Kathy Starkoff is an Independent Director, President, and CEO, as well as an
accomplished Fortune 500 technology executive with 30+ years of experience
leading global, highly-regulated and industry-leading organizations. She has
skillfully translated digital/technology innovations into strategy, directed
enterprise risk management, and guided mission-critical system, process and
organizational change. Kathy is recognized for her strong communication and
collaboration skills; she simplifies the complex and connects seemingly
dissimilar points, with transparency and trust.
Kathy is an independent Director of Gentex Corporation (GNTX; Nasdaq), the Board Chair of Flying Horse Farms, a camp for seriously ill children, and a Director of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, a global non-profit for seriously ill children, where she chairs the Audit and Risk committee. Kathy is also an Executive Leader for Arizona State University’s Idea Enterprise where she helps advance the university’s most promising entrepreneurial opportunities.
As the President and CEO of Orange Star Consulting, Ms. Starkoff advises executives and boards on matters of IT strategy, large-scale change and risk management. Her understanding of diverse industries, cultures, and norms is appreciated by clients that range from regional public accounting firms to multi-billion dollar manufacturing concerns, including government and higher education.
Previously, Kathy was Chief Information Officer (CIO) at The Ohio State University, a top tier research university. As a member of both the President’s Council and the University’s Management Committee, she advised key leadership and the Board. There, she united 35 IT organizations of competing interests (e.g. medical center, research, athletics and colleges) resulting in foundational enterprise strategies for IT, e- learning and cyber security.
As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Group Vice President of Limited Brands, a $6 billion global retailer that included Victoria’s Secret, now LBrands, Ms. Starkoff led transformational change, advising key executives and the Board. She was key to the creation of new enterprise functions, including a new supply chain, shared services (HR, IT, and Finance), and Enterprise Risk Management. Prior to LBrands, Kathy was CTO and Senior Vice President of Bank One Corporation, now Chase, where she improved the speed and effectiveness of enterprise mergers and acquisitions.
Kathy holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, cum laude, from Kent State University.
Sub-specialties: IT strategy, IT operational effectiveness, performance metrics, data analytics, contracts and project management, mergers, acquisitions, system implementations, Risk Management.
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