LaVerne H. Council

LaVerne H. Council is the national managing principal for Enterprise Technology Strategy and Innovation, responsible for the planning, growth and execution of Grant Thornton’s U.S. Advisory business. She has more than 30 years of experience in both the public and private sector, implementing global technology solutions and supply chain strategies that drive growth and innovation in industries, including healthcare, consumer products and telecommunications.

Council previously served as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Information and Technology and chief information officer (CIO) for Veterans Affairs; Corporate Vice President and first global CIO for Johnson & Johnson; Global Vice President for information technology, global business solutions, and development services at Dell Inc. and, as the global partner for supply chain at Ernst & Young LLC.

Council was twice named one of the Top 50 Women in Information Technology by FedScoop, which also gave her the Golden Gov: Federal Executive of the Year Award. She is listed among Healthcare Data Management’s Most Powerful Women in Healthcare Information Technology. Business Trends Quarterly named her one of the top four CIOs in America. The New Jersey Technology Council inducted her into its CIO Hall of Fame, and the Global CIO Executive Summit awarded her the Top 10 Leaders & Change Agents Award and the Top 10 Leaders & Innovators Award.

Council has been a volunteer for the March of Dimes since the age of five. She has served as a trustee on both local and national boards.  From 2011 to 2015, she served as Chair of the National Board of Trustees.  During her tenure, she drove support and funding for the five March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers at the Stanford University School of Medicine; University of Pennsylvania; Washington University; Duke/University of Chicago Consortium; and Ohio Consortium all centers are dedicated to the research and prevention of premature birth.