Tianbing Qian, Ports America

Tianbing Qian, SVP & Chief Digital Information Officer Ports America.
Ports America
Tianbing Qian, SVP & Chief Digital Information Officer Ports America.

Dr. Tianbing (TQ) Qian serves as senior vice president and chief digital information officer at Ports America, the largest U.S. marine terminal operator and stevedore service provider, operating at 42 ports across 80 locations. As a member of the company's senior leadership team, TQ is responsible for information technology and leads the overall digital transformation efforts.

Prior to joining Ports America in 2015, TQ was vice president of IT and business analytics at Celestica, where his teams used technology and analytics, enabling end-to-end supply chains for numerous blue-chip companies across a wide range of industries, including enterprise computing, aerospace, health tech and consumer electronics. TQ also spent 11 years in the semiconductor industry, last serving as global head of IT architecture and strategy at Freescale Semiconductors, where he drove the modernization of end-to-end IT capabilities from product development to marketing to supply chain, helping to fuel the company's margin improvement and value creation.

TQ is passionate about the integrated use of IT automation, advanced analytics and business model innovation to enhance financial performance and shareholder values. He has created enterprise-wide analytics teams that use optimization and machine learning to turn complex data into value-added insights and has helped companies win numerous customer and industry recognitions, including five CIO 100 awards with three multibillion-dollar companies.

TQ holds a Ph.D. in operations management and an MS in computer sciences, both from the University of Iowa. He speaks frequently at industry conferences and is active in university collaboration.