Vice President, Infrastructure & Architecture
Ben has over 25 years experience in positions of increasing responsibilities within the data centers of large, multinational corporations. In the last 20 years, he has worked exclusively with Fortune 50 enterprises. He has specific experience in systems management of global, complex and high availability environments. Ben has provided technical and management leadership to organizations undergoing rapid growth and change. His recent experience includes technical oversight of a variety of computing platforms from PCs to mainframes and a key role in the startup of an Enterprise Architecture organization.
At International Paper, Ben was one of the leaders who formed a fully functional Enterprise Architectur organization executing in many domains. His daily responsibility was as the Senior Manager of the Technical Architecture domain. His team developed and maintained the SAP Strategy document for all landscapes and facilitated the development, documenting, and publishing of reusable technical patterns and roadmaps. These strategies and roadmaps were documented and were presented for approval to a monthly board including the CIO, the CTO, the business and process IT directors, Finance, and Strategy, Planning, and Architecture. This body validated the strategies, roadmaps and standards that were then published in a prescribed format in a web-based repository for use by the business and process area projects.
Previously, Ben managed all of the platform areas at International Paper and formerly at Federal Express. When he realized that there was duplication of effort in the open systems platforms at International Paper, he instituted consistent management of the various platforms. He recognized the need for an Internet Services group and created it without additional resources. Recent activities included proposing a variety of desktop virtualization solutions to reduce the budgeted spend on PC refresh.
Ben has led significant projects in the technology area that included migrating from simple disk storage to Storage Area Networks (SANs), bringing all of International Paper's Internet hosting in-house and migration of the entire Unix environment to a more scalable, robust platform. In the business arena, he has lead stabilization efforts for enterprise portals where change management issues were the culprit. He worked with business analysts on two continents to come to a global recommendation on a Manufacturing Execution System.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and serves on the BRIDGES Board of Advisors and the Executive Committee for the University of Mississippi School of Engineering Advisory Board.