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Molly Rauzi, CIO of City/County of Denver, Named Director of Bus. Advisory Serv. for Grant Thornton

Wednesday, February 09, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Grant Thornton Hires Molly Rauzi as a Director in Its Business Advisory Services Practice

Rauzi, a nationally recognized leader in the IT industry, formerly served as chief information officer for the City and County of Denver under Mayor John Hickenlooper

DENVER – The Denver office of Grant Thornton LLP—the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the six global audit, tax and advisory organizations—recently announced that Molly Rauzi has joined the firm’s Central Region business advisory services (BAS) practice as a director. In this role, Rauzi will focus on business consulting services that improve business performance, including IT strategy and assessment, solution selection, software as a service, program/project management, and business intelligence and analytics. She will also work with the firm’s BAS regional team to serve companies, state and local governments, and not-for-profit organizations across the seven-office region (Denver, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Wichita, Tulsa and Oklahoma City), and as needed throughout other regions in the country.

Rauzi has more than 20 years of experience in leading technology initiatives for large, complex organizations. She is known for pioneering a discipline that focuses on collaboration with organizational leaders to optimize business performance by engaging key stakeholders to drive strategic IT investment decisions. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Rauzi was appointed chief information officer (CIO) for the City and County of Denver in 2007 by Mayor John Hickenlooper. As CIO, and previously as Deputy CIO, Rauzi transformed the way the City and County of Denver provides technology services to both internal and external customers by leading its Technology Services agency and developing the City’s technology strategy. She established a governance process to support a $25 million technology project portfolio, replaced the City’s sales and use tax system, and designed the technology for Denver’s new Justice Center. Rauzi was also responsible for the Channel 8 television station, the Denvergov.org website and the 311 Call Center.

"Molly is a transformative leader who pushed Denver’s use of technology forward and put the Mile High City at the forefront of implementing advanced IT systems. Her efforts helped streamline government processes and find efficiencies that saved the city money,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Mayor of Denver. "Molly knows how to tackle complex issues and work collaboratively to develop solutions that are actionable and effective. We wish her well in her new position at Grant Thornton.”
From 1998 to 2004, Rauzi served as the director of technology for Denver International Airport. She authored the first information technology master plan for the airport, led the airport’s Y2K remediation efforts and oversaw the IT changes that took place in response to the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Rauzi holds a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Denver’s College of Systems Science and a bachelor’s degree in business administration (pre-law with a minor in sociology) from Regis University—Loretto Heights College.

"Molly brings a wealth of experience to our team as a nationally recognized thought leader in the IT industry and her accomplishments demonstrate why she is a sought-after expert in technology strategy, execution and service delivery,” said Michael Bennett, Central Region BAS managing partner for Grant Thornton. "We are thrilled to have her join our firm and look forward to the leadership she will provide in driving the future of the advisory services and IT expertise we can offer clients.”

Rauzi served on the Technology Advisory Committee for the 2008 Democratic National Convention and led the City of Denver’s technology support for it. She also sits on the Industrial Advisory Board at the University of Denver School of Engineering and Computer Science and on the board of directors at the University of Colorado Business School’s Center for Information Technology Innovation. Rauzi was a contributing member for the executive session for the Harvard University Study "311: The Next Wave” and participates in executive education and industry sessions at MIT. In addition, she is a member of the Public Technology Institute, Digital Communities CIO Task Force, and the CIO Executive Forum in New York City.

About Grant Thornton LLP
The people in the independent firms of Grant Thornton International Ltd provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients in more than 100 countries. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the six global audit, tax and advisory organizations. Grant Thornton International Ltd and its member firms are not a worldwide partnership, as each member firm is a separate and distinct legal entity.
In the U.S., visit Grant Thornton LLP at www.GrantThornton.com.

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