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GE Announces Digital Executive Appointments       

Patrick Franklin has joined GE as VP & GM, Applications, GE Digital. Prior to joining GE, he was a VP of Engineering at Google. Over his twenty-five year career, Patrick has held leadership positions at Amazon, Microsoft, Intel and the United States Navy.

Steven Martin has joined GE as VP & Chief Digital Officer, GE Energy Connections. Prior to joining GE, Martin was GM & Chief Data Scientist, Azure at Microsoft. Over his twenty-five year career, Steven has held leadership positions in engineering, product management, venture capital and strategy.

The Coca-Cola Company Appoints iCIO as New CIO          

Coca-Cola Co. named Barry Simpson CIO. He succeeds Ed Steinike, who died in July following a brief illness. Simpson previously oversaw IT for Coke’s global business units, and has been interim CIO since Steinike’s death. Simpson first joined the Coca-Cola system in 2008 as group CIO for the Coca-Cola Amatil Group, a Sydney-based bottler. In January 2016 he moved to Atlanta as Coke’s head of global business unit IT services.

Siemens Appoints Managing Board Member as CTO

Managing Board member Roland Busch, 52, who is currently responsible for the Energy Management Division and the Region Asia /Australia, has been appointed CTO. In this capacity, he will head Corporate Technology (CT), Siemens' central research and development unit. Busch will continue to be responsible for the Mobility Division and the Building Technologies Division. 

ANZ Appoints Gerard Florian as Group Executive, Technology       

Australian financial institution ANZ appointed Gerard Florian as Group Executive, Technology. Gerard joins the company from Dimension Data where he was Chief Strategy Officer for the global Cloud Business Unit. Previously Gerard was CTO and Chief Marketing Officer for Dimension Data’s Australian division. He is also a member of the ANZ International Technology and Digital Business Advisory Panel established in 2015.

21st Century Fox Appoints Paul Cheesbrough to the Role of CTO   

21st Century Fox appointed Paul Cheesbrough to the role of CTO. In this new role, he will lead company-wide IT strategy and play a leadership role in driving its investments in technology, platforms and systems on a global basis. He joins 21CF from News Corp, where he also has served as CTO. Prior to that, he held executive technology leadership positions at News Corp’s UK business News UK, Telegraph Media Group, the BBC and IBM. He also currently serves as the Chairman of Unruly Media.

Sprint Appoints Former Comcast Exec as Chief Digital Officer       

Rob Roy joins Sprint as Chief Digital Officer to advance the company’s use of online and mobile technology to improve the customer experience. At Comcast, as VP for digital revenue Roy helped to lead up product development and sales across all digital channels. Before that, he led e-commerce, self-service and digital marketing Time Warner Cable, which is now part of Charter Communications.

Kroger Announces Digital Leadership Changes         

The Kroger Co. announced its succession plan for group VP and chief digital officer. Kevin Dougherty, 63, group VP and chief digital officer, will retire in January 2017, after 15 years of distinguished service. Yael Cosset, 43, chief commercial officer and CIO of 84.51°, will succeed Dougherty. Yael Cosset joined dunnhumby in 2009 as EVP of consumer markets. He was named global CIO in 2011 and led technology and product matters. He also served as chief executive officer of KSS Retail.

Safran Announces Executive Changes to Accelerate Internal Digital Transformation          

Safran, the supplier of systems and equipment for aerospace, defense and security, announced that, two senior management positions were recently created in the corporate performance and competitiveness department, headed by Jean-Jacques Orsini, to accelerate company’s digital transformation. Franois de la Fontaine was named director of the 'Factory of the Future' initiative, to oversee one of the main aspects of this transformation, the digitization of the Group's facilities.

Daniel Dubreuil was named Chief Digital Officer, products and services, and is in charge of another key facet of digital: the development, production engineering and in-service monitoring of Safran's products.

Deutsche Bank Hires Philip Milne as CTO for Innovation    

Deutsche Bank has hired Philip Milne as CTO for innovation. Milne joined Deutsche Bank in early November from a Silicon Valley virtual reality startup Lighthouse Labs and will act as a liaison between Deutsche Bank Labs and the bank's wider technology organization. He is former member of technical staff of Google.

Volvo Names New SVP for IT and Chief Digital Officer      

Volvo has named Atif Rafiq as its new senior VP for IT and Chief Digital Officer.. Rafiq set up McDonald's Silicon Valley outpost in 2014 in an effort to better train and recruit digital talent. Projects he has overseen include tests of mobile ordering and payment, as well as McDonald's World Cup effort, which included an augmented reality game. Before McDonald's he held general management roles at Amazon, Yahoo, and AOL.

Fiserv Appoints CIO from BNY Mellon        

Fiserv announced that Jim Grech has been named CIO. Grech succeeds Clifford (Cliff) Skelton, who will move into a new role after nearly five years in key leadership positions at Fiserv. Grech, who has spent the majority of his career in financial services technology, joins Fiserv from BNY Mellon, where he was responsible for the firm’s global technology infrastructure.

Fifth Third Bancorp Appoints Chief Operations and Technology Officer     

Fifth Third Bancorp announced that Aravind Immaneni will be joining the Bank as EVP and chief operations and technology officer. He joins from TD Bank, where he currently is head of Retail Distribution Strategy & Operations.

Lincoln Financial Group Names SVP of Distribution IT from Voya Financial

Lincoln Financial Group named Robert Klaczak as SVP of Distribution IT. Klaczak joined Lincoln Financial from Voya Financial, where he most recently served as SVP and head of Retirement, Individual Retirement, Annuities and Retail IT. Prior to joining Voya, he served as head of IT Retirement Services for The Vanguard Group.

Emaar Properties Appoints Veresh Sita as Chief Digital Officer       

UAE based real estate giant Emaar Properties PJSC appointed Veresh Sita, an international technology professional with deep expertise in developing customer-oriented solutions and experiences, as its Chief Digital Officer (CDO). Veresh joins Emaar from Alaska Airlines, where he was CIO.

QVC Names Todd Sprinkle as New CIO  

Liberty Interactive subsidiary, QVC, named Todd Sprinkle as its new CIO. Sprinkle is set to oversee the e-commerce and video retailer's IT organizations across the world. Sprinkle joined the company in 2007, and has also worked at Turner Broadcasting and Macy's.

F5 Networks Promotes Product Development Exec as CTO

F5 Networks announced that Ryan Kearny has been appointed to the company’s executive leadership team as EVP of Product Development and CTO. Kearny joined F5 in 1998, previously serving as SVP of Product Development, among other technology leadership positions. Kearny has been a key contributor to the success of the company’s BIG-IP® product line, including its expansion into virtual editions, and the development of the TMOS® architecture.

Splunk Appoints Former Findly CEO as Chief Product Officer        

Splunk appointed Richard Campione as chief product officer (CPO).  A veteran of both startups and multinational corporations, Campione has been a technology leader for more than 30 years. Campione previously served as the CEO and president at Findly.

RSA Appoints RBS Exec as Group CTO       

Insurance giant RSA has appointed David Germain to the role of Group CTO. He brings over 20 years' experience in financial services including transformation, CIO and COO roles at GE Capital, Close Brothers, Deutsche Bank and most recently as head of technology, operations and product at RBS.

Avnet Announces New CIO   

Avnet appointed Kevin Summers as its CIO, with responsibility for Avnet’s global IT strategy and enterprise effectiveness initiative. Summers has extensive experience in leading large-scale IT organizations, where technology is used to enable growth strategies and create competitive advantages. This includes serving in CIO positions with H&R Block, Lowe’s, Whirlpool and The Coca-Cola Company, as well as senior executive positions at AT&T and GE. Summers succeeds Steve Phillips, who has decided to leave Avnet.

Brunswick Taps CIO from DuPont

Brunswick Corporation  has named Danielle Brown, 46, as VP - CIO. Brown succeeds Michael Schulz, who is retiring from Brunswick. Brown joins Brunswick from DuPont, where she most recently led global IT transformation in preparation for the merger of DuPont and Dow Chemical.

JLL Appoints CIO, Americas 

Global real estate services firm JLL appointed Matthew Gonterman as CIO, Americas, with responsibility for driving growth by providing innovative, integrated technology solutions for the company and its clients in the Americas markets. Gonterman joins JLL from SIRVA, where he was SVP and CIO.

BlackBerry Appoints Former U.S. Coast Guard CIO to lead Federal Cybersecurity Operations Center

BlackBerry named Rear Admiral Robert "Bob" E. Day, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) to lead their forthcoming federal Cybersecurity Operations Center (CSOC) and product FedRAMP initiatives. Having been a key member of BlackBerry's AtHoc advisory board since retiring in 2014 and serving five years as CIO and Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command, Rear Admiral Day brings 34-years of career experience in Federal IT and cybersecurity to the position.

Associated Banc-Corp Announces Chief Information and Operations Officer Changes        

James (Jim) Yee, EVP and chief information and operations officer, has announced his plans to retire in the second quarter of 2017. In anticipation of Yee's retirement and succession, the company also announced that James (Jim) Payne has accepted the position of EVP and deputy chief information and operations officer. Payne joined Associated in 2015 as EVP and CTO. He has more than 30 years' of operations and technology experience, including 18 years within the financial services industry.

Momo CTO Resigns  

Momo, a free location-based services instant messaging application provider for smartphones, announced that Zhiwei Li, CTO of the company, has resigned from the company for personal reasons.

Univar Hires CIO from Baxalta         

Leading global distributor of industrial and specialty chemicals Univar named Eric Foster as CIO. Foster succeeds Erik Viens. Foster most recently served as CIO and SVP of Baxalta.

Morningstar Announces New Tech Appointments    

Morningstar appointed Mitch Shue to CTO and James Rhodes to chief data officer. As CTO, Shue is responsible for Morningstar's long-term technology vision and execution. He joined Morningstar in 2014 through the company's acquisition of HelloWallet, where he served as CTO. Prior to HelloWallet, Shue was VP of engineering at Centrifuge Systems, developing interactive data visualization solutions. He previously led the graphic design, engineering, and data center teams at and served as VP of product development at webMethods.

Rhodes oversees data operations at Morningstar, focusing on the company's data technology strategy, including data collection, processing, and storage. He previously served as CTO and partner at Rocaton Investment Advisors, where he drove the company's technical vision and oversaw the software engineering team.

Buffalo Wild Wings Names Santiago Abraham as CIO         

Buffalo Wild Wings announced that Santiago Abraham will assume the role of CIO. Most recently Abraham was VP, IT strategy, sourcing & vendor management at Royal Caribbean Cruises, where he led a five-year program to transform and modernize the company’s enterprise technology. While at Royal Caribbean he also spearheaded a decade-long effort to optimize revenue systems at the company, resulting in a best-in-industry reservations system.

Amer Sports Promotes CDO to President for Connected Devices and Services Segment     

Amer Sports' Chief Digital Officer Heikki Norta is appointed President, Amer Sports Connected Devices and Services. Previously Norta has worked in various leadership positions at Nokia and Microsoft in the areas of wireless products and digital services.

Time Inc. CTO Colin Bodell Moves to American Eagle

Colin Bodell joins American Eagle as CTO from Time Inc. as CTO of Time Inc. he was responsible for shaping the company’s overall strategic technology direction, including oversight of day-to-day technology and engineering operations. He is former VP, Digital Store Platform of

The Washington Post Names CTO from W. W. Grainger      

The Washington Post named Scot Gillespie to the newly created position of VP and CTO. Gillespie will manage The Post's engineering team and be responsible for building on the initial success of The Post's Arc platform. Gillespie joins The Post from W. W. Grainger, where he served as VP of Engineering.

New Zealand Based Vector Appoints Chief Digital Officer   

New Zealand based energy company Vector appointed Nikhil Ravishankar to the new executive role of Chief Digital Officer. The new role will be responsible for managing Vector's IT function and digital strategy and will work across the group to help shape Vector's response to disruptive technologies. Nikhil joins Vector from Accenture where he held the position of Managing Director for NZ operations and also sits on their Global Advisory Council for Telecommunications and Media practice. Prior to this role he was the Head of Technology Strategy for Spark and was part of their group transformation office.

California Water Service Group Promotes Customer Service & IT Exec to CIO       

California Water Service Group announced the promotion of Michael B. Luu from VP of Customer Service & IT to VP of Customer Service and CIO. Luu was also appointed to his current position in August 2013. As VP of Customer Service and CIO, Luu will be responsible for customer service and all IT strategy, architecture, and applications, including cyber security, for all of Group's operations.

IRESS Announces Technology Executive Changes  

Australian software company IRESS announced that its long-serving CTO, David Walker, will move into a new role of Chief Architect. From January, David will step down from the executive team and become Chief Architect at IRESS, working in a part-time role focused on the technical design and architecture of IRESS' systems and solutions.

IRESS appointed Andrew Todd as Chief Technical Officer. Andrew has been CIO at IOOF Holdings since 2009. Before this he was CIO at Australian Wealth Management, prior to its acquisition by IOOF. Andrew has also held senior roles with Standard & Poor's as head of IT for the Pacific region and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Volkswagen Financial Services in management and business roles.

Winnebago Industries Appoints New Information Chief from Westinghouse Electric

Winnebago Industries announced it has hired Jeff Kubacki to the position of VP - IT, CIO. Kubacki previously was VP and CIO at Westinghouse Electric Company. Prior to that position he was CIO at Alliant Techsystems and Kroll.

Global Eagle Entertainment Announces Termination of CTO          

Global Eagle Entertainment and Aditya Chatterjee, the company’s CTO, agreed to terminate Chatterjee’s employment. In connection with Mr. Chatterjee’s departure, the company and Chatterjee have entered into a Separation and Release Agreement.

Date Range: October 25th - December 9th

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