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Larry

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CIO / IT Director Larry

Expériences professionnelles

 

CONSULTANCY SERVICES
Technology Consultant & Part-time MBA Student

Mai 2018 - aujourd'hui

Dr Walther Wolff & Co (Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys)

  • Performed a strategic review of business processes and third-party service provision, making several recommendations to improve productivity and increase business value.
  • Rolled out a Windows10/Office 365 desktop environment including a new corporate email system.
  • Created disaster recovery and backup procedures to ensure business continuity.

Liquid Space Design (High-end Kitchen Design and Installation Specialists)

  • Arranged for the provision of IT services to enable LSD to continue trading following a demerger.
  • Negotiated with suppliers, set up back office infrastructure and arranged hosting services.

Edinburgh Business School (Part-time MBA Student)

  • Currently pursuing an MBA through part-time study via distance learning.

OCS GROUP UK LTD
International total facilities management provider

Août 2016 - Avr 2018

IT Director, UK & Ireland - 2017 to 2018

Head of IT Services - 2016 to 2017

  • Responsible for internal and outsourced portfolio, programme and technology teams across the UK and Ireland supporting staff and customers across 5 key lines of business.
  • Led the development and implementation of a technology road map covering both the internal supply chain and external customer demand chain, making recommendations on new and disruptive technologies and ways of working.
  • Planned and led a significant network and application performance improvement programme, resulting in dramatically improved network speeds, more efficient SAP processes, increased computing capacity and a much smoother month-end close process.
  • Implemented Nutanix Hyper Converged infrastructure. This architecture condensed 294 virtual and 9 physical servers onto a single integrated platform, thereby making it simple to add more memory / CPU, storage or bandwidth (one node at a time) whilst running all applications at high performance.
  • Implemented fully managed Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions utilising a private cloud, reducing backup and restore times more than tenfold.
  • Instrumental in the design and implementation of strict ITIL change control processes across all IT systems. The result has been fewer system outages, less application downtime, a better understanding of any changes being introduced and a more stable technology environment.

CONSULTANCY SERVICES
Interim IT Director & Technology Consultant

Août 2012 - Août 2016

Provided businesses with interim management services: building teams to deliver change, integrating new technologies, improving service, managing projects and reducing costs. Assignments included:

DS Smith Plc (International Paper, Packaging and Recycling Business)

  • Appointed as Interim IT Director for the Recycling business to develop a cohesive IT strategy.
  • Carried out a high-level review of business processes and third-party service provision.
  • Put in place measures to review customer satisfaction with IT and ensure improved resolution.
  • Led compliance activities with corporate and external audit, resulting in no significant findings.

QVC (Satellite and broadcast televised network specialising in home shopping)

  • Appointed as Head of European Infrastructure Operations on an interim basis while the organisation underwent a global restructuring process.
  • Responsible for direction and oversight of all live production systems for Europe on a 24x7 basis.
  • Planned and managed computer operations, production support, network operations, systems and database administration.

Took a sabbatical from ColArt to travel around Europe and North America from Aug 2012 to Dec 2013.


COLART FINE ART & GRAPHICS
Group IT Director

Juin 2010 - Août 2012

World’s leading supplier of fine art materials including Winsor & Newton, Reeves and Liquitex.

  • Responsible for all aspects of IT services globally, controlling teams of professionals across all business units within the European, Asia Pacific and North American regions.
  • Reported directly to the Board of Directors, and their private-equity owners Lindengruppen AB, advising on business impact of technology and IT.
  • Developed a strategic roadmap and governance structure for IT systems, security, architecture and organisation resulting in a focused investment plan and major cost savings.
  • Transformed disparate and autonomous IT operations into a fully integrated, centrally managed ITIL service and support model covering all entities. This included deployment of a global MPLS network, transfer of major manufacturing operations from the UK to France and consolidation of European warehousing operations into centralised facilities.
  • Planned and co-ordinated the build-out and provisioning of all technology-related services for the new group Head Office, whilst ensuring the old facility was fully decommissioned.
  • Led evaluation and selection process for global ERP system, planning all aspects from technology footprint through to business process design and individual country roll-out schedules.

ACCO BRANDS INTERNATIONAL
IT Director, Europe

Oct 2007 - Juin 2010

Global supplier of branded office products including Rexel, NOBO, Kensington & GBC.

  • Established a pan-European shared services centre, streamlining and centralising IT services, resulting in a 20% reduction in operating costs.
  • Consolidated 7 legacy systems across Europe onto a single ERP platform in preparation for a Global Oracle roll-out. This allowed the businesses to realise the benefits of legal entity consolidation, central financial control, shared inventory and centralised distribution within European markets.
  • Rationalised enterprise-wide IT services to reduce cost, business risk and increase service levels.
  • Managed the integration of multiple data centres and helpdesk facilities into a single service facility.
  • Led the consolidation of networks to a Verizon-managed service saving over $350k per annum. Identified and delivered technology cost-saving initiatives providing a further $1m in annual savings.

CARDINAL HEALTH
Director of Technology Services Europe

Juin 2004 - Sep 2007

Global provider of healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical products. Revenues ~$100bn

  • Responsible for the management of the Technology Service teams for all business units within the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.
  • Transformed all European IT operations into an Enterprise IT Shared Services model, ensuring the successful deployment of enterprise technologies, processes, and applications.
  • Consolidated multiple data centres and help desks, including redeployment of support staff, resulting in an enterprise-wide capability to support business growth.
  • Led systems integration activities for several newly acquired businesses in Europe, as well as the divestment of a number of non-core operations to Alliance Boots.
  • Projects included the rollout of a managed desktop environment and a European IT Service Centre.

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY LTD
Director of IT and European Business Partner

Jan 2000 - Mai 2004

Global media and entertainment company.

  • Successfully delivered several key business change projects, including conversion of all legacy financial systems to SAP FI/CO, roll-out of a managed Windows desktop environment and a Global Help Desk initiative.
  • Transformed the European IT organisation into a shared service operating model, including centralisation of IT services and realignment of IT teams across all markets and lines of business.
  • Rolled out an ‘Online Product Approval’ system to Disney Licensees across Europe that allowed instantaneous submission of product design documents and turn-around images, thereby reducing time-to-market and streamlining of the entire approval process.

AVNET MEMEC
European Programme Manager

Jan 1998 - Jan 2000

Specialist global semiconductor distributor.

Responsible for the implementation of package solutions and all bespoke software applications within Europe ensuring that they meet the needs of the business.

  • Liaised with Group Managing Directors ensuring business objectives were clearly understood and met.
  • Retained overall design and delivery responsibility for the corporate IT development portfolio.
  • Led a significant redesign of the company’s commercial and financial software to accommodate a European-wide corporate restructure bringing 38 independent subsidiaries into 3 new Pan-European Divisions across 15 countries.
  • Managed the roll-out of bespoke commercial software and SAP financials (FI/CO) to 9 European subsidiaries in France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Israel.
  • Multimillion-pound budget responsibility.

Formation

 

1990     University of Maryland, USA - BSc, Management & Computer Sciences

Langues

 

English : Bilingue ou langue maternelle

Espanol : Moyen

Francais : Moyen

German : Bon niveau