Principal, National Director - Technology and Digital Advisory
Dean Nelson is a principal with CohnReznick Advisory where he serves as National Director of the Technology and Digital Advisory Practice. In this role, he leads a team of IT strategists that advise clients on how to leverage technology to support organizational goals and maximize operational effectiveness. His areas of focus include CIO advisory, data analytics, transformative technology strategy, digital strategy, enterprise architecture, cloud strategy, system selection and implementation, and infrastructure services.
Prior to joining CohnReznick, Dean was a managing partner with a leading multinational IT and professional services corporation where he was responsible for building and managing the enterprise strategy practice globally. Areas of focus included top-line business and technology strategy, enterprise cloud strategy, supply chain, IT governance and operating model strategy, and enterprise architecture and the enabling infrastructure. Dean also held partner-level positions at two top-tier global professional services firms where he was responsible for developing, managing, and growing their IT technology practices. He focused on providing IT strategy, business intelligence, system selection, enterprise risk management, and security assessment services to middle-market clients.
For nearly 10 years, Dean served as a managing partner of IT transformation services for a Big 4 firm where he led a $110 million practice that provided IT strategy, business intelligence, enterprise integration, enterprise architecture, and system integration services to the Fortune 100 market. He also served as a principal with IBM where he led a group of senior executives in evaluating the organizational structure of IBM’s global services business, resulting in the launch of IBM Global Services.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
MBA, Finance, St. Thomas University School of Business