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Vell Compiles Open CIO Roles and Placements in the Past Month
PREPARED BY: Vell Executive Search
DATE: March 11 to April 7, 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 27 days ended April 7, 2015.

Total Number of Open Roles: 41  

Newly Opened Roles: Four – AssetAvenue, McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions, and Sutter Health (CA), Total System Services (GA)

New Appointments: 33

Sources of Appointments: 25 were External appointments, and 8 were internal promotions (iCIO-1, Others-7).

Diversity: One out of 33 is a woman – Hub Group (IL)

Geographic Distribution: 31 in the US, 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 SuccessionTech Execs on Boards and CEOs Wanted (latest Open CEO Posts and Appointments).

Dora Vell

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CIOs & Tech Execs Wanted

IT Leadership Open Spots as of April 7, 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.

AssetAvenue, Los Angeles, CA                                                          Revenues: NA offers a Peer to Peer Lending Platform for Real Estate Investments.

March 2015 – AssetAvenue is looking for a CTO who will lead the technical roadmap taking into account the need to build or integrate products and platforms that appropriately balance the need for speed-to-market, scalability, and differentiation.

McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions, San Francisco, CA                       Revenues: NA           McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions provides a range of information technology solutions for hospitals and healthcare providers of all sizes and complexity.

March 2015 – McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions is looking for a CTO/CIO, responsible for IWS’s overall technology and portfolio strategy to ensure R&D investment is aligned with business strategy.

Sutter Health, Sacramento, CA                                                 Revenues: NA
Sutter Health
is one of the nation's leading community-based, not-for-profit health care networks of hospitals, physician organizations, home health and hospice agencies and other health care services.

March 2015 – Sutter Health is looking for a CIO-Valley Area, who’ll play an integral role in the company’s strategic direction, development and future growth from an Information Services (IS) perspective.


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

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
Coca-Cola 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.

Total System Services, Columbus, GA                                                 Revenues: $635.1m
System Services (TSYS) is a global payment solutions provider that provides services to financial and nonfinancial institutions.

March 2015 – Ken Tye has decided to retire as Senior EVP and CIO, after 43 years of service, effective September 30, 2015.


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.


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
HealthSparq 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.


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 27 days ended April 7, 2015


University of Alabama at Birmingham: Curtis Carver Jr., next VP of IT and CIO, comes to UAB from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.


Ultra Mobile: The premier mobile operator named former Nextel exec Chuck Harvey as its new CIO.

Conversa Health: The patient relationship management services company named industry veteran Daniel Dean as CTO.

Procore Technologies: The construction management software company promoted VP, Engineering Sam Crigman to CTO.

Evite: The digital invitations and social planning company appointed Amgen’s Director of Information Systems Perry Evoniuk as CTO.

Infoblox: The network control company named Zenoss CTO Alan Conley as EVP and CTO.


Home Depot: The do-it-yourself retailer that suffered a massive data breach last year, has hired Jamil Farshchi, CISO at Time Warner, as its first CISO.

Black Book: The vehicle appraisal guides division of Hearst, has hired Laird Popkin, Kaplan’s chief enterprise architect, as its CTO and SVP.


Options Clearing Corp: Former JPMorgan Chase executive Luke Moranda has been appointed CIO of the equity derivatives clearing house. He replaces Raymond Tamayo, who retires.

Hub Group: Vava Dimond has been named CIO after serving as the Interim CIO at the asset-light freight transportation management company.


MyNetWire: The digi-marketing company promoted Senior Web Developer Greg Herrell to CTO after more than two years at the company.

Indiana Health Information Exchange: Former CIO of Good Samaritan Hospital Charles E. Christian is now VP of Technology and Engagement.


Consumable Science: The science & technology platform that connects science to consumer health added Matt Walnock, Principle Engineering Manager of Microsoft Business Solutions, as CTO.


Dunkin' Brands Group: CIO Jack Clare, 44, has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Information and Strategy Officer.

RSA: The Security Division of EMC named Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan, former CTO of Elastica, as CTO.

AppNeta: The cloud-based application performance management solutions company named Dan Kuebrich, Product Manager for AppNeta’s TraceView product, as CTO.

Handy: On-demand house cleaning service Handy hires Tumblr VP of Product Ken Little as new CTO.


HelloWorld: The digital marketing solutions company named former Constant Contact exec Phil Sims as CTO.


TCF Financial Corporation: Tom Butterfield, SVP, technology strategy and business solutions for Target, joins as EVP & CIO.


Graybar: The electrical, communications and data networking products company named INVISTA exec David Meyer as VP & CIO.

New York

Healthix: HealthInfoNet’s CTO Todd M. Rogow, MPA, CSM, PMP has joined regional health information organization Healthix as SVP & CIO.

Momentum Worldwide: Jason Alan Snyder has been appointed to the newly created position of CTO, North America from SVP, Group Director, Creative Technology and Integrated Production.

CAN Capital: The leading player in alternative small business finance, has named Synovus CTO David Dart as CTO.

New Jersey

Sussex Bank: ConnectOne Bank exec Aditya Kishore appointed to EVP, Chief Technology & Chief Operations Officer at Sussex Bank.

Automatic Data Processing: ADP promoted Corporate VP and GM of Multinational Solutions, Stuart Sackman, to the role of corporate VP of global product and technology, replacing former CIO Mike Capone, who left the company last September.


Health Share of Oregon: Health Share of Oregon appointed CIO for The Portland Clinic John A. Sanders as CIO of the Tri-County Metro area coordinated care organization (CCO).


The CEI Group: The fleet driver management company promoted Steve Enoch from director of IT to CIO.


Cameron: OneSubsea exec Justin Rounce has assumed the newly created position of VP, Marketing and CTO.

Stewart Information Services Corporation: Stewart® announced the hire of former AIG/United Guaranty CIO Brad Rable as CIO.

Vermillion: Fred Ferrara, CIO of Aurora Diagnostics' Anatomic Pathology Services Company, has been appointed to the newly created post of CIO.

COR Medical Technologies: John Scott, Group President at Andrew Corporation, joins as CTO.


Standard Chartered: Former Daimler AG CIO Michael Gorriz joins as Group CIO, replacing Jan Verplancke.

Lenovo: The China based company promoted former VP of Strategy Qingtong Zhou to the role of SVP 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

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Paula Axelrod – Vice President

Judy Smith- Senior Consultant

Earl Stephens - Business Manager

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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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