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Angela Yochem
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July 14, 2014: Angela Yochem, Global Chief Information Officer for BDP International

Among other topics, Angela discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • The unique learning experiences she gained at BDP by virtue of being a global company with close ties to the global economy and marketplace
  • Angela’s rise to becoming a Board-level CIO and the unique advantages that can be gained from serving as a member of a Board of Directors
  • The historical reasons behind why CIOs haven’t traditionally served on Boards and her advice for other CIOs who wish to become Board-ready
  • The current state of women in IT, it’s potential growth and her concerns for the future
  • The unique advantages she gained from her non-traditional background with an undergraduate degree in Music
  • Eye on the Trends: The increasing impact of technology in companies and how the recognition of that fact is causing Boards to seek out CIOs

Angela Yochem’s Biography

Angela is the Global CIO of BDP International, a leading privately-held global transportation and logistics management firm. Among other responsibilities, Angela oversees the setting and implementation of the corporate strategy and several aspects of governance and operating committee functions. In addition to her role at BDP International, Angela serves as a member of the Board of Directors at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.

Before her tenure at BDP International, Angela served as the Chief Technology Officer at AstraZeneca, the multinational pharmaceutical and biologics company. Among many key responsibilities, Angela was responsible for the development of the company’s Innovation Network composed of external partners, technology companies, research institutions and various other thought leaders, investors and start-ups.

Angela has also served as the Corporate IT executive and Divisional CIO at Dell, a positions she undertook after serving as the SVP, Technology Executive at Bank of America and Vice President Information Services at SunTrust Corporation. Angela also served as the Lead System Architect at UPS and a Solutions Architect at IBM among other roles in the early part of her career.

Along with her Board position at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, Angela has served as a member of the Industry Advisory Board at the University of Tennessee, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the CIO Council, DEMO – Emerging Technology Launchpad, the Advisory Boards at Patients Matter and cWyze and is a Fellow of the International Association of Software Architects.

Angela holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Depauw University and a Masters of Science in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee.

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