Zurich grabs AIG tech head – and other recent appointments
  • Veteran insurance exec Robert Dickie heading to Zurich as operations and IT chief
  • European role rounds out financial services career spanning US, UK and Australia
  • Chief information technology officer Markus Nordlin to smooth transition
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Zurich grabs AIG tech head – and other recent appointments

I-CIO editorial team – February 2014

IT decision-maker moves at Zurich Insurance, Goldman Sachs and the South Australian and Bavarian governments.

Veteran financial services executive Robert Dickie is returning to Zurich Insurance Group as chief operations and technology officer, after 12 years in leadership roles across the financial services industry. From March 2014, he will take charge of the company’s shared services, IT, procurement and operational transformation projects, and become a member of the Group Executive Committee.

Dickie, a UK national, is currently chief operations and systems officer and a member of the global leadership team at Zurich’s US-based rival AIG, which he joined in 2008. Prior to this, he was at UK-based bank Bradford & Bingley, where he was group operations director and a member of the executive committee.

In his earlier first stint at Zurich, Dickie was managing director, UK Enterprise from 2000 to 2002. Previously, he has also held senior roles at National Australia Bank Group in Australia and the UK.

At Zurich, Markus Nordlin has been leading Group Operations on an interim basis, in addition to his existing role as chief information technology officer (CITO). He’ll retain the additional duties until March, before returning a focus to his lead role as CITO.
Other key appointments

The South Australian State Government appointed Bret Morris as its new CIO to replace Andrew Mills who has moved on to the top IT position at Queensland Government (see December 2013 Appointments). Morris previously served as CIO for South Australia’s Department of Premier and Cabinet.
• Maria Milosavljevic has been confirmed as the new CIO at the Australian Crime Commission. She has been acting CIO since the role was established late last year. Recently appointed CTO, Narelle Lovett will report into Milosavljevic and co-develop the agency’s new five-year IT strategy.
• Bill Leonard is now acting CIO for Western Australia’s Department of Health. He replaces Andy Robertson, who filled the role on an interim basis for 12 months. The last permanent CIO, Alan Piper, left in late 2012.

The state of Bavaria has appointed finance minister Markus Söder as its new CIO. His predecessor, former State Secretary of Finance and CIO Josef Pschierer, moves to the newly created Ministry of Economy and Media, Energy and Technology, where he’ll be state secretary.
• Insurance group Helvetia Germany has made Torsten Müller CIO. He’s worked in the company’s IT team for the past 14 years, most recently as head of IT.

Ram Kalyan Medury has joined finance company Magma Fincorp as CIO. He previously led IT at insurance group ICICI Lombard.

Philips’ group CIO Jeroen Tas is moving to a new role, taking over as CEO of Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services. The newly created business group sits within Philips’ Healthcare division and offers hospitals and health systems customized clinical programs, advanced data analytics and cloud-based platforms. SVP and CIO of Philips Healthcare, Steve Olive, steps up to fill the group CIO role.

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore has selected a new Government CIO/assistant chief executive (Government Chief Information Office). From April, Chan Cheow Hoe will take over from James Kang, to oversee Singapore Government’s central IT systems and infrastructure. Chan was most recently group chief of IT and systems at CT Corp, one of Indonesia’s largest conglomerates. He’s also held senior positions at Ernst & Young, Citibank, Barclays and ABN AMRO.

Accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton has hired Johanna Kjellberg as CIO in Sweden, where group has 1,000 employees. She was previously CIO of retail group Axstores and was earlier CIO of clothing group Kappahl.

Goldman Sachs has made George Lee CIO for its investment banking division, in a newly created role. He will also become chair of the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) banking unit. Lee has been at Goldman Sachs for almost 20 years, most recently as co-head of the TMT group — Dan Dees will now take on that role. Lee is tasked with defining a new technology agenda, working with group CIO Marty Chavez, who joined the company last year (see October 2013 Appointments).
• Michael McGovern has joined investment bank Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) as managing director, CIO and head of systems. In this role, he’s responsible for technology strategy, application development and systems infrastructure across the business, which operates in 17 global locations. He reports to BBH partner and global head of technology Taylor Bodman. McGovern was previously managing director and global technology head of securities and fund services at Citi Transaction Services.
• Robert Ferrell has been appointed as the US Army’s new CIO. He has led its Communications-Electronics Command since February 2012, and is now promoted from major general to lieutenant general. Previously, Ferrell was director of C4 systems and CIO for the US Africa Command.
• $2.8 billion transportation and logistics company Hub Group has named Catherine Kozik as CIO. She’s spent the past 10 years at Motorola, where she was most recently corporate VP of global solutions and services operations. Kozik has also served as CIO and SVP of Tellabs’ Global Information Systems.
• Sports equipment and apparel retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods has hired Kurt Schnieders as SVP and CIO. He’s joined from Limited Brands, where he was EVP and CIO, having served as VP, Infrastructure Operations at ING Group from 1995 to 2002.
• The Housing and Urban Development department has named deputy CIO Kevin Cooke as acting CIO. Former CIO Jerry Williams left the agency last April, moving to the Education Department’s Federal Student Aid office as CIO.
Under Armour has appointed Chris Gates as its new CIO. He succeeds Jody Giles, who has been promoted to SVP of product integration and commercialization – Giles was hired nine years ago as the sports apparel company’s first CIO. A General Electric veteran, Gates served in four CIO roles during his tenure there, latterly as CIO of GE Lighting.
• Internet domain registrar Go Daddy Group has made Arne Josefsberg its new CIO, EVP and chief infrastructure officer. He was most recently CTO at ServiceNow, and previously spent 26 years at Microsoft.
• Leah Kraus will become CIO at North Carolina Central University on February 3, 2014. She has served as interim CIO at University of North Carolina Wilmington since 2011 and as associate vice chancellor for services for seven years.
• Radhakrishna Mydam is the new CIO of Capital Insurance Group. Mydam has been promoted to the role and replaces David Todd, who retired late last year. Prior to joining Capital Insurance Group, Mydam worked at John Hancock and Liberty Mutual.
• Dan Kieny has become CIO and SVP at Black and Veatch, a global engineering, consulting and construction company operating across six continents. Most recently, Kieny was VP and global innovation director for MWH Global, where he led the creation of intellectual property software tools and systems.
• Broker-dealer Cetera Financial Group has hired former TD Ameritrade managing director and CIO Mukesh Mehta as its new CIO. Mehta was earlier SVP and head of IT for Charles Schwab & Co’s institutional business. Cetera’s former SVP and CIO Leda Csanka will move into a new position, as CTO.

First published January 2014
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