Tesco CIO takes aim at Target — and other recent appointments
  • Tech chief moves on after 15 years at UK supermarket giant to become IT head at Target
  • Tasked with boosting omni-channel retail capabilities of the US retailer
  • Brings “stellar track record” in digital innovation
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Tesco CIO takes aim at Target — and other recent appointments

I-CIO editorial team – February 2015
New technology chiefs appointed at Target, Vodafone, Goodyear, Hertz, Tatts Group and Brown-Forman.

Tesco’s IT leader Mike McNamara is relocating to the US to become EVP and CIO at discount retailer Target. Tasked with advancing the company’s digital transformation, McNamara will help drive the company’s omni-channel strategy. As Target’s IT chief he will report directly to chairman and CEO Brian Cornell and succeeds Bob DeRodes, who was appointed in 2014 to deal with the aftermath of a major security breach involving the theft of credit/debit card data of up to 70 million Target customers (see June 2014 Appointments).

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McNamara has been CIO and a member of Tesco’s executive committee since March 2011, having spent 15 years at the UK supermarket chain where global revenues hit £71 billion ($108 billion) in its 2013/14 financial year, making it Europe’s 16th largest company (see Profiling Europe’s top 20 enterprise CIOs). In comparison, Target's 2013 revenues stood at $73 billion.

McNamara, originally from Ireland, joined Tesco’s IT group in 1998 and served as CTO from 1999 to 2006. During this time he was also on the board of the pioneering online store Tesco.com and led the integration of the ecommerce unit into the wider group, including its rollout in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and South Korea. Promoted to UK IT director in 2006, McNamara then became worldwide head of operations development and IT in 2007, and has also been chair of Tesco’s technology office in India.
Other key appointments

• Mandy Ross is the new CIO at lottery and gaming company Tatts Group. She replaces Stephen Lawrie, who had been CIO since 1999. Ross joined Tatts Group in January 2013 as head of technology transformation and process improvement.

SWIFT, the global provider of financial messaging, has appointed Craig Young as CTO to replace former CIO Mike Fish. Young joins after 20 years at Verizon Communications, where he was most recently SVP and CIO. A restructure will see the company split IT and operations, with Marcel Bronmans promoted to COO.

• B2B sales services company ChinaNet Online Holdings has hired Ken Wu as CIO. Wu will oversee IT strategy and services, and is tasked with leading the company’s future cloud strategy. Wu was most recently CTO at Blackwell Global Investments.

• Hans Wanders has been made CIO for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations. Wanders will assume the role from March 2015, and also serve as director of IT policy at the Directorate-General of Business Organization and Management. Wanders had been CIO at Randstad Holding since 2005.

• Insurance broker Brightside Group has appointed James Fairhurst as CIO. Fairhurst held the same role at Hastings Insurance Services for almost six years.
• John Lee is joining the London Metal Exchange as CTO. Lee has worked at securities exchange operator NYSE Euronext since 2009 and led IT at payment services company PayPoint from 2005 to 2008.
Vodafone has selected Johan Wibergh, currently EVP and head of networks at Ericsson, as its new CTO. Wibergh will join the global telecoms giant in May and replace Steve Pusey, who is set to retire from Vodafone in July.
• Global marketing company the Collinson Group has appointed Chris Lord as CIO. He was most recently CTO of market research group Dunnhumby and has also served as CIO at DST Global Solutions.

• Sherry Neubert is the new VP and CIO at Goodyear. Neubert will succeed Jim McKinnon in April, having worked in a broad set of roles in IT and project management at the tire manufacturer since 2002.
• Media and entertainment giant Time Warner has hired Mitch Klaif as SVP and CIO to oversee the corporate IT group. Klaif has been at Time Inc for 17 years, spending seven as its CIO and CTO and his last year as SVP of business transformation.
• Global car rental giant Hertz Global Holdings has appointed Tyler Best as EVP and CIO. Best had been CIO at YP (formerly Yellow Pages) since November 2012 and prior to that was CTO at Ally Financial (formerly GMAC). In the car rental industry, he served as SVP and CIO at Vanguard for four years.
• Greg Meidt is the new CIO at Chemical Bank. Meidt brings 25 years’ IT experience to the role and was most recently SVP of strategy execution and IT planning and delivery with Bremer Bank.
• Global vehicle coatings company Axalta has selected Aaron Weis as VP and CIO. Weis was previously VP and general manager at sensor supplier Sensata Technologies.
Brown-Forman Corp has appointed Tim Nall as CIO. The wine and spirits business counts Southern Comfort, Woodfood Reserve and Finlandia among its high-profile brands. Nall was most recently director of technical services on Brown-Forman’s global production team.
• NTT Group security company Solutionary has appointed Mark Weiss as its new CIO. Weiss reports directly to company president Mike Hrabik and bring 35 years’ IT leadership experience. He was most recently executive director, enterprise technical services at The Nebraska Medical Center and was previously CIO and SVP at the Metropolitan Utilities District.
• William McLemore has been named VP and CIO at aviation services company Landmark Aviation. McLemore was previously CIO for Apex Clearing Company.
Global Risk Technologies has hired Monica Eaton-Cardone as CIO for the risk mitigation company and its subsidiaries. Eaton-Cardone will retain her existing role of co-founder and COO of its Chargebacks911 subsidiary.
• Global asset manager the Carlyle Group has named Georgette Kiser as managing director and CIO. Kiser joins from investment management firm T Rowe Price Group where she was VP and director of enterprise solutions and capabilities for services and technology.
• Provider of international payment and transaction processing Planet Payment has hired Charles Giglia as CIO. Giglia was a founder and SVP CIO at Dealertrack Technologies until 2011 and has been president of his own consulting firm since then.
Corporate Resource Services has hired Sean Flanagan as its first CIO. He joined the staffing provider in 2013 when it acquired his company, Summit Software.
Denison University has made Dena Speranza its new CIO. She had been leading IT for the college on an interim basis.
• Network communications company Windstream has hired Lewis Langston as its new CIO. Langston was CIO at Alltel Wireless Communications from 2009 to 2013 and then worked as a technology consultant to the telecoms industry.
• Transportation management company BlueGrace Logistics has promoted Justin Belcher to CIO. The company has grown seven-fold since its inception in 2009, when Belcher joined as VP of technology.
Turner Construction Company has appointed Warren Kudman as its new CIO. Kudman previously held the same title at Sealed Air Corporation.
First published February 2015
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