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Patti Prairie

Founder at PHLC

Location
Santa Barbara, California Area
Industry
Management Consulting
Previous
  1. Brighter Planet,
  2. BankBoston,
  3. Beneficial Technology Company
Education
  1. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
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University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

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Background

Summary

Intrapreneur and entrepreneur. Specializes in starting new businesses and revitalizing under-performing ones in services and technology companies.

Experience

Founder

PHLC
– Present (2 years)Santa Barbara, California Area

CEO

Brighter Planet
(6 years)

Brighter Planet finds surprising sustainability solutions in the world's flows of data and money, engineering them into scalable science-based technologies.

Highlights include:
- helping customers meet the 21st century’s urgent climate and resource challenges
- being named 2010 Small Business of the Year by Discovery Channel’s Treehugger
- raising $3.7M in two rounds of fund-raising
- growing the business to over 150,000 customers
- becoming the nation's leading environmental card
- creating science-as-a-service to provide cloud-based environmental modeling to businesses and not-for-profit organizations
- developing 15+ open source carbon models and delivering over 2.3 million actionable, affordable, and auditable emissions estimates

EVP, Business and Private Bank

BankBoston
(1 year)

Executive Vice President of BankBoston, responsible for three lines of business: Small Business, Middle Markets, and Private Bank. When BankBoston and Fleet merged to create FleetBoston, played a leadership role in forging combined businesses, practices, and personnel.

President

Beneficial Technology Company
(2 years)

President of Beneficial Technology Company and Beneficial Management Corporate Officer. Highlights included:

- spearheading a comprehensive re-engineering of the core loan office business
- redesigning business processes and re-deploying technology and human resources.
- conclusively demonstrating the franchise’s latent value
- engaging with suitors
- being acquired by Household International for 2X stock price.

SVP

American Express
(4 years)

Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Services, responsible for Information Technology for groups that represent over half of American Express's business results, specifically Corporate Card Services, Small Business Services, Travel, Government, American Express Financial Direct, Stored Value Group, and American Express Bank.

Highlights include:
- developing innovative solutions that changed the way American Express delivered capabilities to customers such as Financial Direct and Interactive Travel
- providing industrial-strength solutions that support core business processes such as billing and MIS
- delivering enterprise-wide responsibility for information management, enterprise architecture, and program management
- managing far-flung divisions with 2,200 employees and thousands of customers
- overseeing large outsourcing contracts and development alliances with companies such as EDS and Microsoft

VP

IBM
(4 years)

Senior partner in the IBM Consulting Group with responsibility for Financial Services Industries, providing management and information technology consulting services to banks, brokerages, credit card companies and other financial service organizations.

Highlights included:
- building from inception the business that became a mainstay of IBM’s services strategy
- integrating the new group into IBM, with all but two senior management recruited from consulting powerhouses
- developing IBM’s strategy and creating new offerings for the financial services sector
- forging management consulting relationships with clients such as Citibank, Merrill Lynch, American Express, Bank of Montreal, J.P. Morgan, Aetna, and State Farm
- benchmarking and publishing best practices for business transformation and information technology in large companies.
- solving customer needs such as generating revenue in concert with downsizing, identifying initiatives to leapfrog competition, and leveraging technology to implement corporate goals

Director, Manager, Engineer

IBM
(17 years)

Director, Enterprise Computing Applications, responsible for developing new venture to build and market applications for S/390, working with 300+ independent software vendor companies to enhance IBM hardware and software to solve customer needs

Director, Technical Computing Systems and Applications, creating supercomputers via innovative vector processing for IBM's big iron, delivering high-performance capability for technical computing professionals and Wall Street rocket scientists

Systems Manager, System/88, bringing to market new fault-tolerant, 24/7 continuous processing for finance, transportation, securities, and telecommunications sectors. Logoed Stratus systems, integrated IBM peripherals, and marketed as IBM System/88 with hardware duplexing coupled to a distributed operating system and a single systems image

Manager, Engineering and Software Development Systems, responsible for hardware and software technology such as architectures, compilers, design entry and simulation for mid-range systems

Honors & Awards

YWCA Woman of Achievement

Financial Times' Social Innovation Award for Social Philanthrophy

named Best Small Business of the Year by Discovery Channel's Treehugger

Languages

  1. French

Skills

  • Sustainability
  • Business Strategy
  • Technology Development
  • Financial Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Leadership
  • Managerial Finance
  • Management Consulting
  • Enterprise Software
  • Start-ups

Publications

The Four Keys to Corporate Sustainability in 2011(Link)

Fast Company
January 2011

As we round out the first decade of the new century, business sustainability in the U.S. is coming of age. The federal carbon regulations that at this time last year seemed likely to shape the next chapter of business sustainability did not emerge, and it's now clear that the boardroom, more than the halls of congress, will be leading the charge for corporate social responsibility as we forge ahead.

An overwhelming majority of Fortune 500 companies now voluntarily measure, manage, and publicly disclose their carbon emissions; and a bevy of hi-tech software solutions, clean technologies, and market tools have evolved in recent years to meet these demands.

So what's on the horizon for the world of business sustainability management? Four key trends to keep an eye on in 2011 include:

1. Supply chain management.
2. Employee engagement.
3. Software decentralization.
4. Regional regulation.

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