Guardian Life Insurance Company promoted Frank Wander to SVP and CIO. He most recently served as CIO of Guardian's Group Insurance division. Before joining Guardian he was CIO of Prudential Institutional, COO of an Internet startup, and held leadership roles at Merrill Lynch.
In 1929, Virginia Woolf wrote in her groundbreaking book A Room of One's Own that female writers required financial independence to dedicate themselves to their craft and succeed in their work. The same goes for women in technology. If they want to succeed, they need money to pursue training, obtain advanced degrees or strike out on their own.
The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Commissary Agency appointed Janet Haase as its CIO. In this role, Haase oversees the planning and execution of IT investments, and she manages the information assurance architecture for the entire commissary system, which includes more than 260 stores and 18,000 employees worldwide.
Last week, The Shaw Group promoted Patrick Thompson to EVP and COO of Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure. Thompson joined the Baton Rouge, La.-based engineering and construction company in 2002 as corporate CIO.
Yesterday, research and recruiting firm Sheila Greco Associates released its 2006-2007 Women in Technology Study. Sheila Greco Associates has been surveying the state of female IT leaders since 1998. Some of this year's research results were disappointing while others showed promise.The bad news:
Yahoo's long-time CTO Farzad Nazem is leaving the Internet company on June 8. Nazem has worked for Yahoo since 1996. Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang will head up the technology group Nazem lead until a replacement is found.
FreedomPay hired Sam Bellamy as its new COO. Bellamy joined the Wayne, Pa.-based provider of cashless payment solutions for the food service industry from Ingenico, a provider of electronic payment solutions.
Late last week, ABN AMRO promoted Jerome Peraud to CIO of its North America business unit. He most recently served as group senior vice president of global securities and trust srevices at LaSalle Bank, an indirect subsidiary of ABN AMRO.
New portal is designed to improve franchises profits.The week has been slow for announcements about CIO moves, probably due to the upcoming holiday weekend. But I did find a moderately interesting item about sub shop chain Quiznos's new portal…
Thomas Underwood begins a new job with Matria Healthcare in Marietta, Ga. on June 11, 2007. Underwood was hired as the health company's EVP of technology, which is a new position. He will oversee IT, informatics and product development and will report to Matria Chairman and CEO Parker H.
The International Securities Exchange (ISE) yesterday made two IT executives officers of the company: Thomas Reina was named technology development officer, and John Ryan was promoted to technology architecture officer. Both report to Daniel Friel, the ISE's CIO.
The CIO role is shifting from one that is largely focused on internal operations to one that is almost entirely consumed with business strategy and innovation. Are you prepared to meet these new requirements?
Janet Sherlock's impact on her company is palpable. The charismatic and business savvy CIO of Calico Corners is changing the way the nearly 60-year old fabric and home furnishings retailer merchandises its stores.
Charlie Brenner is known for being on the cutting edge of technology. The comedic senior vice president in charge of IT at Fidelity Investments is always on the lookout for the next big thing and is always musing on the impact of that bleeding edge innovation on his company's business.
Robert Urwiler, CIO of Vail Resorts, developed a unique model that he uses to help the management team at his Boulder, Colo.-based company understand the importance of different kinds of IT investments. He shared his IT value pyramid with an audience of CIOs attending a session on business strategy at CIO's Leadership Conference in Huntington Beach, Calif.
The evolution of the CIO role from one that is focused primarily on operations to one that is largely focused on business strategy and innovation has been a recurring theme at this year's CIO Leadership Conference.
Would you hire a CIO without a technology background? What does the CIO bring to the table that's unique in the organization other than their functional expertise? When a new technology comes along, does your CEO understand what it takes to leverage that technology and work it into the existing infrastructure?
Kumud Kalia is CIO and EVP of customer operations at Direct Energy, a $7 billion company. Kalia is a successful business and IT executive: He has a great, trusting relationship with his CEO, Deryk King.
Last Friday I wrote about GM CIO Ralph Szygenda's involvement in the American Heart Association's annual Heart of the City gala in Detroit. The final numbers are in, and the Detroit Heart Ball, which Mr.
I just heard that BT announced a major restructuring today. I have not been able to get on BT's web site to learn more about it, but here's what I know, from an e-mail from British IT research firm Ovum:
Ralph Szygenda is ready for a break. Not because his company, General Motors, narrowed its net loss in 2006 to $2 billion, from $10.4 billion the prior year. Not because the CIO has a massive, $15 billion IT outsourcing and transformation initiative under his belt.
Campbell Soup SVP and CIO Doreen Wright was nominated for a seat on Conseco's board of directors. The Carmel, Ind.-based insurance company will elect new board members and re-elect existing ones at its annual shareholders meeting on May 22, 2007. Go, Do!
Insurance holding company NYMagic hired Craig Lowenthal as its new SVP and CIO. Lowenthal joined the company on April 2, 2007. A 19-year veteran of the insurance industry, Lowenthal most recently worked for Integro Insurance Brokers as its managing principal and CIO.
A few weeks ago, my colleague Chris Koch blogged about CIO's salaries. He thinks CIOs are underpaid for the responsibilities they hold. He bases his opinion on CIO's 2007 State of the CIO research, which shows that IT executives' salaries have declined since 2002.