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October 25, 2017  

Welcome to the 49th Edition of the Vell Leadership Update for the 37 days ending October 23, 2017. 

We’ve seen a lot of shake-ups this past month, as 91 new heads of technology have stepped up, including new CTOs, CIOs, tech & ops execs and CISOs. 

Summary Stats and Trends

By the numbers, overall:

  • Total Tech Exec Roles Open: 35
  • New Tech Exec Appointments:91 
    (in 85 companies, as 6 companies have multiple appointments)
    Gender Diversity: 7 women or 19%, 74 men

Geographic Distribution of Open Roles Vs. New Tech Appointments

2017 October Fig 1 New Tech Execs by Geography

New Tech Function Openings: 7 – The Western Union Company (CO), First Philippine Holdings Corporation (Philippines), First Gen Corporation (Philippines), Paycom Software (OK), Home Capital Group (ON, Canada), Everspin Technologies (AZ), The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (Washington, D.C.). 

Sources of Appointments: 60 were External appointments, and 31 were internal promotions. 

2017 October Fig 2 Sources of Tech Exec Appointments

Other titles (internal sources) include: SVP or VP, Technology, VP-Business Transformation, VP-R&D, Founder, Director or Senior Director of IT, etc. 

Diversity: 19% of the appointments are women tech execs.

2017 October Fig 3 New Tech Execs   Diversity

Want to keep up to date? Get more updates on new board members (Tech execs on tech and non tech- boards; women board members), on new execs/board updates for the Giants, the software industry, and many more. A summary of Vell Research Reports and board/exec updates can be found hereunder, below the tech function appointments.

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Superhero Guy Icon jpegSome news we are unsure about...

- It is unclear whether Twitter will fill the CTO role. It looks like Ed Ho is taking leadership of technology. We left it in for now

- Microstrategy had a CISO role open for a while. We have not found an announcement and it appears the job posted has disappeared. We have removed this one

- Nordstrom plans to hire a new CTO by the end of the year, who will be responsible for all aspects of technology, after the CTO both left earlythis year. The CIO, Dan Little announced in January 2017 that he was resigning in the fall. He is still there. It is unclear whether Nordstrom will stick to the organizational structure they initially announced.

- NMI Holdings has not had a CIO since January 2015 (that we can find). We assume they no longer are looking for one. 


Tech Function Exec Open Roles (As of October 23, 2017)

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The United States & Canada 
Nordstrom, Washington, January 2017 - Nordstrom plans to hire a new CTO by the end of the year, who will be responsible for all aspects of technology, after the CTO both left earlythis year. The CIO, Dan Little announced in January 2017 that he was resigning in the fall. He is still there. It is unclear whether Nordstrom will stick to the organizational structure they initially announced. 
The AES Corporation, Virginia, June 2017 - SVP & CIO Elizabeth Hackenson will depart from the company. No announcements on new CIO yet.
Biogen, Massachusetts, June 2016 - Biogen CIO Matt Griffiths is no longer with the company. Biogen plans to fill the CIO position. 
The Western Union Company, Colorado, October 2017 - J. David Thompson, EVP, Global Operations and Technology, CTO, of The Western Union Company resigns to pursue other business opportunities. Sheri Rhodes, CTO, Global Payments and Digital, will serve as Acting CTO until the Company names a permanent successor.
Deloitte, Illinois, December 2016 - Deloitte is looking for a CISO reporting to the CIO.
Equifax, Georgia, September 2017 - CIO David Webb and Chief Security Officer Susan Mauldin are leaving after the data breach. Mark Rohrwasser has been appointed interim CIO and Russ Ayres has been appointed interim Chief Security Officer.
E*TRADE, New York, September 2017 - Michael Foley, EVP and Chief Technology and Operations Officer, is leaving E*TRADE to pursue other opportunities.
Twitter, California, December 2016 - Twitter's CTO Adam Messinger left.  *no replacement announced. It is unclear the company is looking for a CTO.
The Buckle, Nebraska, November 2015 - The Buckle is seeking a CIO to direct, plan, and manage the company's Information Systems.
Shutterstock, New York, July 2017  - David Giambruno, the Company’s CIO, will be leaving the Company.
Global Eagle Entertainment, California, November 2016 - Global Eagle Entertainment and Aditya Chatterjee, the company’s CTO, have entered into a Separation and Release Agreement.
Inovalon, Maryland, April 2017 - Joseph R. Rostock’s employment as the Inovalon Holdings’s CTO ended.
Paycom Software, Oklahoma, October 2017 - William X. Kerber III, Paycom’s CIO, departs. Two of Paycom’s senior technology leaders, Brad Smith and Shane Hadlock, will work together to assume Kerber’s responsibilities until his successor is named.
Liquidity Services, Washington, DC, March 2017 - Liquidity Services CIO, Leoncio Casusol, resigned from the company. The company conducts a search for a new CIO.
Home Capital Group, Ontario, Canada - Home Capital Group is creating a CIO role and has commenced a search for the right candidate.
StarTek, Colorado, October 2015 - Kamalesh Dwivedi, the company's CIO, left the company.
Tucows, Canada, March 2017 - Kenneth Schafer, EVP, CIO of Tucows, resigned.
Central 1 Credit Union, BC, Canada, September 2017 - Oscar van der Meer, Chief Digital & Payments Officer has left the company. The company has begun their search for a new leader for Central 1’s Digital & Payments line of business. In the interim, Henrique Godinho will step into the role of Interim VP, Digital & Payments.​
Mastech Digital, Pennsylvania, March 2016 - Denis D. Deet ceased to be VP of Technology and CIO of Mastech Holdings.
Neos Therapeutics, Texas, June 2017 - Juergen A. Martens, the Chief Technology and Operations Officer of Neos Therapeutics, will be resigning from his position.
Cartesian, Kansas, June 2016 - Cartesian announced the termination of employment to Jim Baker, the Company's CTO and CIO and a named executive officer., California, September 2017 - Chris Koverman, VP, Product and Engineering of announced his resignation.
Inpixon, California, September 2017 - Inpixon announced resignation of Craig Harper as CTO.
Everspin Technologies, Arizona, October 2017 - Jon Slaughter, Ph.D, VP, Technology Research and Development, informed that he will be leaving the Everspin.
Diadexus, California, March 2016 - Dr. Emilia Zychlinksy, EVP and Chief Technical Officer, resigned.
United States Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., January 2017 - Terry Halvorsen, who as the Pentagon’s CIO, retired. Current principal deputy CIO, John Zangardi, is expected to step in as acting CIO.
United States Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C., August 2017 – CIO Richard Staropoli has resigned after only three months on the job. Deputy CIO Stephen Rice will serve as acting CIO until President Trump appoints a new person to fill the role.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C., October 2017 - Veterans Affairs CIO Rob Thomas plans retires in October, adding to a growing list of unfilled CIO posts across the federal government.
NASA, Washington D.C., May 2017 - Michael Witt, who joined NASA in February, will become acting senior agency information security officer, replacing Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz. 
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma, June 2017 - Oklahoma Eddie Huebsch has been named interim CIO at the University of Oklahoma. Huebsch has served OU IT for more than 16 years in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as associate VP of technology advancement.
Dallas Independent School District, Texas, June 2017 - CTO Bob Moore left in June. The role is vacant.
Asia Pacific
Tata Motors, India, September 2017 - CTO Tim Leverton has resigned and will continue in the position until 31 October, and his successor will be announced in due course.
First Philippine Holdings Corporation, Philippines - Charlie R. Valerio, VP and CIO of the Corporation, is resigning effective September 30, 2017, to pursue other interests.
First Gen Corporation, Philippines - The company announced resignation of Charlie R. Valerio as VP and CIO.
Just Dial, India - $104.2M, October 2016 - R. V. Raman, CTO of the company has resigned.


Tech Function Execs Appointed in 37 days ended October 23, 2017

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The United States & Canada

GE Digital, Massachusetts - GE Digital appointed Eddie Amos as VP of Industrial Applications & CTO. Former CTO of Meridium, GE’s new acquisition. 

Nasrin Rezai has been promoted to VP and Global Chief Information and Product Cyber Security Officer, GE Digital. She has held the position of GE CISO since 2016. 

JPMorgan Chase, New York - Ex-Amazon exec Marbue Brownas joined as new head of customer experience for consumer banking and wealth management for branch network, call centers and digital and mobile platforms. 

Air Canada, Montreal, Canada - Air Canada has named a former energy-industry CIO Catherine Dyer as its new CIO. 

Northrop Grumman, Virginia - Shawn Purvis named as VP and CIO. Former sector VP and GM for Northrop Grumman’s former Cyber division. 

Bridgestone Americas, Tennessee - Bridgestone Americas named Stefano Mezzabotta as CIO for the company. Joins from Procter & Gamble, where served as Director, Global Business Units Global Shared Services and IT. 

BAE Systems, Virginia - BAE Systems named Alphonse “Al” Whitmore as president of the Intelligence & Security sector. Joins from General Dynamics Information Technology, where he was most recently SVP of the Global Solutions Division. 

Estée Lauder Companies, New York - Michael Smith has joined as SVP, Global Information Services (GIS) and CIO. Joins from Boma Technologies. 

Norfolk Southern, Virginia - Fredric M. Ehlers named as CIO. Will continue serving as VP information technology, a position he has held since 2013. 

HSN, Colorado - Todd Sprinkle will be Chief Digital Officer. Sprinkle is currently CIO, QVC.
Karen Etzkorn will be CIO. Etzkorn is currently CIO, HSNi. 

Voya Financial, New York - Voya Financial appointed Santhosh Keshavan as CIO. Joins from Regions Financial, where he served as CIO for Core Banking. 

California Physicians' Service, California - Michael Mathias has been promoted to EVP of Customer Experience. He will also continue in his role as CIO. 

Campbell Soup Company, New Jersey - Campbell Soup Company appointed Francisco Fraga VP and Chief Technology and Information Officer. Joins from The Procter & Gamble Company. 

TD Bank, New Jersey - Michael Rhodes, Head of Consumer Banking, was named Group Head, Innovation, Technology and Shared Services for bank's parent bank, TD Bank Group. 

Dana Incorporated, Ohio - Dana selected Christophe Dominiak to serve as its new SVP and CTO. Most recently, VP of global engineering for Dana's Off-Highway Drive and Motion Technologies business. 

Motorola Solutions, Illinois - Motorola Solutions announced two new leaders in the company’s Software Enterprise. Alam Ali, VP, records and evidence systems, joins the company from Tersai Corporation. 

Iain McDonald, VP, software deployment and integration, comes from Microsoft. 

Mattel, California - Mattel appointed Sven Gerjets as CTO. Former Chief Product Officer of startup Innovation and former CIO of Time Warner Cable. 

Flowers Foods, Georgia - Flowers Foods has named Harish Ramani as SVP and CIO. Most recently global CIO and SVP of ARYZTA plc. 

Equinix, California - Company veteran Brian Lillie will assume the role of Chief Product Officer. Chief Customer Officer of company since September 2016. 

The Hain Celestial Group, New York - Julie Bowerman joined as SVP, Digital Engagement and eCommerce.  Most recently Global VP—Omni-Shopper Marketing and Digital Commerce at Coca-Cola. 

L’Oréal USA, New York - L’Oréal USA named former Neiman Marcus exec Michael Kingston as CIO of its Americas division. 

Meredith Corporation, Iowa - Meredith Corporation named Alysia Borsa as Chief Marketing and Data Officer. Most recently Alysia Borsa served as EVP/Chief Data and Insights Officer. 

SS&C Technologies Holdings, Connecticut - SS&C Technologies Holdings appointed CV Channagiri as CIO for SS&C. Former CTO/SCP of North Mill Equipment Finance. 

Long Term Care Group, Minnesota - LTCG appointed Matt Capell as SVP of Provider Solutions. Former CEO of FHS SeniorCare Payment Solutions. 

BOK Financial Corporation, Oklahoma - CTO Joseph A. Grotton II, 54, who was named Interim CIO, is listed as CIO in the website and on Linkedin. 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Massachusetts - Trish Torizzo joined the team as SVP and CIO. Former Divisional CIO, Enterprise & Analytics at Charles River Laboratories. 

ADT, Florida - ADT hired James K. Lantrip to assume the role of VP, Enterprise Solutions. Prior to re-joining ADT, Lantrip spent the last four years at Siemens Industry – Building Technologies as its Security Segment Head – Americas. 

Saia, Georgia - Saia hires Rohit Lal as VP and CIO. He was formerly IT director of architecture for CONA Services, a Coca-Cola System IT Services Company. 

The McClatchy Company, California - McClatchy announced that Scott Manuel has been named VP of Digital Product and Technology. Most recently, VP of Applied Innovation at Thomson Reuters. 

Pegasystems, Massachusetts - Pegasystems appointed Frank Guerrera as chief technical systems officer. Most recently, VP of SaaS services at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). 

US Government Publishing Office, Washington, D.C. - U.S.  Government Publishing Office (GPO) named Acting CIO Tracee Boxley as CIO. 

AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, South Carolina - Sam Esfahani joined as CIO. Previously worked for Danske Bank in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Blue Nile, Washington - Blue Nile appointed David Fleischman as Chief Product Officer. Most recently served as VP of Global Product at Expedia. 

8x8, California - 8x8 promoted SVP, Global R&D, Dejan Deklich, to EVP and chief product officer.

Bank Leumi USA, New York - Ely Pinto has joined the bank as CISO. Most recently, Pinto spent 12 years as an Information Security Specialist at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. 

Meta Financial Group, South Dakota - Sheree Thornsberry joins the Company as EVP and Head of Payments. Joins MFG after holding integral leadership positions at InteliSpend and later Blackhawk Network. 

Worldwide Express Operations, Texas - Worldwide Express hired Dolly Wagner-Wilkins as CTO. Prior to joining the company as CTO, Wagner-Wilkins held high-level positions at Sabre. 

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, California - Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton announced that Liisa M. Thomas has joined as co-leader of the firm’s growing Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. 

Lake City Bank, Indiana - Angie K. Ritchey has been promoted to SVP and CTO. Will continue to have departmental responsibility for Technology Services, Product Management, Project Management and Information Security. 

YourPeople, California - Zenefits appointed Souvik Das as SVP of engineering. Most recently served as SVP of engineering at healthcare technology company Grand Rounds. 

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, California - Andy Shenkler named Chief Product Officer. Most recently EVP, Chief Solutions and Technology Officer for Sony DADC New Media Solutions. 

Stratix, Georgia - Barry Schnur has joined the company as Chief Services and Information Officer. Previously served as SVP of operations for cloud-based marketing automation provider Silverpop. 

J.D. Power and Associates, California - J.D. Power promoted Thomas King as SVP of Data & Analytics. King has served in increasingly senior roles since joining J.D. Power in 2005. 

Axiom Global, New York - Doug Hebenthal has been named the company's CTO. Most recently served as Chief Network Engineering Officer at Change Healthcare. 

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, Minnesota - Teri Laufers has been promoted to SVP of IT Operations and Development. 

Information Services Corporation, Saskatchewan, Canada - Loren Cisyk joins as EVP, Technology Solutions. Spent the past 20 years with IBM and held the role of IBM Regional GM for the last 14 years. 

Cynergistek, California - David Finn named as first EVP of Strategic Innovation.IFormer Health Information Technology Officer at Symantec. 

SmartBear Software, Massachusetts - Christian Wright named EVP and GM for API Business. Prior CTO and GM at eBay Enterprise. 

Egnyte, California - Egnyte appointed co-founder Kris Lahiri as their new Data Protection Officer. 

MedeAnalytics, California - MedeAnalytics appointed Tyler Downs as CTO. Former VP of Development for Trizetto Provider solutions (now Cognizant). 

Sevatec, Virginia - Aslam Nawabzada has joined the organization as CTO. Previously Aslam held a number of leadership positions at CSRA. 

Joshua Seckel has joined the company as Chief Solutions Architect for Agile/DevSecOps. Former Division Chief within DHS USCIS. 

Randstad Canada, Quebec, Canada - Randstad Canada appointed Jeremy Peters in the role of President, Randstad Engineering. 

Zelis Healthcare, New Jersey - Timothy Wilde joins as CTO. Former exec at Coventry Health Care, Luxottica, UnityBPO and Pinnacle Software. 

Hydroid, Massachusetts - Dr. Andrew K. Rogers has joined the company as VP of engineering. 

GlobalSCAPE, Texas - Peter Merkulov has been promoted to CTO. He previously served as the VP of Product Strategy and Technology Alliances. 

Lightning Systems, Colorado - Lightning Systems announced William R. (Bill) Kelley as its new CTO. For the past four years, Kelley has served as an expert consultant to the company on technical matters. 

Code 42 Software, Minnesota - Rob Juncker joined as SVP of product development. Before joining Code42, Juncker was VP of research and development at Ivanti. 

Frankly, California - Alisa Warshawski has transitioned from VP, Solutions Engineering to VP, Web Product. 

InsightSquared, Massachusetts - Geoffrey Greene hired as CTO. Previously served as the CTO at Valore. 

SessionM, Massachusetts - SessionM hired Amelio Vázquez-Reina as VP of data science, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.  Joins from DataXu. 

Minute Key, Colorado - Michael N. Rosenblatt has joined as VP of product development. Most recently, Rosenblatt served as managing director for Seamless Product Development (SPD). 

Guardian Analytics, California - Guardian Analytics announced John Olson as VP of Cloud Operations, Technical Support and Security. Former Cadence Design Systems, Cisco, and AT&T. 

Guardian Analytics appointed Eric Tran-Le as VP of Product Management. Former Oracle and Microsoft. 

Insite Software Solutions, Minnesota - Insite Software named Thomas Frishberg, VP of Engineering; and Jeffrey Natzke, VP of Product. 

Zedge, New York - Tim Quirk, Freeform's co-founder and CEO, will assume the position of SVP of Marketplace. 

Cox Communications, Georgia - Philip Nutsugah has been promoted to SVP of product development and management. Joined Cox in 2006. 

Michael Baker International, Pennsylvania - Martin J. Miner has joined the firm as CTO. Prior to joining Michael Baker, he served in numerous roles at Leidos. 

Seattle Children's Hospital, Washington - Seattle Children's has appointed Dr. Zafar Chaudry as SVP and CIO. Previously served as CIO at Cambridge University Hospitals in the U.K. 

comScore, Virginia - comScore named Joseph R. Rostock to the newly created role of CIO. Most recently served as CTO of Inovalon Holdings. 

Spectralink, Colorado - Andrew Duncan was promoted to VP of Product Management and Technology Solutions. 

GA Communications, Georgia - PureRED has named Andy Sung as its Chief Digital Officer. Most recently SVP and Group Managing Director of R/GA. 

Ulteig Engineers, North Dakota - Hossein Tabrizi has been promoted to Chief Engineering and Technical Officer. 

LIMRA, Connecticut - LIMRA hired Vikram Kam to lead its Center of Excellence for Predictive Modeling and Data Analytics. Most recently, Kamath led analytics research projects in the bond division of Travelers Insurance Co. 

Europe, Middle East & Africa 

Carrefour SA, France - Marie Cheval appointed Executive Director Customers, Services and Digital Transformation. 

Accenture, Ireland - Accenture appointed Iliana Oris Valiente as managing director and global blockchain innovation lead for the company's emerging technology group. Most recently, she founded ColliderX, a nonprofit blockchain R&D organization, where she also chairs the board. 

Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, Switzerland - Dr. Jean-Jacques van Oosten appointed to the newly created role of CTO. Prior Group Chief Digital Officer and CEO of Rewe Digital. 

trivago, Germany - Following the tripl acquisition, the former CTO and creator of the tripl algorithm, Hendrik Kleinwächter, will join trivago's development team. 

Gerry Weber International AG, Germany - Johannes Ehling will assume the newly created role of Chief Sales Officer and Chief Digital Officer. Former exec at Willy Bogner and Escada-Sport. 

Promethean, U.K. - Promethean appointed Ravi Angadi as the Chief Products and Strategy Officer. Former VP of Product Management & Product Marketing at Agilysys. 

Piraeus Port Authority, Greece - Acting Chief Security Officer John Bilich a former NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Operations and chief investigator in the Manhattan and Brooklyn District Attorneys Offices has been named the agency's permanent Chief Security Officer.

Travelex, U.K. - Nick Cerise has been appointed to the new position of Global Head of Products and Payments. Former CMO and Global Head of e-commerce at Western Union Business Solutions. 

Digital Route, Sweden - DigitalRoute appointed Stephen Bryant to the position of CTO. Former CTO at Tele2 IoT. 

Hotwire Public Relations, U.K. - Hugh Collins has been promoted to VP and head of the Fintech and Regtech team in the US. Before joining company in 2016, Hugh led IR and communications strategy for clients at MBS Value Partners. 

Asia Pacific 

Nissan Motor, Japan - Nissan has tapped a former CIO at GE Global Anthony Thomas as CIO. 

PAL Holdings, Philippines - PAL Holdings appointed Ms. Susan T. Lee as the Data Protection Officer of the company. 

Fidelity Life Assurance Company, New Zealand - Fidelity Life has appointed Dan Wilkinson as its CTO. Previously at Suncorp Group as executive manager, customer technologies. 

TZ Limited, Australia - TZ Limited announced that the appointment of Adam Forsyth as the CTO of the company. Adam joined the company in mid-2016 as Head of Engineering. 


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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.

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