In this month’s edition of Technology Leaders Movers & Shakers, some familiar names make their way back onto the list after a series of promotions were announced among the technology executive community around the globe. Each of the Movers and Shakers in this June Edition have made their way up from their previous roles to more senior positions.
Meriem Riadi — CIO, Veolia Eu France
Meriem is now the Chief Information Officer at Veolia Eu France. A technology leader with over a decade of technology experience in a variety of different roles ranging from Chief Digital Officer at Groupama to Group Chief Digital Officer at SUEZ, in 2021 she was ranked among the top 100 French economic leaders by Institut Choiseul.
James Grant — CIO, New European Offshore
An experienced technology leader with over two decades of experience in a variety of roles, James Grant has experience in global, operational and business aligned leadership. He has a track record of developing and successfully implementing business aligned IT and Digital strategies.
James Adams — CIO at Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC
Now Chief Information Officer at Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC, James Adams has a proven track record of managing IS functions and delivering challenging programs. James has taken on a variety of roles over the years including IS Project Manager at AstraZeneca Ltd and CIO at Scapa plc. Colleagues describe him as an incredibly savvy business professional who easily navigates complex situations whilst managing, and satisfying, multiple stakeholder groups.
Meredith Harper — SVP, CISO at Synchrony
A strategic leader with almost three decades of experience in the technology sector, Meredith Harper is now the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer at Synchrony. She is also passionate about empowering women and minorities to embark upon careers in technology. Colleagues describe Meredith as a visionary leader who is a true asset to the C-suite of any organization she supports.
Tracey Jessup — CTO at De Montfort University
Now the Chief Transformation Officer at De Montfort University, Tracey Jessup is a digitally-led technology leader in a variety of different roles ranging from Associate Clerk at the Table at the House of Commons to Chief Information and Digital Officer at Parliamentary Digital Service. She has been endorsed by her colleagues for her skills in politics, political communications and public policy.
Victoria Higgin — CDIO and Executive Director at CityFibre
Victoria Higgin is a digital and customer focused CIO and executive director with more than a decade of experience in senior leadership positions in Information and Operational Technology. She is now the Chief Digital and Information Officer & Executive Director at CityFibre. Prior to her current role, Victoria was the chief digital and information officer for digital services at Highways England.
Eileen Jennings-Brown — CIO, Exscientia
Now Chief Information Officer at Exscientia, Eileen Jennings-Brown is a technology executive with over two decades of experience in a variety of IT-based roles including Regional IT Support Analyst at CBRE, Senior Network Consultant, Systems Team Manager and Project Manager at Modern Networks and IT Business Consultant at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. She has been endorsed by colleagues for her skills in ITIL and managed services.
Gareth Powell — Group Data Officer & Partner, Irwin Mitchell
Gareth is an influential and experienced thought leader with a strong customer-centric focus. He has more than two decades of experience in telecommunications, retail and financial services and has a strong track record in delivering successful strategies. Colleagues describe Gareth as a true thought leader on data strategy with a strong customer background who always brings fresh insight to any team.
Vijay Kannan— Head Business Transformation & CDO at Godrej Consumer Products Limited
An IT and digital leader with experience partnering marketing, finance, sales and supply chain functions, Vijay Kannan has over 17 years of experience in IT and digital investment management and program management. He is now the Head Business Transformation & CDO at Godrej Consumer Products Limited. Colleagues describe Vijay as a very highly motivated leader who commands respect and admiration in his teams.
Andy Caddy — Group CIO at PureGym
An IT executive with over two decades of experience in the industry, Andy has taken on roles in a number of leading companies including Argos, easyJet and Virgin Active. Now the Group Chief Information Officer at PureGym, Andy is regarded as a visionary leader. Colleagues describe him as an innovative and inspirational leader with excellent strategic thinking and thought-leadership skills.
Anoop Chopra — Group CISO at IAG
A corporate information security executive with a solid track record in delivering business value through the implementation of large programmes, Anoop Chopra is now the Group CISO at International Airlines Group (IAG). He has been endorsed by his colleagues for his skills in PCI DSS, Information Security and ISO 27001.
Alex Farr — CTO at Christie Group
An IT executive leader with over two decades of experience in the industry, Alex Farr is now the Chief Technology Officer at Christie Group plc. He has a proven track record of building high performing and engaged teams to deliver growth and drive transformation across different businesses. Colleagues describe Alex as an excellent leader with an extensive understanding of technology and its business application.
Helen Rabe — CISO at BBC
Helen Rabe is an experienced information security professional who specializes in delivering complex strategies and security service management. Now the Chief Information Security Officer at BBC, Helen is adept at developing constructive relationships between business leaders and technical teams. Colleagues describe her as a strong leader with significant expertise in managing IT teams.
Kshitij Kumar — CDO at OneFootball
Kshitij Kumar is a visionary leader and IT executive with over two decades of experience in the IT industry. He is now the Chief Data Officer at OneFootball. Kshitij has been described as an innovation, delivery and operations leader in public and Startup companies with specialties in data, analytics and AI. Colleagues describe him as a brave entrepreneur who has a deep understanding of technology, data and business.
Robert Duncan — Group CISO at Ardagh
Group Chief Information Security Officer at Ardagh, Robert Duncan is a technology leader with more than two decades of experience in the industry. In addition to his current role, Robert is a Faculty Member – Master of Science in Technology Management at Columbia University where he teaches Cyber Security. Colleagues describe Robert as a pragmatist, a quick learner, and a leader.
Dirk Ramhorst — CIO at Evonik Industries
Chief Information Officer at Evonik Industries AG, Dirk Ramhorst has a track record of leading a number of successful digital transformations among different firms. He was named the first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) in the German DAX in 2013. He has been endorsed by his colleagues for his skills in IT strategy and change management.
Avril Chester — CTO at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Founder of Cancer Central and now Chief Technology Officer at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Avril Chester is an award-winning technology entrepreneur and digital technology leader with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Colleagues describe Avril as a leader with a clear vision who works with passion and purpose to meet her goals and objectives.
Karl de Brunijn — CIO at Portman Dental Care
Karl de Bruijn is a highly skilled technology executive with a strong track record of managing, designing and delivering large scale software technologies. He has been regarded as a proactive leader who delivers effective business-aligned technology strategies. Now CIO at Portman Dental Care, Karl has been endorsed for his skills in IT strategy, project delivery and business transformation.
Steve Janoo — CDTO at Diageo
A global transformation leader with more than two decades of experience in the technology sector, Steve Janoo is now the Chief Data and Digital Technology Strategy Officer at Diageo, where he oversees the company’s strategies and plans. Over the years, he has led the delivery of multiple transformation programmes and projects. Steve is described by colleagues as a measured and analytical leader who can navigate any complex situation.
Henning Christiansen — CISO at Ottobock
Henning Christiansen is an information security specialist with experience in multiple senior technology roles over the years. He is now the Chief Information Security Officer at Ottobock, where he has worked for the last nine months. Colleagues have endorsed Henning for his skills in information security and IT audit. He is described as an experienced information security professional who effectively improves security processes.
Nicola Emsley — CIO, Enterprise Technology at HSBC
Now the Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Technology at HSBC, Nicola Emsley is a senior digital technology leader who transforms enterprises through dynamic thought leadership. Colleagues say that Nicola always demonstrates initiative, innovation and professionalism in providing value added project management. She is a team player with the ability to motivate and support staff.
Ganesh Jayaram — CIO at John Deere
Now Chief Information Officer at John Deere, Ganesh delivers measurable business outcomes for the company’s customers and stakeholders. He is responsible for all of John Deere’s information technology activities and continues to drive digital transformation while solving complex business challenges. Colleagues describe him as a responsive and dedicated leader who is capable of strategic thought, planning and execution.
Adam Padgett — CIO at Bojangles’ Restaurants Incorporated
Adam Padgett is now the Chief Information Officer, Bojangles’ Restaurants Incorporated, where he has worked for the last 8 years. Over the years Adam has taken on a variety of technology roles ranging from Information Technology Specialist at Lockheed Martin to Manager of IT Services at Velocitor Solutions. Colleagues describe Adam as someone with impeccable work ethic and an asset to any organization.
John Cruise — CIO at Mitie
John Cruise is a tactical global technology leader who operates in commercial and corporate sectors. He is now the Chief Information Security Officer at Mitie, where he has worked for over five years. He is regarded as a collaborative leader focused on continuous improvement of service management and DevOps. Past colleagues from Intelligent Environments and Capita have endorsed John for his skills in IT service management and change management.
Jonas von Malottki — CTO, IT, at Daimler Truck AG
An experienced IT executive in the finance and automotive sectors, Jonas von Malottki specializes in leading transformation. He is now the CTO IT and Director of IT Group Functions at Daimler Truck AG. Colleagues have endorsed Jonas for his skills in management, blockchain and Open Source Software.
Benny Svenesson — Group CIO at ICA Group
A data-driven technology executive, Benny Svenesson is now the Group CIO at ICA Group. He has more than two decades of experience in a variety of senior technology roles including Project Manager at Alfa Laval and Chief Digital Officer Range & Supply at IKEA. Benny has been endorsed by his colleagues for his skills in IT management, IT service management and IT strategy.
Christian de La Villehuchet — President at European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA)
Christian de La Villehuchet is the Global Chief Integration Officer at Havas Group and now the Président and Board Member at the European Association of Communications Agencies. He has been endorsed by colleagues for his business strategy, advertising and digital marketing skills. He has been described as a competent and dynamic professional with high strategic vision.
Charl Brits — Group CISO at Laing O’Rourke
A qualified information security professional with experience in architecting and implementing network and information security solutions. Charl is now the Group CISO for Laing O’Rourke, where he was previously the Head of IT Network and Security. He has been endorsed for his skills in information security and computer security. Colleagues have described him as an outstanding information security professional.
Damon Frost — SVP and CIO at Proctor & Gamble
Damon Frost is now the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Procter & Gamble, where he has worked for over 26 years. Throughout his career at Procter & Gamble, he has taken on a variety of roles like P&G India CIO, globalized P&G’s email environment and led the development of the company’s next-generation business tools. Colleagues have endorsed Damon for his skills in leadership and IT strategy.
Almon Tse — CISO at Saks Fifth Avenue
A senior leader and change agent in cyber and information security, Almon Tse has extensive experience in information security and governance which allows him to build, deliver and scale technology risk frameworks. He is now the Chief Information Security Officer at Saks Fifth Avenue and an Executive Advisory Board Member at Expel. Colleagues have endorsed Almon for his skills in IT audit, internal audit and ISO 27001.
Shawn Rose — CTO at Scotiabank
Toronto-based technology executive and board director Shawn Rose is now the CTO at Scotiabank. Prior to his current role, served as the Head of Enterprise Architecture and Core Platforms at Pearson PLC. Colleagues have endorsed Shawn for his skills in product management, strategy and user experience.
Mirra Sondhi — Managing Director – CTO Risk, Insights and Controls at Deutsche Bank
Now the Managing Director – CTO Risk, Insights and Controls at Deutsche Bank, Mirra Sondhi leads the implementation of technology risk framework, oversees risk activities globally across APAC, EMEA and Americas. Prior to Deutsche Bank, she also ran the Hindu Network at Schroders – a community aimed at enhancing Inclusion and Diversity vision at workplace and beyond. She has been endorsed by colleagues for her skills in IT audit, risk management and internal controls.
Ruby McCormack — Technology COO at Kantar
Ruby McCormack is now the Technology Chief Operating Officer at Kantar. Prior to her current role, she was the Head of Content Transformation Strategy at the London Stock Exchange Group. She is a detail-oriented leader with product and project management skills. Colleagues say she is able to mobilize her talents to motivate a group to achieve their goals.