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Vacant CIO Posts

Vell Executive Search compiles Vacant CIO Posts

PREPARED BY: Vell Executive Search

DATE: October 17 to November 16, 2013

Welcome to our monthly update on recent CIO appointments  as well as Open CIO posts. According to Liberum,  overall C-level changes increased 10%, while CEO turnover decreased 3% and board of director changes increased 5%. 
Top Industry sectors for turnover in October, according to the same source:

  • C Suite overall: Drugs/Biotech, Metals/Mining and Energy.
  • Board level: Drugs/Biotech, Metals/Mining, Energy, Metals and Mining.

The report is organized as follows: (1) Summary of New Open CIO Posts by State in the Past Month (2)  For each of the States and International: CIO Appointments (either listed as open in the prior report or other activity within the month) and Open CIO Posts. The date range for this report October 17 to November 16, 2013.

Any suggestions for improvement on this report (or in general) are greatly appreciated.

Dora Vell
Vell Executive Search
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Note: we do not know which search firm is leading each search. We are also unable to introduce you to a company, as we work exclusively on a retainer basis.

Vell Executive Search compiles this report from public sources. Any knowledge as to the Search firm leading the project is included in the comments section for that company.

New CIO Roles since Last Report (October 16, 2013)

  • California: GE, Synaptics
  • Illinois: Lawson Products
  • New Jersey: Hill International, Wakefern Food Corp.
  • North Carolina: SunGard Higher Education
  • Other International: Barclays

Details of CIO Vacancies and Appointments
Note: Appointments refer to - Appointments since last report (October 16, 2013) and through internal promotions, etc. (October 17-November 16, 2013)


Internal Promotions & Others


  • Joyent: Cloud computing infrastructure and big data analytics company Joyent’s co-founder and CTO Jason Hoffman is leaving his position, replaced by Bryan Cantrill.
  • Splunk: Splunk appointed Todd Papaioannou, entrepreneur-in-residence at Data Collective Venture Capital, as CTO.
  • Fortinet: Fortinet appointed Michael Xie, its VP of Engineering and CTO, to the position of President and CTO.

CIO Roles Open

GE, San Ramon, CA                                                                                
Revenues: $100.14b
General Electric Company (GE) is a diversified technology and financial services company.

March 2013 – GE is seeking a CIO-Industrial Cloud. CIO- Industrial Cloud’s role is to provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives across all business units. The CIO will direct the planning and implementation of Cloud infrastructure systems in support of business operations in order to improve cost effectiveness, service quality, and business development. Be accountable for the design, development, implementation of infrastructure associated with GE Software’s multiple 24x7x365 hosting data centers and network of regional and local processing centers located around the US.

Intel Labs, Santa Clara, CA    
Revenues: $53.34b
Intel Corporation designs and manufactures integrated digital technology platforms.

July 2013 - Justin Rattner, Intel's CTO and director of the company's labs, is stepping down to meet a requirement in the company's bylaws that employees cannot serve as corporate officers after the age of 65. Intel Labs will report to Intel President Renée James until further decisions related to its leadership are made.

Synaptics, San Jose, CA    
Revenues: $663m
Synaptics is a developer and supplier of custom-designed human interface solutions that enable people to interact with a range of mobile computing, communications, entertainment, and other electronic devices.

November 2013 - Stanley A. Swearingen, Jr. resigned as CTO of the company. His successor is not yet named.

Cutera, Mountain View, CA    
Revenues: $77.3m
Cutera, a medical device company, engages in the research, design, development of laser and other energy based aesthetics systems for practitioners worldwide.

September 2012 - Cutera announced the resignation of Leonard DeBenedictis, who is stepping down just 18-months after being named CTO of the Mountain View, Calif.-based aesthetic device maker. No replacement has been announced.

Polycom, San Jose, CA    
Revenues: $1.39m
Polycom is a provider of unified communications (UC) solutions and a provider of telepresence, video, voice and infrastructure solutions based on open standards.

May 2013 – Polycom’s CIO, Arijit (Ari) Bose, has recently left the company, with no replacement announced yet.

American Pacific Mortgage, Roseville, CA                   
Revenues: NA
American Pacific Mortgage is a retail mortgage lender in America.

August 2013 - American Pacific Mortgage is looking for a CIO, who will be a member of the executive team and provide leadership, planning and management for all areas of Information Services strategy, development and implementation..

Axesstel, San Diego, CA              
Revenues: $59.7m
Axesstel provides wireless voice, broadband access and connected home solutions for the worldwide telecommunications markets.

September 2013 - On September 4, 2013, Stephen Sek tendered his resignation as Chief Technology Officer, effective September 30, 2013. Mr. Sek is leaving to accept a position with a company he worked with prior to joining Axesstel, Inc. in 2006.

CIO Roles Open

Molycorp, Greenwood Village, CO    
Revenues: $528m
Molycorp provides Rare Earths and Molybdenum products to companies.

March 2013 - Molycorp’s EVP & CTO John Burba, PhD., 60, has resigned, with no replacements announced.

CIO Roles Open

University of Connecticut, Storrs Mansfield, CT   
Revenues: NA
The University of Connecticut (UConn) is a public research university in Connecticut. Known as a Public Ivy, UConn was founded in 1881 and is a Land Grant and Sea Grant college & member of the Space Grant Consortium.

March 2013 - The University of Connecticut (UConn) invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Provost and CIO. Reporting to the Provost, the CIO will provide executive leadership and strategic vision for the institution's information technology assets, infrastructure and services. The University of Connecticut will be assisted by Heidrick & Struggles.

CIO Roles Open

Pinellas County Government, Clearwater, FL   
Revenues: NA     
Pinellas County has 24 incorporated municipalities. All are governed by elected officials. City commissions generally consist of commissioners and a mayor.

July 2013 - Pinellas County is seeking candidates for the position of CIO. The position reports to a multi-participant BTS Board pursuant to an interlocal agreement and serves as the department head for our Business Technology Services Department which is a full service information technology department providing data communications support for LAN and WAN networks, applications development utilizing leading edge development products, departmental and enterprise server software support, desktop product support and computer operations support.

CIO Roles Open

PRGX Global,Atlanta, GA    
Revenues: $208.5m     
PRGX Global provides recovery audit services to businesses and government agencies having payment transactions.

May 2013 - PRGX Global CIO Michael Noel has quit, with no replacements announced.

Internal Promotions & Others

  • Boeing: Boeing has named VP of the Boeing IT Infrastructure organization Ted Colbert as CIO and VP of the company's IT organization, replacing Kim Hammonds.

CIO Roles Open

Groupon, Chicago, IL    
Revenues: $2.33b
Groupon operates as a local commerce marketplace that connects merchants to consumers by offering goods and services at a discount in North America and internationally.

November 2012 - Groupon is currently seeking a CIO, as Alan McIntosh has left the company.

Horace Mann, Springfield, IL    
Revenues: NA
Horace Mann is the largest, national multiline insurance company focusing on educators’ financial needs with more than $7 billion in assets. Horace Mann offers auto and homeowners insurance, retirement annuities, life insurance and other financial solutions to educators and their families.

May 2013 - Horace Mann is currently seeking a CIO to replace Mark Hansen, who recently left the company.

United Stationers, Deerfield, IL    
Revenues: $5.08b
United Stationers is a wholesale distributor of business products, including technology products, traditional office products, office furniture, janitorial and breakroom supplies, and industrial supplies.

August 2013 - S. David Bent, Senior Vice President of eBusiness Services and Corporate CIO, will be leaving United Stationers to pursue a new career opportunity. No replacements announced.

Federal Signal Corporation, Oak Brook, IL    
Revenues: $803m
Federal Signal Corporation designs and manufactures a suite of products and integrated solutions for municipal, governmental, industrial and commercial customers.

July 2013 - Federal Signal Corporation announced that on July 18, 2013, Charles F. Avery, Jr. submitted to the Company his notice of his intention to resign as the CP, Corporate Controller and CIO, effective July 31, 2013. No replacements announced.

Lawson Products, Chicago, IL    
Revenues: $290m
Lawson Products distributes products and services to the industrial, commercial, institutional, and governmental maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) marketplace.

November 2013 - Mr. Robert O. Border, SVP, CIO of Lawson Products notified the Company that he is leaving his current position effective December 1, 2013 to pursue a senior level position with another organization. No replacement has been announced yet.

CIO Roles Open

1st Source Bank, South Bend, IN   
Revenues: NA
Founded in 1863 in South Bend, Indiana, 1st Source bank remains the largest locally controlled financial institution headquartered in the northern Indiana-southwestern Michigan area.

September 2013 - 1st Source Bank seeks to recruit a CIO who will be responsible for providing vision and leadership in developing and implementing information technology initiatives and for managing the Information Technology Group.

Internal Promotions & Others


  • MICROS Systems: MICROS Systems appointed AT&T exec Jay Upchurch, CIO & SVP of Global Hosting & SaaS.

CIO Roles Open, Potomac, MD     
Revenues: Private provides an online marketplace for domain names as well as revenue-sharing and brand development opportunities for individuals and corporations.   

February 2013 - Chad Bennett, who  served as President and Chief Technical Officer at Michael Mann's aftermarket sales venue,, for the past 10 months has stepped down from that position.

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Hampstead, MD   
Revenues: $1.04b
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers is a designer, manufacturer, retailer and direct marketer (through stores, catalog call center and Internet) of men’s tailored and casual clothing and accessories and is a retailer of tuxedo rental products.   

June 2013 - Jos. A. Bank Clothiers is currently seeking a Chief Technology Officer.

Food & Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD  
Revenues: NA
Department of Health & Human Services, Food & Drug Administration. The FDA is a Federal scientific law enforcement agency with the legislated responsibility for ensuring that drugs, biological products and medical devices are safe and effective, that food and drugs are adequately packaged and informatively labeled and that radiation emitting devices are safe, and to prevent and reduce tobacco use.   

September 2013- Food & Drug Administration office is looking for a CIO.

CIO Roles Open

Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston, MA   
Revenues: NA
The Boston Redevelopment Authority is Boston's Planning and Economic Development Agency.   

June 2013 - The Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston’s Planning & Economic Development Agency, is seeking candidates for the key position of CIO.

CIO Roles Open

Montana State University, Bozeman, MT   
Revenues: NA
Montana State University (MSU) is a public university located in Bozeman, Montana, United States.

May 2013 – Montana State University President Waded Cruzado has appointed Adam Edelman as interim CIO and Anne Milkovich as interim associate CIO of MSU's Information Technology Center operations. The appointments are effective immediately. The appointments were made following the death of CIO Dewitt Latimer in a motorcycle accident on May 5. Edelman and Milkovich will share administrative responsibilities for IT Center operations that promote, develop and deliver information technology services and resources to the MSU campus.

New Jersey
CIO Roles Open

Hill International, Marlton, NJ   
Revenues: $417m
Hill International is a worldwide construction consulting firm headquartered in Marlton, NJ.

November 2013 – The company is seeking an experienced CIO.

Wakefern Food Corp, Keasbey, NJ   
Revenues: NA
The Wakefern Food Corporation, founded in 1946, is the largest Retailers' co-operative group of supermarkets in the United States.

November 2013 – Wakefern Food Corp. CIO and SVP Natan Tabak has retired from the Keasbey, N.J.-based retail cooperative..

New York
Internal Promotions & Others


  • Weight Watchers International: IBM Global Business Services exec Dan Crowe will serve as CTO of Weight Watchers International.

CIO Roles Open

Adecco Group North America, Melville, NY    
Revenues: NA
Adecco Group North America is the nation’s leading provider of recruitment and workforce solutions. We are the pre-eminent workforce management partner for Fortune 500 companies and career advisement expert for American workers, serving all of the key industries and professions that drive our economy forward.

June 2013 – Adecco’s CIO, Information Technology, Bryan Ackermann, has joined Korn/Ferry as CIO. Adecco hasn’t announced any replacement yet.

North American Breweries, Rochester, NY    
Revenues: NA
North American Breweries (NAB) is the national platform for investments and growth in the beer and malt beverages industries for KPS Capital Partners, LP. NAB acquired Genesee Brewing Company, Labatt USA and a perpetual license for Seagram's Escapes from Pernod Ricard USA, LLC in 2009. The combination created the largest independently-owned beer company in the U.S.

July 2013 – The company is looking for a CIO, who will be responsible for managing the company’s IT organization in order to maintain and enhance the systems that enable business performance. 

Business Insider, New York, NY    
Revenues: NA
Business Insider is a U.S. business and technology news website launched in February 2009 and based in New York City.

September 2013 – Business Insider CTO Pax Dickinson was forced to resign following Twitter firestorm. 

Internal Promotions & Others

  • Crown Equity Holdings: Crown Equity Holdings appoints long-time IT exec Mark Vega as CTO.

North Carolina
CIO Roles Open

SunGard Higher Education, Hickory, NC   
Revenues: NA
SunGard Higher Education serves colleges, universities and foundations in 40 countries worldwide. Through its Open Digital Campus strategy, SunGard collaborates with the higher education community and provides software and services to help institutions find better ways to teach, learn, manage and connect.

November 2013 – The company is seeking an experienced CIO.

CIO Roles Open

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH    
Revenues: NA
The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State or OSU, is a public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870, the university was originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College.

June 2013 - The Ohio State University CIO has resigned after five years. Mike Hofherr, associate vice president for Distance Education and eLearning, will be in charge of the OCIO while OSU searches for a replacement for Starkoff.

CIO Roles Open

City of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK    
Revenues: NA
Tulsa is the second-largest city in the US state of Oklahoma and 45th-largest city in the United States.

December 2012 - Tulsa's CIO Tom Golliver, who has been on paid administrative leave since October, has submitted his resignation effective Dec. 31 2012. City Manager Jim Twombly told the Tulsa World that firms are being interviewed to conduct a top-down review of the IT Department.

CIO Roles Open

State of Oregon, Salem, OR    
Revenues: NA
The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is the central administrative agency of Oregon state government.

September 2013 - Oregon's Department of Administrative Services, the central administrative agency of the Oregon state government, is conducting a search for a new State Chief Information Officer (State CIO). This position is located in Salem, Oregon.

Internal Promotions & Others


  • United States Steel Corporation: United States Steel Corporation named divisional exec Charles G. Balawajder to the position of VP and CIO.

CIO Roles Open

RadioShack Corporation, Fort Worth, TX   
Revenues: $4.25b
RadioShack Corporation (RadioShack) is engaged in the retail sale of consumer electronics goods and services through its RadioShack store chain.

June 2013 - RadioShack Corporation announced that Ms. Sharon Stufflebeme, the Company's Senior Vice President and CIO, resigned to pursue other interests. Ms. Stufflebeme's duties will be temporarily assumed by various members of the Company's management while the Company commences a search for a replacement.

CIO Roles Open

Lumber Liquidators, Toano, VA    
Revenues: $813m
Lumber Liquidators is a retailer of hardwood flooring, and hardwood flooring enhancements and accessories.

June 2012 - Lumber Liquidators disclosed that Seth P. Levy's employment as CIO and SVP of IT was terminated. 

CIO Roles Open

Microsoft, Redmond, WA    
Revenues: $73.72b
Microsoft Corporation is engaged in developing, licensing and supporting a range of software products and services. The Company also designs and sells hardware, and delivers online advertising to the customers.

May 2013 - 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.

The Seattle Times Company, Seattle, WA   
Revenues: NA
The Seattle Times is a newspaper serving Seattle, Washington, US. It is the largest daily newspaper in the state of Washington.

September 2013 - The Seattle Times is seeking a CTO.

Washington, DC
CIO Roles Open

American Wind Energy Association, Washington, DC    
Revenues: NA
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is a national trade association formed in 1974 and representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, and others involved in the wind industry.

March 2013 - AWEA is currently seeking a CIO, as Thad Lurie has left the post.

United States Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC          
Revenues: NA
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the United States federal government, with the primary responsibilities of protecting the US from and responding to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters.

May 2013 - Richard Spires, one of the most visible and active IT leaders in the federal government, has resigned his position as CIO of the Department of Homeland Security. Margie Graves continues to serve as the acting CIO.

CIO Roles Open

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI      
Revenues: NA
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), a doctoral/research intensive University, is Wisconsins premier public urban university, offering a comprehensive liberal arts and professional education at the undergraduate and graduate level to its 30,000 students.

March 2013 – The University is looking for an Associate Vice Chancellor for IT who will serve as the university’s CIO. Jacques du Plessis is Interim CIO.

CIO Roles Open

Hudson's Bay Company, Toronto, ON    
Revenues: $4.07b
Hudson’s Bay Company operates as a retailer offering a selection branded merchandise in Canada and the United States, including: the Bay, Zellers and Home Outfitters.

July 2012 - Hudson's Bay Company is currently seeking a CIO, as Ron Blahnik has left the post. Dan Smith is the Acting CIO.

University of Calgary, Calgary, AB    
Revenues: NA
The University of Calgary is a comprehensive research university, ranked one of Canada’s top seven research universities and a member of the 13 most research intensive universities in Canada (the G13), combining the best of long-established university traditions with the city of Calgary’s vibrant energy and diversity.

July 2013 - The University's Senior Leadership Team is currently seeking a Full-time CIO.

SaskTel, Regina, Saskatchewan   
Revenues: $1.2b
SaskTel is a major player in the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Operating as a provincial Crown Corporation, SaskTel is the leading full-service communications provider in Saskatchewan with $1.2 billion in annual revenues, more than 1.4 million customer connections and a workforce of over 4,000 employees.

July 2013 – The company is looking for a CIO, who’s role is to align SaskTel’s IT vision with business strategy by integrating company business processes with innovative and leading edge technologies and applications.

Other International
Internal Promotions & Others


  • TE Connectivity: TE Connectivity’s CIO Ronald (Ron) F. Vance is retiring, succeeded by Joseph (Joe) F. Eckroth, Jr.
  • BP: Mike Gibbs is set to take over as BP’s group CIO when incumbent Dana Deasy leaves the energy company in December. Gibbs is currently CIO for BP’s downstream businesses.

CIO Roles Open

ABB, Zurich, Switzerland    
Revenues: $39.33b
ABB is engaged in power and automation technologies. The Company provides a range of products, systems, solutions and services.

May 2013 - ABB, the Swiss engineering group, is looking for a new CTO after Prith Banerjee quit. Claes Rytoft, head of technology at the Power Systems division, will be interim CTO as ABB searches internally and externally to fill the position.

Flextronics International, Singapore   
Revenues: $23.56b
Flextronics International Ltd. provides design and manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide.

March 2013 - AstraZeneca has appointed David Smoley as its new CIO. Smoley joins AstraZeneca from Flextronics International where he was SVP and CIO.

Deutsche Boerse, Eschborn, Germany   
Revenues: NA
Deutsche Boerse AG is a Germany-based international financial marketplace operator. It operates four business segments: Xetra; Eurex; Clearstream, and Market Data & Analytics.

October 2013 - Deutsche Borse CTO and Clearstream CIO, Yves Baguet, leaves. His CIO responsibilities will be taken over by Richard Green, who is currently running one of Clearstream's application development departments. Green will also take over the CTO role on an interim basis.

Woolworths, NSW, Australia   
Revenues: $58.5b
Woolworths is the largest supermarket/grocery store chain in Australia, owned by Woolworths Limited.

October 2013 - A global search is reportedly underway for the replacement of Woolworths’s CIO, Dan Beechman, who confirmed his departure from the chain.

Barclays Plc, London, England   
Revenues: $21.12b
Barclays is a global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, wholesale banking, investment banking, wealth management and investment management services.

November 2013 - Shaygan Kheradpir, Chief Operations and Technology Officer, is leaving Barclays. Darryl West, Barclays’ CIO, will act as Interim Group Chief Operations and Technology Officer. An internal and external search will be launched for the post.

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