Masterful architect of practicable technology and organizational solutions in the manufacturing and automotive industries

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Stephen Pickett is a partner in the Detroit and Florida practices of Fortium Partners. For 35 years, Pickett has solved complex technology problems for some of the world’s dominant automotive, distribution and manufacturing companies. He has extensive experience in merger and acquisition activities and has successfully created reorganization strategies for companies of varying sizes. Prior to joining Fortium, Pickett served for 18 years as CIO at Penske Corporation, a closely-held diversified transportation services company where he was responsible for managing the IT function for businesses with combined revenues in excess of $26 billion, operating in more than 3,300 locations and employing more than 50,000 people worldwide. Prior to 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. Pickett has served as president of the national board of the Society for Information Management (SIM), the principal network for thought leaders in the IT community serving more than 4,900 members, and is deeply involved with philanthropic endeavors. He holds a bachelor of science in Computer Science and an MBA from the Advanced Management Program, both from Michigan State University.