Sr. Dir., Portfolio Delivery Lead, Health Care Service Corporation
As senior director of delivery at Health Care Service Corporation, Mark Ardito leads the development of new and innovative solutions to deliver business technology solutions for the largest customer-owned health insurance company in the United States. His abilities to generate tangible results and solve complex challenges with technology have moved HCSC forward as a leader in health care technology space.
Ardito also held an instrumental role in the online shopping presence of HCSC during the Affordable Care Act implementation in 2013. During this time, HCSC to become the largest insurer in all five ACA states on the public exchange.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, Chicago and a master’s degree in computer science from DePaul University.
Vice President, Analytics and Customer Support, Nimble Storage
Rod Bagg leads the company’s worldwide technical support and drives support automation and advanced science initiatives. Bagg and his team are developing a new paradigm for customer support that will become a key point of differentiation for the company.
Prior to Nimble, Bagg served as vice president of engineering at Glassbeam, where he co-founded the Glassbeam data analytics Software-as-a-Service. He has held senior management positions at Infloblox and NetApp, where he was responsible for product support, support automation and RAS initiatives.
He earned his diploma in electrical engineering technology from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology.
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.
VP Information Technology Americas, Robert Bosch LLC
Dennis Boecker, VP, information technology Americas, Robert Bosch LLC, is responsible for Bosch IT in the region Americas and represents the global CIO in the region.
Previously, he served as head of department for Robert Bosch GmbH. He was responsible for customer engagement and solution line commercial applications, including the coordination of commercial applications. Before this, he was an internal senior consultant at Robert Bosch GmbH and oversaw quality management for global SAP projects. Prior to that, Boecker served as project leader at Bosch Rexroth AG, where he was responsible for rollout management for SAP projects in Europe.
Throughout his career, he has focused on leadership business, process management, innovation management, business management, IT management, enterprise resource planning, SAP, business development, program management, project management, process improvement and change management.
His education includes “Leading Innovation” and “Leading in Merger & Acquisition Projects” from the Carnegie Bosch Institute, Pittsburg. He holds SAP education certification for SAP Modules CO Release 4.0 and Business Warehouse Release 1.2b/2.0a. Boecker also holds a diploma in economics from Leibniz Akademie, Hannover.
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 for global infrastructure. Prior to that, he held IT leadership positions at Honeywell International and Entergy corporations.
Booth has a master’s in computer resource and information management and a bachelor’s in computer science.
Director, On Your Feet
Shelley Darcy had been studying and performing improvisational theater for more than 20 years. She currently performs on stage with Brainwaves Improv in Portland, Oregon. Since 2003, Darcy has used her improv training off the stage with On Your Feet where she has worked with companies like Nike, Intel, Mattel, Disney and GE, worldwide. In 2009, she started a nonprofit organization called Super Project Lab, whose mission is to use the principles of improv to teach life skills to marginalized youth.
Vice President, Capriza
Matt Dussling has 20 years of sales, consulting and sales management experience in both startups and Fortune 100 enterprises. He is VP at Capriza with sales management responsibilities for the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada. His track record of achievement in enterprise software sales and delivery includes starting and growing sales teams into successful organizations that have helped his previous companies both go public and lead to acquisitions. He has successfully established market leadership positions in such categories as mobility, business process management software, enterprise social media management and e-commerce enterprise solutions.
Before Capriza, Dussling worked at Lombardi Software, IBM, Trilogy Software and Spredfast.
He holds a B.S. in economics from Trinity University.
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.
Director, Central U.S., Mandiant, a FireEye Company
Executive Director, EY
John Gillardi is an executive director within EY’s IT Transformation advisory practice, bringing over 25 years of experience and leadership in systems integration and business transformation.
Previously, Gillardi was the CEO of ViewPoint, a mobile software company focused on enabling mobile workers more effectively with Microsoft SharePoint and other cloud file-management solutions. Prior to his tenure as CEO, he was responsible for the SharePoint business on a global scale. He primarily managed solution development, delivery, marketing and sales.
Gillardi has extensive experience working with mobile technologies, business intelligence and business productivity to drive business value. This work includes strategy, delivery, infrastructure and go-to-market efforts for companies in high tech, telecom, health care, transportation, energy and life sciences industries.
He is a graduate of Missouri State University.
S. Chris Gladwin
Founder and Former CEO, Cleversafe, CEO and Co-Founder, Ocient
Chris Gladwin is co-founder and CEO of Ocient, a new technology company in Chicago.
Previously, he worked as founder and CEO of Cleversafe, whose software is the foundation of many of the largest data storage systems worldwide. Cleversafe’s technology is used to store many of the files, such as maps, songs, television programs, photographs and movies. The company created one of the 10 most powerful patent portfolios in the world and was acquired by IBM in 2015. Prior to CleverSafe, Chris founded and led the first digital music service provider, MusicNow, and wireless tablet computer company, Cruise Technologies.
Gladwin has a B.S. in engineering from MIT and is on the board of trustees for The Illinois Institute of Technology.
Agile Transformation Strategist, Pivotal
As agile transformation strategist at Pivotal, John Grosshandler helps large enterprises looking to build and deploy web and mobile applications in the same fashion as Silicon Valley startups.
To accomplish this, he leverages his 30 years of high-tech experience to help firms like Allstate, Discover and Northern Trust transform their culture, software development methodology and technology tools to seize new revenue opportunities, fend off disruptors and become more agile and cost-effective. He does this by leveraging Pivotal’s experience working with high-tech superstars like Google, Uber and Facebook and adapting these best practices to the unique needs of large enterprises.
Prior to joining Pivotal in 2012, he held various strategic roles at firms, including VMware, BEA Systems and SPSS. Grosshandler has also worked for numerous technology startups, including Recognition Systems and The Softa Group. In addition, he started his own high-tech startup, eComXpo, which he sold after three years of dramatic growth.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Iowa.
Corporate VP Global Enterprise Solutions & Business Transformation, McDonald's Corporation
Deb Hall-Lefevre, VP, global enterprise solutions, McDonald’s Corporation, manages the business portfolio and drives global improvement through business intelligence and financial, HR and training systems.
Previously, Hall-Lefevre was CIO of McDonald’s U.S. IT department, where she was responsible for the development and execution of the U.S. technology strategy. She worked closely with the U.S. leadership team and owner/operator leadership to leverage technology to improve and grow the business. Prior to that, she was VP of IT enterprise for McDonald’s Corporation, a role she held for five years. She joined McDonald’s Corporation in 2002 as director, IT strategy & planning. Before McDonald’s, she was with Motorola for 13 years in a variety of roles within IT.
Hall-Lefevre sits on a number of internal executive boards that provide strategic direction and oversight to critical business initiatives. She also serves as a board member for Turning Point, a non-for-profit domestic violence agency and shelter in McHenry County, Illinois.
She graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in computer information processing.
President, Customers & Markets, Dell EMC
Frank Hauck, president, customers and markets, Dell EMC’s Infrastructure Solutions Group, serves as principal liaison to global customers and strategic international countries and markets, coordinating account and alliance teams to engage customers on their transformative IT journeys. He reports to ISG President David Goulden and is based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.
Previously, Hauck was president of VCE and filled a broad range of executive roles during his 25 years serving EMC customers. As president of VCE, he was responsible for global operations and customer experience. There, he led VCE’s team in helping customers understand and embrace the business potential of IT transformation through VCE Converged Infrastructure.
Prior to joining VCE, Hauck was EMC’s EVP, customer experience, reporting to EMC chairman and CEO Joe Tucci. In this role, he led EMC’s solutions, technology alliances, customer quality and total customer experience organizations.
Hauck is a graduate of Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island, holds an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and completed the executive program for management development at Harvard Business School.
EVP & CIO, COUNTRY Financial
Brad Hildestad is EVP and CIO of COUNTRY Financial. Previously, he served as the company’s VP of infrastructure engineering and IT operations and support.
Earlier, Hildestad worked for Allstate Insurance for 30 years in its IT area. His most recent position there was director of infrastructure services, client, middleware and security platforms.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in business administration from DePaul University. He’s a graduate of Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management’s Finance for Executives Program, and Penn State’s Executive Program, The Enterprise Technology Strategist — Aligning IT and Business Strategies.
He also holds a Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management from ITIL.
As COO of Ensono, Brian Klingbeil is responsible for overall company operations, including product management and development, service delivery and client satisfaction and Ensono’s technology and services roadmap. In addition, he is a member of the company’s board of directors.
Previously, Klingbeil held executive positions with Savvis, now part of CenturyLink, where he re-engineered the product development organization and established the firm’s presence in China.
He received a B.S. in finance from Ohio State University and studied physics and engineering at Miami University, Ohio.
Co-Founder and Partner, Drive Capital
Mark Kvamme is a co-founder and partner at Drive Capital. Before Drive Capital, Kvamme was the interim chief investment officer and president of JobsOhio, a private, nonprofit corporation leading Ohio’s job creation efforts. Prior to JobsOhio, Kvamme was a partner at Sequoia Capital for 12 years, where he led investments in LinkedIn, MarkLogic, Cast Iron, and FunnyOrDie.com. Prior to Sequoia, Kvamme was the chairman and CEO of CKS Group and a founding member of Apple France.
Kvamme has a bachelor of arts from the University of California, Berkeley.
Practice Head Advisory Services, Tata Consultancy Services
John LaGrasse has worked for leading global corporations, including Procter and Gamble, American General, AIG, Citicorp, Ernst & Whinney CPA and The Phoenix Companies. His extensive experience spans the breadth of corporate management, including several CIO roles, and roles as COO and EVP.
His expertise includes leading large complex technology organizations and transformational solutions, aligning business and technology organizations to achieve common goals, and planning and implementing mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
LaGrasse served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
CIO, Ingredion Incorporated
Ron Lejcar is currently the CIO of Ingredion, a leading global ingredient provider to the food, beverage, brewing and pharmaceutical industries as well as numerous industrial sectors. As CIO, Lejcar is responsible for setting the IT strategy and delivering and supporting technology solutions on a global basis. This includes all aspects of technology from desktops through major enterprise systems, such as SAP. His organization is globally led and managed at a regional level to ensure alignment with the business structure.
Since joining Ingredion in 2006 as CIO, Lejcar has built a global IT organization to meet the increasing IT demands for solutions that support the business’ aggressive growth strategy and help enable efficiency improvements throughout the operations. During his tenure, he has led the organization through the successful implementation of SAP on a global basis and recently completely the integration of a large acquisition. Prior to joining Ingredion, Lejcar was the CIO of Sara Lee Foods and IT manager at Time Inc.
Lejcar earned a B.S. degree in business from Elmurst College and a MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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.
Director, Enterprise Solutions, EUC, VMware
Mark Margevicius, director of enterprise solutions at EUC for VMware, focuses on assisting customers in understanding the trends and directions of the end-user computing landscape. In this advisory role, he gives tactical guidance initiatives and strategy development in the areas of desktop transformation, mobile computing, DaaS, VDI and desktop virtualization.
He joined VMware after spending 16 years at Gartner Research, where he most recently served as VP and research director, covering end-user computing with a primary focus on desktop virtualization, hosted virtual desktops, PC hardware and server-based computing. During this time, he assisted clients in the selection of solutions appropriate for their needs and best practices for client-side policies and procedures. Before Gartner, Mark spent nine years as VP at KeyBank, a regional bank in Ohio where he oversaw infrastructure operations and desktop support.
Margevicius has a B.S. in computer science from University of Akron and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University.
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.
Author of "Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less"
An experienced marketing executive, successful entrepreneur and author, Joe McCormack is recognized for his work in narrative messaging and corporate storytelling. His new book, “Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less,” tackles the timeliness of the “less is more” mandate.
A passionate leader, McCormack founded The BRIEF Lab in 2013 after years dedicated to developing and delivering a unique curriculum on strategic narratives for U.S. Army Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He actively counsels military leaders and senior executives on key messaging and strategy initiatives. His clients include W.W. Grainger, Harley-Davidson, USG Corporation, BMO Harris Bank, SAP, MasterCard, Heinz, Hoffman-La Roche and Jones Lang LaSalle.
McCormack founded and serves as managing director and president of The Sheffield Company, an award¬-winning boutique agency. He speaks at diverse industry and client forums on the topics of messaging, storytelling, change and leadership.
He received a bachelor’s degree in English literature with honors from Loyola University of Chicago.
SVP & CIO, DeVry Education Group
Chris Nash joined DeVry Inc. in 2010 as vice president and chief technology officer and was appointed CIO in 2013. As CIO, Nash is responsible for all aspects of DeVry’s IT strategy, planning and operations including academic and classroom technologies, business platforms and services, infrastructure and security services, project management office, and enterprise architecture
Prior to DeVry, Nash served as chief technology officer for Millward Brown, one of the world’s largest market research companies. In this role, he was responsible for global strategy and supported all technology solutions used by 84 offices across 54 countries. Prior to Millward, Nash served in a variety of IT roles over 12 years at Kraft Foods. He led numerous manufacturing, supply chain, customer service initiatives, served as one of Kraft’s first enterprise architects, and in his final role, served as IT client account director for finance, corporate, and HQ systems. He also worked Greenbrier & Russel Consulting and Rand McNally.
A native of Chicago, Nash earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and his bachelor of arts degree in English literature from Beloit College.
SVP CIO, CSL Behring
Andy Newsom is SVP and CIO for CSL Group, where he oversees global IT of all CSL group businesses, including CSL Behring and CSL Plasma.
CSL is a $6B global specialty biotherapeutics company that develops and delivers innovative biotherapies that save lives and helps people with life-threatening medical conditions live full lives. CSL has major facilities in Australia, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the U.S., employing over 14,000 in more than 30 countries.
Newsom has over 30 years of IT leadership experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with leadership roles in all aspects of IT. He has worked for companies such as Armour Pharmaceutical, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Centeon and Aventis Behring. His experience includes leadership and development in IT strategy, portfolio management, enterprise architecture, security and risk, applications, infrastructure and operations and IT quality.
He is an experienced global leader who has led the transformation of IT from a localized federated organization to a virtual matrixed globalized team. At the same time, he developed a high-performing team culture focused on quality, performance and cost-efficiencies, raising customer satisfaction to over 90 percent.
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.
VP CIO, Illinois Tool Works Inc.
SVP of Platform & Chief Strategy Officer, Box
Jeetu Patel is senior vice president of platform and chief strategy officer for Box. In this role he leads Box's platform organization, driving the strategy for Box's platform business and developer relations. He also oversees Box’s corporate strategy and development organization.
Patel has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise information technology, and before joining Box, he was general manager and chief executive of EMC’s Syncplicity business unit. He previously held leadership roles in EMC’s information intelligence group, including chief marketing officer, chief strategy officer and chief technology officer. Prior to EMC, Patel was president of Doculabs, a research and advisory firm focused on collaboration and content management across a range of industries, including financial services, insurance, energy, manufacturing and life sciences.
Patel holds a B.S. in information decision sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Divisional CIO Claims, VP Technology & Strategic Ventures, Allstate Insurance Company
Opal Perry is VP and divisional CIO of claims technology services at Allstate Insurance, where she leads a global engineering workforce to develop and sustain critical software systems for property and casualty claims.
Perry has over 20 years of expertise in building and growing global technology organizations across a variety of software engineering disciplines, including software development and technology infrastructure. Earlier, she served as the interim managing director of Allstate Northern Ireland and COO of the Allstate technology and strategic ventures international organization. There, she led the business and cultural integration of Allstate’s global technology and operations workforce across U.S., Northern Ireland and India.
Outside of Allstate, she serves as a member the industrial advisory board at the Center for Secure Information Technologies at Queens University, Belfast, and on the dean’s advisory council for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering with a double major in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She also earned master of business administration degrees from University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Columbia Business School.
EVP & CIO, Briggs Healthcare
John Phillips is an IT executive with more than 30 years of professional experience at publicly traded and privately held companies. His accountabilities and expertise include information systems strategy, daily operations and organizational alignment. In addition to being the CIO, Phillips also holds executive accountability for the enterprise supply chain including inventory planning, inventory procurement, inventory deployment, distribution, warehouse management, general facilities management and inbound / outbound logistics. Prior accountabilities at Briggs Healthcare have included customer service, quality control, and regulatory affairs where he guided the enterprise through its first ISO 13485 certification.
Phillips currently serves as the EVP and CIO for Briggs Healthcare and its subsidiaries. Previous organizations that he has worked for include Uline, Trinity Industries, a U.S. Freightway’s reverse logistics subsidiary, PrimeSource Building Products, and several levels of management at Frito-Lay and Texas Instruments.
Phillips has a M.A. in information systems from the University of Texas at Dallas. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University with a major in computer science and a minor in psychology. He is active in several professional societies and organizations, and is a trustee board member for the Chicago Chapter of SIM, having held similar board positions for the Dallas-Fort Worth SIM Chapter.
Partner, Strategy & Digital Business and Technology, PwC
Dan Priest, a PwC Strategy& partner, leads PwC’s technology strategy practice. He works with clients across industries, helping them define and execute technology enabled strategies.
Priest specializes in digital strategy, operating model design, strategic sourcing and operational excellence. He has more than 20 years of experience, with previous positions including VP and CIO of Toyota Financial Services.
He has an MBA in marketing and finance from the Smith School of Business at University of Maryland and a B.A. in business and Japanese from California State University, Fullerton/Nanzan University, Japan.
CIO, Beam Suntory
Allison Radecki is CIO at Beam Suntory Inc., the world’s third-largest premium spirits company. She is responsible for the IT function globally, including strategic planning, project delivery, operations, security, controls and compliance. Additionally, she is charged with leading the IT team to be a competitive asset for the company business performance. Radecki joined Beam Suntory following a two-decade-long career in IT strategy, business transformation and systems integration.
Previously, she served as senior director information systems of global integrated supply chain, for Mondelez International. Earlier, Radecki spent 10 years at GS1 U.S. as SVP and CIO, where 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 a B.S. in industrial engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Partner, On Your Feet
Brad Robertson is the former director of the business outreach program at Portland State University, where he taught for six years. The tallest member of On Your Feet, Robertson is great at reaching things. He is happy to tell you about home exchange, simplicity and how owning a snow cone business as a youth can have life-long consequences.
VP, IT & CIO, TTX Company
Bruce Schinelli joined TTX as VP of IT and CIO in 2006. The IT department delivers information and communication services and systems that support TTX and its business partners throughout the rail industry.
Prior to joining TTX, Schinelli was VP of rail systems for Wachovia Corporation/First Union Rail where he directed the strategic development of the computer systems for several businesses within Wachovia including their railroad fleet.
A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he received his bachelor of science degree in economics and mathematics and his master’s in operations research.
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.
SVP & CIO, Wipro Limited
Raja Ukil is CIO of Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and outsourcing company. He has been with Wipro since 2002, and has served in a variety of roles, leveraging his expertise in leadership, technology insight and operational excellence.
As CIO, he is responsible for defining Wipro’s internal IT strategy and leading the management and transformation of Wipro’s applications, infrastructure and enterprise security support and execution. Ukil is also responsible for process and application simplification, resulting in enhanced user experience, cycle time and cost optimization.
Previously, he worked at PwC as a supply chain implementation consultant in Oracle apps. Ukil is a change leader with 24 years of experience. He has received several prestigious global awards, including the CIO 100 awards, IDG Insight award, SAP Ace and CIOL CIO of the year. He recently won the global “CIO 100” 2016 award by IDG for Wipro’s digital platform, mywipro.
Ukil holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India.
Partner, On Your Feet
Amy Veltman is a partner of the improvisational theater group, On Your Feet, currently heading the team’s New York City office. In her realm, Sshe designs and delivers interactive keynotes on a variety of topics including storytelling, creativity and collaboration.
Veltman kicked off her career in the entertainment industry, bringing her storytelling talents to work as a writer for big-name film and television companies across Los Angeles and NYC. While working as a writer, Veltman studied improv on the side to develop the skills seen in her work today. After spending time in the entertainment industry, she worked with a Portland agency to design marketing content and strategy for a Fortune 100 tech client. She joined OYF in 2010.
CIO, USG Corporation
Creighton Warren is the CIO at USG Corporation, a leading manufacturer and distributor of building product solutions. He joined USG in 2003 and was accountable for the IT portion of major customer satisfaction initiative involving the company wide deployment of Oracle eBusiness suite across fifty plus manufacturing facilities. Immediately prior to his current role, he was senior director of technology, information technology at USG Corporation, responsible for the application, architecture, and operations organizations.
Warren started his career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and was a manager in the firm’s network solutions consulting practice. He moved to Heller Financial, a middle market commercial lender, where he was VP of IT, responsible for major projects and eCommerce technology strategy. While at Heller, he successfully led Heller’s largest IT investment in more than 10 years, an enterprise-wide technology architecture and integration initiative. As a result of that project, he was recognized as one of the Top Five IT project managers in North America with the receipt of the 1998 Project Leadership Award sponsored by ABT Corporation.
He earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.M. with a concentration in finance and strategy from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
VP, IT, Ace Hardware Corporation
Rick Williams is VP of IT for Ace Hardware Corporation. In this role, he has responsibility for all IT functions, driving strategic technology and systems management initiatives to shape business functions and investments.
Williams has more than 25 years of wholesale, retail and supply chain experience.
He earned an undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and an MBA from DePaul University.
Clinical Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Co-Founder and Exec. Dir., Kellogg Innovation Network, Northwestern University; Co-Founder, Clareo
Robert Wolcott is co-founder and executive director of Kellogg Innovation Network, founded in 2003, and a clinical professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. KIN is a network of senior executives dedicated to driving sustainable innovation for their organizations and for humanity. Wolcott is also a managing partner with Clareo, a growth strategy consultancy serving senior executives at global corporations such as Exelon, Johnson Controls and others.
Outside of his professional posts, Wolcott is an active angel investor in enterprises such as crowd-funding leader and student loan innovator, Indiegogo; legal documentation platform, Lumni; Page Vault; and healthcare data and analytics providers, SA Ignite and ClearCare Online.
His book with Dr. Michael Lippitz, “Grow from Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation,” shares a decade of research and has been published in Chinese and Japanese. Additionally, his work has appeared in MIT Sloan Management Review, strategy+business, The Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Business Week, The Financial Times — Europe, The New York Times and numerous overseas publications.
He won Teacher of the Year from Kellogg’s EMBA program in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and is a frequent speaker and lecturer at events and universities worldwide.
Wolcott received a B.A. in European and Chinese history; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering and management science from Northwestern University.