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IT Senior Leader, Project Management, Strategy, Implementation, Cloud

Tempe, Arizona, United States
August 31, 2017

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Thomas F. Gauthier (C) 847-***-**** 218 W Greentree Dr. Tempe AZ 85284

Technology Senior Professional

Technology Leadership/Strategy/Architecture Business/IT Value Delivery

Tom is an experienced Sr. Manager that has led many large, complex programs to add business value through technology and business process change. Tom has led many business and IT professionals, overseeing all activities, such as network, infrastructure, strategy, architecture, migrations (Cloud), conversions, integration, upgrades and new development. Tom has developed many business cases for many transformational projects including the management of over $10M in recurring software business along with identification, sales and delivery of over $20M in new projects. Tom has developed executive relationships with many F500 to offer new services and products to solve complex business and technology challenges.

Exceeded personal metrics in revenue and costs consistently with strong year end ratings. Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills with published articles, speaking events and patents. Able to translate the technical into business acumen.

Managed strategic projects and relationships with c-level executives at Merck, Wal-Mart, Ecolab, Johnson & Johnson, Pharmacia, AmerisourceBergen, CHS Inc., CarMax, Republic Services, VMWare, Generac, Moody’s, Ardent Mills, ADM, Sub-Zero/Wolf, ThermoFisher Scientific, US Navy, Lexmark and others.

Core Competencies

Problem/Issue Resolution

Applying disruptive technologies

IT Strategy

Application Development & Integration

P&L Leadership


Program/Project Management

Business Development

Relationship Building

Technical Process Consulting

Vendor Management

Team Leadership

Training & Development

Cross Industry Experience


Independent Consulting – Tempe AZ May 2017 - Present

As an IT advisor for several new business ventures, Tom has been consulting with business leaders to provide IT and Business leadership advice. Tom has been assisting with the development of new business cases and designs of new technologies, architecture, mobile, and cloud to support start-up business ventures. Tom has led many business needs analysis sessions and translated them into technical and business modifications and programs to drive results.

Cultura Technologies Alpharetta GA (Working from Tempe, AZ) August 2015 – May 2017

Director – Enterprise Group – Agricultural Software (P&L Lead)

Leading a team (~50 people, ~$10M Revenue) that is focused on solving complex business/technology issues for large/global Agri-Food organizations through technology innovation and management. Partnering to drive increased revenue, improved asset efficiency and reduction of SG&A through modern technology and process (Financial/Accounting, Order to Cash, Procure to Pay, and Transportation)

Leading the operations team focused on technology innovation (4 Emerging projects), development, customer service, professional services, funded enhancements and delivery

Leading the commercial team requires a focus on building relationships with business and technology leaders of the largest Ag-companies to understand strategy and tactical needs to bring new value through technologies. In 18 months, I led the identification of over 23 projects >$250K [Prior to my arrival there were no projects of this size in the pipeline.] Proposed on several projects >$700K. [Prior to my arrival there were no proposals of this size in 3+ years.]

Specialist as an ERP (SAP, Oracle) architect. Leading the strategy, design and implementation of Enterprise architecture for large global companies.

Work with global customers and business units internally to strategize new solutions and services to meet the market demands that include Cloud, Mobile, ERP (SAP, Oracle) Architecture, Integration

Monitor and encourage the use of technologies to provide direction and metric monitoring to meet goals and be compliant to corporate data needs

Advise our customers and internal leaders to future technology direction

Develop contract terms and agreements for the deployment of new and existing solutions

Evaluate talent to add to our team while working to enhance the capabilities of our existing team

Provide process improvements to Sales (heavy use of, Professional Services, Customer Support, Software Development, Quality Assurance, Innovation

Manage the budget and expectations of our parent company, meet operational metrics and present our strategies to corporate

Leveraged JIRA for Software Development in an Agile environment. Deployed applications in AZURE.

Deloitte Consulting Phoenix, AZ Apr 2007 – Aug 2015

Sr. Manager (IT Strategy & Architecture)

National Service Offering leader for Application Strategy, Rationalization and Package Selection

Primary role is to be an advisor and project leader to business and technology executives of Fortune 1000 companies to solve complex business and technology issues and develop new business capabilities by combining process and technology solutions and in some cases required to lead the implementation of the new environments that included ERP, CRM, Mobile and other technologies.

Leveraging IT strategy-Application Rationalization, Cloud, IoT, Disruptive Technologies, Mobility, Integration, CRM (Salesforce and platform), ERP (SAP, Oracle, other) and Best of Breed Package and Implementation Selection, Business and Technical Architecture, and project and application portfolio management

Lead initial client conversations, opportunities and pursuits of a diverse nature that result in multi-millions in consulting revenue and managed projects. Have significantly exceeded all sales and managed goals for 8+ years

Negotiated and managed alliance and vendor contracts.

Have written and collaborated to co-write several Deloitte IT service offerings, internal and external articles focused in solving business problems and upgrading business capabilities through the use of Application Portfolio Strategy, Cloud, Architecture and Technology Selection

Led many application portfolio/rationalization strategy projects to advise Fortune 1000 companies on upgrading technologies to ERP or best of breed (including Cloud and open source technologies)

Manage multiple accounts and projects and am responsible for helping to develop or evolve the IT strategy, execution and organizations of both large and medium sized clients

Have led large strategy projects concentrating in the areas of portfolio management (prioritization and execution of projects), application portfolio, IT business case, software selection, IT Governance, infrastructure rationalization, IT Service Management, IT Organization, IT Finance, and future state roadmaps (heavily ERP focused).

In addition to client facing responsibilities, I continue to lead internal projects to improve Industry and Service line eminence, professional development of staff, recruiting and volunteer events

Operations responsibilities include team sales pipelines, managing P/L’s, budget, team recruiting, capacity planning and utilization, margin on projects and operations processes

Project Examples:

Most projects I worked directly with the CIO.

Led an 8 week IT Strategy project for the second largest waste company (>$8B) in the US that resulted in being asked to continue as the IT Advisor Full-time for nearly three years. The first project was $400K, but my work identified and led nearly $15M in additional IT efforts over the following thirty months. Worked closely with the CIO and VP of IT.

Led an ERP Strategy project ($500K) for a fast growing $2B Manufacturing/Aerospace Company that resulted in subsequent phases of work that totaled more than $20M in IT projects.

Led an Cloud ERP Selection and Strategy project $450K that resulted in an additional $4M in Cloud ERP Implementation

Led a large Pharmaceutical IT Application Rationalization. CEO was looking for $100M in savings. Developed the plan and begin execution to achieve nearly $120M in savings.

Developed frameworks and methods for Application Strategy, Selection and Rationalization

Gartner Inc. Chicago, IL Jan 2005 – Apr 2007

Director (IT Strategy and Architecture)

Primary role was to combine IT and business research, best practices and experience into feasible business and IT solutions for large companies and c-Level executives to solve complex IT strategy issues surrounding Enterprise Systems (ERP), Supply Chain and Integration.

Led multiple IT strategy projects (some global) in the areas of business case development, ERP selection, Systems Implementation partner selections, Landscape Strategy, Deployment Strategy, Implementation strategy and Support Strategy.

Multiple ERP risk assessments. Role of project manager and Subject Matter Expert.

Also have been involved in several large projects that involved outsourcing business processes (BPO) in supply chain, procurement and data centers.

Project Examples:

Led multiple strategic ERP Business Case/Selection projects for large companies of diverse industry designation.

Led several CIO through the development of an IT Strategy for the companies that I served. This was developing the strategy from scratch. This included all aspects of IT.

Developed the internal frameworks and methods for ERP Selection.

CCP Global, Inc. Chicago, IL Feb 2000 – Dec 2004

Director (Global Solutions & IT)

Led large scale eProcurement systems implementations and integration to ERP for Grainger, Johnson & Johnson, Pharmacia, Best Buy, and other fortune 1000 organizations. Tom also worked closely to manage implementation teams, software providers and vendors.

Was responsible for development of solutions involved with Inventory Management, Catalogs, call centers and internet retail. These responsibilities included the heavy use of workflow.

In addition to these client duties, held the position of senior leader responsible for IT strategy, infrastructure, performance, budgets, and innovation for remote consulting professionals.

CBSI – Covansys, Schaumburg IL Sep 1998 – Feb 2000

Senior Manager

National Competency Center Lead and Knowledge Manager. Design and management of Implementation Methodologies and Knowledge Management tools.

Hands-on Project Manager for >$4M SAP R/3 Implementations.

KPMG/Bearing Point Feb 1997 – Aug 1998

Chicago, IL - Manager

SAP Manager on Mid-size engagements (>$5M fees, completed on-time and under budget), Managed budget, Team-Client Technical Communications, Scope Management, proposing add-on work. Also, Kick-off leader, Business Blueprinting, Configuration, ASAP Lead, Resources configuration, Data Clean-up & Conversion.

The Procter & Gamble Company, OH May 1991 - Feb 1997

Systems Analyst/Engineer

Led the upgrade of SAP R/3 and continued improvements in SAP MM & PP.

Led the design and execution of multi-site, multi-functional R&D systems that eliminated redundant work in the areas of Materials Management, Quality Control, Consumer and Technical Testing, and Lab & Plant Production. (LIMS).

Developed applications in multiple languages and reviewed complex code of developers.

Received two patents for hair care technology (us 5,776,871, us 5,624,666)

U.S. Army Reserves - Arlington Heights IL 1986 - 1995

Staff Sergeant

U.S. Army Special Forces-Paratrooper (Top Secret Security Clearance with DOD for 8 years).


B.S. Chemical Engineering University of Illinois - Urbana, Il

U.S. Army School of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Technology - Ft. McClellan, AL

On-going classes in Management Skills, Personal Development, Business Finance, Relationship Management, Goal Setting, Economics, Team Motivation, Leadership and Training.


Certifications: PMP – Project Management Professional, Ariba Engineer, SAP MM, PP, ASAP

Various Sales & Management recognitions – Deloitte, Gartner, CCP Global, P&G

Two “Work Process Improvement Awards” while in industry role

US Army: Multiple Army Commendations for Outstanding Service in the Areas for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Technologies

Personal Interests/Organizations

Board of Directors: National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Cub Scout Leader, Boy Scout Leader and Committee Chairman; Baseball, Basketball, & Soccer Coach; Knights of Columbus; Church Leadership Council; Working on my Private Pilot License

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