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Gary Chan

Gary Chan

Security Mentalist
System VP and CISO, SSM Health

Gary S. Chan is a security mentalist, an intellectual who uses game theory and math to predict and influence people.  As a highly sought after speaker, Gary’s unique approach blends cybersecurity with the magic of mentalism to help audiences around the world learn to be more observant of how criminals use predictable human behavior to exploit others for gain.  Gary is trained in behavioral profiling, conflict management, negotiation, interrogation, and mediation.  He is currently System VP and CISO at SSM Health, has architected anti-fraud systems for state agencies, has led the information security teams for World Wide Technology, and was an evaluator and mentor for cybersecurity start-ups as part of a venture capital fund.  He served as President of the FBI St. Louis Citizens Academy Alumni Association and Technology Officer for the Greater St. Louis Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  He holds four security certifications and a degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from MIT.

Nikki Greenberg

World-Leading Futurist

Nikki Greenberg is a world-leading futurist and innovation strategist, focused on preparing organizations for a tech-enabled future. She helps leaders reimagine their businesses to bring them into alignment with the increasingly digitized way that people live, work and communicate today.
She has held leadership positions with Fortune 500’s, and most recently served as the Head of Technology Strategy at QIC, an Australian investment manager with a $65 Billion portfolio of assets under management.

She is the founder and global ambassador of Women in PropTech and former three-term co-chair of the Technology & Innovation Council for ULI in New York City.

Holding Master degrees in both Architecture and Commerce, Nikki’s approach brings a balance between pushing possibilities, and practicality.
Nikki is a highly regarded thought-leader, frequent speaker at leading global conferences, commentator in the press, and recipient of numerous international awards.

Katie Graham Shannon

Global Managing Partner, Digital and Technology Officer Practices
Heidrick & Struggles

Katherine “Katie” Shannon is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ San Francisco office and global managing partner of the Digital and Technology Officer practices. She brings the worlds of digital, customer experience, e-commerce, and technology modernization together to provide companies with the top-tier talent needed to create a measurable impact and disrupt the status quo.

Katie works closely with global organizations across all industries to recruit high-impact digital and technology executives, both as operating executives and board roles. She also partners with venture capital and private equity firms to recruit senior leaders to their portfolio companies.

Since joining Heidrick & Struggles in 2000, Katie has worked with clients across all industry segments to place hundreds of CDOs, CIOs, and CTOs. She specializes in senior leadership across digital, technology, engineering, artificial intelligence, security, and other transformative technology roles. By spending time meeting, building, and managing the talent network within these communities, Katie helps her clients capitalize on the advantages of modern digital and technology leadership in the c-suite and on their boards.

Katie has been a trustee of the Mark Day School since 2022. She sat on the board of directors of Make-A-Wish® Illinois from 2013 to 2019.

Jonathon Mayor

Director, Security Solutions Architecture
Cohesity

Jonathon Mayor leads the Security Solutions Architecture program for Cohesity. His 20+ years of experience in the IT industry have involved both offensive and defensive security activities. He also has a BS in IT with a focus on computer forensics, and he is a locksport hobbyist. This blend of skills and background is valuable in bringing customer needs and product capabilities together.

Megan LaFlamme

Director of Product Marketing
Cohesity

Megan LaFlamme is a Director of Product Marketing at Cohesity. She is passionate about helping organizations unlock the value of their enterprise data. Previously, Megan held product marketing leadership roles in data management, cloud security automation, and healthcare IT companies.

Gernette Wright

IT Security Officer, Americas
Schneider Electric

Gernette Wright has over 25 years of experience transforming and building cyber security and information systems. He began his career on the technical side of IT, working in various roles around systems administration, and infrastructure management, before moving into more security-focused roles serving as Senior Manager for Security Operations, VP of Information Security and most recently IT Security Officer for Americas at Schneider Electric.  He holds advanced security certifications from IAPP, ISC2, ISACA, & EC-Council, is a Computer Science graduate of Stockton University in NJ, holds a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity from the Van Loan School at Endicott College, and an Executive Certificate in Management & Leadership from MIT Sloan’s School of Management.

Harvey Jang

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Chief Privacy Officer
Cisco

Harvey Jang is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Chief Privacy Officer responsible for Cisco’s global privacy strategy, vision, and mission – compliance, market access, and differentiation. He leads a global team of privacy professionals, lawyers, and engineers in developing and operationalizing Cisco’s privacy policies and standards, privacy by design, and accountability frameworks and certifications. Harvey and team represent Cisco with regulators, standards bodies, non-governmental organizations, media, and customers on issues related to privacy, information governance, and data ethics.    

Harvey also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP); Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF); Advisory Council of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL); and as an IAPP instructor of privacy credentials (CIPP/US, CIPP/Europe, and CIP/Technologist).  

Harvey earned his B.A.s in Social Psychology and Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and Fellow of Information Privacy by IAPP, and Certified Information Security Manager and Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).   

Richard Archdeacon

Advisory CISO
Cisco

Richard is a member of the Advisory CISO team at Cisco working with major clients on security strategies.  He has over 25 years experience in major transformations with organizations in different regions.  

Prior to joining Cisco he was at HP Enterprise where he was the Security C.T.O. for EMEA.  He led research and innovation into new transformational strategic security services and solutions for clients. He also worked on developing a report with the Word Economic Forum on Board Level Governance. 

Prior to joining HP Enterprise, he was consulting to various organizations including ENISA where he delivered projects covering topics such as national Risk Readiness at a government level.  He has also consulted in the past for the UK Cabinet Office. 

He is a well-known speaker at conferences and has been on the board of advisory bodies such as IAAC, the Accreditation Committee of the IISP and has been a guest lecturer at Oxford University. 

Tim Morris

Chief Security Advisor
Tanium

Tim joined Tanium in May 2021, after retiring from Wells Fargo, where he spent 21 years. He led the Cyber Threat Engineering and Research teams within Information & Cyber Security for the bank.

Tim has worked with almost every facet of computer and network technologies. Concentration has been with endpoint detection & response, systems & patch management, and vulnerability assessment. He has built teams that manage: endpoint security, platform engineering, incident response, digital forensics, and offensive security, i.e., “red team”.

Tim was first introduced to Tanium in 2008. However, he didn’t begin working with it fully until 2013. Tim was privileged to have the opportunity to be one of the first to deploy & manage Tanium at a large scale on 500K endpoints. At the same time, he was able to build one of the best cyber security engineering teams in the industry. Their effectiveness and efficiency were due in large part to Tanium – The best incident response and system management tool in the industry.

Terry McGraw

Global Cyber Threat Analysis
Secureworks

Terrence “Terry” McGraw is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army and now serves as Deputy Chief Threat Intelligence Officer and senior executive Incident Response Consultant with over 20 years of providing expertise in cyber security architectural design and operations in both commercial and government sectors.

Terry previously served as president and principal consultant for Cape Endeavors, LLC, the Vice President of Global Cyber Threat Research and Analysis for Dell SecureWorks.  He retired from the United States Army in 2014 completing 27 years of service; the last 10 years of his Army career were leading key Cyber initiatives for the Army’s Network Enterprise and Technology Command, Army Cyber Command and the National Security Agency (NSA). He has multiple combat tours with his culminating assignment, serving as the Director of Operations, Task Force Signal Afghanistan, 160th Signal Brigade (FWD), providing all strategic communications infrastructure in the theater of operations.

Christopher L. Hills

Chief Security Strategist
BeyondTrust

Christopher L. Hills has more than 20 years’ experience as a Technical Director, Senior Solutions Architect, and Security Engineer operating in highly sensitive environments. Chris is a military veteran of the United States Navy and started with BeyondTrust after his most recent role leading a Privileged Access Management (PAM) team as a Technical Director within a Fortune 500 organization. In his current position, he has responsibilities as a Chief Security Strategist (America’s) working with Customer, Marketing, and Executives on Thought Leadership, Market Trends, Company Vision and Strategy reporting to the CSO. Chris has held the Deputy CTO and Deputy CISO role since starting with BeyondTrust.  Chris is also co-author in the recently released Cloud Attack Vectors book. In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his family on the water boating, supporting his son’s football career as a senior, going to the sand dunes and off-roading.

Kris Philpott - Co-Founder and SVP at Planview Utility Services

Kris Philpott

Co-Founder and SVP
Planview Utility Services

As co-founder and SVP of Planview USL, Kris Philpott leads the organizational strategy on geospatial solutions, innovation and culture. Kris oversees platform creation and delivery within the GIS Services teams and the ‘as-a-service’ solution portfolio. Kris has been instrumental in advancing Planview USL’s digital solutions from product development to go-to-market strategy.
Kris is an industry expert and fearless mentor who leads and inspires us all. A 20+ year veteran in the GIS field, Kris is an industry advisor to the utility, telecom and government sectors.

Joanne Friedman

CEO and Principal, Smart Manufacturing
Connektedminds Inc.

Joanne Friedman is CEO and Principal, Smart Manufacturing at Connektedminds Inc. where she empowers executives to be digital —not do digital to succeed at   Digital Transformation or Industry 4.0.  An award-winning technology innovator and industry thought leader, Dr. Friedman is a former manufacturing industry CIO turned IT Industry Analyst (Gartner) with a history of delivering innovative technology solutions to global leaders in the pharmaceutical and electronics manufacturing sectors. A natural storyteller, Joanne is an effusive personality whose passion for human centered design and penchant for witticisms punctuate her keynotes on Industrial transformation, cyber-security in manufacturing, AI, and CIO leadership. Ranked among the top 100 Global Voices on Digital Ecosystems by Thinkers 360 (2022) and among the top 30 Voices on Industrial IoT by Onalytica (2020) Dr. Friedman was elected to serve on the America’s Board of MESA.org in 2023, and continues to participate in technical standards development within iNEMI, W3C, ISO, IEEE. A staunch advocate for women in STEM, Joanne is a regular contributor on RackN’s Cloud 2030 podcast and featured speaker on Coffee with Digital Trailblazers. Most recently Joanne was featured on Endeavour Media’s Executive Perspectives, Nomad Futurist, IT Visionaries and is regularly quoted in CIO and trade publications. The author of Business Bites Back, and Zen and the Art of E-business early in her career, she is currently at work on her next tome, “Digi-waaat?”

David Berkowits - Co-Founder & CTO at QDoc

David Berkowits

Co-Founder & CTO
QDoc

David Berkowits has amassed 30 years of experience in the med-tech industry, serving in various technical and leadership roles. He previously worked for Philips and acquired extensive experience in the Netherlands, the United States, and Canada. Additionally, he collaborated with the leadership team at Altapacs in the role of a technical architect. Throughout their 15-year partnership, EFW and Mayfair Diagnostics, two of Canada’s largest radiology practices, jointly owned an organization, enabling them to design, build, and develop numerous clinical systems. Particularly noteworthy was the project he designed and coded, which revolutionized the provision of teleradiology services to the NWT and Yukon communities.

David, alongside his business partner, Dr. Norman Silver, has consistently sought to identify gaps in healthcare and address them through innovative solutions. Notably, they were part of the team that founded the Minor Illness and Injury Clinic, the first urgent-care clinic outside a hospital in Manitoba, the Penicillin Allergy Clinic, and a COVID-19 testing site at Red River College Polytechnic, which became operational within 8 days.

In December 2020, they realized a significant gap in the healthcare system, prompting them to conceptualize and subsequently launch the idea of QDoc. QDoc is a web-based platform that facilitates real-time virtual appointments between patients and physicians, utilizing unique proprietary software. Around May 2021, they incorporated and launched QDoc, aiming to ensure equal access to quality medical care for all Canadians, regardless of their geographic location or socioeconomic status. David’s transformative leadership recently earned him The Globe and Mail’s Best Executive of the Year award for 2022.

Duncan McGregor - CIO at Shinydocs

Duncan McGregor

CIO
Shinydocs

Duncan McGregor is a dynamic and innovative technology executive who leverages his operational expertise and strategic acumen to empower businesses in harnessing technology for added value, revenue growth, cost reduction, and driving positive transformation. With his visionary leadership, Duncan McGregor guides organizations through the ever-evolving technology landscape and empowers them to capitalize on emerging trends such as cloud and edge computing, mobility and 5G, AI and the pervasive consumerization of IT.

Tony Olvet - Group Vice President, Worldwide C-Suite and Digital Business Research at IDC

Tony Olvet

Group Vice President, Worldwide C-Suite and Digital Business Research
IDC

Tony Olvet is Group Vice President, worldwide C-suite tech agenda and lead for IDC’s Future Enterprise research in Canada. His global responsibilities focus on the connection between business transformation and digital investments across the C-Suite through the lens of IDC’s “Future of X” (FoX) framework. Tony’s analysis and insights help technology vendors, IT professionals, and business executives make fact-based decisions on technology strategy. He also provides research leadership and management for the analyst team in Canada.

Tony has researched and authored analyst reports on a variety of industry topics including digital transformation, IoT, cloud and c-suite technology priorities. He is also a frequent public speaker delivering keynote presentations at conferences, IDC webinars, and virtual events for clients. Tony is member of IDC Canada’s senior leadership team and is based in Toronto, Canada.

Tony has worked with clients across a variety of organizations including global IT manufacturers, enterprise software vendors, telecom service providers, financial institutions and public sector organizations. He has been quoted in major business and industry media including CIO Magazine, The Globe and Mail, CBC and The Financial Post.

Tony earned a B.E.S. degree from the University of Waterloo, and an M.A. degree from the University of Toronto.

Russell Eubanks

Founder
Security Ever After

As founder and owner of Security Ever After, Russell is responsible for assessing the cybersecurity of many diverse organizations and increasing their maturity while decreasing the probability of a breach. He wrote the first paper on how to implement the Critical Security Controls and serves on the editorial panel for the Critical Security Controls. As a current handler for the SANS Internet Storm Center and a former chief information security officer (CISO) of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, he’s especially passionate about helping new or aspiring cyber leaders increase their influence. Russell is a SANS Certified Instructor and co-author of MGT521: Leading Cybersecurity Change: Building A Security-Based Culture and the SEC405: Business Finance Essentials course for SANS Technology Institute.

Scott Adel - Associate Vice President, Digital retail experience at Canadian Tire Corporation

Scott Adel

Associate Vice President, Digital Retail Experience
Canadian Tire Corporation

Scott Adel is Associate Vice President, Digital retail experience at Canadian Tire Corp with a mandate to help shape and develop the Digital Road map for instore experience for CTR. Scott has a 20-year track record working with some of North America’s largest brands, disrupting the status quo in consumer experience in retail. He is a seasoned expert at blending innovation in technology with business processes in unique ways to drive engagement and business growth in the retail industry. In the past 3 years Scott has led the delivery and development teams for large customer innovations like Electronic shelf labels, Customer Facing Kiosks, Locker automation, and associate mobility platforms.  

Michael Gerylo - Associate Vice President, Mobile and In-Store Applications at Canadian Tire Corporation

Michael Gerylo

Associate Vice President, Mobile and In-Store Applications
Canadian Tire Corporation

Michael Gerylo, AVP of Mobile and Store Applications with Canadian Tire, spent two decades building his IT and Project Management career in the video game industry before joining the Tire 10 years ago, working in different capacities. His time began on the Canadian Tire Innovations teams, later moving to focus in on DevOps, Mobile, eCommerce, Digital Retail, and Analytics while working out of the Cloud 9 Innovation Centre and Western Data Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 
 
Michael’s time with Canadian Tire, highlights notable achievements delivering in-store digital technology aiding customers on their shopping journey across personal mobile devices, VR, customer facing digital kiosks and employee facing devices to enhance their experiences.  

Stephen Weston - Vice President, Store Technology at Canadian Tire Corporation

Stephen Weston

Vice President, Store Technology
Canadian Tire Corporation

Stephen Weston is the Vice President, Store Technology, at Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC). He focuses on driving growth for stakeholders and helping Dealers, Franchisees, and Store Managers succeed in their markets through omnichannel capabilities. In his role, he oversees store IT strategy, architecture, delivery, operations, and support for 1700+ national retail locations across CTC’s family of companies.

With a passion for technology, data, and cybersecurity, Stephen previously served as the Chief Information Security Officer at CTC. He co-founded the Canadian Cybersecurity Threat Exchange, serving as a Board Member and Committee Chair. With nearly 30 years in IT and cybersecurity, Stephen is an active member of the community, presenting at various industry forums and winning awards for innovative technology use. He has also advised technology companies like Palo Alto Networks, McAfee, and ISA Cybersecurity.

Stephen resides in Durham Region with his wife, three children, and seven grandchildren. He continues his learning journey since graduating from Centennial College and enjoys racing cars as the co-owner of an amateur race car team at Calabogie Motorsports Park.

Jason Cassidy - CEO at Shinydocs

Jason Cassidy

CEO
Shinydocs

Jason Cassidy has been solving digital enterprise technology challenges for over 20 years as a new product developer and entrepreneur. His 3x award-winning solutions are transforming the digital landscape from traditional ECM to modern Content Services.

VMware

VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, accelerating innovation with a cloud-smart approach. Our software delivers the freedom and control organizations need to move faster and spend less. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda. For more information, please visit: www.vmware.com/company.

VMware’s privacy policy found here.

Shinydocs’ software automates the process of finding and identifying all files, media content, and documents buried in repositories across your organization, so you can make more informed decisions to drive growth and positive customer experiences. We believe that there’s a better, more intuitive, and cost-effective way for organizations to manage their information. This belief has propelled us forward in the development of our software, services, and strategy and allows us to support organizations in their pursuit of improving their customer experience, collaboration, innovation, and ability to demonstrate compliance with industry regulations through easier and more effective management of their business content.

Shinydocs’ privacy policy found here.

Dr. Gautham Pallapa - Senior Executive Advisor and CIO/CDO at VMware

Dr. Gautham Pallapa

Senior Executive Advisor and CIO/CDO
VMware

Dr. Gautham Pallapa is the award-winning author of “Leading with Empathy: Understanding the Needs of Today’s Workforce.” He is the founder of Transformity and an executive advisor at VMware, with over 20 years of experience working with C-suite and executives to transform their organizations with empathic leadership, Lean, Agile, and DevOps. Dr. Pallapa is very active in the DevOps Canada community and an ambassador for several organizations such as Gartner Peer Insights and DevOps Institute. He has won several awards and recognitions for his transformative contributions and community engagements to help the underprivileged, underrepresented minorities, and the homeless.

Rex Lee - Chief Information & Technology Officer at Canadian Tire Corporation

Rex Lee

Chief Information & Technology Officer
Canadian Tire Corporation

Rex Lee, the Chief Information & Technology Officer (CITO) at Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC), takes accountability for all aspects of technology, including strategy, architecture, development, operations, and cybersecurity across the CTC family of companies.

Rex played an essential role in the technology transformation at CTC, collaborating across the organization and with global technology partners. Since joining in 2012, he has critically contributed to digital transformation, implementing Agile operating models, modernizing technology, formulating cloud strategy & operations, enhancing cybersecurity, designing enterprise architecture, and establishing technical platforms for advanced analytics & artificial intelligence.

He passionately strives to advance the value of technology continuously, and his innovative approaches have gained recognition in various publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, CIO Magazine, and the bestselling book Groundswell. He serves as a member of various advisory boards and chairs the Digital Committee of Canada’s largest national cancer charity, The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), where he also holds a position on the board of directors. With over 25 years of technology experience, including holding senior technology roles in telecommunications and high-tech industries, Rex has consistently demonstrated his ability to unlock value through technology.

Rex Lee earned an MBA in Marketing and Technology Management from McMaster University, and he obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario. In 2022, Rex received the Private Sector CIO of the Year award on behalf of IT World Canada (ITWC), Canadian CIO, and the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) for his crucial leadership in guiding CTC’s digital transformation.

Julie Levesque - EVP, technology and operations, and CIO at National Bank of Canada

Julie Levesque

EVP, Technology and Operations, and CIO
National Bank of Canada

Julie Levesque holds the position of EVP, technology, and operations, and CIO at the National Bank of Canada. She takes accountability for executing the technology strategy for the bank, delivering all projects and initiatives, and overseeing daily operations and back-office functions. As the EVP of technology and operations and CIO, Julie Levesque manages a demanding role, drawing on her three years of experience in the position, applying skills and methods acquired throughout her career in the tech and financial services sectors. Her commitment to building strong, capable teams and embracing risk over complacency speaks to the persistent challenges faced by women in the industry, despite some improvements.

Monique Holz - Manager of Strategic Portfolio Management at City of Vaughan

Monique Holz

Manager of Strategic Portfolio Management, Corporate Services Department
City of Vaughan

Monique Holz currently holds the position of Manager of Strategic Portfolio Management within the Corporate Services department at the City of Vaughan. In this capacity, she shoulders the responsibility of providing adept leadership and guidance to the Corporate Services Portfolio, which encompasses Information Technology (IT), Human Resources (HR), and Finance. Her scope of work includes strategic and operational planning, staff engagement, change management, program management, and portfolio management. Monique brings to her role a wealth of experience, spanning over 15 years, during which she has successfully led expansive enterprise-wide business transformation initiatives, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to cultivating high-performance teams to steer organizational change.

Prior to her tenure with the City, Monique’s professional journey led her to the Ministry of the Solicitor General, formerly known as the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, where she dedicated 8 years of service. In this capacity, she oversaw the implementation of recommendations stemming from high-profile inquiries such as the Goudge and Cornwall Public Inquiries, in addition to providing project management leadership to significant initiatives such as the Strategy for a Safer Ontario and the Corrections Transformation Strategy.

Before embarking on her public service career, Monique Holz gained valuable experience in the private sector, primarily within the Project Management Office. Throughout her professional endeavors, she remains a staunch advocate for staff engagement and maintains a profound interest in matters related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Brian Sibbitt - Vice President, Infrastructure & Operations at Equitable Bank

Brian Sibbitt

Vice President, Infrastructure & Operations
Equitable Bank

Brian Sibbitt has been leading the strategy and execution of the Infrastructure & Operations function, including Cloud & DevOps, since joining the bank in December 2021. Before becoming a part of Equitable Bank, Brian served as the VP Infrastructure for Aviva Canada, where he successfully increased employee engagement and instilled the necessary stability in the systems. Although Brian’s career primarily involved Infrastructure, he also dedicated time to the application side, where he implemented a Core Claims system and built out Aviva’s Enterprise DevOps practice. Before his tenure at Aviva, Brian Sibbitt worked as a consultant for EY, DXC, and EDS, supporting Banking and Insurance clients with technology transformations.

Nigel Wallis - Research VP, Americas Industry Insights at IDC Canada

Nigel Wallis

Research VP, Americas Industry Insights
IDC

Nigel Wallis is IDC Canada’s Research Vice President for Americas Industry Insights research. Based in Ottawa, Nigel directs the Internet of Things (IoT) research program. Nigel also leads our research into how different industries are adopting technology via the Canada: Future of Industry Ecosystems program.

He delivers research covering these markets with a particular focus on demand-side preferences, technology deployment plans, business priorities and Canadian-specific forecasting. Nigel Wallis speaks frequently at industry events and vendor events in Canada on the topic of IoT and Industry Transformation.

Yvan Gauthier - Head of Artificial Intelligence Accelerator at National Research Council Canada

Yvan Gauthier

Head of Artificial Intelligence Accelerator
National Research Council of Canada

Yvan Gauthier, a senior research council officer with the National Research Council of Canada’s Digital Technologies Division, leads the AI Accelerator for the Government of Canada. The AI Accelerator delivers impactful and responsible AI solutions to other federal departments and agencies, supporting them in their digital transformation. Before joining the NRC, Yvan worked for 20 years as a defence scientist with the Department of National Defence (DND). During his tenure, he held the position of the first-ever Director of Data Science and established a new enterprise data science team that supported DND’s Chief Data Officer. Additionally, Yvan Gauthier chaired a NATO Specialist Team on Advanced Analytics and AI and personally led several operational research projects while embedded with various branches of DND and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Keith Price

CSO
National Highways

Keith has 32 years of experience in tech and cyber across 27 countries. He is the CSO for National Highways, where he leads teams responsible for the security and safety of all travelers across England’s road network. Previously, Keith has led the security teams at Envision Pharma Group, Deloitte, DarkMatter, the US Department of Defense, and the US Air Force. Keith also serves on the Board of Advisors for some UK cybersecurity startups.

Brad Arkin

SVP and Chief Security and Trust Officer
Cisco

As SVP, Chief Security and Trust Officer, Brad Arkin leads Cisco’s Security and Trust Organization, whose core mission is to ensure Cisco meets its security and privacy obligations to our customers, regulators, employees, and stakeholders.

Before joining Cisco, Brad was Adobe’s first Chief Security Officer and grew the security function from just a few employees to over 600 globally.

Brad serves as an Advisory Board member for both the Silicon Valley Global Innovation and Sands Capital Ventures Industry organizations and sits on the program committee for the RSA Executive Security Action Forum.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Science in Computer Science from George Washington University, and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and London Business School.

Keren Elazari

Cyber Security Analyst, Author & Researcher

Keren Elazari is internationally recognized security analyst, author and researcher, with years of experience in the international cyber security industry. Since 2000, Keren has worked with leading Israeli security firms, government organizations, Big 4 firms, advised Fortune 500 and groundbreaking startup companies, helping global organizations navigate complex cyber security issues.

Elazari’s independent research work and writing about emerging security issues has been featured by Scientific American, WIRED, and she is a frequent speaker and commentator in international events and in the media. Ms. Elazari holds a CISSP certification, an MA in Security Studies from the prestigious Security & Technology workshop at Tel Aviv University – where she is a senior researcher with the Balvatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, focusing on the complex relationships between hackers, industry and government. Elazari is also a Security Fellow and faculty member with Singularity University, a private future-forward think tank.

In 2014, Keren became the first Israeli woman to speak at the annual TED conference. Keren’s TED talk has been viewed by millions online, translated to 30 languages and selected for TED’s list of ‘Most Powerful Ideas’ and Inc.com’s list of ‘Top TED Talks of 2014’. Today, Keren’s TED talk is still one of TED’s most watched talks on the topic of security and hacking. Keren is also the founder of Israel’s largest security community event, BSidesTLV, part of the global SecurityBSides movement, and the Leading Cyber Ladies, global professional network for Women in Cyber Security.

Her collaborative book with 8 leading women, Women in Tech, was published by Penguin USA in March 2016 and became an Amazon bestseller. In July 2017, Keren was selected by Forbes as one of Israel’s “most influential women” and featured on the cover of Forbes Israel.

Jessica Taylor

Director of Product Marketing
Elastic

Jessica Taylor is Director of Product Marketing for Search Platform at Elastic. She’s spent her sixteen year career in the technology industry at companies like Atlassian and Google and is also a recovering startup founder. She has a BA in English and French from the University of Virginia and an MBA from The College of William & Mary. She lives in the Bay Area with her partner and feminist children.

Subhashree Veeraraghavan

Manager, Product Marketing
Freshworks

Subhashree is a product marketing manager for Freshservice at Freshworks. She excels in understanding customer needs, tracking market trends, orchestrating brand campaigns, and crafting holistic strategies for customer service management solutions.

Anand Raghavan

Senior Director of Engineering, AI
Cisco

As Senior Director of Engineering, AI at Cisco, Anand loves the excitement of working with world-class teams to build and market game-changing products. Anand was the cofounder and Chief Product Officer of Armorblox, the industry’s first GPT-powered protection against targeted email attacks. Cisco acquired Armorblox in July 2023 to bring generative AI powered experiences to Cisco customers. Prior to Armorblox, Anand launched ThoughtSpot out of stealth mode, and built and ran product marketing and product management teams there. Anand was a founding team member and product manager at Blue Jeans Network, helping to grow it from four employees to 200+ employees and 2,000+ customers. Before that, he held several engineering roles, including six years at NVIDIA.  Anand has a B.Tech. in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, an M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors and was named a Palmer Scholar.

Matt Riley

General Manager, Search
Elastic

Ash Kulkarni

CEO
Elastic

Matt Rose

Product Marketing Manager
Nexthink

Matt Rose is a Product Marketing Manager at Nexthink. Based in Boston, Matt has more than 10 years of experience in the technology industry and has recently joined Nexthink in 2023. Matt is passionate about meeting with customers and cultivating key cross-functional relationships to effectively bring new products to market.

Mohamed Kafsi

Engineering Manager, Analytics-AI
Nexthink

Mohamed Kafsi, PhD, is an engineer and researcher with 15+ years’ experience in the data and AI ecosystem, both in research and industry. Mohamed has worked as an Engineering Manager, Analytics-AI, at Nexthink since 2021. He is the co-founder of the conference Applied Machine Learning Days Africa, one of the largest conference around AI in Africa. Mohamed obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Machine Learning from EPFL (Switzerland), along with a Bachelor’s from Carnegie Mellon University (USA). He has numerous accolades and publications around ML and AI, which can be found at http://www.mkafsi.ch/.

David Flesh

Vice President - Product Marketing
Freshworks

David Flesh is a product and solutions marketing leader with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. David has held senior product marketing roles at some of the most influential companies in the world, such as ServiceNow and Cisco Systems. Currently, he is the Vice President of Product Marketing at Freshworks, where he leads a team of product marketers who make IT and employee experience solutions easy and enjoyable for everyone.

David’s vision is to empower organizations to delight their customers and employees with software-as-a-service solutions that are affordable, quick to implement, and designed for the end user. He believes that great experiences and engaged employees lead to better business outcomes and higher customer satisfaction.

David lives in San Diego, where he enjoys the sun and the culture. He is a fan of motorsports and classic cars. He is always curious about new technology and loves to learn new things.

Abhay Kshirsagar

Compliance Leader
Cisco

Abhay Kshirsagar is a seasoned Technology Compliance Leader with over 5 years of experience guiding organizations toward achieving compliance objectives. With a background in consulting and external auditing, Abhay deeply understands the intricacies of ensuring regulatory adherence and implementing robust security measures. Currently serving as the Compliance Leader at Cisco, Abhay spearheads critical functions such as Cisco Enterprise Compliance, CCF Controls Automation, Customer Information Clearing House (CIC), the Continuous Monitoring Office.

Robert Neel

Vice President, Security Operations
Allstate Insurance Company

Robert Neel is a vice president for information security operations for The Allstate Corporation. He is responsible for the protection operations that keeps Allstate’s information secure from external and internal cybersecurity threats.

In addition, Neel is Chief Information Security Officer for Allstate Information Protection, a subsidiary of the Allstate corporation.

Neel works across the Allstate family of companies to ensure the protection of Allstate’s customer and corporate data through his accountability for the Global Security Fusion Center, incident response, and threat and vulnerability management.

In 2003, Neel joined Allstate and advanced through several management positions of increasing scope and responsibility.  He was instrumental in establishing and expanding enterprise incident response, data loss prevention and threat detection capabilities. Under his leadership, Allstate matured an identify and access management program; leveraging technologies for authentication and authorization.  He’s also been pivotal in the management and oversight of department finances and resource management.

Among his many certifications, Neel maintains his CFE, CISSP, GOSI, GSNA, GCTI, GSLC, GLEG, and GCIH. Neel holds both an MBA from University of Illinois and a master’s in clinical psychology from Sam Houston State University.  In his time off he enjoys trips with his family and playing with technology.

With a focus on building our cybersecurity organization of the future, Neel is leading the way to strengthen our security across the entire enterprise.

Brandon Simmons

Director, Police Technology & Administrative Support
The University of Texas Police at Houston

Institutional Video Management System Stabilization and License Plate Camera Deployment

The University of Texas Police at Houston

Moving the needle from analog to digital where it matters, the University of Texas Police at Houston undertook a major technological effort to centralize three disparate video recording solutions into one comprehensive solution.

Brandon Simmons, Director, Police Technology & Administrative Support, The University of Texas Police at Houston
Mike DeNapoli

Mike DeNapoli

Director and Cybersecurity Architect
Cymulate

Mike DeNapoli is a Cyber Architect living and working in New York City. He’s assisted in disaster recovery and migration, Cloud transformation, and identity and security operations and testing for companies ranging from Mom & Pop retail shops to Fortune 100 global companies. Mike currently works with Cymulate – Breach and Attack Simulation; helping customers find ways to live safely in interesting times.

David Matalon

David Matalon

CEO and Founder
Venn

Nicole Darden Ford

Global VP & CISO
Rockwell Automation

Nicole Darden Ford is an IT strategic leader with 20-plus years of success spanning the federal government and corporate venues. Nicole has extensive knowledge and application experience in cybersecurity, cyber forensics and homeland security practices. In her current role as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Carrier, she oversees global Information Security and Product (IoT) Cybersecurity. Prior to joining Carrier, Nicole was Vice President of Information Security and Chief Information Security Officer for Baxter International where she had global responsibility for Information Security, Information Governance and IT Quality Compliance. She was also Director of Information Security for Venable LLP, an AMLAW 100 law firm. She began her career in the U.S. military and federal government, including the Jt. Chiefs of Staff, where she handled security, network engineering and telecommunications. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia. She holds C|CISO, CISM, CEH and CISSP certifications. Nicole is an active corporate advocate for inclusion and diversity initiatives, women’s leadership and employee resource groups, including the Carrier Black Alliance. She currently serves on the boards of IT-ISAC, Tech Hub South Florida and the Lola Mercedes Parker Foundation. She is a past board member of H-ISAC, NTSC and Evanta. She is a charter member of the Stafford County Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.

Jeff Binkley

Cyber Security Consultant
GSK

Ryan Boulais

CISO
AES

Ryan Boulais is the Global Chief Information Security Officer at AES, with a remit of transforming Cyber Security to align with the company’s Digital Transformation and business direction. Prior to joining AES, he was the VP of Shared Security Services for Thomson Reuters globally. Boulais was with GE for 5+ years, culminating in the VP of Global Security Operations role providing leadership and direction for cyber security incidents across 9 businesses. He spent several years in the US Army as a Military Intelligence and Civil Affairs Officer. Boulais holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He enjoys spending time with family, practicing yoga, and collecting antique maps.

Mike Elmore

CISO
GSK

Mark Finch

Global OT Cyber Security Program Lead
GSK

Mark Finch is a seasoned cyber-Security professional currently leading GSK’s global Operational Technology (OT) cyber security transformation program. Mark began his technical career over 35 years ago and has at various times been a C programmer, telecoms engineer, ethical hacker and security architect. He developed a deep interest in OT and process automation security during a 20 career designing and securing global production systems at General Motors. After moving to GSK in 2018, he developed the corporate OT security standards and governance model that are now in use throughout all GSK manufacturing and laboratory facilities worldwide and now heads up the GSK OT cyber security function. Mark is based just outside of London, UK.

James Winebrenner

CEO
Elisity

Yao Morin

Chief Technology Officer
JLL

Keith Shaw

Host
Today in Tech

Keith Shaw is a video producer and host of the Today in Tech video podcast, in which Keith and his guests discuss and break down the latest technology news and trends happening in the industry. A veteran technology journalist with more than 20 years of experiencing covering emerging technologies such as networking, computers, artificial intelligence, robotics and automation, Shaw is a technology optimist who loves explaining technical concepts to a general audience, but also discovers new trends and insights that shape the future of technology.

For many years, Shaw wrote the ‘Cool Tools’ column for Network World, and his work has appeared in publications such as Computerworld, CIO.com, Network World and Business Insider. He has produced content for Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Linux Foundation, the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), and the Pittsburgh Robotics Network, among other industry-leading companies.

Jeffrey Gardner

Practice Advisor, D&R
Rapid7

Jeffrey Gardner is Rapid7’s Practice Advisor to the Detection and Response Practice, specializing in incident response, program development, and offensive security. Jeffrey has over 20+ years of experience in information security as an analyst up through CISO in the tech, healthcare, manufacturing, e-commerce, government and military verticals. In addition to holding a library’s worth of C & G certs (CISSP, CISM, CRISC, GDAT, GPEN, GCIH, etc.) he is also a military veteran, avid gamer, comic book nerd, and lover of all “bad” horror movies.

Pete Morgan

Co-Founder & CSO
Phylum

Pete Morgan is a co-founder and CSO of Phylum. He is a recognized security researcher and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in information security, software development and executive leadership. Pete’s background in offensive security drives his passion for creating and sharing the best defenses against the growing number of software supply chain attacks originating in the open-source ecosystem.

Ilker Taskaya

Field CTO Compliance Solutions
Delphix

Ilker Taskaya is an experienced technology leader with expertise in data security and compliance. He began his career as a database analyst and has since gained extensive experience across multiple verticals. He co-founded the data masking solution at Axis Technology which was acquired by Delphix and holds several patents in the data security field. Ilker has over 25 years of experience in financial services and insurance and was recently promoted to Field CTO for Compliance Solutions at Delphix.

Mick Leach

Field CISO
Abnormal Security

Mick Leach is Head of Security Operations at Abnormal Security, where he is responsible for threat monitoring and detection, incident response and handling, vulnerability management, and identity and access management. A cornerstone to his mission is ensuring that Abnormal employees stay safe from email attacks using, you guessed it—Abnormal. Prior to joining Abnormal, he led security operations and engineering teams at Alliance Data and Nationwide Insurance, and previously spent more than 8 years serving in the US Army’s famed Cavalry Regiments.

He is a passionate information security practitioner with 7 active certifications from SANS/GIAC. When not digging through logs or discussing operational metrics, Mick can typically be found on a soccer field, coaching one of his 13 kids.

Dave Ruedger

VP, Enterprise Technology Services and Chief Information Security Officer
Sunrun

Dave Ruedger is the VP, Enterprise Technology Services and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Sunrun, the largest solar installer in the United States. Sunrun also provides grid services integration as a Distributed Energy Resource for homes with battery storage, which helped the state of California avoid extensive power outages during a record heatwave in 2022. Dave holds CISSP and CRISC certifications and has over 25 years of experience developing and managing security programs for organizations as diverse as pre-IPO startups to large Fortune 500 enterprises. Prior to Sunrun, Dave was the CISO for Invitae, a leader in oncology focused genetic testing, and Risk Management Solutions (RMS), a company that provides catastrophic risk models and analytics to the insurance industry. Prior to that Dave was CTO of his own company that provided a platform for secure customer data acquisition and marketing data analytics for large enterprises like HP, Toshiba, Orbitz and Equifax, among others.

Barak Eilam

CEO
NICE

Barak Eilam is the CEO of NICE, he leads the company’s vision, strategy, growth, and innovation with over 8,500 employees globally serving 25,000 organizations in more than 150 countries.

Since he became CEO in 2014, Eilam transformed NICE into a leader in cloud, analytics, digital and Artificial Intelligence (AI) through ground-breaking innovations and strategic acquisitions. Under his leadership, the company became the undisputed leader in all its domains, ranked #1 by all leading market analysts. In the last 9 years NICE revenue more than doubled, growth accelerated significantly and its profitability more than tripled, resulting in a seven-fold increase in market cap.

Eilam started his career as an engineer at NICE in 1999 and in his 24 years with the company held multiple senior leadership roles in R&D, product management and sales. Eilam established and led the company’s Analytics business, spearheading NICE’s transformation into an enterprise software company. Prior to becoming the CEO, Eilam served as the President of NICE Americas, significantly expanding NICE’s customer base, providing solutions to 85 of the Fortune 100 organizations.

Eilam’s passion for technology goes beyond his role as a CEO. He created a global initiative to promote equality, instilling the passion for technology in young girls. He is known for voicing his opinion publicly about the values of excellence, equality and transparency. He authored multiple patents and most recently has been named 2020 CEO of the Year by Calcalist, a leading financial newspaper in Israel.

Prior to joining NICE, Mr. Eilam was an officer in the Intelligence Corps of the Israeli army.

Mr. Eilam holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University. Eilam lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

Glenn Dally

Security Advisor & Architect, US National Market Southwest
IBM

Glenn is an advocate of cyber security programs that revolve around a custom framework that adheres to the NIST CSF and aligns with business and industry drivers. He is a champion of governance, risk, and compliance, and his information security leadership spans the areas of data security/privacy, compliance management, identity management, security awareness, cyber defense, architecture, and resiliency.

Since joining IBM in April of 2020, he’s been an integral part of the CISO2CISO program, sharing experiences as part of an open discussion. He’s created the Ransomware Risk Framing Workshop and the Short Sprint IR Tabletop Exercise. As an alum of the FBI CISO Academy and active member, he can share the IBM Security point-of-view and what he is hearing from peer networks.

Goh Ser Yoong

Head of Compliance, Advance.AI
ISACA Emerging Trends Working Group Member

Goh Ser Yoong  MBA, CISA, CISM, CISSP, CGEIT, CCSK, CDPSE

Ser Yoong is a seasoned technology professional who has held various roles with multinational corporations, consulting and also SMEs from various industries. He is recognized as a subject matter expert in the areas of cybersecurity, audit, risk and compliance from his working experience, having held various certifications and was also recognized as one of the Top 30 CSOs in 2021 from IDG.

As part of volunteering and giving back to society, Ser Yoong serves as board members in various local non-profit associations such as ISACA and Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) as well as a team member in various global ISACA working groups. He has spoken in multiple conferences and forums on various startup and technical topics such as cybersecurity and cloud computing as well as workshops for local government agencies. Aside from serving in local and regional mentoring programs, he has also been invited as guest lecturer for industry sharing with various educational institutions.

Mary Carmichael

Enterprise Risk Management Consultant, Momentum Technology
Member of the ISACA Global Risk Advisory Committee and the ISACA Emerging Trends Working Group

Mary Carmichael is an Enterprise Risk Management Consultant,  with a career spanning over 15 years. Specializing in internal controls, IT governance, and emerging risk assessments, her comprehensive expertise has benefitted a diverse array of sectors, including higher education, utilities, government, and energy. As a member of the ISACA Global Risk Advisory Committee and the ISACA Emerging Trends Working Group, as well as serving as Vice President for ISACA’s Vancouver Canada Chapter, Mary is an acknowledged leader in the evolving landscape of risk management. She is particularly invested in the emergent field of Generative AI, exploring its critical impact on control functions within organizations. As a thought leader, Mary has authored several white papers that have shaped industry perspectives, notably “Using Risk Tolerance for Enterprise Strategy” and “Incorporating Risk Management in Agile Projects.” Her list of certifications include CRISC, CISA, CPA, COSO ERM and CSM,  demonstrating her commitment to professional development and adherence to industry standards.

John Velisaris

Associate Partner, Security Services
IBM

John Velisaris is the Global Program Director for the Threat Management portfolio of services at IBM Security Services. Before his role directing the threat management portfolio, John led the Security Intelligence and Operations Consulting (SIOC) group for IBM Security in North America. Prior to IBM, John worked for JP Morgan Chase, Washington Mutual and KPMG.

David Badanes

Director of Cybersecurity Program and Partnerships
AES Corporation

David Badanes is Director of Cybersecurity Program and Partnerships of the AES Corporation, a Fortune 500 multinational company with electricity generation, distribution, and storage assets across thirteen countries. In this role, he coordinates with the CISO and a global team to implement a strategy to protect and defend operational assets, securely integrate new investments and technologies into our portfolio, and elevate cyber risk as a business driver to the executives within the company. Additionally, a critical priority of his work is to improve the cyber awareness of more than 12,000 employees, contractors and partners through customized training, focused messaging, and a phishing simulation program. David joined AES from Deloitte where he led teams conducting risk-based cybersecurity consulting for federal, financial services, and energy clients. David graduated with distinction from Duke University. In his free time, he enjoys coaching his sons’ Little League teams, with occasional success.

Beyond SAT to Security Behavior Change and Human Risk Management

AES

Rethink human risk management comprehensively, beyond the siloed approach to traditional programs, to build meaningful change in security awareness and training. From executive leadership to employee engagement to key metrics, find out how to implement a successful program.

David Badanes, Director of Cybersecurity Program and Partnerships, AES Corporation

Torsten George

Cybersecurity Evangelist
Absolute Software

Torsten is Absolute’s in-house cybersecurity evangelist with over 28 years of global experience. He is an internationally recognized IT security expert, author, and speaker, regularly providing commentary and publishing articles on data breaches, insider threats, compliance frameworks, and IT security best practices.

Donna Hart

Chief Information Security Officer
Ally Financial

Donna Hart serves as Chief Information Security Officer at Ally Financial. Prior to joining Ally in February 2021, she held senior leadership positions at Wells Fargo within Global Production Services, Network Infrastructure, End User Services, and Enterprise Project Management. While at Wells Fargo, Hart served as Senior Vice President of Security Infrastructure Engineering and Network Security, leading enterprise-wide technology strategic programs and initiatives. Hart earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Appalachian State University, majoring in computer information services. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of Appalachian State University Walker School of Business and advocates for animal charitable organizations. 

Mary K. Pratt

Contributing Editor, Computerworld/CIO/CSO
Foundry, an IDG Inc. Company

Mary K. Pratt is an award-winning journalist who current writes about enterprise IT and cybersecurity strategy and management topics. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including CIO, CSO and Computerworld. She has covered many other topics, too, including general business and economic news, during her career as a freelance journalist and as a newspaper staff reporter and editor. Mary spends her nonwork time with her husband and their children, and has served in various volunteer positions in her community. She’s also an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys running, swimming, hiking, skiing, snowboarding and walking the family dog.

Tera Ladner

Vice President, Information Risk Management and Governance
Aflac Inc

Tera Ladner joined Aflac in 2015 as director of Information Governance at Aflac Incorporated to build a program to identify and classify all information to ensure proper protection and management. In 2019, she was promoted to her current role as vice president of Information Risk Management and Governance.

As a senior executive on Aflac’s Global Information Security leadership team, Ladner consistently applies defensible, risk-based approaches to assess vendors, evaluate emerging technologies, risks and informationhandling methodologies. She and her team ensure Aflac can effectively and efficiently validate security posture, practices and evidence to external assessors.

Previously, she was group vice president of Information Governance at SunTrust Bank, now Truist, in Atlanta.

Ladner is a renowned thought leader in the cybersecurity industry. She actively participates in industry-aligned groups, such as the Evanta CISO community and the Executive Women’s Forum. She is a policy council member for the National Technology Security Council. Her dedication to sharing information about best practices, legal and regulatory impacts to programs, and cataloguing new and emerging threatactor practices helps guide the industry to safer waters by helping others within the industry move in that same direction.

She has served in various leadership positions, including president for ARMA International, a global professional association for security, information governance and privacy professionals. She is a certified records manager, information governance professional and information security manager.  

Ladner earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of South Alabama and a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgia State University.

Brendan Lafond

Director – Agile Transformation
Wesco

Brendan Lafond is a Director of Agile Transformation at Wesco with more than 16 years of experience in the IT industry. His background in support, development, product management, and Agile transformation provides a well-rounded set of skills to support his current role of driving DevSecOps evolution at Wesco. As a passionate advocate for developer experience and ease of use, he leads a platform engineering and coaching team. He is responsible for leading the enhancement, adoption, and strategy for Wesco’s CICD platform and integration of secure by design best practices that provide feedback about application security, starting with a developer’s initial commit.

Before Wesco, Brendan served as a leader in product management at DellEMC for 5+ years. He drove initiatives to build a new platform for Internet of Things connectivity, enabling secure remote services and connections between customer equipment and DellEMC. Additionally, Brendan was responsible for leading the prioritization of security remediation, the implementation of CICD, and release management.

Danyel Anderson

Senior Director of Cybersecurity
ABM Industries

Danyel Anderson is a Senior Director of Cybersecurity at ABM with more than 22 years’ experience successfully driving innovation and collaboration across teams, minimizing financial and compliance risks, and optimizing operations to achieve sustainable business growth. As an engaging leader known for her ability to mobilize global teams to adopt new technology solutions, Danyel enhances operational processes while saving time and resources.

In her current role, Danyel is responsible for identity and access management transformation, business continuity management & IT disaster recovery, and partners with Legal, Risk and Internal Audit. With ITIL Expert and Six Sigma Green Belt certifications, Danyel’s career is marked by noteworthy process improvement achievements that enhance global operations. She has established herself as the go-to person senior leadership teams turn to for effective change management and digital transformation strategies that deliver business results.

She serves as the chair for the Women at ABM Impact Group and was recognized as part of the 2023 Security Industry Association Women in Security Forum Power 100.

Stephanie Franklin-Thomas

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer
ABM Industries

Stephanie Franklin-Thomas is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at ABM Industries. As ABM’s first CISO, Stephanie is credited with driving security strategy and transformation with a specific emphasis on the development of a risk-based, fit-for-purpose program. As a senior information technology executive with more than 24 years of experience, Stephanie has assisted public and privately held companies in a variety of industries to transform and protect their businesses worldwide.

She has a demonstrated track record in leading successful large-scale technology focused transformation initiatives, optimizing technology enablement to support business initiatives in complex, global business environments, and executing M&A transactions across the deal lifecycle in domestic and global markets. She also brings deep corporate governance experience through her work with corporate boards, including audit, risk and compliance committees and is qualified to serve on audit committees as a regulatory compliance expert.

Stephanie’s recent accomplishments include being a 2022 Top Global CISOs winner, being on the 2023 Women in IT Awards Series shortlist for Security Leader of the Year and is a 50 Women to Watch for Boards finalist.

Sourabh Satish

CTO & Co-Founder
Pangea Cyber

Sourabh Satish is a serial entrepreneur and has a long-standing accomplished career in Cyber Security. During his 25+ years of working in the security industry, Sourabh has designed and implemented many ground-breaking security products and technologies. He is a prolific innovator with more than 225 issued patents and many pending. As CTO and Co-Founder at Pangea, Sourabh is leading an engineering team of talented and passionate engineers who are building state of the art cloud native, SPaaS(Security Platform as a Service) that enables developers to embed security in the applications and expedite time to market. Prior to founding Pangea, Sourabh was the Co-founder and CTO for Phantom Cyber, which was acquired by Splunk in 2018, just three years after founding. There, he architected and implemented much of the product, Phantom, a category-defining and industry-leading product for SOAR (Security Orchestration and Automation). Prior to Phantom Cyber, Sourabh was a Distinguished Engineer at Symantec, where he developed a wide range of security products and technologies. Today Sourabh is also an advisor to many security startups in the industry.

Shobhit Mehta

Director, Security & Compliance
Headspace

Shobhit is the Security & Compliance Director at Headspace, an on-demand mental health company in San Francisco, CA. Prior to Headspace, he worked for 11+ years in different facets of Security & Information Assurance with HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, PayPal, & Fidelity Investments to build and mature their security and compliance programs.

He also works with ISACA to develop the exam questions for flagship certifications such as CISA, CISM, CGEIT, serves as the technical reviewer for CGEIT & CISA Review Manual, and is a published author for ISACA’s COBIT 5 journal. He regularly presents at industry conferences such as (ISC)2 Security Congress, BSidesSF, and maintains a personal blog (GRCMusings.com) to deconstruct the jargons related to GRC & Healthcare. He is also an accomplished author, having published a book on ISACA’s CRISC certification.

Shobhit completed his MS in Cybersecurity from Northeastern University, Boston, and holds CISSP, CCSP, CRISC, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, HITRUST CCSFP, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, and ITIL Foundation certifications.

Ronald Buglione

Director, Threat Intelligence & Incident Response
Cox Automotive Inc

Ronald Buglione is an accomplished professional with more than 17 years of experience in the cybersecurity field. He is currently a director at Cox Automotive, a privately-held global automotive services and software company with more than 30 businesses and 30,000 employees, where he oversees the Threat Intelligence and Incident Response Program. Ronald’s extensive background includes data analysis, security engineering, infrastructure deployment and integrations, forensics, email/endpoint/network protection, incident response, threat intelligence, SOC operations, threat detection and threat hunting.

Through the course of Ronald’s career, he built Threat Detection and Incident Response programs, a formal Threat Intelligence program, deployed and integrated numerous security infrastructures, created DDoS protection programs, investigated and resolved security issues, and helped steer company strategies to strengthen organizational security.

Ronald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Security Systems, awarded from Farmingdale State College and holds professional security certifications including CISSP, CISM, CCSP, GCIH and GSEC. He is also an active member of the ISC2 Long Island chapter.

Rishabh Nath

Information Security Engineer
Cisco

Rishabh Nath is an Information Security Engineer in the Global Cloud Compliance (GCC) organization at Cisco. Rishabh has been a member of the Cisco team since 2022. Prior to Cisco, Rishabh worked as a FedRAMP Compliance Lead and Advisor at IBM. Rishabh specializes in cybersecurity, continuous monitoring (ConMon), and FedRAMP.

Max Graupner

VP, Security and Audit
RunBuggy

Max Graupner (VP, Security and Audit) is responsible for Cybersecurity and enterprise information technology at RunBuggy. With over 15 years of experience in positions across IT Advisory, IT Consulting, and Cybersecurity, Max has developed and implemented information security programs for various companies across the financial, retail, technology, and transportation industries. Before he joined RunBuggy in 2020, Mr. Graupner was part of KPMG’s global IT Advisory and Cyber Security practice where he helped CISOs and IT leaders build out and mature their programs. Max is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) and received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi.

John Dearman

Security Architect
The Aaron's Company, Inc.

John Dearman is the Information Security Architect at The Aaron’s Company, Inc where he and his team manage the organization’s cyber security architecture, red team initiatives, threat intelligence, and security control validation. After receiving his BS in computer science from Sam Houston State University, John began his career as a PHP developer. Eventually John found his way to the offensive security world, where he would go on to perform penetration tests against numerous Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and even political campaign groups. John and his wife, Laurelyn, have a blended family of 5 kids, and when he’s not at youth sporting event (basketball, softball, baseball, and more), he can be found hunting, fishing, or riding dirt bikes.

Jamie Harvey

Lead Cyber Defense and Operations Analyst
Penn Medicine

Jamie has as over ten years of experience in Information Technology, spending the last seven years in Cybersecurity. Jamie joined Penn Medicine in 2017 as a junior security operations analyst and is now the team lead. The best part about Jamie’s role with Penn Medicine is working alongside a group of incredibly dedicated, supportive, and talented colleagues.

Jacob Birmingham

VP of Product Development
Camelot Secure

Jacob Birmingham is VP of Product Development at Camelot Secure. He currently leads the company’s Hunt Incident Response Team based out of Huntsville, Alabama. In the past 5 years, Jacob has focused his attention to Cybersecurity, Ethical Hacking and holds certifications in CISM, CISSP. He holds a BS Degree from the University of Central Florida in Computer Engineering, and a master’s degree in management information systems from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Jacob’s specialty focuses on the improvement and security of all cyber business-related processes to deliver the highest quality products to end user customers.

Eric Cardinal

Expert Cyber Risk Architect
Delta Dental California

Eric Cardinal currently serves at Delta Dental of California as an Expert Cyber Risk Architect, where his expertise is channeled into researching, designing, and developing enterprise technologies, architectures, and security products. Entrusted with the vital role of ensuring a robust security posture, Eric’s vast responsibilities span from overseeing security assets, refining cyber risk reduction strategies, to ensuring the seamless integration of new cybersecurity technologies. This role emphasizes understanding the flow of data and the ever-evolving security threats that loom over it. Eric liaises with security experts, application developers, and various functional architects, ensuring that DDC remains ahead of emerging security threats, vulnerabilities, and risks. Before his journey at DDC, Eric served at HealthStream for a decade, where he honed his expertise in application security architecture. He was instrumental in formulating HealthStream’s security frameworks and laid the foundation for their secure coding education program, integrating security tools and concepts into their software development lifecycle. With over 20 years spent as a developer and architect in industries such as defense, law enforcement, and healthcare. This experience in different industries makes him adept at understanding diverse security requirements and challenges. His history is further accentuated by his academic background, having earned a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida.

Throughout his career, Eric has remained committed to elevating security standards, ensuring data integrity, and leveraging his vast experience to foster a safer digital ecosystem.

Kasturi Puramwar

Information Security Engineer
Equinix

Kasturi Puramwar is part of CERT team at Equinix, focusing on detection and response functions. She is experienced in Cloud/Corp Incident Response and Forensics, IR runbook development etc. She is passionate about Cybersecurity and has a strong desire to learn and share the earned knowledge.

Dustin Dalton

Senior Manager, Global Security Engineering
Equinix

Dustin Dalton is the Senior Manager of Global Security Engineering at Equinix with previous experience in Incident Response, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Fraud Operations and Big Data Engineering. He shares Equinix’s passion in helping organizations stay safe from cyber threats by taking advantage of the opportunities that digital transformation provides.

Dennis Legori

Associate Director – Security Awareness & Digital Communications
Carrier

Dennis Legori has been involved in Security Awareness since 2013 and has built and led global security awareness programs at Total System Services (fintech) and Carrier (manufacturing and technology).

Legori’s areas of specialization include phishing simulations, gamification, digital transformation, and user engagement. Carrier’s Security Awareness program was built in early 2020 during the COVID pandemic, following Carrier’s spinoff from United Technologies. Responsible for protecting more than 60,000 users worldwide, the program has received numerous industry awards including the CSO50 award in 2021, three KnowBe4 Awards (for Best User Story, Best Phishing template, and Best Landing Page), the CSO50 Award for the Enterprise Defender’s Program in 2022, and the CSO50 Award for the Effectiveness of Phishing Competitions in 2023.

Legori holds a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in public administration from Kerala University.

Christopher Surage

Vice President Cybersecurity
Blackstone

Christopher Surage is a vice president on the cybersecurity team at Blackstone. He handles all aspects of application security including strategy and operations, and also works on secure architecture design and cloud security.
Prior to his current role, Surage held various positions related to application and product security which included senior engineering positions at Zoom and BlackRock.

He received a BE in Electrical Engineering from Stonybrook University and an MS in Computer Science at New York University. He also received his Certified information systems security professional (CISSP) certification from the International Information Security Certification Consortium.

Edgar Padua

Solutions Consultant
Nexthink

Edgar Padua is a Solution Consultant at Nexthink supporting the West coast US region.

Luis Dunn

Solutions Consultant
Nexthink

Luis Dunn is a Solution Consultant at Nexthink supporting the South-Central US region.

Scott Pope

Business Value Architect EMEA
Nexthink

Scott Pope is a Business Value Architect at Nexthink and an accomplished IT leader, with senior level leadership experience spanning all areas of IT Infrastructure and Project Delivery.

Niranjan Ramsunder

Chief Technology Officer
UST

Niranjan Ramsunder is UST’s Chief Technology Officer and Head of Data Services. In his role, Niranjan drives technical innovation and integrates best in class agile methodologies, DevOps, test automation, and cloud development to meet customers’ most challenging business needs.

Before his appointment as CTO, Niranjan was Global Head of Solutions responsible for identifying and delivering IT solutions across industry verticals, with a focus on the healthcare space. He joined UST in 2006 and served as Director of Technical Services overseeing pre-sales for client prospects in London. From 1997 to 2006, Niranjan was Vice President for Ness Global Services and served as Managing Consultant with Coopers & Lybrand. He began his career in the Indian Railways Service as an Engineer.

Niranjan’s experience spans many industry verticals and geographies. As Head of Data Services, he helps large clients transform into data-driven organizations and drive effective business solutions, from data ingestion to advanced analytics. His work is instrumental in helping clients leverage cutting-edge big data engineering and analytics while ensuring strong data governance, security, and stewardship. Niranjan is also responsible for the success of key UST portfolio companies, all of which bring unique, specialized competencies.

Penn Medicine Cybersecurity Phishing Detection & Response Initiative

Penn Medicine

Email phishing attempts are becoming increasingly sophisticated and difficult to detect. This project’s 24×7 Phishing Detection & Response service uses the latest global intelligence on emerging phishing attacks and leverages employees’ submissions to detect and remove malicious emails more efficiently.

Jamie Harvey, Lead Cyber Defense and Operations Analyst, Penn Medicine

Mia Boom-Ibes

Vice President of Security Innovation, Strategy, Analytics and Governance, Risk and Compliance
Allstate Insurance Company

Mia Boom-Ibes is Vice President of Security Innovation, Strategy, Analytics and Governance, Risk and Compliance for Allstate Insurance Company. In this role, she is responsible for Allstate’s cybersecurity strategy and priorities. She manages relationships with key business and technology stakeholders to ensure alignment and enable consistency across the enterprise.

Mia’s leadership of the Governance, Risk and Compliance teams reduces corporate risk by strengthening the protection of Allstate’s most valuable assets, providing supplier security risk management and ensuring the organizations’ compliance with regulations.

In addition, Mia leads an Innovation and Analytics team to develop new capabilities and services in cybersecurity. Her team collaborates with research groups within Allstate as well as international academic groups and organizations to address global challenges such as digital identity, security and privacy in big data and security analytics.

Prior to becoming a vice president at Allstate in July of 2017, Mia was a director in Allstate Information Security with responsibility for setting the strategy and direction for information security governance, risk and compliance efforts across the corporation.

She spearheaded the creation of the company’s first Enterprise Information Security Policy and Information Security Risk Management program aligned with industry best practices and frameworks.In addition, Mia has designed and built security governance programs to obtain or retain PCI compliance status at multiple institutions.

Mia began her Allstate career in 2012 as an information security compliance and consulting manager, quickly progressing to roles of increasing leadership. She previously served in information security roles at John Deere Financial, PwC Consulting and Discover Financial Services.

In 2022, Mia joined the board of directors for Lumity, a non-profit organization that provides teenagers and young adults from under-resourced communities with transformational experiences that prepare them for lifelong STEM careers. As a director, Mia is responsible for strategic guidance and oversight at Lumity.

Mia holds CISSP and CISM certifications and bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Benedict. As the proud mother of four sons, Mia leads an active lifestyle balancing her work responsibilities with learning new skills in mixed martial arts and enjoying time with her husband and children.

Kris Burkhardt

Chief Information Security Officer
Accenture

As Accenture’s chief information security officer, Kris leads a global team of over 800 security experts charged with protecting company, client and employee data.

Kris is accountable for security operations, client data protection, cyber risk reduction strategies, incident response, the cybersecurity integration of acquisitions and an industry-recognized employee behavioral change program.

Prior to being appointed CISO, Kris helped create Accenture’s global Information Security capability and led the implementation of Accenture’s information security technology. Before that, he led large complex technology implementations for Accenture and for clients.

Kris joined Accenture in 1995, and has served clients in the United States, Japan and Australia in a variety of industries. He holds an Economics degree from the University of Michigan.

Prabhath Karanth

Global Head of Security & Trust
Navan

Prabhath Karanth (PK) is a seasoned security leader with 16+ years of leading global, cross -functional teams across hyper-growth startups, fortune 50 and big 4 consulting firms. He is the Global Head of Security & Trust at Tripactions where his organization drives several defensive and offensive security disciplines and is responsible for Product Security & Research, Detection & Response, GRC and Security Architecture & Engineering. His organization also serves as the single voice for security both with customers and employees through the Trust function.

Prior to Tripactions, PK served as a security leader in Adobe for 9+ years where he drove several initiatives to level up security as Adobe reinvented itself in the cloud and grew from $30B to $300B business. Prior to Adobe, PK was with PwC, advising fortune 100 companies on info sec strategy, governance, operations & technologies. PK is active in the security community and advice startups on product & business strategy, market positioning and to solve security and business problems at scale. PK also mentors several professionals and presents in national and international conferences on thought leadership topics. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in electronics & communications engineering and holds CISA, CISSP, CIPT, CDPSE, ISO 27001 Lead Implementor & PCI ISA certifications.

Blackstone’s Threat Based Rapid Vulnerability Eradication

Blackstone

Seeking to improve its security remediation program, the program used design partnerships with multiple vendors to bring vulnerability data into a single source of truth, automating deduplication and vulnerability triage. The result of combining automation with threat intelligence prioritizes remediating the highest risks.

Christopher Surage, Vice President Cybersecurity, Blackstone

Mark Austin Ph.D.

VP, Data Science
AT&T Chief Data Office

Dr. Austin currently manages a team of ~250 Data Science and developers in the Chief Data Office applying AI, machine learning and automation with applications across many areas of the company such as Fraud, Field Operations, Consumer, Security, Supply Chain, and Corporate functions.  His team has developed innovative solutions for large scale routing problems, implemented closed loop AI classification systems and recommendation engines, operationalized computer vision, and improved process and people productivity by deploying an operating >3,000 BOTS company-wide.

With 29 years of experience, Austin has also held a variety of leadership and staff roles in running technology planning operations across South Florida, Puerto Rico and the Southeast.

Dr. Austin has chaired various industry technical standards committees, is the co-author on 5 books, has published more than 20 reviewed technical papers, been granted over 100 patents, and is on a number of advisory boards in academia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland (summa cum laude), a doctor of philosophy degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and is the recipient of the Sigma Xi Thesis Award for his research on various topics related to optimizing cellular systems. He enjoys running, cycling and boating and is based in Plano, Texas.

Bradley Cooper

AVP, Technology
SASR Workforce Solutions

Bradley Cooper is an accomplished leader with a diverse and extensive professional background. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Technology at SASR Workforce Solutions, a prominent staffing company based in Cary, North Carolina. In this role, he leads the company’s technological initiatives, overseeing implementation, and maintenance of cutting-edge technology solutions that align with the company’s business objectives.

Before assuming his current position, he served as the Director of Information Technology at SASR Workforce Solutions, focusing on optimizing the company’s technology infrastructure and operations. He played an instrumental role in harnessing AI technology to streamline the staffing business, reducing time-to-hire and enhancing the candidate experience. With his background in technology and his strategic mindset, Bradley continues to be a driving force behind SASR’s innovative technology strategies, ensuring the company remains agile and competitive in the ever-evolving staffing industry.

Prior to his leadership roles at SASR, Bradley’s career journey included experiences across various industries. From his years in the U.S. Army, where he served in roles ranging from Medic to Healthcare Recruiter, to his time as the Assistant Director of Operations for the NC Dental Society Mission of Mercy, and even a Shipbuilder and Radio DJ, his career path exemplifies his adaptability, dedication to excellence, and commitment to continuous learning. His journey underscores his ability to lead and adapt in dynamic environments, making Bradley a driving force for the technological advancements and innovation within SASR Workforce Solutions and beyond.

Bradley is continuing his lifelong passion for volunteering as a mentor for military members, veterans, and their spouses through Veterati and as a member of the American Staffing Association’s Technology Taskforce.

Craton

Pangea Cyber

Have you been asked to do more with less? This project was formed to strategize the huge compliance and operations security burden of a small team, and its detail-oriented approach takes automation to a higher level.

Sourabh Satish, CTO & Co-Founder, Pangea Cyber

Overcoming Challenges: Our Incident Response Program Journey

Cox Automotive

This incident response program was implemented to correctly identify, investigate, and resolve cybersecurity incidents, protecting the organization’s bottom line. By sharing the lessons learned from specific security incidents more broadly across the enterprise, this initiative promotes cyber resilience by facilitating improvements in processes based on the facts of the incident.

Ronald Buglione, Director, Threat Intelligence & Incident Response, Cox Automotive Inc

Guardian

RunBuggy

The promise of machine learning is to automate time-consuming manual tasks. Find out how this internally developed project – deployed as a lightweight application running as a container in Kubernetes – help the operational and security teams identify bad actors, potential fraud, and more with the anticipation to augment the application with machine learning algorithms.

Max Graupner, VP, Security and Audit, RunBuggy

Frontline Team Member Passwordless MFA

ABM Industries

Extending digital network identifies for frontline team members for the first time, this project not only enhances security through passwordless multifactor authentication on shared mobile devices but also uses modern security tools to elevate the employee experience.

Danyel Anderson, Senior Director of Cybersecurity, ABM Industries
Stephanie Franklin-Thomas, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, ABM Industries

API Fortress: Next-Gen Secure Integration

Delta Dental Insurance

Smartly tackling application security, this project standardized authorization, inter-service communication, and behavioral traffic analysis, providing tailored security via policy as code.

Eric Cardinal, Expert Cyber Risk Architect, Delta Dental California

CMMC eDiscovery Tool

Camelot Secure

Tackling compliance and risk management, this project combined a custom-built Python script tool with generative AI to enhance its capabilities and speed the development process – reducing its secure storage requirements and saving money and staff time.

Jacob Birmingham, VP of Product Development, Camelot Secure

Privacy Operations Center

Headspace

Following a merger, security teams face a number of challenges that require working closely with colleagues in product, engineering, legal and privacy. Find out how this project navigated multi-country regulations and compliance requirements in the healthcare space to develop a privacy operations center and dedicated privacy tool.

Shobhit Mehta, Director, Security & Compliance, Headspace

Security at the Speed of Trust: Creating a Security-as-Code Model

Equinix

To modernize its security approach, this project built a security data lake to ground its operations and serve a single source of truth to enrich datasets and enable automation across controls to improve governance, risk management, prevention, detection, and threat response.

Dustin Dalton, Senior Manager, Global Security Engineering, Equinix
Kasturi Puramwar, Information Security Engineer, Equinix

 

Secure by Design

Wesco

Rather than pushing vulnerability scans until just before production release, the project embedded cybersecurity scans throughout the development lifecycle to vastly improve developer training, release schedules, reduction in unplanned work, and ultimately the overall cybersecurity of the application.

Brendan Lafond, Director – Agile Transformation, Wesco

Security Control Validation Platform

Aaron's

A replacement for a commercial solution, this project is a custom-built security control validation tool that stands as an example of how every mid- to large-sized business should be auditing, testing, and upgrading systems to contend with real-world threats.

John Dearman, Security Architect, The Aaron’s Company, Inc.

Cisco Federal Operational Security Stack

Cisco

FedRAMP – the U.S. Federal Government’s cloud compliance framework – is rigorous, lengthy and expensive, requiring stringent application and operational security controls and ongoing accreditation post-certification. Find out how Cisco created the Federal Operational Security Stack to accelerate the path to FedRAMP authorization.

Abhay Kshirsagar, Compliance Leader, Cisco

The Effectiveness of Phishing Competitions and its Effect on Incident Reporting

Carrier

To encourage employees to report phishing incidents, this project launched the Elite Pro Phishing competition, a fun and effective gamification of cybersecurity – that got measurable results.

Dennis Legori, Associate Director, Security Awareness & Digital Communications, Carrier

Daniel Priest

Cloud & Digital Leader
PwC

Dan has 26 years of strategy, operations and technology leadership experience.  He’s responsible for driving the next wave of growth for PwC’s Cloud & Digital business, positioning the firm as a premier digital business partner capable of reinvention across a full range of offerings.

Allice Shandler - Events Director at IDC Canada

Allice Shandler

Events Director
IDC Canada

Allice Shandler, a seasoned event management professional, orchestrates captivating and seamless experiences in the technology, hospitality, entertainment, and manufacturing industries. With a proven track record spanning the past 25 years, she skillfully designs and executes a multitude of events, both virtual and in-person, to bring together like-minded individuals for the purpose of sharing knowledge and forging connections. She is an energetic leader who enjoys leading with empathy and embodying the science of emotional intelligence.

From her time as an Assistant Cruise Director with Princess Cruises to her role as the National Virtual Events Manager and subject matter expert during the pandemic at KPMG Canada, and currently as the Director of events with IDC and Foundry, Allice’s journey reflects a mastery of marketing integration, project logistics, and alignment with sales strategies, all underscored by her meticulous attention to detail. Allice Shandler exudes a passion for hosting and connecting with peers both on the stage and during carefully crafted industry events. She brings an unmatched ability to curate engaging experiences that resonate across industries and captivate audiences around the globe.

Beth Lavender

Knowledge and Process Intelligence Leader
MITRE Corporation

Beth Lavender is a senior leader at the MITRE Corporation with responsibility for advancing the Knowledge and Process Intelligence Portfolio within MITRE’s Enterprise Computing, Information, and Security (ECIS) organization. She is responsible for a broad range of information activities from improved decision making to anticipatory knowledge delivery and digitally guided personalized processes.

Sean Goetz

Director, Retail Product Technology
CarMax

Sean leads the upper funnel retail technology teams for CarMax, focused on supporting the acquisition and education of customers as they navigate the process of finding the perfect vehicle.

Since joining CarMax in 2015, Sean has been passionate about building high-performing teams dedicated to providing product teams with the web technologies needed to deliver a customer-focused retail experience. His teams have modernized the technology that powers CarMax.com today and they continue to push the boundary of what’s possible through innovation and emerging technology. Before joining CarMax, Sean honed his technological expertise in the automotive insurance industry at GEICO, where he held various positions focused on supporting and modernizing claims systems.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Christopher Newport University and an MBA from the University of Mary Washington. In his free time, he loves to be his son’s cheerleader and to long-distance run.

 

Mike Massimino, Former NASA Astronaut & Best-Selling Author of Spaceman

Mike Massimino

Former NASA Astronaut & Best-Selling Author of Spaceman

Mike Massimino is a former NASA Astronaut, a New York Times bestselling author, a Columbia University engineering professor, and an advisor at The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

A veteran of two space shuttle missions and four spacewalks, Mike was the first person to tweet from space, holds the team record for the most spacewalking time on a single space shuttle mission, and successfully completed the most complicated spacewalk ever attempted to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Mike persisted through three rejections over 7 years on his way to becoming an astronaut, including overcoming a medical disqualification by training his eyes and brain to see better.

He has had a recurring role as himself on the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory, is the host for the Science Channel Series The Planets and Beyond, was featured in National Geographic Television’s One Strange Rock, is a frequent expert guest on news programs and late night television (including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, and The Late Show with David Letterman), and has been called the real-life astronaut who inspired George Clooney’s role in the movie Gravity. He lives in New York City.

Customer Journey

Avery Dennison

We strive to have a top-down customer-centric culture that influences employees’ day-to-day actions and decisions at every level. Based on a comprehensive survey, our top customers shared that our products are high quality but that we aren’t easy to do business with. To address their overall experience, we launched a Digital CX program to consolidate the efforts to enable digital marketing, customer relationship management, product configuration, pricing and quotation, order management, and advanced analytics in over 25 countries across our Retail Branding Information Solutions (RBIS) business.

Joe Sullivan - CEO, Ukraine Friends, Former CSO, Uber

Joe Sullivan

CEO, Ukraine Friends
Former CSO, Uber

Joe Sullivan has been working at the intersection of government, technology, and security since before the Internet went mainstream. He’s dedicated his career to helping to make the online world a safer place for everyone, where businesses and people can thrive without risk.
Joe was the government employee who in 1995 was able to convince the Department of Justice to let him run a direct Internet cable into the office, where he used the connection to research global politics related to claims for political asylum in the United States. In 1997 he was given special technical training and computer equipment by the DOJ and invited to join the Computer and Telecommunications Crime Coordinator program. He eventually became 100% focused on technology-related crimes, received national recognition from the DOJ for outstanding service as a federal prosecutor, and worked on many first-of-their-kind cybercrime cases, including supporting the digital aspects of the 9/11 investigation.
Joe thought he would spend his whole career with the government but was recruited to eBay in 2002 to build out their eCrime team, and since then has been working at the cyber front lines, building large teams that have fought hard to protect consumers from digital harm. While the governments of the world struggled to be proactive in preventing internet crime, Joe took jobs at companies at the forefront of the Internet, where the companies needed to invest in building out their defenses to try to prevent harm from happening in the first place. At eBay and PayPal between 2002 and 2008, those efforts were focused on protecting people who used those services from financial harm. At Facebook between 2008 and 2015 he prioritized child safety, at a time when children were joining social networks and parents were struggling to keep up. At Uber he focused on protecting riders and drivers from physical world dangers, as technology revolutionized transportation. From early 2018 through late 2022, Joe was part of the team at Cloudflare, building out the team protecting the customers of the company and the privacy and security tools that are given away for free for everyone to use online.
Even though he left government service in 2002, he’s never stopped actively supporting government efforts to promote safety online for everyone. He’s testified before the US Congress twice, been a commissioner on the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a board member on the National Cyber Security Alliance, a many-time opening plenary speaker at the Dallas Crimes Against Children Conference, a participant in a White House anti-online-bullying effort, an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security, and accepted an appointment from President Obama to his Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.
Joe is currently the CEO of a nonprofit named Ukraine Friends where he focuses on providing humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine. He also advises a number of startups and mentors security leaders.

Venkat Gopalan

Chief Digital, Data & Technology Officer
Belcorp

Venkat Gopalan is an accomplished executive serving as the Chief Digital, Data & Technology Officer at Belcorp. With an impressive track record spanning over 25 years, he has led global technology organizations, driving exponential growth and overseeing large-scale digital transformations. At Belcorp, Venkat plays a pivotal role in spearheading the company’s digital transformation, aligning technology with corporate and sustainability strategies to ensure continued success. His expertise extends to leading transformation programs for prestigious Fortune 500 companies such as Estée Lauder, Sephora, Nike, Walmart, Target, and AT&T, with a primary focus on revolutionizing the retail, consumer packaged goods (CPG), and e-commerce sectors.

Tony Morgan

Principal, Managed Services
PwC

Tony is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in the IT industry. Currently serving as the Digital Platform Services Leader for PwC’s Managed Services offering, Tony is a strategic leader with a proven track record of delivering value to clients by aligning IT operating models with modern technology needs. Throughout his career, Tony has worked with a diverse range of clients, guiding them in establishing IT operating models that enable business and IT alignment to drive value. With a keen understanding of the ever-changing technology landscape, Tony is well-equipped to deliver innovative solutions that meet the unique needs of each client he serves.

Scott Likens

Global AI Lead; US Innovation Lead, Trust Technology Lead
PwC

Scott is a Principal with PwC’s Innovation and Trust Technology practices in the United States and also leads AI globally. With more than 26 years of emerging technology experience, he has helped clients transform their customer experience and enhance their digital operations.

Scott has worked across industries with some of the biggest multinational companies to transform their business by applying a local lens to global digital and emerging tech trends. He has expertise using emerging technology and advanced analytics in many areas including e-commerce, digital architecture, mobile technologies and social customer engagement.

Lang Davison

Managing Director, Global Thought Leadership
PwC

Lang Davison is managing director of global thought leadership at PwC Consulting, where his team has been researching the performance difference between leading companies and everyone else in a winner-takes-most world. Previously Lang was editor-in-chief of The McKinsey Quarterly and co-founder and executive director of the Center for the Edge, a Silicon Valley research center. Lang is the author of the award-winning book The Power of Pull and dozens of print and online articles for Harvard Business Review and other publications on topics relating to strategy, innovation, and the forces of disruptive change.

Delivering Impact through Intelligent Discovery

MITRE

To maximally leverage MITRE’s unique position of supporting multiple federally-funded research and development centers, and deliver on the promise of whole of government, whole of nation solutions, MITRE needed new Insights into our cross-sponsor work program and trends in government areas of interest.  We created a semantically-connected knowledge system that generates business domain-related views of knowledge assets across our sponsor work program, research program, key technical points of contact, technical capabilities and government interest areas. It provides staff with easily scannable, evidence-based, precision results that enables quick, comprehensive, and anticipatory impactful solutions.

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Beth Lavender, Knowledge and Process Intelligence Leader , MITRE Corporation

CarMax Drives Innovation With AI

CarMax

To provide the best customer experience, having accurate and reliable information on the CarMax site is critical. However, keeping up with rapidly changing vehicle listing descriptions is a daunting manual task. The team set out to automate this process while simultaneously improving SEO rankings. The identified solution is utilizing Artificial Intelligence and the results have exceeded expectations, delivering a volume of information that would have previously been impossible.

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Permjit Ghotra, VP, Retail Product Technology, CarMax
Sean Goetz, Director, Retail Product Technology , CarMax
Frank Dickson is the Group Vice President for IDC’s Security & Trust research practice.  In this role, he leads the team that delivers compelling research in the areas of Security Services; Information and Data Security; Endpoint Security; Trust; Governance, Risk & Compliance; Identity & Digital Trust; IoT Security; Network Security; Privacy & Legal Tech; Security Analytics; Video Surveillance; and, New for 2022, Application Security & Fraud. Topically, he provides thought leadership and guidance for clients on a wide range of security topics including ransomware and emerging products designed to protect transforming architectures and business models. Mr. Dickson joined IDC with 20 years of industry analyst experience examining a number of interrelated content domains including security, mobile, wireless, telecom, multimedia, computing, and semiconductors. 

Frank Dickson

Group Vice President, Security & Trust
IDC

Frank Dickson is the Group Vice President for IDC’s Security & Trust research practice.  In this role, he leads the team that delivers compelling research in the areas of Security Services; Information and Data Security; Endpoint Security; Trust; Governance, Risk & Compliance; Identity & Digital Trust; IoT Security; Network Security; Privacy & Legal Tech; Security Analytics; Video Surveillance; and, New for 2022, Application Security & Fraud. Topically, he provides thought leadership and guidance for clients on a wide range of security topics including ransomware and emerging products designed to protect transforming architectures and business models.

Mr. Dickson joined IDC with 20 years of industry analyst experience examining a number of interrelated content domains including security, mobile, wireless, telecom, multimedia, computing, and semiconductors.  Prior to joining IDC, Mr. Dickson served as a Research Director, managing cybersecurity research, including outsourced security services (e.g., managed, and professional security services).  Mr. Dickson has also pioneered innovative research for a number of market intelligence firms serving as Vice President of Research, Mobile & Wireless with In-Stat (The NPD Group), founding MultiMedia Intelligence as Chief Research Officer, launching iSuppli’s TMT research practice, and managing Cahners In-Stat Group’s largest research practice (Multimedia) as Vice President of Research.

Holly Ridgeway has extensive experience in providing visionary leadership and innovation while empowering the business strategy, balancing risk, privacy and compliance. For the past 20 years, Ridgeway has built enterprise security programs in both the commercial sector and the federal government.   Ridgeway served as FireEye/Mandiant’s Director, Information Security Programs, and led the Global Government and the Innovation Center. She spearheaded significant efforts to mature key services like the Security Program Assessment and developed new strategic offerings and partnerships in areas such as M&A and cyber insurance. Ridgeway either led or was instrumental in many of the largest and most strategically significant clients and engagements around the world.  Ridgeway has served as the Chief Information Security Officer for PNC Financial Services Group, and the Department of Justice. In these roles, she led the organization's information security efforts with responsibility for leading all cyber program activities, including the creation of detection, monitoring, incident response, reporting and security services of the 24x7 PNC Fusion Center, and Department of Justice Security Operations Center. She is credited with developing and implementing a highly successful real-time situational awareness program and has successfully led many large incident response efforts, including Distributed Denial of Service attacks against the financial sector that occurred in 2012-13. 

Holly Ridgeway

EVP, Chief Security Officer
Citizens Bank

Holly Ridgeway has extensive experience in providing visionary leadership and innovation while empowering the business strategy, balancing risk, privacy and compliance. For the past 20 years, Ridgeway has built enterprise security programs in both the commercial sector and the federal government.  

Ridgeway served as FireEye/Mandiant’s Director, Information Security Programs, and led the Global Government and the Innovation Center. She spearheaded significant efforts to mature key services like the Security Program Assessment and developed new strategic offerings and partnerships in areas such as M&A and cyber insurance. Ridgeway either led or was instrumental in many of the largest and most strategically significant clients and engagements around the world. 

Ridgeway has served as the Chief Information Security Officer for PNC Financial Services Group, and the Department of Justice. In these roles, she led the organization’s information security efforts with responsibility for leading all cyber program activities, including the creation of detection, monitoring, incident response, reporting and security services of the 24×7 PNC Fusion Center, and Department of Justice Security Operations Center. She is credited with developing and implementing a highly successful real-time situational awareness program and has successfully led many large incident response efforts, including Distributed Denial of Service attacks against the financial sector that occurred in 2012-13. 

In 2013, Ridgeway was recognized by her peers and honored with the Global CISO Top Ten Breakaway Thought Leader Award. 

Ridgeway serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, University College in the fields of Cybersecurity, Information Systems Management and Information Assurance. Ridgeway earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management and a Master of Science in Computer Systems Management with a specialty in Information Assurance. 

Devon Bryan was appointed as the Global Chief Information Officer for Carnival Corporation in 2022. He joined Carnival Corporation in October 2021 as the Global Chief Information Security Officer with responsibilities for conceiving, implementing, and leading technology solutions that assure compliance, protect personal data and corporate assets, increase organizational capability, and advance productivity within Carnival Corporation and its world-leading cruise line brands.  Prior to Carnival Corporation, Bryan was Managing Director, Chief Information Security Officer, MUFG Union Bank N.A where he was responsible for establishing and maintaining a comprehensive information security strategy and program to ensure that information assets and technologies were appropriately protected. He was also responsible for ensuring that information security risks were identified, evaluated, mitigated, and reported in a manner that meets compliance and regulatory requirements and aligned with the risk tolerance for MUFG in the Americas region.   Most recently, he served as the CISO for KPMG where he was charged with effectively designing and executing a best-in-class information and data security function with a proactive approach to enable business results.    Bryan is a co-founder of Cyversity, a nonprofit geared toward improving the representation of women and minorities in the field of cybersecurity through academic scholarships, certifications, mentoring, and networking opportunities.   

Devon Bryan

Global Chief Information Officer
Carnival Corporation

Devon Bryan was appointed as the Global Chief Information Officer for Carnival Corporation effective December 14, 2022. He joined Carnival Corporation in October 2021 as the Global Chief Information Security Officer with responsibilities for conceiving, implementing, and leading technology solutions that assure compliance, protect personal data and corporate assets, increase organizational capability, and advance productivity within Carnival Corporation and its world-leading cruise line brands. 

Prior to Carnival Corporation, Bryan was Managing Director, Chief Information Security Officer, MUFG Union Bank N.A where he was responsible for establishing and maintaining a comprehensive information security strategy and program to ensure that information assets and technologies were appropriately protected. He was also responsible for ensuring that information security risks were identified, evaluated, mitigated, and reported in a manner that meets compliance and regulatory requirements and aligned with the risk tolerance for MUFG in the Americas region.  

Most recently, he served as the CISO for KPMG where he was charged with effectively designing and executing a best-in-class information and data security function with a proactive approach to enable business results.   

Prior to KPMG, Bryan was the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for the national IT organization of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. As the system-level CISO, he was responsible for ensuring the Fed’s information security policies, architecture, programs, and incident response team remain effective and efficient. Prior to the Fed, Bryan was the Global Chief Information Security Officer for the outsourced payroll and human resources provider ADP, where he led information security strategy, collaborating across the company’s geographically dispersed business operations to ensure coordination, consensus, and effective cybersecurity protections. Prior to joining ADP in 2011, he served as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for the Internal Revenue Service where he was appointed to the Senior Executive Services and directed the FISMA-compliant information security program and the cybersecurity incident response team. His information security career began in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a captain and lead network security engineer working on systems and programs to protect the critical network and communications networks of the Air Force’s Air Combat Command. 

Bryan is a co-founder of Cyversity, a nonprofit geared toward improving the representation of women and minorities in the field of cybersecurity through academic scholarships, certifications, mentoring, and networking opportunities.   

Bryan received a Bachelor of Science, Applied Mathematics from South Dakota Technological University and a Master of Science, Computer Science from Colorado Technological University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He holds multiple industry-recognized certifications, serves on several nonprofit boards, and participates in industry forums as a sought-after speaker and writer on emerging technology trends and issues. 

Zackary Aboud, Information Security Engineering Manager, Data Masking Team, Wells Fargo

Zackary Aboud

Information Security Engineering Manager, Data Masking Team
Wells Fargo

Zackary Aboud is an information security leader specializing in data security for the financial services industry. Throughout his career he has engineered enterprise solutions for HR system conversions, network segmentation and most recently data masking at scale for Wells Fargo. 

Zackary holds a BA in Management Information Systems from the University of Northern Iowa and an MBA and an MS in Business Analytics from the University of Iowa. He is a CISSP/CCSP holder and enjoys staying current in the InfoSec space. 

When he is not working, Zackary can be found spending time with his wife, daughter, and two huskies in Southern California. 

Permjit Ghotra

VP, Retail Product Technology
CarMax

Permjit is the leader of CarMax’s Retail and Customer technology, which encompasses marketing technology, carmax.com websites and the applications that enable customers to shop and purchase their cars online or in stores. He also oversees the technology solutions that support the remote and store associates who assist customers in their shopping journey. Since 2017, he has been instrumental in transforming CarMax from a big-box brick and mortar retailer to an innovative omni-channel leader. Now, Permjit and his teams are advancing towards the company’s goal of creating technology-powered, digital-first shopping experiences.

Permjit relocated to Richmond, VA after spending 20 years in the New York City area, leading digital transformation and customer experience teams in multiple industries. Prior to CarMax, he served as senior director of enterprise applications at AXA, where he led their web rebranding and technology consolidation and launched their new digital business, EB360.

Permjit holds a B.E. in biomedical engineering from the University of Mumbai and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Akron. In his free time, he loves to travel and run long distances.

Kumar Krishnamurthy - Technology Strategy Practice Lead at PwC

Kumar Krishnamurthy

Technology Strategy Practice Lead
PwC

Kumar is a visionary leader driving technology strategy for PwC’s Industrial Products and Automobile group in North America. He spearheads the PwC Strategy& connected technology platform, integrating new business models and operations for manufacturing and industrial clients.

With extensive experience in technology strategy and transformation, Kumar is an agenda-setting expert in technology-based transformations. His expertise spans connected technology strategies, digital business models, enterprise transformations, and operational effectiveness.

Known for building and scaling businesses in new market segments, Kumar excels in motivating strong teams and delivering transformative strategies through cross-functional collaboration.

A global perspective, academic credentials, and prolific publications solidify Kumar’s position as a thought leader. He has presented in industry forums, establishing a robust network within industry and technology groups. Kumar’s sessions inspire, educate, and drive innovation, making him a sought-after speaker in technology and manufacturing.

Network Pass and Easy Switch

T-Mobile

T-Mobile is leveraging the unique power of eSIM to break down carrier switching barriers by allowing consumers with compatible smartphones to move over to the un-carrier in minutes with Easy Switch. Nearly 1,500 T-Mobile employees contributed to this project, spanning every enterprise domain to launch so many T-Mobile firsts. The engineering team delivered technology powering a novel eSIM activation experience, IT departments stepped up with updates to our backend systems optimized for mobile, front-end teams designed and built a unique and delightful customer experience, and the marketing team brought the story out to consumers in a big way.

Adam Dallas, Director Product Management, App & Distributed Commerce, T-Mobile

Adam Dallas

Director Product Management, App & Distributed Commerce
T-Mobile

Adam Dallas is a product leader with 19+ years of experience in the telecommunications industry. As Director of App and Distributed Commerce at T-Mobile, he leads a team that manages the company’s mobile app, which serves both prospects and customers. His team also focuses on finding innovative ways to meet customers in their preferred channels, such as through the app, on social media, or in-store.

Rosie Rivel

CIO
BigCommerce

Rosie joined BigCommerce in September 2022 as the company’s inaugural Chief Information Officer. She leads BigCommerce’s business applications and information technology teams with the objective of transforming internal technology systems to improve productivity, efficiency and effectiveness to the benefit of the company’s customers, employees and investors. She is passionate about IT strategy and operations and is committed to leading her organization to a high standard of innovation, supporting operational effectiveness with security and controls.

An experienced technology professional, Rosie previously spent over 13 years at Kelly Services, a global leader of workforce management solutions, where she held increasingly complex management and leadership roles in global IT finance, governance, risk and compliance, APAC and EMEA IT leadership, and innovation before rising to Kelly’s CIO in early 2021. Prior to Kelly, she held multiple business technology roles, including time at Delphi Medical, a large medical equipment company, and Deloitte Consulting, where she focused on large-scale transformation projects, implementing SAP for Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to her passion for IT, Rosie is committed to leveraging her platform as a minority female technology executive to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as women in leadership.

Ben Miron, Vice President, IT Infrastructure and Cybersecurity, NextEra Energy

Ben Miron

Vice President, IT Infrastructure and Cybersecurity
NextEra Energy

Ben Miron has more than 20 years in the information and cybersecurity space and has held several roles in industry and consulting to build his expertise. At NextEra Energy, Miron’s responsibilities include developing the strategy and leading the team that operates and defends NextEra Energy’s technology systems to ensure power is safely generated and delivered to customers. This includes teams that run the data centers, network and computer operations, operational control technology, end user technology services and a full cybersecurity program including the Advanced Cyberdefense Center across NextEra Energy and its businesses.  

Most recently, Miron worked for General Electric where he held several roles including Deputy CISO of GE Capital; CISO of GE Corporate and the Director of Application and Product Security. While at GE Capital, he was responsible for leading the cyber threat intelligence, incident detection and response, and insider threat functions. He was also responsible for the cybersecurity work stream with more than 40 divestitures occurring across the GE Capital business. Prior to joining General Electric, Miron was a manager at Ernst & Young in their Technology, Security and Risk Services practice where he led a team of security professionals to deliver advanced security assessments, compliance programs and strategic program management.  

Miron sits on the State of Florida’s Cyber Security Task Force. He is a member of the CISO Board of Advisors for SYN Ventures and ClearSky Security venture funds and is involved in numerous industry and sector initiatives to improve energy and smart-grid cybersecurity.

PowerINSIGHTS: Fueled by the Cloud, Analytics, and AI

Generac Power Systems

Generac’s new IoT and AI platform is a geospatial visualization of their generator install base, market opportunity, go-to-market scoring, and insights by product and location. This new digital platform changed the game internally with how Generac views and displays its own backup Generator assets and externally by displaying distributed energy resources (DERS) for Utility customers to determine how much energy in a particular area could be managed and distributed across the grid.

Amod Goyal, Product Owner – PowerINSIGHTS , Generac Power Systems
David Manske, Sr Dir Digital Strategy, Generac Power Systems

Amod Goyal

Product Owner - PowerINSIGHTS
Generac Power Systems

I have been with Generac for 12 years, working in Global Corporate Information Technology department. I’m leading an agile team that is responsible for creating innovative digital solutions for our channel partners that help drive growth.

David Manske

Sr Dir Digital Strategy
Generac Power Systems

David Manske was born in a digital-first era, giving him a slight edge in the tech space, but he knows that resting on his digital laurels is a surefire way to get left behind. That’s why he immerses himself in new technologies, modern software delivery, and digital experiences like a kid in a ball pit. With a full stack of skills and a listening ear, he delivers new products and services that raise the bar on new digital experiences. He does this all while leading with contagious enthusiasm and building teams that are engaged, inspired, and ready to conquer the tech world.

Samantha Radocchia

Futurist, Award-Winning Speaker, Best-Selling Author & Technology Pioneer

Samantha Radocchia, or “Sam Rad,” is a futurist, best-selling author, multimedia storyteller, and frontier tech pioneer who combines the mindsets of an anthropologist and technologist.
Sam is the founder of Radical Next, a meta-media studio and strategic consultancy creating transformative stories, experiences, and media productions that shape the future. Her upcoming book by the same name, Radical Next: Thriving in Times of Radical Change explores how “radical next ideas” and technologies will transform societies in the decades to come.

A charismatic speaker and compelling storyteller, Sam delivers keynotes and creates experiences globally at industry events, Fortune 500 corporations, trade associations, national governments, international organizations, and NGOs — empowering individuals, leaders, and organizations not only to survive, but to thrive through radical and accelerating change.

Sam was trained in anthropology and symbolic systems, studying simulated and virtual realities, multiple dimensions, and metaverses — pushing the bounds of human consciousness and social organizations through her research. Her early work focused on virtual world economies, and she was amongst the first anthropologists to live in the virtual world “Second Life” in 2009.

As a futurist, this work has led Sam on a journey working with a range of frontier technologies, indigenous and emerging social structures, people, places, and practices. She refers to herself as an archaeologist of the future, as Fredric Jameson coined — applying a traditional anthropological ethnographic approach to envisioning and illustrating future possibilities.

A four-time entrepreneur, Sam holds several patents linking the physical and digital worlds, and has served across multiple founding executive roles across the C-Suite. An early blockchain and web 3 pioneer, she previously was co-founder of LOVE, a London-based Web 3 communication platform, and Chronicled, a San Francisco-based blockchain company bringing trust to global commerce and supply chains. Prior to Chronicled, Sam founded two companies leveraging AI to map personal taste.

Sam is the author of the #1 Best Seller, Bitcoin Pizza: The No Bullshit Guide to Blockchain, writes as a contributor to Forbes, and was named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. She’s deeply passionate about decentralization and believes technology is a tool to empower not entrench.

Sam is no stranger to risk and has accumulated over 700 jumps as a competitive skydiver.

Justin Martinez

Practice Leader, Technology Officers Practice
Korn Ferry

Justin Martinez leads the North American Technology Officers Practice for Korn Ferry’s Professional Search division. In this role, Justin is primarily focused on providing support and thought leadership to the teams executing technology engagements across all industry verticals. Overall, Mr. Martinez is responsible for the growth of the practice through team leadership, client development and engagement execution.

Justin has established a successful track-record placing technology, engineering and product leaders within organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to high-growth startups preparing for an IPO. Justin has extensive experience within the following domain areas:

  • Digital Transformation
  • Cloud / Infrastructure / Enterprise Architecture
  • Data Analytics / Data Science
  • IoT / IIoT
  • Product Engineering / Management

Before joining Korn Ferry, Justin was the Vice President of Recruitment for Solomon Page, where he oversaw business development and executive level recruitment projects across North America. Prior to Solomon Page, Justin spent 5 years with Lucas Group, where he was the Managing Partner of the firm’s Midwest Technology recruitment practice.

Mr. Martinez holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Illinois State University.

Lance Cook - Vice President, Business Technology Management, Information Technology (IT) at Rockwell Automation.

Lance Cook

Vice President, Business Technology Management, Information Technology
Rockwell Automation

Lance Cook is vice president, Business Technology Management, Information Technology (IT). In this role, Lance serves as the strategic liaison between IT, our business units and functions. He ensures alignment and integration of IT with our enterprise strategic and operational objectives to optimize business performance. Lance leads both the business capability aligned teams who partner with our business units and functions and the business capability owners with a goal to mature business capabilities, optimize application portfolios and create roadmaps that grow and transform our business capabilities.
Lance joined Rockwell Automation in 2020 with more than 20 years of IT experience in organizational transformation, technology roadmap creation, enterprise resource planning implementation, infrastructure and acquisition strategy. Prior to Rockwell Automation, Lance was vice president of business technology at W.W. Grainger. Prior to W.W. Grainger, Lance served as vice president and divisional chief information officer at Lowe’s Company. Earlier in his career, he served in roles of increasing responsibility at Office Depot and Reebok International.
Lance Cook holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Rob Carter joined FedEx in 1993. Shelia Anderson joined Aflac in 2022. These two extraordinary leaders both lead with integrity and intent but face different challenges and opportunities related to their organizational tenure and the industries they operate in. In this opening session of the CIO 100 Masterclass, you will benefit from hearing them discuss a range of topics covering issues such as: why it’s critical to determine your most important customer experiences and then build your talent to deliver on those experiences; ways to ensure that innovation can come from anywhere in your organization; how to have the right conversations at the leadership level and carry those messages throughout your organization to get alignment. In other words, the big and small ways you can be effective every day.

Tim de Ridder

Head of Social & Environmental Sustainability
Comsol

Tim is a sustainability professional with a wealth of knowledge in Circular Economy principles and Systems Thinking, Zero Waste methods, the Sustainable Development Goals, Carbon Markets, Community Development and Social Impact in Australia, the Pacific, South East and South Asia. He currently heads sustainability for Comsol, a manufacturer, importer and distributor of small electronic products. Tim has driven change for Comsol in packaging, products and education initiatives, including the creation of Closing The E-Loop, a first-of-its-kind resource to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for electronic products.

Allie K. Miller

AI Entrepreneur, Advisor, Investor

Allie K. Miller is a top artificial intelligence leader, advisor, and investor who has led large global AI initiatives at two of the five largest cloud providers in the world. Allie was most recently the Global Head of Machine Learning for Startups & Venture Capital at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Prior to that, Allie was the youngest-ever woman to build an artificial intelligence product at IBM—spearheading product development across computer vision, conversation, data, and regulation for thousands of companies.

Outside of work, Allie is changing the game of AI. Allie has spoken about AI around the world, advises on global AI public policy, and created eight guidebooks to educate businesses on how to build successful AI projects.

Allie was named as AIconic’s 2019 “AI Innovator of the Year”, LinkedIn Top Voice for Technology and AI 2019 & 2020 & 2021, Award Magazine’s Top 50 Women in Tech and Top 100 Global Thought Leaders, Chief in Tech’s Top 100 Women in Tech to Watch in 2022, ReadWrite’s Top 20 AI Speakers in the World, MKAI’s Top 20 AI Mavericks, Data Salon’s Top 25 Data Science influencers in the world, and Neptune’s Top 20 AI Influencers. Allie is also the co-founder of Girls of the Future, a national ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an ambassador for the 10,000-person organization Advancing Women in Product, an angel investor in machine learning startups, and has won the Grand Prize in three national innovation competitions.

Allie holds a double-major MBA from The Wharton School and a BA in Cognitive Science (coding a three-year ML study and studying Computer Science, Linguistics, Psychology) from Dartmouth College.

Christopher Boone

Former VP, Global Head of Health Economics and Outcomes Research
AbbVie

Christopher P. Boone, Ph.D. is an accomplished global executive, strategist, professor, social scientist, and data technologist with a passion for reinventing and transforming healthcare and life sciences companies utilizing enterprise data & analytics capabilities to drive value creation. Chris has a career-long history as a dynamic, innovative, and transformative data & analytics executive, thought leader, and a public voice on the power of real-world evidence, health informatics, and enterprise data & analytics and its ability to radically transform the global health care system into a learning health care system.

Chris served as the Vice President, Global Head of Health Economics and Outcomes Research at AbbVie. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of health administration at the New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, an active board member of several influential organizations, and a co-founder of a few start-up companies. Prior to AbbVie, he served in two different roles at Pfizer: (1) the Vice President and Head of Global Medical Epidemiology and Big Data Analysis, and (2) the Vice President and Global Head of Real-World Data and Analytics.

Chris has been recognized as an inducted member of the Executive Leadership Council (2023), Top 50 Leadership Excellence Award by the National Diversity and Leadership Council (2023, 2021), a Global Top 100 Innovator in Data & Analytics (2020, 2019), an Emerging Pharma Leader by Pharmaceutical Executive (2018), and a Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health (2017) by the National Minority Quality Forum.

Chris holds appointments to some of the most influential national committees focused on health data and patient centricity, including the Board of Governors for PCORI, the Board of Directors for Global Medical Response, the Board of Directors for Stewards of Change Institute, the Advisory Board of Mango Sciences, the Advisory Board of TrialBee, the American Heart Association’s Clinical Studies Expert Panel, the Global Liver Institute for Liver Health Equity Advisory Board, and the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Texas Biomedical Institute.

Silja Pandaran

AVP Software Engineering Claims IT
The Hartford

Silja is a AVP of Software Engineering at The Hartford with 20+ years in technology. In her current role, she is leading a portfolio of Core Claims Applications and a team of talented IT professionals. She is a results-driven, fact-based, technology leader and is focused on strategy and innovation that drive business outcomes. She has expertise in strategic technical management, vendor management, Software Engineering, Agile, DevOps, DevSecOps and application development. She is hard working and has a passion for process simplification and continuous improvement. Her goal is to make technology an enabler for the business.

Eitan Bienstock

Managing Director
Sigma Ventures Advisory

Eitan Bienstock is a strategic advisor specialising in innovation and Climate Tech, with a wealth of international experience in venture capital, emerging technologies, and innovation. His career has seen significant roles at various CVCs, VCs, incubators, and accelerators, including Intel Capital, Artesian Capital, Cicada Innovation, and Telstra’s muru-D. Starting his journey in tech investment in 1998, Eitan has been involved in corporate, venture capital, and angel investments in startups across Israel, the US, and Australia. He has a focused interest in Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, specifically within the realm of Climate Tech. In addition to his advisory role, Eitan contributes to the expansion of the Australian technology industry as a member of the Federal Government’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Action Programs Committee.

Eitan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tel Aviv University and a Master of Science in Management from Boston University. He is also a recipient of the Intel Achievement Award.

Subscription Business Model Transformation

Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation has a rich history of helping leading global manufacturers and industrial process customers improve yields, machine reliability, and operational quality. To best serve customers, Rockwell shifted its business model from being “output” focused to “outcome” focused. The company undertook a Subscription Business Model Transformation requiring redesigned offerings, restructured consumption models and business processes, and new technology capabilities.

Lance Cook - Vice President, Business Technology Management, Information Technology (IT) at Rockwell Automation.
Lance Cook, Vice President, Business Technology Management, Information Technology, Rockwell Automation

Claims Medical Record Digestion and Visualization

The Hartford

At The Hartford, claim handling staff manually analyze, review and process millions of medical records that we receive annually. This project enabled end-to-end automated extraction and display of data from these medical records, unlocking all data contained within them. Our creative solution resulted in saving time spent by claim staff and enabling them to provide a better overall customer experience through faster decision making.

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Silja Pandaran, AVP Software Engineering Claims IT, The Hartford

Pricing Analytics

Carrier

Our business and digital teams came together in this initiative to enable a clear understanding of our key revenue and margin influencers by product, region, and customer segment, and to use those insights to help inform price adjustments. From a technology lens, the innovation is in how machine learning techniques are used to power everything from better customer segmentation, to the ability to simulate price adjustment scenarios, and understand trade-offs with regard to revenue, profitability, and volumes.

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Mahesh Patel, Global Analytics and Automation Lead , Carrier Corporation

Mahesh Patel

Global Analytics and Automation Lead
Carrier Corporation

Over 18+ years of experience in Business Intelligence including Data warehouse, Advance Analytics, Designing and Building BI Roadmaps and architectures.

6+ Year leadership Experience as Global Analytics Lead includes managing and leading Analytics team with more than 10 members for complex data/cloud transformation analytics projects, manual reporting into automation feed.

Partnering with IT Executives leadership in establishing vision, roadmap, Governance, and execution strategy. Proven track record of leading BI organizations as trusted and strategic business partner with consistent results and high customer satisfaction levels. Work with Business to find BI reporting need/gap to improve reporting capabilities.

Responsible for Refrigeration Analytics and Automation initiatives and Carrier Global Analytics tools and applications to maintain Licenses, infrastructure, Analytics, Enterprise Data Projects and Support cycle.

Lead all aspects of demand generation and execution includes planning, designing, developing, implementing, training, and managing data warehouse, Business intelligence.

Cisco Sanchez - Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Qualcomm IT organization

Cisco Sanchez

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Qualcomm

Cisco Sanchez serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. In this role Sanchez leads the Qualcomm IT organization and works closely with the business partners to ensure the IT capabilities are available to help propel the Qualcomm company forward.
Sanchez brings more than 24 years of engineering and IT experience to the role.

Previously, he served as SVP & CIO for FedEx Ground company. In this role, Sanchez oversaw all IT services in the U.S. and Canada and lead a team of more than 2,300 employees and consultants who supported 600+ automated FedEx facilities and stations.

Cisco Sanchez joined FedEx in 1997 and during his tenure he gained expertise in architecture design, acquisition integration, enterprise IT systems. He is a proven leader in implementing customer-focused strategies, driving innovation, enabling efficiencies, working with global teams and setting out strategic direction. In addition to his technical leadership, Sanchez is passionate about culture and inclusion, and hosted the annual FedEx hackathon to drive new ideas and innovation.

Sanchez works closely with the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) organization with a heavy focus on ensuring to continue the excitement of STEM in our young adults.

Sanchez holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in management information systems from Colorado Technical University.

Barbara Albert

Co-CEO
100% Renewables

Barbara is the Co-CEO of 100% Renewables, a consultancy specialising in the development of net-zero strategies. Barbara is a speaker, podcast host of ‘Driving Net Profit with Zero Emissions’ and award-winning author of the book ‘Energy Unlimited’.

She is passionate about business and sustainability and believes that reaching net-zero emissions is achievable and profitable when done right.

Barbara holds a master’s degree in commerce from the University for Business Administration and Economics in Vienna and studied at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Srini Koushik

Chief Technology Officer
Rackspace Technology

Srini serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Rackspace Technology® and is responsible for corporate strategy, technology management, IT, and Enterprise Security. He also serves on Rackspace International GmBH, Platform9, and SustainableIT.org boards.

Before his position at Rackspace Technology, Srini was General Manager and Managing Partner for Hybrid Cloud Advisory Services at IBM Consulting. He worked closely with CIOs there, shaping their hybrid cloud strategies and fostering innovation. Earlier, he was the Chief Information Officer for Magellan Health, where he built an Exponential IT organization that helped the company double its revenue over four years. Srini was also President and CEO of NTT Innovation Institute Inc., a Silicon Valley-based start-up building multi-sided cloud platforms for digital businesses. His earlier career saw C-Level roles at HP, Nationwide Insurance, and IBM.

Throughout his career, Srini has received numerous accolades for his innovative thinking and dynamic leadership. He was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame in 2023, has been named an IBM Distinguished Engineer title twice, and is a two-time inductee into the IBM Academy of Technology. Among his global recognitions, he received the Sustainable IT Social Impact award. He was named a Computerworld Premier 100 Leader, an Elite 8 CIO, and was listed as one of Infoworld’s Top 25 CTOs.

Srini is a lifelong learner with an MBA from The Ohio State University, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Mumbai, and several executive education programs in Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, and Clean Energy from MIT, Stanford, and Singularity University. He is a Distinguished Certified IT Architect Profession Leader with The Open Group and a certified AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud architect.

Srini lives with his wife and two daughters in Columbus, Ohio. When not working, he enjoys traveling the world with his wife and family and is currently learning to play the acoustic guitar.

Hui Zhang - Executive Director, Digital Health Office at Eli Lilly & Co

Hui Zhang

Executive Director, Digital Health Office
Eli Lilly and Company

Hui Zhang, PhD, is an accomplished professional serving as the Executive Director of the Digital Health Office at Eli Lilly and Company. With a wealth of experience and expertise in the field, his primary responsibility is to lead the development of robust data platforms and data engineering capability to support Eli Lilly’s groundbreaking digital biomarker research and development initiatives.

Maya Georgieva - Senior Director, Innovation Center at The New School

Maya Georgieva

Senior Director, Innovation Center
The New School

Maya Georgieva is a leading voice in the fields of innovation, immersive storytelling, and frontier technologies. As the Senior Director of the Innovation Center and XR, AI, and Quantum Labs at The New School, she leads a team that drives innovation in spatial computing, AI, Quantum Computing, future interfaces, and design.

Georgieva is a sought-after speaker and has delivered on topics such as the Metaverse, AI, and Quantum at prestigious events such as SXSW and the MIT Media Lab. Notable publications like The Atlantic and The Economist have featured her work, and she has earned recognition as one of the 30 Higher Education Influencers to follow in 2022.

She designed the first-ever Quantum Computing Design Jam for creatives, served as the final judge for the MIT Reality Hackathon in 2023, and actively writes and speaks on digital transformation, immersive storytelling, and the future of learning, creativity, and work. Maya Georgieva also consults with organizations and startups in this space and serves as a judge and coach for several competitions and accelerator programs. Georgieva has worked with major tech companies such as IBM, Google, HP, Microsoft, and Meta. She has given talks at United Nations, UNESCO, and European Commission forums on the ethics of XR and AI, and education, policy, and corporate Innovation forums.

Lara R. Hamade - Sr Tech Product Manager, MedTech Hospital & Customer Solutions at Johnson & Johnson

Lara R. Hamade

MedTech Hospital & Customer Solutions, Sr Tech Product Manager
Johnson & Johnson

Lara R. Hamade is an organizational leader with a background in digital healthcare technology, supply chain, military leadership, and clinical research psychology – behavioral science. Additionally, Lara’s involvement in J&J has led her to hold various positions in key digital programs that directly impacted driving patient outcomes through a digital experience, with a few of them receiving best-in-class experiences awards. Moreover, in Supply Chain, Lara has led the Customer Control Tower strategy to enable a physical and digital experience in maturing order process visibility and performance with predictive capabilities. Using her expertise in behavioral science, Lara R. Hamade developed a customer experience-forward omnichannel platform, creating a seamless flow for our customer’s digital order journey.

Most recently, Lara has focused on building high performing teams and leaders across EMEA and NA, enabling the development of strategic capabilities in the MedTech Hospital Systems and Customer space. Products like Advance Case Management, SMART and other inventory optimizing, AI-enabled solutions that allow for a future-centric experience with our orthopedic surgical customers.

In addition, Lara was an Infantry Company Commander in the New Jersey Army National Guard, the first woman to hold the position in the history of the division. The former Army Chief of Staff recognized her for her exemplary performance as an Infantry Commander, and she led her company through various state operations, including COVID testing and care site support.

Tejal Raoof - an organizational leader within J&J’s Digital Supply Chain (SC) healthcare technology organization

Tejal Raoof

Janssen Advanced Therapies Supply Chain Solutions, Sr Tech Product Manager
Johnson & Johnson

Tejal Raoof is an organizational leader within J&J’s Digital Supply Chain (SC) healthcare technology organization. Ever since joining J&J as an intern over 26 years ago, she has focused on technology product management and team leadership, enabling a better Digital Healthcare SC for our Customers and Patients. Furthermore, she has directly impacted J&J’s e-commerce global footprint, improving customer experience and driving patient outcomes through a better digital experience. This has created a more efficient and digitally enabled SC across the CPG, Med Tech and Pharma industries.

Tejal’s early years at J&J Consumer nurtured her passion for improved Customer experience through delivering digitally enabled solutions across RFID, ERP, EDI, b2b e-commerce. Later, she drove Global Standards across Deliver, Commercial and R&D in Enterprise Architecture. Moreover, Tejal worked with the regional teams to drive a b2b eCommerce site in over 115 J&J countries. After that, she transitioned to bring our CIO 100 Award winner, Advance Case Management (ACM) to life and scaled it from pilot to production.

The ACM team connected to over 100 EMR systems and improved knee and hip predications with AI-enabled solutions. This allowed for a future-centric experience with our orthopedic surgical customers. In 2021, ACM earned a World Economic Forum Lighthouse designation. Currently, she is the Sr. Tech. Product Mgr. for Safe Returns which is the digital foundation for Janssen’s Device Circularity program to accelerate Janssen’s sustainability goals. More recently, she moved to the J&J Janssen Advanced Therapies organization, focusing on scaling and digitizing cell and gene therapy supply chain capabilities.

Most importantly, Tejal is a mother of two boys, ages 10 and 13 and a wife of an Infectious Disease physician. She enjoys cooking/baking, snowboarding, photography, Eagles Football, Phillies baseball and travelling. Tejal Raoof is a Graduate of Rutgers University School of Business, Bachelor of Science in Mgmt Sciences and Information Systems (MSIS) & minor in Psychology. She also holds an Executive MBA from NYU Stern, Management.

Paula Starr - Cherokee citizen leading technology delivery at the Cherokee Nation

Paula Starr

CIO
Cherokee Nation

Paula Starr is a Cherokee citizen leading technology delivery at the Cherokee Nation, the United States’ largest federally-recognized tribe. She leads an IT department that supports 4,000 employees across the 7,000 square mile Cherokee reservation and provides service to 460,000 citizens across the United States and the globe.  Paula’s team takes pride in upholding Cherokee community values while striving to provide protected and reliable services that their co-workers love and enhancing service delivery to help Cherokee citizens live better.

Dr. Lin Zhou - Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at The New School

Dr. Lin Zhou

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
The New School

As senior vice president and chief information officer at The New School in New York City, Dr. Lin Zhou leads the transformation of information technology. Dr. Zhou founded the university’s Quantum initiative, igniting innovative curriculum and faculty research, created the first-ever Quantum Design Jam and Quantum exhibition, and developed the university’s Innovation Center.

High-profile awards have recognized his achievements, including the IDG/CIO FutureEdge50 Award, the Gold Prize Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Award, and a CIO100 Award. Before joining The New School, Dr. Zhou served as the program director and innovation leader for IBM Watson Education.

He played a key role in leading Watson Education from its start-up phase to becoming a global leader in advanced artificial intelligence (AI) for Education. Dr. Lin Zhou’s speaking engagements on national and international stages includes SXSW, Educause, GiTex, EdTechX, and AIAED.

Amo Mann

Chief Architect, Network & Cloud for Global IT
Accenture

As the strategy and vision owner, Amo is responsible for defining Accenture’s Global IT Enterprise strategy across cloud and network. He drives the creation and transformation of all new network capability, including WAN transformation, Telco cloud, next-generation office experiences, 5G connectivity, Edge computing, and IoT integration and enablement. In the cloud space he develops architectures across the cloud providers to assist with cloud migrations as well as cloud native architectures based on serverless, container-based product offerings, thus ensuring a cost-effective sustainable approach to application development and infrastructure consumption.

Babu Kuttala - is Group Vice President, Enterprise Architecture, Data & Analytics at ABB-Electrification

Babu Kuttala

Vice President Data & Analytics
ABB-Electrification

Babu Kuttala is Group Vice President, Enterprise Architecture, Data & Analytics at ABB-Electrification. He is responsible for ABB’s big data and advance analytics strategy, operations and processes. Babu Kuttala oversees all aspects of data life cycle management and deploying artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and machine learning solutions, and supports the growth of ABB’s business units by partnering with them on revenue-generating programs related to internal business process data analytics.

Karen Hegarty - VP of Cognitive Computing at Novant Health

Karen Hegarty, PhD

VP Cognitive Computing
Novant Health

Karen Hegarty serves as VP of Cognitive Computing at Novant Health where she leads a team of data scientists and engineers responsible for furthering the advancement of innovation and AI at Novant Health. In this role, she oversees enterprise-wide AI/ML initiatives and serves as a partner to key clinical and operational leaders to ensure the delivery of products that are trustworthy, human-centered, safe, and effective. She holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences and a BSBE in Biomedical Engineering from Western New England University.

Greg Hormann - Senior Director IIoT Platform at Proctor & Gamble

Greg Hormann

Senior Director IIoT Platform
Procter & Gamble

Greg Hormann is the IT Senior Technical Director driving P&G’s companywide IIoT platform for managing near real-time ML manufacturing models to ensure superior quality products, drive sustainability, and optimize material utilization. Over his 24 years at P&G, Greg has left software development teams to drive significant business transforms in across R&D and Product Supply in the areas of data analytics, regulatory compliance, consumer satisfaction monitoring, and industrial IoT.

Dinesh Vamsidhar - Senior Manager, Channel Development Leader at Deloitte

Dinesh Vamsidhar

Senior Manager, Channel Development Leader
Deloitte

For over 22 years, Dinesh Vamsidhar has successfully delivered extensive engagement projects for international organizations including Deloitte Global and Deloitte US firms. As a Channel Development Leader within Deloitte Technology-US, Dinesh’s responsibilities include building technology solutions to support the Office of Security and Administrative Services business programs. Dinesh Vamsidhar shares his passion to build next generation security and administrative solutions backed with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with large-scale implementation. He also loves to play tennis.

Aman Thind - Executive Vice President and Global Chief Architect at State Street

Aman Thind

EVP & Global Chief Architect
State Street

Aman Thind is Executive Vice President and Global Chief Architect for State Street. In this role, he takes responsibility for defining the technology strategy and drive adoption of latest AI, Crypto, Cloud and Data strategies to transform the firm into an innovation-led organization.

Aman also serves as the CTO of State Street Digital Assets which dedicates to Crypto Assets and Web3.0 technologies, and CTO of State Street Alpha, a leading data management platform helping clients manage all their investment products and business lines in one place.

Before his appointment as chief architect, Aman Thind worked as the CTO of State Street GlobalLink, leading the development of multiple low-latency trading and analytics applications that were systemic to the financial industry.

Before joining State Street, Aman was Co-Founder and served as the  CTO of BestX®, a fintech start-up focused on transaction cost analysis and ensuring financial institutions prioritize their clients’ interests during trading. State Street acquired BestX in September 2018. Prior to that, Aman held various significant roles in Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Fidelity, and Adobe. These roles spanned across quant, technology, strategy, and leadership positions.

Alpha Front-to-Back Data Quality Platform

State Street

State Street’s proprietary platform is a single data solution that serves as the foundation across all State Street services. Among its features are: standardized taxonomy and data domain dictionary, cloud-native, state-of-the-art artificial intelligence based data quality controls, and event-driven architecture. The project looks to integrate multiple business services across State Street and streamline them into a cohesive data product.

Aman Thind - Executive Vice President and Global Chief Architect at State Street
Aman Thind, EVP & Global Chief Architect, State Street

Quantum Computing for Innovation and Social Impact

The New School

The New School is pioneering the exploration of Quantum Computing and investigating the impact of this cutting-edge technology and its creative and social research applications. Launching our Quantum initiative paved the way for pioneering education and research, the creation of the world’s first-ever Quantum Design Jam, now in its second year, and the development of The New School’s Innovation Center.

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Maya Georgieva - Senior Director, Innovation Center at The New School
Maya Georgieva, Senior Director, Innovation Center, The New School
Dr. Lin Zhou - Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at The New School
Dr. Lin Zhou, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, The New School

Advance Case Management AI Knee Machine Learning

Johnson & Johnson

ACM introduced AI Knee and Hip Implant machine-learning driven predictions specifically for TKA (Total Knee Arthroplasty) and THA (Total Hip Arthroplasty). Utilizing images, surgeon preferences, and biometric data, ACM predicts implant sizing range, transforms the inventory replenishment process from reactive to proactive, drives efficiency throughout the supply chain, and improves speed and agility for accurate prediction to enhance preparation for individual patient surgery.

Lara R. Hamade - Sr Tech Product Manager, MedTech Hospital & Customer Solutions at Johnson & Johnson
Lara R. Hamade, MedTech Hospital & Customer Solutions, Sr Tech Product Manager, Johnson & Johnson
Tejal Raoof - an organizational leader within J&J’s Digital Supply Chain (SC) healthcare technology organization
Tejal Raoof, Janssen Advanced Therapies Supply Chain Solutions, Sr Tech Product Manager, Johnson & Johnson

Baby Care: Hot Melt Optimization

Procter & Gamble

Diaper manufacturing is a complex and very high-speed process which would need continuous expert oversight to ensure perfect results on every diaper. By using proprietary data and enhanced Microsoft tools to develop an AI monitoring capability, P&G now has an AI expert on the job that ensures a perfect Pampers diaper, every time.

Greg Hormann - Senior Director IIoT Platform at Proctor & Gamble
Greg Hormann, Senior Director IIoT Platform, Procter & Gamble

MagnolAI, Lilly’s Sensor Cloud

Eli Lilly and Company

The project team developed MagnolAI, a sensor cloud with full-stack capabilities to continuously ingest, visualize, and transform a large amount of wearable sensor signals, in-clinic or at-home across the entire patient journey in connected clinical trials. Through MagnolAI, Lilly Digital Health is introducing connected devices, sensors, and measures to help manage trials – and as a result this allows for decentralized clinical trials in the modern era.

Hui Zhang - Executive Director, Digital Health Office at Eli Lilly & Co
Hui Zhang, Executive Director, Digital Health Office, Eli Lilly and Company

ASpire My Desk

Deloitte

ASpire is a modern customer relationship management platform leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to empower administrative professionals to proactively and efficiently support leaders. ASpire also inspires collaboration, as a platform for viewing, sharing, and completing work.

Dinesh Vamsidhar - Senior Manager, Channel Development Leader at Deloitte
Dinesh Vamsidhar, Senior Manager, Channel Development Leader, Deloitte

Risk Model for Suicide Prevention

Novant Health

Our technical team, in partnership with clinicians from the areas of mental health, emergency medicine, and psychiatry, developed an automatic and data-driven predictive model, the Behavioral Health Acuity Risk (BHAR) model, to examine information available in the medical record captured during the normal course of care and assess the likelihood of suicidal behavior. This model leverages a machine learning technique called random forests, which can be natively hosted in the Electronic Health Record and update in near-real time, with results immediately available to clinical staff.

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Karen Hegarty - VP of Cognitive Computing at Novant Health
Karen Hegarty, PhD, VP Cognitive Computing, Novant Health

Cherokee Tribal Citizen Access Portal

Cherokee Nation

Leveraging Salesforce combined with integrations to Cherokee Nation’s on-premise systems has delivered a solution that validates tribal citizenship without manual effort and speeds time to provide financial assistance to citizens. Implementing a digital platform has made Cherokee Nation more responsive to assist citizens in emergency situations, and has broadened Cherokee Nation’s reach beyond the immediate tribal capital area to all 50 states and 26 countries.

Paula Starr - Cherokee citizen leading technology delivery at the Cherokee Nation
Paula Starr, CIO, Cherokee Nation

Sustainable Connectivity

Accenture

Co-created with cloud providers, Accenture pioneered a solution for boundaryless, globally available, sustainable connectivity. This significant innovation in cloud networking technologies has revolutionized the concept of a corporate network and bolsters business agility.

Amo Mann, Chief Architect, Network & Cloud for Global IT, Accenture

Supply Chain Resilience Analytics

ABB-Electrification

With customer buying shifting from just-in-time to a just-in-case pattern in response to market dynamics, this project responded with innovative analytical solutions that are adaptive to a fast-changing situation.

Babu Kuttala - is Group Vice President, Enterprise Architecture, Data & Analytics at ABB-Electrification
Babu Kuttala, Vice President Data & Analytics, ABB-Electrification

Mike DeNapoli

Director and Cybersecurity Architect, Cymulate
Cymulate

Mike DeNapoli is a Cyber Architect living and working in New York City. He’s assisted in disaster recovery and migration, Cloud transformation, and identity and security operations and testing for companies ranging from Mom & Pop retail shops to Fortune 100 global companies. Mike currently works with Cymulate – Breach and Attack Simulation; helping customers find ways to live safely in interesting times.

Saqib Khan

Director, Technical Account Management
Tanium

Saqib is the Global Principal Architect at Tanium focused on end-to-end lifecycle automation through Tanium and mission critical platforms driving joint outcomes. Saqib has spent last 15 years in various roles including management consulting, enterprise architecture, identity and access management, program leadership and management working with the largest organizations globally. Saqib brings real-life experience around process automation, risk mitigation and incident response working with customers in many industry verticals on what good looks like for future of SOC.

Michael Smith - Chief Information Officer at The Estée Lauder Companies

Michael Smith

CIO
The Estée Lauder Companies

Michael Smith is the Chief Information Officer at The Estée Lauder Companies, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products. He leads ELC’s IT function, further advancing innovation in the digital, analytics, applications, and infrastructure to effectively support and enable the Company’s growth strategy and the evolving needs of our brands. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day technical operations, he places a special focus on driving global technology solutions in key strategic areas for our business, notably retail, digital, social and analytics.

Prior to ELC, Michael Smith was CEO at Boma Technologies, a technology consulting company that he founded, specializing in technology and management advisement for the sports, life sciences and technologies industries. For more than 25 years, he has held various technology leadership positions, including four years with Mylan NV, a global pharmaceuticals company, where he was Global Head of Digital and Innovation and Global Business Services. He also spent over 22 years with Nike, Inc. where he held multiple brand, operational, and technology roles, including Head of Brand, Product and Marketplace Solutions and Head of Enterprise Solutions and Technology.

ed kennedy

Ed Kennedy

Australia Editor
CSO

Karl Hightower

SVP, Chief Data & Analytics Officer
Novant Health

Karl is a transformative leader at the helm of Novant Health’s Information Management, Cognitive Computing, and Analytics departments. With over 25 years of extensive experience, he is a recognized innovator and problem solver, driving the strategic use of Big Data, AI, and Digital Products. His teams are the force behind the remarkable care delivered to the patients and communities, equipping Novant Health to stay ahead of the curve in embracing next-generation technologies like Blockchain, Web 3.0, and Quantum Computing.

Throughout his career, Karl has navigated diverse industries from retail, finance, energy trading, telecommunications, to manufacturing and supply chain. His strategic leadership and visionary initiatives have resulted in new teams, operating models, and game-changing strategies across these industries. Each sector has expanded his knowledge and broadened his skillset, making him a versatile asset capable of driving enterprise-wide changes.

Karl’s expertise lies in harnessing the power of data and AI to amplify business processes. He is renowned for designing cross-enterprise information management programs, architecting real-time decision support systems, and leading the enterprise-wide adoption of Master Data Management. His ability to leverage both industry-specific and non-industry technology generates notable business advantages, positioning him as a leader in the field. Karl’s proficiencies also extend to public speaking and thought leadership, application research and positioning, and the creation of governance boards to ensure regulatory compliance.

Nick Coussoule

Senior Vice President
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Nicholas Coussoule joined BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in February 2008 as senior vice president and chief information officer.  In this role, Nick is responsible for a broad range of strategic initiatives, technical and operational support functions. He leads more than 800 employees and oversees a $190 million budget for the company’s information services and business engineering divisions. He reports directly to BlueCross’ chief operating officer and serves on the company’s corporate leadership council.

Nick has more than 30 years of extensive experience in operations and technology consulting and IT management in the U.S. and internationally.  He began his career in consulting with Keane Inc. serving as a project manager and account manager in the US and the Netherlands, before moving into senior management.

He has held senior IT leadership positions at Alumax Inc. as well as the chief information officer position at Pameco Corporation and Teltek Inc. Nick most recently served as the senior vice president and chief information officer at Crawford & Company, the world’s largest independent provider of claims management solutions.

At BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee he has been instrumental in helping the company successfully implement the requirements of the Affordable Care Act allowing BlueCross to obtain dominant market share while meeting our customer obligations. His team developed a Member 360 dashboard providing significantly improved customer service efficiency and effectiveness. His team also partnered with BCBST strategic marketing team to implement significant digital capabilities including an award winning member portal and award winning mobile applications.

Prior key accomplishments for Nick include being part of a leadership team that developed and implemented a global order management and inventory system for a Fortune 500 chemical company. Nick also led the executive committee IT research, due diligence, synergy plan, acquisition and integration of a $200 million third-party administrator of custom claims and medical management solutions.

Nick is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he obtained a degree with honors in economics and mathematics. He is a graduate of the 2015 Nashville Healthcare Council Fellows program. Nick is also a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics – the statutory public advisory body to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on health information policy.

Chris Hughes

CISO & Co-Founder
Aquia, Inc

Proven Cloud/Cybersecurity leader with nearly 20 years of experience in both the Federal and commercial industries.

Dynamic skill set, with a blend of IT, Cyber/Cloud Security and DevSecOps experience. I enjoy working across interdisciplinary teams to solve complex organizational and industry-wide problems to achieve technological transformation securely.

Passionate about Cybersecurity, Cloud and DevSecOps and helping to educate individuals looking to further their career.

Andrew Flynn

Executive Editor
CSO Online

Andrew Flynn is based in Ottawa, Canada and is regional executive editor for CSO Online. Before joining Foundry, he worked as a senior news editor at Business News Network, associate editor of the Financial Post, and business editor of The Canadian Press. As a reporter and editor, he has 30 years of journalism experience, working a diverse range of beats from sports and entertainment to politics and world events to finance and economics. He owns many guitars.

 

Bianca Lochner - CIO at City of Scottsdale, AZ with over 20 years of experience in information technology and local government

Bianca Lochner

CIO
City of Scottsdale, AZ

Bianca Lochner, Ph.D., has over 20 years of experience in information technology and local government. Throughout her career, she led multiple digital transformations and innovations in education and the public sector, while modernizing legacy technology and positively impacting how citizens and businesses interact with the city government. As the Chief Information Officer for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, she combines her passion for public service with technology’s power to transform how government delivers to the community it serves.

She previously served as the Assistant CIO for the City of Phoenix and as the CIO for two school districts, leading a broad portfolio of technology infrastructure and digital projects, developing Smart City strategies, creating a more transparent and open government, and fostering innovation and partnerships to improve efficiency and service delivery and enhance the citizen experience and well-being.

Bianca is the co-founder and co-chair of the Cybersecurity Council of Arizona, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding Arizona’s cybersecurity workforce. She is also a board member and advisor for the ArizonaCIO, Girls in Tech, the Arizona Technology Council, the Regional Wireless Consortium, Evanta, the Greater Phoenix Smart Region Consortium Connective, and the World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, a Master’s Degree in American Studies, a Ph.D. in Educational Technology, a Postdoctorate in Management of Information Systems, and an Executive MBA from ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management. Bianca Lochner received the 2022 GoldenGov City Executive of the Year award and Government Technology recognized her as one of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of 2023.

Torsten George

Cybersecurity Evangelist
Absolute Software

Torsten is Absolute’s in-house cybersecurity evangelist with over 28 years of global experience. He is an internationally recognized IT security expert, author, and speaker, regularly providing commentary and publishing articles on data breaches, insider threats, compliance frameworks, and IT security best practices.

Paul Prudhomme

Head of Threat Intelligence Advisory
Rapid7

Paul Prudhomme is the Head of Threat Intelligence Advisory at Rapid7. He previously served as a leader of the cyber threat intelligence subscription service at Deloitte and as an individual contributor to that of iDefense. Paul previously covered cyber issues as a contractor in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Paul specializes in the coverage of state-sponsored cyber threats, particularly those from Iran. Paul originally served as a linguist and cultural advisor and speaks multiple languages, including Arabic. He has a master’s degree in history from Georgetown University. Paul is also a certified scuba diver and an award-winning amateur underwater photographer.

Ron Culler, Jr

Vice President
Cyber Development Programs, CompTIA

Ron Culler is the Vice President, of Cyber Development Programs at CompTIA focused on Cybersecurity, be it the current or future threat landscape, certification, learning, or workforce development. His role is to be the voice of Cybersecurity for CompTIA across the organization.

Prior to Joining CompTIA Ron was the founder of Secure Designs Inc., and served as the CTO, technology architect, MSS visionary, and security evangelist for the company. Ron and his team built a successful MSSP managing over 10,000 firewalls globally until they were acquired in 2018. In addition, Ron is a US Navy veteran and was part of the Naval Security Group which he served for 10 years.

Ron is an out-of-the-box thinker actively engaged in expanding the understanding of Cybersecurity and technology for organizations of all sizes. Ron’s expertise as a Cybersecurity visionary and industry thought leader is in high demand, as a regular speaker and writer on Cybersecurity, technology legislation, cloud, and IoT/OT security. He has also been featured in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Forbes, and even Billboard Magazine where he has shared his insights on the latest cybersecurity trends and best practices.

He has been involved in multiple industry advisory councils and boards and has served as the Chair of CompTIA’s IT Security Community, a Member of CompTIA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Council, and CompTIA ISAO SME Champions Council prior to joining CompTIA.  In addition to the many industry councils and boards, he also provides mentorship to several entrepreneurial organizations.

Ron has won multiple industry awards and honors including the MSPmentor 250, ChannelPro 20/20 Visionaries, and the 2017 CompTIA Tech Champion award for leadership in the technology sector.

Orion Hindawi

Founder and Executive Chairman
Tanium

Orion Hindawi co-founded Tanium in 2007 and serves as its executive chairman. Orion drives the strategic vision and technical innovation at Tanium, as well as engagement with its strategic partners and customers.

A technology visionary and accomplished inventor, Orion has led the development of enterprise-scale endpoint security and management platforms for the past 18 years at BigFix, Inc. (acquired by IBM in 2010) and Tanium, in addition to holding multiple software patents in network communications and systems management.

Orion works closely every day with Tanium customers in pursuit of inventing new approaches for solving the significant challenges IT departments face securing and managing large, global enterprise environments. Orion also serves on the Tanium board of directors.

Keri Pearlson

Executive Director of Cybersecurity
MIT Sloan

Dr. Keri E. Pearlson is an expert in the area of managing and using information, specializing in cybersecurity leadership.  She’s serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations and has worked with CIOs and executives from some of the largest corporations in the world.  Dr. Pearlson is a thought leader in cybersecurity culture, resilience, strategic advantage, supply chain, and board leadership. She specializes in helping IT executives prepare to participate in the strategy formulation processes with their executive peers. She’s a skilled relationship manager, an accomplished meeting facilitator, an entertaining public speaker, an often-sought-after information resource, a published author and a proven leader.

Her most recent work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, the Wall Street Journal, and many academic and practitioner outlets. She has also published many books on aspects of managing and using information systems. She has a doctorate in business administration (in MIS, management information systems) from the Harvard Business School and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University. She’s the Executive Director of a research group at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan (CAMS), and the President of KP Partners, a CIO advisory services firm.

 

Shelia Anderson - SVP, CIO of Aflac

Shelia Anderson

SVP & CIO
Aflac

Shelia Anderson joined Aflac in July 2022 as senior vice president, chief information officer (CIO), where she is responsible for overseeing Aflac’s digital services division and driving the technology strategy in support of the company’s U.S. business. She has a rich history as an executive leading the IT functions of major U.S. insurance companies.

Previously, Shelia Anderson served as CIO for Liberty Mutual’s corporate functions and oversaw applications and technologies that drove the global company’s financial, Human Resources, legal, and data and analytics operations. Her team built, implemented and maintained innovative technology solutions that scaled to meet Liberty’s growing global business needs across the more than 45,000 employee base operating in more than 29 countries.

Anderson also served as Vice President and CIO of Property and Casualty Insurance at USAA. She previously held executive roles with several Fortune 500 global technology organizations, including HP and Electric Data Systems.

Anderson received the 2021 Boston CIO of the Year Super Global ORBIE Award, She achieved recognition as a 2022 National CIO of the Year Super Global finalist for her outstanding leadership, management effectiveness and business value created through technology innovation while at Liberty Mutual. Insurance Business America recognized her as a 2018 Elite Woman.

Originally from Louisiana, Anderson received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Louisiana Tech University and her Master of Science in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.

Robert Carter - Executive Vice President, FedEx Information Services and Chief Information Officer of FedEx Corporation

Rob Carter

EVP, Information Services & CIO
FedEx Corporation

Robert B. (Rob) Carter is Executive Vice President, FedEx Information Services and Chief Information Officer of FedEx Corporation. He is a member of the six-person Executive Committee, which plans and executes the corporation’s strategic business activities. He also serves as Co-President & Co-CEO of FedEx Services, the shared service entity responsible for Sales, Marketing, Information Technology and Customer Service.

Rob Carter joined FedEx in 1993 and has more than 40 years of systems development and implementation experience. He is responsible for setting the technology direction of the FedEx applications, infrastructure and networks that provide around the clock and around the globe support for FedEx product offerings.

Carter earned his bachelor’s degree in computer and information science from the University of Florida and his MBA from the University of South Florida.

He has received many industry accolades, including Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune Magazine’s Executive Dream Team, Forbes Magazine CIO Innovation Award, Information Week’s Chief of the Year Award, and he is a charter inductee of CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame.

Carter serves on the Board of Directors of New York Life.

Andrew Braunberg

Principal Analyst
Omdia

Andrew supports Omdia’s cybersecurity operations intelligence service research practice, guiding vendor, service provider, and enterprise clients. He provides thought-leading analysis on technologies, trends, and innovations in enterprise security operations centers, and specifically on the proactive technologies used to avoid breach such as vulnerability management and attack surface management.

Devon Valencia - CIO at CareSource, responsible for setting the strategy for the company's system

Devon Valencia

CIO
CareSource

Devon Valencia leads all aspects of information technology within CareSource and is responsible for setting the strategy for the company’s systems and technical infrastructure, systems development and information technology operations.

CareSource administers one of the largest Medicaid managed care plans and serves more than two million members.

She has extensive experience in healthcare technology and focuses on improving accessibility, driving innovation and digital transformation across the healthcare industry.

Devon Valencia serves on the board of directors for Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and Dayton Boys & Girls Club. Modern Healthcare named her Top 25 Women Leaders, Women to Watch, and the National Diversity Council recognized her as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech.

Shaina Varia

Global Privacy Officer
JCPenney

Shaina is a transformational senior attorney, leader, and strategist with extensive in-house and law firm experience with a consistent history of developing and delivering complex business and client solutions across retail, finance, and technology. She has advised and guided the Board, senior officers and executive business partners across public, private and technology start-up companies on a range of corporate law and business matters as both an attorney and management consultant. She has developed and delivered legal solutions in the areas of privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity at state, federal, and international levels.

Michelle Abraham

Research Director
Security & Trust Group, IDC

Michelle Abraham is Research Director in IDC’s Security and Trust Group responsible for the Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) & Vulnerability Management practice. Ms. Abraham’s core research coverage includes SIEM platforms, attack surface management, breach and attack simulation, cybersecurity asset management, device, and application vulnerability management alongside related topics.

Ann Marie Sastry

President & CEO
Amesite

Dr. Sastry is President and CEO of Amesite. Dr. Sastry was previously President, CEO, Board Director and co-Founder of Sakti3, recognized as one of MIT’s 50 Smartest Companies (2015), and as a Crain’s Detroit Business Cool Places to Work winner (2017). Backed by a global team of venture capitalists, the company was acquired by Dyson in 2015 for $90M. Sastry was invited to the White House in 2015 to be recognized for her technology entrepreneurship and meet with President Barack Obama. Her technology and business work have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, the Economist, USA Today, the New York Times and on the cover of Inc.

Prior to starting her companies, she was Professor of Mechanical, Biomedical and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, which is ranked among the top 5 public universities in the nation. She was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor (UM’s highest teaching honor) in 2008. Tenured and promoted early, Sastry was recognized with some of the highest honors in her scientific fields over her 17-year academic career, including the ASME Frank Kreith Energy Award (2011) and NSF’s Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1997). She founded two academic research centers in intracellular signaling (Keck Foundation) and advanced automotive batteries (GM / Department of Energy), and a global graduate program in Energy Systems Engineering. She has co-authored over 100 publications and 100 patents and filings and has delivered over 100 invited lectures and seminars globally on a range of scientific and technology topics, spanning mathematics, physics, bioscience and battery technology.

Sastry is active in philanthropy and business mentorship, with a focus on education and poverty alleviation. She holds PhD and MS degrees from Cornell University, and a BS from the University of Delaware, all in mechanical engineering.

Ed Ventham

Co-Founder
Assured

Ed has spent a decade working with businesses around the globe to achieve insurance coverage, specializing in cyber and fintech risks. He is an advocate for the young professional organization ‘Next Generation Insurance Network’ and industry 100 representative for the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Lena Smart

CISO
MongoDB

Lena joined MongoDB in March 2019, with more than 20 years of cybersecurity experience. Before joining MongoDB, she was the Global CISO for the international fintech company, Tradeweb, where she was responsible for all aspects of cybersecurity. She also served as CIO and CSO for the New York Power Authority, the largest state power organization in the country.

Monique Azzopardi

Special Counsel
Clayton Utz

Monique Azzopardi is an experienced commercial and privacy lawyer with a focus on ICT transactions and projects. She acts for clients in the private and public sectors across the full spectrum of commercial and technology matters, including as a key adviser to the NSW and Commonwealth governments on several major ICT projects of State and national significance. Her expertise includes privacy law, cyber-security and data protection, ICT procurement, licensing and contracting, major systems integration projects, cloud solutions, PropTech, artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. 

Jay Harish Hira

Director of Cyber Transformation
EY

Jay Hira is a leading voice in cyber security, advocating fresh approaches, greater diversity and inclusion, and a Zero Trust mindset across the industry. 

Jay has spent 16+ years of experience at the forefront of the international cyber security industry, helping financial services businesses strengthen their cyber resilience capabilities, fostering customer trust and enabling growth. 

One of his biggest passions is to leverage storytelling to explain cyber security to audiences at all levels, and he is on a mission to make cyber security simple and accessible for all. 

Jedidiah Yueh - Founder and CEO at Delphix

Jed Yueh

Founder and CEO
Delphix

Jedidiah Yueh has led two waves of disruption in data management. First, as the founding CEO of Avamar (sold to EMC in 2006 for $165M), he pioneered data de-duplication and shipped one of the leading products in data backup and recovery, with over 20,000 customers and $5B in cumulative sales.

After Avamar, Jed founded Delphix, which accelerates digital transformation for over 25% of the Global 100 with its API-first data platform, surpassing $100 million in ARR. In 2013, the San Francisco Business Times named Jed CEO of the Year.

Jed Yueh is the bestselling author of Disrupt or Die, a book that refutes conventional ideas on innovation with proven frameworks from Silicon Valley. After George H. Bush designated him as a US Presidential Scholar, Jed graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Harvard, all while working three jobs, including teaching at a local high school.

Jim Swanson - EVP, CIO, and member of the Executive Committee for Johnson & Johnson

Jim Swanson

EVP & CIO
Johnson & Johnson

Jim Swanson is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and member of the Executive Committee for Johnson & Johnson. Based at Johnson & Johnson’s USA headquarters, Jim is responsible for accelerating Johnson & Johnson’s business outcomes and advancing human health with technology and digital innovation.

In his current role, Jim leads the Johnson & Johnson Technology organization. His team consists of more than 4,000 professionals across 50 countries. They are passionate about combining deep scientific expertise with the latest digital solutions. Their goal is to confront some of the most complex healthcare challenges of our time. Additionally, Jim and his team are responsible for powering the 144,000 colleagues across Johnson & Johnson. They also manage the digital ecosystem that connects the Company to patients and customers.

Jim Swanson has an overriding commitment to attracting and growing digital talent across the enterprise and forging external connections across industries and disciplines. He is known for saying that he has “the best job in the world” due to his ability to drive positive impact in the world using “tech for good”. Jim, along with the organizations he has led, has garnered industry accolades. These accolades recognize their contributions in leadership. Their successful application of technology to drive outcomes and deliver business value has also earned them acknowledgment. Furthermore, Jim’s leadership has earned them recognition as one of the best places to work in IT. Additionally, they have shown strong support for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiatives aimed at nurturing emerging talent.

Jim rejoined Johnson & Johnson in 2019 from Bayer Crop Science, where he served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Chief Information Officer, and Head of Digital Transformation. Before Bayer acquired the company, he held the position of Chief Information Officer at Monsanto for five years. Prior to that role, Jim spent nine years working as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical, where he advanced technology throughout the company’s Research & Development organization.

Earlier in his career, Jim led the Research & Development and Commercial IT organizations at Merck. Jim began as a bench scientist at SmithKline Beecham before transitioning to IT. Throughout his professional life, he has had extensive international experience, including living in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Bioscience and Biotechnology and a master’s degree in
Computer Science, both from Drexel University.

Jim, the proud father of three daughters, is married and enjoys running, biking, skiing, scuba diving, and boating in his free time. Additionally, he volunteers with United Way Ready by 21 and the American Heart Association.

Daniel Saroff - Group Vice President of Consulting and Research at IDC

Daniel Saroff

GVP, Consulting and Research
IDC

Daniel Saroff is Group Vice President of Consulting and Research at IDC, where he is a senior practitioner in the end-user consulting practice. This practice provides support to boards, business leaders, and technology executives in their efforts to architect, benchmark, and optimize their organization’s information technology. IDC’s end-user consulting practice utilizes our extensive international IT data library, robust research base, and tailored consulting solutions to deliver unique business value through IT acceleration, performance management, cost optimization, and contextualized benchmarking capabilities.

Mr. Saroff also leads the CIO/End-User Research Practice at IDC. This practice provides guidance to business and technology executives on how to leverage technology to achieve innovative and disruptive business outcomes. IDC’s research enables clients to create grounded business and technology strategies and empowers IT leaders to deliver services and innovation that drive business growth and success.

Daniel Saroff has over twenty years of experience in senior-level positions in both consulting organizations and delivering technology. Prior to joining IDC, he served as the CIO for a major Massachusetts state agency, where he led the agency through cloud migrations, digital transformation, technology modernization, enterprise platform reengineering, security in-depth and zero trust, and defense and response to a major cyber-attack. He also held consulting positions at both Forrester and Gartner and was a IT Director at a major aerospace and defense company. Before joining IDC, he owned a private IT management consultancy.

In addition to his work in technology and consulting, Mr. Saroff co-founded and managed a neuroscience research laboratory focused on Alzheimer’s Disease and published multiple peer-reviewed research articles.

Naren Gangavarapu

Chief Information Officer
Northern Beaches Council

Naren is a digital transformation executive with expertise in customer experience, information technology, and strategy. He has held leadership roles in high-profile companies across private and public sectors globally. Naren is passionate about driving change and helping organisations strengthen their digital mindset, cyber resilience, and innovative culture. He has a proven track record of delivering customer experience and digital transformation programs across all levels of the New South Wales public sector, including Service NSW, Transport for NSW, Dept of Planning Infrastructure & Environment, and Northern Beaches Council. 

Naren holds a master’s in computing and has held adjunct fellow and research associate positions and is a sought-after speaker at conferences on digital transformation, citizen engagement, and the management of complex digital projects. With his keen interests in sustainable technologies, digital trust, and the application of blockchain and AI, Naren is well-positioned to help organisations navigate the digital landscape and deliver even better value for customers by making the right investments into the future. 

Dr Mahendra Samarawickrama

Director
The Centre for Sustainable AI

Dr Mahendra Samarawickrama (GAICD, MBA, SMIEEE, ACS(CP)) is the ACS ICT Professional of the Year 2022. He is a highly accomplished leader and entrepreneur having an impressive track record of driving visions, technological innovations and transformation towards humanity, social justice, and sustainability. He is a Director of The Centre for Sustainable AI. He leads the Australian AI and data-science strategy while building capabilities for social justice and sustainability with diversity, equity and inclusion in AI and data science by mobilising the power of humanity. He has contributed to innovations in ESG, AI ethics and governance, climate and disaster resilience, customer experience and sustainability. He is an Advisory Council Member of Harvard Business Review (HBR), an Expert in AI ethics and governance at Global AI Ethics Institute (GAIEI), an industry Mentor in the UNSW business school, a senior member of IEEE (SMIEEE), an honorary visiting scholar at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).  

Clive Bortz

Principal and Region CIO of Australasia and East Asia
Arup

Clive is a Principal and Region CIO of Australasia and East Asia at Arup, a global company of designers, engineers, advisors and experts dedicated to sustainable development. Clive has a background in leading large technology teams and implementing infrastructure and systems, as well as running regional operations. He has been part of number of Global Digital Technology project boards where the focus was on sustainability and reducing carbon emissions. These have included Next Generation offices, Data Centre reduction and migration to Cloud. Last year Clive was named in Australia’s CIO top 50 list for 2022. 

 

Chirag Joshi

Director
NSW Department of Customer Service

Chirag is a seasoned cyber security executive with extensive experience leading cyber security, risk management, and compliance programs in multiple countries across various industries.     

He is the author of the two bestselling books – “7 Rules to Become Exceptional at Cyber Security” and “7 Rules to Influence Behaviour and Win at Cyber Security Awareness.” Chirag is featured in the prestigious CSO30 2022 list of top 30 cyber security executives in Australia. He was also recognised as a finalist for the Australian Cyber Security Professional of the Year Award in 2022 and 2020. 

Chirag is a well-known keynote speaker and has presented at numerous leading international and regional conferences and forums on topics such as cyber threat landscape, effective cyber security strategies, cyber regulations, security culture, and the importance of human factor.   

He is currently a Director at ISACA Sydney and has conducted several successful cyber security education sessions for executives and non-technical audiences in industries such as financial services, energy, healthcare, government, and higher education. He has led teams and multi-million-dollar cyber transformation initiatives. He has experience in both IT and OT environments and has managed cyber security through demergers and divestments.     

Chirag’s academic qualifications include Master’s degree in Telecommunications Management and Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering. He holds multiple certifications including CISA, CISM, CRISC and CDPSE. 

Simona Dimovski

Head of Security and Technology
Helia

Simona is a strategic leader with extensive knowledge of how technology enables the customer experience and facilitates growth of business value. Simona brings a wealth of expertise across the Information Management and Technology sector, and has a diverse background in both corporate and government settings across the Banking, Aviation, Energy and Local Government sectors.

Simona has 20 years of expertise of enabling strategic delivery across technology and business functions. She has a proven track record of driving the successful delivery of large scale transformation programs.

As the CIO at Sutherland Shire Council, enabling $2.7B of assets, Simona achieved a 2 year digital transformation program in a few weeks, as published in the media:
ICT Digital Transformation Program: Story in Technology Magazine

With specialties building and delivering Technology Strategies, Cyber Security, Portfolio Management Offices, Service Management, Portfolio Delivery, Digital Operating Models and bringing Agility to practice, Simona has lead the evolution of IT across top tier brands within the Finance, Aviation, Energy and Government industries.

A strategic thinker with a passion for what she does, leading from the front, engaging and energising strategic partners and stakeholders as well as the wider business in supporting high impact, dynamic solutions to deliver business value. Integral in aligning portfolios to the strategic objectives of the organisation, she has a passion for continuous improvement and empowering businesses to reach their full potential, encouraging innovative thinking enabling best practice through the use of technology.

A people leader, driving cultural change with a growth mindset, priding herself in providing a coaching approach to ensure the team and the individual achieve their full potential.

Adam Cohen

Partner Advocated
MariaDB

Adam has many years of experience working with partners to develop messaging and strategy that yields stronger relationships and new business.  He’s been a marketer, teacher, salesperson, and Broadway producer.

Santanu Lodh

Chief Information Security Officer
OFX

Santanu has over 28 years of experience in management of Cyber Security, Risk, and IT. He has proven expertise and skills in Project Management, IT Service Management, Vendor Governance, IT Application Build & Production Support Setup, Identity & Access Management and Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Management. At OFX, as CISO, Santanu is responsible for Cyber Strategy and Cyber Security controls. 

Marco Figueroa

Senior Manager, Cyber Security, Risk and Compliance
Australian Institute of Company Directors

A recognised industry practitioner with extensive senior leadership, cyber security, technology risk and engineering experience in government, ASX fast-moving consumer goods with international operations in Asia Pacific region, private and educational organisations managing cyber security and technology risk. As a senior executive I operate with an agile and high performing mindset set to achieving strategic and tactical outcomes by inspiring, empowering and supporting people whilst encouraging collaboration and information sharing.

My career objective is to add value to organisations pursuing opportunities in digital transformation programs by developing, implementing, and accelerating the speed of secure, resilient and reliable systems through innovation, best practice, leadership and end state vision. 

My professional goal is to provide strategic and tactical cyber security and technology risk direction by engineering sustainable risk and security services that deliver defined levels of risk at defined cost. This aim is accomplished through a meticulous risk-oriented approach towards investment prioritisation and the associated selective use of cyber defence technologies, architectures, policies, and advanced technology risk governance frameworks designed to protect digital assets, corporate and personal identifiable information in a structured and documented manner.  

Before joining the Australian Institute of Company Directors, I was the Group CISO for NSW Department of Customer Service.

Kris Peterson

Senior Consultant
Forrester

Senior Consultant for Total Economic Impact at Forrester and author of Total Economic Impact of IBM Cloud for SAP

Bradley Knapp

Product Leader
IBM

Bradley is the offering leader for IBM Cloud for SAP. A long-time cloud evangelist, Bradley focuses on designing, implementing, and certifying the best possible combinations of hardware and software necessary for all companies, from the smallest startup to the largest established enterprise, to succeed in their adoption of cloud infrastructure for their SAP landscapes. Bradley is a seasoned cloud professional, with experience in cloud sales, marketing, enablement, architecture, and design, as well as back-end experience with both operations and go to market for both public cloud and private cloud infrastructure.

Mark Leadbetter

Chief Information Security Officer
Scentre Group

Vrijesh Pandey

Director - Cyber Security Engineering
Optus

With over 20+ years of experience in information and technology, Vrijesh is a cyber security executive professional driving cyber security solutions for critical infrastructure for Telecom and enterprise customers including – global banking and finance, fast moving consumer goods, and government sectors.  

With his global experience of working across the United Kingdom, Singapore, India and Australia with system integrators and telecom service providers, he had led various customer engagements driving data, voice and security solutions across enterprise and telecom customers. 

In his current role, with Asia’s largest Telecom providers, he is leading cyber security engineering function security critical infrastructure. 

Shannon Jurkovic

Chief Information Security Officer
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Shannon Jurkovic is Chief Information Security Officer and Practice Lead for the Information Security Practice of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Shannon joined the Bank in 2019 after 15 years in senior technology risk, cyber security and business resilience management consulting roles. She is a strong advocate for taking a holistic approach to cyber-resilience, one that encompasses culture, people, process, governance and culture, as well as technology. 

Prof. Helge Janicke

Deputy CEO and Research Director
Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre

Professor Helge Janicke is the Deputy CEO and Research Director of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre. He is affiliated with Edith Cowan University where he leads ECU’s Security Research Institute.  Helge holds a visiting Professorship in Cyber Security at De Montfort University (DMU), UK. His research interests are in the area of cyber security, in particular with applications in critical infrastructures using cyber-physical systems, SCADA and Industrial Control Systems.  His current research investigates the application of Agile Techniques and Human-AI Teaming for Cyber Incident Response in Critical Infrastructure, the use of Digital Twins for Cybersecurity applications, Managing Human Errors that lead to Cyber Incidents, and research on Cyber warfare and Cyber peacekeeping. Prof. Janicke established DMU’s Cyber Technology Institute and its Airbus Centre of Excellence in SCADA Cyber Security and Forensics Research.  He was the Head of School of Computer Science at DMU before taking up his current position. He founded the International Symposium on Industrial Control System Cyber Security Research (ICS-CSR) and has contributed more than 150 peer reviewed articles and conference papers to the field from his collaborative research with a wide range of industry partners across the UK and Australia.

Eshan Dissanayake

Chief Security Information Officer
Officeworks

Eshan is an accomplished CISO with over 15 years of experience in thought leadership and management of all aspects of Information Security. He has a proven track record of enabling organisations to achieve their vision, while effectively managing their data security. 

Eshan is a “Certified Information Security Manager” (CISM),  is “Certified in Risk & Information Systems Control” (CRISC), and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He is a Fellow of the Australian Information Security Association (FAISA), which acknowledges is dedication to Information Security. 

In addition to his credentials, Eshan also holds the position of Industry Professor and is a member of number of Advisory Boards.  

Sunil Saale

Chief Information Security Officer
MinterEllison

Sunil is a transformative leader who specialises in building comprehensive and resilient cybersecurity programs with a sharp focus on providing competitive advantage to the organisation and establishing strategic partnerships across the cybersecurity ecosystem. Sunil also has extensive consulting experience gained through working with a diverse range of clients across multiple countries and industry verticals.

Currently Sunil is the Chief Information Security Officer at MinterEllison, Australia’s largest law firm.

Raghu Gandhy

Chief Information Security Officer
Veolia Australia and New Zealand

Raghu Gandhy is CISO at Veolia ANZ, part of Veolia’s Global Security council spread across 48 countries. Raghu has over 20 years of combined IT experience; he has worked in various industry verticals, including Retail, Technology, Media and Utilities. 

The experience gained from working in technical and management roles helps him have meaningful security-related conversations with technical/non-technical executives and boards to improve the organisational cybersecurity culture. 

A proponent of technology best practices and building robust security foundations, Raghu has developed a sound security architecture practice in multiple roles to support the organisation’s digital transformation journey.  

In his current role, Raghu has developed a security strategy to support continuous improvement of security posture supported by a team that strives to deliver critical services across the Water, Waste and Energy divisions. 

Raghu is an active member of various security communities and speaks at industry events at a national level to promote cyber security maturity.

Paul Savenije 

Chief Information Security Officer
Metcash

Global Technology Leader, with a focus on the Management, Operations, End User Experience and Cyber Security with iconic brands with national and global scope.  Paul has covered transformational change from strategy through to delivery, adding value to business groups, ensuring IT solutions and experiences add value and enhance the working lives of all, whilst building a positive people focused culture in engaged and effective teams who deliver to their highest potential.  He is recognised as a trusted business partner linking business and technology underpinned by a well-honed technical and non-technical stakeholder engagement throughout any organisation.  

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulsavenije/  

Maryam Bechtel

Chief Information Security Officer
AGL Energy

With over 17 years of vast experience in information security, Maryam Bechtel is a recognised leader in the Cyber industry, driving transformation and turning organisations into cyber savvy powerhouses of protection. She has experience across multiple continents, spanning advisory and consulting and in-house, corporate expertise. 

As the Chief Information Security Officer at AGL Energy, Maryam is responsible for the Cyber protection of one of Australia’s most critical infrastructures, essential for the nation’s energy supply and ensuring over 4 million customers energy and telco needs are met. 

Kevin Tham

CISO
etika

Kevin is a CISO leader in the Australian Digital Banking sector and a seasoned information security veteran in the financial services industry. Kevin’s practical approach to Cyber Security is often seen as pushing the boundaries and balance between user centric design and effective controls. 

David Cullen

Chief Information Security Officer
Victorian Government

David Cullen, Chief Information Security Officer, Victorian Government 

Ivan Oprencak

Senior Director of Product & Technical Marketing, Cloud Services
VMware

Ivan Oprencak is the Senior Director of Product & Technical Marketing for VMware Cloud services.  He has over 25 years of experience in cloud services, security, storage, networking, virtualization, and data center infrastructure including 6 at VMware.  Ivan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in computer science from Cornell University, and MBA with Honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Brad Meltzer - Best-Selling Author & “America’s Historian”

Brad Meltzer

Best-Selling Author & “America’s Historian”

History. Legacy. Character. Great leadership. Brad Meltzer draws upon the themes of his best-selling books and television shows, challenging audiences to look at their lives, work and mission through legacy’s lens. Brad’s highly inspiring keynotes showcase the motivational stories of both everyday heroes and history-making leaders. His moving message: Every life makes history. Ordinary people can change the world. If you can impact just one person, you won’t just live a good life. You will live forever.

Named as both “America’s Historian” and one of “Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors,” Brad is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lightning Rod and twelve other bestselling thrillers. He also writes non-fiction books like The First Conspiracy and The Lincoln Conspiracy, and the Ordinary People Change the World kids book series, which inspired the Emmy-nominated TV show on PBS KIDS, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.

In addition to fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list in non-fiction children’s books and even comic books, for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award. He also hosts of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, which he used to find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero. He later unveiled it for display at the 9/11 Museum in New York. Brad was selected to join America250 to help commemorate America’s 250th anniversary in 2026. He will be serving on the Arts & Culture Advisory Council along with Debbie Allen, Cal Ripken and other leaders and luminaries.

An inspirational voice, Brad Meltzer has earned a reputation for working closely with clients, speaking authentically from the heart, and receiving both high praise and standing ovations from Fortune 500 companies. Infusing humor and insights into engaging, highly moving narratives, his thought-provoking talks truly connect with audiences. Brad inspires us to examine our lives, shape our legacies and discover the potential within all of us to change the world. As he says, “Stories aren’t the beauty of what did happen. They’re the beauty of what could happen.”

Ken Jennings - Greatest Jeopardy! Player of All Time

Ken Jennings

Greatest Jeopardy! Player of All Time
Jeopardy! Co-Host & Best-Selling Author

When it comes to quiz shows, no one has done it better than Ken Jennings. The former Utah software engineer rose to fame in 2004 when he spent six months as a contestant on Jeopardy! His 75-game streak and $2.52 million in winnings are still Jeopardy! records today. In 2020, he was named the show’s “Greatest of All Time” after winning a prime-time tournament against legendary champs James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter and earned an additional $1 million. In 2022, he signed on as permanent co-host for the show with Mayim Bialik.

Jennings’ success should come as no surprise. A native of Seattle, he spent 15 years in South Korea and Singapore. His father worked as an attorney there. The only lifeline to American pop culture at the time was the Armed Forces Network, where he watched Jeopardy! after school every afternoon. He dreamed of being on the show. But as life got busy, the fantasy faded away.

Ken Jennings returned to the U.S. and while at Brigham Young University, he captained the university’s successful quiz bowl team and began writing and editing questions for National Academic Quiz Tournaments. He noticed a lot of his friends and acquaintances from the world of quiz bowl appearing on games shows — allowing them to pay off student loans or buy cars with their winnings. His long-ago dream of competing on Jeopardy! was revived. And in 2004 that fantasy became a reality.

In the wake of Jennings’ life-changing Jeopardy! reign, he appeared on TV shows from The Tonight Show to The Simpsons to Sesame Street. Barbara Walters named him one of the 10 most interesting people of the year. Jennings is the author of 12 books, including New York Times bestsellers like Maphead, about geography obsessives, and Because I Said So, debunking parenting myths. He currently stars on ABC’s hit game show The Chase, as well as Master Minds on GSN, and co-hosts the twice-weekly podcast Omnibus.

Steve Bohac

Senior Director, Product Marketing
Airkit

Steve leads Airkit’s Product Marketing team as its Senior Director. Prior to joining Airkit, Steve led Product Marketing for JFrog, Zadara and Red Hat. He received his BSME from Villanova University and MBA from Purdue University Daniels School of Business.

Tim Brantner

Product Management Leader, IBM Cloud Security & Platform
IBM

Nicole Peck - VP & GM, Events, North America at Foundry, an IDG Inc. Company

Nicole Peck

VP & GM, Events, North America
Foundry, an IDG Inc. Company

Mike Tornincasa

Chief Business Officer
Rubrik

Mike Tornincasa has 20 years of experience in business development and technology sales. As Chief Business Officer, he is focused on Rubrik’s growth and go-to-market strategy. An early employee and first VP of Sales for Rubrik, Mike successfully led the company’s go-to-market innovation and was a key leader in Rubrik’s data security evolution. Prior to joining Rubrik, Mike held sales roles at companies including EMC and Medallia, Inc.

Marschal Babin

Americas Public Cloud Security & Compliance Technical Sales Leader
IBM

Marschal Babin, CISA, is an Information Security Governance, Risk, and Compliance leader at IBM with extensive experience directing programs and teams in large enterprise, multi-vendor environments. He has designed, deployed and directed critical cybersecurity monitoring and risk assessment solutions to meet company policies and regulatory requirements in financial and healthcare services. As an IT Auditor for IBM Corporate Headquarters, he audited and reported on the security and risk management posture of over 20 global data center locations in areas including but not limited to information security policies, programs, technologies, and management practices over data protection, privacy, service operations, risk management, outsourcing, cloud computing, and regulatory compliance.

Ben Nicholson

Global Practice Lead, Prisma Cloud
Palo Alto Networks

Ben Nicholson has been with Palo Alto Networks for the past 7 years. In that time, he has worked as a Professional Services Engineer, Global Solutions Architect, and is now a Global Practice Leader for Prisma Cloud. He has deployed Prisma Cloud for a multitude of customers and has in-depth working knowledge of many security platforms.

Bob West

Chief Security Officer, Prisma Cloud
Palo Alto Networks

Bob joined Palo Alto Networks after more than 20 years in leadership roles with banks, product companies and professional services organizations. He is responsible for evangelizing how Prisma Cloud facilitates the transition to the cloud. Bob provides counsel to Palo Alto Networks’ customers, prospects, governments, regulators and partner ecosystem.

Robert Ford

VP of Enterprise Strategy
CoreStack

Former CEO, CIO, and Engineering Lead who has personally driven large enterprise digital transformations. Works alongside customer executives and technical teams to share experiences and strategies to drive confidence in the cloud, unleash innovation, and enable customers to go faster and further to realize their cloud ambition.

Phil Perkins

Co-Author
The Day Before Digital Transformation

Phil is a serial entrepreneur and digital transformation consultant across multiple industries. He specializes in building businesses that leverage emerging technology including successful ventures in web, mobile, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and 3D Printing. He and his teams have helped countless brands redefine their industries using today’s emerging technologies. He brings a multi-disciplinary background to his work including business strategy, leading change, experience design, software engineering, and data science.

Phil has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Accounting from North Central College in Illinois, and a master’s degree in Financial Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Fabio Luzzi

VP, Data Science and Engineering
Tapestry

Fabio Luzzi is a Technology Executive at Tapestry based out of NYC. He has extensive experience in building and leading teams to execute end-to-end Digital and Data transformation strategies by leveraging Data, ML & AI. Fabio has proven track record of driving profitable growth for enterprises across different industries such as Technology, Payment Services, Entertainment, Advertising and Retail. He has a Master of Science degree in Statistics and Economics from “La Sapienza” University in Rome, Italy and has global experience working in Italy, UK and the United States. Fabio believes in the quote ‘labor omnia vincit’.

 

Narayan Bharadwaj

VP Cloud Solutions
VMware

Narayan Bharadwaj is Vice President, VMware Cloud Solutions team in the Cloud Infrastructure Business Group. He leads the Cloud Solutions product management, engineering, and program management functions for Public Cloud, Local Cloud and Hybrid Cloud areas. These include public cloud services such as VMware Cloud on AWS, and our partner SDDC based services with Azure, Google, Oracle, and Alibaba Cloud. Narayan also leads our Local Cloud areas with VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts, and partner SDDC based services with Dell Apex Cloud. Prior to VMware, Narayan led technology product management at Salesforce.com, ClearStory Data, and Oracle. Narayan is an alumni of IIT Kharagpur, University of Maryland, and the Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Stewart Bond

VP, Data Integration and Intelligence Software
IDC

Stewart Bond is Vice President of IDC’s Data Integration and Intelligence Software service. Mr. Bond’s core research coverage includes watching emerging trends that are shaping and changing data movement, ingestion, transformation, mastering, cleansing and consumption in the era of digital transformation. Having worked in the IT industry for over 25 years, from early experience in database and application development, through solution design and deployment, to strategic architectural consulting, Stewart has worked through some significant changes in the IT industry. His depth of field experience coupled with market insight gives him a unique perspective, valued by his customers and peers.

Mr. Bond has led numerous research projects and publications, and is recognized as a valued industry analyst by leading software vendors, consumers, and peers in the areas of enterprise and data integration, business-to-business integration, Big Data, and cloud. Prior to becoming a market and industry analyst in 2011, Stewart spent 10 years with IBM as a master certified IT architect, consulting on information management and middleware strategies, and delivering integration solutions to customers around the globe.

Sarah Betadam

CIO
Novanta, Inc.

Dr. Betadam was appointed Novanta’s Chief Information Officer in January 2021 and is responsible for strategic direction, leadership, and implementation of enterprise-wide Digital Transformation and Information Technology (“IT”). She joined Novanta [Nasdaq: NOVT] in 2019 as Vice President of Business Applications and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Global IT in March 2020. Dr. Betadam brings 20 years of experience in global transformation initiatives, strategic business planning, mergers and acquisition, and change management. Prior to Novanta, Dr. Betadam held the position of Director and Head of IT, Portfolio and Program Management at Splunk, Inc. [Nasdaq: SPLK]. She also held IT management positions within a variety of industries and multi-billion dollar organizations.

Dr. Betadam holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Applied Arts from San Diego State University, a master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering (specialization in Information Assurance) from Santa Clara University, and holds a Doctor of Engineering, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering from George Washington University.

Tom Koulopoulos

Author
Futurist; Chairman and Founder, Delphi Group

Tom Koulopoulos is Chairman and founder of Delphi Group, a 30-year-old Boston-based think tank named one of the fastest growing private companies by Inc. Magazine, and the founding partner of Acrovantage Ventures, which invests in early-stage technology startups. He is also the author of 13 books, an inventor with several patents, an Inc.com columnist, the past Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Business Innovation, the past director of the Dell Innovation Lab, and a professor at Boston University.

His insights have received wide praise from luminaries such as the late Peter Drucker, the father of modern management; Dee Hock, founder of Visa International; and Tom Peters, who called his writing, “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.” His Inc. column is read by over one million people yearly.

Mr. Koulopoulos’ thirteen books include his most recent, Reimagining Healthcare, The Bottomless Cloud, Revealing the Invisible, The Gen Z Effect, and Cloud Surfing. His upcoming book, Gigatrends, looks at the seven tech trends that are shaping the future of how we live, work, and play.

Tom’s keynotes blend humor, insight, and a cutting-edge view of the future in a way that’s customized to each audience. According to Tom’s mentor, Peter Drucker, Tom’s writing “makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.”

 

David Linthicum

Chief Cloud Strategy Officer
Deloitte Consulting; Contributor, InfoWorld

David Linthicum is on most top 10 lists of technology innovators and influencers, including cloud computing, edge computing, and security concepts. David is a best-selling author of over 15 books and over 7,000 published articles. He is also the originator of many business-related technology concepts, including Enterprise Application Integration (EAI). He’s an innovator within Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), and now cloud computing and the use of cloud computing for digital transformations.

 

With his remarkable ability to design, explain, and implement technology solutions to solve existing business problems and create new opportunities, David rose rapidly through the corporate ranks from programmer to CEO, with stops in between that helped inform his holistic view of enterprises. Based in Washington, D.C., David currently serves Global 2,000 clients as Deloitte’s Chief Cloud Strategy Officer, where he drives new innovations and market offerings, as well as leads people and projects, as well as thought leadership outreach. This includes on the “Deloitte On Cloud Podcast,” as well as several Forbes and WSJ articles.

Matt Evans

Principal Employee Experience (EX) Product Scientist
Qualtrics

Senior employee experience professional with comprehensive skill set including culture, engagement, performance management, manager and leadership development, and workforce planning. Known as a creative, innovative leader with a passion for improving employee experience and a strong sales, program management and analytical acumen.

Eric Jost

Digital Workplace Head
Wipro

Erik is often described as an action-oriented visionary or futurist in the arena of workplace technology. He believes strongly in employee empathy and placing yourself in the shoes of those who consume technology or services. This belief, along with a strong belief that technology can better the world as we know it converges to give Erik a unique perspective on the digital workplace. This focus on servant leadership started through example while Erik served in the United States Marine Corps. Since then, Erik has held various roles of increasing responsibility, including delivering Modern Workplace Environments, Device as a Service (DaaS), Unified Communications Strategy and Architecture, and many other user-centric innovations at world-renowned companies such as Amgen. Most recently, Erik was the Chief Strategy Officer at 1E, a Digital Employee Experience software provider. Before the software world, Erik led global strategy for NTT Data’s Dynamic Workplace Services as Vice President of Dynamic Workplace. Erik is married and has four children. Erik’s hobbies include Real Estate, 3D Printing, Cooking, and Gardening. He also enjoys listening to audiobooks on long drives. In the afternoon’s you can find him rink-side watching his children playing ice hockey while escaping the Texas heat.

Ian Peacock

Group Product Marketing Manager
Adobe

Janett Haas

SVP, Head of Forbes Insight
Forbes

Tyler Lessard

Chief Video Strategist
Vidyard

Tyler is a truly engaging, dynamic and entertaining thought leader in the areas of B2B marketing, content marketing, video marketing and video selling. As Chief Video Strategist at Vidyard, he’s spent more nearly 10 years immersed in the world of B2B video, helping to define and share the latest best practices and industry trends for creating remarkable customer experiences with video across all aspects of marketing and sales.

Author of The Visual Sale, Tyler is a frequent speaker on a diverse range of topics including video marketing, video production, video selling, personalization, account-based marketing, modern demand generation practices and how to blend art and science to create stand-out experiences at scale.

André Allen

Vice President Information Technology, Chief Privacy Officer & Chief Information Security Officer
MaRS Discovery District

André Allen is Vice President of IT at MaRS, where he is responsible for all internal systems, networks and applications used by MaRS staff. He is also responsible for cybersecurity and privacy, and serves as Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer. He is an experienced technology leader with over 20 years leading diverse technology teams. Andre also has experience as an entrepreneur in the IT managed services industry.

Before joining MaRS, Andre worked in a number of businesses and not-for-profits leading IT functions, including Unilever, CIBC, Brookfield Real Estate Services, Sirius Satellite Radio, Hyundai Auto Canada and CIFAR.

Phil Bowermaster

Director of Product Marketing
Ivanti

Phil Bowermaster is Director of the EXM (Employee Experience Management) team for Ivanti Solutions Marketing, responsible for Ivanti Neurons for ITSM, Ivanti Neurons for ITAM, Ivanti Neurons for Spend Intelligence, our Line of Business solutions (Including HR, Facilities, PPM, and GRC) and User Workspace Manager.

Prior to Ivanti, Phil has worked at Cherwell, SAP and Sybase.

Daren Goeson

Vice President of Product Management
Ivanti

Daren Goeson is Vice President of Product Management at Ivanti with a focus on Intelligent Hyperautomation and Digital Experience Management.  He has over 15 years of experience delivering engaging, intuitive, and impactful software solutions and focuses on applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to enterprise solutions.

Bryan Green

CISO
Zscaler

Bryan is a distinguished cybersecurity leader with 24 years of experience securing critical national infrastructure and Fortune 100 enterprises. With a foundation in engineering and architecture, Bryan has depth and breadth proficiency across all cybersecurity domains combined with the business acumen to translate security risk into business outcomes for executive audiences. Prior to joining Zscaler, Bryan was a Business Information Security Officer (BISO) at Salesforce. In this capacity, Bryan led the global IT Security program in partnership with the CISO and CIO. Bryan developed the Enterprise cybersecurity vision and led the strategic planning and execution of the portfolio.

Chris Haas

Director of Product, App Engine
ServiceNow

Chris is a technology leader with over 20 years of experience building and scaling innovative products. As an engineer turned product manager, he has an insatiable appetite for using technology to improve people’s lives. At ServiceNow, Chris leads the product team for the company’s market-leading low-code business, App Engine – one of the fastest-growing businesses at ServiceNow.

Prakash Mana

CEO
Cloudbrink

Yassine Zaied

Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer
Nexthink

Yassine is the Chief Strategy Officer of Nexthink, where he is responsible for developing new partnerships and alliances with strategic technology and hardware vendors. Yassine also plays a pivotal role in driving the company’s product innovation and go-to-market strategies.

He previously served as EVP of Strategic Alliances & MSPs, where he developed Nexthink’s technology alliance ecosystem and was responsible for solidifying partnerships with several leading service providers. Before joining Nexthink, Yassine held senior business development positions at Setcore Group in Egypt. Previously, he held various management and consulting roles at CSC Peat Marwick and Henkel Tunisia. Yassine graduated from the HEC Tunis Carthage and holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.

Deepen Desai

CISO and VP of Security Research
Zscaler

As Chief Information Security Officer & VP of Security Research, Deepen Desai is responsible for global security research operations and working with product teams to ensure that the Zscaler platform and services are secure. Deepen has been a cybersecurity leader for 15 years, with seven of those years at Dell SonicWALL.

Nick Marchand

VP, Digital & Technology Operations and Cyber Security
Cineplex Entertainment

Nick Marchand is the VP, Digital & Technology Operations and Cyber Security at Cineplex Entertainment.  With over 15 years at Cineplex, his role oversees the Infrastructure, Cyber Security, End User Support, and IT Helpdesks teams at Cineplex supporting over 175 cinema, entertainment centres, and corporate offices throughout Canada and the United States.

Anthony Onesto

Chief People Officer, Founder, Creator, Author

Anthony Onesto is a human resources expert and published author who has worked at various technology and innovation companies to scale and improve culture, talent, and human resources.

He has experience building and establishing operations in the US and has helped several companies win workplace awards. He founded a company that produces a comic book series to encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM and entrepreneurship and co-founded an artificially intelligent HR agent. He is a board advisor for several well-funded tech startups and has published a book called “The Employee Contract – How To Find, Keep and Elevate Gen Z Talent.”

Amanda Edelman

COO, Gen Z Lab & Associate Director
Edelman

Amanda Edelman is Chief Operating Officer of Edelman’s Gen Z Lab, a dedicated offering that lends expertise to and counsels clients looking to effectively engage Gen Z. Within Edelman, the world’s largest independent communications agency, the Gen Z Lab draws upon a hub of data-driven insights and a roster of internal and external advisers to harness the generation’s perspective and ambitions to solve issues such as diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and climate change, and align with brands to become catalysts for change.

She also serves as Associate Director of the Brand practice and contributes to strategic initiatives inside of Edelman, such as Edelman’s climate working group. She has worked with organizations across corporate affairs; brand; purpose; and environmental, social, and governance sectors in London, New York City, and Washington, DC.

Her prior work includes Pursuit, a social enterprise focused on increasing inclusion within the tech sector; Grameen America, a microfinance nonprofit that provides small business loans to underserved women in the United States; and the Boston Consulting Group.

Amanda sits on Rockefeller Capital Management’s Next Generation Advisory Council, advising the organization on next generation cultural and financial trends, and serves as a member of Leadership Now, a community of business professionals dedicated to preserving the future of democracy in the United States. She is a 2022 Atlantic Council Millennium Leadership Fellow and graduated from Stanford University, where she was President of her class and Vice President of the student body, and Harvard Business School.

In her spare time, Amanda can be found exploring new cities, neighborhoods, and cultural venues and reading any book she can get her hands on.

 

Reshma Saujani

Founder & CEO, Moms First
Founder, Girls Who Code

Reshma Saujani is a leading activist and founder and CEO of Moms First.  She is also the founder and former CEO of Girls Who Code. She has spent more than a decade building movements to fight for women and girls’ economic empowerment, working to close the gender gap in the tech sector, and most recently advocating for policies to support moms impacted by the pandemic. Reshma’s newest book Pay Up: The Future of Women and Work (and Why It’s Different Than You Think) presents a bold plan to address the burnout and inequity harming America’s working women today.  She is also the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect, and her influential TED talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection,” has more than five million views globally.

Reshma began her career as an attorney and Democratic organizer. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. She also served as New York City’s Deputy Public Advocate, where she created innovative partnerships to support DREAMers and promote campaign finance reform, among other initiatives.

In her nine-year tenure as the CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma grew the organization to one of the largest and most prestigious non-profits in the country. Today, Girls Who Code has taught 300,000 girls through direct in-person computer science education programming, and reached 500 million people worldwide through its New York Times-bestselling book series and award-winning campaigns. In 2019, Girls Who Code was awarded Most Innovative Non-Profit by Fast Company.

In response to the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on America’s moms, Reshma launched the Marshall Plan for Moms to advocate for policies that value women’s labor in and out of the home. Reshma has successfully worked with House and Senate leaders to introduce “Marshall Plan for Moms” legislation at the federal level and is continuing to act as an outside agitator to change culture through creative awareness campaigns. In 2023, Marshall Plan for Moms became Moms First, a reflection of the progress made in the last two years and a rallying cry to expand the movement we’re building together.

Reshma is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. Her innovative approach to movement building has earned her broad recognition on lists including: Fortune World’s Greatest Leaders; Fortune 40 Under 40; WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year; Forbes Most Powerful Women Changing the World; and Fast Company 100 Most Creative People, among others. She is the winner of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.

Reshma serves on the Board of Overseers for Harvard University and on the Board of Overseers for the International Rescue Committee, which provides aid to refugees and those impacted by humanitarian crises. In addition, she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Economic Club of New York, and as an ex-officio Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Reshma lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their sons, Shaan and Sai, and their bulldog, Stanley.

Lee Rennick - Executive Director at CIO Communities

Lee Rennick

Executive Director
CIO Communities

Lee Rennick is the Executive Director CIO Communities, CIO, where she hosts CIO Leadership Live in Canada, the UK and US. She interviews senior technology leaders to discuss leadership, current topics, and technology trends for weekly interviews on cio.com. She participates in events, moderates round tables and writes blogs to cover technology industry topics. Lee is passionate about DEI&A, women in leadership and supports Hackergal a charitable organization whose vision is to pave the way for a technology industry that is diverse and inclusive of girls and underrepresented groups across Canada. She also is a Leader for the Foundry ERG group, I Stand with Her. Lee lives on a farm, and has horses, goats, chickens and bees, and a llama named Poppy.

Guatam Roy

SVP & CTO
Unum

Gautam Roy is a technology executive with decades of experience in financial services, insurance, logistics, utilities, manufacturing, and services industries. He is currently the SVP, and CTO at Unum, a global insurance company that helps millions of people gain affordable access to disability, life, accident, critical
illness, dental, and vision benefits through the workplace.

As an innovative leader, he collaborated on the go-to-market strategy, implemented operating models, created business partnerships, build products and services, and aligned digital technology to business strategy to maximize profitability. He partnered with businesses to optimize business processes, data hygiene, systems integration, and risk and compliance.

Before joining Unum, Mr. Roy was the CIO at WASH. He worked with the CEO and the board to disrupt the industry. He created a business plan enabled by digital technology to transform the company. Build a market-leading app that improved win rate, revenue, and profitability At Waste Management (WM) he worked on creating a frictionless Customer Experience that drove the transformation of the Customer Care Organization. WM restructured its Call Center technology, operational metrics, and customer care business processes. He focused on fleet optimization to rational spend within the fleet supply chain. He led the next generation fleet technology program to innovate operational services.

Mr. Roy held several positions of increasing responsibility with the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). Under his leadership, CBOE marketed the fastest, low latency, highly available, and secure financial trading systems.

Carolyn Levy

President
Randstad Technologies Group

Carolyn Levy is the President of Randstad Technologies Group for Randstad Canada, leading the strategic direction of the division, with a deep commitment to matching exceptional tech talent with leading organizations across the country. For over 12 years, she has held a series of positions within Randstad Canada, starting as a staffing consultant and quickly progressing to a leadership role within the organization.

An innovative leader with a passion for excellent execution, Carolyn has a proven track record for developing strong sales teams and leaders. With an eye for detail, she’s focused on creative problem solving that allows for efficient and consistent service delivery and turns company objectives into real-world results.

Throughout her career, Carolyn has been a passionate advocate for creating inclusive and collaborative workplaces. She takes an active role in Randstad Canada’s efforts to develop productive attitudes towards diversity and inclusion across all industries, working with key stakeholders to break down barriers and create pathways for people from all backgrounds to build meaningful careers. In her own team, promoting women is a key mandate. Since 2010, Randstad Technologies’ leadership team has increased from 26% women to 46%.

In 2019, Carolyn was named the Executive Ambassador of Diversity & Inclusion at Randstad Canada. To support that role, she regularly takes part in panels and conferences about D&I and is an Individual Practitioner with CCDI (Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion). She’s also the Executive Ambassador of Randstad Canada’s Women Transforming The Workplace program.

Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Calgary. She’s continuously expanding her leadership skills through international programs, including INSEAD graduate business school in France and the London Business School in the United Kingdom. Carolyn also sits on the board of the NACCB, the National Association of Canadian Consulting Businesses, an association that represents Professional Staffing firms on Canadian public policy issues that impact the IT Services industry. She’s also currently attending courses at the University of British Columbia to further expand her knowledge in the D&I space. Carolyn lives in Calgary with her husband and their two daughters.

Tom Graham

Partner, Global Head of Technology & Head of New York
Stonehaven

Tom is Head of the Global Technology Practice at Stonehaven and has completed numerous searches at the senior management (CIO, CISO, CTO) level for clients globally. Joining Stonehaven in London in 2008, he moved to New York in 2016 to continue to focus on the Technology practice alongside building Stonehaven’s New York presence.

Tom has a deep knowledge of the Technology market across all functions and on a front to back basis. As part of this work he has developed strong insight into relevant thought leaders at West Coast technology organisations who are at the leading edge of innovation. He has delivered market mapping and analysis on an annual basis to core clients across IT and operations. These documents have given invaluable insights to clients around industry initiatives, budgets, headcount, offshoring and compensation trends across global corporations and leading edge technology start-ups.

Dr. Deanna Caputo

Chief Scientist for Insider Threat Capabilities and Senior Principal Behavioral Psychologist
MITRE Corporation

Dr. Deanna D. Caputo is the Chief Scientist for Insider Threat Capabilities and a Senior Principal Behavioral Psychologist at the MITRE Corporation, applying her deep expertise in the behavioral sciences to insider threat efforts across a very broad work program. Deanna is an internationally recognized expert in insider threat, and at the intersection of cybersecurity and behavioral science. She has over 25 years of experience designing, conducting, and analyzing research with human participants using experimental, quantitative, and qualitative analyses. During her 15-year career at MITRE, she has built and led MITRE’s Human Behavior and Cybersecurity capability area and dedicated team focused on operational research and consultation on human behavior and cybersecurity, particularly usable security and technology adoption, cyber risk perceptions and awareness, and cybersecurity teams and exercise assessment.

Dr. Caputo has also built and leads MITRE’s Insider Threat Research and Solutions Capability and multi-disciplinary team. She created and pioneered the development of Insider Threat solutions as repeatable offerings for all sponsors with 18 IP disclosures, and stood up an air-gapped, secure MITRE Insider Threat Lab. She uses behavioral methodologies and analytics to reduce insider threats by analyzing how human behavior manifests in cyber and non-cyber sensors, and developing solutions to identify and change employee attitudes, intentions, and/or behaviors. Deanna holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University and a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology with a specialization in Judgment and Decision-Making and Psychology and Law from Cornell University.

Dr. Caputo has multiple research articles published in peer-reviewed journals, authored two book chapters including in 2020 Insider Threats: Leveraging the Benefits of Behavioral Science Research in the International Handbook of Threat Assessments, Oxford Press (2021). Other highlighted publications include: Spear Phishing in a Barrel, Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 2018; Barriers to Usable Security? Three Organizational Case Studies, IEEE Security and Privacy, 2016; Going Spear Phishing: Exploring Embedded Training and Awareness, IEEE Security and Privacy, 2014; Leveraging Behavioral Science to Mitigate Cyber Security Risk, Computers and Security, 2012; and Detecting the Theft of Trade Secrets by Insiders: A Summary of MITRE Insider Thre

Rick Patterson

Chief Information Security Officer
CLEAR

Rick Patterson has served as our Chief Information Security Officer since December 2020. Prior to joining CLEAR, Mr. Patterson was the Head of Security Operations, Head of Risk at Bridgewater Associates, an investment management firm, from 2014 to 2020. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Information Security, Compliance and Privacy at PetSmart, a pet superstore, from 2011 to 2014 and Director of Security for Sidley Austin, a law firm, from 2006 to 2011. He also previously served as a special agent for the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Division. Mr. Patterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton, and a Masters in Computer, Network and Information Security from DePaul University.

Amir Arooni

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Discover Financial Services

Amir Arooni is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Discover Financial Services. He serves on the Executive Committee and oversees the Business Technology organization, using innovative technology solutions to create a superior customer experience.

Mr. Arooni joined Discover in 2020 with more than 30 years of IT experience in the financial services industry, including his most recent role at NN Group, a spinoff of ING, as Global CIO of their insurance, asset management and banking business units. Prior to that, he spent over 15 years with ING in different roles of increasing scope, culminating as CIO and Head of Global Digital Channels and Payments Services for ING Global Commercial Banking. Mr. Arooni led diverse teams in multiple countries, driving change and introducing new ways of working at ING, and later at NN group. He also spent several years consulting with Cap Gemini.

In addition to his technology and engineering background, Mr. Arooni has an M.B.A. from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands and the University of North Carolina; a master’s degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from HEC School of Management, Paris and Oxford University, England; and a master’s degree in Positive Leadership and Strategy from IE University in Madrid, Spain.

Ron Guerrier

Global Chief Information Officer
HP Inc

Ron Guerrier serves as the Global Chief Information Officer for HP Inc.

Guerrier has more than 25 years of experience managing technology in the both the public and private sector across various industries. Most recently, he served as the CIO and Secretary of Innovation & Technology for the State of Illinois, held the position of CIO at Express Scripts, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager, and functioned in the same role at Farmers Insurance Group from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, Guerrier spent 19 years at Toyota North America, rising to vice president and chief information officer for the Financial Services division. Guerrier earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in operations management and supervision from North Park University.

Guerrier serves as a Board Director at Equinix, a Fortune500 digital infrastructure company which operates in over 100 countries. Guerrier also is the Chairman Emeritus of the Board for Innovate @UCLA and is the Executive Adviser for STEM Advantage, a non-profit organization that opens doors for young women and underserved communities to pursue their dreams of a career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Guerrier sits on the Board of Directors of SBP (SBPUSA.org), an organization which assists with the rebuilding of homes and restoring lives after natural disasters.

Throughout his career, Guerrier has earned numerous honors and awards, including the 2019 & 2020 Crane’s Top50 Award, 2019 & 2020 Top Technology Executive to Watch from HMG Strategy, Gartner’s 2018 CIO Breakaway Leader of the Year, 2018 CIO Digital Edge50 Award, LA Business Journal’s CIO Lifetime Achievement Award, 4x CIO100 Award recipient, 2020 Orbie Chicago CIO of the Year, 2020 StateScoop State Executive of the Year, the 2022 ITSMF Global Technology Executive of the Year, was included in the Black Enterprise Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America List in 2018. He has also written numerous articles for publications such as GovCIO, Entrepreneur, CIO Review, and Fortune Magazines. Guerrier was inducted in Foundry’s CIO Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

Lisa Duerre

CEO & Co-Founder
RLD Group

Lisa Duerre is the co-founder and CEO of RLD Group, a collective of leadership development coaching and consulting experts helping tech companies take culture transformation out of the clouds, banish burnout, and drive bottom-line results. RLD Group is a certified WBENC with expertise on HR strategy and organizational design, developing leadership pipelines, talent retention, burnout prevention, and team performance in the complex hybrid work world.

Lisa spent over 20 years in Silicon Valley as a rising executive inside Fortune 500 tech companies. Now, she speaks to audiences of leaders in tech around the world. Lisa’s message has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, WomLead Magazine, FeedSpot, Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, Romper, The Mercury News, and more.

Lisa is the host of the Ctrl+Alt+Delete with Lisa Duerre podcast, a top-10-rated podcast on technical leadership. Lisa is also actively raising awareness for women who are living with lipedema, a disease with no known cure affecting the quality of life for approximately one out of nine women worldwide.

Stephen Sorensen

Senior Vice President
Johnson & Johnson Technology Services, Supply Chain, Data & Intelligent Automation

Steve leads the strategy, delivery and operations for J&J Technology Services Supply Chain, Data Technology, and Intelligent Automation globally. He is responsible for setting the strategy, emerging new technologies and delivering business solutions in these areas. Steve also represents J&J Technology on the Intelligent Automation and Data Science Councils with responsibilities to lead and enable Data Science and automation capabilities in preparation of future state business needs.

He brings over 25 years of professional experience in the development and deployment of complex IT strategies in the Life Sciences Industry. In his 15 years at IBM, Steve played the role of program manager, risk manager, SME and relationship partner for many clients in the Life Sciences Industry including Novartis, Astra Zeneca, Dade Behring, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Genentech and BioRad.

Steve has a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Drexel University and received his MBA from Widener University. He is PMP certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).

He  lives in Westmont, NJ, with his wife and two kids.

 

Ajay Anand

Vice President
Johnson & Johnson, Global Services Strategy & Transformation

Ajay Anand is currently Vice President, Strategy & Transformation within Johnson & Johnson Global Services. In this role, he is responsible for Strategic Planning, Transformation Office, Global Business Engagement, Value Marketing, New business Development, and Change Management and Communications.

As a leader in Global Services, Ajay lead the Enterprise Spend Optimization program, which has made us more diligent about making mindful choices on our discretionary spend, to save almost $1Bn across J&J. Currently, his team is leading the Operational Agility efforts to improve J&J’s ability to respond to business changes and disruptions, through a focus on employee experience, functional excellence and efficiency across Global Functions.

Ajay has been with Johnson & Johnson for 19+ years and started as a Consultant at McNeil Consumer. He has cross-functional experience in diverse industries including Consumer Packaged Goods, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals, Authorized Generics, Telecommunications and Financial Research.  Ajay holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from LeBow College of Business (Drexel University), Philadelphia and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Gujarat University, India.

Ajay lives in Ambler, Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.

 

Jennifer Abruzzo

General Counsel
National Labor Relations Board

The General Counsel, appointed by the President to a four-year term, is independent from the Board and is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases and for the general supervision of the NLRB field offices in the processing of cases.

On July 22, 2021, Jennifer A. Abruzzo began serving as General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board.  Ms. Abruzzo had previously worked for the NLRB for over two decades, including as Field Attorney, Supervisory Field Attorney, Deputy Regional Attorney, Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, and Acting General Counsel.  Immediately prior to her appointment as General Counsel, Ms. Abruzzo served as Special Counsel for Strategic Initiatives for the Communications Workers of America.

Daniel Poor

Strategy & Value Practice Leader
UiPath

Daniel is a leader of UiPath’s Strategy & Value practice.  He has 20+ years of experience driving business digital transformations that deliver board-relevant outcomes. His areas of expertise include business operations and supporting technologies, across sales, customer service, finance, supply chain, HR, recruiting, shared services, and IT-as-a-business.  He has held leadership roles at Scient, Siebel, Oracle Business Consulting, Accenture Strategy, and Bridgewater Associates – always focused on product and service strategy, scale, excellence, and measurable value.  He has led enterprise-wide digital transformations at Fortune 50 companies and top-15 healthcare systems.  His Ph.D. is in the field of Organizational Performance.

Mike Loncar

Vice-President Services, SW and Consumption
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Canada

As Vice-President of HPE Canada, Mike Loncar brings over 20 years of diverse experience in Infrastructure and Software Development and Solutions, Private Cloud Computing, Services and Consulting. The HPE Canada team consists of a dynamic group of sales, services and marketing professionals with solutions across on-premise, private cloud and public cloud involving storage, compute, networking, systems management, and services. As the leader in edge-to-cloud platform as a service; HPE Canada is always focused on helping customers and partners see the business value and impact of working with HPE.
Mike has a long-established career in the technology sector with a track record of success in driving growth strategies and building strong team-oriented business cultures. He began his career in sales, has built high performing teams serving enterprise and commercial segments across Canada. In short, he is the ideal person to build and lead the transformation of HPE Canada.
Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from York University. He is active in many local charitable organizations and is an advocate and mentor for inclusion and diversity within HPE and in the broader technology sector helping early career employees along their journey in the industry.

Chantal Rivard

Senior Director, S/4HANA Center of Excellence
SAP

Chantal Rivard has over 25 years of SAP expertise and is known for her thought leadership in innovation to help customers select the best technology solution to meet their needs. As an SAP Canada Center of Excellence Lead for S/4HANA, she helps her clients understand the value of S/4HANA, and how to become a best run intelligent enterprise.
Chantal focuses on customer challenges and imperatives, to support organizations to gain agility, adopt new business models, gain efficiencies and transform mission-critical systems to drive growth.
She has a passion for cloud solutions, business simplification, and innovation through automation to secure her customers’ success.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University and has worked with hundreds of customers across several industries over the years, in software selection, implementation and change management strategies.

Christopher Frank

Vice President of Global Marketplace Insights
American Express; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University

Christopher Frank is Vice President of Global Marketplace Insights at American Express where he leads the communications and brand research and analytics group. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. His ability to connect insight to strategy in a coherent and actionable way has won him global recognition as a leader in his field, as well as a plethora of industry awards.

Oded Netzer

Vice Dean of Research and the Arthur J. Samberg Professor of Business
Columbia Business School

Oded Netzer is the Vice Dean of Research and the Arthur J. Samberg Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, an affiliate of the Columbia Data Science Institute, and an Amazon Scholar. He is a world-renowned expert in data-driven decision-making and extracting meaningful insights from data. His award-winning research is broadly read and high-cited. He holds a PhD in Business and MSc in Statistics from Stanford University.

Aruna Ravichandran

SVP & Chief Marketing Officer
Webex by Cisco

Aruna Ravichandran is SVP and CMO for Webex by Cisco. She brings unique parallel expertise in technology and marketing, blending her computer engineering background with a deep customer focus and a business philosophy that delivers results.
She is a change agent and recognized authority on Hybrid Work, with a track record of guiding customers, partners, and global teams through workforce and technology transformations.
Aruna’s experience spans more than two decades – building SaaS and digital routes-to-market and expanding addressable markets – for companies including HP, Juniper, CA Technologies, and Cisco. Aruna has authored two pioneering books on DevOps, is a contributor for Forbes.com, and is a multi-award honoree, including Top 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley 2016, and the National Diversity Council’s 2016 Most Powerful and Influential Woman.
Aruna holds an MBA and an MS in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a BS in Computer Science from Bangalore Institute of Technology (BIT). She was also a graduate of the esteemed CMO Leadership program at Kellogg Business School in 2019

Eric Brown

VP Americas Technology
Align Technology

Eric Brown is Vice President, Americas technology at Align Technology. In this role, he is responsible for Align’s enterprise customer relationship management platform (Salesforce CRM) and the commercial technology strategy in the Americas region.

His focus is defining the technology strategy, design, and delivery of exceptional consumer and customer experiences.

Brown joined Align in 2016 as director of Cloud Platform Engineering, responsible for the strategy, design and delivery of Align’s global clinical cloud infrastructure.

Prior to Align, he held various technical leadership positions at Progress Software, Certara, and Gerber Scientific.

Brown serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Hartford Computer Science Department and the Board of Directors for the Triangle Technology Executives Council.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Yale University.

Ivelisse Torres

Senior Director, Cyber Security
ABM Industries

Ivelisse Torres is a leader in the information security sector with more than 15 years of experience. She is dedicated to ensuring risk is properly mitigated in order to create the most appropriate security posture for ABM Industries. Ivelisse has proven to be skilled in managing inevitable organizational change and has the ability communicate effectively at all levels within the organization. Her expertise in managing multiple projects simultaneously while meeting strict deadlines has been a key skill in her career advancement.
Currently, Ivelisse is a Director of Information Security at ABM, a leading provider of integrated facility services with annualized revenue exceeding $7 billion and more than 100,000 team members in 350+ offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and other international locations. As part of the Cyber and Information Security Office Ivelisse is working to actively improve the overall security posture at ABM by establishing foundational security programs in multiple security verticals.
Ivelisse attended the University of Houston-Downtown and received both her Bachelor of International Business and a Master of Security Management. Additionally, she is seeking her Doctoral Degree in Digital and Cyber Forensic Science.
She is also enthusiastic about mentorship opportunities both in and out of the workplace. She seeks to help in the career development and advancement of others. Ivelisse is also an avid believer in creating a diverse working environment where team members can openly contribute and celebrate the value they bring to the organization because of their different cultural backgrounds.

Melanie Gilbert

Partner Federal Government Practice
IBM Canada

Melanie is a Partner focused on the Canadian Federal Public Sector since August 2019. She is responsible for the delivery and growth of some of IBM Canada’s largest services engagements.
She is known for her thought leadership with respect to disruptive technologies. As the IBM Canada Public Sector Blockchain leader, she helps her clients understand what makes a good Blockchain use case and how to deploy projects that deliver real business results.
Melanie is passionate about how disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain can improve citizen centric experiences and change the way governments engage with private industry, other governments, and its citizens. As such, she is a frequent public speaker on these topics.
Melanie is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Emlyon, France where she teaches “AI and Disruptive Technologies Applied to Commerce” within the Masters of Science (MSc) in Digital Marketing and Data Science department.

Chris Barry

President
Microsoft Canada

Chris Barry is the President of Microsoft Canada responsible for leading a world-class team who delivers transformative outcomes for Canadians. Through Microsoft’s partner ecosystem, citizenship efforts and employee engagement programs, Chris’s objective is to empower every person and organization across Canada to achieve more.
A veteran of the technology sector and proven transformational leader, Chris has over 20 years of experience at Microsoft and has held many leadership roles in sales and marketing for both Enterprise and Partner Groups in US, Canada and Globally. In his most recent role, Chris has been the Chief Operating Officer for Microsoft’s Industry Solutions business where he was responsible for defining strategies to maximize impact for top industry accounts and scaling solutions through partner ecosystems and worldwide sales teams.
Chris is passionate about driving meaningful and lasting relationships, building diverse and inclusive teams, and driving positive organizational outcomes. Chris believes culture is a powerful differentiator and delivering outstanding customer service requires leadership that emphasizes achievement, impeccable service, and problem solving through autonomy and inventiveness.
Chris is a member of the TECHNATION Board of Directors and resides in Oakville with his wife and teenage daughter.

Mike Hilton

President
HPE Canada

As President of HPE Canada, Mike Hilton brings over 30 years of diverse experience in Software Development and Solutions, Cloud Computing, Telecommunications, CCTV and Access Control, Data Communications, Industrial Automation, Robotics and Business Consulting. The HPE Canada team consists of a dynamic group of sales, services and marketing professionals with solutions across on-premise, private cloud and public cloud involving storage, compute, networking, systems management, and services. As the leader in edge-to-cloud platform as a service, HPE Canada is always focused on helping customers and partners see the business value and impact of working with HPE.
Prior to HPE, Mike has extensive experience as both an entrepreneur and senior leader, working with teams in Business Operations, Sales, Marketing and Technical Services. Mike has co-founded or led numerous tech start-ups, all with successful exits, including the 2018 sale of Genesis Robotics to Koch Industries. Most recently, Mike spent 12 years with Microsoft, over two tours, leading Enterprise Sales, Partner Sales, Dynamics Business Applications and SMB in various roles.

Pamela Pelletier

Country Leader & Managing Director
Dell Technologies Canada

Pamela Pelletier is responsible for the strategic direction, growth, and performance of the Dell Technologies Canada, inclusive of Canada Commercial, Enterprise, and Federal segments effective May 2021. She leads several groups aimed at Women in IT reaching their full potential. She coaches and mentors’ colleagues at Dell Technologies and in the IT industry.
Pamela has a proven leadership track record and over 20 years of experience driving sales growth and career development in the technology industry. Her greatest passion is bringing people together and helping them to reach their full potential. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company’s reach.
Pamela holds a bachelor’s degree from Trent University. Pamela is married with 2 boys.

Patrick Antoine

Senior Managing Director
Globant

Patrick Antoine is a Senior Managing Director who leads the Globant Canada team.  Patrick works with clients to define their digital agenda to fortify their position for today and for tomorrow.  Patrick’s team is composed of talented individuals who are ‘bi-lingual’ in Business and IT, with the objective of innovating with clients to show them real value, from ‘concept to code’. 

Key outcomes Patrick focuses on for clients include digitally reinventing themselves, enhancing enterprise agility, leading with user experience, driving business insight, increasing revenue, and optimizing their operations.  His team applies exponential technologies to transform clients’ businesses at scale. Areas of focus include experience and design, software engineering, digital platform development and implementation.

Patrick has over 25 years of experience in businessand technology transformation.  He has sold and delivered strategy and transformation engagements in a variety of industries (both private and public).  Prior to his current role, Patrick worked at IBM for many years, in various leadership roles in Canada and the U.S., including Customer Transformation, Enterprise Strategy, Business Analytics and Cognitive Process Services. Patrick also played a role as the Chief Strategy Officer for IBM’s BPO business.  

Originally from New York City and has a B.S. degree from Manhattan College in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A from Pace University.  He has also completed Advanced Business Strategy and Advanced Operations Strategy executive courses at Harvard Business School and IMD.  Patrick is married with three children and currently lives in Oakville,Ontario.  His interests include world music, word games, running, and island hopping.

Ema Patki

VP, Software Engineering
Align Technology

Sabina Schneider

Chief Solutions Officer - North America
Globant

Coming from a hard-skill career background in big data and backend scalable platforms, Sabina joined Globant when it was a startup of 20 people. In the studios, she worked with the diverse team to develop smart corporate products incorporating machine learning, artificial intelligence and image processing to provide long-term value. The company has since grown to a 12 thousand-mind team working in 16 countries for the world’s top brands. She credits Globant’s culture of resilience as the driver for its growth and cohesion along the way.

Sabina focuses on delivering transformation programs by breaking down big business challenges into actionable elements to achieve a shorter time to market with continuous delivery. She bridges the gap between technical skill and business acumen, and helps companies become more competitive through data-driven, rapid, and dynamic technology solutions.

Kyla Lougheed

Digital Transformation Lead and Director of Operations, Analytics & PMO
United Way Greater Toronto

Kyla Lougheed is Digital Transformation Lead and Director of Operations, Analytics & PMO at United Way Greater Toronto. She has spent over 20 years driving business and digital transformation initiatives at some of Canada’s largest and most impactful charities, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
Disruption is the name of her game, whether leading organizations to unleash the power of data and analytics, implementing powerful software tools to support growth and long term resiliency or re-engineering business processes to improve service delivery. Kyla holds a Bachelor of Arts and Certificate in Project Management from the University of Toronto.

Brad Christian

Product Marketing
DataStax

Chad Wright

CIO
Boston Dynamics

Chad is the Chief Information Officer at Boston Dynamics, a Boston area robotics company that specializes in mobility, perception and navigation. The winner of BostonCIO’s CIO of the Year in 2022, Chad’s career in Information Technology has spanned 30 years, including roles in a variety of industries, such as marketing, software, healthcare, retail and robotics. He’s worked at some of Boston’s most innovative companies, including Avid, Endeca Technologies, athenahealth and Amazon Robotics. In addition to his leadership roles, Chad’s background includes business systems analysis, data analytics and project management with direct experience in ERP implementations, Cybersecurity, IT Service Management and IT Strategy. Chad graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Mathematics

Prateeksha Oza

Director, Global Digital Supply Chain
McCain Foods Limited

Prateeksha Oza joined McCain in January 2022 as part of the Global Supply Chain team to accelerate the adoption of digital transformation within the organization.
For the past six years, Prateeksha has had the opportunity to progress through various roles at Nestle and WalMart while transforming Supply Chain and Commercial processes supported by the application of digital solutions. Within her current role at McCain, Prateeksha is responsible for leading the implementation of digital initiatives to bring transparency and visibility within the supply chain function. She works closely with the regional and global Supply Chain teams along with the IT teams to design and deploy value-added solutions and improve existing systems while supporting the vision of a customer-centric value chain.
Prateeksha is a graduate from the University of Waterloo and a certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) from the Supply Chain Management Association. She lives in Brampton with her husband, Harsh and recently got promoted to the role of “mom” to a one month old girl.

Sandra Castaneda

Director, Integrated Supply Chain Technology Portfolio
McCain Foods Limited

Sandra joined McCain Foods as a Software Engineer, in 2000. During her career at McCain, she has held multiple roles, leading technical teams through the completion of initiatives in the Data Warehousing and Analytic areas, and later on, managing numerous projects and programs with the Technology PMO.
In her current role, Sandra is responsible for overseeing the technology solutions that are part of the Integrated Supply Chain business areas. Her team owns the portfolio of technology products, leads the design, build and deployment of applications, and ensures the value realization of the investments in this space.
In 2017, Sandra was awarded the McCain prestigious award of “Best in Class Execution – Best in Class Employee of the Year”. Sandra is a Computer Science Engineer, and holds a Master degree from University of Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She also obtained a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the PMI Institute. She lives in Florenceville, NB with her husband, Carlos, and their two boys, David and Daniel.

Carlos Valencia

Director, Global Data Services and Platforms
McCain Foods Limited

Carlos Valencia was appointed Director of Global Data Platforms in July 2021.
Carlos started at McCain in October 2000 as a Software Engineer and has taken a multitude of roles during his 22-year career in the company. In his initial years he led software development teams building, implementing, and supporting global solutions for the finance, commercial, and manufacturing business units.
In 2010, Carlos moved to Argentina with his family to assume accountability for the LATAM IS/IT department, as well as being part of the Global IS and the Latin America business leadership teams. While in this role, he also led the regional deployment of the last phase of a major multi-year global technology transformation that ended in 2014.
Since his return to Canada in 2015, Carlos has been in the Data and Analytics space. He is now driving the modernization of the data platforms to enable new capabilities and technologies in support of the company’s digital transformation to become a data-led organization. Carlos is originally from Colombia where he studied Computing Science Engineering at Francisco De Paula Santander University and a Master in Computer Science at Los Andes university. He lives in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick with his wife Sandra Castaneda and two boys David and Daniel.

 

Sandra Parker

Provincial Nurse Manager
Solicitor General – Office of the Chief Coroner

Sandra is an experienced and dedicated healthcare professional and nursing educator who possesses a wealth of knowledge, holding many senior leadership roles managing projects, operations, and education. Her current role is with the Office of the Chief Coroner as a Provincial Nurse Manager, supporting a team of nurses (Coroner Investigators) and administrators (Regional Death Investigation Administrators).

Sandra has worked with multidisciplinary subject matter experts and stakeholders across the province as well as representatives from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Sandra was instrumental in the development and implementation of large-scale organizational projects including QuinC: the electronic case management system at the Office of the Chief Coroner and the Ambulatory Referral Management System and was instrumental in the organization and delivery of the first National Paediatric Conference in Ontario. In addition, she has presented and produced publications that have been circulated nationally and internationally.

She holds a Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University in the US, a Project Management Certificate from Humber College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ryerson University, and a Diploma in Nursing from St. Clair College, in Ontario Canada.

She is active in her community, having served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Vaughan Community Heath Centre.

Gina Skagos

Executive Officer
Solicitor General – Office of the Chief Coroner

Gina is a senior leader with over 18 years of progressive leadership experience in strategic leadership, finance, accounting, business transformation, operations, and business improvement.

Her role at the Office of the Chief Coroner as an Executive Officer cultivated her passion for business improvement and modernization. Being no stranger to modernization, Gina also played a key role in the modernization of the tax administration process on Ontario with the implementation of a province wide electronic case management system known as OntTax. Both transformational projects are recognized nationwide as the benchmark in their respective areas.

Earlier in her career, Gina held several executive and senior management roles specifically spearheading the development of Beer and Wine tax audit in Ontario; led the audit for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games; Managing Land Transfer Tax, Gas and Fuel Tax, Beer and Wine Tax audit in Ontario.

Gina holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Economics from Sir Wilfrid Laurier and a Certified Professional Accounting designation from CPA Canada.

Gina is the Executive Director of the Hellenic Canadian Board of Trade (HCBT) where she co-led a trade mission to Athens, Greece with Eurobank and Food Expo. She is an active member of the International Society of Female Professionals. She has also held leadership roles with the European Union Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity (New Orleans Re-Build Mission), the OPS United Way Campaign and the Greek Community of Durham Region as the Executive Board Secretary. She is committed to serving and giving back to her community. She is married and loves traveling and exploring the wonders of the world.

Kelley Irwin

Chief Information Officer
Electrical Safety Authority

Kelley is a CIO by experience, a martial arts black belt by training, and an optimist by nature. She is currently Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) focused on evolving the digital and cyber mandates for business value. She is value-driven, leading with a strong sense of responsibility to create positive change. Her career includes CIO experience at ESA, TD Bank, Sun Life Financial, and Economical & Sonnet Insurance.
Kelley is an award winning author of the book “Please Stay, How Women in Tech Survive and Thrive”, and a frequent keynote speaker.

Caroline Morissette

Vice-President of Digital & Data
McCain Foods Limited

Caroline Morissette is Vice-President of Digital & Data at McCain as part of McCain’s IT Leadership team. She joined McCain in 2019. She has worked in digital transformation for nearly 10 years, across Commercial, Agriculture and Manufacturing functions. She has significant experience in both business lead roles and more than 5 years in technology development leadership roles.
Prior to McCain, Caroline was working at Syngenta AG, a global Agriculture company, as well as in strategy consulting.
At McCain, Caroline is responsible for shaping McCain’s strategy for digitizing McCain’s business processes as well as translating data to value. This is a multi-year transformation to bring new digital tools to all McCain employees and transform how data is consumed to create business value. Caroline’s key passion is how to transform data platforms in support of a more open architecture to collaborate with third parties and drive a more connected, data-enabled supply chain across growers, manufacturers, supply chain partners and customers.
Caroline is based in Toronto, ON, with her husband Bruno and her two children Livia and Isabel.

Lars Goransson

Managing Director, IDC Canada & LATAM
IDC

Lars Goransson is responsible for IDC’s Canadian operation as Managing Director. IDC Canada’s product and services offerings provide the Canadian IT community with market intelligence and market based research across the value continuum of budgeting & planning, marketing awareness and lead generation, and measurement and performance management. He also recently started managing IDC’s Latin America Region.

Ashley Skyrme

Global Strategy & Consulting Lead
Accenture

Ashley Skyrme is a Senior Managing Director at Accenture leading the Global Cloud First Strategy and Consulting business. She is a senior strategist advising global Fortune 500 clients on cloud first technology strategies to increase profitable growth customer experience, and innovation. She has worked across a variety of industries including life sciences, travel, consumer products, government, and high tech and telecommunications. Prior to joining Accenture, she held executive leadership roles with large, global consultancies including Capgemini and Booz Allen Hamilton where she built and led digital, innovation and technology advisory businesses, and led ventures and acquisition to drive inorganic growth.

Eila Shargh

Director, Solutions Product Marketing, Workforce
Okta

Eila Shargh is the Director of Solutions Product Marketing at Okta for our Workforce Identity Cloud. Eila spent 2 years in the web-application security space at WhiteHat Security doing Content and Product Marketing, later joining Palo Alto Networks for 6 years to build out their Content Marketing team, own Zero Trust and Portfolio Product Marketing, and most recently drive their Go-to-Market strategy for several of their Cloud-delivered Security Services products. In her free time, Eila loves to spend time with her two dogs. When the dogs aren’t running the show, she enjoys doing anything active, traveling, reading, and doing DIY projects.

Shaifa Kanji

Assistant Deputy Minister, Chief Digital Officer of DTSS
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Shaifa Kanji assumed her role as Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Digital Officer of the Digital Transformation and Services Sector (DTSS) of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED) on Aug 9, 2021.
She began her career in public service in 2011 and has led the digital transformation of Municipal Government (Region of Peel) and not-for-profit (Toronto and Region Conservation Authority) including establishing the vision and strategic technology direction for these organizations within a highly complex, political and multi-stakeholder environment.
Before joining the public sector, Shaifa spent her career across multiple sectors – telecommunications, (Bell Canada), financial (Royal Bank) and consulting (Accenture). Those experiences gave her a broad perspective on the critical elements required to drive change and transformation in complex organizational structures.
Shaifa holds an Executive MBA from The Western Ivey School of Business and a Computer Science degree from York University.

Lee-Anne McAlear

Program Director, The Centre of Excellence in Innovation Management
York University

Lee-Anne McAlear is an award-winning facilitator, speaker, writer, and consultant. She is a program director and sought-after lecturer at the Schulich ExecEd, Schulich School of Business at York University, speaking at conferences on leading innovation, enhancing employee engagement, establishing creative cultures and thriving in change.
Lee-Anne has worked extensively in the leadership and innovation space in more than 33 countries in both the public (federal, provincial, and municipal levels) and private sectors.
She has piloted several global innovation initiatives that have delivered new approaches to brand revitalization, new methods for delivering patient care and new ways to address customer growth and retention. For more than 25 years, Lee-Anne has worked across industries and sectors including, but not limited to, pharmaceutical, health care, telecommunication, transportation, professional services and consumer packaged goods.
Lee-Anne has many certifications including Emotional Intelligence, Team Management Systems and Situational Leadership, and is a Certified Innovation Professional. She sat on the first board of the Canadian Chapter of IAOIP (International Association of Innovation Professionals) – the only association offering globally recognized innovation certifications.

Katy O’Donohue

Cloud Field Marketing
IBM

Katy O’Donohue is a field marketing professional at IBM with experience in Cloud Computing. As a field marketer, she works with IBM’s client and partners to understand their challenges and how IBM can partner to deliver business outcomes.

Nataraj Nagaratnam

Ph.D., IBM Fellow, CTO for Cloud Security
IBM

Dr. Nataraj (Raj) Nagaratnam is a technology and business executive focused on designing and delivering innovative security solutions, that help enterprises in their digital transformation journey, and to adopt Cloud with confidence. As CTO for Cloud Security, he drives strategy, technology & offerings around security for IBM Cloud. Recognized as an IBM Fellow, he has led innovative security products and capabilities across cloud, mobile, and middleware systems that are helping businesses around the world effectively manage their security.

Jillian Moffatt

Chief Technology Officer
McCain Foods Limited

Jillian first joined McCain in 2008 as Chief Financial Officer of McCain Foods Canada and progressed her career with the company in increasingly senior roles in Canada, US and Europe including VP One McCain where she lead a large enterprise technology implementation, VP Financial Planning & Analysis, VP & Group Treasurer, Interim Chief Financial officer and Global Leader, Sustainable Competitive Advantage Strategy.
In her role as Chief Technology Officer, she is accountable for the strategy and execution of the Information Technology, Digital and Data teams. Here she works to progress McCain’s transformation journey by using data and technology to become an innovative, customer centric and data led business.
Prior to joining McCain, Jillian began her career at Deloitte, followed by Unilever and Campbell Soup in progressive finance roles. Jillian holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Saskatchewan and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation (Canada). She lives in Toronto with her husband, Paul and two children Kristina and Aleksander.

Stan Gibson

Principal
Stan Gibson Communications

Stan Gibson is an award-winning technology editor, writer, and speaker, with 40 years of experience covering information technology. Formerly executive editor at eWeek and PC Week, he is currently principal at Stan Gibson Communications, where he continues to write and speak about all aspects of IT.

Kumar Iyer

Business Technology Senior Leader
KeyBank

Kumar Iyer is a technology leader at KeyBank leading the delivery organization that is part of Key’s Salesforce COE

Prior to this role he was an Enterprise Architect at KeyBank. and represented the organization’s initiatives on architecture review boards, COEs, and governance committees. He provided leadership on architecture engagements including RFPs, partner and solution assessments, ownership cost assessments, business value analysis, solution design, and management consulting.

He has a broad knowledge of technology including Cloud Computing, Mobile, DevOps, Data Initiatives, Business Intelligence, Digital as well as legacy systems and processes. He has extensive knowledge of Wholesale Banking products and processes, including Treasury, Payments, Channels, Credit, and CRM (Salesforce.com)

Before joining KeyBank, he worked at JP Morgan Chase and managed a geographically dispersed technology team of employees and consultants supporting payment applications.
He holds a MBA in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering.

Nadia Ballard

Research Manager
IDC

Nadia Ballard is a Research Manager in IDC’s SaaS and Cloud Research group, responsible for leading IDC’s research service on Industry Clouds, Solutions and Verticalization Strategies. Ms. Ballard’s core research coverage includes the emergence and growth of industry cloud platforms across all major vertical markets, their impact on value chains and market dynamics, and the opportunities they present for industries, technology companies, and professional services firms.  Nadia’s research also covers the life-cycle around technology verticalization and related vendor verticalization strategies. Nadia also helps run three of IDC’s premier global data products, including SaaSPath, Industry CloudPath and Industry AI Path surveys.

Matthew Kull

CIO
Cleveland Clinic

Matthew Kull is the Chief Information Officer at Cleveland Clinic. In this role, he leads Cleveland Clinic’s information technology (IT) strategy, working with clinical partners and caregivers across the health system to enhance patient care through innovative technologies.

Previously, Matthew was the Associate Chief Information Officer of the Information Technology Division. Prior to coming to Cleveland Clinic, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas.

Matthew earned his Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Matthew is a Certified Healthcare Information Officer and maintains professional affiliations with College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Andi Karaboutis - Chief Information and Digital Officer at National Grid plc

Andi Karaboutis

Group Chief Information and Digital Officer
National Grid plc

As Chief Information and Digital Officer, Adriana (Andi) is responsible for delivering innovation through frontier technologies, to enable National Grid to be at the heart of the energy future.

Previously, as EVP Technology, Business Solutions and Corporate Affairs at Biogen, Andi Karaboutis introduced leading digital and data capabilities that unlocked value across the drug discovery, development and delivery processes.

Prior to Biogen, Andi was instrumental in driving value through efficiencies, innovation and disciplined change management at Dell, Inc. as Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer (CIO). Andi Karaboutis brings extensive experience in technology and manufacturing & supply chain management, having held cross-functional international senior leadership roles at General Motors and Ford Motor Company. For more than 25 years, Andi has focused on innovating to drive business value.

Vagesh Dave

Global VP & CIO
McDermott

Vagesh Dave is the Global Vice President & Chief Information Officer for McDermott. He is an IT executive focused on driving technology-based innovation over 25 years. He is a visionary, results oriented with extensive experience in transforming IT organizations. Mr. Dave has built and lead high performing global teams to lead digital & business transformation at McDermott and other leading organizations. Vagesh has previously worked for General Electric, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte PricewaterhouseCoopers, and RadioShack in various roles. He is an active supporter of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. He is the 2022 winner of the Houston CIO of the Year ORBIE Award and is actively engaged in local community.

Mr. Dave has a B.S. in Computer Science from Texas Wesleyan University, M.S. in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Deborah Wheeler

CISSP, SVP & CISO
Delta Air Lines

Deborah is a passionate Information Technology Executive whose career focus has been on the protection and privacy of information and information assets, as well as on technology innovation, education and awareness.

As the current Global Chief Information Security Officer for Delta Air Lines, Deborah  brings more than 25 years of cyber security expertise, information technology risk management and data privacy experiences to the aviation sector.  Deborah is a Board Director for the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center and sits on A4A’s Cyber Security Council.

Deborah has applied her experience and skills in information technology risk management and cybersecurity in building security programs for PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, JPMorgan-Chase, Ally Financial, and Freddie Mac in addition to her work at Delta.

Deborah also serves as an independent Board Member for SERC Reliability Corporation;  as a Board Trustee for Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, and serves on the Customer Advisory Boards for Proofpoint, Sailpoint, Crowdstrike, and ForcePoint Software companies.  Deborah was inducted into the 2022 CISO Hall of Fame, and has been recognized on the 2021 and 2022 Top 100 CISOs list by CISOs Connect, the 2020 Cyber Defense CISO 100 list, and was also recognized as the 2007 ISE CISO People’s Choice Award winner for CISO of the year.

Deborah holds a CISSP certification and is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management.

Deborah resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two of her four children. She enjoys the great outdoors and is an avid gardener and quilter in her spare time.

Kalyan Chakravarthy

Chief Information Officer
The Regional Municipality of Durham

As Chief Information Officer, Kalyan Chakravarthy (KC) is responsible for the Regional Municipality of Durham’s information and digital technology needs. A visionary leader with focus on quality and strategic execution. Over 20 years of experience in IT Leadership, project management and consulting.
Six Sigma green belt with an excellent understanding of enterprise architecture. Skilled in developing strong relationships with customer executives and using technology to enhance their ability to manage change.

Bradley Fedosoff

Senior Vice-President – Architecture, Data & Analytics
CIBC

CIBC’s Architecture, Data, and Analytics (ADA) team is led by Brad Fedosoff. The ADA team provides services to the Enterprise that include Business Architecture, Technology Architecture, Data and Technology Governance, Data Engineering and Enablement, Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Brad and his team help enable CIBC business unit strategies by architecting the bank of the future, leveraging well managed high quality data and advanced tools and techniques to better understanding our clients and help make their ambitions a reality. The team also ensures that Data & Technology Risk are being managed in a balanced fashion ensuring our bank and customers are protected.
Brad has been with CIBC since 2007 and has held various roles within CIBC Technology including Global Systems Engineering and the Head of Technology Architecture. Prior to CIBC, Brad worked for Hewlett-Packard where he was a Chief Technologist across a number of Global accounts where he had both delivery oversight and Architecture teams reporting to him Globally. Brad has worked in the technology field for 20+ years and brings a unique multi-industry Global perspective to our people, processes, and technology. Brad is a Ryerson Polytechnic University graduate and a member of the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT. Children’s mental health is a very personal passion for Brad and his family, he’s currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the George Hull Centre for Children and Families, a leading children’s mental health research and treatment centre in Canada.

Richard Jardim

Executive Vice-President & CIO
CIBC

Richard leads a global team responsible for delivering high-quality, innovative, and operationally resilient technology solutions that contribute to building a relationship-oriented bank for a modern world. His team is focused on driving technology agility, speed and simplicity across CIBC technology platforms, as well as implementing many of the investments they are making to transform CIBC.
Prior to joining CIBC in 2011, Richard was Managing Director & Head of Technology Solutions for the Wholesale Bank at TD Bank Financial Group.

Scott Hebner

Vice President, Marketing, Digital Infrastructure Solutions
IBM

Scott Hebner,  VP for Digital Infrastructure Marketing, has twenty-two years of executive management in the enterprise technology sector, spanning marketing, product management, business development and strategy/transformation positions.

Scott is currently responsible for leading IBM’s product marketing strategy across its hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure offerings designed to help clients speed digital transformation outcomes by scaling innovation-driven growth less inhibited by infrastructural complexity, risk and cost. Solutions uniquely integrate data resiliency, cyber-protection, regulatory compliance controls, Green IT and digital services capabilities within a unified business-IT architecture.

Stu Kippleman

CIO
Parsons Corporation

Stuart Kippelman is CIO of Parsons Corporation.

Prior to Parsons, Kippelman was the SVP and CIO for Platform Specialty Products, a global, diversified producer of high-tech specialty chemicals and provider of technical services. The business involves the formulation of a broad range of solutions-oriented specialty chemicals, which are sold into multiple industries, including agrochemical, animal health, electronics, graphic arts, plating, and offshore oil production and drilling.

Kippelman previously served as SVP and CIO for Covanta. He led all aspects of global IT, leveraging innovative technologies to transform the way the business runs and generates revenue. For his transformational work at Covanta, Stuart received numerous prestigious industry recognitions including Top 100 CIO’s in STEM 2015, Computerworld’s 2014 Premier IT Leader Award and the CIO.com Top 100 Award in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Prior to joining Covanta, Kippelman held many leadership and technical roles of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson. He was Corporate Director of Technology M&A and Emerging Market Growth, CIO/CTO of Health & Wellness, VP of Global Infrastructure Technology Engineering, and Development, as well as other roles in engineering, architecture, research, portfolio management, deployment, and operations.

Kippelman is a monthly guest columnist on WSJ, and is a featured blogger on Computerworld.com. He holds multiple patents in data mining, and Business Intelligence. As an accomplished speaker, he is a frequent presenter at many major industry conferences, delivering keynote presentations on a wide variety of topics ranging from Leadership, Innovation, Mobile Computing, Consumerization of IT, Cloud, and Cybersecurity.

He is actively engaged in helping guide and develop the next generation of IT leaders

Tony Alam

Senior Offer Manager
Kyndryl

Tony comes to Kyndryl from NTT and Verizon Cloud, launching global cloud managed services offerings at both companies. Prior to those companies, Tony worked in Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and his own consulting company, filling every role from coder to manager to principal to executive.

Matthew Cunningham

Director of Design & User Research, Kyndryl Platform
Kyndryl

Matthew has two decades building digital experiences for Fortune 100 companies, SMB, and start-ups. By merging user experience (UX) best practices with human centered methodologies, Matthew identifies problems, addresses business needs, and positions organizations for next-level innovation.

Dave Kliemann

Cloud Risk & Controls Leader
IBM

Dave Kliemann is the Risk and Controls Leader for the IBM Cloud for Financial Services. Dave is responsible for providing support helping clients take a risk-centric approach to their digital transformation. He helps clients & internal IBM partners to understand key cloud related security issues, regulatory requirements, and risks.

Prior to joining IBM, Dave held several cybersecurity roles at Fiserv, a Fortune 500 Fintech, leading Cyber Risk, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Security Monitoring/Hunting, and IT Audit Programs.  Dave was also a 20-year U.S. Naval Officer, which included leading Information Operations and Cybersecurity teams.

Richard Evers

Global Director of Network Services
WSP

Richard is the Global Director of Network Services at WSP. He has approximately 20 years of IT experience spanning large enterprise IT, and service provider environments. After spending close to a decade with Verizon as a technical engineer, he joined WSP in 2013 helping to standardise its network architecture globally, and lead a network transformation. Richard is currently responsible for network solution architecture, engineering, and operations covering LAN, WAN, Remote Access, Cloud Networking, and Network Security. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems from Sheffield Hallam University. Outside of work his passions are CrossFit and international travel.

Dan Harmuth

Chief Operations Officer
State of Utah, Division of Technology Services

Dan Harmuth has been with the State of Utah for 8 months as the Chief Operations Officer in the Division of Technology Services.  As COO he oversees a group of over 300 staff that supports the Network, Voice, Server and Data Hosting, Enterprise Cloud Services, Enterprise DevOps, IAM, Desktop Support, and Enterprise Product Support for 25 State agencies.  Previous to the State of Utah he was with Utah Transit Agency as the IT Director and has over 28 years IT experience in fortune 500 companies, local government, and healthcare organizations. Dan has a MBA & Masters in IT from the University of Maryland, and is also PMP, CDPSE, and Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt certified.  Dan is also a retired Colonel who served for 30 years in the U.S. Army both active and reserves and was deployed 4 times to theaters of war.  He enjoys Digital Transformation, Agile/Scrum/DevSecOps, Cyber-Security, and being in a field that consistently changes as that brings daily challenges.  In his spare time, Dan is an Adjunct Faculty at Utah Valley University instructing Information Management & Project Management in the MBA program.

Jeremy Meller

CIO
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Jeremy Meller serves as Chief Information Officer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In this role, Jeremy provides executive oversight, vision and support for patient, clinical and business applications; business intelligence and integration; cybersecurity; and technology architecture and innovation.

A native of northern Wisconsin, Jeremy joined Children’s in 2012 as Senior Director of IT Operations, and served as Vice President of Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) between 2014 and 2020. Prior to joining the Children’s team, Jeremy was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, where he led logistics and information technology for two military hospitals. He earned a commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was awarded the international Information Management Officer of the Year award during his service. Previous roles include Division CIO for the Marshfield Clinic, CIO for the Iowa Heart Center, Chief of Information Management for the Munson Army Health Center and Enterprise Director of Technology Operations for Spectrum Health.

Jeremy earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS), a fellow with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Terry Jones

Founder
Travelocity.com; Founding Chairman, Kayak.com

Best known for founding Travelocity.com and serving as founding Chairman of Kayak.com, Terry Jones has become a powerful voice in the world of entrepreneurship through his numerous, customizable speaking engagements, both live and virtual, and the publication of his book, ON Innovation. His career path has established him as a thought leader on innovation in our increasingly digital world.

Terry Jones is a Digital Disruptor, an author and a venture capitalist with General Catalyst and Sierra Angels. A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Jones, began his career as a travel agent, spent 24 years at American Airlines in marketing and information technology, capping his career as Chief Information Officer of its SABRE division. While at SABRE he led a team of six working on a project that became Travelocity.com. Jones served as CEO of Travelocity for seven years transforming it to a public company with three billion dollars in travel sales.
In his new book, Disruption OFF, Jones shares his thoughts on the new technologies and business models that startups and competitors are deploying to disrupt your company. More importantly he outlines the tools and techniques you must use to avoid disruption in this post COVID-19 world.

He left Travelocity when the company was taken private and became part of the founding team at Kayak.com, a company that yet again revolutionized how travel was purchased. He served as Chairman of the company from its founding until it was sold to Priceline for $1.8 billion dollars in 2013.

Today he is the managing principal of ON Inc, a consultancy he founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy.

He serves on the boards of Boingo, Sonicwall, Kenzie Academy and Camping and Education Foundation. He has previously served on the boards of Smart Destinations, Cognite, Entrust, Overture, La Quinta Hotels, Luxury Link and EarthLink.

His career path has established him as a thought leader on innovation and disruption in our increasingly digital world. Terry has been helping companies use the tools and techniques he’s developed to keep up with this rapidly post COVID-19, changing world. His programs on innovation, disruption, marketing and AI are always thought provoking, entertaining and customized. Attendees walk away with inspired ideas and concrete action items to implement in their companies.

Mekala Krishnan

Partner
McKinsey Global Institute

Dr. Mekala Krishnan is a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, based in Boston, MA.

Her research focuses on various topics related to inclusive growth and economic development, including climate risk, globalization, and gender economics. Her most recent research focuses on the near-term impact of the climate transition and of physical climate risk across sectors and geographies, including its implications for companies and countries. She is an author of the recent McKinsey Global Institute research Climate Risk and Response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts. Her past research has focused on the risks facing global value chains and the future of globalization. Mekala is a frequent speaker on these topics at global conferences as well as with executives at Fortune 500 companies. She has authored numerous articles and her work has been cited in leading business publications, including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Harvard Business Review.

Mekala is a member of a task force at the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings focused on improving productivity measurement, serves on an advisory board for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, serves on an advisory board for the Sibley School of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, and on the board of the Global Fund for Women, a leading public foundation dedicated to improving global gender equality.

Mekala received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 2011. Prior to Cornell, she received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

Claus T. Jensen

Chief Innovation Officer
Teladoc Health

Claus is the Chief Innovation Officer for Teladoc Health. He oversees all technology, IT, product design and management, product engineering, data science and analytics plus clinical program design.

Claus also leads the healthcare innovation that will deliver a new category of care, providing health consumers with guided choice and the ability to interact with healthcare resources where, when and how they want it. He works closely with leaders across Teladoc Health to design, create and optimize solutions that benefit patients, clinicians and administrators.

Claus is a transformational change agent with a track record of driving multi-year transitional agendas in large organizations, bringing together ideas, people and technology.

His background before Teladoc Health spans 20 years of transformational leadership roles at Danske Bank, IBM, CVS Health/Aetna and the latest as Chief Digital Officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is active in the community and has been a trusted advisor on business and IT transformation journeys for many Fortune 1000 organizations.

Claus enjoys learning about world history and spends his vacations exploring different parts of the United States with his wife and two daughters.
Claus has a PhD in Computer Science from Aarhus University, Denmark. He is a thought leader in business and IT integration, holds 17 patents and is a published author of six books and numerous articles.

Ryan Currier

SVP, Engineering & Products
Pac-12

Ryan Currier is SVP, Engineering & Products for the Pac-12.  In this role, Ryan drives the strategy and delivery for technology across the Conference and wholly-owned Networks.  This includes an array of internal and external efforts, all of which are ultimately centered around serving the conference’s student-athletes and member universities.  Ryan lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two children.

MJ Petroni

CEO & Cyborg Anthropologist
Causeit, Inc

MJ Petroni is a translator of trends, provocateur of new ways of thinking and guardian of values. He draws from his experience with startups and digital businesses, global travel, and research to create compelling narratives of our future which catalyze innovation for top teams at global companies, organizations and governments.  MJ studies large shifts and finds the stories that validate them. Through curation of discoveries from around the world and his own publishing, he catalyzes conversation about the future and builds innovations needed today. MJ combines the passion of an entrepreneur, the informed optimism of a futurist and the can-do generalism of a digital native to produce results at the intersection of humans and technology.

A world traveler, MJ combines the rigor of traditional education with organic discovery, extensive practice and self-taught, just-in-time learning. Formally educated in Cyborg Anthropology (the study of humans and technology) at Lewis & Clark College, MJ went on to become a business innovator, producing results in the midst of recessionary forces pulling towards normalcy.

An experiential learner, MJ combines scrappy entrepreneurism and a respect for the power of institutions for an unusual blend of corporate scale and startup agility across continents. His focus on the technology, financial, social impact and diversity practices of world-class organizations made for several major leaps in reach, giving MJ access to learning from cutting-edge research and dialogues with top thought leaders to develop a grounded view of our possible futures.

The author of Causeit’s digitalfluency.guide, MJ’s work focuses on raising the lowest common denominator of Digital Fluency for individuals, teams, and entire organizations. Since founding Causeit, Inc. in 2006, MJ has shifted thinking for hundreds of global enterprises, including NTT, Accenture, Volkswagen, the Gates Foundation, SWIFT, and several major financial and media companies, raising Digital Fluency among hundreds of thousands of professionals.

MJ sits on the Accenture Tech Vision Advisory Board and is a faculty member at Singularity University.

 

Arthur Hu

SVP & Global CIO
Lenovo

Arthur Hu is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Lenovo as well as the Chief Technology Officer of the Solutions & Services Group (SSG). As Lenovo’s Global CIO, Mr. Hu leads the enterprise-wide IT organization that is driving the technology-enabled transformation of Lenovo. Under his strategic direction, Lenovo’s IT team has emerged as a strategic partner to the business groups, focusing on innovation, business value, and customer experience.

Earlier this year, Mr. Hu was appointed to the additional position of Chief Technology Officer for the Solutions and Services Group (SSG). In this role, he leads the Research and Development organization within SSG, tapped to develop innovative solutions to bring to the market.

Since joining Lenovo in 2009, Mr. Hu has held several executive and operational leadership roles in the company and is a member of the Lenovo Executive Committee.

Angela Mondou

President & CEO
TECHNATION

Angela joined TECHNATION in 2019 with over 25+ years of exceptional global and Canadian experience in the Technology sector, driving transformational programs in global supply chain, technology product introduction and technology business integration. As founder of the public-private sector “Strategic Knowledge Exchange” leadership forums, Angela seeks to drive change on a national scale and has extensive experience in developing strategic partnerships across industry sectors and around the world.
Angela is a board member of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), acting as the Regional Vice Chairman for North America and Chair of WITSA’s Global Policy Action Committee (GPAC), responsible for government policies affecting the global use of ICT. Angela also sits on the Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) Board of Directors, an industry-led, non-profit organization leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster that supports the development of world-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada.
Author of the leadership best-seller Hit the Ground Leading!, and award-winning founder of her own consulting firm, Angela has delivered business growth programs and keynotes to companies and teams around the world. She has held positions as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Ivey School of Business, as EVP of Leadership with the International Women’s Forum, as an Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace, Technology and Engineering and holds a Professional Logistics designation.

Nancy Gohring

Research Director, Future of Digital Innovation
IDC

Nancy Gohring is Research Director for IDC’s Future of Digital Innovation market research service. She focuses on software innovation programs in the enterprise and their potential to drive efficiencies into corporate processes, generate new revenue streams, respond to customer demand, and improve competitiveness. Her research examines ways that enterprises can best execute on the four pillars of software innovation — plan, source, develop and distribute – and highlights leading enterprises that have developed successful new approaches to these competencies.

Ms. Gohring has spent her career working in the technology industry. Most recently she held the role of senior analyst at analyst firm 451 Research, covering application and infrastructure monitoring tools and the evolving practice of observability. Previously, she was editor-in-chief at Fierce Markets where she oversaw seven websites and newsletters serving 40,000 enterprise IT subscribers. Ms. Gohring also spent seven years at IDC parent company IDG as a news service correspondent writing about enterprise IT news for leading technology publications. As a freelance technology journalist, her work appeared in the New York Times, the Economist, Wired magazine, and MIT Technology Review.

Aamir Habib

Sales Specialist
Google Chrome

Aamir Habib has over 15 years of IT and managed services industry experience. He joined Google earlier this year to support the ChromeOS division in the SouthEast US region, managing the key and large accounts. Primarily an experienced Sales and Customer Success professional within the Big Data and Fintech vertical, over the past 5 years he has gradually shifted his focus to cloud, endpoint and cybersecurity solutions for commercial customers as well as the Civilian Public Sector.

Bret Arsenault

CISO
Microsoft

Seasoned executive with 25+ years of security experience in multiple technology disciplines. Bret has designed, implemented and led the information security organization for a multinational, Fortune 50 technology company for over a decade. He is a respected security leader across the industry and is recognized for his ability to navigate risk through innovative leadership and vision.

As the Chief Information Security Officer for Microsoft Corp., Bret is responsible for enterprise-wide information security, compliance and business continuity efforts. Leads a global team of security professionals with a strategic focus on information protection, assessment, awareness, governance and enterprise business continuity.

Bret currently serves as the Chairman of Microsoft’s Information Risk Management Council, convening teams from across the company that focus on data protection. He also hosts Microsoft’s Security Council a forum with enterprise customers that drives product direction and operational best practices.

Bret has the proven ability to build robust and successful security programs, leveraging his deep technical background and strong business acumen to align engineering with executive vision. He is a strong advocate for security across all corporate functions and knows how to build executive and board-level support in order to achieve success.

Brad Stone

CIO
Booz Allen Hamilton

Brad Stone is a technology leader in Booz Allen’s cyber practice. With more than 21 years of experience in strategy and information technology (IT) consulting, he specializes in addressing a range of cybersecurity challenges for large-scale IT enterprises in the Department of Defense, federal agencies, and commercial organizations.

Brad leads the firm’s advanced cyber defense investment portfolio and drives the development of next-generation service offerings that integrate Booz Allen’s intelligence-grade tradecraft with best-in-class commercial solutions to combat the most advanced adversaries.

Currently, Brad is focused on delivering dynamic defense solutions and adaptive security services in the following areas:

  • Continuous risk management solutions that provide real-time situational awareness of enterprise risks based on automated integration of threat, vulnerability, compliance, and incident management data
  • Cyber architecture, engineering, and integration services that optimize tool investments to efficiently protect and defend an expanding attack surface including IT and operational technologies
  • Cyber operations modernization services and solutions that leverage leading-edge technologies to detect and respond to evolving threats at machine speed

Brad has a B.S. in physics from James Madison University.

John Sander

VP, Chief Information Security Officer
Wesco

A highly respected leader possessing 25+ years of experience of transforming organizations on a global scale to resolve significant business challenges. Proven experience developing global technology strategy and governance, evaluating emerging technologies, transforming organizations, managing large scale global programs, negotiating large contracts, fostering strategic relationships with external partners, and providing budget management and oversight. Consistently recognized for excellence in managing global teams to continuously improve results, exceed customer expectations, manage costs, and improve quality.

Bill Hill

Chief Information Security Official
MITRE

As MITRE’s Chief Information Security Official, Bill Hill works to keep networks secure while enhancing creativity needed to power technical advances. During his 25-year career with MITRE, he has been instrumental in the development of MITRE’s cyber community resources for an effective threat-informed defense strategy.

Nirmal Krishnamoorthy

Senior Manager, Product Marketing
Freshworks

Nirmal Krishnamoorthy is a product marketer at Freshworks. He joined Freshworks in June 2020 and is passionate about bringing service management solutions to enterprises, and helping organizations grow and transform. Prior to Freshworks, he was a management consultant at Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers advising clients on business and technology transformation-related initiatives. He earned his MBA from Duke University in the US and an engineering degree from India.

Sharda Shetty

CIO India
Accenture's ATCi

Sharda Shetty is CIO India for Accenture’s ATCi. Shetty became hooked on technology and computer programming from the day she wrote code for “Hello World” in COBOL, only now she’s working on application security and augmented analytics in today’s age of hyperautomation. Shetty is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E). She has published several white papers on topics such as tech debt and presented the same in ISACA conferences. She is a core member of the CIO Application Security Strategy team at Accenture and has driven the Shift Left program via DevSecOps.

Tony Soules

Executive Director, Information Security and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer
Amgen, Inc

Anthony Soules is currently Executive Director, Information Security and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer within Global Information Protection at Amgen.  His responsibilities include oversight of Global Cybersecurity Operations, Security Awareness and Education, Security Metrics and Analytics, Digital Forensics and Incident Response, Attack Surface Reduction, and Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.

Prior to joining Amgen at the end of 2016, Anthony served in both leadership and operational positions within the United States Intelligence Community.  In this capacity, he developed and conducted computer network exploitation operations for intelligence collection purposes.  Anthony was a recipient of the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation award for significant contributions to foreign national intelligence collection.

Prior to his time in the Intelligence Community, Anthony was a cybersecurity consultant delivering a wide range of cybersecurity services to various US government departments and agencies.  Anthony led penetration tests, security architecture and design efforts, conducted systems analysis for certification and accreditation, and led global strategy and policy development for both garrison and forward deployed environments.

Tony is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).  He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Longwood University and an MS in Information and Telecommunication Systems from Johns Hopkins University.

Gary Katz

Chief Architect for Threat Content
IBM

Gary Katz has over ten years of experience as a cyber security architect.  He is currently the IBM’s CTO of Security Content and the Chief Architect for IBM’s XDR Connect platform.  In these roles he works with analysts to continuously improve internal processes in creating new threat intelligence, detection, correlation, and response content.  He has also worked extensively on designing and implementing IBM’s new XDR offerings.  Prior to joining IBM, Gary was a Principal Engineering Architect for FireEye.  He was one of Lockheed Martin’s four chief engineers for cyber solutions and the Contractor Chief Architect for the DoD Cyber Crime Center (DC3) where he led the collaboration with its threat intelligence and forensics teams to develop new analytical tools and systems.

Haley Pereira

SAST, SCA and Threat Modeling Delivery Lead
Accenture CIO DevSecOps Engagement

Haley Pereira is a senior consultant at Accenture who reports to leadership within the Accenture North American Security Consulting Practice. Currently, she is the Static Application Security Testing (SAST), Software Composition Analysis (SCA) and Threat Modeling Delivery Lead for the Accenture CIO DevSecOps Engagement. The engagement secures a large portfolio of applications and automates security at scale.  Prior to this role, she worked in enterprise application security specializing in large scale transformation projects for mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Haley holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in computer science from Boston University.

Joshua Aaron

CEO
Aiden Technologies

An enterprise IT expert and entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience as a CEO, CIO, and CTO at reputable businesses, including Hellman & Friedman and Business Technology Partners (BTP). As the founder of BTP, a premier IT consulting firm, Aaron garnered clients across some of the world’s largest financial, legal, and healthcare organizations.

Maggie MacAlpine

Cyber Engagement Lead
MITRE Engenuity’s Center for Threat Informed Defense

Maggie MacAlpine is the Cyber Engagement Lead for MITRE Engenuity’s Center for Threat Informed Defense. Prior to this appointment she served as a security strategist for Cybereason and, during her decade-long career focused on cybersecurity, Ms. MacAlpine also co-founded the DEF CON Voting Village, served as a contributing researcher on the “Security Analysis of the Estonian Internet Voting System” (in partnership with the University of Michigan), co-authored the DEF CON Voting Village annual reports, and appeared in the HBO documentary, “Kill Chain”. She has discussed cybersecurity threats at numerous conferences including DEF CON, the Diana Initiative, ShmooCon Hacker Conference, PacSec Tokyo, as well as in presentations to Capitol Hill and the US Naval War College.

Amy Robertson

Group Lead, Cyber Threat Intel & Adversary Emulation
MITRE

Amy Robertson is a Cyber Operations Lead at the MITRE Corporation, where she focuses on cyber threat intelligence (CTI) for a number of mission spaces, including weapons systems and space assets. She leads the ATT&CK® Evaluations CTI team and is the ATT&CK content lead. Amy also provides international cyber capacity building expertise in threat assessments and incident response to the Department of State​. Prior to MITRE, Amy managed international cyber collaboration and capacity building programs across Europe and Central Asia at the Department of Homeland Security and executed cyber risk assessments and OSINT investigations for critical infrastructure operators and international, state and local governments. She is a Strategy and Statecraft Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and was named to SC Media’s 2021“Women in IT Security” for positively advancing cybersecurity.

Michael Daniel

President & CEO
Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA)

Michael Daniel serves as the President & CEO of the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA), a not-for-profit that enables high-quality cyber threat information sharing among cybersecurity organizations.  Prior to CTA, Michael served for four years as US Cybersecurity Coordinator, leading US cybersecurity policy development, facilitating US government partnerships with the private sector and other nations, and coordinating significant incident response activities.  From 1995 to 2012, Michael worked for the Office of Management and Budget, overseeing funding for the U.S. Intelligence Community.  Michael also works with the Aspen Cybersecurity Group, the World Economic Forum’s Partnership Against Cybercrime, and other organizations improving cybersecurity in the digital ecosystem.  In his spare time, he enjoys running and martial arts.

Charlie Donat

Intelligence Officer
Americas, FS-ISAC

Charlie Donat is a Cyber Intelligence Professional with over 10 years of experience in cybersecurity. Currently, he is the Intelligence Officer for the Americas at FS-ISAC, which advances the cybersecurity and resiliency of the global financial system through its real-time information sharing network. At FS-ISAC, he is responsible for the team that provides strategic, operational, and tactical intelligence to member organizations with presence in North, Central, and South America. Prior to this, he was a security engineer for a government contractor and a Threat Evangelist at Proofpoint. Previously, he was a senior threat intelligence analyst at Citigroup and Synchrony Financial.

Daniel Garlick

Vice President  & Chief Information Security Officer
Gates

Dan Garlick currently is Vice President  & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Gates since July of 2021. Dan is responsible for Gates’ global information security and IT risk management programs.

Most recently, Dan was an client executive and CISO at NTT Security, working as the CISO for a large global Medical Equipment Manufacture customer of NTT’s. There he led the development and deployment of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, including security operations center enablement, end point protection capabilities, threat management and risk mitigation planning. Dan developed the company’s first security charter, built an organization of subject matter experts and was recognized by the company’s leadership in averting a serious cyber intrusion attack.

Previous roles included Director of Information Security and Risk Management at Hitachi Vantara and CISO at REIT AIMCO, where Dan built information security organizations from scratch and developed IT security processes, controls and governance programs to ensure robust cyber risk protection capabilities. Dan has also held information security positions with Deloitte Consulting and Samsung Electronics, the latter based in Seoul, South Korea, following his retirement from active duty in the United States Air Force, where Dan served as a decorated Combat Weapons Officer onboard B-52/B1B aircraft during Desert Storm before transitioning to Cyber security, achieving the rank of Captain.

Dan holds a MSc. in Executive Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University, a MSc., Information Security from Nova SE University, and a BS in Criminal from Clark University. He holds numerous security certifications including: C-CISO, CISM, and CISSP.

 

Nicole Raimundo Coughlin

CIO
Town of Cary, NC

Nicole Raimundo Coughlin 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. Coughlin is at the forefront of the smart cities movement, creating a connected community through piloting and implementing IoT technologies in the public sector. Coughlin’s dedication to innovative thinking and partner-building has helped create blueprints for municipalities around the world to deploy and deliver technological advancements to help solve unique challenges.

A self-described government rebel, Coughlin 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, years in various IT leadership positions in the private sector, leading development teams in the U.S. and internationally.

Andrea Little Limbago

VP of Research and Analytics
Interos

Dr. Andrea Little Limbago is a computational social scientist specializing in the intersection of emerging technology, national security, and information security. As the Vice President of Research and Analysis at Interos, Andrea leads the company’s computational modeling and methodology regarding global supply chain risk. Andrea is also a Co-Program Director for the Emerging Tech and Cybersecurity Program at the National Security Institute at George Mason, an industry advisory board member for the data science program at George Washington University, a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center, and a board member for the Washington, DC chapter of Women in Security and Privacy (WISP). She has presented extensively at a range of academic, government, and industry conferences such as Black Hat, RSA, SXSW, SOCOM’s Global Synch, BSidesLV, and Enigma. Her writing has been featured in numerous outlets, including Politico, the Hill, Business Insider, War on the Rocks, and Forbes. Prior to Interos, Andrea was the Chief Social Scientist at Virtru, Endgame, and Berico Technologies. She also taught in academia and was a technical lead at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, where she earned the Command’s top award for technical excellence. Andrea earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA from Bowdoin College. 

Daniel Christopher

Chrome Enterprise Customer Engineer
Google Chrome

Daniel Christopher is a Customer Engineer at Google specializing in Chrome Enterprise. He has over a decade of experience in end-user computing technologies. His role focuses on driving ChromeOS adoption across various organizations while helping customers understand deployment and security strategies for ChromeOS.

Imran Akhtar

Cybersecurity Manager
Cox Automotive Enterprise

Greg Barnes

CISO
Highmark Healthcare

Greg Barnes is Chief Information Security Officer of Highmark Healthcare, which operates health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Barnes has more than 30 years of experience in the security industry. He joined Highmark after serving as CISO of the biopharmaceutical company Amgen from 2016 to 2022. He worked within the Blue Cross and Blue Shield (“BCBS”) system of plans in multiple roles, the latest of which were CISO for Horizon BCBS of New Jersey, and a principal advisor to the national BCBS Association Board of Directors on cybersecurity matters.

Barnes worked for Lucent Technologies as a Managing Principal, leading multiple highly skilled teams in the design of advanced technology networks for large telecommunications companies such as MCI/Worldcom, as well as conducting security design, test, and program management engagements for Exxon, Washington Mutual, Cisco, State Farm, Williams Communications, Walmart, and others.

Barnes began his career in the United States Air Force, where he managed classified intelligence and cyber operations systems. He is Vice Chair to the Board of the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (H-ISAC) and chairs the HHS (Healthcare Human Services) Cyber Working Group on Intellectual Property Protection.

Barnes received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from University of Phoenix and his Master of Science degree in Information Assurance from the National Security Agency-designated Center of Academic Excellence in Advanced Cyber Operations at Northeastern University.

Carrie Rasmussen

Chief Information Officer
Ceridian

Carrie leads all aspects of global Information technology at Ceridian with the objective of creating an optimized infrastructure and data strategy across all operations. Carrie joined Ceridian in 2021. Carrie is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience leading enterprise organizations.
Previously, she was Chief Information Officer at The Save Mart Companies, and has also held senior leadership roles at Safeway Inc. Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s degree in agriculture business management from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.

Vamshi Krishna Reddy Mowgili

Solution Architect - Logistics, Global Operations
Western Digital Digital Poster Representative

Vamshi is a Senior Architect of Logistics COE at Western Digital Corporation. He has more than 16
years of experience in the designing of various logistics-based solutions. He is responsible for
focusing on the emerging technologies in Logistics and designing the solutions for enabling the digital transformation of WDC’s Global Logistics organization. Vamshi joined Western Digital in 2017 and the active member of Logistics COE since inception.

Jeanine Charlton

Chris Ritchie

Vice President, North America
Foundry, an IDG Inc. company

As the Vice President, North America for Foundry, an IDG Inc. company, Chris oversees business operations, strategy and growth focusing on the intersection of People and Technology through digital and in-person events, executive functions, and engagements.

For the last 12+ years, Chris has served in various senior leadership roles at technology, market research, and event organizations. Chris started his career in the legal profession, where he credits his ability to objectively analyze complex situations and then present viable options for desired business outcomes – or – Objectives as a Service.

Fun fact: after residing in the Lower East Side of Manhattan for 10+ years, Chris has recently relocated his family to Paradise Valley, Arizona.

 

 

Shane McDaniel

Director of IT
City of Seguin

Shane “El Jefe” McDaniel is the Director of IT for the City of Seguin with 26 years of experience across a litany of IT disciplines. His technology career began in 1996 through an enlistment in the Air Force supporting military intelligence and reconnaissance. He spent the first 15 years of his career in federal IT operations before transitioning to the private industry global cybersecurity community. For the past 6 years Shane has been working in Texas municipal government, as a native Texan he takes great pride in serving fellow Texans through local government technology advancement.

Shane is a published author with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Information Technology. He holds CGCIO, PMP, CISM, ITIL Intermediate, and CompTIA Security+ certifications. Shane is a champion of Country IT, which he defines as a results driven approach to delivering enterprise technology solutions attained via the power of an individual’s spirit and often through nontraditional means. His teams have received numerous awards for their approach to delivering Information Technology services and solutions in municipal government.

Tim McKnight

Chief Security Officer
SAP

Tim McKnight heads SAP’s Global Security unit in the Office of the CEO board area, reporting directly to Christian Klein, CEO and member of the executive board of SAP SE. He is responsible for SAP’s overall security strategy, ensuring that SAP and our customers have a consistent and convenient security experience, establishing SAP as a recognized and trusted leader in the industry.

In his role, Tim develops, implements, and manages SAP’s overall security policies, standards and guidelines in accordance with ongoing security initiatives and worldwide IT, physical and personnel security, cybersecurity activities, data protection and privacy laws. Before joining SAP in December 2018, Tim was chief information security officer for Thomson Reuters, responsible for all aspects of the company’s global information security risk management program.

Prior to that, he served as Chief Information & Product Security Officer for General Electric, executing its information security and IT risk strategy. Previously, Tim was executive vice president of Fidelity Investments’ Information Security and Technology Risk. He also served in various IT Security leadership roles at Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Cisco Systems. Tim began his career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation as lead investigator of National Infrastructure Protection Center matters, including high-tech crimes, corporate espionage, foreign counterintelligence and telecommunications fraud.

In addition to these roles, Tim has held the roles of chairman of the Internet Security Alliance
and taught undergraduate courses in digital forensics as an adjunct professor at Georgetown
University. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for Google Cloud, Amazon Web
Services (AWS), ClearSky Security Fund and Tenable.

Diane Ma

Global Life Sciences Finance Transformation Leader
Deloitte Consulting

Diane is a principal in Deloitte Consulting’s Life Science practice where she serves as the Life Sciences and Healthcare Finance practice leader.  She has spent the last 15 years specializing in the strategy, design, and execution of large-scale Finance Transformation programs.  Diane has a wide variety of client service experiences, ranging from Digital Finance and  Finance Operating Model to Global Shared Services and Financial Process Redesign.  Her focus is on the design of Finance functions to realize the benefits enabled by large scale technology transformations. Diane is a licensed CPA and holds an MBA.  

Sampath Kunta

Senior Manager, Business Applications, Global Operations
Western Digital Digital Poster Representative

Sampath Kunta is Senior Manager, Business Applications, Global Operations. He is an experienced Oracle Applications (ERP) Implementation Lead, Business Process Transformation Consultant.

Sampath has more than fifteen years of Oracle ERP experience in high-tech manufacturing and business process re-engineering.

He is known for being a specialists for High Tech manufacturing and operations and has built global manufacturing process integration solutions for many leading high-tech companies.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Production from BA Marathwada University, India.

Moe Beydoun

Director, Business Products
T-Mobile for Business

Jeanine Charlton

Chief Technology and Digital Officer
Merchants Fleet

Catherine Chick

Chief Technology Officer
Canada Goose

Catherine Chick is Chief Technology Officer at Canada Goose where she sets the strategic roadmap for technology and manages the delivery of services to support business growth and global operations. Prior to Canada Goose, she held senior leadership roles in the manufacturing, professional services, research/higher education and technology industries in Canada and the United States.
Her strategic vision is centered on using technology innovatively and effectively to differentiate a business and foster transformative change. She understands that technology success relies as much on organizational change management as it does on delivery and operations. Catherine is an active member of the CIO community and was previously a National Board Member for the CIO Association of Canada.

Vince Marin

Global Chief Information Officer
Sidley Austin LLP

Vincent A. Marin is the Global Chief Information Officer at Sidley Austin LLP, one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world assisting clients in over 40 practice areas.  In his role, Vince provides firmwide leadership for all technology services, business/digital transformation, and has had broad impact throughout his tenure. Vince has a very distinguished leadership background, including three years as CIO of Huron, a public company, 16 years at McKinsey & Company in five different roles with increasing responsibilities leading teams on five continents, each responsible for firmwide and client facing services.

Vince’s deep understanding of technology trends led him to transform IT services at McKinsey to fully support the evolving needs of the world’s leading strategy consulting firm to create new strategic capabilities and leverage the best in global services. He was also a key player in technology enabling the growth of the firm during this period, and established several IT enabled services for the benefit of the global firm and its clients.  He has delivered similar impacts at Huron and Sidley.

Throughout his career, Vince has been recognized for his vision and strategy skills. His execution and service excellence coupled with his superb competency as a problem solver has positioned him as a change agent who delivers results and lasting impact for organizations.  Vince’s core capabilities include identifying areas for change and opportunities to capitalize on with stakeholder engagement, consensus building, leading business transformation at multiple levels, enabling greater value realization from investments in technology, and inspirational people leadership that brings out the best in colleagues. He has leveraged these competencies extremely well for the benefit of the firms and their clients at McKinsey, Huron and Sidley. Vince is leading the technological transformation of the firm in multiple ways, including introducing many new capabilities such as enabling artificial intelligence tools in the practice of law.

A much sought-after people leader and developer, Vince was the recipient of McKinsey’s prestigious Marvin Bower Values award, which recognizes distinctive client service, fostering an inclusive, non-hierarchical work environment, and striving to improve the overall quality of the firm.  Vince has a Master’s in Management Information Systems, a M.B.A. and bachelor’s in Finance.  He is a passionate mentor to many and is very actively involved in several philanthropic causes in the U.S. and abroad.

Vince is a Chicago CIO of the Year, for achievement in leadership and management effectiveness, business value created by technology innovation, engagement in industry and community endeavors.

A member of the Wall Street Journal CIO Network – an invitation only membership exclusively for CIOs from the world’s largest and most influential companies, to identify key challenges in technology and new opportunities for innovation to unlock value to their organizations, and a member of CNBC Technology Executive Council – an invitation only membership for leaders transforming organizations by leveraging technological innovations and disruption. Vince has also been recognized as a Business Leader of Color for being a most influential, diverse, and inclusive leader in the Chicago community for providing shareholder value in the changing value of business and for inspiring others while continuing to build on success as a leader. Additionally, Vince is a Boardroom Certified Qualified Technology Expert (QTE).

 

 

Adam Mattina

Managing Director & Deputy Chief Information Security Officer
Blackstone

Adam Mattina is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Technology and Innovations group and is the firm’s Deputy Chief Information Security Officer. He oversees Blackstone’s Portfolio Cybersecurity program, which conducts cybersecurity diligence on, assesses and seeks to improve cybersecurity practices across Blackstone’s global portfolio of operating companies. Prior to his current role, Mr. Mattina led major projects within the Security team and built multiple functional areas within the firm’s cybersecurity program. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Mattina managed operations, training and recruitment of a global team of information security experts within the United States Department of Defense.

Mr. Mattina received an MBA from George Washington University and graduated with honors from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He serves on the Program Advisory Board of the Masters in Cybersecurity program at New York University and has held adjunct professor roles in the Masters of Cybersecurity programs at New York University and Stevenson University.

Heather Haugen

PhD, Vice President Healthcare Advisory & Innovation
NTT, ltd

Dr. Heather Haugen has deep expertise in strategies to improve the adoption of technology. Her book, titled, Beyond Implementation: A Prescription for the Adoption of Healthcare Technology, is a business bestseller.

Haugen leads the Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Security Practices at NTT, ltd. Her previous roles include the Chief Science Officer at Atos in the Digital Health Solutions division and the CEO of The Breakaway Group, A Xerox Company.

Dr. Haugen holds a faculty position at University of Colorado Denver- Anschutz Medical Center as the Director of Health Information Technology, where she mentors doctoral students and teaches. She serves as an Advisory Board Member for DU in the Daniels College of Business Management.

She earned her doctorate in health information technology from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Danielle Beringer

Managing Director
KPMG

Danielle leads the KPMG US Modern Data Platform & Data Engineering community within the KPMG Lighthouse practice, positioning data & analytics services with clients and expanding data-related technology alliances. Prior to KPMG, Danielle served as the Regional Data Officer for Nissan Americas, leading Data & Analytics, Enterprise Architecture, DevOps & Cloud Delivery. Danielle also led technical partnerships at privacy engineering startup Gretel.ai, focused on privacy enhancing technologies and synthetic data. Danielle’s background in software engineering, data engineering & technical leadership has focused on holistic data management, next-generation analytics, data literacy, AI/ML and cloud modernization.

Sachin Satija

Partner CIO Advisory
KPMG

Sachin is a Principal based out of KPMG’s Charlotte office and is a global business transformation leader known for developing diverse, high-performing organizations across Banking, Insurance, Telcos, Media, Healthcare, Pharma  and Utilities clients. Sachin has developed cross-industry innovative solutions and  managed large-scale, transformation programs that have helped clients achieve new levels of success built on the foundation of  exponential IT. Sachin is a technologist and holds an approved patent on API Assessment using ML Algorithms and has a patent pending on Living Systems Navigator. Prior to being a partner in KPMG, Sachin was a Managing Director in Accenture’s cloud first group leading Cloud, APIs, Microservices, modern architecture and modern engineering teams.

Stephanie Perrone Goldstein

Principal
Deloitte Consulting LLC

Stephanie Perrone Goldstein has a unique blend of 15+ years of Travel & Hospitality industry and consulting experience that enables her to support organizations in achieving their AI visions. Her specialty is in Customer and Marketing AI & Machine Learning, specifically conceptualizing, leading the development of and integrating advanced analytics into customer and marketing business operations. Stephanie has worked with travel and hospitality clients to re-think their analytics organizations, develop and deploy rapid-cycle machine learning POCs, establish and operate AI COEs, and develop and deploy in-market marketing/customer tests to improve models and realize value.

Rohit Tandon

Managing Director
Deloitte Consulting LLC

Rohit Tandon leads Deloitte’s AI & Data practice for the Technology Sector. He is also the founder and General Manager of Deloitte’s ReadyAITM  business, helping clients accelerate their AI Journey. Rohit has been a leader in High-Tech and Financial Services sectors and consulted for a wide number of industries. Prior to Deloitte Rohit was the Vice President – Strategy and Chief Analytics Officer for HP. He also served SVP and Business Leader and was one of the founding leaders of Genpact Analytics.

Brian Kirkland

CIO
Choice Hotels

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 Board of Governors for Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG).

Jed Yueh

CEO & Founder
Delphix

Jedidiah Yueh has led two waves of disruption in data management, first as founding CEO of Avamar (sold to EMC in 2006 for $165M), which pioneered data de-duplication and shipped one of the leading products in data backup and recovery, with over 20,000 customers and $5B in cumulative sales. After Avamar, Jed founded Delphix, which provides an API-first data platform to accelerate digital transformation for over 25% of the Global 100 and has surpassed $100 million in ARR. In 2013, the San Francisco Business Times named Jed CEO of the Year. Jed is the bestselling author of Disrupt or Die, a book that refutes conventional ideas on innovation with proven frameworks from Silicon Valley. After being designated a US Presidential Scholar by George H. Bush, Jed graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Harvard, while working three jobs, including teaching at a local high school.

Kathy Kay

EVP & CIO
Principal Financial Group

Kathy Kay is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Principal Financial Group®. She is responsible for overseeing the company’s global technology and digital strategies, its IT and digital operations, and innovation that supports current and future business needs.

Kay joined Principal in May 2020. She brings nearly 25 years of cross-industry experience in IT leadership. She most recently led the information technology business at Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), including the company’s mission-critical systems and the development of the company’s technology strategy, infrastructure, and architecture. She also held leadership positions with General Motors, Comerica, and SunTrust.

Kay earned a master’s degree in engineering science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Wayne State University. Kathy is on the board of Mechdyne, a private company in Iowa, and also serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Des Moines.

Lisa Davis

SVP & CIO
Blue Shield of California

Lisa Davis is Senior Vice President and CIO at Blue Shield of California, a $22.9 billion nonprofit health plan serving 4.7 million members in California. She’s driving Blue Shield toward a future state of health care, transforming the IT business model and leveraging digital technology, data, and analytics to accelerate the delivery of capabilities to improve the member and provider experience.

An innovative business executive, Davis’ future-forward vision has improved business outcomes and customer experiences for organizations in high-tech, academia, and the federal government. She led a global P&L at Intel prior to being the CIO at Georgetown University. She was also CIO of both the U.S. Marshals Service and Counterintelligence Field Activity.

Lisa holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University. She serves on the board of Blue Shield of California Foundation.

Dr. David Reis

CIO
University of Miami Health System

David serves as Chief Information Officer at University of Miami Health System, Miami FL, where he is driving the value of IT through innovation, user experience, cost optimization and risk management. David is a leading health IT expert in the digitization of health care, platform technologies and tele-medicine. He is particularly focused on the intersection of EHRs, true interoperability and the consumerization of health care.

Prior to joining the University of Miami Health System, David was the CIO at Hackensack Meridian Health, a 17 hospital system in North New Jersey, and prior to that, CIO at Lahey Health, a 5 hospital system with more than 300 ambulatory locations.  David started his healthcare IT career at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals where he held several IT leadership positions during his tenure.  He has also held IT leadership positions in retail banking, public accounting and higher education.

David served eight years in the United States Marine Corps Infantry with a subspecialty in Arctic and Mountain Warfare.  David earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University, a Master of Business Administration (e-Commerce) from Rosemont College, a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University (National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence) and is a Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University Executive Scholar in Innovation.  David also holds a variety of IT security certifications and is an active member in a number of associations including the Kellogg Alumni, American Legion, ISACA, (ISC)2 and InfraGard (FBI Background Check Required). David is a frequent speaker and interviewee on health IT related topics and in the past has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Rosemont College, Drexel University and Northeastern University.

Bob McCowan

SVP & CIO
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Bob McCowan is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals with over 30 years global experience. Bob provides leadership to the IT organization and is responsible for global IT Strategy supporting Research, Commercial, Cyber Security, and Enterprise operations. He and his team are delivering transformational technology solutions to support Regeneron’s mission of using the power of science to bring new medicines to patients.

Bob is a well-respected leader with a diverse international background, and has previously worked at global organizations including Amgen, Artemis International, and Computer Science Corporation.

George Rosello

Director, Digital Transformation, Information Technology
Jackson Health System Digital Poster Program Representative

George Rosello is a solution architect and strategic leader who has worked for large health care organizations to design and launch innovative enterprise solutions.  With a background in integration, data warehousing and business intelligence, Rosello believes that the untapped innovative space in healthcare begins with merging real-time data with intelligent automation to produce creative data platform solutions.  By partnering with physicians, clinical staff and executives, Rosello bridges business and IT to develop effective strategies and adoption.  He has successfully launched several initiatives impacting population health, patient experience and clinical operations.  He is currently working on incorporating process automation to improve clinical workflows and the employee experience.

Kian Gohar

Founder & CEO
Geolab

Kian is Founder & CEO of Geolab, an innovation research and leadership training firm. He is a master facilitator and has coached the CEO and leadership teams of over 50 companies in the Fortune 500 on innovation, disruptive technologies, moonshot thinking, leadership and the future of work.

He’s co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book Competing in the New World of Work, published by Harvard Business Review and with #1 NY Times bestselling author Keith Ferrazzi. This bestselling book explores the most important leadership behaviors and team skills necessary to succeed in the post-pandemic era, and outlines how to build successful hybrid workplaces and workforces.

Previously, Kian was an executive director at the XPRIZE Foundation, where he founded the world’s leading corporate innovation ecosystem, and was also an executive director of Singularity University in Silicon Valley. His 20-year innovation career spans venture capital, academia and startups around the world. Early in his career, he was a Luce Scholar in China.

A sought-after public speaker, Kian’s been featured in global media like CNBC, Fortune, Fast Company, HBR, Axios, and NPR, and headlined marquee events like SXSW and the World Economic Forum. He speaks 5 languages, is a graduate of Harvard Business School, the London School of Economics, and Northwestern.

Jahidul Khandaker

SVP of Information Technology
Western Digital

Katie Webb

Director of U.S. Innovation
Aflac

Katie Webb is Director of U.S. Innovation at Aflac. She oversees the company’s Digital Accelerator and Incubator, Hatch, which delivers experience-driven technology solutions focused on solving large-scale problems for businesses and customers.

She joined Aflac in 2013 and leads the U.S. value creation strategy to identify key initiatives that will transform the company while delivering on its five-year financial targets. She is a results-driven strategic innovator who has crafted a successful career in problem finding, creating charter and purpose, and being a disruptor. Her diverse career background spans sales, marketing, business strategy, customer experience and technology.

Katie is passionate about bringing people together who believe there is a better way and giving them the freedom, support and leadership to drive meaningful change. She is a big believer in building systems and relationships to achieve success.

Katie has received industry recognitions including CIO 100 Award for 2022.

Katie earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration from Troy University.

Diego Souza

Global Chief Information Security Officer
Cummins, Inc

Diego Souza, is currently the Cummins Inc. Global Chief Information Security Officer, he is strategic thought leader adept at safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity, and
availability of company data, information systems, and operational technology (OT). He also has a proven aptitude for aligning Cyber Security hardware, software, and policies with corporate strategy. Skilled at planning, delivering, and managing global information security initiatives designed to thwart internal and external threats, Diego is Collaborative team mentor with the ability to build the best talent and inspire people through his leadership.

Diego also served as United Airline’s Managing Director, responsible for United’s global core security technologies where he focused on developing world-class security strategies and standards across the technology and digital organization. Before that, he served as a Senior Director for GE Oil & Gas, where he was responsible for leading the global IT security team in charge of driving efforts to maintain security controls around global GE Oil & Gas sites while also looking to new technologies and opportunities to enhance the business’s security aspects.

While in Brazil Diego has served as the Brazilian IT manager for Dresser business, leading the IT department in South America, joining GE through an acquisition in 2011 and has subsequently held several strategic roles, including participation in the honored GE leadership and career acceleration program called Corporate Audit Staff (CAS). Diego started his career at Hitechno, a family-based company in Brazil as the network administrator; subsequently, in 2003, he joined INPE (Brazilian government department) working on network security and as an administrator, providing incident response and security management to that organization.

Diego is married with his wife Flavia and they have an adorable daughter, Lara, they are located in Houston, Texas.

Matt Jackson

Senior Director of Security Operations
Code42

Matt is the Senior Director of Security Operations at Code42, the Insider Risk Management leader. He leads the Detection and Response (“blue”) and Penetration Test (“red”) teams. Prior to joining Code42 in April 2022, Matt led the Cyber Incident Response Team at Splunk, and built the Security Operations team at Amazon Web Services. Matt is a graduate of the Master of Science in Managing Information Technology (MSMIT) program at the University of Virginia.

Bob Schuetter

Global Chief Information Security Officer
Ashland

Robert Schuetter is Global Chief Information Security Officer for Ashland, a global specialty material and chemical company. A veteran in creating advanced, world class security teams for highly targeted organizations, Mr. Schuetter has a decade of experience as a CISO, CSO and Risk leader. He has been recognized as a top 25 Global CISO by Gartner and a top 100 CISO by Cyber Defense Magazine.

Mr. Schuetter got his start in the early days of modern cyber security at General Electric running advanced threat for 650,000 employees and contractors in one of the most highly targeted companies in the world. Mr. Schuetter had a hand in inventing, designing, and maturing many of today’s best practices in security operations, insider threat, risk frameworks, and threat intelligence. He ended his time at GE as the Global CISO for the Aviation and Military business.

Mr. Schuetter joined the Ashland family of companies in 2013 as their first Global Chief Security Officer, later adding enterprise architecture under his direction. Ashland Global Holdings was a Fortune 280 conglomerate. In 2016, he founded Integral Defense, LLC, a cyber security services group that provided cyber services to each business entity as they filed for their own IPOs as stand-alone companies.

Mr. Schuetter is an active advisor to cyber security startups and investors, and a keynote speaker in cyber maturity, risk frameworks, and advanced threat intelligence.

Vidya Srinivasan

Senior Vice President of Risk and Infrastructure
Genpact

Vidya Srinivasan serves as Senior Vice President of Risk and Infrastructure at Genpact. Her role is critical to ensuring that Genpact’s risk posture is maintained both on delivery side as well as corporate posture on emerging risks. Even more important, she is overseeing the company’s information security efforts to drive the utmost compliance and industry standards given Genpact’ s large employee and client base around the world.

Her current role focusses on InfoSec risk, investment as well as Board level engagement on InfoSec and emerging risks. Her role in infrastructure looks at location strategy, emerging work models and  future of work aspects with the business teams. Vidya has 29+ years of corporate leadership experience and has held several key roles within Genpact, including that of Senior Legal Counsel. She has seen the company evolve since its inception and has played a leading role in building strong processes based on the company’s commitment to integrity, compliance, controllership, data security and information technology.

Vidya worked with American Express and Ballarpur Industries prior to joining Genpact. She received her J.D. degree from the Campus Law Center, Delhi University. She has been a speaker and participant at conferences of Gartner, Oracle (APAC) and Cisco and also elected as a member of the NASSCOM Executive Council.

Nick Percoco

Chief Security Officer
Kraken

Nick Percoco, Chief Security Officer at Kraken, has been an active member of the security industry for over two decades, working as both a security practitioner and advisor. He’s presented research on targeted malware, iOS and Android vulnerabilities, and IoT security at events such as DEF CON, Black Hat, RSA Conference and SXSW. He’s also designed, led and advised in the development of security products and services used by millions of people and businesses while working for Internet Security Systems, VeriSign, Trustwave and Rapid7. Nick founded SpiderLabs and led global teams of hackers that discovered real-world 0-day vulnerabilities to help secure the most targeted businesses such as Las Vegas casinos, global financial institutions, major retail brands and video game companies to ensure their facilities, products, employees and clients were kept safe and secure.

Maretta Morovitz

Group Leader of Cyber Operations
MITRE Labs

Maretta Morovitz graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University School of Engineering with a degree in Computer Science. She is the MITRE Engage Lead at the MITRE Corporation where she works in the areas of adversary engagement, malware analysis, and reverse engineering. She is a founding member of MITRE’s Cyber Deterrence and Adversary Management (CDAM) team and has helped shape MITRE’s adversary engagement work for the last two years. She was recently named as one of the AFCEA 40 Under 40 Awardees for 2021. Outside of work she can be found nerding out about the latest Brandon Sanderson novel, still anxiously awaiting her letter from Hogwarts, or snuggling with her dog and hedgehog.

Marene Allison

Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer
Johnson & Johnson

Marene Allison is responsible for protecting the company’s Information Technology systems and data worldwide through elimination and mitigation of cybersecurity risk. This includes ensuring that the J&J information security posture protects patient and consumer safety, supports business growth objectives, upholds public trust in the J&J brand, and meets legal/regulatory requirements. With 265 companies in 60+ countries, J&J is a leader in consumer health, medical devices and pharmaceutical products worldwide.

Prior to 2010, Marene was CSO for Medco, Avaya and The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, where she oversaw all aspects of security and regulatory compliance. Before that, Marene was an FBI Special Agent working on undercover drug operations and terrorism. Marene has a Bachelor of Science degree from The United States Military Academy at West Point in the first class to include women. She has served on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, the Overseas Security Advisory Committee, and is on the Board of Directors for West Point Women, H-ISAC (Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center) and ASIS International.

James Hartley

Associate Vice President of Cyber Security
Zurich North America

Jim Hartley as an Associate Vice President of Cyber Security for Zurich North America who specializes in Application Security, Data Protection,  Endpoint Security and Cyber Security Metrics.   Jim has spent the last 20 years in the Cyber Security space with past roles including the Chief Information Security Officer of Aon Hewitt.

Dr. Donna Cuomo

Director of the Knowledge Driven Enterprise
MITRE Corporation Digital Poster Program Representative

Dr. Donna Cuomo is MITRE’s Director of the Knowledge Driven Enterprise. Their mission is to provide user-facing information systems, collaboration, and knowledge services and systems for the corporation.  By working closely with MITRE’s business leadership, Donna is responsible for strategy development and the enterprise-wide advancement of MITRE’s systems in these areas.

Donna is a recognized leader in the external knowledge community, has won numerous awards for her team’s work including being a multi-year recipient of the Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise award, Step 2 Innovation awards, and APQC’s Excellence in Knowledge Management.  She has presented broadly and holds a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from SUNY Buffalo, with a concentration in user experience design.

Rahat Sethi

Director, Technology Governance, Risk and Compliance
Adobe

Rahat Sethi is a director with Adobe’s technology GRC group and one of the co-authors of the Common Controls Framework (CCF). He has been instrumental in architecting the Common Controls Framework (CCF) across various business units. He has an extensive information security background and is adept at leading and carrying out red team exercises. Additional areas of focus include CCF automation and building an automated controls platform for Adobe. He has over ten years of experience in the field of information security, cyber forensics, auditing and technology compliance.

Mark Connelly

Chief Information Security Officer
Boston Consulting Group

Mark Connelly is the Chief Information Security Officer for Boston Consulting Group where he brings more than 30 years of Risk and Security, IT and Business Management experience. Previously, Mark was the first CISO with Thomson Reuters (TR) and ITT, both global multi-industry enterprises. In addition to his time as CISO at TR and ITT Mark was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse responsible for Infrastructure Risk and Security. And prior to Credit Suisse Mark spent 20 years at Sun Microsystems Incorporated as CISO, VP IT and Director of Systems Engineering. Experience and Education Mark holds an M.S.E.E. and B.A. from Washington University and an M.A. from University of Missouri. He holds certifications in Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in Governance in Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Certified in Risk & Information Security Controls (CRISC). He is a member of ISACA NY Chapter. He was recognized by the Technical Exchange Network with the CISO of the Year Award for the Northeast Region in 2011 and in 2013 was named a Top 10 Global CISO Breakaway Leader

Steve Gallucci

Global & US National Managing Partner, CFO Program
Deloitte LLP

Steve Gallucci is the Global and US National Managing Partner of the CFO Program. The CFO Program harnesses the broad capabilities of the firm to deliver forward thinking insights for every stage of a CFO’s career. Steve helps CFOs manage the complexities of their roles, tackle compelling challenges, and adapt to strategic shifts in the market.

In addition to his CFO Program leadership responsibilities, Steve’s experience at Deloitte includes advising some of our largest and most complex clients in multiple sectors, including consumer products; retail; and technology, media, and telecommunications. Steve has significant experience leading large, multi-office external audit teams as well as internal control assessments, due diligence, and M&A projects. 

Active in the community, Steve currently serves on the boards of the Americares, The Madison Square Boys and Girls Club and the Posse Foundation and is the chair of Providence College School of Business Advisory Council.  He is also a member of the Partnership for NYC Innovation Council. Steve previously served as the chairman of board of trustees of the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation. 

Steve earned a bachelor’s degree from Providence College and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. 

He lives with his wife Maura and their four children in Westchester County, New York.

Tim Smith

US Leader, Technology Strategy & Business Transformation Practice
Deloitte LLP

Tim Smith is the US leader of Deloitte Consulting’s Technology Strategy & Business Transformation practice. He has 20 years of cross-sector technology advisory and implementation experience in the US and abroad. Tim focuses on the overarching technology strategies, full-stack operating models, horizon architectures, domain platforms, and the ultimate value unlocked via the promise of technology. Tim earned a BSc in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the London Business School.

Carolyn Welshhans

Associate Director
US Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement

Carolyn Welshhans is an Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.  Previously, she was an Assistant Director in the Enforcement Division’s Cyber Unit and Market Abuse Unit.  Ms. Welshhans has supervised numerous significant enforcement actions involving insider trading, market structure, hacking, investment advisers, broker-dealers, and public company accounting and financial disclosure violations.  Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Welshhans was in private practice.  She received her J.D. from the Boston College Law School, and she received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

Talal Butt

VP, IT Enterprise Transformation and Architecture
Rockwell Automation

Talal Butt is vice president, Information Technology (IT) Enterprise Transformation and Architecture. In this role Talal is accountable for three key areas. First, he is responsible for our IT transformation and the execution of our IT strategy, while working across our business units and functions. This includes the alignment of processes and technology efforts related to our enterprise digital transformation journey in support of our broader business strategy. Second, he drives our process and project service excellence across our IT organization and the governance of IT portfolio management, investment planning and prioritization. Third, he leads the structured process for aligning business strategy to systems architecture that leads to speed, agility and better decision making in support of our organization’s strategic goals. Talal joined Rockwell Automation in 2018 as director, IT business operations and IT chief of staff. He brings to the role more than 20 years of diverse IT experience. Prior to Rockwell Automation, Talal was a vice president and IT project services manager at Robert W. Baird & Co. Earlier in his career, Talal served as associate director of global systems development and architecture for Covance, Inc. and held multiple leadership positions at GE Healthcare.

Talal holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Anne McCrory

Group Vice President, Customer Experience & Operations, Events
Foundry, an IDG Inc. company

A longtime IT journalist, Anne is passionate about how technology can change the world for the better, and how conferences can incubate the insights needed for organizations to innovate for the future. At Foundry, Anne leads the content, operations and client services teams in product development and event execution for virtual and in person events ranging from intimate executive conversations to multi-day conferences and awards programs. She holds an MBA with honor from Boston University and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Bill Archer

Executive Vice President, President
Spectrum Enterprise

Bill Archer joined Charter Communications as Executive Vice President, President of Spectrum Enterprise in 2019. An industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience in telecommunications, Mr. Archer oversees product, marketing, sales, operations and strategy for Spectrum Enterprise, which provides enterprise-grade internet, networking, voice, video and managed services to Charter’s largest business customers.

Jagjit Dhaliwal

VP, Global CIO Industry Leader
UiPath

Jagjit Dhaliwal is Vice President, Global CIO Industry Leader at UiPath, where he partners with client CIOs on their automation journeys. As a global digital transformation leader, his diverse expertise ranges from global IT delivery to strategic leadership roles including IT sales, consulting, strategic planning, P&L, program management, operations, and innovation.  

Jagjit is a seasoned technology executive with more than 20 years in the software industry. Previously, he worked as Deputy Chief Information Officer at the County of Los Angeles—the largest county in the U.S.—where he developed data strategies, implemented new technologies, and managed 11 public safety and health departments. He also worked as a Director at Cognizant, where he focused on professional services related to application development/maintenance, infrastructure, and quality assurance. Jagjit earned an executive MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.  

Eshwar Pastapur

CIO
Hastings Mutual Insurance Company (HMIC)

Eshwar Pastapur is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Hastings Mutual Insurance Company (HMIC). He is responsible for developing vision, strategies, goals, operating plans, and policies to deliver on business goals and drive competitive advantages in the ever-changing insurance marketplace.

At Hastings Mutual Insurance Company, he was instrumental in turning around in-crisis business transformation initiatives which impacted all aspects of functional areas. He transformed IT to be the most innovative division by introducing many newer technologies such as RPA, telematics, IoT and by making significant strides in use of data and digital technologies. Eshwar is also a co-sponsor for diversity and inclusion initiative at HMIC.

Eshwar has more than 30 years of experience in leading many global multi-year transformational initiatives. His journey in the insurance industry started when he worked at GE Insurance Solutions (now Swiss Re) in 2001. He is a certified six sigma black belt.

Eshwar holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from India’s Motilal Nehru National Institute of technology. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife and two daughters.

Lookman Fazal

Chief Information & Digital Officer
NJ Transit

Lookman Fazal is a senior IT executive who specializes in building high-performance teams that work together to drive and implement the vision and strategic goals of the business.
He has been responsible for delivering large-scale information technology initiatives with a focus on increasing investments and creating fiscal solvency. Lookman has implemented digital transformations that include onboarding top-tier talent and utilizing innovative IT processes across multiple platforms to rebuild the customer experience for a modern age.
With over 25 years of executive management experience, Lookman has consistently driven change by teaming with his business partners to rapidly deploy cutting-edge technology strategies.

As a visionary in his field, Lookman follows the management philosophy of servant leadership, which puts service to his team and the humans who rely on the technology services he provides, at the forefront of every executive decision. He aims to influence the next generation of IT leaders by actively coaching, mentoring, and encouraging his staff to continually grow, learn, and expand their skills beyond their comfort zones. Lookman firmly believes in technology’s ability to create a positive influence on the world and change lives for the better; and continues to build forward-thinking IT strategies with this goal in mind.

John McClurg

Senior Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer
BlackBerry

John McClurg serves as Senior Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer.  He comes to Blackberry from Cylance where he served as Vice President and Ambassador-At-Large. He engages the industry around the globe on today’s risk challenges and how BlackBerry uniquely mitigates them with the application of AI & machine learning. McClurg champions a move from a historically reactive security posture to one focused on proactively predicting and preventing future risks.

He came to Cylance from Dell where he served as its CSO, advancing responsibilities that included the strategic focus and tactical operations of Dell’s internal global security services, both physical and cyber.  He was also charged with the advocacy of business resilience and security prowess generally, the seamless integration of Dell’s various security offerings, and with improving the effectiveness and efficiency of security initiatives, including Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.

Before joining Dell, McClurg served as the Vice President of Global Security at Honeywell International; Lucent Technologies/Bell Laboratories; and in the U.S. Intelligence Community, as a twice-decorated member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  As a Supervisory Special Agent, he assisted in the establishment of the FBI’s new Computer Investigations and Infrastructure Threat Assessment Center. McClurg also served, for a time, on assignment as a Deputy Branch Chief with the Central Intelligence Agency, helping to establish the new Counterespionage Group and was responsible for the management of complex counterespionage investigations

McClurg was voted one of America’s 25 most influential security professionals; holds a J.D. Degree from Brigham Young University; Co-chaired the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) of the U.S. Department of State; was a Special Advisor to the FBI’s Office of the Private Sector; and served as the founding Chairman of the International Security Foundation. Today he also serves as a Fellow at Utah Valley University’s Center for National Security Studies.

Romanus Prabhu Raymond

Global Head of Technical support, Unified Endpoint Management & Security
ManageEngine

With over 20 years of experience as the global head of technical support, Romanus is responsible for ensuring that ManageEngine’s UEM customers across the globe are happy, and oversees the seamless onboarding, product training and implementation, and support experience for all customers. He also heads the product evangelists, professional services, partner certification, and customer success teams to nurture long-term relationships with each client, and in turn nurtures community champions for ManageEngine.

Sharon Stufflebeme

Managing Director – Technology Consulting
Protiviti

Sharon leads Protiviti’s Technology Strategy and Architecture practice.  A former CIO at 7/11, RadioShack and FTS International, she has over 25 years’ experience in a variety of industries providing transformational services and assisting companies with technology enabled business strategies – improving processes and leveraging technology to achieve business goals.

Mehul Patel

Technical Director, Infrastructure & Security
Amyris, Inc

Mehul Patel is an experienced technology, security and thought leader. Motivated by solving complex problems, he utilizes a multi-disciplinary methodology to apply solutions.

As a security leader, his goals include cultivating a security centric mindset and evangelizing core principles of InfoSec. In addition to his primary job functions, Mehul currently works with the USMC Cyber Aux and is passionate about philosophy, the outdoors and motorsports.

Julie Moog

Managing Director of Cybersecurity
TIAA

Julie Moog joined TIAA in 2013 and is currently head of the Business Information Security Office and Chief of Staff for the Cybersecurity organization. The Business Information Security Office is responsible for Cybersecurity’s overall strategy, along with program management, business metrics, reporting, financial analysis and cybersecurity awareness. The team also acts as a conduit between Cybersecurity and other business areas to ensure the business perspective is considered
for security initiatives.

Previously, Moog led the IT Risk Management team at TIAA. In that role, she was responsible for IT policies and standards, IT risk frameworks and IT risk assessment services, including assessments across applications, infrastructure and suppliers. She also led Cybersecurity’s regulatory and audit function, where she was responsible for all regulatory and audit engagement. She previously established and led the Business Information Security Office (BISO) for TIAA and held the title of Information Security Officer for TIAA-FSB.

Moog has over 15 years of experience in IT risk and information security within the financial services industry. Before TIAA, she was an information risk manager at JPMorgan Chase, supporting emerging markets for the Americas and EMEA and the risk technology business within the investment bank. She began her career at Ernst & Young in the IT Risk & Assurance group. Since then, she has worked in a variety of IT risk and security roles, including risk consulting, regulatory compliance, IT audit and IT risk and vendor management.

Outside of work, Moog enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and summers at the Jersey shore.

Frank Supovitz

President and Chief Experience Officer
Fast Traffic Events

For more than 30 years, award-winning event producer Frank Supovitz has been at the helm of some of the world’s most prestigious, widely-viewed and well-attended sports and entertainment events.  He founded Fast Traffic in 2014, an event management and consulting company based in New York.  Current and recent clients include Indianapolis Motor Speedway, New York City’s South Street Seaport, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Major League Soccer, the Big East Conference, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Australia’s National Rugby League, among others.  Supovitz served as Senior Vice President, Events for the National Football League for a decade, overseeing the meteoric growth of Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, and the NFL Draft.

Prior to joining the NFL, he led the National Hockey League’s Events & Entertainment department from 1992 to 2005, managing and producing the NHL All-Star Weekend, the Stanley Cup Finals, the NHL Awards Television Special, and international competitions across the globe in Canada, Europe and Japan.  Together with the Edmonton Oilers, Supovitz developed the NHL Heritage Classic in 2003, the first stadium-based outdoor pro hockey game and forerunner of the spectacularly successful NHL Winter Classic. Supovitz previously served as director of special events for Radio City Music Hall Productions. It can honestly be said that Frank Supovitz wrote the book on managing and marketing live events.

He is the co-author of The Sports Event Management & Marketing Playbook, the second edition recently published by John Wiley & Sons.  His newest book, “What to Do When Things Go Wrong,” was published by McGraw-Hill in May 2019. Frank received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree in Sports, Entertainment & Event Management from Johnson & Wales University in 2003 and was inducted into the Event Industry Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2014, he was honored as New York University’s Cal Ramsey Distinguished Lecturer. He was featured on NFL Full Contact, a six-episode documentary on NFL events that aired on truTV (2010) and in 60 Minutes Sports’ behind-the-scenes episode on Super Bowl XLVII on Showtime (2013). Frank also appeared in a cameo role in the Ivan Reitman-directed film, Draft Day (2014).

Lisa Plaggemier

Executive Director
National Cybersecurity Alliance

Lisa Plaggemier is Executive Director at the National Cybersecurity Alliance.  She is a recognized thought leader in security awareness and education with a proven track record of engaging and empowering people to protect themselves, their families, and their organizations.  Lisa has held leadership roles with the Ford Motor Company, CDK, InfoSec and MediaPRO, and is a frequent speaker at major events including RSA, Gartner and SANS.  She is a University of Michigan graduate (Go Blue!) and while she wasn’t born in Austin, Texas, she got there as fast as she could.

Marykay Wells

Chief Information Officer
Pearson

Marykay Wells, Pearson’s CIO, has successfully demonstrated over a 30-year executive-level career in IT that CIOs can have a far-reaching positive impact beyond a technology domain. Following previous highly successful CIO roles at Nortel, Tekelec (acquired by Oracle) and Extreme Networks, she currently serves as a key member of Pearson’s leadership team, leading the execution of its corporate digital transformation strategy that is driving the company’s shift from print to digital products. She leads a team of around 2000 IT professionals worldwide, building state of the art global platforms and solutions to drive a step change in efficiency, simplicity and consistently great user and customer experiences. She employs a multi-faceted approach to leadership; simplifying the technology, speeding up delivery to market and providing a work environment that highlights both diversity and innovation. 

Marykay challenges and insists on looking for new ways to move the business forward – leveraging both recent technologies and embracing strong partnerships. This approach has enabled teams to adopt and learn from each other while innovating and accelerating new ways to generate revenue and improve customer experiences. Marykay actively strives to build a strong network both internally and externally. She has devised approaches to introduce new company executives to the technology team by utilizing leadership conversations so the technology employees can get to know the new executives in an informal setting. 

Marykay is also active in tackling issues around diversity in the IT industry. She has established strong partnerships with many universities supporting intern programs and sponsoring practicum projects for graduate students. This keen focus on skills development and learning has resulted in a proven ability to insource innovative technology initiatives with a substantially diverse and innovative workforce. In 2018 Marykay launched a Women in Technology initiative at Pearson focused on attracting, retaining and developing talent worldwide across all Pearson Technology. Under her executive sponsorship there has been an almost double-digit growth in women in technology fields at Pearson rising from 21% to 30%, with active plans to improve this further and increase male allyship. 

Marykay also devotes time in forging strong relationships externally. Marykay was an early member of the T200 in which she organized the summit in 2019 along with strong participation as member of the organizing committee for the Accenture Women’s Summit, Salesforce Advisory Board, Google Leadership Advisory, and a member of the Gartner Research Board.    

Marykay and her teams have received numerous internal and external awards recognizing her contributions. Most recent awards include the 2021 and 2022 Google Cloud customer of the year, Stevie award for CRM excellence, Women in Tech excellence award as CIO of the year in 2020; Women in IT awards – IT team of the year led by a Woman in 2020, Pearson 2019 Chairman’s Changemaker Award for her leadership in driving meaningful digital business optimization and transformation at Pearson.   

Zac Rule

Vice President of Enterprise Sales
Coursera

Zac leads the effort to help corporations of all sizes upskill and reskill their employees in North and Latin America. He is responsible for go to market strategies, sales execution and adoption of the Coursera platform within the Enterprise. Prior to joining Coursera, Zac spent many years helping global corporations drive digital transformation in their business via cloud and data infrastructure. He was most recently Vice President of World-Wide Field Operations at MemSQL where he oversaw significant growth and customer adoption. Prior to MemSQL, Zac was Area Vice President at DataStax, an open source based big data platform where he oversaw sales and customer success. Zac also spent 10 years at Oracle leading sales teams where he worked with IT and Finance organizations to deliver improved operational capabilities.

Azadeh Moghtaderi

Vice President of Data
Coursera

Azadeh’s team is responsible for developing analytical, statistical and machine learning solutions to support Coursera’s business across all of its product offerings. Azadeh was born in Isfahan, Iran. She finished her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering in Iran before moving to Canada for graduate studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Azadeh holds a Ph.D. in Statistics; her academic research was focused on developing estimation and prediction algorithms for non-stationary time series data. After completing her Ph.D, Azadeh held postdoctoral research positions at ENS de Lyon in France and Queen’s University in Canada. Prior to joining Coursera, Azadeh worked at eBay and then Ancestry. During her time at eBay and Ancestry, Azadeh worked on and led a large number of Data Science and Analytics projects involving statistical and machine learning techniques. These projects covered the domains of recommendation, personalization, computer vision, NLP, anomaly detection, fraud detection, optimization, business ML, and much more.

Deborah Wheeler

CISSP, SVP & CISO
Delta Airlines

Deborah is a passionate Information Technology Executive whose career focus has been on the protection and privacy of information and information assets, as well as on technology innovation, education and awareness.

As the current Global Chief Information Security Officer for Delta Air Lines, Deborah  brings more than 25 years of cyber security expertise, information technology risk management and data privacy experiences to the aviation sector.  Deborah is a Board Director for the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center and sits on A4A’s Cyber Security Council.

Deborah has applied her experience and skills in information technology risk management and cybersecurity in building security programs for PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, JPMorgan-Chase, Ally Financial, and Freddie Mac in addition to her work at Delta.

Deborah also serves as an independent Board Member for SERC Reliability Corporation;  as a Board Trustee for Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, and serves on the Customer Advisory Boards for Proofpoint, Sailpoint, Crowdstrike, and ForcePoint Software companies.  Deborah was inducted into the 2022 CISO Hall of Fame, and has been recognized on the 2021 and 2022 Top 100 CISOs list by CISOs Connect, the 2020 Cyber Defense CISO 100 list, and was also recognized as the 2007 ISE CISO People’s Choice Award winner for CISO of the year.

Deborah holds a CISSP certification and is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management.

Deborah resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two of her four children. She enjoys the great outdoors and is an avid gardener and quilter in her spare time.

Rita N. Soni

Principal Analyst, Impact Sourcing and Sustainability Research
Everest Group

Rita N. Soni is Everest Group’s Principal Analyst for Impact Sourcing and Sustainability. Her focus delivers a triple bottom-line lens of people, planet, and profits to global services market research, beginning with an in-depth examination into impact sourcing.

Before joining Everest Group, she was CEO of NASSCOM Foundation when the term impact sourcing was coined and continued to evolve the field as an advisor to B2R Technologies. Rita also held the role of Country Head of Responsible Banking at YES Bank, where she led an award-winning business approach to CSR and Sustainability. She grasped these economic development issues on the ground in earlier positions at the Ford Foundation and American India Foundation after beginning her professional journey with General Electric and NBC. Her initial start as an engineer instilled in her a strong passion for the catalytic role of technology to solve social and environmental challenges within the private sector.

Rita serves on the Board of Sapna NYC and is an active mentor at the New York Academy of Sciences. She holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Jimit Arora

Partner
Everest Group

Jimit Arora leads Everest Group’s practice focused on serving enterprise customers. This responsibility spans Everest Group’s research offerings focused on executives in IT, sourcing & vendor management, and shared services.

Jimit manages a team of analysts dedicated to serving clients (primarily Fortune 500 companies) on a variety of issues related to their technology and sourcing estates through a combination of published research and custom decision-support engagements. Jimit has significant expertise working with financial services, healthcare and hi-tech enterprises on issues such as sourcing strategy, service provider selection, digital transformation, portfolio optimization, global delivery locations, and risk management.

Most recently, Jimit led Everest Group’s IT Services research practice where he helped launch and scale vertical-specific research practices that are focused on banking & financial services, insurance, healthcare and life sciences.

David Brumley

CEO & Co-Founder
ForAllSecure

Dr. David Brumley is CEO and co-founder of ForAllSecure and a full professor at Carnegie Mellon University.  His accomplishments include winning the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge, a United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama, a Sloan Foundation award, a Carnegie Science Award, several patents, numerous academic papers, a DEFCON black badge, creating picoctf.com, and helping create and mentor PPP, one of the most competitive hacking teams in the world

Pete Lindstrom

Vice President of Research
Spire Security

Pete Lindstrom is Research Director for Spire Security, an industry analyst firm providing analysis and research in the information security field. He has held similar industry analyst positions at Burton Group and Hurwitz Group.

In his previous position as a security architect, Pete operated as the deputy to the Chief Information Security Officer for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. In that role, he oversaw all security policy and compliance activities and participated on project teams for designing security controls for significant IT projects. In addition, he provided design and support to the identity management functions.

As both an external and internal auditor (for Coopers and Lybrand and GMAC Mortgage), Pete provided breadth and depth to roles that linked technical security requirements of organizations with business risk for companies in health care, financial services, manufacturing, and higher education.

Pete honed his finance and technology skills in the United States Marine Corps where he was one of two disbursing officers in theater during the First Gulf War. In addition, he was IT Manager for Marine Corps Service Support Schools – at the time the largest training facility in the USMC.

Currently, Pete conducts research in developing areas of information security. He is well-known for his work in practical enterprise security metrics, where he has advised and taught many security professionals. On the technical front, his most recent accomplishments include research findings in the areas of Web 2.0, virtualization, and cloud computing security. This research ties traditional security principles and practices to these burgeoning new IT arenas.

Pete is a frequent speaker and author on information security topics. He was recently elected Chief Operating Officer of the International Systems Security Association (ISSA). He has been a columnist in both the ISSA Journal and Information Security Magazine. He has a finance degree from the University of Notre Dame and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Jen Easterly

Director
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Jen Easterly is the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Ms. Easterly was nominated by President Biden in April 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 12, 2021. As Director, Ms. Easterly leads CISA’s efforts to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every day.

Before serving in her current role, Ms. Easterly was the head of Firm Resilience at Morgan Stanley, responsible for ensuring preparedness and response to business-disrupting operational incidents and risks to the Firm.

Ms. Easterly has a long tradition of public service, to include two tours at the White House, most recently as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Counterterrorism. She also served as the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the National Security Agency.

A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Ms. Easterly retired from the U.S. Army after more than twenty years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Responsible for standing up the Army’s first cyber battalion, Ms. Easterly was also instrumental in the design and creation of United States Cyber Command.

A distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ms. Easterly holds a master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the recipient of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation American Hostage Freedom Award and the Bradley W. Snyder Changing the Narrative Award.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French-American Foundation Young Leader, Ms. Easterly is the past recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship, the National Security Institute Visiting Fellowship, the New America Foundation Senior International Security Fellowship, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and the Director, National Security Agency Fellowship.

Bhupesh Arora

CIO & VP of IT
Magellan Midstream Partners LP Digital Poster Program Representative

Bhupesh Arora is Vice President/CIO, Information technology at Magellan Midstream Partners LP.  In this role, he leads the company’s vision, strategy and execution for information technology.  Bhupesh previously held senior leadership IT positions at Fortune 500 multinational corporations such as Avery Dennison, Nissan, Hyundai and Ernst & Young LLP.  He was instrumental in driving technology strategy and digital transformation at these companies.  Bhupesh also serves as Vice Chair and Board Member for the UCLA Innovate Executive Forum.  He has been recognized as the ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT leader.  Bhupesh earned his MBA from Eller Business School of Management, University of Arizona, and his bachelor in Production Engineering (B.E).from Fr. CRCE, Mumbai, India.

Dennis Legori

Associate Director, Security Awareness & Digital Communications
Carrier

Dennis has been involved in Security Awareness since 2013, and has built and led global security awareness programs at Total System Services (Fintech) and Carrier (Manufacturing & Technology). Dennis’ areas of specialization include phishing simulations, gamification, digital transformation, and user engagement. Carrier’s Security Awareness program was built in early 2020 during the pandemic, following Carrier’s spinoff from United Technologies.  Responsible for protecting over 70,000 users worldwide, the program has received numerous industry awards including the CSO50 award for Best Security Awareness program in 2021, two KnowBe4 Awards (for Best User Story, and Best Landing Page), and the CSO50 Award for the Enterprise Defender’s Program in 2022.

Dennis holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kerala University.

Sven Gerjets - Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Mattel

Sven Gerjets

EVP & CTO
Mattel, Inc.

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, Sven 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. Prior to DirecTV, 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. 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, InfoWorld and Shoreview 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.

Shawn Bowen

Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer
World Fuel Services

Shawn M Bowen is the Vice President, Information Security (CISO) for World Fuel Services Corporation; a Fortune 150 global energy management company. He has 11001 years of experience in information technology, primarily in cybersecurity. Shawn is regarded as a highly passionate, transformative, thought leader in IT Security, with a record of leading successful business and mission first strategies in various environments. He is enthusiastic to share his knowledge and approach to digital empathy-based cybersecurity with all levels of users.

Prior to World Fuel Services, Shawn laid the groundwork for the successful security program as the first CISO at Restaurant Brands International (parent company of Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons). He also served as Special Advisor for Cybersecurity Integration at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and was the first CISO for the U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence. Shawn also retired after 24 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve with his final assignment as the senior enlisted Reservist at AFCYBER.

Shawn (for some reason) still pays the fees to keep his CISSP, C|CISO, and C|CISO instructor certifications current, and several other industry related certifications that have either expired or don’t expire. He is a alumnus of Community College of the Air Force because he showed up to work for enough years; and an proud alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School and Oxford executive cybersecurity courses. Shawn is also a graduate of the esteemed FBI CISO Academy.

Outside of work Shawn enjoys partnering with his wife to defend against their two tiny threat actors and practicing risk management via high altitude plane departures.

Dave Ruedger

VP, Enterprise Technology Services and Chief Information Security Officer
Sunrun

Dave Ruedger is the VP, Enterprise Technology Services and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Sunrun, the largest solar installer in the United States. Sunrun also provides grid services integration as a Distributed Energy Resource for homes with battery storage, which helped the state of California avoid extensive power outages during a record heatwave in 2022. Dave holds CISSP and CRISC certifications and has over 25 years of experience developing and managing security programs for organizations as diverse as pre-IPO startups to large Fortune 500 enterprises. Prior to Sunrun, Dave was the CISO for Invitae, a leader in oncology focused genetic testing, and Risk Management Solutions (RMS), a company that provides catastrophic risk models and analytics to the insurance industry. Prior to that Dave was CTO of his own company that provided a platform for secure customer data acquisition and marketing data analytics for large enterprises like HP, Toshiba, Orbitz and Equifax, among others.

Bob Bruns

Chief Information Security Officer
Avanade

As Avanade Chief Information Security Officer, Bob Bruns is responsible for Avanade information security, client data protection, incident management, asset protection, and business continuity programs. Reflecting Avanade’s commitment to information security, Bob and his teams work with clients to ensure we meet their information security obligations.

Gary Warzala

Executive Partner
Gartner

Gary Warzala has been the Chief Information Security Officer at top global brands spanning financial, insurance, and manufacturing verticals (i.e. Visa Inc., PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Aon Corporation, and GE Aircraft). He is currently an Executive Partner at Gartner using his 20 years’ experience as a CISO to advise and mentor approximately 25-30 CISO clients in enhancing their security organizations, assisting them in developing security strategies, developing meaningful Board reports, and planning for implementation of key security initiatives.

Warzala is a Board Director at First Financial Bank, Cincinnati OH, and the Economic Crime & Cybersecurity Institute (ECCI) of Utica College. He has well over a dozen former leadership team members running top CISO positions across the Country.

Chandra McMahon

Senior Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer
CVS Health

Chandra McMahon currently serves as the Senior Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer for CVS Health. In this role, McMahon leads the information security team responsible for the cyber security strategy, policy, risk management, architecture, solutions development, and operations that protect member, customer and company information. Previously she served as the Chief Information Security Officer at Verizon with overall responsibility for their cyber security program. Prior to joining Verizon, McMahon held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Lockheed Martin, where she was responsible for developing and delivering a portfolio of cybersecurity solutions and services for Fortune 500 companies in critical infrastructure industries. She also served as Lockheed Martin’s Chief Information Security Officer.

McMahon currently serves on the Aspen Institute Cybersecurity Group, the nation’s leading cross-sector, public-private cybersecurity forum that works to translate pressing cybersecurity conversations into action. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech, a Master’s degree in Engineering Science from Penn State University.

Christopher Painter

Coordinator for Cyber Issues
US Department of State

Mr. Painter has been on the vanguard of cyber issues for over twenty five years. In his current role as the Coordinator for Cyber Issues, Mr. Painter coordinates and leads the United States’ diplomatic efforts to advance an open, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet and information infrastructure. He works closely with components across the Department, other agencies, the White House, the private sector and civil society to implement the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace and ensures that U.S. foreign policy positions on cross-cutting cyber issues are fully synchronized. These issues include promoting norms of responsible state behavior and cyber stability, advancing cybersecurity, fighting cybercrime, promoting multi-stakeholder Internet governance and advancing Internet freedom.

Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Painter served in the White House as Senior Director for Cyber Policy and Acting Cyber Coordinator in the National Security Council. During his two years at the White House, Mr. Painter was a senior member of the team that conducted the President’s Cyberspace Policy Review and coordinated the development of the U.S. 2011 International Strategy for Cyberspace.

Mr. Painter began his federal career in 1991 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles where he led some of the most high profile and significant cybercrime prosecutions in the country, including the prosecution of notorious computer hacker Kevin Mitnick. From 2001-2008 he helped lead the case and policy efforts of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in the U.S. Department of Justice and served, for a short time, as Deputy Assistant Director of the F.B.I.’s Cyber Division. During that period, he helped write the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace (2003) and was a key member of the National Cyber Study Group that produced the Comprehensive National Cyber Initiative in 2007.

Mr. Painter is a recognized leader in international cyber issues. He has represented the United States in numerous international fora, including chairing the cutting edge G8 High Tech Crime Subgroup from 2002-2012. He has worked with dozens of foreign governments in bilateral meetings and has been a frequent spokesperson and presenter on cyber issues around the globe. He is a recipient of the prestigious RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Public Policy (2016), the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service (2002), the Intelligence Community Legal Award (2008) and has been named to the “Federal 100” list, among other honors. Mr. Painter is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Cornell University.

Ronald Banks

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer
Texas Capital Bank

Ronald Banks has served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Texas Capital Bank since July 2021. Before joining Texas Capital Bank, Banks was a Senior Vice President with Bank of America’s cyber team serving as the Global Security Operations Center leader and Business Information Security Officer for three and half years. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy CISO for Abbott Labs in Chicago.

Before moving to corporate America, Banks served 29 years in the US Air Force, primarily flying F-15s. During his military career, he most recently served as the Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Cyber College and Vice Commandant of the Air War College where he taught cyber strategy, warfare, leadership, and national decision-making. Colonel Banks is a highly experienced, combat proven leader and command fighter pilot with over 2400 hours in the F-15C, which included four combat deployments. He also has contributed to the Congressional Solarium Commission on Cybersecurity providing recommendations for national cyber security of U.S. critical infrastructure.

Banks holds three master’s degrees, the last of which is in strategy from the School of Advance Airpower Studies and is published author of the book, Confronting the Cyber Storm – A Coercive Cyber Strategy to Defend the Nation.

Ezhil Nanjappan

CTO
Otis Elevator Co.

Ezhil Nanjappan is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Otis. He is responsible for applying innovative technologies to transform existing business models, products, and services to support business growth.

He played a critical role in introducing the Otis ONE IoT service platform, helped develop the suite of custom smartphone mobile apps that collect and share performance data, and supported the deployment of more than 30,000 smart phones to get digital technology in the hands of Otis mechanics around the world.

Ezhil joined Otis in 2001, and focused his career on advancing global IT operations, mobile application development and service transformation. He is experienced in all things digital – from sales force automation and cloud transition to agile development and global program management.

Ezhil holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and technology from India’s Madurai Kamaraj University. He has received 22 global patents.

Mark Chatoor

Director, Product Management
Cysiv

Mark Chatoor leads product management for Cysiv and is responsible for shaping and driving the roadmap for Cysiv’s cloud-native SOC platform. He works closely with customers and partners, R&D, data science, SOC and sales and marketing teams to define, prioritize, and evangelize platform features. Previously, he was head of Trend Micro professional services in the U.S. Prior to that, he worked as a product/program manager delivering strategic IT initiatives for 10 years in the financial services industry. Mark received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.

Brian Behlendorf

General Manager
Open Source Security Foundation

Brian Behlendorf is the General Manager for the Open Source Security Foundation, an initiative of the Linux Foundation, focused on securing the open source ecosystem. Brian has founded and led open source software communities and initiatives for more than 30 years, first as a co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation and then later as a founding board member of both the Open Source Initiative and the Mozilla Foundation. In parallel, Brian co-founded or was CTO for a series of startups (Wired Magazine, Organic Online, CollabNet) before pivoting towards public service serving the White House CTO office in the Obama Administration and then serving as CTO for the World Economic Forum. Brian joined the Linux Foundation in 2016 to lead Hyperledger, the distributed ledger initiative now core to supply chain traceability and central bank digital currency efforts worldwide, and has led the OpenSSF since September 2021.

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Adam Fletcher

Chief Security Officer
Blackstone

Adam Fletcher is a Senior Managing Director in the Technology and Innovations group and Blackstone’s Chief Security Officer. He is responsible for all aspects of cyber and physical security across Blackstone as well as managing a small portfolio of investments in leading early-stage cybersecurity companies.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Fletcher was Blackstone’s Deputy CISO and helped lead an engaged community of cybersecurity professionals across Blackstone’s portfolio of companies. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Fletcher led the International Security organization for Equifax, coordinating a global security program across 14 countries, each with different business, regulatory, and privacy requirements.

Mr. Fletcher received a B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. He currently serves as a director on the board of Pentera, is an observer on the boards of ShiftLeft, CyberGRX and Mitiga, and has been a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) since 2011.

Jill Roberts

Program Manager
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution Digital Poster Program Representative

Jill Roberts is the program manager for the Searchable Museum Project at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.  Jill has led this groundbreaking project since its inception in 2019 managing all aspects of the project from A to Z!   Jill started her career working at cultural institutions and museums but eventually transitioned to the tech world in 2010 where she worked in project management for several software development companies before returning to the Museum world in 2017.  Jill has a BA in Art History from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Neal Sample

Former EVP & CIO
Northwestern Mutual

Neal Sample was most recently EVP & Chief Information Officer responsible for leading the Technology function at Northwestern Mutual. His key areas of accountability included technology strategy (architecture, infrastructure and cloud services, engineering and customer success); data and analytics; enterprise information risk and cybersecurity; digital workplace solutions; and the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute.

Prior to acquisition by Cigna, Sample was executive vice president, chief operating officer at Express Scripts where he was responsible for operations, technology, and enterprise transformation.   He aligned overall information technology strategy and performance with pharmacy processing and fulfillment in order to create synergies that drove improvements to the member and client experiences.

Sample previously served in key executive leadership roles at American Express, including President, Enterprise Growth, where he leveraged emerging technologies to reach new customers and geographies, expand mobile and online payment services, and foster inclusion for clients poorly served by traditional financial systems. Earlier at American Express, he held the CIO position for that business where he managed end-to-end platform technology, infrastructure and operations, and the suite of American Express prepaid products, including the delivery and implementation of the Bluebird, SoftCard, and retail distribution partnerships. Prior to American Express, Sample served in a variety of senior leadership positions at companies such as eBay/PayPal, Yahoo!, and RightOrder.

Sample received his MS and PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He also received a BA and MS in Computer Science from the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship with the CIA Office of Research and Development.

Sample is currently on the Business Advisory Committee of the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, serves on the Board of Wellfield Technologies, is the Vice Chair on the Board of the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy, and is an advisor to several startups.

Maryann Byrdak

CIO
Feeding America

As Chief Information Officer, Maryann serves as senior technology strategist and is responsible for guiding the organization’s vision for the emerging technologies, digital trends and infrastructure advances that will help Feeding America fulfill its mission. Her passion to serve and experience leading technology transformations influence the optimization efforts for a more connected Feeding America network.

Prior to joining Feeding America, Maryann was Senior Vice President/CIO at Potbelly Sandwich Works, Inc., where she led Potbelly’s entire technology footprint including corporate headquarters and 500+ restaurants nationwide. During her time there, she defined and executed a three-year technology refresh and digital presence roadmap by migrating their systems to a standardized, modernized and innovative environment.

Prior to Potbelly, Maryann spent nine years with the Office Depot/Office Max organization in various roles, with the last being the Senior Director, Information Technology Merger Integration, where she was responsible for system integration strategy, synergy valuation, outsourcing services implementation and end-to-end conversions.  Her passion for distributed environments was influenced by her tenure at Sears, during those 8 years she led many cross-functional technology initiatives focused on POS customer experience transformations.

Maryann earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Elmhurst College, Illinois, an M.B.A. Information Management and Marketing from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart School of Business in Chicago, and executive training at Booth Chicago.

Melanie Kalmar

Corporate VP, CDO & CIO
Dow

Passionate leader about reimagining business through IT for over 30 years.
As an IT and digital leader, I understand the importance of keywords. So what better way to introduce myself and describe my work and passions than with a few strategic keywords.

Original. I think back to the many times in my career, including college, when I was the only woman in the room, so I know what it’s like to be one of the first, original woman leaders in the IT space. I’ve always known what I’m good at, and with hard work and perseverance, I thought I could make a difference.

Authentic. I’ve always tried to stay grounded by being my authentic self and staying true to my values and dreams.

Advocate. Today, I’m a passionate advocate for STEM careers, mentorship and women in technology. I serve as an advisory board member of the Michigan Council for Women in Technology, and I’m a member of the Dean’s Council for Central Michigan University School of Business.

Inclusive. I’m also focused on driving my company’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy as a member of the President’s Inclusion Council and executive sponsor for PRIME, the employee resource group focused on engaging our 50+ population.
Animal Lover. I’m an unapologetic animal lover, a supporter of the Humane Society and a strong advocate for animal rescue.

Grateful. I’ve spent my entire career with Dow, and I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to grow, learn, explore and lead in the exciting fields of information technology and digitalization.

Chester Lui

Head of Chrome Enterprise Customer Engineering - Americas
Google

Chester is the Head of Americas Chrome Customer Engineers at Google and is based in Mountain View, CA.  Chester has had over 15yrs+ of experience in Enterprise Engineering with the largest names in IT, in roles that bridge the divide between the client and engineering function.  At Google, his mission is to lead his team in providing enterprise customers with a secure entry point to the cloud.  He is a graduate of DePaul University.  Outside of work Chester enjoys spending time with his twin boys and exploring much of what California has to offer on a road bike.

Justin Sherenco

Director, Cybersecurity Operations and Engineering
United Airlines

Justin has been with United Airlines as the Director of Cybersecurity Operations and Engineering for over a year. His responsibilities include enterprise visibility, threat detection, and the operation of preventive tooling. Before coming to United, he worked for General Electric for ten years in various positions focusing on incident response and detection.

James Beeson

SVP, Global Chief Information Security Officer
Cigna

James has over 30 years of experience in cyber security and technology.  He has 21 years of direct experience as an information security leader and is currently the Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Security Officer for Cigna, a global health services company.  James previously worked 20 years for General Electric in various security and technology leadership positions.

James was recognized as a Top 100 CISO’s by CISO Connect in 2021 and was an Evanta 2016 Breakaway Leadership Award finalist and a T.E.N. ISE North America Executive Award finalist in 2011.

He has Co-Chaired the CISO Executive Summits in Dallas and New York for several years and participates as a keynote speaker at various events across the globe.

James also works closely with SINET, the Security Innovation Network, to promote public and private sector collaboration and increase the awareness of innovative emerging companies.

James is actively involved in the Financial Services and Health Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (FS-ISAC and H-ISAC) and the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), which work to drive standards, improvements, and networking in cyber security and risk management globally.

He has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BBA in Management and Leadership from Amberton University.

He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and Six Sigma Quality certified.

Dan Lemont

Executive Director, Technology Strategy and Office of the CIO
Ally Financial Digital Poster Program Representative

Dan Lemont is the Executive Director of Technology Strategy & Office of the CIO at Ally where he collaborates across Ally’s ecosystem to advance strategy, innovation, and operating model. During his 15 years at Ally, he has held a number of leadership positions across strategic programs, platforms, data, and infrastructure.  Dan is a champion for talent and culture, sponsoring efforts to progress diversity, equity, and inclusion amongst Ally employees and communities. Before joining Ally, Dan started his career at Pfizer within their technology organization. He holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and executive education at Stanford University.

Tony Parrillo

Enterprise IT Global Head of Security
Schneider Electric Digital Poster Program Representative

Tony Parrillo is the Schneider Electric Enterprise IT Global Head of Security.

Schneider Electric is a leader in digital connectable products, controls, and software for energy management and process automation. He is responsible for the security of an infrastructure that includes over 140,00 employees, 250,000+ endpoints, and 220 major factories in over 100 countries worldwide. His purview includes cyber incident response (CSIRT), vulnerability management, digital certification of infrastructure and applications, and IT/OT industrial/manufacturing cybersecurity of plants and critical infrastructure products. He is also responsible for privacy implementation including GDPR, China Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), and other regulations.

He brings 25+ years of technology leadership experience with a strong background in cyber security, both in the federal and commercial sectors. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, he was a security partner in Fortium Partners, LP, where he performed as a fractional CISO for an insurance company and a construction company, he supported cutting edge start-ups, and other accomplishments. Previously, Parrillo spent about 10 years managing a consulting practice focused on cyber security, IT risk management, and compliance where he implemented federal IT security programs for the Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the General Services Administration. Prior to that he was on active duty with the U.S. Navy in senior cyber roles. Additionally, Parrillo’s expertise has been crucial in developing cyber security and risk management programs from the ground up with several commercial entities and not-for-profit organizations utilizing NIST, ISO, and other frameworks.

Parrillo holds an MBA from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Tim Callahan

Senior Vice President, Global Security, Chief Security Officer
Aflac

Tim Callahan joined Aflac in 2014, bringing more than 30 years of experience in information and physical security, business resiliency and risk management. He was promoted to his current role in January 2016, where he is responsible for directing Aflac’s global security strategy and leading the information security, business continuity and disaster recovery functions across the company to prioritize security initiatives and allocate resources based on appropriate risk assessments.

Prior to joining Aflac, he served as senior vice president of business continuity and information assurance for SunTrust Banks, Inc. He also held leadership positions at People’s United Bank.

Tim served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years and earned an associate’s degree from the Community College of the Air Force and a bachelor’s degree from the University of the State of New York, Albany.

Max Graupner

VP, Security and Audit
RunBuggy

Max Graupner (VP, Security and Audit) is responsible for Cybersecurity and enterprise information technology at RunBuggy. With over 15 years of experience in positions across IT Advisory, IT Consulting, and Cybersecurity, Max has developed and implemented information security programs for various companies across the financial, retail, technology, and transportation industries. Before he joined RunBuggy in 2020, Mr. Graupner was part of KPMG’s global IT Advisory and Cyber Security practice where he helped CISOs and IT leaders build out and mature their programs. Max is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) and received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi.

Stephanie Franklin-Thomas

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer
ABM Industries

Stephanie Franklin-Thomas is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at ABM Industries. As ABM’s first CISO, Stephanie is credited with driving security strategy and transformation with a specific emphasis on the development of a risk-based, fit-for-purpose program. As a senior information technology executive with more than 24 years of experience, Stephanie has assisted public and privately held companies in a variety of industries to transform and protect their businesses worldwide.

She has a demonstrated track record in leading successful large-scale technology focused transformation initiatives, optimizing technology enablement to support business initiatives in complex, global business environments, and executing M&A transactions across the deal lifecycle in domestic and global markets. She also brings deep corporate governance experience through her work with corporate boards, including audit, risk and compliance committees and is qualified to serve on audit committees as a regulatory compliance expert.

Stephanie’s recent accomplishments include being a 2022 Top Global CISOs winner, being on the 2023 Women in IT Awards Series shortlist for Security Leader of the Year and is a 50 Women to Watch for Boards finalist.

Chris Nardecchia

SVP, Chief Digital & Information Officer
Rockwell Automation

Chris Nardecchia is Senior Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Rockwell Automation. He is responsible for strategic vision, operational excellence and change leadership for the development and implementation of information technology initiatives and architecture across our company. Chris drives our corporate information technology strategy and internal transformation, creating digital solutions that enhance our Rockwell Automation capabilities internally and externally.

Previously, Chris was Vice President and CIO, Global Operations and Supply Chain, at Amgen, Inc. With over 30 years of professional experience, he also held leadership roles at Pfizer and Warner Lambert, which was acquired by Pfizer. At these companies he led IT-enabled business and digital strategy and accelerated growth through technology and data analytics. He drove business innovations that improved profitability, globalization, restructuring and mergers. He has an extensive background with portfolio management, engineering, operations, mergers and acquisitions, IT risk management, analytics and using technology to drive business insights. He was also the Rockwell Automation executive sponsor at Amgen. Earlier in his career, Chris also held process, and production engineering roles in the pharmaceutical, chemical and nuclear industries.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MBA from Michigan State.

Maunil Mehta

Partner
Deloitte Consulting LLP Digital Poster Program Representative

Maunil Mehta is the leader of Deloitte’s SAP technology west coast practice and has over fourteen years of experience in technology transformation.

Maunil’s team started with a bold, ambitious and passionate vision of bringing business transformation to life in a conscious, thoughtful and comprehensive way.

To implement this vision, Maunil’s team asked Deloitte’s top-tier professionals to take their 30+ years of transformation experience and create something magical.

The result, Enterprise Consciousness, the magic that simplifies Deloitte’s clients’ business transformation journey and enables them to make conscious and informed transformation choices that bring spectacular results.

Andy Bonillo

Global Head of Threat Management & Incident Response
Tiktok Digital Poster Program Representative

As Global Head of Threat Management & Incident Response at TikTok, Andy Bonillo is responsible for ensuring TikTok can detect, respond, and recover from converged threats and incidents. His team of dedicated and diverse practitioners oversee an all-hazards threat led defense, incident response, intelligence, crisis management, and business resiliency capability focused on minimizing disruptions to business operations.

Before TikTok, Andy was appointed as the first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Ciena Corporation, a telecommunications networking equipment and software services provider. He joined Ciena after serving as the Global Head of Information Security at AIG, where he built and led AIG’s Global Cyber Risk Defense Center to protect the integrity of the Financial Insurance market. Previously, Andy was the Director of Cyber Security and Public Safety for Verizon Communications, where he led the company’s next-generation incident response platform initiatives, invented, and commercialized a managed security service threat detection product, served as an advisor to the General Counsel on public policy and cyber security matters.

Before joining the private sector, Andy served as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service where he led the largest cybercrime investigation in US history and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the US Attorney General. He has been recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his support in the fight against Terrorism. He has provided physical protection to the President of the United States, former Presidents, and world leaders at various threat levels. He applies his physical security mindset to IT and data security.

Anna Yankova

Project Management Specialist, CIO Support
Maryland Health Benefit Exchange

Anna Yankova is the Project Management Specialist and CIO Support  at Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, a state health insurance marketplace. Anna has a Bachelor’ Degree in Languages and Translation from Odessa State University, Ukraine and a Master’s Degree from American University, School of International Service. Anna has 15 years of professional experience working for the Mayor’s Office of Baltimore, the Office of the Secretary of State, and the private sector. As the Immigrant Program Coordinator at the Mayor’s Office, Anna managed various city-wide programs assisting immigrant and refugee population with vocational training, employment, and language assistance. As the Director of International Affairs at the Office of the Secretary of State, Anna managed state -wide Sister States Program that promoted public diplomacy and global business collaboration. In this capacity, Anna also served as the diplomatic protocol officer for the state. She also has private sector experience, managing business development and health IT projects.  Anna holds Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate from Project Management Institute (PMI). She is currently working on earning her Executive MBA at Robert Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (expected June 2022). She speaks Russian, Ukrainian and French. In her free time, Anna enjoys watching documentaries, reading international relations and foreign policy magazines, working out, kickboxing and travelling.

Doug Fisher

SVP & CSO
Lenovo

Doug Fisher is the Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer of Lenovo, assuming the role in 2020. As Chief Security Officer, he has worldwide responsibility and oversight for the integrity of Lenovo’s supply chain, products, services and solutions, and data protection.

Fisher is a proven leader with deep relationships across the technology industry with recognized enterprise software expertise. Before assuming his current role, he was Chief Operating Officer for Lenovo’s Data Center Group. He had responsibility for all DCG business segments and driving greater alignment across product management, operations, solutions, and product marketing.

Before joining Lenovo, he worked at Intel for 24 years where he was most recently Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Software and Services Group (SSG). He had responsibility for platform software development worldwide with resources in more than 20 countries, driving key SW efforts end-to-end for all of Intel’s IoT, PC and Data Center businesses.

He is currently chairman of the board of the Joint Development Foundation and is a member of the Oregon State University Dean’s Leadership Council in the College of Engineering. Previously, he was the Chairman of the Linux Foundation, Board of BlueData, and was a board member for Wind River Systems.

He began his career at age 17 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in Management from Stanford University.

Andrew Shikiar

Executive Director and Chief Marketing Officer
FIDO Alliance

Andrew Shikiar is the Executive Director and Chief Marketing Officer at FIDO Alliance, a global consortium working to create and drive adoption of open standards for simpler, stronger user authentication. Shikiar has been involved in the identity industry for 20+ years and also serves as an industry advisor to identity strategy firm Liminal as well as 1414 Ventures, which is focused on early-stage investments in digital identity.

Andrew has deep experience in multi-stakeholder organizations, having previously led market development efforts for Tizen Association, LiMo Foundation, and the Liberty Alliance Project – and additionally has held executive and managerial roles driving a variety of emerging initiatives at leading technology companies. Managerial roles at Sun Microsystems included PR and marketing leadership for the company’s Java and identity management initiatives. Shikiar was also a founding executive at Radical Communication, an early entrant in the interactive email & analytics market. Most recently, he served as VP of Marketing & Business Development for machine learning pioneer BigML.

Shikiar is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been quoted extensively in leading news, broadcast and online media outlets.

Victor Shadare

Head of Cyber Security
Condé Nast

After a number of years in systems admin, application support, and network management, working for various organizations in different sectors, in 2007 whilst leading a network refresh project for an NHS organization, Victor identified a number of areas requiring security improvements and was asked to create a plan to execute the improvements. Various training courses followed culminating in an MSc in IT Security. Victor has held various security positions leading teams in Information Security and Risk Management, Security Engineering, and Security Operations.

Victor joined Condé Nast in 2020 right at the start of the Pandemic and UK lockdown with the challenge of creating a global Cyber Security team that includes a 24/7/365 SOC based out of Chennai, India, and providing services to 32 offices in 12 countries, as well as numerous remote staff, journalists, contributors, and sundry freelancers. In the last 24 months, Victor has taken Condé Nast on a journey that has seen a marked improvement in the security profile of Conde Nast across all markets in which we operate.

Miguel Bracchini

Chief Solution Architect
Aurea

Miguel has over 20 years of experience in product and commercial leadership roles from start-up to large multi-national-sized companies. Prior to Aurea, Miguel served as VP of Product for Keller Williams International, where he helped digitally transform the largest real estate franchise company in the world to an AI-driven real estate technology company.

Troy Baldwin

Product Management Director
CompuCom

Troy is a Product Management Director at Compucom, focusing on defining the strategy for Compucom’s Experience Management and Digital Support offerings and services.  He works closely with the teams that build and deploy those offerings to ensure that we’re exceeding the outcomes that our customers strive to achieve.  With 25 years tenure at Compucom, Troy has a strong ITIL and Six Sigma background, and as involved in achieving Compucom’s ISO 20000 registration and helped help define Compucom’s Persona practice.  Troy majored in Computer Science and began his career with NCR Corporation performing remote support for their UNIX systems.

Matthew Rice

Director
PwC

Matt Rice is Director and Marketing Lead for PwC’s Workforce Experience product portfolio.  Matt has over 30 years of experience in software marketing, product management, consulting, and sales with companies including ADP, Computer Sciences Corporation, Oracle, Deloitte Consulting, and several early-stage technology startups.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Tech.

Sean D. Mack

CIO & CISO
Wiley Digital Poster Program Representative

Sean D. Mack is CIO & CISO at Wiley, an education and research company. Sean is a visionary and innovative technology leader with a history of driving global business strategy and transformation. He has extensive background leading DevOps, infrastructure, enterprise applications, security, and desktop services in educational technology and publishing industry.

Sean has led global teams across a wide range of companies from global financial companies like Experian to innovative technology companies like Etsy. He has also worked extensively in the education technology and publishing industry with companies such as Pearson, Scholastic, and Braven (a non-profit technology education start-up). Throughout his career he has held a variety of technology leadership ranging from Vice President of Operations and Applications for Pearson Education to CIO for a start-up in the streaming media space.

Sean has his Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of California and a Masters in Business Administration from Seattle University.

Sean was born and raised in New York City and has lived in various places around the world including Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco and the UK. He currently lives in New York with his wife and eight year old daughter. He likes fitness including martial arts, boxing, and skiing. He rides a Triumph Thruxton and plays upright bass (although, admittedly, not well).

Richard Latayan

Chief Information Security Officer
AAA National

Rich Latayan serves as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at AAA, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s cybersecurity compliance, security architecture and operations center, vendor risk and incident management. Prior to this current role, Rich held global Information Security and IT leadership positions at Hollister, Walgreens, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Crowe and TransUnion. Rich served as a college adjunction instructor in the field of security and digital forensics for local colleges and is an advisory board member.

Rich earned his Master of Science degree from DePaul University and holds professional designations in the areas of information security management, IT compliance and project management including CISSP, CISA, CRISC, ISSAMP, ITIL and Sig Sigma Lean Professional.

Randi Levin - innovative and transformational business and technology executive with experience in government and the private sector

Randi Levin

CEO, RSL Technology Associates
Former NASA JPL CIO

Randi Levin is an innovative and transformational business and technology executive. She has proven experience in government, the private sector domestically and internationally, consulting and many other industries. As a flexible and highly experienced leader, she emphasis strategic planning. She also focuses on transformation, transparency and efficiency initiatives, leading-edge thinking, cybersecurity and implementation. Randi is a results-oriented business manager with outstanding interpersonal skills. Recently, Randi held the position of CIO at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Randi has spent 30+ years in Information Technology. She served as the CIO/CTO for the City of Los Angeles, the CIO for Cast & Crew, Forest Lawn. Randi was the VP of Worldwide Corporate Systems for NBC Universal and the Walt Disney Company as well as numerous other organizations, primarily in Southern California.

Randi’s latest major achievement was leading JPL’s Information Technology Division and support a successful rover and helicopter landing on Mars while working from home during Covid. She ensured Voyager’s continued to operate while moving all the ground data systems and retrofitting them for the future. Randi also led and matured the cyber program for JPL.

Randi Levin was the first Public and Private sector CTO or CIO to implement cloud-based email – Google Applications – Gmail for the enterprise in 2008. Her extensive partnership with Google provided the City of Los Angeles many benefits beyond just a new email system. It began the city’s digital transformation and also disrupted an entire industry and enabled much more cloud adoption.

She has been passionate about helping women in technology either stay and advance in the field and helping middle school girls get interested in STEM. Randi has spoken on this topic and is writing a book about women in technology. She received the Orbie award in 2021 for outstanding work in the Large Corporate organizations in Southern California.

Randi has lived in the Los Angeles area for approximately 30 years and has two grown children. Randi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Management Information Systems degree from the University of Arizona.

Matthew Trushinski

Senior Director of Product Marketing
Arctic Wolf

Matthew Trushinski is a Senior Director of Product Marketing at Arctic Wolf where he specializes in Managed Detection and Response. Matthew has a diverse technology background, including security, IoT, AI, and carrier networks. He is passionate about the application of new technologies to solve persistent problems and the important role people play in applying them.

Andre Champagne

Security Product Manager
Carbon60

Andre Champagne brings 15+ years of experience in the field of Information Technology with a specialization on IT Security and has a diverse background as Product Manager, developing and delivering IT Products from within the defense, telecommunications, financial services, and manufacturing security verticals. Andre has been responsible for developing security product solutions for cloud and mobile applications, combining security technologies strategically focused at aligning business needs of the enterprise and architecting, implementing and supporting network infrastructure security needs of many industries.

Dana Shalev

Director of Product Marketing
NICE WEM LOB

Dana is a veteran marketing professional with more than ten years of experience in product marketing and content creation. Dana brings vast experience working for leading global companies in diverse industries. Her forte is turning technology into a story focused on value to customers, and her passion is building close relationships with customers. Today, Dana is the Director of Product Marketing at the NICE WEM LOB.

Katie Norton

Senior Research Analyst
IDC

Katie Norton is a Senior Research Analyst within IDC’s DevOps Solutions research practice. In this role, she is responsible for researching, writing, and advising clients on the fast-evolving DevOps market. Katie’s core research includes topics such as rapid enterprise application development, modern microservice based packaging, application security, and automated deployment and lifecycle/management strategies as applied to a DevOps practice. In addition, she examines how the move to DevOps methodologies impacts enterprise use of open source and preferences for using on-premises computing and development platforms vs public cloud services.

After receiving her master’s degree in Research Administration, Katie has worked as an analyst in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining IDC, she was a senior data analyst at RiverCap Holdings where she sourced, vetted, and planned the extraction of data for the startup company’s two data-as-a-service platforms in the Emergency Management and Energy industries. Katie also worked as an academic program analyst at Central Michigan University (CMU). There, she had end-to-end ownership of the academic program market intelligence process, which utilized quantitative methodologies to model the competitive landscape, economic outlook, and student demand for all levels of degree programs proposed at CMU.

Joe Atkinson

Vice Chair - US Chief Products & Technology Officer
PwC US

Joe Atkinson is Vice Chair – Chief Products & Technology Officer at PwC US, enabling teams to develop products and drive strategies that have an impact on the way people work — to change how work is done at scale.

Joe helps the firm and its clients navigate today’s rapid pace of tech transformation and sets the strategic agenda that guides PwC’s Products and Technology team, with the goal of providing tools and technologies that help companies move faster, reduce complexities and fuel growth.

A proud dad, husband and Penn State alum, Joe is driven to give back to his community, supporting nonprofits focused on health, social betterment and digital literacy.

Steve Chan

Group Product Marketing Manager
Okta

Steve is a Group Product Marketing Manager focused on product marketing and strategy. Before joining Okta, Steve was at Proofpoint, responsible for their information protection, cloud security, and threat products. And prior to Proofpoint, Steve co-founded and held executive roles at security, information governance, and gaming firms around the valley.

Eva Selhub

Resiliency Expert & Coach

An internationally recognized expert on resiliency and stress reduction, Dr. Eva Selhub specializes in helping individuals and organizations improve health, wellbeing, productivity and
outcomes by creating a culture of resilience. Her inspiring and energizing presentations merge science with spirit and mind with body, providing actionable takeaways tailored to any group’s wellness and performance goals.

A board certified physician, Dr. Selhub taught for 20 years as an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She also served as the Medical Director for the prestigious Benson
Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the author of multiple books including The Love Response, Your Brain on Nature, Your Health Destiny, The Stress Management Handbook, and her latest, Resilience for Dummies. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Marimed, Inc., is a Scientific Advisor for Sensie, is an Adjunct Scientist at the Human Nutrition Research Center for Aging at Tufts University, and advises with a variety of fitness and nutrition companies. Dr. Selhub has been published in medical journals and featured in national publications including The New York Times, Self, Shape, USA Today, Fitness, and Journal of Woman’s Health, and has appeared on radio and television in connection with her work, including The Dr. Oz Show.

Believing that resilience doesn’t arise from change in a single factor, Dr. Selhub takes a holistic approach, providing the tools we need for transformative change in both our personal
and professional lives. As a speaker, she combines humor and compassion with her gift of translating complex information into practical and usable knowledge that any individual can
access. Drawing upon many years as a corporate coach and consultant and as a healthcare professional and teacher, she helps any organization create a resilient culture where wellness, innovation, productivity, engagement and teamwork truly thrive.

Christopher Burgess

CSO contributor, book author, ex-CIA

Christopher Burgess is a writer, speaker, and commentator on security issues. He is a former senior security advisor to Cisco, and has also been a CEO/COO with various startups in the data and security spaces. He served 30+ years within the CIA which awarded him the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal upon his retirement. Cisco gave him a stetson and a bottle of single-barrel Jack upon his retirement. Christopher co-authored the book, “Secrets Stolen, Fortunes Lost, Preventing Intellectual Property Theft and Economic Espionage in the 21st Century”. He also founded the non-profit, Senior Online Safety and the travel advisory site Securely Travel.

Mishu Rahman

Head of Cyber Strategy
BNP Paribas

Mishu believes Cyber Security is a global imperative and dependent on conducive private and public sector partnership, receptive legislation, investment in R&D (e.g., AI, Quantum), and commitment to STEM such as “Scholarship For Service” to nurture the next generation of leaders.

Mishu is the Head of Cyber Strategy, Business Risk, Board Governance, and Regulation at BNP Paribas, a global financial juggernaut. As a transformational executive, he is shaping business growth through harmonized IT and IS operations, tactful AI, cloud, and digital infusion, organizational agility, adaptive threat management, and crucial talent development.

Prior to that, Mishu had the privilege of leading $100M+ digital transformations and securing the world’s biggest and most sensitive data treasure chest as nonpolitical staffer under two US Presidents at The White House. Mishu co-managed $90B/year IT investment (e.g., FinTech, HealthTech) including $9B/year for Cyber shaping ROI for 330M Americans as shareholders and delivering world class digital experience as customers. He understands what’s at stake and cross sector challenges, having managed the data, investment, and policy flow between government and industry. A distinct perspective drawn from national AI, Cyber, and Digital strategy driving CX-driven innovative G2B, G2C products and services for 330 million customers, across diverse LoBs weaving the fabric of society (U.S. Small Business, Commerce, Treasury, Healthcare), powered by 3.4M global talent-force and $575B supply chain, with operations in 180 countries.

Mishu appreciates that necessary capacity building must sync and follow innovation strategy. He steered the $50B, shared service initiative, underpinning worldwide modernization (mix of cloud, cybersecurity, network, managed services solutions) resulting $20M/month in savings and enhanced business agility, guiding dozens of Group CIOs and CISOs to align, design, and transition each unique LoB to a secure, future ready tech-stack. Doing so by balancing risk and opportunity, threading business strategy, bridging the risk-value proposition gap, and influencing LOB C-Suites and Board.

Before that, Mishu held broad roles through management consulting, technical, and IT leadership across global organizations, delivering business edge by infusing emerging technology and security. His ability to champion uniquely scaled and complex business innovation isn’t newfound. He began his career engineering next-generation secure multi-billion dollars technologies (e.g., space and ground systems) deployed worldwide, partnering with multiple nations.

Mishu has a strong sense of mission, business acumen with outcome accountability. His understanding of geopolitical forces at play behind cyber-attacks across sectors, tactical tradecraft from national security, and technical rooting helps navigate policy, business strategy and technology immersion tradeoffs. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Alex Attumalil

Global Chief Information Security Officer
Under Armour

Alex Attumalil is the Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Under Armour, the Baltimore based Global Apparel brand. A passionate security practitioner, he manages the strategic risk-based deployment of global security controls, while enabling frictionless business operations. A transformational leader, Alex has over 20+ years of experience in developing, managing and maintaining information security programs in both the public and private sectors. In his professional career, Alex has taught as an Adjunct Professor, presented at various cyber conferences and continues to serve as a technical consultant on various Customer Advisory Boards. A thought leader and security evangelist, Alex seeks out opportunity to share and learn from his peers on topics related to cyber security, team development and novel ideas on business enablement.

Scott Renda

Sr Manager, Product Management
AWS

Scott leads AWS Wavelength Product Management at Amazon Web Services. He has 15+ years of technology experience across the public and private sectors. In the past, he has worked on strategy development, commercializing emerging products, leading global partnerships, coalition building, product management, and go-to-market approaches.

Noah Smith

Cybersecurity Account Manager and Sales Team Leader
Darktrace

Noah Smith is a Cybersecurity Account Manager and Sales Team Leader at Darktrace, a leading AI company for cyber defense. At Darktrace, Noah works with leading organizations in a range of industries to deploy and operationalize cutting edge technologies. During Noah’s tenure at Darktrace, the company has grown to over 6800 customers and has been the recipient of numerous achievements, including being named Fast Company’s one of 10 Most Innovative Companies in Artificial Intelligence in 2022. Noah holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Toronto and is based in Darktrace’s Toronto office.

Sathish Muthukrishnan

Chief Information, Data and Digital Officer
Ally Financial

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.

Muthukrishnan has held a number of senior technology leadership roles with substantial scale and global reach, and previously served as the 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.

Muthukrishnan graduated from 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 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 the digital technology space.

Ingrid Parker

Manager of Intelligence
Red Canary

Ingrid has worked in cybersecurity roles spanning from operational hands-on analysis through engaging with CISO’s of large federal departments and agencies. Currently she is the Manager of Intelligence at Red Canary. Previously she was the Chief Engineer for the Homeland Security Enterprise Division at MITRE where she provides expertise across a range of cybersecurity topics and integrates new ideas, capabilities, solutions into the work programs. Prior to joining MITRE Ingrid worked as a malware, forensic, and cyber threat intelligence analyst for Northrop Grumman and served in the U.S. Army as a systems administrator and network engineer. Ingrid has a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and a M.A. in Information Management.

Kathryn Knerler

Department Manager and Senior Principal Cybersecurity Architect
MITRE Labs

Kathryn has decades of experience in cybersecurity, including cyber analysis, incident response, and network security architecture. She is a Department Manager and
Senior Principal Cybersecurity Architect in MITRE Labs’ Cyber Solutions Innovation Center. She specializes in cyber threat intelligence and advising executives in operationalizing threat
defense strategies. Prior to MITRE, she advanced from incident responder to Program Director of Computer Incident Advisory Capability (CIAC) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Kathryn has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, a M.S. in Cybersecurity, and an M.B.A.

Renee Thomas

Director, Customer Success
Wrike

As the Director of Customer Success at Wrike, Renee Thomas leads a global team of talented CSMs. She has a passion for helping both employees and customers unlock their potential through personal and organizational development. Renee brings expertise in change management, global team leadership, marketing operations, and project management. Her experiences as a Retail Operations Manager, Head of Business Development, and now the Head of Customer Success help her partner with clients to solve and achieve organizational goals of increasing efficiency, visibility, and collaboration.

Simon Fawell

Partner
Signature Litigation

Simon has more than 20 years’ experience across a wide range of commercial and financial litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on complex banking and structured finance matters. He also specializes in advising on issues related to cyber-breach recovery and related litigation as well as insurance/reinsurance disputes.

Simon has litigated before the English High Court, English Court of Appeal, UK Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, as well as in international arbitration matters under the rules of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Insurance and Reinsurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS), and ad hoc arbitration under the English Arbitration Act. He is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and expert determination.

Prior to joining Signature Litigation, Simon was a Partner at Dechert LLP. He has a wide-ranging practice across a broad spectrum of industries and subject areas including banking, structured finance, derivatives (in particular under the ISDA form), commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), asset financing, leasing, insurance and reinsurance, infrastructure, energy, private equity and funds.

Simon is recognized as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in The Legal 500 UK for his litigation and arbitration expertise and is commended as “a strong strategic thinker”, “a real team player” and “very good to work with”.

Simon is a member of the LCIA, London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA), Insurance & Reinsurance Legacy Association (IRLA), British Insurance Law Association (BILA), and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Arbitration and Dispute Resolution committee.

Aravind Swaminathan

Partner
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

As a strategic cybersecurity advisor, Aravind partners with clients to proactively plan for a crisis and develop strategies to improve resiliency, respond efficiently and effectively, protect their business and brand, and defend them in the onslaught of litigation and enforcement actions that follow. He guides organizations from large public company financial institutions to start-up technology companies to critical infrastructure providers through incidents, and develops business- and brand-centric strategies to mitigate and manage risk. He has directed more than 200 cybersecurity incident and data breach investigations, including enterprise-wide network intrusions to cyberattacks with national security implications.

With extensive trial, litigation and appellate experience, he defends his clients in cyber, privacy, and payments related class actions and other civil litigation (particularly Computer Fraud and Abuse Act matters), and in when these issues lead to regulatory investigations by the SEC, DOJ, FTC, and State Attorneys General.

Aravind’s background as an assistant United States attorney and Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section attorney gives him first-hand understanding of federal agencies that allows him to swiftly navigate the system, partner with investigators and find creative solutions for his clients. As a federal cybercrime prosecutor, Aravind investigated and prosecuted a broad array of cybercrime cases, including hacking, phishing, trade secrets theft, click fraud, cyber threats, and identity theft. Aravind also led the cybercrime outreach program, where he worked with members of the Department of Justice, state and federal regulators, law enforcement and other organizations on cybersecurity and related privacy issues. During his time as federal prosecutor in the Complex Crimes Unit, he also investigated and prosecuted a wide array of white-collar crimes, including investment schemes, corporate fraud and embezzlement, securities fraud, tax evasion and the nation’s largest bank failure.

Jack O’Meara

Director and Cyber Litigation Support Lead
Guidehouse

Jack O’Meara is a Director in the Guidehouse Advanced Solutions Cybersecurity practice and leads the Cyber Incident Prevention and Response, and Cyber Litigation Support service offerings. Jack advises and collaborates with clients to effectively prepare for and respond to cyber incidents, restore operations and develop and deliver cyber resilient solutions, as well as provides litigation support related to cyber intrusions and data breaches.

Jack brings over 30 years of cybersecurity risk management and operational experience working with various commercial companies and public sector agencies. Prior to joining Guidehouse, Jack spent 13 years as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for SAIC, Leidos, CSC and DXC Technology, where he was responsible for day-to-day operational direction for all aspects of cybersecurity, regulatory compliance and IT risk management and the leadership and coordination of IT security staff and activities. These responsibilities included cybersecurity strategy, policies, plans and procedures development; information system security risk management; cybersecurity training and awareness campaigns; cybersecurity incident management and response; and disaster recovery and business continuity planning.

Jack holds a Master of Science in Information Assurance from Capitol Technology University and a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University.

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Rob Stevens

Chief Revenue Officer
Carbon60

Rob is the Chief Revenue Officer at Carbon60 and former global head of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Disaster Recovery, Management Tools and DevOps Specialist, teams. After his six-year tenure at AWS and formally 13 years at Microsoft, Rob brings his industry insights to ensure organizations make the best technology decisions to drive the most successful outcome.

David Masson

Director of Enterprise Security
Darktrace

David Masson is Darktrace’s Director of Enterprise Security, and has over two decades of experience working in fast moving security and intelligence environments in the UK, Canada and worldwide. With skills developed in the civilian, military and diplomatic worlds, he has been influential in the efficient and effective resolution of various unique national security issues. David is an operational solutions expert and has a solid reputation across the UK and Canada for delivery tailored to customer needs. At Darktrace, David advises strategic customers across North America and is also a regular contributor to major international and national media outlets in Canada where he is based. He holds a master’s degree from Edinburgh University.

Avinash Shetty

VP, Product Management
Nutanix Inc.

Avinash Shetty has been with Nutanix since 2013 and started out as one of the early Product Managers driving product direction, specifically the NX portfolio roadmap, pricing and licensing, serviceability and the pivot to software selling. He then moved over to a sales role helping field sales understand the new software sales motion before eventually focusing on large enterprise deals and ELAs. From there he worked in a cross-functional role focused on corporate strategy. Moving back to his roots, he currently leads the PM role, focused on the broader Nutanix portfolio strategy, cross product roadmap as well as dissecting the broader competitive landscape.

Prior to Nutanix, Avinash spend 5 years at Riverbed working in various roles, most notably Product Manager for Steelhead and early days of SteelFusion. He also spend 8 years in Cisco with a background in security working on the PIX/ASA product line. Avinash has a MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a BS in Computer Science from PICT, Pune, India. In his spare time, Avinash likes to tinker with various technologies, build stuff, play sports and spend time with his two kids.

Scott Brighton

CEO
Aurea

Scott is leading Aurea’s reinvention of the software business as the “Netflix of Business Software,” embracing the public cloud early to build a library of SAAS solutions powering the future of work, commerce, and IT.

Barbara Cooper-Jones - Senior Vice President, Enterprise Data and Technology Solutions at Ginnie Mae.

Barbara Cooper-Jones

SVP & CIO, Enterprise Data and Technology Solutions
Ginnie Mae

Barbara Cooper-Jones is the Senior Vice President, Enterprise Data and Technology Solutions at Ginnie Mae. In her role as Chief Information Officer, Ms. Cooper-Jones is responsible for defining and implementing cloud, IT, cybersecurity, and information management strategies that support the enterprise’s mortgage-backed securities (MBS) operations. Ms. Cooper Jones is also responsible for enabling IT project governance and related risk management, and ensuring infrastructure, cloud and technology directives and solutions align with the federal Ginnie Mae’s cybersecurity and compliance mandates.

Prior to joining Ginnie Mae, Ms. Cooper-Jones was the Assistant Vice President of Enterprise Program Management in National IT at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond where she led large scale program management infrastructure modernization efforts. Ms. Cooper-Jones served as Vice President of Enterprise Data Technology at Fannie Mae from 2004 to 2007.

Ms. Cooper-Jones has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Virginia State University. She has completed a host of Leadership Development Programs and served as both a formal and informal mentor throughout her professional career.

Barbara Cooper-Jones is a recipient of the 2019 CIO 100 Award for IT Innovation and Business Value and the 2020 Women Who Mean Business award.

Mark Albro

Director, Mobility Sales
Motus

Mark has been Director of Mobility Sales at Motus for the last year +, but with over 25 year’s experience in telecommunications, OEM, and MDM/UEM industries. He leads the go-to-market and sales strategies for Motus’ Device offerings and BYOD/MMS.

Dan Dietz

Enterprise Sales Executive
Motus

Dan is responsible for helping bring on and introduce new customers to Motus. He has experience working with Fortune 500 companies, helping them solve their unique challenges and business goals.

Robert Locklear

Wireless Solutions Engineer
Motus

Robert brings 20 years of technical experience to his role as a Solutions Engineer with Motus Device. He serves as a technical guide in the sales process showing organizations how Motus solutions can help manage the most complex of mobility environments.