Dir., IT Policy & Info. Security IBM Corporation
Linda Betz has been with IBM for 23 years. She currently is the Director of IT Policy and Information Security in the Office of the CIO. In this capacity, Betz and her team are responsible for setting the company's internal security strategy, leading security initiatives that protect IBM's IT infrastructure and driving the infrastructure to be more autonomic. Additionally, Betz owns IBM's IT Security Corporate Instructions and Standards and is responsible for their annual review. Her team works with Business Units to set the security direction of the enterprise and ensures compliance. Betz is responsible for leading the corporate Privacy Center of Expertise, assisting business units with privacy questions and issues, and improving process and tools around privacy. Betz is also the business owner in the CIO for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, advocating the strategy and changes needed in this area for IBM.
Among Betz's previous assignments, she helped draft the strategy for IBM's security products and was the Security Initiative Manager for IBM's Systems and Technology Group and the product owner for RACF (Resource Access Control Facility). She also has held various management jobs in product development and internal IS application development.
Betz is a member of the Board for WEPAN (Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network), whose mission focuses on bringing women into engineering programs in higher education. She also is a mentor for Women Unlimited, an independent organization that grows women's leadership skills.
She has a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from SUNY Albany and an M.S. in Computer Science from Marist College. She has a Master's Certificate from George Washington University in Project Management and is a certified Project Management Professional.
VP, IT Hill-Rom Company
Todd Brabender has been involved in technology throughout his career and joined Hill-Rom Company in 1997 to lead their data center operations. He moved to the employ of Hillenbrand Industries in 2000 to act as Director of Global Systems Services, running the consolidated global data center operation for the newly created Hillenbrand IT Shared Services organization. Data Center consolidation was the focus for the new organization, and Brabender led the effort, consolidating four data centers into one. In March 2003, Brabender was promoted to Vice President, Corporate Information Technology and led the Strategic Outsourcing initiative with IBM.
Following the merger of the Hillenbrand Corporate function with Hill-Rom in August 2005, Brabender was given responsibility for the new combined IT organization. Brabender is now responsible for the Strategic Outsourcing relationship with IBM, global application development and support, as well as the retained IT shared services organization that services all Hillenbrand operating companies. In addition, Brabender is the chair of the Executive IT Council, which is a key component of the IT Governance model instituted in October 2004.
Brabender is a demanding person – of himself, of the company, of his team. His expectations are high. He drives the vision and strategy for his organization, but he delegates the details to his team. His view is that if he has to make detailed decisions for an area, "then one of us isn’t necessary."
He received his MBA from Xavier University.
VP & CIO Cummins Inc.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer Bruce Carver serves on the Executive and Operating committees at Dana Corporation, a company that designs and manufactures products for every major vehicle producer in the world, serving the global automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway markets. Carver comes to Dana from PepsiCo, a leading global food and beverage company with annual revenues of approximately $27 billion. At PepsiCo, Carver served as Vice President and Division Chief Information Officer for the PepsiCo Beverages and Foods Division, an operating business with $8.5 billion in revenue. In this role, Carver lead the division's information systems function, an effort that included the alignment of division and global IT strategies, as well as the development and implementation of a successful IT integration strategy following PepsiCo's merger with The Quaker Oats Company in 2001.
Carver began his career as a Management Analyst with the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C., where he served from 1985 to 1990. From 1990 to 1996, he served in a variety of positions – culminating in his role as Assistant Vice President, Business Applications with Household International, a Chicago-based Fortune 500 consumer finance company. Immediately prior to joining PepsiCo, Carver served in several leadership roles at Reynolds and Reynolds, a Dayton, Ohio, provider of automotive-oriented software systems and services. He progressed through positions in business systems acquisition, corporate systems, and information management and technology to become Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Reynolds and Reynolds in 2001.
Carver earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Virginia Tech and a Master's degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from DePaul University in Chicago. In 2000, Carver was listed among the top 100 Information Technology Executives by Computerworld magazine.
Carver is a member of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum, the Society of Information Technology, the Black MBA Association and the Project Management Institute.
SVP, Risk Management and Compliance Cardinal Health
As the leader of IT Risk Management for Cardinal Health, Steve Collignon provides direction and clarity in security, regulatory and policy issues and their impact on IT. This role includes the management, interpretation, design, and compliancy tracking for the business risk directives. In his prior role at Cardinal Health, he was SVP of Infrastructure with responsibility for the company's data center operations, LAN, wide-area networks, database administration, desktop computing, and information security.
Collignon joined Cardinal Health in 1981 and has been in various roles in his career with the company. He attended DePaul University in Chicago with a major in business management.
EVP - Global Shared Services & CIO Cardinal Health
In her role at Cardinal Health, Jody Davids is responsible for overseeing the aligned shared services functions of the company's finance, human resources, procurement, workplace services and enterprise information technology areas, ensuring that processes and systems capabilities are in place to meet Cardinal Health's future growth. She also oversees the development of solutions that support and complement the company's diverse offerings to health care providers.
Davids joined Cardinal Health in January 2000 as Senior Vice President, IT, for Pharmaceutical Distribution, where she was responsible for developing technology strategy and managing all aspects of information technology for Cardinal Health's pharmaceutical distribution business. In 2003 she was named Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, and was promoted to her current position in early 2007.
She came to Cardinal Health from Nike Inc., Beaverton, Ore., where she had served as Director, Technology Services, since April 1997. Prior to joining Nike, Davids was employed by Apple Computer Inc., Cupertino, Calif., where she began as a computer programmer in March 1982 and served in positions of increasing responsibility over her 15-year tenure, spending most of that time in Apple's Asia Pacific Division. She left Apple as Senior Director, Supply Chain Re-engineering, responsible for this multi-year, global program.
At Cardinal, Davids is sponsoring a broad women's initiative with the support and mentorship of President and CEO Kerry Clark. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, and is a frequently requested speaker to a variety of professional groups and events. In addition, she has been quoted and featured in trade and business media outlets around the world.
Thornton A. May
Leading IT Futurist
Thornton May operationalizes Henry David Thoreau's aphorism, "It's not what you look at, it's what you see." Collecting data from all corners of the technology world, May synthesizes the insights of the top thinkers on the planet seeking to understand where we have been, where we are today and where we are going. He teaches at four business schools, writes for five magazines, researches at three think tanks and keeps in monthly contact with more than 1,000 C-level executives via the CIO Leadership Network.
SVP & CIO National City Corporation
Joseph T. McCartin is a Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for National City Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s Information Services organization in meeting business needs, establishing strategy and developing new technology initiatives for the corporation. McCartin joined National City in 2003.
Prior to his career with National City, McCartin served as a consultant and engagement leader with the CIO practice of the Feld Group, which is known for building high-performing technology organizations in major corporations. From 1998 to 2002, McCartin was the Chief Information Officer at Fleet Mortgage Group in Columbia, South Carolina, where he also founded and served as President of Celeris Financial Services, an e-commerce division. Before joining Fleet, McCartin served in the capacity of Vice President and Chief Information Officer for GE Capital Mortgage Services in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. From 1993 to 1997, he was Chief Information Officer with Banc One Mortgage in Indianapolis. Prior to his career in financial services, McCartin served in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993. During this time, he participated in a Joint Chiefs of Staff program to strengthen technical and strategic collaboration among all branches of the armed services.
McCartin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a Master’s degree in Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
SVP & CTO LexisNexis Group
Allan McLaughlin was appointed Senior Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer of LexisNexis Group in September 2005 with responsibility for all information infrastructure technology and U.S. customer service functions. Prior to this appointment McLaughlin was Chief Technology Officer for U.S. operations. McLaughlin joined LexisNexis in October 1988. He has held various positions within the Dayton operations and did a three year stint with the parent company, Reed Elsevier plc, in Boston.
McLaughlin was selected by InfoWorld Magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential CTO’s in the U.S. in 2002, and by ComputerWorld Magazine as one of the Top 100 Technology Executives in the World in 2003.
McLaughlin is Chairman of the Board for daytaOhio, the Wright Center for Data; a member of the Board of Directors for the Nextedge Technology Park Corporation in Springfield, Ohio, and a past member of the Board of Trustees for the Greater Dayton I.T. Alliance. McLaughlin is also on the Advisory Board to the Dean of Wright State University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. He received his MBA degree from the University of Dayton and his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Kathleen K. Starkoff
Former Group VP, Enterprise Transformation Limited Brands, Inc.
Kathleen K. Starkoff is Group Vice President for Limited Brands. Limited Brands is widely known for building and growing the world's best fashion brands including Victoria's Secret, Express, Bath & Body Works, White Barn Candle, Henri Bendel, C.O. Bigelow and The Limited. Currently, she serves on the executive team tasked with managing the transformation of the enterprise.
As Chief Technology Officer of Limited Brands, Starkoff's team delivered the enterprise's first shared services consolidation. This program established an organizational capability for large scale program implementation and integrator relationships. The success generated organizational confidence to embark on an enterprise transformation that will create a very different, holistic and integrated operating model. The enabling enterprise architecture was designed by Starkoff's team and will replace most of the legacy environment; the team is two years into a three year implementation.
Prior to joining Limited Brands, Starkoff was Chief Technology Officer of Bank One's Finance One Corporation, a dynamic high risk lending business. There, she served on the executive committee, responsible for the strategy and implementation of its technology organization, including the design and implementation of several on-line businesses. Additionally, she held senior leadership roles in application development, business consulting and relationship management with National City Corporation and KeyCorp, two large regional banking institutions.
Starkoff's interest in enabling technology started at IBM where she held various branch and headquarter positions in marketing, focused primarily on the financial industry. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University where she earned her Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Policy. She received her Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in Mathematics (Statistics) from Kent State University with minors in Business Administration and Chemistry.
Raymond M. Voelker
CIO The Progressive Corporation
Raymond Voelker is Progressive's Chief Information Officer leading the company's centralized Information Technology organization. This business area encompasses Enterprise Technology, Application Development, IT Human Resources/Training and IT Control.
Since joining Progressive in 1985, Voelker has held various positions within the IT business area, including Claims Technology Executive, Call Center Technology Executive, and IT Operations Executive. He has also held various application development and infrastructure technology roles. Voelker assumed the CIO position in April 2000. He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from the Case Western's Weatherhead School of Management.
Manager of IT Services Marathon Petroleum Company LLC
Don Wehrly received his BS degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Taylor University in 1981. He began his employment with Marathon Oil Company that same year. He worked various programming assignments in Findlay, Ohio and Midland, Texas until 1988 when he was promoted to IT Supervisor. Wehrly then made several moves as the IT Supervisor in Damascus, Syria, Tunis, Tunisia, and Ohio in the early and mid-1990s. He was transferred to Houston, Texas in 1997 and worked as the Manager of Upstream Computing and then the Manager of IT Strategy and Planning until 2003. At that time, Wehrly transferred to Findlay, Ohio as the Manager of IT Services for Marathon Petroleum Company.
VP eCommerce The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Stephanie K. Wernet is the Vice President, eCommerce for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Wernet joined Goodyear in November, 2001 as Director of eBusiness for the company's North American Tire business unit. She was named Director of Customer Service for Goodyear in January, 2003. She was elected Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in August, 2003.
Prior to joining Goodyear, Wernet served as Vice President of eCommerce at EyeVelocity in Portland, Oregon. She joined the developer of visual personalization technology in 2000.
In 1997, Wernet also named Senior Director of eCommerce at Reynolds & Reynolds in Dayton, Ohio, where she led the company's CarPoint partnership with Microsoft. In 1993, she was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company in Cleveland. She also worked at Trilogy Development Group, IBM. and General Motors.
A native of Romeo, Michigan, she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master's of Business Administration degree from Stanford University.
Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. The company employs about 70,000 people and manufactures its products in more than 60 facilities in 26 countries around the world.