Tuesday, October 24, 2023
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IN THEIR OWN WORDS
I’ve enjoyed meeting other TEC members who are addressing similar technology opportunities and challenges. The available TEC resources, such as presentations and networking with industry peers, have helped me advance Fannie Mae’s technology priorities, which ultimately support our mission to collectively facilitate equitable and sustainable access to homeownership and quality, affordable rental housing.”
The purpose of the council is … around idea exchange, information exchange, access to knowledge and to a collaborative team of other executives, and I’ve made some great contacts throughout the process. And I’ve also been able to contribute to others, which is important to me.”
CNBC does an amazing job curating events and getting a bunch of different people from different industries out here to talk about their different perspectives. The connections that we build are really special; Learning and sharing ideas with a peer group.”
The discussions make the experience. I’ve been able to take some of the research and conversations and implement right back into the company … the quality of the people and the level of conversations is just fantastic.”
[During the TEC sessions and events,] I feel like we’re all in this together. Everything is new. No one has experienced a pandemic before. … Whether it’s big companies, small companies, whatever sectors, and we’re all kind of in that same space.”
It’s been extremely useful for me to participate and learn from other members on how they’re dealing with the pandemic … Personally, I was able to connect with some of our customers and partners as well. As a follow-up, I had an in-person meeting with Sanjay Srivastava who is the Chief Digital Officer at Genpact – he happened to have just relocated to Seattle. We were able to meet in-person, grab coffee, and that started a stream of collaboration and work with them.”
Dave Treat is a Senior Managing Director, leading Accenture’s Tech Incubation Group which includes its Blockchain and Multi-Party Systems business which he formed in 2015, as well as its Extended Reality, and Quantum Computing businesses. He is also the Global Technology Lead for Capital Markets and has nearly 25 years of experience in Financial Services. Dave serves on the Board of Directors for the Linux Hyperledger Project, Linux FINOS, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, Global Blockchain Business Council (Board Chair), Interwork Alliance, and the ID2020 Alliance. Dave is a member of the World Economic Digital Currency Governance Consortia and is a program advisor for the Chamber of Digital Commerce, and co-Chairs the New York Fintech Innovation Lab. Dave holds over 100 blockchain patents and pending patents and was named one of the Sci-Tech 100 2018: The Architects of the Future by Silicon Republic.
As senior vice president and chief information officer of Adobe, Cynthia Stoddard oversees Adobe’s global Information Technology & Cloud Operations teams. In her leadership role, Cynthia spearheads a global strategy for delivering services and operations that form the mission-critical backbone for the company. This includes providing always-on systems and enterprise applications; resilient and reliable end-to-end operations; productive employee experiences; and data services for real-time decision making and personalized customer experiences.
Cynthia is an IT industry veteran, with more than 25 years of business experience and IT expertise leading large global organizations in supply chain, retail, and technology development. Before joining Adobe in 2016, she was chief information officer and senior vice president at data storage and management company NetApp, where she led the company’s traditional IT functions while also expanding focus on innovation, customer-facing programs, and strategic partnerships. She previously held a number of information technology and technical leadership positions at supply chain, retail, and technology companies including Safeway Inc. and APL Limited.
Cynthia was honored with the CIO Hall of Fame award in 2019 for her contributions to business and technology. Additionally, she is a recipient of the CIO 100 Award in 2017 and 2018 for Adobe IT’s innovative ways to deliver business value. She was named among the top Women of Influence by Silicon Valley Business Journal and was recognized as one of Huffington Post’s Top 100 Most Social CIOs. She is a founding member of Impact100 East Bay, whose mission is to raise funds to meet the needs of the local community.
Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Western New England University, from which she graduated cum laude, and an MBA from Marylhurst University.
Adam Karon is the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Akamai’s Edge Technology Group. In this role, he oversees strategy and product direction for Akamai’s media delivery, web performance, and edge computing solutions as well as the Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform, to help businesses deliver immersive online experiences with performance, scale, reliability, and simplicity across diverse application architectures. As Akamai’s Chief Operating Officer, he oversees additional functions, including corporate development and the company’s product lifecycle process.
Karon is responsible for ensuring that Akamai remains the market leader for scale, performance, reliability, ease of use, and cost, and for generating additional growth through the innovation of new products in areas like IoT, 5G, and edge computing. He brings more than 25 years of organizational management, business operations, and technical experience to help customers address the rapidly changing online technology space.
Previously, Karon served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Akamai’s Media and Carrier division. In this role, he led the division’s core functions of engineering and product development, product management, sales, channels, sales engineering, and marketing, focused on enabling today’s leading media, gaming, and software companies to deliver the best possible experiences — at scale — to their customers on any device, anywhere, and helping carriers operate high-performing and cost-efficient networks. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Akamai’s 2,000+ employee Global Services and Support organization. In that role, he led professional services, product services, customer experience, account management, customer support, and managed security services.
Karon earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Florida State University and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University, and he completed executive programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.
Hakan Kardes is chief technology and experience officer for Alignment Health, a tech-enabled Medicare Advantage company championing a new path in senior care.
In this role, Mr. Kardes oversees data, technology, artificial intelligence (AI) strategy and execution, stars and consumer-centric operations, delivering best-in-class patient outcomes and experiences. He brings 13 years of experience leveraging data science and technology to drive business outcomes.
Before joining Alignment, Mr. Kardes was vice president of data science and advanced analytics at Cambia Health Solutions, where he headed up the Data Science, Engineering, Product, and Analytics division. He provided strategic direction for Cambia’s data strategy and contributed to its transformation from a traditional health plan to a consumer-centric total health solutions company. Before joining Cambia, Mr. Kardes was a principal data scientist at Intelius and was responsible for building their proprietary data and insights engine that powers over 80% of the people's background search market in the United States.
Mr. Kardes holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Bogazici University in Turkey and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has published over 15 papers and holds several patents.
Sathish Muthukrishnan was named chief information, data and digital officer for Ally Financial Inc. in December 2019. In this role, Muthukrishnan is responsible for advancing Ally's technical and digital capabilities, including cyber security and infrastructure, and accelerating the company's growth and evolution as a leader in the digital financial services sector. He is based in Ally's Charlotte corporate center and reports to Ally CEO Jeffrey J. Brown.
Sathish has held a number of senior technology leadership roles with substantial scale and global reach, and previously served as the first chief digital and information officer for Honeywell Aerospace, a nearly $14 billion revenue business within Honeywell International. He brings to Ally more than 20 years of technology leadership experience in complex businesses with high availability and reliability requirements on their technology, ten of which were spent in financial services with American Express prior to joining Honeywell.
Sathish graduated from the University of Madras with a degree in engineering specializing in computer science. He is a member of the Advisory Board of WIT International and was the recipient of the Chairman's Award for Innovation for several years at American Express. Muthukrishnan has over 25 filed patents in the manufacturing, payments, and digital technology space.
Adam is SVP and General Manager of Alteryx Designer Cloud. Formerly CEO of Trifacta, Adam has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles focused on data integration and analytics. Previously, Adam was GM of Informatica’s ILM division. He also served as SVP of Product Management for Informatica’s flagship data integration products. Adam co-founded Zimba, an analytics company. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an engineering degree from Northwestern University
Sriram Thiagarajan is the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Ancestry responsible for ensuring Ancestry’s customers have the best product experience. As part of Ancestry’s executive management team, Sriram leads the overall vision, strategy and execution for all aspects of Ancestry’s product engineering, technology architecture, AI/ML services, platform development, cloud operations, cyber security, and corporate systems. Sriram is a seasoned, growth-oriented technology executive with 25+ years of experience at public, venture and private equity backed companies, where he has helped scale several B2B and B2C businesses.
Prior to Ancestry, Sriram served as SVP & Chief Information Officer at Infoblox, where he was responsible for Information Technology and Cybersecurity. Before Infoblox, Sriram was the Global Head of IT & Corporate Engineering at Twitter, where he helped architect and scale
corporate infrastructure, enterprise systems and integrations with ad serving platforms and help prepare the company for its IPO. Prior to Twitter, as VP of eCommerce services & Corporate Systems at Yahoo, Sriram led the monetization of premium services offerings, and managed product, engineering & operations teams in addition to the enterprise systems organization. Earlier in his career, Sriram held leadership roles at Verisign and Ernst & Young.
Sriram holds a Master of Engineering degree from Florida Atlantic University and Bachelor of Engineering degree from Anna University, India.
Michael Beckley is a founder and the CTO of Appian. He drives the technical vision for the company, leads Appian’s product and solutions marketing teams, and oversees customer initiatives worldwide. Michael serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Virginia’s Computer Science Department and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Stephen Boyer is Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer for Bitsight.
CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc.
Bill is CCC Intelligent Solutions, Inc. (CCCS) Chief Information Officer, leading the organization through digital, cloud and operational transformations as we evolved from a private company to a public company.
Joining in September 2013 as the SVP of IT Technology and Operations, Bill’s teams enabled growth through world class operational delivery, security of our products and services, and the development and delivery of our business enabling applications and services.
Bill has over 25 years of technology experience, with a broad set of technical leadership experiences including strategic consulting, solution architecture, and leading operational organizations in high transaction industries and scale.
Former organizations include The Royal Bank of Scotland (formerly ABN AMRO), Aon (formerly Hewitt), Aviva, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratories, RR Donnelley and Bell Laboratories.
CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc.
John Goodson is the Chief Technology Officer of CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc., accelerating digital transformation across the P&C insurance economy. As CTO, John leads R&D, product development, architecture, security, IT operations and infrastructure, business applications and data science, powering mission critical workflows, intelligent automation, and better experiences for CCC’s customers and the millions of consumers they serve.
A technology veteran and proven business leader, John joined CCC in 2020 following successful tenures at Verint, Progress Software, DataDirect Technologies, Merant and Intersolv. At Verint, John succeeded in advancing the company’s global transformation objectives using advanced AI and data to improve customer experiences.
Goodson owns numerous technology patents, helped establish several industry standards, such as Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) and Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), and is a published author (Data Access Handbook).
Goodson earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Virginia Tech.
Tom Goguen is SVP, Architecture, Platform Management & Data for Cerner Corporation.
William "Bill" Braun
William "Bill" Braun
William "Bill" Braun is Chief Information Officer & President, Information Technology for Chevron.
Brian Kirkland is Chief Information Officer for Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest hotel companies. In this role, he oversees the company’s Information Technology organization, and is responsible for leading overall IT strategy, infrastructure, development, all aligning with Choice’s business objectives.
Mr. Kirkland joined Choice Hotels in 2015, where he led engineering development and operations at the company’s Phoenix-based technology headquarters. Mr. Kirkland notably guided Choice’s efforts to successfully design and launch the industry’s first new global reservation system in 30 years, choiceEDGE. Subsequently, he kicked off a multi-year cloud transformation and migration strategy for which Choice Hotels is the first major hotel company to commit to going all-in on the cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Recently, leveraging cloud capabilities Mr. Kirkland is leading Choice’s innovation and modernization in technology.
Prior to joining Choice Hotels, Mr. Kirkland held key leadership positions at leading technology companies, GoDaddy and Media Temple (acquired by Go Daddy in 2013), most recently serving as vice president of engineering. There, Mr. Kirkland helped integrate the company’s IT structure as well as directed engineering. Earlier in his career, he held various software development positions at Hewlett-Packard and Intel.
Mr. Kirkland earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University. He is currently a member of Arizona’s Information Technology Authorization Committee (ITAC) and Arizona State University’s Executive Council for the Department of Information Systems. He also serves on the Executive Leadership Group for Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG).
Abhas, an electrical engineer by training, is a seasoned strategy & ops executive, innovative general manager and a passionate entrepreneur. An experienced advisor to CXOs of the world’s largest FTSE 100 organizations he has lived in 6 countries and been to 63! An ardent innovator, he holds an inimitable experience of incubating a Digital start-up, and successfully growing it as a lean alternative growth engine bringing in revenues in excess of $50M.
Currently he heads Global Strategy, Corporate Development, Product Innovation and Sales at a fast growing tech firm and mentors multiple other tech start-ups as a growth hacker/advisor. He helps early stage startups with angel Investments, product prototyping, affiliate partnership strategy, marketing and loyalty biz-stream creation and sustainable 360 degree growth, across both sides of the Atlantic.
Beyond his day job, he spends time with his nonprofit that helps underprivileged children to go to school, and is involved in manifold leadership roles across a host of organizations to bring about a positive change in the society. Passionate about addressing poverty and education inequality, he has spoken at numerous conferences around the globe.
He was selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, '100 Visionaries under 30' alongside the likes of Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai by the Real Leaders Magazine, and a Founders of the Future under 35 by the Founders Forum; he aims to touch the lives of 1 million+ underprivileged children during his lifetime, by leveraging Ed-tech solutions that digitize education platforms.
Andrew Toy is the President and Chief Technology Officer at Clover, where he is responsible for overseeing engineering, data science, product, IT and security, as well as driving the vision for how technology and analytics can improve the lives of Clover's members. Andrew joined Clover from Google, where he coordinated enterprise activities for the Android team and ran Machine Learning, Enterprise Search and Analytics for the G-Suite team. Before that, he was the CEO and co-founder of Divide, a company focused on creating a split between work and personal data on mobile devices, which was acquired by Google in 2014. He earned his BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford.
Purazar Gowadia serves as Vice President and General Manager of Comcast Business Enterprise Solutions, a leader in communication services to the Enterprise marketplace. Purazar leads the Enterprise Solutions organization that delivers Managed Enterprise Solutions to Large Fortune 1000 Companies.
Purazar draws on his 20 years of experience with strategic business implementation, management consulting, and technology integration to ensure our Enterprise Solutions team understands and meets the needs of our customers and supports their strategic goals. The Enterprise Solutions organization transforms and improves customer business operations by designing, implementing, and managing customized communications networks throughout the complete lifecycle of the distributed enterprise.
Purazar has vast experience as a strategic management executive, driving operational excellence, and focusing on enterprise development, technology integration, and business transformation ideation for large Fortune 1000 Companies.
He is passionate about diversity, equality and inclusion, and mentorship, and is an active member in Comcast Employee Resource Groups.
Prior to joining Comcast Business, Purazar served as a director in AT&T’s Healthcare Division supporting enterprise customers and was highly involved in the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts. He held numerous leadership roles within AT&T Premier Client Group and their Signature Client Group, focusing on delivering a superior customer experience.
Purazar holds a MBA in International Management from Sheffield Hallam University in England and a Bachelor’s of Science in International Marketing from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
Lori Wittman is President of Retail Solutions for Cox Automotive overseeing the growth and strategic direction of powerhouse brands Autotrader®, Kelley Blue Book®, Dealertrack®, Dealer.com, Esntial Commerce®, VinSolutions and Xtime.
Her focus is on building retail connections through the power of the tech and service giant’s data and people., to further the company’s commitment to transforming the industry by creating vehicle access, business success and a more sustainable planet for everyone.
Prior to current role, she held the position of Senior Vice President of Dealer Software Solutions at Cox Automotive for six years, where she led and built client-value driven connections across four brands: VinSolutions, Xtime, Dealer.com, and Dealertrack DMS, representing more than $1Billion in annual revenue. Lori has led significant growth across these and other Cox Automotive brands, including leading VinSolutions as it doubled its number of clients in five years.
In 2015, just two years after joining the automotive industry, Lori was recognized by Automotive News as one of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry, a prestigious list compiled every five years to recognize top female executives at automakers, suppliers, and dealerships, nationwide. In 2016, she was also recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as a “Women Who Mean Business” honoree.
Before joining Cox Automotive in 2013, Lori had more than a decade of experience as a consultant leading large technology projects for Accenture. Before that, she led Field Technology at H&R Block, and she served in several roles of increasing responsibility at Freightquote, including the general management of one of their acquisitions, Rockwell Transportation. Lori holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from the University of Kansas.
Before co-founding Crisp, Dag also co-founded Tapad, where he served as CTO. Dag oversaw Tapad’s notable breakthroughs in delivering targeted advertising across platforms. Prior to Tapad, Dag was co-founder and CTO of Giant Leap Technologies AS, the premier business mobility solutions provider in the Nordic region.
Dag began programming at 6-years-old and has a Master’s Degree in Science, Industrial Economics and Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In his spare time, Dag tinkers with electronics and 3D printing and enjoys fishing with his family on the weekends.
Favorite grocery store product: Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves.
Nicole Eagan, Chief Strategy Officer and AI Officer for Darktrace, has responsibility for formulating and communicating Darktrace's AI strategy. Ms. Eagan has both a hands-on and advisory role that ensures that strategic initiatives. Given the foundational importance of AI within Darktrace, Ms. Eagan is involved in the governance aspects of responsible, ethical use of AI in its products and compliance with its policies.
Prior to Darktrace, Nicole’s extensive career in technology spans 30 years.
Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN)
As Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer, Dannie Combs has overall responsibility for cybersecurity, global data privacy, and IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance for Donnelley Financial Solutions (NYSE: DFIN).
Prior to joining DFIN, Dannie was senior leader responsible for overall network security for U.S. Cellular, the fifth-largest U.S.-based wireless operator supporting over 20 million mobile subscribers. Before this, he held several senior leadership and consulting roles with a number of organizations to build and mature technology security programs and organizations as interim CISO, security architect, and more.
Most notably, Dannie is 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as a cyber threat specialist. During his time serving his country, he managed cybersecurity operations and information risk activities for military and governmental organizations as a member of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, National Security Agency, and Air Intelligence Agency, participating in missions ranging from homeland defense to offensive operations around the world. He served in the Balkans during the Yugoslav conflict, assisted with national defense efforts in South Korea and supported intelligence and counterterrorism missions around the globe, including working in conflict zones such as Iraq and post-9/11 Afghanistan.
Dannie an advisory board member of ReliaQuest, FishtechGroup, and the Boy Scouts of America.
He is based in Chicago.
Eli Lilly and Company
Diogo Rau is senior vice president and chief information and digital officer of Eli Lilly and Company. He leads Lilly’s information technology, cybersecurity, digital health, and advanced analytics and data science functions.
Diogo joined Lilly in May 2021. Prior to joining Lilly, he led information technology for retail and online stores at Apple, Inc. During his 10 years at Apple, he led the development and implementation of the technology supporting the Apple Online Store and Apple retail stores, including the e-commerce platform, mobile point of sale, the Apple Store App and systems used by store team members.
Prior to joining Apple, Diogo was a partner with McKinsey & Company, where he led the North America IT organization and governance practice. Diogo began his career as a consultant at A.T. Kearney and later founded GiftGateway, a software company that brought rewards and recognition online.
Diogo graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's degree in industrial engineering and engineering management.
Dr. Jason Ruckert
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Dr. Jason Ruckert
Dr. Jason Ruckert is Vice Chancellor & Chief Digital Learning Officer for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Jamil Farshchi is the Chief Information Security Officer of Equifax (NYSE: EFX). From breach response to business transformation, Farshchi has spent his career leading teams at some of the world’s most recognized brands.
Farshchi joined Equifax in 2018 and led an unprecedented transformation of the company’s security and technology capabilities in the aftermath of one of the most consequential data breaches in history. Good security is good for the bottom line and, in 2020, Equifax achieved record revenue of $4.1 billion -- up more than 20% during his tenure.
Prior to Equifax, Farshchi was Chief Information Security Officer at The Home Depot, where he led the security turnaround for the Fortune 50 company following a high-profile breach.
He also previously served as Chief Information Security Officer of Time Warner, where he defended the company’s premier networks such as Warner Bros., CNN, and HBO; Vice President of Global Information Security for Visa, where he secured over $7 trillion of payment card transactions annually; and Chief Information Security Officer of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he protected some of the most sensitive national security and nuclear weapon assets in the U.S. Farshchi began his career at NASA protecting emerging technologies, eventually becoming the agency’s Deputy Chief Information Assurance Officer.
Farshchi serves on the Board of Directors for the National Technology Security Coalition as well as the Institute for Information Security and Privacy at Georgia Tech.
Nicola Morini Bianzino
Ernst & Young
Nicola Morini Bianzino
Nicola is EY’s Global Chief Technology Officer, focused on bringing technology products to EY clients and positioning technology at the heart of the organization. With a 20 year track record of driving technology strategy innovation, he advises global clients on technology investment and their innovation agendas, providing industrialized technology products to meet their most pressing business needs.
Prior to joining EY, Nicola led the global AI business for Accenture, developing the practice, market positioning, client offerings, thought leadership and ecosystem partnership. He also led Growth and Strategy for the Technology business at Accenture, a $30B portfolio, including developing and executing the Accenture technology strategy across the dimensions of V&A, capability and offering development investment, investor and analyst interactions, and thought leadership.
A thought leader on AI, machine learning, innovation and big data, Nicola is passionate about extracting value from technology investment. He is an early AI pioneer, writing his thesis on the application of neural networks in business in 1997. Nicola holds a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence and Economics from the University of Florence.
As Chief Innovation Officer, Jason leads a team focused on defining, assessing and providing direction on the changing technology and industry landscape of Flexential’s business and customers. He and his team are responsible for developing insights on what is next on the horizon to further position Flexential as a hybrid cloud, and network-enabled data center leader. Jason also runs Flexential’s emerging Edge computing platform and the customer advisory council, among other alliances and partner programs. He joined the company in 2011 and has held various roles in product, operations and technical management, including CTO and Chief Cloud Officer.
Jason has over 25 years of experience in leadership positions in customer engagement, systems architecture, software development, and technical sales and support across a variety of companies, including Sun Microsystems/Oracle where Jason was honored as a “Distinguished Engineer,” in cloud and network innovation, VMware and the Mayo Clinic.
Jason was the lead author of “Building N1 Grid Solutions,” one of the first books highlighting the combined use of virtualization and automation. He also has several patents in networking, data center resource management, virtualization, and security.
He attended Luther College specializing in management information systems.
Eric Tan is CIO & Chief Security Officer at Flock, a public safety operating system that helps eliminate crime and keep communities safe. With more than 20 years experience in the tech sector, Eric is responsible for creating Flock's technology strategy, scaling operations and ensuring security of its platform. FlockOS processes more than 1.8 billion images a week (That's more than Instagram!)
Eric previously served as Chief Information Officer at Coupa Software, a global Nasdaq listed fintech company that tracks $4.8 trillion of enterprise spend. He led the company through significant growth, a public listing and over a dozen acquisitions. In 2023. Coupa was sold to private equity firm, Thoma Bravo for $8B. Prior to Coupa, Eric held multiple leadership roles at global consulting firm PwC where he founded the firm's Cloud Computing and Digital Trust practices.
Eric has been featured discussing technology, cybersecurity and AI/ML related topics on the Wall Street Journal, CIO.com, Techcrunch, Diginomica and other major media outlets. Eric sits on CNBC's Technology Executive Council.
In 2023, Eric was named by the Wall Street Journal as "Technology Decision Maker from the World's Most Influential Companies". He was selected as an ORBIE "CIO of the Year" finalist for his outstanding leadership and value created through innovation. He holds a Masters in IT and a Bachelors in Accounting.
Formerly Fannie Mae
Ramon Richards is Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Formerly Fannie Mae.
Formerly Tyson Foods
Scott Spradley is Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer for Formerly Tyson Foods.
Jim Richberg’s role as Fortinet’s Head of Cyber Policy and Global Field CISO leverages his nearly 40 years’ experience driving innovation in cybersecurity and threat intelligence. Prior to joining Fortinet, Jim served as the US National Intelligence Manager for Cyber, the senior Federal Executive focused on cyber intelligence within the $80B+/100,000 employee US Intelligence Community (IC). He led the creation and implementation of cyber strategy for the 17 departments and agencies of the IC, set integrated priorities on cyberthreat, and served as the senior advisor to the Director of National Intelligence on cyber issues. Jim is a member of the US IT Sector Coordinating Council, the CNBC Technology Executive Council, Forbes Technology Council, and the World Economic Forum’s Cybersecurity Leadership Community. Jim leads industry working groups focused on national cyber strategy, implementing Federal cybersecurity initiatives with the private sector, and on helping state and local government improve their cybersecurity. Jim received his undergrad degree from Ohio University and attended graduate school at M.I.T and Stanford.
Das leads GEP's platform development team, responsible for the product and engineering functions of GEP's cutting-edge low-code capabilities. GEP is a leading provider of procurement and supply chain AI-driven software, strategy, and services and to Fortune 500 enterprises, with more than 6000 employees across 25 offices worldwide.
He is a technology executive with over 20 years of experience leading global, high-performance agile teams to deliver elegant solutions to complex business problems using low-code/no-code platform tools. Prior to joining GEP, Das led platform engineering at OutSystems and Pegasystems Inc.
Das holds a B.E. in Electrical and Electronics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani in India.
Gilbane Building Company
Karen Higgins-Carter is Chief Information and Digital Officer at Gilbane Inc. and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, responsible for developing, planning, and implementing the company’s innovation, data, digital, technology, and cybersecurity strategy. With more than 20 years of progressive experience in diverse industries, Karen brings a proven record of developing and leading large transformation efforts, building talented teams, and delivering business solutions in partnership with her clients.
Prior to joining Gilbane, Karen was Chief Information Officer at Webster Financial Corporation, where she expanded digital customer acquisition, onboarding, and servicing capabilities; launched a data cloud; and enhanced responsiveness with a transition to a scaled agile operating model. Her work included a business-focused cybersecurity strategy, recognized with an IDG CSO50 Award in 2020. Earlier, Karen helped guide critical technology and operational transformations at MUFG Union Bank (a US subsidiary of the largest bank in Japan), Bridgewater Associates, and JPMorgan Chase. She also held progressively increasing responsibilities at General Electric Corporation, including GE Asset Management and GE Capital. Karen began her career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), where she worked with clients to launch emerging technologies in the telecommunications industry.
Karen earned a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) and Economics and Business (BA) at Lafayette College. She has also completed executive education programs at MIT Sloan (Corporate Innovation; Blockchain Technologies) and Harvard (Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology). She maintains an active Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential.
Karen has served since May 2022 on the Boards of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization and is a member of the Compensation and Organizational Development committee. She is also active as Chair of the Events Committee of the T200 Foundation, a nonprofit supporting the development of women executives in technology, and as a CIO Mentor at Columbia University.
As senior EVP and CIO of Global Payments, Guido Sacchi’s responsibilities include IT and digital business strategies, worldwide technology infrastructure and operations management, application development and support, information security, customer experience, project portfolio management, platform integration, analytics and artificial intelligence. He is a recognized leader in Information Technology and delivery of business value from IT, with a unique combination of strategic thinking and focus on results.
Prior to joining Global Payments, Guido was a managing director for Slalom Consulting, leading the firm's Digital Commerce practice. Between 2008 and 2010, he served as CEO of Moneta, an innovative online payments company, establishing it as a leader in the alternative payment space. He led the company in building its customer base, revenue streams, service offerings and technology platform. From 2002 to 2008, Guido was the CIO of CompuCredit, an information and technology driven financial services company, where his responsibilities included setting and executing the company’s IT strategies, delivering business value from technology, managing innovation and running the company’s worldwide IT operations. He enabled the business to deliver unprecedented results through the execution of acquisitions, technology architectures and IT solutions.
Guido’s experience includes senior management positions at Deloitte Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, international experience across industries, degrees in engineering from the University of Rome (Italy) and appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He is a frequent speaker and media contributor on the topics of technology management, payments and financial technologies, leadership, innovation and organizational change. Guido is the previous chairman of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association and served on the Technology Association of Georgia's Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) board of directors. He was recognized as one of Computerworld’s “Premier 100 IT Leaders” in 2008 and as the 2004 GCLA National CIO of the Year, in addition to receiving multiple awards for excellence in technology management. Guido is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2008.
He and his wife, Ellen, enjoy living in Atlanta with their two children.
HCL Technologies Ltd
Kalyan Kumar B. (KK) is Corp VP & CTO of HCL Technologies, As the CTO he is actively involved in Product & Technology Strategy, Partner Ecosystem, Startup & exploration incubation and also supports the Inorganic initiatives of the for the company.
KK also has Line Responsibility as the Practice leader for Digital Foundation (Infrastructure & Ops Modernization), Digital Workplace and Cloud Native Services in HCL and also oversees the DRYiCE Software division of HCL. Additionally KK is the executive sponsor for strategically curated Ecosystem Partner Business Units in HCL.
KK is a member of WSJ CIO Network, CNBC Technology Executive Council and also part of WEF Global Future Council 2020 for Quantum Computing and also Serves on Board of Directors in two startups and a midsize Technology Company in Hybrid Data/Analytics domain.
KK also is a Trustee in a London based Charity driving the adoption of the game of Cricket in State Schools and continues to engage with community on wholistic development with sports.
Mr. Pendergast joined Henry Schein in 2018 and is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He is also a Member of the Company's Executive Management Committee and Technology Advisory Board.
Mr. Pendergast brings more than 30 years of experience leading large-scale global IT organizations for companies experiencing growth through acquisition, global expansion, and implementing new business models. His expertise includes leading organizations through transformational change, connecting IT to the needs of the business, converting digital complexity into strategy, and aligning IT costs.
Prior to Henry Schein, Mr. Pendergast held global leadership roles, including Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer, at VSP Global, which provides access to eye care and eyewear. During his 10 year tenure at VSP Global, he drove strategy and continuous transformation, optimization, and modernization initiatives. Prior to VSP Global, he served in roles of increasing responsibility at Natural Organics, Inc., IdeaSphere Inc./Twinlab Corporation, Rohm and Hass, and IBM Corporation.
Mr. Pendergast earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Computer Information Systems, and his Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University.
Lalith Vadlamannati is Chief Technology Officer for Hinge Health.
Sheila Rohra is Hitachi Vantara’s chief business strategy officer. She heads the unified corporate strategy of Hitachi Vantara, bringing in her expertise of leading the transformation of companies towards excellence.
A seasoned technology strategist, Sheila was previously the senior vice president and general manager, Data Infrastructure Business at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). There, she was responsible for a $2B global organization focused on elevating customer experiences and achieving business outcomes through a mix of services offerings and post-sales engagement. Prior to HPE, she spent 10 years at NetApp in several roles, including chief transformation officer and senior vice president of customer success.
Sheila lives in the Bay Area and serves on the board for Women in Engineering (WIE) for the University of Maryland and for Ayati, an organization that helps young women and girls stay in school in rural India. In her leisure time, Sheila enjoys traveling, hiking and cooking with her family.
Robert D. Thomas is Senior Vice President of IBM Cloud and Data Platform. He directs IBM’s product design and investment strategy, expert labs, global software product development, marketing and field operations across the company’s vast software portfolio. Major product brands under Rob’s leadership include Watson, Db2, Cognos, QRadar, and Cloud Paks.
Rob was previously the General Manager of IBM Data and Watson AI. Under his leadership, IBM has emerged as a leader in data and AI, spanning databases, data integration and governance, business intelligence, financial planning, data science and AI tools, and AI applications. Since joining IBM’s software unit, Rob has held roles of increasing responsibility and overseen 4 acquisitions by the firm, representing over $2.5 billion in transaction value.
In 1999, he joined IBM in technology and strategy consulting, first in Atlanta and then in New York. In 2004, Rob joined IBM’s high technology business, to build an engineering services organization focused on semiconductor design and software/systems development. At one point, he led the business and manufacturing in Asia Pacific, living in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2007, Rob joined IBM’s software business, focused on data and analytics. He held a variety of roles, leading IBM’s transition from core databases to delivering broader analytical capabilities, investing in open source, and eventually artificial intelligence.
In 2015, John Wiley & Sons published Rob’s first book, titled “Big Data Revolution: What farmers, doctors, and insurance agents can teach us about patterns in big data”. The Financial Times called the book, “interesting as a case study of the philosophical assumptions that underpin the growing obsession with data.” In December 2016, Rob published his second book, “The End of Tech Companies”, educating business leaders on how to navigate digital disruption in every industry. In April 2020, O’Reilly published Rob’s latest book, “The AI Ladder: Accelerate Your Journey to AI.” The book serves as a practical guide for business leaders to discover where they are in their AI journey and learn the steps necessary to successfully scale AI throughout their organization. Today, he writes extensively on his blog robdthomas.com.
Born in Florida, Rob studied economics at Vanderbilt University, earning his BA in Economics. During his MBA from the University of Florida, Rob worked in equity research, learning applied economics, finance, and financial analysis. Rob serves on the board of Domus (Stamford, CT), which assists underprivileged children in Fairfield county. He is an active volunteer at Filling in the Blanks, an organization focused on fighting childhood hunger in local communities. He lives in New Canaan, CT with his wife and three children.
Invitation Homes Inc.
Virginia Suliman is a Chief Information & Digital Officer for Invitation Homes, Board of Director for Title Resources Group, and an angel investor. Virginia has spent decades solving hard technology and digital problems in both a hundred-year-old hospitality industry as well as a young, up-and-coming real estate industry. As the previous head of software development at Hilton Worldwide, Virginia helped take the industry from using antiquated airline technology as their distribution platform to scalable, hospitality-intentioned, smart technology which continues to power those experiences today. As the current CIDO at Invitation Homes she has pushed to distinguish the noise from the necessary, as a result she has delivered several industry-first technology advancements creating a better resident experience.
Virginia is an avid supporter for kids’ health, spending more than a decade on the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Digital and Innovation Advisory Board, including four years as chair, as well as an active volunteer at Cook Children’s hospital.
Arun Kumar serves as IPG’s Chief Data and Technology Officer. In this newly created role, he oversees the development and implementation of global product and technology solutions across the network. As a member of IPG’s management team, Kumar provides strategic counsel and leadership on data infrastructure across IPG’s portfolio of agencies, driving innovation and increasing efficiencies.
In addition, Kumar oversees Kinesso and Matterkind, which bring together top talent in data, technology and addressable activation to deliver data-driven marketing solutions for IPG clients.
With increasing importance on data management and media services, Kumar served as one of the architects behind IPG’s $2.3 billion acquisition of Acxiom Marketing Solutions in July 2018, the network’s largest to date. A leading data services company operating as a standalone unit within IPG, Acxiom is at the forefront of expertly managing and sourcing Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
With oversight of Acxiom, Kumar is responsible for accelerating the global scale of IPG’s data capabilities and product offerings, while maintaining the highest standards of data ethics, privacy and compliance.
As such, with new and emerging regulations, Kumar also serves as IPG’s GDPR business and strategy lead. At IPG, the privacy and security of clients, employees and consumers is critical, thus he has ensured that IPG continues to address new laws with the highest level of rigor and processes. As a result, he is a part of IPG’s GDPR management committee and implements policies in markets around the world.
Kumar continues to develop and promote a strong, diverse team of talented people to sustain these important goals and initiatives. He serves as the executive sponsor and leads IPG’s partnership with Specialisterne, a non-profit that helps companies attract and retain neurodiverse talent.
With more than 20 years of experience in driving digital development, Kumar’s passion for digital found a home with his first role at UM India and later at Starcom as Planning Director and Digital Director working on P&G in China. He has also held roles managing digital for Mediabrands in APAC and across Western Europe, India, China, Japan, Brazil and Mexico.
Kumar earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Delhi. He completed his post-graduate studies in communications at the Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, and his executive education through Wharton’s Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Srinivas Mukkamala is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Security Products at Ivanti. Previously, he was the founder and CEO for RiskSense until Ivanti acquired the company in August 2021. He is a recognized authority in the artificial intelligence (AI) and neural networks communities and was part of a think tank that collaborated with the U.S. Department of Defense on applying these concepts to cybersecurity problems. Dr. Mukkamala is responsible for Product Management for all Ivanti Security products and will continue to drive innovation in integrated security solutions across all company pillars: ITSM, Security and UEM.
Dr. Mukkamala was also a lead researcher for CACTUS (Computational Analysis of Cyber Terrorism against the U.S.) and holds a patent on Intelligent Agents for Distributed Intrusion Detection System and Method of Practicing.
Dr. Mukkamala holds a PhD of Philosophy and a Master of Science degree from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
Bernardo Tavares is the Chief Technology & Data Officer for Kenvue. In this role, Bernardo oversees the Information Technology and Data Science groups and, as key enablers of innovation and growth, leads the data and technology agenda by scaling digital capabilities to better serve customers and consumers.
Bernardo brings together the power of people, technology and data to transform digital experiences for consumers, customers, partners and employees around the world. He sets the strategic direction and drives digital investments, empowering teams to work smarter, better understand consumer behaviors and innovate with speed and impact to meet consumer needs and improve health for all.
Under Bernardo’s leadership, teams are leveraging digital and data capabilities with proven science to optimize business technology and to deliver new and differentiated experiences and solutions across brands like Tylenol®, Neutrogena® and Zyrtec®. Bernardo has also been critical in modernizing the digital ecosystem, creating a culture and foundation for data excellence and insights.
Bernardo is an experienced global leader. Prior to being named Chief Information Officer of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health in 2018, Bernardo led the Consumer Health IT organization in Latin America, driving commercial innovation through innovative technology and data programs. He also led the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health and Consumer Medical Devices IT Portfolio and Project Office worldwide, where he was responsible for Business Technology strategy, portfolio planning, execution and value realization.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson in 2012, Bernardo served in several IT leadership roles driving consumer and technology innovation for Unilever and IBM around the world. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from University of São Paulo with a specialization in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil. He is also a Data Research Advisory Board member for MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) and a member of the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC).
Michael comes to Kyndryl from NBC Universal, where he spent nearly five years as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, leading the organization's global IT operations and overseeing NBC Universal's tech infrastructure, applications, and IT strategy. He previously served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Mission Systems and Training and Vice president of Enterprise IT Services at Lockheed Martin.
A native of Durham, NC, Michael graduated from the University of North Carolina with a BS in Business Administration and an MS in computer science. He sits on the board of governors for Temple University Hospital, serves on the Temple University Health System Audit Committee, and is also a member of the industry advisory group for the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Temple’s Fox School of Business.
Levi Strauss and Co.
Chris Conrad is an accomplished IT leader with more than 25 years of experience in the industry with brands such as Levi Strauss & Co., Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, American Eagle, Lululemon and others. Chris joined LS&Co. in 2017, and in addition to his current role as the SVP & CIO, he is also the program sponsor for our multi-year enterprise-wide digital transformation program to standardize the company’s global processes and migrate its legacy ERP environments to S/4HANA Fashion on SAP RISE.
Rekha is responsible for leading LifeScan’s overall data, digital, and technology strategy and overseeing all global information systems with a focus on innovation and advancing our digital health ecosystem and e-commerce capabilities. With over 25 years of IT and digital strategy leadership experience in consumer-packaged goods, music entertainment, and other global industries, Rekha has a proven track record driving customer-centric digital transformations that accelerate and maximize growth.
Most recently, Rekha was the Global Chief Digital Officer and Global Chief Information Officer (CDIO) for Tupperware Brands responsible for launching and scaling its digital sales channel and accelerating e-commerce growth in 2021 was named CIO of the Year by Consumer Goods Technology. She was also recognized as Top 100 CIO by CIO magazine. She has been a speaker in various seminars, webcasts, and conferences on various technology topics. Previously, she served as Global CIO for Advantage Solutions (merged with Daymon Worldwide), a $4B+ leading provider of business solutions to many of the world’s largest consumer goods, manufacturers, and retailers. Her work focused on transforming business processes internally by optimizing work, automating finance, enabling external business through data monetization, and enabling innovative digital solutions.
Prior to her tenure at Advantage/Daymon, Rekha spent over 15 years in senior global IT leadership positions at Avon Products and Sony BMG Music Entertainment where she spearheaded technology and digital transformations.
Rekha’s unique global perspective and extensive experience in managing large workforces across 30+ countries further highlight her ability to navigate complex and diverse environments successfully. Rekha’s track record of leveraging technology and digital solutions to optimize business processes, automate finance, and drive data monetization has earned her widespread recognition as an accomplished CIO and CDO.
London Stock Exchange Group
Nirav Mehta is Chief Technology Officer for London Stock Exchange Group.
Charles Carmakal, SVP and CTO, is one of Mandiant’s leading incident response experts. He oversees a team that has helped over a thousand organizations respond to complex security breaches orchestrated by foreign governments, organized criminals, and political hacktivists. Mr. Carmakal has 20 years of experience helping organizations become more resilient to cyber attacks.
Mr. Carmakal has significant experience helping Fortune 500 organizations build and enhance security programs to combat advanced attacks. He frequently provides strategic security guidance to executive leadership and boards of directors.
Mr. Carmakal has conducted television and print interviews by media organizations including 60 Minutes, Good Moring America, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg, New York Times, Washington Post, and NBC News.
Prior to joining Mandiant, Mr. Carmakal served in various leadership roles within PwC in the US and Australia. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Decision and Information Sciences from the University of Florida.
Maple Leaf Foods
IT Executive with Global experience in leading Teams and delivering Enterprise Solutions.
Sven Gerjets is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Mattel. He joined Mattel in 2017. In his role, Mr. Gerjets oversees all aspects of technology innovation and implementation, including shared technology platforms, software and hardware development, and connected product design. He also leads Mattel’s online security and privacy.
Mr. Gerjets has three decades of technology leadership experience. Prior to Mattel, he was Chief Information Officer at Time Warner Cable, where he was responsible for consolidating the IT and cybersecurity groups and led the team through the company’s acquisition by Charter Communications.
Prior to Time Warner, Mr. Gerjets served as Chief Technology Officer at Pearson Education, where he developed the technology product strategy for Pearson's $2.5 billion global higher-education business. Prior to Pearson Education, Mr. Gerjets spent seven years at DirecTV in various leadership roles, including as Senior Vice President of Information Technology. While at DirecTV, Mr. Gerjets led the organization responsible for delivering all IT applications and systems used to run the company’s U.S. television business. Earlier in his career he held leadership positions at Symantec and AT&T Wireless.
Mr. Gerjets has contributed articles to notable industry publications including Wired and InfoWorld and has been recognized as a top 100 technology leader by Computerworld. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kennedy-Western University and completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Online Safety Institute.
Chief Technology Officer with a demonstrated history of success in the communications service and technology industries. Skilled in using new technologies to develop innovative solutions for global enterprise to digitally transform their businesses. Unrivaled skill for taking very complex technical concepts and applying them to business challenges and helping C-Level suite and board members understand those concepts and the benefits. Unique abilities to promote thought leadership and future technologies as well as focus on operational efficiencies and customer service.
Anand Bahl is Chief Information Officer, CVP at Micron Technology, Inc. where he oversees the global technology teams supporting manufacturing and engineering solutions, enterprise applications and analytics, global security, infrastructure and operations, and other business-facing IT services and capabilities. Anand is focused on driving an enterprise-wide digital transformation at Micron to enable speed at scale.
He has more than 20 years of international and domestic experience in both IT and Finance in the chemical, textile, and technology industries. Immediately prior to joining Micron in July 2018, Anand led Vivint Smarthome's Finance and Supply Chain IT organization. He has also held various IT and Finance leadership positions at Symantec, Advanced Micro Devices, Koch Industries, and Dow Chemical (Rohm & Haas).
Anand received a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Operations and a Master of Inorganic Chemistry from Vanderbilt University.
Julie Orlando began working for Nanotronics’ cofounders Matthew and John Putman at their previous company, Tech Pro, Inc. where she played a key role in hardware development, sales, and customer service. When Roper Industries acquired Tech Pro in 2008, Orlando went on to run a division of Duramax, leading projects for major industrial entities, defense contractors, and branches of the military. Orlando joined Nanotronics as employee number three, where she currently holds the position of Chief Product Officer. Orlando has published several papers in both domestic and international journals, which she has presented at material science conferences and symposia.
Brad Peterson currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Chief Information Officer (CTO/CIO) for Nasdaq.
Before Nasdaq, he served as CIO and EVP for Schwab Technology Services (STS), responsible for Schwab’s technology innovation, development, infrastructure and operations. While leading Schwab’s technology enterprise, Brad also was responsible for Project Services (which covered the planning, coordination and financial management of all company-wide projects) and Offshore Services (leveraging third-party offshore capabilities whenever appropriate).
Brad served as CIO at eBay for five years. He was the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Epoch Securities after its merger with Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. He also has held senior executive positions at companies including Epoch Partners, Schwab, Pacific Bell Wireless and Pacific Telesis (now part of AT&T).
He earned his master's degree in management at MIT Sloan School of Management and a bachelor's degree in systems science and economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
National Basketball Association
As Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for the NBA, Steve is responsible for global cybersecurity spanning fan-facing, partner, broadcast, events, regional office, and corporate systems that support the NBA and its affiliated leagues, staff, and teams.
In his two decades at the NBA, Steve developed a cybersecurity operations team, provided the strategy for virtualization, containerization, hardware and software platform consolidation, and the public and hybrid cloud. With the objective of keeping the NBA ahead of the curve and a leader within the sports and entertainment industry, he has utilized these strategies and cutting-edge technologies to deliver secure best-in-class solutions.
Steve earned an M.S. in IT Administration and Security from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, an MBA from Saint Peter’s University, and a B.S. from Lynn University.
Joshua Foltz is Chief Information Security Officer for NerdWallet.
Carla Donev is VP Security and Chief Information Security Officer for NiSource.
Lookman Fazal is a senior executive who specializes in large-scale information technology strategies and digital transformations with the goal of helping IT evolve to meet the emerging needs of the business. Credited with building high-performing teams and pushing change throughout the organization, Lookman is a visionary who seeks to lead innovation and technological advancements.
With over 25 years of executive management experience in IT, Lookman has been recruited by NJ TRANSIT to modernize and drive the cultural changes necessary to innovate and implement a new era of IT-enhanced public transportation. By bringing private-sector sensibilities to one of the country’s largest public transit systems, Lookman has implemented an intra-departmental digital transformation that includes onboarding top-tier talent and utilizing innovative technologies across multiple platforms to rebuild the customer journey for a modern age.
Lookman is the recipient of the 2020 StateScoop GoldenGov: State Executive of the Year Award and the 2020 HMG Strategy Global Technology Executives Who Matter Award. He serves on the boards for the Intelligent Transportation Society of New Jersey (ITSNJ) and Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ), and is an Ambassador with CXO Global 100. Lookman has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Ramapo College, a master’s degree in Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a mini-MBA for Technology Executives from Boston University.
Arvin Patel is an American inventor, innovator, and entrepreneur. Patel currently serves as Nokia’s Chief Licensing Officer of New Segments.
Patel has decades of experience in the technology and entertainment sectors and is an IP industry veteran known for creating non-traditional strategies to develop products and services. He has overseen R&D and IP for world-leading companies and held senior leadership roles at TiVo, IBM, and Technicolor. He most recently served as Intellectual Ventures’ Chief Operating Officer for the Invention Investment Fund – a portfolio dedicated to investing and working with the world’s best minds and businesses.
Patel resides in Sunnyvale, California with his wife and son. He holds a B.A. in legal studies from the University of California, Berkeley, a J.D. from the California Western School of Law, and an LLM in technology, intellectual property, and commerce from Franklin Pierce School of Law.
Arvin is dedicated to diversity in the workplace. He is a strategic advisor to RSquaredAI, an innovative platform dedicated to enhancing the health and diversity of workplace culture. He is also an advisor to the American Kickboxing Academy – a lifelong passion of his.
Chuck is CIO of the New York Stock Exchange where he sets the innovation strategy for the NYSE and other ICE business units. Previously he was the Senior Vice President of Information Technology, and he started his career at ICE building the cybersecurity program. Chuck has over 25 years of experience in architecture, development, engineering, cybersecurity, operations, and senior management roles. Chuck has an MBA from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and Bachelor’s degrees in Physics from the College of Charleston and Electrical Engineering from Clemson University.
Lowell Simpson has served as OUTFRONT Media\'s Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer since December 2018, and is responsible for leading the company\'s digital transformation through the use of information technology, application development, and engineering. Prior to OUTFRONT, Lowell served as the Global Chief Information Officer of MediaCom Worldwide where he was in charge of the development, marketing, support and management of all internal and client-facing applications as well as all trading platforms across all markets. Prior to that role, he worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopersas an advisory consultant in the Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications practice. He currently resides in Franklin Lakes, NJ with his wife Tara and 6 boys.
Primo Water Corporation
An IT Management Executive with over 25 years experience in executive leadership and information technology with over 20 supporting the Retail, CPG and Manufacturing environments. William “Jamie” Jamieson was appointed Global Chief Information Officer in April 2019. Prior to joining Primo, Mr. Jamieson served as senior vice president and chief information officer for GNC from 2015 to 2019, overseeing enterprise technology teams and platforms. From 2000 to 2015, he held various senior roles leading IT service delivery for Charming Charlie and Chico’s FAS, Inc., both fashion retailers.
Paolo Juvara joined Pure Storage in 2021 as Chief Digital Transformation Officer. With more than 25 years of software development leadership, he is responsible for leading the IT organization and defining the strategy for the systems, technology and tools running Pure's data-centric, secure business operation. Additionally, he is chartered with building the infrastructure to support the e-commerce and customer lifecycle engagement engine for Pure as-a-Service customers.
Paolo is a software development executive with
international experience both in large and entrepreneurial organizations, from hands-on product development and design, to strategy and business operations. Prior to joining Pure, Paolo was the VP of Engineering and CIO for Google Cloud, leading an organization whose mission is to build the next generation of enterprise applications to drive scale and power the growth of Google Cloud. Before Google, Paolo was the Group Vice President of Oracle Application Labs, the organization within Oracle which manages all the applications that run Oracle.
Paolo has lived and worked in four different countries (France, Italy, Spain, and US) and graduated from Politecnico di Milano with a degree in Electronic Engineering and a specialization in Software Engineering.
Gregory Wilson is the Chief Information Security Officer at Putnam Investments, a global money management firm.
Prior to joining Putnam Investments, Gregory served as Chief Information Security Officer at Docupace, a leading digital operations technology provider. Previously, he was the Chief Information Security Officer at Pioneer Natural Resources, served as the Head of Information Security at 1st Global and led both the IT Compliance and Security function at TPG Capital and at Lehigh Hanson.
Gregory serves as an Advisor for the Dallas Innovation Advisory Council, on a number of corporate Advisory Boards for Entreda and EveryIncome, LLC and several professional and community boards, including Dallas CISO Executive Committee and SecureWorld Dallas.
Gregory is a United States Air Force veteran and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. He holds a certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School cybersecurity executive program and CISSP, CISM, CGEIT, and PMP certifications, as well as his Series 7, 24 and 66.
Joe Atkinson, Vice Chair - Chief Products & Technology Officer, PwC US Joe is responsible for leading the firm through the next wave of digital transformation. This includes accelerating our growth in go-to-market products and digital solutions, as well as the firmwide technology capabilities. Previously serving as the Chief Digital Officer, Joe defined and executed the vision to digitally enable the firm, and better leverage technology and talent to bring greater value (and experience) to our people and clients.
Danielle Conklin is Chief Information Officer for Quility Insurance.
Mike McNerney is a technology entrepreneur and military veteran with a primary focus on cybersecurity. He currently works as the SVP for Security at cybersecurity insurance startup Resilience. Previously, he led the threat intelligence business at Arbor Networks and was the Co-founder & CEO of Efflux Systems, a cybersecurity startup focused on advanced network analytics (acquired by Arbor Networks).
Mike has also served as a Cyber Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he drafted and negotiated key pieces of federal legislation through the congressional process and worked with defense industry, internet service providers and tech companies to develop cybersecurity programs. Prior to that position, Mike worked in the U.S. State Department, where he pioneered rule of law and economic development programs in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Mike is a veteran Air Force officer, an affiliate at the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation, the Chair & Co-founder of the Institute for Security & Technology, and a Board Member of Vets-in-Tech. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, and earned his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.
Aaron Gwinner serves as Senior Vice President of Information and Digital Technology (IDT) for Reynolds American Inc. and the RAI group of companies.
Gwinner brings years of leadership experience and technical expertise to Reynolds. Prior to joining, he was the Global Leader of IT Transformation and Capabilities with The Coca-Cola Company. With more than 26 years in the IT industry, he led several global efforts and dynamic teams, in roles such as the CIO for Marketing, Digital and Public Affairs; CIO Eurasia, North Asia and Middle East (based in Moscow, Russia); and as CIO Global Customers.
In his current role, Gwinner leads a diverse team of IT professionals who drive best-in-class strategies and solutions to support the transformation of Reynolds and its parent company, British American Tobacco. He has led his team in accelerating Reynolds’ digital transformation and creating new capabilities, allowing the entire enterprise to operate stronger, faster and simpler as its business model evolves.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Gwinner holds a master’s degree in business administration from J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, bachelor of science degree in Information Systems from Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University and received his Global Business Management Certificate from the European Union. Gwinner also served with distinction in the U.S. Army and is a Gulf War Veteran who was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Achievement in Desert Storm.
Renee Pearson is currently Group Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Rollins, Inc. Rollins is a premier global consumer and commercial services company that provides pest control services and earns an annual revenue of ~$3B. Prior to Rollins Renee served as SVP of IT at RNDC (Republic National Distributing Company), the nation’s second largest wine and spirits distributor. In her role at RNDC she led transformational programs and M&A activities for the enterprise. Renee also spent several years at Georgia Pacific as the Head of Business Integration as part of GP's consumer products digital transformation..
The majority of Renee’s career was spent in multiple leadership roles at Kimberly-Clark (K-C), a global Consumer Products company. She led business and technology teams through disruptive innovation and digital transformation efforts, including a first-to-market IoT product innovation. She also led IT strategy and international business teams during the divesture of K-C’s Health Care business, and she spent over a decade leading K-C’s data and analytics organization.
Renee is engaged in the Atlanta community through various board engagements and CIO forums, an advocate for Girl Scouts of America, and promoting diversity and women in technology. She currently resides with her family in Roswell, GA.
Rex Booth is Chief Information Security Officer for Sailpoint Technologies .
Jeffrey leads Samsara’s global product organization where he oversees the company’s platform, product vision, and development activities to help customers improve the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of their physical operations. With over 25 years of experience, he brings a proven track record for scaling large and transformative software companies. Prior to Samsara, Jeffrey led ServiceNow’s Operations Management Portfolio as Senior Vice President and General Manager. Previously, he held senior executive positions at McAfee, Symantec, Hewlett-Packard, and Veritas, and has served as a CEO and COO for privately held companies. Earlier in his career, Jeffrey worked as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies as part of Booz & Co. Jeffrey received his MBA at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and holds a bachelor’s degree in math and economics from Claremont McKenna College.
A technology, cybersecurity executive, inventor, Elena has built her career in protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from cyber attacks and building innovative technology and digital solutions.
She currently serves as Chief Trust Officer at SAP. Her team spans four continents enabling the trustful secure digital transformation of clients across global lines of business and cloud products.
Before this position she was Chief Operating Officer, Senior and Technology Executive in the global security organization at Bank of America. Previously, Elena served as Chief Information Officer in the Global Security Division at Barclays Bank in New York and London. Her focus was on delivering the highest degree of privacy and security to protect customers and employees globally.
She was an affiliate fellow at Harvard Law School. Elena was named among the Top 100 CIOs; Leading CIOs - Who Happen to be Female by CIO Magazine, CIO of the Year finalist and 2019 Business Role Model of the Year by Women in IT Awards, Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women - International.
Her published work appeared in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, featured in the Wall Street Journal, the White House cybersecurity report, The New York Times, and multiple industry media.
She has invented patent-pending technologies in cybersecurity, privacy, and secure financial technologies (with 30+ pending patents being one of the top inventors).
Elena is a Board member of the non-profit Refugees International and Patron of Carnegie Hall in New York.
Jim is a veteran in the information security and risk space. He previously served as partner at Ernst & Young, where he helped build the company’s cybersecurity practice during his 27-year tenure.
Most recently, Jim worked as CISO and head of US operations at Panaseer. He has also held positions as CTRO at AIG, CSO and CTRO at Kaiser Permanente, and managing director at JP Morgan Chase, where he was global leader of Information Risk and Resiliency, Treasury and Security Services.
Chris Bedi is the CIO at ServiceNow and is focused on driving enterprise-wide digital transformation efforts to accelerate growth and create scale. In addition, he is an industry thought leader on digital transformation, advanced automation, and practical AI/ML adoption in the enterprise, and works closely with many of the world’s leading CIOs to address key industry issues.
Prior to joining ServiceNow, Chris served as CIO of JDS Uniphase, where he was responsible for IT, workplace services, and indirect procurement. Prior to JDSU, he held various executive positions at VeriSign from April 2002 until August 2011, including CIO. Chris began his career at KPMG Consulting where he drove global transformations across a diverse set of industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.
Shadrach Kisten serves as Chief Technology Officer for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street.
As a member of the executive leadership team, he is responsible for managing all the multi-faceted technology engineering initiatives and solutions to meet the operational and business objectives of the company. He also partners with the executive team to integrate emerging technologies to shape and develop the organization's overall technology and engineering vision.
Shadrach Kisten joined the Workshop in 2011 as Vice President of Information Technology, Infrastructure, and Operations. His position was elevated to Senior Vice President in 2015, expanding his role to incorporate digital media engineering functions. In 2018, he became the Chief Technology Officer, and his role was further expanded to incorporate the production technology function under a new technology and engineering group at Sesame Workshop.
Before joining the Workshop, Kisten spent nine years at NBC/MSNBC in various engineering and leadership positions. In his over twenty years in the media and entertainment industry, he has won multiple industry technical awards and recognition in engineering design and innovation.
Shadrach Kisten earned his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from City College, School of Engineering, City University of New York. He obtained his Master of Computer Science with distinction from Long Island University.
Michelle is the Chief Technology Officer at Slalom. She has been named by Business Insider as one of the 100 People Transforming Business in Emerging Tech and she frequently is quoted in major technology and business publications. As Slalom’s first CTO, Michelle is responsible for developing IT strategy, growing IT expertise to support Slalom’s business and expansion goals and evaluating opportunities for the company to learn from and enable its own partner technologies. She oversees the global technology organization, including infrastructure, product engineering, and architecture, with the goal of empowering Slalom teams around the world to deliver outcomes that build better tomorrows for all. Michelle brings to Slalom an impressive technical background, including previous leadership positions as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Twilio, and Senior Vice President of Software Development for TripIt and Mobile at SAP Concur. She was most recently the Interim Chief Information and Digital Officer at First Command Financial Services, which provides banking services and coaching for those who serve in the US military in their pursuit of financial security.
She spent the first 20 years of her career working as an engineer transforming infrastructure and leading teams to implement complex procedural and object-oriented codebases; test automation & release workflows. In keeping with the changes of the market, she has also led cloud migration operations of monolithic codebases while managing engineers in the U.S. and various other countries.
She sits on the boards of Apptentive and Onymos and joined the Greycroft and Sierra Ventures Technology Councils in 2020. As a member, she meets with various companies that are part of the Greycroft and Sierra Ventures portfolios to provide her insights on the market fit, emerging technology use, and possible pitfalls or obstacles that a company may encounter on their journey.
Stephen Carvelli is the Chief Technology Officer of Sonic Automotive and EchoPark Automotive, a subsidiary of Sonic Automotive. Carvelli joins the company after most recently serving as the Vice President of Software Development Engineering for Comcast Corporation. He has over 25 years of experience in technology; having led a variety of technology strategy, implementation, and digital commerce functions at Lowe’s, Chico’s, and American Eagle.
Joe Levy joined Sophos as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in February 2015. In this role he leads the company’s technology strategy worldwide, driving product vision and innovation to both enhance and simplify IT security.
Joe brings more than 20 years of leadership and development expertise, focusing on information security. Prior to Sophos, Joe was CTO for Blue Coat Systems following the company’s May 2013 acquisition of security analytics pioneer Solera Networks, where he had served as CTO since 2008. Prior to Solera, Joe was CTO of SonicWALL (acquired by Dell), where he led research and development teams with concentrations in the areas of next-generation firewalls, deep packet inspection, cryptography and secure remote access.
Earlier in his career, Joe spent six years with the security-focused, value-added reseller OneNet, where he led product and service design and development, including managed services. Joe has participated in various industry certification and design consortiums, and he holds several security, networking database and virtualization patents. He has co-authored a book on the topic of wireless network security, covering many of the secure wireless innovations he and his architectural teams have designed. Joe holds a BA from Queens College, NY.
Martin Davis is executive vice president of Southern Company Services and chief information officer of Southern Company, one of America’s most respected companies. Davis leads more than 2,000 technology professionals, supporting Southern Company’s subsidiaries.
Davis currently serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association (Southeast Region), Piedmont Healthcare, and the South State Corporation. He formerly served on the board of trustees at Winston-Salem State University.
Davis has spent over 35 years leading complex technology organizations in highly regulated environments.
He served as head of enterprise information technology, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Wells Fargo. He was instrumental in the financial institution’s integration of Wachovia, leading the largest technology integration in the history of U.S. financial services. Davis has served in a wide range of technology leadership roles, including as Wachovia’s chief information officer.
He has been recognized as one of the “50 Most Important African Americans in Technology” by U.S. Black Engineers & Information Technology magazine and one of the “75 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise. Most recently, Davis was named the 2021 TechBridge Ed Steinike CIO of the Year and featured in Savoy Magazine’s “Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” in 2019 and 2020.
Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Winston-Salem State University and is a graduate of the Young Executives Institute and the Wachovia Executive Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Southern Company has been recognized as one of the 100 “Best Places to Work in IT” by IDG’s Computerworld for 15 consecutive years and top “50 Best Companies for Diversity” by Black Enterprise in 2018.
Ulrich Harmuth is Chief Strategy Officer for Sportradar.
Stevens Institute of Technology
Tej Patel joined Stevens in August 2020 as Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. A forward-looking leader with more than 15 years of higher education and corporate information technology experience, he is responsible for formulating a unifying IT vision and strategy aligned with Stevens' overarching mission.
Before coming to Stevens, Tej held several leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania including Penn Nursing Chief Information Officer and IT director of systems and infrastructure service at the Annenberg School for Communications. At the University of Pennsylvania, Tej advanced the goals of the university’s strategic plan by aligning it with the IT strategic plan, which included developing and implementing digital exostructure strategy culture for IT including a four-year roadmap addressing governance, judiciously managing multiple multimillion IT budgets, and developing a successful team to digitally transform the organization. Tej implemented Online Learning and Teaching, Research-as-a-Service, Cloud First, Clinical Education Platform, and EPIC for Education programs for Penn Nursing. He lead programs to generate an external revenue stream while maintaining the education and research mission via a broad community in healthcare ecosystem. He provided IT leadership to a 50+million hospital and lead IT merger and acquisition efforts for the school. Tej also co-chaired the IT Roundtable for the University of Pennsylvania.
Tej has experience providing value with state-of-the-art IT services, enhanced customer-centric services, and complex problem-solving; and advancing cultures of innovation, digital product management, and change management skills for all enterprise IT services. Tej is a serial technologist deeply interested in building and leading IT organizations focused on advanced technology, technology strategy, and innovation; and delivering connected services and customer experiences.
Tej earned a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in management information systems from Montclair State University and is a candidate for a master of science in organizational dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Astin Thomas has 15 years of global technology leadership experience and is Chief Digital Officer of Sunbelt Solomon, the nation’s largest sustainable power & utility distribution equipment service provider. Together with his teams, Astin is responsible for the organization’s marketing strategy, branding, and digital business development channel. Additionally, Thomas is responsible for Sunbelt Solomon’s information technology strategy, cybersecurity, and manufacturing & field services technology. Thomas is a member of Sunbelt Solomon’s executive leadership team.
Across his career, Astin has architected and led programs encompassing security frameworks, cyber and physical security, privacy, and accounting systems integrity. He also has broad experience with region-specific security, privacy, financial, and taxation requirements of India, China, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the European Union. Astin was a resident of the United Kingdom for five years, where he was the inaugural Chief Information Officer for KBC, the digital solutions subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corporation, a large Japanese industrial automation corporation.
Astin holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Western Governors University, a Master of Engineering in Cybersecurity from The George Washington University and is an Executive MBA Candidate at Yale University. Thomas also holds CISSP and CISM information security certifications.
Carol Juel is Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Operating Officer of Synchrony, one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies.
As a business leader and technologist, Carol is responsible for building Synchrony’s technology and operations strategy, including the company’s focus on end-to-end technology and operations solutions, creating seamless customer experiences, driving how the company will operate and modernizing engagement with millions of cardholders. During her more than 25-year career, Carol has played a significant role in the development of innovative Synchrony solutions for its partners, customers and employees. Carol is responsible for continuing to evolve new ways of working, including the company’s agile approach to promote speed and drive innovation.
Prior to being named Chief Technology and Operating Officer, Carol was Synchrony’s first Chief Information Officer leading the company’s overall information technology strategy and digital transformation focused on hybrid cloud and AI. She and her team also created leading payment and financing solutions for partners and customers.
Prior to Synchrony’s separation from GE in 2015, Carol served as Chief Information Officer of GE Capital Retail Finance. In her 10 years with GE, she held a variety of senior leadership roles in technology governance, security, business development, digital and marketing. Before joining GE, Carol was a technology consultant at Accenture where she focused on the financial services sector, developing technology initiatives that drove growth, and operational excellence for clients.
Carol is a passionate advocate for helping employees grow their careers, with a focus on advancing women in technology. Carol was appointed to board chair of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit helping to close the gender gap in technology. She also serves as the executive sponsor of Synchrony’s Women’s Network, one of eight Synchrony diversity networks which promote diversity, inclusion and belonging throughout the company.
She currently serves on the board of Brighthouse Financial and is a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering, the CNBC Technology Executive Council and the Fast Company Impact Council.
Carol was honored by American Banker as a Most Powerful Woman in Banking Standout in 2021, by the National Diversity Council as one of the Most Powerful Women in Technology in 2021, by ORBIE as the 2019 CIO of the Year and was named one of the most “Influential Women in Payments” by American Banker in 2016, 2017 and 2023.
Carol earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross.
With more than 20 years of leadership and technology experience across luxury retail, logistics, and consumer electronics, Ashish serves as Tapestry's Chief Information Officer (CIO), and a member of the Executive Committee, he is responsible for the group's technology strategy, leading information security and technology operations, and overseeing the data science & analytics function. He has been named as Forbes 50 Innovative Technology Leaders, Business Transformation 150 Executives by Constellation Research.
As CIO for the house of modern luxury lifestyle brands, he is responsible for leading technology strategy, information security and technology operations powering the digital first & data driven ways of working for the associates globally.
Under Ashish’s leadership Tapestry was the overall winner of IDC’s Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure Awards in 2021, and Cloud-Centric Computing category winner. Tapestry's Digital Core Transformation project provided a robust foundation for modern applications and launching a new data & analytics platform. The project enabled deployment of a new application architecture that takes full advantage of multi-cloud elasticity and scale, accelerating the digital capabilities for the enterprise.
Ashish’s experience at Tapestry includes supporting the company’s digital transformation and multi-year growth agenda. He led the implementation of SAP S/4 HANA platform and created strategic partnerships that have modernized the company’s IT infrastructure, drove agility and operational efficiencies, while enabling Tapestry’s consumer-centric and digital-first growth initiatives. He has a breadth of international experience in both technology, and supply chain.
He serves on the Board of LL Flooring, Inc. (NYSE: LL), one of the leading specialty retailers of hard-surface flooring. He also serves as a Board Trustee for Arcadia University, Pennsylvania.
Ashish has attained designation of NACD Directorship Certification® through the National Association of Corporate Directors. He earned a Master of Science, Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Bachelor of Science, Business Logistics from Pennsylvania State University.
The Chemours Company
Siobhan O’Hara is Chief Information Officer for The Chemours Company.
Dean Del Vecchio
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Dean Del Vecchio
Dean Del Vecchio is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief of Operations at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian). In this role, he's responsible for defining and implementing a strategic technology vision that is aligned with the Company’s long-term growth initiatives and ongoing business objectives. He is also responsible for leading enterprise customer service and operations. He provides strategic oversight for Guardian’s shared services organization in India, as well as Real Estate and Facilities, Physical Security, Office Services, Source to Pay and Enterprise Imaging.
Mr. Del Vecchio has significant leadership experience driving strategic growth using innovative solutions across the banking, healthcare and news media industries. His cross-industry experience helps Guardian to think differently about how we leverage technology to grow, service our consumers and evolve as a Company.
Prior to joining Guardian, Mr. Del Vecchio was SVP, CIO, and Global Head of IT Shared Services at News Corp. and Dow Jones, where he had responsibility for creating new and distinctive platforms for news and information delivery, as well as leading all application development and technology infrastructure.
In addition to the CIO role, Mr. Del Vecchio served as the Company’s Chief Administrative Officer, creating a vision and plan to improve administrative service, delivery and processes.
Mr. Del Vecchio is a member of the Amazon Web Services Financial Services Advisory Council, McKinsey’s Life Insurance and Retirement Technology Executive Roundtable (LARTER), Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Baruch College Data Analytics Advisory Board and WorkFusion Advisory Council. He is also a founding member of the AI Pioneers Forum, a governing body member of the CIO Executive Summit, a member of the MIB Group Inc. Board of Directors and sits on the Audit Committee, and a member of NPower Board of Directors and sits on the Nominating Committee. He is a Director of the Park Avenue Life Insurance Company (PALIC), Family Service Life Insurance Company (FSLIC), Sentinel American Life Insurance Company (SALIC), and GIS Strategic Ventures (GIS SV) subsidiary Boards. He was a member on Gartner’s Global IT Council for Cloud Services and the HCL Customer Advisory Council.
He earned his M.B.A. with honors from Villanova University.
David Wong leads the product management, editorial, content and digital teams at Thomson Reuters, where he oversees product strategy and delivery of the global software and business information services portfolio. This portfolio includes services and products for Legal, Tax & Accounting, Corporate and Government customers.
David brings more than 10 years of experience building business-to-business software and information services. Previously, David served as a senior product leader at Facebook, where he was responsible for building products for marketers to measure the effectiveness of their investments in Facebook’s ads and business products.
David is a leader in product methodology research and an inventor and innovator named on four patents. He has also held senior roles at Nielsen, as SVP of Product Leadership, leading their digital measurement business, and worked at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant.
David holds a degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, where he specialized in applied physics and electrical engineering.
David is based in Toronto, the corporate headquarters of Thomson Reuters.
Ajit Naidu is Chief Information Officer (Retirement, Marketing and Digital Client Technology) for TIAA.
Nicole Raimundo Coughlin
Town of Cary, NC
Nicole Raimundo Coughlin
Nicole Raimundo is an award-winning technology executive who serves as the chief information officer for Cary, North Carolina. She is the principal strategist and architect for information technology and digital marketing across the organization. Raimundo is at the forefront of the smart cities movement, creating a connected community through piloting and implementing IoT technologies in the public sector. By fostering partnerships both locally and nationally, she leverages her private-sector background to fuel civic innovation in ways not previously seen in local government. A self-described government rebel, Raimundo participates in numerous conferences and summits as a keynote speaker and panelist, and her work has been profiled in case studies as she continuously pursues new models of digital transformation for collaborative citizen-facing projects. Prior to her work in government, she spent more than 15 years in various IT leadership positions in the private sector, leading development teams in the U.S. and internationally.
Hugo Sarrazin serves as chief product and technology officer of UKG. In his role, Hugo is responsible for the company’s overall product direction and technical organizations — including design and user experience, product management, engineering, cloud operations, security, risk, and digital services. He guides the development of UKG solutions that continuously advance the traditional definition of HCM, payroll, and workforce management technology for all people through a unique combination of operational and people insights.
Prior to UKG, Hugo managed McKinsey & Company’s Business Technology Practice in Silicon Valley, advising executives and business leaders on product development, cloud solutions and migrations, data science, and strategies to maximize technology investments for accelerated change, growth, and transformation. Managing the company’s tech talent team with thousands of employees across eight different tech guilds, Hugo also co-founded and led both McKinsey Digital Labs and McKinsey Design and served as senior partner and member of the Global Executive Committee.
United Therapeutics Corporation
Jeff Kase is Vice President, Chief Information Officer for United Therapeutics Corporation.
United Wholesale Mortgage
Jason is an industry veteran who excels in application development and enterprise implementation. Jason leads a team of nearly 1000 I.T. members focused on delivering stellar client service through cutting-edge proprietary tools.
University of San Francisco
Opinder Bawa is Vice President & Chief Information Officer for University of San Francisco.
As Senior Vice President and Chief Network Officer at Verizon, Lynn Cox is responsible for all engineering and operations functions related to Verizon’s Radio Access Network. In this role, she is responsible for the planning, design, implementation and ongoing operations of Verizon’s fiber and wireless networks. She leads an organization of engineers in the continued expansion and operations of services including 5G, LTE, FiOS, MEC and the Intelligent Edge network. Cox is responsible for the largest telco capital investment program in the world, bringing new network technologies and capabilities to Verizon’s consumers and businesses.
Prior to her current role, Cox was Senior Vice President and CIO of the Network and Technology business unit at Verizon. In this role, she was responsible for deploying all of the operating systems that enabled the business to plan, build and operate Verizon’s networks, as well as provision and activate products and services onto the networks. These systems provide automation of major functions like inventory management, engineering and construction, service and infrastructure provisioning, service assurance, field operations and work process optimization.
Cox was also vice president - Network Operations and Engineering for Verizon Wireless. She was appointed to this role in 2012 and had responsibilities including management of all network planning, engineering, construction, performance and maintenance of Verizon Wireless's voice and data networks in the Northeast and Great Lakes Markets. She managed $3B in capital spend focused on deployment of new coverage solutions, capacity additions, network reliability and technology migrations.
As vice president - Network Field Operations, she was responsible for the central office, technical facility, special service, and CPE field operations across 42 US states and 22 countries, as well as national Federal field operations. She led a team of 4,500 management and associate employees who supported Wholesale, Consumer, Enterprise and Government customers. Her focus was on the provisioning and maintenance of Verizon's Wireline network, including construction and splicing functions for the Enterprise backbone.
Throughout her career at Verizon, Cox held multiple management positions in the Network & Technology group, including executive director - Engineering and executive director of Program Management leading our Fios deployment, and numerous director positions.
Cox holds an MBA degree from Rutgers University and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from James Madison University.
Jim Nichols is Vice President, Head of Product & Technology Consumer Offer for Volvo.
Sanjay Macwan joined Vonage in 2018 as SVP, Enterprise Engineering and Networks, leading Vonage's enterprise platform and engineering teams to drive innovation and new development in the Company's solutions for Enterprise customers. In 2019, in addition to his ongoing responsibilities, Sanjay was appointed Chief Information Security Officer. In this role, he is responsible for securing global service infrastructure and managing the Company’s information security and risk management programs, as well as its portfolio of compliance certifications.
With more than 20 years of experience in technology leadership, strategy and execution, Sanjay has built and led highly successful technology innovation programs that have delivered transformation, operational efficiency and a sustained culture of innovation across multiple industries.
Prior to Vonage, Sanjay was the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at NBCUniversal focused on driving innovation across all lines of business. He helped the company deliver next-generation content experiences leveraging emerging technologies including virtual reality, augmented reality, ultra-high definition, IoT and machine learning across various platforms.
Earlier in his career, Sanjay also led AT&T’s Technology Council in the Chief Technology Office where he was responsible for accelerating technology innovation for the company and its ecosystem. During many years at AT&T Labs, he also led large scale R&D in multimedia, mobility, information security and cloud.
Sanjay is the founder of The Holmdel Idea Summit (THIS) – a STEAM program connecting talented high-school and college students with accomplished innovators and local business leaders. Vonage is a proud sponsor of this community initiative, which was held for the first time in 2017.
As an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Sanjay teaches an Emerging Technology Ventures class. He is an inventor or a co-inventor on 41 U.S. patents in areas of mobility, multimedia, content, security, and cloud.
Anshu Bhardwaj is Senior Vice President, Technology Commercialization for Walmart Global Tech at Walmart Inc. She leads commercialization and monetization of technology platforms and creates a partner ecosystem that enables productivity, speed and innovation at scale. In addition, her team defines and executes strategies for enterprise technology M&A and emerging technology to further strengthen our competitive advantages.
Anshu is a seasoned executive with 20 years of experience in retail, eCommerce and technology industries across India and the United States. Prior to this role, she served as Vice President, Product at Sam’s Club for eCommerce, Membership, Marketing and Innovation.
Prior to joining Sam’s Club, Anshu led strategy and international market expansion for Walmart eCommerce, a team she’d joined in September 2009. Anshu has worn several hats in eCommerce & retail, including M&A, finance, merchandising, marketing, and consulting.
Anshu has a Bachelor’s in Mathematics (St. Stephen’s College (Delhi)), Master’s in Apparel Marketing & Merchandising (NIFT (Delhi)) and MBA in finance (Chicago Booth School of Business).
Vikram Nafde is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Webster Bank, a leading commercial bank with more than $70 billion in assets. Vikram is responsible for the strategy and execution of all of Webster’s technology, cybersecurity, data, digital and tech innovation.
Vikram has more than 25 years of experience in large-scale digital transformation, technology operations, strategic planning, and talent development and served as Senior Vice President, Head of Software Engineering, Digital Delivery and Agility at Webster since 2020 till assuming the role of CIO. During that time, he was responsible for shaping and leading all aspects of the Bank’s software development and the rollout of the Scaled Agile operating model.
Prior to joining Webster in 2020, Vikram held a variety of technology leadership roles across various companies including Bridgewater Associates, GE Asset Management, Genpact, and Starwood. Vikram earned his Electrical Engineering degree from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance and IT from the University of Connecticut School of Business.
Duncan leads the technology organization at Weedmaps which includes Engineering, Product, Design, and TechOps. He joined the company in 2019 as VP of Engineering, before being promoted in 2020 to Senior Vice President. Duncan has more than 10 years of experience leading technology teams at B2B and SaaS growth companies. He spent three years as VP of Engineering at ShopKeep, followed by three years as founding Chief Technology Officer at Voray, an event marketing platform where he built the EPD team from the ground up. A native of Connecticut, Duncan attended Rochester Institute of Technology before starting his career in technology early in New York City. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and dog.
Ernesto Boada is senior vice president (SVP) and interim chief information officer (CIO) at Workday. He oversees the company’s global information technology organization, with responsibility for the internal deployment of Workday products.
Prior to joining Workday, Ernesto served as chief technology officer at Western Union where he was responsible for product engineering and leading the digital payment expansion globally. Preceding Western Union, he held various leadership roles at Intuit, Visa, and Accenture.
Ernesto holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes in his native Colombia.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Scott Strickland has 30 years of information systems experience and the scars to prove it.
Currently EVP & Chief Information Officer of Wyndham Hotels and resorts Scott is responsible for all aspects of IT at the world’s largest hotel company. He and his team have standardized platforms across all 24 brands, from the central reservation system to the PMS to the support systems and are proud to be 100% cloud. This enables innovation and allows them to transform both the guest experience and the IT organization. In addition, the team supports call centers for over 6,500 franchisees globally and guest facing (reservation, loyalty, customer care) call centers across 8 countries.
Prior to Wyndham, Scott held executive roles with Bain Capital, Nissan Automotive, and Black & Decker.
He lives in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey and is an avid runner, a mediocre skier, a freshman motorcycle rider, and a busy dad.
Zemfira brings over a dozen years of corporate governance and successful strategy creation and execution experience. Zemfira co-founded yWhales after having worked as a senior finance executive at Scotiabank, one of Canada’s largest financial institutions. An exposure to new and emerging technologies combined with the challenges of Web2.0 adoption by traditional banking has made her shift her attention to Web3.0 – a foundational building block of the future of finance. In the past decade, Zemfira has successfully invested and advised a number of Web3.0 companies. Her experience in creating top performing teams and being at the forefront of disruption has been widely recognized externally. She is a founding member of Singularity University Canada and has been named one of Canada’s top women in Fintech in 2019.
Prior to joining Scotiabank, Zemfira was a consultant at McKinsey&Co, where she initially advised enterprises on strategy, investment due diligence and M&A, later specializing in Business Turnarounds and Operations. Native to Russia, Zemfira holds a PhD in Solids Mechanics from McGill University in Canada and a Candidate of
Science degree in Materials Science from Ufa Petroleum University in Russia. Her early career involved co-founding a nanotechnology start-up in Russia, building Space Antenna structures at MDA Space Missions in Canada and designing the next generation aircraft at Bombardier Aerospace in Canada and China.
Zemfira is passionate about making the world a better place, and in service of that vision, she is an angel investor, start-up mentor and YPO chapter board member. She currently resides in Toronto with her husband, Subhi Alsayed, and son, Teo.
Mike Zachman is currently the Vice President and Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Zebra Technologies, the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility. He has global responsibility for its enterprise-wide product security, information security, corporate security, and business continuity programs. Zachman is a globally experienced leader with extensive information security, risk management and information technology expertise. He has demonstrated proficiency in driving transformational change through leadership vision, collaboration, and execution. While at Zebra, he successfully stood up Zebra’s corporate-wide product and solutions security program, matured its cyber security program, and created its global business continuity program. Prior to Zebra, Zachman was the first Chief information Security Officer (CISO) at Caterpillar, the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. At Caterpillar, he led a multi-year transformation of its cybersecurity program, dramatically improving the company’s ability to protect, detect and respond to cyber threats. He was also the first CISO at Ecolab, a leading global provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. Zachman holds an undergraduate degree in management information systems from Millikin University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Bradley University. He is a Certified Information Security Manager, Certified Internal Auditor and is Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT. He is an active volunteer with Junior Achievement and serves on the National Board for Easter Seals.
Gary Sorrentino serves as Zoom’s Global CIO, after spending over two years as our Global Deputy CIO. A former Managing Director for J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management, Gary was the Global Head of Client Cyber Awareness and Education.
For over 12 years, Gary was the Chief Technology Officer for J.P. Morgan AWM’s global technology infrastructure initiatives, where he managed its Data Privacy program and was responsible for Infrastructure, Application and End User Technology Production Support. In 2014, he assumed a new role as the lead for their Cybersecurity efforts and developed a firm wide “Protect the Client” Cyber program designed to raise cybersecurity awareness among employees and clients.
With almost 40 years of experience in Information Technology, Gary has served in various other IT leadership positions in firms across the financial services industry. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2005, Gary was Head of Global Infrastructure and Head of Technology Efficiencies at Citi Private Bank, where he was responsible for Global Infrastructure Support and strategic technology initiatives. Other roles he has held include Global Technology CFO at Credit Suisse and North America IT Controller at UBS.
Tomer Gershoni is the Chief Security Officer for ZoomInfo. In his role, he is overseeing physical and digital security as well as privacy efforts for the company and leading ZoomInfo’s work to safeguard internal and customers’ data. He is also serving as a resource for customers, advising them on best practices for accessing, processing, and possessing ZoomInfo’s data.
Tomer joined ZoomInfo in 2022 and brings more than two decades of information and cyber security leadership experience.
Previously, Tomer served as CISO and Head of Cyber Defense for the Israeli National Cyber Directorate (INCD), a government organization, reporting directly to the prime minister. In this role, Tomer was responsible for protecting the organization from cyber attacks, as well as all cyber defense and robustness initiatives for both classified and unclassified operations. Tomer also contributed from his vast experience to improve the country’s cyber security posture against cyber attacks.
Prior to the INCD, Tomer served as the Chief Products Security Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Software business unit, responsible for securing a $4B enterprise software business.
Throughout his career, Tomer has secured a number of patents in the domain of privacy by design and information security risk management. He’s been published in and contributed to several information security-related academic papers.
Tomer earned his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the Holon Institute of Technology. Currently, he is finalizing his master’s thesis on information systems at the University of Haifa in Israel researching the domain of Organizational Security and Privacy climates.