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New CIOs & Other Tech Exec Appointments 9/17 to 10/14 2012 Featured

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American Express Appoints Former Amazon and Apple Exec for Software Product Management

American Express named Erich Ringewald as VP of Software Product Management for the U.S. Consumer Services business. Most recently, Ringewald served as CTO for Boku, a leading global mobile payments network that enables customers to purchase virtual goods using their mobile phone numbers. Prior to joining Boku, Ringewald was a General Manager and VP of Earlier in his career, he co-founded (acquired by, which pioneered person-to-person payments on the internet. He also co-founded Be, a computer company founded by former Apple Computer executives, and served as the CTO and VP of Engineering. Prior to that, he held various senior engineering management positions at Apple, including managing the Operating System Advanced Technology teams, the Macintosh Operating System team and the European Software Research and Development team.

EMC Names New CTO To Shape New Cloud, Big Data Focus

Cloud storage provider EMC has named former Huawei senior executive John Roese, 41, its new CTO, replacing Jeff Nick. In his new position, Roese will play a key role in shaping EMC’s technology strategy as the company embarks on its next phase of growth and leadership across the key IT trends of cloud, big data and IT. Jeff Nick, who has served as EMC’s CTO for the last eight years, has transitioned to a new CTO role to focus on big data and emerging applications initiatives.

Roese has more than 20 years of IT industry leadership experience and 20 granted and pending patents. He most recently served as SVP and general manager of Huawei’s North American R&D organization. He also served as the executive leader of Huawei’s Enterprise Global Competency Center. Prior to this he was CTO of Nortel, Broadcom Corporation and the CTO, chief marketing officer and chief information security officer of Enterasys Networks. Roese started his career at Cabletron Systems where he grew within the company, ultimately becoming the global CTO.

Yahoo’s Chief Technical Officer Leaves

Yahoo’s Chief Technical Officer Ashfaq Munshi has left the company, joining the company only about a year ago. He is the founder and continues to be the CEO of Terabitz. Prior to that, Ash was CEO of Level5 Networks. He has founded four other Silicon Valley companies: Radiance, Vivecon, SpecialtyMD (acquired by Ventro), and Commerce Engine (became Ariba). Earlier in his career, he served as a corporate VP at Applied Materials, and VP and GM of the Enterprise Business Unit at SGI. He began his executive career at Oracle where he was director of development and marketing. Ashfaq currently serves on the board of MSC Software, serves as an advisor to Transitive and is on the Dean's Leadership Council for the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

Former SUPERVALU CIO Joins Sysco

Wayne Shurts, 52, has joined foof products company, Sysco, in the newly created role of EVP and CTO. Prior to joining Sysco, Shurts was EVP and CIO at SUPERVALU. Previously, Shurts was the global CIO at Cadbury (formerly Cadbury Schweppes) and held positions of increased technology responsibility at Nabisco.

Former IBM Exec Appointed CIO at Canadian Pacific Railway

Canadian Pacific Railway named Michael Redeker as VP and CIO. Redeker was most recently CIO at ATB Financial. As CIO, Redeker will be responsible for re-defining CP's future strategic information technology (IT) roadmap, improving asset utilization, market growth, shipment management, and employee productivity. He also spent 11-years at IBM Canada, where he focused on delivering quality information technology services within the financial services industry.

NetApp Names CTO

Cloud-based data storage solutions provider NetApp has named SVP, and company veteran Jay Kidd its CTO and SVP. Before being promoted, Kidd oversaw product strategy and development for NetApp’s data management and management products, where he played an instrumental role in developing operating system Data ONTAP, and the storage clustering capabilities. Kidd previously served as CTO and VP of product management at Brocade.

Quest Diagnostics’ Health IT Leader to Leave

Quest Diagnostics’ senior leader Richard Mahoney, 64, VP, Healthcare Information Services, and President of MedPlus, its acquired healthcare IT subsidiary, is leaving the company next year. He is also a Special Advisor to the Miami (Ohio) University School of Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining MedPlus, he has served in leadership positions in a number of companies, most recently he was president of a company that provided equipment financing for hospitals and related organizations.

Technology B2B Distributor Names Leader for E-Commerce Engine

Avnet promoted Andy Thorne to VP, global e-Commerce merchandizing. In this new role, Thorne will be responsible for establishing and implementing effective strategies to expand Avnet’s online merchandizing strategies. Thorne is a 23-year veteran of the electronics industry. Prior to joining Avnet in 1995, Thorne worked as a design engineer at GE Medical, contributing to the nuclear medicine team. Since joining Avnet, Thorne has held roles of increasing responsibility ranging from director of technical marketing to general manager for programmable logic devices in Avnet's Silica division.

Gannett Names Digital and Mobile Sales Head

Craig Etheridge has been named SVP of Digital and Mobile Sales for Gannett and USA TODAY, responsible for driving national advertising sales revenue across all digital assets, including USA TODAY and USA WEEKEND, and sell digital inventory to national advertisers for Gannett Broadcast's 23 television stations and U.S. Community Publishing's 81 local media properties. Etheridge has served as VP of Mobile Advertising Sales for the company since 2010. Prior to joining Gannett, Etheridge was VP of Mobile Advertising Sales; and national VP of Digital Advertising Sales at The Weather Channel.

Coffee Maker Names Former Kraft CTO as CIO

Michael Cunningham has been promoted as CIO at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. He is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of GMCR's Enterprise Information Systems & Technology function. He joined the Company in this year from Kraft Foods where he served as CTO and VP, Global Information Services. He also previously held senior IT positions with Kraft Foods following its acquisition of Cadbury Ltd. and Dr Pepper/Seven Up.

International Game Technology's CTO and EVP R&D Departs

Chris Satchell, 39, International Game Technology's CTO and EVP R&D, departs. Mr. Satchell has 17 years work history in the video game and technology industries. He joined IGT from Microsoft, where he served as CTO for the Interactive Entertainment Business, General Manager and Chief Software Architect of XNA (Microsoft's game development platforms and services), Director of Engineering at Microsoft Game Studios, and Development Manager of Studio RX (game titles such as Forza Motorsport, Fable and Crackdown). Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Satchell served as an Executive Director and Engineering Director at the 3DO Company and Technical Director at Silicon Dreams.

HP Exec Hired by Trinity Industries

Trinity Industries, the industrial, energy, transportation, and construction company, named Tammy Gilbert as VP of IT. Gilbert joins Trinity from HP, where she served as the America's VP, Transition, Transformation and Project/Program Management.

Tenet Healthcare Names CIO Replacement

Tenet Healthcare, the health care services company, appointed Paul T. Browne, 48, as CIO. He will continue to oversee the strategy and operations of the applied informatics department, a leadership role he has held for last couple of months when he was appointed SVP. Browne succeeds Stephen F. Brown, who will retire next year after more than 35 years with the company. He served as the chief integration officer at Trinity Health, spent five years at SelectCare, a regional managed care organization and eight years providing consulting services for Accenture/Andersen Consulting.

DreamWorks Animation Promotes Tech Exec as CTO

As part of its ongoing evolution into a leading technology company, DreamWorks Animation named Lincoln Wallen as CTO. In his previous role as DreamWorks Animation's Head of Animation Technology, Wallen was responsible for the strategic vision, creation and deployment of the studio's CG production platform and software tools. Wallen joined DreamWorks Animation in 2008 as Head of Research and Development. Prior to that time, he served as CTO for Mobile services at Electronic Arts. Before that, he enjoyed a distinguished career as a Professor at Oxford University, and was the first Director for the multidisciplinary Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and Systems Engineering.

JetBlue Appoints Senior IT Execs

Blair Koch joins JetBlue as VP, IT-Commercial. Mr. Koch has a rich history in airline IT and most recently worked with Feld Group Institute in Chicago where he consulted with several companies. Prior to that, Mr. Koch served as Managing Director, IT for United Airlines where he was responsible for Commercial systems development. Blair comes to JetBlue with vast transportation experience.

Donna Draghi-Lemay, currently Director, IT Corporate Services, has been promoted to VP, IT-Airline Operations, at JetBlue. Ms. Lemay will be responsible for leading strategic technology initiatives and providing oversight for project concept, design, and delivery in addition to ongoing day to day operational support of technology systems that support the Operations team.

Former Nortel Exec Named CIO at Davis + Henderson

Young Park has been appointed as CIO, EVP of Davis + Henderson Corporation, the leading provider of technology and managed services to the North American financial services industry. Ms. Park has more than 25 years of IT experience, most recently as Sector VP for Property & Casualty (P&C) Insurance at CGI Group. Prior roles at CGI included Sector VP, Systems Integration and Consulting Services. Ms. Park began her career at Bell Northern Research and then Nortel, where she was a member of the scientific staff, and then worked at Bell Sygma as GM of Systems Development and at ReserveAmerica, where she was VP Information Systems and Technology.

Former GE Exec Joins Building Products Company as CIO

Nortek appointed Robert Casagrande, 41, to the newly created position of CIO. For the past six years he served as VP and CIO at Rexel Holdings - a position created when the distributor of electric products and services was sold by GE. Prior to Rexel, he worked for 14 years in engineering and IT positions at GE. He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

AutoNavi Strengthens its Consumer-Oriented Businesses with New Management Hires

AutoNavi, leading provider of digital map content and navigation and location-based solutions in China, named Hanping Feng and Jun Chen as VPs of technology. Mr. Feng will lead AutoNavi's mobile team in the development and adoption of mobile map applications and technologies, while Mr. Chen will lead the building and enhancement of AutoNavi's data center infrastructure for its cloud-based map service platform. Mr. Feng previously worked at Google for nearly 10 years. While at Google, he led its mobile technology team in China, which launched and improved a variety of mobile products including Google Maps and mobile search, localized a number of Google's global mobile products and launched Android applications.

Mr. Chen joins AutoNavi from Tencent, where he served as an engineering director, leading Tencent's data center and cloud platform technology development and deployment since 2009. Before that, he worked at Google, where he led a variety of cutting-edge data center networking projects for cloud computing and was involved in the company's web search projects. Prior to that, Mr. Chen served as a senior software engineer at Cisco Systems.

GCA Appoints Master Card and Former FIS Exec as CIO

Global Cash Access, a global provider of innovative cash access, cash handling solutions and business intelligence services for gaming establishments, hired Robert Myhre to the position of EVP and CIO. Mr. Myhre has 25 years of payments industry expertise, joining GCA from his previous position at Master Card as Group Head – Integrated Processing Solutions where he oversaw development for debit and prepaid processing solutions. Prior to his position with Master Card, he served as SVP and GM of a number of payment business divisions at Fidelity National Information Services, (FIS) and eFunds. While at eFunds, he also served as VP of Product Management, and Director of Business Development.

SUPERVALU Names Corp Planning VP as CIO; Former Accenture and Best Buy

SUPERVALU appointed Kathy Persian, 45, as SVP and CIO. She joined the company in 2010 in the role of group VP of retail and merchandising systems, and later moved to group VP of corporate planning, analysis and business process. Persian was named to the CIO post following the decision by Wayne Shurts to accept a position with another company. Shurts joined SUPERVALU in 2010. Prior to SUPERVALU, Persian spent more than 20 years at Accenture and Best Buy working in business areas of IT, general retail, retail operations, merchandising, supply chain, and finance. At Accenture, Persian began as a staff consultant and worked her way up to a partner in their retail practice. She most recently worked for Best Buy as the SVP of international business process and operations.

Cutera CTO Leaves

Cutera’ s Chief Technical Officer Len DeBenedictis is leaving the Company. DeBenedictis, who joined Cutera in 2011, left the company to pursue personal interests. Prior to working with Cutera, DeBenedictis co-founded Solta Medical, which acquired Reliant Technologies in 2008.

Securities and Exchange Commission Names Deputy CIO

The Securities and Exchange Commission named Pamela C. Dyson as Deputy CIO. She will work to further modernize and enhance the agency’s information technology systems. She was promoted to CTO, joining the company as Assistant Director for Enterprise Operations. Prior to joining the SEC staff, she was the Deputy CIO for the U.S. International Trade Commission, where she held several positions of increasing responsibility and served as an auxiliary member of several agency-wide executive committees.

Frontier Airlines’ New CIO is Experienced Airline, Planning and Technology Professional

Frontier Airlines appointed Amit Agarwal as CIO of the Denver-based carrier. Agarwal brings 20 years of industry experience to the position. Most recently, he served as SVP of corporate development and planning for Kingfisher Airlines based in India, where he focused on working with investors in recapitalization and restructuring. In a previous role with Delta Air Lines, Agarwal helped manage the financial and operational turnaround of the airline.

REACH Health Hires CTO from HealthPort

REACH Health, a leading provider of telemedicine technology solutions, hired Gene Guertin as CTO. An expert in the field of Healthcare IT, Gene has held leadership positions at technology companies providing strategic solutions for the healthcare community. For the past eleven years he has been with HealthPort Technologies, having served as both CTO and CIO.

Business Wire Promotes Software Development Executive

Business Wire promoted Ken Wolf to VP, software development. Wolf started at the company as a senior software engineer in 2001 and has been promoted four times. He played a key role in the design and development of a dozen initial versions of Business Wire's custom software systems. He started and managed the software quality assurance department and served as the lead project manager for the development of Business Wire's EON: Enhanced Online News service. Additionally, he acted as the representative to international standard committees for XML, NewsML and XBRL.

United Vision Logistics Welcomes New CIO

The logistics company named Bob Verret as the company’s CIO. With over 20 years of senior leadership experience, Verret is an asset to United Vision with his diverse skill set in optimizing processes, enhancing systems and developing business solutions by building and leveraging teams. Verret has worked for multiple logistics companies including Greatwide Logistics Services, CEVA Global Logistics and Integres Global Logistics. This experience allows him to continue United Vision’s growth and keep the company on the road to success.

Endicott Interconnect Technologies Promotes VP of Engineering as CTO

The electronic packaging solutions company promoted Rajinder Rai as CTO. Raj brings 16 years of experience in the high-tech electronics industry. He has held a variety of Senior Design and Development Engineering positions as well as various Senior Management and Executive roles, most recently as VP of Engineering at EI. Raj has been successful and possesses particular expertise in driving new business opportunities, most recently through EI’s Integrated Circuit and Assembly Services (ICAS) business. He replaces former CTO, Voya Markovich, who retired.

Former CA Exec Joins ANCILE to Spearhead Future of Learning Solutions

ANCILE Solutions, a global developer of learning and performance software solutions, named Alan Young as its CTO.  Prior to joining ANCILE, Young served as SVP of Research and Development and the General Manager of the Application Development Platform Business Unit at Progress Software. Young has also held executive positions at BEA Systems as well as at CA Technologies.

Wentworth Institute of Technology Names CIO

Wentworth Institute of Technology named Mark A. Staples as VP and CIO. Since 2008, Staples served as the director of academic technology services at Northeastern University and oversaw the university’s instructional and research computing, including classrooms and research labs. Prior to his appointment at Northeastern, Mark held critical leadership positions at Georgia Health Sciences University, the Medical University of Ohio, the University of Toledo, and Indiana University.

State of Utah Names CIO

Mark VanOrden has been appointed Executive Director of the Utah Department of Technology Services and State of Utah's CIO. VanOrden has been serving as the acting Executive Director, and was chosen to permanently fill the position for his exemplary leadership and his notable skills in information technology. In 2006 Mark was appointed as the IT Director for the Department of Workforce Services, where he managed a staff of more than 120 people and a budget of more than $30 million. VanOrden first began working as a programmer for the State of Utah in 1982 at what was then called the Department of Employment Services.

Scivantage Appoints Industry Veteran and Award-Winning Technology Executive as CIO

Scivantage, an independent financial technology provider with proven expertise in online brokerage, tax and portfolio reporting and wealth management applications, named Andrew Haines as CIO. Prior to joining Scivantage, Haines was CIO at GAIN Capital Group where he led all aspects of technology strategy and built an award-winning trading platform. Haines has also held senior technology management positions at Merrill Lynch, Salomon Smith Barney, and Virtual Growth/Insperity. Haines was recognized by the New Jersey Technology Council as the 2012 "CIO of the Year," and was also in Wall Street & Technology's Gold Book (2010) as one of the industry's most innovative technology leaders.

Book distributor Hires CIO from International Marketing Agency RAPP

Book distributor Ingram Content Group has a new CIO following the promotion of former CIO Shawn Morin to COO. Pep Carrera will fill the role, which has been vacant since Morin’s promotion in June. He comes most recently from RAPP, an international marketing agency, where he was CTO.

Lunera Lighting Appoints CTO to Drive Innovation

Lunera Lighting, the lighting solutions leader in the transformation to advanced LED technology, named Michael Bremser to the position of CTO and VP of Engineering. Previously, he served as VP, Global Program Manager of LED Products for Fulham and CTO for Permlight Products.

Former Lowe’s CIO Hired by Real Estate Company

EDENS, one of the nation's leading retail real estate owners and developers, hired Joyce Vonada as CIO and Managing Director. Prior to joining EDENS, Vonada served as SVP of IT Business Solutions at Lowe's, overseeing significant investments in technology to empower retail associates with the tools they need to improve customer service and make it simple for customers to engage on their terms whether in store, online or mobile.  Prior to Lowe's, Vonada served as CIO at AutoNation and Senior Manager at Andersen Consulting. 

Tech Industry Veteran Joins AMFELTEC as CTO

Michael Feldman, a technology industry veteran, has been appointed president and CTO of AMFELTEC, the electronic design and engineering support services company. Prior to joining AMFELTEC, Michael was the director of hardware engineering at Sangoma Technologies, the premium provider of PC-based telephony hardware and software products for proprietary and open source based networking and telephony solutions. Michael Feldman has more than 28 years of extensive engineering and management experience in electronics and computer hardware design. He has been awarded 11 patents and has published seven, industry-recognized whitepapers.

Tech Czar Joins Veracode to Reinforce its Place as Leader in Application Security

Veracode, the cloud-based application security testing company, named Bill Brown as CIO and SVP of IT and SaaS Operations. Brown, who was previously vice president and CIO at Avid Technology, has more than 25 years of management experience in information technology. Prior to joining Avid in August 2011, Brown served in several senior leadership roles at Iron Mountain, including CIO. In 2010, Brown was recognized as a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.

Ioxus Appoints Tech Expert as CTO

Ioxus, a manufacturer of premium performance ultracapacitor technology for transportation, alternative energy, medical, industrial and consumer product markets, named Ken Rudisuela as CTO. Most recently, Rudisuela ran two ultracap companies based in Canada and California, and he was the COO at GAIA/LTC, a German lithium-ion battery company. He established Arcotronics Technology Services, a global developer of advanced battery manufacturing processes and high-speed automated machinery. He was a founding member of Ashurst Technologies in Ukraine, which developed the highest specific capacitance activated carbon available. He was an engineering manager and later the general manager at Moli Energy, the only high-volume, commercial manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries outside of Asia.

Sheridan Healthcare Promotes IT Exec to CIO

Jim Wilder was named as SVP of Information Technology and CIO at Sheridan Healthcare. Mr. Wilder joined in 2008 and has developed an IT Strategy to secure Sheridan’s position as an industry leader, focusing on areas of revenue cycle management and informatics. Prior to joining Sheridan, Mr. Wilder held international IT executive positions in the life sciences for publically traded companies. He has served on government committees to establish standards for information exchange and is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) as well as the American Telemedicine Association.

Mobile Content Venture Names CTO for its Dyle mobile TV

Mobile Content Venture, a joint venture consisting of 12 major broadcast groups that operates the Dyle mobile TV service, named Rajan Mehta as CTO. In addition to his CTO role with Dyle, Mehta will remain in his current position of Executive Director of Advanced Technology at NBCUniversal, where he provides strategic direction for NBCUniversal Television networks and broadcast stations on new media products and upcoming technology trends. Previously, Mehta held technology positions for NBCUniversal, NBC Sports and NBC 2008 Summer Olympics.

Date range: September 17th - October 14th

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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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