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66 CIOs On the Move

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Emily Hill
Contributing Writer
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In this month’s roundup, we are excited to spotlight the career advancements of 66 distinguished CIOs, CTOs, CAIOs, and CISOs stepping into pivotal roles. These leaders represent a broad spectrum of industries, each prepared to introduce innovative ideas and impressive strategies to their new positions.

With their extensive expertise and forward-thinking approaches, they are ready to guide their teams and companies through various challenges and seize new opportunities. Congratulations to these visionary individuals, who play a crucial role in advancing technological innovation and organizational growth.

John Beieler – Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer for the U.S. Intelligence Community

John Beieler has been named the first Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer (CAIO) for the U.S. Intelligence Community, a role confirmed by an Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) spokesperson. Beieler, who retains his position as Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Science and Technology (S&T), brings a strong background from his tenure at ODNI since 2017, previously serving as Director of S&T and as a program manager at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). His appointment aligns with a recent directive from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) following a new policy that mandates the appointment of a Chief AI Officer in all Federal agencies to oversee the safe and responsible use of AI.

Dr. Brian Otis – Chief Technology Officer at Precision Neuroscience

Precision Neuroscience has appointed Dr. Brian Otis as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO), bringing extensive expertise from his time as co-founder and CTO of Verily, Alphabet Inc.’s healthcare venture. Otis is renowned for his work in medical technology and chip design. At Precision, he will lead the development of a brain-computer interface implant designed to treat severe paralysis from conditions such as spinal cord injuries and ALS, using high-resolution surface electrodes. His appointment follows Precision’s recent achievements, including successful human trials and FDA Breakthrough Device designation.

Luigi Ottaviani – Chief Information Officer for Northampton City

Northampton Mayor has appointed Luigi Ottaviani as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the city, tasked with leading the Information Technology Services Department. Ottaviani, a resident of Easthampton with roots in Ravenna, Italy, brings a solid educational background with a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management from American Public University, as well as training in computer engineering from Alma Mater Studiorum at the Università di Bologna. Mayor Sciarra highlighted Ottaviani’s “wealth of experience and fresh perspective” as key to advancing IT capabilities for both the city and its schools.

Rob Owen – Chief Information Officer at SAX LLP

SAX LLP, a leading accounting, tax, and advisory firm, has appointed Rob Owen as its first Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Practice Leader of SAX Technology Advisors. Owen, a seasoned information technology executive, brings over two decades of experience in enterprise architecture and leadership. He will be instrumental in setting the strategic direction and overseeing the firm’s technology infrastructure, aligning technology initiatives with SAX’s business objectives to enhance efficiency and innovation. Prior to joining SAX, Owen was the Chief Architect & Executive Vice President of Sales Operations at CDI LLC, where he played a pivotal role in growing the company to a valuation of $1 billion.

John Toney – Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Vermont

John Toney has been appointed as the new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the State of Vermont. Bringing over twenty years of cybersecurity expertise, Toney has a distinguished background that includes serving as the first Global CISO for an enterprise that spanned eight countries, and as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service specializing in network intrusion crimes and critical systems protection. His role will involve integrating emerging technologies like artificial intelligence into Vermont’s cybersecurity framework to enhance the state’s defenses against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. Toney’s experience is seen as crucial in advancing Vermont’s security priorities and ensuring the protection of state services and the privacy of its residents.

Kirk Wroblewski – Chief Information Officer at ProPharma

ProPharma has appointed Kirk Wroblewski as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO), enhancing its executive leadership with his extensive experience in healthcare data and analytics. With over 20 years in the field, Wroblewski previously served as Chief Data Officer at Healthfirst and held pivotal roles at Deloitte Digital and GSK. His expertise in building technical roadmaps aligned with business goals is poised to significantly advance ProPharma’s IT capabilities, supporting the company’s mission in the life sciences industry.

William Ercolano – Chief Technology Officer at Portfolio BI

Portfolio BI, a leading provider of SaaS and management support solutions for the alternative assets industry, has appointed William Ercolano as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Ercolano brings over 18 years of experience from his previous role as Vice President of Client Technology at Eze Castle Integration, where he excelled in designing and implementing financial technology solutions. His expertise will be pivotal as Portfolio BI seeks to strengthen its position as a leader in data analytics and MSP services in the financial sector. CEO, Jonathan White, praised Ercolano’s deep understanding of asset management challenges and his potential to drive technology innovation at Portfolio BI, emphasizing that his leadership will be crucial for expanding the company’s client base and enhancing their solutions portfolio.

Tracy Stephan – Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer at the Federal Housing Finance Agency

Tracy Stephan has been appointed as the Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer (CAIO) at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), while continuing her leadership at the FHFA Office of Financial Technology. This role underlines the FHFA’s commitment to incorporating AI technologies into their operations, a directive supported by Executive Order 14110 for the safe and secure use of AI, as well as related governance guidelines from the Office of Management and Budget. With over 25 years in mortgage technology and significant roles at Fannie Mae focusing on Enterprise Innovation, Data, Software Engineering, and Product Management, Stephan is well-prepared to drive AI initiatives.

Jason Scott – Chief Information Security Officer at Sectigo

Sectigo, a leader in certificate lifecycle management (CLM), has welcomed Jason Scott as its new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Bringing over two decades of cybersecurity expertise from prominent positions at Capgemini, Chevron, and the U.S. Army, Scott is set to bolster Sectigo’s security strategy across its data, infrastructure, network, applications, and products. His notable achievements include serving as Colonel and principal architect at the U.S. Army Cyber Command, where he significantly strengthened defense infrastructures against cyber threats. In his new role at Sectigo, Scott will be instrumental in driving the company’s expansion into new markets and enhancing its CLM solutions to ensure high security and scalability.

Diego Souza – Chief Information Security Officer at Prog Holdings

Prog Holdings, a fintech holding company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, has recently appointed Diego Souza to the role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Diego assumes a pivotal role in fortifying the company’s digital infrastructure. Tasked with spearheading the organization’s cybersecurity initiatives, Diego is prepared to strengthen Prog Holdings’ transformative journey and usher in a new era of cyber resilience. Souza brings a wealth of experience, having previously held the position of Global Chief Information Security Officer at Cummins Inc. and Global Cyber Security Leader at United Airlines.

Charles Vojtas – Chief Technology Officer at Cavender’s

Charles R. Vojtas was recently named VP and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Cavender’s, based in Tyler, TX. In this new capacity, Vojtas will lead the technology transformation and evolution for the high-growth western retailer. His focus will be on modernizing core analytics, store technologies, logistics operational maturity, and core messaging and integration frameworks while building high-performing, teams along the way. Vojtas brings a breadth of knowledge to Cavender’s, having been at the forefront of mobile commerce innovation at Foot Locker, and leading significant retail merchandising modernizations at Academy Sports, as well as at notable retailers such as JCPenney and Burlington.

Dr. Radha Plumb – Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer for the Department of Defense

Dr. Radha Plumb has been officially appointed as the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer (CDAO) at the Department of Defense (DoD). Plumb, who previously served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, brings a wealth of experience from both government and industry, including roles at Google, RAND, and Facebook. Her responsibilities will focus on accelerating the adoption of data, analytics, and AI to enhance digital and technological capabilities across the DoD, leveraging her expertise to ensure that AI and digital innovations are implemented effectively to support national security and operational needs.

Ujjwal Rajbhandari – Chief Technology Officer at Qubrid AI

Qubrid AI, a leading player in the AI industry, has announced the strategic appointment of Ujjwal Rajbhandari as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and co-founder. With over two decades of experience at tech giants like Google and Dell, Rajbhandari has been instrumental in scaling industry-leading technology solutions. At Qubrid AI, he will lead the technological vision and strategy, particularly focusing on enhancing the company’s AI Hub, which features an AI compute cloud platform, AI Model Studio, and AI Data Services. Rajbhandari’s role will include optimizing AI infrastructure, accelerating cloud computing adoption, and leading the development and integration of AI and ML technologies, aiming to refine Qubrid AI’s offerings and ensure their applicability across diverse enterprises.

John Gresham – Chief Information Officer at Reeves Regional Health

Reeves Regional Health, a Level IV Trauma Center that aims to improve patient care quality and make the experience of receiving Hospital and related health care services humane and respectful to the patient, has recently appointed John Gresham to the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO). Prior to this role, he served as the Director of Information Systems and Data Analytics for the New Mexico State University Foundation where, among other impressive accomplishments, he spearheaded technology decisions.

Munil Shah – Chief Technology Officer at Talkdesk

Munil Shah, formerly a Chief Technology Officer at UiPath and a seasoned engineer with 23 years at Microsoft, has recently transitioned to a new role as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Talkdesk, a San Francisco-based startup. Talkdesk specializes in customer service software for contact centers and is positioned to leverage the rapidly growing market for conversational AI and virtual agents, propelled by innovations like ChatGPT and GenAI. Shah’s extensive background in engineering and technology leadership is expected to drive significant advancements in Talkdesk’s strategic initiatives during this pivotal era for AI-driven customer service solutions.

Marina Kelly – Chief Information Security Officer for the City of Raleigh Municipal Government

Marina Kelly has been appointed as the new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the City of Raleigh. A native of Newton, North Carolina, Marina brings extensive experience in technology management and cybersecurity, having previously held roles such as a business analyst, project manager in Toronto, IT manager at N.C. State University, and director of technology and data protection officer for cybersecurity and professional development organizations. In her role as CISO, Marina will lead Raleigh’s security initiatives, navigating the evolving challenges of digital security to protect the city’s infrastructure and enhance community services. Her career is marked by a strong commitment to improving organizational and technological frameworks.

David Starmer – Chief Information Officer at Suffolk Construction

Suffolk Construction,  a national general contracting company that provides services throughout the project lifecycle, including construction management, design, and real estate capital investment, has recently appointed David Starmer to the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO). Prior to this appointment, Starmer held roles such as Chief Transformation Officer at Everbridge, Chief Information Officer at Sonesta Hotels, and Vice President of Global IT at Dunkin’ Brands.

Eutimio “Tim” Reyna – Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer at AFCEA International

Eutimio “Tim” Reyna III has been appointed as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of AFCEA International, where he will oversee IT operations and lead outreach to the national security IT community. A former Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 with extensive experience in DoD network infrastructure, cybersecurity, and enterprise system technology integrations, Reyna joins AFCEA following a role as senior manager and lead for Defense Portfolio Army Growth at Accenture Federal Services. AFCEA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence praised Reyna’s broad skill set and leadership capabilities, which are expected to enhance AFCEA’s technological competitiveness and service improvement.

Christopher Burger – Chief Information Security Officer at Slalom

Slalom, a global business and technology consulting firm, has appointed Christopher Burger as its first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). With 26 years of experience in enterprise risk management, security, compliance, and incident response, Burger will lead Slalom’s security team, enhancing the firm’s global security and risk services as the company navigates the intersection of business, technology, and humanity. In his new role, Burger will focus on leveraging Slalom’s expertise to help customers adapt to future innovations, particularly in AI, ensuring the protection of intellectual property and employee safety. His prior roles have involved leading security strategies across various sectors, including financial services and telecommunications, at major organizations like Washington Mutual and Russell Investments.

Jeremy Ung – Chief Technology Officer at BlackLine

Jeremy Ung has joined BlackLine, Inc., a leader in digital finance transformation, as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). With over 20 years of experience in cloud software engineering, Ung previously held leadership roles at Apptio, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft, bringing a wealth of expertise in developing and scaling technology infrastructures. In his new role at BlackLine, Ung will direct the global technology strategy for the company’s cloud platform, supporting the growing demand for automated, efficient financial governance and risk management solutions. Ung expressed excitement about the opportunity to enhance BlackLine’s offerings, particularly through AI and connected data, to transform and streamline processes for finance and accounting professionals worldwide.

Alexandra Guenther – Chief Information Officer at Leidos

Alexandra Guenther has been promoted to Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Leidos, a leading Fortune 500 federal contractor based in Reston. Formerly the program vice president for the civil operation of the Antarctic support contract, where she managed a team of over a thousand employees, Guenther also served as the Chief Technology Officer for Leidos’ Enterprise IT and Mission Solutions Operation. Her career began at Lockheed Martin in 2003, where she held various roles in project engineering and project management, progressing to significant leadership positions before the merger between Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions business and Leidos in 2016.

Deanna Steele – Chief Information Officer at Allied Universal

Allied Universal, a global leader in security and facility services, has announced Deanna Steele as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) for North America. Bringing over two decades of leadership experience in various sectors including retail, B2B, and digital business, Steele joins from AlixPartners where she focused on enhancing technology operating models and optimizing processes. In her new role at Allied Universal, Steele will lead IT initiatives aimed at delivering superior customer experiences, fostering growth, integrating acquisitions, and utilizing artificial intelligence to optimize operations across North America.

David Koehl – Chief Information Officer at Consolidated Communications

David Koehl has recently joined Consolidated Communications as the Chief Information Officer (CIO), where he is set to spearhead information and technology transformation initiatives. Koehl comes to Consolidated with a strong background in technology leadership, having previously served as the Chief Technology Officer at Metronet. At Metronet, he led key areas such as technology, data analytics, tech operations, cybersecurity, and business processes. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy and Technology at Frontier, and he spent over two decades at Accenture, where he led strategic business transformation and digital technology initiatives. Koehl’s extensive experience positions him well to drive Consolidated Communications’ growth as it transitions to a fiber-first broadband provider.

Srini Alagarsamy – Chief Technology Officer at Lifespace Communities

Lifespace Communities has announced the appointment of Srini Alagarsamy as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Srini brings over 23 years of experience in leading digital transformations for Fortune 100 companies, a rich background that will be pivotal in shaping Lifespace’s strategic innovation and technological vision. In his new role, he will oversee various critical aspects including infrastructure, cybersecurity, software applications, and data analytics. Srini is passionate about enhancing the lives of older adults, a core mission of Lifespace, and is eager to lead the technology team in identifying and implementing creative solutions to improve customer and team member experiences, drive efficiencies, and explore new possibilities.

James Shira – Chief Information Officer at PwC

PwC US has announced significant leadership changes, including appointing James Shira as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO), as part of a strategic reshuffle aimed at making the organization more client-centric, tech-powered, and agile. Shira, who brings over 20 years of experience in security and technology transformation across large organizations, will lead efforts to enhance PwC’s technology infrastructure, data capabilities, tech governance, and security. Previously holding the role of Chief Information Security Officer at PwC, and having worked in senior positions at various financial institutions, Shira is known for his change-oriented leadership and his ability to integrate emerging technologies to drive business strategies.

Francois Hardy – Chief Technology Officer at Newmont

Newmont Corporation has announced the appointment of Francois Hardy as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Hardy, a seasoned professional with over 30 years in the mining industry, brings a wealth of technical and operational expertise to his new role in Newmont’s Executive Leadership Team. Previously occupying significant positions at Newmont since 2002, including Group Head Exploration, Managing Director Africa, and General Manager Tanami, Hardy is well-prepared to lead the company’s technical endeavors to enhance operational performance and foster growth. As he steps into his new position, Hardy will focus on leveraging innovation and new technologies to improve the company’s operations.

Nathan Kelso – Chief Technology Officer at Silver Creek Capital Management

Silver Creek Capital Management, an alternative investment boutique known for its unique investment solutions for institutional and sophisticated investors, has appointed Nathan Kelso as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Kelso joins Silver Creek after over a decade as Chief Information Security Officer at Research Affiliates and previously, a senior IT role at BlackRock. His nearly 30-year tenure in technology within the investment management sector equips him well to lead Silver Creek’s efforts to enhance operational efficiency and client service quality. Kelso is eager to contribute to Silver Creek’s innovative approach, aiming to support the firm’s ongoing growth and performance enhancement.

Suresh Sainath – Chief Technology Officer at Zeus Industrial Products Inc.

Zeus, a global leader in polymer extrusion and catheter manufacturing, has appointed Suresh Sainath as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Sainath, tasked with spearheading the company’s innovation initiatives, will leverage Zeus’ advanced component and contract manufacturing capabilities to drive the development of industry-leading products and services. Sainath aims to bolster Zeus’ research and development efforts, focusing on collaborative engagements with customers to streamline supply chains and improve product lifecycles with advanced technologies and high-quality components.

Shaun Khalfan – Chief Information Security Officer at PayPal

Shaun Khalfan has been appointed as the new Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at PayPal. With over two decades of experience in information security and risk management across various industries, Khalfan is recognized for his expertise and strategic insight in the field. Prior to joining PayPal, Khalfan excelled as the Senior Vice President and CISO at Discover Financial, where he was instrumental in advancing the company’s cybersecurity measures to protect against evolving threats. His earlier role as Managing Director and CISO at Barclays International has also contributed to his deep understanding of cybersecurity challenges in the financial sector. In his new role at PayPal, Khalfan aims to leverage his extensive experience to fortify the company’s global cybersecurity defenses. He plans to help ensure the safety and integrity of customer and company data against increasing digital threats as PayPal commits to maintaining its stature as a secure and trusted digital payments platform.

Aaron LaBerge – Chief Technology Officer at Penn Entertainment

PENN Entertainment has announced the appointment of Aaron LaBerge as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). LaBerge brings over two decades of experience from The Walt Disney Company, where he significantly contributed to Disney’s streaming services and oversaw technological innovations at ESPN. In his new role at PENN, he will lead the technological strategies and operations for the company’s Interactive division. This appointment follows the launch of PENN’s ESPN Bet product and is part of broader leadership changes within the company. LaBerge’s expertise will be pivotal in enhancing PENN’s offerings, particularly in sports betting and digital sports media, leveraging his extensive background from his previous roles, including as CTO and President for Disney Entertainment and ESPN, to redefine how fans interact with sports and gaming.

Matthew McCarville – Chief Information Officer for the state of Nebraska

Governor Jim Pillen of Nebraska has appointed Dr. Matthew J. McCarville as the state’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO). Dr. McCarville, with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, previously served as the Chief Information Officer and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Services and Operations at the University of Colorado, Denver, and held significant roles at MTX Consulting Group/Maverick A1, and as Florida’s Chief Data Officer, overseeing IT for a broad range of state entities. Dr. McCarville’s appointment aligns with Governor Pillen’s objectives to phase out outdated IT systems and achieve transformative cost savings for taxpayers.

Jason Pedone – Chief Technology Officer at Aspida

Aspida, a leader in life insurance and annuities, has recently strengthened its executive team by appointing Jason Pedone as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). This move is part of Aspida’s strategic initiative to enhance its technology-driven services and maintain its position as a digital leader in the insurance sector. Pedone comes from Truist Financial, where he served as Senior Vice President and Head of the Digital and Consumer Channels Engineering Division. In this role, he was responsible for leading the development and delivery of substantial digital product portfolios. His extensive experience in digital transformation and technology management will play a crucial role in advancing Aspida’s in-house technological capabilities.

Christopher Keith – Chief Information Officer at Brown University

Christopher Keith has been named the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Brown University, starting May 1, 2024, after serving the university since 2007 in various roles such as Director of Information Technology and Director of Enterprise Applications and Software Engineering. Keith, who also brings seven years of experience as an officer in the U.S. Navy, aims to enhance the Office of Information Technology’s (OIT) strategic partnership across the university, fostering collaboration that supports data and technology solutions for faculty, students, and staff.

Mani Suri – Chief Information Officer at Follett Higher Education

Mani Suri has been appointed as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Follett Higher Education, the largest campus retailer in North America. Suri is tasked with overseeing the technological advancements that support Follett’s operations across over 1,000 campus stores. Bringing over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, including prior roles as CIO at Ulta Beauty and 7 Eleven, and leadership positions at CBRE and Thompson Reuters, Suri is well-equipped to lead Follett’s enterprise modernization initiatives. At Ulta Beauty, he significantly modernized in-store and digital customer experiences, and at Capital One, he was instrumental in the development of the company’s Innovation Lab during his 17-year tenure as a software engineer.

Phani Konduru – Chief Information Officer at Pharmacord

PharmaCord LLC, a leading provider of patient support services for the pharmaceutical industry, announced the appointment of Phani Konduru as Chief Information Officer (CIO). In his new role at PharmaCord, Konduru will lead the product and technology strategy and oversee IT operations, focusing on enhancing data strategies and digital innovation to improve patient and provider experiences through PharmaCord’s proprietary technology ecosystem, PharmaCord Lynk™. Previously, Konduru served as Chief Digital and Technology Officer at BrightSpring Health Services and held various leadership roles at Humana over 14 years.

Rob Terrell – Chief Technology Officer at Strava

Rob Terrell has been appointed as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Strava, the U.S.-based internet service renowned for tracking physical exercise with integrated social network features. Terrell comes from Zynga, where he held several leadership positions, including game technical director and divisional CTO of the Farmville franchise, significantly impacting the company’s strategy and culture. Before his time at Zynga, Terrell founded multiple tech companies. His extensive experience is expected to be instrumental in propelling Strava’s growth and preparing the company for its next developmental phase.

Keith Correia – Chief Information Officer at Portillo’s

Keith Correia has been appointed as the first Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Portillo’s, a fast-casual restaurant chain known for its Chicago-style street food. Joining from Steak ‘n Shake, where he led a significant technology revitalization, Correia brings a deep expertise in enhancing technological infrastructures to his new role at Portillo’s. His background includes various leadership positions at American Dairy Queen Corporation, encompassing roles like Vice President of Technology Innovation, Concept Support, and Operations. As CIO, Correia is tasked with overseeing the expansion and modernization of Portillo’s IT platforms, aiming to boost efficiencies and improve the experience for both team members and guests. His strategic direction is set to play a crucial role in supporting Portillo’s ongoing national expansion and operational optimization.

Kris Arthur – Chief Information Security Officer at SEKO Logistics

SEKO Logistics has promoted Kris Arthur to the role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). This appointment marks the creation of a new position within the company, underlining SEKO’s focus on enhancing the security and confidentiality of client information. Arthur, who joined SEKO in 2021 as Director of Infrastructure & Security, brings over 25 years of experience in technology infrastructure. During his time at SEKO, he has been pivotal in leading initiatives such as cloud migration, the establishment of multi-factor authentication, and the initiation of a zero-trust architecture. In his new role, Arthur will spearhead the company’s global cybersecurity strategy and compliance, aiming to further elevate SEKO’s security standards.

Michael Machado – Chief Information Security Officer at BeyondTrust

BeyondTrust has welcomed Michael Machado as their new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Bringing over 20 years of experience from various tech leadership roles, including as Chief Data and Security Officer at Shippo and the inaugural Chief Security Officer at RingCentral, Machado is well-prepared to steer BeyondTrust through its next growth phase. His responsibilities will include strategic planning, governance, and operational oversight of the company’s information security program.

Heather Hausmann – Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at Pentair

Pentair, a company that aims to help the world sustainably move, improve, and enjoy water, has appointed Heather Hausmann to serve in a dual capacity as its next Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Before joining Pentair in 2022 as the company’s CISO, Hausmann served as CISO for SPS Commerce and as the Information Security Officer at RSM US LLP.

Raghu Malpani – Chief Technology Officer at UiPath

UiPath has appointed Raghu Malpani, a seasoned executive previously with Microsoft and Meta, as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Malpani brings a wealth of experience from his time as Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365 Application and Data Platform, where he managed global teams and significant projects like Microsoft Exchange Core and Microsoft Graph. He also spearheaded the Decisions Platform team at Meta, focusing on experimentation and market intelligence platforms. With a career emphasizing leadership and customer engagement, Malpani is set to enhance UiPath’s enterprise automation and AI software solutions, focusing on strategic product delivery and comprehensive business process automation.

Jason Harper – Chief Technology Officer at Iron Road Partners

Iron Road Partners, a leading regulatory consulting firm serving the investment management industry, has appointed Jason Harper as its first Chief Technology Officer (CTO). With over 20 years of experience in technology leadership roles across various sectors, Harper is tasked with driving the development of innovative technological solutions to enhance risk, regulatory, and compliance functions amidst growing compliance obligations and shrinking budgets. Before joining Iron Road Partners, Harper held pivotal roles including founding CTO at Fall Forward, CTO at CoreDial, and VP and Head of Engineering at GameChanger Media. In his new role, Harper aims to leverage his extensive background in software development to introduce significant efficiency gains and technological advancements to meet the compliance challenges in the investment management industry.

Ted Kaouk – Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer at The Commodity Futures Trading Commission

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has named Dr. Ted Kaouk as its inaugural Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer (CAIO), signaling a significant advancement in its commitment to integrating AI into its operations. Dr. Kaouk will guide the development of the agency’s data and AI strategies, enhancing its monitoring, surveillance, and enforcement capabilities within the derivatives market. His previous roles include pivotal data strategy positions at the Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Anthony Newlin – Chief Information Officer at Gulfstream

Gulfstream Aerospace has appointed Anthony Newlin as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective May 31, 2024. Having been with Gulfstream since 2016, Newlin has been pivotal in developing the company’s technology strategies, focusing on enhancing technological access and advancing solutions in mobility and security. Before joining Gulfstream, he served as a senior consultant at IBM, where he led strategic transformations for Fortune 500 companies. In his new role, he aims to drive transformative strategies and technology solutions across Gulfstream’s operations.

Keith Jones – Chief Information Officer at Cone Health

Keith Jones has been appointed as the permanent Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Cone Health, having served in an interim role since September. With over a decade at Cone Health, Jones has spearheaded significant projects, including the development and implementation of the organization’s data warehousing, business intelligence, and analytics strategies. His leadership extended to establishing an enterprise analytics function that supports data-driven decision-making across the system. Prior to Cone Health, Jones held significant positions at Europa Sports Products and Inmar Enterprises.

Faraz Iqbal – Chief Technology Officer at Edible

Edible®, the pioneering e-commerce and retail giant known for its iconic fruit arrangements, delicious desserts, and fresh flowers, has announced Faraz Iqbal as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). With over two and a half decades of rich experience in technology, operations, and franchise growth, Iqbal is set to enhance Edible’s digital and in-store platforms, further enriching the customer experience. Prior to joining Edible, Iqbal served as the Senior Vice President of Global Services at Zilliant and served as COO at Naranga, where his leadership earned the team a top ranking in franchise technology services. In his new role, Iqbal will oversee the enhancement of the e-commerce platform and in-store technologies, ensuring seamless integration and innovative customer interactions. His responsibilities will extend to managing corporate IT and security, and leading initiatives in engineering, infrastructure, and architecture to support continued growth and transformation efforts.

Ben Beisswenger – Chief Technology Officer at the Doris Duke Foundation

The Doris Duke Foundation has appointed Ben Beisswenger as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Beisswenger, who brings over a decade of experience in technology development for social impact, will lead the foundation’s tech strategy, focusing on innovative solutions to enhance efficiency and foster collaboration across its initiatives. He has previously spearheaded cloud systems and constituent relationship management strategies at the Emerson Collective and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Amit Goyal – Chief Technology Officer at Care.com

Care.com, the leading online platform for finding and managing family care, has announced the appointment of Amit Goyal as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Goyal will oversee the technology and engineering teams, focusing on developing a unified platform to enhance Care.com’s digital properties worldwide and improve the delivery of innovative products and services. Previously, Goyal served as CTO at Reputation.com and held significant roles at Overstock.com and its subsidiary, tZero, for 16 years. Goyal is eager to contribute to Care.com’s mission, aiming to build a best-in-class platform to meet the universal need for care.

David McBride – Chief Technology Officer at Supernal

Supernal LLC, a part of Hyundai Motor Group’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) division, has appointed David McBride as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). McBride, formerly the director of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, brings over four decades of aerospace expertise to Supernal. He will lead the technology strategy and development of the company’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, aiming for commercial service launch in 2028. At NASA, McBride was noted for leading significant projects, including the operation of the Boeing 747SP aircraft for stratospheric astronomical observations and the development of all-electric aircraft. He now oversees Supernal’s Engineering and Technology Division, guiding 400 employees in vehicle engineering, testing, and certification. This appointment marks a significant step for Supernal as it transitions from design to the building and execution phases of its eVTOL vehicle development.

Durgesh Srivastava – Chief Technology Officer for MIPS

Durgesh Srivasatava has been appointed as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for MIPS in San Jose, CA. He brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles at Nvidia and a 24-year tenure at Intel Corp. Srivasatava joins MIPS during a period of significant growth influenced by the expanding adoption of AI-compute and RISC-V. MIPS, known for its development of high-performance RISC-V compute IP, is focusing on enhancing compute density in the automotive, cloud, and embedded markets through advanced multi-threading methodologies. This appointment is poised to drive MIPS’s innovation and market expansion efforts.

Guncha Mehta – Chief Digital and Information Officer at Beyond Inc.

Beyond Inc., the parent company of Bed Bath & Beyond, Overstock, and Zulily, has appointed Guncha Mehta as Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) as part of a significant expansion of their leadership team. Mehta, who previously held senior leadership roles at Madison Square Garden, Avis Budget Group, and The Children’s Place, joined Party City Holdings as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer in 2021. Her extensive experience in leading technology and information strategy will be pivotal in advancing Beyond Inc.’s digital initiatives across its various brands, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Overstock, and Zulily.

Shawn Malhotra – Chief Technology Officer at Rocket Companies

Rocket Companies has appointed Shawn Malhotra as its first Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Malhotra, who has significant prior experience with Thomson Reuters and Intel, will lead and enhance the firm’s technological capabilities across several key areas. His responsibilities will include overseeing the development of artificial intelligence, data science initiatives, product engineering, technology operations, and information security. Malhotra’s primary goal is to accelerate innovation and execution within the organization, helping to simplify and improve the homeownership journey through technological advancements.

Amanda Butler – Chief Technology Officer at Nepsis

Nepsis®, Inc., a leading financial advisory and investment management firm, has announced Amanda Butler as its first Chief Technology Officer (CTO). With over a decade of prior experience as a consultant for Nepsis®, Butler has significantly contributed to the firm’s technological advancements, including the expansion of its Salesforce platform and the Clarity Roadmap®. In her new role, she will oversee the strategic technology vision and integration of wealth management and tax services, ensuring the firm maintains its technological edge. Her responsibilities will include managing the development of the proprietary Nepsis® app and leading product development efforts.

David Woska – Chief Information Security Officer at Censinet

Censinet, a leader in healthcare risk management solutions, announced the appointment of David Woska, PhD, as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). With over two decades of experience in healthcare cybersecurity, IT governance, and data protection, Woska joins Censinet from Northwell Health in New York, where he developed key cybersecurity initiatives. As CISO, Woska will also lead Censinet’s efforts to expand risk coverage and compliance capabilities for its customers, keeping them ahead of cyber threats. Woska expressed enthusiasm about advancing Censinet’s mission to eliminate risks in healthcare.

Yasir Anwar – Chief Technology Officer at Inspire Brands

Inspire Brands, the Atlanta-based restaurant holding company, has announced Yasir Anwar as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Anwar brings a wealth of experience, having previously held the position of Chief Technology and Digital Officer at Williams-Sonoma and Chief Technology Officer at Macy’s. His extensive background also includes significant technology leadership roles at Walmart and Wells Fargo. In his new role at Inspire Brands, Anwar will be responsible for overseeing various teams, including Product Engineering, Data Engineering, Technology Operations, Architecture, Cybersecurity, Enterprise Applications, and Infrastructure and Development Operations. Anwar’s appointment is seen as a strategic move to enhance the technology capabilities across Inspire’s portfolio, which includes well-known brands such as Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic Drive-In, Jimmy John’s, Dunkin’, and Baskin Robbins.

Tushar Sachdev – Chief Technology Officer at Aptos

Aptos, a leader in unified commerce solutions based in Alpharetta, GA, has announced Tushar Sachdev as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Sachdev brings nearly three decades of expertise in enterprise SaaS and global team leadership to Aptos, having previously held significant roles at KORE as CTO and Executive Vice President of Analytics, and at PRGX Global as Chief Information Officer. At Aptos, he will oversee technology strategy across the company’s three business units—Aptos, LS Retail, and Revionics—and lead product development for the Aptos unit. His focus will be on driving technical innovation and engineering excellence to deliver high-quality software products swiftly to meet the dynamic demands of the retail market.

Frank Ziller – Chief Technology Officer at Cloud5

Cloud5 Communications, a prominent provider of IT solutions for over 5,000 hotels across the Americas, has named Frank Ziller as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Ziller, a seasoned technology leader with over 25 years of experience, joins Cloud5 from Frontline Managed Services, where he served as Chief Information Officer (CIO). At Frontline, he led significant initiatives including the deployment of Service Now as a Service and the establishment of a global central service desk, enhancing operational efficiencies and KPIs for a diverse clientele. As CTO of Cloud5, Ziller will focus on expanding the company’s strategic, consultative service offerings and leveraging his extensive MSP background to drive new technologies and services that support the evolving needs of the hospitality industry.

John Pisano – Chief Information Officer at ASRC Federal

ASRC Federal has appointed John Pisano as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO). With over 25 years of experience in federal government contracting and IT services, Pisano joins from Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led IT Infrastructure Engineering & Operations. His role at ASRC Federal will focus on leading the corporate IT strategy and advancing IT systems and processes across the enterprise. Pisano, also a Brigade Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army Reserve, holds a BS in Information Technology from Capella University along with several key IT certifications.

Paul Jackson – Chief Information Officer at SUNY Geneseo

SUNY Geneseo has appointed Paul Jackson as the college’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of Computing and Information Technology. A 1987 alum of SUNY Geneseo, Jackson has been a longstanding member of the Computing and Information Technology (CIT) team since 2006. He stepped into the role of interim CIO and director in June 2023 and previously served as the associate director of information systems for 17 years. In his new role, Jackson will lead a team of approximately 35 professionals across five key CIT service areas: educational technology, information systems, network and information security operations, support services, and systems and identity and access management.

Crystal Hair – Chief Technology Officer at A-TEK

Crystal Hair has been appointed as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at A-TEK, a company based in McLean, Virginia, that provides information technology services to government agencies. With nearly two decades of experience in the industry, primarily as a cloud strategist, Hair is set to lead the digital and technical strategies at A-TEK. She will also oversee the implementation of the company’s digital roadmap and facilitate strategic partnerships with clients. Prior to joining A-TEK, Hair held significant roles, including Vice President of Cloud at 11:59 in Sacramento, California, and Senior Manager at Accenture Federal Services.

Denise Zheng – Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer at Accenture Federal Services

Accenture Federal Services has appointed Denise Zheng as Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer (CAIO), a new role aimed at enhancing federal clients’ use of AI. Zheng will lead the Federal Data & AI practice, focusing on developing AI solutions, expanding partnerships, and establishing ethical AI frameworks. Her background includes roles in AI and ecosystem leadership at Accenture, and technology innovation at Business Roundtable, with prior experience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and DARPA.

Michael Reagin – Chief Technology Officer at Banner Health

Banner Health has announced the appointment of Michael Reagin as the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), a new senior leadership role dedicated to leading the organization’s digital transformation efforts. Reagin will be responsible for IT, data strategy, and enhancing digital systems to meet the evolving needs of patients. Bringing over 27 years of experience in healthcare innovation and technology, Reagin has previously held significant roles at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Sentara Healthcare/Optima Health Plan, and Sharp Healthcare, earning accolades such as the 2023 SoCal Orbie CIO in Healthcare and recognition in Becker’s Hospitals and Health System CIOs to Know.

Scott Checkoway – Chief Information Officer at DentalXChange

DentalXChange has announced Scott Checkoway as its next Chief Information Officer (CIO). Bringing a wealth of expertise from his role as CIO at Onehome, Checkoway is eager to apply his substantial IT and healthcare experience to further refine DentalXChange’s technological offerings. In a LinkedIn post, he expressed his excitment about his new role, stating, “I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue making a positive impact and contributing to the ongoing success of DentalXChange.”

Christopher Stea – Chief Technology Officer at Veritec Inc.

Veritec Inc., a Minneapolis-based company specializing in financial technology, has announced the appointment of Christopher Stea as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Stea, who joined Veritec as the Principal Software Engineer in January 2024, brings over 18 years of experience in software development to the role. Prior to joining Veritec, he served as Principal Software Engineer at ProPoint Solutions LLC, where he led software development initiatives that supported over 10,000 businesses in North America, particularly in the salon and beauty industry.

Andrew Bicknell – Chief Technology Officer for Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) has appointed Andrew Bicknell as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Director of Engineering. With a career spanning since 1984 in broadcasting and communications engineering, Bicknell brings a deep well of experience from his prior roles, including as Director of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer at Arkansas PBS, and Joint Chief Engineer of Radio and Television at Houston Public Media. At MPB, he will oversee the agency’s statewide network of eight broadcasting towers and 12 microwave towers. Bicknell’s primary focus will be to strengthen this infrastructure and support MPB’s shift towards a digital-first approach to programming and network engineering.

Charlotte (Renee) Storey – Chief Information Officer at Mercer University

Mercer University has announced the appointment of Charlotte Renee Storey as the Assistant Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Storey, a Mercer alumna with a deep-rooted history at the university, has held increasingly significant roles in its Information Technology Division since earning her computer science degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1997. Prior to her current position, she served as Systems Manager in the College and Director of IT and Media Services in the School of Medicine. In her new role, Storey will lead the strategic development of the university’s IT systems and digital strategies.


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