Kenneth Venner is the Executive Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Broadcom Corporation. Mr. Venner is responsible for all Information Technology and Corporate Services Operations at Broadcom including:  business systems, computing, networking, telecommunications infrastructure, support service, IT procurement, real estate, facilities management, IT and physical security, travel, meetings, events, food/fitness, and administrative staff.

Mr. Venner has served as Chief Information Officer since joining Broadcom in August 2000. In February 2002 he was elected a Vice President. In February, 2006 he was promoted to Senior Vice President  In February 2007, he was given responsibilities for all Corporate Services functions.  Previously, Mr. Venner was Vice President of Product Management and Chief Information Officer of Rockwell Electronic Commerce from 1997 to August 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Venner held a number of information sciences/information technology management positions for over 11 years at Lucent Technologies/ AT&T Bell Laboratories. Mr. Venner received a B.E. from the Stevens Institute of Technology, an M.E. from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.B.A. from New Hampshire College.

From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Venner was able to create, implement and support all IT infrastructure and application changes required to scale the Broadcom business from $400M to $5B in revenue per year, and support an organization that scaled from 800 employees in 5 locations to 7500 employees in 70+ global locations while operating within an IT budget of 1.5% to 2.5% of revenue.  During his time at Broadcom, Mr. Venner has successfully integrated over 42 acquisition companies, with the goal being to have these companies completely integrated within 6  months of close.  This required the IT organization to focus around “franchised” solutions that were “reliable, repeatable, scaleable and maintainable”.  A strong focus on process that is repeatable and scaleable has enabled the Broadcom IT infrastructure to massively scale without creating an equivalent increase in IT headcount required to support it.

Mr. Venner applied the principles and practices of “franchised solutions” and process focus to the Corporate Services organization when he was placed in charge of this in 2007.  In the first year this team realized a 10% reduction in delivery costs, while increasing service delivery and customer satisfaction.

In addition to the speaker, the following attended from Broadcom:

Suzanne Ho - Sr HR Business Partner
Ernest Allen - Staffing Partner.

co-sponsors:

SOMA High Tech Business Association

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