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Technology Officers - 84 Appointments and 41 Open Roles Featured

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Welcome to the 53rd Edition of the Vell Leadership Update for the 31 days ending February 17, 2018.

  • 84 new technology leaders have stepped up, including new CTOs, CIOs, tech & ops execs and CISOs. 
  • 14 % of these roles were filled by women
  • The majority of these roles are filled with people hired externally (71%)
  • There are 41 open roles 


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  • Summary and Stats for Tech Exec Open Roles
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  • Tech Exec Open Roles
  • Tech Exec Appointments - Recent
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Summary Stats and Trends

By the numbers, overall:
     Total Tech Exec Roles Open: 41
     New Tech Exec Appointments: 84
     (in 76 Companies, with multiples in 7 companies)
     Gender Diversity: 12 women or 14%, 72men 
Geographic Distribution of Open Roles Vs. New Tech Appointments
2018 Mar Fig 1 New Tech Execs by Geography
New Tech Function Openings: 3 – First Interstate BancSystem (MT), The Federal Reserve Bank of New York (NY), and Accelerize (CA).
Sources of Appointments: 60 were External appointments, and 24 were internal promotions.  
2018 Mar Fig 2 Sources of Tech Exec Appointments
Internal Sources Include: SVP or VP, Technology, VP-Business Transformation, VP-R&D, Founder, Director or Senior Director of IT, etc.
Diversity: 14% of the appointments are women tech execs.
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         - as of March 15, 2018

The United States & Canada 

CVS Health, Rhode Island, December 2017 - CVS Health CIO Stephen Gold left the company to pursue professional opportunities outside CVS Health.

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 CIO and CTO both left early this year.

The AES Corporation, Virginia, June 2017 - SVP & CIO Elizabeth Hackenson departed from the company. No announcements on new CIO yet.

Deloitte, Illinois, December 2016 - Deloitte is looking for a CISO reporting to the CIO.

Avaya, Texas, November 2017 - Avaya is looking for a CISO is responsible for identifying, evaluating and reporting IT, and cybersecurity risk to Avaya and Avaya related information assets, while supporting and advancing business objectives.

Rent-A-Center, Texas, November 2017 - Angela Yochem plans to step down as CIO of Rent-A-Center at the end of the year, taking the newly created role of chief digital officer at Novant Health in January. Rent-A-Center is seeking a successor for the CIO post.

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.

Groupon, Illinois, January 2018 - Jay Sullivan notified Groupon of his decision to resign as Chief Product Officer, in order to pursue new opportunities. The Product Management teams will report to COO Steve Krenzer who will assume Mr. Sullivan's responsibilities on an interim basis until the Company appoints a permanent replacement.

Teradata, California, November 2017 - Teradata is seeking a VP, Global Cyber Security (CISO), who will lead the Company’s Cyber Security Team to coordinate business outcomes and strategic value capture.

Allegiant Travel Company, Nevada, December 2017 - Allegiant Travel Company announced that Scott Allard has resigned his position as EVP and CIO. Robert Wilson, SVP, information systems, will act as interim CIO until a successor is selected.

Splunk, California, January 2018 - Richard Campione, the company’s Chief Product Officer, entered into a Transition Plan and Release Agreement pursuant to which Mr. Campione’s employment with the company will terminate on January 31, 2018.

InterDigital, Delaware, January 2018 - Dr. Byung K. Yi, will retire as EVP and CTO – B.K. Yi joined InterDigital in 2014. 

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.

First Interstate BancSystem, Montana, March 2018 - Kevin J. Guenthner, 53, is resigning as SVP and CIO of First Interstate BancSystem.

Inovalon, Maryland, April 2017 - Joseph R. Rostock’s employment as the Inovalon Holdings’s CTO ended.

Paycom Software, Oklahoma, November 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.

StarTek, Colorado, October 2015 - Kamalesh Dwivedi, the company's CIO, left the company.

Mastech Digital, Pennsylvania, March 2016 - Denis D. Deet ceased to be VP of Technology and CIO of Mastech.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York, March 2018 - Lee Alexander, EVP, CIO and head of the Technology Group resigned from the Bank. Bijan Chowdhury, SVP for Enterprise Architecture & Design, will serve as acting CIO while the search for the replacement takes place. 

Accelerize, California, February 2018 - Dave Stewart, CTO of Accelerize, resigned from his position.

Neos Therapeutics, Texas, June 2017 - Juergen A. Martens, the Chief Technology and Operations Officer of Neos Therapeutics, will be resigning from his position.

Inpixon, California, September 2017 - Inpixon announced resignation of Craig Harper as CTO.

TMAC Resources, Ontario, Canada, January 2018 - Gordon Morrison is retiring as President and CTO, and will immediately transition to the part time role of Executive Advisor effective January 1, 2018.

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.

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.

Huawei Technologies, Massachusetts - Huawei Technologies is seeking a CTO - Enterprise Storage, for Massachusetts location to lead the development of the storage strategy and roadmap; ensure its integration with the enterprises strategic planning and process, as well as the resulting business strategy and plans.

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Alaska, Deceber 2017 - SEARHC is seeking a new CIO that will create a best in class, IT division.

BioDelivery Sciences International, North Carolina, January 2018 - Niraj Vasisht, the company's SVP and CTO, is voluntarily retiring from the company.

Biotest, Florida, January 2018 - Stuart Kippelman has taken on the temporary role of Interim CIO at a pharmaceutical company called Biotest.

Europe, Middle East & Africa 

Liberty Global plc, United Kingdom - Balan Nair, currently Chief Technology & Innovation Officer for Liberty Global, will assume the position of President and CEO of its Latin American and Caribbean operation once the split-off from Liberty Global occurs, which is expected around the end of the year. Mr. Nair will remain in his current position with Liberty Global until the split-off is completed, and a search is already underway for his successor.

Eskom Holdings SOC, South Africa, January 2018 - The temporary suspension of Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.'s CIO, Mr. Sean Maritz, has now been converted to a permanent suspension pending an investigation into allegations of impropriety.

Topdanmark, Denmark, February 2018 - Marianne Wier resigns as CIO. 

Provident Financial, United Kingdom, February 2018 - Provident Financial Group has appointed Steve Grigg, as interim Group Chief Information & Technology Officer. 

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.

Zhongyuan Bank, China, December 2017 - Zhang Bin has resigned as an executive director, the VP, the CIO due to adjustment of his work arrangement.

Cheetah Mobile, China, December 2017 - The company announced that Mr. Charles Fan will resign as CTO of the Company for personal reasons.

Oceanus Group, Singapore - Tan Kim Chuan Matthew stepped down as Chief Risk Officer and CTO of the company. 

Latin America and Caribbean

TOTVS S.A., Brazil - TOTVS approved the resignation tendered by the CTO, Mr. André Bretas Nunes de Lima.


Tech Function Execs Appointed 
         - 29 days ended March 15, 2018

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Liberty Mutual, Massachusetts - Liberty Mutual Insurance has appointed Shelia Anderson to the newly created role of Corporate Functions CIO. She most recently served as VP and CIO for Property and Casualty Insurance at USAA.

The Travelers Companies, New York - Bruce Gifford has been appointed to the newly created role of Enterprise Chief Data and Analytics Officer. Previously served as SVP and Chief Actuary for the company’s Bond & Specialty Insurance segment while also leading the Enterprise Business Intelligence & Analytics function.

Micron Technology, Idaho - Micron Technology appointed Raj Talluri as SVP and GM of the Mobile Business Unit. He joins Micron after nine years at Qualcomm, where he most recently served as SVP of product management, responsible for the company’s Internet of Things business and, before that, its mobile computing platform.

J. C. Penney, Texas - EVP & CIO Therace Risch will assume the combined titles of CIO and Chief Digital Officer to reflect her added responsibility for omnichannel retail. As a result of this appointment, Mike Amend will be leaving the company.

Accenture, Ireland - Accenture has appointed Ahmed Etman as managing director for its security practice in Canada. Previously led the Networking and Security business for Cisco in Emerging Markets before relocating to Canada in late 2012 to lead Cisco's Security business.

V.F. Corporation, North Carolina - VF Corporation appointed Velia Carboni to the new position of Chief Digital Officer. Carboni most recently served as SVP, Mobile and Emerging Platforms for the company’s Personal Investing/Retail Division.

Unum Group, Tennessee - Unum Group has appointed Puneet Bhasin as chief information and digital officer. Bhasin spent more than 8 years with Waste Management, most recently as EVP of Corporate Operations and president of the company’s Recycling division.

Discovery Communications, Maryland - Discovery’s John Honeycutt will be the combined company’s CTO, after merger with Scripps Networks Interactive. 

The Western Union Company, Colorado - Sheri Rhodes, Acting CTO and formerly CTO, Global Payments and Digital, is now CTO.

Ameren Corporation, Missouri - Bhavani Amirthalingam has joined Ameren Corporation as SVP and chief digital information officer. Amirthalingam comes to Ameren from Schneider Electric.

Protective Life, Alabama - Scott Adams has accepted a new position as EVP, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer. Adams joined Protective in 2006 and most recently served as EVP, Chief Administrative Office. 

Hilton Worldwide, Virginia - Hilton has appointed Noelle Eder as EVP and chief information and digital officer. Former chief card customer experience officer at Capital One Financial Corp.

Scientific Games Corporation, Nevada - Ex-Oracle VP Chris Armes joins as the digital division's CTO. 

Twitter, California - Twitter has appointed Parag Agrawal as its CTO. Agrawal succeeds Adam Messinger. Messinger had left the organisation in late 2016. Agrawal had taken over the role of CTO in October last year, following an announcement made internally at that time.

Gentex Corporation, Michigan - Neil Boehm was appointed CTO and VP of Engineering. Boehm joined Gentex in 2001 as a program manager and has served most recently as VP of Engineering.

West Pharmaceutical Services, Pennsylvania - West Pharmaceutical Services announced Silji Abraham has been appointed SVP and Chief Digital and Transformation Officer. Most recently served as EVP and CIO of MilliporeSigma, a subsidiary of Merck.

Radian Group, Pennsylvania - Eric R. Ray, 56, has been appointed senior EVP, Technology and Transaction Services. Most recently, GM, Global Technology Services at IBM.

Electronics for Imaging, California - Electronics For Imaging hired Jill Norrisas its new CIO. Norris most recently served as VP of Globalfoundries.

DXP Enterprises, Texas - Wayne Crane, SVP of IT left to pursue other opportunities. Chris Gregory was formally appointed as SVP and CIO. Most recently as VP of IT Strategic Solutions., California - has hired Jonathan Bourgoine as its new CTO. Bourgoine previously served as VP and CTO of Mattel and, before that, was SVP of Operations at 

Cloudera, California - Cloudera appoints Amy O'connor as Chief Data and Information Officer. O'Connor joined Cloudera in 2013 and has since been leading Cloudera's team of industry experts and business value consultants.

Calian Group, Ontario, Canada - Calian Group appointed Jerry Johnston as CIO. Since joining Calian in 1992, he has held a number of leadership positions, including Director of Engineering, VP, Outsourcing, VP, Operations and VP, Training.

Paycor, Ohio - Paycor named Ryan Bergstrom as Chief Product Officer and Charles Cagle as CTO. Previously, Bergstrom spent seven years at Ultimate Software, where he most recently held the role of VP of Product Management. Charles Cagle is former SVP/GM HCM, Infor.

Beacon Health Options, Massachusetts - Beacon Health Options announced that Dan Sheehan has joined as EVP and CIO. Sheehan joins Beacon from DentaQuest, where he was CIO.

PRGX Global, Georgia - PRGX Global announced that Mark Morel has been named Chief Product Officer. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Morel served as President and COO for Intradiem.

Burr & Forman, Alabama - Burr & Forman has promoted Eddie Saunier, senior systems engineer to chief security officer of the firm.

SoftServe, Texas - SoftServe named Alex Chubay as CTO. Chubay held numerous leaderships positions within SoftServe, including SVP Client Success, VP Consulting, VP Delivery, and Software Development Office Director.

Carbon Black, Massachusetts - Tom Kellermann, former chief cybersecurity officer of Trend Micro, has joined the company as chief cyber security officer.

The SSI Group, Alabama - SSI has appointed Jeff Miller as Chief Product Officer. He previously served as CEO of the North Carolina Health Information Exchange.

MWW Group, New Jersey - MWWPR appointed Gareth Davies as VP Digital Strategy and UK Digital Lead. Previously EMEA Digital Lead at WE Communications.

Trianz Incorporated, California - Matthew (Matt) Feyling has joined the firm as a VP in its Analytics and Information Management Practice. Joins from Clarity Insights.

Merlin International, Colorado - Merlin International promoted Brian Wells to CTO. Brian previously served the company as Director of Healthcare Strategy.

Sevatec, Virginia - Sevatec has hired Sridhar Vishnubhotla as Chief Solutions Architect for Cyber Security. Formerly Senior Cyber Security Solutions Architect - AFS Security Practice at Accenture Federal Services.

Halfaker And Associates, Virginia - Halfaker and Associates appointed Michael Weiner, DO as Chief Medical Information Officer. Most recently Chief Medical Information Officer of IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences.

SMS ASSIST, Illinois - SMS ASSIST hired Peter Commons as Chief Product Officer. He was most recently director of Global Product and Technology for Amazon Fresh.

Town And Country Bank, Illinois - Joe Pauk has been promoted to EVP – Operations and Technology. Pauk joined TCB in 2016 following a 26 year career in the industry.

Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario, Canada - Royal Ontario Museum appointed Shyam Oberoi as Chief Digital Officer (CDO). Oberoi joins the ROM from the Dallas Museum of Art where he was the Director of Technology and Digital Media.

Analytic Partners, New York - Analytic Partners announced the addition of Terri Sage as CTO. Sage brings over 30 years of progressive technology experience from firms like Raytheon, SAIC, and most recently, McGraw-Hill Education.

Cydcor, California - David Cantrell has been named VP of Digital Strategies at Cydcor. He most recently served as EVP at Lifescript.

Netskope, California - Netskope named Lamont Orange, former CISO for Vista Equity Partners/Vista Consulting Group, as CISO and Neil Thacker, former Deputy CISO for Forcepoint, as CISO, EMEA.

Tabletop Media, Texas - The Ziosk network appointed Barry Schliesmann as the company’s Chief Product Officer. Prior to Ziosk, he held the position of Chief Product Officer at Thales InFlyt Entertainment and Connectivity.

Medical Guardian, Pennsylvania - Sunil Vulli has joined as its first CTO. Prior to joining Medical Guardian, Sunil led digital transformation as marketing and technology leader at Hihealth, LifeShield and Nutrisystem through their startup to growth phases.

TractManager, Tennessee - TractManager named Patrick Flynn as CTO and Jim Harter as Chief Architect. Most recently, Flynn served as CEO of Aventura Software. Jim Harter joined TractManager after serving as CTO at RemitDATA.

Energy Services Group, Massachusetts - Ayikudy Srikanth has joined the organization as SVP of Product & Engineering. Joins from Cvent., Utah - named Ryan Allphin as CTO. Former CTO at Cradlepoint.

RealSelect, California - appointed Chartboost exec Deepak Thakral to SVP of product development and GoPro exec Steve Grove to VP of user experience design.

Lionbridge Technologies, Massachusetts - Lionbridge Technologies named Ken Watson as its CTO. Most recently served as CTO of Ipreo.

CIOX Health, Georgia - Ciox announced new hires who will guide the company’s digital future. Florian Quarre, Deloitte Consulting's healthcare blockchain exec, is chief digital officer. David Dyke, VP, product management & business development for Change Healthcare, is VP, product management and Paula Lawlor, president and COO at Accuity Development Systems, is EVP, provider solutions.

National Technical Systems, California - National Technical Systems announced the hiring of Jeff Keene as its CIO. Most recently, Mr. Keene served as the CIO for DPI Specialty Foods.

Marketo, California - Marketo appointed Arun Anantharaman from Adobe Systems as its new Chief Product Officer.

Starz, Colorado - Ameesh Paleja joins Lionsgate’s Starz as CTO. Paleja served as CEO of Atom Tickets since 2014.

iCIMS, New Jersey - iCIMS appointed Al Smith as CTO. Smith joined iCIMS in 2015 as the company's VP of technology.

Diligent Corporation, New York - Diligent Corporation appointed Ken Surdan as Chief Product Officer. Former Chief Product Officer of Endurance International.


OATI, Minnesota - OATI appoints software development exec Khalil Houri as CISO and Security and Compliance Counsel Jerrod Montoya as deputy CISO.

Europe, Middle East & Africa 

HSBC Holdings, United Kingdom - George Patterson joins as Head of Technology, Corporates, for North America, from CODE Advisors. Former Co-Head of Software, Systems and Solutions Investment Banking at Barclays Investment Bank.

Deutsche Bank, Germany - Vikram Dewan named as Global Transaction Banking (GTB) CIO. Dewan, who joined Deutsche Bank in January 2016, was previously CIO of Regulatory Technology.

Sberbank of Russia, Russia - Alexander Sadovsky has been appointed Managing Director of the Digital Loan Monitoring Division. Prior to this he was Director of the Investment and Innovation Centre at Kaspersky Lab.

Chicago Bridge & Iron and McDermott International, Netherlands - Daniel McCarthy, currently serving as EVP, Technology for CB&I, will continue as head of Technology for the combined company after merger of McDermott International and Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.

Turkiye Garanti Bankasi, Turkey - Ilker Kuruöz was appointed as the EVP in charge of Engineering and Data. Joins from Dogus Technology.

FLSmidth & Co., Denmark - FLSmidth appointed Mikael Lindholm as Chief Digital Officer to strengthen its digital solutions. Most recently VP, Internet of Things Asia with Telenor.

ROCKWOOL International, Denmark - ROCKWOOL International A/S announced that Bjørn Rici Andersen will join group management as SVP for Group Operations and Technology. Currently VP, Group Operations.

Ciena Corporation, United Kingdom - Ciena has appointed Frank Miller as CTO for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Before joining Ciena, Frank was VP of Access and Chief Architect at CenturyLink.

Oriola, Finland - Charlotta Nyström has been appointed CIO. Nyström is currently working as CIO at Kemira Corporation. 

Dometic Group, Sweden - Dometic appointed Anton Lundqvist as the new CTO for the Group.

Gerry Weber International, Germany - Gerry Weber has appointed Johannes Ehling as its chief sales officer and chief digital officer. Prior to this appointment, Ehling worked for Ernsting's Family as its managing director.

Solocal Group, France - Solocal Group named Arnaud Defrenne as CTO and Jean-Cedric Costa as CIO. Arnaud is L’Oréal Group's former Chief Digital Marketing Technology Officer (CDMTO). Jean-Cédric joined the TF1 Group in 2007 as the Head of Information Systems for its PiliPili subsidiary.

Société Foncière Lyonnaise, France - SFL appointed Fabrice Ruchaud as CIO. In 2013, he became CIO at Gécina, where he led the deployment of this property company’s ERP system.

The Marketing Group, United Kingdom - Jon Beattie has taken on the role of group CTO. Beattie will combine his new role with his position as CEO and co-founder of TMG agency Marker.


Confirmit, Norway - Confirmit promoted Claire Sporton to the role of SVP, Customer Experience Innovation. Sporton has worked closely with Confirmit's clients since she joined the company in 2011.

Asia Pacific 

Taiwan Life Insurance, Taiwan - CTBC Financial Holding named James Huang as IT Division head.

South32, Australia - South32 Limited appointed Vanessa Torres to the position of CTO. Former VP, Operational Infrastructure at BHP Iron Ore.

Insurance Australia, Australia - Insurance Australia Group has appointed Mr. Neil Morgan as Group Executive Technology. He was previously CTO in IAG's Australia Division on a 12-month secondment from PwC.

Telekom Malaysia, Malaysia - Telekom Malaysia appointed Datuk Mohd Rais Azhar as Chief Technology & Innovation Officer (CTIO), following the retirement of his predecessor Datuk Rafaai Samsi. Prior to the appointment, Mohd Rais was the Deputy CTIO.

Stockland, Australia - Stockland appointed Robyn Elliott to the new position of Chief Technology and Innovation Officer (CTIO). Most recently CIO at Fairfax.

QuEST Global Services, Singapore - QuEST Global appointed Todd Ashley as VP of Digital and Industrial solutions. Former COO for GE Transportation's digital solutions.

Bodhtree Consulting, India - Bodhtree Consulting Limited appointed Michael Avina as CTO of the company. Former CTO of Savtira. 


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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.

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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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