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Welcome to our Tech Function Exec Appointment Trends & Open Roles for the - 28 days ended July 13th 2016. The roles covered here:   heads of technology, which include CTOs, CIOs, Tech & Ops, CISOs, Cyber and related.

The details of each of the situations listed below are being posted on our blog (same newsletter, but each opportunity has the details). 

By the numbers, overall:

  • Total Tech Exec Roles Open:85  
  • New Tech Exec Appointments: 87 (5 women or 5.74%, 82 men)

In terms of the 85 Open Roles, the functional breakdown is as follows:

  • 40 CIO roles
  • 29 CTOs
  • 14 CISOs
  • 2 Tech & Ops

The geographic breakdown of open roles and new appointments was as follows:

New Tech Function Openings: 9 – Unisys (PA), Teradata Labs (CA), Cartesian (KS), Peeple App (CA), MobileGuard (NC), New York Power Authority (NY), SafeAuto (OH), Mazuma Credit Union (KS),  Jellyvision Lab (IL)

Tech Execs Appointed - Sources

Sources of Appointments: 75 were External appointments, and 12 were internal promotions – Divisional execs (2), tech executives joining from acquired companies (1), Interim CIO (1), Others (8)

Others:  SVP or VP, Technology, VP-Business Transformation, VP-Research & Innovation, Founder, Director or Senior Director of IT, CFO, CIO to CTO, CTO to President, technology etc. 

Diversity:  5.74% of the appointments are women CIOs. JPMorgan Chase (NY), CBRE Group (CA), Lincoln Electric Holdings (OH), Horizon Global (MI), BevMo Holdings (CA).

Geographic Distribution: 71 in the US, 7 in Europe and 9 in Asia/Russia.

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Tech Exec Roles Open

Tech Exec Open Roles (as of July 13, 2016)

Dell, Texas - $59B, November 2015        
Paul J. Walsh, Dell’s CIO, is leaving the company. Scott Pittman, who had been leading Dell’s IT infrastructure services, was named interim CIO while the company looks for a permanent replacement.

Lenovo, China - $46.3B, April 2016
Lenovo's chief of technology Peter Hortensius will entirely take up his new role, heading technology and strategy for the firms new Data Center Group, while previous CTO and present head of Lenovo Capital and Investment Group (LCIG) George He will become acting CTO while the firm looks for a permanent leader in that designation.

UBS AG, Switzerland - $31.9B, March 2016        
Global CIO of UBS Oliver Bussmann resigns. New COO Axel Lehmann will act as head of IT until a replacement is named.

Schneider Electric (Americas), Massachusetts - $27.2B, July 2015   
Schneider Electric is seeking a CISO, Americas, who will be responsible for establishing and maintaining an enterprise-wide information risk security/privacy program while ensuring tight linkage with the overall corporate strategy.

Goldman Sachs, New York - $26.45B, May 2016
Goldman Sachs Group announced that Lance Braunstein has left Group as MD and global head of investment banking technology.

Travelers Companies, New York - $26.29B, May 2016
Greg Toczydlowski leaves the role of EVP and President, Small Commercial, Business Insurance Technology and Operations, to become President of Business Insurance

Facebook, California- $17.93B, May 2016
Facebook is searching for a new CIO. Tim Campos, the company’s current CIO, is leaving at the end of the year to start a new company.

TE Connectivity, Switzerland - $14.26B, October 2015  
EVP and CTO, Robert Shaddock, is retiring from the Company effective late in 2016.

Biogen, Massachusetts - $9.7B, June 2016
After just over a year in the position, Biogen CIO Matt Griffiths is no longer with the company. Biogen plans to fill the CIO position. In the meantime, Mr. Griffiths’ organization reports to Adriana Andi Karaboutis, Biogen’s EVP of technology, business solutions and corporate affairs.

Ameriprise Financial, Minnesota - $9.1B, May 2015     
Ameriprise Financial is currently seeking a CISO.

Medibank, Australia - $4.48B, May 2016
Medibank Private Limited announced the resignation of Sarah Harland, EGM Technology & Operations. Sarah has accepted a senior appointment within the Suncorp Group.

Tesla Motors, California - $3.5B, March 2016
Jay Vijayan has left his job as the CIO at Tesla Motors to begin working on a stealth startup. Tesla Motors confirmed Mr. Vijayan’s departure, but it would not say whether it has yet found a permanent replacement.

Unisys, Pennsylvania - $3.01B, July 2016
Unisys is seeking a CISO. The CISO is responsible for setting and maintaining the internal IT security direction for Unisys.

Teradata Labs, California - $2.53B, July 2016
Teradata Labs is looking for a CTO to join the Unified Data Architecture (UDA) Platform Technologies team.

hhgregg, Indiana - $2.00B, March 2016
On March 23, 2016, Trent Taylor resigned from hhgregg as CIO to pursue other opportunities.

Jack Henry & Associates, Missouri - $1.3B, September 2015  
Jack Henry & Associates is currently seeking a CISO who will be responsible for overseeing the strategy, design and implementation of enterprise-level information security initiatives and programs.

Corbion, Noord-Holland - $948.4M, September 2015      
Corbion has announced that Mr. Sven Thormählen, CTO and member of the company's board of management, is stepping down as board member and will leave the company. His tasks and responsibilities as CTO will temporarily be covered by the CEO of the company.

Lumber Liquidators, Virginia - $978.80M, March 2016
On March 2, 2016, Charles A. Schwartz, the CIO and SVP, business development, of Lumber Liquidators Holdings notified the company that he is resigning, effective March 16, 2016, in order to pursue another opportunity.

Morningstar, Illinois - $783.6M, November 2015 
Greg Goff, Morningstar's CTO, has decided to leave the firm effective December 4, 2015 to join Uptake Technologies.

MicroStrategy, Virginia - $579.8M, June 2015    
MicroStrategy seeks a CISO, who will establish and develop global information security management programs for our internal systems and customer offerings

Town Sports International Holdings, New York - $442M, September 2015  
On September 11, 2015, the employment of Paul Barron, CIO of Town Sports International Holdings, was terminated without cause. Mr. Barron will receive severance payments and benefits as set forth in the Amended and Restated Executive Severance Agreement, dated February 25, 2015.

TeleCommunication Systems, Maryland - $364.1M, November 2015 
TeleCommunication Systems announced the termination of Mr. Drew A. Morin, SVP and CTO of the company on October 28, 2015.

ShoreTel,  California - $360.9M, May 2016
Pankaj Malhotra, the CTO of ShoreTel announced that he would be leaving the Company, effective June 30, 2016, on mutually agreeable terms. The company hasn’t announced any replacement yet.

Ruckus Wireless, California - $326.9M, June 2015        
William Bill Kish is leaving his position as CTO of Ruckus Wireless, to pursue new interests, and has stepped down as a member of the Board of Directors. The company has launched a search for a new CTO who will fuel the next wave of innovation.

StarTek, Colorado - $252.7M, October 2015       
Kamalesh Dwivedi, the company's CIO, separated from the company effective October 14, 2015.

inContact, Utah - $222.0M, April 2016
On April 15, 2016, inContact reached an agreement with Julian Critchfield, EVP and CTO, for his separation from service with the Company.

Philex Mining, Philippines - $187.7M, December 2015    
Philex Mining Corp. announced the resignation of RAYMUND BRETT C. MEDEL as VP and CIO, with effective from January 31, 2016.

LogMeIn, Massachusetts - $166.3M, November 2014     
LogMeIn is seeking a CISO to serve as a subject matter expert and leader reporting into the CTO.  The CISO will lead a global team of four and be responsible for the security of LogMeIn’s suite of award winning software products (including secure development), product delivery (NOC), security features of our products (security design), internal infrastructure (development environment), and 3rd party services (CRM’s, etc).

Xunlei Limited, China - $164M, November 2015 
Xunlei Limited's board of directors has appointed Mr. Lei Chen, the Company's CTO, as Co-CEO. Simultaneously, Mr. Chen resigned as Xunlei's CTO, a post he has held since joining the company in November 2014.

Mastech Holdings, Pennsylvania - $123.50M, March 2016
On March 11, 2016, Denis D. Deet ceased to be VP of Technology and CIO of Mastech Holdings.

Spar Group, New York - $119.3M, April 2016
SPAR Group announced that its CIO, Panos Mastrogiannis will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities, effective May 6, 2016.

Cartesian, Kansas - $80.6M, June 2016
Cartesian announced the termination of employment to Jim Baker, the Company's CTO and CIO and a named
executive officer.

Kresta Holdings, Australia - $69.9M, April 2016
Albert Xu has resigned as CIO, a role he has filled since June 2014.

Spark Networks, California - $55M, October 2015        
Spark Networks announced that resignation of Gregory J. Franchina as a CIO, delivered a notice of resignation to the Company indicating that he intended to resign from the Company effective as of November 14, 2015. The Company intends to replace Mr. Franchina and has initiated the process of recruiting qualified candidates.

CSB Bancorp , Ohio - $24.5M, February 2016     
CSB Bancorp  announced that Steven R. Bailey, EVP, COO and CIO of the company and its wholly owned affiliate The Commercial & Savings Bank, notified the company that he will be retiring and resigning his positions with the Companies, effective March 4, 2016.

Diadexus, California - $18.10M, March 2016
Diadexus announced that Dr.  Emilia Zychlinksy, EVP and Chief Technical Officer, notified the company on March 14, 2016, that she is resigning effective as of April 1, 2016. She will continue in that role until the effective date of her resignation.

NMI Holdings, California - $7.1M, January 2015  
Stan Pachura, EVP and CIO, leaves. Pachura's current duties and responsibilities will be assumed by existing members of the Company's management team, until a replacement is chosen.

Uni-Pixel, California - $2.87M, January 2016
On December 28, 2015, Robert Petcavich, the SVP and CTO of Uni-Pixel, Inc, tendered to the company his resignation for personal reasons, effective as of December 31, 2015. Mr. Petcavich will continue to provide services to the company as a consultant.

B-Scada, Florida - $1.8M, April 2016
B-Scada announced that Joshua Weeks, CTO, resigned his position effective April 1, 2016.

SPYR, Colorado - $1.6M, April 2016
SPYR announced that effective March 31, 2016, Mark McGarrity, the Company's CIO, resigned his position with the company.

CannaSys, Colorado - $0.08M, March 2016
Brandon C.  Jennewine resigned from his position as CTO. Mr. Jennewine remains on the board of directors.

Activistic Holdings, Australia, November 2015   
The Company announced that Activistic Holdings Pty Ltd’s CTO, Mr. Shahab Zeinoghli has resigned effective 18 November.

American Traffic Solutions, Arizona, September 2015 
The company is looking for a CIO responsible for leading and overseeing all aspects of the Company’s technology capabilities, resources and assets.

Wikimedia Foundation, California, June 2015    
Wikimedia is looking for a CTO to lead and connect with communities of volunteers, researchers, and users. The CTO must have the ability to understand and synthesize a vast amount of data, opinions and emerging technologies

Centrify, California, July 2015       
The CISO is the leader of the corporate/physical security function for Centrify, which includes responsibility for overall corporate security strategy, security architecture development, and global function oversight

Smaato, California, September 2015       
Smaato is seeking a CTO to determine the direction of software development, solutions and product offerings.

VITAS Healthcare, Florida, June 2015     
The company is looking for a CISO, to work closely with the IT and Technical Services teams to identify, document and mitigate IT security concerns as related to overall access to resources.

NIBCO, Indiana, September 2015  
NIBCO is seeking a CIO for setting long and mid-range strategies, objectives and initiatives for the Information Services function.

Brookstone, New Hampshire, June 2015 
The CIO is responsible to oversee the development of corporate standards, technology architecture, technology evaluation and transfer; sponsor the business technology planning process; manage client relations; align IT with the business; and develop IT financial management systems.

Colgate University, New York, July 2015 
Colgate University is seeking a CISO to join the IT Services department to serve as the university expert on information security across all domains.

Broadcast Music (BMI), Tennessee, September 2015   
BMI, one of the largest music rights management company in the US, is seeking a CIO who will be responsible for the company’s technological vision and leadership., Utah, May 2015    
Ancestry is currently looking for a leader to fill the new role of CISO, responsible for establishing, executing and maintaining the enterprise vision, strategy and program to ensure that Ancestry’s physical and digital information assets and technologies are adequately protected.

Valley Behavioral Health, Utah, June 2015       
The agency is currently looking for a CIO as a core part of our strategy management team, advising the CEO, CFO, COO, and other core members on matters of strategic and tactical importance concerning IT systems, hardware, software, services, and maintenance.

Blucora, Washington, August 2015
Blucora is looking for a CISO who will be member of the company’s Operations Team.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington D.C., July 2015      
The agency is looking for a CIO for providing forward-thinking direction and visionary executive leadership for the agency-wide information resources management and IT programs, as well as systems implementation, to assist the agency in achieving its safety mission.

Supreme Group, Washington, D.C., September 2015    
The CIO’s role is to provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing IT initiatives. The CIO directs the planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems in support of business operations in order to improve cost effectiveness, service quality and business development. She/he is also responsible & accountable for all aspects of the organization's IT and systems.

CommonBond, New York, September 2015       
CommonBond is looking for a CTO, to lead the company’s development team and be responsible for delivering technology that enables the company to reach its goals.

First Help Financial, Massachusetts, October 2015       
In order to continue rapid growth, FHF is looking for a highly motivated CTO with leadership and hands-on experience in programming, database, and team management. 

Farm Journal Media, Illinois, October 2015        
The SVP/CTO is a new position intended to drive systems development and technology advancements across the company.

The Buckle, Nebraska, November 2015
The Buckle is seeking a CIO to direct, plan, and manage the company's Information Systems employees and resources to ensure the effective development, implementation, and oversight of all data processing, computer operations, and related functions (Communications, Office and Retail Store Systems, Production Activities, Data Warehousing, Merchandise Management, etc.).

Robertshaw, Illinois, November 2015
currently seeks for a CIO to join the organization for directing the information and data integrity of the global business for all IT functions of the company.

Royal Canin USA, Missouri, November 2015
The company seeks a CTO who will be the strategic and IT leader for building and managing enterprise, data and application platforms (eCommerce, CRM, Navision, BI, infrastructure) with key accountabilities including: project management, technical documentation, interface development and management controls with all relevant systems, alignment with global team and partnership with all internal teams.   

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts, December 2015     
Brigham and Women's Hospital announced that Mark Andersen, MHA, MS, has been appointed interim CIO for Brigham and Women's Health Care (BWHC) effective Jan. 4, 2016. Anderson, who recently served as the interim chief technology and health information officer at University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, will ensure continued progress of the recent Partners eCare implementation while the search for a permanent CIO continues.

Ingram Content Group, Tennessee, February 2016
The Ingram Industries subsidiary is looking for a CIO who is expected to develop and implement an IT strategy that meets current needs, establishes a foundation and roadmap for future direction, and is supported and endorsed by the business.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Maryland, February 2016
The commission is looking for a CIO who will report to the Executive Director for Operations (EDO). The CIO will establish policy to carryout NRC’s responsibilities established by the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014, the E-Government Act of 2002, the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996, the Federal IT Acquisitions Reform Act (FITARA), the Government Paperwork Elimination Act, the Federal Records Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Privacy Act.

Allina Health, Minnesota, February 2016
The company seeks a CISO, who will be responsible for overseeing the information security program, including information security policy and the coordination of security efforts across Allina Health.

Utica National Insurance Group, New York, February 2016
The company is looking for a CIO for establishing the strategic direction of the Company’s IT architecture.

Gordon Flesch Company, Wisconsin, February 2016
The company is on a search for a CIO, who will have specific responsibility for planning and implementing an information system strategy that meets the company’s business needs and delivers a good return on investment. Provides leadership to supervisory staff leading IS teams and overall IS department.

Leonard Technology Group, Florida, February 2016
The computer and network security company is seeking a CIO.

[24]7, California, February 2016
[24]7 is a rapidly growing Sequoia Capital-backed company with an enterprise SaaS offering. The company is looking for a CISO.

Prestige Care, Washington, February 2016
The company seeks a CIO to provide technology vision, leadership and direction in the development and implementation of organization-wide IT programs in support of business operations.

Skype, Washington, February 2016
Skype is looking for a CTO, Skype for Business Customer Engineering.
The Skype Business Services is the engineering, operations and business group comprised of the Skype for Business Online with Office 365, and Skype for Business Server product lines.

Core, New York, February 2016
Core is looking for a CTO to be the technical lead to architect and build out version one of the product.

Entrust Datacard, Minnesota, February 2016
The CTO will be responsible for establishing the Company’s technical vision.
The CTO’s function is to compel the technology vision to complement the business vision, setting the tone and direction for the company’s technologies.

Markit, Colorado, February 2016
Markit, a leading global diversified provider of financial information services, is looking for a CTO.

State of California, California, March 2016
California CIO Carlos Ramos retires. Amy Tong is now Acting Director, California Department of Technology. Tong served as the Chief Deputy Director of the Office of Systems Integration (OSI) and the Agency Information Officer of the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) since August 2014.

State of New Jersey, New Jersey, March 2016
New Jersey State CIO Steven Emanuel is stepping down next month and returning to the private sector.

University of Kentucky, Kentucky, May 2016
The university is looking for a CIO.

Mspark, Alabama, June 2016
Mspark, direct marketing solutions company for rural and suburban markets, seeks an experienced technology leader to join as CIO.

Peeple App, California, July 2016
Reputation management iOS app developer Peeple App is looking for a CTO helping to transition their company and position it for maximum growth.

MobileGuard, North Carolina, July 2016
MobileGuard, formerly TextGuard, is seeking a CTO to oversee all technical aspects and technological resources of the e-discovery and supervision solution provider.

New York Power Authority, New York, July 2016
New York Power Authority is looking for a Chief Security Officer (CSO) to build and sustain a Cyber Risk Framework that integrates Governance and Risk Compliance controls, requirements, oversight and validation into IT and Operational Technology (OT).

SafeAuto, Ohio, July 2016
Property and casualty auto insurance carrier SafeAuto is seeking a CIO who would build a IT model to meet current organizational needs and build for continued leveraging of technology services for the future.

Mazuma Credit Union, Kansas, July 2016
The credit union is looking for a CIO for initiating transformative change, implementing innovative solutions, directing and controlling the company’s information systems and technology activities.

Jellyvision Lab, Illinois, July 2016
Jellyvision is looking for a CTO, who will be business savvy and process-minded tech leader to integrate technology and business plans, make key architectural and infrastructure decisions.

Of Note: Other Tech Function Moves

  • Himax Technologies announced CTO and SVP Chih-Chung Tsai has retired from his current position effective June 30, 2016 after 15 years of service and 11 years as the company’s CTO. Mr. Tsai will remain with the company and assume the position of vice chairman of Himax Technology Limited. Mr. Tsai has transferred his duties to designated company-wide functional business segment leaders who will report directly to CEO and President Jordan Wu.

Tech Execs Appointed

Tech execs appointed in 28 days ended July 13, 2016

JPMorgan Chase, New York, $88.0B, June 2016
Lori Beer succeeds Mark Ashton-Rigby as CIO for corporate and investment banking. She remains managing director of global technology, overseeing banking operations, including investment banking and treasury services. Her predecessor, Mark Ashton-Rigby, is leaving for Barclays Plc.
United Technologies, Connecticut, $56.1B, June 2016
United Technologies appointed Vince Campisi as SVP, Digital, and CIO. He succeeds Nancy Davis, who will retire at the end of 2016, concluding a 37-year career at UTC. Campisi most recently served as COO for GE Digital, where he was responsible for cybersecurity, business and cloud operations.
American International Group, New York, $54.0B, June 2016
American International Group announced that Michael Lewis will join AIG as Chief Digital Officer. Most recently, Mr. Lewis served as global CTO, Digital for the consumer businesses at JPMorgan Chase.
Accenture, Ireland, $32.3B, June 2016
Accenture announced Kelly Bissell is joining the company to lead Accenture Security. Bissell brings extensive knowledge of the cyber security landscape and comes to Accenture from Deloitte & Touche, where he headed up global Cyber Risk for the firm.
Mizuho Financial Group, Japan, $24.8B, June 2016
Mizuho named Christopher Nam as Managing Director and Head of Internet and Digital Media Investment Banking for its North American banking business. Nam joins Mizuho from Credit Suisse, where he advised companies including Alibaba, Lyft, Zalando, King Digital, Box, MINDBODY and Rocket Fuel as Director of Internet Investment Banking.
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, United Kingdom, $18.9B, July 2016
RBS has appointed Punit Sood as the Head of Technology for its Global Hub in India. Sood previously worked at JP Morgan Chase.
The Bank of Nova Scotia, Canada, $18.3B, June 2016
Scotiabank announced that it has appointed Silicon Valley technology leader Shawn Rose to the newly created position of EVP, Digital Banking.
CBRE Group, California, $11.7B, June 2016
CBRE Group announced that Chandra Dhandapani has been named the company’s Chief Digital & Technology Officer. Ms. Dhandapani, a longtime technology executive at Capital One Financial Corporation, will join CBRE in mid-July, and will be the company’s most senior technology leader.
Vmware, California, $6.7B, June 2016
VMware appointed Dirk Hohndel as VP and Chief Open Source Officer. Before joining VMware, Hohndel spent nearly 15 years as Intel's Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist, guiding Intel's engagements in open source. Prior to his work at Intel, he served as CTO of SuSE and Unix Architect of Deutsche Bank.
OSRAM Licht AG, Germany, $6.5B, June 2016
Bosch exec Stefan Kampmann, 52, will assume the newly created role of CTO of Osram.
CA, New York, $4.0B, July 2016
CA Technologies announced that Surya Panditi has been named General Manager of its India Technology Center. Before joining CA, Panditi held leadership positions at several startups, including CEO of AirGrub, Advisor to StageOne Ventures and Advisor at Rasa Networks, acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Lincoln Electric Holdings, Ohio, $2.4B, July 2016
The Lincoln Electric Company has promoted Michele Kuhrt to EVP and CIO. Kuhrt joined Lincoln Electric in 1997 as Director of Taxes and in 2006 was elected as a Company Officer and SVP, Tax with responsibility for Lincoln Electric's global tax matters and the US payroll shared services center.
Leshi Internet Information & Technology, China, $2.4B, July 2016
Leshi Internet Information & Technology has hired Jaiteerth Patwari from Qualcomm to head research and development at its online retail store LeMall.
British Columbia Lottery, British Columbia, $2.3B, June 2016
Pat Davis has been announced as the VP of Business Technology and CIO at BCLC. Davis has been with the corporation since April 2003. He has been Interim VP and CIO since April 2016.
Brocade, California, $2.2B, June 2016
Brocade appointed Paddy McDermott as Director of Infrastructure Analytics for Asia Pacific Japan (APJ). Most recently, McDermott spent five years as principal architect and senior solutions consultant at Virtual Instruments.
South Carolina Public Service Authority, South Carolina, $1.9B, June 2016
South Carolina Public Service Authority announced that Dom Maddalone has been named CIO and SVP of information systems at Santee Cooper. Maddalone previously served as Probuild's CTO and VP of IT infrastructure.
Starz, Colorado, $1.7B, June 2016
Starz announced the promotion of Brad Martens to SVP, Broadcast Engineering and Jason Wyrick to SVP, Digital Platforms.
Premier, North Carolina, $1.1B, June 2016
Premier promoted Leigh Anderson to SVP and CIO. Prior to joining Premier, he served in lead informatics roles at Hospital Corporation of America, Health Trust, Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) and AT&T.
EarthLink, Georgia, $1.1B, July 2016
EarthLink Holdings Corp. appointed Jacob J.  Ferro (Jay), Jr. as EVP, Chief Information and Product Officer. Prior to joining EarthLink, Ferro was CIO of the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Informatica, California, $1.1B, June 2016
Informatica announced that Oracle Exec Graeme Thompson has joined the company as SVP and CIO.
Syniverse, Florida, $846.3M, June 2016
Syniverse announced it has appointed two new members to its senior leadership team. The addition of Tim Moss as EVP, Global Product and Strategy, and Chris Rivera as CTO will propel Syniverse’s leadership in providing innovative, global technology solutions. Most recently, Moss served as SVP, Head of Engagement Practices for North America at Ericsson.
Rivera will join Syniverse from Cisco, where he has vast experience serving as Managing Director and CTO for Americas Mobile and Web Providers.
Exlservice Holdings, New York, $652.0M, July 2016
ExlService Holdings appointed Mike Toma to the role of CTO. Most recently, as SVP & CIO, he led ADP’s International product and technology organizations in Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific regions.
Horizon Global, Michigan, $579.3M, July 2016
Horizon Global Corporation appointed Ruthanne Largent as CIO. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Largent served as assistant VP, IT at MGM Grand Detroit since 2005.
Ultra Clean Holdings, California, $456.0M, June 2016
Ultra Clean Holdings announced Michael Henderson has joined UCT as SVP of Engineering. Michael's expertise includes more than 25 years of engineering leadership experience in the high tech industry with senior roles in R&D, process development, and production management.
Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Iowa, $452.4M, June 2016
Casey Dbecker has been named CIO of FBL Financial Group and its affiliated insurance companies that go to market as Farm Bureau Financial Services. Decker joined FBL in 2004 as a programmer analyst and progressed to Business Technology VP. Since 2014, Decker served as Agency Support VP.
Canadian Western Bank, Alberta, $451.9M, July 2016
Darrell Jones, who previously led the information services team as SVP and CIO, has been appointed EVP and CIO.
Lava International, India, $433.5M, June 2016
Lava International has appointed Rahul Agarwal as the CTO of the company.
The company also appointed Ankit Pal as the Design Head in order to fulfil Lava's growth agenda and further bring innovative products and relevant services to customers.
Inteliquent, Illinois, $275.9M, July 2016
Ankur Desai joins Inteliquent as VP, Strategy and Product Development. He brings over 15 years of experience in the Telecom industry, along with valuable expertise serving next-generation communications start-ups in the Silicon Valley market.
RadiSys, Oregon, $191.1M, June 2016
RadiSys Corporation announced that Wassim Matragi has been appointed to VP of global engineering. Matragi joins the company with extensive technology experience and a software and full systems background built upon his work at Sonus Networks.
BevMo Holdings, California, $184.6M, June 2016
BevMo! appointed Tamara Pattison as SVP, Chief Marketing & Information Officer. She joins BevMo! from Albertsons Companies where she was most recently SVP of Digital Marketing and e-commerce.
Evernote, California, $177.6M, July 2016
Evernote hired a new CTO, Anirban Kundu, to rebuild its core technology and jump-start growth in the company's products. Most recently, Kundu was VP of engineering at GoDaddy, where he oversaw the company's infrastructure and data science segments.
City National Bank of Florida, Florida, $171.8M, July 2016
City National Bank of Florida named Thomas Crossin SVP and CIO. Crossin was previously VP of IT and infrastructure for Bayview Asset Management LLC.
Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Company, Maine, $143.7M, June 2016
The MEMIC Group announced appointment of John R. Yao as SVP and CIO to direct, plan, and oversee the development, implementation and security of MEMIC’s information systems and technology. Previous to MEMIC, Yao was Director of Applications Development at Aetna, VP of IT at CNA Insurance Companies and CTO at HealthWare Solutions International.
Medallia, California, $107.3M, June 2016
Medallia has appointed Ashwin Ballal as the company's first CIO. Ballal, who has more than 20 years of executive experience, will assume global responsibility for Medallia's information services organization. Ballal had been Chief Information, Intelligence, and Data Officer for KLA-Tencor.
Kornit Digital, Israel, $90.6M, June 2016
Kornit Digital announced the retirement of Ofer Ben-Zur as the Company’s CTO and the appointment of a new CTO, Dr. Nuriel Amir, Ph.D. Dr. Amir brings more than 29 years of technology leadership experience to Kornit, most recently as Technology Director at KLA Tencor.
Federal Savings Bank, Illinois, $76.3M, June 2016
The Federal Savings Bank announced that Michael MacDonald has been hired as the new CIO. Prior to joining The Federal Savings Bank, MacDonald was an executive at Banco Popular for 13 years.
Betts Company, California, $75.2M, June 2016
Betts Company appointed Jonathan Lee as CTO. Before joining the company, he served as senior principal at Infor.
Perforce Software, California, $60.0M, June 2016
Perforce Software appointed Tim Russell as Chief Product Officer. Most recently, Russell was VP, Product Management for NetApp's Data Fabric Group.
Social Solutions, Maryland, $44.4M, June 2016
Social Solutions Global named Mark Ralls as the SVP of Product Management and Strategy. Prior to Social Solutions, Mark was the Group VP of Business Applications and Analytics at SolarWinds.
STATS, Illinois, $41.9M, June 2016
STATS has added Rishi Diwan to its management team as VP of Product ManagementRishi joins STATS with extensive sports and technology experience, having held senior management positions at SAP and Oracle.
RMG Networks, Texas, $40.0M, June 2016
RMG Networks Holding Corporation has announced the hiring of George Clopp as its SVP, CTO. Clopp's skill set eclipses standard software development and includes a robust level of expertise in infrastructure architecture, data warehouse, big data reporting and analytics, complex deployments and robust operational support for multi-terabyte systems.
Interactions, Massachusetts, $26.3M, June 2016
Interactions appointed Deepak Batheja as EVP of Technology and CIO. Most recently, Batheja served as the SVP and CTO of Sutherland Global Services.
American Well Corporation, Massachusetts, $24.4M, June 2016
American Well announced that it has appointed longtime executive team member and engineering lead Jon Freshman to become the Company's CTO.
Catena Media, Malta, $23.3M, July 2016
Catena Media has recruited Owe Laestadius as new CTO. Owe Laestadius's most recent role was at Betsson Group, where he was Technical Director with responsibility for building technical teams as well as products.
Elemental Led, California, $15.0M, June 2016
Elemental LED the appointment of Steve Gensler, Ph.D., as head of the Engineering and Technology. He held several senior leadership roles at Nanosys, InVisage Technologies, Texas Instruments, Reflectivity, Novellus Systems and Alameda Applied Sciences.
OptimizeRx, Michigan, $7.5M, June 2016
OptimizeRx has appointed Brian J. Dillon to the new position of SVP of Product and Strategy. Prior to joining OptimizeRx, Dillon provided consulting services focused on the HiTECH (Health IT) and pharmaceutical manufacturers services sector.
West Cary Group, Virginia, $5.0M, June 2016
West Cary Group has hired Roy Huhta as its first Chief Product Officer. He previously spent 16 years at Capital One Financial, most recently as director of product management.
MassRoots, Colorado, $0.3M, June 2016
MassRoots announced it has recruited Lance Galey as its CTO. Previously, Mr. Galey served as Chief Software Architect of Cloud Services for Autodesk and VP and Principle Architect at Salesforce.
Ubiquity, California, June 2016
As a part of the corporate restructuring and growth plan of Ubiquity, Jonathan Kalbfield signed his contract to become Ubiquity’s CTO.
Symbolic IO Corp, New Jersey, July 2016
Symbolic IO announced that Rob Peglar, formerly VP, Advanced Storage at Micron Technology, has joined the startup's executive team as SVP and CTO.
MariaDB, Finland, July 2016
MariaDB Corporation announced the addition of Roger Bodamer as Chief Product Officer. Bodamer brings impressive database experience to MariaDB. Bodamer most recently co-founded Analytica and Upthere.
UltiSat, Maryland, July 2016
Chris Hetmanski has been hired as new CTO by UltiSat. Before working at UltiSat, Hetmanski served for Airbus DS Satcom Government (ASGI) and Vizada, where he also worked as CTO.
Vodafone Czech Republic, Czech Republic , July 2016
Vodafone Czech Republic a.s. announced that Milan Zíka is joining Vodafone as the new VP of Technology. From 2009, he worked as CTIO at T-Mobile Poland and was responsible for one of the biggest projects of RAN sharing agreement in Europe.
NextLaw Labs, California, July 2016
Nextlaw Labs named Dean Khialani as the company's new CTO. Previously, Khialani served as SVP of IT at The Excelium Group.
Del Monte Foods, California, July 2016
Robert Long has been appointed VP & Chief Information Officer. Long joins Del Monte Foods from Big Heart Pet Brands, where he was VP IT.
Cloudistics, Virginia, July 2016
Cloudistics appointed technology visionary Jai Menon as its Chief Scientist. Dr. Menon brings deep infrastructure experience to the Cloudistics product line, having served as CTO for multi-billion dollar Systems businesses at both IBM and Dell.
InvestCloud, California, July 2016
InvestCloud named Ben Shichman as EVP of Platform. Shichman most recently served as a VP of Technology at Guidance.
Viaccess-Orca, France, July 2016
Viaccess-Orca has appointed Cedric Hardouin as its EVP of research and development. Previously Hardouin also served as CTO of LogiWays.
PrescribeWellness, California, July 2016
PrescribeWellness announced that they have hired Chief Information Security Officer, Todd Plesco. Plesco joins PrescribeWellness from Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital.
Brainspace, Texas, July 2016
Brainspace Corporation has appointed David D. Lewis, PhD as chief data scientist. In research at the University of Chicago, Bell Labs, AT&T Labs, and David D. Lewis Consulting, Lewis pioneered many techniques that are now common in text analytics and beyond, including uncertainty sampling, stratified estimation of classification effectiveness, scaling of probabilistic classifier outputs, and high dimensional Bayesian logistic regression.
ParentsWare, California, July 2016
Jon Nicholls, the former SVP of Business Intelligence and Global Technology Operations at Bank of America, reported that he has joined the Eturi (formerly known as ParentsWare) as CIO.
Bodhi Brands, India, July 2016
VelvetCase has appointed Dheerendra Kulkarni as VP of technology. Currently, Kulkarni serves at VelvetCase as head of engineering.
ShippingEasy, Texas, July 2016 announced it has completed its acquisition of ShippingEasy. Barry Cox will serve as CTO of ShippingEasy, in connection with the acquisition.
Global Knowledge Training, North Carolina, June 2016
Kevin Pawsey is the new global VP of digital learning. Pawsey joins Global Knowledge from EXO U where he was CEO.
Panzura, California, June 2016
Panzura appointed Pu Paul Zhang as the company's VP of engineering. Zhang joins the company after serving as VP of engineering at Atlantis Computing.
Comark, Massachusetts, June 2016
Comark appointed Parag Shah as CTO. Prior to the company and Civiq, Mr. Shah held executive level technical leadership positions at Azonix division of Crane, MTL, Cooper CrouseHinds and Eaton Technologies.
Temasys Communications, Singapore, June 2016
Joining Temasys in North America and Silicon Valley - Sherwin Sim as CTO. Sherwin Sim, CTO, brings over ten years experience in voice and video over IP, enterprise and mobile product development, and agile software development processes.
Joining in Singapore is Nadine Yap as Chief Product Officer. Yap has over two decades of experience in technology product and program management experience, having worked with early and late stage startups as well as tech giants like and Yahoo.
CompleteSet, Ohio, June 2016
CompleteSet named Brian Powell as CTO. Working in a wide range of leadership roles at multiple startups, Powell has architected and developed technology platforms with ESPN, Disney, NBC Universal, AT&T, and the NBA.
CompleteSet co-founder Jaime Rump will serve as VP of Engineering.
City Of Fresno, California, June 2016
City of Fresno appointed Bryon Horn as new CIO over the Information Services Department (ISD). Horn is an accomplished professional with over 25 years of experience in Design, Management, Planning, Analysis and Strategic Direction in IT and Telecommunication systems, including 13 years with the City of Fresno where he most recently served as Assistant CIO.
Kateeva, California, June 2016
Kateeva named Eli Vronsky as Chief Product Officer. An expert in printer technology, Vronsky is chief architect of the fundamental YIELDjet printing system architecture, including the revolutionary process monitoring systems and printing algorithms that helped make Kateeva's YIELDjet platform the world's first mass-production-worthy inkjet printer for flexible OLED's. He joined Kateeva in 2008.
The Citadel, South Carolina, June 2016
Citadel appointed Steven Lieblich as CTO of Citadel's hedge fund business. Steve has served in a series of senior technology roles, most recently as Morgan Stanley's CIO.
Ditech Financial, Pennsylvania, June 2016
Ditech Financial has hired Brad Goedken as CIO for Originations, Capital Markets and Corporate Systems. Goedken has significant experience in mortgage technology and most recently served as CTO for Sun Trust Mortgage.
InvestCloud, California, June 2016
InvestCloud has appointed Graham Collier as the firm's new Head of Technical Operations for Europe. Prior to joining company, Collier spent two years with Qualcomm Technologies, where he managed the global applications team.
InMoment, Utah, June 2016
SVP, Product Management JD Nyland is former Adobe and Omniture exec.
VP of engineering Keith Christensen is a proven technology leader with the ability to build high performing teams.
University of Richmond, Virginia, June 2016
Keith W. Mac McIntosh, who currently serves as CIO and Associate VP, Digital Instruction and Information Services, at Ithaca College, has been named as University of Richmond's next VP and CIO.
Optiv Security, Colorado, June 2016
Optiv Security appointed former Experian technology leader Paul Lehman as CIO.
The Lincoln Electric Company, Ohio, June 2016
The Lincoln Electric Company announced the promotion of Michele R. Kuhrt to EVP and CIO. As CIO, Ms. Kuhrt will have oversight of the company’s enterprise IT systems and will be responsible for managing a global team and a broad range of global IT initiatives focused on supporting the company’s growth strategy, operations and IT infrastructure.
Mesitis Capital, Singapore, June 2016
Mesitis Capital has named Trevor Hare as a new CTO. Trevor Hare takes over the role from Andrew Stevens, who was interim CTO for 15 months. Hare joins from Macquarie Group.
KeyLogic Systems, West Virginia, June 2016
KeyLogic Systems has named J. Kevin Reid as its new VP of National Security and CIO. Reid joins the company from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he was most recently the Assistant Director of the IT Infrastructure Division.
defi SOLUTIONS, Texas, June 2016
defi SOLUTIONS has named Robert Dufalo as its new CTO. Dufalo was previously director of quality for the company.
AOL, New York, June 2016
AOL named Tim Mahlman the new president of AOL Platforms. Mahlman is currently serving as global head of AOL's publisher technology platform, and was the founder of video content exchange platform Vidible, which AOL bought in 2014., Illinois, June 2016 announced that Mahi Inampudi has joined the company as VP of product and technology. Prior to joining the company, Inampudi held the same position at DRIVIN, a data and technology company that is helping redefine how automotive dealers source and acquire used vehicles. 

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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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