Kovarus Appoints Andy Lewis As Chief Information Officer
South San Francisco, Calif., July 26, 2012 – Kovarus, Inc., a leading systems integrator specializing in increasing IT efficiency by architecting and integrating business-aligned IT solutions, today announced that it has appointed Andy Lewis as chief information officer. Lewis brings extensive technology leadership experience from more than 20 years with companies such as EMC, Visa, Barclays Bank, Lloyds TSB and Galileo International. He will be responsible for Kovarus’ technology direction.
Lewis comes to Kovarus from EMC’s office of the CIO where he served as the CTO/CIO for the western region. In this position, Lewis provided experience-based advisory and advocacy services to EMC’s customers as they embarked on their journey to the cloud and shared best practices from EMC IT’s internal initiatives. Lewis also led customer-facing CIO discussions on strategy and direction and trained the EMC sales teams on topics such as IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS).
“Andy Lewis is an accomplished technologist and thought leader, and we are very pleased to welcome him to the Kovarus team,” said Patrick Cronin, principal and co-founder of Kovarus. "As the deployment of ITaaS matures, there is an increasing need for IT departments to accommodate new technology. At Kovarus, we are committed to serving as change agents for our customers, enabling them to realize true business value. Andy’s proven expertise will play an integral role in our ongoing support for this type of transformation.”
Previously, Lewis served as senior vice president/head of global infrastructure and engineering for Visa where he managed all aspects of transforming their global IT organization, from mainframe to desktop technologies, along with the IT fiduciary responsibilities of infrastructure and personnel. While at Visa, Lewis’ thought leadership served as the basis for the design and delivery of the company’s cloud strategy.
Lewis also served as CEO and president of an IT consulting company that focused on process excellence and executive gap analysis. He has co-authored books on the topic of Storage Area Networks and has been an active participant in many CIO/CTO councils.
“Kovarus is committed to creating value-based partnerships with its customers,” said Lewis. “The team of Kovarus experts cuts through the hype associated with emerging technologies and guides customers towards solutions that deliver the utmost benefit for their business. With its solid customer base, strong alliances with industry leaders, and deep technical expertise, Kovarus is rapidly establishing a leadership position in the delivery of business-aligned IT solutions.”
Kovarus focuses on increasing IT efficiency for their clients by architecting and integrating business-aligned IT solutions. The company’s holistic approach to helping customers deliver IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) focuses on the people, process, and technologies for enabling IT management and service delivery. This includes deep expertise in data center technologies, including: virtualization, server, storage, networking and cloud computing. Kovarus enables its customers to dramatically simplify their IT operating model and cost-effectively deliver the resources their organizations need to succeed in today’s highly competitive environment.
Kovarus has been chosen as a premier partner by leading technology companies including VMware, EMC, and Cisco, and has successfully helped a wide range of private and public sector customers drive business innovation and success. Founded in 2003, Kovarus is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with additional locations in Sacramento, Seattle, and Denver. For more information on Kovarus, please visit www.kovarus.com.