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NSBE and ITSMF Team Up to Boost Tech Opportunities

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has entered a formal partnership with the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), to recruit, retain and develop black talent in the technology sector pipeline, from pre-college students to executive leaders.

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Moving Beyond The Pipeline Discussion: African American Tech Talent Is Ready, Willing & Able

Today, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman, G. K. Butterfield (NC)and Rep. Barbara Lee (CA), Co-Chair of the CBC Diversity Task Force, announced that seven national African American tech professional organizations have adopted African American Inclusion Plans (AAIPs) designed to increase #techdiversity.

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Southern Company Names Martin Davis New CIO

ATLANTA, July 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Mark S. Lantrip, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company Services, today announced that Martin B. Davis has been named executive vice president and chief information officer.

Davis joins Southern Company Services after a nearly 30-year career in key enterprise information technology and security roles with Wells Fargo and Wachovia.  Read more >>

Deere & Company Board of Directors Adds Two Members

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) announced today that its Board of Directors has added two new members. Dmitri L. Stockton, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Asset Management, and Sheila G. Talton, President and Chief Executive, Gray Matter Analytics, have been elected to the Deere & Company Board of Directors, effective May 27, 2015. Read more

African-American Men: The Other STEM Minority

It’s not often that you hear calls for more men to participate in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Read more

Art Hopkins, CEO, Macquarium & ITSMF Member, Delivers Keynote at Atlanta Premier CIO Forum, April 16th

9th Annual Atlanta Premier CIO Forum, April 16, 2014
Crowne Plaza Perimeter at Ravinia
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Closing Luncheon Keynote – “Least Likely Leadership Learnings”

Presented by: Art Hopkins, CEO, Macquarium Intelligent Communications, Inc.

Sponsored by: DataLink

ITSMF Member Andre Gold asks, “Who is Responsible for Information Security?” at the Atlanta Premier CIO Forum, April 15th

9th Annual Atlanta Premier CIO Forum, April 15, 2014
Crowne Plaza Perimeter at Ravinia

“WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR INFORMATION SECURITY? IT OR BUSINESS OR BOTH?”

Moderator:
Dave Chatterjee, 2014 President, Atlanta SIM Chapter

Panelists:
André Gold, VP – Enterprise Infrastructure & Security, AutoTrader Group
Christopher Wiseman, SVP & Managing Director of Technology Audit, SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Muthu Arumugham, Corporate VP – Technology, Ebix, Inc.

New Chief Technology Officer Arrives

Eric Christian, vice president and chief technology officer, joined Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) March 18.

In this newly-created role, Eric will be working with IS leaders, business leaders and other team members to align our technology strategy with the overall mission and business strategy of CHS. By understanding the organization’s business strategies and priorities, Eric and his team will work to ensure the infrastructure and technology framework of practices and policies are in place to support the goals.

Eric also will be working to ensure all the appropriate policies and structure for managing underlying IT infrastructure, which comprises all CHS compute, network, telephony, data center, Internet and technology capabilities are in place and optimized for maximum business benefit to the system. In addition, he brokers and manages key relationships with strategic IT vendors and suppliers, data center partners, and outsource firms to procure and manage IT assets and ensure the efficient running of the IT infrastructure.

Eric’s previous job was at Cummins as Executive Director, Technology & Innovation and served as the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Before joining Cummins organization in March 2010, Eric spent more than 30 years in technology and brings extensive automotive, banking and financial services, transportation, lodging & technology industry experience from his roles with Bank of America, IBM, Marriott International, General Motors & GMAC Financial Services.

Eric earned his BS in Technology & Management from University of Maryland and an Executive MBA in Strategic Management & Marketing from Michigan State University in Michigan. He is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

Eric lives in Marvin, North Carolina with his wife, Pamela, & daughter (Micah) and also has three elder children that are pursuing meaningful careers in other industries. He enjoys golfing and is a motorcycle enthusiast.