Tony Scott

Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States (2015–2017); Chief Information Officer, VMware, Inc. (2013–2015), Microsoft (2008–2013) and The Walt Disney Company (2005–2008)

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An innovative leader in information technology for global brands and the federal government, Tony Scott has spent his distinguished career developing leading-edge approaches to enterprise cybersecurity and advocating for the transformational power of digital modernization.

Over a 40-year career, Scott has shaped groundbreaking information technology solutions at some of the world’s most recognizable brands, including Microsoft, General Motors, VMware, and The Walt Disney Company. A cybersecurity and cloud computing pioneer, Scott has championed and executed strategies driving modernization and efficiency with results extending from the corporate boardroom to the consumer’s living room, changing the way we think about modern data management and open-source advancements.

Scott’s corporate career spanned decades, where he was responsible for groundbreaking information technology developments at global companies. Following a long tenure at Marriott, where he developed the first microcomputer-based forecasting tools and labor management and scheduling tools, Scott held executive roles at Sun Microsystems, Price Waterhouse, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. As the first chief information officer to manage corporate-wide IT at The Walt Disney Company, his major accomplishments included upgrading the company’s infrastructure, development of enterprise-wide risk management and cybersecurity functions, and insuring company-wide compliance with regulatory and risk issues, including PCI and Sarbanes-Oxley.

As CIO of Microsoft, Scott was responsible for all aspects of the company’s information technology organization and enterprise digital supply chain, including Microsoft.com and partner-facing websites. He managed internal business application development and support, infrastructure management, IT service delivery, operations risk management for the company, cybersecurity, and technology support for field services.

In 2015, Scott was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the third Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States. During his tenure, he improved federal cybersecurity, initiating a 30-day Cybersecurity Sprint and leading the government response to a series of cyber intrusions, eventually successfully launching the President’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan. Scott implemented a 21st-century approach to digital governance, opening up the federal source code and promoting transparency and innovation via effective partnerships between the public and private sectors. Along the way, he had to navigate net neutrality policy, manage privacy issues arising from the Apple vs. the FBI legal case, and oversee federal technology spending, including management of an $85 billion budget.

Today, Scott leads the TonyScottGroup, offering cutting-edge enterprise strategy and solutions in cybersecurity, cloud services, and technology management. He provides audiences with actionable takeaways to lead change and address common challenges, including the rising costs and complexity of infrastructure, how to efficiently implement new technologies, and the value in adopting cloud-based management.

Scott has a bachelor of science in information systems management from the University of San Francisco and also holds a juris doctorate from Santa Clara University. He has been inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame by CIO magazine (2009), and is a two-time winner (2015 and 2016) of the FedScoop 50 “Golden Gov: Executive of the Year” award.