Chief technology officer, an ’89 alum, to lecture on innovation

Feb 17, 2011

By Annmarie Ely

Neil Clover ’89, an executive with the company that helped design Australia’s Sydney Opera House, will visit campus February 24 as a Watson Executive-in-Residence speaker.

“He’s a very successful executive in corporate America, and a DelVal graduate, which truly benefits our students,” said Business Department Chair Ermira Gegvata.  She said students relate well to high-achieving alumni.

Clover, 44, is chief technology officer for Arup Americas. He will speak at 10:50 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in The Moumgis Auditorium. The event is free for the DelVal community.

Gegvata said Clover will talk about finding a niche or a need in a business, about being innovative and having an entrepreneurial spirit. He also will teach students how to market themselves.

The Executive-in-Residence program began at DelVal in 2005 under the guidance of Thomas W. Watson, who continues to sponsor it. He is co-founder and vice chairman emeritus of Omnicom Group, Inc., a strategic holding company that manages a portfolio of global businesses. Watson also is dean of the company’s Omnicom University.

Clover, the 10th Watson speaker, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from DelVal in 1989 and a master’s in management from LaSalle University in 1995.

His employer is an internationally known firm of designers, planners, engineers and technical specialists. Arup, founded in 1946, has offices in nine U.S. cities and 32 foreign countries.

In addition to providing the structural design for Australia’s signature building, the Sydney Opera House, Arup did design work for the Pompidou Center in Paris, the California Academy of Sciences and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

As CTO for the Americas group, Clover leads a tightly focused group of IT professionals that support and develop enterprise business applications, collaborative solutions, voice and data networking, data center operations and over 300 engineering applications.

He has had particular success in simplifying and reducing IT complexity to cut costs, strengthen reliability and enhance performance while improving flexibility and delivering applications that drive bottom-line results.

Clover said he found career success quickly, but never had a master plan. Rather than focusing on what job title he wanted, he said he focused on finding challenging work. His philosophy paid off. When he challenged himself, his career advanced naturally and quickly.

He has worked for AT&T, Langeveld Bulb Company and Tyco International. Clover joined Arup in 2007. He is based in the Greater New York City area.