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Chicago, IL, 60606
September 06, 2008

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James LaSota

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Information Technology – Server Technology – Strategic Planning

Technology and business visionary with executive and hands-on experience in automating multi-billion dollar enterprises. Strong record of success in creating robust IT architecture and infrastructure. Proven ability to use technology to solve business issues while managing costs and risks. 13 years experience. Provide strategic direction to senior management on enterprise technology decisions.

 Technology Architecture & Integration

 Global IT Delivery

 Budgeting & Cost Control

 Organization & Staff Development

 Staff Management & Team Building

 Strategic Analysis

Dynamic management career with strong leadership, problem-solving, planning, team building, and project management skills. Recruit, develop, motivate, and retain diverse staff structuring them in teams that deliver results and savings. Full responsibility for multi-million dollar budgets.


CME Group, Inc., Chicago, IL 2002 – present

Associate Director of Distributed Computing

Provide executive leadership as head of global Distributed Computing Division. Responsible for all aspects of strategic planning, implementation, and support worldwide. Engineered turnaround of division performance and service levels. Managed and delivered multiple large scale projects on time and within budget. Responsible for budgeting, design, and support of production, electronic trading server infrastructure.

 Direct Tech Support, Server Deployment, and SAN Infrastructure for a 3,500+ server fleet. Improve service levels. Establish rapport and credibility with department heads. Reduced average help desk backlog to 90% responsiveness within same day.

 Hired and managed geographically dispersed staff of differing cultures. Assessed staff capabilities/performance and determined educational requirements.

 Effectively introduced and integrated new technologies for global customers. Responsible for supporting worldwide users utilizing the CME Group, Inc. (CME) GLOBEX trading infrastructure.

 Developed Sarbanes Oxley and SAS70 controls for Distributed Computing financial server infrastructure.

Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc., Chicago, IL 1999 – 2002


 Met budgetary and operational goals through the development of short and long term business objectives that effectively utilized company resources.

 Provided technical and business support for electronic trading systems.

 Led technology team responsible for developing standards in all areas of IT emphasizing the electronic trading infrastructure.

 Partnered with business unit executives to identify, develop, and implement IT opportunities to improve the operating effectiveness and financial performance of the organization.

 Assessed staff capabilities/performance and determined educational requirements.

Andersen Consulting, Chicago, IL 1996 – 1998


 Senior consultant on technology for Sprint PCS and LTV Steel accounts. Contributed to key strategic business objectives leveraging Andersen’s IT capability.

 Spearheaded transition from outdated enterprise-wide technologies to highly functional, streamlined, and cost-effective client-server technologies and business solutions that dramatically improved efficiency, decreased expenses, and optimized data integrity.

 Developed deployment strategies, proposals for technology transfer, and coordinated implementation with engineers/technicians, project managers, and upper management.

 Developed policies and procedures to facilitate sound change management practices within the corporate network environment to minimize downtime / problems.

 Designed, documented, and implemented the infrastructure for developing and enhancing software solutions. The infrastructure encompassed all of the processes, methods, standards, tools, and hardware necessary to design, build, and unit test application software.


University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Bachelor of Science – Computer Engineering

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Master of Business Administration – Finance and Strategic Management

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