We’ve reached the halfway point of 2023, and the surge of executive appointments continues to gain momentum. As we take a nationwide look at the latest CIO, CTO, and CISO placements from the past month, join us in congratulating the achievements of the 32 talented professionals who have recently stepped into influential roles, shaping technology and security landscapes across various organizations.
Rom Kosla – Chief Information Officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprises
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, has appointed Rom Kosla as Chief Information Officer. As CIO, Kosla will use his extensive experience in the digital front-end and complex distribution and supply chain spaces to build upon the company’s work around the transformation of its internal systems to continue positioning them for success, among other responsibilities. “I’m excited to join HPE at this pivotal moment for its business,” said Kosla in a press release. “Continuous innovation in the IT estate is critical to the engagement of an organization’s stakeholders. HPE is committed to elevating the experience customers, partners, and team members have working and doing business with the company, and I’m looking forward to working with a superb team of professionals to do just that.”
Josh Lemos – Chief Information Security Officer at GitLab
GitLab (GTLB), one of the most comprehensive AI-powered enterprise DevSecOps platforms, has appointed Josh Lemos as Chief Information Security Officer. As CISO, he will be responsible for directing the company’s global security strategy and compliance initiatives, strengthening the GitLab DevSecOps platform, and guaranteeing the highest level of security for its customers. Lemos brings over 20 years of technology leadership experience and joins the company from Block (formerly known as Square), where he served as CISO. “I look forward to helping GitLab advance its proactive information security strategy while fostering security innovations that provide immediate security benefits to the GitLab community,” said Lemos.
Sarah Naqvi – Chief Technology Officer at LivCor
LivCor, a Blackstone portfolio company and real estate company specializing in multi-family housing has selected Sarah Naqvi as Chief Technology Officer. Naqvi joins LivCor from HMSHost, where she spent the last 21 years in various leadership capacities. In her most recent role as EVP and Chief Information Officer, Naqvi supported the application development footprint, managed the security and compliance function, designed and advanced the network infrastructure, and drove digital transformation for the company. She brings over 30 years of proven experience in total as an IT executive and has achieved a multitude of industry accolades, including her most recent one as a Capital CIO of the Year Finalist in 2021.
David Ramsey – Chief Information Officer at STG Logistics
STG Logistics, a leading asset-light provider of optimized logistics and transportation services focused on the global supply chain, has named David Ramsey as Chief Information Officer. Ramsey brings over 27 years of experience in head technology roles with companies such as Diebold Nixdorf, TTEC, Asurint, and Butterfly Network, Inc., where he most recently served as Chief Information Officer. According to his LinkedIn, Ramsey’s proficiencies include building top-performing teams, benchmarking performance, and restructuring organizations to improve efficiency, productivity, and profitability. He’s a past recipient of CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 award and has served on the Accenture Global CIO Council, Oracle CTO Advisory Board, Hackett Group Executive Advisory Council, and is a member of the Zoom Product Development Board.
Greg Lane – Chief Information Officer with the State of Delaware
The State of Delaware appointed Greg Lane Chief Information Officer for its Department of Technology and Information (DTI). Lane served with DTI as Chief Technology Officer for over 6 years and helped to facilitate continuous improvement of project deliverance through better planning, measurement, knowledge sharing, and consistency. Prior to that, he served as Global CIO with The Chemours Company and a host of technology leadership positions with Dupont. As noted on his LinkedIn, Lane offers a strong IT background with excellent business acumen and is skilled in strategic planning, driving innovation, leading technology, and business process transformation.
Gurvinder Rekhi – Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the University of Dayton
The University of Dayton named Gurvinder Rekhi as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. As CIO, Rekhi will lead technology strategy and will be responsible for security, project management, user support, and enterprise systems, as well as cooperating with stakeholders across the university to ensure successful initiatives for each department. Rekhi brings more than 25 years of IT leadership experience to the role and joins the university from The Catholic University of America, where he has been serving as Associate CIO. “There are a number of reasons Gurvinder stands out as the right person for this new role,” said Andy Horner, executive vice president of business and administrative services. “He has lived and understands the mission of a private Catholic university, is remarkably mission-focused, service-oriented, and is a highly collaborative and transparent leader. Gurvinder wants to understand the processes that are enabled by technology so he and his team can drive the best overall value for the University.”
Karthik Sridharan – Chief Operations and Technology Officer at Fulton Financial Corporation
Fulton Financial Corporation (FULT) selected Karthik Sridharan as Chief Operations and Technology Officer. In this role, Sridharan will be responsible for “leading a team of information technology and operations professionals focused on leveraging leading technology to provide the best digital customer experience at Fulton Bank.” Sridharan brings over 20 years of experience leading technology initiatives for Fortune 500 companies, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, and most recently OceanFirst Bank, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
Keith Brautigam – Interim Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Penn State University
Penn State University has appointed Keith Brautigam as Interim Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Penn State University. In this capacity, Brautigam will lead Penn State IT, the university’s central IT unit, providing key leadership to over 1,200 IT professionals across all colleges, campuses, and administrative units. Brautigam had been serving as CISO since May 2022 for Penn State and Deputy CIO since October 2022, where he managed all enterprise services and oversaw the university’s unified information security program. Prior to this dual role, he served with the university in other IT-centered positions as well as nearly 13 years with the University of Iowa in technology leadership roles. “I am humbled by this opportunity to lead IT for Penn State,” Brautigam said. “Our collaboration with partner units enables IT to provide a seamless and streamlined technology experience for all our customers. I look forward to continuing the work begun by my predecessors to support Penn State’s teaching, research, and service mission.”
Siroui Mushegian – Chief Information Officer at Barracuda Networks Inc.
Barracuda Networks Inc., a trusted partner, and leading provider of cloud-first security solutions, selected Siroui Mushegian as Chief Information Officer. Mushegian, who most recently served as Vice President of Information Technology at Blackline, brings more than 20 years of technology leadership experience. Aside from her time at Blackline, Mushegian has also served in key executive IT roles with companies such as Ralph Lauren, the National Basketball Association (NBA), and WNET New York Public Media, to name a few. “I’m thrilled to start this journey with Barracuda and eager to collaborate with the team to strengthen its systems and infrastructure,” said Mushegian. “Cybersecurity is critical in today’s digital landscape, and I look forward to contributing my expertise and strategic vision to Barracuda.”
Denise Reilly-Hughes – Interim Chief Information Officer with the State of Vermont
Denise Reilly-Hughes will step into the role of CIO for the State of Vermont in an interim capacity. With over 20 years of industry experience, Reilly-Hughes assumed the position of ADS Deputy Secretary in January, around the same time Nailor was appointed as permanent CIO. Prior to her current role, she held various leadership positions at Microsoft and PC Connection Services.
Daniel Urquhart – Chief Information Officer with the State of Alabama
Daniel Urquhart will assume the role of permanent CIO for Alabama’s Office of Information Technology, effective July 1st. With over two decades of experience in various technology leadership roles for the state, including 18 years with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency in multiple management positions, Urquhart expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve on Governor Ivey’s cabinet and lead the Office of Information Technology. “I am deeply honored that Governor Ivey has offered me the opportunity to serve on her cabinet and lead the Office of Information Technology,” said Secretary Urquhart.
Leonel Garciga – Chief Information Officer with the U.S. Army
The U.S. Army has appointed Leonel Garciga as its new CIO and principal advisor to the Secretary of the Army. Garciga, a U.S. Navy veteran, will spearhead the Army’s technological transformation efforts, ensuring the organization’s effective management and utilization of information systems. Having led the Army Intelligence Community CIO for four years, Garciga has extensive experience developing innovative solutions and driving digital advancements that will be pivotal in enhancing the Army’s capabilities in an increasingly complex and rapidly evolving digital landscape. Previously, Garciga served as the chief technology officer and senior advisor on technology for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Raman Bukkapatnam – Chief Information Officer at Marriott Vacations Worldwide
Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (VAC), a leading global vacation company that offers vacation ownership, exchange, rental, and resort and property management, has announced Raman Bukkapatnam as Chief Information Officer. As CIO, Bukkapatnam will be responsible for spearheading the enterprise’s global technology strategy, transformation, and modernization. Bukkapatnam brings over 25 years of experience to the role and joins the company from Nike, where he served as Vice President, Global Technology, helping to reshape digital retail and upgrading enterprise resource planning and supply chain platforms, among other accomplishments. “This is an incredibly exciting time to join the leadership team at Marriott Vacations Worldwide and be part of the growth strategy for the future,” said Bukkapatnam. “I understand that a priority for the Company is a strong, agile technology infrastructure to power us forward as a leader in the leisure travel space. I’m happy to be part of building how digital will change what the future of vacation looks like for all of our stakeholders.”
Johnathan Porat – Chief Technology Officer for the State of California
The State of California has named Johnathan Porat as Chief Technology Officer. In this capacity, he will oversee the California Department of Technology’s (CDT) Office of Technology Services (OTS). In his previous role as Chief Technology Innovation Officer for the state, he led the implementation of its Digital ID initiative as well as its Digital Vaccine Record program, among other duties. I am delighted to congratulate Jonathan on his recent appointment as state chief technology officer,” said state Chief Information Officer and CDT Director Liana Bailey-Crimmins in an email Friday. “In today’s rapidly changing technology landscape, his leadership and insight are greatly valued to provide the effective delivery of digital services to our customers and innovative digital solutions for our residents.”
Dawn Gillis – Chief Information Officer at Golden Corral
Golden Corral, the nation’s largest grill-buffet restaurant chain, appointed Dawn Gillis as Chief Information Officer. Gillis brings more than 20 years of experience to the role from the restaurant, hospitality, and consumer goods spaces. Most recently, Gillis served as VP of IT and Chief Technology Officer at Freebirds World Burrito, a nice upgrade from her role as Chief Technology Officer at Torchy’s Tacos. She also held key leadership positions at 7-Eleven, where she spent nearly 15 years. “I am honored to join this dynamic team and help Golden Corral maintain its legacy as a beloved buffet and a go-to dining destination while elevating its new developments, such as our up-and-coming fast-casual concept, Homeward Kitchen,” Gillis said. “You don’t get to celebrate 50 years of success without being able to evolve, and I’m proud to be at the forefront of the technological advances that will help our brand continue to grow and prosper for many years to come.”
Don Good – Chief Information Security Officer at Everest Re Group, Ltd.
Everest (EG), a global underwriting leader providing best-in-class property, casualty, and specialty reinsurance and insurance solutions, has selected Don Good as Chief Information Security Officer. As CISO, Good will head all aspects of the company’s information security to safeguard its data, systems, and digital assets effectively. “Don is a tremendous asset to our global organization,” said Jim Williamson, Everest’s Group Chief Operating Officer and Head of Reinsurance. “In an increasingly complex risk landscape, Don’s expertise and leadership track record will ensure we remain vigilant and at the forefront of information security best practices for the colleagues and clients we serve.” Good brings over three decades of cybersecurity, fraud prevention, and risk management experience, having served with the FBI, Navigant, Citi, FTI Consulting, and EY.
Christopher Kraus – Chief Information Officer at Freshpet Inc.
Freshpet Inc. (FRPT), the company whose mission is to improve the lives of dogs and cats through the power of fresh, real food, has announced Christopher Kraus as Chief Information Officer. Kraus joins the Freshpet from Golden Touch Group, where he served as Chief Information Officer, helping to modernize the company’s technology footprint. Prior to that, he served in IT leadership roles with ZWILLING Beauty Group GmbH, Omnicom, and CoreMedia Systems. He offers over two decades of “hands-on experience in enterprise value creation and leveraging technologies to streamline & simplify operations across the CPG, Manufacturing, and Apparel industries,” according to his LinkedIn.
Joe McIntosh – Chief Information Officer for the State of Oklahoma
The State of Oklahoma has promoted Joe McIntosh to Chief Information Officer under the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES). “In this new role, he will focus on maturing the core services OMES provides to our customers across all divisions, as well as continue to be the executive leader of Information Services, Central Purchasing, Finance, Human Resources and Human Capital Management, Capital Assets Management, and Risk, Assessment, and Compliance,” said Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, Caden Cleveland, in an email. McIntosh initially joined the OMES in 2020 as the Senior Director of Application and Data Services, leading efforts with more than 190 agencies, boards, and commissions across the State of Oklahoma. Prior to moving into the public sector, McIntosh served in a number of IT leadership positions with SONIC Drive-In over more than 8 years with the company and brings more than 20 years of IT experience in total.
Eric Firer – Chief Information Officer at Kellogg North America
Kellogg Company (K), one of the world’s leading producers of cereal and snacks, appointed Eric Firer as Chief Information Officer of Kellogg of North America. Firer joined the company on June 19th and recently announced the role on LinkedIn, saying, “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity. Thank you to those who have reached out with such a warm welcome. I truly cannot wait to see what we will achieve together.” Firer brings over two decades of technology leadership experience, having served in key roles at Deloitte & Touche, J. Crew, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., and most recently at Bacardi, where he was the Regional CIO for North America and Latin America. In this capacity, he provided end-to-end accountability for the overarching technology strategy, delivery, & operations for North America and Latin America, according to his LinkedIn.
Tony Johnston – Senior Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer at Cincinnati Children’s
Cincinnati Children’s, a nonprofit academic health system that is internationally recognized for improving child health and transforming delivery of care through research, education, and innovation, named Tony Johnston Senior Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer. Johnston began his career with Cincinnati Children’s in 1989, where he served as a systems analyst, and has subsequently risen through the ranks taking on more strategic leadership roles throughout his tenure. Among his accomplishments, he helped lead the implementation of their Telehealth program, co-led the selection, installation, and implementation of an integrated electronic health record (Epic), and most recently helped create the health system’s augmented reality/virtual reality digital experience lab. “I’m passionate about finding ways that information technology can help Cincinnati Children’s advance healthcare,” Johnston said. “Members of our Information Services embrace working with medical providers to ensure that kids and families receive world-class care and an exceptional patient experience, and I’m honored to lead the IS team.”
Simon Fothergill – Chief Information and Technology Officer with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Simon Fothergill has been promoted to Chief Information and Technology Officer for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (the Tribe), a federally recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. In this capacity, Fothergill will manage the development, sustained growth, and strategic execution of the technology roadmap for gaming, hospitality, entertainment, and the Tribe’s future business endeavors. “It’s an honor to be given this responsibility and an exciting opportunity to be tasked with executing the Tribe’s vision,” said Fothergill. Over his 24-year career in technology leadership positions, Fothergill has worked with 9 Net Avenue UK Ltd., Lunarpages, Aristocrat, Ameristar Casino, Pinnacle Entertainment, and GAN prior to joining the Tribe as Vice President of Information Technology Business Services in 2019.
Rajendra Prasad – Chief Information and Asset Engineering Officer at Accenture
Accenture (ACN), a leading global professional services company that helps the world’s leading businesses, governments, and other organizations build their digital core, optimize their operations, accelerate revenue growth, and enhance citizen services, has promoted Rajendra Prasad to Chief Information and Asset Engineering Officer. As CIO, Prasad will focus on “realizing business value through technology services across infrastructure and applications and driving Accenture’s and its clients’ journeys to continuously innovate through AI, intelligent automation, strong ecosystem partnerships and the pioneering of leading-edge assets and accelerators,” according to his LinkedIn. Prasad brings over 28 years of industry experience to the role, 18 of which he gained through various leadership positions with Accenture. In his most recent role as Accenture’s Global Automation Lead for Technology, Prasad focused on bringing strategic value to the company by “driving automation and innovation across the IT lifecycle, bringing new solutions, and maximizing leverage of [their] ecosystem partners and capabilities to clients.”
Elizabeth Price – Vice President of Information Systems, Chief Information Officer Evangelical Community Hospital
Evangelical Community Hospital, a hospital out of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, providing inpatient services and access to a network of specialty services and practices not typically associated with community hospitals, has promoted Elizabeth Price to Vice President of Information Systems, Chief Information Officer. In this capacity, Price will provide “leadership and vision for the planning, management, and integration of strategic information systems for the Hospital,” as well as oversee the “development and execution of clinical, financial, and administrative information systems strategies to support Hospital users and provide technology solutions.” Prior to this role, Price served as the Associate Vice President of Information Systems for Evangelical. Her extensive background of more than 27 years of experience also includes key roles with Geisinger, Merck, and xG Health Solutions.
Kelly Doney – Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the University of Virginia
The University of Virginia (UVA) appointed Kelly Doney Vice President and Chief Information Officer, effective August 14th. As CIO, Doney will be in charge of overseeing of the planning and execution of central information technology applications, support, infrastructure, information security and policy, and research computing. Doney brings decades of experience and joins UVA from Villanova University, where she currently (also) serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer, managing a team of 120 IT professionals responsible for research computing, information security, academic technologies, administrative computing systems, business intelligence, and analytics. “I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to contribute to the work of an institution like the University of Virginia,” Doney said. “I look forward to supporting and collaborating with the entire University community to use technology in ways that enable the institution to pursue best its missions of educating students, conducting meaningful research, and providing world-class patient care.”
Chet Gandhi – Chief Information Officer at Twist Bioscience
Twist Bioscience (TWST), a company enabling customers to succeed through its offering of high-quality synthetic DNA using its silicon platform, selected Chet Gandhi as Chief Information Officer. As CIO, Gandhi will play a critical role in piloting automation and helping the company to expand its efforts as it looks to grow its customer base from around three thousand to over one hundred thousand. Gandhi is a seasoned CIO bringing nearly three decades of industry experience at companies including GigOptix, Inc., AppliedMicro, Magento Commerce, Intapp, Wineshipping, and DynPro Inc., among others. “I am excited to join Twist Bioscience, a company whose customers are dedicated to making a positive impact in health and sustainability,” said Mr. Gandhi in a press release. “Throughout my career, I have used technology to enable scalable growth by elevating the customer experience as well as enhancing and automating internal operations. I look forward to further supporting Twist’s mission of changing the world for the better.”
Andrew Goodwin – Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Norway Savings Bank
Andrew Goodwin has been named Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Norway Savings Bank, a leading mutual banking and financial services company headquartered in Norway, Maine. Goodwin brings over 20 years of IT experience, serving with companies and health systems, including Siemens Medical Solutions, University General Hospital Systems, Georgia Hospital Association, Harbin Clinic, and Covenant Health, to name a few. In his most recent role as System VP, Technology and Information Security at Covenant Health, he was responsible for leading the system-wide transformation to a unified enterprise-wide Information Technology Services (ITS) organization.
Jessica White – Chief Information Officer at Evolent Health
Evolent Health (EVH), a healthcare organization that delivers proven clinical and administrative solutions which improve whole-person health while making healthcare simpler and more affordable, has promoted Jessica White to Chief Information Officer. White has served with the organization for the past ten years. Where she began as the Senior Director of Information Technology (Quality Assurance), followed by a two-year tenure as Managing Director of Technology Service Operations, and 4.5 years as Vice President of Enterprise IT before moving into her new position as CIO. Prior to joining Evolent Health, she served in strategic roles at Spiegel & McDiarmid, The Ferguson Group, and the National Women’s Law Center. In a LinkedIn post celebrating her new role, White said, “I look forward to continuing our shared mission of changing the health of the nation by changing the way health care is delivered. Thank you for being part of this journey.”
Susan Ibanez – Chief Information Officer at the Southeast Georgia Health System
The Southeast Georgia Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents and visitors to the Golden Isles and surrounding areas of Southeast Georgia, has announced Susan Ibanez as their first-ever Chief Information Officer, effective July 24th. According to a press release, she possesses key competencies in “strategic planning, operations, financial and project management, and information technology governance. With a significant background in customer and patient satisfaction focus, she has had a successful history of building collaborative teams and positive physician relationships.” Ibanez brings over 25 years of technology leadership experience in total, having served with companies such as Driscoll Children’s Hospital, HCA/Parallon Business Solutions, Memorial Hermann Health System, and most recently at Vail Health, where she currently serves as Chief Information Officer.
Ryan Scott – Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Bright Horizons
Bright Horizons, a leading provider of high-quality early education and child care, family care solutions, and workforce education services designed to support working families and client employees across life and career stages, named Ryan Scott Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Scott brings 24 years of experience, having served with companies including Keane, Inc., n2N Commerce, Inc., SapientNitro, and most recently, Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. In a LinkedIn post about his new position at Bright Horizons, Scott said, “I am excited to lead a great global team supporting a truly important mission!”
Maneet Singh – Chief Information Officer at Odyssey Logistics
Odyssey Logistics, a leader in multimodal logistics solutions, has appointed Maneet Singh as Chief Information Officer. As CIO, Singh will be responsible for the company’s global IT operations, its technology and cybersecurity strategy, and its major IT transformation initiatives. Singh offers more than 20 years of technology leadership experience, having worked with Capgemini Consulting, Emerson, Harris Corporation, XPO Logistics, Inc., Delek US Holdings, Inc., and most recently, Snap One, where he served as Chief Information Officer. As CIO at Snap One, he led the company’s IT team transformation, which resulted in significant upgrades to their project delivery and productivity. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the talented IT, security, and global operations teams at Odyssey,” said Singh. “This is an exciting chapter for the Company, and I look forward to enhancing the technology capabilities of our already best-in-class IT operations, which will be instrumental in driving Odyssey’s technology initiatives, fueling business growth, and improving the customer experience.”
Theodore Tanner Jr. – Chief Technology Officer at BigBear.ai
BigBear.ai (BBAI), a leader in providing AI-powered, decision intelligence solutions, named Theodore Tanner Jr. as Chief Technology Officer. Tanner joins the company from IBM Watson Health, now Merative, where he served as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Architect. Over his 30-year career, he also held key leadership positions with companies such as Spatializer Audio Labs, Apple, MongoMusic, Microsoft, BeliefNetworks, Inc., and Benefitfocus, as well as co-founding PokitDok, a Health Platform As A Service (PaaS) corporation. “I am thrilled to be joining the exceptional team. BigBear.ai is perfectly positioned to apply advanced AI algorithms and solutions to the U.S. Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, the U.S. Federal Government, as well as in the private sector. I am excited to be working with this stellar team immediately, bringing all of my platform, operating system, and algorithm experience in architecting groundbreaking AI solutions that will provide a higher form of decision intelligence for our customers as our industry transitions into the Age Of Artificial Intelligence.” said Tanner.
T. Simeon Ananou – Chief Information Officer at Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University, one of America’s most dynamic public universities, a center of academic excellence, and an internationally recognized research institution that is changing the world, selected T. Simeon Ananou as Vice President for the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and Chief Information Officer, effective August 14th. Ananou brings over 20 years of technology leadership experience in the education sector, having served with Slippery Rock University, Salisbury University, the University at Albany, and the University of Vermont, where he most recently served as Chief Information Officer. “I am grateful to have been appointed to this important leadership role at an AAU [Association of American Universities] institution,” Ananou said. “I am looking forward to forging partnerships within the Stony Brook and SUNY communities for greater impact on society.”