Candela Supports Emergent BioSolutions in Placement of Howard Anderson as Head of IT Business Systems

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Candela is delighted to announce the placement of Howard Anderson as Head of IT Business Systems at Emergent BioSolutions.

Howard is a senior IT professional in the pharmaceutical Industry with expertise in developing and leading digital IT initiatives that drive profitability, compliance, productivity and quality with a specific focus on development and alignment of business and IT strategy. In his new role at Emergent, he will serve as a strategic partner and primary liaison between IT and targeted business functions across Emergent. Howard joins Emergent after over 25 years at Merck where he most recently served as Executive Director of IT – Enterprise Digital Health Solutions.

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is a global specialty biopharmaceutical company. Emergent is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing medical countermeasures (MCMs) that address public health threats (PHTs). The PHTs fall into two categories: Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) as well as explosive-related threats; and emerging infectious diseases (EID).  Emergent has a portfolio of six revenue-generating products, as well as a pipeline of various investigational stage product candidates addressing select aspects of CBRN and EID threats. The U.S. government is the primary purchaser of their products and provides substantial funding for the development of new product candidates.

Candela Places Victoria Self as Director, Digital at Marks and Spencer


Candela is excited to announce the placement of Victoria Self as Director, Digital at Marks and Spencer.

In this role, Victoria will lead operations and development of M&S digital worldwide. She will be responsible for creating and delivering upon long-term strategies to fuel revenue growth, profitability, customer experience and innovation across digital channels.

Victoria joins M&S from Dixons Carphone where she served as Customer Director. In this capacity, she most recently led the transformation of the online channel to a multichannel experience. Victoria has also previously held management roles at Urban Outfitters and Mothercare.

M&S is one of the UK’s leading retailers, with 1,382 stores and over £10bn annual revenue. M&S is committed to delivering sustainable value for its stakeholders and making every moment special through the high quality, own brand food, clothing and home products offered in stores and online, both in the UK and internationally. M&S has 468 stores across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, operated through three different business models – owned, franchise and joint venture – to bring its quality Clothing & Home collections and Food ranges to its international customers. The company also has a growing international online business delivered through localised owned and franchise websites and through partnerships with leading marketplaces. 

Candela Places Vamsi Muddada as SVP Technology at FTD

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Candela is pleased to announce the placement of Vamsi Muddada as Senior Vice President, Technology at FTD Companies, Inc.

At FTD, Vamsi will provide the vision, leadership and strategy for developing and implementing technology initiatives in a complex global retail and online environment. He will be responsible for ensuring that FTD has a robust technical architecture that will enable long-term growth and scalability for both current and future businesses. Vamsi joins FTD from Sears Holding Corporation where he was Vice President of Engineering with responsibility for Online Technology, Marketplace / Seller Management, Product Content and Aggregation. Vamsi previously held leadership positions at Expedia and earned his Master’s in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.

FTD Companies, Inc. is a premier floral and gifting company. Through a series of diversified family of brands, FTD provides floral and gift products to consumers primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The company also provides floral products and services to retail florists and other retail locations throughout these same geographies. As SVP Technology, Vamsi will provide the vision, leadership and strategy for developing and implementing technology initiatives in a complex global retail and online environment. He will be responsible for ensuring that FTD has a robust technical architecture that will enable long term growth and scalability for both current and future businesses.

Candela Successfully Places Justin Mecham as VP Contact Center Sales and Operations at Guitar Center

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Candela is excited to announce the placement of Justin Mecham as Vice President Contact Center Sales and Operations at Guitar Center.

As VP Contract Center Sales and Operations, Justin will have overall accountability for all Contact Centers, responsible for identifying, developing, recommending, and implementing corporate sales strategies and tactics across multiple brands, developing and driving sales plans for new products and markets, providing comprehensive integrated sales solutions, developing/maintaining effective partnerships with cross-functional teams.

Justin joins Guitar Center from Teleperformance where he served as VP Customer Experience Strategy. In this capacity, Justin executed contact center sales solutions worth $98 million in revenue. He oversaw 320 contact centers in 70 countries.

Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ, and lighting equipment, with nearly 280 stores across the U.S. The organization is comprised of numerous brands, each with varied and unique histories, including Guitar Center and Musician’s Friend. In addition, the Music & Arts division operates more than 120 stores specializing in band and orchestral instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students since 1952.


Candela Places Peter Federico as SVP Information Technology at Electrocomponents PLC


Candela is pleased to announce the placement of Peter Federico as Senior Vice President, Information Technology at Electrocomponents.

Peter is a highly experienced Board operator with an impressive track record of building and leading high performing teams across global businesses. Prior to joining Electrocomponents in January 2017, he spent almost five years as Chief Information Officer at The Travel Corporation, a multi-brand travel and leisure group operating across 60 countries. Prior to joining The Travel Corporation, Peter was Group IT Director at bmi airlines and led IT services and operations globally. Peter’s earlier IT career was honed at B&Q and Boots where he held a range of IT leadership roles.

Reporting directly into Alex von Schirmeister, Chief Innovation Officer, Peter joins Electrocomponents accelerate the transformation journey further and to bring a significant change agenda to the function. Given the ever-increasing significance of the Electrocomponents web and mobile-based business, Peter will also drive the development and deployment of the company’s web and mobile presence, leading implementation of web and mobile applications, and planning for risk and growth.

Electrocomponents PLC is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index and operates under the trading name RS Components in Europe and Allied Electronics in North America. The business has had an enviable growth story over the last 18 months effectively doubling the share price and winning ‘Turnaround of the Year’ at the 2016 PLC awards. Peter will be a pivotal member of the leadership team in continuing this growth and preparing the business for expansion, both organically and via acquisition.

Candela Places Eric Hlutke as Chief Security Architect – United Data Architecture – Platform Technologies at Teradata


Candela is delighted to announce the placement of Eric Hlutke as Chief Security Architect – United Data Architecture – Platform Technologies at Teradata.

Teradata is a global leader in analytic data solutions and related services, as well as marketing and analytic applications and works with a large percentage of the Fortune 100. Teradata is a publicly traded company with 2015 annual revenue of $2.7 billion and over 11,000 employees worldwide. Teradata’s UDA consists of industry leading Big Data technologies including Hadoop, Aster and Teradata platforms, as well as new and innovative software applications such as QueryGrid and Data Listener.  As Chief Security Architect – UDA, Eric will be responsible for all architecture and high-level designs of security solutions, standards and compliance for UDA platform technologies, providing thought leadership to establish advanced security practices.

Eric joins from Anheuser-Busch InBev, where he was Global Director of IT Security Architecture. In this senior Leadership role, he was responsible for the Global Information Security Strategy, Architecture, Cyber Threat Intelligence and Incident Response program for a $200B+ company, 225+ brands, operating in 78+ countries with 155,000 employees.

Candela Places Drew Miller as VP Marketing North America for Pearson


Candela is pleased to announce the placement of Drew Miller as VP Marketing North America for Pearson.

Sitting directly underneath the President of North America, Drew will lead all marketing efforts for the company’s largest region by revenue. His mission is to help drive transformation across the business as Pearson continues to transition to a technology and digital-first operational mindset and next-generation product and service portfolio. Working closely with Karen Starns, SVP Global Marketing, Drew represents the latest hire in Pearson’s marketing leadership team which has been bolstered recently.

Drew comes from a 15+ year career at Dell where he held a variety of marketing roles across various product groups, regions and functions. He is a former US Army Officer, and joined from his own consultancy where he has been working with a variety of small-mid size organizations establish and mature their marketing organizations to prepare for growth.

Candela Successfully Delivers AstraZeneca Team Build


Candela continues its long standing relationship with FTSE 10 pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca with the placement of three senior technology leaders into its Gaithersburg office.

Sara Yerramilli joins as IT Head – Global Regulatory Affairs, Patient Safety, QA and Global Medicines Development reporting to R&D CIO Nick Wright. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Sara spent twenty years with Pfizer in a range of IT leadership roles.

Everett Lee also joins Nick Wright’s team as Global IT Head, Medimmune with remit for delivering IT services to the biotech business unit based in Gaithersburg. Everett joins from Genentech, where he was Head of Development Sciences IT having previously worked for Covance, Eli Lilly and Pfizer.

Gwen January joins the business as Campus IT Infrastructure Director reporting to VP of Global Infrastructure Services Leigh Bennett. Gwen joins from Nike, where she was Senior Director IT, Global End User Services prior to which she worked for Cargill, Johnson & Johnson, Dell and GE.

Sara, Everett and Gwen are all relocating to Gaithersburg where they will become part of a rapidly evolving technology function which is leading the way in innovative transformation. Candela looks forward to watching their journey with our longest standing client evolve and are certain they will be great successes.  We are delighted our work continues with AstraZeneca, a business we are proud to have a long association with and who excel in developing and promoting talent.

Candela Helps Build Argos' Technology Function With Placement of Wido Riezebos as Head of Software Engineering, Supply Chain and Logisitics


It is with great pleasure that we announce the placement of Wido Riezebos as Head of Software Engineering, Supply Chain and Logistics at Argos. Wido will report to Tom Tang, Director of Software Development. Following a European wide search for what is a very rare skill set within retail where the trend is to outsource development, we are delighted that Wido is joining a rapidly evolving team at one of the UK’s best known and most loved brands.

Wido joins Argos from Eyefreight, a Dutch headquartered leading provider of level 5 SaaS Transportation Management System’s where he served as CTO. He is relocating from Utrecht to the UK and will divide his time between Milton Keynes and the new Argos digital hub based in Victoria, London. We wish Wido, his wife Karen and their family all the best at what is an incredibly exciting time for Argos and them personally.

Candela Places John Kelly As CISO At Elsevier


Candela is delighted to announce the placement of John Kelly as Chief Information Security Officer at Elsevier.

John was hired to oversee the Global Information Security and Risk functions for Elsevier's operations in the Americas and around the Globe. He is responsible for the corporate-wide Cyber Security Practice, cyber security infrastructure and architecture, data security strategies, operational efficacy of security programs, policies, and technology risk management that protect the interests of customers, employees, critical technology assets, company brands and other critical stakeholders. Beyond information security, Elsevier envisage that John will transform what security means to the company and, ultimately, transition the function into its own revenue-generating business.

Elsevier is the world’s leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information, serving more than 30 million scientists, students and health and information professionals globally. It is part of RELX Group and generates roughly a third of total group revenue. Elsevier operates from 66 locations in 24 countries, with over 10,000 staff. The RELX Group, ranked within the FTSE 50, has revenues of close to $10 billion. Elsevier already commands the position of the fourth largest paid content provider in the world (after Google, China Mobile and Bloomberg). It is clear that the delivery of further high quality technology-based products to meet marketplace demand will be central to Elsevier’s continued growth and success, and that John will have impact on the security of new product development.

John joins Elsevier from Comcast where he had end-to-end responsibility for the strategic planning, development and operations for the Security and Legal Demand Posture of the converged Comcast Video, Voice and Data network of over 23 million subscribers. He joined Comcast in 2001 from Cigna. John is based out of Elsevier’s Philadelphia office.