Robert A. "Rob" Strickland is currently Director and President of Strickland Consulting LLC, which advises companies on the use of technology to achieve strategic business results. Prior to his current position, Rob was Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of T-Mobile USA, Inc., and was responsible for an operation that supported 33.8M wireless subscribers in North America. Strickland has also held senior executive technology positions at EchoStar Communications Corporation, and Landmark Communications, where he helped shape the strategy and subsequent success of The Weather Channel as a major source of weather information on the Internet.
Rob has been honored with a CIO 100 Award twice, in 2009 and in 2006.
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Until retiring in 2002, Stan McKee served for over 13 years as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Electronic Arts Inc., the world's largest developer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Among his many claims to fame in the gaming industry, he led the acquisition by EA of Maxis, which led to the final development of the innovative The Sims. During Stan's executive-committee tenure, EA grew to become a leader in the global gaming business online and across all game platforms, including the development and acquisition of many leading brand franchises such as Madden Football. Mr. McKee has served on numerous private company and joint venture boards and holds B.A and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University.
Jeffrey Papows, PhD
Jeffrey Papows is President & Chief Executive Officer of Weblayers, the industry leader for automated IT governance solutions. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Papows has a proven history of success in both emerging companies and global organizations. Most notably, Papows was president and CEO of Lotus Development Corporation where he is widely credited for taking Lotus Notes from its initial release to sales of more than 70 million copies worldwide, making it the leading collaboration platform. Upon the acquisition of Lotus, Papows helped steer the company's successful integration into IBM. Papows was also president of Cognos Corporation, taking the business intelligence software provider from its early stages to sustained profitability, a successful public offering and years of continued growth that met or exceeded market expectations.
Papows has been a frequent guest of CNN and Fox News. A successful author, Papows wrote "Enterprise.com: Information Leadership in the Digital Age" has sold more than 80,000 copies.
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Rob Davis, the founder of VIA Partners, is a recognized thought leader in strategy, organizational design, brand, and implementing complex change. He is viewed by many senior executive clients as a trusted advisor when they face difficult choices associated with improving business performance. Rob has over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies spanning the Telecommunications, Financial Services, High Tech, and Consumer Packaged Goods industries, and works with clients to define strategic change, and ensure successful implementation and achievement of desired results.
Prior to VIA Partners, Rob was Managing Vice President of Hitachi Consulting, leading the Organization & Transformation Solutions Practice. Before Hitachi, Rob served as VP & Managing Director, Strategy & Organization Effectiveness Practice for Dove Consulting, which was acquired by Hitachi in 2005.