Dallas, TX – February 14, 2016 – FORTIUM PARTNERS, the world’s fastest-growing provider of technology leadership services, today announced that Jon Baird, an accomplished Fortune 150 divisional CIO who specializes in high-growth expansion and international transformation strategies, has joined the Dallas practice. Baird has a history of transforming stagnant IT organizations and technology footprints to deliver against high-growth business strategies both domestically and abroad.
Baird was most recently the CIO of a European division of Arrow Electronics Inc. (NYSE: ARW), a global Fortune 150 company and leading distributor of enterprise computing platforms and electronic components, where he developed and initiated the execution of a strategy to consolidate 15 ERP environments across EMEA into a single enterprise ERP platform. He also participated in multiple acquisitions and integrations that grew Arrow’s top line revenue in its Enterprise Computing Solutions European business by over €1 billion. Before Arrow, Baird was CIO of Shared Technologies, a division of Arrow where he partnered with the executive leadership team in growing revenues from $80 million to $400+ million while collaborating on the initiative to achieve Fortune’s 100 Best Companies in America to Work For, for four straight years. Earlier in his career, Baird also held technology leadership roles with Allegiance Telecom, co-founded an IT software development firm engaging with multiple Fortune 500 clients and also held various technical roles within IBM.
“Jon has been globetrotting all over Europe for years, honing his methods for improving technology for businesses within dozens of European countries, which often have different regulatory requirements, security challenges, country-specific telecom networks and proprietary systems, all of which lead to an inordinate amount of complexities to solve,” said Tim McCracken, Fortium Chairman and CEO. “Jon delivers results by looking at technology from a transformational perspective and making decisions that spur high growth and geographic expansion. As an international firm, Fortium appreciates the skillsets Jon brings to clients who have a taste for acquisitions or a demand for a broad international reach.”
“Global businesses have reached a level of complexity that can be disruptive to business execution, but there are proven solutions that can help high growth businesses integrate and their workforces collaborate in a way that was previously too difficult,” said Baird. “Everyone is seeking the secret sauce that makes it possible to combine systems and processes fast, easy and efficiently, and the velocity of change that global businesses are needing to undertake is unprecedented. Fortium is a good fit because I can combine my experiences with those of my partners to develop new solutions and processes for businesses experiencing a transformation. The value creation possibilities in these scenarios are unlimited, and that is exciting.”
Baird holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Science from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University.
To connect with Baird, send a message via his LinkedIn profile.
About Fortium Partners
FORTIUM PARTNERS is a technology leadership firm providing world-class leadership to clients focused on finding solutions to complex technology challenges. FORTIUM serves public and private companies across a variety of industries, placing expert project teams and operational leadership resources in technology-related roles. FORTIUM resources have 25 or more years of technology experience, most recently in a senior leadership role.
Headquartered in Dallas, TX, FORTIUM PARTNERS also operates offices in Atlanta; Los Angeles; Orange County; San Francisco; Phoenix; Las Vegas; New York; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Chicago; Detroit; Jacksonville; and London, U.K.
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