Michael BatesSVP of Information Technology
Michael Bates leads the information technology strategy, development and delivery for Foodbuy. He has extensive hands-on technical experience across all major IT disciplines, including blended roles in the business, which has been instrumental in achieving an extensive record of success exploring the limitless possibilities of technology design and digital acceleration.
Before joining Foodbuy, Michael served as Global CIO for Britax Group Limited, a child transportation safety company. He was responsible for the strategic direction, operational performance and service delivery of the global IT organization. Prior to that, Michael had strategic responsibility for the integration and digital transformation of the DSD Sales Technology ecosystem for Snyder’s-Lance and Pepperidge Farm. Additionally, he served as Head of IT for Springfield LLC, a manufacturer of protective fabrics for the United States Military, federal agencies, partner nations and numerous hazardous work environments.
Michael earned an MBA from Winthrop University in 1992 and did his undergraduate work in computer programming at Winthrop and York Technical College. He holds certifications in Project Management, Information Security Management and Agile/Scrum.
Michael and his wife reside in Rock Hill, South Carolina and have two grown children.