Regional Manager, Capriza
Dan Adams is director of Capriza, a mobile optimization provider. He has 20 years of sales, consulting and sales management experience.
Prior to Capriza, Adams led Apptio’s sales efforts as VP of Central and Western U.S. His track record of achievement in enterprise software sales and delivery includes opening territories for early-stage companies and securing market leadership in high-growth organizations. He has successfully established market leadership positions in categories such as mobility, enterprise IT governance, project portfolio management, IT infrastructure automation, virtual computing and securities compliance management.
Adams holds a B.S. in finance from University of Illinois and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.
Vice President, Analytics and Customer Support, Nimble Storage
Rod Bagg, VP, analytics and customer support, Nimble Storage, leads the company’s worldwide technical support driving automation and advanced science initiatives. Bagg and his team are developing a new paradigm for customer support.
Prior to Nimble, Bagg served as VP of engineering at Glassbeam, where he co-founded its data analytics SaaS. He also held senior management positions in support at Infoblox and at NetApp, where he was responsible for product support, support automation and RAS initiatives.
Bagg 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.
S. Chris Gladwin
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 of Platform & Chief Strategy Officer, Box
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.
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.
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, 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.
Robert C. Wolcott, 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.