VP, Commercial & Latin America Beverages IT Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Scott Albright is VP of commercial and Latin America beverages IT for Dr Pepper Snapple Group. In this role, Albright is responsible for all aspects of IT for the warehouse and direct, national accounts, Latin America and beverage concentrates sales organizations, as well as marketing and research and development. This includes IT strategy, delivery of new capabilities, and daily operations all with a focus on growing sales and crushing costs.
Albright joined the company in 2004 prior to its spinoff of Dr Pepper Snapple, where he held multiple positions in the IT organization progressing from a global project manager to his current VP position. In those roles he oversaw, as well as delivered, multiple large-scale and global projects in the sales and finance functions resulting in millions of dollars of savings. Prior to DPS, Albright worked at several large consultancies including IBM, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen where he advised clients such as The Walt Disney Co. and British Petroleum.
Albright is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. He holds a bachelor’s of business administration and a master’s in professional accounting.
VP, Enterprise Strategy & Portfolio Management GameStop Corporation
Darren Dayley serves as GameStop’s VP of enterprise strategy and portfolio management. In this role, he partners with executive business leaders to define and translate GameStop’s vision and strategies into actionable, technology initiatives. He previously served as VP of enterprise services and focused on the delivery of GameStop’s consumer platform initiatives. This included GameStop’s robust loyalty program, CRM, business intelligence, data warehousing, analytics, downloadable content and core services layer.
Prior to joining the GameStop team, he worked at Southwest Airlines for more than nine years. Dayley held the following IT leadership positions: VP of the technology customer experience portfolio, senior director of e-customer technologies, director of reservations and ticketing systems, and director of data systems and architecture.
VP & CIO Dallas Stars
Dan Doggendorf enters his third season as the Dallas Stars VP of business operations and CIO, providing strategic oversight of organizational information technology activities in addition to the management of the Dr. Pepper StarCenter facilities throughout the Metroplex. Doggendorf was also recently involved in the reorganization of the Dallas Stars youth house and travel hockey leagues.
Doggendorf brings more than 23 years of experience in the field of information technology with a proven track record of leadership in the areas of security, compliance, infrastructure, project management, and business and IT operational functions. Prior to his current position, he has served in similar posts for GameStop Inc., Penson Financial Services, A.H. Belo Corporation, Arthur Andersen LLP and Hoechst Marion Roussel Inc.
He received his B.S. in business administration in management information systems from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and has maintained CISM and CISA certifications during his professional career.
SVP, GameStop Tech. Institute GameStop Corporation
Jeff Donaldson serves as senior vice president of GameStop Technology Institute. Donaldson, who previously served as GameStop’s CIO, has been an integral member of GameStop’s leadership team for more than 14 years. Donaldson played a key role in the creation of GTI and GameStop’s new IT structure introduced in late 2013. The new structure includes four strategic areas — IT strategy, architecture design, IT delivery and the GameStop Technology Institute. Each area is designed to accelerate the identification and adoption of new capabilities and solutions to address the ever-changing IT challenges impacting business today.
Donaldson joined GameStop in 2000 and was responsible for all aspects of the IT functions that supported GameStop's growth to more than 6,600 stores, and multiple distributions centers, online environments and corporate headquarters. Following GameStop’s acquisition of Electronics Boutique in 2005, Donaldson led the effort to integrate the EB and GameStop technology systems into a single platform. Before coming to GameStop, Donaldson was vice president of information resource management at The Associates. Prior to that, he held progressive management positions with AMR Corporation/The SABRE Group, Texas Instruments and the Illinois state government’s technology team.
Industry Chief Technologist Hewlett-Packard Company
Michael Donovan is a distinguished technologist with HP Enterprise services office of the CTO and is the industry chief technologist for consumer products, retail and transportation clients. His responsibilities include working with senior business and IT executives to improve strategic outcomes through the innovative use of technology to solve today’s business challenges. Donovan has led technical teams in design and implementation of both applications and large enterprise infrastructures. He is currently involved in development of cybersecurity, cloud computing, trusted infrastructure, advanced mobility and other innovative solutions to better serve the needs of global clients.
Most recently, Donovan was a strategist supporting development of capabilities and offerings for clients across global public sector. Previously, he held roles as chief technologist for the Department of Defense; chief architect for the Atlas Consortium, providing the defense information infrastructure to the U.K. Ministry of Defence; chief architect and CTO for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Intranet; and chief architect for EDS’ office of the CIO. Donovan began his career with EDS, now HP, in 1986 supporting operations of mainframe systems for General Motors.
Donovan holds five U.S. patents in areas ranging from measurement of computer usage to web-based customer satisfaction and performance measurement.
Managing Director Digital Business Consulting, Dell Services Dell
John DuBois leads Dell Services Digital Business Consulting, a practice that provides clients with strategy and transformation services resulting in improved customer experience, greater operational efficiencies, business-driven innovation and improved top line growth.
DuBois’ work, research, mentoring and innovation has developed better ways for global companies and the C-suite to create high-performance governance structures, develop new business models, optimize sourcing strategies, achieve new levels of transparency into costs and performance, and create digitally enabled organizations. He has consulted in the pharmaceutical, biotech, telecommunications, financial services, government, health insurance, chemical, electronics and hospitality industries. His work in these industries has focused on leading initiatives and teams across the globe to realize business transformation, improved efficiency and greater effectiveness.
DuBois’ experience includes digital business and IT strategy, digital enablement, business process reinvention, shared services design and implementation, IT rationalization and effectiveness, organizational change management, governance, M&A assistance, benchmarking, restructuring, and helping with new business models.
DuBois graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University with a degree in decision sciences and management information systems. He is a graduate of Dell Business Leader Development Program.
Head of Information & Analytics, Global IS Visa
Anil Earla is the chief data and analytics officer for IS at Visa Inc., where he leads all data and data sciences, intelligence, and analytics across the enterprise for global IS. He leads the Big Data engineering and advanced analytics vision, strategy, and execution efforts. He has held several roles across technology verticals, such as enterprise analytics and data warehousing, enterprise applications and architecture, information security and risk management, engineering and operations, product development, program management, and governance and consulting services in industry-leading organizations in the financial services, telecommunications, insurance, gaming and airline industries. His stint across different industries and technology functions provides him the unique opportunity to apply and leverage the power of data and analytics.
Earla is part of the entrepreneurship and innovation program from Stanford Business School. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from JSU and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Bangalore University.
SVP, Global Technology & Innovation CBRE
Chris Garrick is VP with CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. He leads the global IT strategy, enterprise architecture and innovation practices, and is the co-founder of CBRE Labs. Garrick has more than 20 years of operational and consulting experience and has helped companies enable their strategic capabilities with technology. Garrick is a leader in understanding how technology trends shape the enterprise. He is an expert on topics such as innovation, strategy realization and value management. Prior to his current role, Garrick was a lead consultant with Booz & Company, where he was aligned with consumer, media and digital practice.
Garrick studied electrical engineering at the University of Massachusetts and earned an MBA at Southern Methodist University where he graduated with distinction.
Director of MS Analytics Texas A&M University
Myra Gonzalez has been employed at Texas A&M University since 1996. In her current position as director of MS analytics, Gonzalez coordinates marketing, admissions, advising and practicum planning as well as business development.
Through her experience in admissions, academic scholarships, advising, honors and financial aid, she has had the pleasure of supporting and recruiting many Texas Aggies. She has served in professional admissions and recruitment organizations such as Texas Association for College Admissions Counseling, previously serving as chair of the human relations committee, which assists in organizing college preparation programs for students. She also served on the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s national human relations committee.
In her spare time she volunteers as a court appointed special advocate; is an advisor for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at Texas A&M; serves on the board of directors for the Fiesta Patrias of Bryan, Texas; and serves as vice president of the Parent Teacher Organization at her daughter's elementary school.
Gonzalez received a bachelor of arts in international studies with a minor in business in 1996 and completed a master of arts in Spanish literature in 2001 from Texas A&M University.
Director, Fraud BI OptumInsight
Shahran Haider is director of the business intelligence group for fraud, waste, abuse and error operations in the payment integrity division of Optum, one of the leading healthcare technology services firms in the industry today. In his current role, he is responsible for devising and executing long-term roadmaps that address the business’ information needs for strategic decision-making and improving operational efficiency. He brings more than a decade of consulting and corporate leadership experience helping Fortune 500 clients create high-performance process and technology solutions to solve their complex business problems.
Shahran completed his MBA in finance with high distinction from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He received his B.S. in computer information systems, operations management and business process management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Sr. Director - Americas IT Commercial Metals Company
Rusty Kennington is a technology executive with a career spanning more than 25 years and multiple industries. He has worked in Fortune 500 private, and startup organizations. He has been responsible for global technology teams spanning North and South America, Europe and Asia. Kennington came to Commercial Metals three years ago to lead global customer-facing, e-commerce, sales, marketing, logistics and analytics technology. A year ago, he was asked to lead the entire Americas IT function.
Previously, Kennington was VP of enterprise IT for Brinker International, the $4B owner of Chili’s, On The Border, Maggiano’s and Macaroni Grill. He also held leadership positions at Ernst and Young and MCI, and co-founded a successful software solution delivery company.
Kennington received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and completed the graduate finance program at Southern Methodist University.
Managing Director, Enterprise Data American Airlines
Nancy Lillo is an IT executive with a strong track record of delivering business value through data and analytics. She is currently managing director of enterprise data and SOA at American Airlines, where she is responsible for the strategy, governance, tools and platforms associated with enterprise data, SOA, business intelligence and analytics.
Previously, Lillo held leadership positions in loyalty and CRM, and operations research and decision support at American. She also has experience in manufacturing, logistics and software development. She has been awarded two patents with others pending.
Lillo is currently a member of the strategic advisory board for business intelligence and analytics. She has served as a conference speaker and chair for a wide range of technical conferences, published technical papers and served as a university lecturer.
Lillo graduated summa cum laude from Purdue University with a bachelor of science in industrial engineering. She earned a master’s and Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was a Tau Beta Pi and presidential fellow.
Director of Engineering Ziosk
Kevin Mowry is an expert in telecommunications and embedded systems, and he holds four patents for work completed at Motorola. He was instrumental in developing wireless infrastructure components and leading international telecommunications standards activities.
Mowry also led product management and marketing efforts for Texas Instruments’ OMAP family of wireless application processors, working closely with Nokia, Samsung and LG to deploy new smartphone products into the mobile marketplace. At TI, he introduced the industry’s first Nokia Series 60 reference design for smartphones and led several joint development efforts with Microsoft to create compelling platforms for handset manufacturers based on the latest processors.
Mowry holds a bachelor of science in computer science from Northwest Nazarene University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Chief Marketing Officer Ziosk
John Regal has a 20-year history of providing the visionary thinking and strategic leadership to create profitable businesses. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated he can market almost anything, from cereal to cell phones to pharmaceuticals. Some of the brands he has launched include Prozac, Cranberry Almond Crunch Cereal, POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice and Kajeet cell phones for kids. He’s also managed multimillion dollar campaigns for established brands like Post Grape‐Nuts Cereal and Microsoft Windows. His secret to his success is identifying market trends ahead of the curve. He then develops products to fulfill these trends and brings them to market using an integrated marketing campaign with social media, PR and experiential programs.
VP, Enterprise Data PepsiCo
Martha Roos is VP of enterprise data delivery for PepsiCo. In this role, she is responsible for leading the enterprise data COE to enable consistent, high-quality data for PepsiCo globally. She has been with PepsiCo for seven years where she has held multiple positions in the business and information services organization. She served as senior director of transformation programs supporting a variety of strategic programs and the resulting metrics of success. Prior, she was senior director of enterprise solutions supply chain where she was as a key participant in the creation of the North American SAP COE organization. Prior to PepsiCo, Roos was VP of global application strategy at Cadbury Schweppes. She began her career in the management consulting services practice of Pricewaterhouse where she focused on large scale change projects implementing SAP.
Roos holds a BBA in management and marketing from Texas Christian University and an MBA in information systems management from Baylor University.
Chief Data Officer CROSSMARK, Inc.
Rob Saker is a proven information capabilities leader with experience ranging from marketing mix modeling, social analytics, operational reporting, to real-time decision management. As chief data officer at CROSSMARK, Saker is responsible for enterprise-wide data and information governance, control, policy development, and effective exploitation. Previously, he led business intelligence and analytic strategy at MillerCoors. Prior to his work in the consumer goods industry, he helped co-found and participated in several startups with a strong emphasis on digital and information technologies.
Saker received his bachelor’s degree and MBA from University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Global Leader, ACE Program, IBM Analytics IBM
Julie Severance has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology space with 15-plus years as a veteran of the IBM analytics division, through the Cognos acquisition. She is a substantive professional having held a wide variety of technical and strategic leadership roles throughout her career. Her recent projects include working with the internal IBM business transformation teams and executive stakeholders to build and deliver a multimillion-dollar Big Data and analytics cloud offering, as well as partnering with core IBM business members in areas such as finance and supply chain.
As a change agent, Severance collaborates and guides teams on building roadmaps and assets using the analytics center of excellence framework which helps drive culture change, evolve organization skills, and raises awareness of the power of analytics which ultimately ensures the successful adoption of data and analytics investments.
Severance is currently the global leader of analytic solutions center of competency for the Analytics Division at IBM, a multinational technology and consulting company. She also leads the analytics centers of excellence program which includes chairing the business analytics advisory board, with members of top strategic clients that are responsible for their organizations respective analytics delivery programs.
Academic Director MS Analytics Program Texas A&M University
Simon Sheather is the academic director of the MS analytics program at Texas A&M University. From 2005—2014, he served as professor and head of the department of statistics at Texas A&M University. Previously, he was a faculty member at the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Sheather’s research interests are in the fields of flexible regression methods for Big Data and smoothing methods in nonparametric statistics. His current work focuses on choosing the shrinkage smoothing parameter for LASSO, based on very large data sets. He has published more than 80 papers and two books. According to Google Scholar, his work has been cited around 8,000 times. Simon works with industry developing practical predictive models for Big Data in the fields of oil and gas, healthcare, hospitality, entertainment, financial services, and retail.
Chief Data Officer TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation
Derek Strauss has more than three decades of experience in data and analytics. He has established and managed numerous enterprise programs and initiatives in the areas of business intelligence, data warehousing and data quality improvement. In years past, he was an active member of The Data Management Association and served on the faculty of The Data Warehouse Institute and MIT’s CDO Forum and IQ Symposium. He has collaborated over many years with Bill Inmon, and co-authored the book “DW2.0 — the Architecture for the Next Generation of Data Warehousing.”
Chief Technology Officer for Energy MarkLogic
Thomas Tong is MarkLogic's chief technology officer for energy. He helps energy organizations apply MarkLogic’s technology to solve key business and technical challenges. Over a 20-year period, Tong has been involved in more than 200 initiatives across the energy sector including power generation, utilities, and oil and gas. He has extensive experience in helping energy companies better manage their data for greater business value, operational excellence and safety improvements. As an experienced practitioner, Tong is often involved with IT and data transformation initiatives, data government programs, data quality, master data and Big Data initiatives.
President Yarbrough Law Group
Matthew Yarbrough is an internationally recognized expert, consultant, lawyer and pioneer in the area of cyber law. He has more than 20 years of experience providing legal expertise and business consulting in the areas of electronic data, privacy, cybercrimes and intellectual property as an assistant U.S. attorney, law professor and in private practice.
As an assistant U.S. attorney with the Department of Justice, Yarbrough served as head of the first cybercrimes task force. He prosecuted the first data wiretap of a hacking in U.S. history, known as the Phonemasters case. He was also lead prosecutor in the U.S. v. Tejas case, one of the largest-ever theft of trade secrets cases brought under the Economic Espionage Act.
The DOJ, FBI and Department of Homeland Security have all recognized Yarbrough as an outstanding trial lawyer. He has appeared on such programs as Nightline, 20/20 and CNN as a data law expert. He has spoken on behalf of such companies as IBM, Cisco, and Apple concerning corporate data compliance, information governance, IP and Big Data. Yarbrough has been an adjunct professor at SMU’s School of Law, teaching cyber law and trial advocacy. He has authored more than a dozen articles including “Suing the Insecure in Cyberspace” and “What’s on Your CEO’s iPad?”