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New digital leaders at HSBC, SEC, US Government, GM, Deichmann, Westpac, EasyJet, Pacific Blue Cross and more.
London-based HSBC, the world’s second-largest bank, has hired 30-year financial services IT veteran Darryl West as its first company-wide CIO. West, who reports directly to HSBC group chief operating officer Andy Maguire, joins from Barclays where he held a similar role for just over a year.
Before his stint at Barclays West spent eight years at Lloyds, joining as CTO before becoming director of group IT and, ultimately, the banking group’s CIO. West is credited with leading one of the largest technology integrations in banking history following LloydsTSB’s acquisition of Halifax Bank of Scotland in 2009 to form Lloyds Banking Group. During that time he also helped turn the financial services giant into Europe’s largest digital bank, with more than 10 million active online customers. West cites a blend of qualifications in commerce, computer science and chartered accountancy as instrumental in shaping his career, which has seen him profit from international experience in France, Germany, the USA and Australia, as well as the UK.
The Australian national also held earlier roles in financial services at JPMorgan Chase, National Australia Group’s European unit and Andersen Consulting.
Meanwhile, at Barclays, Barclaycard COO Ian Buchanan is filling the role of interim CIO while the bank seeks a permanent replacement for West.
Other key appointments
• Andreas Miehle is the new IT chief at packaging manufacturer Constantia Flexibles, which has production sites across 18 countries. Miehle was previously CIO of Norma Group, a German maker of clamps and other engineered jointing products.
• Australia’s largest department store group Myer has promoted its CIO and supply chain officer Richard Umbers into the CEO role. Umbers, who was only appointed in June 2014 (see July 2014 Appointments), takes over the top job after impressing Myers’ board as “a contemporary retailer [with] broad international experience and success in leading business transformation.” Myer is reshaping its business to take advantage of the evolving retail landscape, with a strong emphasis on digital. In its latest financial results, online sales doubled and conversion value increased by 63%.
• Anne Weatherston has taken over as CIO of the electricity and gas provider Energy Australia. Until April 2014, Weatherston was CIO of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ).
• The South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet has replaced its Chief Information Office with a Digital Government unit, making Rick Seaman its new director. As part of the restructuring, South Australian government CIO Brett Morris has moved on.
• Robyn Elliot has been appointed as the new CIO at publishing group Fairfax Media. She has held the same role at TV company Foxtel for 12 years. Elliot succeeds Andrew Lam-Po-Tang, who is looking for a new challenge in Europe or the US after successfully completing a three-year digital transformation program.
• Healthcare benefits provider Pacific Blue Cross has appointed Barry Rivelis as CIO. Rivelis was previously CIO of the Provincial Health Services Authority in British Columbia.
• Manfred Kroneder has been appointed managing director at shoe retailer Deichmann with responsibilities for IT, logistics and purchasing. Kroneder was previously CEO at perfume chain Douglas. CIO Driesen Herbert will continue to lead IT directly at Deichmann, which is Europe’s largest shoe retailer with 3,500 outlets in 24 countries.
• The State of Baden-Württemberg has hired its first CIO. Stefan Krebs will take up his new role in July and is tasked with centralizing the state’s dispersed IT units.
• Westpac has appointed Dawie Olivier to the newly created role of CIO of its New Zealand operation. Olivier most recently led IT at Standard Bank in South Africa.
• Outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Kathmandu has appointed Jolann Van Dyk as its new CIO. Van Dyk joined Kathmandu, which operates 150 stores across Australia, New Zealand and the UK, in July 2014 as the company’s enterprise solutions manager. He is taking over from Grant Taylor who left to become CEO at New Zealand retail group Acland Holdings.
• Low-cost airline EasyJet has hired former Tesco Bank CIO Chris Brocklesby as its IT chief. Brocklesby had been at Tesco since 2007, when he joined as IT director.
• Online fashion retailer Asos has appointed Clifford Cohen to the role of CIO. Cohen had been serving as interim CIO at retailer Marks & Spencer since CIO Darrell Stein’s move to consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser in last year (see August 2014 Appointments).
• Paul Shetler has left his role as chief digital officer at the UK Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to become a director at the Government Digital Service.
• General Motors has made Michael Wolfe CIO for its OnStar in-vehicle intelligent systems group. His role as executive director of GM’s Global Connected Experience group will encompass all OnStar services including related customer call centers. Wolfe has been director of IT at the vehicle-maker since March 2014 and was previously CIO of telecoms company Brightstar and semiconductor giant AMD. Wolfe will report to General Motors’ global CIO Randy Mott (see Top 20 Business CIOs across the Americas).
• Former VMware and Microsoft CIO Tony Scott is the new US Government CIO and administrator of the Office of Electronic Government in the Office of Management and Budget. He joined VMware in 2013 as CIO, having held the same role at Microsoft from 2008 to 2013. Scott takes over from Lisa Schlosser, who has been acting federal CIO. President Barack Obama appointed Google veteran Megan Smith as the new federal CTO in late 2014, when Scott’s predecessor Steven VanRoekel returned to the US Agency for International Development as chief innovation officer (see September 2014 Appointments).
• The White House has named Dhanurjay ‘DJ’ Patil as its first chief data scientist for the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The former head of data products, chief scientist and chief security officer for LinkedIn was most recently VP of product at sales tool provider RelateIQ, which was acquired by Salesforce.com in July 2014.
• Pamela Dyson has been appointed as the new CIO of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Dyson has been acting CIO since the departure of Thomas Bayer in late 2014. Dyson joined the SEC in 2010 and was most recently its deputy CIO.
• Health plan group Kaiser Permanente has appointed Richard Daniels as its new EVP and CIO. Daniels has been interim CIO since the departure of Philip Fasano who moved to insurer AIG last year (see October 2014 Appointments). Daniels was previously SVP of enterprise shared services at Kaiser and has also served at Capital One and JPMorgan Chase.
• Ann Dunkin has been selected as CIO at the Environmental Protection Agency. Dunkin, who was previously a senior adviser to the agency’s administration, was earlier CTO of Palo Alto Unified School District.
• Saro Jahani is the new CIO at trueEX, an electronic exchange for interest rate swaps. Jahani brings 25 years’ experience of IT leadership in the securities industry and was most recently CIO of Direct Edge, which merged with BATS Global Markets in 2014. Jahani’s previous roles include CIO of the National Stock Exchange and EVP of IT operations at SunGard Trading Systems.
• Charter Schools USA has appointed former United States Air Force Colonel William Poirier as CIO. Poirier has previously served as a CEO and CIO in the US Air Force.
• Phillip Knutel has been appointed as VP and CIO of Babson College. Knutel was previously CIO at Bentley University and a faculty member of its Information Design and Corporate Communication Department.
• Tibor Menyhert has been made as VP and CIO at construction management services group STV. His appointment follows the departure of Michael Petrisko who returned to global construction consulting firm Hill International as VP and CIO last year (see August 2014 Appointments).
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