New US CIO appointments, November 2020

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

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Tech Data names Bonnie Smith as chief information officer

Bonnie Smith, chief information officer, Tech Data Bonnie Smith, chief information officer, Tech Data

Smith brings more than 30 years of experience running global shared services operations and large-scale transformation initiatives to her new position. Ranked number 90 on the Fortune 500 list, Tech Data helps companies like HP, Apple, Cisco, and Microsoft bring their products to market. Previously, Smith served as Vice President and CIO at Lear Corporation for four years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from University of Chicago with concentrations in International Business and Economics.

Union Pacific names Rahul Jalali as CIO

Rahul Jalali, CIO, Union Pacific Rahul Jalali, CIO, Union Pacific

In his new role, Jalali will be responsible for the development, execution and ongoing operation of all IT and telecommunication services and strategy for the $20 billion railroad company, which connects 23 states in the western two thirds of the country. Jalali joined the organization from Walmart, where he had been for many years, most recently leading global technology as Vice President, Walmart International. He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science.

Whirlpool Corporation names Danielle Brown SVP and CIO

Danielle Brown, SVP and CIO, Whirlpool Corporation Danielle Brown, SVP and CIO, Whirlpool Corporation

Effective November 1st, Brown has joined Whirlpool, a $20 billion kitchen and laundry appliance company that markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Amana, JennAir, and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. Previously, Brown served as VP & CIO at Brunswick Corporation. Brown holds a BS in computer science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as a master’s degree in management information systems from Penn State and an MBA from Drexel University. She is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Mark Hill appointed chief digital information officer at CSL Behring

Mark Hill, chief digital information officer, CSL Behring Mark Hill, chief digital information officer, CSL Behring

In his new role, Hill will lead the enterprise-wide digital technology organization for the $9 billion biopharma company, including Seqirus, a subsidiary focused on influenza vaccines. Previously, Hill was SVP & CIO at Gilead Sciences. He also held leadership roles with Merck and Schering-Plough earlier in his career. A U.S. Army veteran, Hill earned a BS degree in Organizational Management from Tusculum College and an Executive MBA in Information Technology Management from Christian Brothers University.

The Wendy’s Company appoints Kevin Vasconi as CIO

Kevin Vasconi, CIO, The Wendy’s Company Kevin Vasconi, CIO, The Wendy’s Company

Vasconi joins the $1+ billion fast food chain with more than 30 years of IT experience and will be responsible for all areas of Wendy’s global technology effort, including digital, enterprise architecture, and information security. Previously, he was with Domino’s Pizza for more than eight years, most recently as executive vice president, CIO. Vasconi holds a BS in Technology from Purdue University.

Brunswick Corporation promotes Michael Adams to vice president, CIO

Michael Adams, vice president, CIO, Brunswick Corporation Michael Adams, vice president, CIO, Brunswick Corporation

Adams will be responsible for all information systems enterprise-wide, IT transformation, and digital initiatives for the nearly $5 billion indoor/outdoor consumer product manufacturer. Adams joined the organization in 2017 as Vice President, Chief Architect, and has held successive IT leadership roles. Previously, he had been with DuPont for many years, most recently as Global Infrastructure Center of Competency (CoC) Leader, DuPont IT. Adams holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science from William & Mary, as well as an MBA from Drexel University.

Casey Decker joins Hy-Vee as chief information officer

Casey Decker, chief information officer, Hy-Vee Casey Decker, chief information officer, Hy-Vee

Decker will lead IT strategy and oversee all information systems and technology operations for the grocery chain, which has 275 stores across eight Midwestern states. He will also lead all innovations and initiatives for online and digital channels for the $11 billion company. Decker comes to Hy-Vee after serving as the chief information officer of FBL Financial Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Drake University as well as a master's degree in Management of Information Systems from DePaul University.

CF Industries names Julie Scheck Freigang as VP & chief information officer

Freigang will be responsible for the $4 billion chemical manufacturing company’s global information technology strategy and operations, and cybersecurity. Prior to joining CF, Freigang was vice president, chief information officer at Franklin Electric. Previously, she served in information technology leadership roles at Eaton. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Valparaiso University.

Marsh & McLennan Companies appoints Paul Beswick SVP & CIO

Paul Beswick, SVP & CIO, Marsh & McLennan Companies Paul Beswick, SVP & CIO, Marsh & McLennan Companies

Beswick has replaced Scott Gilbert, who is retiring from the $17 billion company, which provides professional services in the areas of risk, strategy and people. Previously, Beswick worked at Oliver Wyman, a Marsh & McLennan company, for over two decades, partnering with clients in a range of sectors on strategic, operational and technology issues. He also founded and led the business’s digital practice. Paul holds an MA (first class) in chemical engineering from Cambridge University.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island promotes Dave Comella to vice president and chief information officer

Dave Comella, vice president and chief information officer, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Dave Comella, vice president and chief information officer, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

In his new role, Comella oversees strategy for the Information Technology (IT) department, focusing on facilitating the company’s transformation to a digital marketplace and evolving to best meet customer needs. He first joined the organization as an analyst and project leader in 2003. Comella earned his bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems & Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, and an MBA from Bryant University.

Archrock names Mark Lennon as CIO and vice president of IT

Mark Lennon, CIO and vice president of IT, Archrock Mark Lennon, CIO and vice president of IT, Archrock

Lennon joins the nearly $1 billion midstream natural gas compression energy infrastructure company with more than 20 years of IT leadership. In his new role, he will oversee the company’s IoT technology platform to harness modern technology while managing and improving systems and processes. He joins the organization from JLT, a Marsh McLennan company, where he was CIO Americas & Global Reinsurance. Prior to that, Lennon was CIO of Americas for Maersk Oil. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Avionics while in the Royal Air Force and a Master’s degree in software engineering from Robert Gordon University.

Seibels appoints Rao Tadepalli chief information officer

Rao Tadepalli, chief information officer, Seibels Rao Tadepalli, chief information officer, Seibels

In his new role, Tadepalli will oversee software development, implementation and support, data center operations and infrastructure, as well as digital transformation and insurtech initiatives. Seibels is a property and casualty insurance industry business process services (BPS) and third-party administration (TPA) provider. Most recently, Tadepalli served as Chief Information Officer at Great American Insurance. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Madras and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Andhra University.

Charles River Labs appoints George Llado, CIO of Alexion, to board of directors

George Llado, CIO, Alexion George Llado, CIO, Alexion

Llado, presently senior vice president and CIO with Alexion Pharmaceuticals, has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for Charles River Laboratories, the $2.6 billion clinical laboratory specialist with more than 90 facilities in over 20 countries. Llado will serve on the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the Compensation Committee, and will advise on the continuing digital transformation of the organization. Llado has been in his current role with Alexion since January 2015, and prior to that was with Merck & Co. for more than 25 years. He holds a BS in Computer Science from New York Institute of Technology.

Marvin welcomes Rick Johnson, CIO of Sonoco, to its board of directors

Johnson brings significant business experience to the Warroad, Minnesota-based maker of windows and doors. He currently serves as the Corporate Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Sonoco, a global producer of consumer and industrial packaging solutions based in Hartsville, SC. At Sonoco, Johnson leads the Information Technology organization and is a member of the Executive Committee

New CIO appointments added October 14, 2020

Harrison Lewis appointed Senior Vice President, CIO with Grocery Outlet

Lewis brings more than 15 years of experience as a CIO in the grocery sector to Grocery Outlet, a retailer of consumables and fresh products sold through a network of independently owned and operated stores. He comes to the organization from Northgate Gonzalez, where he was most recently CIO, CPO, and Digital Business Head. Prior to that, he was Vice President and CIO with Haggen. Lewis has a B.S in Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

HP names Ron Guerrier as Global Chief Information Officer

Guerrier joins the $58B technology company from the State of Illinois, where he served as CIO and Secretary of Innovation & Technology since February 2019. Prior to that, he was CIO for Express Scripts, CIO for Farmers Insurance, as well as CIO for Toyota North America. Guerrier holds a Bachelors in Economics and Finance from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – College of Business and a Master’s degree in Operations Management and Supervision from North Park University.

Cigna names Noelle Eder as Global CIO

noelle eder Cigna

Eder will oversee Cigna’s global IT strategy and will head up the development and delivery of next-generation capabilities and solutions for the $153B life and health insurance organization. She joins the company from Hilton Worldwide Holdings, where she was Chief Information and Digital Officer. She had previously held senior IT leadership roles with Capital One and Intuit. Eder holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University.

Bridgestone Americas appoints Taren Rodabaugh as CIO

taren rodabaugh Bridgestone Americas

Rodabaugh joins the company from Harley-Davidson, where she was also CIO. In her new role, she will lead IT strategy and operations for the $16B tire maker, supporting its continuing development as a sustainable mobility and advanced solutions company. Rodabaugh holds a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Management from Miami University, and an MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.

Pacific Gas & Electric names Ajay Waghray as Senior Vice President and CIO

Ajay Waghray, Senior Vice President and CIO, Pacific Gas & Electric Pacific Gas & Electric

Waghray joins the organization from Agni Growth Ventures, where he served as Managing Partner for the last year. Prior to that, he was CTO for Assurant. In his new role, he will define and execute an IT strategy and roadmap in support of PG&E Corporation and its utility subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Waghray holds a BE Hons degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, an MS degree in Computer Science from West Virginia University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Walt Disney Company hires Diane Jurgens as CIO

Diane Jurgens, CIO, Walt Disney Company Walt Disney Company

Jurgens will have responsibility for all of the $69B media company’s enterprise technology, including business systems, infrastructure, workforce enablement, as well as for planning, operations and execution of Disney IT systems. She joins the organization from BHP, where she was CTO for several years, based in Singapore. She had previously held several senior IT leadership roles with General Motors. Jurgens has both a Bachelors and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, and an MBA from Seattle University.

Zylo appoints Adobe CIO Cynthia Stoddard to its Board of Directors

Stoddard, Senior Vice President and CIO with Adobe, has joined the board of directors for Zylo, the SaaS management platform for cloud-forward enterprises. She has been with Adobe since 2016, and prior to that held the same title with NetApp for several years. Stoddard earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Western New England College and an MBA from Marylhurst University.

Sempra Energy promotes Ben Gordon to Senior Vice President, CIO and Chief Digital Officer

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