Chief of Strategy GE Intelligent Platforms
Rich Carpenter is the executive chief software architect for GE Intelligent Platform’s software and services business, which encompasses GE’s award-winning proficy products. As such, Carpenter leads GE Intelligent Platform’s overall portfolio plan, their joint efforts with the GE Software COE, and the technical strategy for converging controls across GE. Carpenter also provides the technology strategy for business development, multigenerational product plans and patent development activities.
Prior to this position, Carpenter was the company’s vice president of software technology and chief technology officer. He has served in a number of positions with GE Intelligent Platforms in product marketing, strategy development, software technology and integration, and product development. In addition, he has multiple patent applications in his name.
Carpenter has been with GE since 1981 when he began his career in GE’s Edison Engineering Leadership program. He has earned the GE CEO Leadership Award twice.
He attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a B.S. in engineering and a master of science in computer science from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Curtis A. Carver Jr.
Vice Chancellor & CIO University System of Georgia
Dr. Curtis A. Carver Jr. was appointed the vice chancellor and CIO of University System of Georgia in 2010. Prior to his appointment, he served at West Point in a number of positions including vice dean of education, vice dean for resources, associate dean for academic computing and program director. He taught in the computer science department starting as an instructor and culminating as a professor of computer science in 2007. As a military officer, his career spanned 27 years with assignments in positions of increasing responsibility including platoon leader, senior signal officer, company commander, battalion operations officer, division deputy G6 and military mentor.
Throughout his career, Carver has been engaged in the active leadership of military, academic, research and service organizations. He is a senior level member in the ACM and IEEE professional societies and continues to play an active role in shaping the national agenda in accreditation, technology and education.
Carver’s research interests remain diverse with contributions in the fields of information assurance, adaptive hypermedia, computer science education, simulation and decision-support systems. He is the recipient of numerous national and international honors and awards for military, teaching and research excellence.
SVP & CIO Aflac
Julia Davis joined Aflac in 2013, serving as senior vice president and chief information officer. In her current position, Davis oversees the day-to-day operations and the strategic initiatives of Aflac’s information technology division. Before joining Aflac, she most recently served as chief information officer at American Safety Insurance. Prior to her tenure at ASI, she served as chief information officer of the equipment finance division for GE Capital Healthcare Financial Services and as CIO of GE Capital Business Productivity Solutions. Additionally, she held IT leadership positions at GE Energy, Armstrong World Industries, Information Builders, Ogden Government Services and CRSS Services Inc. Davis began her career in the U.S. Air Force as a software engineer and earned the rank of captain. She received a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in system administration from St. Mary’s University. She is currently a member of the Novarica Insurance Technology Research Council, the Wall Street CIO Network and serves on the Evanta Governing Body for the CIO Executive Summit.
EVP & CIO American Cancer Society, Inc.
Jay Ferro is CIO for the American Cancer Society headquartered in Atlanta. Prior to his leadership role with the American Cancer Society, Ferro served as SVP and CIO for AdCare Health Systems, Inc. where he was responsible for the people, strategy and operations of the nationwide IT group. Prior to AdCare, Ferro was VP and CIO for Chartis Aerospace (formerly AIG Aviation), a leading global aerospace insurer. In addition to his role as AVP of IT with AIG Personal Lines, he was selected as CFO for operations and systems in 2006 and led multiple global IT finance and governance standards initiatives that resulted in millions of dollars in savings for the organization.
In recognition of his accomplishments, Ferro was selected as Georgia CIO of the Year in 2011, and is currently serving as chair for the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. In 2011 he was elected to the board of directors for TechBridge, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization which helps other nonprofits use technology to improve their capability to serve the community.
VP & Global CTO EMC Corporation
Patricia Florissi is VP and global CTO for sales at EMC Corporation. Florissi helps define mid- and long-term technology strategy, representing the needs of the broader EMC ecosystem in strategic initiatives. Florissi also acts as the liaison between EMC and their customers and partners to foster stronger alliances and deliver higher value to EMC clientele.
Florissi joined EMC in 2005 as a distinguished technologist in the Ionix business unit and became the CTO for Ionix in 2005. Florissi was appointed strategic initiative leader for governance, risk and compliance in 2008; Americas CTO for sales in 2010; Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa CTO in 2011; and global CTO for sales in 2012.
Before joining EMC, Florissi was the VP of advanced solutions at Smarts. In that capacity, Florissi was responsible for researching emerging technologies and defining strategy to bring solutions to market that address challenges from these technological advances.
Florissi is an EMC distinguished engineer, holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University, graduated valedictorian with an MBA at the Stern Business School at New York University, and has bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Brazil.
Futurist Singularity University
As one of the earliest employees of Singularity University, Aaron Frank has been involved in leading business development initiatives for the organization. In his role, Frank meets with government and corporate groups to lecture on the impact that disruptive technologies will have on society.
Frank has lectured around the world for audiences and organizations including the CIA, the Department of Defense, The Coca-Cola Company, AAAS, Under Armour, Headquarters Air Force and more. Prior to joining SU, Frank worked at WHITECOAT Strategies, a life science consulting firm where he managed patient advocacy campaigns, programs to expand awareness for HIV/AIDS cure research and assisted the announcement for the first-ever ethics guidelines for the bioengineering of trees.
Frank has degrees in communications and philosophy from the University of Maryland.
VP, Strategy ServiceNow
As the VP of strategy at ServiceNow, Matt French is responsible for helping define ServiceNow corporate messaging and go-to-market strategies. Since joining ServiceNow in 2007, he helped reinvent a market dominated by legacy vendors and blazed new trails as the first enterprise cloud. Prior to that, French drove product strategy at Oracle, Peregrine Systems and most recently, Symantec Altiris. French is an expert in cloud, service automation and IT operations, and actively participates in speaking engagements throughout the world.
Group SVP & CIO Brambles Limited
Jean K. Holley is group senior vice president and chief information officer at Brambles Limited. She is a member of the executive management team and is directly responsible for leadership on technology trends and industry futures including the mobile internet, enterprise and consumer computing, and all aspects of IT strategy development, implementation, and global IT operations for Brambles worldwide. Brambles Ltd. is the global leader in pallet and container pooling solutions serving a wide variety of manufacturers and major retailers around the world.
Prior to joining Brambles, Holley served as executive VP & CIO for Tellabs. She was a member of the executive team responsible for defining and executing the company strategy including acquisition strategies, new product/service development, supply chain operations, marketing, investment and research of innovative technology solutions worldwide. She was also responsible for all aspects of IT strategy, execution, outsourcing and global operations.
Holley was inducted into the Women in Science and Engineering Hall of Fame at Missouri University Science & Technology, where she also received an honorary professional degree.
Leading IT Futurist Evanta365
Thornton May began his career as an anthropologist, studying tribal behavior in the modern Japanese corporation. Fascinated with the Japanese ability to observe, orient, decide and act (i.e., move data) faster than competitors, he returned to the U.S. and earned his master of science with a concentration in cognitive science at Carnegie Mellon University. He apprenticed with uber-futurist Alvin Toffler, assisting in creating the national digital strategies for Singapore, Korea and Mexico. In each national plan, high-speed data analysis figured prominently.
In his most recent book, “The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics,” he analyzes what organizations know, how they come to know, and how they act upon that information — or lack thereof. May delivered the inaugural keynote at the first-ever Data Science Summit. Earlier this year, he designed and delivered the first Big Data webinar in Russia in association with the Skolkovo School of Management.
His writings, reviewed as having “Jeffersonian acoustic power,” have appeared in The Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Computerworld, India Today and the South China Morning Post.
TCS Principal/Head of Digital Enterprise Consulting and Solutions Tata Consultancy Services
Tonya McKinney is an experienced executive team member from both multibillion-dollar global enterprises and innovative startups. Her experience ranges from SBC, Siebel and CA to XcelleNet and Newmerix. She brings multi-industry expertise and points of view from travel, hospitality, banking, technology, insurance, manufacturing, telecom and retail.
She currently leads customer experience solutions for Tata Consultancy Services, where she established an innovation and product team that develops customer experience and digital thought leadership, methodologies, and software solutions, including TCS Voice of Choice and TCS ChannelScore currently in patent filing. The team works with Fortune 1000 companies in areas such as customer loyalty experience, in-store digital experience, rewards and gamification, omnichannel customer engagement, data monetization, social insight, mobile-first, image analytics, and more.
She has a B.S. in advertising and marketing from Texas Christian University and an M.A. in technical communication from the University of North Texas. She is an author and frequent speaker at industry conferences and trade shows on the subjects of customer experience, social innovation and digital leadership.
VP and CISO Korn Ferry International
Michael Miora currently serves as vice president and chief information security officer of Korn Ferry, a global public company with more than 80 offices in 40 countries. At Korn Ferry, he has led in the acquisition and implementation of new and modern technologies to harden the environment, detect possible intrusions, and remediate possible intrusions quickly and effectively.
Throughout the past 30 years, Miora has designed secure, survivable and highly robust systems for industry and government, including security agencies and many large corporations. Certified as one of the original CISSP-ISSMP professionals, Miora also gained the prestigious designation as a fellow of the Business Continuity Institute, a limited and exclusive honor.
Miora was the founder of InfoSec Labs, a specialty boutique security consulting firm at the forefront of security leadership, and has also served as the director of the security consulting organization for the National Computer Security Association. He is also a contributor to the “Computer Security Handbook” by Wiley & Sons and serves as adjunct professor at Norwich University.
Dr. Nataraj Nagaratnam
IBM Distinguished Engineer & CTO, Security Solutions, IBM Security Systems IBM
Dr. Nataraj Nagaratnam is an IBM distinguished engineer and chief technology officer for security solutions in IBM security systems. In this role, Nagaratnam leads cross IBM technical strategy for security solutions, including cloud security and mobile security, and drives integration and innovation projects. During his career at IBM as chief architect, he has led architectural efforts for security portfolio in identity and access management and WebSphere platform. He has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles, security standards specifications and books, “Enterprise Java Security,” published by Addison Wesley. Nagaratnam received his Ph.D. in computer science from Syracuse University.
FBI, Special Agent, Atlanta Field Office Federal Bureau of Investigation
Mark Ray is a special agent with the FBI in the Atlanta field office. As a member of the FBI's cyber division, Ray has investigated a number of high-profile computer intrusion matters, specializing in complex malware investigations, and dismantling major cyber crime syndicates. Prior to joining the FBI, Ray worked in the IT industry for more than 12 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in management information systems from Purdue University and a master’s of business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
CISO, Georgia Technology Authority State of Georgia
Since July 2005, Mark Reardon has served as the CISO for the State of Georgia, responsible for developing the overall information security strategy for the nation’s ninth-largest state. His team develops the state’s information security policies and standards; oversees information risk management and security awareness programs; and establishes the standards governing information security architecture. Reardon’s work supports the 88 agency-level information security programs across Georgia’s state government.
Reardon has 36 years of experience in the IT field, including 20 years in information security strategy and management positions. Some of his previous roles include director of engineering for TruSecure Managed Security Services and director of security for S1 Corporation, where he supported the Security First Network Bank, the first online bank. In other positions, Reardon managed the development of data communications, encryption and security products for the U.S. Department of Defense and the commercial marketplace.
Executive Director & CIO Georgia Technology Authority
Calvin C. Rhodes is the state of Georgia chief information officer and executive director of the Georgia Technology Authority.
Rhodes came to state government in 2011 from Paladin Investments, a private investment company he established and served as managing partner since 2009. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked for Fulton Paper Company for 27 years, serving most recently as executive vice president. Previously, Rhodes held various positions within the company, including vice president of operations and chief information officer/vice president for information technology. He began his career with the company in its procurement area.
Governor Nathan Deal named Rhodes to lead the state’s public/private partnership IT transformation and consolidation effort. The effort is a more than $1B program and is the largest state government IT transformation initiative under way in the nation today. Now more than 70 percent complete, the initiative is strengthening security, modernizing infrastructure and networks, improving reliability and increasing transparency in the state’s IT enterprise. Under Rhodes’ leadership, the Georgia Technology Authority promotes an enterprise approach to technology by establishing statewide policies, standards and guidelines based on industry best practices and federal requirements.
Chief Research Analyst & Author "There Will Be Cyberwar"
Richard Stiennon is a technologist and industry analyst. He was an ethical hacker for PricewaterhouseCoopers early in his career. Now he focuses on industry trends, global cybersecurity policy and threat landscape.
Stiennon is chief research analyst and the author of “Surviving Cyberwar” and “UP and to the RIGHT: Strategy and Tactics of Analyst Influence.”
He writes the “Cyber Domain” column for forbes.com and is frequently quoted as a cybersecurity expert in mainstream media. Stiennon is also the executive editor of securitycurrent.com and senior fellow at the International Cybersecurity Dialogue. He was chief marketing officer for Fortinet Inc. and VP of threat research at Webroot Software. Prior to that, he was VP of research at Gartner Inc.
Stiennon has presented on cybersecurity threats and defenses in 28 countries on six continents. He is known for his iconoclastic analysis of the security industry and always challenges his audience to question accepted practices in the face of changing cyber threats. Stiennon has a B.S. in aerospace engineering and an M.A. in war in the modern world from King’s College, London. He is writing his next book on cyberwar and military affairs.
Global IT Leader of Digital Marketing The Coca-Cola Company
Thomas Stubbs is the global IT leader of digital marketing at The Coca-Cola Company. He is responsible for major digital programs that have included the Super Bowl, FIFA World Cup, Olympics, Coke Music, My Coke Rewards and others.
Stubbs built strategy and established the Social Enterprise Program, responsible for the execution of programs such as content management, consumer database, social engagement and digital asset management. He is also responsible for strategy to connect the pieces for a wholesale rewiring of the consumer marketing function. His current areas of focus are Big Data, analytics, and knowledge and insights.
Stubbs is an executive with extensive experience in building and executing business and technology strategies that address large impact business problems and opportunities. He has a proven ability to build and lead successful startups, IT groups and multifaceted teams through vision, strategy and execution. Stubbs has well-developed portfolio management and governance skills, as well as international experience delivering large scale programs for Fortune 100 companies. He has an extensive background in mobile telecom, mobile internet, social and consumer interactive marketing, and is a lead thinker and strategist for traditional startups and for startups within large companies focused on large-scale business transformation.
VP & CIO Aaron's, Inc.
John Trainor is vice president and chief information officer of Aaron's, Inc., an Atlanta-based specialty retailer that leases furniture, electronics and appliances. Since 1999, he has helped Aaron's grow from 450 to more than 2,100 stores with almost $3B in revenue. Prior to joining Aaron's, he worked in technology roles at the Southern Company and the United States Senate. He has a bachelor of electrical engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
John serves as the founding chairman of the Mobility Society Board and on the board of directors for the Technology Associate of Georgia and is the membership chairman for the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. He volunteers and raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Georgia.