Published on December 13, 2023, 6:39 am

Congratulations to the recent appointees and promotions into new Chief Information Officer (CIO) roles. In this section of “Movers & Shakers,” we highlight some of the latest CIO appointments, providing valuable insights into the job market and CIO hiring trends. As companies increasingly rely on technology, CEOs and corporate boards are searching for CIOs who possess a unique combination of skills in technology, communications, business strategy, and digital innovation. While these roles are more challenging than ever before, they also offer greater excitement and rewards. If you have any CIO job news to share, please feel free to reach out via email.

AIG has appointed Roshan Navagamuwa as its new CIO. AIG is a renowned global insurance organization that offers a wide range of property casualty insurance, life insurance, retirement solutions, and financial services. Navagamuwa joins AIG from CVS Health and has previous experience at Aon. He holds a BS in computer science from Denison University.

Lori A. Meyer has been named CIO at First Interstate BancSystem, Inc., a financial services holding company based in Billings, Montana. Meyer has been with the company since 1997 and has served in various leadership roles, most recently as interim CIO. She earned a BA from Montana State University.

Global Payments has appointed Shannon Johnston as their new CIO. Global Payments is a payments technology company with headquarters in Georgia and approximately 27,000 team members worldwide. Johnston has held several technology leadership roles within the company since joining in 2016 and has prior experience at Mspark, ShopVisible, and Points of Light Institute.

Gil Salazar has been promoted to CIO at Stater Bros. Markets. Stater Bros., founded in 1936, is the largest privately-owned supermarket chain in Southern California with 171 supermarkets and around 18,000 employees. Salazar previously served as SVP of IT and has held positions at Hyundai Capital America and Partners Consulting. He holds a BS from Liberty University and an MS from USC Marshall School of Business.

Wynn Resorts has announced Dan Regalado as their CIO for the North America region. Wynn Resorts owns and operates several luxury resorts, including Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV, Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, MA, and properties in Macau, China. Regalado has previous experience at Banfield Pet Hospital and Walgreens Boot Alliance. He earned a BS in Computer Engineering from Mapúa University.

Kevin Smith has been appointed as CIO of Lyft. Lyft is a leading provider of Transportation-as-a-Service based in San Francisco, CA. The company offers ride-sharing services, bike and scooter rentals, access to autonomous vehicles, and transportation options through its platform and mobile applications. Smith has held prior roles at Cloudera, Aurora, Stripe, and Twitch.

Sharon P. Pitt is the new CIO at Virginia Tech, a public land-grant research university located in Blacksburg, VA. Pitt brings with her extensive experience from her current role at Brown University as well as previous positions at the University of Delaware, Binghamton University in New York, and George Mason University. She holds an MS and BS from Virginia Tech.

Daren Hubbard has been named CIO for Princeton University. Founded in 1746, Princeton University is a prestigious private Ivy League research university located in Princeton, NJ. Hubbard joins Princeton from Georgia Tech and also boasts a lengthy career at Wayne State University. He earned an MLIS and MBA from Wayne State University.

David Blum is now the CIO of United Wheels (UW), a global holding company that includes popular outdoor brands such as Huffy, Buzz E-Bikes, Niner Bikes, Batch Bicycles, Royce Union, and VAAST Bikes. UW brands are sold at numerous retail locations, with over five million bicycles shipped annually to the US and more than 40 countries. Blum has previous experience at Hylant, W.W. Williams, and Highlights Corporation. He holds a BSC from Ohio University.

Rafael Espinosa III has been appointed as CIO of Santa Clara University (SCU). SCU, founded in 1851, offers undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, along with graduate programs in six disciplines. Combining high-tech innovation with social consciousness rooted in Jesuit and Catholic education traditions, SCU aims to provide a unique learning experience. Espinosa joins SCU from California State University, Stanislaus, and has prior experience at the University of Chicago. He earned a BA from Northwestern University.

Courtney Lewis Starnes is now the CIO of Kaleida Health, the largest healthcare provider serving Western New York’s eight counties. Starnes comes to Kaleida Health from Saint Luke’s Health System and has held positions at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Cerner Corporation. She earned a BA from Missouri State University and

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