SVP Research & Innovation, The Palmerston Group
Daniel Berkal is SVP of research and innovation and a partner at Toronto's The Palmerston Group. An accomplished leader in the industry, Berkal's team has conducted hundreds of energetic focus groups of various sizes, in-depth interviews, ethnographies, accompanied shops, mystery shops, videographies, and ideation sessions among consumers and professionals in North America, Central America, Europe, and Asia. He specializes in immersive methodologies and hard-to-reach participants.
His team was awarded back-to-back 2012 and 2013 Great Mind Awards by the Advertising Research Foundation in New York City. In 2013, he completed a 25-city speaking tour that included stops in Canada, the U.S., Italy, New Zealand and South Africa. He recently presented at ESOMAR's 2015 Global Qualitative event in Paris and at the 2016 Worldwide Qualitative Research Conference in Vienna.
Berkal holds degrees from McGill University and The University of Texas at Austin. He regularly instructs at the Miami Ad School campuses in New York, Minneapolis, Toronto and Miami, and is currently on the board of directors of the QRCA.
Linda W. Clement-Holmes
CIO, The Procter & Gamble Company
Linda W. Clement-Holmes is CIO for Procter & Gamble. In this role, Clement-Holmes is responsible for building the capability of the company’s information technology function as well as providing IT governance oversight. Among her many responsibilities, Clement-Holmes is responsible for the operation of P&G’s global IT infrastructure, driving enterprise architecture and development of corporate applications, maintaining compliance and effectiveness of information security, leading IT innovation, and designing and maintaining a best-in-class employee and workplace experience, aimed at helping P&G people work simpler, faster, and with greater agility.
Clement-Holmes is a member of P&G’s Global Leadership Council and recently served as the company’s chief diversity officer. She joined P&G in 1983 as a systems analyst, going on to become a global “executive of firsts” across several disciplines. She was the first African-American senior VP in the IT function, and the first female African-American senior VP, and now president, within P&G. She led the first vision and strategy for P&G’s email system, led the partnership with HP to provide core information technology services, and spearheaded delivery of broad business and employee services. She also led the first company-wide diversity and inclusion strategy and established P&G’s first-ever global inclusion and diversity council.
Head of Enterprise Services Delivery, Dropbox
John Craig started his career in engineering and has since developed strong operations, sales and general management skills in a global career spanning North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. During his seven years at ThyssenKrupp, John served as the CIO for Asia/Pacific, directing all TKE Asia Pacific technology activities including the planning, development and implementation of business applications, infrastructure and telecommunication systems.
John has a wide range of experiences - from serving as a manager, executive, board member and advisor to Fortune 100 companies to similar roles in successful startups in addition to consulting with McKinsey & Company. His focus is centered on building effective organizations and teams and he is interested in technology and its practical and effective application in business.
VP & CSO, Cincinnati Bell
Leo Cronin is VP and chief security officer for Cincinnati Bell. He is responsible for all aspects of physical, cyber and information security across the company, including governance and security architecture. Prior to his role at Cincinnati Bell, Cronin was CISO and VP of global information security at Reed Elsevier and LexisNexis.
Cronin is a CISSP and ISSMP.
State CIO & Asst. Director IT, 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.
Executive Director, Software Engineering, GE Aviation
Jennifer Flynn is the executive director of software engineering for GE Aviation. She is formerly the chief information officer of digital services solutions for GE Aviation, responsible for forming and executing on the overall platform strategy for analytics development and operationalization within GE Aviation.
Flynn has more than 16 years of experience with GE, including roles with increasing responsibility in GE lighting, corporate and aviation. She started her career in the information technology leadership program and has experience in solution architecture, data architecture, Oracle HR and HR reporting. She is also a certified black belt and a graduate of GE’s Experienced Information Management Program.
Flynn holds a B.S. in management information systems from Miami University in Ohio.
Sr. Director, Global Information Risk Management & Security, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Executive Vice President, EMC Corporation
Frank Hauck, president, customers and markets, Dell EMC’s Infrastructure Solutions Group, serves as principal liaison to global customers and strategic international countries and markets, coordinating account and alliance teams to engage customers on their transformative IT journeys. He reports to ISG President David Goulden and is based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.
Previously, Hauck was president of VCE and filled a broad range of executive roles during his 25 years serving EMC customers. As president of VCE, he was responsible for global operations and customer experience. There, he led VCE’s team in helping customers understand and embrace the business potential of IT transformation through VCE Converged Infrastructure.
Prior to joining VCE, Hauck was EMC’s EVP, customer experience, reporting to EMC chairman and CEO Joe Tucci. In this role, he led EMC’s solutions, technology alliances, customer quality and total customer experience organizations.
Hauck is a graduate of Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island, holds an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and completed the executive program for management development at Harvard Business School.
Brian Johnson is co-founder and CEO of DivvyCloud, a next generation cloud automation technology company. Johnson has been coding software since he was 12 years old. He is a seven-year veteran of the online gaming industry where he and his co-founders worked at Electronic Arts managing large-scale global infrastructure for massive, multiplayer online games. Johnson managed one of the first migrations to the Amazon cloud of MMOs and broke new ground in hybrid cloud deployment. Johnson also spent time on the “dark side" conducting exploit R&D. Johnson is a deeply committed technologist who enjoys exploring the future of cloud computing and sharing his insights from the front lines.
SVP of Channels, Kore, Inc.
Co-Founder and Partner, Drive Capital
Mark Kvamme is a co-founder and partner at Drive Capital. Before Drive Capital, Kvamme was the interim chief investment officer and president of JobsOhio, a private, nonprofit corporation leading Ohio’s job creation efforts. Prior to JobsOhio, Kvamme was a partner at Sequoia Capital for 12 years, where he led investments in LinkedIn, MarkLogic, Cast Iron, and FunnyOrDie.com. Prior to Sequoia, Kvamme was the chairman and CEO of CKS Group and a founding member of Apple France.
Kvamme has a bachelor of arts from the University of California, Berkeley.
VP & CIO, Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc.
Lonny Lawrence joined Applied Industrial Technologies in 2008 as VP of IT. With more than 560 facilities and 5,600 employee associates across North America, Australia and New Zealand, Applied is a leading industrial distributor that offers more than 5 million parts critical to the operations of MRO and OEM customers in virtually every industry. For its fiscal year of 2015, Applied posted sales of $2.75B. At Applied, Lawrence is responsible for the global IT strategy and execution.
Prior to joining Applied, Lawrence served as VP of operations for Bearing Distributors Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. Throughout his more than 30-year career, he has held positions in operations, quality, sales and information technology within industrial distribution. He has traveled the globe doing business in North America, China, India and Europe.
In addition to a bachelor of science in business management, Lawrence is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is active on the University of Akron CITe Board.
Director, Enterprise Strategy, Github
Chris Long is the director of enterprise strategy at GitHub, helping companies transform their business by improving culture, process and software delivery. Prior to GitHub, Long spent more than 15 years with AT&T with core responsibilities around client engagement management; road map, financial and ROI management; program and project management; centers of excellence management; and management of the strategy, branding, communications, metrics, and process related to delivery of capabilities and platforms that drive the software and technology delivery life cycle across all of AT&T.
CIO, Lancaster Colony Corporation
SVP & CIO, Brown-Forman Corporation
Tim Nall, SVP and CIO, has been employed by Brown-Forman for 15 years. Prior to his current position, he held increasing responsibility within Brown-Forman’s global production group including director of campus production operations, VP and GM of Brown-Forman Wines, and VP and director of technical services.
Prior to Brown-Forman, he was at Alcoa, American Air Filters, and SSTI (a Ford Motor Company/Johnson Controls joint venture) where he held positions of increasing responsibility beginning as a controls programmer and finishing as a maintenance superintendent of one of their largest plants. Nall has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and technology across various disciplines.
He holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering and an MBA from UL’s College of Business.
Britt Peterson Fero
Chief Strategy & Media Officer, Publicis Seattle
During her career, Britt Peterson Fero has helped a wide range of recognized brands re-energize their businesses all around the world, including United Airlines, Islands of the Bahamas, HP, the International Olympic Committee, Capella University and Colt 45.
Before returning to Publicis for her second “tour,” Peterson was a partner at Cole & Weber United where she drove the vision, development and day-to-day operations of the business. And in her previous role at Publicis, she was the director of development and innovation, growing the agency through $350M in billings. Peterson Fero spent the majority of her career at Fallon in both Minneapolis and New York.
She has driven two award-winning research pieces around the sociability of brands (Project Butterfly) and how consumers shop convenience stores (Project See Store), as well as having been a contributor and speaker for Forbes, Fast Company, MediaPost, NXNW and the DMA. Her efforts have contributed to honors from Communications Arts, the OneShow and Cannes, and have been featured in Juicing the Orange, Brand Apart and “Your Ad Here.”
Office of Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Earl Rose currently works for the Department of Homeland Security, and is responsible for facilitating information sharing between federal, state, local and private sector partners in Kentucky. In this capacity, Rose seeks to engage organizations to enhance their awareness and understanding of the threats that are posed to Kentucky and what steps can be taken to mitigate those threats. Rose’s prior employment experience includes counterterrorism and counternarcotics operations domestically and overseas. Prior employment includes Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration, New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Arizona Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Army. Rose has 17 years of government service.
Author, "Change is Your Competitive Advantage"
Karl Schoemer is president and founder of VisionQuest, a multidimensional training and consulting firm. He is a well-recognized trainer, facilitator and speaker. He has delivered keynote speeches, facilitated training, and consulted with hundreds of companies, groups, and associations worldwide. His client list includes Intel, IBM, AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, Ford Motor Co., The Stanford Medical Center, State Farm Insurance, and the National Security Agency. He has helped managers, teams, and organizations develop the skills and beliefs necessary to manage the change process toward increased productivity.
Schoemer brings a unique mixture of enthusiasm and expertise to every group he addresses. His excitement and conviction help clarify and emphasize key messages while his focus on behavior change and productivity forces participants to take action. He has the ability to establish immediate rapport with a group, and immediately create a supportive learning environment that helps guarantee higher performance and bottom-line results.
Schoemer’s credentials include a master’s in business, valuable experience inside organizational culture from his work at Baxter Healthcare International, and a multitude of successful professional speaking and training experiences from his work with Dale Carnegie Training.
CIO, GE Aviation
Jude Schramm has been the CIO for GE Aviation since 2015. He is responsible for defining and leading the aviation information technology organization.
Schramm joined GE Aviation in 2001 as a project manager in the Aviation services fleet management IT division. He became a certified Black Belt in 2004, and in 2007, was appointed IT manager of the commercial engines operations division. In 2008, Schramm became a certified lean leader for GE Infrastructure, where he was responsible for cross-business synergy programs between GE Aviation and GE Energy. Most recently, Schramm was CIO of GE Aviation’s services, systems engineering and digital divisions.
He attended the University of Cincinnati and received a BBA in information systems and a BBA degree in business management. He began his professional career as a management consultant for Ernst & Young LLP, where he worked as a staff and senior consultant in the pharmaceutical practice.
SVP & CTO, Synchrony Financial
Greg Simpson joined Synchrony Financial in 2014 as SVP and chief technology officer. Simpson works closely with Synchrony Financial’s CIO on developing the company’s technology strategy and sits on Synchrony Financial’s IT steering committee. Overseeing a large global team, Simpson is responsible for key IT functions including enterprise architecture, business intelligence, business continuity planning and disaster recovery, data centers, voice and data network, service management and operations, end-user services, and collaboration.
Based in the Kettering, Ohio, offices, Simpson serves on the IT engagement committee and is a senior leader participating in Synchrony Financial’s business leadership program and a mentor to many within the IT team.
Prior to joining Synchrony Financial, Simpson served as GE's CTO for eight years where he created the shared services infrastructure team that supports all GE businesses. In his role as GE’s CTO, Simpson advised GE’s CIO and business CIOs on new technology directions, and served on the company’s IT council. Simpson has an extensive IT career that spans more than 30 years with GE.
Simpson received his BSME from Purdue University and his MSME from Case Western Reserve University.
VP, Business Transformation & CIO, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Mark Sims is CIO and vice president of business transformation at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, the world's largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care. In this role, Sims leads the business transformation organization which includes the information technology and global business process teams. He is responsible for overseeing the team that manages the company's existing systems as well as builds out new capabilities for the business. Sims began his career with Scotts Miracle-Gro in 2007 and has held various roles in strategy, M&A, enterprise risk management, and process improvement.
Prior to joining Scotts Miracle-Gro, Sims spent 15 years in management consulting developing and implementing solutions that couple process transformation with technology to drive growth and productivity for the business. He consulted for organizations in various industries including consumer products, retail and manufacturing.
Sims has a bachelor's degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in industrial engineering from Cleveland State University, and completed the advanced management program at Wharton.
SVP & CIO, Cintas Corporation
Michael L. Thompson serves as SVP and CIO for Cintas Corporation. Thompson is responsible for business transformation across the enterprise and Cintas IT. He has served in this capacity since 2013.
Employed by Cintas since 1994, Thompson has held numerous positions within the company. As director of corporate development, he was responsible for all merger and acquisition activity of the company. During his eight-year tenure in corporate development, Thompson led and completed approximately 150 acquisitions for Cintas. Promoted to corporate controller in 2003, Thompson was responsible for SEC and internal management reporting, projections and forecasting. He was also a member of the company’s Sarbanes-Oxley implementation and oversight team and had accounting responsibility for three operating divisions of the company.
In 2006, Thompson was promoted to VP and treasurer. In addition to traditional treasury functions, Thompson administered the corporation’s share purchase and equity compensation programs, and was responsible for investor relations, corporate taxation and Canadian corporate administration.
In 2010, Thompson was promoted to SVP of facility services. In this role, Thompson led the company’s facility services organization, with revenue of approximately $1.3B.
CIO, Convergys Corporation
Chandra Venkataramani is chief information officer for Convergys Corporation, a global leader in customer management.
Venkataramani is responsible for the global technology infrastructure of the company, as well as the planning, development, and delivery of technology products and services for Convergys’ clients.
Prior to joining Convergys, Venkataramani held a number of executive leadership positions with Aegis and JP Morgan Chase.
Venkataramani has a master of science in industrial engineering from Louisiana Tech University, and an MBA in finance and information systems from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
VP, IT & CIO, University of Cincinnati
Nelson Vincent, Ed.D., a University of Cincinnati alumnus, is a 16-year veteran and champion of educational technologies at the university. As associate dean for research, administrative services and outreach in the college of education, criminal justice, and human services (CECH), his leadership helped to distinguish it as a trailblazer for innovative and integrative use of technology in teaching, learning and research. Vincent has also served on numerous technology-related working groups across the university including the Academic Technology Planning Committee, the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Academic Information Technology and the Blue Ribbon Sub-Task Force on IT Governance.
Vincent also worked closely with the UCPASS Center, Gen-1 House, HEMI Mentoring Initiative and Upward Bound. He is a member of the board of trustees for iSPACE (interactive STEM Programs and Career Exploration), the Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center, and the Hughes STEM High School Local School Based Decision Making Committee.
Vincent is also involved in several other community organizations, including the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative. Vincent is as an associate professor educator in college of education, criminal justice, and human services.
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.
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.