Automotive Powerhouse Stephen Pickett Added to Fortium's World-Class Roster


Dallas, TX – July 13, 2016 – FORTIUM PARTNERS, the world’s fastest-growing provider of IT turnaround and leadership services, today announced that Stephen Pickett, a technology leader with long-term experience in the C-suite of automotive giants like Penske Corporation, ITT Automotive and Volkswagen, has joined the Detroit and Florida practice.

Prior to joining Fortium, Pickett served for 18 years as CIO at Penske Corporation, a closely-held $26 billion transportation services company where he was responsible for managing technology for businesses operating in more than 3,300 locations that employed more than 50,000 people worldwide. Before Penske, Pickett served as an IT leader for major players in the automotive and manufacturing industries – Volkswagen, ITT Automotive and American Motors – for more than two decades. During his tenure at ITT Automotive, Pickett implemented SAP at more than 50 locations. At Volkswagen, Pickett was responsible for the successful merger of multiple technical computing departments at its headquarters in Germany, where he served as the executive director of IT. He also held the position of President of the national board of the Society for Information Management (SIM), is a member of their Advanced Practices Council and a member of the SIM Detroit board.

“The biggest strength of a CIO with decades of experience in the manufacturing and automotive industry is that they value and respect change. The automotive industry has reinvented itself a number of times in the past few decades and the latest recovery from the recession has brought about more innovation and futuristic projections of how humans interact with technology than ever,” said Tim McCracken, Fortium Chairman and CEO. “Steve is on the forefront of today’s biggest innovations, like the Internet of Things, self-driving vehicles and contract negotiation for the next phase of Software-as-a-Service. He’s a masterful architect of technology solutions and the partners at Fortium are thrilled to have him on board.”
“Businesses today require so much protection from external forces. Networks have to be secure from hackers. Software and service contract negotiation has become an entirely new skill as more leaders are looking at short-term contracts and new dialogues with suppliers. The simple reality is that you can no longer own and control every minute aspect of the business, and that can be tough to swallow for many companies,” said Pickett. “Fortium Partners is a good fit for me because I work with clients who are truly seeking my specific experience, and the partners collaborate closely on every opportunity. Fortium fills a technology gap that seems to be increasing as technology evolves.”

Pickett holds a bachelor of science in Computer Science and an MBA from the Advanced Management Program, both from Michigan State University.

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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