COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management, a recently formed collaboration of business, academic and economic development organizations intended to build information technology (IT) opportunities, has configured its board and named Lonnie Emard as the interim executive director.
Previously director of staff resource management for information systems at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Emard was instrumental in building the coalition that was launched in a public announcement last month. Emard spent the past 18 months carrying forward a vision originated by Stephen K. Wiggins, executive vice president and chief information officer of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
The coalition was set up by BlueCross, IBM (NYSE: IBM), and the
"This is a unique collaboration that converges business, academia and economic development to foster growth in education in the Palmetto State and across the nation," said Emard. "I'm honored to be at the helm of a new endeavor that has such a huge potential for success for South Carolina and the Southeast."
Emard's background is diverse and positions him well as the initial choice for this position. While his bachelor's degree is in computer science, his experience leading and managing business and educational organizations will be of value equal to his understanding of the IT industry. His most recent observations of hiring needs and talent development issues faced by IT companies is integral to the direction of the consortium.
Emard will be responsible for the strategic and tactical operations of the consortium. He will have an events coordinator as well as three half-time associate directors from
"In the consortium's first year, the most important element of strategy is marketing and promotion," said Emard. To that end, the consortium will look for help from such organizations as New Carolina and Jute Networks.
In addition to Emard's appointment, the consortium's board has been configured. Stephen K. Wiggins is the chairman. Other members are Ravi Ravindra, BlueCross chief technology architect; Dr. Christine Curtis,
The consortium will address growing IT hiring challenges, such as attracting students to consider technology careers in insurance, banking, retail, airlines, petroleum and other industries dependent on high volume transaction processing. It also will dedicate efforts to directing students to companies that are hiring IT professionals.
The consortium will be housed in Horizon II, to be constructed in the
Groups interested in joining may call 877-214-3513 for more information.
|SOURCE The Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management|
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