New Appointments and Career Moves, March 2019 | Straight Talk

New Appointments and Career Moves, March 2019

State Departments gets a Tech Leader

The US State Department has appointed Stuart McGuigan as CIO, filling a position vacant for 15 months, since Frontis Wiggins left to join aerospace and defense company Northrop Gurmman,

As CIO, McGuigan will lead the Bureau of Information Resource Management, which provides tech services across the State Department. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote in a note to staff, “Every aspect of the department’s information technology capabilities and operations now falls under Stuart’s oversight, including architecture, infrastructure, cyber security, data management, software, and application development and acquisition,” 

He will replace acting CIO Karen Mummaw, who will retire in April after 31 years of service at State. He's joining the federal government after seven years with Johnson & Johnson, where he oversaw the company’s IT strategy and operations around the world. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, he was CIO and senior vice president for CVS Caremark, and worked as senior vice president and CIO for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.

In other recent appointments and career moves:

Inspire Brands, owner of Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings, has appointed Raghu Sagi as CIO. Sagi succeeds departing CIO Darla Morse, who is leaving to oversee IT at CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc., the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurant. For the past two years, Sagi worked as chief engineering officer at Sephora America, where he was responsible for Omni-Channel Digital, Retail, Personalization & CRM including Loyalty, and Data Insights technology capabilities and platforms. Prior to Sephora, he held technology leadership positions at Walmart, Best Buy and Accenture.

Pinterest has appointed former Walmart CIO Jeremy King as head of engineering.  King will report to CEO Ben Silbermann and lead the team at Pinterest responsible for powering the visual discovery engine. At Walmart, Jeremy led the e-commerce tech team, which powers the technology behind US retail stores and eCommerce for Walmart and Jet.

Craft retailer Joann Stores has appointed Varadhessh Chennakrishnan as CIO. Reporting to CEO Wade Miquelon, Chennakrishnan will lead JoAnn's efforts to utilize technology on the front lines with its customers. Varadheesh joins Joann from Ulta Beauty, where he spent more than 8 years, most recently as SVP, Applications & Enterprise Architecture.

Barnes & Noble has appointed Carlo Pochintesta as CIO, after naming former CIO William Wood as CDO. Reporting to CFO Allen Lindstrom, Pochintesta will be responsible for information technology, telecommunication networks and computer systems, as well as evaluating the company’s overall technology resources and strategies. He was formerly CIO of retailers Rag & Bone Holdings and Steve Madden, and held other IT titles at Gucci Group and Ann Taylor.


The White House has appointed Michael Kratsios as US CTO.

Honeywell has appointed Robert Slone as VP and CTO.

Dun and Bradstreet has appointed Gil Shaked as CTO.

Sonoco has appointed Richard Johnson as VP and CIO.

CKE Restaurants has appointed Darla Morse as CIO.

Los Angeles County has appointed James Brady as CIO.

State of Indiana has appointed Joseph Cudby as CTO.

Northern Trust has appointed Kaushal Joshi as Senior VP and CIO.

Elanco has appointed Chris Keelley as CIO.

Billings Clinic has appointed Brian Jones as CIO.

Asante has appointed Lee Milligan as interim Senior VP and CIO.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has appointed Ryan Synder as VP, IT and CIO.

Universal Music Group has appointed Dan Morales as CIO.

Motorola Solutions has appointed Mahesh Saptharishi as CTO.