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Welcome to the Vell Leadership Update for the 31 days ending April 16, 2017. 

We’ve seen a lot of shakeups this past month, as 77 new heads of technology have stepped up, including new CTOs, CIOs, tech & ops execs and CISOs. Quite a few new tech executive roles have opened up, as well.


Now, onto the leadership update on technology function executive moves.

Following is an overview of this month’s trends. 

By the numbers, overall:

  •      Total Tech Exec Roles Open: 64
  •      New Tech Exec Appointments: 77 (7 women or 9%, 70 men)

​Geographic Distribution: 62 in the US, 13 in Europe, and 3 in Asia/Russia/ Australasia.  

New Tech Function Openings: 5 – AgFirst Farm Credit Bank (SC), Inovalon (MD), Clipper Logistics (UK), Tucows (Canada), and Numerex (GA). 

Tech Execs Appointed - Sources 

Sources of Appointments: 56 were External appointments, and 21 were internal promotions. 

2017 May Fig 1 New Tech Execs by Geography

Internal Titles/ sources:   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. 

2017 May Fig 2 Sources of Tech Exec Appointments

Diversity:  9% of the appointments are women tech execs.  

2017 May Fig 3 New Tech Execs   Diversity


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Tech Exec Roles Open

Tech Exec Open Roles (As of April 16, 2017) 

Nordstrom, Washington, $14.4B, January 2017
Nordstrom is searching for a technology executive to lead digital strategy following an executive-level shakeup in which the retailer’s chief information officer and chief technology officer announced their departures in the span of two weeks. The CIO title will be eliminated. The company plans to hire a new CTO by the end of the year who will be responsible for all aspects of technology at Nordstrom.
TE Connectivity, Switzerland - $14.26B, October 2015  
EVP and CTO, Robert Shaddock, plans to retire from the Company effective late in 2016.
Kellogg Company, Illinois - $13.5B, August 2016
Kellogg Company is seeking a VP, Chief Information Security Officer at the Kellogg Company in Oak Brook, IL.
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. Adriana Andi Karaboutis, Biogen’s EVP of technology, business solutions and corporate affairs, who looked after the role, has also left.
Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri, Turkey, $4.61B, August 2016
Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS announced that lker Kuruoz, who joined Company in 2006, and who has served as the EVP of Technology Group, has decided to resign from his position. *no replacement announced.
Teradata Labs, California - $2.53B, July 2016
Teradata Labs is looking for a CTO to join the Unified Data Architecture (UDA) Platform Technologies team.
Marvell Technology, Bermuda, $2.458B, September 2016
Dr. Zining Wu, CTO, notified Marvell Technology of his decision to leave Marvell. *The company did not announce whether it has yet found a permanent replacement.
Twitter, California - $2.2B, December 2016
Twitter's CTO Adam Messinger tweeted that he decided to leave the company and take some time off. Messinger didn't say where he was headed next.
Criteo SA, France - $1.62B, November 2016
Romain Niccoli resigned from his position as the company's Chief Product Officer effective December 31, 2016. Mr. Niccoli has agreed to serve the company in a consulting role for a period of time following his resignation.
Amedisys, Louisiana - $1.35B, October 2016
Amedisys announced that Martin B.  Howard, CIO, is leaving the company, effective October 31, 2016. Michael North, SVP of operations, will assume the role of interim CIO. North, a seasoned IT executive, most recently led Amedisys' successful conversion to the Homecare Homebase platform.
Informatica, California, $1.05B, September 2016Informatica is looking for a CISO to lead the corporate security and data privacy.
US Government Publishing Office, Washington, DC - $773.4M, November 2016
U.S.  Government Publishing Office (GPO) named Tracee Boxley Acting CIO. Boxley replaces former GPO CIO Chuck Riddle, who has moved to the U.S.  Securities and Exchange Commission. Boxley came to GPO in 2006 as a Senior Customer Advocate for IT and was promoted to Deputy CIO in 2012. 
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.
Sheng Siong Group, Singapore - $577.4M, October 2016
Sheng Siong Group announced the cessation of Gary Pow Han Chin as CIO due to personal reasons. He is responsible for overseeing group's design, development, implementation and maintenance of the various computer systems required for operations, including Management Information System, as well as enterprise Resource Planning System, data recovery plans and back-up schemes.
AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, South Carolina - $503.6M, April 2017
AgFirst Farm Credit Bank announced the retirement of CIO Benjamin Blakewood.
Global Eagle Entertainment, California - $486.2M, November 2016
Global Eagle Entertainment and Aditya Chatterjee, the company’s CTO, have entered into a Separation and Release Agreement.
Splunk, California, $450.9M, September 2016
Splunk is looking for a CISO to lead the IT security.
Inovalon, Maryland - $427.6M, April 2017
Joseph R. Rostock’s employment as the Inovalon Holdings’s CTO ended. Mr. Rostock will remain an employee of the company through May 12, 2017 to assist in the transition of his functions to members of the company’s Technology Department.
Clipper Logistics, United Kingdom - $424.9M, March 2017
Clipper Logistics plc announced that Sean Fahey, CIO, has notified the Board of his intention to retire after 25 years' of service.
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.
Momo, China - $346.4M, October 2016
Momo announced that Zhiwei Li, CTO of the company, has resigned from the company for personal reasons.
Liquidity Services, Washington, DC - $316.5M, March 2017
Liquidity Services CIO, Mr. Leoncio Casusol, resigned from the company. While the company conducts a search for a new CIO, the responsibilities of the CIO will be shared by William P. Angrick, III, Chairman and CEO, and Roger Gravley, President of its state and local government marketplace.
StarTek, Colorado - $252.7M, October 2015       
Kamalesh Dwivedi, the company's CIO, separated from the company effective October 14, 2015.
Tucows, Canada - $189.8M, March 2017
Kenneth Schafer, EVP, CIO of Tucows, notified the company of his intention to resign from the company, effective March 24, 2017. Mr. Schafer is resigning from the company to pursue other interests, and his resignation is not a result of any dispute or disagreement with the Company.
Carbonite, Massachusetts - $188.6M, November 2016
David Raissipour tendered his resignation as SVP, Product and Engineering of Carbonite.
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).
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.
ChannelAdvisor, North Carolina - $ 113.2, February 2017
ChannelAdvisor co-founder and CTO Aris Buinevicius is retiring.
*Replacement has not been announced, or if the role is vacant.
Just Dial, India - $104.2M, October 2016
Just Dial has announced that R. V. Raman, CTO of the company has resigned from the company.
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.
Numerex, Georgia - $70.6M, March 2017
Numerex announced that Sri. Ramachandran, CTO, separated from the company, as of March 20, 2017.
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.
Microphase, Connecticut - $9.12M, December 2016
The Company approved the appointment of Mr. Michael Ghadaksaz as the CEO of the Company. Prior to the Ghadaksaz appointment, Ghadaksaz served as the CTO and CMO. No tech chief replacement has been announced.
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.
Sam's West, Arkansas, January 2017
Wal-Mart Stores CIO Karenann Terrell is leaving the company. Terrell has been with the company for six years, beginning as EVP of information systems. She was promoted to CIO in 2012 and has remained in the role for four years.
Activistic Holdings, Australia, November 2015   
The Company announced that Activistic Holdings Pty Ltd’s CTO, Mr. Shahab Zeinoghli has resigned effective 18 November.
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.
Blucora, Washington, August 2015
Blucora is looking for a CISO who will be member of the company’s Operations Team.
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.
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. 
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.).
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.
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.
Leonard Technology Group, Florida, February 2016
The computer and network security company is seeking a 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.
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.
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.
4over, California, August 2016
Trade printer company 4over is looking for a CTO, who will be responsible for overseeing the organization's software development and technology infrastructure.
Sonesta Hotels & Resorts, Massachusetts, August 2016
Sonesta is seeking a CIO, who will be responsible for the successful delivery of IT strategies, services, and operations.
ChartSpan Medical Technologies, South Carolina, September 2016
Healthcare data company ChartSpan is looking for a CIO to lead the IT department.
Deloitte, Illinois, December 2016
Deloitte is looking for a CISO reporting to the CIO.
West Virginia University, Virginia, December 2016
West Virginia University is seeking an inspiring leader for the position of CIO/Associate Provost for Information Technology.
United Medical Center, Washington, D.C., December 2016
The Not for- Profit Hospital Corporation, commonly known as United Medical Center (UMC), is looking for a CIO to provide technology vision and leadership in the development and implementation of the affiliate-wide information technology (IT) program.
USA Truck, China, January 2017
USA Truck announced that effective January 5, 2017, Christian C. Rhodes' role as CIO of USA Truck.
U.S. Energy Department, Washington, D.C., January 2017
Michael Johnson, Energy Department chief information officer, has left the agency following an almost two-year stint with the organization. Robbie Green, principal deputy CIO for enterprise information resources management, has been named interim CIO.
United States Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., January 2017
Terry Halvorsen, who as the Pentagon’s CIO, is retiring at the end of February. Current principal deputy CIO, John Zangardi, is expected to step in as acting CIO.

Tech Execs Appointed

Tech execs appointed in 31 days ended April 16, 2017.
Recent Appointments 
Phillips 66, Texas - $70.9B, April 2017
Zhanna Golodryga
Phillips 66 hired Zhanna Golodryga as SVP and chief digital and administrative officer. Golodryga recently worked as CIO and SVP of services at Hess.
Intel, California - $59.3B, April 2017
Intel announced that Murthy Renduchintala has been promoted from President to Group President, Client and Internet of Things Business & Systems Architecture Group (CISA), and appointed chief engineering officer.
QUALCOMM, California - $23.5B, March 2017
Qualcomm announced that Dr. James H. Thompson, EVP of engineering, has been appointed to the additional position of CTO.
Matt Grob, EVP, Qualcomm Technologies and CTO, will transition to the role of EVP of technology.
SAP, Germany - $23.2B, April 2017
Current SAP Cloud Platform President Bjoern Goerke will become CTO.
State Street, Massachusetts - $10.1B, April 2017
State Street Corporation named Ravi Arimilli as SVP and head of Technology Research, a newly-created role. Most recently Arimilli was at IBM as an IBM Fellow and the chief architect for analytics, big data and block-chain platforms.
State Street Corporation named Pinar Emirdag as SVP and head of digital product development. She was the Founder of SciencePeers.
State Street Corporation named Kirk Wylie as SVP and principal risk architect. Wylie is the founder of Open Gamma, a derivatives risk software startup launched in 2009, bringing Open Source market risk software to markets and developing proprietary offerings.
CNA Financial, Illinois - $9.3B, April 2017
CNA appointed Caroline King as SVP of Business Strategy, Technology & Operations. Most recently, she served as SVP of Global Operations at Chubb.
YRC Worldwide, Kansas - $4.6B, March 2017
YRC Worldwide appointed Jason T. Ringgenberg as CIO for YRCW. Ringgenberg was most recently CIO of YRC Freight.
Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society, United Kingdom - $4.4B, March 2017
Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society announced that John Chasty has been promoted to the role of CIO. John has been with LV= since 2011 and was most recently CIO Operations Director where he was responsible for IT Operations, Group Procurement and Facilities Management.
KAR Auction Services, Indiana - $3.1B, April 2017
KAR Auction Services announced that Thomas Fisher has joined the company as EVP and CIO. Fisher brings two decades of customer-focused technology strategy, operations, sales and product development experience to KAR.
WestJet Airlines, Canada - $3.1B, April 2017
WestJet announced that Craig Maccubbin has been named EVP and CIO. Craig joins WestJet from Southwest Airlines, where he was most recently the CTO.
Metso, Finland - $2.7B, April 2017
Vesa Erolainen has been appointed Metso's CIO. He has a long and successful career within IT, latest serving as the CIO of Pöyry and before that in CIO and other IT Leadership positions in Myllykoski and UPM. Metso's previous CIO Pirkka Penttinen is leaving Metso on his own initiative.
Magyar Telekom, Hungary - $2.1B, April 2017
Magyar Telekom announced that Dr. Kim Kyllesbech Larsen, the new Chief Technology and IT Officer of the company. Former SVP Technology Architecture & Innovation, Group Technology at Deutsche Telekom.
Loders Croklaan, Netherlands - $1.6B, March 2017
COO Loek Favre will take on the newly created role of CTO to further global innovation.
Vonage, New Jersey - $955.6M, April 2017
Vonage has appointed Johan Hybinette as the Company's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Most recently, he served as CISO at, a major international managed cloud provider, where he managed the company's vast portfolio of compliance certifications and led the organization's risk and compliance transformation to improve overall efficiency and communications.
Axon Enterprise, Arizona - $268.2M, March 2017
TASER International announced the addition of Kathy Trontell as CIO, coming from Tesla as CIO.
NV5 Global, Florida - $223.9M, April 2017
NV5 Global appointed Ed Pasewicz to CIO of the company. From 2006 to 2013, Ed Pasewicz served as Director of Information Systems and Database and Development Leader of Bureau Veritas.
VASCO Data Security International, Illinois - $192.3M, April 2017Jeff Cole
VASCO Data Security International appointed Jeff Cole to the position of CIO. Cole has held senior management positions at leading companies in the technology field and most recently served as Senior Director Information Management for CareerBuilder.
magicJack VocalTec, Israel - $97.4M, March 2017
magicJack VocalTec Ltd. appointed Dvir Salomon as CTO. Salomon joined magicJack VocalTec in 2010, initially leading all research and development.
American Superconductor, Massachusetts - $96.0M, April 2017
The Board appointed James F. Maguire, formerly EVP, Operations of the company, as EVP, Technology, of the company.
BSM Technologies, Canada - $44.9M, March 2017
BSM Technologies appointed Mr. Douglas Swanson as CTO of the company. Most recently, Mr. Swanson was VP of Engineering at Intelligent Mechatronic Systems.
OmniComm Systems, Florida - $24.4M, March 2017
Keith Howells, the company’s current SVP of development, has been named as CTO.
Standard AVB Financial, Pennsylvania - $15.2M, April 2017
In conjunction with the Holding Company Merger, Sheila D. Crystaloski was appointed as SVP and CTO of Standard AVB Financial Corp.
Gresham House, United Kingdom - $6.0M, April 2017
Gresham House announced that Andy Hampshire has been named CTO, a newly created role. He will oversee the creation of the firm's new co-investment platform, a projected backed in part by the Berkshire Pension Fund. Hampshire joins from LDC.
Franchise Brands, United Kingdom - $6.0M, April 2017
Franchise Brands plc announced that Colin Rees has been appointed to the new position of CIO. Colin was until very recently Director of IT at Domino's Pizza.
Wecast Network, New York - $4.5M, March 2017
Wecast Network appointed Mr. Randy Huang as CTO. Wang was most recently at privately held e-commerce platform,
Standard Insurance Company, Oregon, April 2017
Standard Insurance Company announced that Laxman Prakash has been promoted to second VP of Information Security. Prakash joined The Standard in 2011 as director of Information Security and Business Continuity and focused on strengthening the company’s information security organization.
ReplyYes, Washington, April 2017
Trevor Inman will assume the role of CTO. Prior to ReplyYes, Inman was a Principal Engineer on the personalization team at ecommerce pioneer Zulily and previously held senior engineering positions at PivotLink and MessageGate.
Oravel Stays, India, April 2017
OYO Rooms has appointed Suvesh Malhotra as VP of its Engineering vertical. Prior to this appointment, Malhotra worked for He has also worked with Stepout, Homeshop18 and Oracle.
moovel North America, Oregon, April 2017
moovel North America reported that Henry Harbury has joined the company as CTO. Harbury most recently served as CTO at Act-On Software. Before joining Act-On Software. Harbury was the Founder and President of TeamTek Solutions.
Xoriant Corporation, California, April 2017
Xoriant appointed Subu Subramanian as President and CTO. Subu has extensive leadership experience in product management, engineering and operations including most recently as the VP/GM of the software platforms group at Cisco.
CU Cooperative Systems, California, April 2017
Nick Calcanes, previously with Fiserv, joins the Executive Management Team (EMT) as CIO.
T1D Exchange, Massachusetts, April 2017
Jaya Plamanabhan joins as CTO. Prior to joining T1D Exchange, Plamanabhan served as Acting CTO at Rede App, where he advised the CEO and management team on all product and technology related matters and served as Chief Data Scientist and VP of Engineering at Cure Forward, a platform that connects cancer patients with genomic medicine.
Strategic Products and Services, New Jersey, April 2017
Strategic Products and Services (SPS) announced that Amit Basu will serve as CIO. Most recently, Basu founded cognativ, a provider of consulting services and thought leadership in the areas of technology and business strategy.
Novasentis, California, April 2017
Novasentis announced that Dr. Michael Vestel has joined the company as its CTO. Prior to joining Novasentis, Vestel was with SRI International, where he led programs for the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Energy and commercial clients.
Webroot, Colorado, April 2017
Webroot hired Gary Hayslip as chief information security officer. Before joining Webroot, Hayslip was CISO and deputy director for the City of San Diego where he was the driving force behind the Smart City initiative.
Abt Associates, Massachusetts, April 2017
Abt Associates of Bethesda appointed Jorge Elguera as CIO. Most recently, he served as a CIO and managing director at Hartman Executive Advisors, a technology advisory firm.
84 Lumber Company, Pennsylvania, April 2017
84 Lumber Company appointed industry veteran Paul Yater as CIO. Yater most recently served as SVP and CIO at GNC.
Crowdtap, New York, April 2017
Crowdtap appointed David Moore as SVP of Product & Engineering. Prior to his move to Crowdtap, Moore worked as Executive Director of Creative Technology at Atmosphere Proximity, a digital agency under BBDO, where he worked with clients including FedEx, Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, and Emirates Airlines.
Misys, United Kingdom, April 2017
Misys appointed Natalie Gammon as the company's new CIO. Her most recent positions include Group CIO at FNZ and prior to that, Global Head of IT Planning at Deutsche Bank.
Grafoid, Canada, April 2017
Grafoid announce the appointment of Normand (Norm) Major as CTO and its related companies and subsidiaries. Major, a former Director of Engineering at Cisco, has a significant history in both product development and business development.
Sackett National Holdings, Nevada, April 2017
Sackett National Holdings (SNH) announced that Eric Ring has been appointed to the position of CIO. Prior to joining SNH, Eric served as SVP of the Enterprise Architecture at CoreLogic.
Indigo, Massachusetts, April 2017
Gerard Keating joins Indigo as CTO. Most recently, Keating worked at analytics technology company DataXu as EVP of Products, where he held the company`s engineering, operational, and product functions from inception, in 2009, through 2016.
Community Care Health Network, Arizona, April 2017
Matrix Medical Network has announced that Mr. Mason Dansie has been named the company's CIO. In 2015, he joined Matrix as CTO., New York, April 2017Daniel Rolnick
ShopKeep appointed Daniel Rolnick as the company's new CTO.  Prior to joining ShopKeep, Rolnick served as CTO for Yodle, an online marketing service that helps local businesses build a strong online presence.
5 Bars, California, April 2017
5 Bars reported that Alessandro Feitosa has joined the company as VP, Solution Engineering. Prior to joining 5 Bars, Feitosa held key technology roles at Nokia, Cisco, Juniper Networks and Ruckus Wireless.
Skyhigh Networks, California, April 2017
Skyhigh Networks appointed Slawomir Ligier as SVP of Engineering. Ligier most recently served as the VP of Product Development at Barracuda Networks, where he helped develop easy-to-use products on the cutting edge of internet security.
Skyhigh Networks appointed Dheeraj Khanna as VP of Technical Operations. Khanna joins Skyhigh from OneLogin, where he built a team from the ground up as the VP of Technical Operations.
Skyhigh Networks appointed Anand Ramanathan as VP of Product Management. Ramanathan joins Skyhigh from Proofpoint, where he played a key role in pivoting the company into a cybersecurity leader. Prior to Proofpoint, he led product management for over six years at Cisco WebEx and before that served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Firstmark Credit Union, Texas, April 2017
Firstmark Credit Union announced that it has hired Kayvee Kondapalli as CIO. Previously, he was serving as CIO at Scott Credit Union in Edwardsville.
ePAT Technologies, Australia, April 2017
ePAT Technologies announced that Scott Robertson has joined the company as the CTO. He has most recently worked in the telecommunications and billing industries and is used to working in highly regulated environments.
Securities Service Network, Tennessee, March 2017
Securities Service Network announced that Joe Simpson has been named to the newly-created position of CIO. Formerly VP of Technology for SSN, Mr. Simpson will continue to head all of SSN's technology efforts and will represent SSN on Ladenburg Thalmann and industry technology-related committees.
Michael Baker, Pennsylvania, March 2017
Michael Baker International announced that Elese (Lisa) Roger has joined the firm as EVP and CIO. Previously, she served as VP of Technology Services for SC3, where she led large IT-related programs for the company's Technology Solutions division and provided strategic direction to establish a cyber capability for the firm.
IOI-Loders Croklaan Oils, Netherlands, March 2017
COO Loek Favre will take on the newly created role of CTO to further global innovation.
AssetMark, California, March 2017
AssetMark announced that Mukesh (Muk) Mehta has joined the company as CIO. He comes to AssetMark from Cetera Financial, the nation's second-largest independent financial advisor network, where he served as CIO.
Steel House, California, March 2017
SteelHouse has added Boris Bronshteyn as its first CTO. He brings a wealth of leadership experience across tech and product innovation, most recently having served as VP of Technology at Target Media Partners, a digital ad agency specializing in the automotive space, for the past five years.
DISA Global Solutions, Texas, March 2017
DISA Global Solutions announced the recent hire of Richard Patterson, who will join company's team as CTO. Rich’s professional background includes 17 years of management experience with Halliburton. His most recent position within Halliburton was Technology Director, Software Engineering.
APX Group, Utah, March 2017
Vivint Smart Home announced that Joy Driscoll Durling has joined the company as chief information and digital enablement officer. Durling was most recently a VP at Adobe where she was a strategic advisor to Adobe's CTO and led product roadmap planning for the company.
YOC, Germany, March 2017
German mobile advertising services provider YOC appointed Director of technology Evgenij Tovba to the newly created position of CTO.
Wave Crest Holdings, Gibraltar, March 2017
WaveCrest announced that Steve Bishop has been named Chief Technology and Security Officer. In recent years, Bishop has provided advisory and consultancy services to boards and executives of several established companies and start-ups in both the payments and consumer-incentive loyalty market.
CRM Software, North Carolina, March 2017
Junxure announced the expansion of its Leadership Team with the addition of Timothy Betts as its new CIO. Betts has over 25 years of experience in Software Development and was most recently a Software Development Managing Director over financial advisor and client applications produced by Schwab Performance Technologies.
Endotronix, Illinois, March 2017
Endotronix named Richard Powers as CIO. Powers joins the Endotronix team after an impressive tenure at CardioMEMS, culminating as CIO. He created their cloud-based web systems and managed the program through transition to St. Jude Medical in the 2014 acquisition. More recently, he ran a consulting business and was CTO at WebOps.
eir, Ireland, March 2017
Paolo Perfetti has been appointed as Chief Information and Technology Officer. Most recently, Perfetti was CITO of Tiscali in Italy.
Champion Technology Company, California, March 2017
DarkLight has named Shawn Riley as its Chief Data Officer following his successful eight months as a Senior Advisor to the company. Riley, a regular contributor to the Science of Security (SoS) Virtual Organization, has two decades of experience in the defense and intelligence communities, initially as part of the US Navy's Cryptologic Community specializing in Information Assurance and Information Assurance and Information Operations before transitioning to Lockheed Martin where he last served as a Senior Fellow and Head of Cyber Intelligence.
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Virginia, March 2017
The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond announced that Will Robinson has been promoted to assistant VP and will serve as information security officer and data privacy officer. Robinson, who joined the Richmond Fed in August, has been an information security director. Previously, he held IT risk management positions with General Electric.
SecureAuth, California, March 2017
SecureAuth Corporation appointed Danielle Jackson as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Formerly the Director of Information Security for Bloomberg BNA and Mandiant, Jackson brings more than 15 years of leadership experience in network, system, data, cloud and security design.
iGrafx, Oregon, March 2017
iGrafx appointed Ed Maddock to CTO. Maddock’s appointment comes after already serving as VP or Process Management Solutions at iGrafx, with more than 25 years of experience in the BPM space.
DNAnexus, California, March 2017
DNAnexus announced the promotion of George Asimenos, Ph.D. to CTO. Asimenos has been with DNAnexus since its inception and has played a critical role in building the company’s scientific and engineering foundation most recently as VP, strategic projects.
Amplero, Washington, March 2017
Amplero appointed Andrew Toner as CTO. Most recently, he served as principal engineering manager at Microsoft, where he built a team that transformed the way Microsoft deploys its cloud infrastructure.
Optima Healthcare Solutions, Florida, March 2017
Optima Healthcare Solutions announced that Jeff Browning has been appointed EVP of Product & Engineering. Before joining Optima, Jeff led development for IBM's Marketing Cloud.
Magnetic Media Online, New York, March 2017
Magnetic announced that Dave Villano has been appointed to the role of CTO. Villano joins Magnetic from Operative Media, a developer of advertising management and programmatic software and services for publishers, agencies and networks where he served as the company's CTO.
Simmons Bank, Arkansas, April 2017
Simmons Bank named Paul D. Kanneman as EVP and CIO. Kanneman worked the previous 14 years for the international accounting firm Grant Thornton and was based in Dallas.
Barclays Bank Delaware, Delaware, April 2017
Barclaycard US appointed Shelton Shugar as CIO for Barclaycard US. Most recently, he served as VP, Enterprise Cloud Services with Hewlett Packard Enterprise in San Francisco. He had previously held positions at CA Technologies, Yahoo!, eBay, Homestore and Verisign, The Thomson Corporation and AOL.
Regions Bank, Alabama, April 2017
Regions Bank announced that Amala Duggirala will join the company and serve as Enterprise CIO. Duggirala has held senior technology roles in financial firms for several years, having most recently served as CTO for online small-business lender Kabbage.
Field & Main Bank, Kentucky, April 2017
Field & Main Bank named Jennifer Drennan, SVP, as CIO. Drennan was previously SVP and chief retail officer.

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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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