Rhonda Gass, Stanley Black & Decker

Rhonda Gass, VP & CIO Stanley Black & Decker.
Stanley Black & Decker
Rhonda Gass, VP & CIO Stanley Black & Decker.

Rhonda Gass is vice president and chief information officer for Stanley Black & Decker. She was appointed to this position in September 2012.

As CIO, Gass is driving a strategic agenda that will equip the company's businesses with the digital, data and collaboration capabilities required to win and grow in the global marketplace. Concurrently, she is leading a cultural transformation focused on managing the IT function as a business and delivering greater economic value. She also leads the Functional Transformation initiative for the company, which is focused on leveraging advanced technologies and innovation to bring greater effectiveness and efficiency to general and administrative operations

Gass is a leader in the Women's Network employee resource group, and she was integral in bringing in Workplace by Facebook, the communication and collaboration tool used by the company's tens of thousands of employees around the world. Gass and her team are also integral partners for the Industry 4.0 and Data & Analytics initiatives.

Prior to Stanley Black & Decker, Gass was a vice president at Dell, where she served for 12 years in positions of increasing scope and responsibility. Her experience includes positions as a general manager for a product line, as well as positions leading multiple areas in the IT function, such as the IT systems supporting Dell's world-class supply chain operations. Prior to Dell, she worked for NCR Corp., where she began as a software developer and rapidly progressed to executive leadership roles in the Columbia, South Carolina, facility.

Gass is on the board of directors for Flowers Foods, one of the largest producers of packaged bakery foods in the United States. She also serves on the Technology Business Management Council board, a nonprofit organization which strives to advance the discipline of IT. Additionally, Gass serves on the board of trustees for the Connecticut Science Center, which is dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning through science and endeavoring to create a workforce equipped for jobs in the science-related fields.

Gass holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and an MBA from the University of South Carolina, where she graduated magna cum laude.