Sylvie Veilleux is a strategic global technology leader and CIO who delivers transformative, data-driven solutions to move organizations and technology forward during periods of hyper-growth and maturation. She develops strategies that allow today’s largest and growing technology organizations – including Apple, Salesforce, Mozilla and Dropbox – to scale for growth while maintaining efficiencies. Known for her skill in the art of influence and bridging the chasm of old and new thinking, Sylvie accelerates change with strong leadership skills and the ability to develop a significant enterprise technology transformation roadmap. She is ready to advise a company or board on successfully transforming an organization as it experiences new growth and opportunities.
As first CIO at Dropbox (Nasdaq: DBX), Sylvie built a world-class IT function to enable the growth and scale of the company pre and pots IPO and create the first global strategic centralized IT organization. She developed key strategic programs, hired the entire 8-member senior IT leadership team and tripled the staff to 150, plus 100+ contractors worldwide. Sylvie led the team to drive revenue growth through numerous key go-to-market technologies and deployed sound and compliant enterprise-grade financial systems and data platforms, enabling the Dropbox IPO. In this role, Sylvie delivered key infrastructure solutions across seven new Dropbox offices to support rapid growth from 1,500 to 2,500 employees, plus 1,000+ contractors. She led data transformation through a SaaS enterprise data warehouse and data governance delivering reliable strategic insights on business health, as well as led the implementation of infrastructure security and SaaS management programs to create trust in 800+ corporate SaaS applications at scale. In addition, Sylvie rolled out GDPR compliant go-to-market technologies on Salesforce and Adobe, and information platforms and Oracle ERP in the cloud.
At Mozilla, Sylvie led her team to transform more than 90% of business applications and infrastructure into the cloud as Vice President of Enterprise Information Technology and Security, serving a company of 1,200 employees in 14 global offices, and a community of 10,000+ volunteers. Her strategy reduced IT operating expenses by 25% and cost of IT per employee by 33% in her first 18 months.
Earlier, as Senior Director of Infrastructure Engineering and Operations for Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), Sylvie developed a 3-year strategy and secured investment of $70M to modernize the global corporate infrastructure. She moved the Salesforce company email services to the cloud and a global mobile network to enable growth beyond 10,000 employees, to the 40,000 it has today. In addition, she developed and led strategy that improved project success rates from 42% to 98% via Agile processes, prioritization and team coaching.
As Vice President of Platform Engineering, Sylvie co-developed a 5-year strategy for Franklin Templeton Investments (NYSE: BEN), consolidating data centers and creating an outsourcing model for savings of $10M. Previously, as Senior Manager, Database Engineering at Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), she insourced the data management team, established processes and standards to scale for growth during the historic launches of Mac OSX, iTunes, iPod and iPhone. She reduced outages to critical business applications by up to 90% and achieve first-year SOX compliance.
Currently, Sylvie serves as a customer advisor on product strategy for the CIO Advisory Board of Dell EMC, and she advises on fundraising, curriculum, and placement strategy for veterans re-entering the corporate workforce as a Regional Advisory Board Member with NPower.
Sylvie studied Computer Science at the College de Limoilou in Quebec City, Canada and attended the Directors College at Stanford University.