New US CIO appointments, November 2021

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

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New CIO appointments, November 2021

Hertz appoints Tim Langley-Hawthorne as new CIO

Tim Langley-Hawthorne, CIO, Hertz Hertz

Tim Langley-Hawthorne, CIO, Hertz

The Hertz Corporation is a $5B company based in Estero, Florida that operates the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty vehicle rental brands around the world. Most recently, Langley-Hawthorne served as CIO at Hitachi Vantara, a high-tech subsidiary of Hitachi that operates in more than 100 countries. Before Hitachi Vantara, he spent six years at Western Union in a progression of senior technology leadership positions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting from University of Melbourne, Australia, and an executive MBA from Pepperdine University.

Kelly Services promotes Rosie Rivel to Chief Information Officer

Rosie Rivel, CIO, Kelly Services Kelly Services

Rosie Rivel, CIO, Kelly Services

Headquartered in Troy, MI, Kelly is a $4.5B specialty provider of talent in areas including science, engineering, education, office, contact center, light industrial, and more. Rivel has served as Kelly’s interim CIO since February of this year. She spent nearly a decade with Delphi Automotive prior to joining Kelly in 2009 to oversee global IT risk and compliance. Rivel graduated from University of Houston with a degree in Management Information Systems. She serves on the board of trustees at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital and as an advisory board member for Exceptional Academy, a program that offers IT security certification training to metro Detroit-area adults with disabilities.

Hackensack Meridian Health names Kash Patel EVP and Chief Information and Digital Engagement Officer

Based in Edison, New Jersey, Hackensack Meridian Health is the state’s largest and most comprehensive health network, including 16 hospitals, a network of primary care physicians, and multiple outpatient and ambulatory care centers. Patel joins HMH from Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, where he served as Chief Digital Technology Officer. He holds a degree in Engineering from the University of Sheffield in the UK.

Gray Construction selects Kellie Christensen as CIO

Kellie Christensen, CIO, Gray Construction Gray Construction

Kellie Christensen, CIO, Gray Construction

Founded in 1960 and based in Lexington, Kentucky, Gray is a privately held, fully integrated provider of engineering, design, construction, and smart manufacturing services to domestic and international customers. Most recently, Christensen served as CIO at Banner Engineering, a global manufacturer of electronic sensors, industrial lighting and IoT products based in Plymouth, Minnesota. She first joined Banner in 1993 as a Manufacturing Systems Manager. Christensen holds a BA in Business Administration from University of Minnesota, and an MBA from University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

Shirin Hamid to become the CIO of the International Monetary Fund

Governed by its 190 member countries, the IMF promotes international financial stability and monetary cooperation, facilitates international trade, promotes employment and sustainable economic growth, and helps to reduce global poverty. Hamid is expected to assume her new role on January 4, 2022. Most recently, she was the Director General and CIO at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), where, since 2016, she has led a team of over 600 IT personnel. Prior to the ADB, Hamid spent 11 years at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as Chief Technology Officer. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Systems Analysis and Design from City University of London, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Coventry University, also in England.

The Recording Academy appoints David Gregory to CIO position

The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals, and celebrates artistic excellence through its prestigious GRAMMY Awards. Previously, Gregory served for six years as Vice President of Technology Resources at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. Earlier, he was Vice President of Technology at Smith College, and CIO of Colgate University. Gregory holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree of Music from the University of Michigan, and a certificate in music for film and television from Berklee College.

Raman Mehta joins Johnson Electric as CIO

Raman Mehta, CIO, Johnson Electric  Johnson Electric 

Raman Mehta, CIO, Johnson Electric 

Johnson Electric is a provider of motion products, control systems and flexible interconnects. The company employs more than 35,000 people and operates in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and Europe. Mehta will report to CEO Patrick Wang and work from the company’s Hong Kong headquarters. Most recently, Mehta was CIO at Visteon, a $3B global automotive supplier based in Detroit that is focused on cockpit electronics. Earlier, he held the CIO role at the electronics manufacturers Fabrinet, and Ewie. He earned a BE degree in Electrical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India, and an Executive MBA from University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) welcomes Vinil Devabhaktuni as CIO

Vinil Devabhaktuni, CIO, Inland Empire Health Plan Inland Empire Health Plan

Vinil Devabhaktuni, CIO, Inland Empire Health Plan

Based in Rancho Cucamonga, California, IEHP is the largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid plan in the country. Devabhaktuni joins IEHP from Health New England, where he served as Chief Information and Technology Officer. Prior to his role at Health New England, he served as Vice President, Digital Transformation Officer at AIG in New York. Devabhaktuni holds a BS degree in Organic Chemistry from Nagarjuna University in India, and an MBA from Bay Path University in Massachusetts.

Tyler Technologies appoints Kevin Iwersen as new Chief Information Officer

Kevin Iwersen, CIO, Tyler Technologies  Tyler Technologies 

Kevin Iwersen, CIO, Tyler Technologies 

Based in Plano, Texas, Tyler Technologies (NYSE: TYL) provides integrated software and technology services to the public sector. Most recently, Iwerson served as CIO for the Idaho Judicial Branch. He will work closely with former CIO Matt Bieri until Bieri's retirement in early 2022. Iwersen holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Seattle Pacific University and a Master's degree in Information Security/Interdisciplinary Technology from Eastern Michigan University. He served as adjunct professor at Boise State University, teaching graduate coursework in information technology and public policy, and he is a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Boston Children's Hospital names Heather Nelson CIO

Boston Children's is ranked the number one pediatric hospital in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. It is home to the world's largest pediatric research enterprise, and is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School. Nelson joins Boston Children's from University of Chicago Medicine, where she most recently served as SVP & CIO. Earlier, she was the senior director of applications and IT operations at Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Health. Nelson earned a BS degree in Biology from Alma College, and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University.

Bryan Self joins Gateway First Bank as Chief Information Officer

Bryan Self, CIO, Gateway First Bank Gateway First Bank

Bryan Self, CIO, Gateway First Bank

Oklahoma-based Gateway First has over 160 mortgage centers in 42 states, six bank branches in Oklahoma, $1.9 billion in assets and nearly 1,600 employees. Previously, Self worked at Arvest Bank as IT Executive Director, where he led a team of over 130 technologists. He earned a BS in Business Administration and Management from University of Arkansas.

Bhavani Koneru appointed to Oakland University CIO post

Bhavani Koneru, CIO, Oakland University Oakland University

Bhavani Koneru, CIO, Oakland University

Oakland University is a public research university in Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, Michigan. It is the second largest university in the Detroit Metropolitan Area, serving nearly 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Most recently, Koneru served as Vice President for ITS and Chief Information Officer at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Earlier, she spent 15 years at Wayne State University in a progression of senior IT roles. Koneru earned a degree in Electronics & Telecommunications from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, an MBA from Walsh College, and an MS in Computer Science from Wayne State University.

Shaam Farooq is named CIO and CISO at Hyliion

Shaam Farooq, CIO and CISO, Hyliion Hyliion

Shaam Farooq, CIO and CISO, Hyliion

Hyliion (the name is a play on Hybrid-Lithium-Ion) is a publicly traded provider of electrified powertrain solutions for the commercial transportation industry. Most recently, Farooq was a consultant providing interim CIO/CTO/CISO and digital transformation-related advisory services to clients in varied industries, including manufacturing, energy, and electric vehicles. Earlier, he served as CIO of Jonah Energy for five years. Farooq holds a bachelor’s degree in MIS from University of Houston and attended Rice University and MIT Sloan School of Management for his graduate studies in digital transformation and cyber security.

Rubrik names Yvonne Wassenaar to its board of directors

Yvonne Wassenaar, CEO, Puppet Puppet

Yvonne Wassenaar, CEO, Puppet

Wassenaar brings deep SaaS experience to the data security company, having served as CIO of New Relic, and in other key leadership positions at VMware and Accenture. Currently, Wassenaar is the CEO of Puppet, and serves on the Board of Directors for Forrester, Anaplan, and Harvey Mudd College. She has been recognized as a Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley, a member of the Boardlist’s Top 20, a SF Business Times Public Company CIO Award Winner, and a WSJ Woman of Note. She earned a BA in Economics and an MBA from UCLA.

New CIO appointments, October 2021

Mike Amend is Ford’s new Chief Digital and Information Officer

Gill Haus Named CIO of Consumer & Community Banking at JPMorgan Chase

Bank of America promotes Aditya Bhasin to Chief Technology and Information Officer

Joe Crescitelli named CIO of NBCUniversal

Judith Conklin appointed CIO of the Library of Congress

Zayo Appoints Ginna Raahauge as Chief Information Officer

Stanford Health names Dr. Michael Pfeffer CIO

Cooper Standard appoints Soma Venkat as Chief Information Technology Officer

Rafi Mohamed named CIO of O&G Industries

Ryan Companies Names Troy Zierden Chief Information Officer

FDA officially appoints Vid Desai to CIO post

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Appoints Chandana Kathuria CIO

Pendrick Capital Partners Hires Rizwan Bashir as CIO

Jennifer Greer-Glanville is named CIO of Legends

Jamf appoints Linh Lam as Chief Information Officer

Ron Guerrier Joins Equinix Board of Directors

Dropbox’s first CIO, Sylvie Veilleux, Joins H1’s Board of Directors

Shoe Carnival Appoints Diane Randolph to Board of Directors

Rahul Merchant is joining Kyndryl’s board of directors


Alorica appoints Mike Clifton as its new Chief Information Officer

Diebold Nixdorf Names Teresa Ostapower as Chief Information Officer

Edmund Siy named Chief Information Officer for Hunterdon Healthcare

Christie Nader is the Global CIO at Jet Aviation

Varun Gadhok is the CIO for Surgery Partners

Larry Browder is promoted to Chief Information Officer at Elevate

Pharmapacks welcomes Ash Mehra as CIO

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

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

Pelican Products announces Shree Khare as Chief Information Officer

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

Dine Brands Global appoints Martha Poulter to the Board of Directors


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

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