To achieve agility, a business should be able to make real time decisions based on comprehensive and actionable insights. It should also be able to extend and scale applications and infrastructure at the speed of innovation. Finally, the human resource should be motivated to wear different, more and multiple hats as the organization builds momentum and changes direction. With no standards or benchmarks, how are organization and leaders developing and mastering their own recipe to Business Agility?
James D. Swanson, Chief Information Officer, Monsanto
James (Jim) Swanson is Chief Information Officer for Monsanto, a leading sustainable agriculture company focused on helping farmers grow better harvests while conserving natural resources, such as water and energy. Jim, who began his tenure... More View all posts
James (Jim) Swanson is Chief Information Officer for Monsanto, a leading sustainable agriculture company focused on helping farmers grow better harvests while conserving natural resources, such as water and energy. Jim, who began his tenure at Monsanto as CIO in 2013, leads a global team of more than 1,200 information technology employees for the company’s operations, which span about 60 countries. Jim is responsible for enabling Monsanto’s transformation to an information-based company and delivering IT capabilities across all of Monsanto’s global business. He is a member of Monsanto’s Corporate Strategy Leadership Team, Global Business Operations Leadership Team and Executive Team Operations Council. Prior to joining Monsanto, Jim held executive and scientific roles at Merck, Johnson & Johnson and SmithKline Beecham. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Bioscience and Biotechnology and a Master’s degree in computer science, both from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is a member of the St. Louis CIO Board, Washington University’s Information Technology Advisory Council and the External Advisory Committee of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University. Less View all posts
Cindy McKenzie, Chief Information Officer, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group
Cindy McKenzie is Chief Information Officer for Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, responsible for its global IT organization. Cindy has over 20 years’ experience in IT leadership roles across multiple industries including Media and Ent... More View all posts
Cindy McKenzie is Chief Information Officer for Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, responsible for its global IT organization. Cindy has over 20 years’ experience in IT leadership roles across multiple industries including Media and Entertainment, Engineering and Construction and Financial Services. Previously she was Vice President of Information Technology for Jacobs Engineering where she led a global team of IT professionals supporting the applications environment for over 65,000 employees globally, providing systems and support for Finance, Sales, Project Delivery, Project Controls, HR, Legal and other areas. Prior to Jacobs, Cindy was a Managing Director at PwC responsible for the west coast media technology practice responsible for projects at studios and other media companies supporting business intelligence, end user computing, mergers and acquisitions and cloud strategy. Before PwC, Cindy spent many years in IT senior management roles at entertainment and media companies including Senior Vice President, Information Technology for Fox Entertainment Group, where she was responsible for the Applications Shared Services Organization providing information technology services across the global Fox companies. Cindy is on the boards of UCLA IS Associates and STEM Advantage. She was a co-founder of STEM Advantage which is a non-profit which provides scholarships, internships and mentors to women and underserved communities in STEM related majors. Cindy was honored in 2012 as one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders. Less View all posts