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New CIOs & Other Tech Exec Changes 4/8 to 5/13 2013 Featured

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JPMorgan Chase Appoints Head of Digital for Consumer and Community Banking Division

Dr. Gavin Michael has joined JPMorgan Chase as Head of Digital for Chase's Consumer and Community Banking division. Michael served as the Chief Technology Innovation Officer at Accenture since 2010, where he was responsible for the innovation agenda, technology strategy, and research and development. Prior to joining Accenture in 2010, Michael had a series of senior technology roles at Lloyd's Banking Group, including Retail CIO. He previously held senior roles at National Australia Bank and IBM.

Cisco Sees Changes in Tech Leadership for Global Enterprise Segment

VP of Worldwide Mobility Sales, Tom Wilburn, who joined Cisco in 2005, has been appointed to succeed John McCool as SVP and CTO of the global enterprise segment. McCool is leaving the company the company after 17 years and helped grow its corporate mobile and networking equipment unit from $5 million to more than $1 billion in revenue. McCool joined Cisco in 1996 upon that company’s acquisition of Granite Systems and also designed networking gear for NeXT Computer in the early 1990s.

Wilburn brings experience in mobility, switching and routing to his new position. Prior to his most recent role, he served as VP, US/Canada Security and Mobility Sales from 2005 to 2009. Before that he was VP Worldwide Sales at Airespace (acquired by Cisco), SVP North American Enterprise Business at Alcatel, VP North American Sales at Xylan, VP Sales at Crosscomm, Regional Director at Terminal Networks, Director at Motorola, and Marketing Representative at Four Phase Systems.

Former SAP CIO Joins UBS

UBS Group has appointed Oliver Bussmann, 47, as CIO. Bussmann will replace Michele Trogni, who will retire after 25 years at the Swiss financial services group, with the Bussmann taking over. Bussmann spent three years as CIO at SAP, following nine years in various technology related roles at Allianz Group, most recently as EVP/Regional CIO—North America & Mexico. Prior to this, he has also been employed at Deutsche Bank as Managing Director, IT Private Banking and IBM as Sales Manager, Retail Banking IT Solutions.

AstraZeneca Appoints New CIO from Flextronics

AstraZeneca has appointed David Smoley as its new CIO. Smoley will succeed AstraZeneca’s outgoing CIO Jon Kirby. Kirby became CIO of pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca in 2010. Smoley joins AstraZeneca from Flextronics International where he was SVP and CIO. He has previously worked at Honeywell and General Electric, where he held the position of director and CIO for GE Power Controls in Barcelona. As CIO, David will head up the AstraZeneca Information Systems Leadership Team and will be responsible for developing the next phase of the IS strategy and long term vision, said the company in a statement.

Lockheed’s Enterprise Systems Unit Appoints CIO

Denise Saiki was promoted to corporate CIO and VP in charge of Lockheed’s Enterprise Systems Unit. Jonathan Rambeau, recently VP of F-35 international programs at Lockheed Martin, will fill his previous role as VP and General Manager of the Training and Logistics Solutions business. Saiki has been the President of Global Training and Logistics at Lockheed Martin since 2011. Before that he served as VP of Undersea Systems at the company.

Southwest Airlines Appoints CTO from Spirit Airlines

Southwest Airlines named Craig Maccubbin, 44, as its new CTO and VP of Technology Operations. Maccubbin most recently served as VP and CIO of Spirit Airlines, where he was responsible for all IT and systems.  During his career, Maccubbin has held various executive positions in the IT sector across a broad range of industries, including aviation. As VP and CTO of Zeta Interactive, a major digital marketing agency, he led product development, infrastructure, professional services, and customer support and delivery for several Fortune 500 Companies, including US Airways, Mattel, JP Morgan Chase, Sony, Time, and Warner Music Group. He also served as VP and CTO for Black Entertainment Television.

Sears Holdings Hires New CIO from Eli Lilly

Sears Holdings has appointed Jeff Balagna, 51, EVP and CIO.  Balagna joins Sears from Eli Lilly, where he held the same post. In his new role, he will be responsible for all technology and infrastructure initiatives within the company’s support centers and stores. Prior to Eli Lilly, Balagna spent more than five years with Carlson Companies in various capacities, including serving as CEO of Carlson Marketing, where he led the successful sale of the customer loyalty marketing company to Groupe Aeroplan. He stayed at Groupe Aeroplan to coordinate transition and integration activities, which were successfully completed in 2011. Previously, Balagna also served as CIO and SVP at Medtronic for five years, and in increasing senior leadership positions at GE Medical Systems Americas and Ford Motor Company.

Groupon Hires New SVP of Engineering & Operation from VMware

Daily deals site Groupon named Sri Viswanath as its SVP of Engineering and Operations. Viswanath joins Groupon from VMWare, where he served as VP of research and development for mobile computing. Prior to VMWare, he was SVP of Engineering at Glam Media and GM of its publisher products group. He was also the SVP of Engineering at Ning, and was instrumental in that company's acquisition by Glam. Before that, he worked at Sun Microsystems where he led development of a number of very successful open-source and business-to-business products.

Apple Graphics Chip Tech Chief Returns to AMD

Raja Koduri, 44, is returning to Advanced Micro Devices after a four-year stint at Apple as graphics chip designer. Koduri was tech chief for graphics and was said to have worked on some of Apple's "best graphics products." In AMD, Koduri will take up the role of Corporate VP of Visual Computing. Before joining Apple in 2009, he was CTO, Graphics Product Group at AMD; Director, Advanced Technology Development at ATI; and Director/Engineering manager at S3.

Riverbed Technology Names CTO

Application performance solutions provider Riverbed Technology has named its long-time senior executive David Wu to the role of CTO. As a member of Riverbed’s founding team in 2003, Wu was involved in the initial architecture behind the Steelhead appliance and the Riverbed Optimization System. He is also responsible for the advanced development of Whitewater cloud storage appliance that enables customers to seamlessly and securely backup to the cloud. Most recently, Wu served as the primary inventor of Granite, which allows customers to consolidate branch back to the data center and enables instant provisioning of branch offices from the data center and instant restore in the event of a disaster. In his 10 years with the company, Wu has held several positions, including VP of software development and SVP of research and development. Before joining Riverbed, Wu was the director of engineering at netVmg, which was acquired by Internap. Earlier in his career, Wu served as senior engineering manager at Inktomi where he led the streaming media proxy group.

Zynga Gets a New CIO

Debra Chrapaty, appointed Zynga’s CIO in 2011, left the company to join cloud-stage startup Nirvanix as CEO. As a result, Zynga has appointed longtime employee Dorion Carroll as CIO of the company. Carroll joined Zynga in 2009 as CTO of the popular game “Mafia Wars.” He was later promoted to CTO of Zynga’s Shared Technology Group and in 2011 made the CTO of Zynga’s mobile efforts. Before joining Zynga, Carroll was the VP of engineering at the blog search engine Technorati.

Former HP Technologist Joins as CTO of Fusion-io

Fusion-io, the flash memory company, appointed Dr. Pankaj Mehra as CTO and SVP. Mehra has been advising the Fusion-io office of the CTO in recent months, and brings more than 20 years of global experience in developing innovative hardware and software technologies to Fusion-io.

Mehra succeeds Neil Carson, who served as Fusion-io CTO since 2010. Carson is now transitioning to the role of Fusion-io Asia Pacific CTO and VP.

Mehra was recently SVP and CTO at Whodini, a big data engagement analytics company he co-founded in 2010. An industry veteran, Mehra directed the development of persistent memory at Compaq, leading to his appointment as a distinguished technologist at Hewlett Packard, and subsequently Chief Scientist of HP Labs Russia. Mehra previously chaired the InfiniBand Trade Association's Management Working Group and contributed to the 1.0 specification.

Selective Insurance Group Appoints Deloitte Exec as CIO

Property and casualty insurance products and services organization, Selective Insurance Group, named Gordon J. Gaudet as EVP and CIO. For the past 35 years, Gaudet has gained significant understanding and appreciation for the challenges and complexity of insurance IT organizations. He has spent the last nine years as a director and co-lead of Deloitte Consulting's Insurance Core System Transformation practice in Chicago and served on the Systems Integration advisory boards for Program/Project Management and Delivery Methods and Tools. Prior to his tenure at Deloitte, Gaudet was partner and CIO at The Actuarials Exchange, and spent six years serving at C-Change, as their Solution Delivery and Technology leader/partner and was responsible for the company's technology strategy, policy and investment decisions.

Bank of Marin Hires Fin-tech Exec from Visa, Schwab as CIO

Bank of Marin has hired Jim Burke as CIO. Burke, formerly of Visa, brings more than 20 years of IT experience to this new role at Bank of Marin. Burke’s career has focused on financial services where he has held leadership positions like Senior Business Leader at Visa; IT Consultant/Interim CIO at Gateway Bank; CIO, Irwin Technology Services at Irwin Financial Corp; VP, Securities Custody & Services Systems at Charles Schwab; and SVP at Bank of America.

Callidus Software Appoints Insider to CTO Role

Callidus Software, the company that provides cloud-based solutions for sales effectiveness, appointed Dr. Jimmy Duan, 49, as CTO. He has served a variety of executive management roles at CallidusCloud, including SVPs of commissions business and international sales. Previously, Jimmy served as VP of client services at Xactly, where he was responsible for defining and setting up SaaS operations and managing customer success. Earlier in his career, Jimmy held professional services management positions at Quovera and Talus Solutions, and consulted with multi-national organizations in financial services, telecommunications, transportation, and high-tech manufacturing. Jimmy

Dr. Duan replaces Mike Graves, who leaves CallidusCloud.

Xerium Technologies Appoints CTO

Filling the position of CTO at Xerium, a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, comes with the promotion of Bill Butterfield. Butterfield will be responsible for all of Xerium’s technology programs – research, new product development, manufacturing technology, the company’s labs, the company’s university programs and the company’s technical intern programs. Previously he was VP Global Rolls Technology of Xerium Corporation Stowe Woodward Division.

InfuSystem Holdings’ New CIO is Senior IT Exec from Healthcare Domain

Infusion pumps and related service company, InfuSystem Holdings, has appointed Mike McReynolds, 44, as CIO. Most recently, McReynolds served as President of OxiArmor, a national provider of solutions-based, anti-microbial services, where he created and implemented distributor, independent, and alliance models and contracts that generated major new sales increases. Prior to that, he served as the CIO of RecoverCare, a leading provider of medical equipment, patient services, and clinical and financial supply chain solutions.

Triton Digital Promotes Divisional CTO as Global CTO

Digital service provider Triton Digital has promoted Jean-François Gadoury to CTO. He will be responsible for leading the company’s technology strategy. For the last six years, he served as the CTO of Triton Digital’s streaming products. Prior to joining Triton, Gadoury was a consultant for Cesart International, a Bell Canada company. He has also served in senior level technology roles at Tata Communications (formerly Teleglobe), Atlas Telecom Mobile and CESCOM.

RSA Group Creates CIO Role

RSA Group, the UK insurer formerly known as Royal Sun Alliance, has appointed its first ever global CIO. Darren Price, previously CIO for the company's Baltic region, has been given the job. Price will be responsible for the company's IT systems around the world, delivering the group IT strategy, and implementing standards, policies and guidelines across its various geographies. Previously he served as Global COO, Emerging Markets; COO Central & Eastern Europe; CIO, Baltics, for RSA; and European Originations IT Director and UK CIO for GE Capital; and Global Programme Director for Unilever.

National Life Group Names New CIO

National Life Group, the family of American mutual financial service companies, appointed Sanjay Pandey as SVP and CIO. Panday was most recently SVP and CIO of Donegal Insurance Group, a Marietta, Pa.-based regional P&C carrier.

Oracle Acquired SelectMinds’ Senior Exec Joins Genesis Media in Tech Role

Genesis Media, a video ad solutions company focused on the monetization challenges of tier-1 publishers, named Chris Durand as its new VP of Technology and Engineering. Before joining Genesis Media, Durand was the VP of Client Operations for SelectMinds (acquired by Oracle), a company that specializes in social recruiting/community management software. Prior to joining SelectMinds, Durand was a senior associate at Infosys Consulting.

IBM Cloud Exec Joins OneOcean as CTO

OneOcean, maker of the cloud-based ClipCard platform for managing big spatial data, hired Prasad Saripalli, PhD, as CTO and EVP. Dr. Saripalli comes to OneOcean directly from IBM where he served as Chief Architect of the SmartCloud Enterprise Cloud Platform and Solution Leader of the team deploying cloud enterprise workloads as SaaS. Dr. Saripalli brings with him long experience in enterprise cloud and service architectures, as well as data visualization and analytics, which spans technology leaders including IBM, Microsoft, Runaware and Citrix and multiple domains including ISV software, oil and gas, biotech, hydro and global climate change. Prior to IBM, Dr. Saripalli led product development at 14-year-old cloud innovator Runaware, enabling legacy enterprise workloads as SaaS. He has also headed up virtualization technology teams at Microsoft and Citrix, and led research and development at Batelle, the world's largest R&D provider.

Andersen Corporation Promotes Engineering and Product Development Exec as CTO

Andersen Corporation, a manufacturer of window and door products, promoted Holly Boehne to CTO. Boehne joined Andersen in September 2004 as SVP of Research, Development and Innovation. Her experience spans engineering, product development and commercialization, operations and lean management. In this new role, Boehne adds responsibility for Supply Chain Services. Prior to joining Andersen, Boehne served in leadership roles with Ecolab and Pillsbury.

ITT Educational Services Appoints Former IBM Exec as CIO

Todd Coombes joins as EVP & CIO of ITT Educational Services, which provides accredited, technology-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Coombes joins ITT ESI from CNO Financial Group, an insurance company. Prior to joining CNO, he was CEO and Owner of Health Care Systems Corporation where he led the successful turnaround the healthcare technology company resulting in an asset sale.  Previously, he spent 3 years as a Senior Consultant at PDMA, focused on technology related product strategies and economic development projects in private industry and government. Earlier in his career, he was CIO and Owner of Professional Data Management, an industry leading insurance administration software product, and led the company from startup to its successful acquisition by IBM. Post acquisition, he remained with IBM for 5 years as Executive Director of Advanced Technology, developing next generation global insurance technology solutions.

United Nations ICT Office Appoints Chief IT Officer

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Atefeh Riazi as Chief IT Officer, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Management.  She will replace Choi Soon-Hong. Since 2009, Riazi has served as the CIO of New York City Housing and also served as the Acting General Manager.  Prior to joining the Housing Authority, she was the global CIO and Senior Partner of Ogilvy and Mather. She started her professional career with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York City.  During the period of 16 years, she held various progressively responsible positions and was appointed as the CIO with responsibilities for implementing the MetroCard in New York City.

The Hillshire Brands Names New CIO from Tellabs

The Hillshire Brands Company, the leader in meat-centric food solutions for the retail and foodservcie markets, has appointed David W. Stahl as its new CIO. Stahl will oversee all IT strategy and planning activities and will provide executive leadership and direction for IT. Most recently, Stahl was VP of IT at Tellabs where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s global IT operations. He led an IT transformation program which resulted in improved service levels, lower costs and higher operational performance of the IT function. Prior to Tellabs, Stahl served in Quality positions at Underwriters Laboratories, 3Com Corporation’s subsidiary CommWorks, Emerson Electric and Matsushita Electric Corporation of America. He began his career at Defense Electronics Supply Center.

MobiTV names new CTO to Drive Future Tech Strategy

Live and on-demand TV/video provider MobiTV has promoted Cedric Fernandes as its new CTO. Previously VP of technology, Fernandes has over the past eight years been one of the company’s key technologists helping to drive innovation in the delivery of media to all connected screens.  Fernandes oversaw the direction of the company’s connected media platform, OEM partnerships and R&D efforts, among other responsibilities. Fernandes has been working closely with former CTO Kay Johansson who has moved into a strategic advisory role to support Fernandes and to help the company continue to drive the future of television.

Beebe Medical Center, a community-owned, not-for-profit hospital based in Lewes, DE, named Michael J. Maksymow Jr. as EVP and CIO. Most recently, Maksymow served as director of IT operations at Continuum Health Alliance. Prior to that he was Director, Information Systems & Telecommunications at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton.

Patient Privacy Rights Hires Privacy-Preserving Health IT Pioneer as CTO

Patient Privacy Rights appointed Adrian Gropper, MD as its first CTO. Gropper is an expert in the regulated medical device field, an experienced medical informatics executive, and he has a long record of contributing to the development of state and national health information standards. Gropper has worked with federal initiatives and the Markle Foundation to help create the Direct Project’s secure email system and Blue Button technologies. Gropper is a pioneer in privacy-preserving health IT going as far back as the Guardian Angel Project at MIT in 1994. As CTO of one of the earliest personal health records companies, MedCommons, he actively participated in most of the PHR policy and standards initiatives of the past decade. Gropper contributed to the 2012 Massachusetts health payment reform legislation and is also active as an adviser to the Massachusetts Health Information Exchange, serves on the Massachusetts Medical Society’s IT committee and the NSTIC/ IDESG healthcare working group.

Salesforce Exec Joins Big Data Company as VP, Tech and Products

ClearStory Data, a company delivering a new big data solution that makes it simple for business users to find, combine and interactively analyze data from corporate and disparate third-party sources, hired Brian Zotter as VP of technology and products. He joins ClearStory Data from where he was VP of engineering leading the development of and the platform. At Salesforce, Zotter built and managed teams in engineering, quality and program management and technical operations. Prior to Salesforce, he was a founder at Connectize and Boxcar Software, which was acquired by Documentum. Zotter has also held senior engineering roles at MobiTV, BEA Systems and EMC. In addition to his experience leading dynamic engineering teams, Zotter is also the creator of the JSR-181 standard for Java, which enables easy definition of Java Web Services in a J2EE container. He holds eight PaaS, SaaS and multi-tenant related patents, including innovations in the fields of web services, content distribution and device abstraction. Zotter's patents have been used by industry leaders including, BEA Systems and Oracle.

Relaborate Appoints Former Senior Engineer from Amazon and Apptio as CTO

Relaborate, a new content creation, management, and distribution engine designed for brands, named Grant Gavares as CTO. Prior to joining Relaborate, Gavares was an early lead software engineer at Apptio, one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies in the Northwest. During his three-year tenure, Gavares designed and developed Apptio's software deployment and lifecycle management system and also was instrumental in defining the next generation distributed platform, enabling the company to scale its application to meet the challenges of the modern enterprise. As one of the early software development engineers hired on the Amazon Web Services team, Gavares was responsible for the design and development of the AWS data warehouse and developed operational back-end and portal systems, including a multi-petabyte indexing and storage system as well as the AWS Metering system.

City of Glendale Appoints New CIO

The City of Glendale named Brian Ganley as the new CIO to oversee the Information Services Department (ISD). Brian Ganley replaces former Director Ed Fraga. Mr. Ganley will oversee the three divisions of ISD which provide Applications Support, Technical Support and Wireless Communications to the City of Glendale. Brian Ganley previously served as the IT Manager for the City of West Hollywood.

Parallon Appoints CIO to Leverage IT for Strategic Business Advantage

Parallon Business Solutions, a leading provider of healthcare business and operational services, appointed John Guevara to the newly created position of CIO. Most recently, he served as SVP of enterprise services and CIO at Allscripts, where he oversaw the strategic implementation of global IT/IS operations and the enterprise hosting business for premier clients.

BlueCava Adds Ad-tech Veteran as CTO

BlueCava, a leading provider of cross-screen optimization technologies for digital and mobile advertising platforms, named David Tannenbaum as the company's CTO. David comes to BlueCava with over 15 years of advertising technology leadership experience. He most recently served as CTO of LiftDNA, a leading Supply Side Platform (SSP), prior to its acquisition by OpenX in 2012. There he continued as OpenX’s Director of Engineering through 2013. Prior to LiftDNA, David was Chief Architect for Mojiva’s mOcean mobile platform, providing mobile ad solutions for publishers, marketers, and networks.

Chaordix Welcomes New CTO as Firm’s Software Innovation Deepens

Chaordix, the company that provides combined responsive technologies and crowdsourcing processes with social sciences research methods for predictive brand and product innovation programs and communities, named Gary Schultz as CTO. Prior to joining Chaordix, Gary most recently lead technology infrastructure innovation and operations at S.I. Systems for multiple locations in Canada and India – managing an applications development team responsible for web and mobile development, social media, ERP integration and data warehouse analytics.

Caltrans’ New CIO Named

Gigi Smith, 48, has been appointed CIO at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Smith has been the CIO of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs since 2008 and served as the training and marketing director at the California Department of Technology Services from 2007 to 2008. In 2001, Smith joined the California Department of Rehabilitation, holding different positions until 2007, including CIO, CTO and technology manager. Smith has served in California state government since 1990.

Neverfail Welcomes New CTO

Neverfail, a leading business continuity lifecycle management software company specializing in affordable continuous availability and disaster recovery solutions, named Kelvin Clibbon as CTO. Prior to joining Neverfail, Clibbon most recently acted as VP of Engineering at nlyte Software, a data center infrastructure management provider, where he was responsible for all aspects of technology strategy, product delivery, integration, and engineering team management. He held similar leadership roles at FrontRange, which was acquired by Centennial Software, Apertio, Intuwave, and Clearswift. Throughout his career, Clibbon managed a number of multi-site, multi-disciplined Engineering teams across Europe and Asia, and successfully delivered more than 25 major products, along with maintenance releases.

Quantum Retail Technology Appoints Former Thomson Reuters and Lawson Exec as CTO

Quantum Retail Technology, the leader in innovative inventory management and merchandising optimization solutions, named Kyle Gunderson as CTO. In his new role, Gunderson will be responsible for product development, quality assurance, technical services and IT operations. Gunderson brings more than 20 years of experience to his new role, particularly in the areas of software product definition, development, delivery and support. Previously, Gunderson has held executive positions ranging from COO, CTO and VP of Product Development for Thomson Reuters, Paisley Consulting and Lawson Software.

San Francisco Names New CIO

Marc Touitou has been named the new San Francisco CIO and Director of the Department of Technology.  Touitou replaces Jon Walton, San Francisco’s CIO who left in January to become San Mateo County’s CIO. Touitou has 30 years of extensive experience in IT, including serving as SVP and CIO from 2002-2011 of ASML, a Netherlands semiconductor company.  From 1986-1999, he worked for Rohm and Haas, a specialty chemical company in Paris.  He held positions of increasing responsibilities leading to his transfer to Philadelphia in 1993.   He became the company’s Global Technology Director and later accepted the coatings business CIO position which he held until the end of 2002.

Former M5 Networks’ CTO Joins Yodle in Similar Role

Yodle, a leader in local online marketing, hired Eric Raab as CIO. Raab was most recently CTO at M5 Networks, acquired by Shoretel.  Prior to that, Raab was CTO at Toktumi, a start-up VoIP company with an SMB customer base.  Other notable positions that he has held include CEO of AIG Telecom, the first established trading desk for wholesale telephone minutes, and CTO at IDT Corporation and Epana Networks, which are both telecommunications carriers.

The First Online Pawnshop Appoints CTO

Pawngo, the industry leader of asset-based online pawning, named Brett Mitchell as the company's new CTO. Before joining Pawngo, Mitchell founded Pacific Crest Networks, one of the nation's first broadband telecommunications providers in 1993 and successfully sold it to Universal Access in 1999. Mitchell also spent significant time at Mediafly, where he established the company as the leading provider of secure enterprise mobile and set-top video distribution. Over his 20 year career, Mitchell has led a diverse set of start-up companies across multiple sectors including telecommunications, logistics, and consumer entertainment as CTO.

Giftster Growth Necessitates Hire of CTO, the lifetime gift registry connecting family members around gift giving occasions, named Ian Fitzpatrick, 32, as CTO and general business strategist. Fitzpatrick has worked on several start-up development projects in the web and mobile space, and consults with small to medium businesses on their use of technology to achieve specific business objectives with his Citrusy Software consulting practice.

Artfact Hires CTO from Perillon Software

Artfact, the world’s largest online live auction marketplace, is appointing D.J. Charles as CTO. Prior to Artfact, Charles served as VP of development and CTO at Perillon Software where he managed a team of engineers building on the company’s SaaS environmental product line for leading companies including Exxon Mobile, Barnes & Noble and Tiffany & Co. Before Perillon, Charles worked as both chief architect and acting general manager of Intuitive Manufacturing Systems. Charles has more than 20 years of software and services industry experience.

Corizon Announces New SVP, IT

Corizon, the nation’s leader in correctional healthcare solutions, promoted Brian Holman to SVP of IT. Holman joined Corizon in 2008 as Senior Director of Business Process Solutions and was promoted to VP of IT in 2009.

FacilitySource Adds CTO to Executive Team

IT veteran Sunil Padiyar has joined the company that delivers customized facility management solutions to retail and restaurant locations, FacilitySource, as CTO. Padiyar held founding positions at Contatta and SalesLogix Corporation.

Optify Appoints Long-timer as CTO

Optify, a Seattle company developing digital marketing software, has promoted Chris Hundley to the position of CTO. He’s one of the company original employees. Prior to Optify, he worked as engineering director for Visible Technologies.

Stuzo Appoints CTO to Support Strong Market Demand for Branded Social & Mobile Engagement Solutions

Stuzo, the industry leader in the design and development of social and mobile engagement, loyalty, and advocacy solutions, named Richard Friedman as CTO. Friedman is a seasoned, results-driven technology executive who brings to the company years of experience using software to solve business problems. He most recently served as VP of Engineering at MeetMe/myYearbook. Prior to MeetMe, Friedman was founder of Ringside Networks, a social network open source startup. Previously he has held senior positions at JBoss/Red Hat, Bank One/JP Morgan Chase, Bluestone Software and its acquirer Hewlett Packard.

Doran Jones Names MD/CIO from J.P. Morgan

Duncan Rawls is joining Doran Jones, the recruitment & management consulting firm specializing in global investment banks and servicing their technological needs, as managing director and CIO. Rawls joins Doran Jones from J.P. Morgan where he was most recently as managing director and global head of prime brokerage/equity finance technology.

ActiveVideo Promotes Tech Exec to CTO

Cloud video specialist ActiveVideo has promoted Ronald Brockmann to CTO, filling a gap that’s been open since last May, when ex-CTO John Callahan departed to join Canadian MSO Rogers Communications as VP of next generation video (Callahan left Rogers earlier this year). Brockmann joined ActiveVideo in 2009 when it acquired Avinity Systems, a Netherlands-based provider of tools for TV service providers to delivery Web content. Before Avinity, Brockmann was the CTO and a co-founder of a Wi-Fi company called No Wires Needed.  Brockmann, who started off as ActiveVideo's managing director for Europe, has played a key role in developing CloudTV H5, a cloud-based platform that renders user interfaces in HTML 5 for set-tops, tablets, smartphones and other types of screens.

Former Terex CIO Goes Startup

Greg Fell left Terex after seven years as CIO to become chief strategy officer for Crisply, a Big Data startup that tracks billable hours. Prior to joining Terex, Greg spent nearly 16 years at Ford Motor Company, where he held various senior level IT positions in the Engineering and Manufacturing organizations.

Former Microsoft Exec Joins as CTO of Clearent

Clearent, one of the nation’s fastest growing credit card processing companies, added its newest team member, Mark Sundt, as CTO. Mark comes to Clearent with 25 years of experience with technology companies, including key roles at Microsoft. His leadership and leading edge technical experience spanned the project management, architecture, and deployment of 30 of the world’s busiest eCommerce sites, including JC Penny, Lowe’s, and others. Mark’s management of the Central Region Microsoft Dynamics ERP/CRM consulting practice included the oversight of a 50-person team responsible for the implementation of financial and customer relationship solutions across a number of industry segments. More recently, as a cloud computing software architect, he contributed to high volume transaction processing solutions within the intelligence/defense, logistics, and financial services industries.

Sovran Hires VP of Technology and Services

Sovran, the company that provides full-service network integration for a variety of platforms, named Mark Espena as VP of Technology and Services. Mark is joining Sovran from a Wisconsin-based consulting and CPA firm, where he was an IT Consulting Market Manager for the Minnesota Region. Mark has over 15 years experience in the IT services industry. He was an original Special Agent at the Geek Squad, the onsite services manager for Chip Heads Computer Repair shop in Richfield, and built his own IT Managed and Professional services business called Escape Key Computing. He started the company from scratch in 2002, doubled its size each year for seven years, and achieved annual recurring revenues approaching $3 million. Escape Key sold to a national IT firm in 2010.

Nanosphere’s CTO Resigns

Tim Patno resigned as CTO at Nanosphere. Before this role, he served as Director, Product Development at Baxter Healthcare, Senior Engineering Specialist at Baxter Healthcare, Engineering Specialist at Baxter Healthcare, Senior Principal Engineer at Baxter Healthcare, Principal Engineer at Baxter Healthcare, and Member of the Technical Staff I and II at Hughes Aircraft Company.

Founding Member Returns to Calnetix Technologies as CTO

Calnetix Technologies, a pioneer in high-speed permanent magnet motor generators, power electronics and magnetic bearings for a variety of applications and industries, named Patrick McMullen as its CTO. McMullen rejoins the company that he helped found after serving as CTO for Vycon, a manufacturer of flywheels for backup power, energy storage and regeneration applications. Prior to founding Calnetix, McMullen served as VP of Research and Development at Avcon, a development company for magnetic bearings and linear motors.


Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has named Eugenio “Gene” Fernandez, FACHE, VP and CTO. With more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare information management bilingual executive, Gene has extensive knowledge of healthcare IT systems, implementation, business process reengineering, IT strategic planning, IT outsourcing and project management. Prior to joining L.A. Care Health Plan, he served as CIO at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va.

GCSC Names New CIO of IT Services

Rhonda Barker is Gulf Coast State College’s new CIO of IT Services. Barker is no stranger to the College as she began her tenure at Gulf Coast as an adjunct professor in the mid-80s and has been with GCSC full-time since 2000. She’s served as director of the Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe and taught in the Business & Technology Division. Since July 2010, Barker has been involved in the massive College-wide administrative system implementation called the Lighthouse Project, requiring the transfer of all data from the old system to the new.

Glu Mobile Promotes Long Timer as Global CTO

Kal Iyer was promoted to Global CTO at Glu Mobile, the leader in 3D Freemium mobile gaming. As SVP, Research & Development, Kal is responsible for Glu's product development, operations and IT organizations. With over 20 years of experience in product development and over 8 years at Glu, Kal was instrumental in putting together Glu’s core engineering organization and solidifying Glu’s position as a global leader in mobile gaming. Prior to joining Glu in 2003, Kal worked at Pumatech International where he architected and built the infrastructure for mobile browsing. Prior to Pumatech, Kal held senior consulting positions for Fortune 50 companies and building high performance enterprise systems.

Home Repair Service Provider Hires Former Coty CIO For Similar Role

HomeServe USA has named Dave Berry as CIO, of the home repair service provider. Berry was the CIO of perfume provider Coty for 12 years before embarking on several interim CIO campaigns, starting in 2010. Most recently, he completed an interim stint at Ascena Retail Group. Before Ascena, he served as temporary CIO of TOMS Shoes, Polycom, and smartShift Technologies.

TSC Names Former ManTech Exec as New CTO

TSC, an innovator in enterprise security intelligence and specializing in intellectual asset and trade secret protection, named Dr. Len Bisson, PMP, as CTO. Before joining TSC, Dr. Bisson worked for ManTech International where he focused on collaborative technologies and agile development. Dr. Bisson also worked for several consulting firms including Booz Allen Hamilton and BearingPoint where he led several enterprise architecture projects for large U.S. Government organizations.

Restaurant Industry Tech Expert Joins the RRT as their New CTO

Restaurant Revolution Technologies, the leader in providing the most advanced and effective Takeout Order solutions within the restaurant industry, added Tony DiCenzo as its new CTO. Most recently, Tony was the SVP of IT at Pinkberry Ventures, where he managed Online, Mobile, Customer Relationship Management Systems, Loyalty Systems and back-office systems development. Prior to this, he worked as a top Technology executive at California Pizza Kitchen, Jamba Juice Company and House of Blues Restaurants. Tony has extensive experience developing solutions to enable business opportunities and drive business automation.

ADARA Hires VP of Technology and Strategy

ADARA Networks, a global software company in the software defined networking space, named Sue Hares as VP of technology and strategy. Hares joined ADARA from the IPBU's Standards for the Network Product Line of Huawei Technologies, where she served as the senior director in the United States. During her tenure, Hares led a multi-national team of Internet researchers pushing the boundaries of Internet technology in optical, edge of the network SDN, and data center technology. Hares was previously director of networking solutions at Green Hills Software, and CTO of NextHop Technologies, a company she founded in 2000.

KnowledgeLake Appoints CIO

KnowledgeLake, the SharePoint ECM Company, promoted Floyd Bell, previous director of product management, to CIO. Bell has been an integral part of KnowledgeLake since 2004, when he assumed the role of IT manager. In 2009, Bell moved from his role in IT and into the product development group, taking on the role of the director of product management. During this time he focused on building a team and processes targeted at delivering innovative content management solutions for Microsoft SharePoint.

SIGMA3 Names VP of Technology Solutions

SIGMA3 Integrated Reservoir Solutions, the company that provides technology-led solutions to oil and gas companies, promoted Kevin McKenna to VP, Technology Solutions. In his new role, McKenna will be responsible for commercialization of the SIGMA3 portfolio of software technologies to meet the market-driven needs of global E&P companies. The appointment comes as SIGMA3 accelerates the commercialization of the investments made in its fully integrated Real-Time Dynamic Modeling (RTDM(SM)) solutions and comprehensive software portfolio. McKenna has been instrumental in the growth and success of SIGMA3 during his tenure as Senior Director of Business Development. He has 15 years of experience bringing leading-edge geoscience and petroleum engineering software technologies and services to market.

Harford Community College Names New CIO

Dr. Christopher Dela Rosa has been appointed as CIO at Harford Community College. Dela Rosa had been serving as interim VP for IT at Harford Community College. He served previously as associate VP for IT, director for IT operations and manager of technology operations at Harford Community College. He has also worked as an adjunct professor in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics division at the College.

Velocity Solutions Promotes Product Management and Software Development Execs

Velocity Solutions, a leading provider of revenue enhancement strategies for financial institutions, promoted Mike Triggiano to VP of Product Management and Corporate Development. Triggiano joined Velocity Solutions in 2006 as CIO. He has more than 20 years of experience in IT, system design, and product development. Prior to joining Velocity Solutions, he served as president of trepX Technologies, an IT consulting and software development company.

To fill the CIO vacancy, Albert Steed has been promoted to CIO. Steed joined Velocity Solutions in 2011 as Director of Software Development. He has more than 10 years of experience in IT, system design, software development and testing. Prior to joining Velocity Solutions in 2011, he held a leadership position with Pharmaceutical Product Development, a global multi-billion dollar contract research organization, where he worked for more than 7 years. He also has worked in the IT side of the Internet service provider (ISP), public safety and agriculture industries.

National Geographic Names Former Time Warner Exec as CTO

Jonathan Young joined the National Geographic Society as CTO. He will provide a strategic vision for using technology to spark the Society’s digital future, overseeing both internal and external technological advancements. Young comes to National Geographic from, where he was SVP of technology operations. Before that, he was VP of development at Other positions he has held are VP of development at Earthlink, responsible for all development and testing across multiple U.S. and offshore locations; and VP of product development, digital media technology, at Time Warner, where he oversaw product management and development functions for all of Turner’s Internet properties, including, TCM, Cartoon Network and; and VP of technology at, where he supervised all aspects of development, architecture and strategy and  founded’s London bureau, expanding coverage of international markets.

PeopleLinx Grows Its Executive Team by Naming CTO

PeopleLinx, the provider of the world's first engagement and analytics software for LinkedIn, appointed Keith Fitzgerald as the company's CTO to provide technological leadership as the company rapidly expands its customer base with Fortune 1000 clients. Fitzgerald comes to PeopleLinx from TicketLeap, an online ticketing platform, where he served as the company's CTO, and was responsible for developing the software and leading all technical initiatives. During his tenure at TicketLeap, Fitzgerald completely rebuilt and relaunched the TicketLeap platform in Amazon Web Services (AWS), allowing the company to reduce costs and quickly bring new products and features to market. Prior to TicketLeap, Fitzgerald worked as a technical architect and software engineer for a variety of companies, including Alliance Consulting, Comcast, Northrop Grumman and Razorfish.

Centage Corporation Names VP of Information Systems and Support

Centage Corporation, a leading provider of budgeting and forecasting software, named Patrick Houle as VP of Information Systems (IS) and Support. Houle was most recently the VP of Operations and CTO at Boston Technologies, and has served as CTO and VP of Operations & IT at other Boston area organizations.

rVue Holdings Appoints CTO

rVue Holdings, the premier advertising technology platform for digital outdoor media, named Eric Kristoff as EVP of Technology and Operations and CTO. Kristoff joins rVue after 16 years with UBS as a Senior Infrastructure Architect, within the Group CTO organization. During his career at UBS, Eric held a variety of technology and management positions. He was previously head of emerging technologies incubation for the investment bank and held various R&D, program management and service delivery roles. He led the adoption of the bank's first external cloud computing-type service.

Tech Leader Joins AMP Agency as SVP of Technology

AMP Agency, an integrated marketing agency, hired Ady Das as SVP, Technology. Das joins AMP Agency with over 13 years of web application development, management, and leadership experience. Prior to AMP, Ady worked at Experience, which was acquired by ConnectEDU, a Boston based Ed-Tech company. At Experience, Das spearheaded a shift to agile processes, RAD systems, mobile development and big data analytics for Experience’s SAAS based Career Management software. During this time, Das helped launch multiple ecommerce based initiatives and forged an important partnership with LinkedIn. Before that most notably, Das launched the first nationally regulated online lottery system for the United Kingdom—a global first. He also oversaw the re-architecture of Rockband’s web platform and the web architecture and launch of Rockband Network, an ecosystem that allows musicians to create, publish and sell their music on the XBOX network. Previously, he led open source based projects for Boston-based Optaros – instrumental in launching and a multitude of projects for Hearst, Sony and CNN.

Former Head of Products for McAfee to Lead Products and Research at Damballa as CTO

Damballa, the experts in advanced threat protection, namedsecurity industry veteran Brian Foster as CTO. Most recently, Foster was SVP of product management for consumer security at McAfee. Prior to this role, he was responsible for worldwide product management across all of McAfee’s product lines including consumer and enterprise. Foster played an integral role in the creation of McAfee’s differentiated technical strategy around Security Connected and Deep Security. Before joining McAfee, Foster spent over 20 years at Symantec in a variety of roles on several product lines.

Lumesis Names CTO & VP of Engineering

Lumesis, a SaaS, cloud-based financial services technology firm for the Municipal Fixed Income Marketplace, named Vincent Aubrun as CTO and VP of Engineering. In this newly created position, Aubrun will lead all technology initiatives at Lumesis to deliver increasingly powerful and comprehensive software solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of its clients. Prior to joining Lumesis, Aubrun was the CTO of Calypso Technology where he led the transformation of the core product technology and architecture leveraging Open Source solutions to deliver scalability, multi-tenancy and Web interface. He also created a SaaS offering based on the Calypso product. As CTO of Misys Treasury and Capital Markets, Aubrun set technology and architecture strategy for the division. For several years, he was the VP of Engineering at Summit Systems where he led all software development activities for its core product.

Kelly Services Names SVP, CIO

Kelly Services named Judy Snyder as SVP and CIO. In her new position, Snyder will have responsibility for all aspects of global IT for the company. Snyder joined Kelly in 2008 as VP of Global Applications.

MedeAnalytics Names SVP of Product Innovation and CTO

MedeAnalytics, a leading provider of healthcare performance management solutions, named Ping Zhang , Ph.D. as SVP of product innovation and CTO. Most recently, he was the SVP of research & development for Epocrates, a mobile and cloud-based health pioneer widely recognized for developing the most popular point-of-care medical applications used by physicians. Prior to Epocrates, he held executive leadership positions for Harris Corporation, Carefx Corporation, QuadraMed Corporation, and Siemens. Appoints CTO, the leading provider of dental savings plans, has named Barry Newman as CTO and a key member of the company's executive leadership team. Prior to, he held various senior-level positions, including CIO for At, he spearheaded initiatives to adopt "Cloud Computing" through the use of and Newman also worked at, as director of e-commerce, and was responsible for building out an e-commerce SOA platform for the company's multi-channel operations, including consumer facing, point-of-sale, and call center distribution channels.

LGS Innovations Appoints a New CIO

LGS Innovations, an independent subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, named Rich Martin as CIO. Martin brings more than 20 years of technical and managerial experience to LGS Innovations, having most recently served six years as the CIO for Transaction Network Services. During that time, he managed a team of 40 professionals in four countries, supported operations in 20 countries, and managed a $10 million operating budget. His IT initiatives led to millions in savings from increased efficiencies and reduced expenditures.

CampusLogic Hires VP of IT

CampusLogic, a student life cycle solutions company, has hired David Gemoll as its new VP of IT. Gemoll is a dedicated technology leader with over 20 years of comprehensive experience across multiple industries which include health care, finance, higher education, real estate, government and retail. He has also spent considerable time as both an on-premise and online adjunct instructor of graduate and undergraduate technical and business courses at several universities. Before joining CampusLogic, David was responsible for internal publishing and collaboration platforms at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona where he led a major implementation of multiple productivity platforms. Prior to Blue Cross Blue Shield, he worked at OneNeck IT Services, a leading hosted application management and managed services provider and Wells Fargo where he participated in the largest bank merger in history.

Terril Tabs Information Officer

Brian Curtis has joined as CIO of Terril & Co, the firm that manages retirement plans, IRA rollovers and individual assets. Curtis will be responsible for creating industry analysis reports, writing portfolio management software, designing and maintaining databases, creating intranet applications and managing the day-to-day software technology needs of the firm. He has 23 years of experience in the IT industry.

Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) Expands Executive Team with CIO

Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), an industry leader in organizing, converting, and enhancing content, which allows its clients to expand their offerings and create new revenue streams, welcomes Tammy Bilitzky as the company's CIO. Bilitzky joins DCL following three decades with Marsh and McLennan subsidiary Guy Carpenter & Co., a global leader of reinsurance and capital management. Her most recent position there was Managing Director, preceded by numerous other senior technology management roles.

eQuorum Appoints VP, Information Services

Ray Newman has been named VP, Information Services for eQuorum, the developer and marketer of ImageSite; a highly configurable enterprise content management system offered as a cloud or as an on-site solution. Prior to joining eQuorum, Ray was VP of Software at Byers Engineering Company where he was responsible for the software development group, and managed the full life cycle development, implementation, and support of all Automated Mapping, Facility Management and Geographic Information System (AM/FM/GIS) product lines at Byers Engineering.

Avon Prodcuts IT Exec Joins FreshDirect as CIO

Larry Roos joined FreshDirect as SVP e-Commerce and CIO. Previously, Larry was VP of IT North America for Avon Prodcuts and VP of IT for The Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. He also served as SVP, CIO at American Media; CIO, VP MIS & Logistics at Burger King's Purchasing & Supply Chain Company; and Senior MIS Manager at Harris Corporation.

Former Becton Dickinson CIO Joins Miami University

J. Peter Natale, former CIO and SVP of IT and business process at Becton Dickinson and Company (BD), has been named CIO and VP for IT at Miami University. In this role, Natale will provide executive direction and strategic vision for the university's IT assets, infrastructure and services. Natale spent nine years at BD, where he led the IT and business process activities for the $8 billion global medical technology company.  Before his tenure at BD, Natale served in various roles at General Electric divisions from 1997-2004. From 1985-1997 he served in several capacities for Westvaco.

New CIO Named at U.S. Transportation Department

Richard McKinney, 62, has been named CIO for the U.S. Department of Transportation. McKinney has spent the past year as a senior fellow with the Center for Digital Government (CDG) a publishing, research and conference-management unit of e.Republic, which publishes government-technology and related news and information; conducts research; and, produces and manages sponsored events that educate IT professionals, while bringing government and corporate/vendor executives together. Prior to CDG, McKinney spent six years at Microsoft as a consultant to government clients. Still earlier, he spent a total of nearly 20 years as CIO for Metro/Nashville government, as director of legislative information systems for the Tennessee General Assembly and in other tech-oriented roles with the state's Treasurer, as well as earlier jobs here in General Services and Finance & Administration.

Date Range: April 8th - May 13th

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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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