New CTO for Siemens

Siemens Digital Industries has appointed Dirk Didascalou as CTO.  He joins Siemens AG from Amazon Web Services where he was Vice President for the Internet of Things, based in Seattle, Washington, USA. In his new role at Siemens Digital Industries, he will report directly to CEO Cedrik Neike. 

The CTO function will be leading the overall technology and architecture strategy for DI. Based in Germany, he will have global responsibility and a strong presence in all major regions. He will also oversee strategic industrial engagements with partners and joint customer initiatives, for example in the automotive industry. Besides his duties for DI, he will also take on a leading role on the Siemens AG‑wide IoT board, driving digital transformation across all businesses at Siemens. “I have seen Industrial IoT make a significant impact on many customers as they undergo digital transformation to be data driven and move at the speed of software. Siemens is both an automation and industrial software leader with a strong engineering culture, and I look forward to joining them and helping lead this digital transformation for industrial customers, large and small,” said Didascalou. 

Prior to his time at AWS, Dr. Didascalou worked for Microsoft as Corporate Vice President Technology. He moved to Microsoft with that company’s acquisition of Nokia Corp.’s Mobile Phones entity, where he held various leadership positions in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Beijing, China – most recently as the Senior Vice President R&D responsible for worldwide engineering.

In other recent appointments and career moves:

Harvard University has appointed Klara Jelinkova as vice president and University CIO. Jelinkova comes to Harvard from Rice University, where she has served as vice president for international operations and IT for more than six years. Prior to that, she was CIO and senior associate vice president at the University of Chicago, and she has held senior positions in IT at Duke University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at Rice, Jelinkova led in the creation and development of a new IT organization while engaging the points of view of key university-wide stakeholders, across schools and units. Jelinkova also oversaw the integration of technology into teaching and learning on a broad scale at Rice, working closely with faculty members, Rice Online, and the Center for Teaching Excellence to address emergent needs.

Tokyo-based financial services company SMBC has appointed Gordon (Gordo) Wilson as U.S. CIO. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc., the holding company of SMBC Group, is one of the three largest banking groups in Japan. Gordo, who joined the firm in February 2020 to lead the development and execution of its enterprise-wide data strategy, will also retain his responsibilities as U.S. Chief Data Officer for SMBC Americas Division. In this role, Gordo will work in partnership with stakeholders across the Americas, as well as the Head Office in Tokyo. He will be responsible for all aspects of information technology and systems of SMBC, including all Group companies in the Americas. Prior to joining SMBC, he served as Managing Director in the Asset and Wealth Management Chief Data Office at JPMorgan Chase, leading the global business data strategy. While at JPMorgan Chase, he also led an organization to drive sales and relationship management success for Commercial Card payment products with a focus on data management, technology solutions, finance, risk, and client relationship management as Head of Field Enablement and Business Analytics.

Diebold Nixdorf has appointed Teresa Ostapower as CIO. She will report directly to Olaf Heyden, senior vice president and chief operating officer, and will lead the company's global Information Technology organization including IT strategy, enterprise architecture, development and service delivery. Ostapower has more than 30 years of experience leading large-scale IT organizations at AT&T and has been recognized for enabling technology to deliver customer and shareholder value as well as steering major technology transformations. Most recently, Ostapower served as AT&T's senior vice president of Technology Transformation, Architecture and Operations, leading AT&T's technology modernization to drive speed, cost and quality improvements.

Oklahoma State University has appointed Raj Murthy its CIO. He took over from longtime predecessor Darlene Hightower and will report to Joe Weaver, senior vice president Administration and Finance. Based in Stillwater, Oklahoma, he will be responsible for the implementation and successful operations of the department's slate of programs and projects. “OSU is a research university, which means there are incredible opportunities for innovation,” Murthy said. “It is a big school and has the research components for innovation and opportunities to grow.” Murthy comes from Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, where he joined in 2016. Murthy started at Pima in 2016 after a long career at his alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 


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