Staples Appoints Pragati Mathur as its New CIO

Office-supply retailer Staples has appointed Pragati Mathur as CIO, reporting to CTO Faisal Masud. CIO Journal reports that Mathur will be responsible for Staples’ cloud initiatives as wells as retail, point-of-sale, corporate and supply chain systems across the company.

Previously, Mathur was senior vice president for technology and business solutions at Biogen where she oversaw enterprise architecture, analytics, integration and collaboration services, and led the business intelligence team to determine how to aggregate and extract the right data from multiple sources.

While at Biogen, Mathur wrote “Taking Chances and Taking Charge” for Straight Talk, on why “it is critical to take charge and to take chances, especially early in your career – for example, by rotating through various roles and functions.” She also discussed the importance of leaving a legacy: “That gives meaning and focus to your life and to your work. Always ask yourself what you want people to remember you for.”

One of the leaders who imparted to her these lessons, Mathur wrote, was Adriana “Andi” Karaboutis, formerly executive vice president of technology, business solutions, and corporate affairs at Biogen. “Pragati understands the current state of the business and the future state, and how to close the gaps with technology,” Karaboutis told CIO Journal.

In other recent appointments and career moves:

General Electric Co. has promoted Monica Caldas, currently CIO for GE Transportation’s global services and digital solutions teams, to CIO of the entire Transportation business unit. She replaces Nancy Anderson, who is moving to the CIO role at GE Power. Both will report to GE CIO Jim Fowler and will sit on their respective business units’ leadership teams.

BJ’s Wholesale Club has appointed Scott Kessler as executive vice president and CIO and Rafeh Masood as senior vice president and its first Chief Digital Officer (CDO). Previously, Kessler was V+CIO at department store chain Belk and senior vice president at GSI Commerce. Masood joins BJ's from Dick's Sporting Goods, where he was vice president, customer innovation technology.

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's has appointed Phil Jordan as its first group CIO, reporting to group CEO Mike Coupe. Previously, Jordan was CIO at Telefonica's group chief information officer, and before that, CIO at Vodafone.

IBM has promoted vice president of IT Fletcher Previn to the position of CIO. He replaced CIO Jeff Smith who left the company.

Denny’s Corporation has appointed Michael Furlow as senior vice president of Information Technology and CIO), reporting to CEO John Miller. Previously, Furlow was CIO at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and at CEC Entertainment.

Dropbox has appointed Sylvie Veilleux as its first CIO. Previously, Veilleux served as Vice President, Enterprise IT & Security at Mozilla.

Conagra Brands has promoted Mindy Simon, vice president of global business services (GBS), to the position of CIO, reporting to Dave Marberger, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Activewear retailer Lululemon has appointed Julie Averill as executive vice president and CTO. Previously, Averill was CIO at national outdoor specialty retailer REI.

Levi Strauss has promoted Chris Clark from vice president of IT to senior vice president and CIO. Previously, Clark has led supply chain operations at Lululemon Athletica and Gap.

Energy giant AGL has promoted CIO Simon Moorfield to its executive team, reporting to CEO Andy Vesey.


Apollo Trust has appointed Kirk Montgomery as CIO.

Georgia Municipal Association has promoted Kelly Tullis to CIO.

New Directions Behavioral Health has appointed Tim S. Hoffmann as CIO.

Rome, Italy-based Wind Tre has appointed Benoit Hanssen as CTO.

London, England-based Burberry Group has appointed Mark McClennon as Global CIO.

ALTOUR has appointed Laura Mattingly as CIO.

Oregon Mutual Insurance has appointed Matt Kulangara as CIO.

Dartmouth College has appointed Mitchel Davis as CIO.

Provident Bank has appointed John Kamin as CIO.

Essex Property Trust has appointed Sam Caruthers as CIO.

Sunderland, England-based Chiltern Railways has appointed Ian Adams as head of ICT & CIO.

Southern Methodist University has appointed Michael H. Hites as CIO.