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Azin Farassat af12a20c0@westpost.

net (408) 431-0009 Highly knowledgeable, efficient, energetic, well-organized and competent Manager with 15+ years of professional experience in Program/Project and Operations man agement, Governance, M&A's and Integrations, Client Engagement and Management, S trategic Planning, Developing, Maintaining and Executing Business Processes and Plans. EDUCATION: M.B.A with concentrations in Management & Marketing Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management AREAS OF EXPERTISE: * Strong analytical and strategic thinking, planning and problem-solving skills. * Skilled in developing, forecasting, planning and managing multi- million dolla r budgets. * Experience working with senior management to set the strategic direction of a company through segmentation analysis, data extraction and mining, data analysis and market research. * Outstanding planning, execution, monitoring and resource balancing skills with the ability to support multiple simultaneous projects across multiple business/ functional units. * Extensive customer-facing experience with Fortune 500 clients and employers. C an effectively communicate a broad set of topics - from return on investment to specific implementation issues - to audiences ranging from C-level executives to developers. * Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional, cross-cultural teams delivering complex, high availability, global enterprise solution, initiatives and Project s using SDLC and HDLC methodologies. * Change Management, Compliance and Governance Proficiency. * Project Portfolio Management. * Policy and Process Creation, Implementation and Improvement. * Experience building, developing, negotiating with and maintaining Service Prov ider, Channel, Partner, Customer and Vendor relationships. * Experience in Management, Employee Relations and Conflict Management. * Experience Defining, Establishing and Supporting a PMO governance model, creat ing PMO templates, processes and plans. * Experience in communicating with stakeholders to provide accurate reporting an d information regarding the ongoing projects, programs and initiatives. * Strong Training, Interpersonal and Communication Skills. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY: Short Term Consulting Position: Adobe Systems, San Jose, CA Senior Consultant - April 2010 to December 2010 * Led project teams to deliver Consolidation and Integration projects around the world on time and budget through effective management of the project scope, bud get, plan, resource allocation, resource performance, issues, risks, and deliver ables per Adobe's SDLC. * Wrote the IT project-On-boarding playbook and the IT Infrastructure's Play-boo k for Mergers and Acquisitions. * Portfolio Manager for over 40 projects. * Developed detailed program plans and estimates, assigned resources and budgets . Proactively managed changes in projects' scope, identified potential crises, a nd devised contingency plans. Provided effective monitoring, controlling and met rics during the lifecycle of projects. * Communicated project status with IT and Business stakeholders and escalated is

sues and risks as appropriate to the established steering and oversight committe es. * Responsible for business change management (incl. business process redesign, t raining, SOP's). Blue Coat Systems Inc, Sunnyvale, CA Senior Program/Project and Compliance Manager - December 2005 to January 2010 * Reporting to the Sr. Director of Governance and PMO, I worked closely with Blu e Coat's internal and external customers to understand their ideas and goals, an d create plans and processes to meet those goals. * Defined and initiated projects, and assigned Project Managers to manage cost, schedule, and performance of component projects, while working to ensure the ult imate success and acceptance of the program. * Maintained continuous alignment of program scope with strategic business objec tives, and made recommendations to modify the program to enhance effectiveness t oward the business result or strategic intent based on ITIL practices. * Managed budget for the organization to influence organization's financial prof itability. * Acted as the IT Engagement manager and managed development of relationships, u nderstanding business direction and needs, negotiating requirements and driving formulation of solutions and roadmaps. Was responsible for management and delive ry of multi-million dollar services and infrastructure to internal customers as well as Channel and Technology partners to ensure seamless and smooth collaborat ion and business continuity. * Established the Change Management process to manage scope and assess / priorit ize requests. * Established the Program Management Office (PMO) and created policies, template s and processes. Responsible for program and portfolio management activities. * Executed and maintained program management processes and disciplines in the ar eas of: program schedule and quality management; communications management; cost management; procurement management; risk / issue management; change management. * Managed and led various projects and initiatives (i.e., Website Development an d enhancements; Sale Force/SalesLogix Integration; Wiki and SharePoint Implement ation; M&A's; Outlook/ Exchange upgrade; Large Infrastructure modifications, upg rades and builds etc.) across multiple business/functional units. * Produced weekly web-based reports with graphics to keep the C-level staff info rmed of the department's projects, initiatives and their progress. * Managed the day to day activities of the Infrastructure problem management and change management functions. * Participated in setting the IT department's support model and establishing SLA 's for Infrastructure and Service delivery. * Responsible for RFP's to vendors and SOW review and presentation to management . * Led successful negotiations with service providers, reviewed deliverables and ensured work was performed beyond expectations. * Successfully managed the integration efforts of three acquired companies. Led most M&A Integration/Consolidation efforts. * Worked directly with the CIO to produce and support leadership and management development programs and initiatives to improve the department's performance and employee relations. * Developed the IT testing strategy based on the recommendations of the COBIT fr amework and ITIL, ultimately leading to the development of a fully comprehensive GCC document which tracked baselines, testing, re-testing deficiency remediatio n. * Led all compliance related interactions with both internal and external audito rs, culminating in three successive years of successful SOX 404 attestation. * Developed, published, maintained and updated Policies and Procedures to suppor t S404 initiatives.

Solectron Corporation, Milpitas, CA. Senior Program/Project Manager - October 2001 to December 2005 * Worked within a cross-functional team to accomplish high value project plans a nd objectives, always ensuring that the strategic direction of projects were in line with organizational business plans. * Managed project life cycle - Developed project plans and assumed responsibilit y for projects' profit and loss. * Ownership of the department's multi- million dollar budget. * Represented IT in all Client and Partner facing engagements and initiatives, a nd successfully completed high-impact projects on time and budget. * Introduction of Wiki application at Solectron and spearheading company-wide ef forts for its adoption and use within the IT and Engineering groups. * Managed the IT Help Desk groups for several remote sites. Strong emphasis on p roviding great customer service and maximizing client satisfaction. * Worked closely with the PMO team, and on the Toll-gate process to define compa ny's direction and justify acquirement of new technology. * Led all negotiations with IT group's service providers and vendors, saving the company over $1.5 million per year modifying existing contracts. * Worked directly with Solectron's business and channel partners and ensured pro per infrastructure and services were established and supported. * Led the department's capacity planning and budgeting for software, servers, st orage, bandwidth, infrastructure and facilities. * Recruited and supervised a team of highly skilled technicians and engineers to replace the services previously provide by IBM. * Led the Integration efforts of four companies acquired as a result of M&A's. * Planned and managed the build-out of two state of the art data centers and sev eral new buildings at the company's headquarters. * Introduction of Asset Management policies and procedures. * Led all compliance related interactions with both internal and external audito rs, culminating in 2 successive years of successful SOX 404 attestation. * Introduced SOX calendar to track testing and controls and to ensure this was h appening at regular intervals as required and determined by each specific contro l. * Formalized the introduction of IT Policies and Procedures and "best-practices" - developed, published, maintained and updated the documentation required to su pport this initiative. Cadence Design Systems, San Jose, CA. Marketing Strategic Analyst/ Marcom Manager - June 2000 to September 2001 * Strategic analyst in charge of supporting key sales and marketing projects wh ich led to winning many multi-million dollar contracts * Identified competitors' and customers' requirements, technologies and products , and ensured that business decisions were made with an understanding of the mar ket. * Conducted segmentation analysis to identify opportunities to improve customer retention strategies and provided analytical support to determine the effectiven ess of ongoing programs/initiatives. Worked with large data sets, analyzing fina ncial data using Business Objects. * Improved company wide access to market intelligence by helping to develop an i ntranet website focused on syndicated market research and internal market intell igence and analysis * Managed projects and made presentations of competitive and strategic analyses to senior management. * Worked with the senior management team on product and services strategy. Audiohighway.com, Cupertino, CA. Associate Program Manager - May 1999 to June 2000

* Managed project life cycles from concept, scheduling, resource allocation, to status reporting, presentations and metrics. * Responsible for trade shows and event planning. * Participated in promotional events and direct mail campaigns. * Worked with PR firms and Ad agencies to promote company's products and service s. * Responsible for identifying, screening, and obtaining new customers and advert isers. * Performed Budget Analysis and created metrics. * Analyzed weekly Profit and Loss Statements. * Identified customer purchase and retention problems and developed appropriate solutions. Trimble Navigation, Sunnyvale, CA. Project Manager - May 1998 to May 1999 * Consultant to the VP of Public Policy and the VP of Intellectual Property. * Defined and implemented successful strategies that completely organized and re structured both departments within the organization. * Member of a select team of 5 with clearance to classified information regardin g company IP. * Demonstrated success in expanding exposure to IP companies and negotiating con tracts to exchange information with them. * Collaborated with management and marketing teams to determine ideal set of pro ducts and services to best meet customers' needs and achieve the desired company objectives. * Communicated directly with Government officials and entities to champion Trimb le's interests, and ensure compliance with government requirements.