WellPoint, Duckwall-ALCO Name New CIOs

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WellPoint names Lori Beer executive vice president and chief information officer; Duckwall-ALCO Stores appoints Ted Beaith as its news senior vice president and CIO.


WellPoint Appoints CIO


WellPoint, the Indianapolis-based health benefits company, named Lori Beer executive vice president and chief information officer.


Beer, who's been at WellPoint for more than 10 years, had been acting chief information officer since May.


She will to report to the company's CEO Angela Braly.


"Lori's strong leadership combined with her focus on delivering a technology strategy aligned to meet the needs of providers, customers and members make her the right choice to lead this critically important division," Braly said in a statement. "She and our IT team are focused on finding ways to deploy technology to make it faster and simpler to do business with us while reducing costs."


Duckwall-ALCO Names New CIO


Duckwall-ALCO Stores, which operates discount and variety stores, named Ted Beaith as its news senior vice president and chief information officer.


Beaith has more then 20 years' experience in IT and served in information technology positions with Shoppers Drug Mart, Brookshire Brothers and Southwest Supermarkets.


He also has been a consultant, working most recently as a senior retail practice manager at CapGemini USA.


At Duckwall-ALCO, Beaith will be responsible for both the day-to-day running of the company's computer operations as well as its strategic IT direction. He'll report to the company's president and CEO Larry Zigerelli.


"[Beaith's] deep technology experience in the retail sector, coupled with his strategic approach to growing a business, will help us maximize the benefits of our recent technology investment as we drive improvements in operations and financial performance," Zigerelli said in a statement.


This report was compiled by John McCormick. If you know of other CIOs on the move, please drop him an e-mail at jmccormick@ciozone.


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