Jon Krause (March 19, 2015)

SVP Operations - Oakley, CIO - Luxottica North America

Jon has been with Oakley, an innovation obsessed, sport performance eyewear and apparel company, since 1996.  He is responsible for Operations, Information Technology, and Digital Technology globally.  In 2007, Oakley was acquired by Luxottica, the global leader in the design, manufacturing, distribution and retailing of premium luxury, fashion, and sports eyewear.  The Luxottica eyewear brand portfolio includes Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Arnette, and Alain Mikli while its license brands include Burberry, Bvlgari, Chanel, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Tiffany and Versace and more.  Luxottica has the world’s largest eyewear retail network of over 5,000 stores including retail chains LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, and Pearle vision brands in North America.  Jon led the integration effort of Oakley and Luxottica businesses during the acquisition.  Since the acquisition, Jon has been CIO for Luxottica North America responsible for defining and transitioning to a common suite of enterprise IT and Digital solutions across all North American businesses and aligned with global IT strategy.  Additionally, Jon has lead the global Ecommerce function including establishing the and ecommerce businesses.

Prior to joining Oakley, Jon worked for 10 years at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where he was an information systems and management consultant focused on IT strategies, IT implementations, business process re-engineering, manufacturing strategies, and operations process design in the Consumer Product, Manufacturing, High Tech, and Aerospace industries.

Jon is a graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and from UCLA Anderson School of Management with a Masters in Business Administration.

11:30 am Launching Your Vision: Making the Business Case for Digital (March 19, 2015)

As incumbent companies reinvent themselves, many are challenged by the size and risk of the digital investments they need to make. This panel will examine how to value digital initiatives, the challenges of investing in old and new technologies simultaneously, and dealing with analyst/stockholder scrutiny.

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