CIO Watch: New CIOs at Boeing, Heinz, JCPenney and Lowe's

The new year is bringing a lot of change in CIO offices across the U.S. In some cases, such as at The Boeing Co. and J.C. Penney Co., CIOs are moving upstairs to broader business responsibilities, leaving an opening for an up-and-coming IT leader to move into the CIO role. In other cases, CIOs are leaving to -- as the press releases often say -- "pursue other interests."

The year began with turmoil at the beleaguered bookseller Borders Group Inc., which is in such financial trouble that it has delayed paying publishers and reportedly is on the brink of a bankruptcy filing or buyout. The company took another hit the first week of January when it announced the resignations of two top officers: Thomas Carney, the general counsel, and Scott Laverty, the CIO.

Laverty had been in the CIO post since May 2009. Prior to joining Borders, Laverty was a partner at IBM for two years, leading its SAP retail practice. Previously, he was a senior manager for five years at Deloitte Consulting, where he led the North American Oracle Retail practice.

In happier news, last month Boeing promoted Kim Hammonds, 43, to the position of CIO because of the promotion of incumbent John Hinshaw to lead a new revenue-generating line of business.

Hinshaw was named vice president and general manager of a new Information Solutions division within Boeing's Defense, Space & Security operating unit. The division -- with about 4,000 employees and based in Arlington, Va. -- will offer military-grade software to government agencies and Fortune 1,000 customers.

Hammonds, who was formerly vice president of Boeing's IT infrastructure unit, will report to John Tracy, Boeing's chief technology officer. Before joining the aerospace company in August 2008, Hammonds worked at Dell Inc. and Ford Motor Co. She is an active supporter of the American Cancer Society and is the founder and president of a nonprofit organization providing art programs for cancer patients.

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