CIOs on the move and in the news
Movers & Shakers is where you can keep up with new CIO appointments and gain valuable insight into the job market and CIO hiring trends. As every company becomes a technology company, CEOs and corporate boards are seeking multi-dimensional CIOs with superior skills in technology, communications, business strategy and digital innovation. The role is more challenging than ever before — but even more exciting and rewarding! If you have CIO job news to share, please email me!
New CIO appointments added Jan. 30
Henry Ford Health System welcomes Paul Browne as senior vice president and CIO
Paul Browne joins Henry Ford Health System as senior vice president and CIO. Browne has a deep background in healthcare IT leadership roles, most recently having been CIO and senior vice president of applied informatics for Tenet Healthcare. Prior to that, he was CIO and senior vice president for strategic program development at Trinity Health.
Browne’s experience has a heavy emphasis on leading transformational change and developing business and clinical intelligence capabilities, as well as in the insurance industry, according to a recent release.
Browne holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan.
SunTrust Bank recently announced CIO Anil Cheriyan will retire at the end of March 2018. Scott Case will join the firm in early February as his successor. Case was most recently CIO at Ciox Health and previously had been CTO at SunTrust.
Case’s goal will be to take an omnichannel approach to continue momentum in transforming the bank’s IT system, as well as to build an agile culture. He holds a BS degree in management science and marketing from State University of New York Geneseo and an MBA in finance from UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business.
Gautam Roy names CIO of WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems
Gautam Roy was recently named CIO of WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems. Roy brings more than 25 years of technology leadership to WASH. In this role, he will partner with business to drive business and digital transformation. He is also responsible for building a world-class, digital platform to serve B2B and B2C customers and delivering a value-added and differentiated experience.
Previously, Roy was vice president of IT with Waste Management for several years. He holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from University of Maryland College Park and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Larry Roos now CIO with Kobie Marketing
Larry Roos was named CIO at Kobie Marketing. In this role, he will lead IT strategy and will ensure the company delivers best-in-class services to clients through data-driven technology, according to a recent release.
Roos was formerly vice president of corporate technology at Bloomin’ Brands, as well as CIO and senior vice president ecommerce at FreshDirect. He has a BS degree from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology.
Maneesh Gidwani named CIO for Florida Ice & Farm Company
Maneesh Gidwani has been named CIO of Florida Ice & Farm Company. He was formerly CIO for Florida Bebidas. In his new role with the consumer goods, retail and hospitality company, Gidwani is responsible for leading the digital transformation for the company to accelerate value delivery, deliver tangible bottom-line results, and drive growth across the business.
Gidwani has a BS degree in biochemistry from Imperial College in London and a Master of Science degree in decision sciences from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Greg Buckland appointed CIO with LeasePlan USA
Greg Buckland joins LeasePlan USA from ThyssenKruss, where he was most recently vice president of IT in the U.S. In his new role, Buckland will oversee all of LeasePlan USA’s IT functions, as well as ensure delivery of all IT services supporting the business requirements of internal and external clients in the U.S., Brazil, Canada, India and Mexico.
Buckland has a BS degree in electronic engineering from Bob Jones University.
Swamy Kocherlakota named CIO with S&P Global
Swamy Kocherlakota was promoted from head of global infrastructure and enterprise transformation to global CIO for S&P Global. He was previously senior vice president, global head of infrastructure and operations for Visa, as well as global head of infrastructure architecture and engineering with Bank of New York Mellon.
In his new role, Kocherlakota will continue S&P Global’s digital transformation of the last few years. He holds MS and PhD degrees in computer science from Michigan State University and is a WSTA board member.
Justin Wright appointed CIO at Arcadis
Justin Wright was promoted to CIO for North and Latin America at Arcadis, with digitalization as a priority mandate for the company. He was most recently president, Buildings Business Line North America, a role that he assumed in July 2015. Wright joined Arcadis in June 2007 as director of marketing and holds a BS degree in management and an MBA from Arizona State University.
Dick Daniels named to PCCI board of directors
Dick Daniels recently joined the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation board. Daniels is executive vice president and CIO at Kaiser Permanente, a role he’s held since January 2015. His breadth of experience will help pioneer innovations in artificial intelligence and personalized care for the independent, nonprofit healthcare analytics research and development organization.
Daniels joined Kaiser Permanente in 2008 and previously was senior vice president of IT for Capital One. He holds a bachelor of applied science degree in business administration and management from Texas State University.
Fari Ebrahimi hired as senior vice president, CIO for Akamai
Fari Ebrahimi joined Akamai with the purview of “end-to-end business transformation, including global strategy, development, and operation of the applications and IT infrastructure that enable agile and efficient user experiences for Akamai’s customers, employees, and partners,” according to a recent release. Previously, he was senior vice president and CIO at Avaya for several years, and prior to that, he was senior vice president and CIO for Verizon. Ebrahimi has a degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland College Park.
Sandra Harris named successor CIO at VF Corporation
As announced in 2017, Sandra Harris took over the IT helm at VF Corporation after the recent retirement of Martin Schneider. Harris was promoted into the role from her former position as vice president of global business technology and will be tasked to “further elevate the use of technology to support the company’s global business growth objectives,” according to a press release. Harris has been with the firm for nearly 10 years and was previously CFO with Old Castle Glass. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Clemson University.
Mark Hernon named senior vice president, CIO at Biogen
Mark Hernon will be leading the global IT organization at Biogen and comes to the company with more than 30 years of IT experience and strategic leadership. He was formerly the regional CIO for the Americas and Global Head of R&D, QA and HR Systems, as well as vice president of operations for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and was previously with Millennium Pharmaceuticals for many years.
Hernon holds BS and MS degrees in industrial and management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Guess & Co. appoints Joel Bandy senior executive vice president and CIO
Joel Bandy was named senior executive vice president and CIO at Guess & Co. He has nearly 20 years of experience as an IT executive. Bandy joined Guess & Co. Corporation as interim executive vice president and IT officer. In his new role, he will oversee all IT concerns for the company and assist with operational strategy.
Bandy’s prior roles include director of applications with Molina Healthcare and director of IT/CISO with Presbyterian Communities and Services. He holds an MBA from the University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business and a BBA from Texas A&M University.
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists names Bob Rosecrans CIO and vice president of IT
Bob Rosecrans was named CIO and vice president of IT at American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He has more than 30 years’ experience in IT, including more than 14 as CIO. He had previously been with Pixces Consulting Group and Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). Rosecrans holds a BA degree in business administration and economics from Pfeiffer University and an MBA from Loyola University.
Covanta promotes Ben Cabrera to vice president and CIO
Ben Cabrera has been named vice president and CIO of Covanta. He was most recently vice president of delivery services, a position he’d held for several years with the company. He had previously been with Schering Plough and Pfizer. Cabrera holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and an EMBA from NYU Stern School of Business.
Rajeev Ravindran named senior vice president and CIO with Ryder
Rajeev Ravindran recently joined Ryder from JM Family Enterprises, where he was group vice president and CIO since June 2003. He has a deep background in vendor management, business process improvement, automotive, IT strategy, and project management and holds a degree from the University of Miami.
Ryan Loy now CIO with EBSCO Industries
As CIO at EBSCO Industries, Ryan Loy will be responsible for spearheading the company’s IT and technology strategy to support day-to-day operations.
Loy joins the company from ADTRAN, where he was vice president and CIO since June 2015. He holds a MS degree in information systems from Ball State University.
Kenneth Gasior named vice president and CIO for Talen Energy
Kenneth Gasior has been named vice president and CIO for Talen Energy. He was previously a senior consultant with the company and has deep experience with other energy firms, such as Extol Energy Services, Topaz Power Management/Raven Power, and Constellation Energy. He holds a BA degree in economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA in finance from Loyola University Maryland.
New CIO appointments added Dec. 5
Tammylynne Jonas named CIO for Holiday Companies
Tammylynne Jonas joins Holiday Companies from Kohl’s, where she was VP – Technology: Vendor Management, Sourcing, Enterprise Services. Previously, she was Director – Operations for the same. She has more than 15 years of experience in retail and nearly 20 years of experience in technology.
Jonas has a BA in mathematics, English and Spanish from Carthage College, and she has an MBA in international business from Marquette University. She was named a “40 Under 40” by the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2015 and “Young Alumna of the Year” by Marquette University in 2017.
Harper Grey promotes Dharam Dheensaw to CIO
Dharam Dheensaw was promoted from CTO to CIO after joining Harper Grey in December 2016. In this role, he is responsible for the operational and strategic management of the firm’s IT resources, including data management, digital security, disaster recovery, network infrastructure, and a wide array of applications, as well as project management for new system implementations. Dheensaw has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Victoria and an MBA from Simon Fraser University.
Peter Opalka joins Hallmark as senior vice president, information technology (CIO)
Peter Opalka joins the iconic brand with more than 21 years of experience in IT leadership, with the intent of advancing retail, operational and business strategies for Hallmark, by means of driving key cost and supply chain initiatives. He was formerly vice president of global infrastructure and IT service delivery with Unilever, where he was for nearly 15 years. Opalka has a bachelor’s degree in business management/administration, management and operations from Shenandoah University.
Rockwell Automation hires Chris Nardecchia for senior vice president, IT & CIO role
Chris Nardecchia joins Rockwell Automation and will bring strategic vision, operational excellence and transformational leadership in this newly created role. He was most recently vice president and CIO global operations and supply chain for Amgen, where he had been for more than 10 years. Nardecchia has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and an MBA in integrated management, finance, supply chain from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University.