Federal CTO Named, People Moves at Starbucks, Niners


Department of Health and Human Services chief technology officer Todd Park has been named the new federal CTO. Park has been a leading advocate of open government within the Obama Administration. He replaces Aneesh Chopra, who left the position in February amid reports that he might run for office in Virginia. In addition to reporting to the president, the federal CTO serves as the associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Microsoft has lured Sony’s former president of worldwide studios, Phil Harrison, to lead its Xbox business in Europe. That will include British game studios Lionhead, Soho and Rare. Harrison’s title will be corporate vice president in Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business. Just last week, Peter Molyneux, respected video game developer and co-founder of Lionhead Studios, announced he’s leaving to start a new company called 22 Cans.  He’s expected to stay as a creative consultant through the development of the game “Fable: The Journey.

Regina Dugan, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is leaving for a senior executive position with Google. While Google has confirmed the hire, it’s not saying what her role will be.

Starbucks has named Adam Brotman as chief digital officer and Curt Garner as CIO. Brotman will report to CEO Howard Schultz and Garner to CFO Troy Alstead. Brotman was a senior vice president at Starbucks Digital Ventures. Garner was the company’s senior vice president of business technology. Former CIO Stephen Gillett, who left to be the digital chief at Best Buy, formerly held both roles. At Best Buy, Gillett will be executive vice president and president of Best Buy Digital and Global Business Services.

Kunal Malik has been named chief technology officer for the San Francisco 49ers. He comes from Facebook, where he was director of IT.

Former AMD exec Eric Demers has joined Qualcomm as vice president of engineering. Demers was CTO for AMD’s graphics division.

The 36 employees of blogging platform Posterous will be going to Twitter in a buyout. They include Posterous CEO and founder Sachin Argawal, who previously worked on Apple’s video-editing software Final Cut; chief product officer Brian Frank, who previously worked at Adobe, Intel and Palm; and vice president of engineering Adil Ajmal, whose previous employers include Intuit and United Online. Their new roles have not been announced.

Security alarm vendor Micro Key Solutions has named Luis Ortega as its chief technology officer. Ortega has been with the company for 12 years.

Newark, N.J.-based Prudential Financial has appointed Joseph Hayes as VP of information systems and CIO of its Group Insurance unit. Hayes has been with Prudential since 1997, most recently as VP of IT operations in its Annuities unit.

Kevin Boyd has been named chief information officer at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. For the past two years, Boyd has been director of the project management office at the General Board of Pensions in Glenview, Ill.

Micki Meggison, director of technical and process improvement at Sappi Fine Paper, will become the University of Southern Maine’s first scientist/engineer-in-residence at its College of Science, Technology, and Health.

USDA Deputy CIO Charles McClam is expected to take over for CIO Chris Smith after his departure later this month. Smith has held the Agriculture Department’s top tech job since 2008. Smith announced last week his plans to leave, but didn’t disclose his plans for the future.

Dean Marketti is the new CIO at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers in Morris, Ill. He comes from Blue Cross Blue Shield, where he was a senior director.

David A. Grooms has joined IT consulting firm Daugherty Business Solutions as vice president, enterprise strategy and planning, in its Chicago office. He most recently was vice president and CIO of McDonald’s USA.

Lisa Davis is the new CIO at Georgetown University. She spent 23 years with the Department of Defense and three years as the CIO for the U.S. Marshals Service.

John J. McElroy has assumed the title of chief operating officer at Allied World Assurance Co., where he will oversee operations, administration and IT. He previously was professional lines president of Allied World U.S. Wesley D. Dupont, executive VP, general counsel and corporate secretary, will oversee claims and human resources functions globally, departments that formerly reported to the COO.

Medical device maker Greatbatch announced the appointment of Michael Dinkins as senior vice president and chief financial officer, and Daniel R. Kaiser as vice president and chief technology officer. Dinkins most recently was executive vice president and CFO for insurance and risk management company USI Holdings Corp. Kaiser, who joined Greatbatch in 2008, most recently led product development, design assurance and regulatory affairs for the cardiovascular portfolio of QiG Group, the company’s research and development subsidiary.

Former Facebook and PayPal engineer Yishan Wong has been named CEO of social news website Reddit. Wong was director of engineering at Facebook and before that spent four years as engineering manager at PayPal.

Software vendor Ziften Technologies has named Luca Loiodice as vice president of research and core technology. Loiodice comes from Demand Media, where he developed a machine-learning recommendation engine for content.