Generali picks insurance sector star as CIO – and more jobs news
  • New group head of information systems to oversee IT on a global scale
  • Remit to accelerate digital transformation at the Italian insurance giant
  • Brings 25 years' experience in leadership roles across Asia, Europe and North America
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Generali picks insurance sector star as CIO – and more jobs news

I-CIO editorial team – September 2015

New technology leaders step up at Generali, the Government of Canada, Daimler, SAS, Marsh & McLennan, TUI and more.

Generali Bruce Hodges CIO
Bruce Hodges, group head of information systems at Generali

Financial services veteran Bruce Hodges is joining insurer Generali as group head of information systems. Hodges’ new remit will encompass responsibility for the Italian company’s global IT systems and application landscape. With 78,000 employees worldwide, Generali was the only insurer to be ranked among an MIT Technology Review list of the world’s 50 smartest companies in 2015.

As its new IT leader, Hodges will be tasked with accelerating digital transformation at Trieste, Italy-headquartered Generali, as part of a previously announced IT renovation and rationalization program that focuses on customer experience and operational efficiencies. He succeeds Massimo Paltrinieri.

Canadian-born Hodges joins from Netherlands-based NN Group, where he was both CIO and chairman of the board, leading the IT function across its insurance, banking and asset management operations in Europe and Asia. His extensive experience in international financial services includes stints as CEO of NN Group’s Malaysian business, CIO and COO for Asia at Sun Life Financial, and president and CEO for Thailand at Manulife Financial.
Other key appointments 

• Home entertainment retailer JB Hi-Fi has hired Simon Page as CIO. The company’s IT leadership role has been vacant since the departure of technology director George Papadopoulos in February 2015. Page was most recently general manager, technology for retail, at Australia Post.

• The Government of Canada has selected John Messina as its new CIO. Messina has been CIO at the Canada Revenue Agency since 2012. Messina replaces Corinne Charette, who will become senior assistant deputy minister of Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications at Industry Canada.

• Jan Brecht, CIO and head of global supply chain at Adidas Group, is set to become the new CIO at Daimler. Brecht spent 12 years at Daimler earlier in his career, latterly as CIO for the Americas. Brecht’s return to the carmaker sees him take over from Michael Gorriz, who left Daimler to become CIO of Standard Chartered earlier this year (see April 2015 Appointments).
TUI has promoted its UK and Ireland IT director Chris Bayley to the role of group CIO, as former IT chief Mittu Sridhara steps down amid a wider management reshuffle.
• Markus Sontheimer is the new CIO on the board of Schenker, responsible for its DB Schenker Logistics business. Sontheimer was previously CIO and head of application solutions for group finance at Deutsche Bank and served as CIO for Daimler’s Financial Services division.
Esprit has promoted Michael Kaib to CIO. Kaib was previously VP, head of IT governance and enterprise architecture, for the fashion retailer. He succeeds Dr Thomas Pirlein, who is now managing director of IT at discount supermarket chain Aldi.
• Michael Lütjann is the new CIO at IMPERIAL Logistics International. Lütjann joins from Schenker, where he was SVP IT management logistics, and previously managed IT at logistics provider Fiege. IMPERIAL’s longstanding operational head of IT, Sven Vogel, will report into Lütjann.
Travel operator L’Tur Tourismus, majority-owned by TUI Group, has appointed Michael Fischerkeller as CIO. The newly created role encompasses IT strategy, production and distribution systems and infrastructure. Fischerkeller was previously IT director at Vtours.

• Ecommerce apparel retailer YOOX Group has selected former Walmart Labs technology director Alex Alexander as its new CIO. Alexander has served as senior IT director in global retail banking at Barclays Bank and as multichannel IT director at Sainsbury’s. YOOX is in the process of acquiring UK-based fashion retailer Net-A-Porter.

• Scandinavian airline SAS has appointed Mattias Forsberg as EVP and CIO within a new group management function. Set to join the company by the end of 2015, Forsberg will be responsible for IT and digital innovation, reflecting the company’s focus on digital development. CIO at Systembolaget since 2011, he was previously IT director at B&B Tools.
TUI Nordic has promoted Jessica Enbacka to CIO. Enbacka has been with the travel operator for more than 14 years and was most recently head of product supply chain.

• Electricity and gas utlity company National Grid has hired Rich Adduci as global CIO. Adduci was previously SVP and CIO at medical device maker Boston Scientific, where he had spent the past nine years. He replaces David Lister, who stepped down as National Grid CIO in June.
Department store House of Fraser has named Julian Burnett as its new CIO. Burnett was head of IT strategy, architecture and business process unit at retail group the John Lewis Partnership until May 2015. Earlier in his career he was CTO at supermarket chain Sainsbury’s. Burnett’s appointment follows the departure of Uday Kotla, who was hired earlier this year from Infosys (see
May 2015 Appointments). Former Asos CIO Peter Marsden has overseen IT at House of Fraser on an interim basis since Kotla’s exit.
Dave Bulman is now interim CIO at the Wellcome Trust, the world’s second highest spending charitable foundation. Bulman is managing the organization’s technology function and reviewing the future of technology at the Trust. He was formerly director of technology at Virgin Atlantic (see our series of
Big Thinker interviews with Bulman).
Matthew Oakeley is the new CTO of Investec Asset Management. Oakeley spent 10 years as head of group IT at Schroders and was global head of investment IT at UBS earlier in his career
McLaren Technology Group has selected Craig Charlton as its new CIO. Charlton was previously group CIO at diamond company De Beers, having spent more than six years at mining group AngloAmerican and almost 10 at Procter & Gamble. At McLaren he succeeds Stuart Birrell, who left the Formula 1 team and carmaker to become CIO at Heathrow Airport (see
July 2015 Appointments).
Mike Bracken has been appointed as group chief digital officer and a member of the group executive committee at The Co-operative Group. Bracken has worked for the UK Government since 2011 – earlier this year, chief data officer was added to his existing role of executive director for the Government Digital Service (see
April 2015 Appointments).
The Ministry of Justice has appointed Arif Harbott as its new chief digital officer. Harbott joins from food wholesale company Booker Group, where he was interim CDO. He has also served as interim ecommerce director at supermarket chain Morrisons and interim ecommerce lead in digital banking at Lloyds Banking Group. He succeeds Paul Shetler, now CEO of the Australian Government’s new Digital Transformation Office (see
July 2015 Appointments). Technology has been overseen by interim CDO David Dilley since Shetler’s departure.

• Julia Anderson is the new global CIO at the $15 billion global food company Smithfield Foods. Anderson was formerly VP of global applications at HJ Heinz Company and has also served in leadership roles at PepsiCo and Kraft. Her remit at Smithfield Foods will span the leadership of IT and technology functions, including the implementation of its ‘One SAP’ project.
Professional services firm Marsh & McLennan has selected E Scott Gilbert for the newly created role of CIO. Gilbert was previously the company’s chief risk and compliance officer and remains on the executive committee in his new role. His remit will include overseeing the company's Innovation Centre, as well as its global business resiliency and security operations. With annual revenues of $13 billion, Marsh & McLennan serves clients in more than 130 countries
Michael Giresi is the new SVP and CIO of Royal Caribbean Cruises. He most recently held the same role at fashion brand Tory Burch and has also served as EVP and CIO at Direct Brands, CIO for Godiva Chocolatier and director of IT for the Campbell Soup Co.

Bank of Hawaii has selected Sheh Bertram as its new senior EVP and CIO, responsible for all IT, corporate sourcing and vendor management. Bertram will be a member of the bank’s managing committee and joins from Zions Bancorp, where she was CTO.
Don Goin has returned to Santander Consumer USA as CIO. Goin had held the role from 2006 to 2011, before leaving to join Capital One as CIO of its Auto Finance division, where he then became digital operations officer for financial services
International research agency Millward Brown has hired Matt Glace as global CIO. Glace joins from the agency’s parent company, Kantar, where he was an EVP, and will join Millward Brown’s global board. Earlier in his career Glace held senior roles at Duff & Phelps, McGraw-Hill and Standard & Poor’s.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, has selected Sheryl Bunton as CIO. Bunton was most recently CIO at agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO and has also held the same role at wire and cable manufacturer Southwire Co.
Micron Technology has appointed Trevor Schulze as CIO, with global responsibility. Schulze was previously Broadcom’s corporate VP of IT. Before that he held the same role at AMD, as well as various roles at Cisco.

• Paul Chapman is the new CIO of Box. Chapman was previously CIO of HP Software, and before that was VP, global infrastructure and cloud operations and VP of enterprise applications at VMware. He replaces Ben Haines, who left Box to join Yahoo! as VP, global information systems and business enablement (see January 2015 Appointments).
Julie Averill has been appointed REI’s first-ever CIO. Averill joined the outdoor sportswear company in 2014 and has served as its VP of IT since August 2014. Before this she was VP of technology at Nordstrom. Averill’s new role at REI includes the planned opening of its third distrubution center in 2016
SGS International has appointed Mark Chaffin as CIO, leading all corporate technology infrastructure, technology research and development for the global print and packing company. Chaffin joins from Acosta Sales & Marketing, where he was also CIO
Glatfelter, the global manufacturer of paper and engineered products, has appointed Joseph Zakutney as VP and CIO. Zakutney has spent 16 years at The Hershey Company, in roles including VP and CIO
American defense company Leidos has named Martin Miner as its new CIO and SVP. Miner was previously the company’s group chief strategy officer, having been with the company for almost two decades. He reports to CTO Gulu Gambhir
Flooring company Mannington Mills has appointed Chris Shigley as its first CIO. Shigley joined from engineered materials manufacturing company II-VI Inc, where he was VP, IT.

First published September 2015
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