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New CIOs & Other Tech Exec Appointments 11/12 to 12/9 2012 Featured

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News Corporation's CTO to Serve in Same Capacity at its Proposed Publishing Company

Paul Cheesbrough, currently News Corporation's CTO, will serve in the same capacity for the new proposed publishing company of News Corp. Mr. Cheesbrough was previously the CIO at News International, where he was responsible for the organization's technology strategy, delivery, transformation programs and digital products. Before joining News International, he served as CIO at the Telegraph Media Group, and prior to that was Controller of Digital Media for the BBC.

Dominion Resources Sees CIO Replacement

Margaret E. "Lyn" McDermid will retire as SVP and CIO after a career of more than 30 years with Dominion Resources, joining Federal Reserve System as CIO. Prior, she held positions like VP-Information Technology and CIO and director-Administrative Services, joining what is now Dominion Virginia Power in 1982.

Steven A. Rogers, currently president of Dominion Resources Services and Chief Administrative Officer, will succeed McDermid as SVP and CIO.

HBO’s Long-time CTO to Retire; Company Names Replacement

Bob Zitter, the technology virtuoso who helped build HBO into a powerhouse cable brand, is retiring after more than 30 years at the premium network. Zitter, HBO's EVP of technology and CTO, is credited with leading the charge on several industry firsts-including the adoption of satellite distribution, digital video, HD and video-on-demand.

Otto Berkes has been named as its new CTO. Most recently, Berkes was responsible for the development of HBO GO, MAX GO and, all of the various products that make up HBO’s streaming efforts. Berkes is a veteran in the software industry who formerly worked at Microsoft Research under Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie. He was also one of the four original founders of Xbox.

CSC Hires Former Rolls-Royce IT Exec as CIO

CSC named Doug Tracy, 52, as CIO. He joins CSC from Dana Holding Corporation, where as VP and CIO he integrated the global IT organization and improved the efficiency and business focus of the company's applications and infrastructure assets. Previously, he had served at Rolls-Royce as EVP of IT for a $4 billion North American subsidiary and as global CTO with responsibility for IT strategy and architecture.

Former PepsiCo Exec Joins Xylem as CIO

Xylem, a leading global water technology company focused on addressing the world’s most challenging water issues, named Nicholas R. Colisto, 46, as SVP and CIO. Since 2005, he served in executive IT positions at Hovnanian Enterprises, and was appointed VP and CIO there in 2008. From 2000 to 2005, he was an Executive Director in IT at Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he served in a number of positions of increasing responsibility at, Hyperion Solutions, PepsiCo and Bayer.

Donaldson Promotes Veteran Exec as CTO

Sheila Peyraud, 57, was promoted to CTO at filtration systems maker Donaldson. Peyraud, who joined Donaldson in 1978, has been general manager of Bloomington-based Donaldson's Aerospace and Defense business since 2004. She replaces Debra Wilfong, who resigned from Donaldson to take a senior executive position with BP.

LPL Financial Adds Ex-Dell Exec as CIO

LPL Financial has hired Dell veteran Victor Fetter as its new CIO and managing director of the Business Technology Services unit. Previously, Fetter was a VP and CIO of Dell online. Fetter will replace Chris Feeney as CIO. Feeney will retire after five years with the company and 30 years in the financial-services technology sector.

Ascena Retail Group Apoints iCIO

Ascena Retail Group has hired Dave Berry as interim CIO for the woman’s and tween girls apparel outfit company. In retail, he spent 12 years as CIO of Coty. He replaces Karen Etzkorn, now CIO of interactive retailer HSNi.

HSNi Creates CIO Role; Appoints Ascena Retail IT Exec to Fill Post

Interactive retailer HSNi has named Karen Etzkorn to the newly created role of CIO. Ms. Etzkorn joins HSNi from Ascena Retail, where she served as SVP and CIO. Prior to her role at Ascena Retail, she served as SVP and CIO at Tween Brands, and has held senior technology positions at retailers including The Home Depot, Williams-Sonoma, Gap, and Limited, Inc.

First Niagara Financial Group Appoints Senior IT Execs

First Niagara Financial Group named Inder Koul to serve as the regional bank's SVP and CIO (CIO). Koul joins First Niagara from Huntington Bancshares, where he most-recently served in the roles of the CIO for the bank's Commercial, Auto Finance and Corporate Services groups, and as the Director of Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO). Prior to Huntington, he was with Bank of America for seven years in a variety of senior executive positions, including business processing, operations, customer service and IT program management roles. Earlier in his career, he worked on delivery of large-scale program implementations at IBM, KPMG, Verizon, Morgan Stanley and Citibank UK.

First Niagara Financial Group promoted Jeff Semonovich to serve as SVP and Managing Director of Enterprise Services and IT Program Governance. Prior to his new role, Semonovich served as the company's SVP, Solutions Delivery Director since 2010. Before joining First Niagara, he was SVP of Information Systems with PNC Financial Services Group, as well as SVP, CIO.

Wells Fargo CTO Joins BankUnited as CIO

Joseph Kissel has been hired by BankUnited to serve as CIO. Kissel comes to BankUnited from Wells Fargo Bank., where he most recently served as a SVP and CTO. Kissel brings more than 20 years of senior level experience leading technology and operations in banks, mortgage companies and technology companies servicing the financial industry. Having served in various roles, including CIO, CTO, COO and president, he has managed teams of more than 650 employees, and budgets of more than $100 million.

UBM Appoints EMI Music Exec as CIO

UBM appointed Richard Piercy as UBM’s Group CIO. Richard joins UBM after ten years in a number of senior IT roles at EMI Music where he was most recently EVP, Transformation & Digital Supply for EMI Music.  In his previous role as EMI’s CIO, Richard led the business’s technology function to deliver a complex transformation agenda and strengthen IT governance and controls. Before his promotion to CIO, Richard led a global management information project to provide a set of self-service sales and other operational information reporting tools across EMI’s international businesses. Before joining EMI in 2002, Richard spent two years as CTO for Sportal.

Fair Isaac Names Acquired Company Adeptra’s CEO as CIO

Fair Isaac appointed Tony McGivern as CIO two months after acquiring cloud software vendor Adeptra, with which he had served as CEO. Prior to the promotion, McGivern had served as FICO's VP of product management since the acquisition.

Green Dot Appoints Senior Tech Leaders

Kuan Archer has joined Green Dot as CTO and EVP of Product Development. Prior to joining Green Dot, he was SVP of Product Development at Rovi Corporation, formerly known as Macrovision. At Rovi he was responsible for all of Rovi's Cloud Services, eCommerce, and Platform As A Service product lines, as well as development operations across Web, PC/Mac, and Mobile (iOS, Android) platforms. Mr. Archer’s prior experience also includes holding senior roles at Symantec and Microsoft.

Sam Altman has been named EVP of Mobile Products and Technology. Mr. Altman joined Green Dot following its March 2012 acquisition of Loopt, where he served as CEO. He is known as a mobile technology leader and innovator in Silicon Valley and the inventor of Geolocation mobile messaging-the practice of sending a commercial message to a mobile phone based on its location. Green Dot now owns the patent for that invention as a result of its acquisition of Loopt.

Mercury Systems Hires CIO from Aspect Software

Mercury Systems, provider of commercially developed, open sensor and Big Data processing systems, for critical commercial, defense and intelligence applications, appointed Jamie Ryan as VP/CIO. Prior to joining Mercury, he worked as CIO for Aspect Software where he developed and executed a global IT strategy that aligned business applications and infrastructures with corporate objectives. Previously, he was Director of IT at OpenMarket, where he developed and deployed IT to support rapid growth. In addition, he held increasingly responsible senior roles leading information systems, infrastructure support and network management with Digital Equipment Corporation.

Former Blackstone Group CIO Joins KPMG

KPMG hired Harry Moseley to the post of CIO.  He will succeed Richard Anderson, who is retiring. Most recently, he was the CIO of The Blackstone Group, a premier global investment and advisory firm. Prior to joining Blackstone, Moseley was EVP of technology for Mantas, an enterprise software company providing compliance and anti-money laundering solutions. His career also includes five years as a managing director of IT with Credit Suisse First Boston, and managing director/CTO-Americas with The Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) for 14 years.

SEC Names CISO and Associate Director in its Office of IT

The Securities and Exchange Commission named Todd K. Scharf, Sr. as Chief Information Security Officer and Associate Director in the agency’s Office of IT. Mr. Scharf joined the SEC in 2009 as the Assistant Director for Corporate Information Security, where he helped develop, maintain, and oversee agency-wide information technology security programs. Mr. Scharf began his civilian career in 1996 as a Data Security Analyst at GE Information Services, and spent 11 years at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), where he worked in various capacities, starting as an Operations Manager for Information Security.

New York Life Promotes IT Architecture Exec to CTO

New York Life promoted Michael Del Secolo to SVP and CTO. He joined New York Life in 2010 as VP of architecture. In 2011 he added responsibility for engineering, leading the management of IT architecture and engineering for the company. Prior to joining New York Life, Mr. Del Secolo worked at Automatic Data Processing (ADP), where he held positions of increasing responsibility including VP of IT, VP of Internet and network services, and VP and CISO, where he was responsible for designing and implementing infrastructures for ADP’s Web hosting and Software as a Service (SaaS) initiative. Before that, he held progressively more responsible roles at Sea-Land Service, Salomon Brothers and RAV Communications.

eHarmony Hires CTO from

Thod Nguyen has been named CTO at eHarmony. Most recently, Thod served as the CTO for where he was responsible for the company-wide technology vision, strategic roadmap, infrastructure, team building, technical leadership and agile project management for all cross-functional initiatives in multiple locations globally. Before joining MyLife, Thod served as the Chief Architect at United Online, whose brands include MyPoints, Classmates, FTD and NetZero. Additionally, Thod holds a patent for Web Acceleration.

IO Lures Away Groupon’s CIO

Alan McIntosh, who until recently was serving as CIO of Groupon, left his job with the popular shopping-discount aggregator and joined IO, a provider of data center services. IO has appointed McIntosh as its SVP of global technology delivery. Besides his job at Groupon, McIntosh’s resume includes design and operation of infrastructure at CBS Interactive, CNET Networks and Oracle.

West Virginia University Hires CIO From Purdue University

Dr. John Campbell, currently an Associate VP for IT at Purdue University, has been named Associate Provost for IT and CIO at West Virginia University. Campbell has participated in many externally-funded projects focused on the development and support of new cyberinfrastructure for the campus community. His grants total approximately $20 million over the last 12 years. He has also published book chapters and journal articles largely on analytics and learning design, and has presented extensively at professional meetings the profession.

Dell Exec named CIO at The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Bill Moran has been named SVP and CIO at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Most recently, he served as North America SVP and Healthcare Practice Principal Executive for Dell, where he was responsible for oversight of 850 hospital/healthcare systems throughout North America. There, he served as the principal lead on direction and decisions for IT initiatives within Dell's hospital/health system. Before that, he served as VP and CIO for Williamson Medical Center, SVP/CIO for Wellmont Health System in Kingsport, VP/CIO for McKesson and CTO for Dynamic Healthcare Technologies.

Syndicatable Social Video Commerce Leader Cinsay Appoints New CIO

Cinsay, a leader in social video commerce and merchant aggregation through, has named Todd Downing as CIO. Previously, Downing served as Director of Product Management for Cinsay. Before joining the company, he was responsible for Global Online Capabilities for Dell. He has also served in key technology positions at Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Belo Interactive and Neiman Marcus.

SecureNet Payment Systems Appoints CTO

SecureNet Payment Systems, payment processing technology provider, named Mike Hennesy as EVP, CTO. Prior to joining the SecureNet team, Hennesy was VP of IT at Intuit. Hennesy founded Innovative Merchant Solutions, a leading independent bankcard acquirer, bought by Intuit in 2003 and has held numerous senior IT management positions at payments companies including Superior Bankcard Service.

INC Research Appoints New CIO to Lead Data Intelligence Initiatives

INC Research, a therapeutically focused global clinical research organization (CRO) with a Trusted Process® for delivering reliable results, named Sal Chiovari as its new CIO. Chiovari joins INC Research from Smith & Nephew, a global medical technology and devices company where he served as CIO. He also has served in senior IT positions at Primedia and Baxter.

Montana CIO Steps Down

Montana CIO Dick Clark has announced his intention to retire from his position. Clark spent a total of 34 years with the state of Montana, where he began by breaking down tires for the Montana Department of Highways in 1978. Clark intends to stay engaged in IT policy in the state.

RecoverCare Adds CIO

RecoverCare, a distributor of wound care, bariatric and safe patient handling equipment, has appointed Jeffrey E. Sadtler as CIO. Sadtler will be responsible for advancing Louisville-based RecoverCare’s information systems and technology capabilities. He most recently served as VP of IT and operations for ServiceNet Warranty, a company that markets, sells and administers extended warranties for consumer electronics.

Upper Merion Appoints CIO

Carla Showell-Lee has been appointed to the position of CIO in Upper Merion. Since May this year Showell-Lee has worked as Acting Public Information Officer. For the previous four years, Showell-Lee worked as a freelance host and producer for UMGA-TV’s award winning topical community affairs program, “On The Move.” She comes to the township after working for WRTI-Jazz 90, KYW-Newsradio, Fox News, Bill Cosby, the Discovery Channel and the Comcast Network.

CTO Named for NERSC Division of Berkeley Lab

John Shalf has been named CTO of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Shalf will also continue to serve in his current role as head of the Computer and Data Sciences Department in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division (CRD). Shalf has served on the DOE Exascale Steering Committee and is co-principal investigator of the Computer Architecture Laboratory (CAL), a joint activity of Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the DOE Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research. CAL is coordinating hardware architecture research and development activities across the DOE. He also leads the CRD/NERSC Green Flash project, which is developing a novel HPC system design (hardware and software) for kilometer-scale global climate modeling that is hundreds of times more energy efficient than conventional approaches.

State of Wisconsin Names CIO

David Cagigal was appointed CIO for the State of Wisconsin. As the CIO, he also serves as Division Administrator for the Division of Enterprise Technology (DET). David is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in information technology visioning, strategic planning and management. He is experienced in converging business strategies with ever-changing and innovating information technologies. He also identifies and implements the appropriate change management processes and risk mitigating strategies for each unique culture. David has held executive IT positions at Alliant Energy, DeVry University, DePaul University, Maytag and Amoco that crosses multiple industries and business functions.

BrightLine Names New CTO

BrightLine, the leading global provider of interactive television solutions for entertainment and advertising, named Keith Gelles as CTO. Keith most recently served as CTO at Medialets where he was responsible for growth and strategy as well as managing the development of creative tools and technologies including ad-serving platforms for emerging devices. Prior to that, he was the co-founder and CTO of PointRoll, the leading digital rich-media technology provider.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel Appoints Financial Industry IT Exec as CIO

Carlson Wagonlit Travel appointed Kevin O’Connor as EVP and CIO. O’Connor is a recognized global IT and technology leader. Joining CWT from NYSE Technologies where he was CIO, he has over 20 years’ experience in driving innovation and sustained business growth, mostly within global financial organizations.  His experience includes Global Head of Equities IT for UBS, Global Head of Applied Technology for Deutsche Bank, and Managing Director of Morgan Stanley.  He has managed strategic areas of technology, from application development and technology infrastructures to IT security and architecture.

Force 3 Promotes VP to CTO

Chris Knotts, former VP of Technology & Innovation, has been promoted to CTO. Knotts, since his return to Force 3 in 2006 has been responsible for the company's expansion into managed services, a revamping of its internal IT infrastructure and the companies M&A strategy. As CTO, Knotts' role will be to oversee the entire portfolio of the company's technology strategy.

Co-Founding Exec Moves Over to Tech Role at CapStar Bank

Current COO of CapStar, Tip Evans, has moved over to a newly created CIO position. Evans was one of the first four employees CapStar hired in 2007 when it was still in organization. A former EVP at First American, he has a strong background in bank payment systems and has been involved with several industry associations, including the National Automated Clearing House Association and the Electronic Check Council.

Cadence Health Names CIO

Cadence Health has named Dan Kinsella at its CIO and EVP. Mr. Kinsella most recently served as SVP of Optum Insight, a division of United Healthcare. At Cadence, Mr. Kinsella replaced Dave Printz, who retired earlier this year.

Subsentio Appoints RadiSys Founder as CTO

Subsentio, a Trusted Third Party service bureau for Lawfully Authorized Electronic Surveillance (LAES), named Glen Myers as its CTO. Dr. Myers is an industry veteran who has successfully founded several technology companies including RadiSys and IP Fabrics. He currently serves as the Chairperson for the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) subcommittee on Lawfully Authorized Electronic Surveillance standards where he has been an active contributor in Voice over Internet Protocol and Internet broadband standards.

Google’s Former Identity Director Joins as CTO at Trulioo

Andrew Nash was appointed as CTO at Trulioo. Nash’s most recent job was as the director of Internet identity products at Google, and he first joined Trulioo as an advisor before coming on full-time in August this year.

ValueOptions Promotes Long-Timer as CIO

ValueOptions, a health improvement company specializing in mental and emotional wellbeing and recovery, promoted Shaun Costello to CIO. Costello previously served as VP of IT Hosting Services. For 15 years, Costello has served at ValueOptions in a variety of IT roles. Prior to his tenure at ValueOptions he spent time at Charles E. Smith Companies, Sato Travel and Intelligent Electronics. Before his civilian career, he served in the United States Marine Corps.

Former Motorola Mobility Exec Named CIO at HealthFitness

HealthFitness, a proven leader of population health management, named Teri Lonergan as CIO. She comes to HealthFitness with 20 years' experience as a programmer, business analyst and IT executive. She most recently served as senior IT director for Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility. In that position, her responsibilities included accountability for corporate IT investments, as well as development and execution of long-term IT strategies. At HealthFitness, Lonergan will be responsible for a diverse health IT team that manages internal systems, as well as for development and support of an eHealth platform accessed by the millions of employees who use HealthFitness health management programs.

Date range: November 12th - December 9th

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