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Business and IT organizations are finding themselves at a critical inflection point in leading technology-enabled transformation. Senior IT leaders today are expected to understand business models and functional business issues, while their business counterparts are expected to be versed in technology, architectures, and the solutions available to resolve the issues. Charlie Feld predicted this convergence of workflows and roles over ten years ago when he published Blind Spot: A Leader’s Guide To IT-Enabled Business Transformation.

As these organizational borders open, leaders must step outside their traditional roles and work cooperatively to set a vision for the future, build great teams, and deliver with consistency. They must also be personally committed to their professional development to learn how to effectively communicate the future vision throughout the enterprise and create a network of game changers. There has never been a more important time to develop these skills than today.

The Feld Group Institute

At The Feld Group Institute, we know that the right leadership is key to effective business transformation. We are committed to fostering leadership development and the skills necessary for senior-level leaders to be successful in today’s large, complex, legacy-based enterprises and ensure the relevance of their organizations in the next decade. We believe it is critical to grow leaders who can anticipate change and operate in an environment of accelerated innovation.

Sharing Our Experiences

To cultivate the leadership skills that are necessary in today’s competitive environment, The Feld Group Institute offers leadership development programs, team alignment workshops, and advisory services to meet the needs of clients wherever they may be on their transformation journey. Our team of deeply experienced CIOs, CTOs, industry experts, and managerial strategists work with clients to share decades of real-world experience along with guiding principles and a proven transformation framework to assist leaders in envisioning change through planning and execution.

We are committed to the success of leaders who attend our programs and their development does not stop when class ends. We communicate regularly with clients and are planning new and creative ways to support leaders along their journey. We continuously evolve our leadership development programs, Transformation Leadership Development (TLD) and Operationalizing Enterprise Architecture (EA), and participants receive updates specifically for their communities. In addition, existing and potential clients receive communications to keep them briefed on information we hope they will find useful, such as:

  • Thought-provoking posts about leadership and transformation
  • Information about upcoming classes and programs
  • Updates about publications
  • Invitations to relevant events and forums

We have broadened our web presence to keep clients informed about our programs and services along with additional information about The Feld Group Institute. You can also keep up with us on social media on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

At The Feld Group Institute, our goal is to expand a community of leadership and create a significant, deep, and lasting impact on the organizations we work with as they transform. We believe by working together we can increase success and remove risk with complex technology-enabled business transformations.

Author: Jon Feld, COO, Principal
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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.