Board of Directors
Meet IT-oLogy's Board of Directors.
As the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Wiggins is in charge of all corporate systems strategic planning, development, programming and enhancements. Under his direction, BlueCross operates one of the most advanced data processing centers in the United States, processing more than 13 billion online health care transactions and 850 million claims each year. He was named one of the Elite Eight of 2008 by Insurance & Technology Magazine in recognition of the top eight insurance technology executives in the country. In addition, BlueCross has won numerous national awards related to technology during his tenure. He currently has a staff of 2,250. Wiggins has been employed with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina since 1979. He earned the designation of Certified Systems Professional in 1985. Wiggins graduated with honors from Clemson University in 1976.
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (System z) at IBM
Mark Anzani’s nearly 30-year career has been focused on the development of the technologies that underpin the IT industry. The area where most of Mark’s work has occurred is in the hardware technologies that are at the heart of large Enterprise class systems, most commonly found in medium and large companies around the world.
Client Director (Mid-Atlantic Public Sector Team) at IBM
Andy Bernardin is responsible for managing the business relationships IBM has with health, education and government clients in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland. Andy’s team helps IBM’s clients implement and integrate information technology solutions into their day-to-day business. Andy and his team focus on using IT to help clients provide better service to patients, citizens, and students.
Dean, College of Engineering & Computing, University of South Carolina
Tony Ambler is Dean of the College of Engineering & Computing at USC. He was appointed on January 1st, 2011 having previously been at the University of Texas at Austin.
Tony gained his BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees all from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He was appointed to the faculty there until moving to Brunel University in West London. He was appointed to the first Racal-Redac Chair in Test Technology. Participating in many industry-related programs in the UK, Europe, and the US in the area of test and quality for electronic boards and systems, he also led and completed a program to license a new set of designs, design processes for nuclear reactor protection systems.
In 1996 he accepted the offer of a position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and was department chair there for 9 years prior to moving to USC. During that time he created the successful Masters degree program in Engineering Management, but also oversaw the establishment of several major research centers. He has also been on steering committees of several major international conferences (2-3,000 attendees) as well as smaller workshops of ~60 participants.
More recently Tony has been involved with the creation of an industry oriented system design program
In 1998 he was elected to Fellow of the institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in recognition of his work on the economics of electronic testing.
Dr. Brian J. Mihalik has over 20 years of administrative experience in both the academic and public sectors and has served as an administrator and/or faculty member at six state universities. While at Clemson in the early 1980s, he created one of South Carolina’s first microcomputer labs housed in the College of Forestry and Natural Resources. Brian devoted almost a decade developing and offering professional development programs in IT for the National Park Service and Army Corp of Engineers. He has published over 100 articles ranging from refereed journal articles to land grant extension publications. His research on global and mega-events has appeared in publications such as USA TODAY and Atlanta Journal Constitution and covers events from the World's Fair to the Olympic Games.
As chief technology officer at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Ravi is responsible for current and future technology roadmaps, industry trends and emerging technologies. Health care reforms and new innovations in the IT industry will require a competitive workforce in the years to come to stay ahead of competition at a global level. The next generation workforce needs to be not only use technology, but also innovate and adopt the changing needs of younger generation.
Executive Vice President and Group Executive, Mainframe and Customer Success
Adam Elster is executive vice president and group executive, Mainframe and Customer Success, and a member of the Executive Management Team at CA Technologies. He is responsible for innovation and growth of the Mainframe business and Customer Success, which includes Customer Support, Portfolio Management and Acquisition Integration. In addition, he leads a Business Transformation program that ensures alignment of organizational initiatives with the company’s business strategy to meet long term goals and objectives.
Adam has held various senior management positions since joining the company in 1999. Previously, he served as executive vice president of CA Technologies global business operations and business transformation, managing all aspects of executing the company’s operating plan.
Adam has a unique blend of technical and business experience along with a background that provides him with an invaluable customer-side perspective. He is known both inside and outside the company for his devotion to building closer relationships with CA Technologies customers and partners—and for ensuring their needs are heard, understood, and served by the company. Adam’s customer-centric focus is clearly an instrumental component of his success.
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