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Nicole Ford

Vice President of Information Security and Chief Information Security Officer
Baxter Healthcare

Dynamic Technology Leader currently serving as a Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President of Information Security responsible for Information Security, IT Quality Compliance and Information Governance globally, for a $10+ billion-dollar healthcare company with over 55,000 employees worldwide.

Describe your industry experience:
Technology leader with 20+ years melding large, complex business and technology teams with competing priorities, I unite individual stakeholders on common goals. As well, my teams provide maximum protection, perpetuate value and resolve key problems. A triple-threat leader, I am 1) a strategist, who 2) manages effectively; and, 3) gets “hands-on” to execute at all levels.

  • 20+ years in the public and private sector.
  • Significant Experience in the Federal Government and Department of Defense
  • Experience working for organizations in the
    • Defense and Federal
    • Government Contracting
    • Retail
    • Healthcare Industry
    • Nonprofit

Describe your functional experience:

Chief Information Security Officer for a 10+ billion-dollar healthcare organization with a global footprint of over 90+ countries.

Describe your key business transactional experience:

  • Experience in strategic acquisitions and part of an executive team responsible for leading a healthcare analytics company through an IPO.
  • Negotiated multi-million dollar contracts both for the Federal Government and the Private Sector
  • Experience in advising non-profit organizations on strategy and technology.

What is the most important skill you bring to a corporate board?

  • Significant experience in technology, management, compliance and cybersecurity within public and private sector organizations.
  • Significant experience in incident response and breach readiness.
  • Substantial knowledge of the medical device industry with significant global experience.
  • Experience operating in complex environments in evolving industries.
  • Significant experience  in product development, quality systems and organizational change management.
  • Excellent business and financial acumen and strategic planning experience within various organizations.
  • Experience in mergers, acquisitions and IPO’s.