Jay Ferro: It Starts With Your People

Episode 36

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Tim Smith

Executive Partner @ Stratfield Consulting | Founder of the Georgia CxO Forum and Co-Founder of the Arizona CxO Forum | Official Member of the Forbes Technology Council | Co-Host @ChatWithLeaders

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Jay Ferro is a transformative technology leader who works with diverse global corporations to accelerate growth, improve profitability, and achieve exceptional operational results. Jay possesses an unwavering commitment to excellence with highly effective planning, organizational development, continuous improvement, and communication skills.

Jay is currently Chief Information Officer for Quikrete, the largest manufacturer of packaged concrete and cement mixes in North America. Prior to Quikrete, Jay was Chief Customer Officer for Rackspace, Inc, a global managed hosting and cloud provider; Chief Information & Chief Technology Officer for TransPerfect, a global translation services organization; EVP, CITO for ExamWorks, a leading global provider of independent medical examinations & medical record retrieval, and EVP, Chief Information & Product Officer for EarthLink (now Windstream), a leading provider of voice/data network communications and managed services.

From 2012-2016, Jay was Global Chief Information Officer for the American Cancer Society (ACS), a worldwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Jay led ACS’s historic digital transformation, as well as the consolidation of 12 independent companies into one global entity.

Jay spent the previous eight years at American International Group (AIG), most recently as VP and CIO for AIG Aerospace & AIG Personal Lines. Jay also served as CFO for AIG Operations and Systems, leading multiple international synergy initiatives.

Jay is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer around the world. He has been featured in multiple publications, including Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and CIO Magazine. Jay has been highlighted in a number of books, including Digital Transformation (Herbert, L, 2017). In recognition of his accomplishments, Jay was selected as Georgia CIO of the Year in both 2011 and 2015, Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2015, CIO Magazine CIO 100 in 2015, and Global CIO Breakaway Leader in 2013.

His commitment and dedication to giving back to the community is evidenced by the time and energy he contributes. In 2007, he founded the nonprofit group, Priscilla’s Promise, in honor of his late wife. Jay has been elected to multiple boards, including TechBridge and PowerMyLearning,

Jay earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and his Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Georgia and lives in Atlanta with his three sons.

Chat Highlights

If you think you are communicating enough, do more. It’s impossible to over-communicate during turbulent times where fast changes and fear is seen and felt. Jay shares what leaders can do right now to be the leader of their team’s need the most.

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