VP, Solution Engineering Kore, Inc.
Amit Aghara is vice president of solution engineering at Kore. He is responsible for the global solution engineering team that supports go-to-market and customer enablement initiatives at Kore. Aghara is personally engaged in all strategic customer engagements.
Prior to Kore, Aghara was responsible for the solution engineering team at Kony, Inc, a leading mobile application development platform provider, and he was particularly focused on the financial services vertical.
Prior to Kony, he held product and customer facing roles at IBM, including serving as a global solution architect working with global banks and financial institutions. He holds a M.S. and B.S. in computer science.
Chief Scientist, Supply Chain Center of Excellence Tata Consultancy Services
Dr. Deepak Ayyagari currently serves as chief scientist, supply chain center of excellence at Tata Consultancy Services, where he is focused on creating new supply chain management solutions using disruptive Internet of Things technologies and platforms. His career, spanning more than 18 years, is focused on technology innovation, R&D, new product development and building global technology consortia in a broad range of areas including telecom, wireless, consumer electronics, healthcare, social media, Internet of Things and supply chains.
Prior to joining TCS, Ayyagari served as the founder of ImPersona LLC, which created Impersona.com, an e-commerce enabled online social environment focused on personal development planning, self publishing and idea creation, aimed at the education sector. At Sharp Laboratories of America, a subsidiary of Sharp Corp. of Japan, Ayyagari held positions of increasing responsibilities. He was director of technical programs where he led technology liaisons, R&D collaborations and grants for all Sharp research programs with US government agencies (DoE, DoD, DARPA, NIST, NIH etc.).
SVP & CIO Health Care Service Corporation
As senior vice president and chief information officer at Health Care Service Corporation, Steve Betts is responsible for advancing HCSC’s information technology strategy to deliver on business goals and strategic imperatives. His goals include development of a reliable technical platform that delivers both operational excellence and innovation across the company’s key business segments: group, government and retail. Betts optimizes the IT operating model and develops a comprehensive roadmap to fuel HCSC’s future direction and growth. Through engagement and collective goals, he ensures that every IT employee understands how their work aligns to enterprise priorities.
Prior to joining HCSC, Betts served as global chief information officer for Aon PLC. Through his leadership, technology played an increasing role in Aon’s go-to-market strategy. He led the IT integration programs for the two largest acquisitions in Aon’s history — Benfield in 2008 and Hewitt Associates in 2010.
Betts has also served as a management consultant leading numerous large-scale, business-driven technology implementations in the financial services sector and other industries for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Betts is a board member of the Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development. He graduated from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom with a bachelor of science in mathematics and management science.
CIO State of Illinois
Hardik Bhatt was appointed the State of Illinois CIO in March 2015. As the state CIO, he works with all state agencies to align, utilize and streamline technology to drive business priorities to transform services provided by state agencies to their constituents.
Group President, Global CIO The Middleby Corporation
Partha Biswas is the current group president and CIO at The Middleby Corporation, a publicly traded global manufacturing company in the food service and food processing equipment industry. As a member of the Middleby executive management team, Biswas is responsible for leading global supply chain and information technology functions for all Middleby divisions. He also holds full P&L responsibility for two separate food service and food processing equipment divisions within Middleby Corporation.
During his tenure at Middleby, he led the acquisition, turnaround and expansion of multiple businesses in the U.S., India, and the UK. Between 2007 and 2011, he was the chief performance officer and global CIO of Joerns Healthcare. He was instrumental in driving the growth and transformation of its long-term healthcare business. Prior to joining Joerns, he held various senior leadership positions at ICI-AkzoNobel, BOC Gases and Sunrise Medical.
Biswas received his bachelor of technology degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Colorado State University.
SVP & CIO Reyes Holdings, LLC
Mark Booth is senior vice president and chief information officer for Reyes Holdings LLC., overseeing all aspects of the global distributor’s information systems including operations, strategic plans, policies and projects in more than 100 distribution centers across 17 countries.
Booth sits on Reyes Holdings leadership team and is accountable for the company’s technological infrastructure. A global logistics services provider, Reyes Holdings receives 165,000 different skus from world-renowned breweries and food service providers, delivering 800 million cases annually to 125,000 retail outlets in North America, Europe, Central and South America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Booth joined Reyes Holdings in 2012 with more 25 years of IT expertise. His experience includes direct management of all aspects of technology, including application development, infrastructure operations, governance and project management. Prior to joining Reyes Holdings, Booth spent 10 years with Whirlpool / Maytag where he served as Whirlpool North American CIO and vice president — global infrastructure. Prior to that, he held IT leadership positions at Honeywell International and Entergy corporations.
Associate Practice Director, SAP Business Unit KPIT
Rodney Dawson has more than 30 years of experience as a senior management consultant and trusted advisor to senior executives across multiple industries for large-scale domestic and global enterprises. He currently leads KPIT’s value harvesting practice, focused on delivering long-term business value through the optimization and improvement of existing enterprise systems and facilitating change in human behavior through targeted educational support and change management. He has been a frequent speaker at various leading IT and supply chain conferences and has delivered successful results for clients globally across North America, Jamaica, Singapore, South Korea, Philippines, China, Germany, Denmark and South Africa.
President & CEO Anixter International, Inc.
Bob Eck joined Anixter in 1989 and was named president and chief executive officer in 2008. Prior to that, he held various positions including chief operating officer, executive vice president of enterprise cabling and security solutions, senior vice president of supply chain solutions and regional vice president of sales.
Eck graduated from Marquette University in 1980, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in economics. Since May 2011, he has served on the board of directors for Ryder Systems Inc. and been a member of the board of trustees for Marquette University since September 2014.
William Eismont is the chief information officer for MillerCoors. In this role, Eismont is responsible for providing executive vision and leadership in the development and implementation of robust information solutions and enabling strategic initiatives across the company. In his previous role at MillerCoors as chief technology officer, he had responsibility for technical architecture strategy, infrastructure management, application maintenance, technology operations, service delivery and service desk support.
Eismont joined MillerCoors in May 2012 from H.J. Heinz where he served as vice president and global chief technology officer. His span of control included technical architecture, infrastructure management, service delivery and service desk organizations. He oversaw the strategy and design of an organizational and infrastructure transformation from a local business unit model to a global organization. This change to a global organization was in support of a worldwide business and system transformation that was anchored by SAP.
Prior to his role at Heinz, Eismont spent 19 years at Accenture. He joined Accenture as a technology analyst and, at the time of his departure, was a technology partner within the consumer products market unit. His focus was on large scale SAP implementations and was responsible for leading complex business transformation projects.
National Cloud & Services Practice Director BlueMetal
Bob Familiar is the national cloud and services practice director at BlueMetal, an Insight company. The cloud and services team are practitioners of lean engineering, a high velocity product development process that applies lean methodology, service-oriented patterns and practices, automation, and cloud platform capabilities for the design and development of modern applications.
Familiar has been in the software industry for 30 years and has worked for ISVs such as Dunn & Bradstreet Software, Productivity Solutions and ON Technology, as well as for Microsoft as principal consultant, architect evangelist, and director of technology evangelism roles. He has supported C-level executives across the country bring innovative strategies to life through the design, development, and publishing of mobile and cloud solutions.
Familiar is an active member of the developer community and a frequent speaker at technology meetups and conferences. Bob is an expert in cloud-native application architecture and author of ‘Microservices, IoT and Azure’ published by Apress.
Author & Thought Leader
As founder and CEO of The Feld Group based in Dallas, Charlie Feld built a team of information technology executives that enabled dramatic results in Fortune 500 companies through the transformation of their own IT organizations. The Feld Group was acquired by EDS in 2004, which was subsequently purchased by HP in 2008. In 2008, Feld retired as a senior executive vice president and member of EDS’ executive committee. In 2009, he launched The Feld Group Institute, a leadership development firm that is using all of the learnings out of the decades of running IT organizations. Currently, the institute is working with a number of Fortune 50 companies developing the next generation of business and IT leaders.
Feld has been featured in InformationWeek and CIO magazines, which placed him among its 5 Top CIOs in 2001. His articles on IT leadership topics have appeared regularly in Computerworld Executive Suite, Harvard Business Review and CIO magazine. He has received several industry awards, including the Smithsonian Award for Technology Excellence and the Carnegie Mellon Award for Innovative Technology.
Feld attributes the lion’s share of his success in business and in life to the 20 years he spent at PepsiCo.
Worldwide CIO Advisory Services Lead Partner IBM
Mike Fitzgerald is the worldwide CIO advisory services lead partner. The CIO advisory services team is composed of highly experienced consultants that focus on supporting IBM’s most critical clients in major and growth markets and their transformation agendas. CIO Advisory Services focus is on CIO’s need to improve the return they get from IT investments, with strong expertise and experience on how to optimally leverage innovative technologies, solutions, talent, and processes.
SVP & CIO OptumRx
Mark Halloran SVP and CIO of OptumRx and has more than two decades of experience as a healthcare information technology executive. He was previously SVP, Operations and Technology of Catamaran, which was acquired by OptumRx in July 2015. Prior to joining Catamaran in 2010, Halloran spent 17 years with Medco Health Solutions, where he was CIO from 2004—2009. While there, he led a global service delivery unit of more than 1,200 associates.
VP, Information Services Group Allstate Insurance Company
Roger Hartmuller is vice president of information services group for Allstate Insurance Company. He is responsible for driving Allstate’s information strategy, which provides significant competitive advantage for the company. Under Hartmuller’s leadership, users across Allstate now have the ability to tap into massive amounts of data to measure and understand what consumers want in order to make sound business decisions, drive product innovation and provide a better customer experience.
Since joining Allstate in 2004, Hartmuller has been an influential leader who has held various leadership positions, including developing, managing and delivering enterprise-wide technology services for Allstate employees, agencies and financial specialists. This includes integration services, web content management, document management, application framework services, and email.
CIO Signode Industrial Group
Monique Hines is the CIO for Signode Industrial Group. She is a transformational IT leader whose strategic orientation, focus on results and ability to innovate around complex problems can be tailored to meet a broad spectrum of leadership challenges. Her ability to form strong executive partnerships and build engaged teams around the delivery of best-fit solutions position her as a valuable organizational asset where IT is strategic to enabling the business agenda.
Security Consultant Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Gary Katauskas is a security consultant for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He works with clients across many industries to create a sound and transforming security and risk posture. This includes helping clients with strategy, policies, technology, standards, services and consulting working with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s global security solution team.
With more than 25 years’ experience in the information technology solution space, Katauskas has held several leadership roles and management positions. He has worked in many different facets of the information technology industry and brings a well-rounded viewpoint to the security arena. He has a passion for helping his clients “keep the bad guys” out of their businesses.
President, Business Operations Chicago Cubs
Crane Kenney has spent 21 seasons with the Cubs organization and as president of business operations oversees all aspects of the club’s business operation. As the principal executive in charge of Cubs’ operations from 2003—2010, he helped the Cubs welcome more than three million fans through Wrigley Field’s turnstiles each season since 2004.
Kenney has led numerous projects to expand Wrigley Field’s seating capacity and fan amenities, including the construction of the PNC Club, the Captain Morgan Club, the CBOE bullpen boxes, the Bud Light bleachers and the dugout boxes. He guided the team’s 2009—2011 effort to secure financing for a new state-of-the-art spring training facility in Mesa, Arizona. From 2003—2009, Kenney increased the payroll by more than 70 percent, with the team winning the N.L. Central Division three times in those seven years.
Kenney founded Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the Cubs’ cable partner, with Jerry Reinsdorf in 2003 and has served on the board of directors since its formation. He holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Leader, Enterprise Operations Transformation VMware
Kevin Lees is a VMware principal architect and the lead architect for the global IT operations transformation practice within global technology solutions. His team is responsible for defining the operational (integrated organization, people, process and application of VMware technology) approaches and best practices and for developing the corresponding professional services and partner delivery kits. His team also trains global field sales, service delivery, in-region evangelists and partner communities through a series of hands-on, classroom and web-based enablement sessions. Additionally, he leads the IT transformation activities in the America’s field office of the CTO.
Lees is an industry-recognized IT operations transformation thought leader, service strategist and evangelist. He was the global services delivery team lead for VMware’s cloud practice from 2009 through mid-2011 and led many of VMware’s early cloud implementations with AT&T, Verizon, Dell, NYSE, GE IT Services, ViaWest, Bluelock and other Fortune 100 customers. Lees has more than 35 years of IT system architecture, design, and integration, IT Operations and IT consulting experience.
SVP & Group CIO Allstate Insurance Company
Peter Logothetis joined Allstate Insurance in late 2011 as the divisional CIO for claims. Prior to Allstate, he spent more than five years as head of technology services (CIO) at QBE the Americas, a member of the Australia-based QBE Group.
Logothetis has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry. He has worked in the manufacturing, banking, insurance and consulting industries for such well known companies as Continental Bank, CNA Insurance, Kemper Insurance and Liberty Mutual Insurance.
He has been very active in industry initiatives, conferences and IT forums. He also participates in mentorship programs and school board memberships.
Since 1980, he has been a part-time IT instructor at DePaul University, where he earned his MBA in information systems.
CEO CirrusPoint Solutions
Kevin Martin is the chief executive officer for CirrusPoint Solutions, an innovative software company based in Chicago that provides performance reporting and operations analytics to enterprise clients. Martin founded CirrusPoint in 2011 and led the company to develop the ServiceDashboard solution that helps organizations maintain transparency as they move to the cloud.
Prior to CirrusPoint, Martin held senior technical and leadership roles at EMC and Accenture, along with many years of professional services with niche consulting organizations including his own where he led complex initiatives in the enterprise monitoring space. One of them included monitoring moving locomotives for the rail industry in support of PTC regulations.
In his career, Martin has been an expert in enterprise systems and operational process where he provided guidance and expertise to esteemed organizations such as Microsoft, JPMC, Dell, Northcom and many others who have recognized success from his services. Today one of the largest global retailers is experiencing multi-year success with the reporting solution built by CirrusPoint. Martin is a native to Chicago and resides in the far North suburbs with his wife and four kids.
CVP & CIO Baxter International, Inc.
Paul E. Martin is corporate vice president and chief information officer at Baxter and has global responsibility for the information technology strategy, operations, processes and team supporting Baxter's business worldwide.
Martin joined Baxter in January 2011 from REXAM PLC, the U.K.-based packaging manufacturer, where he held the position of group chief information officer, responsible for all information technology functions across more than 20 countries. During his 11 years with REXAM, Martin served in a variety of key senior management positions including vice president and CIO Beverage Can Americas and head of information technology for American National Can (acquired by REXAM PLC). Prior to Rexam, he worked for The CIT Group, BNSF Railway and Frito Lay.
Martin currently serves as executive sponsor of Baxter's African American Leadership Council business resource group for employees, which provides a forum to enhance engagement, build on recruitment and retention efforts, and increase the impact of business, charitable, and volunteer initiatives in the African-American community.
Martin is chairman of the Howard University Information Systems Advisory Board, a member of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum, the executive customer advisory board of several global IT companies, and was recognized as a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United in 2013.
Martin received his degree in management information systems from Western Kentucky University.
Corporate VP & CIO Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Greg Meyers is the corp vice president & CIO of Motorola Solutions, a $6B provider of mission critical voice and data to public safety around the world. Prior to joining Motorola, Meyers led business IT for Biogen, and prior to that has held a combination of sales, marketing and IT roles at companies such as Novartis, Johnson & Johnson and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He hold a bachelor's in marketing from Rutgers University and an MBA from Temple University.
Sr. Director, Solution Engineering Palerra
Karl Miller has more than 20 years of proven success in information technology and security in various roles. Miller is a multiple recipient of the Oracle Outstanding Contributor distinction and has been critical to customer success in his various roles across the breadth of his career.
EVP & CIO R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
Ken O’Brien serves as executive vice president and chief information officer for Chicago-based R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, the largest premier provider of communication services to businesses across the globe, with approximately 60,000 employees, annual revenues of more than $11B and nearly 500 global locations.
O’Brien joined R.R. Donnelley in 2004 having previously served as chief information officer for Moore Wallace North America, Inc. He began his career in 1983 as an F-16 software engineer for General Dynamics and then as a computer engineer on classified programs. His emphasis on developing secure networks and managing strategic innovation continued as he entered the financial services industry during the mid-1980s, where he progressed through a number of assignments that culminated in 1993 with a role as vice president, strategic initiatives and administration for then-First Chicago Corporation. O’Brien joined the printing and information services industry with Wallace Computer Services in 1995.
O’Brien graduated with an MBA from Texas Christian University and a B.S. in computer science from Hardin-Simmons University.
SVP, IT EMC Corporation
As SVP of IT, Jon Peirce is responsible for driving strategic programs across EMC IT, accelerating its transformation to an IT-as-a-service provider and broker through technology, process, and organizational innovation and evolution. Additionally, he oversees operations for several of EMC’s revenue-generating cloud services and leads EMC’s Durham Center of Excellence, a large-scale provider of internal lab and cloud services. In his prior role from 2006—2013, Peirce was responsible for global IT infrastructure and support services and led an aggressive standardization, consolidation, virtualization, tiering and optimization program across EMC’s IT infrastructure that has delivered in excess of $220M in cost savings, in addition to improved agility, resiliency, scalability, sustainability and security.
Peirce has 28 years of management experience and has held several roles at EMC, including plant manager for U.S. manufacturing operations, VP of engineering services, VP of IT applications development and SVP of global IT infrastructure and services. Before joining EMC, he was the SVP of operations and engineering at Boston Digital Corp. and held positions in materials management, manufacturing management and operations management at Teradyne Inc. and Westerbeke Corp.
Peirce earned a bachelor of arts from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Babson College.
Partner, Strategy & Digital Business and Technology PwC
Dan Priest is a partner in PwC strategy & digital business and technology team. He works with clients across industries including high technology, financial services, health and auto. Priest leads the IT strategy and effectiveness team and specializes in digital strategy, operating model design, strategic sourcing and operational excellence. He has more than 20 years of experience, and he is the former vice president and chief information officer at Toyota Financial Services. He has an MBA in marketing and finance from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a BA in business and Japanese from California State University Fullerton/Nanzan University, Japan.
CIO Beam Suntory
Allison Radecki was appointed CIO at Beam Suntory Inc., the world’s third-largest premium spirits company, in 2013. She is responsible for the IT function globally, including strategic planning, project delivery, operations, security, controls and compliance. She is charged with leading the IT team to be a competitive asset for the company by focusing resources and prioritizing initiatives that deliver the greatest opportunities for revenue growth and improved business performance. Radecki joined Beam Suntory following a two decade-long career in IT strategy, business transformation and systems integration.
Prior to joining Beam Suntory, she served as senior director of information systems, global integrated supply chain, for Mondelēz International, the $35B global snacks company, which until 2012 was previously known as Kraft Foods. Prior to joining Kraft in 2011, Radecki spent 10 years at GS1 US as SVP and CIO. She was responsible for building the technology strategy to align to and achieve the organization’s goals. She began her career in management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she spent 10 years specializing in supply chain management process re-engineering and information systems implementation for the consumer products industry.
Radecki received her bachelor of science in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
SVP & Global CIO Anixter International, Inc.
Scott Ramsbottom is the executive vice president and chief information officer at Anixter. Ramsbottom brings more than 20 years of experience and leadership to this role.
Governor Bruce Rauner
State of Illinois
Governor Bruce Rauner’s goal is to make Illinois the most competitive state in the country, where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. He is focused on delivering value for taxpayers, creating a pro-jobs economic climate, ensuring world-class schools and educational options for every Illinoisan, and bringing greater accountability to state government.
Rauner was born in Illinois and is a self-made businessman. He worked while attending Dartmouth College and graduated with top honors. He went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School. He returned to Illinois in 1981 and began working at the investment company that became GTCR, which is one of the most successful and respected businesses in Illinois
Rauner is honored to represent the people of Illinois and lead the state as its 42nd governor.
CISO Motorola Mobility, Inc.
Richard Rushing is the chief information security officer for Motorola Mobility LLC. Rushing participates in several corporate, community, private, and government security councils and working groups setting standards, policies, and solutions to current and emerging security issues. As chief information security officer for Motorola Mobility, he has led the security effort by developing an international team to tackle the emerging threats of mobile devices, targeted attacks and cyber crime. He organized, developed and deployed practices, tools and techniques to protect the intellectual property across the worldwide enterprise. A much in-demand international speaker on information security, Rushing has presented at many leading security conferences and seminars around the world.
Scott Schlesinger is a principal within the EY national IT advisory practice and serves as the EY Americas leader for business intelligence and information management. He is a results-oriented technology executive with more than two decades of experience and demonstrated success assisting large, global entities in driving organizational change through the leveraging of information. He is a recognized thought leader, speaker, and author on business intelligence, advanced analytics (specifically mobile analytics), Big Data, predictive analytics, predictive asset maintenance, and data privacy, as well as cloud-based business intelligence.
Schlesinger joined EY after leading the business information management group for Capgemini U.S. His team, comprised of more than 800 professional business intelligence resources both onshore and offshore, specialized in business intelligence, enterprise performance management, enterprise data management, enterprise content management, master data management, advanced analytics, and information strategy across multiple industries including life sciences, consumer products, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, energy and utilities, media and entertainment, communications, and the public sector.
EVP & CIO Discover Financial Services LLC
Glenn Schneider is executive vice president and chief information officer for Discover Financial Services, and a member of the company’s executive committee. Schneider is responsible for all information technology operations. Prior to his promotion to CIO in 2008, he was responsible for application development, including application advancement, software and Web development, and managing the company’s analytic environment and data warehouse platform. Schneider joined Discover in 1993 as a senior programmer/analyst, and has held a series of positions with increasingly greater responsibility, including project manager, systems director and vice president of marketing applications.
Prior to joining Discover in 1993, Schneider worked for Kemper Financial Services as a programmer, leading a team responsible for software development for the company’s brokerage, mutual fund and accounting systems.
Schneider holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University with a major in economics and computer science and a minor in statistics. He serves on the board of directors for the Loretto Hospital Foundation.
Radio Host ESPN
Marc "Silvy" Silverman co-hosts the "Waddle & Silvy" show on ESPN 1000, heard weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Silverman has been covering sports on Chicago radio for over 15 years. He has been with ESPN 1000 since 1998. A die-hard Cubs, Bulls and Bears fan, he has covered some of the most memorable moments in recent Chicago sports history, including three Chicago Bulls championships.
CIO Aurora Health Care Inc.
Preston Simons is the chief information officer at Aurora Health Care.
Prior to this role, Simons was Abbott’s vice president and corporate officer for information technology. He joined Abbott in 2000 and was appointed to this position in 2005.
Prior to joining Abbott, he was senior vice president and chief information officer at Health Partners, Minnesota's largest HMO and second-largest healthcare delivery system. Most of his IT career has been in the healthcare industry with companies such as SmithKline Beecham (now GSK).
He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.
CEO Ferrara Candy Co.
Todd Siwak is CEO of the Ferrara Candy Company. Prior to joining Ferrara, he was an operating partner at Catterton Partners, one of the largest consumer-focused private equity groups in the United States. He brings to Ferrara a wealth of leadership experience in sales, marketing, operations and management, with a specific focus on the consumer packaged-goods industry.
Siwak’s career has been defined by his entrepreneurial spirit, which has led him to build several companies that have experienced quick and dramatic growth. Before joining Catterton, he was co-founder of TRG Accessories, an international manufacturer and distributor of travel gear and accessories (global licensee for Swiss Army, Timberland, Callaway Golf); Verimetrix, a developer, manufacturer and supplier of diagnostic medical equipment; and Mindseye Group, a boutique private equity firm with a focus on consumer and health care companies. He began his career as executive vice president of Paramount Headwear, where, under his sales leadership, the company quadrupled in size and became the largest headwear manufacturer in North America.
In 2002, Siwak was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He holds a J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law and a B.S. in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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Global CIO Kraft Heinz Company
Francesco Tinto is the global CIO at Kraft Heinz Company. Prior to his current position, Tinto was VP of information systems for the Americas for Kraft Foods. His responsibilities included leading the North American and Latin American IS organizations as well as the sales and marketing systems global centers of expertise. Prior to this role, he was IS VP for sales, customer service and logistics, marketing, R&D and B2B systems worldwide.
Tinto has spent the last 22 years of his career in the consumer goods and packaging industry. Prior to Kraft Heinz, he held several positions at Procter & Gamble in Italy in the IS function, responsible for local, regional and global efforts. Tinto joined Kraft Foods in 2002 as the IS director for Kraft Foods Italy and advanced through positions of increasing responsibility for global sales and supply chain systems.
He is a member of the IS Steering Committee for the Grocery Manufacturers Association and a member of the IT committee of The Consumer Goods Forum.
Francesco holds an electronic engineering degree from Politecnico di Bari in Italy.
CIO Central Garden & Pet Company
Chris Walter is CIO for Central Garden & Pet Company, a manufacturer and distributor of garden, pet, and professionally applied products sold through major retail and B2B outlets. He is responsible for overseeing Central’s information services strategy, operations and ensuring alignment of our technology platforms with our business strategies and objectives.
Walter joined Central as director of enterprise systems and successfully led the SAP implementation team, reducing the number of ERP systems from 26 to today’s count of seven ERP systems. He has more than 20 years of IT experience including nine years in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting practice where he served a diverse set of clients. His seasoned experience includes leading process improvement initiatives, sales development in software and services, as well as starting and leading a software company.
Walter earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration/industrial distribution management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
President and CEO Red Hat
Jim Whitehurst is President and Chief Executive officer of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT products and services.
With a background in business development, finance, and global operations, Whitehurst has proven expertise in helping companies flourish—even in the most challenging economic and business environments. He began his career in 1989 at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Chicago, Illinois, and held several corporate development leadership roles at the firm.
In 2002, he joined Delta full time as Senior Vice President—Finance, Treasury, and Business Development, and was promoted again in 2004 to Chief Network and Planning Officer—a position from which he drove significant international expansion. He was named Chief Operating Officer in 2005, overseeing all aspects of airline operations including sales, marketing, operations, and strategy.
In January, 2008, Whitehurst joined Red Hat as President and CEO. Since then, he has more than doubled the company’s revenue. He has led significant global expansion, opening development centers and sales offices around the world. Whitehurst is an advocate for open software as a catalyst for business innovation.
In June 2015, Whitehurst published a book with Harvard Business Review Press entitled "The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance" showing how open principles of management—based on transparency, participation, and community—can help organizations navigate and succeed in a fast-paced connected era.
SVP CDO Allstate Insurance Company
Floyd is Senior Vice President and Chief Data Officer.
He joined Allstate in 1989 as an Actuarial Analyst in the Auto Pricing Department. He progressed through various assignments in the Home Office pricing world before transferring to the Allstate Research and Planning Center in Menlo Park, California in 1993. After returning to Home Office, Floyd worked in various actuarial functions in pricing and research before taking on a role leading personal lines pricing and research for Deerbrook Insurance Company. Floyd led this group through the acquisition of the CNA Personal Lines before returning to Home Office as a Pricing Director in 2000. He moved over to the Research area in 2001 and led the Auto Research team before taking over responsibility for all research and development. During his time in R&D, the group worked on various phases of SRM for auto and property as well as the development of Your Choice Auto.