Here are a few of the key developments in the careers of senior technology executives in February 2015:
President Obama has appointed Tony Scott as the next United States CIO. Previously, Scott was CIO at VMware, Microsoft and The Walt Disney Company and the CTO at General Motors. He will be taking over for Lisa Schlosser at The White House, who was the acting federal CIO. In addition, Scott will also serve as administrator of the Office of Electronic Government in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).In a blog post, Scott said: “I am honored at the opportunity to bring key aspects of the VMware vision to the national level. I will carry VMware’s passion and excitement about how technology can transform enterprises to our national economy, and this will hopefully have an impact on the broad American public.”
Later in February, VMware announced that its new CIO is Bask Iyer, formerly CIO at Juniper Networks Inc. He starts reports to Jonathan Chadwick, VMware’s COO, CFO and executive vice president. Speaking with CIO Journal in December 2012, Iyer rejected the idea of the CIO as just “somebody who runs the data center in the basement,” arguing that CEOs who don’t allow CIOs to join business strategy meetings with senior executives should be fired.
GoPro, the fast growing maker of wearable cameras, has appointed Tony Young to be its first CIO. He joined GoPro from Informatica Corp., where he most recently served as senior vice president of subscription/cloud sales.
Thomas Bayer, former CIO at the Securities and Exchange Commission, has been appointed CIO at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, a unit of McGraw Hill Financial Inc. Bayer reports to Neeraj Sahai, president of S&P Ratings Services, and is a member of the S&P’s executive committee.
Kaiser Permanente has promoted Richard “Dick” Daniels to the position of CIO. He has served as interim CIO since Philip Fasano left last September to become CIO of American International Group Inc. Kaiser Permanente said it interviewed several “highly qualified” candidates during a national search before concluding that Daniels was the right choice to lead its IT organization.
Friendly’s Ice Cream LLC has appointed Michael Dion as CIO, responsible for managing IT for the restaurant chain’s 8,000 retail outlets. Mr. Dion joined Friendly’s from appliance maker Euro-Pro, where he worked as CIO since January 2014. He reports to CEO John Maguire.