NASA has named Patricia Dunnington its new CIO. Dunnington had been the space agency's deputy CIO, a post she held since August. Before that, she was CIO of NASA's Langley Research Center. Dunnington will report to NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe. Dunnington replaces Paul Strassmann, who was tapped as acting CIO last year when Lee Holcomb moved to the White House to be Homeland Security chief technology officer. Strassmann, an industry veteran and author of several books on IT management, joined NASA last spring as special assistant to the administrator for information management to help develop an IT strategy and architecture. Strassmann plans to retire to private life. "He's introduced contemporary business practices and a game plan that will help us fully implement the plan," O'Keefe says.
Innotrac, an order-processing company, last week tapped Jim McMurphy as its new CIO. Prior to Innotrac, McMurphy was a divisional CIO for Capital One Financial, and before that he was CIO of Pleasant, a division of toymaker Mattel. McMurphy also worked as an IT consultant with Price Waterhouse.
Gap made Toby Lenk president of its online division. Lenk, 41, will oversee online businesses for Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy, based in San Francisco, as well as the company's customer call-center and online distribution operations in Ohio. Lenk will report to Gap president and CEO Paul Pressler and will be a member of the company's executive leadership team. Lenk was a pioneer in online retailing, having founded in 1997 eToys, which rose and fell hard with the dot-com crash and ended up being sold to KB Toys in 2001. Before founding eToys, Lenk was VP of corporate strategic planning for Walt Disney.
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