Leon J. Schwartz Joins ICON

May 11, 2012

Leon J. Schwartz joins ICON Integration and Design, Inc. as VP of Client Relations

(Overland Park, KS) – Michael Thibault, CEO of ICON Integration and Design, Inc. (ICON) is pleased to announce that Leon J. Schwartz has joined the firm as Vice President of Client Relations and Communications. In this newly created position, Mr. Schwartz will be responsible for helping clients save time, money, and effort while also providing enhanced staff and member services.  He will provide leadership for projects including initial data quality assessments, data cleansing efforts, full data conversion projects, and much more.

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Schwartz join ICON”, said Thibault. “He brings a wealth of public pension industry and technology experience to this position. He has witnessed firsthand the positive impact of ICON’s services while in his previous role.”

Prior to joining ICON, Mr. Schwartz was the Chief Operating Officer for the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS), where he served in that role from 1998 to 2012. In this capacity he served as a member of the IPERS executive management team. He had overall responsibility for all information technology, financial reporting, budgeting / accounting, human relations, facilities management, purchasing, and other support functions for IPERS. During this time he was integrally involved in the leadership and implementation of a new benefits administration system. He personally led the Data Project to cleanse, manage, and ultimately migrate data to the new system.

Mr. Schwartz is the past President of PRISM, Public Retirement Information Systems Management, the public pension industry association serving information technology professionals in North America. In addition, in 1999 he was appointed by Governor Vilsack to chair the State of Iowa CIO Council, a position he held until 2004. This council consists of the chief information officers within Iowa state government.

ICON Integration and Design, Inc. is an industry leading firm that provides strategic information technology solutions and services. ICON specializes in data – profiling, cleansing, conversion, integration, stewardship, administration, and mining. In the public pension industry, ICON is the acknowledged leader with more data quality projects than any other firm.