Operations Strategist and Business Transformation Champion



Leadership Roles

  • Principal – CohnReznick
  • Vice President, Chief Information Officer – Starwood Retail Partners
  • Chief Information Officer – General Growth Properties
  • Chief Information Officer – Urban Retail Properties

Mark Brown joined Fortium Partners with more than 20 years of experience building actionable operating strategy and fully integrated technologies to realize success.  He is highly regarded as an operations strategist and leader who brings together people, process, technology, and data to achieve superior results.  He has created significant value for private and public commercial real estate, hospitality, manufacturing & distribution, private equity and other organizations through cyclical economic conditions.  Mark has designed IT roadmaps for numerous sophisticated organizations and led complex systems implementation projects to achieve greater efficiencies.  His work has included digital transformation and data projects that enhance the constituent experience.  Mark is adept at navigating organizational and industry change.

As a CIO, Mark led the digital transformation of major commercial real estate firms.  His responsibilities were broader and deeper than a typical CIO remit as he led business transformation activities to achieve efficient and effective outcomes.  His hallmarks were a laser focus on process improvement, adoption of data analytics, seamless systems implementations, and a commitment to the professional development of the technology team.  His ability to develop strategy and lead through execution of the plan consistently resulted in greater innovation and enterprise profitability.

An experienced consultant and business advisor, Mark helps companies in various industries to embrace change as they breakdown complex challenges and create actionable plans.  He has consulted on operations, acquisitions, IT strategy, and cost reduction initiatives that drive propel business transformation.  His ability to build, motivate, and lead a talented team elevates initial results and drives sustainable improvement.

Mark graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies with a focus on Technical Communication from Indiana University, and he has guest lectured at its Kelly School of Business.  He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis. Mark served as an Intelligence Analyst in the US Army.