Among other topics, Jo-ann discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:
Jo-ann is the vice president and chief information officer at BNSF Railways, a class-one railroad that is part Berkshire Hathaway. In her role, she is responsible for delivery of BNSF’s telecommunications services, data center infrastructure, application development, Web presence and all other information technology services.
Prior to joining BNSF Railway in 2006, Jo-ann was director, enterprise network services and technology support services, at Verizon Communications and pre-merger at GTE. In these positions she was responsible for planning, engineering, security and support of their extensive LAN/WAN environment with more than 50,000 infrastructure devices and 200,000 customers at more than 2,000 locations, including both internal and commercial contract customers.
Prior to her time at GTE, Jo-ann spent 13 years at AT&T where she led technology planning, engineering and operations teams.
Jo-ann serves several organizations and chairs various committees, including Railinc Board of Directors, AT&T and IBM’s Customer Advisory Councils, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber Board of Directors, and TCU’s Neeley School of Business Advisory Council.
Jo-ann has a BA in Business Management and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University, and an MA in Project Management from George Washington University.