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New CIO appointments added Oct. 10, 2017
Estee Lauder Companies appoints Michael Smith senior vice president and CIO
Michael Smith brings more than 25 years of technology leadership experience to Estee Lauder Companies. In this role, he will further advance IT innovation and support the company’s growth strategy and evolving needs, with particular emphasis on driving global technology solutions in key areas such as retail, digital, social and analytics. Previously, Smith was CEO of Boma Technologies, a technology consulting company that he founded, and he held various technology leadership positions at companies such as Mylan NV and Nike, Inc.
Harsh Ramani named senior vice president and CIO for Flowers Foods
In this role, Harsh Ramani will lead Flowers Foods’ IT operations, with a focus on enhancing key business tools and processes, as the company looks to tackle a multi-year initiative to achieve various strategic goals. Ramani was most recently Global CIO and senior vice president of ARYZTA. He has also worked with Constellation Brands, Exxon Mobil, Dr. Pepper/Snapple, Cadbury Schweppes, and Red Bull. He has a BBA-MIS from the University of Texas at Austin and a MBA in finance from Dallas Baptist University.
Freddie Mac hires Stacey Goodman as executive vice president and CIO
Stacey Goodman has more than 25 years of technology experience and will lead Freddie Mac’s IT team and be a member of the senior operating committee. Prior to joining the company, Goodman was executive vice president, CIO and operations officer with CIT. Previously, Goodman held senior leadership roles in the respective IT divisions at Bank of America and UBS. In her new role, Goodman will report to CEO Donald Layton.
Bridgestone Americas names Stefano Mezzabotta CIO
Stefano Mezzabotta will lead and oversee the vision, strategy and operations of Bridgestone Americas’ IT department. He will provide strategic IT leadership and direction for all Bridgestone Americas business units and functions and deliver technology solutions that help power the business lines and drive innovation and operational excellence throughout the organization.
Mezzabotta was most recently director of Global Business Units – Global Shared Services and IT for Procter & Gamble. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Ancona, Italy. He was also a Navy Officer with the Naval Academy in Livorno, Italy.
JPMorgan promotes Lori Beer to Global CIO
Lori Beer is replacing Dana Deasy, who is retiring. Previously, Beer was CIO for JPMorgan’s corporate and investment bank. She will join the operating committee as part of her new role. Before joining the company, Beer was executive vice president of specialty businesses and IT for Anthem. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science at the University of Dayton.
Driven Brands names Steve Collins vice president and CIO
Steve Collins was named vice president and CIO of Driven Brands. Prior to that, he was with Marlin Equity Partners where he served as an operating principal and CIO. He has also worked as a director at PWC where he specialized in M&A and IT Effectiveness. Throughout his 25-year career, Collins has spent time at Deloitte, General Motors Powertrain and GMAC, following his tenure in the United States Marine Corps.
Collins graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunications and attended Xavier University’s MBA program.
Ecolab promotes Anil Arcalgud to CIO
Anil Arcalgud was named CIO at Ecolab. He has worked at Ecolab since 2009, most recently as vice president of global business services, and before that, vice president of finance. Before joining the company, Arcalgud held several positions of increasing responsibility with Motorola. Arcalgud holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph’s College.
Saia hires Rohit Lal as vice president and CIO
Rohit Lal is responsible for ensuring that Saia’s information technology enables and supports the company’s key business objectives in advanced analytics, deployment and optimization of technology, and expansion. He was formerly IT director of architecture for CONA Services, a Coca-Cola System IT Services Company. Lal has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.
Aramark hires Mike Giresi as CIO
Mike Giresi recently joined Aramark, the food/facilities/uniforms service provider, after two years as CIO with Royal Caribbean. His role will be to ensure that the business stays in lockstep with upcoming trends with a customer-centric focus that enables growth and strengthens the brand from a technology perspective. Giresi was also CIO for Tory Burch for four years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University and a MBA from Saint Joseph’s University Erivan K. Haub School of Business.
New CIO appointments added Sept. 6, 2017
ASCAP names Tristan Boutros as CTO
Tristan Boutros, formerly COO for The New York Times, will now lead technology and strategy, work with the Digital Product, Data Strategy and Operations teams for global IT and infrastructure, and support ASCAP’s cloud strategy, according to a recent release.
Boutros previously held senior IT leadership roles at Warner Music Group, Blackberry, and IAC. He is also an adjunct professor of computer science at Columbia University.
Abe Hong named CIO for Discount Tires
Abe Hong will be accountable for all digital and enterprise technology in this new role. He was previously senior vice president and CIO with Station Casinos for several years. Prior to that, Hong was vice president of Global IT Infrastructure & Technology Architecture at Starbucks.
Delta Dental of California names Kirsten Garen CIO and senior vice president
As CIO of Delta Dental of California, Kirsten Garen will be responsible for all technology strategy, applications and services for the Delta Dental group of companies. She is a previous winner of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s and San Francisco Business Times’ Best Bay Area CIO in the innovation and transformation category in 2014 and one of the most influential women in Bay Area business by the San Francisco Business Times in 2015.
Prior to joining Delta Dental, Garen was CIO for Bank of the West. She also is a board member of the Commonwealth Club of California. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Campbell Soup Company hires Francisco Fraga as CIO
Francisco Fraga, now with Campbell Soup, was previously with Procter & Gamble since 1996, most recently serving as vice president of information technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar.
Ken LeBlanc named senior vice president and CIO at Iron Mountain
Ken LeBlanc will be critical in this role as Iron Mountain continues to provide its customers with differentiated capabilities and plans to further leverage technology as a competitive advantage. This includes digitizing core business processes for scale and speed and providing the global workforce with solutions that will improve productivity. This will require strong business partnerships, portfolio simplification, and a robust operating model. Previously, LeBlanc had been consulting with CIO Sensei, and prior to that, he was vice president of digitization and service management at EMC.
Pier 1 Imports names Bhargav J. Shah as senior vice president and CIO
Bhargav J. Shah comes to Pier 1 with nearly 20 years of broad-based technology, digital and supply chain experience. Most recently, he was CIO and head of ecommerce at IntegraCore, a global supply chain management company, and CIO and CTO at online retailer Overstock.com.
Pier 1 President and CEO Alasdair James stated in a recent release, “We are pleased to have someone with Bhargav’s expertise join Pier 1 Imports. He brings a diverse skill set that includes IT strategy, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as an impressive track record of driving automation and growth. Importantly, we also expect to benefit from his retail systems experience. We look forward to Bhargav’s contributions as our organization focuses on utilizing more data-driven initiatives to fuel efficiency, sophistication and improved performance.”
Christopher Clanton named first CIO for Strategic Financial Solutions
Christopher Clanton will be responsible for creating new technology solutions for Strategic Financial Solutions. CEO Ryan Sasson summed up Clanton’s hiring as an important one for the growth of Strategic. The role will cover all aspects of technology, including production development, information architecture, operations and security. Clanton brings more than two decades of experience to Strategic and was most recently the CTO at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Maurice Bastarache promoted to CIO at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare
Maurice Bastarache joined Chesapeake Regional Healthcare in August 2009 as an enterprise solutions architect and subsequently held a series of IT leadership roles. Prior to Chesapeake, Bastarache was employed by Bassett Healthcare Network.
Thomas Jefferson Hospital names Nassar Nizami as CIO
Nassar Nizami joins Thomas Jefferson University Hospital from New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he was vice president/deputy for information systems. Prior to that, Nizami was chief information security officer for Yale New Haven Health System. He holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MS in Management Engineering from the University of Bridgeport, and a BS from Eastern Mediterranean University.