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CIO & Other Tech Exec Appointments and Departures: Wells Fargo, MasterCard, Brocade & Others Featured

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Wells Fargo’s CIO to Retire; Company Restructures Technology & Operations Group and Names New CTO  

Wells Fargo & Company announced that Senior EVP Kevin Rhein, who serves as CIO and head of the Technology & Operations Group (TOG), and as a member of the company’s Operating Committee (OC), will retire at the end of March 2016 after more than 37 years with the company. 

With Rhein’s retirement, TOG’s three main divisions will move under the responsibility of other members of the company’s Operating Committee, effective February 1, 2016. Enterprise IT, led by Scott Dillon, will report to CFO John Shrewsberry. This change will enhance coordination of Wells Fargo’s strategic initiatives, as the company’s Strategy Group also reports to Shrewsberry. In addition, Dillon will serve as the company’s new CTO.

MasterCard Appoints New CIO and Chief Innovation Officer to Evolve New Tech Business Units

MasterCard Incorporated announced a series of executive appointments that will drive greater alignment and continue to evolve the company’s “Global Products and Solutions” and “Operations and Technology” business units. Ed McLaughlin has been named CIO. McLaughlin originally joined MasterCard in 2005 as head of Bill Payment and Healthcare.

Garry Lyons, chief innovation officer, will now lead the Digital Payments and MasterCard Labs organizations. Lyons served as CEO for Orbiscom prior to its acquisition by MasterCard. He has also held senior technology and management positions with Cognotec, Credo and ICL. Appoints Former Yahoo! R&D Exec as CTO, one of the largest B2C online retailers in China, appointed Chen Zhang to the position of CTO. Zhang joined in April 2015 as SVP in charge of JD Mall’s R&D system. Prior to joining, he was the president of Yahoo! global research and development center in Beijing, responsible for the development of Yahoo’s global core platforms, such as its science driven advertising and personalization platforms, mobile and cloud platforms.

Raytheon Company Sees CIO Replacement        

Raytheon Company appointed Kevin Neifert, 54, as CIO for the company. Neifert most recently served as CIO of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems. He replaces Rebecca Rhoads as the company CIO, a role in which she served in for 14 years. Rhoads will continue to serve as president, Global Business Services, Raytheon Company. Neifert joined Raytheon in 2005 as VP of Engineering at Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems.

ACE Announces Future Leadership Team for its Overseas General Insurance Operations

ACE Limited announced the senior leadership team it intends to appoint for the new Chubb Groups Overseas General Insurance division. Keith Schlosser will serve as EVP and CIO. Currently, Schlosser is EVP and CIO, ACE Overseas General.

Deutsche Bank Appoints Fannie Mae Exec as CIO and Head of Operations, Corporate & Investment Banking

Deutsche Bank appoints Pascal Boillat as CIO and Head of Operations, Corporate & Investment Banking. Boillat is currently Head of Operations and Technology for the US secondary mortgage market company Fannie Mae, based in Washington.

Palo Alto Networks Names New CIO and CISO

Palo Alto Networks appointed Naveen Zutshi as CIO. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Zutshi served as SVP of technology with Gap; VP of technology and operations for Encover, a SaaS CRM company; and held IT leadership roles with Cisco and Walmart.

Palo Alto Networks appointed Lucas Moody as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He will report directly to the CFO and lead efforts to protect Palo Alto Networks information and technology assets while partnering with product management to contribute to continued product innovations. Most recently, served as director of information security operations and engineering at Intuit.

Juniper Networks Appoints CISO as Security CTO       

Juniper Networks appointed Kevin Walker as security CTO. Walker joins Juniper Networks with more than 25 years of experience in information security and technology, most recently serving as VP and assistant CISO at In his role, Walker will guide Juniper Development and Innovation in accelerating the company’s security product roadmap.

London Stock Exchange Group Names MSCI CIO as Group COO and CIO 

Chris Corrado was appointed COO and group CIO of London Stock Exchange Group Plc. He recently resigned from MSCI as CIO and head of technology and data services.

Synovus Financial Appoints Santosh Kokate as CTO and Amyn Tajani as Chief Digital Officer   

Synovus Financial announced the promotion of Santosh Kokate to CTO and Amyn Tajani to Chief Digital Officer (CDO). Kokate has held a number of positions in IT since joining Synovus in 2006, including having responsibility for implementation of several strategic IT initatives. In his new role as CTO, Kokate is responsible for enterprise architecture, middleware, data integration, and technology infrastructure.

Tajani joined Synovus in 2013, and has provided leadership for the ATM refresh and deposit automation program, Synovus mobile banking upgrade and mobile deposit, the commercial portal update for business customers, and enhanced consumer payments and bill pay in online and mobile banking. As CDO, Tajani is responsible for technologies supporting Synovus' commercial and retail e-channel products, treasury management services, and ATM network.

Brocade Announces Executive Appointments 

Hadi Nahari has been named as new VP and security CTO by Brocade and it promoted David Meyer to Brocade Fellow. Both the hiring are entailed to assist the firm to expand its aim in key technology areas, including security and machine learning. Before becoming part of Brocade, Nahari was working as chief security architect of mobile and software platforms at NVidia where he initiated Trusted Little Kernel, the foundation for Android Trusty.

Meyer joined Brocade in 2012 as chief scientist and service provider CTO. Prior to joining Brocade, Meyer spent 12 years at Cisco Systems as a distinguished engineer.

Greg Goff to Leave Morningstar as CTO 

Greg Goff, Morningstar's CTO, has decided to leave the firm to join Uptake Technologies. Goff, 44, started at Uptake as chief product officer, and he'll be helping shape its technology roadmap. He had been at Morningstar for the past four years. He also worked at Nielsen, Accenture and dot-com era startup Blue Meteor. Morningstar plans to hire a replacement.

Verifone Appoints Oracle Exec as SVP and CTO in Charge of Global Solutions Delivery   

Verifone has appointed former Oracle executive Christophe Job as a SVP and CTO in charge of global solutions delivery. Job was most recently the SVP of development at Oracle, where he started out as an engineer. At Verifone, he will oversee the development of software and applications to improve user experience and unclog revenue streams.           

Electronics for Imaging Hires Symantec VP as New CIO        

Electronics for Imaging hired Sheri Rhodes as its CIO. Rhodes joined EFI from Symantec, where as VP of Global Applications, she most recently managed the complex process of separating IT applications ahead of Symantec's upcoming divestiture of Veritas.        

Former Target Exec Joins J. C. Penney Company as EVP and CIO    

J. C. Penney Company appointed Therace Risch as EVP, CIO.  Risch joins JCPenney from COUNTRY Financial, and succeeds Scott Laverty. In her previous role as EVP and CIO at COUNTRY Financial, Risch was responsible for all aspects of consumer technologies to support the insurance and investment needs of over one million households and businesses.  Prior to COUNTRY Financial, Risch spent 10 years at Target Corporation in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including VP of technology delivery services.

Dupont Fabros Technology Announces Senior Leadership Appointments    

Scott A. Davis assumes the position of EVP and CTO. Davis previously served as the director of operations and later SVP of operations for DuPont Fabros Development (DFD), where he managed the company’s initial data centers. Prior to joining DFD, Davis held the position of senior director of data center operations at AOL, where he managed the daily operations of AOL’s domestic and international data centers.

Fossil Group Appoints President and CTO of Connected Devices      

Fossil Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Misfit Wearables. CEO of Misfit Wearables Sonny Vu will serve as president and CTO of connected devices for Fossil Group, and will be a member of the company's executive leadership team. Vu was also the Founder and CEO of AgaMatrix, makers of the world's first iPhone-connected hardware medical device.

Cooper-Standard Holdings Names CIO

Cooper-Standard Holdings, the leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry, appointed Susan Kampe to CIO.  Most recently, Kampe served as managing partner and founder of Zang Consulting.  In this role, she focused on providing premier expertise in business technology solutions and implementation services for large and mid-market U.S. based companies, gaining experience in a variety of industries, including automotive, manufacturing, distribution, health care, consumer services, business services and technology.

Infoblox Appoints HP Software’s Cloud and Automation Exec as EVP of Engineering       

The market leader in Automated Network Control, Infoblox, appointed Atul Garg as EVP of engineering. Garg is responsible for managing the worldwide engineering, manufacturing operations, and quality assurance organizations. Garg joins Infoblox from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where he was VP and GM of Cloud and Automation at HP Software. Previously, Garg was VP of global R&D for infrastructure, cloud, and application management at BMC Software. Garg came to BMC after the predictive analytics company he founded-ProactiveNet-was acquired by BMC. Earlier in his career, Garg held engineering leadership positions at TCSI, Bay Networks/Nortel, and Hewlett-Packard.

QLogic’s SVP of Global Engineering Departs

Milind A. Karnik, SVP, Global Engineering, is no longer employed by QLogic Corp. Karnik joined QLogic in October 2014 and has more than 28 years of experience, ranging from founding and running start-ups to highly productive organizations within several Fortune 500 companies. He was previously the CEO and co-founder of Argil Data, a developer of storage software that focused on improvements in the utilization, costs, and usability of Big Data infrastructure.

Barnes & Noble Appoints CIO from EZCORP

Barnes & Noble appointed William E. Wood as CIO. Wood joins the company from EZCORP where he also served as CIO. Wood joined EZCORP in 2014 where he led an organizational transformation in Information Technology. He has extensive experience in retail, with previous high-level IT roles at Bass Pro Shops, Brookstone and Dollar General, Corporation. He also serves as an advisory board member for several companies including Magnetify, Corporation and Zeppelin, and is a 10-year veteran of the United States Army.

Angie’s List Promotes SVP, Tech to CTO; Announces Several Other Tech Appointments

Angie’s List promoted Darin Brown to CTO. In this role Brown will have responsibility for all of Engineering and Enterprise Technology. He joined Angie’s List in January and previously served as SVP of Technology. He came to Angie List from Salesforce, formerly ExactTarget, where he served in various leadership roles including VP of the Interactive Marketing Hub (now Salesforce Marketing Cloud) product line

Robin Fleming was named as SVP of Technology. Fleming previously served as VP of Site Operations, Development Operations and Quality.

Chris Navta has been promoted to VP of Architecture. He previously served as lead architect for Angie’s List and has been instrumental in the redesign of the company’s technology platform.

Anand Tharanathan has joined the company as VP of User Experience. In this position, Tharanathan will play a key role in developing a more design-driven and innovative user experience. He comes to Angie’s List from Fjord Design and Accenture Interactive, where he served as a design director, facilitating user experience strategy, user-centered design & innovation.

Absolute Software Appoints SVP of Product Management and Product Development         

Absolute Software Corporation welcomed Eric Aarrestad and Todd Wakerley as SVP of Product Management and Product Development, respectively. As SVP, Product Management, Aarrestad will advance product innovation while leading a world-class product organization. Aarrestad is responsible for defining the product strategy and roadmap for all segments of the business, enabling continuous improvement and providing competitive advantage for the Absolute Data & Device Security (DDS) product line.

In the role of SVP, Product Development, Wakerley will lead a globally distributed team of people to execute on the product roadmap, positioning Absolute for continued growth. Wakerley will oversee all software development activities and drive the process of aligning engineering efforts to Absolute's strategic objectives.

Date Range: November 9th - December 23rd

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Dora Vell

Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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