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June 18, 2018: Randy Mott, Senior Vice President, Global Information Technology and Chief Information Officer of General Motors

  • How GM has evolved over the years that Randy has spent as CIO including switching from an outsourced IT workforce to an entirely insourced one by hiring thousands of new IT employees, consolidating data center operations into two enterprise data centers, and expanding the footprint towards new talent by creating four innovation centers.
  • Randy’s perspective on how GM has been able to cut costs by providing automation for manual processes and the importance of taking advantages of new technologies.
  • How GM’s IT team has been able to innovate including delivering new products and services driven by technology by creating a mobile center for customers, and developing a private cloud to increase efficiency.
  • An overview of GM’s organizational structure, which is a centralized organization with both a vertical executives that have teams and report up the line and horizontal executives that support the vertical executives.
  • Randy’s take on GM’s recruiting successes and pitch which is made successful by having a large footprint and ability to reach a large audience of college graduates, giving graduates the ability to pick which innovation center to work for, and having a reputation of being a successful company that gives them a lot of choice and opportunity.
  • Randy’s perspective on driverless cars and how the company has been working on Cruise Automation.
  • Randy’s advice to boards of smaller companies including increasing the use of direct reports of global CIO’s due to their amount of talent and exposure to what is happening across a broad technology.
  • Randy’s advice to CIO’s looking to be on a board of an external company as well as his advice to CEO’s who are hesitant to allow CIO’s of that opportunity to be more progressive as it is a win-win situation.
  • Randy’s emphasis on the application of new technology and the importance of evaluating the advancements of technology annually in a period of time where failure to innovate will result in major losses.

Randy is the Senior Vice President of Global Information Technology and Chief Information Officer of General Motors, a Fortune 10 company with revenues exceeding $145 billion. As CIO, Randy is responsible for the global IT strategy and all the IT assets, and serves as a member of the executive leadership team. Since becoming CIO in 2012, Randy has lead a major transformation which has dramatically changed the company’s approach to IT.

Prior to joining General Motors, Randy served as the Executive Vice President and CIO of HP. Before joining HP, Randy spent six years at Dell where he was Senior Vice President and CIO. Earlier in his career, Randy spent 22 years at Walmart where he held many positions, eventually working his way up to Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

Randy received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Randy serves on the Board of Directors for Dun & Bradstreet.

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