Charlie Feld to be inducted into Hall of Fame

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July 25, 2017
Charlie Feld will be inducted into the Tech Titans Hall of Fame at the Tech Titans Awards Gala on August 25.

How to describe Charlie Feld? Let’s start with the description of the Hall of Fame award: a visionary from the metroplex known for outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing and accelerating the performance of the technology industry and/or adoption of technology in North Texas.

Then, consider a few of his career highlights and contributions to IT sector:
Charlie began his career in 1966 at IBM. “I had never seen a computer before and did not know what a systems engineer did. However, the job paid well and sounded more important than selling IBM typewriters. It has turned out to be a wonderful journey for me.“  – Charlie Feld.

After developing a strong knowledge base at IBM, he became head of IT at Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo. Charlie rose to the top of the IT function at Frito-Lay and developed a mature IT department. From 1981-92 he served as CIO of Frito-Lay – one of the first outstanding corporate CIOs in America (Forbes, July 2014).

Then, he did it all over again. He launched the Feld Group in 1992 and began delivering CIO expertise to major corporations.  He served in numerous IT leadership and senior advisory roles, including as Interim CIO at Delta Air Lines, Burlington Northern Railroad, and First Data Resources; adviser to EDS’s CEO and board of directors; and mentor to the CIOs of WellPoint and FedEx. From 2004-2008, Charlie was a senior EVP and member of EDS’s executive committee. Feld Group was acquired by EDS in 2008 in a $89M deal.

“Charlie is a true systems thinker. And to be a great CIO, you have to be a systems thinker. These large enterprises are very, very complex systems.” - Jean-Michel Ares, CTO, the BMO Financial Group. Dallas Business Journal, February 2017

In 2008 he “retired” and wrote Blind Spot: A Leader’s Guide to IT-Enabled Business Transformation.

And in 2009, he launched the Feld Group Institute to develop the next-generation of global business and IT leaders. Its curriculum and management development activities draw heavily upon Charlie’s leadership insights, operational experience, and time-tested strategic framework for enterprise success.

In 2017 he continues to shape the future of IT. In recognition of his outstanding career achievements and industry contributions, he is the recipient of this year’s Tech Titans Hall of Fame Award as well as Dallas CIO’s Leadership Award.

“Charlie’s not retired. Charlie’s never going to retire.” -  Tom Nealon, president of Southwest Airlines.

Tom Nealon may be on to something. Congratulations, Charlie!
Amy Alexander, Director, Marketing and Communications
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