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Tim Coleman

Tim Coleman
Vice President and Information Officer, Medicines Development Information & Digital Solutions
Eli Lilly and Company

Tim is currently Vice President and Information Officer, Medicines Development Information & Digital Solutions, at Eli Lilly and Company where he is responsible for delivering IT strategies and solutions for research & development business areas.  In this role, he directs a global portfolio of digital change initiatives in partnership with Lilly senior business and scientific executives.  Initiatives delivered within his portfolio have been recognized nationally for digital innovation and visionary leadership, including the 2020 CIO 100 Award, 2020 FutureEdge 50 Award, and the Bio-IT World Best Practices Award in Clinical Research.

Tim began his career with Lilly in 1990 as a Systems Analyst and has held several positions in the Global Information Technology organization supporting US and Global sales & marketing, manufacturing, and research & development.  In addition, he has held business roles in the Human Resources and Sales & Marketing components, including P&L responsibility as District Sales Leader for the Lilly Osteoporosis Specialty Business Unit in the southeastern part of the United States. 

Tim is a passionate advocate for STEM youth programs and enjoys giving to support his community.  He currently serves as Executive Champion for BDPA Indianapolis and on the board of directors for the TechPoint Youth Foundation and the national BDPA Education & Technology Foundation.  Tim is also currently a board member with the Krenicki Center for Business Analytics & Machine Learning at the Purdue School of Management.  He has previously served on computer science corporate advisory boards for Purdue University, North Carolina State A&T University, and Howard University. 

Tim was previously honored as one of “40 Under 40” by the Indianapolis Business Journal and with the “Top 50 Under 50 Young Corporate Executives Award” by Diversity MBA Magazine.  Tim was recently honored by the Center for Leadership Development for his achievement in science and technological disciplines and with the “2019 Distinguished Alumni Award” from Purdue University.  He is also proud to have been part of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Executive Academy Cohort 2018.

Tim earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management and Computer Science from Purdue University and his Master of Management (MBA) from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  In addition to digital corporate leadership, he is a published author, former entrepreneur, Biblical finance enthusiast, and an active philanthropist.  Tim is married and the father of two sons.