Michael Whitehead Appointed CIO at Connolly

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With double digit growth continuing unabated, Connolly, the largest recovery audit firm in the world, has appointed a CIO. "Information Technology is obligated to play a leading role in both growth generation and transformation at Connolly because technology is so deeply ingrained in the business model," Mr. Whitehead said.

Connolly, the largest recovery audit firm in the world, recently announced that Michael Whitehead has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer following nine months in the position in an interim consulting capacity. Mr. Whitehead will be responsible for the execution of all key strategic information technology initiatives for the company, which has Healthcare and Retail audit operations in the U.S., Canada and the UK.    

“My focus will be to help continue the Connolly story by not only evolving the I/T organization to be all that it can be, but by positioning technology as a continued catalyst for competitive advantage," Mr. Whitehead said. "Having technology so deeply ingrained in the business model is a unique situation, one where I/T is obligated to play a leading role in both growth generation and transformation.”    

Connolly’s technology organization is responsible for equipping auditors with the technology and tools they need to achieve Connolly’s objectives of recovering overpayments for clients and assisting them in fine-tuning their systems to curtail future overpayments. The technology organization also provides services for the audit support functions which include finance, human resources, and marketing.

“It is a tremendous responsibility but also a huge honor to have been asked to lead the technology team at Connolly,” Mr. Whitehead said. “I am very excited by the challenge and the opportunity.” He added that Connolly’s culture, which is one of innovation with a focus on high quality, is consistent with his work ethos. “I wanted to continue at Connolly for a number of reasons," Mr. Whitehead said. "The culture of the company, the ‘can-do’ attitude of the teams, the constant drive to always do more and be better, and the relentless focus on the client were compelling,” he said.    

Mr. Whitehead has more than 20 years of experience leading and delivering business growth solutions through innovative technology that drives global expansion. A native of South Africa, Mr. Whitehead has held senior leadership roles in organizations such as Siemens Limited, Cap Gemini, Millennium Chemicals, McCormick & Company, and Johnson & Johnson. He has proven expertise in driving transformational change in global operational and technology functions across a number of diverse industries.

About Connolly - Headquartered in Wilton, CT and with offices throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K., Connolly is the world’s largest privately-held recovery auditing services firm. With nearly 1,300 employees serving over 70 clients, Connolly reviews a trillion or more transactions each year, recovering nearly $2 billion in overpayments. Connolly provides auditing services to its clients through two lines of business, Healthcare and Retail. Connolly also reviews contracts for non-compliance and offers process improvement recommendations that help clients mitigate future financial losses. Connolly was founded in 1979, and includes 19 of the top 20 U.S. retailers and seven of the top eight healthcare payers as clients. Connolly maintains a 97% customer satisfaction rating, is consistently listed on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, and has twice been named “One of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut.”

For additional information, please visit Connolly at http://www.connolly.com.

MEDIA/PR CONTACT:
Anne Marcus, Communications Manager
Connolly
(203) 529-2000
anne(dot)marcus(at)connolly(dot)com
http://www.connolly.com

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