Larry Bonfante is the founder of CIO Bench Coach, an executive coaching practice for Information Technology (IT) executives and the author of the book Lessons in IT Transformation. He has held executive leadership positions over the past 35 years in various industries including financial, pharmaceutical, not for profit, consulting and sports and entertainment. Larry has served as executive coach and trusted business adviser to C-level executives at some of the largest and most prestigious companies in the world. In this capacity, he has helped companies transform the technology function; attract, develop and retain key leaders; turn talented individuals into high-performing teams; change the organizational culture; leverage diversity as a strategic asset; and build strong board and C-level relationships.
Over the course of his career, Larry has received numerous industry accolades including being nominated for the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Hall of Fame in 2013, being named as one of CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 in 2011, and one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2009. As CIO for the United States Tennis Association, Larry’s team was responsible for all information technology related services supporting the US Open, the most highly attended annual sporting event in the world.
He has served as a mentor and executive coach for many IT leaders in various industries. He has served as both president and chairman of the Society for Information Management – Fairfield-Westchester (FWSIM) chapter and is a founding member of the CIO Executive Council. Larry has been a guest lecturer for the master’s degree programs at Columbia University, New York University, and Polytechnic Institute. He is an accomplished public speaker who has delivered keynote presentations at many major industry conferences, conducted leadership workshops for world class organizations, and written leadership blogs for both CIO Insight and Information Week. You can learn more about his executive coaching practice at CIO Bench Coach.