New Paths for Women in IT

Kim Stevenson, who after serving as Intel CIO was promoted to the position Chief Operating Officer of its Client, IoT and System Architecture Group, has been appointed as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Data Center Infrastructure at Lenovo starting May 1, 2017. Stevenson will report to Kirk Skaugen, executive vice president & president, Data Center Group.

“[Stevenson] is an early pioneer on the career path from CIO to board-level CIO to beyond CIO,” says Straight Talk Featured Blogger Peter High. “More will surely follow in her footsteps.”

For example, the three women Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has promoted to new senior roles. Jaya Kolhatkar, who joined Wal-Mart in 2013 through its acquisition of predictive analytics firm Inkiru Inc., is now senior vice president of global data and analytics platform; Fiona Tan, who joined Wal-Mart in 2014 and had been vice president of engineering in the company’s international group, is now senior vice president of U.S. customer technology; and Jae Evans was promoted to vice president of global technical engineering and operations, continuing to be responsible for core infrastructure services.

With the growing importance of information technology, senior executives from various functions are making IT a critical milestone on their career paths. American International Group (AIG) has appointed Martha Gallo as CIO, succeeding Philip Fasano who left to pursue other opportunities. Gallo previously served as AIG’s Chief Auditor.  In an internal memo sent to AIG employees, Peter D. Hancock, President and CEO, affirmed the company’s deep commitment to investing in the company’s technology platforms and to what he characterized as “great work” being done by AIG’s global technology organization. “Technology is a vital piece of delivering AIG’s full capabilities and is an area that I am particularly passionate about,” said Hancock.

The growing importance of information technology also means that IT executives are now increasingly appointed to board of directors, a trend that adds a new dimension to their careers.  Jessica Denecour, CIO of Varian Medical Systems Inc., has joined the board of MobileIron Inc., an IT security vendor. Denecour, who has held senior technology management positions at Hewlett-Packard Co. and Agilent Technologies, told CIO Journal that getting more women, from various disciplines, into board seats is a personal mission. Early last year, she co-founded a nonprofit, Athena Alliance, to help women executives connect to companies with open board positions. “I believe in diversity in gender and ethnicity on boards because you make better business decisions in a group like that,” said Denecour.

For a number of years Straight Talk has been serving as a platform for publishing stories about the experiences of women IT leaders, told in their own voices. We have now published a special issue of CIO Straight Talk magazine dedicated to lessons learned in the exemplary careers of 14 of these role models.  

In other recent appointments and career moves:

Sempra Energy has appointed P. Kevin Chase as its new CIO, reporting to G. Joyce Rowland, senior vice president and chief human resources and administrative officer. Previously, Chase was CIO and senior vice president of technology and supply chain at Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings and CIO and vice president of TXU Energy.

YRC Worldwide Inc has appointed Jason Ringgenberg as its first CIO, reporting to CEO James Welch. Previously, Ringgenberg was CIO at subsidiary and before that he had a 20-plus-year career at Accenture.

Tesla Inc. has appointed Gary Clark as CIO, succeeding Jay Vijayan, who left the electric carmaker in January last year to start his own venture, Stealth Startup Co. Previously, Clark was CTO at Juniper Networks and also worked at Barclays Global Investors as managing director and head of technology services.

ResCare, the largest privately-owned home care company, has appointed Chuck Fitch as CIO. Previously, Fitch was CIO and vice president at University of Louisville Physicians Inc. and vice president of IT for Delta Health Alliance.


Nizhoni Health has appointed Jacques Chitarra as CIO.

Wyndham Worldwide has appointed Scott Strickland as CIO.

Angel Oak Home Loans has appointed Al Stanley as CIO.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital has promoted Brian Benedict from Director, information Technology, to CIO.

London, England-based Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Alastair Salmon as Head of Information Technology.

eResearchTechnology has appointed Ted Crawford as CIO.

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Glenn Winteringham as CIO.

Larson Design Group has appointed Scott Kantner as CIO.

Merseyside, England-based Symphony Housing Group has appointed Lisa Oxley as Executive Director, Finance & ICT.

World & Main has appointed Nick Pendrous as CIO.

London, England-based Barclays has promoted Lauren Heath from Business Analyst to Assistant Vice President, Information Technology.

University of Texas-Dallas has promoted Frank Feagans from Associate VP, Enterprise Applications & Research Computing Services to Vice President, Information Technology & CIO.

Cross Country Healthcare has appointed Bill Halnon as CIO.

NCI Building Systems has appointed Albert K. Stolpe as Vice President & CIO.

Farsta, Sweden-based Brand Factory Group has appointed Arvid Johansson as CIO.

London, England-based Pearson has appointed Marykay Wells as Senior VP & CIO.

PHH Corporation has promoted Ian Hill from Vice President, IT Enterprise Services, to Senior VP & CIO.

Michael Baker International has appointed Lisa (Elese) Roger as Executive VP & CIO.

Budapest, Hungary-based Magyar Telekom has appointed Kim Larsen as Chief Technology & IT Officer.

Dublin, Ireland-based Dunnes has appointed Mark Smith as CIO.