executive profile

Technology executive with unique ability to transform information assets into profitable products and services. Chosen to turn around underperforming technology projects and organizations. Creates strong teams and cross-functional collaboration that delivers superior results. Expert problem solver that thrives on solving technical and business challenges. Performs quality work and completes it on time, on budget. Domain expertise in information publishing and eLearning.

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experience

SIMBIONIX USA, INC., Cleveland, OH

2009–Present

Privately equity backed provider of education and simulation products for medical professionals and industry.

GENERAL MANAGER, MEDICAL EDUCATION DIVISION

Profit and loss responsibility to define and build new educational products to complement company's simulations.

  • Launched first ever medical procedure training application for the iPhone and iPad on Apple iTunes store.
  • Shutdown underperforming custom courseware business with minimal impact to existing business and customers.

WOLTERS KLUWER, INC., Chicago, IL

2006–2009

A $4.6 billion, 20,000 employee global leader in information services and publishing.

VICE PRESIDENT OF GLOBAL IT STRATEGY MANAGEMENT
(2008–2009)

Responsible for improving IT efficiency and effectiveness across a diverse enterprise composed of 24 different operating units. Managed a $4.6 million budget and 4 direct reports.

  • Identified $15 - $23 million in annual IT savings by optimizing IT operations, rationalizing over 3.500 IT applications, and improving technology management.
  • Established a first-time, enterprise-wide governance process to manage and prioritize $47 million in global IT projects.
  • Piloted application portfolio optimization in Business Intelligence (BI) applications. Identified 56 BI applications used across the enterprise and proposed standardizing on 9.

VICE PRESIDENT OF CONTENT AND PLATFORM MANAGEMENT
(2006–2008)

Develop enterprise-wide strategies and business priorities for content and online delivery systems.

  • Planned and specified next-generation online research platform for 13 legal, tax, accounting, and regulatory business units worldwide.

APLIA, INC., San Carlos, CA

2002–2004

Private equity backed startup delivering innovative, Web-based eLearning products for higher education.

VICE PRESIDENT OF ENGINEERING

Responsible for developing and scaling a fee-based, interactive eLearning system.

  • Turned around unsuccessful 6-month effort to stabilize platform in 8 weeks, increasing mean time between failures from 10 minutes to 99.99% uptime.
    • Rapidly identified and fixed both logic and configuration errors;
    • Solved network availability/response time by architecting a new content delivery network with 99.995% availability and an average first byte response time to .2 seconds without increasing hosting costs.
    • In the first 24 months, more than 120,000 students paid for the service. The average user signed in 3.4 times per week for 23-minute sessions.
  • Implemented an XML-based content production process to cut problem set production time over 50% without increasing support costs.
  • Employed contextual design to create customer-focused profiles to improve product usability. Implemented new interface that slashed user training time and improved customer retention.

MINDGARDEN.COM, Redwood City, CA

2000–2002

Early-stage startup offering Web-based delivery and administration of complex industrial and organizational psychological assessments.

CEO / PRESIDENT

Responsible for providing broad leadership to pioneer and deploy new online assessment technology.

  • As contractor to two Fortune 100 companies, developed two customized assessment solutions. Created XML-based language and tools for defining, delivering, and scoring assessments.
  • Cut assessment encoding time 95%, from 80 to 4 hours, slashing costs and enabling content experts to efficiently revise assessments based on performance feedback.
  • Introduced new features enabling multiple delivery methods as well as the ability to scrape user interfaces to enable rapid customer customization.
  • Negotiated partnering agreements with Web service providers and organizational consultants to create and deploy Web-based services.

THOMSON CORPORATION

1988–1999

One of the world's largest information companies active in financial services, healthcare, law, science/ technology, tax & accounting sectors. Today it is known as Thomson Reuters.

GENERAL MANAGER

THOMSON LEARNING, Foster City, CA

(1998–1999)

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

INT'L THOMSON PUBLISHING, Belmont, CA

(1997–1998)

Responsible for developing and implementing shared product technology strategy for seven operating companies with more than $650 million in aggregate annual revenues.

  • Gained early Internet entry by writing business plan and securing $20 million investment.
    • Started new enterprise to develop Web-based eLearning products with full responsibility for marketing, development, production, technology and operations;
    • Successfully launched 30 products and captured 500 customers in first six months.
  • Championed investment in common software application resold by six independent operating companies. ROI achieved in less than 2 years with $1 million in annual operating savings.

additional roles

THOMSON CORPORATION

CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER/CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (1993 – 1997)

VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCT SYSTEMS (1990–1993)

MANAGER OF TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT (1988–1990)

education

COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, NY

Master of Business Administration, 1997

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO,
La Jolla, CA

Management Science/Mathematics