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April 17th, 2018

Welcome to the 55th Edition of the Vell Leadership Update for the 31 days ending April 15, 2018. 

  • 121 new technology leaders have stepped up, including new CTOs, CIOs, tech & ops execs and CISOs.
  • 8 % of these roles were filled by women
  • The majority of these roles are filled with people hired externally (77%)
  • There are 44 open roles

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Summary Stats and Trends

By the numbers, overall:
     Total Tech Exec Roles Open: 44
     New Tech Exec Appointments: 121
     (in 113 Companies, with multiples in 8 companies)
     Gender Diversity: 10 women or 8%, 111 men 
Geographic Distribution of Open Roles Vs. New Tech Appointments
2018 Apr Fig 1 New Tech Execs by Geography
New Tech Function Openings: 7 – Facebook (CA), Twitter (CA), Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Australia), Shin Kong Life Insurance (Taiwan), Shanghai Electric Group Company (China), Uponor Oyj (Finland) and Megawide Construction (Philippines).
Sources of Appointments: 93 were External appointments, and 28 were internal promotions.  
2018 Apr 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: 8% of the appointments are women tech execs.
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Tech Function Exec Open Roles  
         - as of April 15, 2018

Rocket man iconThe United States & Canada 

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

Facebook, California, March 2018 - Facebook's CISO Alex Stamos is leaving the company after internal disagreements over how the company should handle its role in spreading disinformation. He was persuaded to assist until August in the transition of his duties, because executives thought that his departure would look bad. The development comes after Facebook suspended the accounts of British company Strategic Communication Laboratories and its political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica LLC, as well as Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies, for violating the platform's personal data policies.

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.

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.

Southern California Gas Company, California, February 2018 - J. Christopher Baker informed the Company that he will retire as CIO.

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.

Twitter, California - Twitter’s CISO Michael Coates is leaving the company. Coates’ interim replacement is Joseph Camilleri, a senior manager for information security and risk.

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.

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.

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. 

Uponor Oyj, Finland, April 2018 - Uponor Corporation’s member of the Executive Committee, Fernando Roses, EVP, Group Technology and Corporate Development, leaves Uponor.

Asia Pacific 

Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Australia, March 2018 - David Whiteing, Group Executive Enterprise Services and CIO, will leave the Bank in the coming months. Paul Newham, currently Executive General Manager Group Operations, will take acting responsibilities for the Enterprise Services division while a global search is undertaken for Mr. Whiteing's successor.

Shin Kong Life Insurance, Taiwan, March 2018 - Shin Kong Life Insuranceannounced resignation of Lu, Chang-Song as CIO.

Shanghai Electric Group Company, China, March 2018 - The board of directors of Shanghai Electric Group Company Limited announced due to personal reasons, Ms. Li Jing has tendered her resignation as CIO of the company, with effect from 29 March 2018.

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. 

Megawide Construction, Philippines, March 2018 - Manuel Louie B. Ferrer resigned as Data Protection Officer of Megawide Construction Corporation to focus on his responsibilities as Chief Marketing Officer.

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 
         - 31 days ended April 15, 2018

Trophy Guy Icon jpegThe United States & Canada
Apple, California - Apple has hired Google's former head of search and artificial intelligence John Giannandrea.
Alphabet - Google, California - John Giannandrea, Google's SVP of Engineering in charge of search and artificial intelligence, has joined Apple. Google appointed veteran programmer Jeff Dean as the new head of the company's artificial intelligence unit, while Ben Gomes, who joined Google in 2000, will head Search unit.
Express Scripts, Missouri - Ron Guerrier will join the company as CIO. Joining from Farmers Insurance Group, where he was most recently EVP & CIO.

BNY Mellon, New York - BNY Mellon has named Bank of America exec Nancy Reyda as Chief Operating Officer, Technology, and Joseph Sieczkowski, formerly the senior managing director and Chief Architect for TIAA, as Head of Technology Architecture and Data.

Henry Schein, New York - Henry Schein announced that Christopher Pendergast has joined the company as SVP and CTO. Former CTO for VSP Global.

Fifth Third Bancorp, Ohio - Jude Schramm, EVP and CIO, will lead the IT organization. Schramm recently joined from GE Aviation, where he served as CIO and was responsible for leading the digital strategy and supporting digital products and internal web services.

Electronic Arts, California - Electronic Arts named Patrick Söderlund as Chief Design Officer. Currently EVP, Worldwide Studios.

Juniper Networks, California - Juniper Networks named Manoj Leelanivas as its EVP and chief product officer.He previously spent 14 years with Juniper, starting in 1999, and served in a variety of roles, including EVP of worldwide sales for advanced technologies, EVP and general manager of the software business group and SVP and general manager of the edge and data center business unit.

Endo Pharmaceuticals, Pennsylvania - Tmunity Therapeutics appointed Jason Krentz as CTO and Head of Technical Operations. Mr. Krentz formerly served in manufacturing and technical operations leadership roles at Endo Pharmaceuticals, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals and Tengion.

Signet Jewelers, Ohio - After a tenure of interim consulting at Signet Jewelers, Howard Melnick has joined the company as EVP, Global CIO. Former SVP, Global CIO of Ralph Lauren Corporation.

DSW, Ohio - DSW announced that Drew Domecq has joined the organization as SVP and CIO. Domecq joins DSW from Bob Evans Restaurants where he most recently implemented a completely new standalone business systems architecture and cloud-based infrastructure.

ResMed, California - ResMed announced the hire of its first CTO, Bobby Ghoshal. Since 2016, Ghoshal has been chief operating officer at Brightree. From 2012 to 2016, he was VP of information technology at ResMed.

TEGNA, Virginia - TEGNA announced that Kurt Rao has been named CTO. Most recently, Rao was chief information and technology officer for Time.

Vonage Holdings, New Jersey - Vonage has promoted Sagi Dudai to global CTO. Prior to being named CTO, Mr. Dudai was SVP of Software Engineering for Vonage.

Pegasystems, Massachusetts - Pegasystems appointed Shoel Perelman as VP of product for Pega Marketing software. Perelman joins Pega from IBM, where he was VP of engineering for Watson Commerce.

Aqua America, Pennsylvania - Jim Barbato has been named VP of corporate engineering and Joe Thurwanger has been appointed Aqua Pennsylvania's VP of planning and engineering. They were directors in same roles.

LendingClub, California - LendingClub selected seasoned technology veteran Bahman Koohestani to serve as the company's new CTO. Former CTO of Clarivate Analytics.

Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation, Wisconsin - Mortgage Guaranty Insurance has hired Sean Valcamp as VP – Chief Information Security Officer. Valcamp served for more than 11 years as Avnet's Global Security Leader and was named the company's first CISO in 2015.

IntraLinks Holdings, New York - Ken Bisconti joins as chief product officer (CPO). Prior to Intralinks, Ken led IBM's worldwide Customer Analytics business, including the Tealeaf Technologies and Coremetrics acquisitions.

Rocket Software, Massachusetts - Rocket Software has named Anjali Arora as SVP and Chief Product Officer. Prior to Rocket, she spent three years as Global VP of Software Engineering for Oracle's Health Sciences Global Business Unit.

Computer Services, Kentucky - Bob Ezell, previously SVP of product strategy, is now chief product officer. Diva Narayanan, previously SVP of CSI’s software engineering group, is now CTO.

J. Alexander's Holdings, Tennessee - J. Alexander’s Holdings promoted Jason S. Parks to VP and CIO of the Company. Former Director of Information Systems.

Qualys, California - Qualys appointed Nicolas Chaillan, Former Special Advisor for Cybersecurity and Chief Architect at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as Federal CTO to lead government IT initiatives.

Quantcast Corporation, California - Quantcast appointed Sam Barnett as its first chief product officer. Barnett joined Quantcast in 2014 when his company, Struq, was acquired by Quantcast. Most recently serving as SVP for the company's Measure division.

MobileIron, California - Sohail Parekh has been appointed as SVP, Engineering. Former EVP of Engineering at CloudPassage.

Anchor Packaging, Missouri - Anchor Packaging has appointed Richard Daniels as strategy & IT VP. Most recently was COO and co-founder of a successful consumer-electronics company acquired by Harman International.

Siemens Government Technologies, Virginia - Siemens Government Technologies (SGT) announced Mike Jin as its new CIO. Jin most recently served as the Senior Director of Information Technology for SOS International LLC (SOSi).

Agilysys, Georgia - Dr. Prabuddha Biswas has been appointed CTO. Dr. Biswas brings over 30 years of successful software development and innovative technology leadership to his new role at Agilysys.

Zimmerman Advertising, Florida - Zimmerman promoted Fred Schank to Chief Experience Officer. He has a background in software development and since 2011, he has been the driving force behind the Digital Experience, Technology, and Innovation teams at Zimmerman.

Iteris, California - Iteris appointed Pierre-André “P-A” Rebeyrat as VP, product management for the company’s Agriculture and Weather Analytics (AWA) segment. Most recently, he served as strategic marketing director for Trimble.

Election Systems & Software, Nebraska - Election Systems & Software hired former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) CISO, Christopher Wlaschin, as the company's new VP of Systems Security.

Mortgage Contracting Services, Florida - CIO Michael Housewright is stepping into a familiar role, having held similar positions at Iron Mountain and Xerox Services.

Cylance, California - Cylance appointed Akamai exec Kumud Kalia as CIO and also promoted VP of Innovation Eric Cornelius to Chief Product Officer (CPO).

LookingGlass Cyber Solutions, Virginia - VP of Engineering Dave Horn has been promoted to SVP of Engineering and ‎Vice President - Intelligence Operations Eric Olson is now SVP of Product Management.

Business Wire, California - Business Wire appointed its former exec Michael Toner as VP, Digital Strategy. Also former Manager, Social Media of Navy Federal Credit Union.

MedReleaf, Ontario, Canada - MedReleaf named Andy Duncan as VP of Engineering. Most recently Global Director, Engineering at Apotex.

Plumas Bank, California - Plumas Bank recently announced that Aaron Boigon has been promoted to EVP, CIO. Boigon joined Plumas Bank in September 2013.

Universal Builders Supply, New York - Universal Builders Supply has named Nizar Danial as its VP and engineering manager. Danial previously was the company’s engineering manager.

Janrain, Oregon - Janrain appointed analytics and e-commerce veteran Todd Etchieson as new VP of product.

G Treasury SS, Illinois - Alok Tyagi has joined as Chief Product & Technology Officer. Earlier, Alok has filled Product & Technology Executive roles at Oracle, Peoplesoft, JD Edwards, Sage and CA Technologies.

Applebee's International, Missouri - Steve Levigne has joined its growing executive team as VP of insights and analytics. Levigne joins Applebee's after a distinguished 23-year career at McDonald's, most recently serving as VP, strategy & insights.

Oath , New York - Joanna Lambert will join the company as General Manager of Finance and Tech. Previously served as VP of Consumer Financial Services at PayPal and SVP Product and Operational Excellence at American Express.

Informatica, California - Informatica announced Amit Walia was appointed president of products and strategic ecosystems. Walia joined Informatica in 2013 and most recently served as EVP and chief product officer.

Infogroup, Nebraska - Tom Zawacki has been named as chief digital officer. Prior to Infogroup, he led strategy and innovation for Rocket Fuel.

Dell SonicWALL, California - SonicWall added Gartner exec Lawrence Pingree as VP of Product Management and indepedent UX Designer Joe NguyenLe as Chief Design Officer.

Astreya Partners, California - Astreya appointed Jay Preston as SVP of Global Service Delivery. Prior to joining Astreya, Preston served as EVP for Milestone Technologies where, during his tenure, he oversaw sales, marketing and service delivery of emerging accounts.

BioClinica, Pennsylvania - Joining Bioclinica are Gavin Nichols as CIO & EVP, Technology. Former VP, CRO & Life Science BU of Perspectum Diagnostics.

West Corporation, Puerto Rico - West Corporation announced that Anup Nair is joining as CIO. Most recently Anup served as CIO and then CTO for Vantiv, now WorldPay , a leading global payment processor.

Sandata Technologies, New York - Michael G. Valentin of North Bellmore has been hired as CTO. He was SVP/global head of engineering at Zodiac Interactive in Hicksville.

U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C. - Dana Deasy, the former IT chief at JPMorgan Chase & Co., has been named chief information officer at the U.S. Department of Defense.

University of Georgia Foundation, Georgia - UGA hired Jason Bull for the CIO position. Bull was formerly managing director for Emory University's endowment.

OneLogin, California - OneLogin appointed Justin Calmus as Chief Security Officer. Former CIO and CSO at Zenefits.

Talkdesk, California - Talkdesk announced global engineering leader Michael Reed joined the company as SVP of Engineering. Reed has more than 20 years of experience leading global software engineering transformations at Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, AOL, RingCentral and LiveVox.

Swift Navigation, California - Samir Kapoor will lead Swift’s Engineering and Product teams, a critical role that will support the company’s growth and innovation. Samir most recently served as SVP of Device Engineering at Fitbit.

NAB Holdings, Michigan - North American Bancard Holdings appointed Zavida Mangaru as EVP, Product and Marketing. Previously, Mangaru led product and strategy development at Mastercard, where she held the roles of VP of Mobile Convergence and Digitization.

iWave Information Systems, Prince Edward Island, Canada - iWave appointed Gerry Lawless as its new CTO & Chief Evangelist. Gerry is moving to this position from his previous role as CEO at iWave, which he held for six years.

Quantitative Brokers, New York - Deepak Begari has joined as CTO. Begari joins QB from Bloomberg Tradebook, where he served as a senior product manager, responsible for managing algorithms for equities, options and FX.

Pencil and Pixel, California - Modsy has hired Sam MacDonnell as new CTO. Before joining the company, MacDonnell was CTO for HotelTonight.

FDNA, Massachusetts - FDNA appointed Dr. Peter Krawitz to Chief Data Science Officer. Krawitz also serves as Director of the Institute for Genomic Statistics and Bioinformatics at the University of Bonn in Germany.

Gainsight, California - Karl Mosgofian has joined the company as CIO. Prior to Gainsight, Karl was the CIO at Harmonic.

Diameter Health, Connecticut - Diameter Health appointed Harvard Pan as CTO responsible for overseeing all the company's technical strategy and development. Former VP of Engineering for QPID Health.

Fusion92, Illinois - VP of innovation Jacob Beckley was promoted to the newly created position of SVP of innovation.

Outreach, Washington - Outreach has hired Pavel Dmitriev as VP, Data Science. Dmitriev, who most recently served as Principal Data Scientist, Analysis and Experimentation at Microsoft, will lead Outreach's data science team.

Mint Health, California - MintHealth appointed Tyson McDowell as CTO. McDowell joins MintHealth from Lead Wingman, a venture studio he founded to incubate early stage tech companies that aim to partner humans with AI and machine learning.

Denim Labs, Iowa - Denim announced former AIG and Athene executive Charlie Turri is joining the company as CTO.

SignalFx, California - Marzena Fuller joined as Chief Security Officer (CSO). Fuller was previously Senior Director Security at Databricks.

Fusion Agiletech Partners, Ontario, Canada - Payments industry and blockchain technology expert Scotty Perkins has joined as a member of its executive team as SVP of Product Innovation of Quisitive.

UiPath, New York - Param Kahlon, who previously held senior managerial roles at Microsoft and SAP Labs, has been appointed as chief product officer.

SALT Lending Holdings, Colorado - SALT Lending has named Bill Sinclair as CTO of SALT Lending Holdings. Sinclair is a entrepreneur, having led the growth and acquisition of Agelio Networks.

Simio, Pennsylvania - Gerrit Zaayman joined as VP of Scheduling and Digital Transformation. He has experience in bringing the SIMAN and Arena simulation systems to the market, as well as having taken the roles of director of sales and marketing at Softeon and of country manager for i2 Technologies in South Africa.

Moogsoft, California - Ranvir Wadera, formerly of Splunk, joins in the company as VP, Engineering.

365 Operating Company, Connecticut - Jeff Slapp has joined the company as VP, Cloud Services & Support. Prior to joining 365 Data Centers, Jeff served in virtual systems engineering and sales engineering leadership roles at Iron Mountain, Citrix Systems, and DataCore Software.

Rise People, British Columbia, Canada - Rise People announced that Milan Luketic, former Senior Director, Product Development at Vision Critical, has joined the company as VP of Engineering.

Clarify Health Solutions, California - Veteran information technology and global data security expert, Doug Yokoyama has joined the company as their first CIO and chief information security officer.

Aurora Innovation, California - Jinnah Hosein, who has previously worked at SpaceX and Google, is now VP of software engineering.

Kinetica, California - Kinetica hired Irina Farooq as VP of product management. Former VP of Products and Strategy for the Service Provider Business of Riverbed Technology.

Warner Bros. Digital Networks, New York - Patty Hirsch has been named SVP & General Manager, Warner Bros. Digital Labs. Former SVP, Digital for Time.

TeenSafe, California - TeenSafe appointed technology industry veteran and technical expert, Scott Hotes, as its CTO.

JASK, California - JASK appointed cybersecurity industry expert Rob Fry as its VP of engineering.

Root9B, Colorado - Doug Williams is joining the company as EVP of product development. He joins R9B after a distinguished 33-year career with IBM research and development, where he was most recently a senior data scientist in IBM's CISO organization.

ChroMedX, Ontario, Canada - ChroMedX appointed iGAL Roytblat as CTO. Former CTO at Kangaroo Group until its acquisition by Starfish Medical in April 2017.

Swirlds, Switzerland - Patrick Harding joined as SVP of Products for Swirlds and Hedera Hashgraph. Harding was formerly the CTO for Ping Identity.

CloudBees, California - Christina Noren has been appointed CloudBees first chief product officer. Joins from Interana, where she held the position of chief product officer.

Human Longevity, California - Human Longevity announced that Scott Sorensen is joining the leadership team as CTO, from Ancestry.

NetraDyne, California - Netradyne appointed Dale Willis as VP of data services and insurance. He previously held executive and management positions at Peak Telematics, Fleetmatics, and other companies.

Arbella Insurance Group, Massachusetts - The Arbella Insurance Group appointed VP/CIO Paul Brady as its CIO and SVP of information technology.

Europe, Middle East & Africa 

Tesco PLC, United Kingdom - Tesco has named Guus Dekkers as its new CTO, joining from Airbus.

Johnson Controls, Ireland - Nancy Berce has joined the company as its CIO succeeding John Repko, who is leaving the company. Berce most recently served as VP of Business and Technology Services for Abbott Laboratories.

Barclays PLC, United Kingdom - Barclays PLC has appointed JPMorgan's Tim McNulty to the post of security chief.

HSBC Bank plc, United Kingdom - HSBC Bank reported that Sarabjit "Ruby" Walia was appointed Head of Digital for its US Retail Banking and Wealth Management Group (RBWM). Walia was Head of Mobile & Online Banking at TD Bank.

Nordea Bank, Sweden - Paul Bari is appointed Group CIO and Head of Group Technology of Nordea. Paul joined Nordea in February 2017 from a position as Global Head of Technology Delivery at Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore.

Metsä Group, Finland - Empower Group exec Arto Lampinen is appointed Metsä Group’s SVP, Technology.

WABCO Holdings, Belgium - WABCO Holdings announced Dr. Christian Brenneke’s promotion as its new CTO. Having served for a decade with WABCO, Dr. Brenneke became VP of Engineering in October 2015.

Tieto Oyj, Finland - Tieto Oyj appointed Markus Suomi as CTO. He joins Tieto from Business Finland (previously Finpro), where he was CEO for the past four years.

Logicalis Group, United Kingdom - Lim Tsu Pheng named as CTO for Asia. Tsu Pheng joins Logicalis from Cisco Systems, where he headed the professional and consulting services for Asia.

Cinnober Financial Technology, Sweden - Cinnober appointed Hans Sjöberg as new CTO. He joined the company in 2012 when the company acquired Nomura’s.

Finastra Group, United Kingdom - Eli Rosner has joined the firm as Chief Product and Technology Officer. He joins from NCR Corporation where he served as CTO and Head of Product Management.

Home24 AG, Germany - Home24 AG has appointed Johannes Schaback to the Management Board as CTO.Most recently, Schaback managed Axel Springer's technology and product team.

Microbot Medical, Israel - Microbot Medical appointed Mr. Simon Sharon as CTO. Prior to rejoining Microbot, Simon served as the CTO at MEDX Xelerator.

Rpmi Railpen, United Kingdom - RPMI Railpen announced Richard Williams as its CIO. Williams was previously investment director responsible for leading the group's investment teams.

Atidot Software, Israel - Martin Snow has joined the company as VP and Chief Delivery Officer. A former executive at Prudential, TIAA, and MetLife, Martin is a member of the Big Data TaskForce of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Upstream Security, Israel - Dan Sahar has joined as VP of Product. Prior to Upstream, Dan was Co-founder and VP of Marketing for Qwilt, an Accel, Redpoint and Bessemer funded startup, helping the company grow from inception to becoming the market leader in Edge Cloud Content Delivery.

Textkernel BV, Netherlands - Textkernel appointed Maciej Hoch, former Lightspeed exec, as CTO.

RB Rail, Latvia - RB Rail AS appointed Mart Nielsen as the Chief Technical Officer. For the last four years, he has led infrastructure development in Swedbank. 

Asia Pacific 

Tata Motors, India - Tata Motors appointed Mr. Rajendra Petkar as the CTO. He has been official in-charge of this role since November 2017.

Bharti Airtel, India - Bharti Airtel appointed Dr. Santanu Bhattacharya as its Chief Data Scientist. Santanu brings with him close to 18 years of rich work experience across organizations such as NASA, Facebook, AOL and Delhivery.

QBE Insurance Group, Australia - QBE Insurance has appointed Matt Mansour as its global CIO. Former Barclays' managing director, chief technology information security officer.

Quess Corp, India - Quess appointed Pinaki Kar as President – Technology Solutions. Prior to joining Quess, Pinaki has had an exemplary track record of driving growth in Global Technology Services.

Green Cross Health, New Zealand - Green Cross Health has appointed Mark Smith as its CIO. He has also worked with Fonterra, Fortis, BNP Paribas, CIIS, Credit Suisse First Boston Citymax, Business Systems Group and Royal Air Force.

Roxas Holdings, Philippines - Roxas Holdings named Jaynel Sulangi  as VP, Information & Communications Technology Head. Mr. Sulangi was the former VP, SAP Project Management Project of the Deutsche Bank Group handling global projects for the group.

Alliance Select Foods International, Philippines - Alliance Select Foods International announced that Ma. Cristina Villaruz is appointed as Data Protection Officer. Prior to joining the company, she headed Alsons Aquaculture Corporations' Budget, Financial Analysis and Cost Control Department.

QUOINE Pte. Ltd., Japan - Chief Information Security Officer Mike Mullins is former Department of Homeland Security security professional and SVP of Product Vincent Moreau is former Bank of America Merrill Lynch tech professional.

Klook Travel Technology, Hong Kong - David Liu, a product management executive previously with Yahoo and Tencent, has been appointed Chief Product Officer to foster Klook's technology innovation.


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diversity starsBoard Members

Board Member, $50m Security Software, West Coast
Fleetmatics (FLTX), Fleet Management Software (SaaS)  - Board member (4)
Carbonite (CARB), Online Backup for SMB (SaaS) - Board Members (2)  
LogMeIn (LOGM),  SaaS & IoT Software  - Board members  (2) 

CEOs/ Presidents/ GM

COO, Digital Media Co.
CEO, Unified Communication
CEO, $10m Software for media 
President, $1.4b BPO business
Chairman & CEO  - Application Software company (West Coast)

CTOs/ Engineering/ CIOs/CISOs

Chief Digital Officer, Agero, $1b revenue Connected Car Company
CTO, $5b market cap Payments company
CTO, $70m EdTech SaaS Co.
CIO, $2b Media company (NYC)
CIO & CISO, Secure Document Software Company (West coast)
CTO & CPO, $100m Mortgage Software company
CTO, Security Software company (West Coast)
CISO, $5b Tech Company


CFO, West coast tech company
CFO, Quantum Computing Company
CFO , $1b Media Company 
CFO, digital media Company


SVP Sales, $22m Enterpise Software Co.
SVP Sales & Services, $70m EdTech SaaS Co.
EVP Sales, Marketing & BD, $500m Unified Communications Co.
VP, North America (now SVP Sales), $60m SaaS to Retail Industry 


CMO, SaaS Software Company
VP, Marketing, $50m software company
VP, Marketing & BD, Software company
CMO, $50m Services Company

Product Management

CPO, HCIT Healthcare SaaS (Division of large co.)
VP Product Management, $120m SaaS Co.      
VP & GM, Transportation and Logistics Software (SaaS, large public co.)
VP & GM, SMB (SaaS, large public co.) 

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Dora Vell

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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