Work History

Work History
Jan 2010 - Present

CEO

AMA Charitable Foundation

Richard is CEO of AMA Charitable Foundation, an organization focused on supporting non-profits through fundraising and raising awareness for charitable causes..

Jun 2008 - Present

President

AMA Ventures, LLC

Owner/founder of a successful real estate investment and development business.  Designed and built an energy free "green" equestrian center.  Realized a ROI of 104% over the prior 24 months. 

Jun 2008 - Present

Senior IT Strategy and Planning Consultant

Independent Consultant

Assisted various companies with business growth strategy.  Examples:

  • Assisting a startup company in Florida with the development and delivery of a business growth and operations strategic plan leading to significant revenue growth.
  • Led the development of a business integration, collaboration, and growth strategy across the State Theater, George Street Playhouse, and Crossroads Theaters for the chairman of the board of the State Theater in New Brunswick, NJ.
  • IT strategy and planing consultant to Pernod Ricard, NA.  Led the definition of the vision, strategy, and roadmap for best in class IT services for the US and the Americas. Identified and developed additional revenue opportunities.  
Jun 2007 - Jun 2008

Chief Technology Officer

http://www.tyco.com

Lead IT role across Tyco, head of corporate IT, and leader of the IT Leadership Council comprised of 13 business unit CIO’s.  $19.5B in sales after divestiture of 2 non-core divisions (Covidien and Tyco Electronics), 117,000 colleagues, 4 key businesses in over 65 countries.

  • Successfully delivered the turnaround of corporate IT following a 55% reduction in the IT budget and resources in the aftermath of 2 CIO's over the prior year and a significant corporate restructuring. 
  • Realized significant increase in customer satisfaction across all IT services. 
  • Completed the successful execution of enterprise wide sourcing & supplier management, infrastructure, IT Security & Compliance, and talent management initiatives across Tyco in a "states rights" business model. 
Dec 2006 - Apr 2007

Vice President, Global Information Technology

http://www.jnj.com

Pfizer IT executive lead for the integration of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare into the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group

  • Successfully delivered the integration strategy and approach for the integration of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare systems and colleagues into the J&J Consumer Group.
  • Led the transition of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare IT into J&J.
Nov 2000 - Dec 2006

Vice President and Global CIO

Pfizer Consumer Group, Pfizer Inc. (Acquired by J&J in 2006)

CIO for Pfizer’s Consumer businesses: OTC Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Healthcare, Adams Confectionery business, Schick & Wilkinson Sword, and Tetra ($5.5 Billion total sales, $4B after the sale of the 3 non-core businesses, the acquisition of Pharmacia, and 5 years of industry leading top and bottom line growth).

  • Consistently delivered strong business value from IT while managing through the simultaneous integration of Pfizer with Warner-Lambert and Pharmacia, and the divestitures of three non core consumer businesses, Schick (sold to Energizer), Adams (sold to Cadbury Schweppes), and Tetra
  • Delivered an annual portfolio of IT enabled business investments enabling growth, agility, and innovation in R&D and across the business. This was delivered through best in class talent, governance, and portfolio and project management, and strong customer focus.
  • Achieved a customer satisfaction rate of 96% across all IT services and drove IT spend below the industry average. Achieved an annual voluntary colleague attrition rate of <5>
  • Realized $300 million (20%) in IT cost reductions across Pfizer Inc. as the IT Lead in the development of the Pfizer IT “Adapting to Scale” Program.  Redirected 5-10% of baseline IT spend towards innovation annually.
Feb 1995 - Nov 2000

CIO, Sr, Director, Global IT

Warner-Lambert Consumer Healthcare (Acquired by Pfizer Inc. in 2000)

Held various positions of increasing responsibility including Sr. Director, Global IT, Warner-Lambert Consumer Healthcare; Director, International IT, Warner-Lambert Corporate; Director Research Information Management, Warner-Lambert Consumer Products R&D.

  • Restored the credibility of IT within the organization, implemented best in class processes and realized a customer satisfaction rate above 90% while redirecting investments towards IT enabled innovation.
  • Developed leading edge IT enabled business strategies and capabilities through strong collaboration with the business.Consistently delivered on commitments.
Apr 1987 - Feb 1995

Consulting Engagement Executive

IBM Corporation

Consulted clients in the pharmaceutical, consumer products, utilities, finance, and securities industries with the development and implementation of effective information technology strategies.

  • Joined IBM as a Finance Industry Specialist and held various customer facing technical and managerial consulting positions of increasing responsibility.IBM Certified IT Architect.
  • Built strong client relationships.Consistently delivered business value and exceeded client expectations.Directed teams of consultants on Information Technology Strategy, Planning and Implementation Projects in various industries.Received numerous awards and recognition from both IBM and clients.  Consistently ranked in the top 10%.
Sep 1984 - Jun 1987

Adjunct Professor

Raritan Valley Community College Inc.

Developed and taught various computer programming courses.(e.g. CICS-Command and Macro Level,Assembler, Cobol, Pascal, Intro to Computer Science)

Sep 1985 - Apr 1987

Manager, Application Development

Anchor Savings Bank

Led the development and support of several large systems banking applications.These included Customer Information System, Branch Automation, Savings, Demand Deposit and Automted Teller Machine applications. Programmed systems in CICS Command and Macro level, FCL, Assembler, PL/1 and Cobol.

Jun 1980 - Sep 1985

Project Manager, Senior Programmer Analyst

National Westminster Bank, NA

Lead developer of various banking systems in support of bank acquisitions, and new systems development.Developed banking branch automation systems.Programmed Automated Teller Machines and ATM switches.

Education

Education

Interest

  • Published author
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Red Cross of Central Jersey (2008-Present)
  • President, GreatJerseyMusic.com, a nonprofit supporting musicians in New Jersey (2009)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Optical Systems Inc., Edison, New Jersey (1992 – 1998)
  • Member, Business Executives for National Security
  • Member, Corporate Executive Board - Working Council for CIO’s, Washington D.C.
  • Member, Board of Directors, FISH Hospitality Program (2008 - Present)
  • Member of FISH Inc. Dunellen Area, a non-profit corporation of 400 volunteers that provides emergency help to approximately 2000 poor families in Middlesex county and Plainfield, New Jersey.(1971-1991)
  • Certified Solar Power Installer - Sharp Electronics
  • Other Interests: Real Estate, Building, Music, Philanthropy, Clean energy technologies

Summary

Successful business results-oriented senior leader with more than 30 years experience with fortune 50 companies.Significant business and information technology leadership experience in consulting, corporate, and business startup environments.Proven ability to transform organizations, deliver value, and lead across multiple businesses.Significant successful leadership through multiple concurrent mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.Strong delivery leader with the ability to execute in complex environments.Effectively develops relationships with key business partners and manages diverse stakeholder interests.Consistently ranked in the top 10%. Started a 501c3 non-profit to help address the social issues of our times.  Recently published a photographic coffee table book called Great Jersey Musicians.  A portion of the profits are going to charity.

Web Sites and Articles

  • Computerworld Honors Article - Integration and Divestiture

http://www.cwhonors.org/search/his_4a_detail.asp?id=5175