Movers & Shakers: HPE Upheaval, Uber Data Chief Goes To Startup

Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt
Posted: 12/13/2017
Movers and Shakers

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.

This column, titled Movers & Shakers, focuses on which IT executives are making moves within the industry and what it means to their respective companies.

HPE CEO Steps Aside, Will Stay On Board
As November came to a close, HPE’s Chief Executive Meg Whitman announced she’d be stepping down from her role, and company President Antonio Neri would fill her spot as of Feb. 1, 2018. Whitman and Neri will both remain on the board of directors, however. Whitman’s resume speaks for itself, as the former CEO of eBay, and was considered to take on the same role at Uber earlier this year when the spot became available. Whitman told analysts after the announcement that she is taking a break for the time being.

Former Uber Data Chief Heads To Financial Services Startup
Announcing the news on his LinkedIn feed earlier this month, Kevin Novak said he’s heading to Tala in Los Angeles as its Chief Data Officer. Novak helped build Uber’s dynamic pricing and created UberFreight. Launched in 2014, Tala is an app-based lending app that secured $30 million in financing in 2017. Novak fits right in to Tala’s mission, which is to serve those with no formal credit history or those who are underserved by financial services companies, and it’s all data-based.

Consulting Group Brings In First CIO
Offering expertise in a range of sectors, Ankura Consulting offers solutions and professional services in everything from intellectual property to data analytics. Now they have a Chief Information Officer to help drive that point home. The D.C.-based firm plucked Kevin Cheung from Censeo Consulting Group to head its IT focus after years of experience in leading projects for financial services, retail, and consumer packaged goods clients.

Same Digital Expertise, New Financial Services Company
After more than a decade of working on digital products for banking behemoth Wells Fargo, Brett Pitts has left the company to become the Chief Digital Officer for BMO Financial Group. He’s tasked with leading the bank’s digital portfolio and overseeing the North American digital experiences and channels.

To see previous Movers & Shakers columns, visit the following:
August 2017: IBM Sues CIO, IT Execs Change Industries
September 2017: MobileIron Strategist Goes To Google, Ill. CIO Off To Amazon
October 2017: Equifax Chiefs Bail, Intel VP Now Baltimore CIO
November 2017: IBM Loses 2 CIOs, Florida Hires First Data Chief

Jason Koestenblatt
Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt