New Appointments and Career moves, October 2018 | Straight Talk

New Appointments and Career moves, October 2018

Nike CIO Departs to Join Merck

Pharmaceutical major, Merck has hired Nike’s global CIO Jim Scholefield as its Chief Information and Digital Officer, after its Global CIO Clark Colestani retired from the company in April.

In his new role, Scholefield will sit on the company's executive committee, overseeing the drugmaker's IT, digital strategy and cybersecurity. While at Nike, Scholefield led the creation of the company’s enterprise architecture, including the upgrade of critical infrastructure and delivery of state-of-the art cyber-security. According to a statement released by Merck, Jim championed the digital transformation of Nike, leveraging disruptive technology to serve consumers faster and more personally at scale.

Scholefield has served as global CIO at Nike for almost three and a half years. Previously he worked as CTO at Coca-Cola for almost five years and SVP of worldwide technology at Northern Trust for three years.

In other recent appointments and career moves:

Ohio-based maker of motion and control technology products, Parker Hannifin has appointed Dinu Parel as CIO. He succeeds William Eline, who had been with the company for 40 years. Prior to this role, Parel was CIO of Downers Grove, Illinois-based Dover Corporation. Parel comes to Parker from Dover Corporation, where he was appointed as the company’s first-ever Chief Information Officer. In that role he developed and implemented a transformational initiative to position IT as a strategic business partner, and had responsibility for global IT strategy, cyber security and shared services.

RPM International has promoted Lonny DiRusso as CIO. In his new role, DiRusso will be responsible for ensuring that RPM’s corporate-wide IT program aligns with its overall strategic vision. He will report to Frank C. Sullivan, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. Prior to this promotion, DiRusso was vice president – information technology at RPM for the past 13 years.

Skanska USA, an arm of the Swedish construction giant, has appointed John Dykstra as CIO. He replaces Leo Sinicin, the firm’s chief financial officer, who served as interim CIO following a restructuring in March. Dykstra will be responsible for overseeing the vision, strategy and operations of Skanska’s IT leadership and direction of their IT solutions. He has spent the last six years as Skanska's Vice President IT Services based in Charlotte, NC, leading the teams that provide field support for Skanska's projects, offices, customer service, application development, and technology services.

Vail Resorts has promoted Tim April as senior vice president and CIO. He was formerly vice president of IT and guest experience for the company. He replaces Robert Urwiler, who is retiring after 12 years with Vail Resorts. In his new role, April will oversee all facets of technology, including innovative enhancements to the guest experience and best-in-class systems for the company.


Daimler Trucks North America has appointed Lutz Beck as CIO.

AirBnB has appointed Aristotle Balogh as CTO.

Honeywell has appointed Bruce Mathews as CIO.

All State has appointed Chris Gates as CTO.

Sony Music has appointed Kirit Joshi as CIO.

City of Pheonix has appointed Peter Ambs as CIO.

AES Corporation has appointed Sanjeev Addala as CIDO.

Danaher has appointed Melissa Bell as CIO.

University of Chicago has appointed Kevin Boyd as CIO.

Land O’Lakes has appointed Marc Carlson as CIO.

Avon has appointed Benedetto Conversano as CDIO.

Jack in the Box has appointed Miki Hardisty as CTO.

Skyworks Solutions has appointed Satya Jayadev as CIO.

American Century Investment has appointed Jamie Patel as CIO.