He has experience implementing Cloud-based SaaS solutions and integrating them with more standard on-premise applications. He has helped clients in the U.S. and Europe in defining business and technology strategies, drawing on his extensive experience in the media, telecoms and financial services industries.
Mr. Stevens has a strong background in delivering business benefits by identifying solutions to complex business and technology problems and delivering roadmaps which clearly map the steps to deliver required benefits.
He served as CIO for a global media organization, managing a global transformation program to improve back-office and front-office business processes, based on integrating the SAP, Salesforce.com and Coda financials applications. He also led the technology integration activities for several large acquisitions, including managing the integration of all H/R and payroll, finance, sales and marketing systems and processes.
Previously, Mr. Stevens was responsible for outsourcing the technology infrastructure for a large manufacturing company, which included data-center environments, the virtualization of servers, the standardization of network infrastructure and implementing a managed-service environment. He has also managed the consolidation of several data centers to reduce overall OPEX costs and improve service delivery.
Mr. Stevens led the European work-stream for the Johnson & Johnson global H/R and payroll outsourcing program, which involved the migration to a standardized SAP platform and the creation of an employee contact center based in Budapest. His primary role was to work with the client to ensure the integration of the technology platforms, assess common and disparate processes, and recommend best of breed standard business processes.
As CIO for a U.K. digital media company, Mr. Stevens was responsible for implementing a roadmap for rationalizing the business systems, IT operations and finance functions to better align with business strategy. This involved defining a new applications landscape, incorporating Salesforce.com, FinancialForce.com and SAP BPC for management reporting and integrating front and back-office systems.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Stevens was with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte in U.S. and Middle East working in the financial and technology sectors managing several large transformation programs. He also led the global finance transformation program for France Telecom, which involved consolidating local country finance centers into four regional finance-shared service centers incorporating a new centralized Oracle application model.
This program delivered on-going yearly savings of £20 million by streamlining the finance function, reducing application maintenance costs and providing better decision making capabilities from improved management information.