During his 40 year career in information technology, Tom Trainer, the former corporate CIO of PepsiCo, has seen it evolve from the back office shop to the critical cornerstone of most organizations, regardless of their size. At PepsiCo, he was responsible for all technology decisions and IT operations. His well-honed leadership skills enabled him to work in close collaboration with the company's division leaders to leverage IT as a driver of business growth and competitive advantage.
Transforming IT organizations in Fortune 1000 companies has played a major role in shaping Trainer’s career as a corporate CIO. While he was CIO of Seagram, he successfully enabled a major business process transformation, which included a new manufacturing system and a new supply-chain system. He also carried out a similar set of business process transformation initiatives for Reebok Worldwide and for Eli Lilly.
Now retired, Trainer's consulting and research work for BTM Corporation focuses on aligning business and technology in global organizations with the goal of creating sustainable innovation. In this podcast, Tom Trainer draws from his CIO career to discuss quality practices, transformation, governance, business and technology alignment, and innovation. He also provides some advice for CIOs who face a pending company merger or a changing or the guard in executive leadership.
Tom Trainer is a well-recognized and awarded leader in the business technology field. He has served on the BTM Corporation's board of directors in various capacities from its inception. As executive chairman of BTM Global 2000, Mr. Trainer focuses on executing the company’s growth plan in the area of Global 2000 customer expansion, industry alliances, and strategic partnerships. He is a contributing author for The Alignment Effect and a co-author of Winning The 3- Legged Race.
Most recently as PepsiCo's senior vice president and chief information officer, he led the company's 2,300-member information technology organization, PepsiCo Business Solutions Group (PBSG), where he had an annual operating budget of more than $1.4B. He was responsible for all technology decisions and operations, and worked in collaboration with PepsiCo's division leaders to drive business growth and competitive advantage by leveraging information technology across the company.