Linda Pelekoudas, Principal Managing Partner

About Linda

Strategic Planner with experience in business process engineering and technical solution development, I have led teams in strategic transformation initiatives and have enabled large domestic and international programs, which led to tangible progress and measurable results.  I have a diverse background characterized by innovative organizational design and development, market analysis, competitive positioning, financial performance measures, and facilitated executive decision making. Known for my strong organizational skills, planning and tracking complex multi-disciplinary projects, I place a strong focus on keeping the end goal in mind.

Educated in Process Engineering and Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island, I served as a Sr. Consultant specializing in Systems Engineering and Engagement Architecture in IBM’s Global Business Services: Systems Engineering Architecture and Test services practice. Applying process and method expertise supporting complex technology driven systems, I have a proven track record in new business development, transformational initiatives, and mission critical programs.  My custom solutions are architected accentuating reusable assets and leveraging creative engagement models delivering timely innovative strategies to meet my client’s objectives.

Skill Keywordsstrategic planning, organizational development, systems engineering, big data analysis, report writing, internet strategy / marketing, innovation, design thinking, social design, technological innovation, innovation consulting, design leadership, technology trends, requirements writing, government proposals, technical staff management, engineering economics, organizational structure, research, enterprise solutions, statistics, product development, data analysis, process engineering, quality assurance, cloud computing, program management, architecture, engineering, business intelligence, software development, product         management, project planning, project management, enterprise architecture, IT strategy, business strategy, IT service management, team leadership, business analysis, management consulting, agile, consultancy, IT management, enterprise software, software project management, change management, system architecture, team building, security, application development, business management, virtualization

Business sector experienceFinancial Sector – Banking, Financial Services, and InsurancePublic Sector – Federal, State and Local Government, Education and Health Care;  and Commercial Sector – Telecom, Utilities, and Media and Entertainment

Strategy and Design Solutions, LLC

Founder / Principal Managing Partner

April 2009 –Present

An entrepreneurial startup company, SDS delivers 1) Strategic Planning, 2) Technology Management and 3) Strategic Research services to clients across industries.  A woman owned small business.


  • ·          Stanford University – Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate
  • ·          IBM Executive Manager Certification
  • ·          IBM Project Management Curriculum
  • ·          IBM Systems Engineering Certification
  • ·          IBM Consultant Certification
  • ·          University of Rhode Island – Kingston, RI – Bachelor of Science – Resource Development / Chemistry
  • ·          Harvard University – Cambridge, MA
  • ·          Fairfield University – Fairfield, CT
  • ·          Northeastern University – Boston MA
  • ·          Roger Ludlow High School – Fairfield, CT – National Honor Society
  • ·          Languages – English, Modern Greek


·         Engagement Architect for New Business Development – Specializing in Systems Engineering, Architecture and Test Methodologies I prepared market plans for assigned sectors; Created collaborative communications to integrate pipeline opportunities and relationship management with Partners; Provided pursuit support for client teams; Architected proposal solutions inclusive of engagement design, pricing and presentation delivery; Manufactured reusable marketing assets for use in presentations and proposals; Performed delivery excellence project reviews for both project management and technical engineering. Engagements models used include  Transition and Transformation, Change Management, Portfolio Assessment and Management; SDLC process assessments and planning, Test Planning and evaluation, Center of Excellence creation, Risk Management and Mitigation, Project Audits, and Critical Situation Management.

·         Red and Green Team Audit Lead – Performed and evaluated in progress projects for compliance with IBM methodologies and Cost to Forecast Tolerances, and Risk Management Controls.  Supplied corrective actions, set time lines and provided executive reporting.

·         SDLC Assessment Lead – Perform organizational, process and method assessment of government run offices for systems development and strategic planning.  Provide actionable recommendations for achievement of state of the art system development services, and sustainable continuous improvement.

·         Sr. Advisor – Process and Methods – Provided guidance to project teams supporting business transformation portfolio for Software Group Technical Support business in IBM project methodology and software engineering best practices.

·         Enablement Manager and Business Finance Coordinator – Provided communication, systems and financial executive support for management of worldwide organization.  Architected method for organizational management of skills gap planning and education management.

·         Manager of Support Tools Strategy – Set strategy and direction for creation of several advanced corporate systems, several high performing departments.  Designed high performing virtual organizational team structure. Architected state of the art collaborative portal. Designed and built supporting hardware infrastructure environments

·         Sr. Software Engineering Development Manager, Test Practice – Managed enterprise system performance testing applied research software development team. Defined experimental design strategies, and physical simulation testing methods. Designed organizational structure for diagnostic tool development, established pipeline for sustained tool creation.

·         Emerging Technology Evangelist – Established groupware practice, designed organizational structure, Established worldwide groupware infrastructure, architected, built and deployed critical business applications

·         Quality Systems Engineer – Performed ERP process research, documented and recorded supply chain master records, item masters, bills of materials and production schedule. Built and maintained project plans for project manager of MRPII implementation in corporate division.  Taught roles and responsibilities curriculum to establish Material Management organization.


2009 – Current    Strategy and Design Solutions, Tyngsborough, MA, USA

Principal Managing Partner, Founder

2006 –2009         IBM Global Business Services, Application Services, SEA&T Practice, Armonk, NY USA

Sr. Systems Engineer; Engagement Architect, Solution Architect, Business Development

1999 –2006         IBM Software Group, Westford, Massachusetts USA

Sr. Advisor – Process and Methods for eSupport, Manager of Support Tools Strategy, Worldwide Enablement Manager, Sr. Software Engineering Development Manager

1997 – 1999        Aspen Technology Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

Manager of Groupware Systems,  ERP Advisor

1995 – 1997        CGI Systems, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Sr. Consultant, Lead Architect, Project Manager

1993 – 1995        Ziff-Davis Publishing, Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Application Developer, PC/LAN Support Engineer

1993 – 1998        Independent Contractor, Massachusetts, USA

                            Clients included: Polaroid, Hewlett Packard, US Air Force, Toxikon

R&D Research Scientist; Application Architect; Technical Trainer; Quality Assurance

1988 – 1993        DuPont, Medical Products division, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Quality Systems Specialist / Materials Management / Executive Program Assistant / Staff Chemist

1985 – 1987        National Marine Fisheries Service, Department of Commerce, Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA

Staff Research Chemist, Analytic and Organic Chemist, Environmental Researcher

1984 – 1985        Organic Chemistry Research Laboratory, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA

Research Assistant

Company Overview

Using a Systems Approach that starts with the end in mind. SDS spans the many disciplines it takes to create an action plan for organizational transition and transformation.

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