Goddard Systems Welcomes Dr. Ali Tafreshi as Chief Information Officer
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Goddard Systems Welcomes Dr. Ali Tafreshi as Chief Information Officer

March 13, 2024 // Franchising.com // KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - Goddard Systems, LLC (GSL) has appointed Dr. Ali Tafreshi as chief information officer, effective immediately. In his new role, Dr. Tafreshi is responsible for building and executing a robust information technology (IT) roadmap, improving processes and applications to deliver value to the franchise system and leading efforts to implement new technologies and data management.

“I’m excited to welcome Dr. Tafreshi to our team, where his seasoned leadership and technical acumen will drive our IT initiatives forward and strengthen our franchise system,” said Dennis R. Maple, chairman and CEO of GSL. “With a steadfast focus on implementing cutting-edge technologies and optimizing data management practices, Dr. Tafreshi’s strategic guidance will enhance the support we provide to our franchisees and, ultimately, elevate the experience for Goddard School families across the country.”

With more than 20 years of leadership experience, Dr. Tafreshi has an exceptional track record and an extensive background in IT operations, security and analytics, vendor management and regulatory compliance in a diverse array of sectors that include aviation, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and franchising. Dr. Tafreshi joins GSL from Authority Brands, LLC, where he served as chief information officer and helped lead the creation of future-state software solutions to drive efficiency and optimal experiences for all stakeholders. Prior to joining Authority Brands, he served as an IT leader for consulting firms, the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and T-Mobile, among other organizations.

Dr. Tafreshi holds bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in engineering from the University of Maryland. He has also completed post-doctoral research and executive training in strategy and innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

SOURCE The Goddard School

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