Game Changers

Executive Appointments


Robert Long

Chief Innovation Officer

Robert Long, currently Vice President, Research and Development, will become a direct report to the CEO as Chief Innovation Officer. This move is indicative of Coca-Cola’s increased focus on accelerating the growth of its consumer-centric brand portfolio with hundreds of new products and continued innovation in beverages, packaging, ingredients and other areas of the business around the world.

March 23, 2017 -- Sat PR News


Barry Simpson

Chief Information Officer

Barry Simpson, currently Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, will remain in his role but be elevated as a direct report to the CEO to increase visibility and focus on efforts to digitize all aspects of the company’s business. Barry became CIO last fall and oversees all of the company’s global information technology strategy, services and operations.

March 23, 2017 -- Sat PR News

Citizen Watch

Barbara Garces

Chief Digital Officer

Citizen Watch America has appointed former Ralph Lauren executive Barbara Garces as its first chief digital officer, as part of the brand’s strategy to invest in digital “to transform the customer experience across myriad touchpoints and channels for all its brands”.

March 21, 2017 -- Fashion United


Parminder 'Parry' Singh

Chief Commercial and Digital Officer

Singapore broadcaster, Mediacorp announced the appointment of Parminder 'Parry' Singh as its new chief commercial and digital officer.

March 20, 2017 -- The Drum

Under Armour

Clay Dean

Chief Innovation Officer

Under Armour (UA) announced on Monday that it will hire Clay Dean as the company's chief innovation officer, a newly established creative position. He will be responsible for global strategy and collaboration between the design, marketing, product and category management teams.  

March 13, 2017 -- TheStreet

Complia Health

Chris Azar

Chief Information Officer

Complia Health, a growing global leader in home healthcare and hospice software solutions, announced today it has appointed Chris Azar to the executive team as Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this role, Chris will be responsible for all development and IT operations and play a key role in shaping the technology agenda for Complia Health. 

March 13, 2017 -- News On 6


Steve Turner

Chief Information Officer

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) has promoted Steve Turner to vice president and chief information officer at Walgreens, effective April 1. He succeeds outgoing CIO Abhi Dhar, with whom he is working closely to transition ­responsibilities.

March 13, 2017 -- Chain Drug Review

Nascent Health Sciences

Alex Woo, Ph.D.

Chief Innovation Officer

As Nascent's Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Woo is using his expertise to drive scientific discovery to further develop and enhance SoPure™ Stevia products. His primary research on the interaction of steviol glycosides and sugar reduction adds a key component to developing a balanced sweetener taste profile to meet current and future food and manufacturing needs.

March 07, 2017 -- Benzinga


Sky Cunningham

Chief Innovation Officer

The new role of Chief Innovation Officer cements PSAV's commitment to develop the next generation of disruptive, industry-leading capabilities that support customers and venue partners alike. Sky Cunningham will be responsible for the development of best-in-class product and service solutions. With more than 33 years in the industry, including 28 with PSAV, Cunningham is uniquely suited to oversee this responsibility. From his recent role as COO, Cunningham understands the value that innovation brings to a global, industry-leading company.

March 02, 2017 -- MarketWired


Brian Fogg

Chief Innovation Officer

Technica named Brian Fogg, former chief technology officer at NCI‘s (Nasdaq: NCIT) information systems subsidiary, as chief innovation officer. Fogg will spearhead the firm’s customer-facing Innovation Council as it works to develop strategies and implement advisory services for clients. He also previously served as a vice president and chief architect at NCI and strategic solutions director at SRA International.

March 01, 2017 -- GovCon Wire

Alaska Airlines

Charu Jain


Alaska Airlines has named travel industry veteran Charu Jain as its new CIO. Jain's chief task is integrating the technology systems of Virgin America, which Alaska acquired for $2.6 billion in December.

February 23, 2017 -- CIO

BSN Sports

Kurt Hagen

Chief Innovation Officer

Mr. Hagen and his team will focus on improving the customer journey and creating proprietary technology solutions to deliver a best in class digital experience.

February 20, 2017 -- PR Newswire


Travis Saxton

CIO and VP of Industry Relations

VScreen has appointed Travis Saxton as CIO and vice president of Industry Relations, the company recently announced. Saxton will be responsible for developing the company’s growing portfolio of large brokerages and national accounts, as well as bringing the company to the forefront of thought leadership within the real estate industry.

February 19, 2017 -- RIS Media

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