Nike entices CIO from Barclays — and other recent appointments
  • 38-year-old, ‘next-generation CIO’ to be global IT head of Nike
  • Brings broad experience from both the finance and tech sectors
  • London-based IT leader to relocate to US and report directly to Nike COO
Nike’s 200-acre global headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon
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Nike entices CIO from Barclays — and other recent appointments

I-CIO editorial team — March 2014

Barclays’ high-profile, award-winning CIO for Europe, Middle East and global operations, Anthony Watson, is leaving the British bank’s top IT role to lead the global technology organization at Nike. London-born Watson will join the apparel brand in mid-April, relocating from the UK to Oregon, and as group CIO will report directly to Nike COO Eric Sprunk. He succeeds Roland Paanakker, who retired in November.

During his four years at Barclays, Watson has led the team of 2,300 technologists who deliver IT services to 30,000 colleagues and 12 million customers. During his tenure he also served as chair of Barclays Europe, Middle East, Retail and Business Banking Operating Committee and co-chair of the bank’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council. In 2013, he was ranked the ninth most influential LGBT business leader in Europe by the Financial Times, and elected to the board of GLAAD, a US LGBT media advocacy group.

He will bring a wealth of experience from the banking and technology industries on both sides of the Atlantic. Prior to Barclays, he was SVP and global head of technology services for Wells Fargo bank and earlier held senior roles at CitiGroup, Unisys, Microsoft and AOL.

Watson’s departure from Barclays follows that of former colleague Shaygan Kheradpir, who left his role as group chief operations and technology officer in December 2013 to become CEO of Juniper Networks.Other key appointments

Woolworths Ltd has hired Clive Whincup, the former CIO of Westpac Australia, as its new IT chief. He’ll join the AUS$51 billion ($46bn) Australian grocery chain later this year, replacing Dan Beechman who moved to the UK to lead IT at supermarket group Morrisons late last year (see November 2013 Appointments). Paul Spiteri steps up to be interim CIO at Westpac until the bank completes its executive search.

Daniel Garrow has been appointed CIO of Baha Mar, the $3.5 billion luxury gaming resort project in Nassau. Garrow has previously served as SVP of information systems and CIO at Mohegan Sun resort in Connecticut.

High-speed train operator Eurostar has hired Antoine de Kerviler as director of information systems. A travel and airline specialist, he previously was CIO at Corsair since 2010, and served at Switzerland’s Baboo and at Air France.

Silvester Macho has moved from Metro AG’s IT subsidiary Metro Systems to a new role as group director of the newly established Corporate IT Management. He’s tasked with more closely aligning the IT organizations within the retail group, as the group’s most senior IT leader and CIO.
Goethaer Versicherungen, one of Germany’s largest insurers, has named Volkmar Weckesser as its new CIO. He previously held the same role at DekaBank. In his new position, Weckesser also becomes business leader of Gothaer Systems.
Homag Group, a global manufacturer of machinery for the woodworking and furniture industry, has selected Gerald Höhne as CIO. Höhne leaves SMA Solar, where his successor is head of IT operations Klaus Massmann.

Michael McGrath has been appointed as interim CIO for the Irish Government. He joins from ICON, a global provider of outsourced drug development services, where he was EVP of IT and a member of the executive management team.

Swiss manufacturer Hoerbiger has appointed Klaus Glatz as chief process officer – a new role for the company. Glatz has spent the past 11 years as CIO for Austrian industrial supplier Andritz Group.

Construction company Atkins has hired Richard Cross as group CIO. He’s spent the past three years as CIO for Arup, where he was also on the Group Executive Board, and was previously group technology director at broadcaster ITV for more than six years. Atkins has 300 offices across 29 countries, and in December 2013, promoted John Dreyer to innovation director, as part of its focus on IT evolution.
• Insurance and risk management specialist Arthur J Gallagher has appointed Giles Baxter to the newly created role of international CIO, making him responsible for all territories other than North America. Baxter joins from insurance group RSA, where he has worked as IT and operations director for Asia Middle East, CIO for emerging markets, group IT strategy manager, and most recently as UK and Western Europe IS and change director.
International Financial Data Services has named Simon Moorhead as the new CIO of its global business. He’ll be responsible for the firm’s global technology infrastructure and operations across Asia-Pacific, Canada and Europe, and based in its UK office.

WellCare Health Plans has named Rose Hauser as its new SVP and CIO. She was most recently CIO at telecoms and broadband provider FairPoint Communications and in her new role, joins the senior management team at WellCare.
• Sheila Jordan is the new CIO at security software vendor Symantec. Previously SVP for communication and collaboration IT at Cisco Systems, Jordan has also served as SVP at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
IHS, a global insight and analytics provider, has named Mark Settle as SVP and CIO. He’ll lead IT strategy and operations globally, with responsibility for the entire enterprise IT function. Settle was most recently at BMC Software, and has been CIO of five Fortune 500 companies across a range of industries.
• Dave Berry is now CIO at Daymon Worldwide, a marketing company with clients in 50 countries. Berry joins from household repairs company HomeServe USA.

First published March 2014
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