New CIO in driver’s seat at Ford - and other recent appointments
  • IT leader steps into top role after 31-year career in Ford’s tech group
  • Credited with transforming economics of automaker’s global IT infrastructure
  • Champion of greater diversity in technology industry
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New CIO in driver’s seat at Ford - and other recent appointments

I-CIO editorial team — November 2014

Changes in technology leadership at Ford, Dow Chemical, ANZ Bank, Asciano, Metro, KfW, Migros, Crossrail, Britvic, the US Treasury and more.

Marcy Klevorn is taking over as CIO of Ford Motor, succeeding Nick Smither who is retiring after six years in the top IT job and more than 34 years with the US automaker.

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From January 2015, Klevorn will oversee the information technology services and strategy for all of the company’s operations globally, drawing on a 31-year career in IT at Ford. During that time she served as head of IT Infrastructure, IT director of Ford in Europe and in other senior positions across the Americas region and with Ford Credit.

Since September 2013, as director of the Office of the CIO, she has been responsible for developing and driving Ford IT’s global strategy, security, governance, operating model and supplier management globally, as well as the application of emerging technologies.

Klevorn, who will report directly to Ford CEO Mark Fields, will build on the One IT initiative that Smither has promoted within Ford’s global technology group over the past six years, which CEO Fields recognizes as having made Ford “a faster, more agile and more innovative company.” By leveraging its global scale and standardizing Ford’s technology blueprint across different regions, highlights Fields, the IT function has been able to drive efficiencies in every area of the business.

During her time leading IT infrastructure, One IT reportedly reduced technology operating costs by around 30%, with Klevorn driving infrastructure ‘defragmentation,’ data center consolidation and overall systems management programs.

Klevorn has also been highly active in diversity activities at Ford and across the IT industry, in particular championing greater participation of women in technology and business leadership roles.

Other key appointments

ANZ Bank has selected Scott Collary as its new CIO. Collary was most recently a divisional CIO at Citibank’s North American operations. He succeeds Anne Weatherston, who left earlier this year (see May 2014 Appointments). Collary will report to COO Alistair Currie.
Victoria’s Department of Human Services has appointed Steve Hodgkinson as CIO. Hodgkinson was previously global chief analyst for public sector research at Ovum and the analyst group’s research director for IT in Asia/Pacific.
• Rail freight and port operator Asciano has made Ross Lennox its newhead of IT operations, reporting to CIO Kelvin McGrath. Lennox joins the Aus$3.8 billion (US$3.4bn) company from Arrow Energy, where he was CIO, and earlier served as CIO of Oil Search Limited and Macarthur Coal.

Metro Group has appointed Thomas Storck to the newly created position of chief solution officer and CIO for its Metro Cash & Carry wholesale business. Storck was most recently head of procurement for Metro Group’s Galeria Kaufhof unit. His new role includes responsibility for the digital transformation of the wholesale business. Silvester Macho remains CIO across the Metro Group.
• Banking group KfW has selected Andreas Fichelscher as its new IT chief. Fichelscher, who currently leads IT at Norddeutsche Landesbank, will take on the role in early 2015.
• Media group Bertelsmann has named Tom Linckens as its new EVP corporate IT and CIO. Linckens joins from chemicals manufacturing group Henkel, where he was corporate VP integrated business solutions.
• Automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshagen has appointed Jürgen Sturm as CIO, replacing Peter Kraus who is set to retire at the end of 2014. Sturm is currently CIO at BSH Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances.

• Richard Corbridge has been hired as CEO of eHealth Ireland, a newly created entity, and CIO of Ireland’s Health Service Executive. Corbridge has been CIO of the National Institute for Health Research since August 2011.

South Africa
Airports Company South Africa has appointed Sello Mmakau as its first CIO. Mmakau was most recently CIO at the Department of Home Affairs and has also worked at the Department of Health and the State Information Technology Agency.

• Supermarket chain Migros has promoted Pablo Castillo to the role of CIO. Castillo, who has been at the Swiss retailer since 2011, succeeds Koni Iten. The company has also appointed Heini Kalt as CTO, reporting to Castillo.
• Retail holding company Valora has appointed Roberto Fedele as CIO. Fedele has been CIO of catering services company SV Group since 2009.

• Soft drinks group Britvic has appointed Steve Potts as CIO. Potts joins from Marks & Spencer, where he had been head of IT for the retailer’s Foods, International, Retail and Corporation functions since July 2011. Earlier, Potts was corporate and group function IT director at mining company AngloAmerican.
• International law firm Olswang has hired Stuart Walters from Taylor Wessing, where he was UK CIO. At Olswang, Walters will be international IT director, providing IT to 475 lawyers and support staff across business operations across the UK Germany, Belgium, France, Spain and Singapore.
Crossrail, Europe’s largest construction project, has named Andrew Turner as IT director. Turner, the former CIO of Hiscox Insurance, has served in the role on an interim basis since September 2013.
• Telecoms company O2 has selected Jennifer Rigby as head of IT channels. Previously director of corporate security for The Home Office, she has also served as CIO of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and head of information for The Home Office.
The University of Surrey has appointed former director of IT at Cancer Research UK Mary Hensher as CIO. Hensher was earlier CIO and partner in charge of IT at Deloitte UK.
• Liam Maxwell, who took on the role of UK government CTO in December 2012, is expected to remain in that role until at least 2018. Maxwell was recently joined by a deputy CTO, former Credit Suisse EMEA CIO Magnus Falk (see October 2014 Appointments).
The States of Guernsey have hired former British Army Lieutenant Colonel Colin Vaudin as the island’s first CIO. He had been director and group CIO of property development company Long Port Group since February.

• Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia is returning to Washington, DC to become CIO at the Treasury Department. Bhagowalia, who previously worked in the Department of Interior and General Services Administration, has spent the last three years as state CIO for Hawaii.
Dow Chemical has named Paula Tolliver as CIO and corporate VP of business services. Tolliver has been with Dow since 1986, most recently as corporate vice president of business services and information systems. Previous leadership roles have included director of Europe and global business information systems director for Dow AgroSciences, global director of strategic sourcing and later vice president of purchasing for Dow. She succeeds Dave Kepler who is retiring after 39 years with the company.
Oklahoma’s State Government has handed interim CIO James ‘Bo’ Reese the permanent role, to oversee IT for all of thestate's agencies. Reese assumed the role in January 2014, having previously served as chief operations and accountability officer for the information services division at the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.
• Financial services company BGC Partners has selected Eric Hirschhorn as CIO. Hirschhorn was previously global head of Rates and FICC eTrading technology at Bank of America, and has also served as CTO of Fixed Income at Morgan Stanley.
Rice University is consolidating its academic and administrative IT units under a new VP for IT and CIO, Klara Jelinkova. Jelinkova is currently senior associate VP and CIO at the University of Chicago.
• Apparel and accessories supplier SanMar has appointed Mike Knapick as CIO. Knapick was most recently at EMC, where he managed the IT department for the Isilon storage division.
Choice Logistics, a provider of supply chain services, has promoted SVP of information systems Robert Bacchi to EVP and CIO, reporting directly to CEO Michael Katz. Bacchi has been with the company since early 2011 and earlier was VP of IT and ecommerce systems at toy store group FAO Schwartz.
• Used-car retailer CarMax has promoted Shamim Mohammad to SVP and CIO. He was previously VP of application development and IT planning.

First published November 2014
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