Jignesh Patel has a wide-ranging, dual IT role at global healthcare company AmerisourceBergen. As Senior Vice President, he is responsible for the technology for all back-office functions, and he oversees enterprise data and analytics.
Ask Patel what motivates him each day, and he has a quick reply:
Problem-solving for the business. That is what’s most important. A saying I have with my teams is ‘Fall in love with the problem, not the solution.’ Because the solution can change all the time.
This approach is informed by Patel’s two decades in IT across multiple industries, including the financial sector with Vanguard and Goldman Sachs. Throughout his career, he has focused on skills building and professional agility.
I didn’t stick to one thing. I’ve worked across IT operations, IT strategy, IT delivery, and data analytics.
In the last year, he led a full back-end integration of a large European healthcare products company that AmerisourceBergen acquired, while continuing to drive digital transformation. For example, his teams create the tools, technologies, and platforms all business areas use for data analytics.
Data is the lifeblood of our company, data drives decisions and insights.
Joining the IT Advisory Board in 2022 was a natural fit, given Patel’s lifelong commitment to learning. He has an engineering degree and an MBA, and he still enrolls in an executive program every few years. He appreciates how IBIT connects the corporate world and academia and welcomes the opportunity to build relationships with Temple students.
Getting fresh ideas and thoughts from people who are unencumbered with years of experience is beneficial. Part of the DNA of being a senior leader is that you’re expected to develop junior talent. I am excited to work with the next generation of talent and help them think through what they need to do to be successful.