New Appointments and Career Moves, January 2019 | Straight Talk

New Appointments and Career Moves, January 2019

Wells Fargo taps JP Morgan exec to lead tech operations

Wells Fargo has named JP Morgan executive Saul Van Beurden as its head of Technology, a new role Wells Fargo announced in October last year. He will report directly to Wells Fargo CEO and President Tim Sloan, and will lead the company’s CTO and CISO.

Leading the company’s technology and information security teams, he will play a critical role in the execution of Wells Fargo’s strategy where technology is a key element of the company’s customer and team member experience, business and risk management transformation, and growth agenda.

Van Beurden most recently worked as CIO of consumer and community banking at JPMorgan Chase, where he was responsible for managing all application development, production management, data management, cloud migration, engineering and architecture, innovation, and cyber security and risk for the consumer and community banking division. Prior to JPMorgan Chase, Van Beurden was chief operating officer for Marsh & McLennan International.

In other recent appointments and career moves:

Grocery chain Kroger has appointed current CDO Yael Cosset as CIO to replace retiring EVP and CIO Christopher Hjelm. Cosset is expected to take responsibility for the Kroger Technology function in addition to his current Kroger Digital portfolio. He joined Kroger as group vice president and CDO in January 2017. Before Kroger, he served as chief commercial officer and CIO of 84.51° since its inception in 2015. Prior to this, he held several leadership roles at dunnhumby, including executive vice president of consumer markets, global chief information officer, and chief executive officer of KSS Retail, a global enterprise software provider of price modeling and optimization solutions for retailers worldwide.

German automotive company, Continental has appointed Dirk Abendroth as CTO of is upcoming Automotive group. Abendroth joins the global supplier from EV start-up Byton, where he led Powertrain and Autonomous Driving development since July 2016., Reporting to CEO Dr. Elmar Degenhart, he will function as the central contact for customers and business partners for strategic technology and innovation in the Continental Automotive group sector.

Healthcare solutions company Owens & Minor has appointed Joseph S. Pekala as its senior Vice President and CIO. Reporting directly to Robert C. Sledd, Chairman and Interim President & CEO, he will be responsible for the overall technology direction of Owens & Minor’s products, services, and internal initiatives. For the previous four years, Pekala worked as Senior Vice President and CIO for ACCO Brands. Prior to joining ACCO, he served as CIO for Graphic Packaging Holding Company.

Insurance Brokerage Company Lockton has appointed Byron Clymer as CIO. Reporting to Chief Digital Officer Said Taiym, he will oversee strategic information technology initiatives to meet the future needs of associates and clients. In 2016, Clymer founded Approach Logic consulting services to help business leaders navigate the IT industry. Prior to that, he served as CIO for He has also worked as vice president of IT operations at CenturyLink and EMBARQ.


Toshiba has appointed Keiichi Yumita as CIO.

Honeywell Quantum Solutions has appointed Matthew Marcus as CIO.

Discovery has appointed Avi Saxena as CTO.

TruGreen has appointed Ayman Taha as CIO.

Home Depot has appointed Stephen Ward as CISO.

Axis Capital has appointed Keith Schlosser as CIO.

Envision Healthcare has appointed Kristin Darby as CIO.

Symantec has appointed Sunil Varkey as CTO and Security Strategist.

Providence St Joseph Health has appointed B.J. Moore as CIO.

GlaxoSmithKline has appointed Dawn-Marie Hutchison as CISO.

Roadrunner Transportation Systems has appointed Michael Rapken as CIO.

Salient has appointed Eric Kurzhals as CTO.

Enterprise Holdings has appointed Michael Nolfo as CIO.

City of Seattle has appointed Saad Bashir as CTO.

International Automotive Components Group has appointed David Pascoe as CTO.