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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Wolfson will lead IT, informatics and digital strategy at the firm. She joins the company from Xerox, where she was CIO, and the Wyndham Hotel Group, where she was also CIO. Wolfson holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Queens College and has a master’s degree in technology management from Columbia University.

Greg Higham appointed CIO for Malwarebytes

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Greg Higham

Higham, with more than a quarter century of IT leadership experience, will oversee security, business applications and operations for the company. He was previously in leadership roles with Marketo and other organizations. He earned a degree in computer technology from CDI.

Roshan Navagamuwa named CIO for CVS Health

Navagamuwa had most recently been the interim CIO for the organization, and will oversee the integration of Aetna’s IT organization into the current IT organization, as part of last year’s acquisition. Previously, he had served as senior vice president for client services and vice president for government Ssstems for the company. Navagamuwa holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Denison University.

Phil Steitz named CTO for Nextiva

Steitz, as the company’s first CTO, is responsible for product development, engineering, architecture and overall technology strategy for the company. He previously held the CTO role at Pegasus Solutions, Edgenuity, Deem and American Express. Steitz has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Beloit College and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Maryland.

Carlo Pochintesta named as CIO for Barnes & Noble

Pochintesta was previously CIO for Rag & Bone Holdings. In his new role, he will oversee IT, telecommunication networks and computer systems, as well as technology resources and strategy for the company. Pochintesta holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Pace University.

Craig Richardville named senior vice president and CIO for SCL Health

Richardville will oversee the management of IT strategy and operations, enterprise systems, applications, security, infrastructure, automation, and digital transformation for the organization. He was previously senior vice president and CIAO for Carolinas HealthCare System. Richardville has a bachelor’s degree in both business administration and computer systems and an MBA in finance from the University of Toledo.

Dan Morales appointed CIO for Universal Music Group

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Dan Morales

Morales will be responsible for the company’s global technology platforms and creating new systems for analytics and data. He joins the organization from eBay, where he was CIO. Morales has a BA in managerial studies from Rice University.

Cisco appoints Jacqueline Guichelaar as Global CIO

Guichelaar will oversee all technology infrastructure, application development and digital strategy for the organization. Previously, she was group CIO at Thomson Reuters and has also held senior IT leadership roles with Lloyds Banking Group and Deutsche Bank.

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New CIO appointments added Jan. 29, 2019

Providence St. Joseph Health hires B.J. Moore as CIO

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B.J. Moore

As CIO at Providence St. Joseph Health, B.J. Moore will be at the helm of transforming and modernizing all aspects of technology for the company. He was previously with Microsoft for nearly 20 years, where he was most recently vice president of enterprise commerce and compliance — cloud & AI. Moore has a BS degree from Colorado State University.

Justin Mennen now senior vice president and CIO at Rite Aid

As senior vice president and CIO at Rite Aid, Justin Mennen will oversee all aspects of the company’s technology and information operations. He joins the organization from CompuCom, where he was chief digital officer and CIO. Mennen has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Dan Shirk named senior vice president and CIO for Masonite

Dan Shirk has been named senior vice president and CIO for Masonite. Prior to that he was vice president, Information Systems and Project Management Office for Ascena Retail Group, and previously he held leadership roles at Boral Stone Products and Owens Corning. He holds a BS degree in welding engineering from The Ohio State University.

Arif Dar now CIO for SpartanNash

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Arif Dar

As CIO of SpartanNash, Arif Dar will have ownership, development, and execution of IT strategy for the entire company, including enterprise architecture management, application management, security and risk management, and infrastructure and operations support management. He was previously CIO for SC Johnson and Sons. Dar holds a BS degree in electronics & electrical engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology in Lahore, Pakistan, a Master of Science degree in Communication Systems and Radio Engineering from King's College, University of London, and an MBA in MIS and operations from the University of Western Ontario.

Mike McCranie announced as new CIO for Interstate Batteries

Mike McCranie has been named CIO of Interstate Batteries. He was most recently senior vice president and CIO at Serta Simmons Bedding and prior to that, he was vice president of information technology, CIO for Thomas & Betts.

Michael Ruttledge named CIO for Citizens Financial Group

As CIO of Citizens Financial Group, Michael Ruttledge is responsible for all areas of the company’s IT. Previously, he was senior vice president of technology and unit CIO with American Express, where he had been for many years. Ruttledge has a Master of Science degree in information systems from Brighton University in the United Kingdom.

Aaron Geiger now CTO with Alberici Group

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Aaron Geiger

In his new role as CTO of Alberici Group, Aaron Geiger is responsible for the overall technology roadmap for the enterprise, focusing on driving operational excellence. Most recently, he was CTO for ARCO National Construction and was previously CIO for Murphy Company. He has a BS degree in finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia Trulaske College of Business.

Barbie Bigelow named senior vice president and CIO with Black & Veatch

Barbie Bigelow was selected to lead Black & Veatch’s digital strategy and oversee IT functions. She was most recently senior vice president and CIO for Jacobs Engineering. Bigelow holds a BS degree in biology/chemistry from Tusculum University and a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Daniel Curling promoted to senior vice president and CIO at Asurion

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Daniel Curling

Daniel Curling has been named senior vice president and CIO at Asurion. Promoted from vice president of enterprise technology services, he will now oversee core technology operations and security for the company. He was previously vice president of delivery at Sabre Hospitality Solutions. Curling has a bachelor’s degree in MIS from Texas A&M University.

Exide Technologies names Brian Woodworth senior vice president and CIO

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Brian Woodworth

Brian Woodworth has been named senior vice president and CIO at Exide Technologies. Formerly CIO for Phillips Pet Food & Supplies, he will lead IT for Exide via innovation and with a solid technology infrastructure. He holds a BS degree in computer science from the University of Michigan.

Keith Schlosser named CIO at AXIS Capital

As CIO of AXIS Capital, Keith Schlosser will lead global IT strategy for the firm, with an emphasis on growth, digital, and change initiatives. He was previously executive vice president and CIO for Chubb International. Schlosser holds a degree from Western Connecticut State University.

TruGreen appoints Ayman Taha to CIO

Ayman Taha was named CIO at TruGreen. Previously, he was senior vice president of enterprise technology solutions at MGM Resorts. In his new role, he will be responsible for digital technology development.

Stuart Kippelman named CIO at Parsons

As CIO at Parsons, Stuart Kippelman will be tasked with collaborating with business leaders on IT innovations, standards, data analytics, business intelligence, infrastructure, security, and technical services, among other areas. He was previously CIO at Johnson & Johnson and Covanta. Kippelman has a BS degree in both business and information systems and an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix.

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New CIO appointments added Dec. 18, 2018

Lowe’s appoints Seemantini Godbole as CIO

As CIO at Lowe’s, Seemantini Godbole will oversee all IT strategies and initiatives for the company. She joins the firm from Target, where she was senior vice president (technology). Godbole has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology in India and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas Tech University.

Raj Kalathur named CIO for Deere and Company

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Raj Kalathur

Raj Kalathur, previously senior vice president and CFO for Deere and Company, adds CIO to his title. This move will help position IT as a strategic competitive advantage for the company. Kalathur has a MS degree in industrial engineering from the University of Alabama and an MBA from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business.

CNO Financial names Mike Mead senior vice president and CIO

Mike Mead has been named senior vice president and CIO at CNO Financial.In these roles, he will oversee the development and implementation of strategy for information systems and infrastructure across the enterprise. Mead joined the firm from AIG, where he was most recently senior vice president, transformation executive. He has a BBA degree from Texas Tech University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Twila Day now vice president and CIO for Huntsman

Twila Day has been named vice president and CIO at Huntsman. Prior to that, Day was managing director for Alvarez & Marsal and previously worked for Genesys Works Houston and Sysco. Day has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Atilla Tinic named senior vice president and CIO for DISH  

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Atilla Tinic

As senior vice president and CIO at DISH, Atilla Tinic is responsible for delivering best-in-class customer, employee, and partner experiences via innovation across DISH’s brands. He was most recently senior vice president enterprise BSS & international IT with CenturyLink, where he’d held many senior IT leadership roles over the course of several years. Tinic has a BA degree from Western University and a MS degree from the University of Denver.

Alan Douville promoted to CIO at Stryker

Alan Douville has been named CIO at Stryker. Prior to this position, he was vice president of global IS services and Asia Pacific IS for the company and was previously with Whirlpool Corporation. He holds both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Maine.

John Kehoe named CIO for Xylem

John Kehoe has been named CIO at Xylem. Prior to that, he was senior vice president and CIO for Valmont Industries and previously had been with Rockwell Collins for many years. He has a BS degree from Friends University and an MBA from Belhaven University.

Joseph Pekala appointed senior vice president and CIO at Owens & Minor

In his new role as senior vice president and CIO at Owens & Minor, Joseph Pekala will be responsible for the firm’s overall technology direction, including global IT services, platform delivery, and technology for the company’s products, services, and internal initiatives. He was previously senior vice president and CIO for ACCO Brands. Pekala holds a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University and an MBA from the University of Georgia.

Kristin Darby now enterprise CIO with Envision Healthcare

Kristin Darby has been named enterprise CIO at Envision Healthcare. Previously, she was CIO with Cancer Treatment Centers of America, as well as CIO and vice president for Tenet Healthcare. She holds a BS degree from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Henley Management College in England.

Bryon Clymer appointed CIO for Lockton

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Bryon Clymer

As CIO at Lockton, Bryon Clymer will oversee all IT initiatives for the organization. He was most recently a principal with Approach Logic and was previously CIO for Freightquote.com. Clymer has a BS degree in physics from Nebraska Wesleyan University and an MS degree in computer science from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

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New CIO appointments added Nov. 6, 2018

Caesars Entertainment appoints Denise Clark to board of directors

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Denise Clark

Denise Clark was appointed to the board of directors for Caesars Entertainment. Currently a board member for United Natural foods, Clark was formerly senior vice president and CIO for both Estee Lauder and Hasbro. She received a BS degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia and an MBA from San Jose State University.

Merck names Jim Scholefield as chief information and digital officer

In his new role as chief information and digital officer at Merck, Jim Scholefield will be responsible for the company’s IT and digital strategy. He was previously global CIO for Nike and CTO for the Coca-Cola Company. Scholefield has a BS degree from Florida State University and an MSM/MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Pivotal names Madelyn Lankton to its board of directors

Madelyn Lankton has been appointed to Pivotal’s board of directors. Lankton, with her deep record of driving innovation and IT transformation, was most recently executive vice president and CIO with Travelers Insurance. She holds a degree from Central Connecticut State University.

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