Francis “Fran” Dramis has been recognized as one of the nation’s top strategic CIOs for his leadership and innovativeness in technology. Over the course of his career, he has received, many technology leadership awards, including:
Fran brings extensive knowledge and experience with the power, innovation, and productivity that values-based leadership brings to IT organizations. As Executive Vice President, Chief Information, eCommerce, and Security Officer for BellSouth Corporation, Fran was responsible for the company’s information technologies and for directing and setting the foundation for BellSouth’s first eCommerce efforts.
During Fran’s tenure from 1998 to 2007, BellSouth’s information technology and security groups received numerous awards and recognized as one of the top IT organizations in the nation:
Fran spent much of his early career with AT&T, including projects with Bell Laboratories, the telecommunication company’s research and development wing—arguably the most effective laboratory for new ideas in the world. He also served as Managing Director and CIO of Salomon Brothers, president and CEO of Network Management Inc., and president and COO of Telic Corporation.
Today, Fran is the CEO of F. Dramis LLC, an investor, and a member of multiple public and private technology boards. Most recently, he founded, chaired, and chartered the IT committee of the board for US Oncology, one of the nation’s largest networks of integrated, community-based oncology practices dedicated to advancing high-quality, evidence-based cancer care. He chairs the boards of Nanolumens, a digital display and visual communications company, and Catavolt, a provider of enterprise-grade cloud services for instant and secure access to enterprise data on mobile devices.
Fran has authored two books: The CIO Handbook that details his unique methodology for aligning technology with the strategic direction of the organization; and Creating an Intentional Business Life, that outlines his mentoring process in helping individuals, especially in the field of technology, chart a career path to a fulfilling business and personal life. Fran is a frequent speaker at technology and leadership forums, and at university EMBA sessions.
Fran received a Master of Science degree in Advanced Management from Pace University in New York City and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University. He lives in Atlanta.
As founder and CEO of The Feld Group—based in Dallas, Texas—Feld built a team of information technology executives that enabled dramatic results in Fortune 500 companies through the transformation of their own IT organizations. This was an interim two-year turnaround model with 7 to 8 teams of approximately 50 people. The Feld Group was acquired by EDS in 2004, which was subsequently purchased by Hewlett-Packard in 2008. During this time, Charlie led the development of EDS’ portfolio of service offerings and solutions in Infrastructure, Applications and Business Process Outsourcing. He also led the Core Integration and Architecture and the office of the Multi-Year Plan. He was responsible for the office of the CIO and the EDS Fellows, a group of Electronic Data Systems Corp.’s most innovative thought leaders.
In September 2008, Feld retired as a Senior Executive Vice President and Member of EDS’ Executive Committee. In 2009, Feld launched The Feld Group Institute, a leadership development firm that is using all of the learnings out of the decades of running IT organizations. Currently the Institute is working with a number of Fortune 50 companies developing the next generation of Business and IT Leaders i.e.: FedEx, Bank of Montreal, Cummins, Intel and others.
Feld has garnered accolades from numerous sources, including Business 2.0 and Computerworld magazines. He has also been featured in InformationWeek and CIO magazines, which placed him among its “5 Top CIOs” in 2001. In 1997, Feld was named “One of the 12 Most Influential IT Executives of the Past Decade” by CIO magazine and Computerworld named him as one of “25 IT People to Watch in 1998.” His articles on IT leadership topics have appeared regularly in Computerworld Executive Suite, Harvard Business Review, and CIO magazine. He has received several industry awards, including the Smithsonian Award for Technology Excellence and the Carnegie Mellon Award for Innovative Technology. In addition, The Feld Group’s work has been the subject of multiple case studies appearing in the Harvard Business School, MIT and McKinsey Quarterly. Feld has also authored two books on Leadership – The Blind Spot: A Leader’s Guide to IT-Enabled Business Transformation and The Calloway Way-Results & Integrity.
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