Nearly Half of Developers Want to Return to Office 

CIOs wondering whether to bring software developers back to office or continue with the remote work arrangement can take note. While four in 10 software engineers wish to return to the office once it's safe to do so, nearly one-third (34 percent) prefer to continue to continue working remotely after the pandemic subsides, according to a survey of 950 US-based software developers and engineers commissioned by continuous code improvement software company Rollbar.

Despite their different workplace preferences, most developers converge on what they yearn about the pre-pandemic work arrangements, more than three-fourths of developers said that face-to-face collaboration with colleagues is what they miss the most about the in-office work dynamic.

“We just passed the one-year anniversary of sending employees home to work remotely as a safety measure. What many thought might be temporary has turned into a long-term situation,” said Brian Rue, CEO and co-founder at Rollbar. “Our research shows that some developers have struggled with remote work while others have thrived. But nearly half said that they are ready to head back to the office. Those who have grappled with isolation, and balancing work and home life, are especially keen to return to shared workspaces.”

Majority of developers (77 percent) said that the pandemic has impacted their jobs, and younger developers were more likely to hold this belief than their older colleagues. Ninety percent of Gen Z developers said that COVID-19 impacted their jobs. A far smaller share, but still a majority, of Boomers (52 percent) said that their jobs have been affected by the pandemic.

When asked how the pandemic has impacted their jobs, a fifth of respondents to Rollbar's survey reported working for lesser hours during the pandemic compared to 2019 and earlier, nearly as many (18%) said that they have been on call for more hours each day, week or month since COVID-19 hit.

In other recent appointments and career moves:

JPMorgan Chase has appointed James Reid as CIO for a new unit focused on developing and modernizing technology used by its workforce, according to an internal memo written by the bank’s global CIO, Lori Beer. Reid, who was most recently head of corporate technology's engineering and architecture team, becomes the bank's first Black CIO and the first Black member of its technology leadership team.. As CIO for Employee Experience and Corporate Technology, Reid will report to the banking group's CIO Lori Beer and lead a team that builds and maintains systems used across the bank's corporate functions, such as HR, legal and audit, tax and robotics, the memo said. JPMorgan has also appointed company-wide CDO Melissa Goldman as CIO for the renamed Finance, Risk, Data and Controls technology unit. In her role, Goldman will continue to lead a team developing technology for risk, compliance, finance, liquidity, controls and data functions.

California-based healthcare consortium Kaiser Permanente has promoted Diane Comer as chief information and technology officer. In this role, she will lead Kaiser Permanente’s focus on developing and delivering innovative, strategic initiatives that improve the employee and consumer experience, and on continuing the organization’s efforts to deliver advanced, digitally enabled tools to transform health care. Comer, who has served as interim CIO since June 2020, will report directly to Kaiser Permanente chair and chief executive officer Greg A. Adams. Comer joined Kaiser Permanente in 2007 to deliver technology solutions supporting all marketing, sales, service, and administration functions. She led the implementation of a new telephony infrastructure that now supports one million calls a month to Kaiser Permanente’s multiple contact centers — among the highest call volumes in the nation.

British multinational consumer goods company, Reckitt Benckiser has appointed Filippo Catalano as as Chief Information & Digitization Officer.

He will be responsible for building and maintaining Reckitt’s IT, Data and Digital capabilities. In his previous role, Filippo was Global CIO at Nestlé, where he led the transformation of technology platforms, data, analytics, eBusiness, processes and tech skills. Prior to Nestlé he worked at Procter and Gamble across geographies, categories and IT disciplines, leading the digital transformation in key brands and corporate initiatives. He currently serves as a Non-Executive Director at Farmer Connect, a leading tech company providing blockchain based traceability for farm to fork supply chains.

Ohio-headquartered community Bank, Premier Bank has appointed Varun Chandhok as Executive Vice President and CIO. He brings with him more than 20 years of transformative technology excellence in the regional banking sector. ChandokHe joins Premier from M&T Bank, where he held various leadership positions, including Chief Enterprise Architect, CIO for Commercial / Credit Technology and Head of Consumer Tech delivery, where he was responsible for strategic delivery in customer centricity, risk management and driving business growth and operational excellence. He most recently served as CIO – Regulatory, Risk, Financial Crimes, and Corporate Technology in which he focused on strategic consolidation, architecture and capability evolution across multiple functions.


Eli Lilly has appointed Diogo Rau as Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Digital Officer.

Jet Blue has appointed Carol Clements as CIO.

Columbia Sportswear has appointed Skip Potter as Chief Digital Information Officer.

T-Mobile has appointed Marcus East as CDO.

Tyto has appointed David Blake as CTO.

Innovage has appointed Alice Raja as CIO.

Tivity Health has appointed Sarah Richardson as CIO.

Connifer Health has appointed Muthu Krishnan as CTO.

Equifax Canada has appointed Richard Oh as CTO.

Jack in the Box has appointed Carlson Choi as CIO.

Enloe Medical Center has appointed Tom Osteen as CIO.