Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Comerica
George Surdu is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Comerica Bank. He is responsible for supporting Comerica's business applications on a national basis and for leading more than 850 technology professionals in the areas of:Business Technology Services including application development and production support; Infrastructure and Engineering Technology Services including network, mainframe, server and storage operations, desktop/laptop management and end-user engineering; Corporate Information Security Services; Information Services Strategy including technology architecture and strategy, and emerging technology research; Enterprise Project Management Office. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of information technology. Surdu joined Comerica in early 2006, where he has led the IT Transformation and Strategy focused on implementing simplified and standardized technology solutions while increasing cost effectiveness and speed of delivery. As part of this strategy, he has introduced innovative technology to meet business operations and customer needs, and improved risk management and disaster recovery capabilities for the bank. As a representative of Comerica Bank, Surdu also serves on several technology advisory boards, including AT&T, Michigan Technology Leaders, CSC and BITS/FSTC. Prior to 2006, Surdu served in numerous senior executive positions within Ford Motor including CIO for Ford Parts Distribution Systems and the Office of the General Counsel, head of Global Application Development Services and Global IT Infrastructure, and Strategic Planning Manager for Ford Credit. While at Ford, Surdu developed the IT strategy to support the business as it consolidated operations throughout North America. He also reengineered efforts for Product Development and implemented a global simplification and defragmentation strategy to reduce operating costs. Surdu serves on many charitable and technology boards including: The Detroit Science Center, Financial Services Technology Consortium and the AT&T Technology Advisory Board.
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Bill Chapman is VP of IT for Arrow Electronics, Inc. Mr. Chapman joined Arrow in October 2010 and has been responsible for directing strategic IT initiatives across Arrow’s Global Services and Operations worldwide. Recent achievements include the management of multiple acquisitions and defining a global systems strategy for Arrow’s Service Businesses.
Mr. Chapman joined 2Wire Inc. as the Chief Information Officer in December 2008 and is responsible for directing strategic IT initiatives across 2Wire’s operations worldwide. Significant achievements were the deployment of SAP APO, SAP FO/CO, SAP BO, MS Email in the cloud, MS SharePoint in the cloud, and network segmentation. He achieved the goal to address IT deficiencies and position 2Wire to be converted to a public company or sold within 2 years.
Prior to joining 2Wire, Mr. Chapman joined the Avnet, Inc. in November 1999 as Vice President of Information Technology, became Senior Vice President in August 2001 and was named Global Chief Information Officer in March 2002. Additionally, he was recognized as the Chairman’s MVP. Mr. Chapman led the successful deployment of advanced system architectures, which enabled the rapid and effective assimilation of acquisitions critical to the company’s growth strategy.
Mr. Chapman worked for Motorola for over 20 years. As the Senior Principle Scientist and Senior Director of IT Technology, Mr. Chapman had responsibility for 1100 plus IT professionals supporting computer integrated manufacturing, supply-chain and demand-chain systems, as well as SAP and architecture. He was awarded 8 international patents and founded Motorola’s Software Technical Ladder. He also has experience in the oil exploration industry where he had responsibility for all IT, finance, purchasing and warehouse operations.
Mr. Chapman received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management Science/Operations Research from Colorado State University. He earned his Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix with the distinction of summa cum laude and class valedictorian.
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer Avnet, Inc.
Steve Phillips is senior vice president and chief information officer for Avnet, Inc., reporting to Avnet Chief Operating Officer Rick Hamada. He is also a member of the Avnet Executive Board and a corporate officer. Steve came to Avnet with the 2005 acquisition of Memec, where he had served as senior vice president and chief information officer since 2004. Prior to joining Memec, Steve was senior vice president and chief information officer for Gateway Inc. He joined Gateway in 1999 and served as vice president of information technology (IT) in London and San Diego before his appointment in 2003 as chief information officer. Between 1996 and 1999, he worked for Diageo, the international food and drinks group, where he was information technology director for its European foods division. He previously spent eight years in a variety of leadership roles at Thorn EMI, a UK defense-electronics company. In May 2007 he was elected to the board of directors of the Arizona Technology Council. During the same month he was named to eWeek's Top 100 CIOs. Ranked No. 56, Mr. Phillips was referenced as being "a leader in IT best practices and a big proponent of business intelligence solutions."
The technology forecasts for the next few years are increasingly resembling science fiction. Digital business is built on the melding of the physical and the virtual worlds. Smart machines are taking a more active role in decision making and can reduce ...
Joe Topinka is a recognized game-changing career CIO, author, and executive coach. His ground-breaking book, IT Business Partnerships: A Field Guide, helps individuals and companies bridge the chasm between business stakeholders and IT Organizations to achieve exponential results. In 2013 Joe was voted CIO of the year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Joe is the founder and chief coach of CIO Mentor, a consultancy where he is known for his pragmatic approach and delivering measurable results. He is also the CIO of SnapAV and Vice Chair of the BRM Institute’s Executive Council.
Information Technology has never been more important to the evolution and competitiveness of business than it is now. And yet responsibilities that would now be handed over to the Chief Digital Officers and Chief Data Officers are skills and competencies ...
Liz King oversees the White Plains Hospital infrastructure as well as its numerous offsite Ambulatory Physician Practices in strategic systems support and administrative operations. Since joining White Plains Hospital in 2012, Liz has demonstrated strong leadership skills on a variety of projects including: Successfully guiding the Hospital through multiple EMR upgrades, ensuring the Hospital achieved Meaningful Use, as well as host operational workflow enhancements and project implementations. Liz brings more than two decades of Information Technology (IT) leadership experience to her role, with 18 of those years in healthcare IT specifically. Prior to joining White Plains Hospital, Liz was the Delivery Manager for Dell Healthcare IT assigned to Stellaris for 7 years. Immediately prior to that, she led IT for Greenwich Hospital. Elizabeth holds a Master’s Degree in Information Technology among many other certifications.
Her strengths include providing vision and strong leadership, improving service delivery through embracing effective and efficient use of technology. She is successfully accomplishing her goal which was to transform the technology department to be flexible, adaptable and responsive to customer needs, performing exceptionally every day. Elizabeth believes that the strategic, effective implementation and adoption of technology in Health Care overall enhances communication, and allows for quality patient care and improving population health outcomes.
Healthcare providers continue to face a wave of information required to maintain regulatory compliance, all while IT ...
Information Technology Leader with more than 20 years of strategic, operational IT and business planning experience in a ever changing complex environment. As a proactive, solution-oriented leader, Mitze has taken charge of the design, development and management of high performance, cost effective information systems and technology solutions. Mitze build teams that empower people to work to their full potential. Her comprehensive knowledge coupled with her excellent communication and consensus-building skills has allowed her to successfully implement applications, infrastructure and telecommunications systems that optimize operational efficiencies, meet the expectations of our users and keep pace with the changes in the technology environment.
Complete with flat screen TVs in every room, room service, a grand piano in the foyer, elegant architecture and amenities for the whole family during your stay, hospitals are beginning to look more and more like upscale hotels. Healthcare should ...