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Garrett Gleason

Garrett Gleason

VP, Business Technology Solutions - Thrivent Corporate Strategy


Garrett is a curious-learner, a design-thinker, and a passionate-builder.   As a business-technology executive, Garrett has led the delivery of business platforms and systems for many strategic-initiatives, while demonstrating sensible architecture, and effective use of progressive technologies.

Garrett has provided executive business-technology leadership across financial services businesses, delivering solutions to sales, marketing, and service functions, back office administration systems, and direct consumer-engagement systems for the insurance, investments, banking, trust, brokerage, and financial planning divisions. 

Garrett has the unique ability to effectively collaborate with C-Level executives and to be a thought-leader on strategies, while also providing the execution-leadership, including experience as an Agile Product Owner and Agile Coach to deliver digital business solutions.

Garrett has been a leader in new ventures start-ups, as well as large, enterprise-wide programs/platforms, including a new start-up business within a Fortune 500 company, a strategic sales program, transformative legal & compliance systems, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, and, most-ardently, customer relationship management (CRM) customer engagement systems. Garrett is an effective change-leader and demonstrates a strong position on how innovation must be supported by different mindsets, approaches, and business-technology leadership competencies.

Additionally, in building an Enterprise Program Management Office, Garrett has demonstrated leadership in implementing a strategy-to-execution discipline, including corporate governance, portfolio management, program management, and business architecture disciplines. 

Garrett strongly believes, and has personally demonstrated, that transformation can only occur through proactive, positive disruption. He came into the role of capabilities product owner as a matter of deep, personal disruption, leaving an executive corporate Information Technology position to start this journey of learning anew how the latest transformative technologies and agile mindsets can enable business strategies and disrupt well established businesses. As such, he is now part of Thrivent’s Corporate Strategy division and has the opportunity to help lead Thrivent from its 100 year legacy of serving Lutheran Communities into an opportunity of serving millions more Christians and Christian communities across the United States.

Garrett has been a strategic business and technology leader at Thrivent Financial for 19 years and has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry overall.  Before his civilian career, Garrett was an officer in the United States Air Force, serving tours of duty at the Pentagon and Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. 

Garrett has a Master of Science Degree, Computer Science, from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Quantitative Methods, from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota.