Movers & Shakers: MobileIron Strategist Goes To Google, Ill. CIO Off To Amazon

At Enterprise Mobility Exchange, we focus on the challenges enterprises face in the world of mobile transformation, and how those obstacles are overcome with technological advancement. What’s often not discussed, however, is the “who” behind these massive corporations and how they impact business practices.

In this column, titled Movers & Shakers, we’ll focus on which IT executives are making moves within the industry and what it means to their respective companies.

MobileIron Strategist Goes Global With Google
After climbing the ranks at MobileIron for more than eight years, Sean Ginevan left his current position with the company to take on a strategy role at Google. Ginevan began with MobileIron in 2009 as a solutions architect, moved onto product management before becoming the senior director for business and corporate development, and leaves the company as the senior director of strategy. His new role is now Head of Global Strategy and Market Enablement for Android Enterprise.

“With a strong combination of platform diversity and enterprise grade security, Android is well poised to be the mobile platform of choice for businesses,” Ginevan said. “I’m excited to join a fantastic team at Google and to work with both old colleagues and new partners to advance Android in business.”

From Public to Private (To Work On Public)
After building a robust IT landscape for the State of Illinois over the past two-plus years, CIO Hardik Bhatt announced he’ll be leaving the public sector to join one of the world’s most recognizable brands in Amazon. Under Bhatt’s watch, the State of Illinois has presented itself as a public sector leader of the pack, as outlined in a case study on Enterprise Mobility Exchange, which can be seen here. Bhatt has been somewhat mum on his new role at Amazon, but said he’ll be working on smart cities technology and public-facing initiatives.

“Illinois is on a positive and irreversible course of comprehensive digital transformation under Governor Rauner’s leadership,” Bhatt told Enterprise Mobility Exchange. “With the right team ready to take over from here, I am looking forward to working with many more state and local governments, and transportation authorities in my new role with Amazon.”

Leaving Coffee For Casinos
One chief digital officer with a resume as long as a Starbucks specialty order is on the move again, this time switching from retail to hospitality and gaming. IT vet Kelly Smith, who spent the last three years with Starbucks between China and Seattle as VP of global digital products has left the company for MGM Resorts International and will be working out of Las Vegas. There he’ll be the vice president and chief digital officer.

What’s the reason behind the constant unrest in the c-suite? Are IT executives geared toward finding new challenges and leaping hurdles for new successes? Or are they just becoming as fluid as the technology space in their charge?

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