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John Fisher

John Fisher
CIO and Business Executive,
Rethink IT

John is a recognized senior executive with over thirty-five years of progressive, global experience in business, information technology, management consulting, business process optimization, technology transformation, and applying technology solutions to critical business problems. His demonstrated success includes turning around failing IT departments, remediation of critical outsourcing agreements, ensuring the alignment of IT with business strategy, M&A, strategic supplier management, complex negotiations and helping organizations select the appropriate new technology solutions to improve their business.

John is the President and Founder of Rethinking IT, a firm that works with IT and Business Leaders who want to transform their organizations.  He is the former Chief Value Officer of NET(net) Inc. where he worked with Private Equity clients to reduce run rates on M&A activities post-merger.  John served for 10 years as Chief Information Officer of SmithBucklin Corporation the world's largest association management company.  John also held senior IT management positions at CNA Insurance Companies, and Continental Bank. During his career, John has led a number of critical technology initiatives, including the implementation of multiple ERP systems, Web sites, and he negotiated a number of high-value supplier agreements that were critical to meeting clients' needs for leveraging technology investments.

John earned his B.S. degree in Communications from Southern Illinois University and an M.S in Computer Science from DePaul University. John was named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2006 by Computerworld Magazine, and in 2002, the Windy City Chapter of AITP selected John to receive their CIO of the Year award. John is on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Chapters of the Society for Information Management (SIM), The Association of IT Professionals (AITP) and DePaul’s Leadership Council. He is a frequent speaker at industry events on topics such as negotiations, leadership and running IT as a business.  John is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University, where he teaches graduate level courses in IT Strategy, Social Media, Negotiation, Leadership and Project Management.

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