As Sr. Vice President & Chief Information Officer, James LaPlaine manages the solution, development, and operations organization that is responsible for the company’s overall IT infrastructure. James oversees AOL’s global data centers, public and private cloud services, employee productivity services, networks, systems, storage, application engineers, and NOC supporting all of AOL’s consumer facing applications and advertising services.
2017 brings about the final year of a 5-year initiative to transform AOL’s data center strategy and cloud computing initiatives and continued emphasis on IT cost transparency. Leveraging infrastructure as a forcing function, the goal of these initiatives are to build API enabled services, drive up system utilization, refactor applications for public cloud deployment, pay down technical debt, and build empathy across technical teams.
James is a board member for the non-profit Technology Business Management Council, and also currently serves on the Executive Technical Advisory Board for Intel Corporation, the Amazon Web Services CIO Advisory Council, and is a member of the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Americas Board of Advisors.
James is a strong advocate for Technology Business Management and has completed a metric driven, rules-based financial model that accounts for every dollar spent from central technologies and how this maps back to business decisions. James is actively involved in youth activities promoting the importance of STEM education and advancing women and minorities in technology and leadership roles.
Prior to AOL, his previous roles include consulting and service delivery for Perfect Sense Digital, where he filled in as interim CTO at SnagFilms, consulted at Scripps Network Interactive, and lead a team of developers replacing Internet Broadcasting’s content management system. At Strategic Technologies, James worked with Fortune 500 companies in the Research Triangle, NC area on operational best practices and systems integration.
James is an upstate New York native and holds a computer science degree from State University of New York at Oswego. He blogs about leadership, technology, tapping into a global workforce, and changing culture at mentaleffort.wordpress.com.