Many CIO’s are passionate, talented, and motivated but feel limited in effectiveness, by organizational politics, policy and culture. What if they were given full, unrestricted freedom to think, act, and perform as they thought fit? That is, to act as if they were an unbiased outsider with full authority and a mandate to make the necessary changes they see, as needed? How could we enable this kind of freedom to transform an organization and bring unprecedented growth and profitability! Is this truly unrealistic?
Emily Ashworth, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, American Water Works
Emily Ashworth is vice president and chief information officer of American Water. Ms. Ashworth is responsible for developing and implementing information technology services (ITS) strategies and transformation roadmap. Leading the ITS manag... More View all posts
Emily Ashworth is vice president and chief information officer of American Water. Ms. Ashworth is responsible for developing and implementing information technology services (ITS) strategies and transformation roadmap. Leading the ITS management team, Ms. Ashworth has day to day operational responsibility as well as responsibility for providing the vision for the future. Ms. Ashworth has been instrumental in creating an enterprise architecture discipline, providing the vision to launch a business transformation program and implementing ITIL based processes at American Water. Ms. Ashworth daily provides direction for implementing business solutions that integrate the latest technologies to deliver reliable technical performance and savings, ensuring goal alignment with business objectives and managing a high performance ITS infrastructure. Ms. Ashworth has extensive experience in enterprise architecture development, business process re-engineering, and software selection, integration and implementation. Prior to joining American Water, Ms. Ashworth was a Partner with Computer Science Corporation’s (CSC) Consulting Group. In her position at CSC, she focused primarily on large-scale transformation programs leveraging technology and on developing and fulfilling the strategic visions of Fortune 500 companies. With CSC, Ms. Ashworth led the first enterprise architecture development effort in the federal government for the IRS Modernization program. She has also managed ERP programs, IT strategy development, change management programs, and many application development and implementation efforts. She has consulted in food service, telecommunications, supply chain, high-tech, heavy manufacturing, construction and the federal government. Prior to joining CSC, Ms. Ashworth served as a director of Business Process Integration for Pulte Homes, managing business process and system alignment, system design, development and deployment. She has also held positions with Westinghouse Power Generation Corp., SuperVision International and the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Systems Simulation Training Division. Ms. Ashworth is the recent recipient of several awards. She is a 2010 recipient of the University of Central Florida’s professional achievement award, the winner of the 2009 SIM leadership award for the Philadelphia chapter, and a 2010 Computerworld magazine Premier 100 IT Leader. Less View all posts
Nasser Farshchian, SVP and Chief Information Officer, McJunkin Red Man Holding Corporation
Nasser Farshchian has served as Senior Vice president and Chief Information Officer at McJunkin Red Man company since July 2008. Nasser has over 23 years of information technology and business experience in Fortune 100 and start-up compani... More View all posts
Nasser Farshchian has served as Senior Vice president and Chief Information Officer at McJunkin Red Man company since July 2008. Nasser has over 23 years of information technology and business experience in Fortune 100 and start-up companies. He has held management positions at Nestlé, Nestlé USA, J.B. Hunt, SeeCommerce, and Bristlecone. Most recently, Nasser served as head of the Program Management Office at J.B. Hunt from October 2003 to July 2008, where his IT strategy focused on reducing the cost of systems development across the organization and increasing the quality of systems deliverables. Prior to that, as Vice President of Corporate Development for Bristlecone from 2001 to 2003, Nasser’s primary focus was the creation and execution of sales and business development strategies, competitive positioning, solutions partnerships and strategic alliances. Prior to that, as Vice President of International Business Development for SeeCommerce from 1998 to 2001, Nasser was responsible for establishing and operating SeeCommerce’s operations in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Asia Pacific region. Prior to that, as Director of Supply Chain Processes for Nestlé USA from 1997 to 1998, Nasser managed a corporate-wide activity aimed at simplifying Nestlé USA’s business processes, increasing real internal growth, and reducing operational waste. As head of Strategy Support for Nestlé in Switzerland from 1990 to 1998, Nasser was responsible for establishing global standards for application development areas. Less View all posts