Nike lures new CIO from Coke — and other key appointments
  • Incoming CIO brings broad experience from CPG, automotive and finance industries
  • Third IT leader to carry the Nike CIO’s title in the past two years
  • Coca-Cola quick to appoint successor to CTO’s role
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Nike lures new CIO from Coke — and other key appointments

I-CIO editorial team – July 2015
Fresh challenges for IT chiefs at Nike, Lufthansa, Fujitsu, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Heathrow, Eircom, McKesson and more.

Sports apparel and equipment company Nike has selected Jim Scholefield as its new CIO. Scholefield brings more than 25 years’ technology experience to the post, having worked across a range of sectors including automotive, finance and CPG. He most recently spent almost five years as The Coca-Cola Company’s CTO, responsible for its worldwide IT strategy, technology operations and engineering, and production support across the organization globally.
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He reports directly to COO Eric Sprunk and succeeds Anthony Watson, who left the company earlier this year after just 10 months as CIO (see April 2015 Appointments).

In the top IT role, Scholefield will set technology strategy and create solutions “to drive [Nike’s] robust innovation agenda,” says Sprunk.

Before joining Coca-Cola, Scholefield was SVP, worldwide technology at wealth management organization Northern Trust. He also served as a director at Ford Motor Company for six years and in a range of IT roles at Procter & Gamble.

Coca-Cola has been quick to appoint a successor to Scholefield, promoting Alan Boehme, who adds CTO to his existing titles of chief innovation officer, chief architect (global IT) and CIO for customer and commercial services. Boehme, who joined the beverage giant in July 2014 and worked earlier at Dutch bank ING, GE Power Systems, Juniper Networks and Sage, is a forceful advocate of cloud computing, being a board director of the Cloud Security Alliance.
Other key appointments

GE Capital Australia has selected Julie Bale, former Bank of Queensland head of IT, as its new CIO. Bale will work on the spin-off of the business from its parent company GE Capital, following its sale to a private equity consortium in March 2015.
AUSTRAC, Australia’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulator and specialist financial intelligence unit, has hired Maria Milosavljevic as national manager of innovation and technology. Milosavljevic replaces acting CIO Anthony Johnston in the organization's new top IT role. She joins from the Crime Commission, where she had been CIO for two and a half years.
The Australian Government has appointed Paul Shetler as CEO of its new digital transformation office for a five-year tenure. Shetler relocates from the UK, where he has been head of the government's digital services unit since February 2015, having previously spent a year as chief digital officer for the Ministry of Justice (see March 2015 Appointments).
• Rail freight company Aurizon has appointed Dr Jennifer Purdie as EVP of enterprise services. The Aurizon IT team, including CIO Peow Goh, will report to Purdie, who was most recently chief advisor of technology and innovation projects at mining company Rio Tinto.

• Public economic development organization Caisse des Dépôts has named Laurens-Patrick Frings as its new CIO. Frings previously spent five years as CIO of consumer finance at Crédit Agricole.

• Josef Bogdanski has been promoted to CIO/chief process officer of the Lufthansa Group, responsible for global IT and process management across the aviation business and reporting to Harry Hohmeister, chief officer, group airlines, logistics and IT. Bogdanski was most recently responsible for the company’s future program, SCORE Change for Success.
• Klaus Wilke is the new IT leader at Toyota Deutschland. General manager of the company’s newly created information systems organization, Wilke was previously general manager for application development within the Toyota Information Systems subsidiary.
• Jürgen Lennartz has been appointed as CIO of the federal state of Saarland. Lennartz has been state secretary since 2012 and retains those responsibilities.
• Media company ProSiebenSat.1 Media has selected Johannes Wechsler as CIO. Wechsler was most recently associate principal in the business technology office at McKinsey & Co.

• Telecoms and broadband provider Eircom has hired Erik Slooten as CIO. Slooten joins from T-Mobile in the Czech Republic, where he had been regional VP, processes and systems.

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, the biggest cargo shipping company in Israel and 10th-largest in the world, has appointed Eyal Ben Amram as CIO. Ben Amram has been VP, operations, of digital pen company N-trig since 2010, and was COO at Leadcom from 2009 to 2010. At ZIM, he replaces Dudi Avni, who will continue to serve as the company’s chief customer service officer.

Fujitsu's former EVP and head of global marketing Tango Matsumoto has been appointed as CTO and CIO of the Japanese ICT giant. In earlier roles, Matsumoto served as president of Fujitsu’s corporate planning office and as president of its telecoms business development group.

• Indian telecoms company Bharti Airtel has selected Andrew Kossowski as CIO for Airtel Africa. Kossowski was previously VP of operations for Latin America and the Caribbean at Ericsson. Airtel Africa operates in 17 of the continent's countries.

Standard Chartered Bank has appointed Anju Patwardhan as group chief innovation officer, based in Singapore. Patwardhan will report directly to new group CIO Michael Gorriz (see April 2015 Appointments). She was previously group head of risk innovation for the bank, and will now be tasked with shaping the bank's strategic innovation agenda across its global network.

• Freight and logistics company Panalpina, which employs around 16,000 people across more than 70 countries worldwide, has hired Ralf Morawietz as its new CIO. Logistics sector veteran Morawietz joined Deutsche Post in 2002, moved to DHL in 2004, and has been at Kuehne + Nagel since 2010 as an SVP on its global IT leadership team.

Heathrow Airport has selected former McLaren Group CIO Stuart Birrell as its new IT chief. Birrell led IT for the Formula 1 team and car manufacturer for four years, having previously spent almost three years as CIO at Gatwick Airport. At Heathrow he succeeds Neil Clark, who had been CIO since 2012 and whose legacy includes the highly acclaimed technology transformation of Heathrow’s Terminal 2.
The Police ICT Company, established in March 2015, has appointed Martin Wyke as its first CEO. Wyke has held several CIO roles, including at Virgin Media, Littlewoods and Debenhams, and was most recently CIO at telecoms and Internet provider TalkTalk.
• Former Channel 4 CIO Kevin Gallagher is leaving the broadcaster to become digital change director at Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service. Gallagher had led IT at Channel 4 since 2009.
• Ecommerce delivery company MetaPack has hired David Jack as group CIO. Jack joins from Hyperion Insurance, where he was hired to the same role in 2013 (see December 2013 Appointments). In an earlier role, he was CIO at
• Kevin Braim has joined Lewis PR as its first ever CIO. Braim was previously head of IT strategy, architecture and innovation at office rental company Regus.

• Kathy McElligott has been named EVP, CIO and CTO at healthcare services and information technology company McKesson. McElligott replaces Randy Spratt, who has held the top IT role for more than 10 years. McElligott now ranks among the top 20 most powerful CIOs across the Americas (see I-CIO’s annual ranking), bringing the total number of women CIOs in the top 20 to seven.
• Anthony Roberts, currently SVP and international CIO at Walgreens, is to become SVP and global CIO for Walgreens Boots Alliance, the year-old Anglo/US pharmacy giant. Roberts will take over from Timothy Theriault, appointed to the role last year (see September 2014 Appointments).
The Department of Veterans Affairs has hired LaVerne Council as its new CIO and assistant secretary for information and technology. Council has worked at Johnson & Johnson as VP and CIO, with responsibility for IT globally.
• Financial information services group Experian has hired Barry Libenson as global CIO. Renowned as a transformational IT leader, Libenson had been CIO of Safeway since July 2013 and has also held CIO roles at Ingersoll Rand and Land O’Lakes (see The IT megatrends shaking up $13bn agribusiness Land O’Lakes).
• Clothing company American Apparel has appointed Brian McHale as SVP and CIO. McHale joins from Journal Broadcast Group, where he was CTO. McHale will oversee IT and work alongside the company's new chief digital officer, Thoryn Stephens, to expand its digital retail capabilities.
Yahoo! has promoted Laurie Mann to CIO. Mann was previously SVP, search products, and spent 10 years at Oracle earlier in his career. At Yahoo! he succeeds Mike Kail, who was appointed to the top IT role in late 2014 (see September 2014 Appointments).
• Keith Sherwell has been appointed as the new CIO at Cablevision. Sherwell most recently worked as international CIO at Office Depot, and earlier as CIO at Sears.
Hertz Equipment Rental Corp, a subsidiary of Hertz Global, has appointed Richard Marani as its CIO. Marani joins as the organization prepares to separate from its parent company. He begun his career at General Electric and was VP IT at Ingersoll Rand from July 2011 to January 2013.
• Gas and chemicals company Air Products has promoted Alyssa Budraitis from director of IT service delivery to CIO.
• Corporate law firm Reed Smith has appointed Steven Agnoli as CIO. Smith joins from pharmaceuticals company Mylan, where he was head of global IT transformation.
• Restaurant holding company American Blue Ribbon has named Jeffery Kent as its new CIO. Kent was previously VP IT at The Yankee Candle Company and was CIO at Fiesta Restaurant Group from 2010 to 2014.
• Petroleum refiner and marketer Tesoro Corporation has hired Blane Peery as CIO. Peery joins from Mylan, where he was VP, global business services.
Regis Corp has promoted Andy Dulka from VP, retail systems and enterprise architecture to CIO. He joined the beauty salon company in 2012, having spent almost ten years at various Allianz group companies.
• Underwear and sleepwear company Jockey International has appointed Dain Bussewitz as EVP, CFO and CIO. He had been VP, finance, at Abercrombie & Fitch for two years.
AIG has hired Annabelle Bexiga as commercial insurance business information officer, reporting to CIO Phil Fasano (see October 2014 Appointments). Bexiga has previously held CIO roles at Bain Capital, JPMorgan Asset Management and TIAA-CREF.
• Emergency response and global health organization AmeriCares has selected Dennis Rice as its new CIO and SVP. Rice was most recently CIO at global non-profit MAP International.
Biogen has promoted Matt Griffiths to SVP and CIO. He was previously VP, IT pharmaceutical operations and technology, for the Massachusetts-based biotech company.
MultiCare Health System has appointed Dr Robert Biernbaum as CIO. Biernbaum joins from Rochester Regional Health System, where he was VP/chief medical information officer and led IT for five hospitals and more than 100 ambulatory sites.
First published July 2015
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