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New CIO appointed to JAS Worldwide

operational efficiencies , automation and enhancing the customer experience .
While at Ernst & Young Management Consulting , Bedi drove large systems implementations for several major organizations improving organizational performance , driving growth and establishing market leadership .
“ We are delighted to welcome Vishal Bedi to the JAS team ,” said Rebuffi . “ His extensive background will strengthen our commitment to deliver even more innovative customercentric solutions , enhancing our already industry-leading logistics services .

Vishal Bedi , a seasoned technology and business process leader with over 25 years of experience , has been appointed CIO of JAS Worldwide .

Bedi will report directly to JAS Global President and CEO Marco Rebuffi .
Bedi ’ s impressive background includes various technology leadership roles .
Before joining JAS , he was CIO & Head of BPO at DHL Global Forwarding Americas , where he led significant digital transformation initiatives focused on
“ This new appointment is just one more way that JAS is working to stay ahead of the curve and cement its position as an industry leader .”
Based in Atlanta and covering 100 + countries with over 7000 employees globally , JAS is reimagining how to better equip customers , employees and partners with human-centric information technology .

Lauren Woods is appointed CIO of Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines has confirmed the promotion of Lauren Woods from Vice President of Technology to Senior Vice President and CIO .

Since joining Southwest in 2010 , Woods has led key initiatives across Southwest ’ s Technology Department , establishing cloud infrastructure and creating a new development and delivery platform for complex application ecosystems .
Woods will play an important role in managing the airline ’ s technology investments , upgrades and system maintenance totaling approximately $ 1.3 billion in 2023 alone .
She is also heavily focused on the transformation of Southwest ’ s enterprise data platforms that drive the Company ’ s data science , analytics , optimization and system integrations .
Woods assumes this role following Kathleen Merrill ’ s decision in September 2022 to move to an Executive Advisor in early 2023 .
“ We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude for the many positive ways Kathleen contributed to Southwest ’ s reputation as one of the most celebrated companies and we are grateful she will continue serving Southwest in her new role ,” said Southwest Airlines President and CEO Bob Jordan . “ Lauren ’ s vast experience has prepared her well for this important role , as she ’ s built a stellar reputation for being an innovative and transformational leader in our Technology Department and throughout the Company .”
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