Michael Freker

Technology Leader that drives change and business outcomes

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Global Technology leader with history of increasing organizational velocity to drive business expansion while building high performing teams focused on innovative solutions aligned with the business strategy measured by defined results. Specialties: Organizational Leadership: Focused technology business leader on driving strategy throughout global organizations while developing high performing teams (> 200 staff) with emphasis on value, transparency and execution. Running IT “As a Business”: Leads technology teams as a service focused organization aligned to the business strategy measured by outcomes and results. Technology contributions defined by business value at industry cost benchmarks. Change & Challenge Management: Ability to innovate and drive global transformation in multiple billion dollar companies. Deep history in leading organizations forward by removing obstacles and providing “hands on” leadership in times of need to solve technology problems and through development/execution of business continuity plans. Business Collaboration: Values deep transparency ensuring strong business relationships aligned with the delivery of technology services with strategy. Able to translate complex technical problems into business terms. Financial Management: Strong financial acumen developed through sound judgment, deep experience in cost containment and budget reduction exercises, acquisition due diligence, business divesture separation and structured vendor management programs. Experience in building value based business cases and return on investments on technology commitments. Risk Management: Ensures business risk is managed through structured approach to the delivery of security services, governance, business continuity, and disaster recovery.

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Jan 2015 - Present

Prudential Financial

Vice President, Technology

An insurance leader for more than 135 years, Prudential Financial offers innovative ways to manage risk and provide guaranteed retirement income. An integral part of that tradition for the past 88 years, Prudential Retirement delivers retirement plan solutions for over 4.1 million participants in public, private, and nonprofit organizations for 374.9 billion Retirement Account values. Lead the Retirement’s Technology Organization ensuring our products and services are available to our clients 24/7 365 days per year. Drive operations transformation and modernization through ServiceNow implementation, establishment of DevOps and AWS cloud presence through lean, test and learn frameworks and cost optimization.

Jan 2013 - Dec 2015

Octane Advisors Group

Principal Advisor

Strategic technology advisors focused on increasing business velocity for its clients through process, organization and technology optimization and delivery of global transformational initiatives. Deep experience in Technology Selection, Acquisition, Mergers Integration and Business Divestures separation. Approach is focused on tight client collaboration driven by transparency and value driven execution.

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Jan 2012 - Dec 2013

AOL

Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President

AOL is a $2.3 billon brand company, committed to continuously innovating, growth, and investing in their brands and experience that inform, entertain and connect the world. Drove the global enterprise technology direction and delivery defined by business outcomes, employee, and customer satisfaction.

Jan 2008 - Dec 2012

The McGraw-Hill Companies

Vice President, Global Enterprise Applications, Systems & Infrastructure Delivery

McGraw Hill Financial is the $5 billion leader in provider of ratings, benchmarks and analytics in the global capital and commodity markets comprised of Standards & Poor’s, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Platts, & J.D. Power. Formerly, The McGraw Hill Companies. Led the enterprise applications organization and managed the infrastructure delivery to enable business growth through technology innovation.

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Jan 2004 - Dec 2010

Seton Hall University

Assistant Rugby Coach

Participated in developing a competitive rugby club while transforming players into leaders through team work, dedication and focus.

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Jan 2005 - Dec 2008

WebMD

Vice President, CIO & CSO, Corporate Technology

WebMD is $550 million leading provider of health information services, serving consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers, and health plans. HLTH was $1.6 billion parent company of WebMD before being dissolved. Drove the corporate strategic direction of enterprise technology and established technology governance ensuring business collaboration and transparency.

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Jan 2001 - Dec 2005

WebMD

Director, Applications

WebMD is $550 million leading provider of health information services, serving consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers, and health plans. HLTH was $1.6 billion parent company of WebMD before being dissolved. Established enterprise shared services for technology, applications, information security, quote to cash and billing during the mergers of WebMD, Emdeon and Medical Manager creating a single health care focused company.

Jan 1998 - Dec 2001

Oracle Corporation

Senior Principal Consultant

Oracle is a $37 billion organization shifting the complexity from IT, moving it out of the enterprise by engineering hardware and software to work together—in the cloud and in the data center by eliminating complexity and simplifying IT. Led the Global Design / Implementation of Oracle HRMS at fortune 100 companies.

Jan 1998 - Dec 1998

Datastudy

Consultant

Delivered implementation services for Peoplesoft HR and Payroll products.

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Jan 1995 - Dec 1998

Price Waterhouse

Consultant

PwC focuses on audit and assurance, tax and consulting services. Additionally, in the US, PwC concentrates on 16 key industries and provides targeted services that include — but are not limited to — human resources, deals, forensics, and consulting services to help resolve complex issues and identify opportunities. Delivered implementations of Price Waterhouse developed International HR and Payroll software (Resource/IAMS). Managed two major corporation's outsourcing of Resource for international HR and Payroll processing.

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