Ed Leonard

Dreamworks' multitasking tech exec

August 17, 2009: 11:45 AM ET

At Dreamworks Animation, CTO Ed Leonard has to play well with others.

Globe (left) and CTO Leonard play for the same team. Photo: Dan Monick

Globe (left) and CTO Leonard play for the same team. Photo: Dan Monick

Top technology executives are no longer sitting at the corporate equivalent of the kids' table. The information technology leaders who gathered at Fortune's Infotech 40 forum at Brainstorm Tech have moved from supporting roles to star billing when it comes to helping their companies cut costs and execute strategy.

Ed Leonard, chief technology officer of DreamWorks Animation, (DWA) gets involved in everything from buying servers to promoting movies. When Anne Globe, the studio's head of worldwide marketing and consumer products, wanted to run an advertisement for the film Monsters vs. Aliens in 3-D during the 2009 Super Bowl, she called Leonard. More

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