New Appointments and Career Moves, September 2018 | Straight Talk

New Appointments and Career Moves, September 2018

Goldman Sachs Names Amazon and Verizon Execs for Top Tech Roles

Goldman Sachs has hired former Amazon Web Services executive Marco Argenti as partner and co-CIO. The bank is also bringing in Atte Lahtiranta, who was CTO at Verizon’s media group, as a partner and CTO. In these roles, Argenti and Lahtiranta will work with George Lee, co-chief information officer.

Argenti previously worked as vice president of technology at AWS, where he led the cloud services product lifecycle. Before that, he was senior vice president and global head of Developer Experience and Marketplace at Nokia, with responsibility for Nokia’s developer ecosystem and app store across the company’s entire product portfolio.

Lahtiranta previously worked as CTO of the Verizon Media Group, formerly called Oath, where he led teams dedicated to IT, security and infrastructure, among other technologies. Previously, he was a senior fellow and architect at Yahoo, where he spent four years overseeing engineering and architecture for Yahoo’s account and identity platform, several location platforms, including Yahoo Geo, and Yahoo’s user record store aggregating user profiles through big data, among other initiatives.

In other recent appointments and career moves:

Kohl's has appointed Paul Gaffney as chief technology officer and senior executive vice president. Reporting directly to Kohl's CEO Michelle Gass. he will be responsible for technology, information and digital platforms, across the Kohl's omnichannel business. He most recently worked as CTO of Dick’s Sporting Goods. Prior to that, Gaffney was senior vice president of information technology at The Home Depot, responsible for the organization’s software engineering, user-centered design and applications.

Walgreens Boots Alliance has appointed Francesco Tinto as global CIO and senior vice president. Reporting to Ornella Barra and Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officers, he will oversee the global strategy for WBA’s IT operations across all of the company’s divisions, as well as the implementation of its technology and digital innovation. For the last 17 years, Tinto held various leadership positions at Kraft Heinz Company and Kraft Foods. Most recently, he was global CIO and head of global business services, where he oversaw IT and shared services, including finance, customer service, master data, HR and analytics.

Yum! Brands, the owner of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, has appointed Clay Johnson as the Company’s Chief Digital and Technology Officer. Before this, he worked as CIO and head of Global Business Services for Walmart, where he was responsible for leading the company's enterprise information technology strategy, services, operations and cyber security. Prior to Walmart, Johnson worked as CIO at General Electric Power where he was responsible for information technology, cyber security, data and digital transformation. Johnson previously held leadership roles at The Boeing Company and Dell.

Lee Health has appointed Rick Schooler as CIO. In this role, Schooler will oversee operational management, planning, organizing and strategic direction of the information systems and information technology function for the health system. Previously, he worked as vice president and CIO at Orlando Health where he was responsible for information technology, telecommunications, clinical informatics, enterprise analytics, quality reporting, biomedical engineering, supply chain and a group-purchasing organization. Before Orlando Health, he was the vice president and CIO at Central Georgia Health System.


CNO Financial Group has appointed Patrick Casey as CTO.

The Hartford has appointed Deepa Soni as CIO.

ICF has appointed Kyle Tuberson as CTO.

Equinix has appointed Justin Dustzadeh as CTO.

United Technologies Corporation has appointed Nicolas Pujet as CTO.

Charter has appointed Stephanie Mitchko as CTO.

Halma has appointed Catherine Michel as CTO.

Michigan State University has appointed Melissa Woo as CIO.

UPL has appointed Adrian   Percy as CTO.

Wunderman Thompson has appointed Cleve Gibbon as CTO.

Leidos has appointed Wally Potts as CIO.