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Karen Renner (MBA ‘87) is the state's Global Chief Information Officer of the Year

Karen Renner (MBA ‘87), Georgia’s Global Chief Information Officer of the Year, holds a philosophy she built at Georgia State at the center of her professional vision.


Karen Renner

“At Georgia State, we did much of our work together in teams,” she said. “It was a great opportunity to learn from a very diverse set of peers, which greatly enriched my overall experience.

“The lessons I learned were invaluable and translate to my work today leading a global function where clear roles and responsibilities, motivated teams and collaboration are the keys to success,” she said.

After earning her MBA, Renner worked for GE — where she spent nearly 20 years in progressively senior IT leadership roles — before joining Novelis, a multinational company specializing in rolled aluminum products and the world’s largest recycler of aluminum. Renner is Novelis’ first-ever Chief Information Officer, a position that came with the unique challenge of building the company’s first global information technology organization from the ground up. She is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s global information technology and business information strategy.

Says the state’s Global CIO of the Year: “I really view this award as recognition of the accomplishments of the smart and talented professionals on the global IT team that I have the privilege of working with each day.”

Renner encourages current students aspiring toward a successful business career to remain open-minded and eager no matter what the circumstance. “Look at the challenges you face during your career as unique opportunities to learn and grow rather than as setbacks,” she said.

Viewing every challenge as a chance to move forward, Karen Renner strives to continue driving innovation through technology on a global scale.