American International Group, Inc., has announced that Annabelle Bexiga has been named Commercial Insurance Business Information Officer (BIO), effective August 2015. Bexiga will report to Phil Fasano, Chief Information Officer, and will also have a matrix reporting line to John Doyle, Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Insurance. AIG said that Bexiga will “work closely with the Commercial Insurance organization to develop a world-class technology function that drives business growth, process excellence, and innovation.”

Previously, Bexiga was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Asset Management at TIAA-CREF, after leading a multi-year IT transformation program as CIO. Bexiga wrote about that experience in Culture Change: IT as an Innovation Engine:  “As business becomes increasingly digital and technology becomes the product, the IT function needs to be a driver of innovation. This new direction requires a big change in IT culture.”

Information services company Experian has appointed Barry Libenson as Global Chief Information Officer, reporting to Chief Operating Officer Kerry Williams. Previously, Libenson oversaw big data efforts at grocery chain Safeway as senior Vice President and CIO and before that served as Senior Vice President and CIO at Land O'Lakes. While in that role, he talked about big data’s impact on the bottom line for the cover story of CIO Straight Talk No. 3 and contributed an article on using IT to achieve business integration.

In other recent appointments and career moves:

McKesson Corp. has appointed Kathy McElligott as Executive Vice President, CIO and CTO, reporting to CEO John Hammergren. Previously, she was CIO at Emerson Electric and before that she spent 22 years with General Electric, ultimately becoming CIO of supply chain for GE Aircraft Engines.

Cisco Systems has promoted CIO Rebecca Jacoby to the position of Senior Vice President of operations, reporting to incoming CEO Chuck Robbins. Guillermo Diaz, senior vice president of IT, has been promoted to CIO, reporting directly to Jacoby. “The role of the CIO has a chance to become really a COO, in many ways,” said Cisco’s CEO John Chambers at the WSJ CIO Network conference in San Diego in February.

Software analytics company New Relic Inc. has promoted Yvonne Wassenaar to be its first CIO, reporting to the CEO. Previously, she was senior vice president of operations at New Relic and also worked at VMware and Accenture. Wassenaar plans to hire a vice president of business intelligence and data to build a formal data architecture.

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. has appointed Richard Marani as CIO for its equipment rental unit as the subsidiary prepares to become a standalone public company. He will report to Larry Silber, President and CEO of the subsidiary. Previously, Marani was vice president of IT at Ingersoll-Rand PLC., where he gained experience with strategic spinoffs.

Former Nike Inc. CIO Anthony Watson has been appointed as CEO at Bitreserve, the Bitcoin startup he joined two months ago as President and COO. He left Nike after 10 months as CIO for personal reasons and before that served as CIO at Barclays. Separately, Bitreserve hired former Nike and MasterCard International security chief William Dennings, as its first CISO.

Nike has appointed Jim Scholefield as CIO, reporting to Chief Operating Officer Eric Sprunk.  Previously, he was CTO at Coca-Cola and held various positions at Northern Trust, Ford Motor and Procter & Gamble.

Home Retail Group has appointed George Goley as CTO, reporting to CEO John Walden. Previously, Goley was CIO of Sears Holdings Corp.’s online business unit and before that has served as vice president of technology at


Walgreens has promoted Steve Turner to Head of Technology Infrastructure.

Reed Smith has appointed Steven Agnoli as CIO.

The Hartford has appointed Beth Mercier as CIO, Small Commercial. 

Tesoro Corporation has appointed Blane Peery as CIO.

Cybersecurity startup Cylance Inc. has appointed Malcolm Harkins as its first CISO.

American Apparel has appointed Brian McHale as CIO.

Heathrow Airport Holdings has appointed Stuart Birrell as CIO.

AmeriCares has appointed Dennis Rice as CIO and Senior Vice President of Innovation.

Health First has appointed Alex Popowycz as CIO.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has appointed Matthew Trunnell as Vice President and CIO.

Mitel Networks has appointed Jamshid Rezaei as CIO.

Shell Federal Credit Union has appointed Sam James as CIO.

Air Products has promoted Alyssa Budraitis to the position of CIO.

Saint-Gobain Corporation has promoted Vincent Broussin to the position of CIO.

Phillips-Van Heusen has promoted Eileen Mahoney to the position of Executive Vice President and CIO.

Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino has appointed Michael St. Vincent as CISO.

Rogue Federal Credit Union has appointed Jeff Roberson as CIO.

OhioHealth has appointed Michael Elley as Senior Vice President, Information Technology.

Ameritas has appointed Michael Everley as Vice President, Information Technology.