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Author Profile - Jeff Mirich

Jeff Mirich is a Fellow of The Business Forum Institute and is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for The Walt Disney, responsible for leading the Studio�s IT organization to provide business & technology systems that support the Studio�s Film, Music, Live Stage, Production, Post Production, Marketing, and Distribution business unit operations on a global scale. Additional responsibilities include leadership of the Studio�s Content Protection initiatives, operational management of the Studio�s Media Technology infrastructure, participation on the Studio�s Patent & IP Committee, participation on the Disney Enterprise IT Leadership Board, and involvement with Disney�s cross-company technology strategy collaboration efforts.. The movie industry is in the middle of a rapid transition to digital production and distribution processes and Jeff is a key leader of this transition at the Walt Disney Studios and within the industry. He is a board member on UCLA Anderson School�s IS Associates and WINMEC University-Industry Partnership, USC�s ETC/IMF sponsorship group,  HP�s Communications Media & Entertainment Board of Advisors, the Motion Pictures of America Association�s Anti-piracy Advisory Board, the CIO Leadership Network, Southern California CIO Executive Summit Board, and serves on Sierra Ventures CIO Advisory Board.  Jeff joined Disney in late 1997 as the CIO of Imagineering. Prior to joining Disney Jeff enjoyed an 19-year career with Northrop Grumman Corporation where he held managerial positions in Information Systems, Engineering, Manufacturing, Business Development, Research & Development, and Mergers and Acquisitions.  During Jeff�s tenure at Northrop he led the development and implementation of their 3-D paperless computer aided design and manufacturing processes and helped spearhead industry and government engineering design practices and data interchange standards. Jeff holds a bachelor degree in Industrial Technology from California State University at Long Beach and a master�s degree in management from the University of Redlands He lectures at local Southern Californian universities on topics ranging from Information Technology to Intellectual Property management within the Media and Entertainment Industry.

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