New CIO appointments, May 2020

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

New CIO, CTO appointments

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!


New CIO appointments added May 13, 2020

Kathleen Kay named CIO for Principal Financial Group

Kathleen Kay, CIO, Principal Financial Group Principal Financial Group

Kay, in her new role will oversee all global technology and digital strategies for the company. She joins the organization from PG&E, where she was Senior Vice President and CIO. Prior to that, she was Enterprise CTO with SunTrust Bank. Kay has a BS degree in Computer Science from Wayne State University and an MS degree in Engineering Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Holly Walters promoted to CIO and Group Vice President with Toyota Motor North America

Holly Walters, CIO and Group Vice President, Toyota Motor North America Toyota Motor North America

Walters, previously President and CEO of Toyota Financial Savings Bank, was promoted to her new role with Toyota North America, where she will be responsible for the company’s information systems, solutions and technology. She joined Toyota Financial Savings Bank in 2007 as CTO. Walters holds an MBA from Ohio State University.

Alan Nazhat announced as CTO with Enthusiast Auto Holdings

Alan Nazhat, CTO, Enthusiast Auto Holdings Enthusiast Auto Holdings

In this CTO/CIO hybrid role, Nazhat will be responsible for the Technology Team and Systems that provide solutions and services to EAH. He joins the company from Byrider, where he was Vice President of Application Development and Business Solutions and responsible for Enterprise Application Solutions / Architecture, Product Management / Ownership and the Agile Practice. Previously, he was Vice President of Enterprise Systems at Finish Line as well as Director of IT Strategy at Payless Shoesource. Nazhat holds an Associate’s Degree in Instrumentation from Texas State Technical College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Amberton University.

Akshay Shrivastava appointed CIO for TOCA Football

Akshay Shrivastava, CIO, TOCA Football TOCA Football

Shrivastava brings more than 20 years of IT leadership experience to his new role.  At TOCA, he will drive and oversee strategic technology investments in digital innovation, product development, business operations, internal corporate functions (marketing, finance, sales), as well as core/foundational IT and big data platforms. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Payments Technology at SunTrust Bank (Truist), where he leveraged micro-services, cloud, agile, and dev-ops best practices in order to modernize platforms and enable faster digital innovation. Shrivastava holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics from the University of Mumbai, as well as an MBA from Emory University.

Claire’s Stores appoints Marc Saffer as Executive Vice President and CIO

Marc Saffer, Executive Vice President and CIO, Claire’s Stores Claire’s Stores

Saffer was formerly Senior Vice President and Interim CIO with Centric Brands. He also previously held the CIO role with J. Crew and Duane Reade, and brings more than 25 years of IT leadership experience to his new role.

Pat Browning named CIO for E.W. Scripps

Pat Browning, CIO, E.W. Scripps E.W. Scripps

Browning is responsible for all enterprise-wide technology strategy and operations. He was previously Deputy CIO for the organization for the past year, and was previously Senior Vice President, Procurement with Discovery Inc., where he had been for many years. Browning holds a BSB in Management Information Systems from Miami University and an MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University.


New CIO appointments added April 8, 2020

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment names Mark Rosa to Senior Vice President and CIO

Rosa, previously Chief Audit Executive for The Mohegan Tribe/Mohegan Sun, will now oversee IT strategy and vision for all Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment properties. This includes networks, security, IT operations and support, infrastructure, architecture, and application development. Rosa holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Stonehill College, and an MBA from Northeastern University.

Aspen Technology appoints Adriana Karaboutis to Board

Karaboutis oversees digital strategy, information systems and services, and digital and overall security for National Grid, where she is presently Group CIO and Chief Digital Officer. Previously, she was Executive Vice President Technology, Business Solutions & Corporate Affairs with Biogen. Karaboutis hold both a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wayne State University.

Victor Fetter named CIO with Fortive

Fetter oversees all aspects of technology for the company, including digital capabilities. He was previously, Chief Digital Officer for Vertiv and CIO for LPL Financial. Fetter has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Spring Hill College.

Manan Mohale appointed CIO for Pendrick Capital Partners

Mohale joins the organization from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, where he was Senior Director, Systems Development and Architecture, Federal Programs. Mohale has a B.S. degree from Saurashtra University, a Masters’ degree in Computer Science from the University of Bridgeport, and an MBA from The John Hopkins University – Carey Business School.

Javier Polit named CIO for Mondelez International

Javier Polit Mondelez International

Most recently, Polit had been CIO for Procter & Gamble. In his new role, he will have ownership of the company’s global IT, including enterprise-wide digital transformation. Prior to P&G, Polit was Group CIO for the Bottling Investments Group and Coca-Cola North America within The Coca-Cola Company.

Polit holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration management from the University of Miami and an MBA from Purdue University. He also holds a Master’s degrees in international management from the Budapest University of Economics and Science, a Master’s degree in international business administration from Tilburg University, and a Master’s degree in information systems from Barry University.

Douglas Benalan named CIO for Cure Insurance/NJ Pure/Silver Rock Risk Solutions

Benalan brings more than 20 years of IT leadership and digital transformation from various insurance and financial industries like UBS, Chubb and NJM Insurance. He will spearhead technology modernization and driving efficiencies for the organization. Benalan holds a Master of Science in Software systems from Birla Institute of Technology. 

Sebastien Lehnherr named CIO for Schlumberger

Lehnherr joins the organization from Speedcast, where he had been COO. Prior to that, he had been with Schlumberger for many years, most recently as Vice President Cyber Security / Chief Information Security Officer. Lehnherr has a degree in Computer Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Marseille.

CUBE 3 architects appoints Tony Fiorillo as CIO

Tony Fiorillo CUBE 3

Prior to joining the firm, Fiorillo served as Principal and Director of IT at Stantec (previously ADD, Inc.). In his new role, he will oversee the vision, strategy, development and implementation of IT initiatives firm-wide. He has many years of experience in the design industry. Fiorillo holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Technology and an MBA in Information Technology Management from Southern New Hampshire University.

Sharon Hart appointed Executive Vice President and CIO with Acosta

Sharon Hart Acosta

Hart joins the company from Stein Mart, where she was CIO and Senior Vice President, Information Systems, for several years. Previously, she had held several IT leadership roles with PetSmart, and has more than 20 years’ experience in the consumer-packaged goods and retail industries. She will be focusing on driving innovation and developing digital solutions for the organization. Hart holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from the University of Texas.

International Hotel Group names Daniel Blanchard as CTO

Daniel Blanchard International Hotel Group

Blanchard brings more than 25 years of IT leadership to his new role, where he will be responsible for all of infrastructure and operations, enterprise architecture, IT security operations, application development, and corporate support. Prior to joining the organization, he was Vice President, IT Infrastructure and Reliability with Delta Airlines and had previously been with Marriott International for many years, most recently as Senior Vice President, IT Infrastructure Delivery. Blanchard holds a BBA degree in Information Science from Pacific Lutheran University – School of Business and an MS degree in Management Information Systems from The George Washington University.

Renee Zaugg appointed CIO at Otis Elevator

Zaugg joins the organization from CVS Health, where she had been Senior Vice President Integrated Enterprise Infrastructure. Prior to that, she had been Vice President of Enterprise Infrastructure & Cloud Services with Aetna, where she had been for many years.


New CIO appointments added March 11, 2020

Manoj Kumbhat promoted to Global CIO for Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Kumbhat was formerly chief digital officer, as well as CTO and VP of IT engineering, architecture and applications for the company. Previously, he had been in IT leadership roles at HCL Technologies and PepsiCo. Kumbhat holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Jodhpur, a master’s degree from West Virginia University, and an MBA from West Virginia University.

Mark Chaffin named CIO for Flowers Foods

Mark Chaffin Flowers Foods

Chaffin joins the organization from Fortium, where he had been a partner in the IT strategy division. In his new role, he will oversee all IT strategy and operations for the company. Chaffin holds a degree from Jacksonville University.

Yael Cosset appointed to Board of Directors for Kohl’s

Cosset, presently SVP and CIO for Kroger Co., will add expertise in technology and digital matters with retail and consumer brand industries. Cosset, who joined Kroger in 2017, will initially serve on Kohl’s board of directors’ governance and nominating committee.

Gary Desai appointed CIO at Discount Tire

Desai, most recently SVP and CIO with Icahn Automotive Group, has many years of experience with large-scale digital transformation in the manufacturing, distribution, retail and service industries. Previously, he was SVP and CIO with IEH Autoplus and Pep Boys. Desai holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and has an MBA in information systems from D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University.

Kevin Loftis named CIO for Johns Hopkins University Press

Loftis joins the organization from Cushman and Wakefield, where he had been CIO, Americas. Previously, he was co-CIO at Discovery Communications. He holds a BA in business with a concentration in MIS from Duquesne University, and an MS in information technology from University of Maryland University College.

Rick Hariman appointed executive vice president, CIO with City National Bank

Hariman is responsible for the company’s technology strategy, infrastructure, delivery, IT and call centers, as well as information security. He joins the organization from RBC Financial Group, where he was vice president, global wealth management technology. Hariman has a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto.

Scott Richert promoted to CIO at Mercy Health

Richert, who has been with the organization for many years, was promoted from chief technology officer to CIO. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from University of Missouri, Saint Louis.

Richard Cox Jr. named to board of directors for Genuine Parts Company

Cox, presently CIO for Cox Enterprises where he oversees the IT function for the company, joins Genuine Parts Company’s board as an independent director. He has held previous leadership roles with Cox Automotive and the City of Atlanta.

Marriott International appoints Jim Scholefield as chief information and digital officer

Jim Scholefield Marriott International

Scholefield will lead all areas of IT and digital strategies for the organization. He joins the company from Merck & Co., where he was chief information and digital officer, and he had previously also been CIO for Nike. Scholefield holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Florida State University and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Martin Davis named CIO for BF&M

Davis is responsible for all IT oversight, strategy, direction and capabilities for the organization. He joined the company from DUNELM Associates Limited. Davis holds a BSc degree in computer science with mathematics from King’s College in London and an MBA from Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick.

Dru Rai named chief digital officer and CIO for Cooper Tire & Rubber

Rai joins the organization from Ball where he had been Global CIO and vice president BPM. He had previously been CIO and vice president of business process with DuPont. Rai holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Aarti Shah appointed to board of trustees for Northwestern Mutual

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