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CIO/CTO Open Roles at Visa, Coca-Cola; 39 New Appointments at AT&T, Dell & Others Featured

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Vell Compiles Open CIO Roles and Placements in the Past Month
PREPARED BY: Vell Executive Search
DATE: September 19 to October 20, 2014

Welcome to our monthly update on CIO & Technology Executive Turnover. This newsletter covers Tech roles, including CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, and Head of Tech & Ops. These cover  the month ending on October 20th, 2014.

C-level turnover declined 5% for the month of September 2013 from year earlier. The month to month change from August 2014 to September 2014 was a bit more positive as C-level changes increased 6%. (Source: Liberum)

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

Total Number of Open Roles: 31   

Newly Opened Roles: Six - Visa (CA), Manatee County School District (FL), Coca-Cola North America (GA),  Epiq Systems (KS), LyondellBasell Industries (TX), and USA - Office of E-Government and Information Technology (Washington D.C.)

New Appointments: 39

Sources of Appointments: 27 were External appointments (out of which one was acting CTO), 12 were internal promotions.

Diversity: six out of 39 are women - Stein Mart (FL), Saddle Creek Logistics (FL), United Airlines (ID), Sandata Technologies (NY), AT&T Services (TX), MAXIMUS (VA)

Geographic Distribution: 36 in the US, one in Canada 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

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CIOs Wanted

IT Leadership Open Spots as of October 20, 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 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.

Visa, San Francisco, CA  
                                                                                Revenues: NA           Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and electronic payments.

September 2014 - Visa is searching for a new CIO after Dennis Howard left in September to work as SVP of core technology services at Charles Schwab. A search for a replacement is underway.


AmeriCares, Stamford, CT                                                                                 Revenues: NA
AmeriCares 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).

Manatee County School District, Manatee County, FL                                           Revenues: NA
The Manatee County School District, in Manatee County, Florida, provides education to 42,000 students. It employs over 7,000 people.

October 2014 - The Manatee County School District's chief information and technology officer Mike Borysiewicz has resigned. The district will begin to look for a replacement for the position and Deputy Superintendent of Operations Don Hall will cover Borysiewicz's duties until a replacement is found.


Coca-Cola North America, Atlanta, GA                                                 Revenues: NA
The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands.

October 2014 – The company is looking for a CTO for North America.


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, Senior Vice President 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 - 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.


Epiq Systems, Kansas City, KS                                                                       Revenues: $438.7m Epiq Systems is a provider of integrated technology-enabled solutions for electronic discovery, bankruptcy and class action settlement administration.        

October 2014 - Epiq Systems seeks a proven, high-energy executive to drive the development of leading edge proprietary software and an advanced global network infrastructure, as CTO. The CTO will lead a 250-staff division.


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 toThis 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
Demandware 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.)
Hancock 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 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.

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.

LyondellBasell Industries, Houston, TX                                     Revenues: $44.06b
LyondellBasell Industries N.V. is an independent chemical company.

October 2014 - The CTO/Senior Technology Architect’s primary responsibility is to develop, maintain and champion LyondellBasell’s technology architecture. The role will interact frequently with the CIO and other IT leadership in regard to IT technology strategy and architecture development. The position is located in Houston and will be global in scope.


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 chief information officer on Sept. 5, Federal News Radio reported. The station reports that deputy DOE CIO Dan Adcock will succeed Brese on an interim basis.

USA - Office of E-Government and Information Technology, Washington D.C.   Revenues: NA The Office of E-Government and Information Technology (E-Gov), headed by the Federal Government’s CIO, develops and provides direction in the use of Internet-based technologies to make it easier for citizens and businesses to interact with the Federal Government, save taxpayer dollars, and streamline citizen participation.

October 2014 - U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel is stepping down from his job to join the United States Agency for International Development to help use technology to fight the Ebola virus. Lisa Schlosser, one of VanRoekel’s deputies, will oversee the Office of E-Government and IT until the White House names a permanent replacement.

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

IT Leadership Appointments in the 30 days ending Oct 20, 2014


Oracle: Oracle’s CEO Lawrence J. Ellison, steps down as head of the company he founded, and will now take on a new post as executive chairman of the Board as well as CTO.

Tessera Technologies: SVP, BD, Craig Mitchell is new CTO for Tessera and president of Invensas Corporation, replacing Simon McElrea.

LifeMap Solutions: A BioTime subsidiary, LifeMap Solutions, named Viacom’s VP of Game Development Rafhael Cedeno as CTO and Head of Product.

Cypher Genomics: The genome informatics company named J. Patrick Ravenel, MedImpact Healthcare Systems’ VP of Software Development, as CTO.

Cubic Corporation: Former Southwest Airlines CIO Jan Marshall joins Cubic as VP and CIO.

LanguageLine Solutions: The language access solutions firm named Jeff Cordell, former SVP Technology for West Corporation, as CIO.


Stein Mart: Former PetSmart executive, Sharon Hart, will be taking over CIO responsibilities for clothing, accessories & houseware retailer Stein Mart.

Saddle Creek Logistics: Former CIO for CHEP/Brambles Donna Slyster has joined as CIO.

Aspire Financial Services: Dipankar Mandal, President of Acclaris, is now EVP and CIO at Aspire.

The Suddath Companies: COO and head of infrastructure, global technology for Deutsche Bank in Jacksonville, FL, Len O’Neill, is now SVP and CIO.


United Airlines: The wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, named Rogers Communications’ CIO Linda Jojo as EVP and CIO.


Brunswick Corporation: David M. Foulkes, VP, product development, engineering and racing for Mercury Marine, Brunswick's largest operating segment, has been promoted as CTO.

Verie: The startup company in the tech-security space added senior operations and technology exec Eugene Fine as CTO.

Bonial International Group: The parent company of Retale, and the provider of advertizing solutions for retail via mobile and the Internet, named former Accenture, AOL exec Dan Cripe as CTO.


iJET International: The leading operational risk management solutions provider named Nuno Pereira, CTO for Incentive Technology Group, as CTO.


WiTricity: WiTricity’s VP of R&D Morris Kesler, Ph.D., takes on new role as CTO to accelerate innovation and expand WiTricity’s technology portfolio.


Accident Fund Holdings: Accident Fund Holdings hired Said Taiym, VP of IT at XL Group Services, as CIO.

Diplomat: Diplomat, a nationally recognized specialty pharmacy, named former Omnicare CIO Stephen Brown as CIO.

New York

BGC Partners: The inter-dealer broker appoints from Bank of America Merrill Lynch exec Eric T. Hirschhorn as CIO, replacing Yevette Tierney.

Nat Sherman: Handmade cigars and luxury cigarettes company Nat Sherman has promoted long time executive Lionel Legry to CIO.

FXone: FXone, a subsidiary of Seabury Group and a provider of market leading liquidity management system, named Chi-X Global exec Michael Bundy as CTO & Chief Architect.

Sandata Technologies: The provider of IT solutions to the home care industry, named healthcare industry technology expert, Barbara-Ann Winner, as CTO.

Magzter: The cross-platform, global digital magazine store and newsstand in the world, named Time Inc. exec Abe Cytryn as CTO.

WorldNow: The integrated intelligence platform for digital experiences, named John Missale, former leader of Mobile and New Platform Development for DrFirst, as CTO.

North Carolina

Delhaize America: Former CIO for Belk Department Stores Michael Laurenti replaces Deb Dixson as CIO.

WebAssign: Railinc CIO Robert Simora was Appointed as CTO at WebAssign, a provider of online instructional tools for faculty and students.


Omnicare: The Fortune 500 pharmaceuticals company appointed Ashok Singh as SVP and CIO. Most recently, SVP of IT for TransUnion Healthcare.


Mastech Holdings: The provider of IT staffing services appointed former ALCOA exec Denis Deet as VP of Technology and CIO.


AT&T: AT&T named Pam Parisian, SVP of mobility and home IT solutions, as CIO of the company’s new AT&T Services division as it reorganizes toward a software-defined public network.

Dell: Dell promoted VP of Dell Commerce Services Paul J. Walsh to the role of CIO and merged the various commerce services he was managing into one organization.

Targetbase: The Customer Engagement Agency and Marketing Services Provider named RAPP exec Mark Zahorik as Chief Delivery Officer, Technology.


Carmax: Carmax, the used-car retailer and a Fortune 500 company, promoted VP of application development and IT planning Shamim Mohammad, 45, as new CIO.

Aireon: Aireon has named FAA veteran Vincent Capezzuto to the position of CTO and VP of engineering.

MAXIMUS: The provider of government services worldwide, named Kelly Clark as CIO, from Optum, part of United Health, where he served as the SVP of Data Operations.

Washington, D.C.

United States Department of the Treasury: Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, Chief Advisor on Technology and Cybersecurity to Governor of Hawaii, will serve as deputy assistant secretary and CIO for the U.S. Department of Treasury.


Provade: The provider of enterprise Vendor Management System development for global contingent workforce spend management, has named VP, Technology, Tom Rumberg to the role of CTO.


Avigilon: The end-to-end security solutions firm appoints Dr. Mahesh Saptharishi, SVP, analytics and data science, as CTO.


AMP: AMP, wealth management company in Australia and New Zealand, announced that CIO Lee Barnett is retiring, and former product and advice IT director Craig Ryman will replace her.

Kaspersky Lab: Kaspersky appoints Acting CTO Nikita Shvetsov as CTO.

Recent Vell Placements

For specific bios and announcements, as well as functional or other (e.g. diversity, cross border, relocation) experience lists, please refer to Vell website:

CIO, Univision 

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Product Officer (CPO), $100m Mortgage Software company

MD, Data Technology, large investment banking co.

CIO, large transportation co.

CIO, wireless tower owner and operator

SVP Engineering and Operations, SaaS Application Software Co.

CTO, SaaS online marketing suite company

Fleetmatics (FLTX), Fleet Management Software for SMB (SaaS)  - Board members  (4)

Carbonite (CARB), Online Backup for SMB (SaaS) - Board Members (2)

mHealth Software CEO (Announcement being made)

$1b CFO -Announcement being made early June

$60m SaaS to Retail Industry Company: VP North America (now SVP Sales)

VP Product Management, $120m SaaS Company - Announcement being made in early June

VP & GM, Transportation and Logistics Software (SaaS, large public co.)

VP & GM, SMB (SaaS, large public co.)

CMO, SaaS Software Company

        Vell Team

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Paula Axelrod – Vice President

Judy Smith - Senior Consultant

Dal Coger – Senior Consultant

Earl Stephens - Business Manager

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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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