New US CIO appointments, July 2021

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New CIO appointments, July 2021

Pragati Mathur joins ConocoPhillips as Chief Digital and Information Officer

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Pragati Mathur, chief digital and information officer, ConocoPhillips

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent oil and gas production company, with operations and activities in 15 countries, $19 billion in revenue, and approximately 10,000 employees. Mathur is replacing the company’s retiring CIO, Mike Pfister. In her previous role, Pragati was Chief Technology Officer at Staples. She earned a BS in Computer Information Systems and an MBA from Walsh College, Troy, MI, and an MS in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

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

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

Founded in 1928, $15.5 billion Genuine Parts Company is engaged globally in the distribution of automotive and industrial replacement parts. Most recently, Krishna was EVP and Chief Technology and Information Officer for Macy's. Prior to Macy's, he was VP of Technology for The Home Depot.

Southeastern Grocers taps Todd Renaud as SVP & CIO

Based in Jacksonville, FL, Southeastern Grocers (SEG), is the parent company of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, and one of the largest supermarket companies in the U.S. Renaud most recently was CIO for Conn’s HomePlus, a $1.5B publicly traded specialty home goods retailer based in Houston, TX. He earned a degree in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University.

Stewart Douglas Promoted to VP and CIO of AMETEK

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Stewart Douglas, VP and CIO, AMETEK

Based in Berwyn, PA, AMETEK is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, with revenue of $4.5 billion. Douglas is replacing Ken Weirman, who held the same position since joining AMETEK in 2010. Douglas joined AMETEK in 2007, serving as Division Vice President of Businesses Systems for the Aerospace & Defense and Power divisions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Salford and a Master's degree in Information Systems from the University of Kingston. Both schools are based in the United Kingdom. 

Deanna Steele named CIO of Advantage Solutions

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Deanna Steele, CIO, Advantage Solutions

The $3.2B company provides technology-enabled sales and marketing services to consumer goods manufacturers and retailers, including Adidas, , DirecTV, Netflix, Walmart, and many more. Most recently, Steele was Chief Information and Digital Officer for J.Jill, a women’s clothing, accessories, and footwear retailer. She has also led IT and digital organizations at Ingram Content Group, Ascena Retail Group, and Express Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Pepperdine University.

Majestic Steel hires Jeff Suellentrop as Chief Information Technology Officer

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Jeff Suellentrop, Chief Information Technology Officer, Majestic Steel

Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, Majestic Steel is a leader in the flat-rolled steel market, serving thousands of customers across North America. Most recently, Suellentrop was VP Enterprise Architecture and Programs at Breville, a global kitchen appliance manufacturer. He earned a BS in Industrial Management from Missouri State University.

Dhritiman Saha is named EVP & CIO of The Container Store

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Dhritiman Saha, EVP & CIO, The Container Store

Based in Copell, TX, The Container Store is a specialty retailer of storage and organization products and solutions with $900 million in revenue. Most recently, Saha the Chief Digital Officer at GameStop, the global video game retailer. Earlier, he held leadership roles at JC Penney, Target and Kohl’s. Saha holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Ivan Winfield Joins Ferrellgas as Chief Information Officer

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Ivan Winfield, CIO, Ferrellgas

Kansas City, KS-based Ferrellgas is a $2 billion distributor of propane serving customers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Most recently, Winfield spent 11 years with Seaboard Corporation, a diverse Fortune 500 multinational agribusiness and transportation conglomerate as Corporate Vice President-Information Technology and Corporate Officer. His resume also includes senior level roles at H&R Block and Ernst & Young. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA in Finance at Washington University in St. Louis.

AssuredPartners announces Sankha Ghosh as its new CIO

Headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida, AssuredPartners is a full-service insurance broker with over 8,000 employees. Most recently, Ghosh was EVP & CIO for Dollar Financial Group, where he led a 400-person global team. Prior to Dollar Financial, he held numerous IT leadership and CIO roles in GE and Synchrony Financial.

Ian Hyatt is named Chief Information Officer of Purdue University

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Ian Hyatt, CIO, Purdue University

Hyatt succeeds Karl Browning, who has served in the position since 2019 and is retiring. Hyatt comes to Purdue, which is located in West Lafayette, IN, from IGT, a global gaming company, where he had been VP of Global Services, Logistics and Fleet since 2017. He is also currently the State Command Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force and Rhode Island Air National Guard, where he has served since 1985. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.

ForgeRock appoints David Burden as Chief Information Officer

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David Burden, CIO, ForgeRock

ForgeRock is a digital identity company offering comprehensive identity and access management solutions. Burden has more than 20 years of experience working in the technology industry at large enterprises, including Apple, Hitachi, Virgin Media, and Quantcast, where he served as CIO from 2016 to 2020. He earned a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems from De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Keith Golden is named CIO of Volt

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Keith Golden, CIO, Volt

Volt is a $1 billion publicly traded workforce staffing firm based in Orange, CA. Previously, Golden served for 11 years as CIO of Econolite, a provider of traffic management systems. He earned a BS in Computer Science from George Mason University, and an Executive MBA from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. From 2018 – 2020, Golden served as Chair for the Southern California chapter of the Society for Information Management (SCSIM).

ScanSource Appoints Rachel Hayden as Chief Information Officer

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Rachel Hayden, CIO, ScanSource

Based in Greenville, SC, $3 billion ScanSource is a leading supplier of point-of-sale (POS), payments, barcode, label printing, and other technology solutions. Hayden will report to Chairman and CEO, Mike Baur. She joins ScanSource from Just Born, the candy company behind Mike and Ike®, and Hot Tamales®, where she served as the company’s Chief Information Officer. Previously, she spent five years with Berry Plastics in multiple roles, including Senior Director of IT. Hayden earned a BS in Applied Mathematics from Coastal Carolina University, and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Jason Sutton promoted to CIO at Newport News Shipbuilding

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Jason Sutton, CIO, Newport News Shipbuilding

Sutton will report to Bharat Amin, EVP & CIO of parent company, Huntington Ingalls Industries, and will also have reporting responsibilities to Jennifer Boykin, President of Newport News Shipbuilding. He joined Newport News in 2018 as Director of Operations Integration. Sutton graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and served more than 24 years in various Air Force strategic and tactical leadership roles, including Director of Communications and CIO for Air Combat Command. Sutton also holds Masters’ degrees in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, and in Engineering Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

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

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Michael Gussow, CIO, Generali Global Assistance 

GGA is a leading global provider of travel insurance and assistance, medical risk and home care management, identity and cyber protection, and other services. Prior to joining GGA, Gussow served as Senior Vice President, IT for Wyndham Destinations.

Fiserv welcomes Wafaa Mamilli to its Board of Directors

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Wafaa Mamilli, chief information and digital officer, Zoetis

Wisconsin-based Fiserv is a $14 billion global leader in payments and financial technology. Mamilli has been Chief Information and Digital Officer of Zoetis, a $6.6 billion animal health company, since January 2020. She spent more than 20 years at Eli Lilly in a variety of leadership positions including as the company’s first CISO. Mamilli earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSEA) in Rabat, Morocco, and a Master’s degree in Business Applications of Information and Technology from Université Rennes in France. In addition, she holds a General Management Certificate from the London Business School, and completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management program.

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

PrecisionLife is a global healthcare combinatorial analytics company that is headquartered near Oxford, UK, with operations in Denmark, Poland, and Cambridge, MA, USA. Earlier in his career, Pawlicki served as CIO of Biogen for six years, and CIO of Novartis for eight years. He serves on the Board of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the Board of Trustees for UMass Memorial Health Care, one of the largest health systems in Massachusetts, as well as several start-up board roles including MedRythms, Nanowear and Rockstep. He has a degree in Computer Science from Montclair University and has participated in extensive executive education programs at Harvard University and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.


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

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