New Appointments and Career Moves, July 2019 | Straight Talk

New Appointments and Career Moves, July 2019

Nike appoints its first Digital Information Chief

Nike is hiring Ratnakar Lavu as its first-ever global chief digital information officer. He will lead the sporting goods company’s global technology functions across the enterprise with responsibility for accelerating new digital capabilities for Nike. His appointment follows departure of Nike’s global CIO, Jim Scholefield last year, who now leads digital and tech for Merck.

He will report to Oregon-based company’s chief operating officer Eric Sprunk, who said that Lavu was tapped to bring agility and a consumer focus to its digital operations. “Moving at the speed of the consumer requires sharpening our ability to sense and serve. Ratnakar’s 20-year track record in building seamless consumer experiences and leading teams through dynamic, digital transformations will further accelerate our growth,” said Sprunk.

He comes to Nike from department stores retail chain, Kohls, where he was the chief technology and information officer and led all of IT, digital and consumer technology. Prior to joining Kohl’s, Lavu was chief technology officer at Redbox.


In other recent appointments and career moves:

Checkers & Rallys has appointed former Corner Bakery and Il Fornaio executive, Minh Le as CIO. Prior to that, Le worked at Romano's Macaroni Grill after its spinoff from Brinker International, transitioning to Ignite Restaurant Group before returning to Romano's to lead the IT function.

Northwestern Mutual has appointed Fawaz Rasheed as vice president – CISO, where he will lead the Enterprise Information Risk & Cybersecurity team and spearhead Northwestern Mutual's information security strategy to protect its brand and reputation. Previously, he worked as CISO at Trustmark Companies and prior, he was the Global CISO at Johnson Controls. Prior to that, he served as a leader of Verizon's Global Security Solutions business.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts has appointed Andrew Arthurs CIO. He will be responsible for the design and delivery of innovative IT solutions for the organization and its global portfolio of hotels. Based in Chicago, he will report to West Monroe’s president and CEO and is a member of the executive team. Previously, he was senior vice president and CIO for Two Roads Hospitality and senior director, IT for Vail Resorts.

West Monroe Partners has appointed Alberto Ruocco as CIO. He will oversees corporate operations applications and solutions to support client services, IT governance and strategy, IT process and program management, IT operations, knowledge management, data and analytics, security and infrastructure, vendor and partner management, and IT due diligence and integration support for the firm’s acquisitions. Previously, as a senior executive partner with Gartner, he advised CIOs and their teams across the U.S. North region.


AARP has appointed Jim Gross as CIO.

Colgate Palmolive has promoted Tim Booher as CISO.

United Rentals has appointed Daniel Higgins as CIO.

Warner Media has appointed Peter Chronis as CISO.

SC Johnson has appointed Bernd Huber as CISO.

Boart Longyear Company has appointed Van Allen as CIO.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York has appointed Scott Morris as CISO.

American Tire Distributors has appointed Murali Bandaru as CIO.

Tetra Technologies has appointed Alexis Collins as CIO.

Western Alliance Bancorporation has appointed Jeff Semonovich as CIO.

Atos has appointed Marc Assuid as CIO (Americas).

State of Wisconsin has appointed Greg Beach as CISO.

Fifth Third Bank has appointed Eric Muench as CIO (Commercial).

New York and Company has appointed David Strobelt as CIO.

Kaiser Aluminum has appointed Mark Veronda as CIO.

Iron Mountain has appointed Kimberly Anstett as CIO.

Cardone has appointed Michael King as CIO.

Rosewood Hotel Group has appointed Mica Friedman as CIO.