Haier America Announces Appointment of Deanna Johnston as Chief Information Officer

Jan 12, 2016, 08:00 ET from Haier America

WAYNE, N.J., Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Haier America has announced the appointment of Deanna Johnston as Chief Information Officer reporting to Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Dexter.

As CIO, Ms. Johnston will refresh and lead the implementation of Haier America's operational excellence strategy as well as define the organization's business process architecture, translate the process architecture into IT architecture and develop an IT systems improvement roadmap to close process and system gaps. 

"I am very pleased to announce that Deanna Johnston has joined Haier America in the newly created role of  Chief Information Officer," said Kevin Dexter, Chief Operating Officer, Haier America. "Deanna will play a key role on our executive team managing our overall operational excellence and developing the architecture for our future technology vision for the company."

Ms. Johnston comes to Haier with over twenty years of demonstrated success directing business transformations within the consumer products, high tech and healthcare industries. For the past seven years, she served as Chief Information Officer for Belkin International, accountable for providing global IT strategy and leadership for the corporation, including the Belkin and Linksys brands. Ms. Johnston greatly expanded the online, social and digital footprint and capabilities as well as led the selection, transformation and migration of key IT services to leading cloud platforms. In 2013, she managed the rapid integration of the Linksys business into Belkin's processes and systems after Belkin purchased Linksys from Cisco.

Prior to Belkin, Ms. Johnston was the Vice President of Information Technology for Ingram Micro's North American BU, where she was responsible for all IT service delivery to the North American BU with over 4,000 employees. Earlier in her career, she worked as a Consultant for both Price Waterhouse and Arthur Anderson, where she managed the implementation of many complex enterprise application systems for high profile clients. 

With a growing product portfolio that delivers whole-home solutions, Haier creates a cross-platform brand experience, telling its story in a fresh, relatable way and building on the brand's heritage of innovation and strong global footprint to make a compelling re-launch in the U.S. market. Haier embodies a customer-centric philosophy, positioning itself as an integrated, experience-driven brand. For U.S. consumers, especially those who are just starting to outfit their first living spaces, Haier's responsive manufacturing capabilities promise exciting solutions that are grounded in the principles of great design and engineering—all with the goal of meeting the present and emerging needs of university students, urban dwellers and new nesters.

About Haier America
Haier America, headquartered in Wayne, N.J., is a subsidiary of Haier Group, the world's #1 major appliances brand by volume as ranked by Euromonitor International 2014, and a global leader in consumer electronics. Haier employs more than 60,000 people around the world and distributes products in more than 100 countries and regions with global revenues reaching $32.6 billion in 2014. For more information, please visit www.haieramerica.com or connect at www.facebook.com/Haieramerica and Twitter @haieramerica.

CONTACT: James Liess, Haier America

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