Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Pamela Parisian

Pam is passionate about bringing hope to children in need and empowering women to realize their full potential and she brings to Compassion extensive experience as a technology transformation leader focused on business strategy execution.

Prior to joining Compassion, Pam served with AT&T for 39 years in a variety of roles. During her last 17 years with them, she served as the vice president of IT integration, strategy and planning, then chief information officer and finally president of technology development, where she was responsible for the development and global operation of the 2,000 applications that support AT&T’s consumer and enterprise businesses, as well as the platforms supporting human resources, finance, supply chain and network operations.

Pam's career experiences include leading teams through the exclusive AT&T iPhone launch and 11 subsequent releases as well as multiple large-scale systems integration challenges in mergers between AT&T, DirectTV, Cingular and BellSouth Cellular — achieving over $50 billion in synergies. Her journey was unique in that her first role at AT&T was that of assistant to an assistant in the IT department. She didn’t initially intend to lead their entire IT operation, but that was clearly God’s plan as she continued to excel and was given greater and greater responsibilities.

Pam serves on the board of directors for The Honey Baked Ham Company and Brightstar Group Holdings and has earned many distinguished awards, including the 2018 Dallas Super Global CIO of the Year; was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame in 2015; and ranked in CIO Magazine’s top 100 CIOs for multiple years running.

She completed the information technology management program at Georgia Institute of Technology, has an Associate of Science degree from Roane State Community College, and executive training from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Long ago, God put a desire on Pam's heart to help children in need locally and afar. A decade before officially joining Compassion's workforce, Pam volunteered and sponsored children with Compassion as well as a former missions organization that supported children in some of Guatemala’s most dangerous areas. She’s humbled by the opportunity to now live out that calling full time in this role as Compassion International’s first chief information officer.

Pam and her husband Dean live in Tennessee and have two adult sons.