Global Emerging Roles Leader, IBM
Announced by Information Management as one of 10 Big Data Experts to Know, Cortnie Abercrombie is the global emerging roles leader for IBM Analytics. She is a passionate evangelist and trusted advisor to chief data officers, chief analytics officers and chief data scientists in Fortune 500 companies, and has incited action and innovation using data and analytics at Verizon, Citi, NTT, and IBM. She’s been featured in Forbes Magazine, CRN, KD Nuggets, Chief Content Officer magazine, SiliconANGLE and CEO Forum.
SVP, ITS & Global CIO, Southwire Company
Guy Brassard is senior vice president of information technology services and global CIO of Southwire Company LLC. He is responsible for the company’s global IT and technology services.
A veteran of the wire and cable industry, Brassard joined Southwire in 2013, having served as vice president of information and technology for General Cable, and in the same role with Alcan Cable before the company was acquired by General Cable in 2012.
Brassard has been involved in global application and infrastructure projects, mergers and acquisitions, strategic business, and operating planning in the Americas, Europe, and China, with a focus on being a results-oriented executive with a track record of successful and cost-effective organizational transformations. He has also worked as an information and technology teacher in Canada and in different technical lead roles for the forest and transportation industry within the Quebec government.
He was named one of the 2012 USA 500 Masters of Technology by Information Week magazine and was a finalist in the corporate category for the 2012 CIO of the Year award presented by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association, of which he is a member. Brassard earned a bachelor’s degree in information technology management from Quebec University.
CIO, National Christian Foundation
Dan Brown is the CIO for the National Christian Foundation. Prior to that, he was the CIO of CredAbility and Crown Financial Ministries. Before that, Brown was senior vice president of enterprise information technology at SunTrust Bank. There, he reported to the CIO and was a divisional manager, overseeing technology architecture and IT strategic planning. He has been in enterprise technology positions for more than 25 years, including global roles.
Brown is on the board of Partners International, the advisory board for the Georgia State University’s Computer Information Science Program, and the board for the ATP, a professional technology association in Atlanta. He also is in the leadership of HighTech Ministries, and he belongs to the Georgia CIO Leadership Association as an active participant. Brown holds a B.A. from Covenant College in psychology and an MBA in finance from the Georgia State University
CISO, Aaron's, Inc.
Chris Bullock is a veteran police officer with more than 23 years’ experience and has held rank in the past as a detective sergeant. He is currently an affiliate member of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, attached as a detective with the Villa Rica Police Department.
After Bullock reduced his law enforcement position from full time to part time in 1996, he moved into executive technology and cybersecurity positions. Bullock became certified as a CISSP, CCFT, CCE and as a GWAPT between 2003—2013. He has held and currently holds private sector positions as a chief executive over major corporation’s cybersecurity programs. Bullock combines and utilizes his experience and training in specialized technologies, executive management and law enforcement to build effective cybersecurity programs and to protect companies’ most valuable trade secrets and sensitive customer and employee data. Bullock has built these programs from the ground up at major Fortune 100 companies and has experience in many verticals, including retail, financial, energy, government, gaming and healthcare. Bullock has managed multimillion-dollar budgets, and is also an experienced and seasoned penetration tester and computer forensics and e-discovery specialist.
Dr. Curtis A. Carver Jr.
VP for IT and CIO, University of Alabama at Birmingham
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.
Paul Chapman is chief information officer at Box, where he is responsible for leading the company’s global information technology strategy and driving the development and delivery of key IT initiatives to support the company’s growing workforce and customer base. Prior to Box, Chapman was the CIO of HP Software for HP, where he led the IT organization and supported the development and delivery of IT solutions.
Group VP & CIO, Rollins, Inc.
Lee Crump is the CIO and group vice president of business support for Rollins Inc. Prior to joining Rollins in 2009, Crump spent 10 years as the CIO of the largest and most profitable ServiceMaster subsidiary. In 2012, Crump was named Georgia CIO of the Year by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association.
In his current capacity, he manages a team of 150 professionals and is responsible for all information technology and program management. Crump holds the PMP credential from the Project Management Institute and has a long track record of successfully delivering major systems implementations. He served as the Six Sigma executive deployment champion in his previous role with ServiceMaster. He has spent more than 35 years in IT, equally divided between IT executive management and business consulting.
He is a member of American Mensa, the Georgia CIO Leadership Association, the Project Management Institute, the Technology Association of Georgia, the Association of Telecommunications Professionals and the Society of Information Managers.
SVP & CIO, Aflac
Julia Davis joined Aflac in 2013 as senior vice president and CIO. Currently, Davis oversees the day-to-day operations and the strategic initiatives of Aflac’s information technology division. Before joining Aflac, she served as CIO at American Safety Insurance.
Prior to her tenure at ASI, she served as CIO of the equipment finance division for GE Capital Healthcare Financial Services and 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 has been honored with several prestigious awards and recognitions, including Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2015 Women Worth Watching award; Insurance Networking News’ 2015 Women in Insurance Leadership; the Stevie Awards Silver Medal for Female Executive of the Year; Evanta’s 2015 Breakaway Leadership Award, and she was named a finalist to the 2015 Georgia CIO of the Year award. Davis has been selected as one of Computerworld's Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2016.
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.
EVP & CIO, EarthLink, 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 that helps other nonprofits use technology to improve their capability to serve the community.
CIO, Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, Inc.
Jay Fisher has served as the chief information officer of Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services since 2008. Fisher joined Brand as director of information technology in 2006. Prior to joining Brand, Fisher held multiple IT leadership roles at General Electric, primarily focused on global ERP implementations and business application support.
Fisher has 20 years’ experience working in various information technology and consulting roles providing support for industrial- and manufacturing-based businesses. Fisher received a B.S. from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.
CIO, Oldcastle, Inc.
Alan Fralick is the CIO at Oldcastle Materials, where he is focused on managing the centralized IT function in a federated business environment, and developing relationships with and understanding the needs of the five major lines of business and geographies spanning 43 states and nine Canadian provinces.
Fralick has more than 20 years of experience in industry and consulting roles focused on IT and driving improvement of business and technology operations. Prior to his role with Oldcastle Materials, Fralick was with Alvarez and Marsal for seven years helping to build their information technology practice by assisting clients with technology strategy and operations, with an emphasis on driving IT/business alignment.
Before A&M, Fralick was the CIO/CTO of The Network Inc. a hotline service and technology solution provider, where he was responsible for defining and building innovative technology solutions to support their software as a service offering. He has also held key leadership roles in the information technology functions of INVESCO Retirement, Goldman Sachs, Nexchange and MSI Inc.
Fralick earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Marshall University.
VP, CIO, Beazer Homes USA, Inc.
Larry Frey is the chief information officer of Beazer Homes. He has been with the company since 2014. Prior to joining Beazer Homes, Frey worked with EnPro Industries for five years. He also worked in in technology with Georgia Pacific for 14 years, then served as CIO for five years after divesting the building products distribution division. He attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette).
Executive Vice President, EMC Corporation
Frank Hauck is executive vice president at EMC Corporation. With revenues of $24.4B in 2014 and more than 68,000 people worldwide, EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service.
Hauck serves as an executive ambassador helping EMC’s largest customers adopt EMC’s enterprise hybrid cloud strategy and technology. In this capacity, he helps to coordinate EMC and VCE account teams, alliance teams, and others around the world to engage customers on their transformative journey.
Previously, Hauck was president of VCE, where he was responsible for global operations and customer experience. There, he led VCE’s team in helping customers understand and embrace the business potential of IT transformation through VCE converged infrastructure. Prior to joining VCE, Hauck was EMC’s executive vice president of customer experience. Before joining EMC in 1990, he held a number of management positions at the former digital equipment corporation.
Hauck is a graduate of Bryant College, holds an MBA from Babson College and completed the executive program for management development at the Harvard Business School.
Group SVP & CIO, Brambles, Ltd.
Jean Holley is group senior vice president and chief information officer at Brambles Limited. She is a member of the global executive team and is directly responsible for leadership on technology trends and industry futures including the IoT, big data/analytics, cybersecurity and disruptive technologies. As a member of the executive team, Holley is directly responsible for the assessment and integration of acquisition strategies, divesting targeted businesses and the global IT operations for Brambles worldwide. Brambles is the global leader in pallet, container pooling and supply chain logistic solutions serving a wide variety of manufacturers and major retailers around the world.
Prior to joining Brambles, Holley served as EVP and CIO for Tellabs and was the CIO for USG Corp. Holley holds a master of science in computer science/engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a bachelor of science in computer science/engineering from the Missouri University Science & Technology.
Director, Cyber Technology & Information Security Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Andrew Howard is an information security researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently serves as the director of the Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory based out of Georgia Tech's applied research arm, the Georgia Tech Research Institute. CTISL conducts applied research focused on cyberthreats and countermeasures, secure information sharing, resilient command and control network architectures, reverse engineering, vulnerability identification, and high-performance computing and analytics.
As the CTISL director, Howard leads the 250 researchers within CTISL whose mission is to provide high‐impact research leading to solutions that protect and process critical information, while attacking the challenges of securing cyberspace. Information systems developed by Howard have been trusted by government and industry to secure sensitive data in untrusted environments. Through his research and work at GTRI, he has assisted organizations with building sophisticated information security programs, insider threat prevention capabilities and novel information systems for secure collaboration. In addition to research, Howard teaches several courses for Georgia Tech Professional Education in its defense technology training program.
Howard received his bachelor of science in computer science, master of science in information security, and an MBA, all three from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Founder & CEO, Kore, Inc.
Raj Koneru is the founder and CEO of Kore, a universal messaging platform built for both enterprise and consumer users alike. As Kore’s CEO, Koneru drives the company’s vision for making communication and collaboration more convenient, productive, and secure.
For more than 25 years, Koneru has been at the forefront of delivering innovative solutions for global enterprises. Prior to Kore, he was the CEO and founder of Kony, a recognized leader in cloud-based mobile application development. He was also the CEO/co-founder of iTouchPoint, CEO/co-founder of Seranova, and CEO/co-founder of Intelligroup. Koneru holds a master’s degree in management studies from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science.
Director, Enterprise Strategy, Github
Chris Long is the director of enterprise strategy at GitHub, helping companies transform their business by improving culture, process and software delivery. Prior to GitHub, Long spent more than 15 years with AT&T with core responsibilities around client engagement management; road map, financial and ROI management; program and project management; centers of excellence management; and management of the strategy, branding, communications, metrics, and process related to delivery of capabilities and platforms that drive the software and technology delivery life cycle across all of AT&T.
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 & CIO, Graphic Packaging International
Vish Narendra is a seasoned technology and business executive who has developed and honed his skills over the last 20 years to drive business value, growth and operational efficiencies.
Narendra is the CIO at Graphic Packaging International and leads the technology function for the business, driving digital transformation, innovation and growth.
Prior to GPI, Narendra was with the General Electric Company in a variety of leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including CIO of the Alstom acquisition integration, CIO of demand management for the power gen business, and Asia region CIO for GE Energy and GE Aviation. Narendra has developed C-level leadership skills, partnering with senior management in defining and implementing IT and business strategy to enable growth. He developed high-performing global teams of technology and business professionals that consistently executed on budget and on time. Narendra began his career at PCL in India before moving to the U.S. to pursue his MBA in information management at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Subsequent to that, he worked for several years at System Software Associates. After a two-year consulting stint with a boutique firm specializing in business process re-engineering solutions, he relocated to Atlanta to begin his career at GE Energy.
CIO & SVP Global Shared Svcs., PRGX
Tushar Sachdev is CIO and SVP of shared services for PRGX globally. He is responsible for global IT operations, client data services, development of tools/technologies for different business lines and management of a shared services organization spread across the globe. Prior to PRGX, Sachdev worked with various technology companies delivering large global programs with complex performance and functional requirements for Fortune 500 clients in various industry verticals — retail, manufacturing, oil and gas, utilities and even death care services.
Commissioner & CIO, City of Atlanta
Samir Saini’s career began at General Electric, graduating from its highly regarded information management leadership program. At GE Energy, Saini took his first CIO role supporting a $250M power business. Afterwards, he was tasked to build an Oracle ERP deployment team for GE’s $25B energy services business.
Following GE, Saini accepted a position with MGM Resorts International as VP of corporate systems. Saini successfully completed the largest back-office technology standardization initiative in the sector across 17 properties. Following this role, Saini accepted a position as the SVP and CIO for the Atlanta Housing Authority. While at AHA, Saini led a transformation effort that reduced the agencies operating costs and improved overall service delivery.
Continuing his firm commitment to service the public at a local level, Saini is currently the commissioner and CIO for the City of Atlanta. As CIO, Saini is accountable for information technology services for all 25 city departments including public safety, justice, operations, administration and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Author, "Change Is Your Competitive Advantage"
Karl Schoemer is president and founder of VisionQuest, a multidimensional training and consulting firm. He is a well-recognized trainer, facilitator and speaker. He has delivered keynote speeches, facilitated training, and consulted with hundreds of companies, groups, and associations worldwide. His client list includes Intel, IBM, AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, Ford Motor Co., The Stanford Medical Center, State Farm Insurance, and the National Security Agency. He has helped managers, teams, and organizations develop the skills and beliefs necessary to manage the change process toward increased productivity.
Schoemer brings a unique mixture of enthusiasm and expertise to every group he addresses. His excitement and conviction help clarify and emphasize key messages while his focus on behavior change and productivity forces participants to take action. He has the ability to establish immediate rapport with a group, and immediately create a supportive learning environment that helps guarantee higher performance and bottom-line results.
Schoemer’s credentials include a master’s in business, valuable experience inside organizational culture from his work at Baxter Healthcare International, and a multitude of successful professional speaking and training experiences from his work with Dale Carnegie Training.
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Atlanta Hawks
Nzinga Shaw is currently the chief diversity and inclusion officer of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club. She is the first person to hold this position in the National Basketball Association and for all North American professional sports teams including the NFL, MLB, NHL and MLS.
Shaw serves as a member of the executive committee and provides guidance to the leadership team in an effort to engender inclusivity in every facet of the business. Shaw has developed a strategy to embed equity in all programmatic activities, governance and daily administration of the organization. She is focused on building a foundation that will advance this strategy as a core component of the Atlanta Hawks brand, and to drive the business. This initiative extends to fans, customers, community partners and to every employee within the workforce.
Previously, Shaw has been at the forefront of leading organizational change through diversity. She served as senior VP of diversity and inclusion at Edelman, the world’s largest and most profitable public relations agency. Shaw also worked as a human resources practitioner at ESSENCE Magazine, the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network, and the NFL. Recently, Shaw was appointed to serve on the NBA’s Global Inclusion Council.
Technology Futurist, Atlanta CIO Executive Summit
For more than 20 years, Jack Shaw has provided advisory services to leading technology solution providers including IBM, SAP, Oracle and others as well as providing expert guidance and best practices to Fortune 500 Companies such as General Electric, Coca-Cola, Allstate, PacBell, and many more.
Shaw is a visionary technology and business strategist who has spent his career leading companies in numerous industries and their technology suppliers to better, more efficient ways of conducting and operating their businesses. He is a marketing strategist, an industry thought leader, and the noted author of three critically acclaimed books and numerous articles and white papers. He was the founder and editor of the e-Commerce Executive Newsletter and the EDI Buyer’s Guide. Shaw’s keen perception and vision into emerging technologies and business practices have also enabled technology solution providers to build products and services that anticipate where the market is headed, thus generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues for those organizations.
Shaw graduated from Yale with a B.S. in business administration and an MBA from Northwestern University in finance and marketing.
Head of Enterprise Solutions, Dropbox
David Stafford is the head of enterprise solutions for Dropbox where he is responsible for defining strategies to help Dropbox for business customers achieve success in the areas of collaboration, employee empowerment and productivity. Prior to Dropbox, Stafford spent nearly five years at VMware as director of end-user computing and 15 years advancing enterprise IT at industry leaders including Cisco Systems and Dow Corning.
CIO, BlueLinx Corporation
Bob Toupin is a 20-year IT veteran and currently is the chief information officer at BlueLinx Corporation in Atlanta. Toupin has held numerous IT leadership roles managing corporate, operational and financial systems. During his tenure at BlueLinx, Toupin has reduced IT expenses by $1.7M, restructured the IT organization and dramatically improved the customer experience. Major system accomplishments include the implementation of a new outside salesforce application with Windows 8 tablets and implementing a new telephone system. Prior to BlueLinx, Toupin was CIO of Paperworks Industries in Philadelphia for three years after a 12-year tenure at RockTenn Company in Norcross. Toupin is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt and received his executive MBA from the Terry College of Business in 2008.
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, his technology and organizational leadership has helped Aaron's grow to be a $4B organization. Prior to joining Aaron's, he worked at the Southern Company and the U.S. Senate.
Trainor serves on the board of directors and is the chairman of the Georgia Technology Summit for the Technology Association of Georgia. He is an advisory board member for GeorgiaCIO, a board member for PowerMyLearning Atlanta, and an executive board member for ATP. He volunteers and raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Georgia.
He has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Director, Human Resources - Global IT, Brambles, Ltd.
Tracy Zucco is the director of human resources, supporting the global IT and global procurement organizations for Brambles. A member of the IT leadership team, Zucco is responsible for implementing employee strategies, and advising on and supporting all aspects of HR to ensure people, processes and systems are working effectively, while also ensuring alignment to HR employee practices. Before joining the company she served as director of human resources, business partner and global information technology for the Coca-Cola Company, supporting an IT organization of 2,000 employees in more than 15 countries.