Howard E. Trainor

Howard E. Trainor




Senior Executive Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
MBA, American University, Washington DC
BS, The Citadel, South Carolina

Research Interest

Information Technology (IT)




Ed Trainor served for over 25 years as a large-company Chief Information Officer (CIO) before retiring and becoming an educator. In the mid-1980s he served as CIO for Flying Tigers, the world's largest bulk cargo airline before they were acquired by Federal Express, after which he served as CIO for Southern California Gas Co, one of the nation’s largest transporters and distributors of natural gas. He next spent over 12 years leading Paramount Pictures’ information systems functions through numerous mergers, acquisitions and business transformation efforts as part of the Viacom family of companies. In early 2007 he accepted the position of CIO for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (aka Amtrak) where he led an enterprise-wide business process transformation effort. He is the past national President of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and is the co-author of two textbooks on information strategy.


Books co-authored (publisher: Prentice-Hall)
  • Information Strategy and Economics, Parker, Trainor and Benson, 1989
  • Information Economics, Parker, Benson and Trainor, 1988