The role of technology leaders is cardinal for enterprise growth today as more companies move in the direction of being a technology company. Corporate boards seek Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and CTOs who come with multi-dimensional skill sets – skills that go beyond technology to strategizing, innovating and communicating. Here’s a look at some of the top appointments in the news:
DXC Technology appointed Chris Drumgoole as the new Technology Chief. Chris was the CIO of General Electric Co. who established the company’s successful shift to cloud. Chris will be responsible for improving and streamlining the company’s technology infrastructure.
Accenture recently promoted Penelope Prett to the position of CIO, who was earlier the Senior Managing Director and Global Quality and Risk Lead for the organization’s resource operation group. Penelope has been with Accenture for over 25 years holding several leadership roles.
Procter & Gamble appointed Vittorio Cretella as the CIO who was with VCAdvisory as the Principal and Mars as the Global CIO prior to that. P&G will see Cretella chair all the IT operations of the organization.
Intel recruited Archana Deskus as the Senior Vice President and CIO, who was with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise as the CIO prior to this. Her new role at Intel will have her head the global IT operations of the company, and successfully drive organizational change. She has previously remained a CIO in other multinational companies like Timex, Baker Hughes, Ingersoll Rand and United Technology.
State Street hired Brian Franz as the CIO, who was with Diageo PLC earlier as the Chief Productivity Officer of the organization’s IT department. As the CIO, Franz will be responsible for achieving the objective of being a digital-first organization by leading successful agile innovation, client and employee experience, and superior productivity.
Sysco recently appointed Michael Foster as the Chief Information and Technology Officer who will be leading the strategic technology initiatives and see them through to success. Before joining Sysco, Foster was the CIO and CTO for CN Railway, and the Senior VP, IT and CIO for FedEx Freight.
Marriott International recently appointed Jim Scholefield as the Chief Information and Digital Officer, who led digital transformation at Merck & Co. prior to this. Before Merck, Jim was the CIO at Nike Inc. and the CTO of Coca Cola Co. Jim will be responsible for the technology modernization and venture growth of Marriott, Bethesda.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation recently promoted its Deputy CIO, Sylvia Burns, to the CIO in an effort to better manage the technological advancements in the banking sector. Sylvia will be responsible for updating the company apps and systems to support examiners across regions and keep up with the tech-savvy sectors they control.