Toys R Us refreshes IT leadership team – plus other key appointments
  • CIO takes charge of toy retailer’s ‘in-sourcing’ of ecommerce IT
  • CTO’s remit: “Revolutionizing our digital strategy”, and creating a seamless online experience for customers
  • New head of IT to report to CTO – a newly created role
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Toys R Us refreshes IT leadership team – plus other key appointments

I-CIO editorial team – June 2016
New tech talent takes top roles at Toys R Us, Suncorp, Airbus, Kimberly-Clark and more.

Toys R Us has revamped its senior technology team with the appointment of Phil Newmoyer as CIO and Lance Wills to the newly created role of CTO.

Lance Wills, CTO, Toys R Us
Newmoyer joins the toy retailer from mattress maker Serta Simmons Bedding, where he held a similar role. The company outlines his primary objective for 2016 as supporting Toys R Us’ program to take its core ecommerce platform back in-house after years of outsourcing the service to GSI Commerce.

As CIO, Newmoyer reports into new CTO Wills, who is responsible for the strategy, design and implementation of the brand’s digital roadmap, with the ultimate aim of creating a seamless online shopping experience for customers.

Wills, who will report directly into Toys R Us CEO Dave Brandon, says Toys R Us is in the throes of “revolutionizing our digital strategy.” He was previously VP of global digital technology at outfitter American Eagle and earlier VP of direct and omni-channel technologies at department store group Macy’s.
Other key appointments

Suncorp has announced that Sarah Harland will be the financial services group’s new CIO. Harland takes up the role in September following the departure of Matt Pancino who left earlier this year to become CIO of Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Claudine Ogilvie has been named Jetstar’s new CIO. She will replace outgoing CIO Grainne Kearns. Ogilvie joins the low-cost airline after three years at animal nutrition solutions supplier Ridley, and reports to Jetstar’s group CFO.

Energy Action has made Mathews George its first CIO. George will be responsible for defining the future architecture of the company’s IT landscape. He steps into the newly created role after a short period of consultancy and three years as MetLife’s CIO.

The Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) has appointed Paul Dulfer as its new head of IT. Dulfer will be responsible for implementing a data warehouse designed to integrate information from across the state of Victoria’s emergency services sector to a common data format.

Kishore Hirani has been named as Amara Raja Group’s CIO. The India conglomerate will look to Hirani to guide digital transformation strategy as well as running IT security and governance programs.

Paul Eremenko has taken up the CTO’s position at Airbus. He moves from Airbus Group, the aerospace company’s parent company, where he was heading the Group’s A3 Innovation Center based in San Jose, California.

Suja Chandrasekaran has been named as CIO of Kimberly-Clark, the $18.6 billion personal and healthcare products company. Chandrasekaran joins from Wal-Mart Stores, where she was global CTO and chief data officer. The industry veteran has previously held IT roles at Timberland, PepsiCo and Nestlé.

Angela Yochem has been appointed SVP for IT and CIO at furnishings, appliance and electronics rent-to-own company Rent-A-Center (RAC). Yochem plans to ramp up the IT talent pool at the $3.1 billion organization as well as enhancing its use of mobile solutions. Yochem moves from logistics provider BDP International, where she was also CIO.

The US Department of Education (DoE) has appointed Jason Gray as its new CIO. Gray moves across from the US Department of Transportation, where he has held the position of associate CIO since early 2015. Gray’s appointment is designed to bring some stability to the DoE IT group after its former CIO stepped down in February and deputy CIO, who took over as interim CIO, has also moved on.

Adobe has appointed Cynthia Stoddard as senior vice president and CIO. Stoddard moves from data storage and management company NetApp, where she held a similar title. Reporting to Abhay Parasnis, Adobe’s executive vice president and chief technology officer, she will be responsible for implementing tech to increase staff productivity and personalized customer experiences. (See I-CIO’s interview with Cynthia Stoddard on Underpinning the business with hybrid IT)

Patrick Horne has been named as the new CIO for the Examination Management Services Inc (EMSI). Horne moves to the medical information services provider after several interim CIO and advisory roles. He will be responsible for driving technology innovation designed to serve EMSI’s customers.
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