Global CIO Advisor Gail Holmberg Joins Fortium Partners


Dallas, TX – July 1, 2016 – FORTIUM PARTNERS, the world’s fastest-growing provider of IT turnaround and leadership services, today announced that Gail Holmberg, an established technology leader in consumer-facing industries including industry giants such as Bally Total Fitness, Sears, Roebuck & Company and The Quaker Oats Company, has joined the Chicago practice of Fortium Partners. Holmberg has nearly 35 years of IT leadership experience in the consumer products, retail and service industries.

Throughout her career, Holmberg has transformed the way retailers do business. Prior to joining Fortium, Holmberg was CIO of Bally Total Fitness, which was the nation’s eminent fitness chain with more than 420 facilities, 25,000 employees and 4 million members during her tenure. She directed the overall technology strategy and conducted a three-year business transformation project resulting in a more cost effective, supportable technology platform. Before Bally, she was the divisional CIO of administration systems for Sears, Roebuck & Company, where she owned all facets of technology and infrastructure support for $1 billion commercial sales as well as corporate HR, finance and legal departments. Prior to Sears, Holmberg was manager of transaction processing, systems support and IT at The Quaker Oats Company, where she led the systems integration strategy for more than 35 applications.  

“Consumer-facing industries sit on the economic epicenter of technology’s continued advance. As Big Data and the Internet of Things continue to gain traction as the core of retail strategy, executives at these companies know that without well-planned technology infrastructure and systems in place, they will be quickly overcome by the competition,” said Tim McCracken, Fortium Chairman and CEO. “Gail is a CIO who knows how to transform the way service providers and retailers do business, driving process and organizational optimization through creative uses of technology strategy, and overall, keeping the businesses she works with on the cutting edge. I look forward to seeing our retail and service clients prosper with her navigational leadership. She’s the right fit for our growing team.”
“The power of the Fortium brand stems from the understanding that clients have access to the combined knowledge of a network of seasoned technology experts,” said Holmberg. “It’s a tremendous competitive advantage over the sole practitioner model or the traditional Big Four model of consulting. I enjoy a strong direct partnership in driving the business goals while working with partners who can bring new perspectives to client strategies.”

Holmberg holds a masters of public administration from Harvard University and a bachelor of arts in communications from Illinois State University. She proudly serves on the boards of the Woman Made Gallery and the Society for Information Management – Chicago Chapter and is the co-founder of Senior Women in Technology.

About Fortium Partners

FORTIUM PARTNERS is an IT turnaround and technology services firm providing world-class IT leadership to clients focused on finding solutions to complex IT infrastructure issues or difficult-to–solve operational 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, and London, U.K.

For more information, contact:

Burke Autrey / 972-827-8137 / burke.autrey@fortiumpartners.com / www.fortiumpartners.com

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