CISO, Columbia University
Medha Bhalodkar is the CISO for Columbia University. She has more than 25 years of experience in various aspects of information technology, auditing and risk management, with her first 15 years in the financial industry and last 11 years in the education and healthcare industries. She is a recognized risk management and information security professional serving on a number of governing bodies and steering committees of professional organizations. Bhalodkar’s responsibilities include leadership of enterprise information security, identity and access management, strategic planning, IT risk management and oversight, and accountability for the information security assurance program for the university. She has also been recently appointed as an advisory board member for Columbia University’s M.S. Science in Enterprise Risk Management program.
Associate Professor of Management, Columbia Business School
Robert Bontempo is an associate professor of management at Columbia Business School. He specializes in the role leadership plays in the effectiveness of global organizations, and his research has been published in journals in Europe, Asia and the U.S. His perspectives on management have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, as well as network news broadcasts.
Bontempo is a leading advisor to senior executives worldwide, with a partial client list including Goldman Sachs, Citibank, ExxonMobil, General Electric, Sony, Boeing, Glaxo-Welcome, NASA and Deloitte & Touche, as well as government and ministry officials from The World Bank, The United Nations, Russia, Latvia, Bahrain and Dubai.
From 2000—2004, The Financial Times ranked Columbia Business School as the No.1 provider of executive education programs. As one of five full-time faculty in the executive education division, Bontempo plays a key role in the program design and delivery. Bontempo’s managerial negotiations course is one of the most popular at Columbia Business School. In addition to winning the Singhvi Prize for outstanding leadership in the classroom, Bontempo was named by Businessweek magazine as one of the top MBA professors in the U.S.
Bontempo received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Illinois.
SVP, Chief Information and Strategy Officer, Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
Jack Clare joined Dunkin’ Brands in 2012 as CIO, and serves as chief information and strategy officer. In this role, he is responsible for directing all information technology resources, with an intense focus on supporting franchisees and driving restaurant profitability through technology, as well as developing the strategies that will drive the company’s future success.
Prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, Clare served as VP, IT and CIO for Yum! Restaurants International, where he had responsibility for the IT strategy for more than 14,000 restaurants in over 120 countries, primarily for the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands.
Before Yum!, Clare spent seven years with Constellation Brands, most recently as its VP of technical services. He also spent three years with Sapient Corporation in various IT management roles. Earlier in his career, he was a system and flight test engineer with the United States Air Force.
Clare received his B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, his M.S. in aerospace engineering from University of Dayton and his MBA from University of California.
Paul de Graaff
Head of Security & Compliance, Weight Watchers International, Inc.
Paul de Graaff, head of security and compliance at Weight Watchers International, is responsible for the company’s cyber security strategy, security operations and compliance programs.
Previously, de Graaff served as the global information security officer for AIG. Before joining AIG, de Graaff was corporate information security officer at Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation. In addition, he has held information security consulting and management positions at ING, ABN/AMRO, IBM, UNISYS, and Vanguard Integrity Professionals. A published author and regular speaker on security and compliance related topics, de Graaff was also awarded the Top 100 IT Leadership Award in 2006 by Computerworld Magazine.
De Graaff holds a bachelor‘s degree in applied mathematics from the Open University of The Hague, The Netherlands.
Senior Lecturer in Business, Columbia Business School
William Duggan is the author of three recent books on strategic intuition as the key to innovation: “Napoleon's Glance: The Secret of Strategy;” “The Art of What Works: How Success Really Happens;” and “Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement.” In 2007, the journal Strategy+Business named “Strategic Intuition” the best strategy book of the year. Duggan is the author of three previous books and has 20 years of experience as a strategy advisor and consultant. He has a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Duggan teaches strategic intuition in three venues at Columbia Business School: MBA, executive MBA courses and executive education sessions. He sometimes teaches the MBA and executive MBA core courses in strategy as well. He has given talks and workshops on strategic intuition to thousands of executives from companies in countries around the world.
Global CIO, Conair Corporation
As global CIO of Conair Corporation, Jon Harding holds worldwide responsibility for the company's IT in support of both day-to-day operations and future business growth. Harding joined Conair Corporation in 2004 with the new position of global CIO.
The Conair IT team led by Harding has completed the global rollout of a centralized ERP system that provides one central source of management information to support business growth.
Before joining Conair, Harding was director of IT for the U.S. Snacks Division of Kellogg Company (formerly the Keebler Company) that Kellogg’s acquired in 2001. Prior to 2001, he held various IT leadership positions within the U.K. and European subsidiaries of Kellogg’s. From 1999—2001, he was the overall leader of a major business process and system change initiative for Kellogg’s Europe.
A graduate of the University of Sheffield in England, he has 20 years of IT management experience in the consumer products industry.
Visiting Lecturer, Columbia Business School, Assistant Professor, Rutgers Business School
Jerry Kim is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers Business School. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbia Business School, and received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in the Core, and the Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom. His academic research focuses on innovation and networks, and has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, American Sociological Review, and Management Science. His work has been covered by various media publications including The Economist, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the New York Times. Jerry received his PhD and Master’s degree from Harvard University, and his BA from Seoul National University. Prior to entering academia, he worked at Microsoft.
Professor of Management, Columbia Business School
Dr. William Klepper is a professor of management teaching executive leadership in the EMBA program and corporate governance in the MBA orientation program at Columbia Business School. He also serves as academic director of the executive education program. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of executive learning, strategic leadership and corporate governance.
Klepper has served as faculty director and taught fundamentals of management and managing interpersonal and group dynamics. He also teaches creating and executing strategy, negotiations, persuasion and influence, sales management, key account management, and senior executive programs. He was part of a Columbia faculty team that taught at the Beijing Management Institute and continues to teach Chinese CEOs, executives and EMBAs.
He serves as chairman of the advisory board of the J.M. Huber Institute for Learning in Organizations. Klepper received his Ph.D. in education from St. Louis University .
SVP & Global CIO, Ralph Lauren Corp.
Howard Melnick, SVP & CIO for Ralph Lauren Corp., is accountable for developing and implementing IT strategies that globally enable business value. This includes process re-engineering, shared services, e-commerce, application development, infrastructure management, sourcing, IT architecture and strategy.
Previously, Melnick was SVP, Information Resources at Marriott International. Melnick led a team that developed and managed Marriott’s sales, marketing, reservations, revenue management, guest services, finance, human resources and corporate applications across more than 2,800 of Marriott’s lodging properties in the U.S. and 68 other countries.
Prior to that, he was director of information systems at Pepsi Cola International. He began his career in public accounting, where his interest in information systems led him to a position as consulting manager at Deloitte & Touche.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, he holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA in finance from Fordham University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. In 2005, Melnick was selected into Computerworld's Premier 100, which recognizes executives who show exemplary technology leadership in resolving pressing business problems.
VP of Information Systems, SmartWatt Energy
For more than 30 years, Tracy Nolan has helped lead global companies through transformative change by combining process re-engineering, quality techniques — such as Lean/Six Sigma — and digitization using information technology. He works across all organization levels to shape a winning customer-focused business strategy and to align the required transformative initiatives that ensure success. His diverse background spans process and discrete manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, consulting, business services, financial, technology and retail industries. Nolan credits his successes to his people and a culture of teamwork, which he works hard to help create through communication, innovation, empowerment and accountability.
Nolan joined SmartWatt Energy in January 2017. His goals are to take SmartWatt’s explosive growth to the next level through strategy deployment, technology innovation and process standardization improvements. Prior to SmartWatt, Nolan spent more than 20 years with General Electric in various IT roles, including CTO. After leaving GE, he served as CIO of several Fortune 500-sized organizations — Merial, Cameron International, Commercial Metals Company and Golub Corporation. Nolan has provided consulting services to Dell and NCR, and has degrees in finance and psychology from Syracuse University.
Clifford J. Schorer, Jr.
Director, Entrepreneur in Residence Program, Columbia Business School
Following a successful business career, Clifford Schorer joined Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business faculty as the entrepreneur in residence. He also serves as faculty advisor to the Eugene M. Lang Investment Fund. Schorer was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to the study of innovation and entrepreneurship at Columbia, and he also received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2012, Columbia Business School raised an endowment in Schorer’s name in recognition of his efforts in supporting young entrepreneurs. Schorer, along with associate professor Murray Low, launched the innovation and entrepreneurship program, a cross-campus initiative in which 12 teams launch enterprises based on intellectual property and business concepts generated by faculty, administrators and students.
In addition to his involvement with Columbia, Schorer is a founding partner of Greenwich Energy Solutions and founder of Exsponge. He also has served on a number of boards, including Landauer Metropolitan, and served as chairman of RecycleBank. He currently serves on the board of Out2Play.
Schorer is active in Columbia’s executive education department, serving senior management in several global corporations. During the early 90s, Schorer worked in Russia on behalf of the United Nations to assist in the privatization process.
Technology & Operations Information Security Officer, Citibank
Jay Wright, technology and operations information security officer at Citigroup, has been involved in information-security development and technologies since 1994. He was responsible for enterprise strategy directly linked to firewall management from the inception of data security in 1996. He then worked as the organizing specialist for Citibank’s call center process control, while continuing to serve as the business liaison between technology and senior-business management. In 2013, he was appointed business information security officer at Citibank’s corporate center in New York.
Wright holds certifications as a certified information systems security professional, as a Cisco certified network associate and with the ITIL Foundation.