Stuart Kippelman is the Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Covanta Energy Corporation, a world leader in waste-to-energy and renewable energy projects. As a valued member of executive management, Stuart is responsible for the global vision, strategy and operations of Covanta’s IT organization.

Stuart is a dynamic business and technology executive who has spearheaded the creation of new product applications and breakthrough initiatives focused on improving revenue generation, business efficiencies and employee productivity.  He has been on the forefront of technology innovation, successfully leveraging technology to solve some of the company’s toughest businesses challenges. 

Prior to joining Covanta, Stuart held roles of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson including CIO Health & Wellness, Corporate Director of IT M&A and Vice President of Global Infrastructure Technology.  In these roles Stuart created multiple revenue-generating business opportunities while leading global infrastructure and strategies to leverage the power of technology around the world. 

Stuart has been recognized by IDG’s Computerworld as a 2014 “Premier 100 IT Leaders” for his exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.  He has also been honored by CIO Magazine in its prestigious 2012 and 2013 “CIO Top 100” rankings for accelerating business transformation in areas such as business intelligence, large-scale upgrades and corporate gamification.  He is a featured blogger on (Real World IT) and is regularly quoted in business publications such as the WSJ CIO Journal. An accomplished speaker, Stuart is frequently tapped to deliver keynote presentations at many major industry conferences on topics such as leadership,  innovation, mobile computing, consumerization of IT, cloud, and cybersecurity.

In his spare time, Stuart serves as a mentor to students as part of the Columbia University Executive Master of Science program, as well as the Pathways Mentor program, a leadership development program developed by the CIO Executive Council.  

Stuart holds a Master of Business Administration in Technology Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

This is a weblog of Stuart Kippelman. The opinions expressed are those of Stuart Kippelman and may not represent those of Computerworld.

Latest Posts by Stuart
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My job gives me the good fortune to interact with a lot of different people at many companies, across every industry.  It’s one of the best parts of the job, but also gives me the opportunity to hear the crazy things we in IT say.  Here is a sample of the dumb things I hear...

April 08, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

Earlier this month the United States Court of Appeals struck down the FCC's Net Neutrality directive.  Just in case you were worried, let me assure you the Internet won’t be coming to an end anytime soon.  While this decision has been covered extensively in the media, not much has been said about the potential impact to IT organizations. So without further ado, let’s discuss what IT departments can and should do about it.

February 10, 2014 6:00 AM EST
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The key to a successful business is a relentless focus on not just good customer service, but totally awesome customer service.  This holds true for companies of all sizes and in all industries, but also for IT departments within companies.  Let me define my view of customer service:  It’s that feeling of goodness, that warm calm inside, that justification (even if distorted) for spending money, that someone gets from a positive interaction with your service or people.

January 09, 2014 2:10 PM EST
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Annual project planning can be painful, but it’s a much needed tool in order to run IT effectively.  Of course, every project will deliver amazing value to the company by delivering incredible results - but in a world of finite resources, how do we make the right choices? 

December 17, 2013 9:55 AM EST

The smartwatch is ready for corporate applications!  What fascinates me about watches are the seemingly endless opportunities to turn the category upside down, completely changing the prevailing perceptions of contemporary practicality and our accessibility to it. Let's take a look at some potential uses to redefine how technology can be used for the enterprise.

November 05, 2013 5:00 AM EST
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Although MIT developed the first computer password in 1961, it’s a technology that can be traced back far earlier.  After a quick Internet search, I discovered that the use of passwords dates back to the Spartan military in 700 BC.  So much for progress. One would think that after 2,700+ years we would have come up with a better way of doing things. Are there other possible options?

September 30, 2013 9:00 AM EDT

What if the cloud becomes the primary data center, and SaaS is the only way applications are sold?  Will there be a need for an IT department? 

August 07, 2013 12:08 PM EDT

Let’s all take a big step forward together and admit it, we’re tired of hearing about “The Cloud.”  Almost everywhere you look there is an article, interview, product release, or discussion on the topic.  Actually there is little else being discussed.  It seems to be a mandatory business for technology companies to be in, and for startups to focus on.  I agree with a lot of it, however it’s not the silver bullet to every situation! 

April 16, 2013 1:53 PM EDT

It's February, and many companies are just concluding their financial closing processes for the prior year. It's also a time for stepping back and reviewing the great accomplishments we made in 2012, and finalizing our goals for the coming year.

February 14, 2013 10:18 AM EST

The most important part of any IT project is properly training the people who will be using it.  In many ways the quality of the training and the number of help desk calls it drives is the most important measurement of a successful project.  Yet all too often, IT teams treat training as an afterthought and don't properly staff or fund it. 

December 04, 2012 1:12 PM EST
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