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CIO Spotlight: Geetha Kumari Kommepalli, Global Director for Brooks Automation

In this CIO Spotlight, Geetha Kommepalli talks about her passion for M&A IT integration, a love of embracing new challenges, and her favorite ways to unwind.
Kelsey Brandt
Contributing Writer

Walk us through your career path. How did you decide to pursue a career in technology, and how did you progress to your current organization?

I was fortunate to have an opportunity to start my career on enterprise applications which opened up more channels to explore and expand my skills in cross-team collaborations, business analysis, enterprise applications architecture, people management, change management, risk management, project/program management, and budgeting.

I worked for consulting firms for a decade, especially with Deloitte on an ERP implementation taskforce team for 8 years, which gave me wonderful opportunities to nurture tech acumen, embrace change, and be an adaptable and great servant leader. I published multiple white papers on many complex solutions that could be leveraged in multiple ERP Implementations across the industry.

My diversified and successful track record of experience in ERP implementations, M&A IT Integrations, and IT Transformations across industries like consulting, banking & finance, life science, and manufacturing helped me to stand out as a successful technology leader with the right blend of expertise and experience.

I joined my current organization, Brooks Automation in 2021 at an interesting stage. I was invited with surprise news of the company sale on my first day. I embraced the challenge and leveraged my 20+ years of experience and lessons learned to successfully build high competent team, smooth IT Divesture & successful TSA close in 3 months after the deal close, quick M&A IT integration, streamline the IT Operations, and establish IT and Business collaboration with strategic vision, planning, and execution. The Brooks executive team sponsored me to join the MIT Executive leadership program as recognition of my solid start at Brooks.

Tell us about your company. Speak to the industry, the size of the company, and the services provided to your customers. 

Brooks is a growing, fast-paced technology leader in automation solutions that support the dynamic and expanding semiconductor and life sciences lab markets. At Brooks, new ideas, technologies, and ways of thinking are driving our future. Our customer-focused culture encourages employees to embrace innovation and collaborate with one another to achieve new heights.

Brooks is headquartered in Chelmsford, MA, with operations in North America, Europe, and Asia.

The IT organization at Brooks is transforming to support the company’s growth target. Through talents and technologies, the Vision of IT is to be a trusted and strategic Business Partner that empowers Brooks employees, customers, and suppliers with efficient processes and innovative digital systems fueled with accurate data and delivered with excellence.

What are your top priorities as a technology leader in your organization?

IT Transformation align to Business Process Excellence – Oracle Cloud implementation and create an IT operating model that better fits the organizational needs and growth.

Cross-team collaboration – Establishing effective cross-team collaborations b/w IT and business teams & vendors to align with the outcome and organizational vision.

Establishing a Growth mindset – Learning & Development programs to upskill and step up our team to align and enable our transformation for business-driven solutions.

How do you decompress from your role as a technology executive?

I spend time with my family and friends to recharge myself, read books, enjoy cooking, and travel.

Can you list the top books that you would recommend technology leaders should have on their bookshelf/Kindle? 

Mindset by Carol S. Dweck

Servant Leadership by Robert K. Greenleaf

Can you share a specific quote that is a source of inspiration for you as a leader?

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams

Please share a recommendation or testimonial on the benefit you see as a member of this CIO Professional Network.

The CIO Professional Network has been an excellent platform to connect, contribute and collaborate with thought leaders with great purpose to help each other. It’s an excellent opportunity for technology leaders across industries with diversified experience and views to share knowledge through articles, roundtables, and job opportunities for the leaders in transition.

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