Any truly successful leader realizes they can’t accomplish all they wish, nor did they get where they are, by doing it alone. Leaders can rally others and can create a shared vision or common goal. What’s more, they enable others to act and together overcome any roadblocks or obstacles on the path to success. But teamwork can only be sustained when a leader promotes mutual reliance in themselves and others on the team. How does a leader driving the bus manage to inspire the rest of the passengers on his or her journey?
George Surdu, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Comerica
George Surdu Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Comerica George Surdu is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Comerica Bank. He is responsible for supporting Comerica's business applications o... More View all posts
George Surdu Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Comerica George Surdu is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Comerica Bank. He is responsible for supporting Comerica's business applications on a national basis and for leading more than 850 technology professionals in the areas of:Business Technology Services including application development and production support; Infrastructure and Engineering Technology Services including network, mainframe, server and storage operations, desktop/laptop management and end-user engineering; Corporate Information Security Services; Information Services Strategy including technology architecture and strategy, and emerging technology research; Enterprise Project Management Office. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of information technology. Surdu joined Comerica in early 2006, where he has led the IT Transformation and Strategy focused on implementing simplified and standardized technology solutions while increasing cost effectiveness and speed of delivery. As part of this strategy, he has introduced innovative technology to meet business operations and customer needs, and improved risk management and disaster recovery capabilities for the bank. As a representative of Comerica Bank, Surdu also serves on several technology advisory boards, including AT&T, Michigan Technology Leaders, CSC and BITS/FSTC. Prior to 2006, Surdu served in numerous senior executive positions within Ford Motor including CIO for Ford Parts Distribution Systems and the Office of the General Counsel, head of Global Application Development Services and Global IT Infrastructure, and Strategic Planning Manager for Ford Credit. While at Ford, Surdu developed the IT strategy to support the business as it consolidated operations throughout North America. He also reengineered efforts for Product Development and implemented a global simplification and defragmentation strategy to reduce operating costs. Surdu serves on many charitable and technology boards including: The Detroit Science Center, Financial Services Technology Consortium and the AT&T Technology Advisory Board. Less View all posts