Advisory Board Member Profile 2017
Preston Williams III
GBC Global Services
Senior Partner & CIO
Areas of Expertise
Big Data Strategy;Big Data & Marketing;Big Data & Operations;Data Analytics for Finance & HR;Reducing Risk Through Big Data;Driving Innovation with Big Data;Big Data Technologies & Infrastructure
Preston Williams III is Founder, Senior Partner & Chief Information Officer (CIO) at GBC® Global Services. He is a pioneer & futurist with Big 4, Fortune 500, Global 100 & entrepreneurial experience. His experience includes Senior Auditor with Price Waterhouse (PriceWaterhouseCoopers,(PwC) Controller for Lynn-Phill, IT Consultant with McGladrey & Pullen (RSM) & Andersen Consulting (Accenture). A former Project Executive at IBM® Global Services, Mr. Williams was the first Product Manager for Global Data Collection with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and the first Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Langston University. From 2002 to 2004, Preston served as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Managing Partner at GBC®. Incorporated in Delaware, USA; the firm operates in the United States and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with offices in Kenya, Liberia and Uganda. He has successfully implemented sound, reliable, dynamic, scalable & robust IT systems integration and financial management solutions in North America, Asia Pacific (APAC), Latin America (LATAM), Europe, the Middle East & Africa (EMEA). Mr. Williams is former Technology Committee Chairman of the Oklahoma State Council on Information Technology (CoIT) and a former member of the Innovative Technology Advisory Council of Oklahoma (InnoTech). He is a member of several professional organizations including the Online Learning Consortium, the American Business Network (ABN), EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group, Carolina IT Professionals Group (CITPG) & the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge. A Fellow with the African Scientific Institute (ASI) and member of the International Entrepreneurs Club, Preston is a guest speaker & moderator of the Internet Evolution Executive Clan. Preston is a Certified Implementation Specialist (CIS) for Microsoft Great Plains and an IBM® Signature Selling Methodology (SSM™) certified professional. He is DUNSRight™ certified with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and holds a B.Sc. in Economics from Cuttington University College (CUC). He also has a M.Sc. in Regional Planning with a specialization in Resource Allocation & System Dynamics from the University of Liberia. Mr. Williams studied Auditing at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and holds a CPA from the Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA). He studied Comprehensive General Management at the Executive Education Program at Harvard University and is a member of The Harvard Business Review Advisory Council. A Researcher and Blogger with Enterprise Efficiency, Preston is a published author and Contributor to CloudBook, CIO Water Cooler, Cloud Tech Insights, CIO Review, CIO Energy Insights Magazine, Enterprise Security & Capital Markets CIO Outlook Magazine among others. A recipient of the IBM® Global Services Leadership Award, Preston Williams III is Chairman of the GBC® Board of Directors, a member of the International Technology Channels Association (ITCA), Gartner CloudAdvice, TechRepublic & the Global CIO Think Tank.