Director, Infrastructure & Security National Gypsum Company
Mike Brannon is an experienced IT professional and long term employee at National Gypsum Company (NGC). His IT career began in 1977 and he joined NGC in 1985.
Brannon leads the teams that provide infrastructure and security. He helps steer NGC toward reliable, secure and affordable technical solutions. He works to ensure all solutions and services are well maintained over time — or retired in a planned fashion, and he strives to maintain good working relationships with service providers.
Brannon’s team insures effective management of all IT assets, contracts, budgets and expenditures and insures all data is protected while all NGC associates comply with IT security and company policies. He holds a CISSP certification and is currently serving as vice president on the volunteer board of the Charlotte Metro ISSA. He helped start the Charlotte SharePoint User Group, and served as a volunteer member of a number of charitable and technical organizations, including Apparo.
Principal, Digital Enterprise Solutions Tata Consultancy Services
Frank Diana has 29 years of organizational leadership experience in technology and general management. He is currently leading the business solutions organization for TCS Global Consulting. Prior to joining TCS, Diana led an advanced analytics growth business for enherent Corp., and served as chief product officer for Aelera Corporation where he managed the development of a market-facing social computing and advanced analytics platform.
Diana served as CEO of Silicon Valley-based Traxian, Inc., a software start-up focused on the B2B enablement of small and mid-sized businesses. As CTO of Fujitsu Consulting he focused on software as a service and revenue strategies driven by emerging technologies. He began his career at AT&T, holding various senior roles including CIO for the company’s international financial operation. Diana also sat on various industry steering committees focused on the development of XML-based standards. He holds a B.S. in computer science from Rider College.
Director, Business Value Strategy Jive Software
Claire Flanagan was CSC’s director of enterprise social business collaboration and communities strategy. She has more than 20 years experience in information design, electronic communications, collaboration applications and knowledge management.
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.
CHRO Snyder's-Lance, Inc.
Kevin Henry has served as CHRO since 2010. In this role, he is responsible for all of the company’s human resources, community affairs and government relations and employment related legal and communications functions. Prior to his current role, Henry was SVP and CHRO of Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. Previously, he held a variety of human resources positions throughout a 20 year career in the consumer products, retail and fi nancial services industries.
Henry currently serves on the boards of The Harvey B. Gantt Center and Johnson C. Smith University and is the chairman of the board of trustees for Charlotte Latin Day School and Johnson C. Smith University’s board of visitors.
Henry has been recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal as a Top 40 Under 40 Award Winner. He is a past recipient of the Urban League of Central Carolinas, Whitney M. Young Award, The National Father’s Day Council Father of the Year Award and Uptown Magazine’s Charlotte Catalyst Award. Most recently he was honored by the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund receiving their Leadership Excellence Award in 2012.
SVP & CIO Family Dollar Stores, Inc.
Joshua Jewett joined Family Dollar as senior vice president and CIO in 2002. His strategic and operational responsibility for all aspects of IT for Family Dollar includes the design, development, deployment and support of all hardware, software, networking and telecommunications for Family Dollar’s stores, regional offices, distribution centers, corporate campus, mobile employees and the Company’s internet and social media presence. Jewett is also responsible for ensuring that IT investments align with, support, and deliver the Company’s mission to be the best small-format, convenience and value retailer serving the needs of families in our neighborhoods.
Prior to joining Family Dollar, Jewett spent 10 years as a consultant to retailers assisting them in deploying retail technology to improve their store operations and merchandising capabilities.
Business Solutions Strategist, VMware Accelerate Advisory Services VMware, Inc.
Derek Lacks, business solutions strategist with VMware Accelerate Advisory Services, helps organizations justify and validate the investment impact of their virtualization and cloud technologies. He performs comprehensive financial analyses aimed at identifying the economic impact of VMware solutions.
Lacks has more than 15 years’ experience in value engineering, holding several strategic leadership roles in which he provided organizations with the evaluation and financial justification of IT innovation. Prior to his current role, he served as practice director of IBM’s Business Value Insight Program. Before that, he was VP, professional services at Consensure, ROI practice director with the Delphi Group and senior consultant with the Harvard Computing Group.
Lacks joined VMware Accelerate Services in 2010. Most recently, he developed a comprehensive economic model for a major U.S. city that identified more than $100M in infrastructure savings from consolidating the city’s more than 50 geographically dispersed agency data centers under a centralized service delivery model.
Lacks holds a master’s degree with distinction in business administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a bachelor’s degree in management from Providence College.
CIO JELD-WEN, inc.
Krish Mani is currently the global CIO for JELD-WEN, inc. As the first ever CIO for JELD-WEN reporting to the president, 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.
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.
Former Professor, Drama and Arts Management & Executive Producer, Entertainment Technology Center Carnegie Mellon University
Donald Marinelli retired from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012, concluding an illustrious 31 years of service. Together with the late computer science professor, Randy Pausch, Marinelli co-founded the world-renowned Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). Marinelli was also a tenured professor of drama and arts management at Carnegie Mellon University. His book about co-founding the ETC with Pausch was published in 2010. Titled “The Comet and the Tornado,” the book recounts the six years Marinelli and Pausch shared an office creating the center that has become recognized internationally as Carnegie Mellon’s “Dream Fulfillment Factory.”
Marinelli completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Tampa, received his M.A. in clinical psychology specializing in existential-phenomenological psychology from Duquesne University, and received his Ph.D. in theatre history, literature and criticism from University of Pittsburgh.
VP, Chief Security Officer EMC Corporation
Dave Martin is responsible for managing EMC’s industry-leading global security organization. Martin was appointed as EMC’s CSO in 2010, and has both functional and operational responsibility for all of EMC’s information, risk, crisis management, investigative, fraud and workforce security operations.
Previously, Martin led EMC’s office of information security, responsible for protecting the global digital enterprise. He was responsible for delivering EMC’s technical business operations protection programs that provide a services portfolio encompassing global security operations, enterprise security architecture, investigative support technologies, consumer and cloud security, and EMC’s Critical Incident Response Center.
Prior to joining EMC, Martin built and led security consulting organizations focused on critical infrastructure, technology, banking and healthcare verticals. He frequently provides testimony to the U.S. Congress and government agencies as an expert witness on corporate enterprise protection issues. Martin holds a B.S. in manufacturing systems engineering from the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K. and is a certified information systems security professional.
Chief Strategy Officer Jive Software
As chief strategy offi cer, Chris Morace is responsible for turning Jive’s vision for social business into tightly aligned execution across departments. Additionally, he leads Jive’s thought leadership platform, analyst relations and partner ecosystem.
Morace joined Jive Software in 2007 and led Jive’s product strategy and delivery for several years. Under his direction, the company became the industry-recognized leader in social business software by all of the major analysts. He has an 18-year track record for building high-growth, high-value businesses in the technology sector. Prior to joining Jive, Morace held executive positions including VP of research and development at Mercury Interactive, (acquired by Hewlett Packard) and VP of product development at Kintana. Morace holds a B.S. in biological sciences from Stanford University.
VP, IT & CIO Duke Energy Corporation
A.R. Mullinax is VP, information technology, and CIO for Duke Energy. He leads the IT function, which delivers services across the company.Having served as Duke Energy's CIO since 2004, Mullinax continued in this role following the merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy in 2012. During 2011, he served as Duke Energy's integration executive, overseeing all integration activities through the close of the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger.
Mullinax's career with Duke Energy and its predecessor companies spans more than 25 years. He joined the internal audit staff of Texas Eastern Corp. in 1977, and served as senior analyst of corporate planning beginning in 1980. He served as supervisor with the company's National Methanol Co. in Saudi Arabia from 1982 — 1984. After returning to the U.S., Mullinax was a supervisor and manager in Texas Eastern's natural gas accounting area and later director of gas allocations. He was named controller in 1991, general manager of management information systems and controls in 1994, and vice president of information services and controls in 1995.
Mullinax became SVP of Duke Energy's shared services in 1997. He was named SVP of global sourcing and logistics and chief e-business officer in 1999. In 2001, he was named SVP of Duke Ventures, where he was responsible for identifying and pursuing expansion opportunities for Duke Energy in the telecommunications market. In 2002, he was named president and CEO of DukeNet Communications, which develops and operates fiber-optic communications systems. He became group VP of Duke Energy Business Services in 2003, and group VP and CIO in 2004. He was named SVP and CIO for Duke Energy in 2006.
A native of Cameron, Texas, Mullinax received a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Texas A&M University. He also completed the Stanford University Executive Program. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
President & CEO JELD-WEN, inc.
Since 2011, Philip Orsino has been the president and CEO of Jeld-Wen inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of windows and doors with plants in more than 20 countries and more than 20,000 employees. He is also the former president and CEO of Masonite International Corporation. Orsino is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accounts. He is also an officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year in 2003.
Information Security and Strategy Officer Websense
James Robinson is information security and strategy officer at Websense, responsible for internal security strategy, innovation and implementation. Robinson brings more than a decade of senior IT security leadership to Websense. He previously held positions with Emerson Electric, a global Fortune 100 company, Anheuser-Busch and State Farm Insurance. Robinson has held positions in network, architecture and application security; penetration testing; incident forensics and investigations; and product security.
Chief Information & Community Relations Officer City of Raleigh
Gail Roper has more than 30 years’ experience in the technology industry in both public and private sectors. In addition to the City of Raleigh, Gail Roper has served as the Chief Information Officer for Kansas City, Missouri and Austin, Texas. She lends her expertise at national and international speaking engagements on technology strategy and innovative solutions for the government. In 2006, Roper joined the City of Raleigh as its first CIO and effectively raised IT’s visibility within the organization and nationally by bringing technology decisions and issues to the forefront of executive committee discussions.
Roper was promoted to the Raleigh City Manager’s Office in 2009 adding Chief Community Relations Officer to her title along with responsibility for the HR department. She is the founder and fundraiser for the Raleigh Digital Connector Program for students from 14-21 years of age. Her efforts secured $1.5M in federal stimulus funding to bring broadband access to underserved homes in Raleigh. She was appointed to the governor’s Education Transformation Commission in 2011 and has received distinguished awards in the area of technology including the Distinguished Professional and Administrator of the Year awards from the American Association of Public Administrators.
Catalyst, Writer, & Speaker Security Catalyst
A human catalyst, Michael Santarcangelo draws on nearly two decades of translating the complexity of security into transformative experiences. With a background that blends security with the science of human ecology, Santarcangelo developed, uses and teaches a system for individuals and organizations to effectively communicate value.
Organizations adopting this system are able to influence behavior mapped to outcomes that increase business value. Santarcangelo advances and shares the art and science of his practice through speaking, training and consulting for Fortune 500 and large enterprises.
He offers unique insights and challenges conventional thinking with practical ideas through books, writing and his regular column on CSO magazine.
VP, Information Security, Enterprise Risk Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Chris Schroeder Joined Lowe’s in 2008, with 2012 sales of $50.5B, and more than 1,750 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Schroeder brings more than 19 years of IT experience to this role, and is responsible for all facets of information security including governance, compliance, vulnerability management and security awareness. Since 2008, Schroeder has developed an enterprise-wide security strategy, established security governance and compliance monitoring processes and investigates security incidents while consulting with legal, human resources and law enforcement, as necessary. He has built a team of security professionals responsible for a wide array of services such as, intrusion detection, encryption key management, penetration testing, risk assessments and vendor risk assessments.
VP & Chief Trust Officer Box
Justin Somaini is VP and chief trust officer at Box, where he is responsible for working globally and collaboratively across Box’s growing customer base, technical operations, business development teams, and partners to ensure the company is consistently delivering on its information security commitments, investing to meet the rapidly evolving security environment, and building transparent, deeply trusted relationships with its customers.
Previously, Somaini created and held the role of CISO at Yahoo!, driving security planning and operations for the company. Prior to Yahoo!, he was CISO of Symantec where he developed the company’s information security enterprise risk management process, worked cross-functionally to manage critical incidents to resolution and drove implementation of controls for both a significant threat environment and regulatory needs. In addition to his roles at Yahoo! and Symantec, Somaini was director of information security at Verisign and an advisor to Palo Alto Networks.
He received a bachelor’s of science degree in management information systems from Drexel University.
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.
CIO Quintiles Transnational Corp.
As CIO, Richard Thomas is responsible for leveraging technology to grow Quintiles business around the world. With an extensive portfolio of innovative internal and customer solutions, he is responsible for the company’s global technology strategy, development, operations and all aspects of IT. Richard is based at Quintiles’ global headquarters in Durham, North Carolina.
A 25 year veteran of the technology industry, Thomas joined Quintiles in 2005, serving as CTO until being named CIO in 2010. He has played a key role transforming Quintiles’ technology group into a growth engine which has gone on to receive numerous industry accolades and patents for innovation and is recognized as one of the best places to work in IT. In 2011, Quintiles was named the #1 technology innovator across the pharmaceutical industry in the prestigious InformationWeek 500 technology innovators rankings, and #4 across all industries. Quintiles was also named to Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT” list for a third time.
Before joining Quintiles, Thomas held increasingly senior leadership positions across a variety of industries including technology, marketing information, financial services and aerospace and defense. Most recently he served as EVP and CIO for Telephia, Inc. , a startup which went on to become the world leader in marketing information and benchmarking for the mobile consumer and wireless industry.
Thomas holds an honors degree in computer science from the University of Glamorgan,UK. He also serves on several boards and committees.
Sr. Director, Advanced Cyber Defense Practice RSA, The Security Division of EMC
Peter M. Tran is the senior director for RSA’s world-wide advanced cyber defense practice. He is responsible for global incident response/discovery (IR/D), breach readiness, SOC design/implementation and proactive computer network defense services. Prior to RSA, Tran led Raytheon’s commercial cyber professional services as well as its enterprise cyber threat operation programs for SOC/CERT, IR/D, intelligence, APT threat analysis, technical operations, exploitation analysis and adversarial attack methodologies research/tools development. He possesses more than 18 years of combined government, commercial and research experience in the field of computer forensics and information assurance/security. He is a Six Sigma qualified specialist and holds numerous technical certification to include the CISSP, Paraben Handheld Device/GPS Signals Examination and the SANS Institute GIAC Reverse Engineering Malicious Code Certification.
Tran is a recognized expert within the DoD and U.S. federal law enforcement communities on technical matters relating to computer forensics, malicious code, computer crime investigations, foreign counterintelligence, technology transfer, network security and cyber espionage. He has authored several periodicals published by RSA, the U.S. Defense Technical Information Center and the RAND Corporation for his field work involving advanced cyber threat analytics, distributed computer forensics and the U.S. Army’s biometric technology applications program.
VP & CIO American Tire Distributors, Inc.
Tony Vaden is senior vice president and chief information officer of American Tire Distributors, Inc. (ATD). He is responsible for all IT at ATD. Since joining the Company in 2007, Vaden has assisted in several acquisitions including international expansion into Canada and Greenfield Distribution Center startups, successful conversion to Oracle eBusiness ERP and a complete internal cloud Infrastructure refresh. In the infrastructure refresh ATD was successful in a near 100 percent virtualized model completing an internal cloud and a fully redundant failover and disaster recovery model. Vaden has been an early adopter of software-defined data centers and the related technologies of converged solutions.
Prior to coming to American Tire Distributors, Vaden served as director of IT engineering and on-line systems for Dell Computer Corporation. There he was responsible for internal Dell IT engineering, infrastructure, call centers and on-line technologies. He also served as global vice president of infrastructure at Solectron where he was responsible for all global IT technology and information security. He has been a leader in the global IT field for more than 20 years.
Vaden earned a bachelor of science degree from Winston-Salem State University, majoring in computer science. He also holds four associate degrees in science, arts, electronic engineering and computer engineering. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Electronics and Information Technologies Association. He is actively involved in the Chamber of Commerce, Information Technology Program of Charlotte, NC.