President & CEO Ahead
Founder and CEO of Chicago-based AHEAD, Dan Adamany’s contribution to data center evolution is an innovative business model that helps organizations change and transform by aligning information technologies with business processes, value chain partner and employee expectations, and customer relationships. A mechanical engineer by training, Adamany is responsible for the AHEAD corporate vision and strategy. Under his leadership, AHEAD has grown to $250M in revenue in just seven years, and was named No. 5 on Chicago's Crain's Fast 50 as well as the Inc. 5000 list.
Adamany learned the fundamentals of IT within the sales organization at IBM. From there, he refined his financial, management and sales skills in roles of increasing responsibility at EMC, ultimately serving as global account manager. In 2007, recognizing the need for a new breed of IT firm designed around changing technology consumption models, Adamany launched AHEAD.
Adamany is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and serves on the board of directors for Getting Ahead, a nonprofit dedicated to helping those with financial need pursue their academic dreams. He is also involved in several entrepreneurial ventures within various industries, including real estate, hospitality and entertainment, where he lends his experience and vision to drive success.
Principal, Digital Experience UL LLC (Underwriters Laboratories, LLC)
Luis Andrade is an award-winning user experience professional with 25 years of experience across various areas like marketing, advertising, digital strategy, innovation, information architecture, software engineering, research, IT and business consulting. He joined UL in 2009 with the challenge to establish, lead and grow a user experience design practice within the information technology division to help improve the perception, use and acceptance of its solutions. He believes that if you cannot make something simpler then you surely do not understand it well enough.
Commissioner & CIO City of Chicago
Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) commissioner and CIO, Brenna Berman joined the Emanuel administration in 2011 as deputy budget director focused on enterprise initiatives and performance management. After a year in that role, Brenna transitioned to DoIT as 1st deputy commissioner to focus on enterprise IT consolidation and operational excellence.
Over the past year at DoIT, Berman has focused transforming the team at DoIT to align with the mayor’s commitment to an open and data-driven government, building Chicago’s open data program into one of the largest in the country, implemented the ground-breaking “WindyGrid” spatial analytics platform into every level of government, integrating advanced analytics and real-time data-driven decision making across the city, and setting a new standard for government IT.
Berman played a critical role in transforming the team at DoIT to provide the skills and expertise to implement the Mayor’s commitment to leveraging data and technology to create a more efficient, effective and innovative city government. This has meant adding new skills to the team to increase the focus on software engineering and analytics, improving the department’s commercial partnerships to drive savings for the city and identifying ground-breaking civic partnerships, including hosting regular meetings with local female tech startup owners.
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.
EVP & CIO EMC Corporation
Vic Bhagat is EVP of enterprise business solutions and CIO at EMC Corporation. A 30-year industry veteran, Bhagat joined EMC in 2013 to lead EMC’s Information Technology, Global Centers of Excellence, Global Business Services and Indirect Procurement organizations. Together, Bhagat and the global unified enterprise business solutions team are responsible for providing the technology, services and support to enable EMC to optimize enterprise processes; further global sales and R & D relationships in BRIC and emerging countries; and deliver world-class services that drive innovation and revenue generation for EMC.
During his more than 20-year tenure at GE, Bhagat served as CIO for multiple GE organizations including GE Aviation Services, GE Global Growth and Operations, CNBC, GE Corporate and GE India and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining EMC, Bhagat helped establish Accenture’s worldwide Big Data analytics practice for natural resources.
Bhagat earned his bachelor’s degree in information management and marketing from the University of Louisville and a diploma in physics and mathematics from Agra University in India. He previously served on several advisory boards including AT&T Utilities & Field Services and Fairfield University School of Software Engineering, and worked closely with University of Connecticut’s School of Business.
CISO Whirlpool Corporation
John Bingham is the CISO for Whirlpool Corporation. He joined the organization in 2009 as the CPO and assumed his current position in 2010. Prior to joining Whirlpool, Bingham was a director with Protiviti, where he was a founding member of the company in 2002 and led the security and privacy practice for the Midwest region. During that time, he worked with numerous clients to develop security, privacy and compliance organizations. He has served as a communications officer in the U.S. Air Force at the Air Force Information Warfare Center in San Antonio, Texas and the NATO Combined Air Operations Center in Vicenza, Italy.
Bingham has a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
EVP & CIO SIRVA, Inc.
Jason Birnbaum is chief information officer of SIRVA, Inc., responsible for providing vision, direction and leadership for all information technology applications and operations.
Birnbaum joined SIRVA in 2011 from GE Healthcare, where he was CIO of global supply chain for two years, responsible for all IT processes and developing a strong, customer-focused IT team. Prior to GE Healthcare, his career at GE included 14 years working in IT positions for a variety of GE operating units.
Birnbaum holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri and an MBA in finance and MIS from the University of Illinois. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt in information technology quality.
VP, Network Planning Sprint Business
Jay Bluhm has held various executive network positions since 2000. Currently, he is the vice president of network planning, responsible for the development of the long term network capital and operating expense plans, long term infrastructure plan, spectrum strategy and plan, budget management, program management, and services strategy.
Bluhm has served as a network vice president since 2010. Prior to his current role, he served as vice president of 3G Network Development, where he was responsible for all 3G network and common RAN infrastructure development including the development of the network vision infrastructure.
Prior to 2010, Bluhm held various network development positions, including responsibility for leading Sprint’s technology evolution on the CDMA voice and data and wire line voice infrastructure platforms. Accomplishments include the migration to CDMA 1XRTT, leading the development and deployment for Sprint’s Next Generation Voice Network which supports over 2 million VOIP customers worldwide, development of the first commercial IMS infrastructure in North America and development of the industry’s first commercial femto cell product. He currently serves as the director responsible for the evolution of Sprint’s CDMA and iDEN radio networks and evolution of the core voice networks to IMS.
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 foodservice 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 applicationdevelopment, 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.
Paul R. Brody
Vice President, Mobile & Internet of Things Consulting Practice IBM
Paul R. Brody leads IBM’s mobile and Internet of Things consulting practice in North America. He is a founding member of IBM’s industry academy and has more than 20 years of strategy and operation consulting experience.
Brody has authored numerous white papers including “12 Steps to a Greener Supply Chain,” “Rebooting the Electronics Industry” and “Altogether Now: A Guide to Supply Chain Collaboration.” He co-authored “Irresistible Electronics” with Hagen Wenzek and George Bailey.
He holds a degree in economics and a certificate in African studies from Princeton University.
VP & Global CIO Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Eric Dean leads Gallagher Technology Services as corporate vice president and global chief information officer. He joined AJG after a successful tenure with Liquidity Services, Inc., where he was CIO for nearly five years. In this role, he led the design and deployment of LSI’s next generation systems that delivered their new internet auction sites and supported internal operations; created a structured acquisition integration process to support LSI’s aggressive acquisition plans; overhauled LSI’s technology infrastructure; and established executive-level oversight of the technology function. Prior to LSI, Dean was chief information officer for Andersen Worldwide and United Airlines.
Dean holds a B.A. degree in mathematics from Indiana University. He is a published author, chaired an international internet standards committee, and has been an active participant on various state and federal health information network committees.
Dean is responsible for leading global technology initiatives through Gallagher technology services team and for aligning IT objectives and programs with corporate objectives and strategies.
Principal, Business Evolution Tata Consultancy Services
Frank Diana has served in various executive roles throughout his career, bringing more than 30 years of leadership experience. He is currently leading efforts to define and enable the evolution of business for Tata Consultancy Services global consulting. Prior to joining TCS, Diana was EVP of enherent Corp., where he led a business analytics growth initiative focused on leveraging advanced forms of analytics to deliver business outcomes. As chief product officer for Aelera Corporation, he managed the development of a market facing social computing and advanced analytics platform.
Diana served as CEO of Traxian Inc., a Silicon Valley software startup focused on the B2B enablement of small and mid-sized businesses, and as CTO of Fujitsu Consulting, he developed the company’s extended enterprise vision, serving as the face to the market and analyst community. He began his career at AT&T, holding various senior roles, including CIO, for the company’s international financial operation. He holds a B.S. in computer science from Rider College.
SVP & CIO United Airlines
Robert Edwards is senior vice president technology transition for United.
Prior to this role, Edwards held the position of senior vice president and chief information officer. With more than 30 years in the transportation industry, Edwards began his career at Continental Airlines in 1979 and has held management positions in cargo, airport services, flight operations and technology. Edwards started developing technology solutions for Continental Airlines in 1989 and has since used his experience helping develop IT strategy.
Prior to joining United, Edwards served as vice president systems operations, where he was responsible for the global operation of all technology systems, management of IT service providers and related contracts, the long-term strategy of the airlines’ business systems, the electronic security practice, the technology program office, and infrastructure architecture and engineering.
Edwards attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City and El Camino College Torrance, CA. He serves on the Board of Directors of Aviation Spectrum Resources, Inc. and represents the Airline on the Technology Information Committee for the Greater Houston Partnership.
SVP & CIO TreeHouse Foods, Inc.
Rob Hanlon currently serves as chief information officer for TreeHouse Foods, a $3.5B food manufacturer. In addition to technology transformation at TreeHouse, Hanlon is leading the integration of its latest $860M acquisition. Hanlon began his career developing software in a not-for-profit environment at Operation Mobilization. Upon graduating from Taylor University, he worked at Accenture delivering supply chain and manufacturing solutions for the consumer products industry.
Hanlon later founded a technology services firm focused on delivering technology services and packaged software solutions. Upon selling his company, he joined Technology Solutions Company focused on IT strategy, technology transformation and large scale ERP. After completing his MBA from the University of Chicago, he served as chief Information officer for the Global Consumer Packaging division of MeadWestvaco, built over five years via multiple acquisitions. Hanlon’s background is a balanced combination of deep technical experience and broad business experience creating a foundation for leading technology organizations and building executive trust-based relationships.
VP & CIO Tenneco, Inc.
H. William Haser is vice president and CIO for Tenneco. In this role, he has responsibility for the company's global information technology operations. Haser reports to Mark Frissora, chairman and CEO, and serves on the Tenneco senior management team. Haser was appointed vice president and CIO for Tenneco Automotive's American businesses in 1998 and was named to his current position in 2002. From 1995—1998, he served as vice president and CIO of Tenneco Packaging.
Since joining Tenneco in 1983 as a business analyst, Haser has served as assistant to the CEO of Tenneco packaging; production and manufacturing manager in specialty packaging; and plant general manager in molded fiber and controller for paperboard.
Haser is a graduate of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University.
VP, Enterprise Services VMware
Michael Hubbard is the vice president of enterprise services for VMware and is responsible for services of all enterprise, global, commercial and mid-market segments, empowering a team of more than 140 talented professionals who deliver solution proposals comprising technology, advisory services, implementation services and education.
Principal, Advisory Risk EY
VP & CIO Rust-Oleum Corporation
Mike Kozlowski has more than ten years’ experience as CIO and VP of information technology for Rust-Oleum Corporation. He has worked primarily in the consumer packaged goods industry, implementing a variety of strategic and tactical systems. These included providing custom hand-held terminals to 2,000 field reps, implementing two CRM systems and experiencing the thrills of three ERP implementations.
Kozlowski believes in the value of IT truly partnering with the organization, drawing on his experiences as director of sales information for a $2B food manufacturer where he worked within sales and was a “customer” of the IT group.
Former VP & CIO Caterpillar Inc.
Randy Krotowski is the former VP and CIO of Caterpillar Inc. During his tenure, he had responsibility for Caterpillar’s Global Information Services division, which includes the corporation’s IT systems and global security.
Krotowski joined Caterpillar in 2012 from Chevron Corporation, where he was CIO for Chevron’s worldwide exploration and production business. He was responsible for the company’s global IT strategy and IT operations in 23 countries. During his 29-year tenure with Chevron, Krotowski held engineering, marketing and IT management positions.
VP & Divisional CIO, Claims Allstate Insurance Company
Peter Logothetis joined Allstate Insurance in late 2011 as the divisional CIO for claims. Prior to Allstate, he spent more than 5 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.
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.
CIO Koch Industries, Inc.
Gary Matula is chief information officer for Koch Industries Inc., responsible for assisting business leaders and IT professionals in promoting and achieving a similar integration of technology and business process within each Koch company.
Most recently, Matula was executive vice president and CIO for Molex Incorporated, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, where he led a global information systems team. He joined Molex in 1984 and helped launch a global engineering system and enterprise resource planning system, enabling global processes across manufacturing, new product development and supply chain.
Matula earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and business operations from Indiana University and post-graduate MBA work in management information systems at DePaul University.
He is a committee chair for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois and director of the Western Golf Association’s Evan Scholars Foundation.
Based in Wichita, Kan., Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America with annual revenues of about $115B, according to Forbes. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals and biofuels, forest and consumer products, fertilizers, polymers and fibers, process and pollution-control equipment and technologies, electronic components, commodity trading, minerals, energy, ranching, glass, and investments. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested about $60B in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. With a presence in about 60 countries, Koch companies employ more than 100,000 people worldwide.
Leading IT Futurist Evanta Leadership Network
Thornton May began his career as an anthropologist, studying tribal behavior in the modern Japanese corporation. Fascinated with the Japanese ability to observe, orient, decide and act (i.e., move data) faster than competitors, he returned to the U.S. and earned his masters of science with a concentration in cognitive science at Carnegie Mellon University. He apprenticed with über-futurist Alvin Toffler, assisting in creating the national digital strategies for Singapore, Korea and Mexico. In each national plan, high-speed data analysis figured prominently.
In his most recent book, “The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics,” he analyzes what organizations know; how they come to know; and how they act upon that information — or lack thereof. May delivered the inaugural keynote at the first ever Data Science Summit. Earlier this year, he designed and delivered the first Big Data webinar in Russia in association with the Skolkovo School of Management.
His writings, reviewed as having “Jeffersonian acoustic power,” have appeared in The Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Computerworld, India Today and the South China Morning Post.
SVP & 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.
VP, IT Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Mike Parisi is the corporate vice president of information technology for Illinois Tool Works. He has been with ITW since November 2007; prior to joining ITW, Parisi held various technical and leadership roles in various businesses during his 21 year career with Honeywell, including roles in service, sales support, field operations and information technology organizations.
Parisi has a master’s degree in communication systems strategy and management from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications management from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He was recognized by Computerworld as a “2006 Premier 100 IT Leader.” Parisi currently resides in a suburb of Chicago with his wife and 3 children.
Robert L. Parkinson, Jr.
Chairman & CEO Baxter International, Inc.
Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. is chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International, Inc.
Prior to joining Baxter in April 2004, Parkinson was dean of Loyola University Chicago’s School of Business Administration and Graduate School of Business. Previously, he had a distinguished 25-year career at Abbott Laboratories, serving in a variety of domestic and international management and leadership positions.
Parkinson joined Abbott in 1976 and held a number of marketing and management positions there before being named vice president of European operations in 1990, president of the chemical and agricultural division in 1993 and president of the international division responsible for pharmaceutical, hospital and nutritional products in 1995. In 1998 he became a member of its board of directors before being named president and chief operating officer of the company in 1999. He retired from Abbott in 2001.
He is active on a variety of industry boards and community organizations. Parkinson serves on the board of directors of Chicago-based Northwestern Medical Group, the physician group subsidiary of Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial HealthCare; as chairman of Loyola University of Chicago's Board of Trustees; FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology); and Junior Achievement of Chicago; and is the past chairman of the Executives' Club of Chicago.
Office of the CSO ServiceNow
Chris Pope works in the office of the CSO at ServiceNow and has more than 15 years of experience in enterprise class technologies. Pope’s responsibilities include driving process design and implementation, solution architecture, project management, training and global operations. He is a recognized IT operations, process and methodology expert with a proven track record and experience in managing large-scale process and technical implementation projects.
Director, Cybersecurity and Cloud Strategy Microsoft Corporation
Tim Rains has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry across several disciplines including engineering, consulting and marketing communications roles. He currently manages security marketing and corporate communications in the Trustworthy Computing division at Microsoft.
His expertise ranges across security incident response (engineering and communications), threat intelligence/malware protection, security strategy and public policy, operations and development, marketing, PR/AR, and corporate communications. Among other things, Rains manages the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, which provides an in-depth analysis on the global threat landscape.
Rains served in several roles at Microsoft, including program manager on the Windows Networking team in Microsoft’s Core Operating Systems Division and the technical lead on both Microsoft’s customer-facing Security Incident Response team and Enterprise Networking team.
SVP & CIO Discover Financial Services LLC
Glenn Schneider is senior 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.
VP & CIO Archer Daniels Midland Company
Marty Schoenthaler is the CIO and program executive for Archer Daniels Midland Company. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s information technology strategies and assists the company with improving and standardizing processes that drive quality and productivity.
Schoenthaler joined ADM in 2012 from ConocoPhillips Corporation, where he most recently served as general manager of corporate information technology. Prior to that, he served as general manager of information services and upstream global information services. While at ConocoPhillips, Schoenthaler led the successful integration of the Conoco and Phillips Petroleum systems for the exploration and production businesses and the integration of assets of Burlington Resources Company into ConocoPhillips.
Earlier in his career, he worked for IBM Corporation for 16 years in a variety of roles.
Schoenthaler holds an MBA from the University of Arkansas and a B.S. from Missouri Southern State University.
VP, IT & CIO Abbott
Preston Simons is Abbott’s vice president and corporate officer for information technology. He joined Abbott in October 2000 and was appointed to this position in March 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.
Chief Innovation Officer Dell
Jim Stikeleather is chief innovation officer for Dell Services, where his team enables, facilitates and accelerates new technologies, business models and processes to address evolving business, economic and social forces for the company and customers.
For more than 30 years, Stikeleather has designed, developed and implemented award-winning information and communications technologies that help businesses and institutions succeed. He has started and grown multiple companies and speaks and consults internationally on digital infrastructures, evaluation of emerging technologies, and provided strategic guidance on their application to achieve business outcomes.
Stikeleather participates in international technology standards bodies, has written multiple book and industry-article contributions and advises a number of technology incubators. Additionally, he holds two patents. He came to Dell via Perot Systems and Meadwestvaco. Perot acquired a company he started, the Technical Resource Connection in 1996.
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Chairman & CEO Catamaran
Mark Thierer is chairman and chief executive officer of Catamaran (NASDAQ: CTRX), one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers serving more than 32 million members. Thierer has been instrumental in redefining the way pharmacy benefits are managed. Through his leadership, Catamaran has emerged as the leading alternative to the traditional approach of other PBMs, with customized solutions that benefit healthcare payers and the communities they serve.
As a 30-year healthcare industry leader, Thierer has a track record of leading organizations to financial and operational success. He joined SXC in 2006 as president and chief operating officer and was named president and CEO in 2008 and CEO and chairman of the board in 2011. From the beginning, his vision was to transform SXC from a pure technology player to an industry leading full service provider. When he joined SXC, revenues were $50 million, EBITDA was $12 million annually and the company market capitalization was $160 million. Since that time the company has posted a compound annual growth rate of 50% and an amazing fifty-fold increase in shareholder value. This growth and value creation earned the company numerous industry awards, with Fortune naming SXC the #1 Fastest Growing Company in 2011.
VP & CIO Kraft Foods Group, Inc.
Francesco Tinto, VP and CIO for Kraft Foods Groups, began his new role in October 2012, upon the separation of the former Kraft Foods into two companies, Kraft Foods Group and Mondelēz International. 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 Foods, 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.
CISO McDonald's Corporation
Marc Varner serves as the CISO for McDonald’s Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for the protection of the company's information assets, as well as the strategy and implementation of all access systems surrounding directories, identity management, authentication and authorization. Varner has more than 18 years of experience in the technical, operational and program management aspects of information security, privacy and architecture.
Prior to his current position, Varner has led various security and architecture functions in the professional services industry at Deloitte Global and Navigant Consulting as well as in the ﬁnancial services sector with Discover Financial and Morgan Stanley. Prior to his work there, he was based in London with Arthur Andersen where he directed the development of the information security program for Andersen in the EMEIA region.
Chief Trust Officer CipherCloud
Bob West joins CipherCloud after more than a decade in security leadership roles with financial and professional services organizations where he oversaw security strategy, audit and compliance across global teams. He has held CISO roles at Fifth Third Bank and Bank One, led Ernst & Young’s security practice, and was senior systems officer with Citicorp. West is a frequent speaker on information security, cloud computing and global policy issues such as payment fraud and critical infrastructure. He serves on the Jericho Forum management board and on advisory boards for Agiliance, AirPatrol, the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council and Trusteer.
CTO & Co Founder CloudLock
As CTO, Ron Zalkind is responsible for CloudLock’s overall technology vision, product strategy and continuous innovation.
Prior to founding CloudLock, Zalkind was director of product management at Interwise (acquired by AT&T), and held varied engineering management positions in private and military sectors such as the Israeli Air Force Software Development unit, where he worked on the development of mission-critical intelligence systems. Zalkind has more than 20 years of experience building complex software systems and product platforms.
Zalkind has a B.A. in computer science from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and is a graduate of MAMRAM (elite software developer program at IDF Computer & Technology Unit).