Thomas H. Friedman, former Chairman and Founder, Retail Systems Alert Group, Inc. Co-Sponosred by the Asper Center
|Date & Time:||23 February 2010, 5:00 - 6:00 PM|
|Location:||Lemberg Academic Center|
|Room:||Lee Lecture Hall|
| ||Thomas H. Friedman is former Chairman and Founder of Retail Systems Alert Group, Inc., a global information services company. |
He started his company in 1987, with the launch of a single newsletter called Retail Systems Alert^® , and successfully sold an international conglomerate of web site, trade show and research companies to a group led by Alta Communications in 2004.
Among Mr. Friedman's industry honors are: Top 10 Most Important Executives in Retail Industry by Chain Store Age (2000); Top 50 Most Influential People in Retail IT by Executive Technology (2003) and Top 25 Most Influential People in Retail by RIS News (2002).
Mr. Friedman is author of more than 100 books, journal and magazine articles, and special reports on retail technology, e-commerce, data management, and supply chain. He has lectured at major industry events organized by Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, IBM, Infosys and SAS Institute, and has served as a strategic consultant to major retailers including Wal-mart, Sears, Amazon.com, Home Depot, Staples, The Gap and Nordstrom.
Prior to his founding of RSAG, Mr. Friedman was a co-founder and Vice President of Product Marketing for Design & Systems Research, a Cambridge, MA-based software development firm specializing in computer-aided design and drafting. He served as executive editor of A/E Systems Report, an independent monthly publication for architects and engineers, from 1985 to 1988.
His academic background includes an a BA from Syracuse University, graduate work in computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduate work in business management at Harvard University.