Learn Today! Online Class - Leading Digital Transformation

About Us

Great leadership changes careers and transforms organizations.

About The Feld Group Institute

The Feld Group Institute was founded by Charlie Feld, to inspire a holistic approach to developing the next generation of leaders. It is our firm belief that great leadership can be learned – and has the power to change careers and transform organizations. Our mission is to help enterprise leaders to gain critical insights, adopt valuable guiding principles, and learn to recognize important patterns which will result in sustainable transformation.

Learning to integrate business and IT seamlessly through an enterprise is a complex undertaking. Our offerings enable leaders in today’s largest organizations to elevate their business and leadership skills, learn to leverage experience and opportunity, and avoid common missteps. The result is increased organizational agility, efficiency and improved business outcomes. Leaders we engage with are inspired to make a difference and are equipped with a framework for planning and leading transformation and renewed self-confidence and sense of purpose.

What Makes Us Different

Time Tested.  For over 50 years our team has successfully planned and led complex, technology-enabled business transformations of dozens of companies representing almost every industry.

Proven Effective Frameworks.  The Feld Group Institute Transformation, Leadership and Dialogue Frameworks provide an effective set of tools, insights and guiding principles, that have been used effectively to plan and lead those transformations.

We are deeply experienced practitioners.  Our team has spent their careers as CIOs, CTOs, CDOs and senior level corporate executive positions in highly competitive industries. We know what it takes to be successful because we’ve been in the seat.  We share real world lessons from these roles to elevate the knowledge and skill of the leaders we work with.

We focus on enterprise leaders.  We work with large organizations, often with complex legacy systems, to teach them how to effectively address the issues they’re facing head on, and allow them to successfully drive change.   

We establish personal relationships.  We don’t use an army of associates to manage engagements.  Our clients are our priority and work directly with highly experienced members of our team.  

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Russell Villemez

Affiliate, The Feld Group Institute

Head of Technology Strategy, Dialexa – a Feld Group Institute partner

Highly regarded CTO and change agent with IT strategy and enterprise architecture expertise.

Russell Villemez is an Affiliate with the Feld Group Institute and the head of Technology Strategy at Dialexa, a Technology Research, Design and Creation firm that works with organizations on initiatives such as Operational Transformation, Business Growth, and New Venture Creation.

During 17 years in operational roles and 15 years in consulting roles, Russell has worked across a variety of industries in both executive leadership positions and as a subject matter expert. Russell thrives on the scale and complexity of leading major change agendas in large corporate environments.

Recent consulting clients include AmerisourceBergen, the American Automobile Association, Brinker International, Cubic, Equifax, and Cox Automotive. A common thread is the client’s need for strong leadership during a period of change—whether motivated by acquisitions, spin-offs, competitive pressures, or other factors. Clients also benefit from Russell’s expertise in enterprise architecture, agile development, application portfolio rationalization, technology and architecture strategy, as well as business strategy and commercial software product development.

Recognized as a versatile IT executive, adept at solving complex problems with innovative solutions, Russell’s capabilities and achievements span a continuum from business-strategy formation to hands-on IT solution development. His extensive career achievements include pioneering the first use of relational databases in high-volume transaction systems in the ‘80s, applying voice recognition DSPs in public intelligent network services for consumer markets in the ‘90s, and leading large-scale adoptions of open systems, object technology, and middleware frameworks in complex business environments, often in advance of commercially available software products.

Prior to joining Dialexa, Russell served at HP as Enterprise Services Chief Technology Officer for the Americas, leading a global capability for embedded Account CTOs in large enterprises. Russell began his career at Accenture, where he first crafted his consultative problem-solving approach, later honed at A.T. Kearny and the Feld Group. Russell’s deep telecom experience is built upon numerous director and enterprise architect positions at AT&T, Bell Atlantic, Telstra, US West, Pacific Bell, and Sprint, and as V.P. and CIO for WebLink Wireless.

Russell has a BS in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. In his spare time, Russell participates in amateur auto racing, and is a driving instructor with the Porsche Club of America.