VP of Strategy, Tenable Network Security, Inc.
Matt Alderman is Tenable’s vice president of strategy. In this role he is responsible for developing long-term strategies for messaging, new market entries and product development to meet the emerging needs of Tenable’s customers across the globe.
An information security and compliance veteran with more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing solutions in direct support of business objectives, Alderman came to Tenable from RSA, where he led product strategy and messaging. Before RSA, he was responsible for enhancements to the SaaS platform and policy compliance solution at Qualys, where he also co-authored “Policy Compliance for Dummies.” Alderman was the founder and CTO at ControlPath, where he and co-inventor Sean Molloy were issued U.S. Patent 7,788,150: method for assessing risk in a business.
Director of Technology Services, Old Dominion Freight Line
As director of technology services for Old Dominion Freight Line, Christina Bray brings 16 years of proven success in IT solution delivery, program management and service operations areas. Bray has extensive process knowledge, relationship management skills and a track record of delivering portfolios on time and with-in budget.
Bray holds a B.A. in philosophy and medieval history from Syracuse University and is pursuing an MBA in human resource management from Northcentral University.
Senior Vice President, Remote DBA Experts
Rob Brown is senior vice president of Remote DBA Experts and brings nearly 20 years of leadership, sales management and marketing experience to the organization. RDX specializes in remote data infrastructure services, supporting more than 7,500 servers for 430 customers. In his role, Brown is responsible for managing RDX’s daily business operations and driving the company’s overall growth and profitability.
SVP, Cybersecurity Services, Fidelis Cybersecurity
As senior vice president of cybersecurity services, Mike Buratowski is responsible for managing the network defense and forensics business area at Fidelis Cybersecurity, including the digital forensics lab. Prior to joining Fidelis, he was the business area director for the cyber operations solutions business and program manager for the US-CERT contract in the cyber division of General Dynamics’ advanced information systems.
Buratowski served in various operational roles at General Dynamics, including nearly 10 years on the defense computer forensics laboratory contract as an examiner in the major crimes and safety section, a network intrusion examiner in the intrusions and information assurance section, and the section chief of the imaging and extraction section. Before his tenure with General Dynamics, Buratowski was a police officer with the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland where he served as a detective in the computer crimes unit. He holds a master of science in forensic studies of information systems from Stevenson University, as well as a bachelor of arts in criminal justice from the University of Maryland.
Director, Global Information Security, Qorvo, Inc.
Brandon Champion is director of global information security at Qorvo Inc., a Standard & Poor’s 500 index semiconductor company with over 30 administrative, engineering design and manufacturing locations across the globe. Before accepting his role at Qorvo, Champion was responsible for information, personnel and physical security for a federally funded research and development center in Virginia.
Additionally, Champion serves as a chief warrant officer in the Army National Guard and is assigned to North Carolina’s cyber defense network team. He is also an adjunct professor for several universities.
Champion earned an M.S. in IT from University of Maryland University College and a B.S. in applied IT from University of Baltimore. He is enrolled in North Carolina State University’s MBA program. He holds a number of certifications, including CISSP, Certified Ethical Hacker and Project Management Professional.
CISO, SPX Flow
Gorrell Cheek, chief information security officer, SPX Flow Inc., holds responsibility for all aspects of information security, including security strategy, architecture and operations. Cheek has an extensive background leading information security teams within the manufacturing and financial services sectors. In addition, he is a security educator, researcher and former captain in the U.S. Army.
Cheek has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Texas State University, a master’s degree in computer science from University of Virginia, a master’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. in computing and information systems from University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
VP, Chief Technology Officer, Carolinas HealthCare System
Carolinas Healthcare System VP and CTO Eric Christian is responsible for defining the IT strategic vision and ensuring alignment with the overall business strategy of the Carolinas Healthcare System. He ensures that the appropriate policies and structure for managing underlying IT infrastructure, which comprises all CHS compute, network, telephony, data center, Internet and technology capabilities are optimized for maximum business benefit to the system.
Christian was previously at Cummins where he was executive director of technology and innovation and served as the company’s CTO. In this capacity, he provided leadership and direction on the global technology plans for the overall Cummins’ global IT environment. Before joining Cummins in 2010, Christian spent more than 30 years in technology with broad industry experience.
Christian earned his B.S. in technology and management from the University of Maryland and an executive MBA in strategic management and marketing from Michigan State University. He is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
Strategy & Architecture - Enterprise Data Management, Piedmont Natural Gas
Joe Dib is passionate about data. He currently leads the data strategy and tactical and support teams at Piedmont Natural Gas.
He spent his career, so far, in and around data by formulating strategy, leading projects and managing and mentoring people. Dib has worked on all phases of business intelligence and data warehousing life cycles as well as data management, governance and architecture initiatives. He has used various data platforms, design methodologies and business intelligence tools. In the past 20 years, he has worked in the financial, healthcare and retail industries.
CISO, INC Research
George Dolicker is the CISO at INC Research, a global clinical research organization of 7,000 employees headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. His organization includes the global information security, disaster recovery, business continuity, quality assurance and system validation teams.
Previously, Dolicker served as CISO of the University of Maine system. He also served as Lenovo’s first CISO, establishing the global security program for the world’s largest PC manufacturer and its 25,000 world-wide employees. Prior to Lenovo, Dolicker was senior principal consultant and global security practice leader at International Network Services and Lucent Technologies for more than a decade. He is a frequent speaker internationally on topics including security architecture and program design, incident response, security training and awareness, intrusion detection, standards and regulations, security audits and assessments, and cryptography.
Dolicker holds CISSP and CISA credentials, is certified by the NSA in InfoSec Assessments and Evaluations, and is an active member of ISSA, ISACA and InfraGard. He is also a volunteer firefighter, magician and an avid scuba diver. He lives in North Carolina.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Accellion
Sr Mgr, Information Security, Cree, Inc.
VP & Global CTO, Dell EMC
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.
EVP, Chief Information Officer, Extended Stay America
Ames Flynn is EVP, chief information officer at Extended Stay America. From 2012 - 2013, Flynn served as SVP and CIO for Rent-A-Center. Prior to Rent a Center, he served as VP of digital strategy and IT business solutions at Michaels Stores and also held held executive leadership positions with Delhaize America, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Furniture Brands International.
Flynn has served on the boards of the Rowan County United Way, Salisbury Academy, American Furniture Manufacturers Association and Dallas CIO Executive Council.
Director, Strategic Relations, 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.
SVP & CIO, Ingersoll Rand
Steve Hagood is senior vice president and CIO for Ingersoll-Rand plc, a diversified industrials Fortune 500 company. As CIO, Hagood leads the company's global IT organization and is responsible for the company's IT strategies and execution, business alignment of enterprise-wide technologies and operational service delivery and support of IT solutions. He joined Ingersoll Rand in January 2013 after 20 years with the Goodrich Corporation most recently as the company's VP and CIO. Hagood is the current board chair of Apparo and co-chair of the Charlotte CIO Executive Summit. He has served on the executive board of the Mecklenburg County Boy Scouts, CMS Technology Advisory Board and Apparo's CIO Council. He holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Director of Data Analytics, Sonic Automotive
Business Analytics Specialist, Splunk
Brian Hoover has more than 20 years experience automating decision making in finance, marketing, and operations in leadership roles with companies like HP, IBM, Teradata, and Splunk and as the VP of Operations and CEO of companies he’s founded with other industry visionaries. His role at Splunk is to work with customers who want to use machine generated data for innovative new businesses opportunities.
Director of Security, The Babcock & Wilcox Company
Gary Howell currently serves as the director of cybersecurity for Babcock & Wilcox, responsible for all facets of information security with this global leader in energy and environmental technologies. Prior to 2015, Howell served for 10 years as the CISO for Chiquita Brands International, overseeing all security strategy and operations for the $3B Fortune 750 enterprise. Howell previously served as president of his own consulting company, IT director for Amstar and VP for CMI. Howell also served as one of the most recognized IBM midrange platform experts for more than 20 years, performing technical consulting, performance and development activities for many IBM business partners and customers.
Linda P. Hudson
Chairman and CEO, The Cardea Group; Director, Bank of America, Ingersoll Rand and Southern Co.
Linda Hudson is the founder, chair and CEO of The Cardea Group, a consultancy specializing in C-suite transitions that also focuses on leadership in today’s multi-cultural, multi-generational workplace, risk management, strategic change and scaling businesses in rapid growth environments. Hudson retired as president and CEO of BAE Systems Inc. in 2014, where she managed a $13B diversified, global portfolio of companies in the national security and intelligence domain.
A leader in executive and board governance and risk management, she serves on the boards of Bank of America, Southern Company and Ingersoll Rand. Hudson also serves on the non-profit boards of the University of Florida Foundation and the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center. A recipient of numerous rewards, she has been named four times as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.
Hudson received her bachelor’s degree in systems engineering with honors from University of Florida. She remains active in the alumni and athletic associations and serves on advisory boards for the College of Engineering. She holds an honorary doctorate in engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an honorary doctorate in science from University of Florida.
Sr. Data Scientist, BitSight Technologies
EVP Software Products & Services, Baker & Taylor Corporation
VP Procurement and Technology Services, Extended Stay America
Michael Kuenne is the vice president of procurement and technology services at Extended Stay America and is part of the leadership team responsible for technology operations, property systems and support, and IT governance. Kuenne also leads the organization’s enterprise procurement team, which is responsible for direct and indirect procurement, including strategic sourcing and purchasing operations as well as corporate travel.
Previously, Kuenne played a strategic role in the technology practice for The North Highland Company, with a focus on professionalizing IT through visioning and solutions planning. Formerly, he held multiple leadership positions with Wells Real Estate Funds in Atlanta, Georgia, with a focus on IT strategy and initiatives surrounding cloud, mobile and property operations.
Kuenne has spoken at several events on the subject of how technology can serve as a business enabler and can deliver value to both internal and external customers.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and political science from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Divisional VP, Enterprise Arch., Risk Mgmt. & Engineering, Family Dollar
Director of Incident Response, CrowdStrike
Austin Murphy has over 10 years of computer network security experience in the private sector professional services industry as well as service in the U.S. Department of Defense. As director of incident response at CrowdStrike, Murphy leads the team responsible for delivering trusted advisory services to customers in need of assistance with critical security breaches.
Previously, Murphy was a digital forensics and incident response manager in the Advanced Security Center at EY. There, he was tasked with leading cyber breach investigations for customers as well as building or improving client security operations capabilities.
Earlier, he was a U.S. Air Force cyberspace operations officer where his primary focus was on developing tactics for the deployment of advanced computer network attack and defense capabilities. Murphy was a distinguished graduate in his undergraduate network warfare training class. He has been invited to speak at SANS DFIR Summit, (ISC)² Security Congress and the RSA Security Analytics Summit.
Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in quantitative methods and computer science from University of St. Thomas. He has several certifications, including CISSP and GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst.
Vice President- IT Delivery & Business Transformation, JELD-WEN
EVP & CIO, CommunityOne Bank, National Association
Duke Prestridge joined the CommunityOne Bank in 2012 as CIO. He has more than 25 years of IT experience managing large-scale operations and enterprise technology systems. Prestridge holds certifications across many critical IT development and management platforms and methodologies. He attended Vincennes University and is a certified Project Management Professional. He has held various national and international leadership positions across multiple technology industries, but has focused primarily on the banking industry.
VP, Customer Success, PhishMe
Jeffrey Rogers has more than 12 years of IT security experience. As VP of customer success, Rogers is responsible for overseeing and growing PhishMe’s customer support and managed services teams. Previously, Rogers served as PhishMe’s senior client engagement manager, where he worked alongside customers to develop and manage unique phishing awareness programs that integrated within each customer's organizational environment.
Prior to PhishMe, Rogers worked at Humana as an information security consultant, where he was responsible for security assurance. He also has experience as an information technology audit manager that included overseeing the internal audit process and ensuring compliance with applicable regulations for organizations in the healthcare and financial Industries.
Rogers holds a master’s in information security assurance from Capital College and a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Kentucky. Rogers is a CISSP, CISA, Security + and holds ED council hacking and forensic certifications.
SVP Solutions Dimension Data, Dimension Data
As SVP of strategic services for Dimension Data Americas, Grant Sainsbury is responsible for the sales and business performance of Dimension Data’s services offerings with a specific focus on hybrid cloud, managed services and IT outsourcing. As an industry thought leader, Sainsbury is also responsible for driving innovation for the development of market-relevant, services-based solutions to help clients capture market opportunity and deliver business outcomes for the digital enterprise.
Sainsbury’s career with Dimension Data has spanned more than 14 years across a variety of sales and management roles across the company’s solutions businesses in both the Americas and Europe. In those roles, Sainsbury had responsibility for strategy execution, sales and marketing, partner management, presales and services delivery, as well as a host of other general management functions.
Previously, Sainsbury held positions with Cisco Systems, the National Bank of New Zealand and the New Zealand Army.
Sainsbury is a certified management accountant and also holds a BCA and BSc from Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). He has held a variety of technical certifications throughout his career, sits on the board of Sunset Learning Institute and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.
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.
VP, IT, Pike Electric Corporation
Michael Seymour has served as vice president of IT at Pike since 2007. During his time at Pike he has overseen numerous acquisitions, multiple ERP implementations, a datacenter modernization effort, virtualization, large scale growth and the addition of over 30 new offices, international expansion, offshore staffing and an expansion of field service technology using iPads. He is also leading Pike’s efforts in cybersecurity, cloud computing and critical infrastructure protection. Seymour has spoken at multiple conferences on topics such as IT Innovation, field service technology, backup, disaster recovery and business continuity, moving to the cloud, cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection.
Previously, Seymour served as CIO at Forsyth Country Day School and taught Cisco networking in a partnership with Forsyth Technical Community College. Prior to that, Seymour was a senior network engineer at NetUnlimited in Winston-Salem.
Seymour graduated from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, with a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education. He also holds a master’s degree in library and information systems from University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Head of Customer Analytics, Michelin
Carlos Solano is the global head of customer analytics at Michelin and serves as an executive advisory board member at the Atlanta E-Commerce Forum. He is a governing body member of the Atlanta CDO Executive Summit. Solano is passionate about the intersection of technology, strategy and analytics. At work, he enjoys figuring out how to leverage technology and analytics to create new business opportunities and address business challenges.
Previously, Solano was the director of strategic data analytics for North America at Michelin, where he was responsible for the strategy and execution of data and analytics initiatives. Before Michelin, he was the strategic analytics director at Aaron’s Inc., where he launched and led a team to incorporate enterprise business intelligence and analytics into company culture and streamlined data-driven decision-making as a source of competitive advantage. He also held senior leadership roles in IT. Before Aaron’s, Solano had multiple consulting roles implementing business intelligence and technology solutions in the automotive retail industry. He also was a founder of an automobile online marketplace.
Solano holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA focusing on strategic and operations management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Director, Mandiant, A FireEye Company
Gerasimos “Gerry” Stellatos is a director at Mandiant with more than a decade of experience in information security and incident response. He has held leadership positions within various incident response organizations, and is responsible for leading Mandiant’s Washington D.C. consulting office and supporting regional growth and North American expansion.
Stellatos performs incident response and forensic analysis, and provides incident response training for global companies. He has led incident response teams in multiple advanced persistent threat and card data theft compromises. Stellatos’s particular areas of expertise include enterprise-wide incident response, computer forensics, remediation planning and information security. He has worked with the defense industrial base, financial, legal, manufacturing, technology and healthcare industries.
Stellatos is also a professorial lecturer for the High Technology Crime Investigation Program at The George Washington University. He has developed and instructed courses on file system forensics, incident response and malware analysis.
Previously, Stellatos provided program management and incident response services to multiple federal government clients. Stellatos began his career with the National Security Agency as a global network analyst.
CIO, City of Charlotte
Jeff Stovall is Charlotte’s first CIO. He is responsible for the overall business planning of all technology systems relative to the city’s strategic goals. He oversees the formulation and evaluation of initiatives for eBusiness, IT portfolio management, information security, business process improvement, technology project management and strategic planning, as well as the application of new technologies to solve business problems.
Stovall joined the City of Charlotte in 2008 from Sprint Nextel, where he was director of IT merger integration planning and prior to that served as director of transformation program management and director of network systems evolution. Stovall started his career as a project engineer for DuPont.
Stovall is a member of SIM, the Metropolitan Information Exchange, the IT Senior Management Forum, the Project Management Institute and the National Black MBA Association. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Consortium for Graduate Study in management. In 2010, Stovall was named one of the 50 Most Important African Americans In Technology by eAccess Corporation and one of the Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders by Diversity MBA Magazine.
Stovall received an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
CISO, AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
Chad Toney is chairman of the AgFirst information security and business continuity committee and serves on the operations committee. Additionally, he serves on two multi-organizational committees with a focus on cybersecurity and reputational risk. During his tenure at AgFirst he has served in numerous roles within the IT operational areas, with an emphasis on network and security.
Previously, Toney spent 10 years in the U.S. Air Force serving in multiple roles in telecommunications and network operations.
Toney received his B.S. in business administration with a focus on management from University of South Carolina and an MBA from its Moore School of Business. He is an ISACA Certified Information Security Manager.
CIO, Compass Group USA
Rob Watkins joined Compass Group in 1994, moving from the UK to the North American corporate office in Charlotte in 1997 to assist with a major ERP implementation. Subsequent project and line management positions culminated in Watkins becoming CIO in 2001. He continues to have overall responsibility for leading and aligning the North American technology resources to enable Compass’ continued growth and change.
Watkins obtained a B.S. with honors from the University of Wales, qualified as a Management Accountant and obtained an M.B.A. from Cranfield University. His career transitioned from finance to technology during his early years with Compass Group. Prior to joining Compass Group, Watkins worked for a number of blue chip organizations in the UK including Pirelli, Reuters and Somerfield.
Watkins is Vice-Chair of NPower Charlotte’s CIO Council, a member of Charlotte Mecklenburg School’s Technology Advisory Board, a member of the CIO Forum Executive Advisory Council and Co-Chair of the Charlotte CIO Executive Summit.