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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MyEyeDr. Appoints Bill Tingle as chief information and digital officer

Tingle was most recently senior vice president and CIO of PODS Enterprises, LLC. He brings more than 20 years of IT leadership experience to MyEyeDr., a network of 500 vision care centers in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest and Southeast United States. He holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University.

Harold Bruss named senior vice president and CIO for Safelite Glass

Bruss’s new role will involve all IT operations including strategy. Previously, he was senior vice president and CIO for Ascena Retail Group. Bruss holds a Bachelor of Science degree in MIS from The Max M. Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University.

NPD Group promotes Darren Person to global CIO

Darren Person, global CIO, NPD Group NPD Group

Darren Person, global CIO

Person joined the organization early in 2019 as chief data strategy officer. His new role now encompasses operations and IT, and he spearheads development of the company’s technology platform so as to address client needs by means of innovative data and analytics. Previously, Person was with RELX Group, where he held a number of key roles driving the technology vision, strategy and execution from cloud migration to implementations of enterprise scale data and analytics. 

Person has a BS in Computer Information Science from Ithaca College and an MBA from Columbia Business School at Columbia University.

Sysco appoints Michael Foster to chief information and technology officer

Foster was most recently CIO and CTO for CN Railway, and was previously senior vice president IT/CIO FedEx Freight with FedEx Services, where he had been employed for many years. In his new role, he is responsible for strategic technology initiatives with Sysco. Foster has a BA in International Business from Richmond – The American University in London.

Invitation Homes names Virginia Suliman as executive vice president and CIO

Suliman will lead the IT team as well as create technology strategy for the organization. Previously, she was senior vice president of software engineering at Hilton Worldwide, where she held roles of increasing responsibility and IT leadership for more than 20 years. Suliman has a degree from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Rhonda Vetere named executive vice president and CIO for Herbalife

Vetere joins the organization with a deep back ground that includes chief information & technology officer with Estee Lauder Companies and senior vice president, managing director global technology & infrastructure for AIG. In her new role, she will have global responsibility for the IT organization, inclusive of strategy and implementation. Vetere holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University.

State Street appoints Brian Franz as CIO

Franz joins the company from Diageo PLC where he was for many years, most recently as chief productivity officer leading the IT organization. In his new role, Franz will focus on client and employee experience, agile innovation and productivity, and achieving the status of a digital-first organization.

McKesson names Nancy Flores as executive vice president, CIO, and CTO

Flores succeeds Kathy McElligott, who is retiring, and joins the firm from Johnson Controls, where she was CIO. Flores’ new role will entail responsibility for the company’s technology governance, IT security and risk management, infrastructure and service delivery, as well as enterprise IT strategy.

Flores holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and Mathematics from Regis University, and a master’s degree in Mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines.

Tyler Best appointed CIO with Adient

Best joins the organization from Hertz, where he was executive vice president and CIO. Prior to that, he was CIO with YP, The Real Yellow Pages. Best holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University.

Newport Group appoints Wayne Haughey as CIO

Haughey joins the retirement services provider from TIAA Financial Services, where he was Head of Retail Product Technology and CIO of TIAA Bank. In his new role, he will oversee the Technology and Digital Innovation team. Haughey holds a B.S.B.A. in computer information systems from Northern Arizona University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Regional Management appoints Joseph Kurian A. Manavalan as CTO

Manavalan is responsible for the leadership of Regional’s information technology and digital product management teams with a special emphasis on delivering digital transformation across the enterprise.  He was previously chief digital officer for the organization and ran digital product management at the firm.  Manavalan has nearly 20 years of cross-functional leadership experience, a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Madras, a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.


New CIO appointments, 2019


GrainCorp Malt names Nina Palludan as CIO    

Par Pacific Holdings appoints Sudhakar Virupakshi as Vice President of IT and CIO

The Hartford appoints Deepa Soni as CIO

Doug King promoted to Senior Vice President and CIO with Northwestern Medicine

Richard Entrup joins Verizon Business Group

Korn Ferry appoints Brandon Johnson as Senior Vice President and CIO

Richard Cox Jr. joins Cox Enterprises as Senior Vice President and CIO

Harvard Maintenance appoints William Velez as CIO

Jim Swanson named Executive Vice President and Group CIO for Johnson & Johnson

Nicole Rosenberger appointed Vice President of IT for Pacira Pharmaceuticals

Astin Thomas named CIO for Sunbelt Transformer


Northwestern Mutual appoints Neal Sample as CIO

TammyLynne Jonas named CIO at Self Esteem Brands

SOS Security appoints JP Saini as CIO

Genesys names Pranab Sinha as SVP and CIO

Jeff Shumway promoted to CIO at Insight Enterprises

Rich’s Products names Yexi Liu as CIO

CNA Financial welcomes Jane Possell as CIO

Walgreens Boots Alliance appoints Francesco Tinto as global CIO, SVP

General Dynamics Information Technology promotes Kristie Grinnell to global CIO, chief supply chain officer

Melissa Woo named SVP and CIO at Michigan State University

Lehigh Hanson appoints Tony Wright as vice president of IT and CIO

Jerry Flasz appointed EVP and CIO, global services at Becton Dickinson


U.S. Steel promotes Steven Bugajski to CIO

Prudential names Stacey Goodman executive vice president and CIO

Peter Carrara joins Black Knight as CIO

Steve Palmucci named CIO at Rentokil Steritech North America

Minh Le named CIO at Checkers & Rallys

Nexteer promotes Mike Rogers to CIO

Interstate Hotels & Resorts names Andrew Arthurs CIO

Veritiv names Adam Noble senior vice president, global CIO

Max Chan promoted to CIO at Avnet

Jeff McVay promoted to CIO at Scientific Games

Alberto Ruocco named CIO at West Monroe Partners

Chris Bayham named CIO at Brookdale Senior Living

CommonSpirit Health welcomes Suja Chandrasekaran as CIO

Mike Caputo named CIO for Marist College


Cintas promotes Matt Hough to vice president, CIO

Sameer Badlani named CIO for Fairview Health Services

Air New Zealand names Jennifer Sepull as chief digital officer

Jeana Thomas named vice president and CIO for Pratt & Whitney

Sonoco Products names Rick Johnson vice president and CIO

Carnival promotes Greg Sullivan to CIO

Bonnie Titone named CIO at Duke Energy

Eric Nelson promoted to CIO North America at Kraft Heinz

Dave Peak appointed chief information & digital officer at PerkinElmer

Kevin Lilly named senior vice president & CIO at Jeld-Wen

Mark Macioce promoted to vice president and CIO at OMNOVA Solutions

Trish Torizzo named senior vice president and CIO at Hologic

Ramesh Razdan named new global CIO at Bain

Sheri Rhodes joins Workday as CIO


Varadheesh Chennakrishnan hired as CIO for JOANN Stores

Stephen Aschettino named vice president, CIO for Deciphera Pharmaceuticals

Raghu Sagi named CIO for Inspire Brands

Rick Johnson appointed CIO for Sonoco

Darla Morse now CIO for CKE Restaurants

Dion Rooney appointed CIO at GAF Materials

Lookman Fazal named CIO and chief digital officer for New Jersey Transit

Dan Terrasi promoted to CIO at US Bancorp

Mike Macrie appointed CIO for Subway

Sean Lennon appointed CIO with Medtronic

Americold names Sanjay Lall as executive vice president and CIO

Bob Border appointed CIO & digital transformation leader for Ingredion

Ty Tastepe named SVP, chief information and digital officer for Altar’d State

Kroger promotes Yael Cosset to SVP and CIO

Hearst Corporation names Mahendra Durai as CIO


Martin Krebs named CIO for National Fuel Gas

Brian Rice named executive vice president and CIO, customer support services, Cardinal Health

Sony Jacob now CIO with SSM Health

Dan Hedstrom promoted to vice president and CIO with Cubic

Lance Wills named executive vice president and CIO for Pier 1

Kaushal Joshi named senior vice president and CIO for Northern Trust

Gabrielle Wolfson named senior vice president, CIO and chief digital officer for Quest Diagnostics

Greg Higham appointed CIO for Malwarebytes

Roshan Navagamuwa named CIO for CVS Health

Phil Steitz named CTO for Nextiva

Carlo Pochintesta named as CIO for Barnes & Noble

Craig Richardville named senior vice president and CIO for SCL Health

Dan Morales appointed CIO for Universal Music Group

Cisco appoints Jacqueline Guichelaar as Global CIO


Providence St. Joseph Health hires B.J. Moore as CIO

Justin Mennen now senior vice president and CIO at Rite Aid

Dan Shirk named senior vice president and CIO for Masonite

Arif Dar now CIO for SpartanNash

Mike McCranie announced as new CIO for Interstate Batteries

Michael Ruttledge named CIO for Citizens Financial Group

Aaron Geiger now CTO with Alberici Group

Barbie Bigelow named senior vice president and CIO with Black & Veatch

Daniel Curling promoted to senior vice president and CIO at Asurion

Exide Technologies names Brian Woodworth senior vice president and CIO

Keith Schlosser named CIO at AXIS Capital

TruGreen appoints Ayman Taha to CIO

Stuart Kippelman named CIO at Parsons

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