Carl Wilson


Carl Wilson is the former CIO and EVP of Marriott International, Inc. During his 14-year career with the company, he established the IT organization as a strategic business partner to the broader company by aligning the technology function with aggressive profit goals and implementing leading-edge technology to advance the global presence of Marriott. Today Marriott is a $12 billion revenue company with 3,600 hotels across 70+ countries.

Prior to Marriott, Carl was the CIO and Vice President of Information Resources for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, a global forest products company. During his 5-year tenure with the Georgia-Pacific, he standardized disparate systems during a period of multiple acquisitions. His guidance and leadership in the design and implementation of a unified, enterprise-wide structure, led to cost reductions, process improvements, and increased production, which facilitated exponential growth for Georgia-Pacific.

Prior to Georgia-Pacific, Carl worked with The Pillsbury Company, subsequently acquired by Grand Metropolitan, now known as Diageo. Following the corporate transition, his position was expanded to include IT accountabilities for food and international retailing sectors worldwide. During his tenure, he served as SVP of Management Information Services with CIO responsibilities.

Awarded for his contribution to business and the global IT community, Carl has received multiple recognitions, including his induction into the CIO Hall of Fame in 2007, as well as "CIO 100" from CIO for 16 years and "InformationWeek 500" for 12 consecutive years. His IT management led Marriott International to win "Best Places to Work in IT" (2003 to 2010), in addition to "Top 12 Green IT Companies" (2008 to 2010) and "Best Practices in Business Intelligence" (2008) by Computerworld.

Carl is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's Executive Program (M.E.P.), and also earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University. In addition to his role as Executive Advisor at Forté Ventures, he sits on the Board of Directors for Global eXchange Services, Inc. and FrontRange Solutions, Inc. He is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Center for CIO Leadership and Stryve Advisors, LLC. In the past, Carl served multiple years on the AT&T Executive Customer Advisory Council, IBM Board of Advisors, Oracle CIO Advisory Board, and Hewlett-Packard CIO Advisory Board.