Mr. Knutson has a passion for ensuring that technology works for his clients - strategically, tactically, and operationally. He brings over 25 years of business/ technology leadership experience helping firms such as American Express Financial Advisors, BestBuy, Federated Department Stores, and Thomson Reuters successfully transform their businesses through the appropriate application of technology. He holds a Masters in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota and has held Sr IT Leadership and Advisory positions since the 90’s. His forte is making technology an integral part of business strategy – particularly where it improves the customer experience and deepens the understanding of client’s needs. Based on his experiences, he developed his personal tag line: “Strategically Aligned, Operationally Excellent ITsm” His domain experiences run the full spectrum from Strategic Business Planning, Application Development/Deployment and Project/Program Management to Risk Management and Compliance. He realized early on that Leadership and organizational agility is what distinguished the great firms from the good ones. Mr. Knutson shares his knowledge through hosting and facilitation of small groups of forward thinking CIO’s interested in exploring current Technology Leadership challenges through dialogue and experience sharing. He also volunteers assisting technology leaders in transition and serves on the Board of the Minnesota chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM).