As a recently retired employee and GTECH Holdings Fellow, Don Stanford advises the GTECH Holdings Corporation in the areas of future technologies and architectures that may be of value to the Company's future growth strategies. A 23-year veteran of the lottery industry, Don also shares valuable insights into opportunities and strategies for the Company's core business.
Don began working for GTECH's founders in 1979 as Manager of Software Development. Over 22 years, he held every technical leadership position, including Vice President of Advanced Development and Chief Technology Officer. Stanford guided the growth of GTECH's technology organization from a software staff of four in 1979 to its current worldwide deployment of over 800 IT professionals. From 1986 until 1989 Don served on the GTECH Corporation Board.
Most recently, Don led the formation of GTECH's multidisciplined Delivery Group, which is responsible for defining customer requirements, developing specifications and fulfilling customer's technology expectations.
Stanford earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 1972 and a Master's in Computer Science/Applied Math in 1977 from Brown University.
Don serves on several charitable boards and is President of the Board of the Times Squared Academy Charter School, which promotes excellence in math, science and technology. Don has recently been appointed Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brown University and in 1999 received the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Professional Achievement. In 1999 he also received the Honorable Thurgood Marshall award for community service from the NAACP.
Don also serves on the board of the RI Technology Council and works in the area of promoting IT education for Rhode Island's high school population.
Don's community activities involve sponsoring two after-school clubs at Time2 Academy, one in robotics and the other in aviation and rocketry. As a former member of the Greater Providence YMCA Board, Don sponsored the construction of an after-school computer lab called the Powerzone. Based on the success of that project, GTECH has since donated and equipped over 70 additional after-school computer labs in the United States and abroad. Most recently, Don and his wife Jane recently established an after-school a computer lab at St. Peter and Paul's School in St. Thomas U.S.V.I., which will be used to provide computer instruction to neighborhood children after school.