New CIO takes the wheel at BMW – and other recent appointments
  • Process and organizational management guru moves to BMW’s top IT role
  • Former CIO of Audi also brings IT and HR expertise from Daimler and Siemens
  • Inherits the BMW Group IT motto ‘Premium IT for premium cars’
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New CIO takes the wheel at BMW – and other recent appointments

I-CIO editorial team – August 2014

New IT leaders at BMW, Deutsche Bahn, Bosch, Westpac, Marks & Spencer, BBC, Omni Hotels, City of Boston, Aon, Alaska Airlines and more.

BMW Group has selected automotive industry veteran Klaus Straub to lead all internal and external IT functions worldwide. The promotion sees Straub move from his former role as head of organizational development and process management to take the reins as CIO and SVP across the entire group (running all IT not directly related to vehicles).

Straub boasts 20 years’ experience in IT leadership at automotive manufacturers and suppliers. Before moving to Munich-headquartered BMW in 2012, he was CIO at Volkswagen Group’s Audi brand for seven years. A trained engineer, Straub was director of HR Systems at Daimler from 1990 to 2001 and took his first CIO role at Siemens VDO Automotive in 2002.

He succeeds BMW’s CIO of eight years Karl-Erich Probst, who will retire at the end of August.

Other key appointments

Westpac has appointed Dave Curran as its new CIO. Curran has been working with the financial services company as a consultant since February and was previously executive general manager of core banking modernization at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He takes over from interim CIO Paul Spiteri, who has overseen IT at Westpac since Clive Whincup left to become CIO at Woolworths Ltd (see March Appointments).
Queensland Treasury and Trade, which provides economic and financial guidance to the Queensland Government, has selected Chris Turnbull as its first CIO. Turnbull has worked within the government for nearly 10 years, including as executive director, corporate services for Queensland Treasury since 2002.
• Randall Brugeaud has been made CIO at the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, promoted from his previous position as CTO. He joined the agency in May 2013 as part of an IT restructuring, leaving a role as CIO at government pensions body ComSuper. He takes over the CIO responsibilities from Rachel Noble, who had been CIO since May last year.

Deutsche Bahn has named Eberhard Kurz as its new group CIO. He replaces the rail network’s long-time CIO, Hermann Kruse. Kurz joins from SAP Deutschland, where he has been chief business consultant since 2013, and previously worked at Deutsche Bahn from 2001 to 2011 as CIO of its passenger transport division, when he moved to tour operator Thomas Cook as CIO for Western Europe.
• Engineering and electronics company Bosch has made Elmar Pritsch its new CIO. Pritsch, who joined the company as information systems and services VP of technology and development in October 2013, is taking over from Gerd Friedrich, who will retire at the end of 2014 following 14 years in the role.
• The Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) has promoted two IT leaders. Martin Deeg is the new head of IT systems while his predecessor, Klaus Vitt, is promoted to chief representative for IT and processes at the agency’s head office.
• Paint manufacturer DAW has selected Alexander Bode as its new IT chief. He joins from pharmaceutical wholesaler Celesio, where he’s been global head of IT governance since 2013. Bode will be group CIO at DAW, which is best known for its Caparol and Alpina brands.

Cable operator Ziggo has appointed Kamran Ziaee as interim CIO. He has spent a year as CTO at Sunrise in Switzerland and was CIO at Liberty Global’s Unitymedia in Germany for nine years. The appointment comes after the departure of CTO Paul Hendriks and news that the company is working towards a different management board structure.

Retail group Marks & Spencer has a new IT director. Carl Dawson joins from Tesco, where he was CIO for Internet retailing and will take over from Darrell Stein, who announced his departure in March after eight years as M&S IT chief. Prior roles for Dawson included CIO at Shop Direct and travel company Thomas Cook. Clifford Cohen, head of business solutions for M&, will oversee the top IT responsibilities on an interim basis until Dawson joins.
• Matthew Postgate is the new CTO at the BBC. Postgate has been with the corporation since 2003, most recently as controller of BBC research and development. As CTO, he will oversee all technology strategy, including the internal IT function.
• Telecoms group TalkTalk has promoted Gary Steen to CTO from his previous role as chief development and delivery officer. Steen’s new remit sees him responsible for over a quarter of the firm’s UK staff. He replaces Clive Dorsman, who will retire after 17 years with the company. Steen joined TalkTalk in 2012, previously working at AOL, Vodafone, BT, O2 and Carphone Warehouse.
The Student Loans Company has hired Chris Airey as interim chief digital officer. He’s now tasked with establishing the new CDO function ahead of a permanent appointment being made. The Student Loans Company processes around 1.3 million student finance applications each year. Airey was previously IT director of mobile device insurer Lifestyle Services Group.
• Luxury department store Fortnum & Mason has selected David Mold as its first CIO. He was previously director of IT and logistics at womenswear brand Whistles for four years.

• Risk management, insurance and human resources giant Aon has named John Bruno as EVP of enterprise innovation and CIO. Bruno has been at NCR since 2008, most recently as CTO and EVP of industry, field operations and corporate development. From 2007 to 2008, he was MD and VP of IT at Goldman Sachs Group and has held senior IT roles at Merrill Lynch & Co, Cisco Systems, Bristol Myers Squibb and UPS.
Omni Hotels & Resorts has appointed Kris Singleton as CIO. Singleton will oversee IT across the enterprise and joins from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, where she was also CIO. Singleton has also worked as CIO and VP of technology at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, and IT VP of business solutions for MGM Mirage. She also spent 15 years at Hallmark Cards.
• Jascha Franklin-Hodge is the new CIO of the City of Boston. Appointed by Mayor Martin J Walsh, he will oversee the Department of Innovation and Technology and takes the reins from interim CIO Justin Homes. Franklin-Hodge co-founded digital strategy agency Blue State Digital in 2004 and has been running the Boston technology unit of the specialist in online fundraising, advocacy, social networking and constituency development. He oversaw the use of the Blue State’s tools in President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns and prior to founding Blue State Digital, worked on Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential bid.
• The Department of Housing and Urban Development has named Rafael Diaz as CIO. Diaz was previously CIO for the state of Illinois and has also overseen global security strategy at Deloitte.
• Clay Johnson has been named CIO for GE Power & Water. He was previously VP of IT at Boeing and will work closely with CDO Ganesh Bell in the Power & Water division. Johnson has also held IT and software roles at Nortel, FedEx and the US Coast Guard.
• Veresh Sita has been appointed VP and CIO for Alaska Airlines. He will oversee a department of around 300 IT staff across Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier Horizon Air. Sita joins from commercial real estate services organization Colliers International, where he has been CDO since March and was previously CIO for six years.
Frontier Airlines has named Rick Zeni as CIO. He was most recently VP, IT business solution delivery at JetBlue Airways, having joined the company seven years ago as VP revenue management.
Cardinal Bank has made Ralph Edwards SVP and CIO. Edwards has spent 30 years in IT and operations, most recently at two southeast regional banking groups, as CIO at Capital Bank Corporation and First Citizens Bancshares.
• Michael Petrisko has rejoined global construction consulting firm Hill International, resuming his former role as VP and CIO. Petrisko left Hill International in 2012 to be SVP and CIO at construction management services group STV.
• Viji Murali has been named CIO and vice provost of information and educational technology at the University of California, Davis. She joins from Washington State University, where she has been VP for information services and CIO for the WSU system since 2007.
• Payment processing services company First Data has appointed Christopher Augustin as CIO. Augustin joins from Marked Private, where he was CIO and senior business advisor. He has previously held CIO roles at several large global financial services firms, including Citigroup, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.
AMN Healthcare Services, the largest US healthcare staffing firm, has promoted Jeanette Sanchez to CIO. She has been SVP of IT since joining AMN in April 2013.
Aegis Health Group has hired Chuck Steinmetz as CIO. Aegis is a provider of population health management services to hospitals. Steinmetz joins from national healthcare IT firm Emdeon, where he was VP of operations for its channel partner division.

First published August 2014
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