CIO, Supply Chain GE Aviation
Jeannine Abele is CIO for the supply chain division at GE Aviation. As CIO, she manages IT strategic planning, execution and operations for more than 80 global supply chain facilities.
Prior to her current appointment, she served as CIO for engine services, commercial engines and finance at GE Aviation.
Before joining GE, Abele spent 17 years at The Procter and Gamble Company. She held numerous IT leadership positions in support of P&G’s health care, beauty care and paper businesses. She was IT associate director for the feminine care business unit where she managed IT programs at four technical centers and 20 global plants.
Abele holds a bachelor of science in computer information systems from Purdue University and a master’s in business administration from Xavier University.
Manager, IT Security & Compliance Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Dennis Acuna joined Marathon Oil Company in 1981 as an associate systems analyst. Over the past 33 years, he has worked a variety of IT assignments within the company including positions in refining and marketing systems and programming, database management and systems support, telecommunications planning, hardware acquisition and computer planning, operations research, engineering and analytical services, wholesale marketing pricing and allocation, supply distribution and planning, and security architecture and engineering. He was named to his current position in 2011.
Acuna earned a BBA and an MBA from the University of Toledo in 1979 and 1981 respectively, and a M.Sc. from Bowling Green State University in 2006. He holds ISACA certificates for CISM and CRISC. Acuna is a member of the American Petroleum Institute IT security subcommittee, as well as the information systems advisory council for the College of Business Administration at the University of Toledo.
President & CEO Convergys Corporation
Andrea Ayers is president and CEO of Convergys Corporation. Convergys has annual revenues approximating $3B and more than 135,000 employees who serve clients from locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, India and the Philippines. With a 30-year legacy of helping global brands serve their customers with quality and consistency, Convergys is a leader in the customer management industry.
Ayers became a member of the Convergys board of directors and was appointed CEO in 2012. Prior to that, she forged a 20-plus-year track record of success and business growth in a variety of sector-spanning executive positions, including president and COO; president of the relationship technology management line of business; president of government, retail, healthcare, automotive and financial services vertical service sectors; VP of marketing; and general manager of the direct broadcast services business unit.
Ayers is committed to job creation, improving educational opportunities to develop the workforce of tomorrow and enhancing the quality of life in the communities in which Convergys employees live and work. She is an active member of The Business Roundtable, G100, the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, the Cincinnati Business Committee and the Ohio Business Roundtable.
Ayers earned a bachelor's degree in management and administration from Louisiana State University.
Architect & Strategist, Accelerate Advisory Services VMware, Inc.
Kipp Bertke is an architect and strategist with VMware Accelerate Advisory Services and has more than 25 years of professional experience. His passion is helping organizations develop both actionable and prescriptive IT strategies and roadmaps, closely aligning them to their organization’s business strategy and mission.
He leads cross-functional teams through collaborative strategic development engagements with VMware’s major clients to define, communicate and build business cases for ITaaS and SDDC cloud strategies.
Prior to VMware, Bertke held executive roles in the public and private sectors empowering IT transformation and optimization. Over the last five years he served as CTO at the Ohio Dept of Job & Family Services and The Ohio Dept of Developmental Services where he successfully implemented SDDC and EUC solutions. Prior to that he held executive IT positions in the financial services industry.
Bertke is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor of science degree in astrophysics.
Athletic Director University of Cincinnati
Mike Bohn is the director of athletics at the University of Cincinnati. His career spans 30 years and includes record-setting achievements at multiple institutions.
As director of athletics at the University of Colorado from 2005—2013, Bohn successfully led its transition to the Pac-12 Conference. CU won four conference championship titles in two years, including the first for men’s basketball in 43 years. Meanwhile, Bohn enhanced academic support for scholar-athletes, resulting in departmental highs for APR and GPA. He oversaw several multimillion-dollar capital projects and facility upgrades, as well as secured the largest corporate sponsorship in school history. In 2008, CU garnered national attention for launching the first zero-waste stadium initiative at the college or professional level. In 2013, CU was named the most economically efficient athletics department in the nation by the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics at Texas A&M.
Prior to the University of Colorado, Bohn was director of athletics at San Diego State University. As director of athletics at the University of Idaho from 1999—2003, Bohn successfully led its transition to Division I-A from the Big Sky Conference. Bohn spent three years at Colorado State University as associate director of athletics.
SVP & CAO NewPage Corporation
Dan Clark is SVP and CAO for NewPage Corporation. Clark first worked for The Mead Corporation from 1983—1996, returning in 1999. He held a variety of leadership positions, including VP of order management and IT for the paper division, manager of IT operations for the Zellerbach distribution division and served as VP of order management for the MeadWestvaco Papers Group from 2001—2005. Clark was also a key leader during the establishment of NewPage Corporation in 2005 and the integration of NewPage and Stora Enso North America in 2007. His most recent position at NewPage was SVP of business excellence and CIO. Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Wright State University.
Americas Director, Systems Engineering VMware, Inc.
Dan Dulick joined VMware in 2007, bringing more than 28 years of technology and consulting experience. Currently, he leads an organization of systems engineers who work with customers to define and implement end user compute technologies.
His expertise and customer centric focus provides organizations with best practices, advice around pitfalls to avoid, and industry trends. His experience allows him to provide guidance on the new trends in mobility and the need to provide EaaS (Everything as a Service) while aligning to business goals and measures.
VP & Global CTO EMC Corporation
Patricia Florissi is VP and global CTO for sales at EMC Corporation. Florissi helps define mid- and long-term technology strategy, representing the needs of the broader EMC ecosystem in strategic initiatives. Florissi also acts as the liaison between EMC and their customers and partners to foster stronger alliances and deliver higher value to EMC clientele.
Florissi joined EMC in 2005 as a distinguished technologist in the Lonix business unit and became the CTO for Lonix later that year. Florissi was appointed strategic initiative leader for governance, risk and compliance in 2008; Americas CTO for sales in 2010; Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa CTO in 2011; and global CTO for sales in 2012.
Before joining EMC, Florissi was the VP of advanced solutions at Smarts. In that capacity, Florissi was responsible for researching emerging technologies and defining strategy to bring solutions to market that address challenges from these technological advances.
Florissi is an EMC distinguished engineer, holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University, graduated valedictorian with an MBA at the Stern Business School in New York University, and has bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Brazil.
VP, Corporate Communications Lexmark International, Inc.
Jerry Grasso has been VP of corporate communications for Lexmark International Inc. since 2008. He is responsible for public relations, internal communications and corporate creative services.
Prior to joining Lexmark, Grasso was VP of corporate communications at EarthLink Inc., one of the country’s largest Internet service providers. Prior to EarthLink, he was director of corporate communications for Epoch Internet. Additionally, his experience includes similar roles at the ARIS Corporation and with Sprint’s business division.
Grasso holds a B.A. in history from Kansas State University and a B.A. in communications from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Senior Vice Provost & CIO University of Kentucky
Dr. Vince Kellen is the senior vice provost for analytics and technologies at the University of Kentucky. Kellen brings a rare combination of business, academic and IT architecture experience to his role, with a focus on transformational leadership within IT. Kellen is also a senior consultant and business technology council member with the think tank Cutter Consortium. Kellen speaks nationally and internationally on IT strategy topics.
Since 1998, he has served as a faculty member and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on IT strategy, enterprise architecture and information systems. In his role, Kellen leads a staff of 275 supporting 28,000 students, 18 colleges and 13,000 employees and manages the planning of and support for IT strategic planning, enterprise software, high performance computing, learning spaces, classroom technology, learning management systems, business intelligence, student information systems, data center operations, network infrastructure, distance learning and information technology support.
Kellen serves on advisory boards to top IT companies and co-hosts The CIO Practicum with IT futurist Thornton May. Kellen is a recipient of the 2007 CIO Magazine Top 100 award, a 2012 Dell Transformational CIO, author of four books on database technology and author of numerous articles and presentations on IT and business strategy topics.
Dr. Marianne Lewis
Assoc. Dean, Undergraduate Programs, Professor, Management University of Cincinnati
Marianne W. Lewis is professor of management and associate dean for undergraduate programs at the University of Cincinnati. Her research explores leadership and management issues involving organizational paradoxes. Change and complexity accentuate tensions — competing demands, contradictory pressures and challenging double-binds. Her work develops paradox theory to explore related leadership opportunities and challenges. Her studies span contexts, applying this lens in such fields as product development, organizational change, governance, and technology implementation. Her paper, Exploring paradox: Toward a more comprehensive guide, received the Academy of Management Review Best Paper Award in 2000. Her work also appears in other leading journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Operations Management, and Human Relations.
CIO - Turbomachinery & Global Services GE Oil & Gas
Thomas Martin currently is the chief information officer for Turbomachinery Solutions with GE Oil & Gas. In this role he leads a global team that is responsible for all associated infrastructure and systems of the divisions manufacturing, service and repair facility locations spanning the U.S., South America, Europe and Asia. He has more than 20 years of experience with GE. He began his career as a field engineer in nuclear services and spent eight years in nuclear energy progressing through a variety of engineering, commercial and operational roles. He then moved to GE Energy Services as a digitization program manager for services engineering and NPI. In 2005 he was named the ERP simplification leader at GE Nuclear Energy. He was named CIO of Unison Industries in 2007. He was named to his current position in December of 2011 and has continued to drive simplification, ITO excellence, and is leading the team through the new frontier of the Industrial Internet.
Thomas holds a bachelor’s of science in marine engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He is Six Sigma Black Belt certified and a graduate of GE’s Experienced Information Management Program.
Leading IT Futurist
Thornton May is a futurist, educator and author. His extensive experience researching and consulting on the role and behaviors of C-level executives in creating value with IT has won him an unquestioned place on the short list of serious thinkers on this topic. May combines a scholar’s patience for empirical research, a stand-up comic’s capacity for pattern recognition and a second-to-none gift for storytelling to address the most important issues facing executives. The editors at eWeek honored May, including him on their list of Top 100 Most Influential People in IT. The editors at Fast Company labeled him “one of the top 50 brains in business.” Thornton has written a new book, “The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics.”
He serves as executive director and dean at the IT Leadership Academy in Jacksonville, Florida; futurist on the External Technology Advisory Board at the Olin College of Engineering; and co-founder of the CIO Solutions Gallery at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.
VP & CIO Lexmark International, Inc.
Keith Moody is VP and CIO of Lexmark International Inc. He is responsible for IT strategy, operations, applications and systems worldwide.
Prior to becoming CIO in 2006, Moody served for two years in Paris as Lexmark’s director of professional services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In this role, he was responsible for growing Lexmark’s consulting and integration services across EMEA to provide business solutions that enabled Lexmark customers to print smarter and less, move information faster, and better manage their output environment.
Moody has been with Lexmark since its inception in 1991 and has served in various roles in product development, operations, product quality and worldwide marketing, including general manager of solutions and services for worldwide marketing and director of host software development. He began his career with IBM in 1977 as a development.
Moody holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tennessee Technological University.
VP & CIO Zimmer Holdings, Inc.
Edwina Payne is vice president of Zimmer business solutions (ZBS) and chief information officer for Zimmer Holdings, leading the information technology function globally. Her most recent role is VP, ZBS supporting corporate functions (finance, HR, legal, compliance and operations), overseeing the project management office (PMO) within the ZBS organization and overseeing quality assurance within ZBS. She consistently delivers in this role, receiving strong engagement scores from her team and recruiting strong project management talent into the PMO.
Prior to joining Zimmer, Payne was WWVP program management for Johnson & Johnson's medical devices and diagnostics SAP implementation. She joined Johnson & Johnson in 1999 with DePuy and served in various positions including vice president and chief information officer. She has more than 22 years of global business and IT experience across several industries, including leadership assignments in Brazil, Mexico and the U.S.
Payne holds a BS in computer technology from Purdue University.
Director, Corporate Outreach & Educational Engagement Battelle Memorial Institute
The Honorable Regina Schofield is director of corporate engagement and education outreach for Battelle in their Washington, D.C. office. Schofield’s portfolio includes furthering innovative efforts to create tomorrow’s workforce by leading STEM education initiatives on the East Coast and directing all regional philanthropy engagement. Schofield’s professional career has included key roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Prior to her position with Battelle, she was employed with Casey Family Programs and transformed their approach by integrating policies and data from state level stakeholders with broader, national public policy objectives. Her leadership and innovation in public policy and external relations also informed major operational changes in Casey’s resource allocation strategy across the U.S.
Prior to joining Casey, Schofield was nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice. As AAG, she served as the nation’s AMBER Alert Coordinator and oversaw a range of federal programs, including Project Safe Childhood, the President’s DNA Initiative, the Prisoner Reentry Initiative, and the White House Initiative on Helping America’s Youth and many others.
She received her MBA from Jackson State University and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi College. She also holds a certificate of environmental management from The George Washington University.
CIO Tempur-Pedic International Inc.
Stuart Scott joined Tempur Sealy International in 2009 and serves as CIO where he leads the business process and IT organizations globally. He served as chief operating officer of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corporation since 2007. Scott served as CIO of Microsoft Corporation from 2005 to 2007. Prior to this, he served as CIO of GE Healthcare where he was responsible for leading the information management teams as they integrated bio-sciences and technologies’ infrastructure, systems and processes. Scott joined GE Healthcare from GE Consumer & Industrial, where he was CIO. Before this, Scott served as CIO for GE Industrial Systems since 2000.
Since graduating from University of Louisville in 1988, he has been CIO for GE Lighting; vice president of a startup company; and held IT management positions in sales, distribution, marketing, product management, customer service and engineering in GE Appliances.
Scott holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering mathematics and computer science from University of Louisville as well as a M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
CIO, Enterprise Technology Solutions City of Cincinnati
Margo Springs, the City of Cincinnati's CIO, is an experienced local government professional with more than 18 years in the public sector and significant achievements in financial management, technology management, strategic planning, development of workflow analysis, large-scale collaborations and business re-engineering. Springs oversees all technology services for the City of Cincinnati, including information security, regional law enforcement networks, metropolitan area networks, disaster recovery planning, the city’s privately owned fiber optic network, radio systems, telephone systems and enterprise business systems.
Springs has taken a team approach to manage a brand, and by effectively merging collaboration, cooperation and communication, Springs has decreased personnel costs. This branding approach has helped to re-cultivate the organization's IT image. Springs is implementing change that is taking the city's IT organization from a decentralized to a shared services hybrid concept. In 2015, Springs will lead a team that will develop a new strategic IT plan that will take a more transparent approach to delivering services.
Springs has accomplished the credentials of a certified government CIO through PTI and Rutgers University. Springs and her team have been recognized and awarded for their work in GIS and law enforcement data systems.
VP & CIO Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Donald Wehrly is VP and CIO at Marathon Petroleum Corporation. He joined the company as an associate programmer in 1981 and worked various information technology assignments until he was promoted to information technology supervisor in 1988. Wehrly made several moves as supervisor of information technology in Damascus, Syria; Tunis, Tunisia; and Findlay, Ohio, in the early and mid-1990s. He was transferred to Houston in 1997 as the manager of upstream computing and appointed the manager of information technology strategy and planning in 2000. Wehrly returned to Findlay in 2003 as the manager of information technology services. He was named to his current position in 2011.
Wehrly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Taylor University in 1981. He is an active member of the Boy Scouts of America.
CIO Battelle Memorial Institute
David White was appointed CIO at Battelle in 2012. In this position, White and his team are responsible for strategically aligning and advancing all strategic corporate application development, platforms and development initiatives across the enterprise. This includes developing strategic assessments, roadmaps and application architecture plans that support current and future business needs. A key component of this position entails leveraging new and emerging trends and concepts to more cost effectively provide business solutions.
White previously worked as a consultant where he led the implementation efforts for the largest statewide enterprise resource planning installation in the country for New York. White also was responsible for the successful implementation of the Ohio administrative knowledge system. White also led a team as part of the ERP system implementation at Howard University.
White has extensive experience in revenue management and revenue processing systems, including the design, development and implementation of systems supporting the collection of taxes for Ohio. White has held various executive level positions with the state of Ohio, including executive program manager of the Ohio administrative knowledge system; director of state accounting within the Office of Budget and Management; and director of revenue management within the State of Ohio Treasury.
CEO & Co-Founder Kiip
Brian Wong is the co-founder and CEO of Kiip, a mobile rewards network that is redefining mobile advertising through an innovative platform leveraging moments of achievement in games and apps to benefit users, developers and advertisers. Backed by Hummer Winblad, Relay Ventures, True Ventures, Digital Garage and others, the company has raised $15.4M in funding to date.
Kiip has been listed by Forbes as one of the 4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List and been named to the Dow Jones FasTech50 List. Called the youngest person to ever receive venture capital funding by CNBC and The Wall Street Journal, Wong received his bachelor of commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18.
He has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including the Top 20 Under 20 awards for all of Canada; Business Insider’s Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley, 30 Under 30 in Advertising and 18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising; Forbes’ 30 under 30; Mashable’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch; iMedia 25; and the AdAge Creativity Top 50. Before starting Kiip, Wong led key publisher and tech partnerships at Digg.com, where he accelerated the company’s mobile presence by launching its Android mobile app.