CIO, Chevron Corporation and President, Chevron Information Technology Company.
Responsibilities: Ehrlich is responsible for setting and achieving Chevron Corporation’s information technology strategy and is responsible for delivering information technology services throughout the company worldwide. Appointed CIO in 2008, Ehrlich strives to be a game-changer, to leverage IT to out-perform Chevron’s energy sector competitors. Ehrlich is the Chairman of the CIO Executive Summit, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the CIO Executive Council. He is on the Advisory board of Lawrence Hall of Science, and sits on the Board of CIO Leadership Forum and the Advisory Council of the Research Board. He is the former chair of the General Committee on Information Management and Technology at the American Petroleum Institute.
Prior Experience: Ehrlich joined Chevron in 1981 as a programmer analyst. Since then, he has held 16 different IT positions, including Manager of Central Information Services for the Upstream Technology Company, supporting a global internal customer base. In 2006, Ehrlich was promoted to Vice President of Services and Strategy and Chief Information Officer for Chevron’s Global Downstream operations, which include refining, supply and trading, lubricants, fuels marketing and convenience store retail operations. A native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Ehrlich earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Houston Baptist University.
Current Challenge: As one of the top technology executives for the nearly $250 billion energy company Chevron, Ehrlich has embarked on ten-year IT transformation effort that has in three years already yielded a billion dollars in payback for Chevron. He credits the success of this initiative to business-IT alignment. At Chevron, IT is a key player in the development of new sources of energy globally, such as Liquid Natural Gas (LNG), deep-water wells, and gas and oil from shale. By building relationships with the 60 leaders on the Chevron Executive Board, Ehrlich has secured business sponsorship of the overall IT strategy as well as individual IT projects, which he calls, “Business transformation projects that happen to have an IT piece.”