Emerging Roles and Markets, IBM
Recently announced by Information Management as one of the 10 Big Data Experts to Know, Cortnie Abercrombie is the global emerging roles leader for IBM Analytics. Her career has focused on inspiring and inciting innovation and action using data and analytics at a multitude of companies and industries including: Verizon, Citi, NTT and IBM. With one of the most unique roles in the industry, Abercrombie is a passionate evangelist and trusted advisor to chief data officers, chief analytics officers and chief data scientists in Fortune 500 companies. She is co-author of the IBM Institute for Business Value Report “New Hero of Big Data and Analytics: the Chief Data Officer” and the IBM Center for Applied Insight’s “Your Chief Data Officer: Re-Imagining the Business of Data.”
Executive Director, Enterprise Information Management, City Colleges of Chicago
A cross-industry veteran with more than 20 years of IT experience at companies like The Walt Disney Company, Travelers Insurance, j2 Global Communications and Demand Media, Brendan Aldrich has repeatedly built and led top-performing data warehouse, business intelligence and analytics teams that have transformed their organizations.
Aldrich is currently the executive director of enterprise information management at the City Colleges of Chicago, one of the nation’s largest community college districts educating more than 120,000 students annually at seven independently accredited colleges and seven satellite locations located within the City of Chicago. In this role, he is pushing the boundaries of academic information management by leading the creation of a “data democracy” with the design and deployment of data warehouse and business intelligence systems that will allow more than 5,800 employees of the organization to directly use data and promote student success.
Director of Big Data Engineering, Capital One Financial Corporation
Slim Baltagi is a director of Big Data engineering at Capital One. Baltagi has more than 17 years of IT and business experience and has spent the last four years of his life hadooping and more recently, sparking! He has worked on more than 11 Big Data projects as a solution architect. Baltagi speaks frequently at Big Data events and maintains an Apache Spark knowledge base blog.
Bryan D. Tabiadon
Director Information Management, IS, U.S. Cellular
Bio coming soon.
Chief Technologist – Core Technologies, Microsoft Corporation
Currently, Paul Edlund is the chief technologist for Microsoft’s Midwest district. In his role, he focuses on applying Microsoft’s “forward looking” strategy to Microsoft’s enterprise customers. His desire is to help them navigate intersection of business and technology. Edlund started with Microsoft in 2007 as a technology strategist and more recently, the director of Microsoft’s core infrastructure business in Microsoft’s Midwest district. Throughout his career, he’s been a passionate advocate for making technology applicable and understandable for everyone. He’s known for his passion, strong technical acumen and strategic approach to customer interactions.
Prior to joining to Microsoft, Edlund was the chief technology officer at Planet Technologies. At Planet, he guided a team of consultants worldwide. He was responsible for the technical strategy of the company within its U.S. federal government practice and the commercial service provider businesses internationally. Edlund also co-founded eQuestTechnologies which was eventually acquired by Planet Technologies.
Edlund attended the University of Arizona before returning to Chicago and graduating from Loyola University with a B.S. in economics.
VP, Global Solutions Engineering, Hortonworks
Jamie Engesser is responsible for running Hortonworks solutions engineering, and in this capacity, his team is the primary technical point of engagement for the Hortonworks customer base.
He brings almost 20 years as an instrumental player in the growth of many small to medium-sized high-tech companies including VMware, SpringSource, Savvion, Vitria and Documentum. Over this time his primary focus has been on leading technical sales teams focused on middleware, platform as a service and data management technologies. Engesser holds a bachelor’s in industrial and management engineering from Montana State University.
Director of Information Security, Grant Thornton International
Todd Fitzgerald is the global director of information security for Grant Thornton International Ltd., providing strategic information security leadership for Grant Thornton member firms supporting 38,500 employees in 126 countries.
Fitzgerald has been leading information security programs for 17 years, is ranked as a 2013 Top 50 Information Security Executive, named a 2013 distinguished fellow by the Ponemon Institute, authored the 2012 book, “Information Security Governance Simplified: From the Boardroom to the Keyboard,” and co-authored the ISC2 book, “CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success.” Fitzgerald most recently co-authored the 2014 Certified Chief Information Security Officer Body of Knowledge, serves as the CCISO online instructor and is a past finalist of the ISE Security Executive of the Year award. He is a frequent international information security presenter and his prior leadership includes ManpowerGroup, WellPoint (National Government Services), Zeneca, Syngenta, IMS Health, American Airlines and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Fitzgerald is a CISSP, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT, PMP, ISO27000, CIPP, CIPP/US, CIPP/E and ITILv3f.
Chief Data Scientist, Obama-Biden Re-Election Campaign
Rayid Ghani is the research director at the Computation Institute and a senior fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He was formerly the chief scientist at the Obama for America 2012 campaign, focusing on analytics, technology and data. Prior to the Obama campaign, Ghani served as senior research scientist and director of analytics research at Accenture Labs where he led a technology research team focused on applied R&D in analytics, machine learning and data mining for large-scale and emerging business problems in various industries including healthcare, retail and CPG, manufacturing, intelligence, and financial services. Ghani also advises for analytics startups and nonprofits; speaks at, organizes and participates in academic and industry analytics conferences; and publishes in machine learning and data mining conferences and journals.
Ghani’s current interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and data mining, public policy, and social sciences. He is devoted to solving large-scale and high-impact social problems using data-driven and evidence-based methods, as many government, civic and nonprofit organizations are realizing the value of better data and are focusing on improving data collection and data standardization.
Sr. Director, Enterprise Data Architecture, Walgreens
Mike Jennings is a recognized industry expert in enterprise architecture and information management. He has more than 25 years of information management experience in various industries. Jennings speaks frequently on enterprise architecture and information management concepts and practices at major industry conferences. He is a co-author of the book "Universal Meta Data Models" and a contributing author to the books "Building and Managing the Meta Data Repository" and “The DAMA Guide to the Data Management Body of Knowledge - DMBOK." Jennings was recognized with the 2013 DAMA International Professional Achievement Award and as one of Information Management Magazine’s 25 Top Information Managers for 2012.
Director Financial Systems Improvement, Cummins, Inc.
Michael King is director of finance systems improvement for Cummins, the global leader diesel engines. In this position, he is responsible for developing, implementing and improving the financial systems across the enterprise. Michael is also the program leader for enterprise business intelligence, implementing self-service business analytics, reporting and data warehousing solutions across Cummins.
King joined Cummins in 2008 after nearly 18 years at Boeing and has held leadership roles in finance, manufacturing and supply chain. He has more than 12 years of experience leading complex, high-visibility projects, including the finance systems leader for Boeing’s 787 airplane program.
King received bachelor’s degrees in finance and marketing from Eastern Washington University, and he completed his masters in technology management from the University of Washington in 2005.
Practice Lead - Retail/CPG & Manufacturing, Clarity Solution Group Inc.
Duane Lyons is a member of Clarity Solution Group‘s leadership team and leads its retail/consumer packaged goods practice. He is also the executive owner for the Consumer720 solution. Previously, he was a partner in the information transformation practice at Infosys Consulting for more than eight years, where he led a $200M practice. He has extensive experience in customer operations: MDM (with an emphasis on customer and product subject areas), more than 18 years of business intelligence experience, and acts as a SME in database marketing and business intelligence strategies. Prior to joining Infosys Consulting, Lyons led the open systems BI practice of Inforte and managed the Managed Analytics competency.
Director, Enterprise Architecture, Information Management, Computer Security, John Deere
Mano Mannoochahr has global responsibility for enterprise architecture and information management at John Deere. He is responsible for enterprise-wide functions related to adoption of new technologies, data warehousing, analytics, master data management and the company’s information knowledge centers.
Prior to his current role, Mannoochahr led the global solutions engineering group at John Deere. In this role, Mannoochahr was responsible for executing FarmSight™ strategy at John Deere. He led a large software development organization responsible for global delivery of software-based solutions for John Deere customers helping them improve productivity of their operations.
Mannoochahr holds a bachelor’s in computer engineering from University of Kansas and an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.
CTO, CNA Financial
Alok Mehta joined CNA in 2012 as chief architect and CTO. In this role, he leads efforts to ensure CNA’s architecture and underlying technology are capable of meeting the business needs and can scale to match CNA’s ambitious growth plans.
Mehta has more than 20 years of insurance and technology industry experience, as well as a Ph.D. in software engineering. Most recently, he was the chief architect for Allstate Financial, a major part of Allstate Insurance Company. While at Allstate, Mehta developed a three-year enterprise roadmap and established enterprise architecture standards. Prior to joining Allstate, Mehta worked at Insurance Technologies as a product manager, involved in developing and implementing insurance point-of-sale systems both domestically and internationally. Before IT, Mehta worked as CTO of American Financial Systems, developing point-of-sale and plan administration systems for the corporate-owned life insurance industry.
Global Information Architect, HSBC
Michael G. Miller is a member of the HSBC global finance IT architecture team acting as a global information architect. He has responsibilities for architecture guidance of global finance projects.
Miller has more than 30 years of IT experience in banking, securities and insurance starting his career in computer operations, programming and systems design, and then moving on to consulting roles in enterprise architecture and business intelligence. Miller’s previous consulting roles include national director of enterprise architecture and business intelligence, executive consultant CRM COE, and principal management consultant. He also teaches classes in strategic business intelligence implementation and data governance in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
He holds a BBA and four master degrees (MBA, MPM, MTM, and MISM) and has done over two years of doctoral work in knowledge management. He is a member of the Data Management Association — Chicago Chapter Board, a certified business process management professional, certified Lean Six Sigma yellow belt and a certified TOGAF enterprise architect.
Sr. Manager, Information Architecture, United Airlines
Most recently, Bob Rehak was the enterprise information architect at United Airlines working on United’s Big Data analytics initiative and evaluating NoSQL technology. During his 16 years at United, Rehak oversaw the design and development of the operations data warehouse, flight reliability data marts, and the operations data infrastructure, a real-time, highly integrated information hub supporting more than 60 application systems.
Rehak has more than 30 years of IT development experience working with business users and IT across various lines of business in aerospace, airline operations, customer relationship management, insurance, education, consumer products and sales. He is passionate about data, its uses, data security, and data centric development as a means to simplify application development and reduce infrastructure complexity. He holds a bachelor’s in mathematics from Cal State Northridge and a master’s in computer science from Northern Illinois University.
Director, BI, Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.
Dave Sawdey is a senior vice president and the director of Business Intelligence in Jones Lang LaSalle’s corporate solutions group. He is responsible for developing and leading the their Business Intelligence center of excellence. He is an advocate, advisor, trainer and promoter of Business Intelligence and data analytics to derive actionable insights that shape smarter business decisions and improve overall outcomes for clients and he brings a best practice approach to delivering portfolio data advisory services related to measurement, reporting, analytics and Business Intelligence.
Chief Data Officer, City of Chicago
As the city of Chicago's director of analytics and performance management, Tom Schenk leads the city's strategic data implementation, including advanced analytics and open data initiatives. He has deployed predictive analytics solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of city operations. By leveraging open source technology, he has provided automated routing and suggestions using Chicago's data to predict crime hot spots and other priorities. Schenk also leads Chicago's open data initiatives, including Chicago's collection of open data and data dictionary. He is an advocate for building Chicago's data scientist community through active civic partnerships and open data. In addition, he leads the modernization of Chicago's database platform, data warehouse implementation, and business intelligence strategy.
Schenk has significant experience with applied research in public policy with academic publications in various fields. He has held positions with Northwestern University, Iowa State University's Office of Community College Research and Policy, Iowa Department of Education and American Institute for Economic Research. In 2011, he published “Circos Data Visualization How-To” with applications of data visualization to public policy issues. He earned a bachelor's degree from Drake University and a master's degree from Iowa State University in economics.
Craig Schumpert runs the East and Central regions for Alation. Schumpert has more than 15 years of experience in leading enterprise software sales and business development teams. He has broad experience and deep knowledge in Big Data, analytics, and data warehousing platforms and technologies. Before joining Alation, Schumpert spent five years at Big Data and ETL software provider Syncsort, where he was most recently a member of the executive leadership team and ran all new business functions in North and South America. In addition to building and growing the inside and outside sales organizations at Syncsort, he helped drive the company’s first two product launches in 10 years, the integration of a 2013 acquisition, and led numerous go-to-market partnerships. Prior to Syncsort, Schumpert held several sales leadership and direct selling roles at ILOG Inc. (now part of IBM), Endeca (now part of Oracle), and Clarabridge. He earned his an in 1997 from George Washington University and a B.S. from Virginia Tech.
Managing Partner, Head of Mission, Timshel
When the 2012 Obama administration began gearing up for re-election, Michael Slaby was one of its first calls. As CTO and deputy digital director in 2008, Slaby was an integral leader in the historical campaign’s use of internet and social media to raise funds and organize volunteers in never-seen-before ways. The resulting re-election revolutionized the way politicians, organizations and brands use social media to engage their audiences.
Committed to helping solve the world's greatest challenges, Slaby is a global leader in digital and social media strategy and technology. He explores how together they can elevate mission-driven organizations. Slaby is managing partner of Timshel—an organization working to help solve social, civic and humanitarian problems through better technology, engagement capabilities development and creative capital. Previously he was a fellow at Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also led Obama for America as chief integration and innovation officer in 2012, overseeing the CTO, CIO and CAO to ensure effective implementation and integration of technology across the campaign.
Slaby has aksi served as a technology and digital strategy advisor as well as board member to initiatives that include the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, F*ck Cancer, Bright Pink, I Am That Girl, LiveStrong, Citizen Effect and Jumo. He was named to Crain's Chicago 40 Under 40 List for 2011 and their Tech 50 List in 2013.
Global CTO, Retail & Consumer Vertical, MarkLogic
Donald Soares is the global CTO for MarkLogic's Retail and Consumer Vertical. Previously, Soares was global practice partner with the Retail and Consumer Goods Vertical at Wipro Ltd. Prior to that he held partner positions at Capgemini, A.T. Kearney, and was a vice president at IRI.
Soares has more than 20 years of analytics and Big Data-related experience and has led multiple transformational initiatives for Fortune 500 Retail and consumer industry clients. He believes success is all about being able to turn “ Big Data” into actionable business insights that drive value for the business.
Nancy L. Ertle Professor of Marketing, Kellogg School of Management
Florian Zettelmeyer is the Nancy L. Ertle professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also directs the program on data analytics at Kellogg, the school's Big Data initiative. Zettelmeyer specializes in evaluating the effects of information technology and Big Data on firms. More generally, his work addresses how the information consumers have about firms and the information firms have about consumers affect firm behavior.
Prior to his appointment at Kellogg, he was an associate professor of marketing and chair of the marketing group at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Before his Ph.D., he briefly worked in consulting at McKinsey and Company's German office.
Zettelmeyer has received numerous teaching awards and been voted "Outstanding Professor of the Year" by Kellogg MBA students.
Zettelmeyer received a Vordiplom in business engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, a M.Sc. in economics from the University of Warwick and a Ph.D. in marketing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.