2016 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
A veteran industry information technology executive with significant experience in media/entertainment, manufacturing, food service, and government, Carl Dill is known as a strong strategist and catalyst for IT alignment with senior business management. Since 2001, he has been running his own consulting firm, TriCour Partners, which focuses on IT strategy and alignment & leadership development.
During his career, Dill has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as AOL Time Warner and McDonald’s Corp. As vice president and chief information officer at Time Warner, Dill led the planning for the technology integration associated with the AOL & Time Warner merger, identifying tens of millions of dollars in cost savings; he also developed the pre-merger framework for Time Warner Internet strategy, while creating company-wide digital media initiatives.
As senior vice president and CIO at McDonald’s, Dill led the company’s global IT planning, development, and operations spanning 25,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries. He linked technology to business strategy, prioritized IT investments, and identified and implemented global shared systems and ensured key technology adoption by more than 2,000 franchises. He also implemented the fast-food industry’s first PC-based point-of-sale cash registers and developed the accompanying software, which saved $50 million over five years.
A U.S. Army veteran, Dill has been active in charitable organizations throughout his career, serving on the board of a Chicago-based agency helping inner-city youth and a prison fellowship program.