SVP & CIO
Americas Chapter Member
Roland Paanakker is Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Levi Strauss & Co. He is responsible for managing all aspects of Information Technology, ranging from strategy & innovation to IT portfolio & program execution as well as IT operations. Roland is focused on transforming IT into a critical enabler of the Company’s product and omni-channel growth strategies worldwide and creating technology value for Levi Strauss & Co. worldwide – accelerating top and bottom line growth through differentiated IT services.
Roland is a seasoned executive with close to 30 years of experience in senior positions in IT leadership, Supply Chain Operations and Program & Change Management. Prior to joining Levi Strauss in March 2014, Roland held various positions at Nike Inc. in Europe and US over 18 years, of which he served as CIO of Nike Inc. for 8 years. He joined the organization in 1995, and steadily rose through the corporate ranks culminating in his appointment as Nike’s CIO. He resided in Nike’s home state of Oregon and as CIO was responsible for developing new information technologies that enabled Nike to become the innovative product and omni-channel leader in its industry.
Prior to joining Nike Europe in 1995, he worked for IBM Netherlands for 10 years in a variety of IT and program management positions. Roland holds a Bachelors of Business Administration & Technology from H.E.S J. van Zwijndreght in The Hague, The Netherlands.