Kevin is a managing principal at the Laminar Group, focusing on technology and supply chain related services. More specifically, services to CIOs and Boards, especially IT strategy, digital transformation and innovation, as well as consulting services related to supply chain with a technology focus.
Mr. Kevin Glynn is a three time public and private company Chief Information Officer (CIO), including being recognized as the 2019 CIO Innovator of the Year in Chicago. Additionally, Kevin has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) in a technology startup and acting VP of Operations. Kevin is an experienced internationalist, having lived 8 years in Europe and Latin America over his career.
Mr. Glynn’s technology leadership includes shifting legacy systems to cloud based platforms, building big data capabilities, implementation of Agile techniques, early work in Artificial Intelligence, and the use of drones and moveable robots in a warehouse environment. He is frequently cited in publications and has authored a variety of supply chain, distribution, ethics and technology articles.
Over his career, and as an exception to the traditional CIO role, Mr. Glynn has led two separate company restructuring initiatives, and was the project lead and principle author of a complete company restructuring plan, including closing 5 facilities, and a 10% reduction in workforce, yielding $33 million in savings for a multi-billion dollar organization. At a different company, he was a key executive in the restructuring of all operations and distributions.
As CIO, Mr. Glynn worked at DSC Logistics, AM Castle and Case New Holland. While at AM Castle, in addition to his CIO responsibilities, he was acting VP of Operations. Prior to being CIO, Kevin was COO of Iron Solutions, a startup company using data analytics in agriculture. Previously, he has been a Vice President for Oracle Corporation, leading its consulting practices in Europe. Kevin started his career as an engineer, working at Carlise Memory Products and also Qualcomm.
Mr. Glynn currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for Northwestern University’s MS IT program. He is a former Chair of the Environment Board for the City of Evanston. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.