Jay Anderson joined ServiceNow in 2013 and currently serves as the company’s CIO. Prior to joining ServiceNow, Anderson was senior director of engineering programs at Datrium. Prior to that, Anderson was VP of engineering at EMC, following the acquisition of Data Domain, where he served in several engineering leadership positions. From 2000—2005, he was at Pinnacle Systems, most recently as CIO and company officer. From 1984—1999, Anderson held management positions at Hewlett Packard Company, both in the Stanford Park division and then the video communications division. Anderson holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Washington University.
SVP & CIO AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
Ben Blakewood joined AgFirst in 1998 as CIO and provides strategic oversight of IT, project management, business applications, customer support and communications. During his tenure, AgFirst has grown 170 percent, from $11B in assets to more than $28B, while increasing staffing less than 18 percent. The improvement in performance and efficiency has been aided by the implementation of leading technology solutions including imaging and document management, business process management, customer relationship management, loan origination, HR management, and financial accounting and analysis systems.
Blakewood and his team have developed a reliable and secure infrastructure that includes an alternate data center with continuous data replication, which allows the recovery of all systems within hours. In recent years, AgFirst moved to a new systems architecture based on its electronic data warehouse that improves flexibility and reduces costs for future technology platforms. In addition, AgFirst has focused on customer satisfaction by creating a world-class customer support center to ensure issues are promptly resolved.
Blakewood is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and received an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He has 35-plus years of experience, and previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Carolina Power and Light and Affinity Technology Group.
VP of Corporate Strategy PhishMe
Allan Carey has more than 14 years of information security industry experience. Prior to PhishMe, he served in various executive and management roles at Tenable Network Security, RSA, The Security Division of EMC, NetWitness, IANS and IDC. He frequently presents at industry conferences and forums domestically and internationally.
Previously, Carey advised and consulted to Fortune 1000 organizations, providers of security technologies and services, and the financial community on information security and compliance market trends, program development, and vendor intelligence.
VP, Chief Technology Officer Carolinas HealthCare System
Carolinas Healthcare System VP and CIO 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.
Partner Center for Intentional Leadership
Jon DeFriese brings clients more than 20 years of experience and passion for building high-performance teams and organizations. DeFriese advises leaders and their teams through an integrated approach that aligns the purpose, strategies and goals of leaders and their teams with the overall organization. This process also reveals any hidden performance barriers and connects the team’s business objectives directly to the culture they need to achieve them.
DeFriese brings a range of diverse industry experience to his clients including leadership positions in manufacturing, technology and higher education. His background includes senior roles at Harvard University and The University of North Carolina, technology start-up Adero, and National Gypsum Company. He received his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Senior Research Scientist Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Scott Dowson is a senior research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He manages the development of the Scalable Reasoning System, a framework for building web-based visual analytic software. Dowson has been working in the area of information visualization, text analytics and analytic architectures for the past 18 years developing algorithms, visualizations and software to help make sense out of data.
Bank Information Management Executive TIAA-CREF Financial Services
Tuhin Dutt is the executive leader of bank information management at TIAA-CREF. He is responsible for the end-to-end information management for the Bank including infrastructure development, ownership and governance of data assets, advanced analytical capabilities, and integration with the broader enterprise. As the roadmap owner for analytics infrastructure, he is also responsible for driving the adoption of cutting edge analytic tools to drive continuous efficiencies for the Bank.
Prior to TIAA-CREF, Dutt managed global marketing analytics at Ally Financial, one of the largest Auto lenders in the country. At Ally, he built the marketing analytics function from the ground up, including a high-performing offshore unit and delivered multiple analytics initiatives for all business lines at Ally.
Dutt has a degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and got his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
CIO State of North Carolina
Chris Estes was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory as North Carolina’s CIO in 2013. As a member of the governor’s executive team, he provides oversight of information technology projects and manages IT operations for state agencies. Estes and his leadership team are executing the state’s strategy to improve IT governance, increase government efficiency and modernize North Carolina’s technology infrastructure.
Estes led a collaborative effort by state IT leaders to establish the Innovation Center in Raleigh, a lab where state employees, students and industry work together in a “try before you buy” approach to testing information technology systems. As an advocate for STEM education, he also works with K-12 schools and universities to encourage students to pursue careers in technology.
Estes has more than 25 years of experience in the high-tech manufacturing and financial services industries for leading brands PwC, IBM, BearingPoint, EMC and Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was a principal in the strategy, technology, and innovation practice. He attended Yale University’s strategic leadership program and earned his bachelor’s degree from Mercer University.
Sr. Director, Strategic Consulting Jive Software
Kathryn Everest is Jive's director of strategy consulting, specializing in helping Jive customers be successful. Everest has more than 20 years of experience consulting to leading organizations, helping them improve collaboration and social networking within enterprises, between enterprises and with their customers. Everest focuses on producing measurable business results for her clients by identifying and then helping to successfully execute their social business initiatives. Everest brings a perspective of collaboration from multiple sectors, including pharmaceutical, healthcare, legal, government, insurance, financial, professional services, manufacturing, education and utilities.
Everest is an experienced practitioner in the areas of communities of practice, knowledge management, social network analysis, cultivating collaborative cultures, and leveraging social networks for business benefits. Everest is also a speaker at the Queens School of Business and Ivey Business School on the topics of knowledge management, communities of practice and social networks. She is on the steering committee of the Monieson Centre at the Queens School of Business and a member of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation’s committee on knowledge mobilization.
SVP & CIO Extended Stay America
Ames Flynn is the CIO 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.
Research Scientist Oak Ridge National Laboratory
John Goodall is a research scientist in the cyber and information security research group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he leads the situation awareness and visual analytics team. Goodall's research experience and interests include visual analytics, information visualization, human/computer interaction, computer network defense and computer-supported cooperative work. His work has included research into the work practice and collaborative workflows among computer network defense analysts and the design of systems to facilitate the exploration and knowledge-building activities inherent in that domain. Goodall is also a joint faculty member in the University of Tennessee's department of electrical engineering and computer science and the assistant director of the center for intelligent systems and machine learning at the University of Tennessee.
Goodall holds a Ph.D. and an MS in information systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has served as the chair of the symposium on visualization for cyber security in 2007 and 2008 and co-chair in 2009, and published on the topics of visualization and the work practice of CND analysts.
CIO Ingersoll Rand
Steve Hagood is the 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.
Barton Kaplan is a strategist with VMware Accelerate Advisory Services, with more than 15 years of IT management consulting and research experience across a wide variety of industries, geographies and organizations.
Prior to VMware, Kaplan spent more than seven years at CEB, formerly the Corporate Executive Board, where he founded the strategic research program, led the enterprise architecture council, served as an executive advisor for IT Roadmap Builder, and worked as a director for the applications leadership council. He also has experience as a computer hardware analyst at an independent investment research firm and as a project manager at Daimler AG’s Research and Technology Center.
Kaplan has been certified as an investment adviser and in scenario planning by the Global Business Network. He hold’s an MBA from UC Berkeley, an M.A. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Stanford University.
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, IS Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc.
Brad Merlie is VP of information services for Piedmont Natural Gas. He is responsible for the strategy, planning, architecture, delivery and operation of IT solutions to support Piedmont’s business objectives. His 30-year energy industry career includes a variety of both technical and leadership roles in the areas of engineering, operations and technology, both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Piedmont, Merlie was employed by Williams International.
He earned a bachelor's of science in engineering from North Carolina State University.
CIO Barnhardt Manufacturing Company
With more than 25 years of experience in the IT field, Kevin O’Rourke is responsible for leading technology resources in the Barnhardt Manufacturing Company, which has been a successful part of the Charlotte business community for 114 years. As a member of the company’s executive team, he is responsible for setting overall IT strategy, systems engineering, applications development, security and data center operations. He has worked for a variety of firms in the manufacturing, finance and telecommunications industries.
O'Rourke is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and George Washington University. He serves on the governing Boards for York Technical College and Apparo.
VP-Information Management Reynolds American Inc.
Kevan Ostrander joined Reynolds American in 2004. He was appointed VP and CTO in 2007, CIO of American Snuff Company in 2008, and in 2012 assumed the role of VP of Information Management across RAI Services.
Prior to joining RAIS, Ostrander held various IT management positions at Brown & Williamson Tobacco and Brown-Forman Corporations, and has been in the IT field since 1984. Ostrander holds degrees in information science and business administration from the University of Louisville.
VP, HR AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
Jeff Payne is a seasoned professional in human resources management with almost 30 years of HR leadership experience. As VP of human resources for AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, Payne oversees the recruitment, employee relations, benefits, payroll, training and leadership development programs for the bank, as well as working cooperatively on HR issues with the 19 farm credit associations within the bank’s 15-state district. In addition to the 18 months Payne has worked with AgFirst, he also worked for 20 years in the healthcare industry and eight years with a national department store chain. He holds a master’s degree in HR management, is lifetime certified as a senior professional in human resources and previously served as president of the American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administrators.
Finally, Payne is a retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force Intelligence Reserves with 24 years of active and reserve military duty.
Program Manager, Transition to Practice, Cyber Security Division U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Michael Pozmantier is the program manager for Transition to Practice in the Cyber Security Division within the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Transition to Practice program works to transition federally funded cybersecurity research to broad utilization through partnerships and commercialization in order to strengthen the cybersecurity of the nation.
Prior to managing the Transition to Practice program, Pozmantier worked in the DHS S&T OCIO for eight years and at the Department of Veterans Affairs for two years. During this time, he was responsible for managing network development and deployment projects, software re-engineering projects, data center consolidations, cybersecurity pilots and an inter-departmental information sharing initiative for the care of Wounded Warriors.
Pozmantier graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government.
Chief Industry Advisor & EDM Practice Lead Darton Group
Salema Rice is an experienced consulting executive, CXO advisor, speaker, leader and mentor who provides industry best practice expertise and thought leadership in the areas of enterprise data management, business intelligence and global IT. Rice has more than 20 years of experience, and her extensive background reflects a deep understanding of the various disciplines of enterprise information management with emphasis on cross-functional programs, including enterprise risk management, compliance/regulatory affairs, AML/fraud and sales/marketing analytics.
As a principal consultant and chief subject matter advisor, Rice provides best practices in enterprise data governance, information management and business-IT alignment in order to establish best-in-class data governance frameworks and the development of associated deliverables. Rice has facilitated dozens of full-scale data management assessments used to measure her clients capabilities, comparisons to industry benchmarks, gaps to policies and regulations.
Rice is the chairman of the board of directors for DIME and a keynote speaker and contributor for numerous industry conferences and programs.
Rice’s other specialties include Big Data strategy and roadmaps, decision support systems, program/change management, data architecture and data warehousing. Her industry experience includes banking, financial services, insurance, wealth management, luxury automotive, energy utility, telecommunications and Big 5 consulting.
Head of Vertical Consulting, CPG, Retail, Hospitality Box
Manjit Singh leads the vertical consulting division for Box. In his role, Singh sets the strategic direction to build Box's vertical consulting arm, initially focused on retail, consumer packaged goods and hospitality.
Previously, Singh was CIO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation and responsible for the company's global information systems in North America, Macau and Singapore. Prior to joining LVS, Singh was CIO at Chiquita Brands International, where he drove Chiquita's global and commercial operational system, setting the direction and governance for forward-thinking technology initiatives, including mobile computing and SaaS. He also held senior leadership roles at Gillette, Procter & Gamble and Broadwing.
Singh earned a B.S. in mathematics and computer science at the State University of New York and an M.S. in computer science from Indiana University.
Director, Strategic Planning Sprint Business
Michael Smith serves as GM of strategic planning at Sprint. His team analyzes how customer requirements, the industry, and competitors are evolving, and what the implications are for Sprint. He meets with business customers on a regular basis to discuss how their business and technology needs are changing, including how mobility is being integrated into their products, systems, and processes, and how Sprint can empower their efforts. Prior to joining Sprint, Smith worked for 13 years in telecommunications and IT consulting, providing advisory services to executives at enterprises, service providers, technology suppliers and the financial industry. He worked in strategic planning and business operations at an interexchange carrier and CLEC prior to commencing his consulting career.
Smith has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in finance from Saint Joseph’s University.
VP, Technology AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
Tony Stone is the VP and director of business applications for AgFirst Farm Credit Bank. In his role at AgFirst, Stone is responsible for several key functions, including the project management office, technical and programming support for bank business systems and a consulting team that provides services to affiliated Farm Credit banks. Additionally, Stone’s department is responsible for product management of the data warehouse, Internet facing e-commerce systems, Microsoft CRM and the enterprise imaging system.
Stone has an MBA from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Missouri Southern University.
VP, Sales Rimini Street, Inc.
As a VP for Rimini Street, David Thomas has many years of IT experience with Fortune 1000 companies in various industries that use SAP and Oracle software. He also has extensive knowledge on the front office and back office solutions and the underlying platforms they run on.
Thomas has been in the technology industry his entire career, starting out with IBM and for the next 10 years, gained specialization in oil and gas, manufacturing, and eBusiness solutions. Subsequently, Thomas joined start-up RightNow Technologies as a part of the sales leadership team helping them achieve a successful IPO a few years later. After this role, he continued to expand his leadership depth with SAP, leading a sales team in their oil and gas IBU, and then on to Oracle's applications team for several years, where he lead a sales organization with their large Enterprise accounts. Most recently, he was at Adobe, where he was leading a sales organization in their digital marketing business unit.
Thomas has a BBA in marketing and CIS from Texas State University.
Joe Topinka is a recognized game-changing career CIO, author and executive coach. His ground-breaking book, "IT Business Partnerships: A Field Guide", helps individuals and companies bridge the chasm between business stakeholders and IT organizations to achieve exponential results. In 2013, Topinka was voted CIO of the year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. He is the founder and chief coach of CIO Mentor, a consultancy where he is known for his pragmatic approach and delivering measurable results. He is also the CIO SnapAV in Charlotte, North Carolina and he services as vice chair of the BRM Institute’s Executive Council.
CDO BB&T Corporation
As EVP and Enterprise CDO for BB&T, Jim Tyo is responsible for the overall strategic vision, planning, execution and management of all activities related to operation of the enterprise data office for BB&T, with the overarching goal of leveraging data to drive business insights into revenue opportunities, ensure regulatory compliance, and identify and manage risk. The EDO ensures the data management strategy yields a high degree of data quality and client data protection through a robust data governance program and appropriate security controls without constricting the flow of business activities. They are the champions of data as a strategic asset to challenge and improve current products, services and processes, enabling BB&T to be the Best of the Best.
Tyo formerly worked at USAA where he held multiple executive positions in risk management, product development and most recently, designed, established and led the Bank’s first chief data office. Tyo has also held senior positions within GE Capital and Key Bank.
CIO Compass Group USA