Linda Marie Arredondo will lead Express through an IT transformation.
Linda Marie Arredondo, a Citizen Potawatomi Tribal member with an impressive and diverse career in information technology spanning 20 years, has been named Express Employment Professionals’ first-ever Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Headquartered in Oklahoma City with an international network of franchises, Express Employment Professionals (http://www.ExpressPros.com) offers localized staffing solutions to communities, employing 552,000 people across North America in 2019.
As CIO, Arredondo will lead Express through an IT transformation, implementing integration tools to help current systems work better together, while determining an Enterprise Architecture Strategy to modernize and transform technology delivery, system-wide.
“We are excited to add Linda Marie to the Express family as we embark on a new decade of growth and innovation,” said Express CEO Bill Stoller. “She will play an instrumental role in ensuring our data is secure, our systems are efficient and our processes are fully supported from a technical standpoint.”
Arredondo previously served as the Director of Information Technology for her Tribe, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, where she provided IT leadership throughout all areas of the Nation, including executive, government and judicial branches, healthcare, enterprise, gaming, and hospitality.
She also grew her IT management and leadership experience as Chief Technology Officer for a private corporation in the finance industry, Florida Housing Finance Corporation.
Most recently, Arredondo served as the Director of Research and Executive Advisor within the CIO Practice at Info-Tech Research Group, where she served as a trusted counselor to IT and business executives in diverse industries around the globe. This role offered Arredondo the opportunity to leverage her diverse IT experience and business acumen to provide innovative perspectives and solutions that alleviated the top IT challenges that impact the holistic success of the business.
A technologist first and a servant leader at heart, Arredondo’s professional expertise will allow her to utilize her knowledge to help Express further reach its goal of putting a million people to work and doing good in the communities we serve.
“By consistently demonstrating a commitment to our mission and vision statements, I’m drawn to Express and the opportunity to improve the quality of life for others through staffing, both directly and indirectly,” Arredondo said. “Within the communities I have visited, Express’ positive reputation and culture of caring are consistently demonstrated, not only through connecting people with jobs, but also through the company’s acts of social responsibility.”
Collectively, Arredondo’s experience allows her to strategically help Express identify opportunities for improvement as related to growth and connection to franchisees, client companies and associates. Her background lends itself to handling new and exciting opportunities in both staffing and franchising as the company dives into a new decade and beyond.
“Through our existing focus on proactive and diligent cybersecurity measures, we will continue to shepherd a culture of cybersecurity awareness both internally and externally with our trusted partners and various stakeholders,” Arredondo said. “By renewing our commitment to providing world-class customer service, I hope to empower the Express IT team to clear pathways to drive innovation through technology to achieve greatness.”
A graduate of St. Gregory’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, summa cum laude, Arredondo’s approach to education is rooted in the philosophy that lifelong learning is a valuable and meaningful endeavor.
Professionally, she’s an active member of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO) and is a 2018 graduate of their Leadership Native Oklahoma program. Giving back to the community, she currently serves as secretary on the Board of Directors for The Kwek Society and treasurer on the Board of Directors for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Tribal Chapter – Shkodedeajek.