Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) On the Move

As cybersecurity concerns rise in a variety of industries, Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) are on the move. Ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. has appointed Mike Johnson to as its first chief information security officer. Johnson, who formerly worked at Salesforce, will report to Peter Morelli, vice president of engineering at Lyft. 

Amtrak has appointed William Heinrich as its next chief information security officer, reporting to Ghada Ijam, CIO. Heinrich joins the national passenger railroad after 24 years at BNSF Railway, one of the largest U.S. freight railroads, where he most recently was chief information security director. He replaces CISO Ron Baklarz, who retired recently.

North State, a technology company based in High Point, NC, has promoted Glenn Johnson to Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer/Chief Information Security Officer (CIO/CISO). Johnson previously served as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer of Stalwart Systems, a company acquired by North State in 2015 and integrated into its Technology Solutions business unit.  Earlier in his career, Johnson held senior-level technical positions in security, networking and Unix administration for two Fortune 100 companies and served in a lead capacity for a NASA enterprise rollout.

Another technology company, Episerver, has appointed Sue Bergamo as both CIO and CISO, reporting to Mark Duffell, president and CEO. Previously, Bergamo was a global technology strategist at Microsoft and has served in a number of CIO positions including facilities management and food services conglomerate Aramark.

Finally, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s administration has announced the formation of a new executive branch agency, the Executive Office of Technology Service and Security (EOTSS) to provide secure and quality digital information, services and tools to constituents and service providers. Mark Nunnelly, currently the executive director of MassIT, has been named as secretary of EOTSS and CIO for the Commonwealth.

The Governor’s statement explained the formation of the new agency: “As with any large operation, the Commonwealth must continually protect against threats to its digital infrastructure and this comprehensive legislation empowers EOTSS to strengthen digital operations across secretariats through standardization and centralization will help reduce overall risks. State governments across the country have engaged in similar efforts to standardize and consolidate technology assets in recent years, resulting in increased efficiency and security.”

In other recent appointments and career moves:

Norfolk Southern Corporation has appointed Cynthia C. Earhart as executive vice president and chief financial officer, reporting to James A. Squires, Norfolk Southern chairman, president and CEO. Earhart joined Norfolk Southern in 1985 and most recently served as executive vice president and CIO. She will retain her information technology responsibilities in her new position.

President Trump appointed John Sherman as CIO of the U.S. intelligence community, reporting to the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats. Sherman currently serves as deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Open Source Enterprise and is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. intelligence community.

Beachbody LLC has appointed Bryan Muehlberger as its new CIO, reporting to President & Chief Operating Officer Robert Gifford. Previously, Muehlberger served as Red Bull CIO.

Etsy Inc. has appointed Mike Fisher as CTO, reporting to Josh Silverman, Etsy's CEO. Previously, Fisher was co-founder and managing partner of the consulting firm AKF Partners, CTO of Quigo, and Vice President of Engineering & Architecture for PayPal.

The U.S. Congress has approved the nomination of Maj. Gen. Bruce Crawford as the

U.S. Army new CIO, overseeing the Army’s $10 billion IT budget. Crawford has held myriad roles in the Army in his 31 years of service. Most recently, he served as commander of the Army Communications-Electronics Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground senior mission commander.

Governor Rick Snyder has appointed David DeVries as the Director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget for the State of Michigan. Previously, DeVries was the CIO for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.


Landmark Credit Union has appointed Steve Hannan as CIO.

Southcoast Hospitals Group has promoted Jim Feen to Senior VP AND CIO.

Paris, France-based Enedis has appointed Jean-Claude Laroche as Director, Information Systems.

London, England-based Memery Crystal has appointed Tim Bond as Director, Information Technology.

Aphelion Orbitals has appointed Kai Darrow as CIO.

Landstar System has appointed Kristin McNaron as Vice President, Application Development.

London, England-based Clifford Chance has appointed Chris Leather as Global Director, IT Risk & Security.

Tonbridge, England-based Fidelity International has appointed Stuart Savill as Director, Information Technology.

Stockholm, Sweden-based ICA Gruppen has promoted Maria Lundberg to CIO.

The State of Montana has promoted Stephen Forrest to CIO.

London, England-based Arup has appointed Rob Greig as Group CIO.