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The Avasant Distinguished Fellows Program promotes thought leadership and provides subject matter expertise for Avasant’s clientele. Selected from a pool of over 500 nominations, the program brings together C-level executives and board-seasoned leaders who possess decades of experience in their competencies, which include CEO, COO, CIO, CISO, Chief Process Officer, and other key c-suite roles across various industries, including:  retail, manufacturing, banking, utilities, healthcare, travel and transportation and pharmaceuticals.  The Fellows create strategies and executive programs that provide unique value to Avasant’s clients in the areas of digital innovation, process transformation, IT, information security and operational risk management, BPO, procurement,  and business strategy.

    Executive Committee

  • Ray Barnard

    Chairman, Avasant Distinguished Fellows Program and Former Executive VP , Fluor Corporation

  • James Rinaldi

    Chief IT Advisor and Former CIO, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Naresh Lachmandas

    Partner, Avasant and Former CIO, L3 Technologies CSW and General Atomics

  • Robert Devers

    Sr. Director, Avasant and Former CIO, Virco

  • Vinnie Tiru

    Former SVP and CIO, Sony Latin America

  • Distinguished Fellows

  • Jim Addison

    Former Vice President, Boardriders and COO, Oakley

  • Simon Bell

    CEO, Armillary Ventures and Former Investment Specialist, IFC

  • Neil Brandmaier

    Former CIO, CDPHP

  • Javier Peña Capobianco

    International consultant, IDB and ITC (UNCTAD-WTO)

  • John Caruthers

    Executive Advisor, Evotek and Former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

  • Lynne Chernow

    Former SVP and Chief of IT Staff, HBO

  • Vincent Cirel

    Former CIO/CTO at Scientific Games and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

  • Steve Gerst

    Former Regional Medical Director, PwC and Former President, Columbia/HCA

  • John Gilboy

    Former CIO, Global Eagle Entertainment and SVP, Union Bank

  • Larry Godec

    TBM Council, Chairman and Former CIO, First American Financial

  • Paul Goldberg

    Former CIO, AECOM and CTO, Repucom

  • Janet Gosche

    Former Principal, Strategic Governance Global Practice, Avasant

  • Joel D. Jacobs

    Vice President & CIO, Mitre Corporation

  • Carol Jones

    CIO & Director of IT Services at Sandia National Laboratories

  • Dr. John Kamauff

    Chief Procurement Officer and Chief Alliances Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment

  • Gary Kho

    Former CTO and CMO, Wanda Studios

  • Michael WJ Long

    Former Vice President, Maximus Canada

  • Renée B. Lahti

    Former CIO & CIDO at Hitachi, CIO at S.C.Johnson and CIO & CISO at Symantec

  • Bertrand Leroux

    Former CIO at Activision Blizzard and Vivendi

  • Randi Levin

    CIO, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Former CTO, City of Los Angeles

  • Husain Mairza

    Former CIO, Kuwait International Bank and Commercial Bank of Kuwait

  • Fred Pond

    Former CIO, Columbia Sportswear

  • Fernando Pons

    Former V.P HR, Corporate Services and Chief Administrative Officer, EBRD and Former Head of Service Management, Rio Tinto

  • Adrian Quayle

    Retired Managing Partner, Avasant Europe

  • Carol Rizzo

    Former CTO at AIG, Kasier Permanante

  • Libby Roney

    Former CIO at Chanel, Lechters Houseware, Melville Corp, and Kmart

  • Sudip Roy

    Former Shared Services & Transformation Consultant, BDO UK

  • Tony Saldanha

    Former VP, Global Business Services & IT at P&G and Cofounder of Inixia

  • Nuria Simo

    Former CIO at IDB, EADS (now Airbus), Campofrio Food group and Quest International

  • Marie Smith

    Former IT Director, Edwards Lifesciences and VP IT, Eaton Corp.

  • Randall Spires

    Former Principal, Zero Point Forward and Director, PWC

  • Ali Tafreshi

    CIO, Authority Brand and Former SVP & CIO, DFW Airport

  • Kim Terry

    Former Executive VP, OceanX and CIO, Guthy Renker

  • Harold Tuck

    Former CIO, County of San Diego

  • Srinivas Vangala

    Former CIO, Forest Laboratories (Allergan)


    Former CIO and Regional CEO at Wyndham Worldwide, Genpact and American Standard Companies

Subject Matter Expert Advisory

Each C-suite executive leverages deep end-to-end operational and industry knowledge within their domain of expertise.

Avasant Fellows provide highly specialized consulting services as subject matter experts (SME), including IT, IS, BPO, process and digital transformation, and other supported services. Avasant Fellows are also able to act as a ‘virtual board of directors’ for senior managers.

Innovation and Executive Workshops

Oftentimes, organizations are unable to bring the right expertise and innovation to decision-making.

Avasant Fellows provide strategic leadership that supports strategic decision-making through 2-3 day workshops that can help plan for:
• Digital Innovation
• Organization Transformation
• Driving innovation through Technology
• Information and Cyber Security
• Platform Modernization and Cloud Strategy
• Process Improvement and Automation
• Network/Telecom Architecture and Sourcing
• Industry-specific Transformation and Technology Strategy

CIO As a Service and Interim CXO Roles

Each Avasant Fellow has, on average, 20 years of experience as an industry C-suite executive.

Organizations today are struggling to maintain best practices and retain operational skills to manage IT in-house. Avasant Fellows provide hands-on interim management, assisting with all aspects of strategy, management, and performance. The Fellows provide clients with strategic leadership that helps organizations budget, prepare, and manage IT portfolios, IT expenditures, vendors, and changes in technology. By building a proven, long-term plan for business IT needs, Avasant Fellows can help clients improve service, reduce costs, and operate with increased efficiency. Avasant Fellows can also fill interim executive roles as CIO, CISO, CTO, COO, and CSO as needed.