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Vell Compiles Open CIO Roles and Placements in the Past Month
PREPARED BY: Vell Executive Search
DATE: January 5 to February 5, 2015

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, in the 30 days ended February 5, 2015.

Vell Executive Search just published a report on Chairman/CEO Structure. We studied the Fortune 100 companies over a 14 year period and whether splitting or combining the roles is a good thing. While we focus our business on technology, we can learn a lot from the giants, as their stories are more visible. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Total Number of Open Roles: 36   

Newly Opened Roles: 11 – NMI Holdings (CA), Ellie Mae (CA), American LegalNet (CA), ABC Fine Wine & Spirits (FL), FishNet Security (KS), UNICEF (NY), Verint (NY), Accordant Media (NY), Western & Southern Financial Group (OH), Reed Smith (PA), Tesco (U.K.)

New Appointments: 39

Sources of Appointments: 26 were External appointments, and 13were internal promotions.

Diversity: three out of 39 are women – Stratose (GA), SciQuest (NC), and Goodyear (OH)

Geographic Distribution: 31 in the US, one in Canada and sevenInternational appointments.

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

All the best,

Dora Vell

Vell Executive Search
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CIOs & Tech Execs Wanted

IT Leadership Open Spots as of Febryary 5, 2015 


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.

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.

Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA                                                        Revenues: $53.1b

Kaiser Permanente is an integrated managed care consortium, based in Oakland, California, United States, founded in 1945 by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser and physician Sidney Garfield.

November 2014 - Kaiser Permanente is looking for a CIO, who will be directly responsible for all IT resources. Kaiser Permanente has over 6,000 IT employees & spends in excess of $3 billion per year on information technology & related activities.

Beyondsoft, San Francisco, CA                                                    Revenues: NA
Beyondsoft  is one of Asia's top-notch, full-spectrum IT services and industry solutions providers with global delivery capabilities.

January 2015 – The company is seeking a CIO / VP of Information Technology for its California location. The CIO, in collaboration with the IT Steering Committee, will lead the Company in planning and developing enterprise information systems to support Underwriting, Claims, Actuarial, Finance and Management Information Systems.

MarkLogic, San Mateo, CA                                                            Revenues: NA
MarkLogic is an American software business that develops and provides an enterprise NoSQL database, MarkLogic.

December 2014 – The company is seeking CTO, Energy and CTO, Insurance.

Sportvision, Fremont, CA                                                            Revenues: NA
Sportvision is a private company that provides various television viewing enhancements to a number of different professional sporting events.

January 2015 – The company is seeking CTO for building, managing and inspiring a world class technology team and helping define the next generation of sports entertainment.

NMI Holdings, Emeryville, CA                                                                     Revenues: $7.1m

NMI Holdings through its subsidiaries provides private mortgage insurance in the United States.

January 2015 - Stan Pachura, EVP and CIO, leaves. Pachura's current duties and responsibilities will be assumed by existing members of the Company's management team, until a replacement is chosen.

Ellie Mae, Pleasanton, CA                                                                     Revenues: $128.5m

Ellie Mae is a leading provider of enterprise level, on-demand automated solutions for the residential mortgage industry.

January 2015 - Ellie Mae is seeking a CISO, who will play an integral part in the development, implementation, and compliance of technical security across the enterprise.

American LegalNet, Encino, CA                                                          Revenues: NA

American LegalNet is the provider of “Desktop to Courthouse” workflow technologies and has been delivering innovative, high-quality legal products, content and services to enhance workflow efficiency, minimize risk and reduce cost for nearly two decades.

January 2015 – The company is seeking a CTO, who in partnership with the CEO will be responsible for establishing the company’s technical visions, developing the product roadmap and leading all aspects of the company‘s technology development.


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.

RedFin Network, Fort Lauderdale, FL                                           Revenues: NA
RedFin Network is a provider of payment transaction processing solutions marketed to and utilized by traditional brick and mortars, and Internet e-commerce merchants.

December 2014 - Redfin CTO Sasha Aickin steps down as company raises mammoth round of funding. As of now, Bridget Frey, Redfin’s SVP of Engineering, will run all of Redfin’s engineering operations from its Seattle office. Jen Chao, the company’s Director of Engineering, will be in charge of its San Francisco office.

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Orlando, FL                                           Revenues: NA
in 1936 in Orlando, Florida, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits has nearly 150 stores across the Florida peninsula, as well as an online store.

January 2015 – the company is seeking a CIO to serve on the ABC Fine Wine & Spirits executive team as a critical member helping to advance thinking, develop solutions, and contribute to strategic vision and direction for the organization.


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.


FishNet Security, Overland Park, KS                            Revenues: NA
Security is a provider of information security solutions that combine technology, services, support and training.

January 2015 – The company is looking for a CIO, who in collaboration with the Executive Leadership Team, will be responsible for developing and implementing a technology strategy that meets FishNet Security/Accuvant’s short and long-term objectives.


LogMeIn, Boston, MA                                                               Revenues: $166.3m
LogMeIn is a provider of SaaS and cloud-based remote connectivity services for collaboration, IT management and customer engagement.   

November 2014 - LogMeIn is seeking a Chief Information Security Officer to serve as a subject matter expert and leader reporting into the CTO.  The CISO will lead a global team of four and be responsible for the security of LogMeIn’s suite of award winning software products (including secure development), product delivery (NOC), security features of our products (security design), internal infrastructure (development environment), and 3rd party services (CRM’s,etc).

University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA                                                    Revenues: NA
The University of Massachusetts Boston, also known as UMass Boston, is an urban public research university and the third-largest campus in the five-campus University of Massachusetts system.

December 2014 - The University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for the position of Vice Provost for Information Technology and CIO.


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI                                                Revenues: NA
The University of Michigan is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.   

November 2014 - University of Michigan is hiring a CISO, who will be the highest-level executive dedicated to IT security, privacy, policy, and business continuity at the University of Michigan. 

New York

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.

UNICEF, New York, NY                                                  Revenues: NA
UNICEF is the
world’s leading organization working for the rights of children.

January 2015 –
UNICEF CIO, Paul van Essche resigned “for personal reasons”. According to the UNICEF spokesperson, “a senior UNICEF colleague has temporarily assumed the interim Director role until the position is filled.”

Verint, New York, NY                                                  Revenues: $907.3m
Verint is a global leader in Actionable Intelligence solutions and value-added services.

January 2015 –
Verint is looking for a Head Infrastructure, Security and Operations and CISO to work closely with the CIO and business-unit heads to align the infrastructure needs with enterprise priorities.

Accordant Media, New York, NY                                                  Revenues: NA
Accordant Media
is a programmatic media-buying and optimization company in the US.

January 2015 –
Accordant is seeking a CTO, a newly created position. The CTO will develop and scale the company’s software development, technology procedures and practices, and will work closely with internal key decision-makers.


Western & Southern Financial Group, Cincinnati, OH                                 Revenues: NA
& Southern Financial Group's vision is to continue our evolution into a financial services powerhouse that capitalizes on our position of incredible financial strength in order to be a highly respected, world-class financial services organization.

January 2015 - The company is seeking a CTO, who will be responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the company.  The CTO will partner with the CIO to provide strong vision and leadership to ensure the company effectively leverages technology to achieve and maintain a sustainable competitive advantage.


Nike, Beaverton, OR                                                                                Revenues: $27.8b
NIKE is engaged in the design, development and worldwide marketing and selling of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services.

December 2014 - Anthony Watson, global CIO at Nike, has left the company for personal reasons. COO Eric Sprunk will lead Nike’s technology organization while the company searches for a replacement.


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.

Reed Smith, Pittsburgh, PA                                                          Revenues: NA
Smith is a global relationship law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in 25 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
January 2015 - The company is looking for a CIO, who will be a key member of the firm’s leadership team and will lead the firm strategy of information technology and telecommunications, while directing the IT teams in all aspects of technology evaluation, selection, and deployment.


State of Texas, Austin, TX                                                   Revenues: NA
Texas is the second most populous and the second largest of the 50 U.S. states in the United States of America, and the largest state in the 48 contiguous United States.
January 2015 - Texas CIO Karen Robinson officially retires. Deputy Executive Director Todd Kimbriel is now serving as the state's interim CIO.


Red Touch Media, Salt Lake City, UT                                                   Revenues: NA
Red Touch Media is a software technology company that specializes in white label content management and distribution solutions.

November 2014 - Red Touch Media (RTM) is looking for a CTO. As one of the most innovative content distribution and management platforms, RTM connects content owners, advertisers, and retailers with a reliable, secure solution to manage and deliver all digital media assets (movies, music, eBooks, etc.) to their business partners and their customers/users.


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.

Washington D.C.

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.

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.

Standard Chartered, London, U.K.                                                      Revenues: $ 17.03b
Standard Chartered is engaged in the business of retail and commercial banking and the provision of other financial services.

January 2015 - On the day it outlined plans to cut thousands of jobs, Standard Chartered has revealed that one employee definitely on his way out is CIO and group head of technology Jan Verplancke. Verplancke is retiring after 10 years at the bank but will stay on until a successor is appointed.

Tesco, Hertfordshire, U.K.                                                      Revenues: $ 97.2b
Tesco is a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer. It is the third largest retailer in the
world measured by profits and second-largest retailer in the world measured by revenues.

January 2015 - Tesco global CIO Mike McNamara leaves for US retailer Target as supermarket begins hunt for CTO.

CIOs Appointed

Latest Tech Exec Appointments in IT Leadership in the 30 days ended February 5, 2015


Windstream: Lewis Langston, former CIO of Allied Wireless Communications, succeeds Cindy Nash as CIO.


CorVel: Michael Combs, the Company's Deputy CIO, will be promoted to the position of CIO, replacing retiring CIO Donald McFarlane.


Blueberry Systems: Geoff Bastow, co-founder of Doral Systems, which became Doral USA, joins Blueberry Systems as CTO.


Manatee County School District: The district recently hired PPT Insight exec Patrick Fletcher as the chief information and technology officer, replacing Michael Borysiewicz.

BlueGrace Logistics: Internally promoted IT exec Justin Belcher as CIO.


Stratose: The provider of healthcare cost containment solutions for medical, dental, and workers’ compensation, named PMSI CIO Meridith Herdes as CIO.


Brown-Forman: Tim Nall promoted from VP, Technical services to CIO.

Kindred Healthcare: Charles Lebo has been named VP & CISO. Joins from Tenet Healthcare.


Federal Realty Investment Trust: New VP and CIO Porter Bellew comes from commercial real estate owner, operator and developer, Washington REIT.

Mindgrub: The Technology Innovation Agency promoted Sa’ad Raouf from VP of Engineering to Mindgrub’s first CTO.


ZoomInfo: Business information provider ZoomInfo appointed system architect Leo Laferriere as its new CTO.

Federated Wireless: Wireless industry veteran Kurt Schaubach appointed CTO.


General Motors: Michael Wolfe, director of IT, has been promoted to the position of CIO and executive director of the automaker’s Global Connected Customer Experience group.


Target Corporation: Mike McNamara will assume the role of EVP and CIO. He will join Target from UK-based Tesco PLC.

Cachet Financial Solutions: Skybridge Americas’ CTO Bruce Whitmore is now EVP and CIO.


Solutionary: The NTT Group security company appointed Mark Weiss as new CIO. Former exec of The Nebraska Medical Center.

New Mexico

EMCORE Corporation: Chief Scientist Dr. Hank Blauvelt named CTO.

New York

Time Warner: New SVP and CIO Mitchell A. Klaif joins after 17 years at Time Inc., including seven years as the company’s CIO and CTO.

News America Marketing: The premier publisher of coupons in the U.S. and Canada, named L'Oreal’s tech veteran Emmanuel Miran as CTO.

Corporate Resource Services: Summit Software’s President Sean Flanagan joins as CIO.

Signal Genetics: Founder and former CEO of Miralex Systems Sudipto Sur joins as CIO.

Turner Construction Co.: Warren Kudman, formerly CIO of Sealed Air, joins as Turner Construction’s new CIO. Kudman replaces Micky Doner.

STV: Foster Wheeler Global Power Group’s CIO Tibor D. Menyhert has joined STV as VP and CIO.

PulsePoint: Online ad exchange PulsePoint named cross-screen marketing platform BlueCava CTO David Tannenbaum as CTO, replacing Emilia Sherifova, who joined as CTO of LearnVest.

North Carolina

SciQuest: EMC exec Beth Hendriks joins cloud-based business automation solutions company SciQuest as CTO.


Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.: Long time IT exec Sherry Neubert promoted as VP and CIO, succeeding James McKinnon who is retiring after 40 years with the company.

Vox Mobile: The leading enterprise mobility solutions provider named Vinimaya’s SVP, IT, Alan Ackroyd as CTO.


Axalta Coating Systems: Aaron Weis has joined the leading provider of liquid and powder coatings, as VP and CIO, from Sensata Technologies.


Cigniti Technologies: The software testing services company has appointed Cognizant executive Pradeep Govindasamy as its CTO.

First Financial Bankshares: Former IBM exec Thomas S. (Stan) Limerick appointed to the position of EVP and CIO.

Fiesta Restaurant Group: The company promoted IT veteran Ryan Nowlin to VP, IT.

Landmark Aviation: William McLemore has been appointed VP and CIO at Landmark Aviation. Former CIO for Apex Clearing Company.


Extend to Social Media: SaaS company Carl Capital Corp’s subsidiary appointed systems engineer Piotr Stepinski as CTO.


Telstra: Erez Yarkoni, who is responsible for Australian company Telstra's cloud strategy, has been appointed its CIO.

Vodafone: CTO Steve Pusey to retire; EVP and Head of the Networks segment Johan Wibergh appointed as successor.

Unify: Germany based Unify appoints former Forrester VP & Principal Analyst Stefan Ried as Head of Technology Strategy and CTO, Product House.

PricewaterhouseCoopers: UK based PwC has named Sigal Zarmi, formerly CIO of GE Capital Americas, as network CIO.

Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift): Craig Young, who joins from Verizon Communications, will head up IT development as CTO at Belgium based Swift.

The Foundry: The UK based software provider for creative people strengthened its management team, promoting internal tech exec Jon Wadelton to CTO and head of Media Production.

Central Pacific Bank: The Hawaii based bank promoted divisional exec Lee Moriwaki to EVP and CIO.

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

Dora Vell - Managing Partner        

Dal Coger – Vice President

Paula Axelrod – Vice President

Judy Smith- Senior Consultant

Earl Stephens - Business Manager

Ajanta Banerjee – Business Research Associate

Tori Agel – Marketing Coordinator

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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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