Kathy Starkoff is an independent board director and the president and CEO of Orange Star Consulting. She is distinguished by her success in developing business growth strategies and leading operational change within complex organizations. Kathy is a technology expert with a rich background in M&A and risk management. Her strong communication and collaboration skills, enable her to simplify the complex and connect seemingly dissimilar points, with transparency and trust.
Ms. Starkoff is an independent director and audit committee member of Gentex Corporation (Nasdaq: GNTX), a global manufacturer of custom high-tech electronic products for the automotive industry. She is also Orange Star’s principal consultant, advising clients on technology related issues of strategy, change, and risk management, including cyber security.
Kathy is an advisory board member of Arizona State University’s Idea Enterprise, which advances faculty’s entrepreneurial opportunities, and of Franklin University’s Center for Public Safety & Cybersecurity, which prepares professionals to manage cyber security challenges. The National Association of Corporate Directors recognized her as a “Leadership Fellow” and a featured national conference (cybersecurity expert) speaker. Women’s Inc. named her as a “Most Influential Corporate Board Director.”
Deloitte's Board Ready panel: Susan Tomasky, Donna James, Eileen Mallesch, and Kathy Starkoff
Kathy was Chief Information Officer (CIO) at The Ohio State University and a member of its Management Committee and President’s Council. Hired as a change agent, with board reporting, she established the enterprise IT function, its strategy, and governance. She also built shared technology capabilities (including a cybersecurity framework), integrating the dissimilar tech worlds of Academics, Medicine, Research, and Athletics, and improving customer experience by 25%.
As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Group Vice President of Limited Brands, now LBrands, Kathy developed the enterprise risk management board reporting function, and led transformative global change with teams in the US, India, China, and Hong Kong, developing a new enterprise supply chain, and enabling 60% growth in enterprise revenue. As CTO and Senior Vice President of Bank One, she led technology for the high-risk lending group and directed improvements in the speed and effectiveness of mergers and acquisitions.
Ms. Starkoff is a passionate board member and immediate past chair of Flying Horse Farms, which provides transformative camp experiences for seriously-ill children. Previously, she was a director and audit and risk committee chair for the SeriousFun Children’s Network board, a global outreach program for children; and vice chair for the Columbus Academy’s board of trustees, an independent college-prep school for students from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade.
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