Credit Suisse hires Goldman Sachs’ tech veteran

Credit Suisse has appointed Joanne Hannaford has joined Credit Suisse as the firm’s chief technology and operations officer. Hannaford has replaced James Walker in the role, who will relocate to the US to become deputy chief executive of the Credit Suisse business in the region. She will also join the Swiss multinational’s executive board and will be based in Zurich, Switzerland, reporting directly to chief executive Thomas Gottstein.

Hannaford joins from Goldman Sachs, where has held several senior roles across Goldman Sachs Engineering in London and New York, including co-head of Enterprise platforms and global head of resiliency. In her 25 years at Goldman Sachs, she started out by developing and designing statistical research products in London, eventually becoming one of its most senior tech executives. Most recently she has been instrumental in defining the EMEA Engineering location strategy and leading significant change programs.  She was named managing director in 2008 and partner in 2014. She served as a member of the Goldman Sachs Engineering Executive Group.

Between 1994 and 1997, Hannaford was executive director of global trading volume systems at NatWest Markets, the investment banking arm of NatWest. Prior to that, she was vice president of equities analytics at UBS Investment Bank for two years, based in London.

Hannaford serves on the UK Government Digital Service Advisory Board, Chairs the Bank of England CIO Forum and is a member of the Royal Society Science, Industry and Translation Committee. In 2020 she received the Women in Banking and Finance Award for Achievement.

In other recent appointments and career moves:

Department of Housing and Urban Development has appointed Beth Niblock as the CIO. Prior to her appointment as CIO of HUD, she was the Chief Information Officer for the City of Detroit, where she was able launch GO DATA, the city’s first effort to make non-personal, public information broadly accessible to the public during her first year as CIO. As the CIO for the City of Detroit, she managed significant upgrades to infrastructure, putting systems in place to make city business transparent, and making Detroit online an easy place to do business with. Before coming to Detroit, Niblock was the first CIO appointed to a merged Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government in 2003. She was challenged with unifying IT systems and infrastructure, while concurrently implementing a new financial system and a unified communications center for the newly merged city-county government.

MGM Resorts International has appointed Tilak Mandadi in the newly created position of Chief Strategy, Innovation & Technology Officer. In this role, Mandadi will oversee MGM Resorts' digital strategy, driving growth and innovation through technology-led customer-centric experiences, products and services. He will also lead corporate strategy and innovation, and will manage the company's relationship with BetMGM, joining its Board of Directors. He will be based in Las Vegas and report to MGM Resorts CEO & President Bill Hornbuckle. Prior to this, he worked as executive vice president of digital, and global chief technology officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Serving in that role since 2013, Mandadi led a large, diverse global team that enabled guest-focused growth strategies for theme parks, resort hotels, cruise line and various travel, retail and food and beverage lines of business. 

Food-service company US Foods Holding Corp has appointed John Tonnison as chief information and digital officer amid the company’s push to boost digital offerings to customers. Before this, Tonnison was CIO at technology distributor Tech Data Corp. He will now lead US Foods’ IT infrastructure, cybersecurity and technology innovations operations starting July 12. He will report to Chief Executive Pietro Satriano. Tonnison succeeds Keith Rohland, who left in March after a decade with the company as CIO.

Big Lots, Inc. has appointed Gurmeet Singh as Executive Vice President, CTO. He succeeds Stew Wenerstrom, who will be officially retiring in October following a transition period. Singh will report directly to Bruce Thorn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Big Lots. Before this, Singh was the Group Chief Digital Officer at the Al Futtaim Group in Dubai, leading all technology, data and digital efforts for the conglomerate. Previously he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Digital, Information and Marketing Officer at 7-Eleven Inc. and prior to that held similar roles at CapitalOne, Intuit Inc. and FedEx. 


New York Times has appointed Jason Sobel as CTO.

Abercrombie has appointed Samir Desai as Chief Digital and Technology Officer.

Border States has appointed Nancy McConeghy as Chief Information and Digital Officer.

Principal has appointed Shaw Johnson as CIO.

Peraton has appointed Rebecca Mchale as CIO.

MedRisk has appointed John Jakocic as CIO.

Reed Smith has appointed David Cunningham as Chief Innovation Officer.

Kantar has appointed Alex Cesar as CTO.

Entrata has appointed Jason Taylor as CTO.

Flight Central Travel Group has appointed Peter Gianusso as global CTO.