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26 New CIOs Appointed and 40 Open CIO/CTO Roles Featured

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Vacant CIO Posts
Vell Executive Search compiles Vacant CIO Posts
PREPARED BY: Vell Executive Search
DATE: March 21 to April 21, 2014

Welcome to our monthly update on CIO/CTO Turnover. This newsletter covers Tech function roles including CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, and Head of Tech & Ops roles. This newsletter covers thirty days ending April 21, 2014 and is compiled from public sources.

Number of Open roles: 40

New Appointments:
•    26 new executives
•    Diversity: Only one of the 26 appointments  was a woman (Quest Diagnostics)
•    Geographic distribution: 18 in the U.S., Two in Canada and six international

According to Liberum’s month to month change, it showed an increase of 6% with regard to overall C-level changes.

Top Industry sectors for overall C-Suite turnover in March, according to the same source, are: Drugs/Biotech, Banking and Energy.

For more details on Open CIO roles and appointments, please refer to sections below on CIOs Wanted and CIOs Appointed.

Other recent reports:  CIO Succession; 2013 Trends in Tech. Company Boards and CEOs Wanted (latest Open CEO Posts and Appointments)

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CIOs Wanted


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.

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.

Violin Memory, Santa Clara, CA                                                                Revenues: $73.8m
Violin Memory develops a new class of flash-based storage systems that are designed to bring storage performance in-line with high-speed applications, servers and networks.

December 2013 - Violin Memory CTO Jonathan Goldrick has left the company, with no replacement announced.

LeapFrog Enterprises, Emeryville, CA                                                       Revenues: $581m
LeapFrog Enterprises developes educational entertainment for children.

December 2013 – LeapFrog is looking for a CTO, who will have global responsibility for the implementation of critical customer facing applications and infrastructure systems in the organization as well as web development, software engineering and customer facing software quality assurance.

Splunk, San Francisco, CA                                                                         Revenues: $198m
Splunk provides a software platform. Splunk’s software collects and indexes data regardless of format or source, and enables users to search, correlate, analyze, monitor and report on this data, all in real time.

November 2013 – The Splunk IT team is looking for a Chief Information Security Officer. The CISO develops and maintains enterprise security and risk policies, oversees vendor and technology risk management, and influences user behavior. The CISO will report to CIO.

ServiceNow, San Diego, CA                                                                       Revenues: $243.7m
ServiceNow is a provider of cloud-based services to automate enterprise IT operations.

January 2014 – Arne Josefsberg, CTO of ServiceNow, resigned from the Company to join GoDaddy. No Details on Interim or Replacement has been announced.


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.

Colorado – Governor’s Office of Information Technology, Denver, CO            Revenues: NA
The OIT enables the effective, efficient and elegant delivery of government services through trusted partnerships and technology.

April 2014 - Kristin Russell is leaving her post as executive director of the Governor's Office of IT next month to join Deloitte Consulting. Kevin Patterson, a deputy chief of staff in the governor's office, will oversee OIT on an interim basis after Russell leaves her job May 9. A search for a permanent replacement is underway.


SunGard, Alpharetta, GA                                                                          Revenues: NA
SunGard offers software and technology services worldwide.

December 2013 - SunGard is looking for iWorks CIO, with direct responsibility for all product initiatives across SunGard Insurance.


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.

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.

GE Transportation, Chicago, IL                                                                  Revenues: $5.6b
As a division of General Electric Company, GE Transportation is a global technology leader and supplier to the railroad, mining, marine, stationary power, drilling and energy storage industries.

November 2013 – Looking for a Client CIO, to lead the client organization in the effective and on-going integration, implementation, and maintenance of IT.


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.

Maryland, 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.


City of Boston, Boston, MA                                                                      Revenues: NA
Boston is the capital and largest city of the state of Massachusetts.   

March 2014 - Under the leadership of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the City of Boston seeks a technology leader with a strong concern for and awareness of urban issues, who, as CIO, will build the infrastructure, tools, and team that deliver against this vision. Justin C. Holmes  is the intrim CIO appointed in January 2014.


Target, Minneapolis, MN                                                                   Revenues: $72.6b
The Target Corporation is an American retailing company, founded in 1902 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the second-largest discount retailer in the United States.

March 2014 – Target’s CIO Beth Jacob has resigned as the retailer overhauls its information security and compliance division in the wake of a massive pre-Christmas data breach. In a statement Wednesday, Target Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel described the search for an interim CIO as a “first step.” The company has created the position of CISO and is hiring outside for that position.

New Jersey

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.

New York

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.

New York State, Albany, NY                                                                 Revenues: NA
New York is a state in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

April 2014 – New York State is looking for a new CIO. The job is to lead the Office of Information and Technology Services (ITS), a relatively new agency with 3,800 employees and a budget of $915 million. The new CIO will replace Brian Digman, who took office in January 2013, two months after the formation of ITS.

North Carolina

Lowe’s, Mooresville, NC                                                                                   Revenues: $53.4b
Lowe’s is a home improvement retailer.

March 2014 – Lowe’s CIO Kevin Summers has left the home improvement retailer. Paul Ramsay, a SVP of IT who joined Lowe’s in 2011, has been named acting CIO.


MedAmerica, Pittsburgh, PA                                                                       Revenues: NA
MedAmerica is a nationally recognized medical practice support and consulting company that provides innovative products and services to support emergency, primary and hospital-based care in today's complex environment.
January 2014 - MedAmerica is hiring: CIO, responsible for the strategic planning and execution of the IT vision, goals, and initiatives that support the long term objectives and mission of MedAmerica and CEP America.

Rhode Island

Care New England Health System, Providence, RI                                    Revenues: NA
CNE is a dynamic health system that has been growing rapidly and consists of four hospitals, numerous employed and affiliated physician groups, and other healthcare units.
January 2014 - Care New England (CNE) is seeking a SVP and CIO. This new leader will provide strategic and visionary leadership system wide and operate as a trusted member of the senior leadership team.


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.

EZCORP, Austin, TX                                                                                    Revenues: $1.0b
EZCORP is engaged in delivering instant cash solutions to customers across channels, products, services and markets.
January 2014 - The company is looking for a CIO, who will have responsibility for developing and leading the technology strategy, ensuring alignment with strategic direction.

Washington, D.C.

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 Commerce, Washington, DC                              Revenues: NA
DOC is the Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with promoting economic growth.

February 2014 - After seven years as an agency CIO — first at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and then at the Commerce Department — Simon Szykman is leaving his post. The department hopes to have named a new CIO before Szykman exits. However, if he leaves before then, it is uncertain who of the two deputy CIOs, Kirit Amin and Izella Dornell, will serve as acting CIO.

United States Department of Interior, Washington, DC                                      Revenues: NA
The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) is responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources, and the administration of programs relating to American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, territorial affairs, and insular areas of the U.S.

April 2014 - Interior Department CIO Bernie Mazer is retiring and transitioning out of his role.  Sylvia Burns took over the reins as Interior Department’s acting CIO.


WestJet Airlines, Calgary, AB                                                                    Revenues: $3.13b
WestJet Airlines provides airline service and travel packages with scheduled service to more than 85 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, and has partnership agreements with over 30 airlines around the world.

December 2013 – WestJet Airlines is looking for an EVP & CIO. Korn/Ferry is leading the search.

Other International

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.

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.

CIOs Appointed


  • Polycom: CISO Scott McCool has been promoted to group VP of IT and CIO at unified communications vendor Polycom.
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne: Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, appoints Jose Ruiz, Jr. as VP/CIO, from Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems.
  • Skilled Healthcare: Emulex CIO David Goff joins as Skilled Healthcare’s CIO.


  • WellPoint: WellPoint appoints CIO Thomas Miller from Coca Cola Refreshments.


  • Asbury Automotive: Barry Cohen was promoted as VP and CIO of Asbury Automotive, operator of approximately 90 retail auto stores nationwide.


  • Boston Consulting Group: BCG appointed Cisco executive Robbert Kuppens, 49, as global CIO.

New Jersey

  • Realogy Holdings: The real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services, appointed Stephen Fraser as CIO and SVP.
  • Quest Diagnostics: LabCorp executive Lidia L. Fonseca joined Quest Diagnostics, provider of diagnostic information services, as SVP and CIO.

New York

  • AOL: WebMD CTO William Pence will join AOL as its Global CTO, replacing Curtis Brown, who will be leaving AOL following a transition period.
  • Annaly Capital Management: New CTO Michael Maffattone comes from Harvard Management Company.
  • Steve Madden: Stu Werner joined Steve Madden, footwear retailer, as Global CIO, from Tatum, a Randstand company.

North Carolina

  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center: Chad Eckes joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as its new VP and CIO, from the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA).


  • Ohio State University: iCIO Michael B. Hofherr is now VP/CIO at The Ohio State University.

South Carolina

  • AVX Corporation: John Lawing, currently President and COO, will relinquish that title and be re-assigned as CTO, replacing Carl Eggerding.


  • Tractor Supply Company: The operator of retail farm and ranch stores appointed Ulta Beauty executive Robert D. Mills as SVP and CIO, following the retirement of James Callison.
  • Sedgwick Claims Management Services: SVP Jason Landrum has been named CIO for Sedgwick Claims Management Services.


  • Rackspace Hosting: Rackspace Hosting appoints eBay executive Ryan Neading as CIO.
  • Kinder Morgan: Mark Huse was appointed VP and CIO for Kinder Morgan, a midstream energy company in North America.


  • Journal Broadcast Group: The Journal Communications subsidiary has named Fisher Communications’ executive Brian McHale the company's new VP/CTO.


  • University of Calgary: iCIO Michael Rannelli is now CIO.
  • HootSuite: The social relationship platform appointed Groupon’s VP of product and technology Ajai Sehgal as CTO.


  • ABB: iCTO Claes Rytoft is now CTO. His appointment was not announced, but he has been quoted as CTO in recent press releases and the website lists him as CTO now.
  • Flextronics: iCIO Gus Shahin is now SVP/CIO, according to the company website.
  • VimpelCom: Netherlands based VimpelCom appoints Uninor executive Yogesh Malik as Group CTO.
  • Vipshop ( China based Vipshop Holdings appoints Haidong Jiang, as VP of Technology and CTO of, Vipshop's majority-owned online retailer of cosmetics and fashion products.
  • Brocade: The California based supplier of networking equipment appoints Matt Kolon to the role of CTO for Asia Pacific, who’ll be based in China.
  • Bharti Airtel: India based Bharti Airtel's CTO Jagbir Singh has resigned from his post, replaced by Abhay Savargaonkar, chief of network operations.

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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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