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Holly Morris

Independent Director at NIIT Technologies Limited

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Financial Services
  1. Highland Capital Brokerage,
  2. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans,
  3. American Express
  1. Kent State University

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A highly trusted Chief Information Officer (CIO), operations executive and corporate board director with extensive experience leading large, global IT operations through major transformations in support of business growth. For the last 25 years career has spanned Fortune 500 and large international financial services organizations, local government and defense manufacturing. Recognized for collaborating across business functions to develop business strategies. Track record of envisioning and successfully executing large transformational programs, dramatically reducing operational costs, mitigating security and privacy risks and integrating new acquisitions.

For five years, served as an outspoken, independent board director providing oversight, insight and independent guidance to a family owned manufacturing firm. Led the implementation of major changes in executive pay, helped solve financing challenges, guided improvements in board-level business information, helped solve supply chain management issues.

Since retiring from Thrivent in 2012, focused on assisting global IT delivery companies clarify their go-to-market strategies and messaging to prospective clients. Also advising universities, non-profits and government on re-inventing themselves given today’s technology opportunities and challenges.

Recognized as an “Outstanding Woman” by Twin Cities Business and as one of the “Elite 8” by Insurance and Technology magazine. Panelist and speaker, topics include: “The Future Needs of IT Outsourcing” at The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) in Mumbai, India; “Creating Trusted Business Relationships” at the CIO Leadership conference; presented to the MN Large CIO Forum on “How CIOs Can Engage with Boards of Directors”; co-hosted “Electing CIOs to Boards” Symposium of 50 CIOS, co-presented at the NACD MN Chapter on “IT Governance and the Board”.


Independent Director

NIIT Technologies Limited
– Present (1 month)

Board Director

Highland Capital Brokerage
(7 months)Birmingham, Alabama Area

Board of Directors and audit committee member, Highland Capital (January 2014)
Strategic Advisor to international IT delivery firms
CIO Coach
Technology advisor to non-profits, government and higher education

CIO, SVP Corporate and IT Services

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
(6 years 1 month)


American Express
(4 years)


(4 years)


City of Minneapolis
(4 years)


Honeywell Aerospace
(10 years)


  • Information Technology
  • Management Consulting
  • Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Executive Management
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Governance


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