Interim CIO, Hostess Brands
Jeff Gragg is a specialist in leading large companies through turbulent and difficult periods of change; either in recovering and leading turnarounds, or establishing new businesses in startup mode. As CIO of Hostess Brands he is part of the management team that executed the sweetest corporate comeback ever, and addressed a unique and broad set of challenges, which encompassed creating a new IT organization, implementing SAP CPG in a 90–day timeframe, and implementing numerous other solutions across marketing, finance, customer service, HR, sales and supply chain.
Prior to Hostess, Jeff served as CIO for Blue Cross & Blue Shield, managing a team of over 400, and transformed the IT organization through new measures, processes, technologies and strategic objectives. Jeff also served as CIO & SVP E-Commerce with Carhartt, leading the IT organization again, as well as providing the vision and leadership for the company’s online strategy and execution.
Jeff has been a pioneer in implementing and applying new concepts and technologies in the appropriate manner while minimizing overall risk to organizations and projects. Concepts and approaches include: Cloud Computing, SaaS, Mobile, Social Media, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Big Data, ERPs, MDM, etc.