OHECC 2014: Embracing the Cloud

Keynote Speaker: Kenneth J. Spangler

FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight IT Systems Senior Vice President and CIO Information Technology

Ken Spangler is Senior Vice President, Information Technology FedEx Services, and CIO for FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight Systems.

As Senior Vice President and CIO, Ken is responsible for coordinating all information technology services for FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx SmartPost, FedEx Freight and FedEx Custom Critical in the U.S. and Canada. A team of 900+ IT professionals and 250 external consultants perform all aspects of IT systems development and support.

Spangler embraces a collaborative approach, working across a large team. By emphasizing the creative and analytical abilities of team members, he keeps his team challenged and innovative. His inclusive approach to developing and implementing IT solutions reflects his philosophy: “There is no they or them, only we and us”.

Spangler has been in the transportation industry for 26 years, most of it with FedEx. He began as a software developer and progressed through the organization, including in a variety of management positions in Information Technology.

His work has been recognized with a number of awards, including Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Award, CIO Magazine’s Ones to Watch in I.T. Award, and is also a multiple winner of FedEx’s prestigious Five-Star Award. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he serves on the IBM Power System Board of Advisors, and the University of Pittsburgh IT Industry Advisory Board among other positions.

Spangler has addressed advanced IT automation on CNBC-TV and is often invited to speak about management of technology and technology uses in business. He is particularly sought after to talk about the successful development and implementation of complex IT systems in growing business.

A self-proclaimed sports junkie, he particularly loves baseball, from high school through professional. Spangler finds that baseball’s unique combination of teamwork and individual performance reflective of his own IT team. Ken and his family also enjoy waterskiing and snow skiing.