Chief Innovation Officer, IGT formerly GTECH
After six years of retirement, Don Stanford has currently returned to GTECH Holdings Corporation as Interim Chief Technology Officer and currently advises GTECH in the areas of future technologies and architectures that may be of value to the company's future growth strategies. A 23-year veteran of the lottery industry, Don also shares valuable insights into opportunities and strategies for the Company's core business. Don began working for GTECH's founders in 1979 as Manager of Software Development. Over 22 years, he held every technical leadership position, including Vice President of Advanced Development and Chief Technology Officer. Stanford guided the growth of GTECH's technology organization from a software staff of four in 1979 to its current worldwide deployment of over 800 IT professionals. From 1986 until 1989 Don served on the GTECH Corporation Board, and most recently, led the formation of GTECH's multidisciplined Delivery Group, which is responsible for defining customer requirements, developing specifications and fulfilling customer's technology expectations.
He serves on several charitable boards and is President of the Board of the Times Squared Academy Charter School, which promotes excellence in math, science and technology. Stanford has recently been appointed Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brown University and in 1999 received the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Professional Achievement. He also serves on the board of the RI Technology Council and works in the area of promoting IT education for Rhode Island's high school population. Stanford earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 1972 and a Master's in Computer Science/Applied Math in 1977 from Brown University.