About The Council

The CNBC Technology Executive Council is a members-only group of technology executives, who meet to discuss high-priority, breakthrough technologies that solve problems and power growth, while also addressing the challenges presented by these innovations. Joined by CNBC journalists, the council is made up of CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, and CISOs from leading technology firms convene to connect with peers, collaborate, discuss pressing and complicated issues, and ultimately, share relevant, actionable insights. 

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  • Weekly newsletters with tailored content 
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IMPACT

  • Peer-to-peer networking 
  • Members-only breaking news events 
  • Connect with CNBC journalists 
  • Idea sharing with like-minded executives

ACTION

  • Annual summit with global thought leaders  
  • Member surveys that matter 
  • Media Lab training and education 
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IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Ramon Richards

Chief Information Officer

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.”

Wendy Pfeiffer

Chief Information Officer

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.”

Krishna Bhagavathula

Chief Technology Officer

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.”

Stephen Boyer

Founder, Chief Technology Officer

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.”

Nicole Raimundo

Chief Information Officer

[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.”

Param Kahlon

Chief Product Officer

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.”

Council
Members

David Treat

Accenture

David Treat is Senior Managing Director for Accenture.

David Treat

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.

Cynthia Stoddard

Adobe Inc.

Cynthia Stoddard is SVP and CIO for Adobe Inc..

Cynthia Stoddard

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.

Hakan Kardes

Alignment Health

Hakan Kardes is Chief Technology and Experience Officer for Alignment Health.

Hakan Kardes

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

Ally

Sathish Muthukrishnan is Chief Information, Data and Digital Officer for Ally.

Sathish Muthukrishnan

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.

Alan Lee

Analog Devices

Alan Lee is Chief Technology Officer for Analog Devices .

Alan Lee

As Chief Technology Officer, Alan Lee develops and leads ADI’s long-term technology strategy for applications across the company’s end markets, working closely with ADI's global business units and manufacturing operations to drive ADI's competitive advantage. Alan is responsible for identifying, sourcing, and cultivating new business, technology, and research opportunities, as well as developing foundational technology capabilities in support of the current and future needs of our markets and customers.

Alan is a highly accomplished executive with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. Most recently he served as the Corporate Vice President of Research and Advanced Development at AMD. During his tenure at the company, he founded AMD Research where he oversaw the company’s worldwide research and advanced technology labs, university engagements, and external research contracting. Alan also led extreme-scale computing technology at AMD, where he drove the software and hardware engineering efforts to build the world’s fastest platforms for machine learning, industrial, and scientific applications.

Previously, Alan was CEO of a privately held company creating technologies for high-frequency trading and quantitative financial analysis. Moreover, he developed expertise in large-scale, multinational engineering and technology projects through his previous work at Intel and IBM.

Alan currently chairs the CTO Committee for the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and the CTO Council for the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA). He has served on the Board of Directors for the Semiconductor Research Corporation and the Board of Trustees for the NSF Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics. An ardent supporter of education, he also volunteers his time to multiple non-profit educational programs.

Sriram Thiagarajan

Ancestry

Sriram Thiagarajan is Chief Technology Officer for Ancestry.

Sriram Thiagarajan

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

Appian

Michael Beckley is Founder and Chief Technology Officer for Appian.

Michael Beckley

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

Bitsight

Stephen Boyer is Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer for Bitsight.

Stephen Boyer

Stephen Boyer is Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer for Bitsight.

Shane Eleniak

Calix

Shane Eleniak is Chief Product Officer for Calix .

Shane Eleniak

Shane is chief product officer at Calix. In this role Shane is responsible for all of Calix’s products – Access, Premises, Cloud and Ecosystem and leads the teams responsible for Product Strategy, Product Management, Engineering, Cloud Operations and Technology. He has more than 30 years of experience creating cloud, software and networking innovation. Prior to joining Calix, Shane was the Group Vice President of the Advanced Broadband Solutions (ABS) business unit at CommScope, responsible for their edge, access and CPE products.

Earlier in his career, Shane was EVP of Marketing and Business Development for Alloptic where he was the corporate officer responsible for all product and commercial operations. Shane previously held several key executive management positions in marketing, product management, business development and engineering at such industry leaders as Corrigent Systems, Alcatel-Lucent, and Telus.

Shane holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Bill Rocholl

CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc.

Bill Rocholl is Chief Information Officer for CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc..

Bill Rocholl

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.

John Goodson

CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc.

John Goodson is Chief Product & Technology Officer for CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc..

John Goodson

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.

William "Bill" Braun

Chevron

William "Bill" Braun is Chief Information Officer & President, Information Technology for Chevron.

William "Bill" Braun

William "Bill" Braun is Chief Information Officer & President, Information Technology for Chevron.

Brian Kirkland

Choice Hotels

Brian Kirkland is Chief Information Officer for Choice Hotels.

Brian Kirkland

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).

Shailaja Shankar

Cisco

Shailaja Shankar is SVP Engineering, Security Business Group for Cisco.

Shailaja Shankar

Shailaja Shankar is the Senior Vice President, Engineering of Cisco Security Business Group (SBG). A respected and transformative leader with strong executive management skills and deep technical experience, Shailaja oversees engineering, threat research and intelligence, and architecture.

As Senior Vice President of Engineering for the Security Business Group, Shaila leads a team of experienced cybersecurity experts and accomplished engineers that deliver a world-class portfolio which offers end-users the best experience to securely access their applications and data. Her team is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Cisco Security Cloud Platform, including the delivery of some of the most innovative solutions like Cisco Secure Access, Extended Detection and Response (XDR), Multi-cloud Defense, and the Cisco Artificial Intelligence (AI) Assistant for Security.

With domain expertise in enterprise software, cloud services, cybersecurity, and networking, Shaila has held numerous leadership positions within the security business, including General Manager of the organization where she oversaw strategy, portfolio, and architecture. Shailaja was also Senior Vice President and GM of the Cloud and Networking Security business entity, where she focused on leading Cisco through major technology shifts in cloud, network, and workload security through SASE, SSE, and a Zero Trust approach.

Shaila has been recognized for her executive leadership within the IT industry and named among 10 Women Making a Difference in Cybersecurity by CRN. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for BorgWarner.

In addition to her deep technical product and portfolio development experience, Shailaja also prides herself on being a champion of diversity, mentoring next generation of technical women. She is a global advisor with How Women Lead, and Executive Sponsor of Women in Tech and Women in Cybersecurity at Cisco.

Abhas Ricky

Cloudera

Abhas Ricky is Chief Strategy Officer for Cloudera.

Abhas Ricky

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

Clover Health

Andrew Toy is President and Chief Technology Officer for Clover Health.

Andrew Toy

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.

Kelly Goetsch

commercetools

Kelly Goetsch is Chief Strategy Officer for commercetools.

Kelly Goetsch

Chief Strategy Officer at commercetools. Technology guru, author of four O’Reilly books, owner of three patents, and co-founder plus chairman of the MACH® Alliance. Dedicated to promoting MACH® architecture as the foundation for the future. Father of two, husband and fitness junkie.

Lori Wittman

Cox Automotive

Lori Wittman is President, Retail Solutions for Cox Automotive.

Lori Wittman

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.

Dag Liodden

Crisp

Dag Liodden is Chief Product Officer for Crisp .

Dag Liodden

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.

Salumeh Companieh

Cushman & Wakefield

Salumeh Companieh is Chief Digital & Information Office for Cushman & Wakefield .

Salumeh Companieh

As Chief Digital & Information Officer, Sal Companieh is responsible for providing solutions that improve Cushman & Wakefield’s operations, enhance client service and drive new business. Sal has over 20 years of consulting experience in process and technology transformation and has led the firm through numerous acquisition integrations as well as implementations of global platforms.

Sal joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2011 as Vice President, Global Applications, and since that time has held technology leadership positions across the business, most recently as co-Chief Information Officer (CIO). She also previously served as CIO, Corporate Solutions, where she was responsible for building processes that collect, curate and optimize enterprise, client and property data, and as CIO for the firm’s facility services business, C&W Services. Prior to joining the firm, Sal was an independent consultant at Covidien and held senior technology positions at IBM and Lindt & Sprüngli.

Sal is an active mentor of colleagues throughout the organization and has proven success fostering diverse, high-performing, cross-functional teams who lead digitization of business-critical workflows while elevating data maturity. She is a member of T200, whose mission is to foster, celebrate and advance women’s leadership in tech. Sal holds a B.S. in Industrial Distribution Management from the University of Illinois.

Nicole Eagan

Darktrace

Nicole Eagan is Chief Strategy Officer, AI Officer for Darktrace.

Nicole Eagan

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.

Dannie Combs

Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN)

Dannie Combs is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN).

Dannie Combs

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.

Amrit Jassal

Egnyte

Amrit Jassal is Chief Technology Officer for Egnyte.

Amrit Jassal

As CTO and co-founder of Egnyte, Amrit is responsible for the overall technical direction of the company. He has extensive experience in building large-scale, highly available systems all over the world. In the past, he has deployed such systems at Cisco, Fujistu and Sun Microsystems. Prior to Egnyte, he served as the CTO of Valdero. He received his BS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He also holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Diogo Rau

Eli Lilly and Company

Diogo Rau is Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Digital Officer for Eli Lilly and Company.

Diogo Rau

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 is Vice Chancellor & Chief Digital Learning Officer for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Dr. Jason Ruckert

Dr. Jason Ruckert is Vice Chancellor & Chief Digital Learning Officer for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Jamil Farshchi

Equifax

Jamil Farshchi is Chief Information Security Officer for Equifax.

Jamil Farshchi

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.

Carmine Fantini

Equitrans Midstream Corporation

Carmine Fantini is VP Enterprise Risk & CIO for Equitrans Midstream Corporation.

Carmine Fantini

Carmine is an innovative data, cybersecurity, and technology leader in energy and technology. With over 30 years of experience, he has a proven ability to deploy transformative solutions that improve productivity and achieve business objectives.

Currently serving as Chief Information Officer at Equitrans Midstream, Carmine develops and executes Equitrans Midstream’s technology strategy and is also responsible for information and operational technology security.

Nicola Morini Bianzino

Ernst & Young

Nicola Morini Bianzino is Global Chief Technology Officer for 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.

Jason Carolan

Flexential

Jason Carolan is Chief Innovation Officer for Flexential.

Jason Carolan

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

Flock Safety

Eric Tan is Chief Information Officer and SVP for Flock Safety .

Eric Tan

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.

Ramon Richards

Formerly Fannie Mae

Ramon Richards is Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Formerly Fannie Mae.

Ramon Richards

Ramon Richards is Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Formerly Fannie Mae.

Scott Spradley

Formerly Tyson Foods

Scott Spradley is Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer for Formerly Tyson Foods.

Scott Spradley

Scott Spradley is Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer for Formerly Tyson Foods.

Jim Richberg

Fortinet

Jim Richberg is Head of Policy & Global Field CISO for Fortinet.

Jim Richberg

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.

Victor Fetter

Fortive

Victor Fetter is SVP & Chief Information Officer for Fortive.

Victor Fetter

Victor Fetter is a board member and digital leader with proven success navigating through technology and business disruption. He has over 25 years of experience using technology to strategically grow and transform global businesses. His experience spans the financial services, manufacturing, high-tech, and professional services sectors.

As Fortive’s Chief Information Officer he is responsible for all aspects of technology supporting over eighteen operating companies which comprise this $6 billion industrial growth company. As a partner to the portfolio companies, he is developing the platforms of the future and deploying digital capabilities that enables a continued competitive edge.

Mr. Fetter is a board member of Horace Mann and serves on the Audit Committee and as the board’s Technology Liaison. He is a former Director at The Private Trust Company. He is a National Association of Corporate Director Certified Director (NACD.DC) and has completed the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight program conducted by Carnegie Mellon University.

Previously, Victor stewarded the digital transformation of Vertiv, a provider of critical infrastructure. Prior to his role at Vertiv, Victor was Chief Information Officer at LPL Financial, a leader in the retail financial advice market that services approximately $535 billion in assets where he developed and executed a private cloud based digital strategy. Previously, as CIO of Dell’s online division, he led the digital transformation of a $20 billion e-commerce channel.

Victor holds a BS in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration from Spring Hill College. Victor is also a community advocate and previously served on the Board of Directors for three nonprofits.

Naveen Krishna

Genuine Parts Company

Naveen Krishna is EVP, Chief Information & Digital Officer for Genuine Parts Company.

Naveen Krishna

Naveen Krishna is EVP, Chief Information & Digital Officer for Genuine Parts Company.

Santosh Nair

GEP

Santosh Nair is Chief Product Officer for GEP.

Santosh Nair

Santosh is responsible for GEP's customer growth strategy across procurement and supply chain platforms. Previously, he led GEP's professional services organization, deploying GEP's platforms to clients globally and enabling value from ongoing customer success.

He has 20 years of experience in driving digital transformation for global organizations, shaping strategy, and driving execution across cloud ecosystems, best-practice S2P processes, data management, platform deployment, change management, and ongoing digital innovation.

Santosh holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering.

Alexander Gutman

Gilbane Building Company

Alexander Gutman is Chief Technology Officer for Gilbane Building Company.

Alexander Gutman

Seasoned global technology and people leader with a passion for driving business transformation, innovation and impact at pace to achieve incremental successes throughout the transformation journey. Equally passionate about driving transformation through a high performing, diverse and inclusive team. Leadership experience spanning the Information Technology function within multiple industries and geographies; covering areas such as pandemic (COVID-19) crisis management and resilience, value generation, data management, process improvement, cyber security, emerging market strategy development, team development/motivation and senior leadership relationship management. Continuously learning and building a network of impactful and results oriented leaders.

Shannon Johnston

Global Payments

Shannon Johnston is Chief Information Officer for Global Payments.

Shannon Johnston

As senior EVP and CIO of Global Payments, Shannon’s responsibilities include technology and digital business strategies, worldwide technology infrastructure and operations management, software engineering delivery, information security, program and portfolio management, analytics and artificial intelligence, and global platform integration. Shannon is a proven IT leader with demonstrated success leading global multinational teams specializing in technology transformation and delivery, and is known for business alignment and delivery of business value. Her responsibilities include driving technology strategies and operational excellence at global scale. She is proud to be the executive sponsor of the Global Payments Pride Network, and founder and executive sponsor of the Global Payments Mentorship Program.

Prior to joining Global Payments in 2016, Shannon had various c-level roles: CIO at Mspark, a results oriented advertising and marketing services company; COO at ShopVisible, a SaaS software company for B2B and B2C e-commerce; and CTO at Points of Light, a national non-profit organization focused on volunteerism and civic engagement.

Gary Brickhouse

GuidePoint Security

Gary Brickhouse is CISO for GuidePoint Security.

Gary Brickhouse

Gary Brickhouse is the CISO at GuidePoint Security, and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s information security and technology program, inclusive of building and maintaining GuidePoint’s internal security architecture and control practices. This unique position allows Gary greater visibility into customer needs from an industry services perspective and also as a practitioner, addressing the same risks for GuidePoint.

Gary previously led GuidePoint's GRC Services consulting practice where he was responsible for the development and delivery of GRC service offerings to support the company's clients. Before joining GuidePoint, Gary was a Security and Compliance Architect for The Walt Disney Company, working on a large, multi-year business program where he served as the subject matter expert for compliance, data privacy, infrastructure and application security, as well as securing emerging technologies like RFID. Previous to working at Disney, Gary was an Information Security Specialist at Publix Super Markets, one of the nation’s largest retailers.

Gary host's GuidePoint's monthly webinar, The Brick House, is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and also a regular contributor to the media when they report breaking cybersecurity news stories. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Southern College and holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Adrian Stoch

GXO

Adrian Stoch is Chief Automation Officer for GXO.

Adrian Stoch

Adrian Stoch serves as Chief Automation Officer with global responsibility for establishing industry-leading automation capabilities to be deployed across GXO’s network and furthering the Company’s distinct automation advantage. Previously, Stoch served as Consumer Division President in GXO’s Americas & Asia Pacific region, where he drove record business wins and led significant automation expansion for an array of leading brands across many of GXO’s largest U.S. sites.

Stoch has more than three decades of experience across a range of industries, including omnichannel retail, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. Prior to joining GXO, Stoch held senior Operations roles at Target, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Cardinal Health.

Kalyan Kumar

HCL Technologies Ltd

Kalyan Kumar is Corp. VP & CTO for HCL Technologies Ltd.

Kalyan Kumar

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.

Christopher Pendergast

Henry Schein

Christopher Pendergast is Chief Technology Officer for Henry Schein.

Christopher Pendergast

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.

Sheila Rohra

Hitachi Vantara

Sheila Rohra is Chief Business Strategy Officer for Hitachi Vantara.

Sheila Rohra

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.

Mark Pellegrino

Insmed Incorporated

Mark Pellegrino is Chief Information Officer for Insmed Incorporated.

Mark Pellegrino

Mark Pellegrino is Chief Information Officer for Insmed Incorporated.

Virginia Suliman

Invitation Homes Inc.

Virginia Suliman is EVP & Chief Information & Digital Officer for Invitation Homes Inc..

Virginia Suliman

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.

Srinivas Mukkamala

Ivanti

Srinivas Mukkamala is GM and Senior Vice President and General Manager, Security Products for Ivanti.

Srinivas Mukkamala

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

Kenvue

Bernardo Tavares is Chief Technology & Data Officer for Kenvue.

Bernardo Tavares

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).

Bob Chylak

Kulicke & Soffa

Bob Chylak is Chief Technology Officer for Kulicke & Soffa.

Bob Chylak

Bob is currently the Vice President of Central Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, responsible for the research and development of packaging solutions across all K&S products.

He started his career at K&S in the 1980’s and has held many roles in the organization such as Wire Bonding Development Engineer, Equipment Development Director, and Vice President of Process Engineering. He was at the forefront of the technology development for Copper wire bonding. Currently, he is leading our R&D and pathfinding for advanced packaging.

Bob has more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and has published more than 50 papers with multiple patents.

Bob holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. He has also completed courses on Management Studies at Stanford University and MIT Sloan.

Michael Bradshaw

Kyndryl

Michael Bradshaw is Chief Information Officer for Kyndryl.

Michael Bradshaw

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.

Scott Bennett

Lear

Scott Bennett is Chief Information Officer for Lear.

Scott Bennett

Scott Bennett is Chief Information Officer for Lear.

Christopher Conrad

Levi Strauss and Co.

Christopher Conrad is Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Levi Strauss and Co..

Christopher Conrad

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.

Sai Yedavelli

LivaNova

Sai Yedavelli is Chief Information Officer for LivaNova.

Sai Yedavelli

Sai Yedavelli is Chief Information Officer for LivaNova.

Nirav Mehta

London Stock Exchange Group

Nirav Mehta is Chief Technology Officer for London Stock Exchange Group.

Nirav Mehta

Nirav Mehta is Chief Technology Officer for London Stock Exchange Group.

Charles Carmakal

Mandiant

Charles Carmakal is Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer for Mandiant.

Charles Carmakal

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.

Andreas Liris

Maple Leaf Foods

Andreas Liris is Chief Information Officer for Maple Leaf Foods.

Andreas Liris

IT Executive with Global experience in leading Teams and delivering Enterprise Solutions.

Marco Galsim

MarketWise

Marco Galsim is Chief Information Officer for MarketWise.

Marco Galsim

Marco Galsim is the Chief Information Officer for MarketWise. Marco leads the development of innovative, robust, scalable, and secure technology infrastructure. During his time with the MarketWise, he spearheaded the full technology infrastructure transition into the cloud. Marco has more than 25 years of experience in the technology space, having held a variety of technology positions at the Videology Group, AOL, Stanley Black & Decker, and Manugistics. He holds a B.S. in industrial management engineering with a minor in mechanical engineering from De La Salle University.

Sven Gerjets

Mattel

Sven Gerjets is Chief Technology Officer for Mattel.

Sven Gerjets

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.

Ed Fox

MetTel

Ed Fox is Chief Technology Officer for MetTel.

Ed Fox

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

Micron Technology

Anand Bahl is CVP, Chief Information Officer for Micron Technology.

Anand Bahl

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.

Alla Whitston

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Alla Whitston is Managing Director, Chief Information Officer for MUFG Bank, Ltd. .

Alla Whitston

Alla Whitston serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for MUFG Americas. As Head of Technology for the Americas, her responsibilities include supporting core technology functions such as strategy, applications, infrastructure, enterprise architecture, technology modernization, and IT governance. In addition, she oversees Enterprise Information Security, Program Management, and Technology Risk Management.

Alla most recently served as the Chief Information Officer for Silicon Valley Bank’s Global Commercial Bank and SVB Capital divisions. In this role, she led a team responsible for all technology platforms across a diverse range of businesses, including such areas as Digital Banking, Credit Onboarding, Lending, and Trade Finance.

Previously, she served as the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President for CIT Group, where she was responsible for technology strategy and architecture, application development, infrastructure, end-user services, enterprise data, business intelligence and digital automation, and user and client experience. Alla has also held technology leadership roles at Bank of America, JP Morgan Investment Banking/Bear Stearns, and Goldman Sachs & Co. She has been actively engaged in women’s professional networks throughout her career and is a DEI champion.

She received her master’s degree in computer science with Honors from the Georgian Technical University in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Julie Orlando

Nanotronics

Julie Orlando is Chief Product Officer for Nanotronics.

Julie Orlando

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.

Steven Grossman

National Basketball Association

Steven Grossman is Chief Information Security Officer for National Basketball Association.

Steven Grossman

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.

Nimesh Mehta

National Life Group

Nimesh Mehta is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for National Life Group.

Nimesh Mehta

Nimesh Mehta is Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer of National Life. He focuses on all aspects of technology operations to effectively align business and technology strategy with a customer centric focus.

He was previously the Head of Life & Annuity Operations and also served as the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Technology Officer at the company. His proven track record in developing transformative strategies within an emerging, fast paced organization brought him to the company in 2008.

Prior to joining National Life Group, Nimesh served in various leadership positions at Lincoln Financial Group for over 14 years.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering with specialization in Chip designing from Case Western Reserve University. He has since received an MBA from Case Western Reserve University concentrating in Marketing and Finance.

Joshua Foltz

NerdWallet

Joshua Foltz is Chief Information Security Officer for NerdWallet.

Joshua Foltz

Joshua Foltz is Chief Information Security Officer for NerdWallet.

Mohit Kapoor

NielsenIQ

Mohit Kapoor is Chief Technology Officer for NielsenIQ.

Mohit Kapoor

Mohit Kapoor was named NielsenIQ’s Chief Technology Officer in March 2021. In this role, he oversees all aspects of technology and operations for the company.

Prior to NielsenIQ, Mohit was Chief Information and Technology Officer for TransUnion, where he was responsible for all aspects of technology including strategy, security, applications, operations, infrastructure and delivery. Additionally, he served in several senior roles at HSBC, including CIO of South America and Global Head of Software House, where he oversaw all aspects of technology related to global systems that supported Corporate and Retail customers. Mohit has also served in other roles of increasing responsibility with HSBC, Accenture, Coopers and Lybrand and EDS.

Mohit holds a Bachelor of Science in CIS and Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Jacksonville State University and a Masters in Accounting Information Systems from Arizona State University.

Carla Donev

NiSource

Carla Donev is VP Security and Chief Information Security Officer for NiSource.

Carla Donev

Carla Donev is VP Security and Chief Information Security Officer for NiSource.

Lookman Fazal

NJ TRANSIT

Lookman Fazal is Chief Information Officer for NJ TRANSIT.

Lookman Fazal

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

Nokia

Arvin Patel is Chief Licensing Officer- New Segments for Nokia.

Arvin Patel

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 Adkins

NYSE Group

Chuck Adkins is Chief Information Officer for NYSE Group.

Chuck Adkins

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.

Sagnik Nandy

Okta

Sagnik Nandy is President and Chief Development Officer, Workforce Identity for Okta.

Sagnik Nandy

Sagnik Nandy is President and Chief Development Officer, Workforce Identity for Okta.

Lowell Simpson

OUTFRONT Media

Lowell Simpson is EVP & Chief Information Officer for OUTFRONT Media.

Lowell Simpson

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.

Rekha Ramesh

Platinum Equity

Rekha Ramesh is SVP, Chief Digital and Information Officer and AI Lead for Platinum Equity .

Rekha Ramesh

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.

Jamie Jamieson

Primo Water Corporation

Jamie Jamieson is Global Chief Information Officer for Primo Water Corporation .

Jamie Jamieson

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.

Rob Lee

Pure Storage

Rob Lee is Chief Technology Officer for Pure Storage.

Rob Lee

Rob Lee serves as CTO at Pure Storage, focused on global technology strategy, and identifying new innovation and market expansion opportunities for Pure. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Engineering in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. An avid scuba diver and marine life aficionado, Rob sits on the board of the Cordell Marine Sanctuary Foundation and brings his passion for the environment to his role as he evaluates the intersection of sustainability and technology, helping organizations reduce their carbon footprint and understand the critical role data plays in improving business outcomes.

Gregory Wilson

Putnam Investments

Gregory Wilson is Chief Information Security Officer for Putnam Investments.

Gregory Wilson

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

PwC

Joe Atkinson is Vice Chair - Chief Products & Technology Officer for PwC.

Joe Atkinson

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.

Scott Likens

PwC

Scott Likens is Global AI and Innovation Technology Leader, PwC for PwC.

Scott Likens

Scott is the Global AI and Innovation Technology lead and oversees the Innovation Hub in the United States, With more than 30 years of emerging technology experience, he has helped clients transform their customer experience and enhance their digital operations across all aspects of their business.

Scott started his career in software engineering in the early days of internet technology, leading to more than 28 years of experience in digital strategy. He has worked across a variety of industries with some of the biggest multinational companies helping to transform their business by applying a local lens to global digital and emerging tech trends. He works to drive the firm's strategy around AI, Blockchain, VR and Quantum Computing, leveraging his diverse technology background including advanced analytics in many areas such as e-commerce, digital architecture, mobile technologies and social customer engagement.

During his career with PwC, Scott has lived and worked in China along with many cities in the USA, playing the role of a Global AI technology leader helping our clients and teams across key countries. He is a regular speaker at global conferences on emerging technologies, including Artificial Intelligence and Generative AI, Blockchain / Crypto, IoT, Quantum Computing and Advanced Robotics.

Ishpreet Singh

Qualys

Ishpreet Singh is Chief Information Officer for Qualys.

Ishpreet Singh

Ishpreet Singh is a Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Qualys, Ishpreet Singh navigates a comprehensive portfolio of responsibilities, including the oversight of global corporate IT strategy, infrastructure, operations, enterprise applications and architecture, data integration, and IT security. His strategic purview extends beyond mere supervision, involving active participation in the implementation of digital transformation initiatives geared towards enhancing operational efficiency and extracting strategic benefits across diverse industries.

Drawing on his past experience as the Senior Vice President (SVP) of IT and business operations at Pluralsight, Ishpreet brings a unique CIO perspective to his current position. His notable achievements include steering the organization through a successful transition from public to private ownership under Vista, a move that reflects his capacity to align technology strategies with broader business objectives. As IT Leader, Ishpreet played a pivotal role in leading the digital transformation efforts, orchestrating the integration of a new technology stack across critical business capabilities, specifically in the Lead to Cash process.

With over two decades of executive leadership experience at companies like Imperva (Thales Group), Data.ai, Splunk, and Deloitte, Ishpreet’s perspective is shaped by a deep understanding of the intricate relationship between business operations and IT functions. This vantage point enables him to approach digital transformation initiatives with a holistic view, aligning technological advancements with overarching business goals.

Ishpreet Singh's academic background includes a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Kalyani in India. Complementing this foundation, his multiple certifications in finance, strategy, and operations serve as a testament to his dedication to staying at the forefront of evolving technologies and business practices, a crucial aspect of his role as a CIO.

Danielle Conklin

Quility Insurance

Danielle Conklin is Chief Information Officer for Quility Insurance.

Danielle Conklin

Danielle Conklin currently serves as the Chief Information Officer at Quility Insurance. Quility is a leading technology-enabled, independent provider of insurance protection and financial wellness solutions. She plays a key role in leading Quility’s platform evolution, leveraging cloud infrastructure, advanced analytics, and data science to drive transformative initiatives.

Prior to joining Quility, Danielle held a pivotal role as Vice President, Portfolio Owner within the Chief Data Office at Prudential. While at Prudential, Danielle was responsible for enterprise-wide analytics and data science programs, pioneering advancements in areas such as Long-Term-Care Fraud detection, Pension Risk Transfer capabilities, and Long-Term Disability Fraud detection, among various other strategic use cases.

With over two decades of experience, Danielle has held leadership positions focused on leveraging technology for impactful outcomes, shaping and advancing data ecosystems across esteemed companies like Honeywell, Dun & Bradstreet, Russell Investments, Bloomberg, and Merrill Lynch. Throughout her career, she has driven disruptive innovation and guided digital transformation efforts within both business and technology realms.

Beyond her professional achievements, Danielle is a dedicated advocate for fostering career growth among employees, with an emphasis on mentoring. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Rutgers University and resides in New Jersey. During her leisure time, she cherishes moments with her family, indulges in hiking adventures, and explores new destinations through travel.

Michael McNerney

Resilience

Michael McNerney is SVP, Security for Resilience.

Michael McNerney

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

Reynolds American

Aaron Gwinner is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Reynolds American.

Aaron Gwinner

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

Rollins, Inc.

Renee Pearson is Chief Technology Officer for Rollins, Inc..

Renee Pearson

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

Sailpoint Technologies

Rex Booth is Chief Information Security Officer for Sailpoint Technologies .

Rex Booth

Rex Booth is Chief Information Security Officer for Sailpoint Technologies .

Jeffrey Hausman

Samsara

Jeffrey Hausman is Chief Product Officer for Samsara.

Jeffrey Hausman

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.

Elena Kvochko

SAP

Elena Kvochko is Chief Trust Officer for SAP.

Elena Kvochko

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 Doggett

Semperis

Jim Doggett is CISO for Semperis.

Jim Doggett

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

ServiceNow

Chris Bedi is Chief Information Officer for ServiceNow.

Chris Bedi

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

Sesame Workshop

Shadrach Kisten is Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer for Sesame Workshop.

Shadrach Kisten

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 Grover

Slalom

Michelle Grover is Chief Technology Officer for Slalom.

Michelle Grover

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

Sonic Automotive

Stephen Carvelli is Chief Technology Officer for Sonic Automotive .

Stephen Carvelli

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.

Martin Davis

Southern Company

Martin Davis is Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Southern Company.

Martin Davis

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

Sportradar

Ulrich Harmuth is Chief Strategy Officer for Sportradar.

Ulrich Harmuth

Ulrich Harmuth is Chief Strategy Officer for Sportradar.

Tej Patel

Stevens Institute of Technology

Tej Patel is Vice President for Information Technology & CIO for Stevens Institute of Technology .

Tej Patel

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

Sunbelt Solomon

Astin Thomas is Executive Vice President & Chief Digital Officer for Sunbelt Solomon.

Astin Thomas

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

Synchrony Financial

Carol Juel is Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Synchrony Financial.

Carol Juel

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.

Ashish Parmar

Tapestry

Ashish Parmar is Chief Information Officer for Tapestry .

Ashish Parmar

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.

Billy Spears

Teradata

Billy Spears is Chief Information Security Officer for Teradata.

Billy Spears

Billy Spears is Chief Information Security Officer for Teradata.

Siobhan O’Hara

The Chemours Company

Siobhan O’Hara is Chief Information Officer for The Chemours Company.

Siobhan O’Hara

Siobhan O’Hara is Chief Information Officer for The Chemours Company.

David Wong

Thomson Reuters

David Wong is Chief Product Officer for Thomson Reuters.

David Wong

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

TIAA

Ajit Naidu is Chief Information Officer (Retirement, Marketing and Digital Client Technology) for TIAA.

Ajit Naidu

Ajit Naidu is Chief Information Officer (Retirement, Marketing and Digital Client Technology) for TIAA.

Nicole Raimundo Coughlin

Town of Cary, NC

Nicole Raimundo Coughlin is Chief Information Officer for 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.

Glenn Allison

Tractor Supply Company

Glenn Allison is Vice President, Customer Facing Applications for Tractor Supply Company.

Glenn Allison

Glenn Allison is Vice President, IT Applications Development for Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States with more than 2,200 stores in 49 states and 50,000 Team Members. In his role, Glenn is responsible for Retail Technology at both Tractor Supply and Petsense by Tractor Supply stores, as well as Enterprise AI, Data & Analytics.

Tractor Supply is frequently recognized as one of the best workplaces for IT professionals. The company recently achieved 2024 CIO 100 award winner for innovations in AI, along with Best Place to Work in IT by Computerworld in 2023.

Prior to Tractor Supply, Glenn worked at Kellogg Company, where he led global architecture and engineering functions to support supply chain modernization. Glenn also previously held several leadership roles at W.W. Grainger, one of the largest eCommerce retailers in the United States.

Glenn received his MBA from the University of Chicago and Master of Science in Information Technology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

He currently serves on the CNBC Technology Executive Council, Technology Leadership Council for the National Retail Federation (NRF), Nashville Technology Council, and is a lifetime member of the FFA. Glenn was named to the “40 Under 40” list by the Nashville Business Journal in 2016.

Hugo Sarrazin

UKG

Hugo Sarrazin is EVP, Chief Product and Technology Officer for UKG.

Hugo Sarrazin

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.

Jeff Kase

United Therapeutics Corporation

Jeff Kase is Vice President, Chief Information Officer for United Therapeutics Corporation.

Jeff Kase

Jeff Kase is Vice President, Chief Information Officer for United Therapeutics Corporation.

Jason Bressler

United Wholesale Mortgage

Jason Bressler is Chief Technology Officer for United Wholesale Mortgage .

Jason Bressler

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.

Opinder Bawa

University of San Francisco

Opinder Bawa is Vice President & Chief Information Officer for University of San Francisco.

Opinder Bawa

Opinder Bawa is Vice President & Chief Information Officer for University of San Francisco.

Lynn Cox

Verizon

Lynn Cox is Senior Vice President and Chief Network Officer for Verizon.

Lynn Cox

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.

Debika Bhattacharya

Verizon

Debika Bhattacharya is Chief Technology Solutions Officer for Verizon.

Debika Bhattacharya

Debika Bhattacharya, Chief Technology Solutions Officer, Verizon Business

Debika Bhattacharya is Chief Technology Solutions Officer, Verizon Business. She helps customers navigate the increasing number of complex technology options available to them and creates a seamless journey across the solutions lifecycle. She is responsible for ensuring a consistent technology experience from product development to design and operational enablement to implementation. Previously she held the role of Chief Product Officer, responsible for the company's product portfolio management and strategy.

As a seasoned global executive, Debika has extensive experience leading complex technology projects for Fortune 1000 clients, guiding successful IT transformations in healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and financial services. She has held a variety of executive roles within Verizon, including an overseas assignment in Europe. She was instrumental in the global expansion of Verizon’s communications network, as well as the deployment of breakthrough optical wave technologies.

Debika holds advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the State University of New York. She holds a number of industry Board positions and is a frequent speaker on women in technology and leadership forums. She also serves as a liaison to the MIT community and participates in outreach programs aimed at increasing the participation of women and minorities in Science and Engineering.

Jim Nichols

Volvo

Jim Nichols is Vice President, Head of Product & Technology Consumer Offer for Volvo.

Jim Nichols

Jim Nichols is Vice President, Head of Product & Technology Consumer Offer for Volvo.

Sanjay Macwan

Vonage

Sanjay Macwan is Chief Information Security Officer for Vonage.

Sanjay Macwan

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

Walmart

Anshu Bhardwaj is SVP, Tech Strategy & Commercialization for Walmart.

Anshu Bhardwaj

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

Webster Bank

Vikram Nafde is EVP, Chief Information Officer for Webster Bank.

Vikram Nafde

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 Grazier

Weedmaps

Duncan Grazier is Chief Technology Officer for Weedmaps.

Duncan Grazier

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.

Rani Johnson

Workday

Rani Johnson is Chief Information Officer for Workday.

Rani Johnson

Rani Johnson is chief information officer (CIO) at Workday. She oversees the company’s global information technology organization, with responsibility for the internal deployment of Workday products.

Prior to joining Workday, Rani served as CIO at Cloud Software Group where she was responsible for developing the vision and overall business strategy of the IT organization. Preceding Cloud Software Group, she served as CIO at TIBCO, SVP and CIO of SolarWinds, and CIO at the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). Rani began her career interning at NASA Johnson Space Center and was part of a team that had code deployed on the International Space Station.

Rani holds dual degrees in electrical engineering and general engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Spelman College.

Scott Strickland

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Scott Strickland is Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

Scott Strickland

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 Khisaeva

yWhales

Zemfira Khisaeva is Co-Founder and President for yWhales.

Zemfira Khisaeva

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

Zebra Technologies

Mike Zachman is Vice President and Chief Security Officer for Zebra Technologies.

Mike Zachman

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.

Jody Blanchard

Zimmer Biomet

Jody Blanchard is Chief Information Security Officer for Zimmer Biomet.

Jody Blanchard

Jody Blanchard is currently the Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Zimmer Biomet. Here he manages a global Cybersecurity team for all operations including incident response, threat and vulnerability management, patch management, identity access management, product security, network security and application security. He has held this position since retirement from active US Army service.

Education:
CISO executive education certificate from Carnegie Mellon University
Masters of Science in Information Management from Syracuse University
Masters of Science in Cybersecurity from Bellevue University
Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University

Certifications:
CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CISA, CASP, C|EH, C|HFI, C|NDA, E|CIH, E|CES, SSCP, SEC+, ITIL, PROJECT+, NCDA

Gary Sorrentino

Zoom

Gary Sorrentino is Global Chief Information Officer for Zoom.

Gary Sorrentino

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

ZoomInfo

Tomer Gershoni is Chief Security Officer for ZoomInfo.

Tomer Gershoni

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.

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