After stints in the automotive, computer and aerospace industries, Boeing CIO Kim Hammonds has embarked on another cross-industry career switch with a move to Deutsche Bank, Europe’s largest investment bank. As its new CIO and global co-head of the German financial services giant's Group Technology & Operations (GTO), Hammonds has replaced Anthony McCarthy, who is moving on to pursue new career opportunities.
Based in London, Hammond reports to the bank’s COO, Henry Ritchotte, working alongside Jim Turley, who remains global co-head of GTO.
To date, Hammonds’ career has been focused almost exclusively on the manufacturing sector. Before her five years at Boeing (previously as VP of business systems and then IT infrastructure) and a short spell at Dell, she spent 16 years at Ford Motor Company, where she held positions in product engineering, manufacturing and quality and marketing, as well as information technology. She was recognized as a Top 100 Premier IT leader in 2012 by Computerworld and earlier received an Information Week 500 top manufacturing innovator award.
At Boeing, Hammonds will be replaced by Ted Colbert, who’s been promoted from VP of IT infrastructure to CIO and VP of IT with an agenda to use technologies such as cloud, mobile and analytics to make IT more efficient and cost-effective for the business.This is the third time Colbert has stepped up to fill a role vacated by Hammonds since he joined Boeing in 2009. Before that he was at Citigroup, and earlier at Ford Motor Company for 11 years.
Other key appointments
• South Australia CIO Andrew Mills is to be the new Queensland government CIO from January. Mills has been with the South Australian administration since 1998 and has spent three decades working for the country's federal and SA government in total.
• Logistics giant Toll Holdings has hired John Ansley as global CIO, effective from April 2014. Ansley has held IT leadership roles at Rio Tinto and Roche, prior to his current role at Toll-competitor Linfox. He plans to remain chairman of SAP’s Executive Council in Australia.
• News Corp Australia has named internal candidate Tom Quinn as its new CTO. Quinn has been acting CTO since August, when predecessor John Pittard announced his retirement.
• Insurance company UNIQA Group is streamlining its IT structure, creating a new UNIQA IT Services (UITS) unit. Alexander Bockelmann, who was most recently CIO of Fireman's Fund Insurance Company in the US, will lead the new group as CEO of UITS.
• Rainer Hollerbach has filled the top IT post at laboratory and process technology provider Satorius. Hollerbach joins from packaging and point-of-sale specialist STI Group and becomes VP of IT, reporting to Sartorius CFO Jörg Pfirrmann.
• Steel trader Schmolz + Bickenbach has appointed Holger Blase as director of corporate IT and group CIO, responsible for global technology strategy. Blase joins from glass and plastic company Gerresheimer, where he was also CIO.
• Swedbank has promoted the head of its savings banks business, Anders Ekedahl, to head of group IT. The newly created role will see Ekedahl take overall responsibility for group IT and become a member of the executive committee. Mats Engstrand will continue in his role as CIO.
• The Ministry of Defence has appointed Yvonne Ferguson as CIO. The former Post Office CIO and Transport for London IT chief will take up her new role in January.
• Anglo-German law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Richard Harris as global CIO. He will be based at the firm's London head office and lead a global team of more than 300. Harris has been with the company for more than17 years, most recently as a director for its global infrastructure consolidation program.
• Albert Hitchcock is to join publisher Pearson as CIO. Hitchcock had been Group CIO at Vodafone since 2007 — the mobile comms company also lost its UK CIO Mark Dearnley to the country's tax authority, HMRC, in August this year.
• Jon Brendsel will become the new group CIO at Telegraph Media Group in January. He is currently VP for product development at the US's Public Broadcasting Service and earlier worked at AOL UK.
• Financial services company BGL Group has hired the former technology chief at travel company Kuoni, Stuart Walters, as its new CIO. BGL Group’s businesses include comparethemarket.com, Junction and Minster Law.
• Hyperion Insurance Group has hired David Jack as CIO. He joins from online rail travel company thetrainline.com, where he's been CIO since January 2009.
• Office supplies retailer Staples has appointed Tom Conophy as EVP and CIO, overseeing the retailer’s global IT organization. Conophy held the same role at InterContinental Hotels Group, and has also served at Starwood Hotels & Resorts International and United Airlines.
• The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) has named Lisa Senitte as its new CIO. She takes on an annual IT budget of approximately $20million. Most recently, Senitte was chief of enterprise systems and infrastructure for the technology department at the Board of Equalization.