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Ron Thompson

Executive Director/Chief Data Officer (CDO)

Quantum Space

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United States


Ron Thompson is an accomplished and highly seasoned Data and Digital Transformation Executive with 30+ years of experience steering large-scale change to high-profile public and private organizations. He is adept at leading major organizational change while integrating emerging technologies to fortify digital and data activities in highly visible leadership capacities. In addition to his executive technical strengths, Ron possesses a strong aptitude for strategic and operational governance. This includes his capacity to manage multi-billion-dollar budgets and large teams in support of a global network serving hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. He excels at working collaboratively with C-level counterparts while building the bench of viable future leaders through a blend of strategic, operational, and technical vision. Currently serving NASA HQ as their leading expert in Data Strategy and Digital Transformation, Ron has fostered a reputation as an industry subject matter expert paving the way to new organizational stability robust technical architecture and optimization. He continues to revolutionize existing infrastructures in order to meet emerging challenges head-on while establishing policies and procedures that fortify ongoing IT and strategy improvement. HIGHLIGHTS: ➥ Improved bottom line and portfolio efficiency 30% through new governance model for investment portfolio comprising 700+ investments and $7B annual spend. ➥ Led all IT, facilities, HR, and financial operations for Fortune 10-sized agency, managing $200B budget and 350K+ staff to serve 22 million U.S. Veterans. ➥ Delivered $30M+ in savings while streamlining workflows by migrating 6 disparate email systems and consolidating 35K personnel to one cloud-based solution. ➥ Fortified NASA's digital posture by establishing a foundation of data, AI, and machine learning that cultivated an adaptable culture pivotal to continuous improvement. ➥ Leveraged human-centered design thinking to develop 4 conceptual minimum viable solutions that improves pace of delivery 5% over 5 years. STRENGTHS: C-Level Executive Leadership | Digital Transformation | Team Leadership & Motivation | Public and Motivational Speaking | Consensus Building | Organizational Planning & Growth | Strategic Planning & Execution | IT Solution & Architecture | P&L Leadership Process Improvement | Risk & Compliance Management | Collaborative Partnerships | Growth & Budget Management | Talent & Resource Mobilization and Leadership | Data Analytics | Process Optimization | IT Service Management ITSM/ITIL

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Executive Director/Chief Data Officer (CDO) at Quantum Space


Executive MBA, Business Administration and Management, with Honors