2015 CIO ADVISORY BOARD & STAFF
Founded in 2003, GeorgiaCIO is the professional organization for Georgia's information technology leaders. Its membership is comprised exclusively of chief information officers or individuals in equivalent positions at companies and organizations throughout the state. GeorgiaCIO a non-profit, non-commercial organization led by an Advisory Board of Georgia CIOs, including:
Karen Renner, VP & CIO
Karen Renner was appointed Vice President and CIO of Novelis, Inc. in October 2010. As head of Novelis’ IT organization and member of the company’s Global Operating Committee, Karen is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s global information technology and business information strategy.
Karen began her career with Lockheed Martin in engineering. While at Lockheed, she attended Georgia State University where she received a MBA in Finance and after three years in Atlanta, she moved to Nashville, TN as an industrial Engineer with Northern Telecom. In Nashville, Karen transferred to Emerson Electric for three years as Operations Manager in the temperature controls division. She also worked as a part-time instructor in Financial Accounting at Cumberland University. Karen joined General Electric in 1992 in the GE Capital division. She held a variety of positions in engineering, call center management, technology, operations, e-business, IT and Six Sigma. In 1999, she was appointed quality leader TMS and in 2000, CIO for IT Solutions Products division. Karen joined GE Energy in October 2001 in Atlanta, GA to lead Acquisition Integration. In September 2005, she became the CIO GE Security in Bradenton, FL.
Throughout her career, Karen has been active with various IT-related and women-in-technology groups and has served in IT advisory roles for non-profit organizations, including the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Karen is also the 2013 Georgia CIO of the Year Award winner in the Global category.
Joe Surber, SVP & CIO
Joe Surber is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for AGL Resources (NYSE:GAS). As Chief Information Officer since 2008, he is responsible for the ongoing enhancement of the company's technology platform in alignment with business goals. His role extends to leadership of the company's enterprise portfolio of real estate and facilities. Recognized as a strategic thinker with the ability to bridge business and technology, Joe counsels AGL Resources business leaders and technical teams on how to design and deliver solutions that maximize value for the company.
Joe has been an integral part of the company's Information Technology department since 2004. Previously, he served the company as Managing Director responsible for all applications, networking, telecommunications and data center operations supporting AGL Resources and its gas distribution companies, retail operations and wholesale services. Joe began his career at IBM and BankSouth before serving as a partner in technology consulting.
Member Engagement Chair
Janet Sherlock, VP & CIO
Janet Sherlock is SVP and CIO of Carter’s based in Atlanta, GA. Carter’s is the market leader of baby and children’s apparel under both the Carter’s and OshKosh B’Gosh brands.
Prior to joining Carter’s, Janet was a Research Director for AMR Research, now a division of Gartner Research.
Janet held CIO roles and senior leadership positions in various companies including: Calico Corners, Guess?, Inc., ARCO am/pm© stores and Mobil Oil.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Janet holds a BS in Business Logistics from Pennsylvania State University and a MBA from Marymount University. Janet is Vice Chair of National Retail Federation (NRF), CIO Council and Board Member of AAFA (American Apparel and Footwear Association), and an Advisory Board member of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA).
Member Engagement Vice Chair
Bryson Koehler, CIO
The Weather Company
Bryson is a firm believer in IT as a Service – the concept where IT “gets out of the way” and openly arms every product developer with the tools they need to crank out an endless supply of innovations.
As a member of the Executive Committee and self-proclaimed weather geek, Bryson plays a key role in the overall business strategy for The Weather Company. As head of the technology group, Bryson oversees the strategic vision, technical direction, execution, and operations of all technology initiatives, systems, and platforms across all of the company’s four divisions – TV, Digital, Professional, and International.
Bryson brings a passion for change and innovation by sitting at the strategy table for both business and technology groups within large and small enterprises. He uses his 20+ years of experience from Exigen Capital, IHG, Vicorp, USWeb, and Arthur Andersen to help companies transform their business capabilities and utilize elegantly simple solutions that are always focused on maximizing the business goals of to the company.
He has and is serving on many customer advisory boards, including Verizon Business, Genesys, Microsoft, Google, Akamai, & HCL. He was selected by the Executive Alliance as the Quality Leadership Executive of the Year in 2007. In 2010, Bryson was recognized by CIO magazine as One to Watch with an additional standout award for innovation, hen lead IHG to become ranked #2 on InformationWeek’s Top 500 innovative technology companies. In 201.3 Bryson was awarded the ATP Innovation of the Year award and in 2014 lead The Weather Company to be named as a top 10-technology company in the state of Georgia. In 2014, Bryson became the Enterprise winner for the Georgia CIO of the Year® Awards.
Bryson earned his double bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. He has lived in the Atlanta area for 15 years, is married, and has five children. He is active in his community and has served as the co-captain for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), executive sponsor of the Women In Technology (WIT) program in Atlanta, and is the chief of his son’s Indian Guides program with the YMCA. He is on the Board of Directors for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, The Technology Association of Georgia, San Francisco based Revinate, and is the Member Engagement Vice Chair of the GCLA.
Lee Crump, CIO & Group Vice President
Lee Crump is CIO and Group Vice President of Business Support for Rollins, Inc. Rollins, based in Atlanta, has annual revenues of over $1.3B and is the parent company of Orkin Pest Control, and other well-known pest control companies. Prior to joining Rollins in 2009, Lee spent 10 years as the CIO of Memphis based Terminix International, a ServiceMaster subsidiary.
Lee holds the PMP credential from the Project Management Institute and has a long track record of successfully delivering major systems implementations. He was the Six Sigma Executive Deployment Champion for Terminix. He has spent over 35 years in IT, equally divided between IT Executive Management and Business Consulting.
Lee serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Atlanta YearUp, Georgia Junior Achievement, and CHRIS Kids. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA), the Association of Telecommunications Professionals (ATP) and the Sprint CIO Advisory Board. He is a volunteer and mentor for Year-Up, and in 2013 he received the Year-Up Urban Empowerment Award.
He is a member of American Mensa, the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Technology Association of Georgia, (TAG), and the Society of Information Managers (SIM). In addition, he was the recipient of the 2012 Global Georgia CIO of the Year® Award
Programs Vice Chair
Bill VanCuren, VP & CIO
Bill VanCuren is Vice President and CIO for NCR Corporation. Bill is a member of both the corporate leadership team and Chief Financial Office organizations.
His current assignment as the CIO has oversight over the full application realization process, portfolio management, global networks, and processing services for both internal and external customer services, security and compliancy, and all workgroup computing. Bill has 30 years of experience in the information technology (IT) field and has held increasingly responsible positions.
Bill established the first NCR captive IT development center in India, championed the engineering processes to achieve the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) Level 3, and has driven world-class levels of both efficiency and improved effectiveness via a combined IT and business governance. As a result of implementing leading practice strategies, his organization is consistently named to the Information Week500, and was listed in CIO magazine’s 2014 CIO 100. In addition, Bill received the Global Georgia CIO of the Year Award in 2011.
Bill earned his Bachelor of Science degree, Cum Laude, from The Ohio State University and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton. He has also received executive training at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, along with a variety of extended leadership training from the NCR University. In addition, Bill is a member of both The Ohio State University Buckeye Club and the President’s Club.
He is an advisory board member of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA). He is also an Advisory Board Member for the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia – Terry School of Business, MIS Department.
Bill lives in Johns Creek, GA with his wife, Jeannie, and their three sons. His hobbies include skiing and landscaping.
John Trainor, CIO
John Trainor is Chief Information Officer of Aaron's, Inc., an Atlanta-based specialty retailer that leases furniture, electronics, and appliances. Since 1999, he has helped Aaron's grow from 450 stores to over 1800 with over $2B in revenue. Prior to joining Aaron's, he worked in technology roles at the Southern Company and the United States Senate. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
As the technology leader at Aaron’s, John’s primary focus is on business engagement and alignment. He expects his organization to place the most emphasis on individuals and interactions. He positions his organization to be able to be responsive to changing business needs and growth.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Corporate VP, Technology
SVP & CIO
FHLB of Atlanta
Dr. Curtis A. Carver Jr.
Univ. System of GA
SVP & CIO/CFO
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
American Cancer Society
Group SVP & CIO
GA Dept. of Revenue
SVP & CIO
Arby's Restaurant Group
Dr. Ephraim McLean
Georgia State Univ.
The Coca-Cola Company
VP Information Systems
GEORGIA CIO STAFF
CIO Awards Program Manager