WellPoint signs up Coke ‘lifer’ – and other recent appointments
  • New CIO takes over at $62bn US managed healthcare company
  • Consumer-facing technology expert will draw on strong background in digital marketing, social media, loyalty programs
  • Move to health insurance sector comes after 32 years at Coca-Cola
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WellPoint signs up Coke ‘lifer’ – and other recent appointments

I-CIO editorial team – May 2014

New technology decision-makers hired at WellPoint, Reckitt Benckiser, Spiegel Gruppe and the US Department of Justice.

Coca-Cola IT veteran Tom Miller is taking up the reins as CIO at WellPoint, the largest managed healthcare company in the US’s Blue Cross Blue Shield Association of insurers. As its top IT executive, he will lead enterprise-wide IT strategy and implementation across an organization with $62bn in revenues and almost 68 million clients covered by policies.

Miller brings 15 years of IT leadership experience from Coca-Cola. For the past four years he was SVP and CIO at Coca-Cola Refreshments, where he led a team of 1,000 IT professionals at the $20bn beverage business. He concurrently served as CIO for Coca-Cola’s North America Group, responsible for consumer-facing technologies in the areas of digital marketing, social media and loyalty programs.

Earlier, Miller was group CIO for Greater Europe at the Coca-Cola Company and VP business systems at Coca-Cola Enterprises. Previously classing himself as “a Coke lifer,” his association with the company dates back to his college days when he drove a delivery truck around his hometown in Michigan. And before his career path took him into IT, he spent the first decade of his 32 years with the company in sales and sales management roles.

Miller is also a member of SAP’s Global Consumer Products Industry Advisory Council and was recognized as a Top Ten Visionary Leader by Consumer Goods Technology magazine in 2010.
Other key appointments

ANZ has put COO Alistair Currie in charge of IT on an interim basis after Anne Weatherston stepped down as group CIO of the Australia and New Zealand banking group. Weatherston has led IT at the bank for the past four years, having joined from a similar role at the Bank of Ireland. ANZ has embarked on a global search for a replacement.
Court Services Victoria, a new organization set up to provide administrative facilities and services to the state’s courts, has hired Krist Davood as CIO. He has been CIO at construction and manufacturing group Schiavello for the past five years, where CTO Bernie Wansink will now lead IT.

Semperit has made Declan Daly its new CIO, also appointing him to the €829m plastics producer’s management board. Daly will take up the role in June 2014, joining from Western Union Financial Services where he’s been VP for Europe. He has also served at General Electric Corp, including as CEO of GE Money Bank in Vienna, where Semperit Group has its HQ.

• Media company Spiegel Gruppe has named Jesper Doub as the new IT chief of its publishing business. He will join the media group in October 2014, when he will also become CTO of the company’s online subsidiary, SpiegelNet. Doub has previously worked at publishers Axel Springer, Bauer Media Group and M. DuMont Schauberg.
• Carbon products maker SGL Group has appointed Doris Sperzel-Cannon as VP of corporate business systems, succeeding former CIO Christian Pagel, who joined ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions earlier this year (see April 2014 Appointments). Sperzel-Cannon was most recently VP controlling and supply chain at SGL Group, and has also worked at DyStar and Hoechst.

• Stephen Tame, former CIO of Australian airline group Jetstar, has relocated to India to lead IT at India’s largest airline, IndiGo. As chief advisor of IT, Tame is tasked with transforming the low-cost carrier's online capabilities. He handed over to Jetstar’s new group CIO, Grainne Kearns, late last year.

• The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has named Robbert Kuppens as its new global CIO. He’s been a partner in its Amsterdam office since January and was previously CIO for Europe, Middle East, Asia and Russia at Cisco. Kuppen succeeds BCG’s CIO of 15 years Tom Dionisio, who is retiring.

• The city of Uppsala has hired Catrin Ditz as CIO. Currently an independent IT change management consultant, Ditz previously managed IT in the Vallentuna municipality and at energy company Vattenfall.

• Darrell Stein, the CIO of retail group Marks & Spencer, is leaving for a new role as SVP of information services at consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser, home to brands such as Scholl, Finish, Nurofen, Durex and Dettol. He will join the company's executive committee and succeed Gareth Hill, who is moving on from Reckitt Benckiser this summer. Among other achievements during his eight years at M&S, Stein is credited with leading the development of its new e-commerce platform, which launched earlier this year, and with introducing a range of new in-store technologies to the retailer.

• Joseph Klimavicz will become CIO of the Department of Justice from late May. Deputy CIO Kevin Deeley has served as acting CIO since November 2013, when former CIO Luke McCormack left the organization. Klimavicz joins from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the Department of Commerce, where he’s been CIO since January 2007.
Aerojet Rocketdyne, the rocket and missile propulsion subsidiary of GenCorp, has announced Jose Ruiz as its new CIO. He was previously VP of IT and CIO at Fortune-500 company Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems. Earlier, he was CIO at Northrop Grumman.
Ohio State has appointed Michael Hofherr as CIO. He has served as interim CIO since June 2013 and was previously associate VP for distance education and eLearning at the university.
JetPay Corporation has named Nancy Ann Barnhart as CIO for its JetPay Payment Services subsidiary. She was most recently at American Express, as senior manager of strategy and business development for fee-based products, and brings more than 20 years’ experience in the payments industry.
• Supplier of retail merchandising and marketing services SPAR Group has promoted Panos Mastrogiannis to CIO and executive officer of the $112m company.
Northern Illinois University has a new CIO and VP for IT – Brett Coryell. He was formerly CIO at Emory University, and earlier executive director and deputy CIO for IT at Purdue University.

First published April 2014
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