New US CIO appointments, March 2021

Congratulations to these “movers and shakers” recently hired or promoted into a new chief information officer role.

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Blanchard brings more than 25 years of IT leadership to his new role, where he will be responsible for all of infrastructure and operations, enterprise architecture, IT security operations, application development, and corporate support. Prior to joining the organization, he was Vice President, IT Infrastructure and Reliability with Delta Airlines and had previously been with Marriott International for many years, most recently as Senior Vice President, IT Infrastructure Delivery. Blanchard holds a BBA degree in Information Science from Pacific Lutheran University – School of Business and an MS degree in Management Information Systems from The George Washington University.

Renee Zaugg appointed CIO at Otis Elevator

Zaugg joins the organization from CVS Health, where she had been Senior Vice President Integrated Enterprise Infrastructure. Prior to that, she had been Vice President of Enterprise Infrastructure & Cloud Services with Aetna, where she had been for many years.


New CIO appointments added March 11, 2020

Manoj Kumbhat promoted to Global CIO for Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Kumbhat was formerly chief digital officer, as well as CTO and VP of IT engineering, architecture and applications for the company. Previously, he had been in IT leadership roles at HCL Technologies and PepsiCo. Kumbhat holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Jodhpur, a master’s degree from West Virginia University, and an MBA from West Virginia University.

Mark Chaffin named CIO for Flowers Foods

Mark Chaffin Flowers Foods

Chaffin joins the organization from Fortium, where he had been a partner in the IT strategy division. In his new role, he will oversee all IT strategy and operations for the company. Chaffin holds a degree from Jacksonville University.

Yael Cosset appointed to Board of Directors for Kohl’s

Cosset, presently SVP and CIO for Kroger Co., will add expertise in technology and digital matters with retail and consumer brand industries. Cosset, who joined Kroger in 2017, will initially serve on Kohl’s board of directors’ governance and nominating committee.

Gary Desai appointed CIO at Discount Tire

Desai, most recently SVP and CIO with Icahn Automotive Group, has many years of experience with large-scale digital transformation in the manufacturing, distribution, retail and service industries. Previously, he was SVP and CIO with IEH Autoplus and Pep Boys. Desai holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and has an MBA in information systems from D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University.

Rick Hariman appointed executive vice president, CIO with City National Bank

Hariman is responsible for the company’s technology strategy, infrastructure, delivery, IT and call centers, as well as information security. He joins the organization from RBC Financial Group, where he was vice president, global wealth management technology. Hariman has a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto.

Scott Richert promoted to CIO at Mercy Health

Richert, who has been with the organization for many years, was promoted from chief technology officer to CIO. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from University of Missouri, Saint Louis.

Richard Cox Jr. named to board of directors for Genuine Parts Company

Cox, presently CIO for Cox Enterprises where he oversees the IT function for the company, joins Genuine Parts Company’s board as an independent director. He has held previous leadership roles with Cox Automotive and the City of Atlanta.

Marriott International appoints Jim Scholefield as chief information and digital officer

Jim Scholefield Marriott International

Scholefield will lead all areas of IT and digital strategies for the organization. He joins the company from Merck & Co., where he was chief information and digital officer, and he had previously also been CIO for Nike. Scholefield holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Florida State University and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Martin Davis named CIO for BF&M

Davis is responsible for all IT oversight, strategy, direction and capabilities for the organization. He joined the company from DUNELM Associates Limited. Davis holds a BSc degree in computer science with mathematics from King’s College in London and an MBA from Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick.

Dru Rai named chief digital officer and CIO for Cooper Tire & Rubber

Rai joins the organization from Ball where he had been Global CIO and vice president BPM. He had previously been CIO and vice president of business process with DuPont. Rai holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Aarti Shah appointed to board of trustees for Northwestern Mutual

Aarti Shah Eli Lilly

Shah, presently senior vice president and chief information and digital officer for Eli Lilly, where she’s been employed since 1994 and in her current role since 2016, has been appointed to serve on the board for Northwestern Mutual.  Shah received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in India, and then her PhD in applied statistics from the University of California, Riverside.

Blue Shield California appoints Lisa Davis as senior vice president and CIO

Lisa Davis Blue Shield California

Davis, bringing more than 20 years of IT leadership and many industry recognitions, joins the company from Intel, where she was vice president & general manager for digital transformation & scale solutions, enterprise & government, and data center group. In her new role, Davis will spearhead technology modernization efforts for the organization. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Science from Golden Gate University.

Weyerhaeuser names Rebecca Straka as CIO

Straka joined the organization from REI, where she had been vice president IT – enterprise technology and shared services. She holds a Bachelor of Administration from Washington State University, Carson College of Business and a Master of Science from Western Governors University.

Sheryl Haislet named CIO for Vertiv

Previously, Haislet was CIO and vice president of digital office for Adient. In her new role, she will oversee the global IT organization, aligning with company initiatives that drive innovation. She has more than 25 years of IT leadership experience. Haislet holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in information systems from Grand Valley State University.

Michael Brooks appointed senior vice president and Global CIO at LKQ

Brooks joins the organization from GATX, where he was CIO, COO, and senior vice president portfolio management, and he had previously been vice president and CIO for Constellation NewEnergy. Brooks has a BA in economics from the University of Georgia and an MBA from American University, Kogod School of Business.


New CIO appointments added February 12, 2020

Beaumont Health names Hans Keil as Senior Vice President and CIO

Hans Keil Beaumont Health

Hans Keil

Keil joins the firm from PerkinElmer, where he was Vice President and CIO. In his new role, he will oversee the vision, leadership, development and implementation of IT initiatives for the organization. Keil has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Master’s Degree from American University, and an MBA from Babson College – Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Accenture promotes Penelope Prett to CIO

Prett joined the organization more than 25 years ago, and has held roles of increasing responsibility and leadership. Most recently, she was Senior Managing Director and Global Quality & Risk lead for the company’s Resources operating group. Prett holds an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

CHRISTUS Health promotes Jonathan Manis to Senior Vice President and CIO

Manis joined the organization earlier this year, and moved into his current role upon the retirement of George Conklin. Previously, Manis was Senior Vice President and CIO with Sutter Health, where he was for many years. Manis is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate school, and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Vittorio Cretella appointed CIO at Procter & Gamble

Cretella joins the firm from VCAdvisory, where he was a principal. Prior to that, he was Global CIO for Mars. In his new role, he oversees all IT operation for the organization. Cretella holds a diploma in Computer Sciences from IT IS Marconi, in Verona, Italy.

Sathish Muthukrishnan named Chief Information, Data and Digital Officer for Ally Financial

Sathish Muthukrishnan Ally Financial

Sathish Muthukrishnan

Muthukrishnan will direct all IT, data, and digital transformation for the company, focusing on advanced technical capabilities for infrastructure and cyber security. He was most recently Chief Digital and Information Officer for Honeywell Aerospace. Prior to that, he was CIO - Enterprise Digital, Enterprise API Engineering & Big Data Labs with American Express for several years. Muthukrishnan holds an engineering and computer science degree from the University of Madras.

Archana (Archie) Deskus appointed Senior Vice President and CIO with Intel

Deskus joins the organization from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, where she had been CIO since 2017. In her new role, she will lead global IT operations and drive organizational transformation for the company. She had previously held CIO roles at Baker Hughes, Ingersoll Rand, Timex, United Technology. Deskus received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Carlisle Companies promotes Laura Walsh to newly created role of Vice President and CIO

Laura Walsh Carlisle Companies

Laura Walsh

Walsh joined the organization in 2018 as Vice President of IT. Previously, she had been CIO for Lydall, Inc. In her new role, Walsh will oversee IT improvements and efficiencies to drive company objectives. Walsh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Western Connecticut State University and an MBA in international business from the University of Connecticut School of Business.

Enterprise Holdings promotes Russ Wiley to Senior Vice President and CIO

Wiley, promoted from the role of Senior Vice President Accounting & Shared Services, joined the organization in 2016. Prior to that, he was CFO with Centric Group, and had previously worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car for 15 years. Wiley has both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from Truman State University.

Ellie Mae promotes Linh Lam to Senior Vice President, CIO

Linh Lam Ellie Mae

Linh Lam

Lam, promoted from the role of Vice President – Head of Information Technology, joined the company in July 2017. Previously, she had been with Hitachi Data Systems for several years. In her present role, she oversees enterprise IT and solutions to support business strategy and execution for the organization. Lam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University.

DXC Technology names Chris Drumgoole as Executive Vice President and CIO    

Chris Drumgoole DXC Technology

Chris Drumgoole

Drumgoole, formerly CIO with GE, will lead global IT operations and strategy for the company, with a focus on integrating and streamlining systems, digital capabilities, and infrastructure security for the organization. He has more than 20 years of IT leadership experience. Drumgoole holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from Pace University.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center announces Atefeh Riazi as CIO

Atefeh Riazi Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Atefeh Riazi

Riazi joins the organization from the United Nations, where she served as Chief Information Technology Officer and Assistant Secretary General since 2013. In her new role, she will be tasked to execute an enterprise-wide, long-term strategic IT plan, as well as overseeing all IT resources for the company. She has more than 30 years of leading large transformation efforts in both the public and private sectors. Riazi has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Perdue Farms names Mark Booth as CIO

Booth brings 30 years of infrastructure, application development, and IT leadership experience to his new role. Previously, he was CIO and Senior Vice President for Reyes Beverage Group, and had also been employed by Whirlpool. Booth holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Master’s in Computer Science from Webster University.


New CIO appointments added January 8, 2020

Joe Bruhin appointed senior vice president and CIO for Breakthru Beverages

Bruhin joins the organization from Constellation Brands, where he was CIO. In his new role, he will oversee strategic IT initiatives. Bruhin has both a Bachelor of Science in Computational and Applied Mathematics and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Michelle Borninkhof promoted to US CIO with McDonald's

Borninkhof joined the organization as vice president US Operations in August 2018 and was previously in IT leadership roles at Walmart for several years. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

Sunitha Chamarti named CIO for Guardian Life Insurance

Charmarti joined the firm after nearly four years as global vice president of IT with Aon. She holds a Bachelors in Science degree from Osmania University.

Lynn Bishop promoted to CIO with Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation

Bishop, with the organization for more than a decade, most recently as chief development officer, now has oversight for development, testing, communication and processing systems, as well as all IT applications related to the company’s products and services. Additionally, Bishop was recently appointed as a senior sponsor of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit closing the gender gap in IT.

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