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David MacLeod was appointed as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer & Enterprise Chief Information Security Officer at Welltok in 2016, continuing a distinguished IT leadership career. David was responsible for all corporate IT services, as well as IT security, risk, and compliance management. His responsibilities included leading the Enterprise Information Risk Management team, developing an Identity and Access Management Strategy, managing the information lifecycle and ensuring regulatory compliance. In addition, he is the Chair Emeritus of 9Health Services, providing basic healthcare screenings, Covid-19 tests, and Covid-19 vaccines to underserved Coloradans. He has been an IT leader at several organizations, including Zenith-American Solutions, TriZetto, The Regence Group, and Providence Health Plan. He has several graduate degrees in information technology and management of technology. He is currently completing a Doctorate in Business Administration with an emphasis on Leadership.
David MacLeod has experience working with a wide range of companies, from retail to finance, government, healthcare, and everything in between. From programming embedded software systems on the Motorola 68000 chip to big-iron mainframes, he has diverse technology experience. David MacLeod's first job as a mainframe systems programmer was on a system that took up an entire room and had a fraction of the memory and processing capability of his current iPhone. Despite the abundance of IT resources available today, this has taught him to be a good steward of valuable IT resources. David MacLeod has been recognized as the "Chief Geek" in charge of IT at various companies, each of which has offered him unique opportunities and problems.
Welltok is a consumer activation solutions company that helps people enhance their overall well-being. Welltok uses proprietary data and smart analytics to engage customers in personalized, rewarding ways that encourage them to take action. Welltok's solutions combine a Consumer Activation Platform, enriched data, a partner ecosystem, and top-tier professional services to assist health plans, employers, and health systems in achieving their objectives. After its acquisition by Virgin Pulse, David departed Welltok and is preparing for his next engagement in the New Year. In the meantime, he will be working on his doctoral dissertation. His research is a qualitative study of how and why Transformational Leadership Behaviours promote employee creativity and organizational innovation in the IT industry. Given the importance of the role played by innovation in a fiercely competitive global economy, it is essential that IT leaders understand how to nurture creativity and innovation. In addition, David has observed first-hand the practice of promoting technologists into leadership positions, but without appropriate training on how to lead. David expects to conclude his research and publish it in 2022, using that research as the foundation for training the next generation of IT leaders.
"Technology integration is not an event. It should be an everyday part of classroom-like crayons and breathing."
David MacLeod is an active reader who subscribes to hundreds of industry resources to stay current in a constantly innovating field. He is also a member of the Technology and Innovation Management division of the Academy of Management and a Fellow of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society. David also keeps his finger on the pulse of research and development by subscribing to various management and technology academic magazines.
David has been an inventor and co-inventor on multiple patent applications and is always looking for new and better ways to do things through technological innovation. David says CIOs must adapt to changing employee demographics, work preferences, cultural and diverse diversity in today's highly competitive global economy. As a result, CIOs must manage and comprehend diversity, equity, and inclusion in their organizations. This is the most significant difficulty that IT managers face today, even more so than the continual advancement of technology. I became a naturalized digital citizen not just because my chosen profession is in the realm of information technology (after all, CIOs are supposed to be tech-savvy) but also because I believe that the digital world holds the answer for many of today's ailments.
According to David, "Businesses must service their customers, employees, and other stakeholders in today's economy (not just shareholders). Therefore, companies must re-recruit these constituencies regularly as they focus on the triple bottom line (earnings, people, and the environment) to maintain the organization's sustainability. As an IT leader, I can help with this essential task by ensuring that information systems are available when they are needed, that information is provided when and when it is needed, and that the integrity of that information is protected." David MacLeod's ability to innovate and execute next-generation technologies has distinguished him as an outstanding CIO. IE