Ann Pickren Business Continuity Expert
Crisis and Disaster Preparedness
Ann Pickren currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for MIR3.
Prior to joining MIR3 in 2011 as VP of enterprise solutions and her subsequent promotion to COO in 2014, Pickren served as executive vice president at Firestorm Solutions. Pickren is known throughout the industry for her achievements at some of the world’s leading software and technology services companies, including SunGard Availability, and Comdisco, where she spent a total of 17 years in various management roles. At Comdisco (10 years) she was focused on management roles in business continuity and software production, ultimately serving as SVP for the company’s business continuity consulting and software products. With her transition to SunGard Availability Services, she served as the SVP of for business continuity application software solutions and consulting. In previous roles, she has been responsible for business development, consulting engagement delivery and the management of professional staff.
Currently a board member of the BCI U.S. chapter, Pickren also serves as on the Executive Advisory Board for DRJ, producers of the industry-leading business continuity publication, Disaster Recovery Journal, as well as popular educational and networking events for BC/DR professionals. She was also a member of the Organizational Resilience Maturity Technical Committee within ASIS International, an organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests.
With an MBA from Georgia State University, Pickren’s undergraduate studies focused in math and statistics. She is active within her community as a volunteer with the Drake House, which provides short-term crisis housing, assessment, support, and empowerment to homeless mothers and their children, and she is also involved with North Fulton Community Charities.