California contractor makes CFO and IT appointments

As part of its expansion plans, San Jose, California-based Blach Construction has added two new roles to its finance and information technology teams. Alice Chuan was named CFO and John Kern was named chief information officer.

Headshot of Alice Chuan

Alice Chuan

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Chuan is a veteran in the construction industry accounting and finance management space, most recently serving as CFO for San Carlos, California-based general contractor Rudolph & Sletten. Prior to that, she spent many years as a controller for other California contractors, first with Level 10 Construction in Sunnyvale and then with Dome Construction in San Francisco.

As she assumes the role of CFO, she will work closely with Blach’s VP of Finance, Laura Bold, who will retire at the end of 2023.

“Alice’s financial prowess combined with valuable background knowledge will certainly enable her to take Blach’s financial systems to the next level,” said Blach President Dan Rogers. in a press release.

John Kern headshot

John Kern

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Kern joins the firm from global digital communications giant Cisco Systems, where he spent 24 years in various IT-related management roles. For the past four years, he has served as Senior Director of IT, HR Digital Experience and Global Workforce Data Privacy Officer.

In this role, he was responsible for the worldwide development and implementation of people data privacy policies and the 2006 worldwide launch of the Workday human capital management software system for HR professionals. Prior to that, he oversaw global IT services for Cisco’s corporate M&A group, a role he assumed after taking responsibility for company-wide enterprise software implementation.

At Blach, Kern will lead the evolution, development and implementation of the technology architecture, including applications, infrastructure and data management. He will oversee Blach’s entire backbone, ensuring the security of business systems, networks and information at Blach’s headquarters, regional offices in Monterey and Costa Mesa and many workplaces in California.

“I am delighted to have John’s vast experience on hand to ensure that our IT infrastructure not only keeps pace, but also facilitates our expansion efforts,” said Rogers.

Founded in 1970, Blach Construction builds a variety of educational, residential, institutional, mixed-use, and workplace building types, resulting in a diverse portfolio that includes civics/community education, healthcare, K-12 and higher education, hospitality, life sciences, professional technology and service facilities, as well as housing developments such as the recently completed Gateway at Millbrae Station in Millbrae, California.