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Merck Appoints Insider as CIO

Merck appointed James Stewart, 52, as CIO. Stewart joined the Merck Serono biopharmaceutical division in 2011 and has made important contributions to both the development of the pharmaceutical business and the transformation of Merck as a whole. Prior to joining Merck, he had a long and successful career with MSD (in the U.S.: Merck & Co.), where he started in Human Resources and progressed through several global business and functional leadership roles. In 2009, he was appointed VP and Program Realization Officer within the Emerging Markets business unit. Before that, he joined the Human Health division in 2007 and led a successful business transformation program across the EMEA region.  Prior, Stewart had moved to Europe in 2001 to take on the position of Executive Director and International CIO at MSD, spanning EMEA, Canada, Latin America and Asia- Pacific. 

Ericsson Appoints SVP for Business Excellence and CIO

Ericsson appoints Anders Thulin as SVP Business Excellence and CIO for the Ericsson Group. Thulin will head the newly formed unit, Group Function Business Excellence & Common Functions. As a senior partner at McKinsey, Thulin has gained more than 20 years of experience in implementing business excellence across diverse industries, including high-tech, IT and telecom.

VMware Hires Recently Resigned Microsoft CIO in Same Position

Tony Scott, who left Microsoft, has joined VMware as SVP and CIO. Scott will manage VMware's corporate IT organization, a division of the firm that manages its critical systems and worldwide business operations. In Microsoft, Scott managed the internal IT operations for the past five years, leaving in June this year. Scott was hired by Microsoft in 2008, taking over for Stuart Scott. At Microsoft, 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.

SanDisk Appoints Enterprise Storage Solutions Leader

SanDisk acquired SMART Storage Systems, a developer of enterprise solid state drives based on the SATA and SAS storage protocols, to combine with SanDisk's Enterprise Storage Solutions, which will be led by John Scaramuzzo. John has been the President of SMART Storage Systems and is a veteran of the storage industry with more than 25 years of experience at Seagate, Maxtor, Quantum and Digital Equipment Corporation. John assumes the role of SVP, enterprise storage solutions.

GE Exec Appointed CIO at CBRE

Mandy Edwards, a 25-year veteran specializing in IT, has been named global CIO at one of the largest commercial real estate services firm CBRE. As a business leader, Edwards will work with CBRE's senior global leadership team and IT professionals to support the company's growth and implement technologies to enable clients' success. Edwards has served as CIO for several companies in the past, but most recently, she held this position at GE's Global eXchange Service Division.

Dunkin' Brands Group Enhances IT Leadership Team

Dunkin' Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, appointed two new VPs. David Starmer, 39, has joined Dunkin' Brands as VP – IT, Store Systems, and Paul Zaher, 42, has joined the company as VP – IT, Marketing Systems.

Starmer will focus on back office improvements for Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, including labor and inventory, as well as the integration of in-store technologies to further streamline tasks for the brands' franchisees and restaurant managers. With a wealth of experience in POS, back office systems and in-store technology execution within the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry, Starmer joins Dunkin' Brands from Papa Murphy's International, a national franchised pizza concept, where he directed in-store technology solutions. Starmer also previously held IT leadership roles at Back Bay Restaurant Group and other QSR concepts.

Zaher will focus on the IT needs of Dunkin' Brands' Marketing teams, with particular emphasis on mobile and loyalty initiatives, as well as enhancing the company's business intelligence and analytical reporting tools for franchisees. A seasoned IT executive with more than 20 years of experience, Zaher joins Dunkin' Brands from Express, where he directed e-Commerce and other marketing systems. At Limited Brands, previously the parent company of Express, he was responsible for Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence applications.

White House Appoints McAfee CTO to Key Cyber-Security Post

The US Department of Homeland Security appointed Phyllis Schneck, PhD, CTO and VP at McAfee, as deputy undersecretary for cyber-security, to oversee the country's defense against domestic and foreign hackers. In addition to her work at McAfee, she spent eight years leading an FBI group that helped to facilitate communication between the feds and private companies about cyber-security threats. She also recently worked on the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Cybersecurity. At McAfee, Schneck focused on the company's technical vision for public-facing security and global threat intelligence; along with cross-sector cyber security.

Berkshire Insurance Appoints Business Technology Expert as CIO

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has appointed James O. Roser as new CIO. Roser has recently served as IT head for the Global Insurance, Global Reinsurance and Associated Infrastructure division of Markel. Roser worked previously as VP for Alterra Capital, and as VP of information systems, CIO for bond and financial products business and commercial insurance program office/merger integration lead for The Travelers. He also worked in the Insurance and Financial Services Practice at Accenture.

Scripps Networks Interactive Appoints Long-timer and Operations Leader as CIO

Bob Baskerville, a member of the original team that helped launch HGTV nearly 20 years ago, has been named CIO for Scripps Networks Interactive. Baskerville will provide leadership and oversight for all IT operations. Baskerville will succeed current CIO Ron Johnson, who has announced his intention to retire at the end of the year. Baskerville has been serving as COO for the company's international business for the past three years. Prior to that he served as president of the company's premium-tier channels where he directed business strategy, content development and operations. In that capacity, he shepherded DIY Network from start-up to one of America's highest-rated pay TV premium-tier channels. Baskerville joined Scripps in 1994 as director of production after positions with E! Entertainment Television and Indiana news stations, WTHR-TV in Indianapolis and WTHI-TV in Terre Haute. 

Choice Hotels Appoints Senior Leader to Develop Digital Commerce strategy

Choice Hotels International appointed Karmela Gaffney to VP of Digital Commerce based out of the company's global technology hub. In this role, she will lead the development of the Choice Hotels Digital Commerce strategy, including search engine optimization, relationships with third-party providers, and ongoing improvements to the functionality of ChoiceHotels.com and mobile and tablet advances. Before joining Choice, she served as Managing Director of Marketing and eCommerce at Best Western. Gaffney has served in leadership positions with professional organizations throughout her career. She is a past Co-Chair of the Hotel Internet Marketing Committee for the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI).

Former CTO of Wall Street Journal Digital Network Joins SPS Commerce

SPS Commerce, the provider of on-demand supply chain management solutions, has named Jamie Thingelstad as its new VP and CTO. He will lead the growth and development of the company's technology platform, including its global product development teams and data-center operations. Prior to joining SPS Commerce, Thingelstad served as CTO/COO at 8thBridge, a social commerce start-up, and as CTO for the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, the Internet services division of Dow Jones & Company.

TopNBCUniversal Digital Exec to Depart Company

Well-known NBCUniversal executive Lauren Zalaznick is leaving the company. Zalaznick started out her career as an independent feature film producer, coming to the company in 2004 via NBC’s acquisition of Vivendi Universal. Once there, Zalaznick took over the once-moribund Bravo cable network and launched a series of shows that became both hits and pop culture icons. At different times, Zalaznick was also in charge of the Oxygen cable network, Telemundo, iVillage and the Women at NBCU effort. Earlier this year, in a management shift, Zalaznick was given the title of EVP NBCUniversal and charged with focusing on innovation, digital, monetization and emerging technology.

Former nCircle and Morgan Stanley Online Exec Joins Lancope as CTO

Lancope, a leader in network visibility and security intelligence, appointed Tim Keanini as CTO. He will lead the evolution and positioning of Lancope's technology architecture toward software-defined networking (SDN), along with other key product roadmap initiatives such as providing security in the private and public cloud. Most recently, Keanini served as CTO of nCircle Network Security (recently acquired by Tripwire). During his 12 years at nCircle, he drove product innovation that defined the vulnerability management and configuration compliance market, establishing one of the industry's leading vulnerability research organizations. Before joining nCircle, Keanini served as Vice President of Network Services for Morgan Stanley Online, building and securing a highly available online trading system that had no reported outages or security incidents while in production. Previously, Keanini was a systems engineer at Cisco, advising top financial institutions on the design and architecture of their data networking infrastructure.

Date Range: August 20th - September 28th

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