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White House taps VMware exec Tony Scott as next U.S. CIO; Facebook’s Engineering Director Named IT Director

The White House has hired Tony Scott, currently CIO and SVP at VMware, as U.S. CIO. Scott joined VMware in 2013 to oversee the virtualization company's global IT group. Prior to VMware, Scott served as CIO at both Microsoft and The Walt Disney Company. Scott also served as CTO, overseeing information systems and services, at General Motors.

Longtime Facebook Engineering Director David Recordon has been named the Director of IT at the White House. It’s a new position created by President Barack Obama, and Recordon will be responsible for improving the tech actually used at the White House.

VMware Hires its New CIO from Juniper Networks

VMware’s CIO Tony Scott was recently appointed to the role of United States CIO. As his replacement VMware hired Bask Iyer from Juniper Networks, where he is currently the CIO.

Iyer will be spearheading VMware's global information and technology organization, encompassing critical technology systems supporting the company's worldwide business operations. At Juniper, Iyer managed the company's technology and business operations, including critical services around business transformation, global business services, IT, and real estate and workplace services. Prior to Juniper, Iyer served as CIO at Honeywell as well as e-commerce chief at GlaxoSmithKline Beecham.

American Express Global Business Travel Appoints Core Products and Platform Architecture VP

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) appointed Christophe Tcheng as VP, Core Products and Platform Architecture. At Amadeus, Tcheng held a number of roles of increasing responsibility in R&D, most recently serving as the Head of R&D Services and Ecosystems. Tcheng also acquired extensive experience in Departure Control Systems and travel-related software infrastructures.

Lenovo Sees CIO Replacement

Lenovo promoted Chief Strategy Officer Qingtong Zhou to the role of SVP and CIO. Zhou replaces Xiaoyan Wang, who becomes SVP of a newly created, yet-to-be-named, centralized services organization. Zhou earlier served as CFO, Emerging Market Geography at Lenovo and Associate Consultant at Bain.

The Carlyle Group Names Veteran Asset Management Executive as CIO

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group hired Georgette Kiser as Managing Director and CIO. Kiser joins Carlyle from T. Rowe Price Group, a global investment management firm, where she was VP and Director of Enterprise Solutions and Capabilities for Services and Technology. Kiser joined T. Rowe Price in 1996 and served in a variety of increasingly senior roles, including Data Architect, Project Manager, VP for Global Business Solutions, and Emerging Solutions Manager for Investments, culminating in her most recent role.

Nationwide Home Loans Adds CTO to Enhance IT Productivity with Both Automation and Proprietary Software Platform

Nationwide Home Loans named Michael Weiss as CTO. He will be crucial in enhancing the IT productivity with both automation and a proprietary software platform. Weiss has designed high availability database architecture using Microsoft SQL Clustering, which yielded a 99.99% uptime over 4 years. He established an effective Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery plan including; hot-site, tape vaulting, co-location, P2P and IPSec vpn. Weiss began his career blending IT with the Health industry some 25 years ago. Weiss started working with one of the acknowledged pioneers of MRI (then known as NMR) imaging – Dr. Raymond Damadian, at Fonar Corporation in Melville, NY.

Seton Hill Names Acting CIO as New CIO

Seton Hill University named Melissa Alsing as the University’s CIO. Alsing has served in various capacities at Seton Hill for six years. She came to the University in 2009 and served for four years as Director of Information Systems, DBA (Database Administrator). She was promoted to Executive Director of IT in 2013 and advanced to Acting CIO in February 2014.

Prior to arriving at Seton Hill, Alsing worked for eight years at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa. where she served in several roles, including Manager of Administrative Systems, DBA; Manager of Web Development; Web Development Specialist; and Administrative Computing Specialist.

TriNet Appoints Two Key Technology Execs to Grow its Software Products and Technology Infrastructure

Craig Flower joins TriNet, a leading cloud-based provider of HR solutions, as CTO, while Sateesh Chilukuri is taking on the role of VP of software development. Prior to TriNet, Flower worked in management positions for nearly two decades at Hewlett-Packard, most recently as SVP and CIO. 

Chilukuri is an award-winning leader who held executive roles in product development and engineering for leading technology companies, most recently at Lithium and prior to that at Intuit, where he worked for more than 10 years.

RSA Hires Cloud Security Exec as CTO

RSA, the security division of EMC, appointed Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan as CTO. Prior to joining RSA, Dr. Ramzan served as CTO of Elastica, a cloud security startup launched in 2012. Before Elastica, Dr. Ramzan respectively served as Chief Scientist of both Sourcefire, acquired by Cisco in October 2013, and malware analytics company Immunet, acquired by Sourcefire in 2010. Dr. Ramzan previously served as the Technical Director of Symantec's Security Technology and Response division where he was the architect for the company's reputation-based malware detection technology.

Date Range: February 18th - March 21st

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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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