Linda Marie Arredondo has joined Express Employment Professionals as its first-ever Chief Information Officer (CIO). As CIO, Arredondo will lead Express through an IT transformation, implementing integration tools to help current systems work better together, while determining an Enterprise Architecture Strategy to modernize and transform technology delivery, system-wide.
"We are excited to add Linda Marie to the Express family as we embark on a new decade of growth and innovation," said Express CEO Bill Stoller. "She will play an instrumental role in ensuring our data is secure, our systems are efficient and our processes are fully supported from a technical standpoint."
With an impressive and diverse career in information technology spanning 20 years, Arredondo previously worked at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation as Director of Information Technology and CIO and the Florida Housing Finance Corporation as the Chief Technology Officer.
Most recently, Arredondo served as the Director of Research and Executive Advisor within the CIO Practice at Info-Tech Research Group, where she served as a trusted counselor to IT and business executives in diverse industries around the globe. This role offered Arredondo the opportunity to leverage her diverse IT experience and business acumen to provide innovative perspectives and solutions that alleviated the top IT challenges that impact the holistic success of the business.
A technologist first and a servant leader at heart, Arredondo's professional expertise will allow her to utilize her knowledge to help Express further reach its goal of putting a million people to work and doing good in the communities we serve.
"By consistently demonstrating a commitment to our mission and vision statements, I'm drawn to Express and the opportunity to improve the quality of life for others through staffing, both directly and indirectly," Arredondo said. "Within the communities I have visited, Express' positive reputation and culture of caring are consistently demonstrated, not only through connecting people with jobs, but also through the company's acts of social responsibility."
Collectively, Arredondo's experience allows her to strategically help Express identify opportunities for improvement as related to growth and connection to franchisees, client companies and associates. Her background lends itself to handling new and exciting opportunities in both staffing and franchising as the company dives into a new decade and beyond.
"Through our existing focus on proactive and diligent cybersecurity measures, we will continue to shepherd a culture of cybersecurity awareness both internally and externally with our trusted partners and various stakeholders," Arredondo said. "By renewing our commitment to providing world-class customer service, I hope to empower the Express IT team to clear pathways to drive innovation through technology to achieve greatness."
A graduate of St. Gregory's University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, summa cum laude, Linda Marie's approach to education is rooted in the philosophy that lifelong learning is a valuable and meaningful endeavor. Professionally, she's an active member of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO) and is a 2018 graduate of their Leadership Native Oklahoma program. Giving back to the community, she currently serves as secretary on the Board of Directors for The Kwek Society and treasurer on the Board of Directors for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Tribal Chapter - Shkodedeajek.