Stephanie von Friedeburg: Moving from IT to Corporate Strategy

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has appointed Stephanie von Friedeburg as Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Resources, responsible for establishing stronger control and alignment of corporate strategy, budget, IT and human resources. Previously, she was the first-ever CIO of the World Bank Group. Von Friedeburg has been with the World Bank Group since 1992, serving in a wide variety of roles including CIO for the IFC, Senior Manager for IFC Global Information and Communication Technologies, Manager for IFC General Manufacturing Investments in Russia and the former Soviet republics, and Manager for IFC’s Global Telecommunications Portfolio.

Von Friedeburg recently wrote in Straight Talk:

Our cloud-first strategy has made a connection with Silicon Valley, the epicenter of new technology, even more important. We need to know what the latest and greatest advancement is for Amazon Web Services or Azure. I don’t know how you stay on top of the quickly evolving technology landscape otherwise. Now I take interested members of my staff with me every time I travel out West, and they share what they learned when they return.

Having established that foothold in the Valley, we now have startups and VCs come to us with technology they think might have value for the bank. They ask us what problems we’re trying to solve. The CEO of a startup with whom we partner will share his or her development path with us and we will share our strategic plans with the CEO, so we can innovate together. There’s a willingness on the part of many small or startup companies to co-develop products. They share our own excitement—and I mean the World Bank IT function, as well as the organization as a whole—about our mission to make the world a better place.

In other recent appointments and career moves:

Brunswick Corp., the maker of pleasure boats and billiards tables, has appointed Danielle Brown as vice president and CIO, reporting to Chairman and CEO Mark D. Schwabero.  She succeeds Michael Schulz, who is retiring after 14 years with the company. Previously, Brown has worked for 16 years at DuPont, most recently leading global IT transformation in preparation for its merger with Dow Chemical.

AutoNation has appointed Tom Conophy as CTO. Previously serving for three years as the CIO of StaplesInc., Conophy spent six weeks as CIO of New Avon LLC, the North American cosmetics business spun out of Avon Products before joining AutoNation. Staples has appointed Russ Mayer, a Boston Consulting Group consultant and former technology executive at General Electric Co., as interim CIO.

Radisson hotel owner Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Kevin Carl as its first EVP and CIO, reporting to David P. Berg, CEO, Carlson Hospitality Group. Previously, Carl has spent 18 years at Accenture, most recently as global managing director of Digital Travel.

Fiserv, Inc. has appointed Jim Grech as CIO, reporting to Mark Ernst, chief operating officer. Previously, Grech served as executive vice president of BNY Mellon’s Technology Services Group, and before that has held technology management positions at American Express, TD Waterhouse National Bank, Merrill Lynch, Comdisco, Smith Barney, and JCPenney.


XPO Logistics has appointed Sanjib Sahoo as CIO, Chief Information Officer, Transport (North America).

Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers Limited has appointed Alex Larson as CIO.

Bio-Rad Laboratories has promoted Erik Molitor to the position of CIO.

The British Medical Association has appointed Ian Turfrey as CIO.

France-based Cristal Union has appointed Jean-Marc Sarrazin as Director, Information Systems & Supply Chain.

The City of Phoenix, Arizon, has appointed Matthew Arvay as CIO.

Winnebago Industries has appointed Jeff Kubacki as VP and CIO.

FTD Companies has appointed Jay Topper as EVP & CIO.

Southampton, England-based Red Funnel Group has appointed John Inch as Head of Information Technology.

London, England-based WPP PLC has appointed Mark Debenham as Chief Information Security Officer.

Municipal Credit Union has promoted Janet Perkins to SVP & CIO.

The National Fire Protection Association has appointed Keith Quackenbush as Vice President, Information Technology.

Whirlpool Europe has appointed Andrea Ciccolini as VP and CIO.

The City of Boise, Idaho, has appointed Darrin Harris as CIO.

London, England-based RSA Insurance Group has appointed David Germain as Group Chief Technology Officer.