Neil Gissler, Technology Delivery and Operations leader joins Zivra, LLC as Senior Strategic Advisor.
Chicago, Illinois – October 3, 2022 – Zivra, LLC an industry leading IT advisory services firm in DevSecOps, Digital Transformation, Cybersecurity and Cloud Migration services, announced today that Neil Gissler has joined the company ranks as the Senior Advisor in their Board of Advisors.
Gissler has 35 years of experience and a deep background in business strategy, operating model design and implementation, P&L design and management, go-to-market organization design, client segmentation and management, business operations and service delivery, while delivering year-over-year growth in start-up, hyper-growth, and maturing business cycles. His most recent role was COO of Dentsu International where he was responsible for the transformation of the business globally (spanning strategy development, operating model and organization design, as well as the global consolidation of brands and legal entities), as well as the on-going operations of the business to deliver planned growth and profit expectations.
Prior to Dentsu International, he was the Global COO at Merkle, a global advertising and marketing technology services company. At Merkle, he designed and implemented a new, growth-oriented operating model and organization design, implemented a market-based master service set and new multi-dimensional P&L, modernized the marketing technology services business by pivoting to fully cloud based technology solutions and transformed the overall operations of the business to deliver
year-over-year profitable growth. The transformation resulted in business growth and expanded gross margin by 1400bps in less than 24 months, as well as enabled the overall business to drive organic and inorganic growth, growing revenue from $500M to $1.2B+ and expanding gross margin by 800bps and operating profit by 1200bps in less than 4 years.
Prior to Merkle, he was the North America leader for Accenture’s Technology growth platform. At Accenture, he managed $8.7B in Technology and IT Services sales and $7.9B in revenue and managed more than 57,000 service delivery personnel driving 16% year-over-year growth (while Gartner/IDC projected 4-5% industry growth) and expanding margins, reducing cost-to-serve and implementing improved pricing and client service delivery for 2 consecutive years.
“Zivra is an exciting company with a solid foundation and strategy, and a management team that can drive growth through differentiated, high-value services well into the future,” said Gissler. “Their geographic reach, focus on client success, and expansion plans will help them to carve out a leadership position within the IT industry. I am excited to be joining and contributing my experience to accelerate the growth of Zivra. I’m confident that I can help to realize its enormous potential.”
JJ Alvarez, Founder and Managing Director at Zivra commented, “We are delighted to welcome my mentor and advisor, Neil Gissler as a Senior Advisor. Neil led our Technology Growth Platform at Accenture, where I experienced the impact of his leadership firsthand. His vast experience will undoubtedly help us transform our operations to exceed our three-year growth and profitability targets elevating Zivra to the next level."
Zivra is an IT advisory services firm focused on providing insightful strategic consulting services with the goal of helping enterprises develop and implement their IT transformation strategy. Our mission is to promote strategic initiatives around DevSecOps, Cloud Strategy, Cybersecurity, and Digital Transformation to deliver services that increase the effectiveness of an IT organization throughout all phases of the software development lifecycle to ensure product delivery for their customers. Zivra is headquartered in Chicago with offices across the US, in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. Learn more at zivra.com.
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