March 19-21, 2018

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Ken Piddington

Ken Piddington

  • CIO and Executive Advisor
  • MRE Consulting

Ken Piddington is Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Executive Advisor at MRE Consulting.  At MRE Ken is responsible defining and executing the company’s business technology strategy and also heads their CxO advisory practice.  He is an experienced business leader and technology strategist with more than 20 years of transformation leadership experience gained as CIO and executive advisor for Fortune 1000 companies.  Ken uses his extensive experience in people leadership, business operations and technology innovation to partner with CIOs, CXOs and their leadership teams to help them develop effective plans and strategies to achieve meaningful results in their respective businesses.

Ken is the former CIO at Global Partners LP, a Fortune 500 midstream logistics and energy products marketing company, where he was responsible for leading, developing and implementing the business technology strategy during four years of unprecedented growth where the company revenues grew from $6 billion to $20 billion.  This included the successful integration of multiple acquisitions and the implementation of supply chain technologies necessary to support dramatic geographic and line of business expansion.

His successful track record as a business leader and technology strategist includes serving as Partner at Lyland Associates, Inc. where he managed the business technology division of the company’s energy practice.  In this role he served as a strategic business technology advisor and led custom development and application implementation projects for its Fortune 500 clients.  This included leading the development and implementation of an Energy Trading and Risk Management System (ETRM) for a client.  This followed his success as Director of Product Development at Triple Point Technologies for their flagship product Tempest XL.

Ken is recognized as an industry thought leader, is a regular speaker at business and association conferences, and has been featured in multiple media publications.  He currently chairs the Technology Committee for Stages Repertory Theatre, serves on the advisory board for the Energy Institute High School and previously served on the Board of Trustees for the Sage School.  Ken is actively involved in his local SIM Chapter and serves as a mentor and coach for aspiring IT leaders.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Northeastern University, and attended Graceland College where he played football and baseball.  Ken resides in Houston, Texas with his wife, son and daughter.