Sherry Aaholm is currently the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Cummins Inc. Aaholm joined Cummins in 2013 after more than 15 years at FedEx Services. She served as the Executive Vice President of Information Technology at FedEx, where she drove the IT transformation strategy for the global enterprise.
At Cummins, Sherry is responsible for IT transformation strategy, digital innovation, connected products and daily operations of the global infrastructure footprint. This work includes executive leadership of the global strategy of the IT Operating Team; the Digital Accelerator, which leverages the latest technologies to design and launch connected solutions for global customers; and Advanced Analytics, which uses statistic, machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify challenges and opportunities for customers.
Sherry attended the University of Wisconsin and received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Economics. She recently was awarded a Master’s of Science in Sustainability from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. She has also attended the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where she studied Finance for Executives and Strategic Business Leadership.
Sherry is a strong advocate for helping to develop the next generation of talent, and for encouraging women to develop careers in IT. Her work in developing leadership programs has been recognized by Computerworld, and she has spoken at Gartner and Computerworld events on the subject. In addition, she believes strongly in helping women to achieve their goals, and was involved in the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, which focuses on helping single mothers get an education and support to succeed.
She is currently championing iDEW (Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce), a program that partners with the Indiana University School of Computing and Informatics at IUPUI, business partners and several Indianapolis area high schools to identify and build an IT talent pipeline through project-based learning while students are in high school in the Indianapolis metropolitan area.
She has been awarded the CIO “Ones to Watch” and Computerworld’s “CIO 100” List.
Sherry is married, has a daughter and lives in Indianapolis, Ind.