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Vell Compiles Open CIO Roles and Placements in the Past Month
PREPARED BY: Vell Executive Search
DATE: February 6 to March 10, 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 35 days ended March 10, 2015.

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Total Number of Open Roles: 39   

Newly Opened Roles: 6 – Juniper Networks (CA), Coca-Cola Beverages Florida (FL), Bluestem Brands (MN), Greenbrier Companies (OR), HealthSparq (OR), and Dell (TX)

New Appointments: 36

Sources of Appointments: 26 were External appointments, and 10were internal promotions (iCIO-3, Others-7).

Diversity: Five out of 36 are women – Universal Insurance Holdings (FL), Southern Wine & Spirits of America (FL), Sunshine Bank (FL), Nationwide Title Clearing (FL), and Seton Hill University (PA)

Geographic Distribution: 31 in the US, one in Canada and fourInternational 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 March 10, 2015


Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, CA                                                                Revenues: $4.63b                                                     Juniper Networks offers high-performance network solutions.

February 2015 - Juniper Networks seeks to recruit a new SVP and CIO, as Bask Iyer leaves the company to join VMware.

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.

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
Founded 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 Beverages Florida, Tampa, FL                                           Revenues: NA
Beverages Florida is an independent Coca-Cola bottling company.

February 2015 – Coca-Cola Beverages Florida seeks to add a dynamic business executive as its next CIO, for providing the technology vision to enable and support the Company’s key business priorities.


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
FishNet 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. 


Bluestem Brands, Eden Prairie, MN                                                Revenues: NA
Bluestem Brands
is the parent to three fast-growing eCommerce retail brands: Fingerhut, and PayCheck Direct.   

February 2015 – The company is hiring a SVP, CIO/CTO who has a deep working knowledge in developing and executing eCommerce technologies. 

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
Western & 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.

Greenbrier Companies, Portland, OR                                                     Revenues: NA
The Greenbrier
Companies is a leading designer and supplier of railroad freight car equipment and a manufacturer and marketer of ocean-going marine barges.

February 2015 – The company is seeking a CIO, a position reporting to the Chief Accounting Officer.

HealthSparq, Portland, OR                                                     Revenues: NA
provides a platform for health care information sharing and decision making for consumers.

February 2015 – The company is seeking a CTO. Reporting to the GM, the CTO will establish the technology vision and lead the technology strategy, development, and deployment required.


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
Reed 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.

Dell, Round Rock, TX                                                                   Revenues: $57.2b
Dell Incorporated
is a privately owned multinational computer technology company that develops, sells, repairs and supports computers and related products and services.
February 2015 - Sam Greenblatt, the CTO of the Enterprise division at computing giant Dell, has left the company. Greenblatt is acting as a consultant on an interim basis while the company searches for a new enterprise CTO.


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.

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.

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 35 days ended March 10, 2015


Sprouts Farmers Market: VP, IT at Dollar General, Daniel J. Bruni, joins as CIO.


VMware: VMware names Juniper’s CIO Bask Iyer as new CIO, replacing Tony Scott, who is the new United States CIO.

Kaiser Permanente: Acting CIO Richard Daniels is now EVP and CIO, succeeding Philip Fasano who left last year.

GoPro: Camera maker GoPro hires Informatica cloud sales exec Tony Young as CIO.

TriNet: Former HP CIO Craig Flower joins TriNet as CTO, while Sateesh Chilukuri becomes VP of software development. Former Compaq exec Adrian Crisan has been appointed CIO.

Verifi: The leading provider of payment and risk management solutions for card-not-present merchants, named Ultimate Gaming’s CTO Chris Derossi as CTO.

AltSchool: Google Distinguished Engineer Bharat Mediratta has been appointed CTO at the new community of micro-schools.


Eat at Joe’s: Mark McGarrity, CEO of Eat at Joe’s recent acquisition Franklin Networks, as CIO.


Universal Insurance Holdings: IT Audit Director Kimberly Cooper has been named CIO.

Nationwide Home Loans:  The mortgage lender named IT and database architect Michael Weiss as CTO.

Southern Wine & Spirits of America: Former Dean Foods exec Ann Dozier appointed SVP & CIO. 

Entic: The cloud-based energy analytics company named former Constant Contact exec Bradley McLean as CTO. 

Sunshine Bank: Platinum Bank CTO Andria Contat joins Sunshine Bank as EVP, CTO.

Nationwide Title Clearing: The organization that provides research and back-end paperwork for mortgage companies, has named longtime exec Erika Lance as its first CIO.


OCC: The equity derivatives clearing organization’s new CIO Luke Moranda comes from JPMorgan Chase, where he was MD, Clearing Technology and Global Payments Technology, Treasury Services Technology.


Stonegate Mortgage: Bellwether exec R. Douglas Gilmore has been appointed to the role of CIO.


Friendly's Ice Cream: Former Staples exec Michael Dion has been named CIO.

New York

Albany Molecular Research: AMRI named OPKO Health’s SVP & CIO Jimmy Wang, Ph.D., to the newly created position of CIO.

TrueEX: The fin-tech company poaches Saro Jahani from Direct Edge for CIO role.

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services: Thomas Bayer, CIO of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), named CIO.


Seton Hill University: iCIO Melissa Alsing named CIO.


OSSCube: Global solutions provider added former Intel and Infosys exec Shashin Shah as CTO.


DigiCert: The global Certificate Authority and provider of trusted identity and authentication services, promoted IT security veteran Dan Timpson to CTO.


US Department of Defense: Acting CIO Terry Halvorsen is now CIO.

Information Innovators (Triple-i): Former federal executive John Dvorak joins as CTO.

Union Bank & Trust: Intersections’ CIO M. Dean Brown joins as EVP & CIO.


Seattle Police Department: Amazon IT exec Greg Russell named Seattle Police Department CIO.

Washington, D.C.

U.S. Office of E-Government and Information Technology: Tony Scott, the CIO of VMWare, has been named the new United States CIO, replacing iCIO Lisa Schlosser.

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT: Michael James McCoy, MD, will be joining in the newly created position of Chief Health Information Officer.

The Carlyle Group: T. Rowe Price exec Georgette Kiser has been named partner, managing director and CIO.


Pacific Blue Cross: The health, dental and travel benefits company appoints former TELUS exec Barry Rivelis as CIO.


Lenovo: China based Lenovo has appointed head of strategy and planning, Qingtong Zhou, as CIO.

Infosys: SVP and Head of Growth Market Unit VG Dheeshjith to become first CIO.

Sophos: UK based security vendor Sophos named Blue Coat Systems’ CTO Joe Levy as CTO.

Brake Parts: The company promoted internal IT exec Barry Jondahl to the position of 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

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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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