This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon professionals. In this blog, I interview Paul Kent, noted business and industry leader and a founding CIPS Fellow for his lifelong outstanding contributions to IT. With his considerable history of success and substantive impact to the industry and profession, Paul’s insights are a valued addition to IT professionals and managers. Paul’s advice will allow you to better plan for the future and enhance your career!
About Paul Kent
With 30 years of experience in the Information Technology and Communications industries, Paul Kent’s most recent position as Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer involved full profit/loss accountability for the performance of xwave, an Information Technology services company, while also leading the Enterprise Sales and Marketing functions for xwave’s parent company, Bell Aliant. Previously he held a number of positions with Fujitsu including national leadership of their Strategic Consulting Practice as well as Managing Director for Fujitsu Consulting’s interests in Atlantic Canada and New England.
Paul is very involved in his community and has been a Board member for Nova Scotia Business Inc. since 2002, and an Atlantic Top 50 CEO twice (2006, 2007). Paul is a member of the Board for the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, a member of the Capital Campaign Cabinet for the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, a Past-President of Symphony Nova Scotia, a Director of the Symphony Foundation, and Marketing & Communications Chair on the Board of Governors for Armbrae Academy. In the recent past Paul was co-Chair for the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island’s Capital Campaign and has also held Board positions for the Atlantic Multiple Sclerosis Society, NovaKnowledge, Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), and Canadian Association of Defense & Security Industries.
In 2007, Paul was asked by ITAC to act as National Lead of the Canadian IT industry trade mission attending the Nasscom 2007 India Leadership Forum. A science graduate of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, he holds an I.S.P. certification from the Canadian Information Processing Society and in 2005 was chosen as one of its first Fellows – the highest distinction possible for an information technology professional in Canada.