Vercie Lark has joined DST Systems as chief information officer, overseeing the company’s enterprise information technology and data center operations.

Lark was previously CIO of Embarq Corp., a provider of local and long-distance phone services and Internet access to five million customers, whose internal IT data centers and applications he ran. He has also held positions at Hewlett Packard and Compaq Computer Corp.

“Vercie Lark brings strong IT leadership experience and a critical understanding of what is required to guide a large-scale technology organization,” said Steve Hooley, president and chief operating officer, DST Systems. “Under Vercie’s leadership, DST’s world-class technology platforms will continue to support the needs of our valued clients, and provide a foundation for continued growth.”

Lark commented: “DST is a respected leader within the industries it serves. With rapid changes in information technology come exciting business opportunities and operational challenges. I look forward to leading DST’s enterprise team to enable DST to seize new business opportunities while tackling the tough operational challenges that a growth company like ours must face to continue to be a leader.”

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