degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a master's degree in E-commerce and Business Technology from Carnegie Mellon University.

Akash Khurana named EVP, Chief Information and Digital Officer at WESCO International

Akash Khurana, EVP, Chief Information and Digital Officer, WESCO International Akash Khurana, EVP, Chief Information and Digital Officer, WESCO International

Based in Pittsbugh, WESCO is a leading provider of business-to-business distribution, logistics services and supply chain solutions. Khurana most recently served as Chief Information and Chief Digital Officer of McDermott International. He earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Pune, India, and an MBA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Sridhar Nallani is the EVP & CIO at Backcountry

Sridhar Nallani, EVP & CIO, Backcountry Sridhar Nallani, EVP & CIO, Backcountry

Backcountry is an outdoor retailer with five brands in the U.S and Europe: Backcountry,, Competitive Cyclist, MotoSport & SteepandCheap. Previously, Nallani was SVP and CTO at Gap/Old Navy. Earlier he was CIO of Charlotte Russe. Nallani will also serve on the Advisory Board at Backcountry’s parent company, TSG. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Osmania University, and a Master’s degree in computer science from Louisiana State University.

Citizens Financial Group Appoints CIO of The Clearing House, Lee Alexander, to its Board of Directors

Lee Alexander, CIO, The Clearing House Lee Alexander, CIO, The Clearing House

The appointment will be effective February 1, 2021. Citizens Financial Group is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $179.2 billion in assets. Alexander will serve on the board’s Audit Committee. The Clearing House is an operator of core payments system infrastructure in the United States, including a real-time payment system. Prior to joining The Clearing House, Alexander was Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, where he also served on the Bank’s Management Committee. He holds a B.Sc. in Computing Science and an MBA from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Levi Strauss & Co. Appoints Elliott Rodgers to the Board of Directors

Elliott Rodgers, CIO, Ulta Beauty Elliott Rodgers, CIO, Ulta Beauty

Rodgers currently serves as Chief Information Officer of Ulta Beauty, and has more than a decade of experience in the retail industry. Prior to joining Ulta Beauty, Rodgers was Director of Operations, & Mobile, at Target. He holds a B.S. in political science from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Eaton names Katrina R. Redmond Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Katrina R. Redmond, SVP and CIO, Eaton Katrina R. Redmond, SVP and CIO, Eaton

Redmond succeeds Bill Blausey, who is retiring after 34 years with the $21B global power management company. Redmond will report to Craig Arnold, Eaton’s chairman and chief executive officer, and will be a member of the senior leadership team. She joins Eaton from Hubbell, where she served as vice president and CIO. Prior to Hubbell, she served in CIO roles for ABB/GE Industrial Solutions and GE Grid Solutions. Redmond holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from the University of Georgia, Athens, and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University, Atlanta.

New CIO appointments, December 2020

Harsh Uchariya joins ClubCorp as CIO

Uchariya brings a proven track record of success leading all aspects of IT, including strategy, architecture, and digital transformation to his new role. Based in Dallas, ClubCorp is the leading owner-operator of private golf and country clubs, city and stadium clubs in North America and abroad. Its properties include the legendary Firestone in Akron, OH, and Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, CA.  Previously, Uchariya was CTO and Chief Architect at Wyndham Destinations. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Government Engineering College, India, and an MBA from Indian Institute of Information Management and Technology.

MetLife Names Pawan Verma Chief Information Officer

Pawan Verma, CIO, MetLife Pawan Verma, CIO, MetLife

Verma joined the $69 billion company as EVP & CIO, reporting to Bill Pappas, EVP and Head of Global Technology and Operations. MetLife is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management services. Most recently, Verma was Chief Information and Customer Experience Officer at Foot Locker. He holds a B.S. in mathematics from Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, an M.S. in computer application and software engineering from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, both in India, and an MBA from Kent State University, Ohio.

Virgin Galactic Appoints Alistair Burns as Chief Information Officer

Alistair Burns, CIO, Virgin Galactic  Alistair Burns, CIO, Virgin Galactic 

In this newly created role, Burns will be responsible for delivering the technology strategy for the integrated aerospace and space travel company. Most recently, he spent five years as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at OSI Systems, a designer and manufacturer of specialized electronic systems and components for critical applications.

Syneos Health Names Larry Pickett Chief Information & Digital Officer

Larry Pickett, chief information & digital officer, Syneos Health Larry Pickett, chief information & digital officer, Syneos Health

Pickett will lead the global Business Technology team, oversee the Dynamic Assembly open architecture technology network and manage the creation of new technology and data-enabled products at the $4.6 billion biopharmaceutical services company, which is based in Morrisville, NC. Most recently he was co-founder and CEO of RxDataScience, a healthcare data analytics startup based in Research Triangle Park, New York, and London. Earlier, he served as CIO at Purdue Pharma. Pickett earned a BA in Chemistry from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an MBA from University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Teradata announces Erica Hausheer as Chief Information Officer

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