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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 30 days ended November 27th, 2015.

Total Number of Open Roles: 89

Newly Opened Roles: 15 - Community Health Systems  (TN), Morningstar and Robertshaw (IL), TeleCommunication Systems (MD), Xunlei Limited (China), Just Dial (India), Economical Insurance Group (ON), Activistic Holdings (Australia), Illumina (CA), The Buckle (NE), Macon-Bibb County (GA), Providence Health & Services and AirFit (OR), Royal Canin USA (MO), and BNY Mellon Investment Management (MA)   

New Appointments: 82 (In 73 Companies) - as there are more than one appointment in nine companies

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).

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CIOs and Tech Execs Wanted

IT Leadership Open Spots as of November 27, 2015

AB Volvo, Sweden - $36.64B, September 2015
Volvo Group Executive Team member Torbjörn Holmström has announced his intention to step down from his position as Volvo Group CTO and EVP Group Trucks Technology. A global search will be conducted during autumn 2015 to identify his successor.

Schneider Electric (Americas), Massachusetts - $27.2B, 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.

Community Health Systems, Tennessee - $19.55B, November 2015
Community Health Systems announced that two of its corporate officers, Division President William S. Hussey and CIO J. Gary Seay, will retire at the end of the year. William (Bill) Hussey currently oversees Division VI Operations, which includes affiliated hospitals in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Centene, Missouri - $18.55B, September 2015
On September 28, 2015, Donald G. Imholz, EVP, Operations and CIO, advised Centene Corporation of his intention to retire effective December 31, 2015.

TE Connectivity, Schaffhausen - $14.26B, October 2015
TE Connectivity Ltd. announced on October 14, 2015 that its EVP and CTO, Robert Shaddock, is retiring from the Company effective late in 2016.

Assurant, New York - $10.57B, September 2015
Assurant announced senior management and organizational changes to support the Company's commitment to outperformance and to drive sustainable, profitable growth across the enterprise. A search is underway to fill the newly created enterprise role of CTO to accelerate the Company's digital transformation, increase efficiencies, leverage data and analytics and enhance the services Assurant provides to clients and consumers worldwide.

Ameriprise Financial, Minnesota - $9.1B, May 2015     
Ameriprise Financial is currently seeking a CISO.

Fidelity National Information Services, Florida - $6.4B, 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.

Adobe, California - $4.14B, October 2015 
Adobe plans to fill the CIO role as its CIO Gerri Martin-Flickinger joined Starbucks as CTO recently. Until then the IT team will continue to work with CTO Abhay Parasnis.

Nuance Communications, Massachusetts - $1.9B, 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.

Jack Henry & Associates, Missouri - $1.3B, 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.

Corbion, Noord-Holland - $948.4M, September 2015      
Corbion has announced that Mr. Sven Thormählen, CTO and member of the company's board of management, is stepping down as board member and will leave the company. His tasks and responsibilities as CTO will temporarily be covered by the CEO of the company.

Morningstar, Illinois - $783.6M, November 2015 
Greg Goff, Morningstar Inc.'s CTO, has decided to leave the firm effective December 4, 2015 to join Uptake Technologies.

Sky City Entertainment Group, New Zealand - $620.8M, September 2015    
SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited announced the resignation of Mike Clarke, CIO. Mr. Clarke's last day will be 31 December 2015.

MicroStrategy, Virginia - $579.8M, June 2015    
MicroStrategy seeks a CISO, who will establish and develop global information security management programs for our internal systems and customer offerings

Quality Systems, California - $490.2M, 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

Town Sports International Holdings, New York - $442M, September 2015  
On September 11, 2015, the employment of Paul Barron, CIO of Town Sports International Holdings, was terminated without cause. Mr. Barron will receive severance payments and benefits as set forth in the Amended and Restated Executive Severance Agreement, dated February 25, 2015.

TeleCommunication Systems, Maryland - $364.1M, November 2015 
TeleCommunication Systems announced the termination of Mr. Drew A. Morin, SVP and CTO of the company on October 28, 2015.

Ruckus Wireless, California - $326.9M, 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.

Infoblox, California - $306.1M, September 2015 
On September 23, 2015, Sohail M. Parekh notified Infoblox of his decision to step down as EVP, Engineering of the company effective October 5, 2015. Mr. Parekh has agreed to provide transition services thereafter until January 4, 2016. Alan Conley, the Company's CTO, will serve as interim Engineering leader until Mr. Parekh's successor has been appointed.

StarTek, Colorado - $252.7M, October 2015       
Kamalesh Dwivedi, the company's CIO, separated from the company effective October 14, 2015.

LogMeIn, Massachusetts - $166.3M, November 2014     
LogMeIn is seeking a CISO 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).

Xunlei Limited, Guangdong Province - $164M, November 2015 
Effective immediately, Xunlei Limited's board of directors has appointed Mr. Lei Chen, the Company's CTO, as Co-CEO. Simultaneously, Mr. Chen resigned as Xunlei's CTO, a post he has held since joining the company in November 2014.

Just Dial, India - $94.3M, November 2015
Just Dial has announced that Mr. Sandipan Chattopadhyay, CTO of the company is resigning from the company with effect from December 31, 2015. He may continue to advise the company in respect of technical matters.

Spark Networks, California - $55M, October 2015        
Spark Networks announced that resignation of Gregory J. Franchina as a CIO, delivered a notice of resignation to the Company indicating that he intended to resign from the Company effective as of November 14, 2015. The Company intends to replace Mr. Franchina and has initiated the process of recruiting qualified candidates.

Lantronix, California - $42.9M, August 2015       
Lantronix is seeking a CTO to lead technology direction and roadmap for the company.

Mitek, California - $14.8M, 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.

PanPages Berhad, Malaysia - $9.6M, 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.

NMI Holdings, California - $7.1M, 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.

Economical Insurance Group, Ontario - $6.7M, November 2015       
Economical Insurance announced that Michael Gagnier has left the company to pursue other endeavours. The company also announced that Alice Keung has joined the company as interim CIO, effective immediately. Ms. Keung brings to Economical significant expertise leading major technology transformations, establishing effective governance frameworks, and building high performance teams.

Activistic Holdings, Australia, November 2015   
The Company announced that Activistic Holdings Pty Ltd’s CTO, Mr. Shahab Zeinoghli has resigned effective 18 November.

California Maritime Academy, California, 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

American Traffic Solutions, Arizona, 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.

McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions, California, 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, California, 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.

Wikimedia Foundation, California, 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, California, 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, California, 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, California, July 2015    
The company is seeking a CISO who will lead the security team within the IT organization.

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

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

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

Coca-Cola North America, Georgia, October 2014       
The company is looking for a CTO for North America

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

Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, Massachusetts, July 2015     The banking services firm is seeking a CIO, the highest IT leadership role for the enterprise.

Gander Mountain Company, Minnesota, 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.

Brookstone, New Hampshire, 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.

UNICEF, New York, 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, June 2015     
The New York City Department of Finance seeks a CIO to manage its 200+ person IT Department.

RentCheck, New York, 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, July 2015       
Madison Logic is looking for a CTO to join its Executive Management team.

Colgate University, New York, 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.

City of Raleigh, North Carolina, 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, Ohio, 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, Ohio, 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, Oregon, June 2015    
Harsch is seeking a CIO who will provide vision and leadership for developing, implementing and executing strategic and tactical IT initiatives.

Welocalize, Oregon, July 2015     
The company is seeking a CTO to drive the external technology strategy as well as the internal technology infrastructure.

UPMC, 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.

Broadcast Music (BMI), Tennessee, 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, Texas, 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, Utah, 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., Utah, 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, Utah, 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, Vermont, June 2015
Reporting to the CIO, the CISO will oversee and direct security programs and security efforts within state government.

Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Washington, 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, Washington, August 2015
Blucora is looking for a CISO who will be member of the company’s Operations Team.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington D.C., 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., 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., 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

Matt Blatt, Australia, June 2015  
Matt Blatt is looking for a 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.

Supreme Group, Washington, D.C., September 2015    
The CIO’s role is to provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing IT initiatives. The CIO directs the planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems in support of business operations in order to improve cost effectiveness, service quality and business development. She/he is also responsible & accountable for all aspects of the organization's IT and systems.

Haier America, New Jersey, September 2015
Haier America is seeking a CIO to lead the implementation of the company’s operational excellence strategy and architect the future technology vision. 

PreventionGenetics, Wisconsin, September 2015        
PreventionGenetics is seeking a CIO to provide vision and leadership in developing and achieving a long-term technology strategy for the company that aligns with company business goals and objectives.

Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group, Massachusetts, September 2015        
Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group, a leading provider of employee benefit and wealth management services, is looking for a CIO.

North American Bancard, Michigan, September 2015   
North American Bancard is looking for a CIO to lead the IT team of 140+ employees in IT Operations including the Helpdesk and Information Security, PMO, and the Product & Strategy team.

Pro Mujer, New York, September 2015    
The non-profit development organization dedicated to providing women in Latin America with vital financial, health, and human development facilities is seeking a CTO to lead the IT department’s strategic direction and manage all IT policies, programs and schedules for all PM locations.

CommonBond, New York, September 2015       
CommonBond is looking for a CTO, to lead the company’s development team and be responsible for delivering technology that enables the company to reach its goals.

First Help Financial, Massachusetts, October 2015       
In order to continue rapid growth, FHF is looking for a highly motivated CTO with leadership and hands-on experience in programming, database, and team management. 

Farm Journal Media, Illinois, October 2015        
The SVP/CTO is a new position intended to drive systems development and technology advancements across the company.

Qualifacts, Tennessee, October 2015      
Qualifacts is seeking a CTO, a world-class technology executive with a passion for creating business value and making an impact to drive the operational excellence of its product development teams.

Illumina, California, November 2015
Illumina is looking for a CIO who will be part of the Illumina senior leadership team and will be responsible for evolving a Global Information Systems (GIS) strategy that support the scale and future growth of Illumina, including supporting product and market development strategies from an Information Technology perspective.

The Buckle, Nebraska, November 2015
The Buckle is seeking a CIO to direct, plan, and manage the company's Information Systems employees and resources to ensure the effective development, implementation, and oversight of all data processing, computer operations, and related functions (Communications, Office and Retail Store Systems, Production Activities, Data Warehousing, Merchandise Management, etc.).

Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, November 2015
The CIO will be responsible for providing the vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives that align with the mission of Macon-Bibb County.

Providence Health & Services, Oregon, November 2015
Providence is seeking a CIO to Providence Murray Business Center in Beaverton, OR.

Robertshaw, Illinois, November 2015
currently seeks for a CIO to join the organization for directing the information and data integrity of the global business for all IT functions of the company.

AirFit, Oregon, November 2015
AirFit currently seeks for a CTO to design and implement strategies and technologies for the company.

Royal Canin USA, Missouri, November 2015
The company seeks a CTO who will be the strategic and IT leader for building and managing enterprise, data and application platforms (eCommerce, CRM, Navision, BI, infrastructure) with key accountabilities including: project management, technical documentation, interface development and management controls with all relevant systems, alignment with global team and partnership with all internal teams.   

BNY Mellon Investment Management, Massachusetts, November 2015
Reporting to the COO of Investment Management, the CTO will supervise the IT group of a multi-boutique platform running $700 bn in fixed income and equity assets, 7x24, in 9 separate locations globally.

CIOs and Tech Execs Appointed


Latest Tech Exec Appointments in IT Leadership in the 30 days ended November 27, 2015.

Albertsons, Idaho - $38.04B, November 2015
AB Acquisition (Albertsons Companies) has named Anuj Dhanda to the position of EVP & CIO. Mr. Dhanda has most recently served as CIO and SVP of Digital Commerce for the Giant Eagle supermarket chain based in Pittsburgh, PA. He joined Giant Eagle as CIO in 2013. Mr. Dhanda will start December 7, 2015., China - $23.59B, November 2015 appointed Chen Zhang to the position of CTO, effective immediately. Mr. Zhang joined in April, 2015 as SVP in charge of JD Mall’s research and development system. Prior to joining, he was the president of Yahoo! global research and development center in Beijing, responsible for the development of Yahoo’s global core platforms, such as its science driven advertising and personalization platforms, mobile and cloud platforms.

ACE Limited, Zurich - $19.01B, November 2015  
ACE Group announced that Keith Schlosser will serve as EVP and CIO. Currently, Mr. Schlosser is EVP and CIO, ACE Overseas General. In addition to reporting to Mr. Andrade, Mr. Schlosser will continue to have a reporting relationship to Kevin Shearan, who is currently CIO and VP, ACE Group and will continue to serve in that role.

State Street Corporation, Massachusetts - $10.45B, November 2015 
State Street Corporation announced two appointments to further strengthen its information and technology capabilities and accelerate its digital service offerings. Chris Perretta, who previously served as CIO, has been promoted to a newly created position as global head of enterprise data and technology.
Antoine Shagoury has been appointed to EVP and global CIO, reporting to Perretta. Shagoury joins State Street from the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) where he was group chief information and group COO for the past five years.

MasterCard, New York - $9.59B, November 2015        
MasterCard Incorporated announced a series of executive appointments that will drive greater alignment and continue to evolve the company’s “Global Products and Solutions” and “Operations and Technology” business units. The appointments will become effective January 1, 2016. Ed McLaughlin has been named CIO. In this new role, McLaughlin will be responsible for ensuring the company efficiently delivers software development and integration efforts at the high standards. For the past five years, he served as chief emerging payments officer.
Garry Lyons, chief innovation officer, will now lead the Digital Payments and MasterCard Labs organizations. He will be responsible for consolidating the development and delivery of emerging digital payments solutions to ensure a high quality consumer and merchant experience.

Macquarie Group Limited, New South Wales - $7.37B, November 2015       
Macquarie Group hired Justin Raoul Moffitt as CIO. Moffitt, who will be based in Sydney, joins the Australian bank from Barclays Plc, where he has held the same role for Asia-Pacific since 2013. Justin Raoul Moffitt will start at Macquarie in February 2016.

Shiseido Company, Japan - $6.88B, November 2015    
Shiseido Company appointed Mitsuru Kameyama as Corporate Officer, Global Information & Communication Technology and his current title is General Manager, Strategic Information Systems Planning Department; Masaya Hosaka new responsibility as Corporate Officer, Assisting EVP and current responsibility is Corporate Officer, Assisting to Chief Technology and Information Officer.

Arthur J Gallagher, Illinois - $5.20B, November 2015   
Arthur J Gallagher has appointed former Hyperion CIO David Jack to lead its newly created technical advisory board. Before his role at Hyperion which he held for two years, Jack was CIO at Metapack, he has also been CIO at and held senior roles at Betfair and Citrix.

Juniper Networks, California - $4.64B, November 2015
Juniper Networks appointed Kevin Walker as security CTO. Walker joins Juniper Networks with more than 25 years of experience in information security and technology, most recently serving as VP and assistant chief information security officer at

Fossil Group, Texas - $3.30B, November 2015   
Fossil Group announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Misfit Sonny Vu will serve as president and CTO of connected devices for Fossil Group, and will be a member of the company's executive leadership team.

Cooper-Standard Holdings, Michigan - $3.25B, November 2015        
Cooper-Standard Holdingsappointed Susan Kampe to CIO effective December 1, 2015. Based at the company's world headquarters in Novi, Mich., Kampe will be responsible for leading the transformation of the company's IT function consistent with Cooper Standard's Profitable Growth Strategy. Most recently, Kampe served as managing partner and founder of Zang Consulting.

Keysight Technologies, California - $2.85B, November 2015   
Jay Alexander, Keysight SVP and CTO, will lead the Corporate Planning and Technology team. In this expanded role, Alexander has responsibility for strategic planning and corporate development, Keysight Labs, software architecture and platforms, and central technology development.

Globe Telecom, Philippines - $2.44B, November 2015   
Globe Telecom announced the key senior management appointments and organizational changes effective November 9, 2015: Gil B. Genio will be the company's new Chief Technology and Information Officer (CTIO). Genio is currently the company's COO for international and Business Markets. Maria Aurora Sy-Manalang will be new CIO. Sy-Manalang joined the company in 2005. She has since then handled various leadership roles in the organization, the most recent of which was Head of Product Management.

London Stock Exchange Group plc, Greater London - $2.26B, November 2015       
Chris Corrado was appointed COO and group CIO of London Stock Exchange Group Plc. He recently resigned from MSCI as CIO and head of technology and data services.

Brocade Communications Systems, California - $2.26B, November 2015    
Hadi Nahari has been named as new VP and security CTO by Brocade and it promoted David Meyer to Brocade Fellow. Both the hiring are entailed to assist the firm to expand its aim in key technology areas, including security and machine learning. Before becoming part of Brocade, Nahari was working as chief security architect of mobile and software platforms at NVidia where he initiated Trusted Little Kernel, the foundation for Android Trusty.


Zions Bancorporation, Utah - $2.05B, November 2015 
Zions Bancorporation announced that Joseph (Joe) Reilly, who has been serving as CIO, will assume the new role of chief technology strategist. Jennider Smith will assume the role of CIO. She will be responsible for providing the company's banking divisions with technology solutions and operational support. Smith has served as director of Enterprise Operations since 2011. Reilly has served as the company's CIO since 2011.

Dun & Bradstreet, New Jersey - $1.7B, November 2015        
Dun & Bradstreet announced that Josh Peirez has been appointed President and COO and Curtis Brown has been named Chief Content and Technology Officer.

ONE Gas, Oklahoma - $1.67B, November 2015   
On October 28, 2015, the ONE Gas Board of Directors elected Mark A. Bender, 50, to serve as the company's SVP, administration and CIO, effective November 1, 2015. Mr. Bender joined the company in April 2014 as VP and CIO.

Tribune Publishing Company, Illinois - $1.66B, November 2015        
Tribune Publishing appointed Rajiv Pant as its first chief product, technology and user experience officer. In his new role, Pant will report to Denise Warren, Tribune Publishing's president of Digital. He will oversee digital technology, product development and user experience for the company's portfolio, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, as well as nine other premium news and information brands. Pant is the former CTO of The New York Times Co.
Also, the company named Mohti Pandey as SVP of Engineering and Mobile. In his new role, Pandey will report to Pant. He will be charged with strengthening Tribune Publishing's software engineering and suite of mobile products to deliver engaging experiences for consumers and advertisers. Currently, Pandey heads up mobile engineering for The New York Times Co. Both the appointment of Pant and Pandey are effective 30 November 2015.

The New York Times Company, New York - $1.57B, November 2015
The New York Times Company announced that Nick Rockwell has been named CTO, effective November 16, 2015. Mr. Rockwell will be responsible for all technology operations, including infrastructure, e-commerce, enterprise computing and development of the company’s digital systems. Mr. Rockwell joins the Times Company from Conde Nast, where he oversaw all aspects of the company’s technology development and operations.

Cogobuy Group, Shaanxi Province - $1.31B, November 2015   
Cogobuy Group announced that Dr. Shipeng Li has joined Cogobuy and as CTO. In this role, Dr. Li will lead Cogobuy's technology strategy and drive the upgrade and completion of the company's Internet of Things (IoT) platform. Dr. Li joins Cogobuy from Microsoft Research Asia, where he was a member of the senior leadership team and held various senior-level positions including Principal Researcher, VP, and Research Manager where he coordinated Microsoft's extensive multimedia research activities.

Silicon Valley Bank, California - $1.11B, November 2015        
Silicon Valley Bank announced that Bruce Wallace takes on the role of Chief Digital Officer, responsible for transforming the company's digital banking experience and overseeing SVB's fee-based product businesses.

Synovus Financial Corporation, Georgia - $1.06B, November 2015   
Synovus Financial announced the promotion of Santosh Kokate to CTO and Amyn Tajani to Chief Digital Officer (CDO). Kokate has held a number of positions in IT since joining Synovus in 2006, including having responsibility for implementation of several strategic IT initatives. Tajani joined Synovus in 2013, and has provided leadership for the ATM refresh and deposit automation program, Synovus mobile banking upgrade and mobile deposit, the commercial portal update for business customers, and enhanced consumer payments and bill pay in online and mobile banking.


Palo Alto Networks, California - $1.03B, November 2015       
Palo Alto Networks appointed Lucas Moody as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Most recently, served as director of information security operations and engineering at Intuit.

Kudelski, Switzerland - $961.9M, November 2015 
The Kudelski Group appointed Rich A. Fennessy as Group SVP – and CEO of Kudelski Security. Most recently, he served as CEO of Fishnet Security. Christophe Nicolas, former Head of Kudelski Security, will become Group CIO, reporting to André Kudelski.

Haverty Furniture Companies, Georgia - $802.3M, November 2015  
The board announced the following promotions. Ed Clary was elected to EVP and CIO. Mr. Clary joined Havertys in 1990 and was named VP, management information services in 1994 and CIO in 2000.

CONMED, New York - $717.6M, November 2015 
CONMED Corporation announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held SurgiQuest Inc. for $265 million on a cash-free, debt-free basis. Mr. Azarbarzin will join CONMED as CTO of the Advanced Surgical business. He will report to Bill Peters, VP and General Manager of Advanced Surgical.

Reitmans Canada, Quebec - $714.1M, November 2015 
Reitmans (Canada) Limited appointed Gino Gualtieri to the position of CIO. With over 25 years of experience in industries ranging from retail to manufacturing and financial services, Mr. Gualtieri brings to company a wealth of expertise in the development and implementation of technology strategies. Prior to joining company, he held various senior executive roles at major corporations including Sears Canada, The Brick Group, Accenture and Staples.


TIVIT Terceirização de Tecnologia e Serviços, São Paulo - $667.3M, November 2015     
Tivit hired Armando Amaral as its new CTO. As part of his role, Amaral will be in charge of promoting technological development in strategic areas such as cloud computing and big data, across Latin America. He has 17 years of industry experience and will report directly to the VP of technology management, Carlos Gazaffi.

Marcus & Millichap, California - $658.3M, November 2015      
Marcus & Millichap has named Ken Sayward CIO, according to Gregory LaBerge, chief administrative officer. Before joining Marcus & Millichap, Sayward was the head of global business applications for Colliers International for five years where he was responsible for strategy, architecture and delivery of Colliers’ internal and external applications, overseeing and executing the development cycle from user needs definition to development and implementation. Prior to that he was global director of Information System for Whirlpool International for 14 years.

Imation, Minnesota - $632.2M, November 2015  
Current member of Imation's Board, Geoff Barrall, will join the Company's executive leadership team as CTO. Separately, Interim President Barry Kasoff has assumed the role of Chief Restructuring Officer and will continue to work with Mr. Fernander to execute Imation's restructuring plan.

Flexium Interconnect, California - $549.3M, November 2015  
Flexium Interconnect announced that Mark Ma¡BKunsun replaced with Kato Akira as CTO, effective October 28, 2015.

Kapsch TrafficCom, Vienna - $518.3M, November 2015
Kapsch TrafficCom AG has announced that Alexander Lewald will be joining the Management Board of Kapsch TrafficCom AG as CTO effective November 1, 2015. Alexander Lewald's appointment as CTO will initially extend over four years. Alexander Lewald spent three years at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) working at the DLR Institute of Robotics and System Dynamics. He spent five years at McKinsey & Company. Over the past 15 years, he has gathered extensive experience in setting up new businesses, for instance at Kapp IT Ventures, Gilde IT Management, SAP, and Parametric Technology Corp. (PTC). During the last three years, Alexander Lewald has played a key role in realigning PTC to offer solutions for smart, connected products. In 2015, he worked in a self-employed capacity on projects involving smart, connected products.

Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust, California - $254.7M, November 2015        
Lucas Haldeman will be appointed as the Chief Technology and Marketing Officer of the combined company.

Inteliquent, Illinois - $227M, November 2015     
On November 4, 2015, Inteliquent appointed John Bullock and Brett Scorza to serve as CTO and EVP of Network Operations and CIO and EVP of Information Technology & Product Development, respectively. Mr. Bullock, 54, joined the company in 2004 and has served as the company's CTO since 2011. Prior to 2011, Mr. Bullock held a variety of technical leadership roles, including serving as the company's SVP of Network Operations and Engineering from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Scorza, 47, joined the company in 2004 and has served as the company's CIO since 2011. Prior to 2011, Mr. Scorza held positions overseeing the Company's domestic products and information systems, including serving as the Company's SVP of Information Systems from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Scorza has over 20 years of information technology and telecommunications experience.

Peak 10, North Carolina - $176.9M, November 2015
Peak 10 announced that it has named Michael Fuhrman, a former Cisco executive with more than 20 years experience in threat defence and network security, as its new CTO tasked with overseeing the vendor's product and service strategy. Fuhrman is also responsible for leading Peak 10's research and development (R&D) efforts, internal IT initiatives, positioning the company's growth trajectory and delivering innovative solutions to customers.

Livestock Improvement Corporation Limited, New Zealand - $162.2M, November 2015
Livestock Improvement Corporation Limited appointed Paul Littlefair as CIO. Paul, who has been acting in the role since September, has previously held senior IT roles at KiwiBank, ASB Bank and the Colonial Group and was also COO for the Bank of South Pacific for a time. Paul starts in the role immediately, reporting to the chief executive.

Alliant Insurance Services, California - $160M, November 2015       
Alliant Insurance Services has named Steve Sampiere as its new CIO. The 35-year technology veteran will direct a breadth of initiatives focusing on innovation, security, and facilities as the company expands its national reach and product offerings. As Alliant’s CTO, Sampiere played a central role in transforming the company’s technology infrastructure amid significant organizational growth. Sampiere takes the reins of CIO from Ilene Anders, who assumed the role of CFO in September 2015.

Fay Servicing, Illinois - $154M, November 2015  
Fay Servicing announced that it has selected Dave Siegel to join as the firm’s CIO. In his new role, Siegel is responsible for developing and implementing plans for enterprise technology strategy, data architecture and business intelligence, application development and platform support, information security, infrastructure and program management. Most recently, Siegel led various architecture groups and contributed to departmental strategy, direction and resource planning as managing director of enterprise architecture at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Youngevity International, California - $150.5M, November 2015      
Youngevity International announced appointments to its leadership structure. Dave Briskie assumes the position of President, Brad Kenson has been appointed to the position of CTO. Mr. Kenson has over 25 years in the technology space with extensive website, e-tailing, order processing and back office development expertise.

Corbis, Washington - $133.3M, November 2015  
Corbis announced that it has named Brian Cohee as CTO. Based in Seattle, Cohee is responsible for delivering the technological solutions that drive the business forward including advertising models and technologies, media systems, and supporting the ongoing transformation of Corbis. Cohee joins Corbis with more than twenty five years of experience in the technology space. He most recently was a cofounder of Mixpo, an advertising software company that creates digital video and social media marketing solutions.

Guidance Software, California - $107.6M, November 2015     
Guidance Software announced that Ken Basore, newly appointed SVP of product engineering, will be assuming all day-to-day engineering and product development responsibilities from the company’s founder, Shawn McCreight. Mr. McCreight will focus on invention and next-generation technology and will continue as the chairman of the board. Mr. Basore joined Guidance Software in 2000 and has overseen research and development since 2004. Most recently, he served as Guidance’s CIO in charge of information security, IT operations, internal infrastructure, and the company’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) environment.

Absolute Software, British Columbia - $94.4M, November 2015         
Absolute Software Corporation welcomed Eric Aarrestad and Todd Wakerley as SVP of Product Management and Product Development, respectively. As SVP, Product Management, Mr. Aarrestad will advance product innovation while leading a world-class product organization. Aarrestad is responsible for defining the product strategy and roadmap for all segments of the business, enabling continuous improvement and providing competitive advantage for the Absolute Data & Device Security (DDS) product line. In the role of SVP, Product Development, Mr. Wakerley will lead a globally distributed team of people to execute on the product roadmap, positioning Absolute for continued growth. Wakerley will oversee all software development activities and drive the process of aligning engineering efforts to Absolute's strategic objectives.

Kabam, California - $83.8M, November 2015      
Kabam announced the promotion of Jeff Howell to CTO, a newly created position for the company. In this new role, Howell will build a global technology strategy and oversee technology and development practices across the company. He also will continue to lead the development and implementation of Kabam’s proprietary technology engine 'Fuse & Sparx'. Howell is a 12-year games industry veteran and a highly experienced engineer, having worked at Electronic Arts Vancouver for four years and Relic Entertainment in Vancouver for two years before joining Exploding Barrel Games Inc. (EBG), as CTO in 2010.

New Day Financial, Maryland - $50M, November 2015  
NewDay USA has named Michael Turner as its CTO. Turner brings to NewDay USA many years of experience in the technology and financial sectors, including a broad array of senior executive and management positions in roles that have included sales, operations, finance and professional services. Before joining NewDay USA, Turner served as COO at Surecomp Services, Savana and Sanchez Computer Associates.

Simplicity Marketing, Greater London - $35M, November 2015
Flashtalking appointed Patrick DeAngelis as CTO. DeAngelis brings two decades of ad tech engineering leadership experience, beginning his career leading agency-side technology practices, such as within Snyder Communications, before joining the team at Modem Media.

SuperCom, Israel - $32.8M, November 2015      
SuperCom announced that it has named Arnon Zilberman as its new CIO. Zilberman brings over 15 years of experience in technology management, most of which managing large IT divisions in global enterprises, including implementation and integration of IT systems.

Viadeo, France - $31M, November 2015  
Viadeo appointed Eric Pantera as a CTO. Before joining Viadeo in 2013, Eric worked alongside many leading French media and web-based companies at IT consulting firm OCTO Technology and has over 10 years of experience in engineering management.

PICS Auditing, California - $30.3M, November 2015      
PICS Auditing has appointed Adam Thier as the firm's CTO. In his role as CTO, Mr. Thier will play an integral role in the company's strategic direction, development, and future growth of PICS.

LME Clear Limited, Greater London - $28.9M, November 2015 
Iain Greig joined LME Clear as CTO in July 2013. Before joining LME Clear, Mr. Greig was a partner at Oaklin Consulting. With over 20 years of experience in several organizations including BP, Enron and BP/TNK, Mr. Greig has held a number of CTO and CIO positions.

LRES, California - $27M, November 2015  
LRES announced Mike Rasooli has been hired as its CTO. Prior to joining LRES, Rasooli has served as the CTO for Edge Mortgage Advisory Company and PowerSoft 360. He has also served as CEO/CTO at LogixInfo. Prior to that he has also served as a director of Project Management at Pathways.

PhishMe, Virginia - $21.4M, November 2015      
PhishMe has appointed Gary Warner as Chief Threat Scientist, where he will work closely with PhishMe CTO, Aaron Higbee, and his team to provide strategic direction on PhishMe products and technology. In a release, the company noted that Warner joins the team from Malcovery Security, recently acquired by PhishMe, where he served as co-founder and chief technologist, leading the company's threat intelligence product innovation and architecture development.

Ominto, Washington - $14.3M, November 2015  
Ominto announced that Jeff Schuett has been named EVP of Operations and Solutions Development, reporting directly to Ivan Braiker, Ominto's President and CEO. Schuett was previously Global CTO and Head of Development at Lightspeed GMI, where he built both business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) software solutions.

Netlist, California - $7.7M, November 2015        
Netlist appointed Vahid Ordoubadian as VP of Advanced Engineering. He most recently served as Senior Director of Research and Development at Cadence Design Systems. Prior to that, he spent 10 years at Broadcom Corporation, as Director, IC Design Engineering in the Mobile Group.

IIS Independent Inspection, Sweden - $5.1M, November 2015        
IIS announced that Niclas Cronsioe will take up the role of CTO on January 11, 2016. He joins IIS from a position as head of IT at emergency services operator SOS Alarm and has worked in IT and business development since the 1990s. Among other things, the IIS administers the .se domain name.

McKean Defense Group, Pennsylvania - $4.8M, November 2015       
McKean Defense Group, announced that Rod Smith, former Deputy Commander and Executive Director of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has been appointed as the company's first CTO.

Totally, Greater London - $1.3M, November 2015         
The board of Totally announced that Mr. Malcolm Wrigley has been appointed to the position of CIO. Malcolm is joining the company after almost 20 years as Group IT Director for Essentra Plc.

CoolaData, Israel, November 2015
CoolaData appointed Jinlin Wang, COO and CTO at Answers Corporation to the company's newly formed Advisory Board. The appointment is effective immediately. As an advisory board member Mr. Wang will devote his efforts and contribute to the company's business strategy.

Eagle Technology Management, Iowa, November 2015        
ETM announced on November 17, 2015, that it has appointed Matt Santill as chief information security officer (CISO). Santill previously served as managing director and senior security consultant for Managed Security Services in Ohio, where his role was to help clients to improve their security posture and guide them through the process of obtaining a range of industry recognized security certifications.

Scottrade Financial Services, Missouri, November 2015        
Scottrade Financial Services announced new additions to executive team in 2015 which includes: Steve Jensen, Chief Information Security Officer.

Strategic Risk Associates, Virginia, November 2015    
Strategic Risk Associates is entering the world of cyber-security. SRA turned to Brian Parker to lead the division and serve as CIO. After working in tech and risk-management roles at Deloitte and IBM, Parker started his own company, Parker Consulting Group, which merged with SRA earlier this year. SRA's new division comes as data breaches continue to grab headlines.

BPS Technology, Queensland, November 2015  
BPS Technology appointed Mr. Andrew McIntyre in the newly created role of CTO, effective 30 November 2015. Andrew has senior management roles in both his prior capacity as CIO of the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse and as Director of Queensland's credit unions.

NUVI, Utah, November 2015        
NUVI has named Brett Allred as president and CTO. Allred has been with NUVI since March 2014 serving as its COO, where he has used his diverse tech and entrepreneurial background to support NUVI’s extraordinary growth into a market leader.

InnerChef India, Haryana, November 2015       
InnerChef has appointed Sanjeev Singhal as its CTO. Singhal served as the CTO at Iprof Learning Solutions, before which he was the CTO at Reliance Entertainment's BIGFlix for over 5 years.

Raleigh North Carolina, North Carolina, November 2015        
The city of Raleigh has named Darnell Smith as the new CIO, effective January 4, 2016. Smith replaces Gail Roper, who, after securing several fiber installations for the city - including Google Fiber - left for the private sector. Smith currently works at Elster Group in Raleigh, serving as VP of group IT - a job he's had since 2011, managing a global staff 110 of IT professionals and an annual budget of $29 million. There, he developed a three-year IT strategy that, according to a city release, reduced operational spending by $12 million. Smith also held previous roles for E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company.

Leisure and Lifestyle Information Services, Karnataka, November 2015    
HolidayIQ announced that it hired Vikas Rana, former CEO of Must See India as its chief technical officer to lead its tech team of 45 and scale infrastructure.

TrelleborgVibracoustic, Hessen, November 2015        
TrelleborgVibracoustic announced that for its long-term succession planning, Jörg Böcking will as of January 1, 2016, join the company as CTO. Böcking will assume the position as CTO and member of the Management Board, replacing Jim Law. Jörg Böcking joins the company from his position as CTO for Freudenberg.

Yieldify, Greater London, November 2015
The company announced that former Google Senior Product Manager Richard Sharp is joining the company as Chief Technical Officer.

LifeNexus, California, November 2015    
LifeNexus reported that Kris Jamsa has been named CTO. After over 25 years of leadership and P&L experience specifically in the healthcare, computer, retail, and publishing industries, Dr. Jamsa joined LifeNexus in 2014 as the Director of Application Development. In that role, he led multiple design and development teams through the process of creating the first iChip mobile application. As CTO, he has seen that project through to completion as iChip Mobile launched in Google Play and iTunes stores earlier this month.

Imagenetix, California, November 2015  
On October 28, 2015, Imagenetix Inc. made the changes to its Board of Directors and Executive Officer positions. William Spencer was released as Chairman of the Board, President and CEO and appointed CTO.

Liaison Technologies, Georgia, October 2015 
Liaison Technologies appointed Hmong Vang to the newly established role of Chief Trust Officer. Vang will work directly with Liaison's customers to support their stringent security and regulatory compliance needs. Vang's previous experiences include executive roles in security and compliance at Equifax, KPMG, Internet Security Systems and Automated Logic Corporation.

Ethos Gold, British Columbia, October 2015        
Ethos Gold and Zootly, announced that they have entered into a non-binding letter of intent to complete a business combination. The management of the resulting issuer will consist of the persons identified as: Steve Bacso ­ CTO. Stephen Bacso is a technologist and entrepreneur who has worked in data mining, data extraction and automated decision-making for more than 10 years. Prior to joining Zootly in 2015, Mr. Bacso co-founded PixStream.

Move, California, November 2015  
Move, a subsidiary of News Corp and operator of leading online real estate services destination®, announced the appointment of Suhail Ansari as CTO.

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