The New Frontier CIO, a visionary trailblazer leading global companies into bold and exciting future.

Mark W. Bennett's Bio:

"The New Frontier CIO", Mark W. Bennett is a visionary trailblazer that leads global companies into bold and exciting future of competitive advantage. With 20+ years of experience in software development, technology infrastructure, global operations, captive center build outs, outsourcing, and management, Mark is is a seasoned technology visionary with an extensive background. He is a results-oriented, decisive leader with success building high-performance technology teams, managing turnaround situations, and a strong customer focus. He has a track record of reducing costs while spearheading operational improvements that drive competitive advantage and strengthen customer satisfaction. He excels in dynamic, demanding environments while remaining pragmatic and focused on delivery. Specialties: IT executive management, visionary leadership, team building, captive center build outs, software engineering, vendor management, web solutions, project portfolio management, project management, program management, IT governance, offshore development, front-end applications, Agile software development. Follow him on twitter at @NewFrontierCIO

Mark W. Bennett's Experience:

  • Managing Director & General Manager at CME Technology and Support Services Ltd

    Senior executive responsible for overall leadership of CME Technology & Support Services Ltd located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the company's UK Technology Infrastructure & Operations team.

  • Executive Director & General Manager at CME Technology and Support Services Ltd

    Oversee greenfield development, operations and executive management of CME Technology & Support Services Ltd in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

  • Executive Director, Software Engineering at CME Group

    Responsible for leading the company's front-end software development, including more than 18 different customer-facing applications.

  • President at Artemis User Association

    Non-Profit organization designed to facilitate interaction between users of Artemis software.

  • Associate Director at Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc.

  • Owner / Managing Partner at Kenosha Information Technology, Inc

    Small business provider of sophisticated e-mail anti-spam solutions.

  • Project Manager at Sapient

  • Director, Technology at SAIC

  • System Administrator, PACAF at Science Applications International Corporation

  • Non-Commissioned Officer at United States Air Force

  • Managing Director, UK and Asia Technology Operations at CME Group

    Provide executive leadership of CME Group's European and Asian technology operations across three offices with an annual budget of approximately $18M. Senior executive responsible for overall leadership, strategy, and service delivery for CME Group's UK and Asia Technology operations. Leading 180+ staff across the UK and Asia, including geographically distributed Agile development teams and global infrastructure functions. Directed software development for CME Group's front-end electronic trading systems, mobile applications, and corporate websites. Oversee management of global infrastructure and technology operations, providing a follow-the-sun support model.

  • Executive Director & General Manager at CME Technology and Support Services Ltd

    Built and provided executive leadership of CME Group's Belfast based software development and technology captive center. Led the due diligence team to select the location for CME Group's new captive center and then led the planning and build out of the new Belfast office as country head. Negotiated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) incentives with government, worked with real estate team to locate commercial property, and developed the three-year staffing plan. Planned and managed transition of more than a dozen different software and infrastructure functions from the Chicago to Belfast. Continued to direct software development for CME Group's front-end electronic trading systems, mobile applications, and corporate websites throughout transition.

  • Executive Director, Software Engineering at CME Group

    Provided executive leadership of CME Group's front-end software development department, including front-end trading systems, employee intranet, mobile application, and corporate website. Responsible for leading the company's front-end software development department, including more than 18 different customer-facing applications: trading front-ends, public website, mobile applications, and related software. Assumed responsibility for several low performing teams, turning them around, and restoring customer confidence within three months.

  • President at Artemis User Association

    Non-Profit organization designed to facilitate interaction between users of Artemis software. Planned and executed annual user conference while collaborating closely with Artemis on customer business needs; product development; and platform strategy.

  • Associate Director at Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc.

    Led CME Group's Technology Division's governance and financial control processes Managed the IT Division governance and financial reporting processes; including annual budgeting, forecasting, project portfolio, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance controls related to SOP98-1 (internally developed software). Helped transition the company from a private to for-profit mindset during IPO, instituting numerous new controls and management processes.

  • Owner / Managing Partner at Kenosha Information Technology, Inc

    Founder and software developer for technology start-up providing anti-spam and commercial email solutions. Developed a unique and highly successful offering of anti-spam and email solutions to customers located around the world. Grew the company from start-up to a peak of approximately $250K in annual revenue with two employees. Shutdown company in 2008 due to competitive pressures and transferred remaining interest to business partner.

  • Project Manager at Sapient

    Led multiple eCommerce software development projects for clients in the retail, financial services, and aluminum industries. Cross-functional project manager leading teams of 15-30 engineers, testers, business analysts, and UX analysts. Responsible for planning, scheduling, scope management, and driving customer expectations delivering more than $18M in revenue for the Chicago business unit.

  • Director, Technology at SAIC

    Led SAIC's Atlantic Program Division's technology department with 18 engineers and analysts. Responsible for software architecture and design of classified military intelligence products and overseeing local office technology infrastructure Managed all software and technology infrastructure projects, Software Process Improvement programs and acted as SEPG leader for SEI-CMM level 3 assessments. Supervised all technical personnel, managed technology infrastructure and client-hosting environment. Architected and designed major military intelligence software solutions for the US Air Force 480th Intelligence Group.

  • System Administrator, PACAF at Science Applications International Corporation

    Responsible for field engineering support for a $300M Department of Defense Command and Control system. Provided field support for Department of Defense Command and Control computer system for the Pacific Rim (Korea, Guam, Japan, Hawaii, and Alaska); managed the development and deployment of software enhancements and managed support center network infrastructure.

  • Non-Commissioned Officer at United States Air Force

    Software and field support engineer for numerous logistics and military intelligence systems Established and managed small computer (PCs, networks, and peripherals) support center. Provided support and maintenance of large-scale mainframe systems and communications infrastructure. Software Engineer supporting enterprise military logistics solution. Software Engineer and support engineer for satellite imagery processing ground station.

Mark W. Bennett's Education:

  • Honolulu Community College

    N/A
    Concentration: Physics
  • USAF

    Advanced electronics and computer systems engineering
    Concentration: Computer Systems Engineering
  • Honolulu Community College

    N/A
  • USAF

    Advanced electronics and computer systems engineering

Mark W. Bennett's Interests & Activities:

Commercial space industry, astronomy, astrophysics, general science, emerging technology, computer software, pilot, scuba diving