An M&A situation can be a strategic opportunity for an IT leader to build a new IT organization. While some people will end up leaving, a new IT leader will emerge, either from one of the companies involved or from outside. How does this CIO of the new combined company go about putting together his new “cabinet” of advisors and right hand men?
William G. Halnon, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Republic Services Inc
William G. (Bill) Halnon is Senior Vice president and Chief Information Officer for Republic Services (NYSE:RSG). As CIO of Republic Services, Bill Halnon is responsible for all systems, networks, data centers, information operations and ... More View all posts
William G. (Bill) Halnon is Senior Vice president and Chief Information Officer for Republic Services (NYSE:RSG). As CIO of Republic Services, Bill Halnon is responsible for all systems, networks, data centers, information operations and telephony services of this Fortune 300 environmental services company. Republic Services is the second largest waste management company in the U.S., with 30,000 employees serving over 800 hauling, landfill, recycling and transfer operations across 40 states and Puerto Rico. In 2009 & 2010, Bill led the successful IT integration of Republic Services and Allied Waste. This 2-year program involved over 350 man-years of effort, with 190,000 hours of end user training conducted. The end result was the swift migration of the newly formed company to a single common set of systems, networks and core infrastructure that served as a catalyst for the effective merging together of both companies. Mr. Halnon has 30 years of IT industry experience and has been with Republic Services since 2007. Prior to joining Republic, Bill served in the CIO role for both Spherion and Alliance One International. Before becoming a Chief Information Officer, he held various IT management and technical roles for a major railroad, airline and consulting company. Bill has been recognized as the 2010 IT Practitioner of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of SIM, and Republic Services’ 2011 Impact Player of the Year. Bill holds a BS in Biology from Florida State University and a BBA in Accounting from the University Center of Tulsa. He serves on several IT advisory councils, and resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. Less View all posts
James M. Spitze, Executive Director, Fisher CIO Leadership Program Institute for Business Innovation, Haas Business School, University of California
James M. Spitze, SCC's Co-founder and Managing Partner, has 25+ experience in the Information Systems field as a high level consultant and, separately, 20+ years experience as a Chief Information Officer (for QANTAS, Tencor Instruments, Lam... More View all posts
James M. Spitze, SCC's Co-founder and Managing Partner, has 25+ experience in the Information Systems field as a high level consultant and, separately, 20+ years experience as a Chief Information Officer (for QANTAS, Tencor Instruments, Lam Research, American President Lines, Xerox Data Systems, Singer Furniture, Village Resorts, and Tri Valley Growers). Mr. Spitze has assisted over 150 private and public sector clients with their Information Technology issues. For the last decade, his primary area of interest has been information systems planning and strategy. He has assessed the information systems situation of numerous major worldwide organizations and has assisted many of those organizations to develop "Board-approved" strategic information systems plans. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a founding member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has lectured on information technology subjects for the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley where he is a long-standing member of The Faculty Club. In addition to his position as the Managing Partner of SCC, Mr. Spitze serves concurrently as the Executive Director of The Fisher CIO Leadership Program of the Fisher Center For Information Technology And Management within the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Spitze has a BS and MSEE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley where he also pursued Ph.D. studies in the area of Computer Architecture. He is the co-founder of the Wilsonia Historic District Trust and has served on its Board of Directors for the last twenty years. Less View all posts