New US CIO appointments, September 2021

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New CIO, CTO appointments

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New CIO appointments, September 2021

Alorica appoints Mike Clifton as its new Chief Information Officer

Mike Clifton, Chief Information Officer, Alorica Alorica

Mike Clifton, Chief Information Officer, Alorica

Alorica is a global customer experience company that provides customer care, financial solutions and digital services to clients across all industries. It has contact centers and operation hubs in 15 countries, and 100,000 employees. Clifton brings 30 years of experience to Alorica, including CIO, CTO and CISO roles in technology, insurance and financial services. Most recently, he was CIO of Cognizant Technology Solutions. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Massachusetts, and an Advanced Certificate for Executives (ACE) in Management, Innovation, and Technology from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Diebold Nixdorf Names Teresa Ostapower as Chief Information Officer

Teresa Ostapower, CIO, Diebold Nixdorf Diebold Nixdorf

Teresa Ostapower, CIO, Diebold Nixdorf

Diebold Nixdorf is a multinational financial and retail technology company that specializes in the manufacture and sales of self-service transaction systems such as ATMs and currency processing systems. Ostapower has more than 30 years of experience leading large-scale IT organizations at AT&T, as Chief Digital Officer, and most recently, SVP Technology Transformation, Architecture, and Operations. She has received industry recognition as one of the Top 50 Women in Technology (National Diversity Council), Top 100 Most Innovative Chief Digital Officers Globally (Hot Topics), and the CIO 100 (CIO magazine). She currently serves on the boards of mce Systems, the University of Georgia Research Foundation, and the University of Georgia Management Information Systems Advisory Board. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia.

Edmund Siy named Chief Information Officer for Hunterdon Healthcare

Hunterdon is a non-profit community health system based in New Jersey. Siy spent the last eight years at Mercy, a large healthcare system in Chesterfield, Missouri, as Vice President, Office of the CIO. Previously, he spent 15 years in technology leadership roles at Warner Music Group and Warner Bros. SIY earned a Masters of Arts degree from Gonzaga University. He is an active member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and currently serves on CHIME’s Policy Steering Committee.

Christie Nader is the Global CIO at Jet Aviation

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Christie Nader, Global CIO, Jet Aviation

A subsidiary of General Dynamics, Jet Aviation provides business aviation services, including aircraft management, sales, charter, maintenance, and staffing. Previously, Nader was CIO of Perspecta, a provider of IT services to federal, state and local government clients. She earned an MS degree in Management Information Systems from University of Virginia.

Varun Gadhok is the CIO for Surgery Partners

Surgery Partners is a $1.8B operator of surgical facilities and ancillary services with more than 180 locations nationwide. Prior to joining Surgery Partners in July 2021, Gadhok spent nine years at Tenet Healthcare where, most recently, he served as Senior Director responsible for IT Architecture and Corporate Systems. His early career consisted of IT leadership roles at Cerner Corporation and Dell Services. Gadhok earned an Executive MBA at University of Texas at Dallas, and an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems from University of Iowa.

Larry Browder is promoted to Chief Information Officer at Elevate

Larry Browder, Chief Information Officer, Elevate Elevate

Larry Browder, Chief Information Officer, Elevate

Browder is replacing Joan Keuhl, who has served as CIO at the Fort Worth-based provider of online credit products and loan installment solutions since 2016. He joined the company in 2018 as Chief Technology Officer and SVP, Technology. Earlier, he held technology roles at Rackspace, Brinks, and Bank of America. Browder earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Texas at Arlington.

Pharmapacks welcomes Ash Mehra as CIO

Pharmapacks is an e-commerce enablement platform and retail seller across major online marketplaces, including Amazon, Walmart, and Target. Previously, Mehra served as CIO, North America at Mondelēz International, and earlier, he spent 23 years in a progression of technology leadership roles at Procter & Gamble. He earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay.

Huntington Ingalls Industries names Chris Soong CIO for its Technical Solutions Division

Chris Soong, CIO for the Technical Solutions Division, Huntington Ingalls Industries Huntington Ingalls Industries

Chris Soong, CIO for the Technical Solutions Division, Huntington Ingalls Industries

While HII may be known as America’s largest military shipbuilding company (Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions), it has a large Technical Solutions division providing mission-critical national security solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide. Soong previously served as SVP & CIO of Alion Science and Technology, which HII recently acquired. He also held executive level positions at Booz Allen Hamilton and Sprint. Soong received the Corporate “CIO of the Year” ORBIE award in 2020. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech, he received a Leadership Certificate from the University of Maryland and participated in the CIO Institute at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Announces David Yoo as New CIO

Yoo comes to Vermont’s largest non-profit health insurer from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, where he served as Chief Digital Officer. Prior to that, he was the CIO for Midland Credit Management in San Diego. He earned a BS degree in Biology from University of Minnesota.

Pelican Products announces Shree Khare as Chief Information Officer

Shree Khare, Chief Information Officer, Pelican Products Pelican Products

Shree Khare, Chief Information Officer, Pelican Products

Pelican Products designs and manufactures high performance protective cases, temperature controlled packaging solutions, advanced portable lighting systems and rugged gear for professionals and outdoor enthusiasts. Khare comes to Pelican with more than 20 years of global experience in information technology. Previously, he was the CIO of Oakwood, a global extended stay hospitality provider, and he also has held senior roles at Classic Party Rentals, Mattel, and Accenture. Khare earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Engineering, both from Harvey Mudd College, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

ServiceNow Appoints Former Deloitte CIO Larry Quinlan to Its Board of Directors

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Larry Quinlan, Member, Board Of Directors, ServiceNow

Based in Santa Clara, CA, ServiceNow is a $4.5 billion workflow software company. As CIO of Deloitte from 2010 to June 2021, Quinlan was responsible for more than $2 billion and 10,000 professionals in 175 countries. Quinlan, who is still a principal at Deloitte, has been with the company for 26 years. He also leads the Deloitte CIO Academy, a program that provides leadership development to senior technology leaders at major clients who aspire to the corporate CIO role. Quinlan holds an MBA from Baruch College, City University of New York, and a BS degree in Industrial Management from the University of the West Indies.

Dine Brands Global appoints Martha Poulter to the Board of Directors

Martha Poulter, SVP & CIO, Royal Caribbean Group Dine Brands

Martha Poulter, SVP & CIO, Royal Caribbean Group

Through its Applebee's and IHOP brands, Dine Brands is one of the largest full-service restaurant companies in the world. Poulter currently serves as SVP & CIO at Royal Caribbean Group, a role she has held since 2018. Prior to Royal Caribbean, she served as EVP & CIO at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. She earned a BSE in Computer Science & Engineering from University of Connecticut, and an MBA from University of New Haven, which awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in 2016.


John Tonnison is US Foods’ new Chief Information and Digital Officer

Ervan Rodgers appointed SVP and CIO, Designer Brands

Verizon names Jane Connell SVP & CIO, Corporate Systems Group

Jackson Healthcare Appoints Bob Toupin as Chief Information Officer

Jeff Gautney to join Rush University System for Health as VP & CIO

One Inc. appoints Elizabeth Hoemeke as Chief Information Officer

Rebecca McHale named CIO at Peraton

Renown Health welcomes Chuck Podesta as Chief Information Technology Officer

Steve LeMoine appointed Chief Information Officer of Welch’s

Anchor Packaging hires Subbu Subramanian as CIO

SAIC names Dana Deasy to strategic advisory board

LL Flooring appoints Ashish Parmar to its board of directors


Pragati Mathur joins ConocoPhillips as Chief Digital and Information Officer

Naveen Krishna Joins Genuine Parts as EVP, Chief Information & Digital Officer

Southeastern Grocers taps Todd Renaud as SVP & CIO

Stewart Douglas Promoted to VP and CIO of AMETEK

Deanna Steele named CIO of Advantage Solutions

Majestic Steel hires Jeff Suellentrop as Chief Information Technology Officer

Dhritiman Saha is named EVP & CIO of The Container Store

Ivan Winfield Joins Ferrellgas as Chief Information Officer

AssuredPartners announces Sankha Ghosh as its new CIO

Ian Hyatt is named Chief Information Officer of Purdue University

ForgeRock appoints David Burden as Chief Information Officer

Keith Golden is named CIO of Volt

ScanSource Appoints Rachel Hayden as Chief Information Officer

Jason Sutton promoted to CIO at Newport News Shipbuilding

Generali Global Assistance appoints Michael Gussow U.S. Chief Information Officer

Fiserv welcomes Wafaa Mamilli to its Board of Directors

Ray Pawlicki Joins PrecisionLife as Executive Chair to the Board of Directors


Subway Appoints Donagh Herlihy Global Chief Digital and Information Officer

Johnson Controls appoints Vijay Sankaran to new CTO role

Newmark Names Sridhar Potineni as Chief Information Officer

IBM spinoff Kyndryl names Michael Bradshaw CIO

Laura Kohl is named CIO at Morningstar

Chetna Mahajan joins ZoomInfo as Chief Information Officer

Michael Rinehart named CIO of Dechert LLP

JPMorgan Chase names two new CIOs for tech units: James Reid and Melissa Goldman

Edwina Payne Joins Varsity Brands as Chief Information Officer

Scholastic promotes Raghushri Sankaran as CIO

DocuSign appoints Shanthi Iyer as its new CIO

Aravind Venkateswaran named Chief Information Officer of CIBT

Cross Country Healthcare Appoints Phillip Noe as Chief Information Officer

GS Jha named CIO for Accuray

Harish Gally has joined Composites One as Chief Information and Digital Officer 

Gregory Morrison elected to the Rollins board of directors

Atlas Air Worldwide elects Carol Zierhoffer to its board of directors


Diane Comer named Kaiser Permanente’s Chief Information and Technology Officer

Premier Bank welcomes Varun Chandhok as Chief Information Officer

Diogo Rau to join Eli Lilly as SVP and Chief Information and Digital Officer

The Hanover Insurance Group appoints Willard T. Lee Chief Information Officer

Vision Solar hires Greg Young as CIO

Tivity Health hires Sarah Richardson as Chief Information Officer

XPO Logistics announces Sandeep Sakharkar as Chief Information Officer for GXO Logistics spinOff

CNH Industrial appoints Marc Kermisch as Chief Information Officer

TESSCO Technologies announces Jesse Hillman as Chief Information Officer

Extreme Networks names John Abel Chief Information Officer

Stateless names Catherine Allshouse to its Board of Directors


Biden administration names Clare Martorana as federal government CIO

Macy’s appoints Laura Miller to Chief Information Officer position

New York Life appoints Bill Cassidy Chief Information Officer

Asurion Hires Casey Santos as Chief Information Officer

Entergy Corporation Names Michael Rhymes as Chief Information Officer

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Appoints Darla Morse EVP and CIO

Earl Newsome joins Cummins as Chief Information Officer

J.Crew Group appoints Danielle Schmelkin as Chief Information Officer

Columbia Sportswear appoints Skip Potter Chief Digital Information Officer

Capri Holdings announces Alejandro Martinez-Galindo as Chief Information Officer

CommScope Promotes Praveen Jonnala to CIO

Ron Fuschillo is the new CIO at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Javier Polit named to Forward Air’s board of directors

Verizon CIO Shankar Arumugavelu joins Seagate’s board of directors

Randy Krotowski appointed to Western Forest Products’ board


IBM announces Kathryn Guarini as CIO

Marta Zarraga Joins Capital Group as Chief Information Officer

Ryan Olivier promoted to VP and CIO at Meritor

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