New Appointments and Career Moves, April 2019 | Straight Talk

New Appointments and Career Moves, April 2019

HP CIO Joins Xerox

Xerox has named former HP CIO Naresh Shanker as CTO. He will have a place on Xerox's Executive Committee and will report to Vice Chairman and CEO John Visentin.

Shanker is replacing Steeve Hoover, who was named CEO of the Palo Alto Research Center, a Xerox company, earlier this year. He joined Xerox in January and and will be responsible for research and product development and an increasingly digital information technology operation.

Prior to joining Xerox, Shanker was chief information officer of HP. There, he led the company’s transition to a digital services business, delivering material operational and bottom-line improvements through strategic and transformative IT programs. He also has held senior leadership roles at Palm and Agilent Technologies and holds a U.S. patent for developing software that enables high-volume, microtransactions from a digital storefront.

In other recent appointments and career moves:

Hearst has appointed Mahendra Durai as CIO. From 2011 to 2019, Durai served as senior vice president and CITO of CA Technologies that was acquired by Broadcom Inc. in 2018. At CA Technologies, he was responsible for the organization’s overall IT strategy, including the implementation of a cybersecurity and privacy solutions improvement plan. Previously, he served as vice president, consulting at BMC Software, where he developed and oversaw an IT transformation global services practice.

Workday has appointed Sheri Rhodes as CIO. She will have overall responsibility for all enterprise-wide IT systems, including go-to-market applications. She was formerly executive vice president and CTO for Western Union. Before Western Union, Sheri served as CIO at EFI, and before that she held leadership positions at Symantec, Visa, and other organizations.

Aflac has appointed Richard L. Gilbert as its new SVP and chief digital information officer. In this newly created role, he will reporting to Virgil Miller, EVP and COO of Aflac. Gilbert will supervise the carrier's new Digital Innovation office and manage its traditional IT strategy. Previously, he was with with DXC Technology as VP of Business Enablement and IT Service Management. 

New Jersey Transit has appointed Lookman Fazal as CIO. He has more than 20 years of IT experience, most recently as the CIO of New Jersey-based Lyndhurst, where he launched several initiatives such as Datacenter in the Cloud, Software as a Service-based patentable application, and achieved ISO 27001 certification. Prior to that, he worked at EmblemHealth, one of the largest nonprofit health plans in the U.S., and Avaya, a multinational technology company specializing in business communications.


Monster has appointed Nicholas Bruno as CIO.

State of Colorado has appointed Craig Buesing as CISO.

GAF has appointed Dion Rooney as CIO.

Akorn has appointed Bill Ostrowski as CIO.

Primerica has appointed Nick Craven as CIO.

The Linde group has appointed Sanju Misra as  CISO.

Cott has appointed William Jamieson as Global CIO

State of Illinois has appointed Ron Guerrier as CIO.

Banco Popular has appointed Jeff Foltz as CISO.

Cubic has appointed Michael Primeaux as CTO.