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Technology thought leader Kathy Starkoff is the President and CEO of Orange Star Consulting.  She is a sought-after consultant and a trusted advisor to senior leadership on complex matters of information technology. She facilitates innovative strategy and informs good decision-making, with the experience and insight of a change master.

Prior to founding Orange Star, Kathy was a key senior leader in three industry-leading organizations. She served as Chief Information Officer at The Ohio State University; Chief Technology Officer and Group Vice President of Limited Brands; and Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Bank One Corporation. 

As a member of Ohio State’s senior management team, she established the first enterprise IT organization, united thirty IT organizations from the various colleges, research, medical center and athletics and led the development of the institution’s first IT strategic plan, the first digital education plan and the first data security plan. She managed a data breach and recovery as well as cultivated vendor partnerships that were core and material to the academic mission. Her enterprise focus on innovative digital strategies and operational performance resulted in customer service improvements of 25%.

At Limited Brands, she was key to the creation of a consolidated enterprise supply chain and shared service functions for HR, Finance and IT, to enable 60% in top line growth. She developed the first Enterprise Risk Management process for Limited Brands’ board reporting. At Bank One, she improved the speed of consolidation for bank mergers & acquisitions through a creative staffing model.

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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