Walmart hires former Amazon, Google, Microsoft exec
As Walmart takes on tech giants such as Amazon and Google, it has appointed former Amazon executive Suresh Kumar in a newly elevated role of CTO and Chief Development Officer. He will report directly to President and CEO Doug McMillon.
Kumar worked in leadership roles at Google, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM. Most recently he led display, video, app ads and analytics as vice president and general manager at Google. Previously, he was corporate vice president of Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure and operations. Before Microsoft, he spent 15 years at Amazon in several roles, including vice president of technology for retail systems and operations and head of Amazon’s retail supply chain and inventory management systems.
The CTO position at Walmart was previously held by Jeremy King who left the retailer in March, to become digital bookmarking site Pinterest’s head of engineering. King is credited for leading the retailer's tech hub, Walmart Labs, through a series of acquisitions and setting Walmart up as an open source user and contributor.
In other recent appointments and career moves:
Air New Zealand has appointed Jennifer Sepull as chief digital officer. Sepull is currently a member of the technical advisory group for the London Stock Exchange. Her previous roles include CIO for USAA Financial Services, Kimberly-Clark and Honda Motor Corporation in the US. She has also worked at IBM and in various startup organizations. She has served on several customer advisory boards, including IBM and with Gartner.
Merrill Corporation has appointed Dixon Gould as CIO. Reporting to Merrill Corporation CEO Rusty Wiley, Gould will be responsible for developing the enterprise Information & Communications Technology strategy. This includes internal enterprise systems, data management, infrastructure, IT governance, and information security. Most recently, he worked as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of ABILITY Network, now part of Inovalon, a technology company that provides cloud-based tools to support data-driven healthcare. Prior to this, he was Vice President, Infrastructure for Altegrity, a security SaaS services firm.
Management consulting firm, Bain & Company has appointed Ramesh Razdan as its new CIO. He will oversee Bain & Company's digital transformation, deploying tools and technologies that unleash new ways of working for the firm's client-facing teams. In his previous role, he was CTO and Global Head of Product Engineering at Boston Consulting Group.Prior to that, he spent more than 17 years at Dell /EMC in various executive role.
PVH Corp., formerly known as the Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, has appointed Marie Gulin-Merle as Chief Digital Officer. In her new role, Gulin-Merle will lead PVH’s global digital strategy and transformation. Her responsibilities will include increasing the company’s digital excellence, leveraging consumer insights and data capabilities, anticipating channel shifts and leading a digital council within PVH. In addition to her role as CDO, she will retain her position as Chief Marketing Officer, Calvin Klein, reporting into CEO Steve Shiffman. She will continue to work as the brand architect, evolving global marketing platforms and strategically driving consumer engagement.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has appointed Mamatha Chamarthi as CIO.
Amazon has appointed Jeff Carters as CISO.
Kimberly-Clark has appointed Manoj Khumbat as Global CIO.
Mylan has appointed Colleen McMahon as CISO.
Ingredion has appointed Robert Border as CIO.
Opus Bank has appointed Rudy Ramirez as CISO.
American Woodmark has appointed Bill Waszak as CIO.
BYU-Idaho has appointed Jeff Hassett as CISO.
Calyxt has appointed Travis Frey as CTO.
CTBC Bank Corp (USA) has appointed Mona Chui as CIO.
Leidos has appointed Chuck Aaron as CTO.