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Vell Compiles Open CIO Roles and Placements in the Past Month
PREPARED BY: Vell Executive Search
DATE: August 6 to September 12, 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 37 days ended September 12th, 2015.

Total Number of Open Roles: 55

Newly Opened Roles: 10 - American Traffic Solutions (AZ), Quality Systems, Lantronix, Smaato (CA), Destination Hotels (CO), NIBCO (IN), Jack Henry & Associates (KS), Broadcast Music (TN), ATF and FDIC (Washington, D.C.)

New Appointments: 57

Sources of Appointments: 37 were External appointments, and 20 were internal promotions (divisional execs-6, and Others-14).

Diversity: 8 out of 57 are women – PG&E (CA), Total System Services (GA), Gant Travel Management (IN), Namely (NY), Banfield Pet Hospital (OR), Comcast (PA), REI (WA), and Hudson's Bay Company (Canada).

Geographic Distribution: 50 in the US, two in Canada, and five International appointments.

According to Liberum: For August 2015 substantial increases in turnover occurred in across all industries and C-level changes increased 55% compared to August 2014 and 5% compared to July 2015.

Top Industries witnessing C-level changes were Drugs, Banking and Manufacturing.

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 Wanted

IT Leadership Open Spots as of September 12, 2015


American Traffic Solutions, Tempe, AZ - Revenues: NA

American Traffic Solutions is the leading provider of mobility and compliance solutions for fleets, rental car companies and state and local governments.

September 2015 – The company is looking for a CIO responsible for leading and overseeing all aspects of the Company’s technology capabilities, resources and assets.


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.

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.

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 IT 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.

EMC Isilon, Los Angeles, CA - Revenues: NA          
The EMC Isilon brand is a recognized global leader in M&E. It sells clustered file system hardware and software for digital content and other unstructured data to a variety of industries.

June 2015 – EMC Isilon is looking for a CTO for Media and Entertainment, who will represent the public face of EMC Isilon sales and business development strategy for Media Production, Broadcast and Content Delivery markets. The CTO for M&E will meet regularly with Media Executives worldwide to drive continued adoption of Isilon as the best scale-out storage platform for Post Production, Broadcast, Visual Effects and 3-D, VOD and IPTV, nPVR and Over The Top Next-Generation Media Delivery.

Ruckus Wireless, Sunnyvale, CA - Revenues: $326.9M          
Ruckus Wireless is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market.

June 2015 – William "Bill" Kish is leaving his position as CTO of Ruckus Wireless, to pursue new interests, and has stepped down as a member of the Board of Directors. The company has launched a search for a new CTO who will fuel the next wave of innovation.

Wikimedia Foundation, San Francisco, CA - Revenues: NA          
The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting Wikipedia and other Wiki projects.

June 2015 – Wikimedia is looking for a CTO to lead and connect with communities of volunteers, researchers, and users. The CTO must have the ability to understand and synthesize a vast amount of data, opinions and emerging technologies.

Business Wire, San Francisco, CA - Revenues: NA          
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the leading source of news on major U.S. corporations, including Fortune 1000 and NASDAQ companies.

July 2015 – Business Wire is seeking a Chief Information Systems Security Officer to take responsibility for research, development, implementation, testing and review of the organization's security policies/processes and technology.

Centrify, San Francisco, CA  - Revenues: NA         
Centrify provides unified identity management across cloud, mobile environments and datacenter that deliver a single sign-on (SSO) for users and a simplified identity infrastructure for IT.

July 2015 – The CISO is the leader of the corporate/physical security function for Centrify, which includes responsibility for overall corporate security strategy, security architecture development, and global function oversight.

Pivotal Software, Palo Alto, CA - Revenues: NA          

Pivotal is a spinoff company of EMC and VMware. Pivotal is building a new platform for a new era, setting the standard for Enterprise Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

July 2015 – The company is seeking a CISO who will lead the security team within the IT organization.

Quality Systems, Irvine, CA - Revenues: $490.2M          

Quality Systems is engaged in developing and marketing healthcare information systems.

August 2015 – CTO Steve K. Puckett left by mutual agreement. The post is vacant currently. The company has not indicated how it plans to fill the post.

Lantronix, Irvine, CA - Revenues: $42.9M          

Lantronix is a global leader of secure communication technologies that simplify access and communication with and between virtually any electronic device.

August 2015 – Lantronix is seeking a CTO to lead technology direction and roadmap for the company.

Smaato, San Francisco, CA - Revenues: NA          

Smaato is the global real-time advertising platform for mobile publishers and app developers.

September 2015 – Smaato is seeking a CTO to determine the direction of software development, solutions and product offerings.


Destination Hotels, Denver, CO - Revenues: NA
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held lodging management company headquartered in Colorado.

September 2015 – The company is seeking a CTO/CIO for Destination Hotels and Lowe Enterprises.


FIS (Fidelity National Information Services), Jacksonville, FL - Revenues: $6.4B
FIS™ is the world’s largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies.

June 2015 – The company is looking for a CISO, responsible for ensuring the security program is deployed to meet company objectives for the protection of confidential data, owned or maintained by FIS from inappropriate access, use or disclosure.

VITAS Healthcare, Miami, FL - Revenues: NA
VITAS® Healthcare, a pioneer and leader in the hospice movement since 1978, is the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care.

June 2015 – The company is looking for a CISO, to work closely with the IT and Technical Services teams to identify, document and mitigate IT security concerns as related to overall access to resources.

Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Miami, FL - Revenues: NA
The Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), is the largest international membership organization dedicated to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) professionals in both the public and private sectors.

June 2015 – The company is looking for a CTO, who will provide vision and leadership to ensure that ACAMS effectively leverages technology to achieve its key strategic initiatives and maintain a sustainable competitive advantage in the AML/Financial Crimes information, training and software market.

Pet Supermarket, Miami, FL - Revenues: NA
Pet Supermarket is a private equity-backed $300M, 150 store, 1600+ employee specialty retailer.

July 2015 – The company is looking for a CIO, who will replace the current CIO who is retiring.


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.

Ventiv Technology, Atlanta, GA - Revenues: NA
Ventiv Technology, formerly Aon eSolutions, is a global provider of risk management, claims and safety solutions to businesses and public entities.

July 2015 – Ventiv Technology is hiring: Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to oversee all technology risk management activities.


NIBCO, Elkhart, IN - Revenues: NA
NIBCO is a recognized industry leader of flow control solutions to the residential and commercial construction, institutional, industrial, fire protection and irrigation markets.

September 2015 – NIBCO is seeking a CIO for setting long and mid-range strategies, objectives and initiatives for the Information Services function.


Jack Henry & Associates, Monett, MO - Revenues: $1.3B
Jack Henry & Associates provides technology solutions and payment processing services primarily for financial services organizations in the United States.

September 2015 – Jack Henry & Associates is currently seeking a CISO who will be responsible for overseeing the strategy, design and implementation of enterprise-level information security initiatives and programs.


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).

Nuance Communications, Burlington, MA - Revenues: $1.9B
Nuance Communications is a provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers across the world.   

May 2015 – Nuance is seeking a CISO who will be a business/technology executive responsible for providing leadership in establishing a comprehensive Information Security and Data Privacy program and ensuring compliance.

Schneider Electric (Americas), Cambridge, MA - Revenues: $27.2B
Schneider Electric S.E. provides integrated energy management solutions to energy and infrastructure, industries, data centers and networks, buildings, and residential markets worldwide.   

July 2015 – Schneider Electric is seeking a CISO, Americas, who will be responsible for establishing and maintaining an enterprise-wide information risk security/privacy program while ensuring tight linkage with the overall corporate strategy.

Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, Boston, MA - Revenues: NA
Boston Private Bank & Trust Company provides personal and business related banking services.   

July 2015 – The banking services firm is seeking a CIO, the highest IT leadership role for the enterprise.


Ameriprise Financial, Minneapolis, MN - Revenues: $9.1B
Based in Minneapolis, Ameriprise Financial is a leading financial planning and services company with more than 10,000 branded financial advisors.

May 2015 –
Ameriprise Financial is currently seeking a Chief Information Security Officer.

Gander Mountain Company, Saint Paul, MN - Revenues: NA
Gander Mountain Company operates the nation’s largest retail network of stores for hunting, fishing, camping, and marine products and accessories.

June 2015 –
Gander Mountain is currently seeking a CIO responsible for aligning IT strategies and initiatives with the overall business objectives of Gander Mountain by providing vision and leadership for the IT organization in a retail environment.

New Hampshire

Brookstone, Merrimack, NH - Revenues: NA
Brookstone is a chain of specialty retail stores in the United States.   

June 2015 – The CIO is responsible to oversee the development of corporate standards, technology architecture, technology evaluation and transfer; sponsor the business technology planning process; manage client relations; align IT with the business; and develop IT financial management systems.

New York

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.”

NYC Department of Finance, New York, NY - Revenues: NA
The NYC Department of Finance (DOF) collects more than $33.6 billion in revenue for the City and values more than one million properties worth a total market value of $988 billion.

June 2015 –
The New York City Department of Finance seeks a CIO to manage its 200+ person Information Technology Department.

RentCheck, New York, NY - Revenues: NA
RentCheck is an apartment rental search engine.

June 2015 –
RentCheck is seeking a CTO who will be responsible for maintaining the general architecture and scalability of the business while maintaining stability.

Madison Logic, New York, NY - Revenues: NA
Madison Logic is the premier provider of full-funnel media, marketing and enterprise solutions for the world’s leading B2B brands, agencies and publishing partners.

July 2015 – Madison Logic is looking for a CTO to join its Executive Management team.

Colgate University, Syracuse, NY - Revenues: NA
Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts college located in central New York with an enrollment of approximately 2,900 students.

July 2015 – Colgate University is seeking a CISO to join the IT Services department to serve as the university expert on information security across all domains. 

North Carolina

City of Raleigh, Raleigh, NC - Revenues: NA
Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina as well as the seat of Wake County in the United States.
June 2015 – City of Raleigh CIO Gail Roper has announced her resignation. Beth Stagner, the IT Department’s business applications director, will serve as the department’s interim director until a competitive national recruitment can be completed.


Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland, OH - Revenues: NA
Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world's first community foundation and, with assets of approximately $2.1 billion, one of the largest.
June 2015 – Cleveland Foundation is looking for a Chief Technology & Information Officer (CTIO) which is a newly created position for working on nonprofit and foundation related IT challenges and solutions.

Axcess Financial, Cincinnati, OH - Revenues: NA
Axcess Financial is a financial services company.
July 2015 – Axcess Financial is looking for a CTO, who will be responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of Axcess IT operations.


Harsch Investment Properties, Portland, OR - Revenues: NA
Harsch Investment Properties is a dynamic, expanding real estate investment, development and management company, which owns and operates more than 100 properties throughout six Regional offices.
June 2015 – Harsch is seeking a CIO who will provide vision and leadership for developing, implementing and executing strategic and tactical IT initiatives.

Welocalize, Portland, OR - Revenues: NA
Welocalize offers innovative translation and localization solutions helping global brands to grow and reach audiences around the world in more than 157 languages.
July 2015 – The company is seeking a CTO to drive the external technology strategy as well as the internal technology infrastructure.


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.

Steptoe & Johnson, Pittsburgh, PA - Revenues: NA
Steptoe & Johnson is an international law firm recognized for advocacy in complex litigation and arbitration, representation of clients before governmental agencies, and advice in guiding business transactions.
June 2015 - Steptoe & Johnson is seeking a CIO who will be responsible for all aspects of the firm’s information management, technology and systems.


Broadcast Music (BMI), Nashville, TN - Revenues: NA
Broadcast Music is one of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC.
September 2015 - BMI, one of the largest music rights management company in the US, is seeking a CIO who will be responsible for the company’s technological vision and leadership.


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.


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., Provo, UT - Revenues: NA
Ancestry is the world's largest online resource for family history.

May 2015 - Ancestry is currently looking for a leader to fill the new role of CISO, responsible for establishing, executing and maintaining the enterprise vision, strategy and program to ensure that Ancestry’s physical and digital information assets and technologies are adequately protected.

Valley Behavioral Health, Salt Lake City, UT - Revenues: NA
Valley Behavioral Health is a private, not-for-profit agency.

June 2015 – The agency is currently looking for a CIO as a core part of our strategy management team, advising the CEO, CFO, COO, and other core members on matters of strategic and tactical importance concerning IT systems, hardware, software, services, and maintenance.


State of Vermont-Department of Information & Innovation, Burlington, VA - Revenues: NA

The Department of Information and Innovation was created in 2003 to provide direction and oversight for all activities related to information technology for the state.

June 2015 – Reporting to the CIO, the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) will oversee and direct security programs and security efforts within state government.


MicroStrategy, Tysons Corner, VA - Revenues: $579.8M

MicroStrategy is a leading global provider of enterprise-ready platforms for business intelligence and analytics, mobile apps, and identity security.

June 2015 – MicroStrategy seeks a CISO, who will establish and develop global information security management programs for our internal systems and customer offerings.

Norfolk Southern Corporation, Norfolk, VA - Revenues: $11.6B

Norfolk Southern is one of the nation's premier transportation companies.

August 2015 – Deborah H. Butler, EVP planning and CIO of Norfolk Southern, has announced her intention to retire.

*Nothing was mentioned if the company was looking for a new CIO, or if they have a succession plan.


Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Tacoma, WA - Revenues: NA

Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) oversees the social services provided to the citizens of Washington State.

June 2015 - The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is seeking a CIO of DSHS Enterprise Technology, with combined background in social services, IT management, and business administration for a largely structured non-profit or government organization.

Blucora, Seattle, WA - Revenues: NA

Blucora, one of FORTUNE Magazine’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in 2013, owns a portfolio of leading Internet businesses.

August 2015 – Blucora is looking for a CISO who will be member of the company’s Operations Team.

Washington D.C.

       US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington D.C. - Revenues: NA

Independent US regulatory agency that helps keep American families safe by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products.

July 2015 – The agency is looking for a CIO for providing forward-thinking direction and visionary executive leadership for the agency-wide information resources management and IT programs, as well as systems implementation, to assist the agency in achieving its safety mission.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Washington D.C. - Revenues: NA

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a federal law enforcement organization within the United States Department of Justice.

August 2015 – ATF CIO Rick Holgate steps down. The agency has yet to name a successor.

* No announcements if they are conducting an external search.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington D.C. - Revenues: NA

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is a United States government corporation operating as an independent agency providing deposit insurance.

August 2015 – FDIC CIO Barry West who was on leave, has officially resigned. Martin Henning is serving as Acting CIO since West went on leave.

* No announcements if they are conducting an external search.

Other International

PanPages Berhad, Selangor, Malaysia - Revenues: $9.6M

PanPages Berhad (formerly known as CBSA Berhad), is a listed company specializing in the areas of Search and Advertising (S&A).

June 2015 - PanPages Berhad is looking for a CTO, who’s role is to provide vision and leadership for development of database marketing platform, B2B online portal and analytics solutions.

Matt Blatt, NSW, Australia - Revenues: NA

Matt Blatt is the home of accessible design, bringing the inspirational, iconic and unconventional into everyday Australian homes since 1999.

June 2015 - Matt Blatt is recruiting a stellar CTO who will ensure the successful execution of the company’s business mission through development and implementation of the company’s digital presence and performance capability.

CIOs Appointed

Latest Tech Exec Appointments in IT Leadership in the 37 days ended September 12, 2015.


Hewlett-Packard Enterprise: CIO, Global Functions and HP Separation, Scott Spradley replaces Ramon Baez. He is named new CIO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

VMware: Ray O'Farrell, VMware’s GM, Software-Defined Data Center Division, named as CTO and Chief Development Officer.

LiveOps: The cloud contact center company promoted SVP of Product Management Jeff Thompson to CTO and SVP of Engineering.

Digital Realty Trust: Chris Sharp is now CTO. Most recently was responsible for cloud innovation at Equinix.

Ellie Mae: The provider of software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry named Dr. Selim Aissi, VP of Global Information Security at Visa, as Chief Security Officer.

Quixey: The mobile technology company promoted EVP of Engineering Sudhir Mohan to CTO.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E): First American Financial exec Bernard Cowens named as VP and CISO and former General Motors exec Kathleen Kay as VP, Business Technology.

Metromile: The pioneer in pay-per-mile car insurance in the United States, promoted Jose Mercado from VP, Engineering to CTO.

Answer Financial: One of the largest auto and home insurance agencies in the U.S., named former Allstate exec Curt Kibler as CIO.

NuVasive: The medical device company appointed Johnson Lai as CIO. Most recently, was VP of IT at Thermo Fisher Scientific.


National Corporate Housing: The multi-brand corporate housing company named CFO Kregg Anderson as CIO.


Symphoni Media: One of Tampa Bay’s leading digital marketing agencies named Chris Jenkins, former owner of “I’m Their Web Guy” as first CTO.

Royal Caribbean Cruises: Most recent Tory Burch’s CIO Michael Giresi has been named SVP and CIO.  


Total System Services: Patricia A. Watson, a 17-year veteran of the financial services industry and former BofA tech exec, has been named senior EVP and CIO.

Turner Broadcasting System: TBS elevated Jeremy Legg, Head of Technology Strategy and Product Monetization for Turner, to the role of CTO.

Conisus: Former Coke CTO Steve Fernandez joined as CIO.


Bank of Hawaii: Zions’ CTO Sheh Bertram will join Bank of Hawaii as Senior EVP and CIO.


Scale Computing: Chief Architect Phil White promoted to CTO.

Gant Travel Management: Cornerstone Information Systems exec Jenni Murer joins as CIO.


DuPont Pioneer: Barney Debnam was named CIO for DuPont Pioneer. Previously, Debnam served as the company's CIO, Crop Protection & Global DuPont Digital Marketing.


Security Benefit: InsPro Technologies’ CIO John Keddy joins as new CTO. 

Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System (HRHS): Calvin Wright, Chief Technical Officer for Sinai Health System in Chicago, joins as VP and CIO at HRHS.


East River Electric: Patrick Engebretson joined as CIO. Former Assistant Professor of Information Assurance at Dakota State University.


Hebrew SeniorLife: The provider of senior health care and communities in New England named Peter Ingram, former CIO of Chicago’s Sinai Health System, as CIO.

Carbonite: EMC's RSA Security exec David Raissipour has joined the company as SVP of engineering.


Short Elliott Hendrickson: The engineering firm named Ameriprise Financial’s Tech VP Bill Koster, as the company’s CIO.


UMB Financial Corp: Jig Patel, former senior technology executive at IBM, is new CIO.


Mutual of Omaha: Mike Lechtenberger has recently been promoted from SVP, IS Applications to CIO at Mutual of Omaha.

American National Bank: Mike Bauer has joined the Bank as CIO. Most recently was the Sr. Director of Network and Telecom Services and Data Center Management for another local bank.

New Jersey

Verisk Analytics: Nick Daffan, CIO of Verisk's Argus business, has been promoted to CIO of the company.

Kennedy Health: The integrated health delivery system promoted VP/CIO Thomas J. Balcavage as SVP of Technology & Program Services.

New York

Namely: The company company that offers a set of human-resource applications that run in the cloud, named Teresa Dietrich, SVP, technology at WebMD, as CTO.

Two Harbors Investment: Jeffrey Hurley, Managing Director, Head of Technology, at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, joined as Managing Director and CTO.

L-3 Communications: Harris exec Ray DeLuke recently joined L-3 Communications as VP of IT & CIO. 

Marsh & McLennan: Compliance Chief E. Scott Gilbert appointed as the company’s first CIO.

Millward Brown: The global leader in brand, media and communications research named Matt Glace as Global CIO. Glace joins Millward Brown from Kantar, its parent company.

North Carolina

SAS: Mattias Forsberg is new EVP and CIO. Former CIO at Systembolaget.


State Auto Financial: The insurer hired Greg Tacchetti, co-founder of AssureStart Insurance Agency, as chief information and strategy officer.

American Electric Power: Managing Director - Security & Aviation Stanley E. Partlow named VP and chief security officer.


Banfield Pet Hospital: One of the world’s largest veterinary practice has named Target exec Anne Murphy CIO and SVP of IT.


Comcast: Myrna Soto has been promoted to SVP, Global CISO. Most recently, SVP, Chief Infrastructure and Information Security Officer (CIISO).

American Driveline Systems:  Chad Graham, Refac Optical Group’s SVP IT, was appointed CIO of the company and its subsidiary AAMCO Transmissions.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center exec Keith Perry named CIO.


Texas Health Resources: Deputy CIO Joey Sudomir, M.S., CHCIO, was named SVP, Innovative Technology Solutions (ITS) and CIO for Texas Health Resources.


Leidos Holdings: Leidos appointed Martin Miner, chief strategy officer for the Integrated Systems Group, as SVP and CIO.

Ferguson Enterprises: Kevin Barnes, CIO of E. & J. Gallo Winery, was named CIO, SVP at Ferguson Enterprises.

Hilton Worldwide: Senior Director, Corporate Systems at NeuStar Jim Bahr is the company’s new VP, Corporate Systems.


REI: National outdoor specialty retailer REI promoted VP, IT Julie Averill to CIO.


MGE Energy: Director of IMS Jared J. Bushek replaced Peter Waldron as CIO.

Kohl’s Corporation: Kohl’s recently promoted SVP, IT Rich Mozack to SVP, Technology Service to CIO.

Froedtert & the Medical College: Wellmont Health System’s SVP, IT William Showalter has been named SVP and CIO.


Government of Canada: The Government of Canada has named John Messina, currently CIO of the Canada Revenue Agency, as its next CIO.

Hudson's Bay Company: Janet Schalk, EVP and CIO for Kohl’s, named CIO.

Other International

Fyber: The Germany based mobile advertising monetization platform named Henrik Basten, co-founder and CTO of Falk Realtime, to CTO.

Vizor: The Ireland based leader in regulatory technology promoted Solution Architect Ryan Flood to the role of CTO.

ABB: The Switzerland based leading power and automation technology group named Bazmi Husain, currently ABB’s managing director in India, to become CTO by start of 2016.

Snapdeal: India based eCommerce major Snapdeal has appointed former Adobe executive Rajiv Mangla as CTO.

Faircent: The India based peer-to-peer lending marketplace Faircent appointed former CSC, Cognizant exec and domain expert in global payments, investment banking, security services and money transfer Bejoy Varghese as CTO.

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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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