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Yahoo! CISO Alex Stamos Joins Facebook

Yahoo’s CISO Alex Stamos joined Facebook as Chief Security Officer. Stamos had joined Yahoo! a year back and led what the company refers to as its team of "Paranoids". Stamos is the former CTO of Artemis, a division of NCC Group. He is also a co-founder and partner at iSEC Partners, a strategic digital security organization. He is an experienced security engineer and a leading researcher in the field of web application and mobile security. 

Stamos will replace Joe Sullivan who left Facebook earlier this year to join Uber Technologies.

Coca-Cola Promotes Enterprise Architecture Exec to CTO

Coca-Cola named Alan Boehme as its next CTO. He succeeds Jim Scholefield, who left the company recently to become CIO at sportswear giant Nike. Boehme has led Coke’s enterprise architecture, innovation and emerging technologies for the past four years. Prior to joining Coke, Boehme held positions at ING Groep NV, General Electric’s power systems unit, Juniper Networks and Deutsche Post’s DHL unit.

Susan Ericksen is now at Coke as Managing Director for global IT operations.

Cisco’s Announces New Leadership Team with Incoming CEO; Long Time Tech Leader Transitions Out

Cisco’s Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior will be leaving following a few months as a strategic adviser. She is said to be exploring some jobs either as a CEO or as the managing partner of a venture capital firm.

Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby will be SVP of operations. She’ll be in charge of Cisco’s supply chain, business services, security and internal IT. Guillermo Diaz, a SVP for IT, will replace Jacoby as CIO and will report up to her.

Google Engineering VP Joins Uber to Oversee Location Technology at Pittsburgh Center

Brian McClendon, a Google Engineering VP and 10-year company veteran, will be overseeing Uber’s new Advanced Technologies Center out of Pittsburgh, the one staffed by engineers recruited from Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center. McClendon led the engineering group for Google's geo products, which include Google Maps, Earth, Local Search, SketchUp, Street View, Ocean, Mars and Moon. He was a co-founder and angel investor in Keyhole, a geospatial data visualization company that was purchased by Google in 2004 to produce Google Earth.

Coke CTO Joins NIKE as CIO

NIKE named Jim Scholefield, 53, as its CIO. He most recently served as CTO for The Coca-Cola Company, where he was responsible for creating and executing its worldwide information technology strategy, technology operations, production support and technology engineering across The Coca-Cola Company.

TIAA-CREF CIO Joins AIG as New Commercial Insurance Business Information Officer

AIG named Annabelle Bexiga as Commercial Insurance Business Information Officer. She joins AIG from TIAA-CREF, where she was CIO and led a multi-year IT transformation program during the organization’s evolution into a full-scale financial services provider. Prior to her tenure at TIAA-CREF, Bexiga held several senior IT and operations positions at financial institutions, including CIO at Bain Capital during a period of global expansion, CIO at JPMorgan Asset Management, and head of corporate finance technology at Deutsche Bank.

Walgreens Boots Alliance’s CIO Steps Down; International CIO Assumes Role

Walgreens Boots Alliance’s CIO Tim Theriault stepped down for personal reasons after six years as the pharmacy retailer’s tech chief. Anthony Roberts, who had served as the company’s international CIO, will assume the role of global CIO.

Theriault will continue to serve as a consultant to the company and as a senior advisor to acting CEO Stefano Pessina on cybersecurity and other IT issues.

Roberts has led the transformation of IT across Alliance Boots, where he was CIO since 2012, and most recently co-led the integration office in preparation for the merger of Walgreens and Alliance Boots. He has worked for companies such as PepsiCo and United Parcel Service.

McKesson Names New CIO, CTO from Emerson

McKesson appointed Kathy McElligott as to EVP, CIO and CTO. McElligott comes to McKesson from Emerson where she served as CIO since 2010 and managed Emerson’s IT strategy and information security. McElligott joined Emerson in 2000 as VP, IT for Emerson Power Transmission. In 2003, she was promoted to VP, IT for Emerson Industrial Automation. Prior to joining Emerson, McElligott spent 22 years with General Electric, holding multiple information systems leadership roles, ultimately becoming CIO of supply chain for GE Aircraft Engines.

McElligott succeeds Randy Spratt, who announced his planned retirement earlier this year. Spratt is retiring after a distinguished 29-year career with McKesson.

Yahoo! Sees CIO Replacement; CISO Leaves

Yahoo! CIO Mike Kail has left the company after less than a year. Kail, who also was SVP of infrastructure, left to pursue other opportunities and that Laurie Mann, SVP of search products, will replace Kail. Before joining Yahoo! last year, Kail was the IT chief at Netflix. The Internet streaming service filed a lawsuit against Kail in November 2014, alleging he took kickbacks from vendors and accusing him of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and other improper actions. Kail denied the claims in a case management statement. Prior to heading IT at Netflix, Kail was its head of employee technology. Before that, he was VP of IT operations at Attensity and director of SaaS Ops/IT at Chumby Industries.

Before his SVP, Search Products role Mann was SVP of Engineering Operations at Yahoo! since 2002. Before joining Yahoo!, he was SVP, Engineering at NetHome, SVP, Applications Engineering at Thirdspace (an Oracle and Alcatel company), and served at Oracle for about 11 years – most recently as Senior Director, Strategic Video Systems Engineering.

Yahoo’s CISO Alex Stamos joined Facebook as Chief Security Officer. Director of Security Ramses Martinez will served as interim CISO at Yahoo!

Air Products Promotes Company Veteran and IT Infrastructure Exec to CIO

Air Products has promoted Alyssa Budraitis from Director, IT Infrastructure to CIO, filling the role that was previously held by Kevin Michaelis. Budraitis joined Air Products in 1996 in IT Infrastructure, moving into different roles. She has served in an IT senior leadership and director-level capacity since 2003 in roles that include worldwide IT infrastructure; IT strategic sourcing/MA&D/outsourcing; telecommunications and networks; global IT applications delivery; and IT service delivery.

Nielsen Hires Global CTO from Thomson Reuters

Nielsen named technology veteran James Powell as Global CTO. Powell joins the company from Thomson Reuters where he was EVP and CTO. In addition, Powell has held technology and data positions at Solace Systems, Citadel Investment Group and TIBCO Finance Technology.

Fortune 100 Company Tesoro Appoints CIO from Mylan

Blane Peery has joined Tesoro Corporation as Vice President, Process Excellence and CIO, filling the role that was previously held by Marlee Perez. Blane joined Tesoro from pharmaceuticals company Mylan, where he served as VP, Global Business Services. Before that, he was VP, Global Business Services, VP, Supply Chain and Finance Director at Celanese.

Experian Appoints Safeway’s North America CIO as Information Chief

Experian, the global information services company, has appointed Barry Libenson as CIO. Prior to joining Experian, Libenson was CIO of Safeway in North America. With 25 years executive experience, Barry has held a number of technology leadership roles, which include CIO positions at Land O’Lakes and Ingersoll Rand where he led complex, multinational IT programmes. He will be based at Experian’s North American headquarters.

Cablevision’s New CIO is Former International Division CIO of Office Depot

Cablevision Systems has hired Keith Sherwell, former CIO of Office Depot’s international division, as CIO in a newly created role in which he will oversee all of the cable operator’s information systems. Sherwell joined Office Depot in 2014. Prior to that, he was CIO of Sears, and before that was SVP of technology at American Express for 13 years.

Lufthansa Group Promotes Veteran Exec as CIO with Global IT and Process Management Responsibilities

Deutsche Lufthansa named Josef Bogdanski as CIO and Chief Process Officer. He succeeds Dr. Christoph Kollatz, who left Lufthansa earlier this year. Bogdanski joined the company in 1984 and has held a number of management roles, including area management for the Middle East, Southeast Europe and Africa, as well as sales manager for Germany. Most recently, he was program manager for “SCORE Change for Success,” a companywide project meant to improve business practices and boost margins.

Informatica Names CIO to Boost up Cloud Strategy

Ginna Raahauge joined Informatica, the enterprise data integration and management software company powering analytics for big data and cloud, as SVP and CIO. She is charged with boosting the security of the company’s data and cloud computing platforms and strengthening its cloud strategy. She was most recently CIO of Riverbed Technology. Prior to that, she led the customer value chain management IT organization at Cisco.

LPL Financial Appoints Former McGraw-Hill iCIO as First CTO

LPL Financial has hired as its first CTO David Wright, to manage IT infrastructure operations, from data center development to cybersecurity, for the independent broker-dealer. Prior to joining LPL, Wright served as interim CIO at McGraw-Hill Education. But he’s spent the bulk of his career in financial services, including 15 years in technology leadership roles at Capital One, where he built a private cloud using VMware virtualization software. He also has held technology positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and AT&T.

Tessera Technologies Appoints Visionary Innovator as New CTO

Tessera Technologies has named Steve Teig as CTO. Craig Mitchell, who has been serving in dual roles as CTO of Tessera and as president of the Company’s subsidiary, Invensas Corporation, will dedicate more of his time towards accelerating the growth of Invensas.

Teig is widely regarded as a visionary innovator and brings to Tessera well-established industry credentials as a technology leader. Teig founded Tabula, where he served as President, CTO, and Board member from 2003 to 2015. Prior to that, he was CTO and chief scientist at Cadence Design Systems, a supplier of electronic design technologies and engineering services in the electronic design automation industry. Prior to Cadence, Teig also held CTO roles at Simplex Solutions, CombiChem, BioCAD, and Tangent Systems.

Former McAfee Exec Joins Neustar to Lead Information Services Product Strategy and Execution

Neustar, a provider of real-time information services, appointed Brian Foster as SVP, Information Services. Prior to joining Neustar, Foster served as CTO for Damballa, a private company in the security services space. Prior to that, he was SVP of product management for McAfee, where he directed the strategy and development of its security solutions.

Progress Software Promotes BU Tech Exec as CTO

Progress named Matt Robinson to CTO, to act as the technology visionary and strategist for the Company. He will also act as Progress chief evangelist. Robinson joined Progress in 2013 as a VP within the Application Development and Deployment BU through the acquisition of Rollbase, which he founded and led as CEO. Prior to that, he was Director of Product Development at Taleo (acquired by Oracle) and founder and CEO of (acquired by Taleo).

Home Retail's New CIO is Former Sears Online CIO

Home Retail Group hired George Goley as its CTO. He is former CIO of Sears’ online business unit. Prior to joining Sears in 2012, he worked as VP of technology at Amazon, where he led the teams that built large-scale cloud systems for managing data warehouse and product catalogues. He previously held technology leadership roles with Microsoft, where he rebuilt the user profile tracking and ad serving systems for MSN properties.

Unisys Appoints Oracle Product Support Exec to CTO Role

Tarek El-Sadany joined Unisys Corporation as SVP, Technology, and CTO. El-Sadany served as VP of Global Product Support Services for Oracle. He was also COO and CTO at Remedy Informatics, and also held founding and senior leadership positions at Datacme Corporation and TenFold Corporation. He began his IT career working on international software projects at IBM. El-Sadany has also held senior posts in the Egyptian government. He served as chairman and CEO of the Egypt National Post.

Supercuts Owner Regis Promotes Retail Systems and Enterprise Architecture VP to CIO

Regis, owner of the Supercuts and SmartStyle hair salon brands, has promoted Andy Dulka, formerly VP of retail systems and enterprise architecture, to CIO. Dulka served in several IT roles for Allianz Life Insurance, part of Allianz SE, from 2006 until 2012. He worked as VP of infrastructure and application maintenance, chief architect and senior director of enterprise architecture, and VP of online channel management. He also worked as an enterprise architect for Best Buy from 2000 until 2003.

Former Jive Software and Cisco Exec Joins 8x8 as Engineering VP

8x8, the cloud-based business communications solutions firm, named Jared Smith-Mickelson to the position of VP of Engineering. Prior to joining 8x8, he worked five years as VP of Engineering at Jive Software, and held several senior manager roles at Cisco’s Data Center Application Services business unit and Wide Area Application Services business unit. He began his Silicon Valley career with an Accel Partners’ backed startup, Reactivity, which was acquired by Cisco in 2007.

Jockey Unconventionally Hires Abercrombie & Fitch Exec to Fill CIO, CFO Roles

Jockey International hired CFO and CIO Dain Bussewitz, formerly VP of finance at Abercrombie & Fitch. He replaces Frank Schneider, who previously held both roles from 2000 until his departure in 2014. Bussewitz’ background is primarily in finance and business strategy, with some IT duties. Bussewitz was responsible for ecommerce, digital marketing and corporate BD at Abercrombie & Fitch since 2013. From 2009 until 2012, worked as VP of Strategy for Staples and before that held business and finance roles at Nike from 2002 until 2009.

HERC Brings on CIO with IT Experience across Industrial Products, Construction Equipment and IT businesses

Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, the Hertz subsidiary that provides rental equipment for heavy construction, industrial, government projects, named IT veteran Richard Marani as its CIO. Marani joins HERC as part of its preparation for its separation from Hertz as a stand-alone company. Most recently, he was VP, IT at Ingersoll Rand. Previously, he served as CIO, World Wide Systems at Doosan Infracore International; VP, IT at Ingersoll Rand (2002 to 2007); IT Leader, Motors & Controls Business & Manufacturing Systems at GE; IT Director, Americas at United Technologies; and IT Manager at GE.

Corporate Law Firm Reed Smith Hires CIO from Mylan

Reed Smith has named Steven Agnoli as CIO. He joins Reed Smith after a stint as head of global IT transformation at generic drug maker Mylan NV. He also has law firm experience having spent more than a decade as CIO at K&L Gates.

SickKids Appoints CIO with Clinical Background in Pediatrics and Neonatology

The Hospital for Sick Children appoints Dr. Sarah Muttitt, expert in telehealth initiatives, to the position of CIO and VP of the Information Management and Technology. Having trained at SickKids and served as a Senior Fellow in Neonatology in the late 1980s, Muttitt possesses more than 25 years of experience in the health-care industry with a clinical background in pediatrics and neonatology. She went on to become a Staff Neonatologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta from 1989 – 1993. She has successfully led large-scale health-care transformation and information technology initiatives both in Canada and in the Asia region.

Date Range: May 29th - July 10th

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