Eric Williams served as the Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Catalina Marketing Corporation Inc until his retirement in 2012. In addition, he had the title of Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) for Catalina Marketing Corporation Inc. and was responsible for the overall consumer privacy activity for the company. He has more than 35 years of retail and technology experience including management, sales, marketing, systems design, development, and operations positions within retailers and information technology companies.
In 2007, the Tampa Bay Technology Forum named him CIO of the year and in 2011, Information Week ranked Catalina Marketing as one of the top five most innovative technology organizations in the nation according to their Information Week 500 study. He was also one of Information Week’s featured CIOs in 2011 and he and Catalina were the focus of the cover article on Big Data that same year.
Williams is an accomplished inventor with 5 US and 3 international patents to his name. He remains active in the retail industry and speaks regularly on the topic of Big Data and the potential of predictive analytics to drive innovation in the retail space. Williams also is very active in the nonprofit world, assisting the visually-impaired community through his work with Southeastern Guide Dogs. Additionally, he helps returning military personal afflicted with PTSD through a program called Paws for Patriots, and serves as a Board member of the Florida Orchestra.