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Senior VP And CIO, Erickson Retirement Communities
How long at current company? Nine months. Prior to that, I held positions in IT leadership at Blackboard, Cigna, and Xerox.
Most important career influencer: Patricia Wallington, former Xerox CIO, sponsored me as a young manager through an overseas assignment in Australia. Her unique leadership style has influenced my style and career direction. She also invested in me as a charter member of the Society for Information Management's Regional Learning Forum, an 18-month program that she co-founded. Pat is a true leader. She stresses unwavering leadership as a CIO, as well as the critical role of people mentoring.
Decision I wish I could do over: I wish I had taken an assignment I was offered to be CIO in Australia and Singapore. I learned more about pushing the limits of my own risk tolerance working in a different culture than during any other period in my life thus far. Also, it would have been a wonderful life experience for my kids to live in a different culture.
ON THE JOB
Top three initiatives:
Key tech partners: EMC, GE Medical Systems, HealthMedx, Microsoft, Oracle
View on offshore outsourcing: Selective outsourcing provides a way to position your core staff to perform key IT relationship, engineering, architecture, and analyst roles. And well-designed outsourcing relationships let you take a strong core team and effectively flex staff size when the need in a particular area surges.