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Penny
plester57@gmail.com
678-360-1740
560 Grovsner Terrace
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Vice President (VP), Global Technology Leader
17 years experience W2
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Summary

  • Innovative leader with proven success building and leading software engineering teams, providing strategic and tactical digital solutions for federal, state and local government agencies, privately held, and publicly traded companies.
  • An energetic leader, a strong innovator, and an exceptional motivator of teams through empowerment, transparency and inclusion, resulting in highly productive software engineering teams.
  • Provided leadership to diverse, distributed teams using the latest techniques and technologies, while ensuring the teams are following best practices in secure software development for 16+ years.
  • Collaborates with Technology leaders, Business Executives and the C-Suite, relying on an ability to translate even the most complex technical topics to non-technical executives.

CORE COMPETENCIES

Digital Transformation | Leadership | Communication Skills | Mentor & Coach | Executive Presence | Collaborative | Project & Program Management | Data and Analytics | Secure Coding Best Practices| Continuous Improvement | Agile | Compliance & Governance | Innovative Technologies | Customer Satisfaction | Cloud Technologies | Strategic Partnerships | Business Relationship Management

Experience
Vice President (VP), Product Project Management Office
Banking/Financial
Jan 2017 - Sep 2020
Atlanta, GA

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) is a leading pure play payments technology company delivering innovative software and services to customers globally.

Led a distributed team of professionals, responsible for clean and complete delivery of prioritized product driven projects/programs with budgets in the millions.

  • Reduced the time from vision to delivery on multiple SaaS and DaaS solutions by transitioning engineering teams to a product/platform dedicated team model in a continuous integration, continuous delivery (CICD) environment
  • Achieved top ratings from the FBA (Federal Banking Agency and the PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance auditors as a result of proper governance over programs and projects
  • Continued to champion the adoption of Agile development, delivering scalable technology platforms like a unified commerce platform hosted in a hybrid ecosystem (on-prem and in cloud)
Agile Methodology Auditing MS Visio PCI Project Management SaaS
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Senior Director, Data Analytics Application Development
Banking/Financial
May 2015 - Jan 2017

Led a distributed team of developers following a test driven, lean methodology to deliver both internal and external facing digital systems.

  • Achieved a 90% to 97% first time right by mentoring the Data and Analytics development teams in various Agile methodologies: Kanban for the ETL engineers and Scrum for the BI developers
  • Worked with other development leaders and teams to create comprehensive solutions shared across multiple product areas
  • Guided the software engineering teams through the software design and development processes required to create commercial class software
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Senior Director, Data Analytics Application Development
Banking/Financial
Apr 2013 - May 2015

Transitioned a distributed team of developers to a test driven, lean methodology to deliver both internal and external facing applications.

  • Built a strong data and analytics distributed team of internal and external talent, overcoming the challenges of not being co-located through collaboration and personalized mentoring/coaching
  • Championed the use of new technologies to consolidate 3 outdated applications into one external facing web application reducing the risk of exposure of sensitive data and increasing confidence in PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance
Application Development Compliance Project Management
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Senior Vice President, Delivery Services
Information Technology
Sep 2004 - Apr 2013

ResiliEnt Business Solutions, LLC. is a customer centric, quality driven enterprise consulting organization that specializes in solving business issues with business management, operational strategy, process and technology.

Led all aspects of Professional Services guaranteeing delivery and provided strategic direction

  • Co-founded this management consulting start up, successfully building, managing, and motivating a strong distributed team of software architects, engineers, and QA/test teams responsible for delivering innovative data and analytics solutions
  • Established multiple long term relationships worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in repeat business, as evidenced by the 97% repeat customers
  • Documented findings post assessments, which included recommendations for product life cycle, planning, updates/upgrades, and end of life additionally, findings to assist the client in making critical trade-off decisions between functionality, resources and delivery timeframes
Project Management Quality Assurance
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Non-cloudteam Skill
Education
Bachelor's in Psychology
Florida State University
Minor: Social Work
Attended in One Year Degree - Computer Programming
Lively Area Vocational Technical College
Scaled Agile, Provider of SAFe
Project Management Institute
Certifications
PMP (Project Management Professional), # 1388079
Skills
Project Management
2020
14
Quality Assurance
2013
8
ERP
2004
1
Continuous Improvement
2020
1
Agile Methodology
2020
3
Auditing
2020
3
MS Visio
2020
3
PCI
2020
3
SaaS
2020
3
Application Development
2015
2
Compliance
2015
2
BI Developer
2017
1
Big Data
2017
1
Data Lakes
2020
1
ETL
2017
1
Hadoop
2017
1
MicroStrategy
2017
1
MS Azure
2020
1
PMO
2020
1
REST
2020
1
Scrum
2017
1
SQL
2020
1
Analytics
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1
Business Analysis
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1
Business Intelligence
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1
Business Objects
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1
Cloud Computing
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1
Data Architecture
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1
Data Integration
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1
Data Modeling
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1
Data Warehousing
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DB2
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1
in-memory databases
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1
Information Security
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1
Machine Learning
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1
Microsoft SMS Server
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1
mSQL
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1
OBIEE Dashboards
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1
Oracle
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Problem Solving
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1
Requirement Analysis
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1
SDLC
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Team Build
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UNIX
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Waterfall
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