Executive Director and Dean, IT Leadership Academy
Thornton May is Futurist, Executive Director, and Dean of the IT Leadership Academy. His extensive experience researching and consulting on the role and behaviors of Boards of Directors and C-level executives in creating value with information technology has won him an unquestioned place on the short list of serious thinkers on this topic. Thornton combines a scholar's patience for empirical research, a stand-up comic's capacity for pattern recognition, and a second-to-none gift for storytelling to the information technology management problems facing executives.
Previously Thornton served as Futurist and Researcher at the Center for Advancing Business through Information Technology at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University; Faculty and Executive Director of the CIO Institute at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley; and Executive Moderator at the Center for Corporate Citizenship, Carroll School of Management, at Boston College. Thornton's insights have appeared in the Harvard Business Review; the Financial Times; the Wall Street Journal; the M.I.T. Sloan Management Review; American Demographics; USA Today; BusinessWeek; and on National Public Radio. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Carnegie-Mellon University, Thornton is a columnist at Computerworld and CIO Decisions and has served as an advisor to the Founding Editors of Fast Company Magazine.