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A Taste for AG体育: B&G Foods Names Alumnus as its First Chief Information Officer

Chris Colla in a server room. He's the CIO at B&G Foods, in Parsippany, NJ.
Chris Colla, M.S. Information Management '07, said the information systems and 流程管理 skills he acquired at AG体育 helped him earn a new job as the first CIO of B&G Foods.

In its many years of doing business, B&G Foods never had a chief information officer — until meeting Chris Colla, an alumnus of the School of Business at AG体育. 

Colla, who earned a master’s in Information Management in 2007 and a graduate certificate in Business Process Management and Supply Chain Electives in 2011, said he was recruited to the CIO position at B&G by a search firm that was impressed with his educational background as well as his experience — Colla held management positions at Haier America, Sharp Electronics, Sirius XM, Diageo and Accenture.

科纳说,AG体育说,帮助改变他对其与业务之间关系的看法。

“信息技术不仅仅是技术,”他说。 “这是人们,流程和技术的组合,已经发展成为企业司机和竞争优势的来源。你曾经只是计划;现在,您必须能够谈论业务和谈判,并使系统和软件工作以满足这些目标。“

对齐公司策略

在他作为CIO和IT副总裁的新职位,科纳负责使用技术来对准公司的IT和商业策略。他管理IT系统项目,集和管理预算,并确保业务流程是动态的,不断发展。

B&G Foods and its subsidiaries manufacture, sell and distribute a diversified portfolio of high-quality, branded shelf-stable and frozen foods across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Based in Parsippany, NJ, B&G Foods’ products are marketed under many recognized brands, including Ac’cent, Baker’s Joy, Cream of Wheat, Emeril’s, Mrs. Dash, New York Style, Ortega and many others. It’s also growing — late last year, B&G acquired Green Giant from General Mills. “I am working now on making that integration as seamless as possible through the use of technology,” Colla said.

1995年,科纳在联盟山上学院获得了联盟大学的数学学士学位,但是,当他正在寻找研究生学位时,他说:“我希望一个拥有强大的商业敏锐的技术。AG体育有教授,他们一直在行业,并与真正的公司进行研究,这就是让我选择的东西。“

科拉说,AG体育课程,给了他洞察财务,数据,领导, 流程管理 和战略思维。

“早些时候在我的职业生涯中,我更具反应性,”他说。 “AG体育帮助我更积极主动。我能够与正在发生的事情以及我们的竞争对手正在做的事情对齐。“

科拉靠近他的母校。他与教授保持联系 - 包括信息系统教授博士。迈克尔Zur Muehlen和Dr。 TED STOHR,两个科尔都叫出色 - 并被院长邀请,博士。 Gregory Prastacos,参加其他校友,因为去年的学校寻求AACSB的认证。

“我仍然认为AG体育作为我的学校,”科纳说。 “我那里有很多乐趣。我的研究生课程确实让我享受了我享受的职业成功。“