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Global CIO Advisor Mary Pat Stritof Brings Vision and Value Creation to Technology Leadership Firm Fortium Partners

Mary Pat Stritof

Partner
Southeast Region

Dallas, TX – September 16, 2016 – FORTIUM PARTNERS, the world’s fastest-growing provider of IT turnaround and leadership services, today announced that Mary Pat Stritof, a proven technology leader with experience managing teams for companies like Advanced Disposal, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Samsung Electronics America and Sears Roebuck and Company, has joined the Florida practice. Stritof brings more than 30 years of technology leadership experience with well-known international brands, driving value through the strategic use of technology to support and enhance business processes with extensive background in the industries of consumer electronics and manufacturing.

Prior to joining Fortium, Stritof served as VP of IT for Advanced Disposal, where she managed an annual technology budget of $23 million and oversaw the IT infrastructure, applications systems portfolio and IT support center for a business that included more than 225 operating locations, sales and marketing support, customer care centers, and all corporate functions for more than 5,000 employees. Previously, she was the CIO for Mitsubishi Electric Automation, a 90-year affiliate company of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, where she was responsible for the IT infrastructure and systems portfolio. Stritof also served as CIO for Samsung Electronics America, where she managed an $18 million budget and earned the VICS Collaborative Award jointly with Best Buy. She began her profession as a programmer with Sears Roebuck and Company and enjoyed a progressive 17-year career there prior to serving that company as a divisional CIO providing business applications and support for Sears Commercial Sales.

“No matter how you paint it, it’s impossible to run a modern manufacturing organization without the most efficient, proven systems in the world at the forefront. Manufacturing CIOs must strategize on ERP systems, merger integrations, sourcing, virtualization, process engineering and a host of collaboration and team development solutions,” said Tim McCracken, Fortium Chairman and CEO. “Mary Pat honed her skills at some of the largest manufacturing brands in the world, and she can envision how to drive value through the strategic use of technology at practically any type of company. Her discipline and resourcefulness is highly coveted and we’re delighted to have her at Fortium.”
“Executive teams must look at technology from the lens of what truly drives value. As bigger technology vendors tap into smaller markets, and start-up firms gain access to the same tools as the larger ones, there are more options than ever to consider,” said Stritof. “I joined Fortium because collectively we’re helping businesses strike the balance between value creation and operational efficiency. There’s no other firm with so many seasoned technology experts providing clients with the immediate help they need. I’m glad to be a part of this top notch team.”

Stritof holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Studies from Northwestern 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; New York; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Chicago; Detroit; Jacksonville, FL; and London, U.K.

For more information, contact:

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

 

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Former SFN Group Executive To Lead Fortium's Atlanta Practice

Strategy | Operations | IT Leadership

ATLANTA, GEORGIA June 10, 2015 / - FORTIUM PARTNERS, the world’s fastest growing provider of IT Turnaround and Leadership Services, has announced that long-time services industry executive Richard Harris has been hired to develop and lead the firm's practice in Atlanta. Harris brings unprecedented talent to the position and the region.

Richard Harris served as Chief Information Officer for SFN Group, Inc. (SFN), a $2 billion North American staffing company and one of the top five staffing companies in the country in most major employment categories.  Richard led the firm's IT organization of more than 100 individuals with an annual budget ranging from $25mm to $35mm prior to the company’s merger with Randstad Holding n.v.  Under Harris' direction, the IT organization served over 400 locations across the US and Canada for SFN, a leading member of the staffing industry in social media endeavors and mobile recruiting.  Richard continued on to play a key role as a part of the integration management team responsible for merging Randstad and SFN into the resulting top three North American staffing company by revenue in most employment categories.

Previously, Mr. Harris was the CIO of Hudson Highland Group, Inc.  Hudson is a global staffing, retained executive search and talent management company.  Richard was responsible for the corporation’s worldwide IT strategy and implementation. During his tenure, Richard was responsible for integrating more than 50 acquisitions worldwide.  Prior to Hudson, Richard was the CIO of Spring Group, PLC, a London-based global human capital management company.  Richard was responsible for all aspects of the corporation’s IT operations and strategy and was a member of the Spring Management Board.  Richard has also held CIO positions at TRS Staffing Services (Interim CIO) in Salem, NH (a business unit of Fluor Corporation), and TAC Worldwide in Newton, MA. Richard started his career in the finance industry, with ten years at Bank of Boston and Fidelity Investments, where he served as Director of Information Technology.

Tim McCracken, Fortium's Chairman and CEO, states: "Opening strong in the Atlanta market is key for Fortium. We recognize it as a market that has a lot of demand for top IT talent and is underserved. If we are to maintain the brand we have established across the U.S., we know iIt is imperative that we recruit partners locally that are viewed as the top IT leaders in the area. Further, the value we offer in senior-level IT services to the Atlanta market now and well into the future must be recognized at all times as the finest available. Our reputation depends on it. We are thrilled that we have been able to recruit one of the most respected names in IT talent in Atlanta and the surrounding areas to lead that effort."

Richard Harris comments: ”I have spent the better part of my thirty-year career working in and around services organizations that provide IT talent to the market, and I have seen name-brand practitioners go in and out the doors. Never have I seen so many professionals with top pedigrees inside a single organization as I have seen here at Fortium... and to be able to offer their capabilities to address serious IT needs of our clients is what makes this opportunity so thoroughly exciting."

Richard Harris earned his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.

FORTIUM PARTNERS, LP 

FORTIUM is an IT turnaround and technology leadership services firm focused on providing world-class resources to clients with the most complex issues. 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, Texas, FORTIUM also operates from offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and London, U.K.

For more information, please contact:  

Burke Autrey | 972 827 8137 | burke.autrey at fortiumpartners.com | www.fortiumpartners.com 

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