Growth is a leading priority for many C-Suites, and yet many companies still struggle to make an impact. We all want market expansion, an enriching customer experience, the capability to predict consumer behavior and create flexible business models while minimizing the effect of such a volatile external environment. But what does it take to identify these opportunities for growth? What is preventing organizations from developing practical strategies and constructing support processes and systems in order to achieve their growth objectives?
Jay Ferro, CIO, American Cancer Society
Jay is currently Chief Information Officer for the American Cancer Society (ACS), a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ... More View all posts
Jay is currently Chief Information Officer for the American Cancer Society (ACS), a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the American Cancer Society has more than 900 local offices nationwide and a presence in more than 5,100 communities. Jay is responsible for the people, strategy and operations of the Global Information Technology organization. Prior to joining ACS in 2012, Jay served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for AdCare Health Systems, a rapidly growing and recognized innovator in health care facility management. Jay spent the previous 7 years at AIG (American International Group), most recently as VP and CIO for AIG Aerospace, a leading global aerospace insurer. At AIG, Jay implemented numerous improvements that have delivered substantial value to the organization while managing significant organizational change in a turbulent market environment. In addition to his role as AVP of Information Technology with AIG Personal Lines, Jay was selected as CFO for Operations and Systems in 2006 and led multiple global IT Finance and Governance Standards initiatives that resulted in millions of dollars in savings for the organization. Jay continues to be a thought leader in the Information Technology arena and is a frequent guest speaker and panelist, both in Atlanta and Nationwide. He’s been featured in multiple publications, including Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and CIO Magazine. In recognition of his accomplishments, Jay was selected as Georgia CIO of the Year in 2011, and is currently serving as Chair for the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. His commitment and dedication to community involvement is evidenced by the time and energy he contributes. In 2007, he founded the non-profit group, Priscilla’s Promise, in honor of his late wife, which raises funds for cervical cancer education and research. In 2011 he was elected to the Board of Directors for TechBridge, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits use technology to improve their capability to serve the community, and in 2013 was named Board Chair. Jay earned both his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and his Masters of Business Administration from The University of Georgia. Jay continues to be involved with his alma mater, both as a mentor for young alumni and as a member of the Alumni Board of Directors for the Terry College of Business. Jay lives in the Metro Atlanta Area with his 3 sons: Trey, Connor and Alex. Less View all posts
Mark Shaver, VP & CIO, Joy Global
40 years with Joy Global Inc. a 4.8 B company. Began as an underground service technician for the first 20 years. The following 19 years held various global roles related to sales, global processes, and SAP implementation. Prior to th... More View all posts
40 years with Joy Global Inc. a 4.8 B company. Began as an underground service technician for the first 20 years. The following 19 years held various global roles related to sales, global processes, and SAP implementation. Prior to the recent CIO appointment he was Director Operations Australasia managing 5 manufacturing facilities for 3.5 years. In 2012 he was featured in a March Forbes article, “The Rise of an Underground CIO”. In January 2011 was featured in CIO magazine article “Focus on CIO for 2011” for views on IT leading business with metrics and solutions. Less View all posts