Ian O’Brien is unique in that he possesses a current technical acumen as strong as any IT leader but is married with REAL experience running a business, making strategic decisions, and aligning business operations with investment strategies. He has done this both as an operational leader and as a private equity partner. He has a genuine passion for finding opportunities to improve business and an excitement for how private equity is able to capitalize on those opportunities. He has successfully performed a number of operational leadership roles ranging from CEO, Chief Product Officer, and CIO/CTO. Each of these experiences were keenly focused on achieving strategic outcomes and creating value.
As Chief Innovation Officer at Congruex, Ian is championing a new way to leverage IT. By leveraging the cloud, Platforms as Services and Service Oriented Architectures, we are implementing a continuous improvement culture that is focused on increased velocity for the business for less cost. Applied to the Congruex business model of best of breed capability committed to technological innovation, it lends itself to a rapidly growing and increasingly profitable operation.
Prior to Congruex, he held a variety of roles in private equity for a number a leading PE firms including Marlin Equity Partners and Platinum Equity. He has led carveouts, run portfolio companies, been on boards and has been involved in countless acquisitions across a wide range of industries. His rich experience in Private Equity allows Ian to manage the most complex situations and lead them to the realization of their optimum benefit.
In total, he brings over 30 years of leadership, technology & business strategy. He possesses a Bachelor of Science in MIS and MBA from the greatest university in the world, Indiana University.