Kate J. Bass, 2011 Honoree

Vice president and CIO
The Valspar Corp.
How do you evaluate emerging technologies?
"As a leader of the organization, I must be aware of what's coming. I spend at least 15% of my day searching, reading and using technology. I spent 21 years in finance and would hardly describe myself as technical, but I make it my mission to use all the new technologies."
How are you building an IT department for the next 10 years?
"We provide flexible work arrangements and are looking to further expand those opportunities. We have a strong intern program to bring youth into the organization who have grown up with technology, and we train and communicate constantly."
How have you surprised your CEO in recent months?
"Using our business intelligence platform, we developed a forecast tool that allows the business to project the impact of rising raw material costs on a product costs. It's just one example of the power of analytics."
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