Chief Information Officer KeyBank
Amy Brady is KeyCorp’s CIO, leading enterprise technology and operations functions. She also serves on the company's executive leadership team.
Previous to joining Key, Brady served as CIO, enterprise technology and operations, at Bank of America. In this role, Brady was accountable for technology and operations delivery to critical enterprise functions including finance, risk, HR, marketing, legal and audit.
Brady has 25 years of experience in financial services, holding various leadership roles in global technology and operations, and consumer and small business banking at Bank of America.
Brady is active in professional associations as well as her community. She has served on the executive board of the Metro Atlanta YMCA, sits on the National Center for Women and Information Technology Board. She was a 2009 winner of the Women of the Year in Technology Award in Atlanta and a finalist for the Georgia CIO of the Year Award in 2011.Brady received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and music from Rollins College.
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.
Assistant Deputy Chancellor of Educational Technology Ohio Board Of Regents
John Conley serves the University System of Ohio as the Ohio Board of Regents’ assistant deputy chancellor for educational technology. In this role, he created and oversees the Ohio Technology Consortium, which consists of the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), Ohio Supercomputer Center, eStudent Services, Ohio Library and Information Network, and the Research and Innovation Center.
Conley was instrumental in planning, advocating and delivering the recent upgrade of the OARnet backbone to 100 gigabits per second; launching the Ohio Means Success, Ohio Transfer Network and Ohio Means Internships websites; expanding the online e-tutoring program for higher education; and working with the State of Ohio CIO on leveraging the state’s assets in the information technology areas.
His experience in IT includes interaction with some of the largest software companies in the U.S. and establishment of public-private partnerships between businesses and government agencies at the federal, state and local levels.
Conley earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.
State Chief Information Officer, Assistant Director State of Ohio
Stu Davis serves as the state chief information officer and assistant director for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Office of Information Technology (OIT). Davis has a varied background in IT leadership and management, including infrastructure, enterprise shared services, and spatial technologies. Prior to his appointment as state CIO, Davis served as the state chief operating officer and deputy director of the infrastructure services division within DAS/OIT.
As the state chief information officer, Davis leads, oversees and directs state agency activities related to information technology development and use. As assistant director of DAS, he oversees the OIT, which delivers statewide information technology and telecommunication services to state government agencies, boards and commissions and manages IT procurement, policy and standards development, lifecycle investment planning, and privacy and security management.
Davis is a 16-year member and past president of the National States Geographic Information Council and currently serves on the National Association of State Chief Information Officers board of directors.
His career spans 33 years focused on state and local government, with 12 years hands-on experience in local government, 16 years in state government and 5 years in the private sector consulting to state and local government on IT/GIS initiatives.
Principal, Digital Enterprise Solutions Tata Consultancy Services
Frank Diana has 29 years of organizational leadership experience in technology and general management. He is currently leading the business solutions organization for TCS Global Consulting. Prior to joining TCS, Diana led an advanced analytics growth business for enherent Corp., and served as chief product officer for Aelera Corporation where he managed the development of a market-facing social computing and advanced analytics platform.
Diana served as CEO of Silicon Valley-based Traxian, Inc., a software start-up focused on the B2B enablement of small and mid-sized businesses. As CTO of Fujitsu Consulting he focused on software as a service and revenue strategies driven by emerging technologies. He began his career at AT&T, holding various senior roles including CIO for the company’s international financial operation. Diana also sat on various industry steering committees focused on the development of XML-based standards. He holds a B.S. in computer science from Rider College.
CTO, Interactive Media IBM
Technological innovator and business leader, George Dolbier has a long history of applying technologies needed to drive accelerated business growth. A classically trained computer scientist with 20 years of successful business development in industries as diverse as consumer electronics and entertainment, retail, industrial, healthcare, B2B and IT. Technical depth comes from deep systems development at Informix, Oracle and Sequent. Business experience comes from building and growing business units at CenterSpan, IBM and independent entrepreneurship.
Dolbier is a 5th generation Oregon pioneer, as well as an avid snowboarder. His enthusiastic, pragmatic, “let’s get it done” attitude is always on.
VP, Global Talent Management Cardinal Health
Lisa George is the VP of global talent management for Cardinal Health. She is responsible for employee capability, leadership and career development, high potential development programs, mentoring, training content, systems and delivery, performance management, goal setting, culture, succession planning/talent deployment and organizational development. George was also a VP, HR business partner for several business groups within Cardinal Health during her five-year career with the company.
Venture Partner Sierra Ventures
Gamiel Gran is a venture partner at Sierra Ventures where he focuses on the business development effort for the firm. His role includes the development of external advisory boards such as the Sierra Ventures CIO advisory board and the development of partnerships with service providers such as angel investors, recruiters, venture banking organizations and law firms. Gran is also responsible for the entrepreneur-in-residence and incubation program.
Gran has more than 25 years of experience in operational roles leading business and corporate development, strategic alliances, indirect channels and direct sales for companies such as IBM, Oracle, BEA, Asera, Edify and Cassatt.
He is an industry award-winning leader and is recognized for successfully establishing strategic relationships and launching channels and indirect sales models publications such as VAR Business.
CIO NetJets, Inc.
Ken Green is the CIO for NetJets Inc., reporting directly to Chairman and CEO Jordan Hansell. In his position, Green oversees all of IT, responsible for all technology projects and systems. Additionally, he is responsible for operations, infrastructure, software development, and quality assurance of those products. Green oversees information security, business continuity and disaster recovery. He joined the NetJets team in 2007 as VP of new solutions and assumed his current role in 2009.
Prior to working at NetJets, Green served in various technology roles including software developer, project manager for software development, and a variety of senior management roles.
Green holds a B.S. in applied science from Miami University.
Vice President, Client Solutions dunnhumbyUSA, A Kroger Company
Across categories of business, various organizations and roles, Kathy Grigg is an innovator within the fields of data and analysis. She leads and participates on forward-thinking teams dedicated to creating cutting-edge solutions that make data more accessible for companies and their clients.
At dunnhumbyUSA, Grigg has built a track record of success by delivering innovative, foundational solutions for clients and further distinguishing the dunnhumby solutions portfolio. Grigg is responsible for delivering successful insight capabilities at dunnhumby, including a reporting program and insights dashboard for consumer packaged-goods clients that allows them to better understand the purchase behavior of their customers on a more granular level. She works with manufacturer vendors in the non-grocery category to enable greater engagement in customer-driven collaboration with their retail partners.
Grigg graduated from The Ohio State University with an MBA and a bachelor of science in math and computer science. She remains an active alum, serves as a liaison between her alma mater and dunnhumby, and mentors MBA students that show interest in analytics and marketing.
SVP & CIO The Kroger Co.
Chris Hjelm is SVP and CIO for The Kroger Co. He is responsible for managing the company’s nationwide network of information and technology systems, including systems used in retail stores, manufacturing plants, distribution centers and offices. He also oversees the company’s small format strategy as well as corporate aviation, and serves on the board of dunnhumbyUSA.
Hjelm earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and an honorary Ph.D. from Colorado Technical University.
Before joining Kroger in 2005, he was CIO of Cendant’s Travel Distribution Services. Hjelm also served as SVP for technology at eBay Inc., EVP at Excite@Home, and SVP and CIO at Federal Express Corp.
He currently serves on the board of directors for Kindred Healthcare, a public company that provides acute care rehabilitation services.
Senior Vice President, Client Solutions dunnhumbyUSA, A Kroger Company
Trained as an engineer, Milen Mahadevan has dedicated his career to the practice and advancement of data analytics. His expertise centers on the use of granular shopper data for insight-led initiatives and a high-resolution understanding of consumer trends, preferences and behavior.
At dunnhumbyUSA, Mahadevan is responsible for the development of sophisticated solutions that allow retailers and manufacturers to think differently about their customers and businesses through data and insight. As head of client solutions and the service line organization, Mahadevan concentrates on best practices and innovation in data management, analytics, insights, communications and media that deliver scalable solutions strategies for dunnhumbyUSA’s client base.
Mahadevan often lends his expertise to trade organizations within the marketing and analytics space, speaking on dunnhumby’s behalf at industry events about innovation and emerging techniques within the practice.
He holds a master of engineering in chemical engineering and bachelor of engineering in chemical engineering from the Imperial College in London, England.
Director, Global IT Security YUM! Brands, Inc.
As director of global IT security for Yum! Brands, Inc., which include Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, Long John Silver’s and A&W restaurants, Stacy Mill’s responsibilities include building a strategic international team covering all aspects of information security administration, operations, architecture, IT risk and compliance, as well as global identity and access management. Additionally, Mill’s responsibilities include setting a global security strategy focusing on standards, policies and risk management across the five-brand organization.
Mill's IT career spans more than 20 years and includes security leadership roles for Darwin networks and Humana Inc., Technical Services. Her experience in IT includes engineering, operations, implementation and business strategy.
Mill has held positions on several CISO boards and is an award-winning executive, most recently named the 2013 Cisco Security Innovator of the Year - Retail. She earned a bachelor of science in computer science and mathematics.
VP & CIO Cincinnati Bell
Kevin Murray is vice president and CIO at Cincinnati Bell Inc., a full-service provider of voice, data, entertainment, and managed/professional services. He is responsible for Information Technology strategy, development, and operations for the company. Murray joined Cincinnati Bell in 2001 and has held several positions within the IT department and leadership positions over the company’s financial systems and the wireless subsidiary’s ordering, billing, and provisioning applications.
Prior to joining Cincinnati Bell, Murray worked for Accenture for six years focusing on ERP implementations for their communications vertical of clients including Cincinnati Bell, AT&T and Verizon.
Murray is board vice chairman of the Cincinnati Hearing Speech & Deaf Center and is also on the corporate advisory council of the Cincinnati Black Data Processing Associates chapter. He is a graduate of Miami University in Ohio and holds a B.S. degree in finance.
VP, Zimmer Business Solutions & 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 United States.
Payne holds a BS in computer technology from Purdue University.
VP, IS & Information Security Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc.
Tim Platt is VP of information systems and information security for Toyota Motor engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. TEMA’s scope includes all manufacturing plants, including vehicle design and evaluation facilities, within the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Platt’s responsibilities include management of all aspects of information technology, including business application and technology development, business planning, business performance management and architecture, along with daily operations and site management. He also heads the information security office. Previous employers include IBM and Berea College with responsibilities including applications development, consulting and computer operations.
Platt graduated magna cum laude from Berea College with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and computer science. The faculty of the mathematics and computer science department selected him from the junior class for its prestigious Ballard-McConnell-Willis Mathematics Scholarship the first year of its inception. Platt also studied business and economics during his time at Berea.
VP & CTO Western & Southern Financial Group
Doug Ross is VP and CTO at Western & Southern Financial Group, based in Cincinnati. Beginning as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company in 1888 in Cincinnati, Western & Southern Financial Group is marking its 125th anniversary in business and is now a Fortune 500 diversified family of financial services companies with assets owned and managed in excess of $60 billion as of Dec. 31, 2012.
Ross joined the organization in 2005 with his current role, reporting directly to the CIO at Western & Southern. In this capacity, Ross is responsible for driving the introduction of technologies that effectively support business strategy, IT agility, risk management and future growth. While in this role, he was named one of Computer World's Premier 100 IT leaders in 2009.
His startup experience includes co-founding FASTech Integration in 1987, which was subsequently acquired by Brooks Automation. Ross earned a bachelor's degree in computer science at Indiana University. He participates in the Withrow High School mentor program, the Xavier University executive mentor program and is a member of the University of Cincinnati MIS advisory council.
VP, IT & CIO The University of Akron
Jim Sage is the VP for IT services and CIO at The University of Akron. In this position he is responsible for all of the university’s IT functions including the departments of application services, hardware and operating systems, networking services, and instructional services.
Sage earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management and management information systems from The University of Akron. He graduated from the CIO Academy at Emory University and he holds certified computer professional and project management professional certifications.
Sage is on multiple boards and advisory councils including the NE Ohio Software Association, Akron Wireless, CIO advisory council for the state’s higher-ed chancellor, Microsoft’s Higher Ed Advisory Council, Oracle’s Education and Research Industry Strategy Council and others. He was selected as the non-profit CIO of the Year in NE Ohio in 2007 and 2009 and as one of the top 10 technology professionals in NE Ohio across all industries by Inside Business magazine.
SVP & CIO Great American Insurance Company
Piyush Singh is senior vice president and CIO of Great American Insurance Company, Inc. He is responsible for creating the vision and direction of American Financial Group’s IT strategy and operationally executing that vision to take the specialty insurer to the next generation. Singh holds a master’s degree from the University of Delhi, an MBA from Bradley University and CPCU designation.
CIO The Ohio State University
Kathleen Starkoff is the CIO for The Ohio State University with an IT community consisting of 1,500 professionals and an annual spend of $250M. She is a member of both the president’s and senior management councils. Starkoff comes to the role with more than 20 years of strong leadership experience in all aspects of IT management including higher education, retail, financial services and technology industries.
Prior to the university, she was group VP and CTO for Limited Brands, an $8B retail company, providing IT leadership, as well as enterprise risk management. Starkoff was also SVP and CTO for Banc One Corporation with $290B in assets. Her financial services experience also includes IT leadership roles for KeyCorp, National City Corporation and IBM.
Earning an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Starkoff has also completed a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, in mathematics from Kent State University with minors in business administration and chemistry.
Author & Thought Leader
Cy Wakeman is a dynamic, well-respected national keynote speaker with an uncanny ability to quickly diagnose group interplay and tailor strategies to exactly fit the goals of the client organization. She is a well-known thought leader and is featured as an expert blogger for FastCompany.com. She is also a contributing author or featured expert to a variety of magazines, newspapers and online publications including Pink Magazine, Women’s Health and the New York Post. Her book, “Reality-Based Leadership,” is receiving rave reviews across the nation.
Wakeman has a unique background that combines four successful business start-ups with 18 years working and consulting in a variety of arenas including manufacturing, government, high-tech and healthcare. With expertise in leadership and change management principles, she has ensured the business readiness for multi-million dollar ERP and IT project implementations. She created management development programs, provided executive coaching and conducted business process re-engineering.
Wakeman holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in international relations, and a degree in social work. She also received an M.S. in health administration with an emphasis on organizational development.
VP, Business Intelligence, Consumer & Global Business Units, Global Business Services The Procter & Gamble Company
Andy Walter is VP, business intelligence, consumer and global business units for P&G’s Global Business Services organization. He is responsible for developing cutting-edge business intelligence and consumer capabilities for P&G.
He’s empowering executives across the company to “lead at the speed of change.” With more than 23 years of experience at P&G, Walter’s career has spanned a variety of assignments including R&D, product supply, marketing and international sales and operations.
Before moving into his current role, Walter ran the global business services organization for P&G’s entire western European market. Core values of importance to Walter include the belief that people and relationships make the difference; and for Walter — hard work and honesty are non-negotiable.
Walter was born in Cincinnati. He holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Cincinnati.
SVP, Human Resources Cardinal Health
Brian Worth has an extensive human resources management and executive leadership career spanning more than 25 years. He currently serves as the senior vice president of human resources and employee/labor relations for Cardinal Health, a Fortune 21 company that improves the cost-effectiveness of healthcare. Worth has been employed at Cardinal Health for more than 15 years. Prior to Cardinal Health he held various human resources management positions with two other Central Ohio-based corporations.
CIO Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Bryant Young is the CIO for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the 2012 winner of the TechColumbus Innovation Awards for Executive of the Year. He provides executive leadership as head of IT for a healthcare organization with a one billion dollar book of business. Young serves as board chair for Jessie’s World, an organization that assists in the transition of women from prison and is a graduate of Central State University.