Steve O'Donnell

Businessman, Consultant, and CIO in London, United Kingdom

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He is CTO at Women in Banking & Finance, with a focus on diversity and inclusion. He was CIO at Coventry Building Society, the second largest Building Society in the UK. He was CIO at Gallagher, the global Insurance Broker, as well as Transformation Director at Wolseley, an FTSE 30 firm in the Construction Industry. Prior to that, he was CIO at G4S plc, the global Security firm. He was CTO at MS Amlin the global Insurance Carrier. He was CEO at GreenBytes Inc. (acquired by Oracle), a US-based, storage software firm and CEO at MEEZA, a Qatar based Data Centre firm. He was Managing Director at Boston, USA based, analyst firm ESG, Global Head of Data Centre Operations at British Telecom and has held senior positions at Barclays, Cable & Wireless (Vodafone) and Deutsche Bank. He is an active non-executive as Chairman at Hydra Aesthetics Ltd, a medical start-up. Steve is the author of "What Every CIO Wants - a guide for high technology salespeople" and is credited as the initiator of the Green Grid Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM), now well on the way to becoming an ISO standard for data centre efficiency and best practice. He is recognised as an expert in green IT and sustainability having won six industry awards including the British Computer Society best use of green technology award in 2007. He has served as a spokesperson for the IEEE on Cloud and IT Security and regularly hosts conferences and webcasts on these subjects. He is an accomplished speaker and moderator as well as an analyst and commentator in how high technology impacts business. He is an active angel investor and business leader, working in Solid State Storage, IT Security, Smart Grid, Sustainability, Data Centre cooling technology and the IT Services sector. Steve is an inventor and holds a number of patents in the data centre liquid cooling area. In 1999 one of the companies he led as CEO won a Fast 50 special award from Deloitte & Touche for rapid company growth. Steve is an entrepreneur and global businessman. He has a successful experience in six trade sales, two MBOs and an IPO. He is an active participant in social media with a loyal following on Twitter as @stephenodonnell

  • Work
    • Coventry Building Society