Align Names Three Directors to its Empower IT Practice

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Align Announces Appointment of Three Senior-Level Professionals to its Empower IT Practice

Align (, a global infrastructure technology solutions company, announces the appointment of three senior-level professionals to its Empower IT practice: Atif Malik, Joe Lembo and Teri Garza.

As part of Align’s continued expansion of its IT strategy consulting and implementation services, the additions to the Empower IT team will further bolster the insights and know-how that Align has brought to projects for clients in recent months. The new hires bring diverse but extensive experience to Align, adding specialized expertise in optimization, IT Service Management (ITSM) and financial business case modeling.

Details regarding the new Align professionals’ experience and expertise appear below.

Atif Malik, Director of IT Infrastructure and Application Optimization
Atif has a strong storage and systems background, and recently lead a very successful multi-year global storage and server optimization program for a financial services firm. For Align, his focus is on refining our methodologies around strategic infrastructure and application/cloud optimization. Prior to joining Align, Atif worked as Chief Architect at Forsythe, providing leadership in planning, design and execution of large-scale enterprise infrastructure optimization programs. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from NYU Polytechnic and an MBA in Finance & Accounting from Regis University.

Joe Lembo, Director of Enterprise Operations Strategy
A subject-matter expert in infrastructure operations management, Joe has 30 years of experience managing and consulting on projects that involve mergers/acquisitions, organizational restructuring, infrastructure business process outsourcing and data center operations strategy development. His work has included building and optimizing organizational working practices, ITSM processes, governance models and IT human resources. He will be expanding Align’s ITSM and IT strategy service offerings. Joe studied Liberal Arts at the University of New Haven and has a degree in Management Information Systems from Computer Processing Institute.

Teri Garza, Senior Management Consultant
Teri specializes in financial business case development. She has a strong and diverse finance background with global portfolio and team management experience at firms including C3 Capital, Citigroup and ING. Teri also has expertise in private company development in the bio-pharma space. She previously worked as an Executive Director for NYC's Department of IT and Telecom (DoITT), providing leadership in planning, execution and business project management for strategic technology initiatives. Teri is responsible for refining Align’s financial business case modeling in support of client evaluation of strategic data center decisions. She has a BA from Yale University.

These accomplished professionals bring significant leadership and project experience to Align’s suite of solutions, further positioning the Empower IT practice to assist clients in the strategic evolution of their technology infrastructure environments.

“Clients are increasingly leveraging Align’s unique blend of implementation and pragmatic strategy definition capabilities to rapidly define and implement enterprise infrastructure change programs,” said Ryan Martin, Director of the New York Empower IT practice. “Atif, Joe and Teri bring individual capabilities that will increase Align’s capacity to translate ideas into action for clients.”

The Empower IT practice provides strategic and tactical services that leverage the full suite of Align solutions, which can take any project from strategy through planning, execution and post-implementation management. For more information about how you can optimize your technology environment and achieve business and IT alignment, please contact Align.

ABOUT ALIGN – Align is a global infrastructure technology solutions firm with key competencies in technology optimization initiatives – designing, deploying, moving, and consolidating technologies and advanced network infrastructures. For more than 25 years, the world’s leading firms have relied on Align to empower their IT – enabling business and IT to achieve alignment and delivering solutions for business change and growth.

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