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Thornton Albert May (Florida State College at Jacksonville)

Thornton Albert May
Futurist, Executive Director & Dean, IT Leadership Academy

Jacksonville, Florida

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Thornton May is Futurist, Executive Director and Dean of the IT Leadership Academy. His extensive experience researching and consulting on the role and behaviors of Boards of Directors and “C” level executives in creating value with information technology has won him an unquestioned place on the short list of serious thinkers on this topic. Thornton combines a scholar's patience for empirical research, a stand-up comic's capacity for pattern recognition and a second-to-none gift for storytelling to the information technology management problems facing executives.

Thornton has established a reputation for innovation in time-compressed, collaborative problem solving pioneering the Lyceum (an intense learning experience designed to keep ‘C’-level executives abreast of emerging technology trends); the Directors’ Institute (a forum for Board members to increase their awareness of technology management issues); and the Controller’s Institute (arena for European Chief Financial Officers to fine tune processes associated with making technology investments). Thornton designs the curriculum that enables the mental models that allow organizations to outperform competitors, delight customers and extract maximum value from tools and suppliers.

Thornton is currently Executive Director and Dean at the IT Leadership Academy and has served as:

Futurist & Researcher at Center for Advancing Business Through Information Technology at the W.P. Carey School of Business [Arizona State University]; Faculty and Executive Director of the CIO Institute at the Haas School of Business [UC Berkeley]; Executive Moderator at the Center for Corporate Citizenship – Carroll School of Management [Boston College]; Executive Education Faculty Member at the Anderson School [UCLA] where he designed, managed and delivered the “Managing the Information Resource” program; Futurist - External Technology Advisory Board Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering; and was Co-founder of the CIO Solutions Gallery at Fisher College of Business [the Ohio State University].

Thornton’s insights have appeared in the Harvard Business Review (on IT strategy); The Financial Times (on IT value creation); The Wall Street Journal (on the future of the computer industry); the M.I.T. Sloan Management Review (on the future of marketing), American Demographics (on the evolving demographics of Electronic Commerce), USA Today (on the future of the consumer electronics industry), Business Week (on the future of CEO direct reports) and on National Public Radio (debating the future practice of strategy with Professor Michael Porter). Thornton is a columnist at Computerworld, CIO Decisions, and has served as an Advisor to the Founding Editors
of Fast Company Magazine.

Thornton has appeared before the Congress of the United States serving as an expert witness on large technology implementations and was responsible for ghost writing portions of the technology track for the 1998 Davos Conference.

Thornton obtained his bachelor’s degree in Asian studies from Dartmouth College; his master’s degree in industrial administration from Carnegie-Mellon University and developed his Japanese language competence at the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan and Keio University in Japan.


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