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Comcast Promotes Myrna Soto as New Global CISO

Comcast promoted Myrna Soto to SVP, Global CISO. Prior to this appointment, Soto served as SVP, Chief Infrastructure and Information Security Officer (CIISO) within Engineering & Platform Services for Comcast Cable. Soto, who joined Comcast in 2009, has more than 25 years of information security and technology leadership experience in a number of industries, including financial services, hospitality, insurance/risk management and gaming/entertainment. 

Top Amazon Executive Departs Second Time in a Year

Jon McCormack, the CTO of the Amazon unit that makes devices such as the Kindle and Fire TV, has left the company for the second time in less than a year. This time he’s headed to Google, where he has taken a job inside Google’s Advanced Technologies and Projects group, which works on futuristic projects.

McCormack first left Amazon late last year, after overseeing teams responsible for making software for the Kindle, Fire phone and other Amazon hardware. But he returned in March after a two-month stint at Yahoo.

National Grid Hires New CIO from Boston Scientific

Rich Adduci accepted the role of global CIO with National Grid. He was most recently SVP & CIO of Boston Scientific serving for nine years. Previously, he was a Partner at Accenture.

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP, Inc. Announce Respective CIOs

New Hewlett-Packard Enterprise CIO Scott Spradley has been with HP for seven years, most recently serving as CIO of HP Global Functions. Spradley will replace Ramon Baez, who was appointed SVP of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s customer advocacy organization earlier this year, and had served in the role of CIO until now.  

From the beginning of August, HP began operating as two separate entities as the company waits for final approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission. Spradley was the IT leader responsible for separating the IT components of the two companies. Previously, he held leadership roles at Intel and Chevron.

Naresh Shanker is CIO for HP, Inc from August. Before that he was CIO of Hewlett-Packard’s Printing & Personal Systems Group. Previously, he served as CIO of Palm.

ABB Promotes India Head to Global CTO Role

The Switzerland based leading power and automation technology group ABB named Bazmi Husain, currently ABB’s managing director in India, to become CTO by start of 2016. Husain, an Indian citizen, joined ABB in 1981, and managed a variety of local business units and divisions in India and Singapore before taking responsibility for ABB’s Corporate Research Center (CRC) in India in 2002. From 2005 through 2009 he was director of ABB’s CRC in Västerås, Sweden, and also led ABB’s global automation technology research. From 2009 to 2011 Husain was head of ABB’s Smart Grid industry segment initiative.

VMware Names New CTO as Ben Fathi Resigns

VMware appointed Ray O'Farrell to the role of CTO and Chief Development Officer, responsible for orchestration across all of VMware's R&D BUs and lead CTO team. O'Farrell most recently served as GM, Software-Defined Data Center Division. He is a long time VMware veteran, having joined the company in 2003 to build out the storage technologies of VMware ESX® (later VMware vSphere®). Before joining VMware, he led product development teams at Microtec/Mentor-Graphics, Improv Systems, Industrial and Scientific Imaging and Ashling Microsystems.

Ben Fathi, CTO at VMware, has resigned after a three-and-a-half year run at the company. Fathi joined VMware in 2012 and was named VMware CTO in January 2014. Prior to being named CTO, Fathi was VP of R&D in charge of the teams that build the core ESX hypervisor, vSphere and other products.

Marsh & McLennan Names Compliance Chief as First CIO

Marsh & McLennan Companies named E. Scott Gilbert, 59, as CIO. Gilbert previously served as Chief Risk & Compliance Officer. Gilbert is former Chief Compliance Officer of General Electric. Prior to joining GE, Gilbert was an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he worked on several securities fraud cases.

American Electric Power Appointed New Security Chief Combining Physical and Cyber Security Efforts

New VP & Chief Security Officer Stanley E. Partlow, 57, has served as managing director - Security & Aviation since 2010. In addition to Partlow's current responsibilities for physical security and AEP aviation, he will oversee the company's cyber security efforts. Partlow joined AEP in 2005 as director - Security & Aviation after a distinguished 25-year career in law enforcement. Earlier in his career, Partlow held several supervisory positions with the City of Columbus Division of Police and was a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Taps CIO from Tory Burch

Royal Caribbean Cruises named Michael Giresi as SVP and CIO. Giresi most recently served as SVP and CIO for Tory Burch. Prior to that, Giresi was EVP and CIO at Direct Brands. Throughout his career, he has held various management positions, including CIO for Godiva Chocolatier and director of IT for the Campbell Soup Company.

T. Rowe Price Names Industry Veteran to Head Technology

T. Rowe Price Group has named Nigel Faulkner as head of technology. William Strickland, who has served as head of services & technology since 2012, retains his responsibilities for the firm’s global services organization.

Most recently, Faulkner served as managing director and CIO for the Investment Bank of Credit Suisse Group. He previously served as CIO for Credit Suisse Group’s Equity business, as well as managing director, equity CTO, and CIO for Goldman Sachs. His prior leadership responsibilities include head of securities technology for Goldman Sachs Europe and several technology leadership roles for Merrill Lynch in Asia, South Africa, and London.

Palo Alto Networks Appoints VP and Regional Chief Security Officer of EMEA from FireEye      

Palo Alto Networks appointed Greg Day as VP and regional chief security officer (CSO) for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Day currently sits on the UK National Crime Agency steering committee, the UK-CERT/CISP advisory team and the VFORUM research community, having formerly held the position of vice chair of the techUK cyber security group. Before joining Palo Alto Networks, he worked in senior strategy and intelligence roles for McAfee and Symantec, and most recently held the post of EMEA regional VP and CTO at FireEye.

Verisk Analytics Appoints New CIO

Verisk Analytics promoted Nick Daffan, CIO of Verisk's Argus business, to CIO of Verisk Analytics. Daffan served as the CIO of Argus Information and Advisory Services, where he was responsible for the Argus Data Operations, Product Support, and IT groups. He served as Managing Director of Argus Information & Advisory Services. He led the technology and software development groups. He joined Argus in 2000 and has 15 years of consulting and IT experience. Prior to joining Argus, he was at Unisys Corporation.

Kohl’s Corporation Promotes SVP, IT to CIO

Kohl’s recently promoted SVP, IT since 2010, Rich Mozack, to EVP and CIO. Before Kohl’s, he was VP and CIO at Eddie Bauer, VP of Application Development at Spiegel Group, and Advisory Marketing Specialist at IBM.

NetApp Appoints Former Symantec and IBM Exec as New CTO

NetApp appointed Mark Bregman as CTO. Bregman has held C-level and management roles for global firms including Symantec and IBM. Most recently he was CTO of machine-learning start-up SkywriterRX, where he currently serves as a board member and an advisor. Before that, he held senior positions at Neustar, Symantec, Veritas, AirMedia, and IBM. He began his career at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center.

Globe Telecom’s CIO Resigns      

Philippines based provider of telecommunications services Globe Telecom’s CIO and SVP of Information Systems Group Henry Rhoel R. Aguda, 46, has resigned. Before his current role, he served as the Head of Information Systems Group at Globe Telecom. Prior, he served as first VP of IT Division of Digital Telecommunications Phils, and worked with Weserv/Fujitsu Philippines, Nextel International, Nextel Communications Philippines, Bayantel Communications Holdings and Corporate Information Solutions (subsidiary of Meralco).

Former Kohl’s CIO Joins Hudson's Bay Company

Hudson's Bay Company appointed Janet Schalk to CIO. Schalk brings more than 10 years of senior leadership experience in the information technology field and is a recognized leader in innovation and emerging technologies, with a strong foundation in customer service. Prior to joining HBC, she served as EVP and CIO for Kohl’s. Previous to Kohl’s, she spent four years as EVP and head of Global IT for Target Corporation.

Two Harbors Investment Names New CTO to Grow Technology Resources for Business Expansion

Two Harbors Investment, the real estate investment trust that invests in residential mortgage-backed securities, appointed Jeffrey Hurley as Managing Director and CTO. Prior to joining the company, Hurley served as Managing Director, Head of Technology, at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board; Executive Director, Fixed Income Technology at Nomura Holdings; and served in a variety of leadership roles with various Fortune 500 companies, including The Walt Disney Company, Cendant, H&R Block and Lehman Brothers.

Ciena Appoints CTO for EMEA Region  

Ciena has appointed Joe Marsella as CTO for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), driving Ciena's expansion in the region. Prior to this new role, Joe served in several capacities within Ciena; most recently as the Senior Director Product Line Management, responsible for the software strategy of Ciena's Agility software portfolio, now part of Ciena Blue Planet.

Bank of Hawaii’s New CIO Comes From Zions

Sheh Bertram will join Bank of Hawaii as Senior EVP and CIO. She joins Bank of Hawaii after 18 years of technology leadership with Zions Bancorporation, serving as its CTO since 2011. Prior to Zions, Bertram held a variety of technology roles with Hughes Aircraft, Xerox, Liberty Mutual Insurance and First Security Bank.

UMB Financial Hires Former IBM Exec as New CIO

Diversified financial services company UMB Financial has named Jig Patel as its new CIO. A former senior technology executive at IBM, Patel comes to the job after overseeing enterprise IT over the past year at Epiq Systems, the technology service provider for litigation and other legal matters. Before Epiq, Patel worked for nine years at IBM, as director of technology and business process delivery services, and as a VP of global business services, technology services and enterprise IT.

He replaces Mike Jackson, previously the company’s most senior technology executive, who retired earlier this year.

NuVasive Creates CIO Role; Appoints Leader from Thermo Fisher Scientific

NuVasive, the innovative global medical device company, named Johnson Lai, as CIO. Most recently, he was VP of IT at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Previously, he was a senior IT leader at Life Technologies and global IT leader for Abbott Vascular.

SAS Appoints CIO with Broad Strategy Profile and Strength in Business Development

SAS appointed Mattias Forsberg to take up position as new EVP and CIO responsible for IT and digital innovation. Forsberg has been CIO at Systembolaget since 2011 and, previously, was IT Director at B&B Tools. Before this, he worked at Accenture where his duties included responsibility for Accenture’s IT Strategy Group.

Visa Security Exec Joins Ellie Mae as Chief Security Officer

Ellie Mae, a leading provider of innovative on-demand software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry, appointed Dr. Selim Aissi as Chief Security Officer (CSO). Prior to joining Ellie Mae, he was the VP of Global Information Security at Visa. Before that, he spent over 11 years at Intel where he held senior management and technology roles and championed several security technologies for Intel’s server, desktop and mobile products. Prior to Intel, Selim held senior engineering positions at General Dynamics, General Motors, and Applied Dynamics International.

Leidos Promotes Company Veteran as New Information Chief

Leidos appointed Martin Miner as SVP and CIO. Miner has held numerous senior management positions during his 18-year tenure with Leidos. Most recently he was the chief strategy officer for the Integrated Systems Group in the company's National Security Sector. Miner has also served as SVP for the company's Commercial Critical Infrastructure Operation; CEO/COO/President for former-Leidos subsidiary CloudShield Technologies; and SVP for the company's IT Deployment Operation providing CIOs and customers with IT infrastructure support. Prior to Leidos, Miner was a manager for GE Aerospace/Martin Marietta and a Consulting Regional Manager for Texas Instruments Software.

Advanced Micro Devices Promotes Corporate VP to Lead Radeon Technologies Group

Advanced Micro Devices promotes Raja Koduri, 47, to SVP and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, responsible for overseeing all aspects of graphics technologies used in AMD’s APU, discrete GPU, semi-custom, and GPU compute products. He most recently drove AMD’s innovation in visual and accelerated computing as corporate VP of visual and perceptual computing. Prior to joining AMD, Koduri served as director of graphics architecture at Apple. Prior to joining Apple, Koduri served in a variety of senior leadership roles driving best-in-class GPU performance initiatives in hardware and software from AMD and ATI.

State Auto Financial Adds CIO in Executive Reorganization

Insurer State Auto Financial hired Greg Tacchetti as Chief Information and Strategy Officer as part of an executive reorganization. Tacchetti had been founder of AssureStart, which sells small business insurance online. Lyle Rhodebeck, who had overseen IT in his position of SVP of operations, had left. Prior to AssureStart, Tacchetti was Chief Administrative Officer at Firemans Fund Insurance and Allianz of America.

Glatfelter Names CIO with Experience in Enterprise Applications and Infrastructure Service

Glatfelter, the manufacturer of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials, named Joseph Zakutney as VP and CIO. Most recently, he served as the Founder and Principal of JJZ Associates and on SAP’s Independent Executive Advisory Council. He spent 16 years with The Hershey Company where he held a broad spectrum of IT roles including VP and CIO. Earlier leadership assignments in applications, systems and hardware/software engineering roles were with Mentor Graphics, Honeywell/Alliant Techsystems and Raytheon.

Carbonite Appoints Engineering and Product Management Execs

Carbonite, the provider of cloud and hybrid BC solutions for SMBs, named David Raissipour as SVP of engineering, and Ron Trackey has joined as VP of product management.

David Raissipour joined Carbonite from EMC's RSA Security, where he served as VP and GM for identity, authentication and fraud products. Before joining RSA, he spent more than 14 years at Microsoft where he was an original/founding member of several product teams, including Outlook, Bing Mobile, MSN Mobile and the Microsoft Business Intelligence Suite. Early in his career he held a range of engineering and product management roles at start-ups throughout Massachusetts.

Ron Trackey served as VP of product development at Onapsis, in SAP cybersecurity. Before that, he spent several years at RSA Security, where he led product and engineering management for RSA's adaptive authentication SaaS product providing anti-fraud services. Prior to RSA, He spent 15 years at Microsoft, in various product leadership roles for MSN and Bing Mobile and MSN services.

TSYS’ New CIO is from Within Financial Services Industry

Credit card and payment processor TSYS named Patricia A. Watson, a 17-year veteran of the financial services industry, as Senior EVP and CIO. Most recently she has served as VP and global CIO for The Brinks Company. Prior to that, Watson worked with Bank of America for more than 14 years in a number of technology positions with increasing responsibility, including the role of senior technology executive for the bank’s treasury, payments and credit area.

Mutual of Omaha Promotes SVP, IS Applications to CIO

Mike Lechtenberger was promoted from SVP, IS applications, to CIO of Mutual of Omaha. He joined Mutual as an entry-level programmer in 1986 and most recently was SVP for information services applications.

PG&E Names New IT Officers to Better Manage and Protect Information

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) appointed Bernard Cowens as VP and CISO and Kathleen Kay as VP, Business Technology. Cowens joins PG&E, from his role as CISO at First American Financial Corporation. Cowens served in the military from 1980 to 2000, completing his service as CO and Chief Security Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency in Los Angeles. Thereafter, he held executive-level roles in information technology with SafeNet, where he was CIO; and PwC, where he was director of risk and security advisory services. He subsequently served in senior information security roles for Experian and the Automobile Club of Southern California before joining First American Financial Corporation.

Kay had a career spanning more than two decades at General Motors. She began as an associate programmer and systems analyst and worked in progressively more responsible roles, concluding with her role as director of application development and support for OnStar. She served as SVP of business technology services for Comerica Bank in Michigan from 2007 to 2012. Kay left Comerica to serve as SVP of application services for SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, where she also served as the executive chair for diversity.

Seattle Police Department Goes Through CIO Changes

Greg Russell, the former Amazon VP who was named CIO of the Seattle Police Department six months ago, is leaving the role to join a Fortune 500 company. Russell joined the Police Department in March.  At Amazon, Russell oversaw areas such as corporate applications, IT and enterprise data warehousing. Prior to Amazon, he worked at Cisco and Flextronics.

Bill Schrier, a retired longtime city employee, will be returning, this time as the Seattle Police Department’s new CIO. Schrier has been serving as a senior policy adviser at the Washington State Office of the CIO.

Utah CIO is Retiring

State of Utah CIO Mark VanOrden, is set to retire later this year after 30 years in state government IT. VanOrden’s career in state government began as a programmer in 1982. From 2006 to 2012, he ran IT for the state’s workforce services department. Going forward, VanOrden plans to focus on community service.

Library of Congress Lands Full-Time CIO, Five Interim CIOs Later

The Library of Congress has tapped Bernard A. Barton Jr. as its permanent CIO, five months after being chided in a federal report for employing five temporary CIOs since 2012. Barton comes to the job after overseeing IT for the past six years at the Defense Technical Information Center, a government-funded research and development data source for the Defense Department, most recently as deputy administrator and CIO. Prior to that, he served as deputy CIO at the North Carolina National Guard.

He takes over from Elizabeth Scheffler, who returns to the U.S. Copyright Office as a senior executive after serving as the library’s interim CIO since January.

ATF CIO Steps Down

Rick Holgate is stepping down as CIO at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to become a private-sector federal technology analyst. Holgate, who became the bureau’s senior IT official in August 2009, making him one of the federal government’s longest-serving CIOs, has accepted an offer to cover the federal IT sector for technology research firm Gartner. Before joining the ATF, Mr. Holgate oversaw IT services for five years as an assistant director and command information officer at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Canada Names New CIO as Agencies Combat Cybercrime

The Government of Canada has named John Messina as its next CIO. Messina is currently CIO of the Canada Revenue Agency, the federal tax collector, where for the past three years he’s led more than 3,000 IT staffers.

He replaces Corinne Charette, who has held the post since May 2009. Charette, who in March became senior deputy minister of spectrum, information technologies and telecommunications at government agency Industry Canada, had presided over a sharp increase in government IT and open data in recent years.

Date Range: August 18th - September 22nd

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