CIO Oldcastle Materials, Inc.
Ruairi Breathnach is the CIO at Oldcastle Materials. Since joining Oldcastle, Breathnach has been integral in developing the infrastructure that has supported the organization’s performance and growth. Most recently, he has pioneered a centralized IT organization creating a unified help desk, a software development team as well as a nationwide IT support team. Through his strong leadership and goal oriented behavior, he has reduced overhead and streamlined operations through the creation of scalable, flexible and sustainable processes and systems. Breathnach has developed a dynamic IT environment focusing on greater alignment with the business.
Prior to his appointment as CIO, Breathnach served as VP of IT. He began his career with Oldcastle Materials Group in 1994 and has held a variety of positions integrating acquisitions, developing critical business systems and driving value from IT through the strategic use of resources.
Breathnach holds a bachelor’s in computer science from the University College Dublin. He is also a graduate of the Goizueta Business School Executive MBA program at Emory University.
Global Director, Enterprise Security Risk & Compliance First Data Corporation
Devin Cambridge is global managing director of enterprise security risk and compliance at First Data. Cambridge possess more than 20 years of experience as leading security practitioner and IT executive. Over his career, he achieved remarkable transformations by supplying a holistic view of security around both the physical and virtual assets of companies. He applied security and executive management to fortune 10 companies such as General Electric and is recognized as an innovator in the fields of cryptography, signal processing and risk management where he holds both patents and published several papers. His expertise lead him to sit on the review board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Advanced Encryption Standard in addition to running projects in Asia, EMEA and the Americas.
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.
Corporate Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Anil Cheriyan is chief information officer for SunTrust Banks, Inc. He is responsible for SunTrust’s enterprise information services division, the organizational unit that provides the company’s overall technology, operations and information-related support.
Prior to joining SunTrust in April 2012, Cheriyan was senior partner at IBM Global Business Services, where he served financial services industry clients and led a variety of business systems transformation initiatives. Before joining IBM in 2002, he was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and served in increasingly responsible leadership roles on a variety of systems, customer information, data warehousing and e-business engagements. Previously he was a senior consultant with Electronic Data Systems and information services manager for TVS Clayton, Ltd.
Cheriyan earned his bachelor of science in electronic and electrical engineering as well as his master of science and master of philosophy degrees in management from Imperial College in London.
Head of IT Infrastructure Services, North America & Global Head Strategy, IT Infrastructure Services Tata Consultancy Services
As head of TC infrastructure services North America, Dave Chopra is responsible for the sustenance and growth of TCS’s IT IS business across 14 industry verticals in the Americas.
Chopra has over a decade of experience in various leadership roles across sales, solutions and delivery in various business lines at TCS. He is an innovative thought leader in next-gen solutions, and specializes in digitized workspace and application-defined data centers.
He is an active participant in the process to define TCS’s IT IS strategy, including the set up and guidance for centers of excellence for innovative technologies with alliances and market-leading vendors. He was instrumental in leading the infrastructure practice within TCS across its first billion. He has helped customers in many industries evolve their future workspace, data center and cloud solution strategies.
He previously served as head of information security and infrastructure services delivery for TCS’s Global BPO business. He also served as head of messaging and collaboration services for TCS Corporate.
Chopra holds a degree in electronics and communication engineering.
SVP & CIO Southern Company
Kenny Coleman is the senior vice president and chief information officer for Southern Company, one of America’s most respected companies. Coleman leads more than 1,100 employees in information technology strategy development, operations and delivery across 120,000 square miles and nine subsidiaries. Coleman came into the role of SVP and CIO from Alabama Power, where he served as the vice president of Alabama Power’s Southern Division.
While at Southern Company, Coleman has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility in retail marketing, external affairs, wholesale marketing, customer service and marketing and division operations. Prior to joining Southern Company, Coleman recruited new businesses to Alabama as part of the Metropolitan Development Board in Birmingham.
Named among the 2011 Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, Coleman has a legacy of being active in his community. He is involved in numerous professional associations including Oracle President’s Council, Verizon Utility Customer Advisory Board, Edison Electric Institute’s CIO Executive Advisory Council, Georgia CIO Leadership Association, Technology Association of Georgia, American Association of Blacks in Energy, Information Technology Senior Management Forum and 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
Coleman holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of New Haven.
SVP, CFO & CTO Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Anne DeBeer is senior vice president and chief financial officer for the financial management and planning and financial statistics and structure analysis departments. She is also chief technology officer responsible for technology solutions services at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
DeBeer joined the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System in 1974. In 1982 she was named to the official staff as assistant director and Reserve Bank budget director. She later became assistant director over the electronic payments and check collection functions. DeBeer joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in 1987 as vice president overseeing the accounting and planning and budget functions. In 1994 she was promoted to senior vice president and given added responsibility for the corporate automation area. She was named to the district's management committee in 1996. In 2001 she was named the supervisory officer over the district's human resources function, in addition to her corporate automation responsibilities. From 2004 to 2010, she oversaw the financial services division, corporate automation, and the district's law enforcement functions.
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.
Author and World Renowned Business and Leadership Thinker Marshall Goldsmith
Marshall Goldsmith is the million-selling author or editor of 32 books, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal bestsellers "MOJO" and "What Got You Here Won’t Get You There" — a WSJ No. 1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year.
Goldsmith's professional acknowledgments include: Institute for Management Studies — Lifetime Achievement Award (one of only two ever awarded); American Management Association — 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years; BusinessWeek — 50 great leaders in America; The Wall Street Journal — top ten executive educators; Forbes — five most-respected executive coaches; Leadership Excellence — top ten thinkers on leadership; Economist (UK) — most credible executive advisors in the new era of business; Fast Company — America’s preeminent executive coach and leader; Leader to Leader Institute — 2010 Leader of the Future Award. His work has been recognized by almost every professional organization in his field.
Goldsmith’s Ph.D. is from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He is one of a select few executive advisors who have been asked to work with over 150 major CEOs and their management teams.
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.
VP & GM Dell Services
Eric Hutto is vice president general manager for Dell Services, with responsibility for revenue, profit, customer service and satisfaction within infrastructure, cloud and consulting services. Prior to this role, Hutto served as VP/GM for Dell Services across the Americas as well executive director of strategic planning and operations. In this role he developed business strategies and solutions, assessed acquisitions, and established multiyear plans for the large enterprise services group.
Before his tenure at Dell, Hutto had a variety of leadership roles at The Home Depot, having served as senior director of service operations where he led fulfillment of more than 40 service programs across 1,800 retail store locations. He also served as director of special services integration, and director of process improvement leading the company through a global platform transformation of special services systems and processes.
Hutto also held various account roles at KPMG Consulting, including senior manager for a large systems integration initiative for JCPenney stores, and managing partner for Cingular Wireless.
Hutto graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, completed the executive leadership program at Emory University, and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
CIO Habitat for Humanity International, Inc.
As VP and CIO for Habitat for Humanity International, Gail Hyde is responsible for visioning, implementing and maintaining technology capabilities that generate value and enable the worldwide operations of HFHI.
Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity International, Hyde spent more than 30 years working in various technology leadership positions for national and global telecommunications companies, including GTE (now Verizon), BellSouth and AT&T.
In addition to her work at Habitat for Humanity International, Hyde is an active member in the CIO4Good and NetHope organizations, which are focused on collaborative information, communications and technology efforts in support of non-governmental organizations throughout the world. She is a member of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association and was a finalist in 2013 for the non-profit and public sector Georgia CIO of the Year award.
Hyde earned a B.A. in both mass communications and sociology from University of South Florida and a master of business administration from University of Tampa.
James G. Kobielus
Big Data Evangelist IBM
James G. Kobielus is an industry veteran. He serves as IBM's big data evangelist; as senior program director for product marketing in big data analytics, and as editor-in-chief of IBM Data Magazine. Kobielus spearheads IBM's thought leadership activities in Big Data, Hadoop, cognitive computing, enterprise data warehousing and advanced analytics. He advises IBM's product management and marketing teams in all things big data. He has spoken at such leading industry events, has published several business technology books and is a very popular provider of original commentary on blogs and many social media.
EVP, CIO The Weather Company
As a member of the executive committee and self-proclaimed weather geek, Bryson Koehler plays a key role in the overall business strategy for The Weather Company. As head of the technology group, he oversees the strategic vision, technical direction, execution and operations of all technology initiatives, systems and platforms across all of the company’s four divisions — TV, digital, professional and international. Koehler and his team lead the overall technology architecture, global infrastructure, weather forecasting and big data platforms, broadcast engineering and TV localization systems, all of the company’s internal systems as well as overall quality assurance for all products and platforms. The IT team leads the design, implementation and global operations of industry leading cloud based computing capabilities, large scale big data systems and the company’s internal and external API’s, live and digital video personalization technology for web, cable, satellite and telecommunication distributors.
Koehler brings a passion for change and innovation by sitting at the strategy table for both business and technology groups within large and small enterprises. He uses his years of experience to help companies transform their business capabilities and utilize elegantly simple solutions that are always focused on maximizing the business goals of to the company.
Chief Operating Officer, EMC Global Services EMC Corporation
Mike Koehler is chief operating officer, EMC Global Services. With revenues of $21.7B in 2012 and 60,000 people worldwide, EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset—information—in a more agile, trusted, and cost efficient way.
Koehler manages the development, go-to-market execution and delivery of EMC’s broad portfolio of services that enable customers and partners to realize the agility and efficiency of the cloud, capitalize on the competitive advantage of Big Data and deliver maximum value to their business. He is responsible for ensuring service excellence and maintaining an industry leading total customer experience as well as growing EMC’s global market presence.
Koehler joined EMC in August 2011 as worldwide global services Lead, charged with enabling the transformation to a more efficient and effective services organization by simplifying its interface and touch points with customers, partners and EMC sales.
CIO JELD-WEN, inc.
Krish Mani is currently the global CIO for JELD-WEN, Inc. As the first ever CIO for JELD-WEN reporting, he is tasked with developing a global IT shared services team, using his extensive background in the development and implementation of global technology strategy to optimize JELD-WEN’s global IT efforts.
Mani has 25 years of experience in IT for global manufacturing and supply chain companies. Prior to JELD-WEN, he served as CIO at Remy International, Inc. and at Masterbrand Cabinets Inc., where he was instrumental in creating IT shared services from decentralized business units and driving business alignment and value delivery.
Mani graduated from University of Mysore, India with a B.E. in electronics and communication engineering and earned his M.S. in industrial technology from Purdue University.
VP, Enterprise Strategy Dropbox
Ross Piper is VP of enterprise strategy at Dropbox. He is responsible for driving Dropbox's growth in the enterprise market, building on its presence in 97% of Fortune 500 companies, and spearheading the company's mission to make IT administrators' lives easier and more productive.
Prior to Dropbox, Ross served as SVP of enterprise strategy and alliances at salesforce.com. While there, he was responsible for the company's engagement with the enterprise IT community, including strategy, alliances, product development, marketing, events, and customer innovation programs. He was also managing director during his 13 years at the Research Board think tank for CIOs, and he worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as a specialist for Mercator Partners.
Office of the CSO ServiceNow
Chris Pope works in the office of the CSO at ServiceNow and has more than 15 years of experience in enterprise class technologies. Pope’s responsibilities include driving process design and implementation, solution architecture, project management, training and global operations. He is a recognized IT operations, process and methodology expert with a proven track record and experience in managing large-scale process and technical implementation projects.
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 January 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.
Director – Global IT Security & Risk GE Energy Management
As director of global security & risk for GE Energy Management, Chris Roche is responsible for the perfect marriage of governance, SOx, national regulations, enterprise IT risk, software governance and all things security for a $9B business that operates in most corners of the globe. His career has taken him in and out of GE, operations, sourcing, ERP, security, risk and a litany of programs that required standing up brand new solutions for functions and businesses that had nothing other than paper and a vision.
Former EVP & CIO Travelport
Mark Ryan is the former EVP and CIO of Travelport where he had global responsibility for formulating and executing the company’s technology strategy, including software solutions and applications development. Ryan lead a team of more than 1,250 Travelport technology professionals worldwide. He also oversaw Travelport’s joint venture technology operation in Delhi, India, as well as managed an additional 1,000 development staff through relationships with application partners and service providers in Asia, North America and Europe.
Previously, Ryan served as SVP and CIO of Matria Healthcare, leading 350 IT professionals supporting 50 facilities located across the USA. Prior to joining Matria Healthcare, he was CTO and a board director of Vodafone Global Content Services. From 1999 — 2001, Ryan was CTO at Weather.com/The Weather Channel, where his initiatives were credited with significantly improving customer satisfaction during severe weather situations and helping to propel weather.com to become the most highly accessed weather web site in the world.
He has also served as CTO for eBay and spent 18 years with IBM. He was also an executive-on-loan for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Games in the role of chief integration architect.
SVP, IT ING Investment Management
Thomas Schreier has served as head of information technology group since 1995. He manages a staff of professionals responsible for application development, systems integration and infrastructure support. He is also responsible for managing external technology resources. Schreier joined ING Investment Management in 1990. He is a member of the ING U.S. CIO forum and leads an asset management information technology council. Prior to joining the company, Schreier worked at several start-up firms and had his own consulting practice. He earned a degree in computer science from Trinity College.
CIO, US Randstad USA
As CIO for Randstad US, the world’s second largest provider of HR solutions and staffing, Alan Stukalsky is responsible for all information technology strategy, planning and implementation in the U.S. His primary areas of focus include all customer and employee facing applications, PeopleSoft HR and Financials, Hyperion business intelligence, infrastructure, and various other third party applications. Prior to rejoining Randstad in 2009, Stukalsky served as CIO of Church’s Chicken, a $1B quick service restaurant chain. Within the first year of joining Church’s Chicken, Stukalsky outsourced the company’s entire IT infrastructure to several companies which resulted in a $1M per year reduction in the IT department’s budget and improved customer satisfaction levels by 25 percent.
Prior to Church’s, he worked with PeopleSoft Consulting and Delta Air Lines. Stukalsky holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Emory University. He is a member of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association, Omicron Advisory Board, Technology Association of Georgia and TechBridge.
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.
Author & Thought Leader
Paul J. Voss, Ph.D., is president of Ethikos (a consultancy specializing in culture, leadership, paradigm shifts and ethical decision making) and associate professor at Georgia State University. A gifted public speaker and award-winning teacher, Dr. Voss offers courses on Shakespeare, Dante, Machiavelli, business ethics, Renaissance literature, and the history of the book. He publishes on a wide variety of topics for both academic audiences and for the popular press and regularly appears on television and radio programs. His work on leadership, culture, business ethics, public service and corporate stewardship builds on 2500 years of intellectual history. His clients include the FBI Crime Labs, Cox Communications, General Electric Energy, McKesson, EMS Technologies, Mizuno USA, SecureWorks, Home Depot, PotashCorp, the Federal Railroad Administration, Best Buy, HA&W, Chubb Insurance, Global Payments, McKenney’s and many others. He is currently completing his next book, “Loved or Feared: Paradigm Shifts and the Rejection of Machiavelli.”