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Microsoft CIO Leaves to Focus on 'personal projects'

Tony Scott, who as CIO managed Microsoft's internal IT operations for the past five years, is leaving the company to focus on 'personal projects'. Jim Dubois, VP of IT product and services management, is serving as interim CIO, while the company searches for his replacement within and outside of the company.

Scott was hired in 2008, taking over from Stuart Scott. At Microsoft, Tony Scott oversaw Microsoft’s migration from Siebel customer management software owned by Oracle and SAP’s ERP software to Microsoft’s own Dynamics software. He also tested the company’s Office 365 collaboration software and Windows Azure cloud software before the company commercialized them. Before Microsoft, Tony Scott led a major IT infrastructure upgrade at Walt Disney and served as CTO at General Motors and VP of Operations at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Microsoft Appoints a CTO for Server & Tools

Microsoft appointed a CTO for its Server & Tools business. Dave Campbell, a Microsoft Technical Fellow, now has that title. Replacing Campbell in his SQL-focused developmental role is a former SAP EVP T.K. Rengarajan, who is now a Corporate VP at Microsoft. Rengarajan's most recent title at SAP was EVP of Intellectual Renewal. But, like Campbell, Rengarajan's roots go back to Digital Equipment Corp. and its Rdb database team.

J.P. Morgan Chase CIO Leaves

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. CIO Guy Chiarello is leaving the company. The bank’s global CIO since 2008, Chiarello was responsible for a number of key technology initiatives, from consolidating information systems from several acquired banks—including Bear Stearns— to developing new generations of automated teller machines and kiosks used to automate a greater number of customer transactions. Prior, Chiarello served as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, its CTO, CIO overseeing all IT activities, including over 6,000 application development resources globally.

Comcast Promotes Tech Exec

Comcast announced that Slade Mitchell has been promoted to VP of Architecture for Technology and Product. In this role, Slade will continue to provide architectural solutions and guidance to Comcast's X1 cloud-enabled video platform, as well as other projects and programs within Comcast. Previously, he was Executive Director Solutions Architecture at Comcast Converged Products (CCP), Sr. Director, Program Management at Comcast Interactive Media, and Director, Professional Services Solutions Architecture at thePlatform for Media.

Former HP Labs Head Joins Accenture

Prith Banerjee, the former head of HP Labs, the research and development organization of technology giant Hewlett-Packard, has joined the technology consulting firm Accenture. Banerjee’s title will be managing director of Global Technology Research & Development within its Technology Growth Platform unit. In the new job, Banerjee will oversee Accenture Technology Labs, the firm’s research organization that focuses on emerging tech, and will be responsible for its annual Technology Vision research. Banerjee ran HP Labs for about five years until a 2012 management shake-up. He then joined the Swiss industrial tech firm ABB as its CTO, but left that job earlier this year.

New CIO Named at Las Vegas Sands

Casino and resort operating company Las Vegas Sands named Les Ottolenghi as SVP and CIO. He will be responsible for overseeing the company's technology innovation strategies and infrastructure delivery on a global basis. Since 2004, Ottolenghi has successfully co-founded three technology companies after leading technology in CIO roles at Agentware from 1999 to 2003 and Carlson Wagonlit Travel from 1996 to 1998. His early experiences in innovating and deploying technology at Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Holiday Inn Worldwide were at the forefront of the hospitality industries growth via web-based reservations systems and tools.

Marathon Oil CIO to Retire; New CIO Named

Thomas K. Sneed, VP and CIO for Marathon Oil Corporation will retire, following more than 32 years of service. Bruce A. McCullough will succeed Sneed as VP and CIO. McCullough joins Marathon Oil from Anadarko Petroleum where he most recently served as director, Global Business Systems.  Sneed will serve as VP of IT Services to facilitate an orderly transition to the department's new leadership. Prior to Anadarko, McCullough was a partner at Accenture and served in a variety of capacities for clients such as Atlantic Richfield Company, Mitchell Energy and Development Corporation and Burlington Resources.

Aegon appoints Global CTO

Insurance company Aegon named Aegon Americas COO Brenda Clancy to the new role of Global CTO. Clancy will develop and lead Aegon's Group-wide global IT governance framework and enterprise IT strategy. Clancy will step down as COO of Aegon Americas, a role she has held since 2005; she will remain a member of the Aegon Americas Management Board as well as the Group's Management Committee.

Groupon Exec to lead e-commerce for Staples

Former Groupon VP and general manager, Faisal Masud took on the position of EVP of global e-commerce for Staples. In this newly created role, Masud will be responsible for leading online and digital growth, building the company’s digital channels and leading e-commerce efforts. In addition, Masud will spearhead Staples’ platforms and sites development including and the company’s mobile assets.

ADT Hires CIO to Help Grow Home Automation Efforts

Provider of electronic security, interactive home and business automation and related monitoring services, The ADT Corporation, appointed Kathleen McLean as SVP and CIO. Most recently, McLean served as EVP, chief revenue officer and CIO at FairPoint Communications, where she helped chart a new course of systems stability, operational excellence and revenue growth. Prior to that, she spent nearly 12 years in several leadership positions at Verizon Communications, implementing people, process and systems strategies to improve operating performance and customer service across all sectors of the company. Earlier in her career, she worked for American Management Systems (now part of CGI Group) in leadership positions culminating as VP in the Telecom Industry Group.

e-Commerce Vet Joins Newell Rubbermaid to Lead Online Revenue Growth

Global marketer of consumer and commercial products Newell Rubbermaid appoints Jeremy Liebowitz to the newly created position of VP, Global e-Commerce, to lead the acceleration of the company's online revenue growth worldwide. Liebowitz has a proven track record of building successful e-commerce platforms over an 18-year career, most recently as VP of Digital Commerce and Marketing for Jarden, where he achieved significant online revenue growth multiples over five years. Previously, Liebowitz held key e-commerce roles at Limited Brands and TracFone Wireless.

Safeway Bags CIO from Land O’Lakes

Food and drug retailer Safeway has hired as CIO Barry Libenson, who will join the company after three years as SVP and CIO at Land O’Lakes. He succeeds David Ching, who retired from the role earlier this year after 19 years with the company. As CIO, Libenson will oversee Safeway's extensive IT business functions. During his tenure with Land O' Lakes, Libenson and his team transformed the technology group to ensure that IT was fully aligned and executing against that company's long-term strategic direction. Prior to that, he was VP and CIO at Ingersoll Rand, where he joined as VP of e-Business. Prior to his tenure at Ingersoll-Rand, he served as an EVP at, a data-integrity services company, and CEO for Visix Software, a software publisher. He also held management positions with Phoenix Technologies and Oracle.

Windstream Appoints CTO from XO Communications

Provider of advanced communications and technology solutions Windstream has named Randy Nicklas as EVP of engineering and CTO. Nicklas was formerly CTO and SVP of engineering for XO Communications, where he was responsible for the overall network technology vision for the company's voice, data, and transport networks. Prior to joining XO Communications, Nicklas held engineering and technical management positions at Intelsat, Cisco and MCI. He also has worked in the areas of software development and systems engineering on a variety of aerospace programs for NASA, Los Alamos National Laboratory and CSC.

KAR Auction Services Appoints Seasoned Online Technology Platform Exec as CTO

Vehicle auction services company KAR Auction Services announced the promotion of Peter Kelly to the position of CTO. Kelly most recently served as president and CEO of OPENLANE, which KAR acquired in late 2011. Kelly, who co-founded OPENLANE in 1999, grew the company from concept stage to an industry-leading online automotive auction operation. During this time, he held several executive positions in finance, operations, management and customer relations. Kelly next oversaw a successful technology integration that involved migrating all of ADESA's online business to the OPENLANE technology platform.

AOL's Patch Unit Sees CTO Replacement

AOL's local news network of sites, Patch, witnessed its leader, CTO Rob Platzer, leaving the company. He joined Patch three years ago when AOL bought his prior employer, Prior to, Rob was the Director of Application Development at Digital Railroad where he spent the majority of his 'hands on' time innovating in the area of image search while leading the development team to build and maintain an online archival, sales and marketing platform for professional photographers. Rob has previously led application development at HUGE and Intrasphere where he was responsible for the strategic direction of technology for clients such as iVillage/NBC, Pfizer and Scholastic. A veteran of the New York City start-up scene, Rob developed his early passion for innovative technology and scalable web based architectures at BlueTip and Nicholson.

Patch will make Andreas Turanski its new CTO. He was Senior Technical Director - Leading Technology Strategy for AOL Services. Prior, he served as Senior Technical Director of Social, Community & Identity + Entertainment at AOL, Director of Technology at The Spoken Hub, Senior Director-Web Engineering at, Director-Web Development at United Media, Director of Technical Operations and Project Management at McGraw-Hill / The Grow Network, VP of Technology at Bluefly and Medsite, and Principal Consultant Tech Manager and Software Developer at MicroStrategy.

Brocade Appoints Routing, Application Delivery and Software Exec as CTO

Ken Cheng will take on the role of CTO and VP of Corporate Development at networking equipment company Brocade Communications going forward, replacing Dave Stevens. Cheng was VP of routing, application delivery and software networking group at Brocade, responsible for the overall vision, strategy, and execution of the routing, application delivery and software businesses. He joined Brocade in 2008, through the company's acquisition of Foundry Networks. During his 12-year tenure at Foundry, he held a variety of executive management positions. Prior to that, he served as COO and VP of engineering for DG Systems (now DG FastChannel), a content distribution network company that operates large network for media distribution. Cheng also held senior engineering management positions at Network Equipment Technologies (NET) and Bell Northern Research (later Nortel Labs).

Choice Hotels International Re-Appoints Former Tech Exec as CTO

Choice Hotels International appointed Eben Hewitt as CTO. Hewitt already possesses a firsthand understanding of the Choice Hotels technology and business strategies as well as the company culture as a former associate having risen in the ranks to Senior Director of System Architecture. While at Choice Hotels, Hewitt led the team that won the Oracle Corporation Middleware Innovation Award for Architecture, before a brief departure in 2012 to serve as CIO for O'Reilly Media, a Silicon Valley innovator. He has worked in technology as an architect, software developer, systems administrator, manager, and consultant across many industries including media, retail, government, ISPs, and software startups. He serves on the Advisory Board for Arizona State University's Computer Information Systems department.

Zebra Technologies Appoints Dell Exec to CIO Role

Zebra Technologies, a global leader in products and services that provide visibility into organizations’ assets, people and transactions, named Dean Crutchfield as VP & CIO.  Prior to joining Zebra, Crutchfield spent 14 years at Dell, most recently as executive director, Dell application services, where he was responsible for enterprise-wide delivery and sustaining support of more than 1,500 IT applications.  Previously at Dell, he held senior management positions in supply chain, product development and business intelligence/analytics rolesCrutchfield also held positions of increasing responsibility in the oil and gas industry, including a12-year tenure at BP Amoco.

Progress CTO to Join Software AG through Apama Acquisition

Progress Software plans to sell off its Apama event processing assets to an enterprise management software giant Software AG. Progress CTO Dr. John Bates, who co-founded Apama, is expected to leave Progress to join Software AG. A recognized visionary and entrepreneur in the software industry, Bates has a strong track record of innovation in areas such as event-driven architectures, smart environments and real-time computing. In particular, Bates is recognized as one of the foremost driving forces behind the emergence of Complex Event Processing (CEP) and has pioneered the commercial use of event processing in business solutions. With an extensive background in the Capital Markets industry, Bates has pioneered new techniques in algorithmic and high frequency trading, real-time risk and market surveillance.

Progress Software Appoints New CTO

Progress Software named Karen Tegan Padir as CTO. Padir, a Progress SVP and 20-year software industry veteran will be responsible for defining and delivering the company's technology strategy, innovation and vision. Padir joined Progress Software in 2012 as SVP and business line executive for application development, the company's largest product line. Under her leadership, the Progress OpenEdge development platform was revitalized and major new versions incorporating advanced mobile and business rules capabilities introduced. She also played a key role in the company's recent acquisition of Rollbase, whose technology is a key component of the newly announced Progress Pacific platform-as-a-service. Padir succeeds John Bates, who will be leaving the company as part of the recently announced divestiture of the Progress Apama solution.

ScanSource Creates CIO Role

Wholesale distributor of specialty technology products ScanSource appointed Andrea Meade, 40, to the new position of CIO and EVP of Corporate Development. Prior to this, she served as EVP of Operations and Corporate Development for ScanSource. Prior, she was EVP, Corporate Operations and has also held the position of Director of Strategic Development. Prior to joining the Company, she served as a Senior Associate with Green, Manning & Bunch, a middle market investment banking firm. Prior to that, Meade served as an Associate in J.P. Morgan & Co.'s Financial Institutions Group, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and advisory services.

Korn/Ferry International Hires New CIO from Adecco

Korn/Ferry International appointed Bryan Ackermann as CIO. Ackermann will be responsible for Korn/Ferry's Global IT Group, overseeing the firm's global systems, infrastructure, information security and business intelligence, among other key areas of the organization's IT platform. Ackermann was previously the CIO of Adecco, North America. Prior to Adecco, Ackermann was at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 16 years.

LogMeIn Tech Chief Resigns

After 10 years of dedicated service at the remote access and remote desktop software company LogMeIn, as CTO, Marton B. Anka, resigned from his position. Anka’s responsibilities will be transitioned to a select group of the Company’s technology leaders. Anka will continue to serve in an advisory role until February 2014. Anka was the founder and Managing Director of 3am Labs BT, the developer of RemotelyAnywhere.

Twitter Legal Director Officially Joins White House as Deputy CTO

Nicole Wong, former director of legal products at Twitter, will depart the company to join the Obama administration as deputy U.S. CTO. Wong will be working on privacy and technology issues under Todd Park, the acting U.S. CTO. Previous to her time at Twitter, Wong spent years at Google working on issues around user-generated content and censorship on YouTube.

HBO Promotes Tech Exec as CIO

Greg Fittinghoff was promoted to CIO role at HBO, succeeding Michael Gabriel. Fittinghoff has been with the television company for the past 6 years in roles such as SVP, Application Development and VP, Corporate Systems. Before that, he was VP, Business and Advertising Systems at Time, Inc., VP Corporate Systems at Time Warner and Manager Financial Systems at PepsiCo.

Planet Group Taps Former First Data Executive for CTO Role

Planet Group, the leading provider of software and consulting services that turn technology into valuable business solutions for the electronic payments industry, appointed payment industry veteran Sherry Magwire as CTO. During Magwire's 15-year tenure with First Data, she held a number of senior-level positions, including SVP of IT. Magwire was also VP of IT for NMC, IT site leader for Cabela's, plus held programmer and analyst positions with Commercial Federal Bank and American Charter Savings and Loan early in her career.

Universal Weather and Aviation Names New CIO

Dee Waddell has accepted the CIO role at Universal Weather and Aviation, a leader in business and corporate aviation trip management. Prior, Waddell was Group CIO at Amtrak and Director of eCommerce Programs at United Airlines.

Chicago CDO to Leave Government

After two years of leading technology projects in Chicago, Chief Data and Information Officer Brett Goldstein is moving on. Goldstein will leave his position to pursue other opportunities in the tech sector, including a fellowship at the University of Chicago. Goldstein was responsible for building the city’s open data program from something small to a system that now includes more than 400 datasets and millions of points of data.

Spreadsheet Pioneer Joins Alpha Software as CTO

Dan Bricklin has joined Alpha Software as its new CTO. Alpha Software has launched a new application development environment for mobile devices and personal computers and brought on the tech veteran to lead the company’s new charge. Dan Bricklin is known to many as the techie behind VisiCalc, the precurser to the Excel spreadsheet.

Date Range: May 14th - June 22nd

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