Cheryl Smith

CIO Emeritus WestJet; Cendant; McKesson; KeySpan; Verizon

Ms. Smith is a key industry “go to” person when an organization is faced with a particularly challenging IT crisis or need— corporate mergers and acquisitions (4 companies in 4 years at KeySpan) or divestures ($20B corporate split at Cendant); massive organic corporate growth ($40B in 4 years at McKesson); strategic system ‘saves’ (system for 1.3M employees at the NHS in the UK; major customer billing system at Verizon).

Recently she was the EVP and Interim CIO of WestJet Airlines, the 2nd largest Canadian airline, responsible for transforming the company’s IT applications, operations, and infrastructure into one of the most technologically advanced in the airline industry. She was the CEO of a technology startup, utility.net, which offered Broadband over Power Line (BPL).

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