Michael Iacona
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Michael Iacona's business leadership success was no accident. Rather, his professional and personal achievements are a result of his calculated "game plan." With a goal of becoming a future-focused business leader who drives initiatives combining his unique background in both business and technology, Michael has proactively acquired 20+ years' cross-industry experience with large multinational companies, founded an Internet start-up and earned dual Masters degrees - an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MS in Information Systems from Pace University.

As a seasoned technology executive, Michael leverages his diverse background to drive change in organizations that transcend both business and technology. A strategic thinker with a strong technical background and acumen for business, Michael consistently looks for ways to leverage emerging technologies to differentiate products, processes, and services.

In his most recent role as CIO and SVP of Product Technology for TMP Worldwide, Michael oversaw all facets of technology for the company, ranging from the management of IT infrastructure, Enterprise Systems to leading the Digital Software Product and Custom Digital Development units. Under Michaelís leadership, TMP successfully transitioned itself from a traditional (print based) advertising agency to a full scale digital agency creating a product suite (mobile, social and Software as a Service) that has fundamentally changed the way TMP sells to the marketplace. TMPís clients such as Disney, AT&T, UPS, Boeing, P&G, etc. have leveraged Michaelís solution-oriented product development approach which has effectively positioned TMP as pioneers where recruitment strategies and digital media converge.

Prior to joining Monster, Michael learned a great deal about Internet start-ups by creating his own, myRebates.com. He acquired knowledge of web technologies and business skills to complement his five years' experience as a software developer for AT&T. While at AT&T, Michael had a chance to work with some of the best software and network engineers, and the company was an excellent corporate training ground.

Michael's career is characterized by consistently meeting new challenges in progressively responsible positions. Keys to his effectiveness are his entrepreneurial passion and results-orientation, and his teams appreciate his dependability and integrity in making tough decisions. Core to his management style, Michael fosters open communication and enjoys coaching team members, capitalizing on their unique talents and leading by example.

Michael grew up interested in computers and sports - eventually combining these interests with computer programming for games and problem solving. With unrealized dreams of playing professional sports, Michael began to apply his competitive mentality to his formal education, fueling his ongoing interest in professional development.

Michael's affable nature and commitment to forward-thinking has fostered his positioning as a valuable industry executive and resource.

"Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile."

- Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970)

Michael's Events & Articles Michael Iacona

  • January 27th, 2010 - CIO Magazine
          Personal Networks Hold Hiring Power
  • March 27th, 2009 - Macworld
          Windows Geeks Warm to Macs
  • July 29th, 2008
         Speaker at:
          Successful Selling to the CIO
  • December 6th, 2007
         Speaker at:
          CIO Executive Summit
            Watch Interview
  • May 7th, 2007 - TechCareers
         Career Profile:
          CIO/TMP Worldwide
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  • March 29th, 2007 - Network World
         Management & Careers:
          Inside Advice
  • Nov. 7th, 2006 - Grand Hyatt NYC
         Technology Panel Member:
          Columbia Business School
          Career Night 2006

  • September 6th, 2006
         CIO Magazine
          Getting Your Name Out There:
          4 Simple Steps to Worldwide Fame

  • June 14th, 2006
         CIO Decisions 2006
          MBA Worth The Effort, But
          Doesn't Guarentee IT Stardom

  • June 6/7th, 2006 - Carlsbad, CA
         Speaker at:
          CIO Decisions Conference

  • Michael's Online Profiles

    Yahoo! Tech News

    Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:34:45 -0500

     Apple exploring settlement with electric car battery maker

    The leaf on the Apple symbol is tinted green at the Apple flagship store on 5th Ave in New YorkApple is exploring how to make an electric car and has been hiring engineers with deep expertise in automobile systems. Around June 2014 Apple began aggressively poaching A123 engineers tasked with leading some of the company's most critical projects, A123's lawsuit said. Representatives for Apple and A123 could not immediately be reached for comment. A123 filed the breach of contract lawsuit in February against Apple and five former A123 employees.

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    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:31:36 -0500

     IBM buys AlchemyAPI to boost Watson computing unit

    A worker is pictured behind a logo at the IBM stand on the CeBIT computer fair in HanoverInternational Business Machines Corp said on Wednesday it had acquired AlchemyAPI, a fast-growing startup selling software that collects and analyzes unstructured text and data in ways big enterprises, website publishers and advertisers find useful. The purchase is designed to boost IBM's push into more human-like computing services, based around its Watson technology, which can sift huge amounts of data, learn from the results and respond to spoken questions. IBM is trying to build a big business around Watson, which came to prominence in 2011 when it beat two previous champions on the U.S. quiz show Jeopardy. IBM gives developers access to Watson so they can use the technology in their own applications, but it has only just started to filter down to mainstream use.

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    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:14:31 -0500

     China says tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law

    Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China's proposed anti-terrorism law will not affect the legitimate interests of technology firms, a top Chinese spokeswoman said Wednesday after U.S. President Barack Obama warned of its impact and demanded amendments. China's proposals, which would require tech firms to provide encryption keys and install backdoors granting law enforcement access for counterterrorism investigations, drew criticism from Obama, who told Reuters in an interview this week China would have to change the draft law if it were "to do business with the United States". Fu Ying, China's parliamentary spokeswoman, said many Western governments, including Washington, had made similar requests for encryption keys while Chinese companies operating in the United States have long been subject to intense security checks.

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    Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:06:10 -0500

     Alibaba opens first U.S. cloud center, enters hotly contested market

    Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Ma gestures while giving a speech at National Taiwan University in TaipeiBy John Ruwitch and Paul Carsten HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is launching a cloud computing hub in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, the e-commerce giant's first outside of China, underscoring its global ambitions in the face of stiff and entrenched competition. The new California data center marks the Chinese company's latest measured expansion onto American soil, and into a hotly contested U.S. market now dominated by Amazon.com Inc , Microsoft Corp and Google Inc. Alibaba's Aliyun cloud division intends the new data center to cater initially to Chinese companies with operations in the United States, including retail, Internet and gaming firms.

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    Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:29:51 -0500

     Apple plans fix next week for newly uncovered Freak security bug

    The Apple logo is pictured on the front of a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San FranciscoApple Inc and Google Inc said on Tuesday that they have developed fixes to mitigate the newly uncovered 'Freak' security flaw affecting mobile devices and Mac computers. The vulnerability in web encryption technology could enable attackers to spy on communications of users of Apple's Safari browser and Google Inc's Android browser, according to researchers who uncovered the flaw. Apple spokesman Ryan James said the computer had developed a software update to remediate the vulnerability, which would be pushed out next week.

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    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:38:51 -0500

     German automakers shift focus to high-end electric cars

    The new Audi R8 e-tron electric car is seen during the first press day ahead of the 85th International Motor Show in GenevaBy Andreas Cremer and Edward Taylor BERLIN/GENEVA (Reuters) - German carmakers are shifting their focus toward high-end electric vehicles such as the Audi R8 e-tron and away from cheap city cars, in the latest effort to revive environmentally-friendly but unpopular zero-emission vehicles. At the Geneva auto show, Audi unveiled an emission-free version of its 165,000-euro ($184,619) R8 that can drive 450 kilometers (280 miles) before needing to recharge, which takes less than two hours. It marks a new departure for Audi, which has agonized over whether to launch a range of electric vehicles. Because the batteries, cabling and cooling systems for electric cars cost more than a conventional combustion engine, electric vehicles have struggled to gain widespread acceptance among price-sensitive customers, particularly if the same model is available cheaper with a more conventional powertrain.

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    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:00:04 -0500

     BetterWorks hires Apple engineer, announces Apple Watch app for enterprise

    BetterWorks hires Apple engineer, announces Apple Watch app for enterpriseBetterWorks, a California company, has brought on an ex-Apple engineer to get its upcoming Apple Watch app for enterprise going.

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    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:58:31 -0500

     Big sale: Google is offering 33 great deals on apps and more for a limited time

    Can you believe that the Google Play app store is only three years old? Android apps have been around for a bit†longer, of course, but the Google Play app store as we know it today just turned three. We can celebrate by reminiscing about our favorite Android apps, or we can celebrate by stopping for a moment to appreciate the tremendous impact Android has had on the smartphone market. Of course, thereís a third option as well: We can celebrate by enjoying some great deals that Google is offering for a limited time. DONíT MISS:†Benchmark tests show Galaxy S6 performance crushes everything else on the market In celebration of the Play storeís†third birthday, Google has partnered with developers and content

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    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:54:13 -0500

     Virgin Atlantic pilots Sony smartglasses and smartwatches for engineers

    Virgin Atlantic pilots Sony smartglasses and smartwatches for engineersThe airline is hoping to save time during aircraft turnaround and also handle the process more efficiently.

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    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:53:00 -0500

     Relaxing with Runcible, the circular 'anti-smartphone' steeped in nostalgia

    Relaxing with Runcible, the circular 'anti-smartphone' steeped in nostalgia

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