AIG drafts in CIO firepower - and other recent appointments
  • IT chief jumps into insurance from pharma sector
  • Tasked by new CEO with using IT to “manage down the cost of risk”
  • Tweets: “Excited about leveraging data to make the world a safer place”
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AIG drafts in CIO firepower - and other recent appointments

I-CIO editorial team – October 2014

Career upgrades for tech executives at AIG, United Airlines, the US Government, AMP, Arvos, Aenova, Rakuten, France’s education ministry and more.

Global insurance giant American International Group (AIG) has hired Philip Fasano to lead IT worldwide as EVP and CIO. The newly created role will include reviewing and evolving AIG’s technology systems and platforms, data management and security.

Fasano will report directly to AIG’s new president and CEO Peter Hancock, who recently told the Wall Street Journal that he wants the company to “manage down the cost of risk” by investing heavily in computers and people to dive deeper into data.

AIG, which provides commercial, institutional and individual insurance across more than 130 countries and employs more than 64,000 people, has largely repaired its fortunes since it was rescued by a US Federal bail-out at the peak of the financial crisis in 2008. With his appointment, Fasano tweeted: “Excited about the future potential to leverage data to make the world a safer place.”

Prior to AIG, Fasano spent almost eight years as CIO of healthcare company Kaiser Permanente, and his 30-year career has seen IT leadership roles at JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Financial Services, American Financial Group and Capital One. Meanwhile, at Kaiser Permanente, SVP of enterprise shared service Dick Daniels has been named as interim CIO.
Other key appointments

• Financial services company AMP, which operates across Australia and New Zealand, has appointed Chris Robb to a newly created role as CIO. Robb was most recently head of technology at ANZ Bank.

• The French Ministry of Education has appointed Mathieu Jeandron as head of technology and IT. He was previously deputy to Jacques Marzin, leader of the DISIC (La Direction interministérielle des systèmes d'information et de communication).

Arvos Group, the industrial equipment manufacturer created from the former auxiliary components business of Alstom Power, has appointed Axel Kindgen as its new CIO. Kindgen was previously IT director and global IS head of Alstrom’s auxiliary components product line.
• Jens Hittmeyer is the new VP for group IT at pharmaceutical company Aenova. He joins from Japanese pharma group Daiichi Sankyo where he led IT for its Americas unit.

• The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions has appointed Mayank Prakash as director general for technology, replacing the CIO role within the department ahead of CIO Andy Nelson’s departure in November. Prakash has spent three years as head of global wealth and investment management technology at Morgan Stanley.
• The UK Government has named former Credit Suisse EMEA CIO Magnus Falk as its new deputy CTO. Falk will report to CTO Liam Maxwell.
• Alex Rammal has moved on from his role as business relationship and IT portfolio director with Jaguar Land Rover to become group IT director at builder products company Wolseley. Rammal will be responsible for IT architecture strategy and shared technology services across the group, and will report to CIO Tony England.

The Student Loans Company has appointed Jacqueline Steed as chief digital officer, taking over from interim CDO Chris Airey (see August 2014 Appointments). Steed was previously managing director and CIO at BT Wholesale.
• Bruce Wells is the new CIO at Synovate, the market research arm of Aegis Group. Wells, who was previously head of Synovate’s Chicago-based automated data collection division ViewsCast, will relocate to Synovate in London. Meanwhile, Paul Cooney has been named CIO for Enterprise Solutions at Synovate.
• Media information services group Gorkana has selected Andrew Brown as CIO. The former group operations director of the Evening Standard and The Independent newspapers was earlier group IT director at Independent News and Media.

United Airlines has appointed Linda Jojo as EVP and CIO. She was most recently SVP and CIO at Rogers, the Canadian communications and media giant, and has also worked at Energy Future Holdings, Flowserve and GE Silicones. Jojo’s appointment at United follows the retirement of longstanding United CIO Bob Edwards.
• Google veteran Megan Smith has been named as the US Government’s new CTO. Previously VP of new business development at Google, Smith will be focused on the Obama administration’s technology policy and initiatives. She was most recently VP of Google[x], its tech lab. Alexander Macgillivray, formerly general counsel and head of public policy at Twitter, has been appointed as deputy US CTO. White House CIO Steven VanRoekel is returning to the US Agency for International Development to serve as chief innovation officer and advise on the government’s response to Ebola.
• Tracy Nolan has been named SVP and CIO of the Golub Corporation and its Price Chopper supermarkets chain. He has previously worked at Commercial Metals, Cameron International, Merial and General Electric, where he held roles including CTO and manufacturing systems leader. Golub employs more than 22,00 staff.
• Fortune 100 energy, grains and foods cooperative CHS has selected David Black as its CIO. He had been at Monsanto since 1992, most recently as VP IT, responsible for global business operations.
• Business information provider Dun & Bradstreet has hired Curtis Brown as its new CIO. He was most recently global CTO at AOL.
• Pharmaceutical services company Omnicare has appointed Ashok Singh as SVP and CIO. He previously held senior IT roles at TransUnion Healthcare, Aurora Health Care and CVS Caremark.
• Department store chain Stein Mart has appointed Sharon Hart as SVP and CIO, to support the international growth of its online store. She joins from PetSmart, where she was SVP of information services and where Mike Goodwin was appointed as SVP and CIO earlier in mid-2014 (see June 2014 appointments).
• Seth Richardson has been selected as the new CTO of Rakuten Marketing, the omni-channel marketing division of Japan’s online retail and services giant Rakuten. Richardson will be based in the UK, and joins as Rakuten Marketing launches its renamed core services in France and Germany. He previously co-founded DC Storm, which was acquired by Rakuten Marketing this year to become Rakuten Attribution.
Day & Zimmermann, a global provider of construction, engineering, staffing and defense solutions, has promoted Sankara Viswanathan to SVP and CIO. He was earlier VP of IT applications and business integration at the company. Former CIO Anthony Bosco has moved to a role as president of Yoh, Day & Zimmermann’s staffing company.
• Earnings optimization consulting firm Profit Insight has hired Eric Caruthers as its new CIO. He has been VP, architect at Bank of America since June 2013.
• Insurance provider the Seibels Bruce Group has promoted Helmut Tissler to CIO. He was previously the company’s senior director of customer support and services.
Ovation Brands, which operates 334 restaurants in 35 US states, has promoted Patrick Benson to CIO. He was previously its SVP of IT. The company’s brands include Country Buffet, Fire Mountain and Ryan’s. Before joining Ovation in 2010, Benson was VP of IT at both SUPERVALU and Cadbury.
First River Energy appointed Robert Throckmorton as CIO. Before joining the crude oil midstream company, Throckmorton was VP of First Data’s infrastructure security team.
Case Western Reserve University has appointed Sue Workman as CIO and VP for IT services. She has been with Indiana University since 1991, serving as associate VP for client services and support since 2007.

First published October 2014
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