ParkWood Advisors LLC was founded and is led by John Parkinson. He is a senior executive leader with extensive international experience providing business, technology and communication strategy services to select global clients and working with private equity investment advisors to identify growth opportunities in emerging areas of technology and media.
John was also a Senior Vice President and the leader of the Global Enterprise Program Management Organization at AXIS Capital (NYSE: AXS). Prior to AXIS, John was a Group Vice President and the Chief Technology Officer for TransUnion LLC (TU), a global leader in credit and information management. He was responsible for strategy, architecture and standards for global computing, storage and network infrastructure and for a continuing program of investments in high availability, information security and business continuity for TU's systems and services. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President and the Chief Technologist for Capgemini's Americas Region. At Capgemini, he was a member of the Group's Office of the CTO, and a member of the firm's North American executive team. Prior to joining Capgemini, he was a Senior Partner in the Strategy & Corporate Development Group at Ernst & Young LLP and the Director for Innovation and Strategy for E&Y in the Americas Region. He joined E&Y in the UK in 1985 and moved to the USA in 1991. John has a BS in Mathematics (with minors in economics and behavioral psychology) and an MS in Information Sciences, both from University of Exeter, UK. An example of his work is included in the Computerworld-Smithsonian collection. He has written or edited five books on information systems development and has contributed over 40 papers to conferences and journals. He writes a monthly column - "Strong Signals" - for CIO Insight and is a member of their editorial advisory board. He is a frequent speaker at international meetings on innovation, technology strategy, emerging technologies and related topics.
John was a board member for GTA Inc., the private holding company providing telecommunications services on the island of Guam and is currently a board member for TAP.TV and an advisory board member for Morningstar, Inc, in Chicago and US Micro Corporation in Atlanta. In 2003, John was named by Global Consulting News as one of the world's 25 most influential consultants. In 2004, he was named as Co-chair of the ITAA Committee on RFID and the Chair of the ITAA Task Group on Public Policy Formulation for RFID. In January 2005, he was named as one of the Computerworld 100 Leaders in IT.