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Lou Valente

Board Member

Lou Valente has led world class projects and developed technology environments for premier local and global organizations. He’s provided domestic and international executive leadership for Private, Not for Profit and Public Sector organizations.  Lou has broad experience in Consulting, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Environmental Science, Public Service and Not for Profits in North America, Latin America and Europe. 


Common across this diverse background is leadership. Leadership that delivers multiple projects simultaneously. Projects that have been new to the enterprise, one of a kind, required significant intervention, needed to be restarted or required strategic definition to gain acceptance and resources. 


Lou consults for organizations that seek to leverage his successes in project management, organization design, strategy development and business stabilization and expansion. Prior experience helps large and small, emerging and mature organizations in the midst of significant organization change and undertaking complex, major projects. 


At New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, he created and led the Community Collaborative Initiative which delivered significant urban restoration projects, some stalled for twenty-five years in Camden, Perth Amboy, Trenton and Bayonne. Earlier, Lou developed the strategy that increased State Parks’ revenue by 30% and renegotiated mortgages with Federal and private lenders on behalf of Super Storm Sandy victims.


As Founder of Evolv, Lou worked with boards, CxO executives and their teams to focus organization direction and implement significant change.  Prior to Evolv, initiated and led the global information technology standardization and consolidation for SmithKline Beecham, resulting in the elimination of regional data centers, creating a uniform worldwide software, telecommunications and desktop computing environment. 


Lou held multinational leadership roles at Otis Elevator and Singer Aerospace.   Early in his career Lou learned technology development at the Department of Defense, Boeing and Westinghouse.  


Lou has an MBA in organization theory from Widener University and BA from Villanova.  He has been a Trustee at the Chapin School, an Advisory Board Member for Compaq Computer and ProActivity, on SmithKline Beecham’s Pharmaceutical Management Committee and on the Computer Science Advisory Board of Saint Joseph's University.

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