SVP, CIO Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Christian Anschuetz fuses executive business acumen with technical knowledge to build high-performance organizations and solutions that enable transformative change. This results in fast-growth expansion, record revenue and profit levels, and lasting improvements in market competitiveness, service delivery, and outstanding customer value.
As senior vice president, global chief information officer and head of the enterprise transformation office for all of Underwriters Laboratories, Anschuetz has reenergized this global enterprise with a new vision for the future that includes modernization, innovation, and revenue growth powered by new and emerging technologies. His vision and strategy is transforming the company from a hybrid professional services and factory model into an information powerhouse, with technology as the cornerstone.
In his prior role as executive vice president and chief information officer for the Americas at Publicis Groupe, he successfully revolutionized the entire IT organization into a trusted provider of business-enabling technology solutions while on-boarding numerous disparate brands into a single shared services center. Anschuetz served two active duty tours in the U.S. Marine Corps. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in computer information science from Strayer University.
CIO Energizer Holdings, Inc.
Tony Bender is the CIO at Energizer Holdings, Inc. Energizer is a global consumer products company with strong brands including: Energizer, Eveready, Schick, Wilkinson-Sword, Playtex, Hawaiian Tropic, Banana Boat and Wet Ones. Energizer has over 12,000 colleagues located in 50 countries serving 160 markets globally. Bender has worked with a wide variety of food, beverage, personal care, household and soft goods CPG companies, along with their suppliers and retail customers. He is recognized as one of the leading experts in the management of IT and business process improvement within the consumer products industry.
Earlier in his career, Bender served as VP of IT for Unilever; VP and CIO for Alberto Culver Company; SVP and CIO for Relizon; VP and CIO for Dan River; director systems development for springs industries; and senior manager, Price Waterhouse, as a consulting practice leader in their supply chain management consulting practice. Bender received his undergraduate degree from Frostburg State University in economics, and completed his graduate work in business administration at Shippensburg University.
Bender is a member of the St. Louis CIO Board, Editorial Advisory Board of Consumer Goods Technology magazine, member of the GMA Information Systems Committee and a frequent speaker on topics relating to technology innovation within the CPG industry.
Commissioner & CIO City of Chicago
Brenna Berman is commissioner and CIO for the Chicago department of innovation and technology. She joined the Emanuel administration in 2011 as deputy budget director focused on enterprise initiatives and performance management. After a year in that role, Berman transitioned to the department of innovation technology as the first deputy commissioner to focus on enterprise IT consolidation and operational excellence.
Over the past year, Berman has focused transforming the team 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 built a career promoting government innovation during her more than 10 years at IBM, where she worked closely with government agencies in cities and countries across the world to leverage technology and analytics to improve the services they provide to their residents. Throughout her time at IBM, Berman tailored cutting-edge business and data models, from processes to analytic algorithms for large government organizations in order to accelerate their own modernization efforts.
Berman earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago.
Global CIO Aon plc
As chief information officer, Steve Betts is accountable for creating and executing Aon’s global technology vision to maximize the company’s business effectiveness. His strategic agenda is focused on delivering distinctive value to Aon’s clients through innovative technology solutions, deploying flexible and secure end-user technologies throughout the organization, and streamlining Aon’s technology landscape. Under his leadership, technology has played an increasing role in Aon’s go-to-market strategy.
Global Serious Games Program Manager IBM
Phaedra Boinodiris, producer of IBM’s award-winning INNOV8 series of serious games, is responsible for IBM’s broader global serious games strategy, leading their global effort to leverage serious games and provide greater agility for businesses and organizations industry-wide.
In 2010, Boinodiris assumed responsibility of IBM’s serious games strategy for the U.S. public sector, mainly focusing on U.S. defense. Her strategies for evolving serious games have been championed by 4-Star generals, and she has presented her ideas for advanced process optimization games to the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff at the Pentagon and to the head of DARPA. She has keynoted two NATO summits and continues to co-chair serious games summits internationally.
Upon joining IBM, Boinodiris incubated the company’s first games for marketing programs, creating the top-leading generating assets on the Internet for IBM. Boinodiris was honored by Women in Games International as one of the top 100 women in the games industry. Prior to working at IBM, she was a serial entrepreneur for 14 years, during which time she co-founded WomenGamers.Com, a popular women’s gaming portal. She subsequently started the first scholarship for women to pursue degrees in game design and development in the U.S.
SVP & CIO Reyes Holdings, LLC
Mark Booth is SVP and CIO 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 than 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 VP of global infrastructure. Prior to that, he held IT leadership positions at Honeywell International and Entergy corporations.
Booth has a master’s degree in computer resource and information management and a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
CIO The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Kevin B. Boyd is the CIO at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has overall technical responsibility for Booth’s campuses in Chicago, London and Singapore, and he manages a staff of approximately 45 in operations, application development, project management, and service management.
Prior to coming to Booth, he was the VP of project management for Tribune Company. Boyd previously served first as a Project Management Office director and then as director of quality assurance and testing for CNA Financial. At CNA, he helped develop a PMO responsible for overseeing a portfolio of projects worth more than $10M. Boyd previously worked for United Airlines as director of e-commerce systems and spearheaded projects that helped grow United’s e-commerce revenue from $100M a year to more than $1B annually.
He was also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University for the past nine years, teaching classes in e-commerce and working with students on independent study projects.He began his career in radio as a disc jockey for his hometown radio station in central Wisconsin. He later joined WTMJ-TV Channel 4, Milwaukee’s NBC affiliate as a news editor and assignment editor.
Boyd holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast and electronic communication from Marquette University and a master’s degree in communication systems, strategy and management from Northwestern 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.
SVP & CIO Corporate and Global Function Groups PepsiCo
Sri Donthi owns the business relationships for PepsiCo’s corporate and global function groups to develop IT strategy, enable top-line growth and deliver efficiencies. Additionally, he leads the BIS enterprise services organization which includes the application collaboration services and BIS innovation team.
Previously, Donthi held numerous BIS leadership roles which included SVP of global technology services encompassing data centers, networks and end-user services. He was also VP and CIO for PepsiCo international OneUp and technical transformation, delivering the ERP capability required to run, grow and transform how PepsiCo does business across our international markets.
Donthi joined PepsiCo in 2004 as VP of global infrastructure management. Prior to joining PepsiCo, he spent 10-plus years at Motorola, delivering the IT agenda and building strategic business partnerships across global Motorola operations.
Donthi holds an executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a master of science in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology.
VP, Marketing & CCO True Value Company
Blake Fohl is the VP of marketing and chief customer officer for True Value Company. Fohl is responsible for meetings and events, e-commerce, analytics and research, brand marketing, loyalty, and creative departments.
Fohl has been in the retail industry for more than 35 years, serving as CMO for Hancock Fabrics and Tractor Supply Company. While at Tractor Supply, Fohl led their brand development and execution initiative and played a significant role in the company’s growth from $190M in sales to over $3.5B during his tenure.
Fohl’s business passion is helping companies grow and develop their brand by understanding and recognizing the emotional connection they have with their customers. Fohl believes building relationships with customers, not just transactions, is the only way to really create competitive advantage.
VP, IT Reinhart Food Services, LLC
Mark Forbes is the VP of IT at Reinhart Foodservices, the fifth largest broadline foodservice distributor in the U.S., servicing over 60,000 customers from 27 locations.
Forbes has been in IT for more than 25 years, specializing in manufacturing and distribution. Since joining Reinhart in 2010, he is leading the development of team responsible for all IT services including infrastructure and customer application development. In a competitive marketplace, Reinhart is focused on technology and solutions to differentiate themselves from the competition and Forbes drives the development of Reinhart’s customer facing applications, which are regarded as the industry best in class. As Reinhart rapidly continues to expand its presence in new markets, Forbes also leads the integration of these new business unites onto the Reinhart technology platform.
Forbes received his MBA from DePaul University and his computer science degree from Loyola University.
Managing Director CEB
Brian Foster is a managing director in the Corporate Executive Board’s (CEB) IT Practice where he oversees a global team that provides advice and consultation to a network of more than 2,500 IT leaders, including CIOs, enterprise architects, applications, infrastructure, security and PMO executives. He has written extensively on IT functional management including organizational design, leadership development, strategic planning, IT value communication and service management. He sits on the IT Practice Executive Committee and is a member of the CEB’s Global Leadership Group.
Foster joined the CEB in 1993 as a research director within the company’s financial services and technology practices. After leaving to attend graduate school, he served as director of business development at Excite@Home Corporation, then the largest provider of high-speed cable internet service. Foster re-joined the CEB’s IT Practice in 2001, directing research in The CIO Executive Board and the Enterprise Architecture Executive Council before assuming leadership of all of the CEB’s IT Infrastructure programs in 2006.
Foster holds a B.A. from Williams College and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth.
VP & CIO A. M. Castle & Co.
Kevin Glynn is the VP and CIO for A. M. Castle & Co., where he is responsible for all information technology worldwide, including IT operations, new system developments, and telecommunications.
From mid-2012 until early 2013, Glynn was appointed acting VP of operations and oversaw continued improvements in safety, reductions in overall energy costs, the disposal of unnecessary real estate, and the initial implementation of the Toyota Production System.
Previously, Glynn was COO of IRON Solutions, Inc., a venture backed IT company specializing in data, software and media in the agriculture equipment market. As the former CIO of Case New Holland, he launched several projects, including worldwide implementations for finance, after-market parts sales, warranty, manufacturing and a system for logistics. He previously was a vice president with Oracle Corporation, holding P&L positions based in Europe, the U.S., and Latin America.
Glynn has an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.S. in industrial engineering from Northwestern University.
Mark J. Halloran
SVP, Operations & Technology Catamaran
Mark Halloran is a healthcare information technology executive with more than 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He joined Catamaran in 2010 as senior vice president of strategic technology services. In this capacity, his responsibilities include leading the technology services business unit, the Medicare Part D business and several strategic growth initiatives.
Prior to joining Catamaran, Halloran spent 17 years with Medco Health Solutions, where he was CIO from 2004—2009. While there, he lead a global service delivery unit of more than 1,200 associates.
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 & CIO True Value Company
As VP and CIO, Rosalee Hermens is responsible for leading True Value Company’s information technology team and managing the co-op’s retail and enterprise systems.
A seasoned technology executive, Hermens has led enterprise technology for both large and small companies. She has more than 20 years of experience delivering tangible business results through optimizing business process, information and information systems. She has a renowned track record of increasing revenue, reducing costs and improving customer satisfaction, she has been recognized for her work at The Timberland Company, Aspen Technology, Compaq Computer, Digital Equipment Corporation, IBM and Bank of Boston.
Before joining True Value Company in 2011, Hermens was the founder and principal of Hermens & Associates, a strategic IT management consulting firm that helped clients identify and pursue successful funding strategies, identify the need for and recruit new leadership, and create and implement new application portfolios through organizational and business plan assessments, competitive analysis, and benchmarking.
Hermens holds a master’s degree in administrative science from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon.
Group Product Line Marketing Manager, IT Business Management VMware, Inc.
David Jasso is responsible for VMware IT business management product marketing. He joined VMware two and a half years ago as part of the vcenter operations marketing team and was responsible for the product launch. Prior to joining VMware, Jasso was with HP Software where he held roles in engineering program management, product management, financial services industry marketing and product marketing. He also held roles as an IT project manager for global data warehousing financial reporting solutions and was a director of operations managing both finance and IT teams.
HP Fellow Hewlett-Packard Company
Kas Kasravi is an HP Fellow in HP Enterprise Services. He has been with HP since 1985. His areas of interest are analytics, artificial intelligence, patent law, and invention methodologies, through which he has developed innovative solutions for clients in many diverse industries. Kasravi is currently working in the portfolio research and development team in HP Enterprise Services, where he is responsible for development of new standard service offerings. Kasravi has been the recipient of two General Motors trade secrets, eleven worldwide patents, has more than twenty patents pending, and has published more than two dozen technical articles. He was granted one of the earliest patents in data mining in the mid-1990s, and one of his data mining projects received an award from the Smithsonian Institute.
Kasravi has B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering, and a law degree with emphasis on intellectual property. He is a certified manufacturing engineer and has ITIL, TOGAF, and Six Sigma certifications. He has taught engineering at several universities in Michigan.
Executive Director Lumity
Kara Kennedy joined Lumity as executive director in 2009. Under her leadership, Lumity has rebuilt itself, achieving consistent high customer satisfaction and increased financial stability during economically challenging times. The nonprofit job board, NPO.net, the finance services, and the computer technology center services has grown and expanded and the technology services are now focused to help nonprofits make informed choices on their technology needs. In addition, Lumity most recently expanded into recruiting and matching skill-based volunteers to nonprofits and STEM schools via The Community Corps to help with mentoring, training, and time-limited tech projects.
She brings 20 years of nonprofit experience predominately in health and voluntary health organizations. She is a highly versatile professional with expertise in health care, fundraising, program development and management, strategic planning, and organizational development. As director of corporate relations at Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Kennedy formed and managed partnerships with fortune 500 companies including Best Buy, The Coca-Cola Company, Kraft Foods, Microsoft Corporation, and Proctor & Gamble.
Kennedy holds a master’s in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University and bachelor’s in social work from Indiana University. In addition, she obtained her certified association executive designation in 2003.
Deputy Mayor City of Chicago
Steven Koch is the deputy mayor of Chicago. He officially took the position in September of 2012. His responsibilities include oversight of the mayor’s economic council, as well as job creation and retention, budget issues, municipal finance and revenue, and economic development throughout Chicago.
Prior, Koch spent 27 years at Credit Suisse. During his tenure at CS, he both ran and was the chairman of the global mergers and acquisitions business. In his distinguished career, he has advised on landmark transactions across a broad range of industries that together comprise more than $1T worth of transactions.
Koch helped develop and taught in the Director's Consortium, a seminar sponsored by Dartmouth, the University of Chicago and Stanford business schools that trains corporate directors and served as a presidential appointee to the Independent Advisory Panel of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board.
Koch received his B.A. from Hampshire College, his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School. He was a Henry Luce Scholar and served as a law clerk to Judge Richard Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago.
Harry M. Kraemer
Former Chairman & CEO, Baxter International Kellogg Graduate School of Management
Harry M. Kraemer is the author of a leadership book entitled “From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership.” He is the former chairman and CEO of Baxter International Inc., a $12B global healthcare company. He became Baxter’s CEO in 1999 and assumed the additional responsibility of chairman of Baxter’s board of directors in 2000. Currently, he is a clinical professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He was named the 2008 Kellogg School Professor of the Year.
Kraemer serves on the board of directors of many business, education and civic affairs organizations, past and present. He graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. He received an MBA in finance and accounting from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and is a certified public accountant. For his outstanding leadership and service, he received the 1996 Schaffner Award from the Kellogg School of Management.
K. Ananth Krishnan
VP & CTO Tata Consultancy Services
K. Ananth Krishnan joined Tata Consultancy Services in 1988 and is currently the VP and CTO of TCS. He also chairs the TCS Corporate Technology Board. In 2007, he was named in Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders as well as InfoWorld’s Top 25 CTOs.
Since 2009, Ananth has been a member of the TCS corporate think tank and has led several strategic initiatives. He has been a principal architect and lead consultant in the architecture and technology consulting practice. He was an invitee to the quarterly management review with the TCS board from 2000—2004. He has served on several advisory boards of software companies as well as industry and academic bodies and government committees.
Ananth has an MCS and an M.S. in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi and was named a distinguished alumnus of the institute in 2009. He also holds a B.S. in physics from Fergusson College in Pune, India. He is a member of IEEE, the Computer Society of India, the Association of Computing Machinery and he serves on the ACM India Council. He has also been invited faculty for the department of management studies at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
VP & CIO Caterpillar Inc.
Randy Krotowski is VP and CIO of Caterpillar Inc. He has 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 in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to being named CIO, his career at Chevron included IT positions with responsibilities for Chevron subsidiaries in Canada, Latin America and global strategic planning for Chevron Corporation.
Krotowski is a native of Toronto, Canada, where he graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He earned his MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Krotowski is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta and is a past board member of the Houston Food Bank. He serves on the CIO Leadership Council and the CIO Institute Advisory Board with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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.
EVP & CIO Molex Incorporated
Gary Matula is EVP and CIO of Molex Incorporated. His responsibilities include aligning business and IT strategies, along with overseeing global business systems, technical and engineering systems and infrastructure, and integrated voice and data networks.
Matula joined Molex in 1984 as a member of the company’s CADCAM group, and in 1989 was promoted to director of technical systems. In 1993, he began leading the Americas region business systems group, where he helped launch the company’s global ERP system in the Americas region. In 1999, he began leading the global information systems team, before being promoted in 2000 to VP of information systems. In 2005, his role was expanded to include CIO and in 2012, he became EVP. Prior to joining Molex, Matula worked for International Harvester as a systems developer for its engineering and product test groups, and was manager of engineering systems for dresser industries.
Matula is a committee chair for the Make-A-Wish Foundation; director of the Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholars Foundation; and director of Lixi, Incorporated. He earned a B.A. degree in mathematics and business operations from Indiana University. He completed his post-graduate MBA work in management information systems at DePaul University.
Senior Manager, U.S. Public Sector, Education Cisco Systems, Inc.
Carroll McGillin is a senior education manager within Cisco’s U.S. public sector education team. At Cisco, she works with both K-12 and higher education institutions to identify and understand the role that technology plays in transforming education and has had the opportunity to work with states around their STEM initiatives, with a focus on increasing access to STEM careers for girls and underrepresented minorities. As part of Cisco’s commitment to US2020, McGillin co-leads a team focused on Cisco employee community engagement and volunteerism around STEM. Cisco is a founding leadership partner of US2020, which calls on CEOs of American companies to commit, by the year 2020, 20 percent of their workforce to volunteer at least 20 hours per year as an educational mentor in a STEM-related discipline.
Prior to her current position, McGillin was the national strategic account manager for the Cisco’s networking academy team, Cisco’s largest and longest-running corporate social responsibility program. As part of the Cisco Academy program, she worked with school districts and post-secondary leaders in creating seamless college-to-career models.
McGillin has been involved in various areas of instructional technology for the past 20 years both in the U.S. and the Caribbean. She was also corporate IT training manager at Booz-Allen & Hamilton. She received her M.A. in education from Fordham University.
President, Midwest Region Edelman
Principal, Advisory Services EY
David Nichols is a principal in the advisory services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He leads the America's technology transformation for E&Y. He also serves as E&Y’s digital transformation leader across the America's, where he helps clients adopt digital solutions into all aspects of their business strategy, operations, and workforce. In this role, his primary focus is supporting CIOs and other senior executives bridge the gap between business and IT by providing solutions in the areas of strategic technology, technology management services, security, enterprise architecture services and technology infrastructure services.
Nichols has extensive technical and business experience in enterprise application integration technologies and ERP implementations. He also has vast experience in designing, and developing enterprise integration solutions and has led clients through major change initiatives in the products, financial services, government, and health services industries.
SVP & CIO CNA
Ray Oral is SVP and CIO responsible for CNA’s global IT. He leads CNA’s efforts to integrate technology and business processing into an efficient, flexible and scalable processing platform and is responsible for delivering application and infrastructure solutions, as well as ensuring that technology investments deliver the intended value. Oral joined CNA in 2008 as senior vice president for application development and maintenance, and was responsible for guiding business delivery, quality assurance and testing.
Prior to joining CNA, he spent 23 years with ABN AMRO/LaSalle Bank Group in a variety of technology and business leadership roles that supported LaSalle’s growth from a $1.5B organization in 1985 to $120B in 2006. Prior to joining ABN AMRO, Oral held several IT leadership roles over a nine year period with the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the premier and largest options exchange in the world.
He has served as an advisory board member to Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard, Fidelity and Sprint Communications and, was one of the founding members of Chicago First, a non-profit entity whose purpose was to maintain continuity of the financial district in the event a catastrophic event threatened to disrupt Chicago’s financial operations.
SVP & CTO PDS
Austin Park serves as SVP and CTO of Paragon Development Services, where he is responsible for architecting a cohesive strategy for the organization. He directly oversees research and development, consulting services, and project execution. He also oversees the development of the company's cloud offerings, including the cloud extension center.
Park joined PDS in 2004 as VP of infrastructure services. In this role, he built out new, advanced technology solutions and organized the services group to build strong technical depth in the company's core disciplines. He was promoted in 2007 to CTO, at which time he began managing PDS technology competencies and service operations.
Prior to PDS, he held various management and consulting roles in the IT industry, including EVP and CTO at MBT, Inc. Park currently sits on the North American Partner Advisory Board for VMware, HP Executive Channel Advisory Panel for HP ESSN, and Cisco North America Channel Advisory Board. He also volunteers his time to act in an advisory capacity to local community technical colleges in curriculum development.
Mike Pearl is a principal in PwC’s U.S. consulting business, serving as a leader for PwC’s U.S. cloud computing and digital transformation initiatives. He is one of the principal authors of the firm’s digital transformation framework and cloud computing strategy. Pearl has more than 20 years of business consulting experience delivering strategy and operations consulting as well as large-scale transformation and technology services to clients across multiple industries. He has extensive experience helping organizations assess, design and implement strategies focusing on the improvement of business and technology processes. He was a primary contributor to PwC’s technology forecast titled “Driving Growth with Cloud Computing.”
Pearl is respected as a leader in the market, consulting on strategy and operations related to the convergence of technology and emerging business models. He is the lead consulting partner on some of PwC’s largest technology industry clients and delivers emerging business transformation consulting services. In the past several years, he has worked with many of the leading technology companies in a number of different capacities and areas including strategy, IT, operations and finance.
Pearl holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Notre Dame.
SVP & 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.
CIO Eby-Brown Co. LLC
Kevin Reilly is the CIO for Eby-Brown. For more than 120 years, Eby-Brown has been a leading convenience-store supplier and wholesale-food distributor of more than 18,000 name-brand products. He is a senior IT management executive with significant experience delivering effective business-driven computer systems and global logistic support services. As a key member of senior management team, Reilly helps lead the development of cutting-edge, cost effective, service-oriented IT departments. As a hands-on executive, he is recognized as a change agent skilled in team and consensus building with a proven record in turnaround situations.
Reilly’s previous experience includes international and multi-division expansion on five continents, rapid acquisition integration, network design and systems architecture. He is a highly skilled negotiator with extensive outsourcing experience across numerous dimensions.
Reilly received his MM/MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Corporate VP & CIO Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Ron Roberts is corporate VP and CIO for Motorola Solutions, Inc. In this role, he oversees all strategic, operational and financial aspects of the company’s information architecture, systems, tools, processes and infrastructure.
Prior to his current role, Roberts served as the VP of IT for Motorola’s enterprise mobility solutions, which is comprised of the government and public safety business and the enterprise mobility business (formerly Symbol Technologies Inc.). Roberts first joined Motorola in 2007, when the company acquired Symbol, where he served as CIO. Prior to Symbol, he was VP and CIO for Agere Systems. Roberts provided leadership critical to the transition of the company’s information systems during Agere’s separation from Lucent Technologies into an independent publicly traded company.
Roberts’ background also includes senior leadership positions in quality assurance, sales, engineering, new product development, test equipment design and factory automation.
VP, IT Northern Trust Corporation
Ken Robinson is the VP of worldwide operations and technology for Northern Trust where he manages the network transport engineering team. He has spent the past 20 years as a leader in computer network engineering, earning the industry's highest technical certification, the CCIE, while working for companies in the fields of finance, telecommunications, healthcare, higher education, and consulting.
Robinson earned his B.A. with a major in english from the College of Wooster and his MBA from Notre Dame. He serves as president of the board of directors for Fifth House Ensemble, a Chicago based classical chamber music group, and also volunteers with Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Cares, Christian Charities, United Way, and was the Lumity 2013 volunteer of the year.
SVP, Human Resources Molex Incorporated
Ana Rodriguez is senior vice president of human resources for Molex, Inc. She is responsible for establishing and executing the strategic direction of Molex’s HR function, including global HR policies, recruitment and retention, compensation, benefits and incentive programs, employee and labor relations, employment litigation and legal compliance, training and development, employee communications, HR information systems, employment practices and procedures, and recognition programs.
Prior to Molex, Rodriguez worked in the legal departments of Amgen Inc., Tenet Healthcare Corporation, and Litton Industries, Inc. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
COO & Global Lead, EMC Consulting EMC Corporation
Thomas Roloff is the chief operating officer of EMC Consulting, EMC Corporation’s industry-leading, information-centric consulting organization within EMC Global Services. As the EMC consulting lead, Roloff is responsible for driving the organization’s growth and delivering global leadership for its full range of capabilities across business, application and infrastructure.
Previously, Roloff served as VP of strategy and business development for EMC Global Services, where he oversaw the evolution of EMC’s service catalog and the buy, build and partner strategies to develop and deploy innovative solutions and services. His organization included the global services CTO, marketing, M&A and partner strategy functions. Prior to EMC, Roloff was a managing director at Perot Systems, where he led strategy, business development and consulting engagements in multiple vertical industries. He has also held key positions at CSC/Index and General Electric.
Roloff is a graduate of Lafayette College and holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He also holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
GM, MWD Microsoft Corporation
Chris Sakalosky is GM of the enterprise and partners group for Microsoft’s Midwest district and is responsible for the people, marketing, product sales and partner channel that support the enterprise business of the three-state area comprising Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Prior to assuming the GM role in 2012, Sakalosky was the GM of the east region business solutions organization. His past responsibilities involved direct sales and channel sales execution, multi-channel program execution and customer satisfaction for the Dynamics ERP, POS and CRM solution lines. He also was as a senior member of the U.S. subsidiary leadership team serving the needs of customers in North America.
Since joining Microsoft in 1997, Sakalosky held several management positions, including area GM of Microsoft Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partners for the south central area, managing Microsoft’s SMS&P sales and channel teams in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Previous positions within Microsoft also include central region director for the Dynamics enterprise segment and district sales manager for Microsoft’s New England region.
Sakalosky graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, where he pursued interests in international law and economic policy. He also spent a year abroad studying international financial policy and law at the University College Dublin, Ireland.
Chief Innovation Officer Dell, Inc.
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 and evaluation of emerging technologies, and he provides strategic guidance on their application to achieve business outcomes.
Stikeleather participates in international technology standards bodies, has written multiple books 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.
Deputy for Education, Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel City of Chicago
Elizabeth Swanson is the deputy for education to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Swanson is responsible for defining and leading the education policy agenda for the City of Chicago, from birth through college. Swanson served as Emanuel’s education policy advisor during the mayoral campaign and also led the education transition team for the mayor-elect. Since taking office, Swanson has served as point in expanding high-quality early childhood opportunities across the city, achieving a full school day and year for CPS, and bringing more high quality school options to Chicago’s families, including STEM, IB, charters and turnaround schools.
Swanson also works closely with Chicago’s business community and the College to Careers initiative which forges partnerships between city colleges and industry leaders to better align curricula with the demand in growing fields. In addition, Swanson is currently leading an effort to mobilize all youth service providers to collectively drive better academic and developmental outcomes for Chicago’s youth.
Previously, Swanson served as executive director of The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, which invests in people and programs that enrich the life experiences of Chicago's children. She holds a bachelor’s from Amherst College and master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago.
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.
VP & CIO Central Garden & Pet Company
Chris Walter is VP and CIO for Central Garden & Pet Company, a manufacturer and distributor of garden, pet, and professionally applied products sold through major retail and B2B outlets. He is responsible for overseeing Central’s information services strategy, operations and ensuring alignment of our technology platforms with our business strategies and objectives.
Walter joined Central eight years ago as director of enterprise systems and successfully led the SAP implementation team, reducing the number of ERP systems from 26 to today’s count of seven ERP systems. He has more than 20 years of IT experience including nine years in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting practice where he served a diverse set of clients. His seasoned experience includes leading process improvement initiatives, sales development in software and services, as well as starting and leading a software company.
Walter earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration/industrial distribution management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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.
Director of Information Risk & Security Caterpillar Inc.
Tim Williams is the director of global security for Caterpillar Inc., responsible for the continued growth of global security for the enterprise including all aspects of protecting people, networks, products, facilities and the brand. Williams has conducted signifi cant research into fraud and related ethics issues and has written extensively on these subjects for Internal Auditor, Security Management Magazine and Security Journal. Williams has often been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Globe & Mail and Financial Times, among other publications.