New CIO appointments: January 2020

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 January 8, 2020

Joe Bruhin appointed senior vice president and CIO for Breakthru Beverages

Bruhin joins the organization from Constellation Brands, where he was CIO. In his new role, he will oversee strategic IT initiatives. Bruhin has both a Bachelor of Science in Computational and Applied Mathematics and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Michelle Borninkhof promoted to US CIO with McDonald's

Borninkhof joined the organization as vice president US Operations in August 2018 and was previously in IT leadership roles at Walmart for several years. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

Sunitha Chamarti named CIO for Guardian Life Insurance

Charmarti joined the firm after nearly four years as global vice president of IT with Aon. She holds a Bachelors in Science degree from Osmania University.

Lynn Bishop promoted to CIO with Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation

Bishop, with the organization for more than a decade, most recently as chief development officer, now has oversight for development, testing, communication and processing systems, as well as all IT applications related to the company’s products and services. Additionally, Bishop was recently appointed as a senior sponsor of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit closing the gender gap in IT.

MyEyeDr. Appoints Bill Tingle as chief information and digital officer

Tingle was most recently senior vice president and CIO of PODS Enterprises, LLC. He brings more than 20 years of IT leadership experience to MyEyeDr., a network of 500 vision care centers in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest and Southeast United States. He holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University.

Harold Bruss named senior vice president and CIO for Safelite Glass

Bruss’s new role will involve all IT operations including strategy. Previously, he was senior vice president and CIO for Ascena Retail Group. Bruss holds a Bachelor of Science degree in MIS from The Max M. Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University.

NPD Group promotes Darren Person to global CIO

Darren Person, global CIO, NPD Group NPD Group

Darren Person, global CIO

Person joined the organization early in 2019 as chief data strategy officer. His new role now encompasses operations and IT, and he spearheads development of the company’s technology platform so as to address client needs by means of innovative data and analytics. Previously, Person was with RELX Group, where he held a number of key roles driving the technology vision, strategy and execution from cloud migration to implementations of enterprise scale data and analytics. 

Person has a BS in Computer Information Science from Ithaca College and an MBA from Columbia Business School at Columbia University.

Sysco appoints Michael Foster to chief information and technology officer

Foster was most recently CIO and CTO for CN Railway, and was previously senior vice president IT/CIO FedEx Freight with FedEx Services, where he had been employed for many years. In his new role, he is responsible for strategic technology initiatives with Sysco. Foster has a BA in International Business from Richmond – The American University in London.

Invitation Homes names Virginia Suliman as executive vice president and CIO

Suliman will lead the IT team as well as create technology strategy for the organization. Previously, she was senior vice president of software engineering at Hilton Worldwide, where she held roles of increasing responsibility and IT leadership for more than 20 years. Suliman has a degree from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Rhonda Vetere named executive vice president and CIO for Herbalife

Vetere joins the organization with a deep back ground that includes chief information & technology officer with Estee Lauder Companies and senior vice president, managing director global technology & infrastructure for AIG. In her new role, she will have global responsibility for the IT organization, inclusive of strategy and implementation. Vetere holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University.

State Street appoints Brian Franz as CIO

Franz joins the company from Diageo PLC where he was for many years, most recently as chief productivity officer leading the IT organization. In his new role, Franz will focus on client and employee experience, agile innovation and productivity, and achieving the status of a digital-first organization.

McKesson names Nancy Flores as executive vice president, CIO, and CTO

Flores succeeds Kathy McElligott, who is retiring, and joins the firm from Johnson Controls, where she was CIO. Flores’ new role will entail responsibility for the company’s technology governance, IT security and risk management, infrastructure and service delivery, as well as enterprise IT strategy.

Flores holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and Mathematics from Regis University, and a master’s degree in Mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines.

Tyler Best appointed CIO with Adient

Best joins the organization from Hertz, where he was executive vice president and CIO. Prior to that, he was CIO with YP, The Real Yellow Pages. Best holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University.

Newport Group appoints Wayne Haughey as CIO

Haughey joins the retirement services provider from TIAA Financial Services, where he was Head of Retail Product Technology and CIO of TIAA Bank. In his new role, he will oversee the Technology and Digital Innovation team. Haughey holds a B.S.B.A. in computer information systems from Northern Arizona University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Regional Management appoints Joseph Kurian A. Manavalan as CTO

Manavalan is responsible for the leadership of Regional’s information technology and digital product management teams with a special emphasis on delivering digital transformation across the enterprise.  He was previously chief digital officer for the organization and ran digital product management at the firm.  Manavalan has nearly 20 years of cross-functional leadership experience, a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Madras, a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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New CIO appointments added Nov. 6, 2019

GrainCorp Malt names Nina Palludan as CIO    

Palludan will be a key contributor for the company’s IT strategy and planning process for all business units. She joins the firm from FourD2, where she was Principal Architect and Proprietor, as well as from Hanna Andersson, where she was CIO. Palludan has a BS in Management Information Systems from California State University, Long Beach. 

Par Pacific Holdings appoints Sudhakar Virupakshi as Vice President of IT and CIO

Virupakshi is responsible for developing and executing on the overall enterprise-wide IT strategy. He joined the firm most recently from HollyFrontier Corporation, where he had been Vice President – IT (Corp. Functions – Architecture & Strategies) and was previously Chief Architect & Director for Tesoro Corporation. Virupakshi holds an MBA from Bangalore University.

The Hartford appoints Deepa Soni as CIO

Deepa Soni, CIO, The Hartford The Hartford

Deepa Soni, CIO

In Soni’s new role, she will be responsible for heading up technology strategy and delivery for the organization, with special emphasis on delivering digital transformation. She joins the company from BMO Financial Group, where she was CIO (U.S.). Soni has a Bachelor of Technology from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Doug King promoted to Senior Vice President and CIO with Northwestern Medicine

King was previously Vice President, Information Services, Applications & Technology for the organization and was CIO for Northwestern University – The Feinberg School of Medicine prior to that. King holds a BS in Information Systems from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Benedictine University.

Richard Entrup joins Verizon Business Group

Richard Entrup Verizon Business Group

Richard Entrup, Managing Director, Enterprise Innovation and 5G Solutions

Entrup joined Verizon (Business Group) as Managing Director, Enterprise Innovation and 5G Solutions. In his new role, Richard is responsible for helping customers explore how they can leverage 5G and emerging technology in support of business transformation and creating enhanced client experiences. This includes 5G, IOT, AR/VR/MR, AI/ML, Location Services, and Computer Vision. Prior to Verizon, Richard was Global CIO at Christie’s, where he led global technology operations, cybersecurity, e-Commerce, digital transformation, and strategic innovation.

Korn Ferry appoints Brandon Johnson as Senior Vice President and CIO

Johnson leads the development and execution of the worldwide corporate IT strategy for the organization. He joined the company from RGP, where he was most recently Executive Vice President Corporate Operations and CIO. Johnson as a BBA in Computer Information Systems from the University of Texas at El Paso, an MS in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus, and an MS in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Richard Cox Jr. joins Cox Enterprises as Senior Vice President and CIO

Cox joins the organization from the City of Atlanta, where he was on loan for the previous 15 months as COO. Prior to that, he joined Cox Automotive, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, in 2013 where he was Vice President of Client Performance and Vice President of Business Operations and Customer Care, with particular areas of emphasis within other subsidiaries, Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. Cox has a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University and an MBA from Kennesaw State University – Michael J. Coles College of Business.

Harvard Maintenance appoints William Velez as CIO

William Velez Harvard Maintenance

William Velez, CIO

Velez is responsible for IT strategy and operations spanning the enterprise, with a special focus on digital business transformation. Previously, he was CIO for Intermex Wire Transfer. Velez has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, a Masters’ degree in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds an MBA from The Wharton School, also at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jim Swanson named Executive Vice President and Group CIO for Johnson & Johnson

Swanson’s new role involves the strategic use of technology to expand the firm’s global impact. He joins the organization from Bayer, where he was CIO and Head of Digital Transformation, Crop Science. Prior to that, he was with Monsanto for several years, as CIO. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Science in BioScience and BioTechnology and an MS in Computer Science, both from Drexel University. 

Nicole Rosenberger appointed Vice President of IT for Pacira Pharmaceuticals

Rosenberger oversees the strategy, direction, and management of all IT systems across the organization. Most recently, she was Global Head, Corporate IT Functions at Celgene. Rosenberger holds a BS degree in Management Information Systems and Computer Science from Western Connecticut State University.

Astin Thomas named CIO for Sunbelt Transformer

Thomas brings nearly 15 years of business technology leadership experience to Sunbelt Transformer. Most recently, he was Vice President, IT Enterprise Applications for Thermon Group Holdings. He has a BSc in Information Technology from Western Governors University, Austin, TX, and a M. Eng., Cybersecurity Policy & Compliance, from The George Washington University, Washington DC.

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New CIO appointments added Sept. 23, 2019

Northwestern Mutual appoints Neal Sample as CIO

Neal Sample has been named CIO at Northwestern Mutual. He comes to the company from ExpressScripts, where he was most recently COO, and prior to that, CIO. Additionally, he held IT leadership roles at American Express. Sample holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Stanford University in computer science and M.S. and B.S. degrees in computer science from the University of Wyoming.

TammyLynne Jonas named CIO at Self Esteem Brands

tammylynne jonas Self Esteem Brands

TammyLynne Jonas, CIO

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