Tag Archives: M&A

Brad Strock, Chief Information Officer of PayPal

Peter High interviews Brad Strock, CIO of PayPal. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • An overview of PayPal’s business, as well as Brad’s purview as CIO
  • PayPal’s transformation into a more customer-centric company, such as giving customers more choices of funding vehicles
  • How PayPal has successfully navigated the shift to mobile, resulting in a 50 percent increase in mobile payment volume in 2017
  • The top priorities that Brad is focused on, including security, stability, strategically enabling the company’s business strategy, and improving the company’s ability to effectively collaborate
  • Brad’s experience going from Bank of America, a traditional finance organization, to PayPal, one of the first digitally native companies in the finance space
  • Brad’s career path, including his path from engineer to finance industry to technology executive
  • Eye on the Trends: financial inclusion of the over 2 billion people globally without financial services, AI/ML/process robotics

Melanie Kalmar, CIO of Dow

Peter High interviews Melanie Kalmar, the CIO of Dow. They discuss Melanie’s large portfolio of responsibilities, Dow’s mergers and acquisitions, digital transformation, women in IT, among other topics.

CIOs and Start-Ups: a Natural Fit, article in Forbes

Peter High’s Forbes Technovation column piece on savvy CIOs’ interest in start-ups
Savvy CIOs are getting involved beyond their own companies to sit on boards of start-ups and help their smaller external partners grow up.

Moving IT Forward

What IT leaders need to consider during mergers and acquisitions
CIOs have a complex undertaking during mergers and acquisitions: They often have to reconcile people and systems of multiple companies while being a driver of cost reduction once a merger is completed. Most mergers fail to deliver anticipated value due to risks that are not fully contemplated and mitigated.

Know Thyself-and Thy Acquisition

Successful M&As are often those that make IT integration a priority
Mergers occur for a variety of reasons. Some companies want access to new geographies; others seek a quick path toward new products and services that complement their own; still others believe they can run the acquired entity more efficiently.