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Vell Compiles Open CIO Roles and Placements in the Past Month
PREPARED BY: Vell Executive Search
DATE: August 22 to September 18, 2014

Welcome to our monthly update on CIO & Other Tech Roles Turnover. This newsletter covers Tech function roles, including CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, and Head of Tech & Ops. This is for the month ending September 18th, 2014.

According to Liberum,  August's C-level changes declined 20% from a year earlier, and declined 26% from a month earlier. We believe that this, much like CEO Turnover, will be different once the September statistics come out. 

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

Total Number of Open Roles: 27   

Newly Opened Roles: Nine - California Maritime Academy (CA), AmeriCares (CT), Bloomin’ Brands (FL),  Demandware (MA), Hancock Bank (MS), Estée Lauder (NY), Red Hat (NC), UPMC (PA), and ASOS Plc (U.K.)

New Appointments: 45

Sources of Appointments: 36 were External appointments (out of which one was a former employee), nine were internal promotions.

Diversity: five out of 45 are women - Isabella Bank (MI), New York City (NY), Crouse Hospital (NY), US White House (Washington, D.C.), and Marcus Corporation (WI).

Geographic Distribution: 43 in the US, and two International appointments.

For more details on Open CIO roles and appointments, please refer to sections below and for past newsletters on this topic, please refer to our blog on Open CIO roles.

Other recent reports:  CIO Succession; Tech Execs on Boards and CEOs Wanted (latest Open CEO Posts and Appointments).

Dora Vell

Vell Executive Search
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CIOs Wanted

IT Leadership Open Spots as of Sep 18, 2014


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.

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 software CTO Jonathan Goldrick has left the company, with no replacement announced.

Mitek, San Diego, CA                                                                                 Revenues: $14.8m

Mitek is a mobile solutions provider engaged in the development, sale and service of its software solutions related to mobile imaging.

August 2014 - Mitek said CTO Michael Strange left his position effective Aug. 15 to pursue other opportunities. Mitek named Fritz Hesse as interim VP of engineering.

California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA                                           Revenues: NA

Established in 1929, California Maritime Academy, a campus of the California State University, is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast.

September 2014 - California Maritime Academy is seeking a CIO. Under general direction of the VP for Administration and Finance, the CIO would be responsible for providing efficient and effective IT support and services to the campus.


AmeriCares, Stamford, CT                                                                                 Revenues: NA
is a nonprofit international disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs around the world and here at home.

September 2014 - AmeriCares is seeking a SVP of Innovation and CIO, who will report to the CEO, Michael Nyenhuis.


Bloomin’ Brands, Tampa, FL                                                Revenues: $4.1b
Bloomin’ Brands
(NASDAQ: BLMN), headquartered in Tampa, Florida, is one of the largest casual dining restaurant companies in the world with approximately $4 billion in annual revenues.

September 2014 - Bloomin’ Brands is looking for a CISO. The CISO position provides leadership and oversight in the strategic planning, execution, and assessment of all company cyber security strategies, policies, procedures and guiding practices to be implemented at Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (BBI).


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.

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, SVP of eBusiness Services and Corporate CIO, will be leaving United Stationers to pursue a new career opportunity. 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 - 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.


City of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA                                                            Revenues: NA
New Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.    

May 2014 - The city of New Orleans is looking for new CIO. The position was vacated by Allen Square, who served four years as the city’s CIO, inheriting a scandal-ridden department in which his two predecessors pled guilty to bribery charges. Apply by sending a cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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.


Demandware, Burlington, MA                                                               Revenues: $103.7m
is a successful publicly traded $100M-plus provider of enterprise-class cloud based digital commerce solutions.   

September 2014- Demandware is seeking a CIO who will be responsible for internal IT Applications and Technology Services strategy as well as corporate operations support. The CIO will provide scalable application vision and strategy focusing on the use of cloud technology to deliver strategic business initiatives in the areas of ERP (e.g., Intact and Aquilla), Financial planning (e.g., Adaptive Planning), CRM (e.g., Salesforce) and HRIS (e.g., ADP).


Hancock Bank, Gulfport, MS                                                  Revenues: $886.9m (parent co.)
Bank is the one of two subsidiaries of the Hancock Holding Company. Founded in 1899, Hancock Bank has grown over the years to become a major player in the Gulf South from Texas to central Florida.   

September 2014 - Hancock Bank is hiring a CISO, responsible for managing risks relating to information security, corporate security, vendor management, business continuity, crisis management, privacy, and technology compliance. 

New York

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.

The Estée Lauder Companies, New York, NY                                                  Revenues: $11b
The Estée Lauder Companies is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care,
makeup, fragrance and hair care products.

September 2014 – The CISO position provides leadership and oversight in the strategic planning, execution, and assessment of all company cyber security strategies, policies, procedures and guiding practices to be implemented at ELC.

North Carolina

Red Hat, Raleigh, NC                                                                                  Revenues: $1.5b
Red Hat is a global
provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to develop and offer operating system, middleware, virtualization, storage and cloud technologies.
August 2014 - Brian Stevens, 50, stepped down as EVP and CTO of Red Hat to join Google as VP, Cloud Platforms. In the interim, the office of the CTO will be managed by Paul Cormier, President of products and technologies at Red Hat.


UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA                                                          Revenues: NA
UPMC is a leading not-for-
profit health care delivery system in western Pennsylvania.
September 2014 - CIO and EVP Dan Drawbaugh has decided to step down to pursue other professional interests. Ed McCallister, presently SVP, Enterprise Applications & Business Services, Information Services Division, will serve as interim CIO.


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 SVP 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.

Neiman Marcus Group, Dallas, TX                                                              Revenues: Private
Neiman Marcus Group, through its subsidiary, the Neiman Marcus Group, operates as a luxury retailer in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Specialty Retail Stores and Online.
May 2014 - Neiman Marcus Group, the retailer that announced a data breach shortly after it was discovered more than 40 million credit cards had been compromised at Target, is on the hunt for its first chief information security officer.

Dell, Round RocK, TX                                                                  Revenues: Private
Dell is a global IT company that offers its customers a range of solutions and services delivered directly by Dell and through other distribution channels.
August 2014 - Dell CIO Adriana “Andi” Karaboutis is leaving to join Biogen Idec as EVP of technology and business solutions, the biotechnology firm. Her last day at Dell is Sept. 5. Dell is “engaged in the process to identify her successor.”

Epicor, Austin, TX                                                                      Revenues: Private
Epicor provides ERP software and retail solutions, serving 20000 customers in over 150 countries.
August 2014 – Epicor is looking for a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), who will play an integral part in development of strategic policy, technology plans and investments.


US Department of Defense, Arlington County, VA                              Revenues: NA
The Department of Defense (Defense Department, USDOD, DOD, DoD or the Pentagon) is the executive department of the government of the United States charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government concerned directly with national security and the United States Armed Forces.

May 2014 - Deputy CIO David DeVries has assumed the role of acting CIO at the Defense Department. DeVries will stay on until the agency finds a permanent replacement for the post, which Teri Takai vacated.


Symetra Financial, Bellevue, WA                                                                   Revenues: $2.1b
Symetra Financial provides products and services that serve the retirement, employee benefits, and life insurance markets in the United States and the District of Columbia.

May 2014 - George N. McKinnon, SVP and CIO of Symetra Financial, will leave the company. Margaret A. Meister, Symetra EVP and CFO, will take over McKinnon’s responsibilities until he can be replaced, the company also said.

Washington D.C.

Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington D.C.                                              Revenues: NA
The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is the main foreign military espionage organization of the United States, operating under the jurisdiction of Department of Defense (DoD).

August 2014 - Gus Taveras is stepping down as the Defense Intelligence Agency's CTO, with no replacement in place. The agency is also in search of a CIO to succeed Grant Schneider, a career employee who had held the job since 2007 and is on the way out the door.

United States Department of Energy, Washington D.C.                                         Revenues: NA

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is a Cabinet-level department concerned with the United States' policies regarding energy and safety in handling nuclear material.

August 2014 - Robert Brese will leave his post at the Energy Department as CIO on Sept. 5, Federal News Radio reported. The station reports that deputy DOE CIO Dan Adcock will succeed Brese on an interim basis.

Other International

     Ziggo, Utrecht, Netherlands                                                                                      Revenues: NA
Ziggo is the largest cable operator in the Netherlands, providing cable television, broadband Internet, and telephone service. It has been taken over by Liberty Global Plc, the European cable company for about $7 billion.

July 2014 - Dutch operator Ziggo announced that Paul Hendriks, CTO at Ziggo will step down. Kamran Ziaee will be appointed as CIO on an interim basis.

ASOS Plc, London, U.K.                                                                                 Revenues: $ 769.4m
ASOS Plc is a
holding company. The principal activity of its subsidiary is Internet retailing.

September 2014 - The CIO of e-commerce giant Asos, Pete Marsden, has stepped down from his post after two years at the company.
A process to find Marsden's successor is underway, and that the firm is ruling out neither internal or external appointments.

CIOs Appointed

Latest Tech Exec Appointments in IT Leadership in the 30 days ended Sep 18, 2014



eBay Marketplaces: eBay appointed Steve Fisher as SVP and CTO for the Marketplaces business. Former EVP, Tech at

Accelerize New Media: EVP, Tech, Dave Stewart, 27, was appointed the CTO.

Echelon Corporation: Sohrab Modi is now CTO, replacing the recently retired Robert Dolin. Modi previously held technology VP positions with both Huawei and Sun Microsystems.

WebSafety: The mobile app technology company that helps parents keep their children safe online, named President and Cofounder of ISBX (Internet Strategy Branding and Execution), Eric Wise, to the role of CTO.

Talend: The global big data integration software leader named enterprise veteran and Axway CTO Laurent Bride as CTO and Head of Engineering.


Evariant: Evariant, a leader in leveraging big data, promoted SVP, Professional Services, Nick Bequary, to CTO. 


State of Colorado: Catholic Health Initiatives exec David McCurdy has been appointed as Colorado’s CTO. 


Bloomin' Brands: Avon ecommerce and IT exec Donagh Herlihy joins as EVP Digital & CIO. 

Office Depot International Division: Former Sears CIO Keith Sherwell is joining Office Depot as CIO of its International Division.


Motorola Solutions: Greg Meyers joined as Corporate VP and CIO at Motorola Solutions, from Biogen Idec. 


City of Boston: Jascha Franklin-Hodge as the City’s CIO in June 2014.


Alternaturals: Internet architect Mark Figula (dba Mark Tiarra) is the company’s new CTO to lead an aggressive online advertising sales campaigns.

Isabella Bank Corp.: Julie Huber has been promoted to VP, CTO, at Isabella Bank Corp.

Dow Chemical: CIO David Kepler will retire at the end of this year. James Fitterling, the newly named vice chairman for business operations, will now oversee Kepler’s responsibilities.


CHS: CHS named veteran enterprise IT strategist and Montana exec David Black the company's CIO.

AmeriPride Services: The leading textile services and supply company named former Workday CIO Steven John to the position of VP and CIO.


Stellar Recovery: Insider exec Bob Burnside has been promoted as CTO.

New Jersey

Dun & Bradstreet: AOL’s Global CTO Curtis Brown joins as CIO. 

Vonage: Vonage appointed Pablo Calamera as CTO, from Clear Channel Digital. 

New York

AIG: American International Group named Kaiser Permanente’s CIO Philip Fasano to the newly created role of EVP and CIO. 

IBM: Suncorp's former CIO Jeff Smith has been appointed to lead the global IT operations of technology giant IBM, taking over from Jeanette Horan, who last month moved into a managing director role. 

Price Chopper Supermarkets: Former Dell exec Tracy Nolan joins Price Chopper Supermarkets/ Golub Corporation as SVP and CIO. 

AbilTo: The targeted population health management company appointed former Def Jam and Island Records exec Christopher Benjamin as CTO.

Waywire Networks: The a service focused on providing video curation and discovery solutions for digital publishers, has hired Comcast exec Ben Fisher as it new CTO.

PageScience: Satnam Gandhi has been named CTO at PageScience, the leading source for cookieless, page-level targeting. Previously VP, Engineering at digital marketing company Theorem.

PointRoll: Hoopla Software exec John Galvin joins as CTO of the advertising innovation company under Gannett.

New York City: UBS APAC CTO Minerva Tantoco has been named as the City’s first ever CTO.

Crouse Hospital: Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., promoted Kimberly Rose from director of IT to CIO.

North Carolina

PROFIT INSIGHT: The international consulting firm specializing in earnings optimization in the financial services industry hired former YOUcentric exec Eric Caruthers as new CIO.


CBIZ: CBIZ appointed John A. Fleischer as CIO. Most recently served as VP and CIO at TTT Holdings, (a Talisman Capital Partners company).


JGWPT Holdings: JGWPT Holdings appoints Greg Schneider as EVP and CIO. Former Western Union, Simon Property Group, Conseco, and Banc One Corporation. 

Relay Network: The company that connects brands with customers on a private, mobile communication network, has appointed Savana exec Graham Barry as its first CTO.


Spine Pain Management: David Spencer, an outside technology consultant working with the company's QVH subsidiary for several months, has now been appointed as CIO of the parent company.

Perception Software: Scott Harger will join the executive team as CTO and VP of engineering. Former Initiate Systems, acquired by IBM. 


Intermountain Healthcare: Sameer Badlani, MD, is leaving his position as CMIO of University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Division to join Intermountain Healthcare as chief health information officer. 


National Life Group: Tom Anfuso is now SVP and CIO. Most recently as VP of enterprise and infrastructure systems at USAA.


Straight Path Communications: Jerry Pi has been hired as CTO. Former Senior Director at Samsung Research America. 

The Roanoke County School Board: Manager of information systems Jeff Terry has been appointed as the district’s first CIO to lead the technology department. 

Spok Holdings: The global leader in critical communications named Quantum Retail Technology’s CTO/COO Kyle E. Gunderson as VP Development & CTO. 


Cray: Steve Scott is returning to the Cray CTO office, replacing outgoing Cray CTO William C. Blake.

Washington, D.C. 

United States of America: White House named Google’s Megan Smith the next CTO of the United States. Alexander Macgillivray, a former Twitter lawyer, is now deputy U.S. CTO. 

Federal Communications Commission (FCC): Scott Jordan has been appointed as CTO of FCC. Jordan is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine.


Marcus Corporation: The Marcus Corporation promoted Marcus Theatres exec Kim Lueck to CIO. Lueck will also continue to serve as VP of technology for the Marcus Theatres division.


GE Healthcare: GE named Jörg F. Debatin, 52, as VP and CTO for GE Healthcare. Former CEO of Amedes AG. 

Gorkana Group: The leading provider of media intelligence services named Evening Standard exec Andrew Brown as CIO.

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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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