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September 2018 SIM Member Monthly Meeting

"Moving Beyond the Firewall: The Next Frontier of IT Leadership"

Even successful IT executives and managers are under pressure to meet the steadily increasing demands from the business.  The perception of IT's value is declining, the pace of change is faster than ever, and time is of the essence for IT to take a stand and demonstrate how technology can change the course for an organization’s success or failure.  Business technology leaders – on any level in IT management – can change how they impact and create value for their organizations.  
Join us for this session to hear how organizations need their business technology leaders to influence and lead across the organization -- and move from traditional back-office IT to provide unique streams of value on the other side of the firewall.

Ken Piddington

MRE Consulting

CIO, Executive Advisory

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Ken Piddington has been building, transforming, and creating multibillion-dollar growth for high-performing businesses throughout his career.  Leveraging well-honed executive skills across all areas of technology and business operations, he brings a legacy of success in setting a strategic vision, positioning to scale, and driving executions that enable profitable business growth.  Ken is a CEO partner with strong expertise in all business cycles, including high growth, business transformation, and M&A integration.  As an award-winning thought leader and published author, he is respected for game changing industry contributions and passion for talent development, and customer satisfaction.

Currently, Ken leads as Chief Information Officer and Executive Advisory at MRE Consulting.  He is responsible for defining and executing the company’s business technology strategy and heads their CxO advisory practice.  

Ken is the former CIO at Global Partners LP, a Fortune 500 midstream logistics and energy products marketing company, where he was responsible for leading, developing and implementing the business technology strategy during four years of unprecedented growth where the company revenues grew from $6 billion to $20 billion.  This included the successful integration of multiple acquisitions and the implementation of supply chain technologies necessary to support dramatic geographic and line of business expansion. 

Ken currently chairs the Technology Committee for Stages Repertory Theatre, and is the President of the Advisory Board for the Energy Institute High School.  Ken is actively involved in his local SIM Chapter and serves as a mentor and coach for aspiring IT leaders.

Ken has been named a Computerworld Premier 100 Technology leader, is a CIO100 award winner, and has twice been recognized as an InformationWeek 500 Top Technology Innovator.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Northeastern University, and attended Graceland College where he played football and baseball.  Today, Ken makes Houston, Texas his home.

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