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LEONARD J.

CARELLA
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
(609) 346-7004 lcarella@gmail.com
www.linkedin.com/in/lencarella/

EXECUTIVE LEADER - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Trusted and respected IT executive with more than 25 years of progressive success optimizing technology solutions,
providing team leadership and strategic direction, and driving innovation. A natural leader, with a history of expense
reduction, operational streamlining, turnarounds, and technology advancement. An advocate and agent of change and
innovative process improvement. Known for strong leadership, motivation, negotiation, and communication abilities and
skills in business reorganization, department mergers, and solutions implementation. Areas of expertise include:

Strategic Technology Solutions
IT Infrastructure & Architecture
Strategic Planning & Analysis
Enterprise Leadership
System and Technology Integrations
Global Solutions
Organizational Change
Strategic Partnerships
Process Improvement
Operational Excellence
Regulatory Compliance
Budget Management

PROF ESS I ONAL EXPE RI ENCE

WYNDHAM WORLDWIDE HOTEL GROUP, Parsippany, NJ 2011 to June 2014
The world's largest and most diverse hotel company.
Vice President, Technology Services
Lead technology services, central reservations, search and availability, and rates and inventory for more than 7,400 hotels,
worldwide, across web, mobile, and voice channels. Oversee compliance activities, Data Center operations, infrastructure
and network architecture, managed property technology, and release and change management.

Outsourced Level 1 and 2 support, freeing staff to focus on Level 3 support, capital projects and strategic initiatives.
Developed the first disaster recovery and business continuity plan.
Created ongoing compliance program, resulting in annual PCI certification and adherence with all SOX and PII
regulations.
Drove an IT and business partnership instrumental in creating the first joint long-term roadmap for the organization.
Established a dedicated team to standardize technology footprint for all managed properties, supported with 24/7
availability.
Created private cloud infrastructure providing a secure and scalable SaaS solution for all properties, clearing the path
for continued global growth either organically or through acquisition.


D&M HOLDINGS, INC., Mahwah, NJ 2010 to 2011
A manufacturer of premium audio and video equipment.
Vice President, Global IT Infrastructure
Managed global IT organization, establishing technologies and processes to support business development, revenue
growth, and world-class customer service.
Spearheaded network, network, communications, security, collaboration, data center strategy and support
standardization initiatives.
Identified and centralized isolated and localized IT talent to form a global team and optimize individual strengths,
skills and knowledge.
Integrated previously disparate business units into a centralized corporate IT environment resulting in stronger, more
efficient service model.
Consolidated business relationships into strategic global partnerships with Microsoft, SAP, Verizon, HP, Lenovo and
Equinix to achieve costs savings and service improvements.
Combined SAP, S&OP, PSI, BI into single standard global solutions; developed global MPLS network with Verizon to
create a solid foundation for future IT initiatives.
Consolidated email and collaboration platforms into a single cloud solution from Microsoft
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Professional Experience continued

NEWSWEEK, INC., New York, NY 1998 to 2009
Publisher of weekly news and monthly travel magazines and news website, with 1000 employees in in 20 offices.
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, 2002-2009
Led company-wide, technology-related initiatives including strategic planning and direction, implementations,
standards, policies, and security.
Managed team of 6-10 senior leaders, and oversaw annual budgets of up to $10M.
Established and maintained company competitive by exercising a deep understanding and utilizations of current and
future technologies and trends.
Served as member of CIO leadership council for Washington Post corporate group; guided technology advancement
of sister companies, preserving alignment with corporate objectives.
Oversaw broad range of technology initiatives across business, including a new editorial production system, a new
communication platform, and a new CRM implementation system.

Chief Technology Officer, 2001-2002
Led IT organization with 75 employees a $6M operating budget and $6M capital budget; integrated management of
25 formerly independent editorial technology staff.
Served as member of Washington Post Company IT Initiatives Task Force championing the identification and
resolution of issues, in CRM, telecom consolidation, shared services, eProcurement, corporate portal, and HRIS.
Researched, designed and implemented applications for Sales Automation, Content Management, Library Research,
Purchasing, and Inventory management.

Director, Information Technology, 1998-2001
Recruited and hand-selected to restructure and update failing IT department, improve morale and teamwork, and
create a culture of excellence.
Led 50 employees across six groups with operating and capital budgets of $3.5M and $3M, respectively.
Reorganized structure and operations and updated technology, Internet access, website, email, and hardware and
software assets.

Early career highlights include roles as Director, Corporate Networks and Communications, IT Infrastructure Manager,
College Division and roles within the Corporate IT organization at MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES, 1983-1998

EDUCATI ON

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Coursework completed in Political Science and Liberal Arts

Mercer County Community College, West Windsor Township, NJ
Coursework completed in Mathematics, Engineering, and Data Processing