Much activity happened in the past three months or so in the Giant Tech Companies. We have categorized these in roughly three categories:
Rockwell Automation Appoints TSYS CIO as Newest Board Member
Rockwell Automation announced that Patricia Watson, 50, has been elected to the company’s board of directors. Watson is senior EVP and CIO at Total System Services (TSYS). She currently serves as a board director for Texas Capital Bancshares.
Microsoft Appoints New VP for Its Asia Pacific Operations
Microsoft appointed Andrea Della Mattea as its new VP of its Asia Pacific operations. Andrea Della Mattea joins Microsoft from Insight Enterprises. As the new VP of the Asia Pacific region, Della Mattea will lead Microsoft's business across the region, including over 2,000 employees and more than 11,000 Microsoft certified partners.
IBM Appoints New Chief Digital Officer for India & South Asia
IBM has appointed Nipun Mehrotra as chief digital officer for India & South Asia, and the appointment comes with months of Bob Lord, IBM's first ever chief digital officer, being charged with bringing together the digital business group (DBG). Over the past two years, as the VP for strategy growth initiatives, Mehrotra led IBM's transformational strategy across several areas in Asia & India.
GE Witnesses Leadership Switches in Technology
Monica Caldas, currently CIO for GE Transportation’s global services and digital solutions teams, will take over as CIO for the entire unit. GE Transportation’s CIO Nancy Anderson moved to the CIO role at GE Power.
Apple Hires Shiva Rajaraman to Boost its Video and Music Strategy
In a bid to boost its video and music strategy, Apple has hired former YouTube and Spotify executive, Shiva Rajaraman. Rajaraman spent 8 years at YouTube, working to secure licensed content from companies like Disney for streaming. After his tenure at YouTube, Rajaraman spent two years at Spotify working on its video and podcasting efforts, licensing content from Time Warner, Disney and NBC.
PNC Financial Services Group Promotes CTO as Chief Security Officer and Chief Information Security
PNC Financial Services Group appointed Deborah Guild as chief security officer and chief information security, leading the initiative. Guild joined PNC in 2013 as CTO. Previously, Guild worked for Bank of America for 21 years, most recently as CTO of enterprise functions and end-user computing. She had also been a senior network engineer at Intel.
Microsoft Names LinkedIn’s Kevin Scott as CTO
Microsoft has named Kevin Scott to a newly created role of CTO for the company. This is an expansion of Scott's new role at LinkedIn as SVP of Infrastructure. Prior to his role as SVP of Engineering and Operations at LinkedIn, Scott held a number of engineering leadership roles at Google and AdMob. While pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Virginia, Scott was an intern with Microsoft Research in 2001. Scott is an adviser to several Silicon Valley startups, an active angel investor and founder of the nonprofit organization Behind the Tech.
Welcome to our CEO Turnover Newsletter. This newsletter covers open CEO roles and latest appointments in the tech sector in the month of January 2017.
The average length of time the CEO searches have been open is 5.5 months, up from 5 months in 2016. There is little variance across geographies.
Total Tech CEO Roles Open: 87
New Tech CEO Appointments: 92 (4 women – 4.3%, 88 men)
Walmart Gets a New CIO and Shuffles Tech Execs as it Moves More towards E-Commerce
Wal-Mart names GE Power’s Clay Johnson CIO and EVP for global business services, part of a larger reorganization of its corporate IT and e-commerce groups. The Global Business Services division combines cybersecurity, back-office solutions and global shared services groups. Johnson succeeds CIO Karenann Terrell, who is leaving after five years in the position. Before joining GE, Johnson was VP of IT at Boeing.