CIO, CDO, and CTO All Rolled Into One Position

Over three-quarters of CIOs agree with the statement that their role is viewed by the board and the CEO as more of a revenue generator than a cost center, according to a recent survey conducted by Korn/Ferry International. As a result, the position of CIO is now frequently enlarged to include overseeing digital initiatives and exploring new technologies.

National Grid PLC has appointed Adriana Karaboutis to the newly created position of chief information and digital officer, reporting to CEO John Pettigrew. Karaboutis will be responsible for both IT operations and overall digital strategy. She will also oversee both cybersecurity and physical security at the natural-gas and electricity utility.

Most recently, Karaboutis was executive vice president of technology, business solutions, and corporate affairs at Biogen Inc. During her tenure there, she wrote for Straight Talk: “I’ve held technology leadership positions in three industries: automotive, computing, and now biotechnology… the most important thing to learn in whatever industry or business you’re in is how to apply technology to make a difference to end customers.” Regarding the new industry she is adding to her deep and broad executive portfolio, Karaboutis told CIO Journal: “Bill Gates recently said that energy would be in his top three career choices if he were starting all over again — I agree.”

Another example of combining the CIO, CDO, and CTO roles into one position—from the executive appointments made in July 2017—is of former Wal-Mart’s CIO Karenann Terrell. GlaxoSmithKline has appointed Ms. Terrell to the newly created position of chief digital and technology officer, reporting to CEO Emma Walmsley.

In other recent appointments and career moves:

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

The Cleveland Clinic has appointed Edward Marx as CIO, reporting to President and CEO Toby Cosgrove. Previously, he was Executive Vice President at the Advisory Board Company, and CIO at Texas Health Resources.

Southwest Airlines has promoted Kathleen Wayton to the position of senior vice president and CIO, reporting to President Tom Nealon. Previously, she was Southwest’s vice president of corporate delivery for operations and reservations, and helped launch the airline’s international air service.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel  has appointed Danielle DuMerer  as the City of Chicago’s new CIO. Previously, DuMerer had served as the city’s CTO and first deputy commissioner. 

Airline reservations software maker Sabre Corp. has appointed Joe DiFonzo as its first CIO, reporting to president and CEO Sean Menke. Previously, he was both CIO and CTO at Syniverse

Kurt DelBene, Microsoft’s executive vice president of corporate strategy and planning, will take over CIO duties from Jim DuBois who left the company after 24-year tenure as part of the reorganization of Microsoft’s global sales staff.


Lids has appointed Jay Essary as CIO.

RR Donnelley has promoted Dave Houck to CIO.

Delta Dental of California has appointed Scott Fenton as Executive VP & CIO.

London, England-based Colt Technology Services has appointed Ashish Surti as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

Paisley, Scotland-based University of the West of Scotland has appointed Claudette Jones as CIO.

The City of Richardson, Texas, has appointed Daniel Steege as CIO.

Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company has promoted Dee Riley to CIO.

Tower International has promoted Scott Nigh to CIO.

Mazda North American Operations has appointed Robert Valle as has recently joined the company as CIO.

CKE Restaurants has appointed Stephen Carvelli as CIO.

London, England-based VoxSmart has appointed Oliver Rooney as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

Koorsen Fire & Security has appointed Shawn Williams as CIO.

Davenport University has promoted Ben Williams to Vice President & CIO.

Södermanland, Stockholm-based Nobia AB has appointed Petri Ala-Annala as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).