John Fisher
Board Role:  Philanthropy
President, rethinking IT

John Fisher is President and Founder of rethinking IT, a firm that works with IT and Business Leaders who want to transform their organizations. Based on over 30 years of experience applying technology solutions to critical business problems, John has developed a successful approach to helping organizations select the appropriate technology strategies and solutions to improve their business.

Previously, John served as Chief Value Officer of NET(net), Inc. an IT optimization firm that helps clients enhance the overall effectiveness of their key IT supplier relationships and achieves on average a 30% savings on IT spend through effective and focused negotiation techniques

John served as Chief Information Officer of SmithBucklin Corporation, the world's largest association management and professional services company. He joined SmithBucklin in 1996 as the company's first CIO, and directed the company's information technology (IT) resources as well as its technology investments. He led a number of critical technology initiatives, including the implementation of over 70 ERP systems, John also held senior IT management positions at CNA Insurance Companies, and Continental Bank.

John was named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2006 by Computerworld Magazine, and in 2002, the Windy City Chapter of AITP selected John to receive their CIO of the Year award. He is one of the founding members and past president of the DePaul CTI Alumni Association and the CDM Leadership Council. In 2003 he received DePaul's Alumni Champion Award. John is a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM), the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and the Illinois Technology Foundation. He is a frequent speaker at industry events on topics such as negotiations, leadership and running IT as a business. John is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University, where he teaches graduate level courses in IT Strategy, Social Media, Negotiation, Leadership and Project Management.

John holds an M.S. in Computer Science from DePaul University, a B.S. in Communications from Southern Illinois University.