VP, Commercial & Latin America Beverages IT Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Scott Albright is the vice president 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/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 spin-off of Dr Pepper Snapple where he held multiple positions in the IT organization progressing from a global project manager to his current vice president 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 Company 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.
Amr Awadallah, Ph.D.
Co-founder & CTO Cloudera, Inc.
Before co-founding Cloudera in 2008, Amr Awadallah was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Accel Partners. Prior to joining Accel, he served as VP of product intelligence engineering at Yahoo! and ran one of the very first organizations to use Hadoop for data analysis and business intelligence. Awadallah joined Yahoo! after it acquired his first startup, VivaSmart, in 2000. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Cairo University and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
VP, Solutions Engineering Hortonworks
Jamie Engesser has responsibility for running the 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 B.S. in industrial and management engineering from Montana State University.
Bret Farrar is the founding partner of Sendero, with responsibilities including business strategy; quality assurance; industry and technology trend forecasting; client satisfaction; business development; and building an extraordinary team. He has more than 25 years of experience in management consulting and IT and has worked in a variety of industries including telecommunications, mining, energy, transportation, utilities, healthcare, real estate and retail.
One of Farrar’s primary areas of focus and passion throughout his career has been around technology architectures. He spent several years in the technology and architecture groups of a big four consulting company. In his roles there and as a career consultant, he worked to define data architectures, application architectures and technical architectures for a variety of clients. Through this work, he has come to recognize the limitations associated with traditional relational database management systems, and is very excited about the possibilities associated with many of the technology architectures associated with processing Big Data.
Director, Fraud Business Intelligence OptumInsight
Shahran Haider is director of business intelligence for anti-fraud operations in the payment integrity division of OptumInsight, one of the leading healthcare analytics firms in the industry today. In his current role, he is responsible for devising and executing long-term roadmaps that address the business’s information needs for strategic decision-making and improving operational efficiency. He brings 12 years of consulting and corporate leadership experience, helping Fortune 500 clients create high-performance process and technology solutions to solve their complex business problems.
Haider 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 vice president 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 cofounded a successful software solution delivery company.
Kennington received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and completed the graduate finance program at Southern Methodist University.
EVP, Chief Product & Technology Officer Sabre Holdings Corporation
Deborah Kerr is a proven technology leader in the software industry with more than 20 years of diverse management experience. Kerr is EVP and chief product and technology officer at Sabre and is responsible for leading the global product and technology organization. Prior to her appointment at Sabre, she served as EVP and chief product and technology officer at FICO, a leader in predictive analytics and decision management technology. Prior experience includes senior leadership roles with Hewlett-Packard, Peregrine Systems and NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory.
Kerr is a director of the Davis and Henderson Board, and is a member of the governance and nominating committee and compensation committee. She was previously a director of the Mitchell Board and was chair of the technology committee. Kerr is a software industry veteran with a proven ability to innovate and commercialize products and services that result in profitable revenue growth, high customer satisfaction and market leadership and has led all aspects of strategy, product, research and development, technology alliances, services and information technology.
Kerr holds a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Vice President SAS
Evan Levy is vice president of business consulting at SAS. He advises SAS clients in areas of data management and data strategy. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Levy speaks, writes and blogs about the challenges of managing and using data to support business decision making. He is co-author of the book, “Customer Data Integration: Reaching a Single Version of the Truth,” which was the first book published on the topic of master data management. He was the co-founder of Baseline Consulting, a technology and management consulting firm specializing in data management, data governance, and business analytics, which was acquired by SAS in 2011.
Managing Director, Enterprise Data American Airlines
Nancy Lillo is an IT executive with a strong track record of delivering business value thru data and analytics. She is currently managing director, 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 she 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. She 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 degree 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.
VP, IT TXU Energy
At TXU Energy, Ravi Malick holds the position of VP of technology, reporting to the COO. He is responsible for the business technology teams and related functions that drive and run TXU Energy. This includes all core platform applications, data and analytics, application security and infrastructure.
Prior to his role at TXU Energy, Malick held the position of VP of IT governance and strategy at Energy Future Holdings, where he was responsible for providing strategic leadership across multiple functions in IT including strategy, finance, vendor and contract management, IT sourcing, architecture, quality assurance and project management.
Malick originally joined the IT organization at TXU Energy in early 2011 in the role of director of IT performance and vendor and financial management. Shortly after, delivery and operational responsibilities were added when he took on the role of director of customer applications and performance management. He was instrumental in helping drive significant reductions in IT spend and improved performance for TXU Energy during this time as well as rolling out several key application platforms and suites. Previously, Malick held the position of COO at two financial services companies in addition to serving as an executive at several IT software companies.
Malick is a graduate of Brown University where he received his degree in political science.
VP, IT Packaged Beverages Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Gerry Mecca is the vice president of IT - packaged beverages and client services for Dr Pepper Snapple Group.
Mecca led DPS field sales mobilization effort deploying mobile sales and delivery capabilities to more than 5,500 mobile workers. He manages DPS’ multimillion-dollar PB project portfolio and co-chairs the company’s field sales innovation team. Mecca also leads IT’s “end-user enablement” focus while owning a large part of IT operations, most notably end-user computing, network, telecom, desktop services and service desk for the $6B beverage business.
Mecca has 33 years of experience in all areas of information technology and is particularly experienced in automation of sales and marketing functions and well as IT ops.
Before being acquired by Cadbury in 2006, Mecca served as CIO for the Dr Pepper Seven Up Bottling Group, the largest independent bottling company in North America. He also was involved in the separation of Cadbury Schweppes Beverages from Cadbury PLC in 2008 resulting in the successful IPO of DPS.
Mecca holds a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s of business administration from Baylor University.
Director, Consulting, North America MarkLogic
With more than 20 years across every aspect of the IT business, Sean Mills brings unique and extremely broad experience and insight to the technical issues companies face today. Prior to joining MarkLogic, Mills managed a consulting group within Oracle’s National Security Group, focusing on the specific requirements of the DoD and intelligence community. With the bulk of his career in the security space, his view of IT infrastructure and systems leans heavily toward robust protection of data assets and implementation of strong, scalable, enterprise solutions. Mills is now the director of consulting services for MarkLogic’s commercial practice, leading a team of architects and consultants in designing, fielding, and optimizing enterprise database applications.
Senior Manager - Global Head, Advanced Analytics Dell
Ankur Pawa leads advanced analytics at Dell Services. He has held several roles across corporate strategy and M&A, management consulting and venture capital in industry leading organizations. Prior to joining Dell Services, Pawa was a senior consultant to Baird Private Equity where he helped the fund evaluate new investments and manage existing investments in business services. His stint across different industries and functions provided him the unique opportunity to apply and leverage the power of data and analytics as a business consultant, an end consumer, and as an investor of analytics companies.
Pawa holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore.
Director, Planning & Analysis Alon USA Energy, Inc.
Russ Pfeiffer is the director of planning and analysis for Alon USA. Pfeiffer’s primary concentration is on the wholesale marketing segment which sells motor fuel and provides ancillary services to 900-plus distributors as well as the retail segment which operates roughly 300 convenience stores throughout West Texas and New Mexico. Pfeiffer is responsible for all of the data and analytics as well as the budgeting, forecasting and strategic planning.
Pfeiffer began his career as an investment banker and has held various finance positions in numerous industries including retail, refined fuels, oil and gas, transportation, logistics and insurance.
Pfeiffer earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics as well as an MBA in finance from Texas Tech University.
Director, IT FedEx Services
Special Agent U.S. Secret Service
Senior Special Agent Jeff Shaffer has been with the U. S. Secret Service for 24 years. He spent more than five years on the presidential protective division for Presidents Clinton and Bush, but has spent the majority of his career in the area of electronic crimes.
He currently is a group leader for the North Texas Electronic Crimes Task Force. Shaffer manages their mobile investigations and network intrusion cases and is also manager of their digital forensics lab.
Jeff is a founding member of both the mobile interest group and the North Texas Chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance.
Jeff was previously assigned to Secret Service headquarters in the electronic crimes branch for more than two years, where he researched smart card technology and managed the mobile devices program.
In addition to conducting protective advances worldwide, Shaffer has investigated cases involving credit card and identity fraud, counterfeit currency, and other government obligations, and narcotics and telecommunications fraud. He has spent 15 years in telecommunications and electronic crimes.
CSO Heartland Payment Systems, Inc.
John South leads Heartland’s internal risk assessment programs which include protecting sensitive data through risk and threat modeling. South also ensures Heartland is compliant with internal, industry and regulatory requirements. He also sits as a board member of the FS-ISAC, is a member of the Payment Processors Information Sharing Council and a member of the HP Enterprise Security Products Customer Advisory Board.
Prior to joining Heartland in 2009, South held leadership roles in information security for Convergys and Alcatel-Lucent. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas where he teaches digital forensics. South has been an active member of the U.S. Secret Service North Texas Electronic Crimes Task Force and is the founding president of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s North Texas Infragard Program.
South is a CISSP, CISA, a certified payment card industry security auditor, and is certified as an ITIL service manager. South has a B.A. from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Dallas. South was named the 2013 CSO of the Year by SC Magazine.
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.”
SVP & CIO Fluor Corporation
As senior vice president of information services at Fluor Corporation, Robert Taylor is responsible for the company’s global IT operations, technical and business integration services.
At Fluor Corporation, Taylor has served in a variety of IT management positions including director of applications management services, director of IT strategy, and technical director for Fluor’s ERP implementation. Taylor joined Fluor Corporation in 1992 and has more than 20 years of experience in computing and automation. Prior to joining Fluor he held various structural engineering and design positions in Australia.
President, North America Match.com
Amarnath Thombre joined Match.com in 2008 and currently serves as president of Match North America. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the U.S. core business, including Match.com, PeopleMedia (which includes verticals such as OurTime.com and BlackPeopleMeet.com) and Chemistry.com.
Previously, Thombre served as Match.com’s chief strategy officer, where he oversaw the company’s data science, market research and analytics functions. Under his leadership, Match.com launched some of the most advanced and sophisticated matching technology in the online dating category, helping more singles to connect online than ever before.
Prior to joining Match.com, Thombre held various management and strategy roles at i2 Technologies Inc., where he worked closely with multiple consumer businesses in order to drive the company’s growth through supply chain innovation.
Thombre holds an undergraduate degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai and a master’s in engineering from the University of Arizona.
CTO & CISO Textron Inc.
Ken Waterman is Textron’s CTO and CISO. He is responsible for Textron’s global infrastructure and information security functions. As CTO, he drives the strategy and delivery of infrastructure services to various Textron business units including aerospace and defense units and Textron’s industrial brands. His role as Textron's CISO, focuses on managing information technology risks to Textron.
Waterman has more than 20 years of experience in IT. Prior to Textron, he was senior director, network services outsourcing for North America at Capgemini where he was responsible for the delivery of managed network services to North American- based clients.
Waterman has a strong background in strategic planning, technical architecture and operations management, and has expertise in infrastructure service management (ITIL) and information sSecurity practices.
Waterman holds a B.S. in computer engineering technology and a M.A. in software development and management, both from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is an active member of several industry and technical organizations and is actively involved with programs which are aimed at enhancing the lifestyle of children with special needs.
Sr. Director, Global Shared Services Commercial Metals Company
Bruce Weinberg joined CMC in 2007 initially as a consultant to assist with the reorganization of IT and was hired full time in 2008 as the global applications manager for CMC IT with responsibility for all non-SAP development and application support. During 2011, Weinberg began his assignment as director of global recycling process with responsibility for system, process and automation of the 55 metal recycling branches worldwide. In 2013, Weinberg accepted the role of senior director for IT global shared services, where he leads a team responsible for all IT systems and processes related to business intelligence, finance, accounting, treasury, human resources, legal, internal audit and safety.
Before joining CMC, he worked for American Leather as COO and CFO, which included responsibility for IT. Preceding American Leather, Weinberg served as the global CIO for NCH Corporation for four years following his career as CEO for Business Systems Solutions Inc., a systems integrator serving small and medium-size businesses in the Chicago area, for 16 years.
His education includes a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois.