Melvin Kirk | CIO Talk Network

About Contributor - Melvin Kirk

Melvin Kirk, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ryder System

Melvin Kirk is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Ryder System, Inc., a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. He is a member of Ryder’s Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for all aspects of Ryder’s IT organization, including technology vision and strategy, operations and project management, infrastructure and software development, resource optimization, and systems development lifecycle. Mr. Kirk joined Ryder in 2012 as Vice President of Maintenance, Engineering & Quality Operations within the Fleet Management Solutions organization. In that role, his strong leadership and commitment to teamwork helped Ryder usher in a new era of low emission engine technologies, while launching new diagnostic tools and quality measures that enhanced the performance of the Company’s industry-leading maintenance organization. Throughout a career that began more than 25 years ago, Mel has gained a broad base of leading- edge experiences including: building organizations; launching new technologies; supporting rapid growth; envisioning and implementing innovations to deliver business value; and developing and leading Six Sigma innovation teams. As one of General Electric’s first certified Master Black Belts in 1996, he brings world-class quality and operational expertise to the culture of his work teams and the projects they undertake. He has led the successful turnaround of operating divisions in the government and commercial sectors, and has managed teams in 95 countries.

Melvin Kirk's Contributions

Transformation - The Technical Choice

By: Mel Kirk, SVP & CIO, Ryder The following is the second part of a three-part series on the topic of transformation. So you’ve made the choice to transform, and you’ve illustrated your commitment by investing in all the process-related preparatory work I discussed in the first part of this series. Now comes the fun […]

From Intelligence to Relevance

Heavy focus on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning driven applications and processes may allow us to predict, learn, adapt and operate autonomously. However, faster does not always make things better, reducing human intervention does not always make an interaction effective, and becoming responsive does not always result in meeting a customer need. So, how do […]

Making the Decision to Transform

The following is the first part of a three-part series on the topic of Transformation. The key goal for the business’ transformation is to fight the natural instinct to transform a black hammer into a green hammer, when what you really need to develop is a high velocity nail gun. At the heart of a […]

The Three Tiers of Transparency between IT and Business

Often times, transparency between the IT organization and the business can be difficult to achieve. Typically, it’s not intentional. The two worlds are just very different and there are few individuals positioned in between both well enough to facilitate it. The key, however, is driving forward to the optimal state of transparency. In any organization, […]

Rethinking the CIO - CEO relationship

The CIO’s role has morphed from technology manager to strategic leader who has critical inputs related to what the organization offers to the customers and how it adapt to the changing marketplace. This warrants a CIO to work as a peer to the CEO so they become a cohesive unit instead of just sharing a […]


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