Ralph Lauren Creates CDO role to push to Digital Future

Within months of hiring Janet Sherlock as CIO, Ralph Lauren Corporation has tapped Alice Delahunt for the newly created role of chief digital officer. Delahunt will join the company from Burberry (London), where she was director of digital marketing and led its digital innovation on its social media platform. Reporting directly to CEO Patrice Louvet, she will be part of the company’s executive leadership team.

Ralph Lauren has also announced a few more digital hires that include Laura Porco as senior vice president, e-commerce North America; Valeria Juarez as senior vice president, e-commerce North America international; and Cyrus Fenton as chief information security officer.

Her appointment, combined with other senior digital is expected to give a boost to the 50-year old fashion brand’s digital strategy. “We are moving urgently to expand our digital presence all over the world and bringing in the right senior talent to help us deliver,” said Louvet. “We have to meet consumers where they are, which is increasingly online, and digital expansion is one critical way we will drive new growth for our iconic business and brand.”

These hires signal a clear shift to a digital first strategy at Ralph Lauren. Louvet had earlier spelled out their digital plans during a recent call with investors — increase digital wholesale and direct retail sales, increase digital marketing spend, drive ecommerce platform management, and improve presence on social platforms.

In other recent appointments and career moves:

S&P Global has promoted Swamy Kocherlakota to CIO from head of global infrastructure and enterprise transformation. He was previously senior vice president, global head of infrastructure and operations for Visa, as well as global head of infrastructure architecture and engineering with Bank of New York Mellon.

Akamai has appointed Fari Ebrahimi as CIOEbrahimi succeeds Kumud Kalia, who will remain with Akamai in an advisory role over the next two months. Ebrahimi will be responsible for global strategy, development, app operations, and IT infrastructure. Previously, he was senior vice president and CIO at Avaya for several years, and prior to that, he was senior vice president and CIO for Verizon.

Scott Case will succeed retiring CIO Anil Cheriyan at SunTrust Banks Inc. Case has served in senior technology executive positions with Bank of America for 15 years prior to joining SunTrust in April 2015. He recently was named CIO for Ciox Health in October 2017 but will return to the financial services industry with this appointment. Case is on the board of TechBridge, Inc.

Ryder System Inc has appointed Rajeev Ravindran to the position of Chief Information Officer. Previously, Ravindran was the CIO and Group Vice President at JM Enterprises, where he was with the company since 2003 and held the position for the last six years. With more than two decades of IT leadership experience, he has worked at Interactive Metronome, Asista.com, and AutoNation. Ravindran replaces Mel Kirk, who has joined Ryder’s Fleet Management Solutions (FMS) team as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Henry Ford Health System has appointed Paul Browne as CIO and Senior Vice President. Previously, he was the CIO and Senior Vice President of Applied Informatics for Tenet Healthcare, where he is responsible for all aspects of information services across the entire publicly traded healthcare system.Before Tenet Healthcare, he worked as CIO and Senior Vice President for Strategic Program Development for Trinity Health.

And …

Stanford University has appointed Stephen Gallaghar as CIO.

Cision has appointed Pritham Shetty as CTO.

Veritas has appointed Jonathan Alboum as CTO for public sector.

National Grid US has appointed Lisa Lambert as Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

Kobie Marketing has appointed Larry Roos as CIO.

LeasePlan USA has appointed Greg Buckland as CIO.

Arcadis has promoted Justin Wright to CIO for North and Latin America.

EBSCO Industries has appointed Ryan Loy as CIO.

Centra Tech has appointed Enrique Rick Perez ad CISO.

June Therapeutics has appointed Cindy Elkins as CIO.

Addison Group has appointed Steven Levenkron as CIO.

Aleron has appointed Peter Capelli as CIO.

Revv has appointed Kyle Schutt as CTO.

Summa Health has appointed Tanya Arthur as CIO.