Andy Garlick is the CEO and Principal of The Garlick Group, a consulting firm specializing in IT governance, complex digital trans- formation, project and program management, and cyber security.
Prior to forming his company, Andy was Senior Vice President, Business Systems, for WPP Group USA. He was responsible for the policy development and oversight of financial, HCM, and other busi- ness systems in North America for all the WPP Companies. Andy also served as the Group CIO for WPP’s Specialized Communica- tions Group and WPP’s Digital Group. In addition, Andy had been involved in leading the transformation on a number of global initia- tives including benchmarking WPP’s IT Infrastructure and Costs worldwide, the global consolidation of WPP’s IT infrastructure, the consolidation and outsourcing of WPP’s HR, Payroll and Benefit Administration Systems. Before that, Andy was CIO of Young & Rubicam, Inc.
Andy’s particular specialty is the end to end project management of complex business systems. He has had experience in working with all the major system vendors, including Oracle, PeopleSoft, Mi- crosoft Dynamics, Exact, Lawson, and NetSuite. Andy has a reputa- tion of building and deploying systems that address the needs of the user. He is also knowledgeable and adept in the major Business In- telligence tools.
Andy has been in the Advertising and Media industry for 25 years, working for Campbell-Ewald in Detroit in the 80's, and joining Young & Rubicam in 1993 as IT Director for North America. Andy spent the first half of his career in Finance, including Treasurer of the University of Detroit and Controller of Campbell-Ewald Co, where he built and installed a number of financial systems. Andy made the switch from Finance to Technology in 1990.
Andy also has broad experience in the not for profit sector. In addi- tion to the 10 years he spent as a financial officer at the University of Detroit, Andy has served on the Boards of the CYO of the Archdio- cese of Detroit and Michigan Performing Arts (Youtheatre), the Society for Information Management, and is Founder and Board President of the Family Support Organization of Bergen County. Andy has been active in a number of organizations as a volunteer, serving on the Committee to Save Orchestra Hall in Detroit, and as an Allocation Panel Chair of the United Way for Southeastern Mich- igan. Andy was instrumental in helping the United Way develop a strategic plan for the growth of technology in the nonprofit sector in 1996. For his work in the Detroit Metropolitan area, he was recog- nized as an “Executive Hero” by Crain’s Detroit Business.
Andy is a recognized expert in the area of non profit governance and non profit (fund) accounting, and has taught nonprofit accounting at the graduate level at the University of Michigan – Dearborn, and has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University.
After his daughter became stricken with a severe emotional disorder in 2001, Andy founded a nonprofit in Bergen County, The Family Support Organization of Bergen County, which provides education, support, and advocacy to parents and caregivers of children with mental, emotional, and behavioral problems. As Board Chair, Andy has grown the organization significantly, providing a broad set of services in Bergen County. Andy is recognized as powerful advocate for the family voice in Children’s Mental Health, and has received a number of awards for his work in this area.
Andy is a member of the Wyckoff-Midland Park Rotary Club. He has held posts of Sergeant At Arms, President Elect, and has been Presi- dent of the Club thrice. He is now recognized by the Club as its “Sachem”. In 2012, Andy was appointed and Assistant Governor of his Rotary District (7490). Andy is a Paul Harris Fellow (4 Sapphires) and a recipient of the Cliff Dochterman Award, awarded by the Inter- national Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians for exemplary service to Scouting. He is also a Woodbadge Graduate—Scouting’s highest level of adult training.
While his son was growing up and involved in Scouting, Andy was an active member of the Archdiocese’s Catholic Committee on Scout- ing, and is a certified Scouting Religious Medal Counselor. For his work there the Committee awarded him the Bronze Pelican Award.
In addition to holding an MBA from the University of Detroit, Andy has a BA in Philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary, and an MA in Classical Literature from Wayne State University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Human Resources In- formation Professional (HRIP). He also holds a Certificate in College Business Management from the University of Kentucky – Lexington, a Certificate in Fund Raising from the Center on Philanthropy at the University of Indiana, and a Certificate in Forgiveness Therapy Training from the Forgive for Good Center affiliated with Stanford University. He lives with his family in Pompton Lakes, NJ.