CIO, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Brian Abrahamson is CIO for the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. As CIO, he is accountable to the laboratory director to continuously improve the deployment, use, management and protection of information resources to increase research productivity and operational effectiveness of PNNL. As a member of the laboratory’s senior executive team, he establishes the strategic plan and stewards the lab’s investments in technology to enable the research mission of PNNL.
Prior to joining PNNL in 2011, Abrahamson acted as CIO and chief architect for San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co., one of the nation's largest investor-owned utilities. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with the management consulting organization Accenture where he worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies, as well as several years working in industry.
Abrahamson holds a B.S. in computer science from Gonzaga University.
Principal Architect, SentinelOne
Chris has more than 22 years of experience in the cyber security and information technology field. As the principle architect for SentinelOne, he leverages his years of experience in incident response, cyber security operations, security architecture and cybersecurity strategy to continually improve and transform how SentinelOne approaches cybersecurity in its products and with its customers.
CISO, Alaska Air Group, Inc.
Interim Associate Vice President, Information Management, University of Washington
Anja Canfield-Budde is director of enterprise data and analytics at the University of Washington. She is responsible for the leadership, strategic planning and execution across areas of enterprise information management, including data warehousing, business intelligence, metadata, and their respective architectures and technical solutions. Before joining higher education in 2008, she spent close to 10 years in industry.
Canfield-Budde holds graduate degrees from universities in the U.K., Germany, and the U.S., and values the global, diverse perspectives of both her current teams and the professional organizations she is a part of. She is currently president of Higher Education Data Warehousing.
Vice President of Information Security & Risk Management, UPS
Senior Security Advisor, HP Inc. Print Security Solutions
In Jason Carney’s role as a security advisor at HP Inc. Imaging and Printing Group, he works with global corporate clients and partners to consult on security solutions, provide security guidance and governance and educate and support customers. Carney is an industry-recognized security consultant with more than seven years of hands-on experience and he thrives on solving complex technical problems. He provides security leadership alongside the HP business units and R&D labs, providing guidance around future security development to ensure HP maintains its Print Security leadership.
Prior to his current position, Carney managed HP's JetAdvantage Print Security Solutions software portfolio and worked closely with customers, HP's regional account teams and ISV partners to consult on print security software solutions. He has in-depth knowledge of architecting and implementing print security software solutions including HP Access Control, Troy Group Solutions, Jetmobile, Pharos and Safecom.
He is a certified information security manager, certified ISO27001 lead auditor and CompTIA Security+ certified. Carney applies this knowledge and experience to work with customers to make their business operations and business data more secure.
Vice President of Technology Strategy, Thales
Sol Cates is vice president of technology strategy for Thales e-Security and formerly Vormetric’s chief security officer. As VP of technology strategy, he and his team focus on bringing new innovations to market. By focusing on the underlying problems of the industry, the team brings security solutions to security professionals to help them become successful in today’s challenging environment, in which they often have very little control. As a former CISO and CIO, Cates has a unique perspective on how technology, people, process and governance impact how successful security teams can solve real world problems.
The technical depth and understanding of the information security space Cates has developed over the last 20 years is rooted in the intelligence community, financial services industry and large enterprise organizations. He is sought after to speak on a wide range of technology, regulatory and strategy topics. Sol also regularly consults with CISOs, CIOs, investors and industry analysts on IT and cybersecurity trends and issues.
Prior to joining Vormetric in 2003, he held technical sales, engineering and support leadership roles at Tripwire, Symantec, SignaCert and Spectra Physics, and also consulted for many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies on cybersecurity.
CISO, Amazon Fulfillment & Operations, Amazon.com
Darren Challey leads information security for Amazon Customer Fulfillment and Operations in Seattle and was previously vice president of enterprise information security at Expedia in Bellevue, Washington. There he led security globally for more than four years and had teams accountable for payment card industry compliance, identity and access management and physical security in addition to other general security programs.
Prior to Expedia, he was manager of IT policy, metrics and programs at General Electric’s world headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut and held a variety of roles there including: director, IT risk management; application security leader; IT controller and SOx leader. Prior to that, he was a Six Sigma Black Belt and web master at GE Capital and also held a variety of roles in electrical, mechanical and nuclear engineering at both GE and Lockheed Martin.
Challey holds a master’s of engineering and computer systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Union College. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and maintains certifications as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Certified Information Systems Auditor.
Chief Information Officer, State of Washington
Michael Cockrill is Washington State’s chief information officer, appointed by Governor Jay Inslee in 2013. His responsibilities include overseeing the state’s strategic vision for information technology, evaluating state agencies’ IT spending and major technology projects, and establishing IT policies and standards across state government. Cockrill brings to the state more than 20 years of operational experience building both software and software companies in the private sector including PhotoRocket, Atlas Accelerator, Mixxer and Qpass.
He is also a nine-year veteran of Microsoft, where he led product management on MSN’s original e-commerce efforts and the client strategy for Microsoft Merchant Server and Commerce Server, as well as design and development of the Microsoft Wallet and the Commerce division’s overall payment strategy.
He holds a double B.S. in computer science and mathematics from the University of Puget Sound in addition to non-degree graduate work at UCLA and the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Alex Di Giacomo
CISO, Sound Transit
President, Sprint Business
Jan Geldmacher, president of Sprint Business, leads Sprint’s national sales and service teams focused on delivering wireless, wireline and IoT solutions to large, global corporations along with small- and medium-sized businesses.
Previously, Geldmacher served as CEO of Vodafone Global Enterprise, the London-based business unit responsible for defining the strategy and operational execution of Vodafone’s relationships with multinational corporate customers worldwide. He also served as director of Vodafone’s Enterprise Business Unit, CEO of British Telecom Germany and head of international networks and joint ventures with Deutsche Telecom.
Director, IT Security, Weyerhaeuser Company
Director, Analytics, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Director, Amazon Web Services
Steven Halliwell has been implementing technology solutions and building technology teams in transportation, retail, life sciences, distribution and public sector vertical markets for more than 20 years. He currently directs Amazon Web Services’ healthcare and life sciences team to identify vital strategies, drive customer engagement and evangelize new IT paradigms enabled by an elastic computing model. In 2011 he joined AWS’ Government and Education group as the first employee and worked closely with academic medical centers and research organizations around the world. He further assisted in creating AWS’ HIPAA Business Associate program. In 2014 Halliwell was chosen to stand up a new vertical focus for Amazon Web Services; chartered with assisting AWS evaluate, migrate and operate within the HCLS vertical market.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Development and started his career programming mainframes for human resource workloads. He then moved into n-tier architectures as an IT consultant, and then into sales and business management for Microsoft, where he managed their state and local government business from Maryland to Florida.
Cybersecurity Specialist, IBM
Chris Hankins leads the IBM security in North America’s technical practice for cognitive security. Using his experience as a security analyst and architect, he leverages his expertise in cyber operations, forensics, threat intelligence, incident response and cognitive security to help organizations address strategic and operational initiatives within their security program, address sophisticated threats and improve the overall risk posture of the business.
Director of the Cloud Practice, CenturyLink
Jeff Katzen is director of the cloud practice at CenturyLink and leads an organization across North America that helps companies with their cloud adoption journey. He has almost 20 years of business and technology experience in the global IT marketplace.
Responsible for CenturyLink’s diversified cloud business, Katzen and his team work with customers on the why, how and where cloud fits within their enterprise. He also tracks industry trends from a technology and business perspective as they relate to cloud.
He began his career working as an electronic engineer in South Africa, where he learned that technology only has value in terms of how it solves a business problem. This concept has guided his career over the course of the last 20 years.
Katzen has an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and an MSEE from the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Product Marketing Manager, Palo Alto Networks
Matt Keil joined Palo Alto Networks in 2007 as a member of the products team. He played a key role in defining and implementing the market positioning for Palo Alto Networks and is currently director of product marketing for public cloud.
Keil has 14 years of experience in the enterprise network firewall market, first working for Check Point Software then Juniper Networks via the NetScreen acquisition prior to joining Palo Alto Networks.
CISO, State of Washington
Agnes Kirk is the CISO for the State of Washington, Consolidated Technology Services. Her responsibilities include the delivery of statewide security services, shaping the statewide security strategic direction, influencing policy development, managing statewide incident response, coordinating the state’s participation in national cybersecurity efforts, coordinating efforts with the Department of Homeland Security and representing the state in a variety of professional collaborative groups. She is frequently asked to present at local and national security events and collaborates closely with private sector partners in securing critical infrastructure resources.
Kirk was selected by Government Technology Magazine as one of the nation's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers. She is a member of the State’s Domestic Security Executive Group, has served on the Executive Committee of the Multi-State ISAC, as vice president of the Rainier Chapter of ISSA, a steering committee member of the Puget Sound Alliance for Cyber Security and chairs the State of Washington Computer Incident Response Center.
Chief Technologist, IT Operations Transformation, VMware
Kevin Lees is field chief technologist for IT operations transformation at VMware, focusing on helping customers optimize the way they operate VMware-supported environments and solutions. He is responsible for defining, communicating and evangelizing VMware’s IT operations transformation vision and strategy as it relates to operational approaches and best practices. Lees also serves as an advisor to global customer senior executives for their IT operations transformation initiatives. Additionally, he leads the IT transformation activities in VMware’s global field office of the CTO.
He is an industry recognized IT operations transformation thought leader, strategist and evangelist. He was global services delivery team lead for VMware’s cloud practice from 2009—2011 and led many of VMware’s early cloud implementations with Fortune 100 customers. Since 2011, Lees has focused on initiating, building and supporting IT operations transformation as a consultative delivery practice within VMware. He has 35 years of IT system architecture, design, integration, IT operations and IT consulting experience.
Author, Stories that Move Mountains
Nick Malik is a senior principal enterprise strategy architect who joined Infosys in April, 2017. In the course of his 32 year career, he has held the role of CIO, CTO, director of development, director of the PMO, director of enterprise architecture, strategic planner, enterprise architect, technical program manager, solution architect, management consultant, software engineer and SDET. For two years, he was the president and CEO of Vanguard EA, a Seattle-based consulting firm.
Malik has worked in a wide array of organizations including financial services, health care, real estate, telecommunications, manufacturing, software, entertainment, hospitality, oil and gas and government. He has played both business and technology roles, and brings a wide understanding of business strategy, negotiation, leadership, and technical prowess to each engagement.
He is also an author, blogger and conference speaker. In 2013 Malik coordinated and co-authored a paper describing enterprise architecture through the FEAPO standards organization that has been ratified by 19 international technical organizations including the IEEE, the CIPS, INCOSE and the IIBA; establishing the first published international consensus on the definition and value proposition of enterprise architecture.
Nick holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in artificial intelligence and human factors computing from the University of Tennessee.
Director, Information Security, REI
EVP & CIO, Costco Wholesale Corporation
Paul Moulton is EVP and CIO of Costco Wholesale Corporation. In this role, Moulton is responsible for the direction of all technology and information systems of Costco Wholesale worldwide. Moulton has been with Costco for 30 years and has served on the company’s executive committee for 23 years.
Prior to his current role he has held the following positions at Costco: EVP of real estate development worldwide; EVP of marketing, e-commerce, member services, travel and community relations; SVP of international operations (managing director of Costco Asia and Costco Europe); VP of finance and corporate treasurer; director of budgeting and strategic planning; and warehouse manager of Aloha, Oregon.
Prior to Costco, Moulton worked in operations at Target, Safeway and Fed Mart Corporations.
Moulton currently has been appointed by the governor to serve on the State of Washington Technology Services Board, is the chairman of the board of directors of Agros International, member of the Board of Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington, a member of the Founding Board for the University Of Washington’s Information School, and is an elder at his church.
Attorney, King & Spalding LLP
Nicholas Oldham assists clients with cybersecurity and risk management, data privacy, incident response, internal and government investigations, and litigation. Oldham regularly advises clients on compliance with the complex data security and privacy requirements imposed by federal and state agencies and authorities. He has also recently advised clients on cross-border data transfers, cloud computing, internal controls, and notification requirements in the U.S. and abroad. Oldham has represented clients in regulatory matters and in class action litigation, conducted several privacy-related internal investigations, guided a number of clients through data breaches including in the retail and financial services sectors, worked with law enforcement agencies investigating cyber-attacks, and advised many clients on their cybersecurity and privacy governance and policies. Oldham is frequently cited as an authority on cybersecurity and privacy issues, and is a frequent author and speaker on the subjects.
A former federal criminal prosecutor, Oldham spent more than seven years with the Department of Justice, where he handled high-profile cyber investigations and prosecutions. Oldham served as counsel for cyber investigations for the DOJ’s national security division, where he had a leading role in DOJ’s nationwide efforts to investigate and disrupt computer intrusions and attacks by nation-state actors and their associates.
SVP of Platform & Chief Strategy Officer, Box
Jeetu Patel is senior vice president of platform and chief strategy officer for Box. In this role he leads Box's platform organization, driving the strategy for Box's platform business and developer relations. He also oversees Box’s corporate strategy and development organization.
Patel has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise information technology, and before joining Box, he was general manager and chief executive of EMC’s Syncplicity business unit. He previously held leadership roles in EMC’s information intelligence group, including chief marketing officer, chief strategy officer and chief technology officer. Prior to EMC, Patel was president of Doculabs, a research and advisory firm focused on collaboration and content management across a range of industries, including financial services, insurance, energy, manufacturing and life sciences.
Patel holds a B.S. in information decision sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
VP & CISO, Docusign
Vanessa Pegueros is currently VP and CISO for DocuSign, helping to lead the company in providing an industry-leading security program to its customers. Pegueros formally worked with U.S. Bank as the senior VP responsible for enterprise information security and a team of more than 120 people. She also was the CISO at Expedia and has held senior-level security roles with Washington Mutual, Cingular and AT&T Wireless. She has held numerous other roles specifically within the wireless arena including network planning, architecture and engineering, technical sales, and product development. She has an MBA from Stanford University, an M.S. in telecommunication from the University of Colorado, and a B.S. in engineering from UC Berkeley. She holds GSEC, CRISC, CISM and CISSP security certifications.
CISO, State of Montana
Lynne Pizzini, CISSP, CISM, CIPP
Lynne Pizzini is the Deputy Chief Information Officer and the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Montana. Lynne’s job responsibilities include the day to day operations of the state’s enterprise information technology organization as well as oversight for the state’s enterprise cybersecurity program. This includes developing strategic direction for efficiencies in processes within the organization as well as overseeing all of the general operational functions of the organization. Lynne is responsible for evaluating and mitigating risks and developing strategies to protect against cybersecurity threats. She has over 25 years of experience in the computer industry and has been involved with many security and privacy related initiatives in both the public and private sectors. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). Lynne enjoys the training and awareness aspect of her career and likes to make dull subjects such as security fun and entertaining by incorporating magic and other fun gimmicks into her presentations and awareness activities. In her spare time, Lynne likes to spend time with her family, golf, go 4-wheeling, and hang out at the local assisted living facility playing her guitar and singing.
VP of Infrastructure Platform Engineering, Nordstrom, Inc.
With more than 20 years of experience in technology engineering and product development, Ken Schow has served as senior director of engineering within Nordstrom Technology since 2013. In his current role, he is responsible for establishing the vision, architectural strategy and execution leadership of Nordstrom’s cloud and infrastructure as a service platform.
In previous roles, Schow led complex programs and large-scale engineering organizations for Amazon Web Services and F5 Networks. He also has extensive knowledge and experience in cloud and infrastructure platform development.
VP & CIO, Flow International Corporation
Vice President, Strategy, NSS Labs
Mike Spanbauer, a recognized leader in security and infrastructure technologies, leads the analyst team in creating research that combines years of testing experience with quantitative analysis of the world’s leading security companies, products and markets. In addition to running the company's research organization, he also advises clients on how best to address today’s cybersecurity threats.
Prior to joining NSS, Spanbauer was service director at Current Analysis, managing the business technology and software group which monitored, analyzed and advised on application platforms, collaboration platforms, data center technology, enterprise mobility technology, enterprise networking, enterprise security and unified communications and contact centers.
Previously, he spent nearly 15 years at Hewlett-Packard, where he established and managed competitive intelligence programs networking hardware and in-network management software.
He is well respected within the enterprise and carrier communities for his comprehensive insights into the domains and management of cloud, networking, cybersecurity and software-defined networking. He has spoken at multiple industry events as a subject-matter expert and as a track chair.
Principal Architect - Security Analytics, Securonix
David Swift is a leading security practitioner holding a variety of certifications including incident handling, intrusion analysis and network auditing. He has published multiple papers on SIEM, compliance and security strategies and has more than 25 years of experience.
He joined Securonix in 2014, leaving a thriving SIEM practice at Accuvant that he led, having completed over 300 SIEM projects covering nearly every industry leading product such as HP/ArcSight, McAfee/Nitro, IBM/QRadar andSplunk.
Swift has the following certifications: CISSP, GSEC, GCIH, GCIA, GSNA, ACTP.
CISO, Expedia, Inc.
SVP & Global CIO, TrueBlue, Inc.
Jesus Unzueta is global CIO for TrueBlue, a leading provider of specialized workforce solutions. As head of TrueBlue’s IT group, he is a strategic business partner focused on delivering technology that supports business growth objectives and delivers an industry-leading experience to customers and workers. He joined TrueBlue in 2014, bringing with him an impressive record of implementing IT solutions that bring value to the customer. Prior to joining TrueBlue, Unzueta was SVP and global CIO for operating platforms and client implementation at SIRVA, one of the world’s largest relocation and moving services companies.
Throughout his career, Unzueta has led the technical side of more than 30 corporate acquisitions, integrations and divestitures, and has a proven ability to develop solutions that optimize the use of technology to standardize procedures across multiple divisions and reduce costs. He is also the recipient of a 2014 InfoWorld technology leadership award for technology creation and advancement.
Unzueta is a former Marine who used his training to launch a successful career in information technology that has included stints at Macromedia, Convera and Peregrine Systems.
Chris Van Liew
Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Seattle University
Chris Van Liew is the Chief Information Officer for Seattle University. A Pacific Northwest native, Van Liew takes a hands-on and holistic approach to IT leadership to deliver transformational business results. The former CIO of Weyerhaeuser company, Van Liew leverages his direct experience in business and IT strategy, business process improvement, organizational and operations leadership, applications delivery, IT methodologies, project management, and technology to coach organizations in the never-ending pursuit of excellence. Beyond IT, Van Liew is an active sponsor of safety and sustainability efforts. And in the community, Van Liew volunteers his time to improve quality outcomes for a local health system organization.
International Leadership & Innovation Expert, Author & Thought Leader, "Thoughtfully Ruthless"
Internationally acclaimed innovation expert Val Wright was named as one of the top 50 resources for chief operating officers by ClickSoftware. She’s one of only 64 experts inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant Hall of Fame. The global clients who’ve requested her help include Starbucks, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Financial Times and DreamWorks Animation. Wright’s corporate experience includes tenures during dramatic growth periods at Amazon, BMW, Microsoft, Harrods, Marconi and Sema Group.
Wright participated on the small team that created the fastest selling device of all time, Kinect for Xbox, which won a Guinness Book of World Record, selling more than 20 million devices. This contributed to the turnaround of Microsoft’s entertainment business from a billion-dollar loss to a multimillion-dollar profit machine.
Her unique approach, trademarked as Thoughtfully Ruthless, has produced typical client results of market domination in extraordinarily short time frames along with compassionate truth telling, fearlessness, and extensive creative, technical, and leadership gains.
Wright’s forthcoming books include “Thoughtfully Ruthless: The Key to Exponential Growth” and “Innovation Trifecta: How to Catapult Innovation by Creating a Symbiotic Relationship between Creative, Business, and Technical Teams.” She’s a regular contributor on CNBC Magazine, Business Insider, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Reuters, LA Times, MSN and Today.