VP, Enterprise Data Services Capital One Financial Corporation
Venkat Achanta is vice president of enterprise data services for Capital One Financial Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for CDI infrastructure, enterprise statistical infrastructure, enterprise data warehouse, enterprise data distribution environment, horizontal data movement, and utilizing enterprise customer data in order to provide a 360-degree view. Prior to his role at Capital One, Achanta spent 10 years at Experian.
He earned a B.S. in computer science and systems engineering from Andhra University, an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and an MBA in general management from the National University of Singapore.
VP, Commercial & Corp. IT Dr Pepper Snapple
Scott Albright is the vice president of commercial and Latin America beverages IT for Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS), where he supports warehouse/direct, national accounts, Latin America and beverage concentrates organizations, as well as marketing, research and development, and revenue and margin management practices. His group is responsible for determining IT strategy, delivery of new capabilities, and operations to grow sales and minimize costs.
Albright joined Cadbury Schweppes in 2004, prior to its spin-off of DPS, where he held multiple positions including global project director, program manager and project manager. In those roles, he oversaw as well as delivered multiple large-scale and global projects in the sales and finance functions. He also successfully led the Americas region in its first ever implementation utilizing a full offshore delivery team, which resulted in millions of dollars in savings.
Albright holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in professional accounting, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Global Innovation Strategy & Services Leader PepsiCo
David Bernard, currently leads global innovation strategy and services for PepsiCo’s business and information solutions (BIS) function. The goal of the BIS innovation team is to deliver strategic new capabilities for PepsiCo, looking inside and outside the corporation for inspiration to drive new value for the company.
Bernard brings with him 17 years experience working across PepsiCo, including CIO Canada, CIO UK and Ireland, CIO sales and marketing, and senior director IT strategy for Frito-Lay North America. Prior to his IT leadership roles, he played various business transformation, planning and finance leadership roles for PepsiCo across International and North American business teams. In addition to his work at PepsiCo, Bernard is a director at B.E.S.T. Investment, a technology-oriented venture capital firm in Toronto. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Bernard earned his CPA, CA designation working at Price Waterhouse leading consulting, audit and finance engagements.
He holds an honors business administration degree from the University of Windsor and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario.
SVP & CMO Interstate Batteries
Dennis Brown is senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Interstate Batteries, where he is responsible for developing international markets. Brown joined Interstate in 1991 as director of national account sales. Next, he served as vice president of national account sales and marketing led efforts to acquire Battery Patrol, which is Interstate All Battery today. Prior to Interstate Batteries, he worked at Johnson Controls, where he focused on original equipment batteries and gained experience in battery manufacturing, battery design, and battery quality standards and control.
Brown attended Wayne State University.
Chief Content Strategist MarkLogic
Diane Burley is the chief content strategist for MarkLogic Corporation, a Silicon Valley-based enterprise NoSQL database platform provider that enables organizations to turn all data into valuable and actionable information in order to impact top and bottom lines. An online pioneer and former internet executive at Gannett, Burley knows how to manage all aspects of information lifecycle management; from creation to multi-channel delivery, from iteration to monetization, and from reporting to analysis. A rare combination of technologist and marketer, she understands the challenges and benefits of integrating systems and technologies to leverage great content across all channels in order to attract, engage, retain and persuade audiences.
Officer, Enterprise Information Walmart Stores, Inc.
Suja Chandrasekaran is a corporate officer at Walmart Stores Inc, where she leads all global data, intelligence and analytics assets across Walmart US, Sam’s Club and Walmart International. She leads the Big Data and advanced analytics vision, strategy and execution efforts for all of Walmart.
Most recently, Chandrasekaran was VP and global chief information officer for The Timberland Company, where she focused on retail and supply chain transformation initiatives. Prior, she was VP and chief technology officer, North America for PepsiCo. In this role, she led technology strategy and delivery for all PepsiCo North America business units, including Frito Lay, Pepsi Beverages, Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade and Pepsi Bottling. Prior to PepsiCo, she served in various roles for Nestle over the course of 10 years. She was CIO of transformation, leading business transformation for global business excellence for Nestle Americas across all Nestle business units, markets, regions and operating companies.
Temple University’s Fox School of Business awarded her IT Leader of the Year in 2013 for her accomplishments in her career and for her global leadership as a Big Data practitioner in her role at Walmart.
Chandrasekaran has executive development education from London Business School, a masters degree in business systems from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the University of Madras,India.
Director, Big Data Product Management & Strategy IBM
John Choi is the IBM director for Big Data development where he is responsible for product direction and strategy for Big Data. Prior to this role, he held various product and portfolio management and strategy responsibilities in IBM, focusing on emerging technologies.
Choi received his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Yale University.
Vice President of IT Governance and Enterprise Services GameStop Corporation
Darren Dayley serves as GameStop’s IT vice president of consumer platform and enterprise services. His responsibilities include IT delivery of the company’s consumer platform initiative which includes all IT aspects of the loyalty, CRM, business intelligence, data warehousing, analytics, downloadable content and core services layer. This is his second position with GameStop. Previously, he held the role of vice president of IT governance and enterprise services.
Dayley has worked in the technology field for more than 20 years. Prior to joining GameStop, he worked at Southwest Airlines for more than nine years in various IT leadership positions including vice president 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.
Managing Director, Operations Research & Advanced Analytics American Airlines
Jim Diamond is managing director of operations research and advanced analytics at American Airlines. In this role he leads teams responsible for delivering analytical insights and developing decision support tools for various departments across the airline, from planning to operations. Prior to this role, he held various leadership positions at Sabre Holdings, the travel technology company.
Diamond received his B.S. degree from Cornell University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University.
Director, Digital Marketing Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company
Robert Dietrich manages digital media for the Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company. In this role, he is responsible for consumer-facing digital programs, driving consumer demand through collaborations with major and strategic retail partners, and for leveraging online and multi-channel marketing, content, and emerging media and technology.
Prior to his role at Williamson-Dickie, Dietrich worked in account management, strategy and analysis at various digital agencies. He also served overseas in economic development roles for the U.S. Government.
Dietrich earned a B.S. from Texas Christian University.
Director, Enterprise Architecture & Business Intelligence Aviall Services, Inc.
Russell Douglas currently serves as the director of enterprise architecture and business intelligence at Aviall Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company. He is also serving as chief architect of Aviall’s SAP implementation.
After arriving at Aviall Services, Douglas implemented several innovations, including Aviall’s enterprise architecture process, project capitalization method and standardize software implementation approach. He also completed major SAN and server upgrades for the entire UNIX application infrastructure.
In 2005, Douglas co-lead an ERP upgrade project — the largest technology upgrade project in Aviall’s 75-year history. He has lectured on data migration, enterprise architecture, SaaS, performance management and storage implementation.
Douglas received a bachelor of science degree in information services from the University of Texas Arlington.
Founder Sendero Business Services
Bret Farrar is the founding partner of Sendero Business Services, 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, health care, 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.
Vice President, Global Innovation & Information Technology CBRE
Chris Garrick is a vice president with CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. He leads their 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.
He 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.
SVP & CIO Michaels Stores, Inc.
Eric Gordon joined Michaels as senior vice president and CIO in 2011.
Prior to joining Michaels, Gordon was the CIO of Collective Brands, Inc. a $3.4B multi-division global footwear and apparel company with more than 4,800 retail stores in 16 countries, and wholesale, digital commerce and franchise channels. He also served as vice president of business applications for Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a $6B discount retailer with more than 6,500 stores in 44 states.
With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Gordon has worked across the consumer supply chain from sourcing and manufacturing, to the wholesale, digital, and brick and mortar retail channels to align IT and business strategies, develop key business relationships, build high performance organizations, reduce costs and lead strategic transformational projects.
WW Corporate Brand Communications Texas Instruments Incorporated
Michael Guillory leads worldwide corporate brand communications for Texas Instruments. His responsibilities span multiple marketing disciplines for North America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Japan, including brand materials and advertising, corporate messaging, events and tradeshows, and management of TI’s video studios in Dallas and California. Guillory has also directed marketing communications for TI’s DLP imaging technology division, which included global marketing initiatives for 3-D technology, solid-state illumination, Pico projection, digital cinema and automotive head-up displays, infotainment and gesture technologies. Additionally, Guillory has marketing experience in the software industry encompassing business and finance applications and speech recognition systems.
Prior to Texas Instruments, Guillory directed brand and marketing teams at Philips Electronics and Sage Software. He is a frequent presenter for the American Marketing Association and numerous technology industry events and holds degrees in marketing from Oklahoma State University.
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.
SVP & CIO 7-Eleven
Wes Hargrove is senior vice president and chief information officer for 7-Eleven, Inc. He is responsible for the company’s enterprise technology capabilities and the continuous improvement of the 7-Eleven retail information system, a key technology initiative to improve retail processes for the company’s stores in the United States and Canada.
Hargrove brings more than 30 years of experience with 7-Eleven and has an extensive background in 7-Eleven’s logistics, merchandising and operations divisions. His 7-Eleven career began as a management trainee, and he has held various positions including store manager, market manager, CDC operations manager, division logistics manager, senior product director of non-foods, senior director of merchandising business systems and vice president of logistics.
Hargrove has a bachelor of arts in business from Adams State College.
Sr. Director, Business Intelligence & ERP Southwest Airlines Co.
Alonzo Howell has more than 20 years of experience in various technology leadership roles within the transportation industry. During this tenure, he has worked with both rail companies and airlines, leading strategic initiatives including real-time operational systems, ERP implementations, and several enterprise data initiatives.
In his current role as a senior director in Southwest Airlines' technology department, he is accountable for the technology related to ERP (SAP), business intelligence and corporate communications. He began his technology career as a consultant.
Director, Global IT Commercial Processes Commercial Metals Company
Rusty Kennington is a technology executive with a career spanning more than 25 years and multiple industries. He has worked for Fortune 100, Fortune 1000, public, private and start-up organizations. He has been responsible for global technology teams spanning North and South America, Europe and Asia, and spent many years as the executive in charge of advising senior business leaders, driving technology strategy and delivering solutions.
Kennington is currently responsible for global customer-facing, ecommerce, sales, marketing, logistics and analytics technology for an $8B global manufacturing company. In 2009 he was asked to lead a technology start-up company focused on providing top-tier hosted technology as a service for small to mid-sized companies.
Previously, Kennington was vice president of enterprise IT for Brinker International, $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.
Director, Solution Engineering Sprint
Joseph Martin is director, solution engineering supporting Sprint sales and distribution. His team provides advanced solution engineering sales support for wireline and wireless products and services across all business sales channels and segments, including general business, mid-market, enterprise, public sector, federal, wholesale, and alternate channels for stand-alone and integrated solutions.
Martin has served in a director capacity selling or supporting the sale of business solutions within Sprint since 1993 in various pre-sales support functions including field sales management, sales overlays/specialist, and sales engineering.
He has held all manner of director responsibilities for sales administration and sales enablement including tools, training, finance partners, event planning and compensation design. Martin has extensive experience in the “inter-connect” business, customer premise equipment, cable television consulting for municipal and county government. He started his career with the Department of Energy.
He attended undergraduate school at Virginia Tech. He then attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
CEO and Founder Cloudera, Inc.
Mike Olson is the CEO and founder of Cloudera, Inc. He previously served as CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine. He spent two years at Oracle Corporation as vice president for embedded technologies after Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat in 2006. Prior to joining Sleepycat, Olson held technical and business positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies and Informix Software. Olson has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
VP, Customer Solutions & Co-Founder DataStax
Matt Pfeil is vice president of customer solutions and co-founder at DataStax, the commercial leader in Apache Cassandra. Prior to DataStax, he built and managed the email and apps infrastructure development group at Rackspace. Prior to Rackspace, he served at Webmail.us where he worked in various management roles in infrastructure and scalability. He holds a bachelor of science in computer science from Virginia Tech.
CMO, VP Marketing and Strategy GameStop Corporation
Ashley Sheetz serves as the CMO and VP of marketing and strategy for GameStop, the world’s largest multichannel video game retailer. In this role she oversees GameStop’s marketing and promotions functions and acts as a key stakeholder of the company’s long-term strategic planning group. Since joining GameStop in 2008, she has focused on delivering consumer-centric strategies for the organization, integrating new acquisitions, launching new product lines and store concepts, and driving integrated cross-channel marketing programs that promote GameStop’s unique value proposition.
Sheetz is a veteran of the marketing and advertising industry. During her nearly 20-year career, she has proven herself as a leader in the areas of strategic planning, consumer insights and brand management. She spent the first 12 years of her career at advertising agencies leading teams across multiple disciplines and categories. She has guided top consumer brands including American Airlines, Verizon, Omni Hotels, T.G.I.Friday’s, The Texas Lottery, Susan G. Komen, Earthgrains breads and Hershey’s milks.
Nancy Smith is chief marketing officer for 7-Eleven, Inc. She is responsible for the overall development and execution of marketing initiatives for 7-Eleven products and services in the United States and Canada.
Previously, she was vice president of operations support where she was responsible for the close collaboration between field operations and store support center (headquarters) programs. Smith also served as the vice president for the Great Lakes division and led the integration of the White Hen Pantry company into 7-Eleven operations.
Prior to that, Smith served as vice president of field merchandising, directing the company’s sales and merchandising managers, merchandisers, logistics managers and the quality assurance group.
She began her career with 7-Eleven in 1984 as an area sales manager. From there, she advanced into roles of increasing responsibility in merchandising, operations and marketing. She has served as category manager, national POP manager, director of advertising and promotions, vice president of marketing and communications and vice president of marketing.
Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Oklahoma State University and an executive MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Big Data Strategist Oracle
Paul Sonderegger is Oracle's Big Data strategist. Prior to joining Oracle, he was chief strategist at Endeca, a discovery analytics company. Before Endeca, he was a principal analyst at Forrester Research, specializing in search and user experience design. He has a B.A. from Wake Forest University.
General Director Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation
Eldon Specht is responsible for enterprise security, architecture and information management at BNSF. He began his career in the railroad industry with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1979 as a programmer. Specht spent much of his career in applications development, working with applications that support freight accounting, revenue accounting, time keeping, marketing and sales, intermodal operations, transportation, train dispatching, service scheduling, EDI, CRM and a variety of web applications. He moved into an infrastructure role in 2011.
Specht earned a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Washburn University.
SVP, IT 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.
Executive Director Hewlett-Packard Company
Daniel Wu leads the Big Data solution and delivery strategy within HP, covering services through the various pertinent hardware and software product set. Additionally, he works closely with key customers to chart out not only their implementation strategy but also their strategic deployments. Wu works with top leadership to strategize key product and service creation and engineering to ensure their quality, marketability and scalability.
Prior to joining HP, Wu served as a practice managing partner with Accenture Technology Consulting and as a partner with Deloitte Consulting.