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Caio Fernandes

Caio Fernandes

Senior Director Technology at Bloomin'Brands, Inc.

Greater Tampa Bay Area


30 years of continuous work experience and Executive Leadership roles within Digital and Information Technology with a strong focus on Innovation to Create Strategic Advantage and Reduce Technological Gap and Risk to the business within different sectors, including 12 years at Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) & Casual Dining Restaurants (CDR), 12 years in Corporate Shared Services & Manufacturing and 6 years in Banking.

Responsibility over IT Management and Procurement, Digital Transformation, Analytics, BI, Strategical Market Intelligence and Restaurant Operations. Natural ability to manage and motivate Large Teams (on-premise and remote) and build Solid Relationships with Business Partners at all levels of the organization.

Strong background in developing Short and Long-Term Strategic Plans aligned with key company objectives. Enforcer of corporate procedures & policies based on standards such as ITIL, SOx-IT, PCI, GDPR and derivatives. Technical knowledge ranging from Mainframe, ERP, and Legacy Systems to Digital Platforms in distinct environments: On-Premises, Cloud and Hybrid for offices, manufacturing, distribution centers, restaurants, and data centers.

Advisory Board Member at University of South Florida (USF) for the Digital Marketing Program



USF | Digital Marketing Certificate (2021)
MIT | Management & Leadership Certificate - Internet of Things (2021)
MIT | Management & Leadership Certificate - Artificial Intelligence (2020)
MIT | Management & Leadership Certificate - Neuroscience for Leadership (2020)
MIT | Management & Leadership Certificate - Blockchain (2020)
Exin | ITIL Foundation Certification (2011)
PMI | Project Management Professional, PMP (2003)

International Experience

USA | Currently working in Tampa, FL since September 2019.
APAC | 3 years of Strategic IT responsibility over operations in China and Hong Kong (2016-2019).
USA | 6 years in Freeport, IL (1998 – 2003)
LATAM | 2 years managing multidisciplinary teams in different countries with responsibility over CAPEX investments.

Portfolio, Programs & Projects

PMP (PMI®) certified since 2003. PMO and Demand Flow implementation at several enterprises involving complex project selection, schedule and cost estimations, portfolio sequencing, resource leveling and balancing. RMO (Results Management Office) approach, primarily focused “on strategy”, followed by “on cost”, “on time” and “on quality” with Agile deliveries (MVP).


Portuguese: Native | English: Fluent | Spanish: Advanced


  • Information Technology Manager (Newell Brands)
  • Senior System Analyst (Newell Brands)
  • Senior Director Technology (Bloomin'​ Brands, Inc.)
  • Chief Information Officer (Bloomin'​ Brands, Inc.)
  • Senior Information Technology Manager (McDonald's - Arcos Dourados)
  • Senior Information Technology Manager (MOVER)
  • Digital Marketing Program - Advisory Board Member (University of South Florida)


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