Larry Bonfante, Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Tennis Association and Author of Lessons in IT Transformation

April 11, 2011

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

  • His book called Lessons in IT Transformation and the importance of the “human side” of leadership: focusing on developing relationships, communicating effectively, marketing your ideas, supporting partners and clients, and leveraging the competitive advantage of your own people
  • How the US Tennis Association leverages technology for operational improvement, constituent communication, and driving top line growth
  • His priorities around minimizing utility costs in order to reinvest in IT an engine of innovation that drives revenue through their event management system, access control system, wireless kiosks, and licensing of USTA’s proprietary technology
  • The need for CIOs to adopt the business strategy and corporate mission as their own strategy, as opposed to creating an IT-specific strategy in a vacuum
  • Eye on the trends: The ability to un-tether the workforce from their desks and tap the consumer market through mobility, and everything as a service to free up capital for growth investment


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Larry Bonfante’s Biography


Welcome to Metis Strategy’s Forum on World Class IT. I’m Peter High, and I am pleased to welcome Larry Bonfante to the broadcast. Larry is the Chief Information Officer at the United States Tennis Association, and in that role, he and his team are responsible for all information technology related services supporting the US Open, the most highly attended annual sporting event in the world.

Larry is also the author of Lessons in IT Transformation, which will be published in May by Wiley Press, and is availbe for pre-order now.

Larry has served as a mentor and executive coach for many IT leaders in various industries (You can learn more about his executive coaching practice at He serves as President of the Westchester-Fairfield chapter of SIM and is a founding member of the CIO Executive Council. Larry has been a frequent guest lecturer, and he writes a monthly leadership column and blog for CIO Insight magazine. Larry has received numerous industry accolades including being named as one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2009.

Prior to his time at the USTA, Larry held leadership positions at Greenwich Technology Partners and at Pfizer.

Larry has a BA in Economics & Organizational Psychology from City University of New York-Brooklyn College, and he has an MS in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College.


The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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