New US CIO appointments, May 2021

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New CIO appointments, May 2021

Diane Comer named Kaiser Permanente’s Chief Information and Technology Officer

Diane Comer, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente

Diane Comer, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Kaiser Permanente

Comer, who has served as interim CIO since June 2020, will report directly to Kaiser Permanente chair and CEO Greg Adams. She first joined the large healthcare provider and insurance company in 2007. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Comer held positions at Fireman’s Fund Insurance, including chief technology officer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Golden Gate University.

Premier Bank welcomes Varun Chandhok as Chief Information Officer

Varun Chandhok, Chief Information Officer, Premier Bank Premier Bank

Varun Chandhok, Chief Information Officer, Premier Bank

Chandhok brings with him more than 20 years of technology leadership experience in the regional banking sector. He joins the 75-branch Midwest bank from M&T Bank, where he held various leadership positions, including Chief Enterprise Architect, CIO for Commercial / Credit Technology and Head of Consumer Tech delivery. Chandhok earned his BS dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Administration, and an MS in Industrial Administration with a concentration in Information Technology, Finance & Organizational Behavior from Carnegie Mellon University.

Diogo Rau to join Eli Lilly as SVP and Chief Information and Digital Officer

Rau succeeds Aarti Shah, who is retiring after 27 years with the $22B pharmaceutical company. Rau most recently served as the top executive of information technology for retail and online stores at Apple, Inc. Prior to joining Apple, he was a partner with McKinsey & Company, where he led the North America IT organization and governance practice. Rau graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's degree in industrial engineering and engineering management.

The Hanover Insurance Group appoints Willard T. Lee Chief Information Officer

Willard T. Lee, Chief Information Officer, The Hanover Insurance Group The Hanover Insurance Group

Willard T. Lee, Chief Information Officer, The Hanover Insurance Group

Lee succeeds Mark Berthiaume, who retired last month after seven years at the $5.4B property and casualty insurance company. Lee’s title is Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Innovation Officer. Lee joined The Hanover in 2003 and has served in various roles, including Chief Operating Officer of specialty lines, and in 2020 was appointed Senior Vice President, Deputy Chief Information Officer and a member of the senior executive team. Prior to The Hanover, Lee spent more than 10 years as a consultant in both startups and Fortune 500 companies, covering a broad set of industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in information systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Vision Solar hires Greg Young as CIO

Greg Young, CIO, Vision Solar  Vision Solar

Greg Young, CIO, Vision Solar 

Prior to joining the residential solar services company, Young served as Chief Information Officer and Global Vice President for Hardinge Inc., a global provider of high precision, computer-controlled machine tool solutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Sciences from Villanova University.

Tivity Health hires Sarah Richardson as Chief Information Officer

Sarah Richardson, Chief Information Officer, Tivity Health Tivity Health

Sarah Richardson, Chief Information Officer, Tivity Health

Richardson joins Tivity Health from Optum, where she served as CIO for the California and Nevada markets, and most recently, Vice President of IT Change Leadership. Prior to that, Richardson was a division CIO for HCA Healthcare. She earned a BS in Hospitality Administration from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an MBA from University of Phoenix.

XPO Logistics announces Sandeep Sakharkar as Chief Information Officer for GXO Logistics spinOff

Sandeep Sakharkar, Chief Information Officer, GXO Logistics GXO Logistics

Sandeep Sakharkar, Chief Information Officer, GXO Logistics

Sakharkar currently serves as XPO’s Senior Vice President, Logistics Technology. Late last year, XPO announced that it would spin off its global contract logistics business (GXO) while keeping its trucking and freight brokerage operations (XPO) as a stand-alone business. Sakharkar will lead GXO’s technology organization when the split is completed later this year. Sakharkar’s 20-year career includes roles as Global Vice President, Core Retail and Infrastructure with Foot Locker, and EMEA Director of Digital Technology with Johnson & Johnson. He holds a post-graduate certification in management from Warwick University Business School in the UK.

CNH Industrial appoints Marc Kermisch as Chief Information Officer

Marc Kermisch, Chief Information Officer, CNH Industrial CNH Industrial

Marc Kermisch, Chief Information Officer, CNH Industrial

Kermisch joins global commercial vehicle and equipment manufacturer from OptumRx, a pharmacy benefits management division of United Health Group, Inc., where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He serves on the Board of Directors of Fairview Health Services, and SALO LLC, a staffing firm. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from University of Wisconsin.

TESSCO Technologies announces Jesse Hillman as Chief Information Officer

Jesse Hillman, Chief Information Officer, TESSCO Technologies TESSCO Technologies

Jesse Hillman, Chief Information Officer, TESSCO Technologies

Before joining the wireless infrastructure products distributor, he served as Vice President of Information Technology at LightBox, a wireless telecommunications business. Previously, he held CIO and Global Director roles at firms including Imperial Irrigation and the Walt Disney Company. He earned a Bachelor of Business Management from California Lutheran University, an MBA from University of the Incarnate Word, and is currently working to complete his dissertation for his Doctor of Business Administration at Toulouse Business School.

Extreme Networks names John Abel Chief Information Officer

John Abel, CIO, Extreme Networks Extreme Networks

John Abel, CIO, Extreme Networks

Abel comes to the cloud-driven networking solutions provider from Veritas, where he served as Senior Vice President and CIO. He will be responsible for all aspects of the global IT organization and report to Norman Rice, Chief Operating Officer. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Staffordshire University in England.

Stateless names Catherine Allshouse to its Board of Directors

Catherine Allshouse, Global CIO and Head of Operations, Veeva Systems Veeva Systems

Catherine Allshouse, Global CIO and Head of Operations, Veeva Systems

Allshouse currently serves as Global CIO and Head of Operations at Veeva Systems, a $1B enterprise software cloud SaaS business serving life sciences and other regulated industries. Prior to Veeva Systems, she held senior technology roles at KnowledgeWorks, Kroger and PeopleSoft. Stateless provides software that helps companies move data between applications and workloads, eliminating the network as a barrier.


Biden administration names Clare Martorana as federal government CIO

Macy’s appoints Laura Miller to Chief Information Officer position

New York Life appoints Bill Cassidy Chief Information Officer

Asurion Hires Casey Santos as Chief Information Officer

Entergy Corporation Names Michael Rhymes as Chief Information Officer

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Appoints Darla Morse EVP and CIO

Earl Newsome joins Cummins as Chief Information Officer

J.Crew Group appoints Danielle Schmelkin as Chief Information Officer

Columbia Sportswear appoints Skip Potter Chief Digital Information Officer

Capri Holdings announces Alejandro Martinez-Galindo as Chief Information Officer

CommScope Promotes Praveen Jonnala to CIO

Ron Fuschillo is the new CIO at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Javier Polit named to Forward Air’s board of directors

Verizon CIO Shankar Arumugavelu joins Seagate’s board of directors

Randy Krotowski appointed to Western Forest Products’ board


IBM announces Kathryn Guarini as CIO

Marta Zarraga Joins Capital Group as Chief Information Officer

Ryan Olivier promoted to VP and CIO at Meritor

Echo Global Logistics announces Brian Parchem as Chief Information Officer

Brown & Brown promotes Gray Nester to CIO position

Wynn Resorts promotes Jason Stump to SVP & CIO, North America

Navient promotes Mike Maier to Chief Information Officer post

Gunjan Goel named chief information officer of ST Engineering North America

MaineHealth appoints Daniel J. Nigrin, MD, to CIO post

North Memorial Health names Bradford Newton CIO

Humana elects Marcy S. Klevorn to board of directors

SymphonyRM appoints veteran healthcare CIO Marc Probst to its board of directors


Bruce Hoffmeister joins Cracker Barrel as CIO

Keith Jones appointed as the U.S. Department of State’s Chief Information Officer

Tom Peck Joins Sysco as Chief Information and Digital Officer

Nordson appoints Ishmael Cooper to CIO position

PPG Appoints Bhaskar Ramachandran, Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Mark Chequer is the new CIO at GeoVera Holdings

Rafael Sanchez joins Six Flags as Chief Information Officer

Stan Waddell promoted to CIO at Carnegie Mellon University

JetBlue Appoints Monte Ford to Board of Directors


Foot Locker Appoints Himanshu Parikh as SVP & CIO

Hillrom has welcomed Sven Krause as Chief Information Officer

Air Products Appoints Brian Galovich SVP & CIO

Akash Khurana named EVP, Chief Information and Digital Officer at WESCO International

Sridhar Nallani is the EVP & CIO at Backcountry

Citizens Financial Group Appoints CIO of The Clearing House, Lee Alexander, to its Board of Directors

Levi Strauss & Co. Appoints Elliott Rodgers to the Board of Directors

Eaton names Katrina R. Redmond Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer


New CIO appointments, 2020


Harsh Uchariya joins ClubCorp as CIO

MetLife Names Pawan Verma Chief Information Officer

Virgin Galactic Appoints Alistair Burns as Chief Information Officer

Syneos Health Names Larry Pickett Chief Information & Digital Officer

Teradata announces Erica Hausheer as Chief Information Officer

CDK Global Names Kirsten Garen Chief Information Officer

Kenneth E. Coleman is the new VP & CIO of CenterPoint Energy

Stephen de Campos Named CIO Of Hunt Consolidated

Creighton Warren has joined TreeHouse Foods as VP & CIO

Sally Beauty Holdings promotes Mary Beth Edwards to SVP, Chief Information Officer and Chief Transformation Officer

The AZEK Company appoints Fumbi Chima, CIO of BECU, to its board of directors

Edwina Payne elected to Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta Board of Directors


Tech Data names Bonnie Smith as chief information officer

Union Pacific names Rahul Jalali as CIO

Whirlpool Corporation names Danielle Brown SVP and CIO

Mark Hill appointed chief digital information officer at CSL Behring

The Wendy’s Company appoints Kevin Vasconi as CIO

Brunswick Corporation promotes Michael Adams to vice president, CIO

Casey Decker joins Hy-Vee as chief information officer

CF Industries names Julie Scheck Freigang as VP & chief information officer

Marsh & McLennan Companies appoints Paul Beswick SVP & CIO

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island promotes Dave Comella to vice president and chief information officer

Archrock names Mark Lennon as CIO and vice president of IT

Seibels appoints Rao Tadepalli chief information officer

Charles River Labs appoints George Llado, CIO of Alexion, to board of directors

Marvin welcomes Rick Johnson, CIO of Sonoco, to its board of directors


Harrison Lewis appointed Senior Vice President, CIO with Grocery Outlet

HP names Ron Guerrier as Global Chief Information Officer

Cigna names Noelle Eder as Global CIO

Bridgestone Americas appoints Taren Rodabaugh as CIO

Pacific Gas & Electric names Ajay Waghray as Senior Vice President and CIO

Walt Disney Company hires Diane Jurgens as CIO

Zylo appoints Adobe CIO Cynthia Stoddard to its Board of Directors

Sempra Energy promotes Ben Gordon to Senior Vice President, CIO and Chief Digital Officer

Goodwill Industries International appoints Dru Rai as CIO

Nuvance Health appoints Geoff Hook as CIO

Shiseido Americas names Shannon Britton as CIO

Black & Veatch appoints Irvin Bishop Jr. as CIO

Entercom Communications appoints Sarah Foss as CIO


Johnson Controls names Diane Schwarz as CIO

Zeeshan Sheikh appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer for PSEG

Scripps Health promotes Shane Thielman to corporate Senior Vice President and CIO

Ryan Hummel promoted to CIO at Planet Group

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics names Ariane Schiereck as Global CIO

Generac Power Systems names Tim Dickson as CIO


Hy Cite Enterprises names Phil Smart as CIO

Tom Farrah joins Vistra as Senior Vice President and CIO

OneAmerica names Jose Martinez as Senior Vice President and CIO

Alphia names Robert Long as CTO/CIO

Magellan Midstream Partners names Bhupesh Arora as Vice President, CIO

Orgill names Marc Hamer as Executive Vice President, Chief Digital and Information Officer

Fifth Third Bank names Linda Clement-Holmes to Board of Directors


Adrian Butler appointed CIO for Casey’s General Stores

Glenn Remoreras named CIO for Mark Anthony Group

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