Press Releases

Dean Lane joins IWP as Chief Information Officer

Headshot of Dean LaneIWP is pleased to announce that Captain Dean Lane, USN-Retired has been appointed Chief Information Officer of IWP. Dean has been involved with IWP since 2017 when he joined the Institute as Senior Vice President for Cyber Intelligence.

In his new role, Dean has a collateral responsibility for the Cyber Intelligence Initiative.  In this capacity, he is responsible for a series of Cyber Intelligence courses offered by IWP.

Before joining IWP, Dean worked in Silicon Valley for over twenty years. Dean is currently recognized as an outstanding CIO for the 2022 Washington DC Chief Officer Awards.

Dean served as the CIO for such companies as Allied-Signal, Plantronics, and Morton-Thiokol. He was also a cyber consultant for Ernst & Young, Gartner, and AT&T and had his own consultancy in the Silicon Valley.  Dean also had profit and loss responsibility while at Allied-Signal for the F-18 aircraft and the Apache Helicopter.  Once at corporate, Dean was responsible for 26 major divisions and 104 facilities.

Dean has written three technology books and consulted with Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Barach.  Dean is also a highly decorated Naval Officer and served as the Seal Team Officer for the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet.

Dean is also the Founder and President of the CIO Scholarship Fund.  His first book, CIO Wisdom, brought many Silicon Valley CIOs together to promote the fund and became a #1 bestseller for Prentice Hall.  Dean has in-depth operational know-how in the IT industry, having been a CIO at four different companies:  Honeywell Aerospace, ATK (Alliant Techsystems), Plantronics, and Masters Institute of Technology.

Dean is certified as a Master Project Manager and also, by ISACA, in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT).  Dean has served as the CEO of VariTRAK Inc., a company that provides compliance software.  He speaks internationally and has given keynote presentations for the Adam Smith Society in Moscow, for CIO Magazine in Korea, for the Congress of Progress in Washington, D.C. and for the Imagineering Conference in Florida.

Having completed many interim CIO and mentoring assignments, Dean’s knowledge of how a company operates, as well as his IT experience make him a valuable asset to CEOs and Boards of Directors.  Dean turns around IT departments and significantly improves the overall systems, thereby enhancing a business’ ability to execute.

He also serves on various advisory boards and was a co-founder of the Consortium of Information Systems Executives. He is a member of PMI and APICS and is Past President of SIM’s Silicon Valley Chapter.

Dean obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California (UCLA) and his MBA from National University.