Jay Ferro, CIO, ERT

Jay Ferro, ERT

Chief Information Officer
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Chief Information Officer, ERT


Jay Ferro is the CIO of ERT, a global data and technology company that minimizes risk and uncertainty in clinical trials. Previously, he was the Chief Information Officer for Quikrete, the largest manufacturer of packaged concrete in the United States. Before that, he was CIO for a number of other companies including Earthlink, the American Cancer Society and AIG.Chief Information Officer for Quikrete, the largest manufacturer of packaged concrete in the United States. In the past, he served as CIO for a number of other companies including Earthlink, the American Cancer Society and AIG.

Known as a thought leader in the information technology arena, Ferro is a frequent guest speaker and panelist, both in Atlanta and nationwide. In recognition of his accomplishments, Ferro was selected as as one of ComputerWorld’s 2015 100 IT Leaders, as well as Georgia CIO of the Year in 2011, and is currently serving as chair for the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. Ferro was also selected to join Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2015 and participate in a rigorous year-long leadership development program alongside other prominent Atlanta leaders. His commitment and dedication to community involvement is evidenced by the time and energy he contributes. In addition to his work with Priscilla’s Promise, in 2011, he was elected to the board of directors for TechBridge, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits use technology to improve their capability to serve the community.

Ferro earned both his BA in political science and his MBA from the University of Georgia. He continues to be involved with his alma mater, both as a mentor for young alumni and as a member of the alumni board of directors for the Terry College of Business. Ferro lives in the metro Atlanta area with his three sons.

Previously Worked

Chief Information Officer, American Cancer Society
Chief Information Officer, QUIKRETE

Recent Content from Jay Ferro

CIO Advisory: Chief Information Officer Strategy and Agenda Planning for 2021

Learn how Chief Information Officers should prioritize strategy, planning, and investment strategy for the year 2021.

CIO Strategy 2021: Customer Experience is Vital

Customer experience is increasingly important for every CIO. How can Chief Information Officers incorporate the lessons of customer experience while retaining a focus on system uptime and other operational activities? Two leading Chief Information Officers share their thoughts and advice.

Transformational CIO: Strategy and Operations

What are the elements of being a transformation CIO? Two prominent Chief Information Officers share their experience and advice.

CIO Strategy: Cloud-First Leadership for Crisis Response

What leadership lessons should a CIO adopt to manage business operations during a crisis? Jay Ferro, a well-known transformational CIO, discusses risk management, threats to an organization, and creating a cloud-first strategy.

CIO Role: Become a Transformational Leader

As the CIO role goes beyond transactions and even digital, what does it mean for the Chief Information Officer to be a transformational leader? Industry analyst, Michael Krigsman, explores this topic with innovative and outspoken CIO Jay Ferro. Learn how to become a transformational and innovative leader!

Digital Transformation at the American Cancer Society with Jay Ferro, CIO

Digital transformation and innovation are core elements of the business strategy for the American Cancer Society, a large non-profit organization. On this episode, Jay Ferro describes the role of technology in driving business changes at the Society.
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