Deans’ Seminar Series: Roger Gurnani, Verizon - Leveraging Technology to Create Competitive Advantage

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 ( 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm )

Location: Stevens Institute of Technology, Babbio 122 and online via Blackboard Collaborate

Abstract: Technology has become the center of our daily lives and this digital transformation continues to disrupt business models across industries. Armed with information, customers have higher expectations and freedom to choose alternative products and services. Much of this digital transformation is fueled by Verizon’s Fiber Optic and Wireless broadband services, Global IP networks and Cloud Computing platforms. How do businesses win customers in this new world of digital competition? How do we digitally empower employees to meet and exceed customer expectations? What should the next generation of technologists and engineers prepare for? Roger Gurnani, EVP & CIO at Verizon will share his thoughts on these topics.

Biography: Roger Gurnani is executive vice president and chief information officer, responsible for the information technology strategy, systems development and operations for Verizon Communications. Before being named to his current position in October 2010, Gurnani was senior vice president of new product development for Verizon Wireless and was responsible for the innovation, development and commercialization of consumer and business products. From 2005 to 2008, Gurnani served as the president of the West area for Verizon Wireless, responsible for the company's operations throughout the western United States.

Gurnani was one of the founding officers of Verizon Wireless. Until 2005, he served as vice president and chief information officer, helping to oversee and complete the integration of the domestic wireless operations of Bell Atlantic, Vodafone AirTouch and GTE at the company’s inception in 2000. He had previously served as vice president and chief information officer at Bell Atlantic Mobile.

Gurnani is a graduate of Auburn University and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering.

Attendance for this event was open to all Stevens faculty, students, staff and invited guests.  Immediately following the lecture, a reception took place in the Babbio Atrium.