Increasing Value: Transforming Business and Technology Relationships Panel

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Successful technology product launch during volatile and uncertain times: a case study
March 31, 2021

Aired April 21, 2021 – Watch a Recording of the Webinar On-Demand.

Technology leaders at prominent Wisconsin companies share how they transformed their IT departments to drive greater results and stronger business value and meet the needs of the larger organization.

IT leaders transform the way they work to drive greater results and stronger business value:

In today’s competitive marketplace, leaders continuously look at how teams work, the talent and skill they have to do the work, and how they can generate the most value from the work they do. IT departments are at the center of this analysis, and many departments are considering, or already in the midst of an organizational transformation.

Whether your change initiative involves shifting from project to product-based delivery, utilizing hybrid models, transitioning to platform-based delivery, enabling agility, or building a partnership with the business, it is critical for an organization to closely evaluate its structure, skills, culture, and mindset.

FarWell hosted a panel of four IT leaders who dove deeply into their organizational evolutions. We learned about why they made the shift, the challenges they faced to achieve buy-in for it, key learnings, and much more.


Meet the IT Expert Panelists

FarWell was honored to host a guest panel of four executive IT leaders

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Guest: Jody McDonough 

Chief Information Officer, Sub-Zero Group
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Jody McDonough is Chief Information Officer for Sub-Zero Group, a global manufacturer of luxury appliances. He is responsible for the organization’s traditional IT resources along with the IoT and analytics functions with direct product responsibilities. Jody shares what he’s learned as Sub-Zero transitioned into a hybrid operating model and how he positioned IT as a business partner.


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Guest: Martin Christopher

Senior VP, Chief Information Officer, CUNA Mutual Group
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Martin Christopher is Senior VP, Chief Information Officer for CUNA Mutual Group, an insurance, investments, and financial services company. He is responsible for the company’s technology investments and ensures IT products and services drive improved business performance. During the discussion, you’ll hear from Martin’s past experiences and how he led CUNA Mutual to become a fully Agile Enterprise IT organization.


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Guest: Stacie Govier

AVP of IT Solution Delivery, NGL
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Stacie Govier is AVP of IT Solution Delivery at National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL). She currently leads NGL’s delivery organization through a product-focused transformation. Stacie passionately believes that encouraging collaboration and building trusted relationships with business partners is the key to a successful delivery model, regardless of framework.


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Guest: Steve Cretney

Vice President and Chief Information and Technology Officer, SC Data Center, Inc.
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Steve Cretney is Vice President and Chief Information and Technology Officer for SC Data Center, Inc., an affiliate of Colony Brands, Inc. With more than 30 years of IT experience, Steve has a long record of successfully leading technology organizations and delivering innovative business results in retail, insurance, and benefits administration.


Meet the Panel Facilitator

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George Walker 

MBA, MPM, PMP, CSM, PMI-ACP, Senior Advisor, FarWell
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George helps organizations harness technology to enhance collaboration and communication. He is a Wisconsin native with a passion for mentorship and uses storytelling and effective listening to captivate an audience.


Meet the Panel Host

Mel Gillen 

Customer Experience Officer, FarWell 
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Mel is a driven executive leader who empowers the FarWell team to work together in delivering an optimal customer experience. She leads the growth, development and strategy of best in class marketing, sales and client engagement practices for our fast-growing company. Her dedication to positive client experience ensures our partner companies get the right level of support to achieve their business objectives. 

Mel values trust, integrity and being a caring servant leader for others. Her leadership style is to first listen and then ask guiding questions to help her team and clients solve complex challenges. 

Mel is certified as a Professional Scrum Master, Prosci Certified Change Practitioner and Customer Experience Specialist (CXS). She earned her MBA in Management from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Maine. 


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