2012 Top Private CTOs

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David Beitel


David Beitel manages the Technical Engineering team of Zillow and is responsible for all website, mobile and internal product development, corporate IT, and datacenter operations. One of the initial members of the Expedia team, David held many leadership roles in product development during his 10-year tenure there. He began as a software design engineer in 1994, and left Expedia as CTO in 2005. Before his Expedia years, David worked at Microsoft in the handheld computing group. David earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's of engineering degree in computer science from Cornell University.

2012 Top Private CTOs

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There are over 15,000 CTOs in the United States. Only the very best are awarded the distinction of being a part of ExecRank’s “Top CTO Rankings” for 2012. The number one area of focus for Top CTOs in 2012 has been their role in developing defensible technologies for their companies, and leveraging those technologies to strengthen competitiveness. ExecRank also weighed heavily the recommendations provided by the General Counsel of our finalists, as their role in facilitating IP advantages was also weighed heavily. In addition, we saw a significant uptick in the number of CTOs that served on boards of directors and displayed a skill set that is applicable to multiple industries. The CTOs that made this list represent the best of the best in their field.

CTOs were ranked according to our patent-pending proprietary CTO Ranking Algorithm that calculates points for 24 key categories, in addition to the insights and feedback from evaluation committees featuring some of the world’s most renowned business leaders. Like all of our position specific ranking algorithms, the CTO Ranking Algorithm serves as an objective standard for executive performance and is designed to produce results that act as leading indicators for future executive and team performance. Feedback from past award winners includes:

Denis Edwards, SVP & CIO Manpower Group“Thank you for honoring me and our outstanding team of IT professionals at ManpowerGroup. I am truly humbled to be included on a list that includes so many CIOs for whom I have the highest admiration and respect.”

Steve F. Brown, CIO Tenet Healthcare“I am truly honored to be among this distinguished group of IT leaders on ExecRank. My recognition is a reflection of the tremendous IT team at Tenet and the contributions of our key IT business partners Dell and Cerner Corporation.”

Tom Nightingale, SVP Sales & Marketing ModusLink Global Solutions“It is great to see that ExecRank has produced a credible means to analyze the wide variety of techniques that exist across so many industries and produce a best-in-class rating system removing the subjectivity that has historically existed.”

Peter E. Holmes, Ph.D., Celanese Corporation“I am grateful to the nominating committee of ExecRank for this tremendous honor.”

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1. David Beitel, Zillow 2. Ron Christensen, Cargill
3. Mike Close, DANONE 4. Mary Wagner, Mars, Incorporated
5. TOM ARSENEAULT, BAE System Inc 6. Daniel Eckert, PricewaterhouseCoopers
7. Glen Daigger, CH2M HILL 8. Deepak Batheja, Sutherland Global Services
9. Partha Srinivasa, Farmers Insurance Group, Inc. 10. Mal Postings, Ernst & Young LLP
11. James Barrese, Paypal Inc. 12. Kevin Kern, First Data Corporation
13. Rickey Burks, USAA 14. Kevin Hart, Cox Communications, Inc.
15. Mike Dunn, The Hearst Corporation 16. Smriti Jain, Avaya Inc.
17. Eric Pilaud, Schneider Electric 18. Jeff Schuett, West Publishing Corporation
19. Yuri Aguiar, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Inc. 20. Cliff Skelton, Ally Financial Inc.
21. Joel Dehlin, O.C.Tanner 22. David Hall, CompuCom Systems, Inc.
23. Gregg Zank, Dow Corning Corporation 24. Joe Visconti , Parsons Corporation
25. Jeffrey Owens, DELPHI CORPORATION 26. Dharmesh Shah, HubSpot
27. 28. Eric Delattre, Louis Vuitton
29. Andy Mulholland, Capgemini, Inc. 30. Robert Wiseman, Sabre Holdings Corporation
31. Kurt Nielsen, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc. 32. Patrick DeAngelis, [x+1], Inc.
33. John Voeller, Black & Veatch Corporation 34. Mark White, Deloitte Consulting LLP
35. Loren Shriver, United Space Alliance, LLC 36. Aaron Batalion, Living Social, INC.
37. Harris Tilevitz, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 38. Doug Ross, Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc.
39. Mike Kiik, Building Materials Corporation of America 40. Cris Eugster, City Public Service of San Antonio
41. Ed Smith, AutoTrader Group, Inc. 42. Darren Wesemann, Ellucian, Inc.
43. Jim McGrann, Vision Service Plan 44. Keith Bentley, Bentley Systems, Incorporated
45. Carlos Linares, The Sun Products Corporation 46. Larry Thau, Victaulic Company
47. Stephan Wolf, Interactive Data LLC 48. Donna Gagnon, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY
49. Fred KEMMERER, Genband Inc. 50. Jake MacLeod, Bechtel
51. Avi Vaidya, Shure Incorporated 52. Lomax Jones, Buffalo Rock Company
53. John Pinson, Stanadyne Corporation 54. Greg Gould, Burns & McDonnell, Inc.
55. Mark Fairchcild, BancTec, Inc. 56. Stavros Hilaris, National Geographic Society
57. Frank Kalk, Toppan Photomasks, Inc. 58. Steve Canter, TDIndustries Inc
59. Louis Steinhauser, Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company 60. Phil Olivero, Sidera Networks, Inc.
61. Stan Balcomb, Paramount Pictures 62. Richard Tom, Hulu, LLC
63. Alan Harbitter, Avaya Government Solutions Inc. 64. Stan Swete, Workday
65. Rudy Bergthold, Cupertino Electric, Inc. 66. Scott Hatfield, Syniverse Technologies, Inc.
67. Doug Suriano, Tekelec 68. Louis Erickson, Chanel, Inc.
69. Randy Dimond, Promega Corporation 70. Du Nguyen, Southwest Water Company
71. Scott McCorkle, ExactTarget, Inc. 72. Jack Tison, Panduit Corp.
73. Frank Cooper, Concurrent Technologies Corporation 74. Kim Wismer, Ballard Spahr LLP
75. Glenn Squash, Enterprise Rent-A-Car 76. Gyula Feher, Ustream.tv
77. Jeff Abish, ActioNet, Inc. 78. William O’Loughlin, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
79. Bill Langley, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. 80. Michael Kagan, Mellanox Technologies Inc.
81. Gilbert Miller, Noblis, Inc. 82. David Kaufman, The Motorists Insurance Group
83. Dave Story, Lucasfilm Ltd 84. Rankings Update
85. George Yang, teleNetwork, Inc. 86. Nir Zuk, Palo Alto Networks
87. John Vigilone, Vertex Inc. 88. Dan Hamilton, Burgess & Niple
89. Joe Holop, Telscape Communications, Inc. 90. Nancy Twichell, Klein Tools, Inc.
91. Bob Bell, Alloy, Inc. 92. Christopher Heath, Robbins-Gioia, LLC
93. Arne Josefsberg, Service-now.com 94. Chris Rogers, Instinet LLC
95. Raj Vaswani, Silver Spring Networks, Inc. 96. Bob May, Colonial Group Inc.
97. Tony DiRienzo, COLSA Corporation 98. Tracy Terril, LegalZoom.com, Inc.
99. Justin Bonner, Lehigh Phoenix 100. Armughan Rafat, Advertising Specialty Institute, Inc.
101. Melody Filarski, Citizens Equity First Credit Union 102. Mike Moran, Fremont Bank
103. Paul McLachlan, Apptio 104. Dean McRobie, OMD Worldwide
105. Johnathan Henderson, Construction Software Technologies, Inc. 106. Dave Pickrell, Isagenix International, LLC
107. Wolfgang Kandek, Qualys 108. Kevin Prinz, Publishers Clearing House LLC
109. Joseph Chang, Marin Software 110. Michael Brady, Market America
111. Zach Levow, Barracuda Networks 112. Keith McFarlane, LiveOps, Inc.
113. Kay Johansson, MobiTV, Inc. 114. David Tolman, Volvo Cars of North America, LLC
115. Fernando Ruarte, Glam Media 116. Jeremy Stanley, Collective
117. Ryan Martens, Rally Software 118. Clare Brim, Omaha Steaks International Inc
119. Gavin Roy, meetme.com 120. Chris Brandenburg, Millennial Media
121. David Fry, Fry, Inc. 122. Dan Zeck , Antenna Software
123. David Morandi, Marketo 124. Sean Chou, Fieldglass
125. Jan Puzicha, Recommind 126. Michael McGonagle, ClickSquared
127. Thorsten von Eicken, RightScale 128. Clint Oram, SugarCRM
129. Thod Nguyen, eHarmony 130. Steve Teig, Tabula Inc.
131. Anand Das, PubMatic 132. Alex Shpunt, Prime Sense
133. Steven Coggeshall, ID Analytics 134. Nick BRACHET, Skyhook Wireless
135. Brantley Coile, Coraid 136. Fabrizo Blanco, Specific Media LLC
137. Darren Platt, Symplified 138. Nate Blecharczyk, Airbnb
139. Johann Schleier-Smith, Tagged 140. Steve Quinn, XOS digital
141. Cheng Zou, Zuora 142. Michael Bryzek, Gilt Groupe
143. Jason Hoffman, Joyent 144. Slawek Pruchnik, Appia
145. Siraj Khaliq, The Climate Corp (Formally Weatherbill) 146. Scott Strait, Prosper Marketplace Inc.
147. Kevin Reid, Virtustream, Inc. 148. Steven Sobolevsky, uSamp
149. Grant Peterson, DocuSign Inc. 150. Greg Stranger, oDesk
151. Gagan Saksena , Martini Media Network 152. David Willen, Smarter Agent
153. Raz Yalov, 41st Parameter 154. Richard Wolski, Eucalyptus Systems
155. Alex Miroshnichenko, Virsto Software 156. Brian Pike, The Rubicon Project
157. Stanford Au, YouSendIt 158. Adam Joffe, Blurb
159. Steven Lee, Tremor Video 160. John MacIlwaine, Lending Club
161. Adam Hyder, Jobvite 162. JEREMIAH Grossman, WhiteHat Security
163. Suresh Batchu, MobileIron 164. Stewart Allen, AddThis
165. Robert Potter, BlogHer 166. Jamie Thingelstad, 8thBridge
167. FAZAL MAJID, Apsalar 168. James Blaisdell, Mocana
169. Nolan Wright, Appcelerator 170. Frank O’Donnell, Mojiva
171. Jim Butler, Nexage 172. Anthony Rossano, Mogreet
173. Daniel Parkes, Placecast 174. Michael Hart, Bonobos
175. Mark Torrance, Rocket Fuel 176. Marc Junker, Smaato
177. Paul Forrester, Prometric Inc. 178. Larry Liss, Blank Rome LLP
179. Aaron Emigh, shopkick 180. Shlomo Novotny, Vette Corporation
181. Jean Sini, One Kings Lane 182. Ray Garcia, Payfone
183. Jim Toga, Vivox, Inc. 184. Marco Di Benedetto, Embrane
185. Steven Horowitz, coupons.com 186. Sean BYRNES, Flurry
187. Jason Carolan, ViaWest 188. Aaron Lee, Red Beacon
189. Will Koffel, Opinionaided 190. Brian Leonard, taskrabbit.com
191. Scott Brave, Baynote 192. Nanda Kishore, ShareThis
193. Michael Bigby, Extole 194. Peter Mesnik, iMakeNews, Inc.
195. Steve Dee, Hayneedle, Inc. 196. Ashmit Bhattacharya, Plastic Jungle
197. Owen Tran, Switchfly 198. BARRETT LYON, 3Crowd Technologies
199. Dror Erez, Conduit 200. Alan Atlas, ScanBuy, Inc.
201. Alexander Black, Everloop 202. Daniel Brackett, Extreme Reach
203. Lemuel Park, BrightEdge 204. David Zhu, Enterproid
205. Abraham Elias, Sencha 206. Andrey Akselrod, Smartling
207. Greg White, SavingStar 208. Sam Christiansen, Booyah
209. Eliot Horowitz, 10gen 210. Chetan Venkatesh, Atlantis Computing, Inc.
211. Tim Stonehocker, SoundHound 212. Damien Katz, Couchbase
213. Elad Efraim, eXelate 214. Eran Etam, Kaltura
215. Liz Crawford, Birchbox 216. Malcolm Ong, Skillshare
217. Sam Ghods, Box.net 218. Christina Cohen, Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
219. Frasier Laflamme, Space Coast Credit Union 220. David Rowley , GET SATISFACTION INC
221. Mike Stalnaker, webloyalty.com, Inc. 222. Pruett Sandy, California Cartage Company
223. GUDRUN NEUMANN, American Century Investments 224. David Engberg, Evernote
225. Randy Dingler, Springs Window Fashions LLC