Ranking the Americas’ top enterprise CIOs of 2015
Who are the most powerful CIOs across North and South America? Our annual ranking profiles the IT leaders at the continents’ top 20 companies.
Despite the tumble in global energy prices over the past year, oil and gas companies continue to dominate our list of the most influential CIOs in the Americas region for 2015. IT leaders from the oil and gas sector occupy eight of the top 20 places, although retail champion Wal-Mart’s CIO Karenann Terrell holds the number one spot by a significant margin — one of seven female CIOs in the top 20.
The 35% of women in the list were bolstered over the past year by the high-profile appointments of Pam Parisian at AT&T, Marcy Klevorn at Ford (see November 2014 Appointments) and most recently Kathy McElligott at McKesson (see July 2015 Appointments). And showing how dramatically the gender balance has changed in recent years, six of the seven women in the Top 20 list have been appointed since 2010 and in each case their predecessor was male.
In terms of geographies, the US easily dominates the ranking, with CIOs at energy firms the only entrants from elsewhere in the Americas region.
The majority of the IT leaders featured have held their current role for several years (notably, Apple’s Niall O’Connor has been in place for a full 18 years), with only four new CIOs appointments made since last year’s table. That contrasts with a considerably higher turnover among Europe’s top CIOs (see Profiling Europe’s top 20 enterprise CIOs).
|TOP ENTERPRISE CIOS IN THE AMERICAS REGION*|
|Company (HQ)||Revs ($bn)||Head of IT|
|1. Wal-Mart Stores (US)||476.3||Karenann Terrell|
|2. ExxonMobil (US)||394.1||Michael Brown|
|3. Chevron (US)||200.5||Louie Ehrlich|
|4. Apple (US)||182.8||Niall O’Connor|
|5. Phillips 66 (US)||161.2||Kay Sallee|
|6. General Motors (US)||155.9||Randy Mott|
|7. General Electric (US)||148.6||Jamie Miller|
|8. Ford Motor Company (US)||144.1||Marcy Klevorn|
|9. Petrobras (Brazil)||141.5||Álvaro Adriano Rocha Martins|
|10. CVS Health (US)||139.4||Stephen Gold|
|11. McKesson (US)||137.6||Kathy McElligott|
|12. AT&T (US)||132.4||Pam Parisian|
|13. Valero Energy (US)||130.8|
|14. Verizon Communications (US)||127.1||Roger Gurnani|
|15. Hewlett-Packard (US)||111.5||Ramón Baez|
|16. PDVSA (Venezuela)||114.0||Ower Manrique|
|17. Pemex (Mexico)||107.9||José Luis Luna Cárdenas|
|18. Costco Wholesale (US)||110.2||Paul Moulton|
|19. Express Scripts (US)||100.9||Gary Wimberly|
|20. Marathon Petroleum (US)||97.8||Donald Wehrly|
|* CIOs at the 20 largest Americas-headquartered companies, based on last reported annual revenues. Currency conversions based on rate at companies' fiscal year end, unless directly specified. UnitedHealth Group ranks 15th by revenue, but has no individual in the global CIO’s role.|
EVP and CIO
VP, global IT
Since 2011 Michael Brown has served as VP, global IT for ExxonMobil Global Services Company, the business unit that encompasses ExxonMobil’s IT, global real estate and facilities, procurement and business support centers. He joined Mobil Corp in 1980 as a process engineer and later led business process re-engineering and the SAP rollout for its US-based upstream, downstream and global chemical assets. Following the company’s merger with Exxon in 1999, Brown held a similar role for the newly combined company. In 2006 he was made executive assistant to ExxonMobil’s chairman and in the same year was named VP of refining. In March 2009 he was appointed project executive of the US Real Estate Strategy Study Project, before taking on his current role in July 2011.
CIO, Chevron Corp and president of Chevron IT Company
As president and CIO of IT for Chevron, Louie Ehrlich is responsible for setting and achieving Chevron's IT strategy and providing IT services worldwide. A career employee of Chevron IT, Ehrlich joined the San Ramon, California-headquartered oil and gas company in 1981 as a programmer/analyst in New Orleans before working his way up to be manager of central information services for upstream technology and later downstream CIO and general manager of North America Products Company IT. He was later promoted to VP of services and strategy and CIO for Chevron's global downstream operations, before becoming CIO of Chevron Corp and president of its IT subsidiary in 2008.
Niall O’Connor has been Apple’s CIO since 1997. He joined the company in 1991, having previously worked at Eurolink. In his native Ireland O’Connor had held IT management roles at Homedica and Westinghouse. Since becoming IT chief at Apple O’Connor has, among other transformational IT projects, led the global implementation of SAP and spearheaded innovation in its call centers, warehousing and retail environments.
As CIO, Kay Sallee leads IT at Phillips 66, having previously worked as corporate IT services manager at Phillips Petroleum Company and general manager, enterprise information services, at ConocoPhillips. Holding company Phillips 66 was created when ConocoPhillips spun off its downstream assets in 2012. Recent IT-led business change at Phillips 66 includes a mobile working initiative that saw the roll-out of more than 2,000 iPhones equipped with business productivity apps.
SVP, global IT and CIO
|Image: © General Motors|
SVP and CIO
Group VP and CIO
Ford Motor Company
Marcy Klevorn was made VP and CIO in January 2015 and oversees IT services for all of Ford’s operations globally. She reports to Ford president and CEO Mark Fields. Previously, Klevorn served as director of the Office of the CIO, a position she was appointed to in September 2013. In this role she was responsible for managing Ford’s global IT business applications, architecture, data centers, web-hosting requirements, engineering and infrastructure services. Klevorn has spent her entire career in IT with Ford, serving in a variety of positions in the Americas, Ford of Europe and Ford Credit. She began her career at Ford in 1983 in Telecommunications Services and worked at various positions within Ford IT and Ford Credit through August 2003. In late 2003, as consulting program manager for the purchasing business systems initiative eVEREST, Klevorn led the analysis and decision to migrate back to legacy systems. In 2005, she was appointed Product Lifecycle Management global director and in 2006, as Enterprise Defragmentation director. From May 2006 through September 2011 she led Ford's IT Infrastructure organization and then served as IT director for Ford of Europe, and was a member of the Ford of Europe Operating Committee (EOC).
Álvaro Adriano Rocha Martins
Executive manager of ICT
Álvaro Adriano Rocha Martins has been the executive manager of Petrobras’ Information and Communications Technology unit since 2011. Previously, he was general manager of Administration and Development of IT Solutions for the Brazilian multinational energy company. Petrobras has pledged to invest R$21.2 billion (US$9.7bn) between 2013 and 2017 in IT and telecommunications, prioritizing information security. Since joining Petrobras in 1985 Álvaro Martins has worked in a range of roles, including professor and coordinator for ICT courses at the South-Southeast Education Center (the precursor of the Petrobras University), sector manager of E&P Human Resources Development and manager of ICT Planning and Management.
SVP and CIO
Stephen Gold became SVP and CIO for CVS Caremark (now renamed CVS Health) in July 2012. As the company’s most senior technology executive he is responsible for the entire information systems and technology operation. Before joining CVS, Gold was SVP and CIO for Avaya, and has held similar roles at GSI Commerce and Merck & Co.
EVP, CIO and CTO
Kathy McElligott has been EVP, CIO and CTO at McKesson since July 2015, overseeing technology strategy, governance, IT security and service delivery to all McKesson businesses. McElligott joined from Emerson, where she had been CIO since 2010, responsible for the manufacturing and technology company’s global IT strategy. Before joining Emerson Power Transmission as VP of IT in 2000, McElligott had spent 22 years in various information systems leadership roles at General Electric, ultimately becoming CIO of supply chain for GE Aircraft Engines.
Pam Parisian was appointed CIO of AT&T Services, the US telecom company’s business services subsidiary, in September 2014 having previously served as SVP for IT at AT&T Mobility and Home IT Solutions. A business administration graduate with a business school post-graduate degree in information management technology from Georgia’s Institute of Technology, Parisian reports to former CIO Thaddeus Arroyo, who moved up to lead a new technology development group that covers end-to-end services, customer experience and network security strategy. She joined AT&T with its acquisition of Cingular Wireless, where she was VP for IT acquisition strategy and planning, overseeing the integration between Cingular AT&T Wireless. Earlier, Tennessee-born Parisian was CIO of mobile telco BellSouth Cellular.
Corporate VP information services and CIO
Cheryl Thomas has worked for fuels company Valero and its predecessor since 1984. Before adopting her current role she was SVP of information services, and has also worked as VP of retail operations support and VP of retail information systems.
EVP and CIO
Roger Gurnani was named EVP and CIO for Verizon Communications in October 2010, having previously worked as SVP of new product development for Verizon Wireless. From 2005 to 2008 Gurnani served as president of the US western area for Verizon Wireless, of which he was one of the founding officers. He was VP and CIO until 2005, helping oversee the integration of Bell Atlantic, Vodafone AirTouch and GTE. Previously, Gurnani had been VP and CIO at Bell Atlantic Mobile.
SVP and CIO
Ramón Baez joined HP in August 2012. As SVP and CIO he is responsible for global IT strategy and all of the technology company’s IT assets, including worldwide application development, HP’s private cloud, IT security, data management, technology infrastructure, and telecommunication networks. Before joining HP Baez was VP of IT services and CIO at Kimberly-Clark Corp, and has also served in CIO roles at Thermo Fisher Scientific and Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solution group. He began his career at Northrop Grumman.
Executive director of automation, IT and telecommunications and president of PDVSA Industrial
Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA)
Ower Manrique is executive director of automation, IT and telecommunications at PDVSA and president of PDVSA Industrial. PDVSA is responsible for the exploration, production, refining, transport and commerce of hydrocarbons, with the Venezuelan State as its sole stockholder. Manrique graduated as a systems engineer from the Institute Luis Caballero Mejías Polytechnic University. In November 2013 he was also appointed as Deputy Minister of Mines for the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining.
José Luis Luna Cárdenas
José Luis Luna Cárdenas has been CIO of Pemex (Petróleos Mexicanos), the world’s fourth-largest oil producer, since January 2013. This is his first role at a state-owned business — he was most recently VP of innovation at cement giant CEMEX, where he worked for more than 25 years, serving as CIO from 2000 to 2009. There, he defined IT standards for CEMEX worldwide, directed IT operations for CEMEX Mexico and led a global team through the CEMEX Way challenge as SVP for processes and IT to build a single business model for processes and technology across all countries in which CEMEX operates.
EVP and CIO
SVP and CIO
As SVP and CIO at Express Scripts, Gary Wimberly has led IT strategy and innovation for the pharmacy benefit management corporation through a period of rapid growth, with revenues increasing by a fifth since he joined in 2004. His tenure has included IT activities around Express Scripts’ merger with Medco, and he has held positions of increasing responsibility, including VP of supply chain systems and VP of corporate client and patient systems. Prior to this, Wimberly was director of logistics systems at Tyco Healthcare. He has also worked in management at Ernst & Young and Bairnco.
VP and CIO
Appointed vice president and CIO in 2011, Donald Wehrly has risen through the ranks of IT at Marathon Petroleum Corp (MPC) over a career spanning 33 years. Wehrly joined the Ohio-headquartered petroleum refining, marketing, retailing and transporting company straight out of university in 1981 as an associate programmer, moving up to various supervisor roles (including positions in Syria and Tunisia) before taking over as manager of Upstream computing, manager of IT strategy and planning, manager of IT services and then CIO. Honing his business skills, he attended the Northwestern University’s Advanced Executive Program in 2013.