If you ever regretted not joining the Peace Corps, you may yet have your opportunity to lend your time and skills to a developing nation. FINCA International, a nonprofit that provides financial services to the world's lowest income entrepreneurs in 21 countries across Africa, Latin America and Eurasia, is seeking volunteers with IT skills to help the organization expand its mission of fighting poverty. FINCA primarily offers microloans (small loans of a few hundred dollars) to individuals who wish to start a business, such as selling food or handicrafts.
Plus: Bob DeRodes scores another board appointment; Bank of America puts its chief technology and operations exec in charge of consumer mortgage lending business; Becky Wanta joins a new company and much more.
The vice president of informational services and operational change management for the United Way of Greater Toronto took her life last month after she was confronted with evidence that linked her to embezzling at least $600,000 from a former employer, according to an article published yesterday in The Globe and Mail.
IT leaders are well-positioned to benefit from and facilitate organizational changes inside their companies, according to one executive recruiter. In May, three CIOs earned promotions amidst management realignments at their companies:
I remain intrigued by Bob DeRodes' decision to leave Home Depot, more than a month after the $77 billion home improvement retailer announced the news. I'm intrigued because DeRodes, who is 57, is one of the highest-paid CIOs in America and because he was a key hire in Home Depot's ongoing turnaround effort, which began in 2000 under the previous CEO, Bob Nardelli.
Stephen Gillett is joining Starbucks as its new senior vice president and CIO on Monday, May 12. Gillett comes on board in the midst of a high-profile revitalization effort at the Seattle-based coffee company.
Hiring good, solid CIOs has long been a challenge for companies. One of the reasons it's so difficult is because often the people involved in recruiting the CIO (e.g. the company's top executives and chief HR wonk) don't understand what a CIO does. Many still think the CIO is the guy or gal in charge of all the computers.
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Ross Philo got the job as the United States Postal Service's (USPS) EVP and CIO. He reports to Postmaster General John Potter and sits on the agency's executive committee. Philo is charged with helping the USPS increase sales, manage expenses, develop employees and improve service.
Like GE and Pepsico, EDS is one of those sprawling companies that's a fertile ground for sourcing candidates for CIO positions. Over the past two months alone, three companies have found their CIOs at EDS:
Last Friday, Best Buy announced that it had hired Neville Roberts into a new position with the company. Roberts joined as CIO of Best Buy International. He reports to Robert Willett, CEO of the international business unit and CIO of the company.
Summit Business Media named Christos Moschovitis its CIO on January 10. Moschovitis, 48, reports to Thomas Flynn, CFO of the business-to-business media and information company. Moschovitis continues to serve as president of an independent IT consulting firm, tmg-emedia while he serves as Summit Business Media's CIO.