VP, IT, DHL Supply Chain
Carl Behn is vice president of IT for DHL North America, where he is responsible for leading IT for the North America retail business unit within the supply chain division.
Behn has been with DHL for 15 years and has 30 years of experience in the logistics industry overall. Prior to DHL, Behn held various roles for Ashland chemical division of Ashland Inc., including group manager planning and administration distribution systems and director of technical services leading technology deployment and support.
Behn has a degree from Franklin University and studied executive development and marketing at Indiana University.
Director, Technical Services, NCAA
Mark Buroff is the director of technical services at the NCAA and has served in this role since 2012. His responsibilities at the NCAA include managing all infrastructure and security initiatives as well overseeing the customer-facing service desk. Prior to joining the NCAA, Buroff held senior leadership positions at Omnicare, Xchanging, Timer Warner Cable and CompuServe.
Buroff holds a B.A. in secondary education from Westminster College and an MBA from the University of Missouri.
SVP/CIO, Western & Southern Financial Group
Karen Chamberlain is SVP and CIO of Western and Southern Financial Group and has been since 2014. In 2016, she expanded her responsibilities to include enterprise insurance operations.
Previously, Chamberlain worked for The Hartford Insurance Group as CIO for property and casualty claims and for wealth management businesses, as well as acting as a corporate auditor and liaison to subsidiaries in Japan and Ireland.
Additionally, Chamberlain worked for JPMorgan Chase as SVP and CIO of the domestic Insurance businesses and held IT leadership roles at Allstate Insurance Company.
Chamberlain holds her series 6 and 26 securities licenses and attended DePaul University, where she earned a degree in computer science and management.
State CIO & Asst. Director IT, Ohio Department of Administrative Services
Stu Davis is CIO and assistant director for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, Office of Information Technology. He oversees the office which delivers statewide information technology and telecommunication services to state government agencies, boards and commissions and he also manages IT procurement, policy and standards development, lifecycle investment planning and privacy and security management.
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, he served as the state COO and deputy director of the infrastructure services division within DAS/OIT.
Stu’s career spans 37 years focused on state and local government with 12 years of hands on experience in local government, 20 years in state government and five years in the private sector consulting for state and local government on IT/GIS initiatives.
CISO, Baptist Health
Michael Erickson has served as CISO for Baptist Health since 2016 and works in collaboration with the system’s clinical, information technology and compliance departments. He also serves as a member of the system enterprise risk management committee to oversee all facets of the system’s information security risk management programs.
Erickson joined Baptist Health in 1995 and was named system director of IT infrastructure and HIPAA security officer in 2005. In 2014, he was named executive director of IT infrastructure and security.
He is a member of the Governing Body of the Evanta Cincinnati CISO Executive Summit, a member of the Kentucky chapter of Infragard, a non-profit organization that serves as a public-private partnership between U.S. businesses and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and a graduate of the Kentucky Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizens Academy.
Erickson earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hanover College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Chief Enterprise Architect, NetJets, Inc.
Troy Gibson, chief enterprise architect at NetJets, is responsible for IT strategy, strategic planning and managing a portfolio of test and learn initiatives. His role includes collaborating across industries to identify potential new technologies to evolve the business strategy, establish opportunities to increase their competitive advantage and develop strategic partnerships to help advance NetJets’ technical capabilities
Gibson is an accomplished senior technology executive and strategic thinker with over 20 years of diversified industry experience. Previously, he was the co-founder of Central Ohio Mobile Monday and chief strategy officer of Profitable Prospect.
Gibson holds a bachelor of science from the University of Dayton and an MBA from Otterbein University.
Miles Gibson, Ph.D.
Principal Executive Advisor, CEB, now Gartner
Miles Gibson is a principal executive advisor with the IT practice of the Corporate Executive Board. In this role, he collaborates with multiple research teams, then delivers their findings and best practices at meetings of IT executives across North America, Europe and Australia.
Gibson has been with the IT practice since 2006, and prior to that worked in the department for research and graduate studies at University of Virginia.
Gibson has a bachelor of arts in American studies and a PhD in English from University of Virginia.
Chief Data Officer, GE Aviation
Tom Gottlieb is chief data officer for the newly formed data and analytics IT organization across GE Aviation. He is responsible for leading the data product strategy and execution of data and analytics initiatives and his horizontal organization is accountable for delivering cross-functional Aviation business outcomes.
Previously, Gottlieb was brilliant manufacturing IT leader for aviation, responsible for launching the Brilliant Factory initiative partnered with supply chain and GE digital. Prior to this role in aviation, Tom was CIO of global supply chain for GE Transportation. Gottlieb previously also spent nine years with GE aviation in roles as IT leader for the commercial engines operations division and leading other key programs within the customer and product support, sales and marketing and services IT organizations.
Gottlieb is a graduate of Purdue University.
CIO & EVP, Omni-Channel and Customer Engagement, American Signature Inc.
Stephen Haffer is CIO and EVP at American Signature, Inc., where he is leveraged to push the business in terms of defining success and driving incremental, meaningful change.
Haffer has more than 20 years of experience at the Schottenstein family of companies and has held multiple job titles. Prior to his current role, Haffer was VP of business development for Schottenstein luxury group, overseeing brands such as Judith Leiber, Adrienne Vittadini, Stueben Glass and Shiro. Within ASI his prior roles include VP, marketing and investment, bedding merchant, regional sales manager and store manager.
Haffer graduated with a bachelor of arts in political science and government from Tulane University.
CEO and Best-Selling Author, The Trust Edge
David Horsager, CEO and author, is the leading expert on trust and how it’s built into everything from individuals and organizations to global governments. His work has been featured in publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
Horsager has worked with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies like Verizon and FedEx to the New York Yankees and U.S. Congress. He helps leaders and organizations become most trusted in their industry through research, speaking, consulting and human capital development.
As bestselling author of The Trust Edge and The Daily Edge he has taken the platform across the United States and on six continents. He invented the Enterprise Trust Index™ and leads the charge in one of the nation’s foremost trust studies — The Trust Outlook™.
David Horsager leads the Trust Edge Leadership Institute where the mission is to develop trusted leaders and organizations and the hope is to make a dent in the global trust crisis.
CIO, Baptist Health
Tricia Julian is chief information officer for Baptist Health, where she is responsible for leading and developing information technology structures across the system, including overseeing the continued implementation and refinement of Baptist’s electronic health record system.
Julian joined Baptist in 2011 as ambulatory IT director, where she built an ambulatory IT team and led the implementation of Allscripts practice management and EHR systems in employed physicians’ practices. She also formed a governance committee with physician representation from all regions to guide the direction of IT.
Previously, she served as chief operating officer and director of operations for The Corvallis Clinic through 2011. In addition, she served as director of information technology for the Welborn Clinic and worked in managerial roles at the Arnett Clinic, both in Indiana.
Julian earned her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and an MBA with healthcare specialization from Indiana Wesleyan University.
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 2016, Applied posted sales of $2.5B. 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, is active on the University of Akron CITe Board and is a member of the Kent State University Center for Corporate and Professional Development Advisory Board.
Director, Global Portfolio Messaging, Dell EMC
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of Dell EMC global portfolio marketing team, Marraccini is focused on the Dell EMC storage strategy and developing messaging to support the storage portfolio. The global portfolio marketing team is responsible for developing and delivering customer messaging across the full Dell EMC product portfolio. In addition to developing the global portfolio storage messaging, Marraccini’s passion and drive continue to be demonstrated in multiple blogs including: Dell EMC The Source Podcast, "TheSourceBlog.emc.com" and www.insideflash.com (All Things Flash at EMC).
Marraccini's EMC career started in 1999 as an account SE in Pittsburgh, evolving to a role as a regional technical business consultant focused on EMC software products. With his Microsoft background prior to EMC, he was recruited to be one of the first EMC Microsoft specialists and shortly after promoted to be the central enterprise application solution manager covering Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, VMware, SAS and DB2. He then became part of the EMC Microsoft alliance team, a flash storage evangelist and director of flash strategy before his current position of Dell EMC portfolio messaging director.
SVP & CIO, Brown-Forman Corporation
Tim Nall, SVP and CIO, has spent more than 17 years working for Brown-Forman. Previously, he held several positions 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.
Before coming to Brown-Forman, Nall worked at Alcoa, American Air Filters and SSTI, where he began as a controls programmer and finished 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.
Nall holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Louisville and a master of business administration from University of Louisville’s College of Business.
VP, IT, CDO, The Procter & Gamble Company
Guy Peri, VP of IT and CDO, leads Procter & Gamble’s enterprise data strategy, enabling strategic and operational insights and new business models. He is also responsible for P&G’s data science team, which applies advanced analytics to P&G’s largest business opportunities across marketing, sales, product innovation and supply chain.
In previous roles, Peri led P&Gs global analytics organization for all of P&G’s business unit leaders, customer teams, vice-chairs and CEO. Under his leadership, P&G received the first-ever leadership in analytics award by the International Institute of Analytics.
Peri has a bachelor degree and a master of business administration degree from University of South Florida.
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.
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 Thompson serves as SVP and CIO for Cintas Corporation, where he is responsible for business transformation across the enterprise and Cintas IT.
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 years 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, he administered the corporation’s share purchase and equity compensation programs, and was responsible for investor relations, corporate taxation and Canadian corporate administration.
Thompson has a bachelor of arts in accounting from John Carroll University.
CIO, Wendy's International, Inc.
David Trimm, CIO at Wendy’s International, Inc., has been with the company since 2015. Prior to joining Wendy’s, Trimm worked for The Hertz Corporation for 14 years, where he was executive VP and CIO, where he served in a variety of technology, marketing and operations leadership roles on both sides of the Atlantic.
Trimm has also spent time in senior leadership roles with other companies, including Ford Motor Company, The Coca Cola Company, Hilton Hotels and Clarks of England. Trimm’s nearly 30-year career has involved more than 20 years in global roles and 13 years as a CIO. He has also served on the board of a Florida technology partnership, on the travel industry advisory board for the Teradata Corporation and as CEO of Eileo.
In addition to other professional certifications, Trimm graduated from Imperial College London with a master of engineering degree.
VP & Global CISO, YUM! Brands, Inc.
Marc Varner serves as the Global CISO for YUM!, the corporate face of brands like Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC. He is responsible for the protection of the company's information assets, as well as the strategy and implementation of security programs. Previously, Varner was the Global CISO for McDonalds, serving there seven years. He has more than 20 years of experience in the technical, operational and program-management aspects of information security, privacy and architecture.
Through his years of work history, Varner has led various security and architecture functions in the professional services industry at Deloitte Global and Navigant Consulting as well as in the ﬁnancial services sector with Discover Financial and Morgan Stanley. Prior to that, he was based in London with Arthur Andersen, where he directed the development of the information-security program for Andersen in the EMEIA region.
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, VP for IT and CIO for University of Cincinnati, leads the university’s enterprise technology organization and works with the university’s distributed IT organizations to achieve an optimal balance of enterprise and customized technologies and services. Vincent oversees the design and delivery of eLearning and research technologies, enterprise applications systems and services, networking and telecommunications, information security, data center operations and user support training and outreach.
Before serving as CIO, Vincent served as associate dean for research, administrative services and outreach in the college of education, criminal justice and human services, where he is currently an associate professor educator. He serves as president of the board of trustees for interactive STEM programs and career exploration, is a member of the Arlitt child and family research and education center and the Hughes STEM High School local school based decision making committee.
Head of Custom Solutions, IoT, Sprint Business
Patricia Watkins is head of custom solutions in the IoT business unit at Sprint. She leads sales and engineering teams that work with Sprint’s customers to bring connected products to market or drive efficiencies in their businesses. This includes Sprint’s automotive practice, which is respected for both product innovation and has received accolades from Consumer Reports.
Watkins has been with Sprint for 11 years, where she has led cross-functional teams to deliver on multiple forward-thinking projects. Previously, she worked for Merck Sharp & Dohme Pharmaceuticals.
Watkins holds a bachelor of science in medical technology from Michigan State University.
VP & CIO, Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Don Wehrly is vice president and chief information officer of Marathon Petroleum Corporation. He also serves on the board of the north central chapter of the American Red Cross.
Wehrly joined Marathon as an associate programmer in 1981. He served in various information technology positions until 1988, when he was named as a supervisor of IT. In the early and mid-1990s, Wehrly held several supervisory roles with Marathon’s IT organization, including positions in Syria and Tunisia. In 1997 he was named manager of upstream computing, and was appointed the manager of IT strategy and planning in 2000. Wehrly became manager of IT Services for Marathon Ashland Petroleum in 2003, and was named to his current position in 2011.
Wehrly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Taylor University in 1981. In 2013, he attended Northwestern University’s advanced executive program.
CIO, Big Lots, Inc.
Stewart Wenerstrom is CIO at Big Lots Inc., and has been since 2013. Before his current position, he served as a VP of the program management office, and before that he served as a VP of merchandise support and VP of furniture allocation and replenishment.
Prior to coming to Big Lots Inc., Wenerstrom worked as an associate partner at Accenture, and held the position of senior manager at Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Wenerstrom has a bachelor of arts in political science and economics from West Virginia University and a master of business administration from University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz graduate school of business.
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.
Judd Williams is the CIO and managing director of information services of the NCAA and has served in this role since 2012. Williams’ responsibilities at the NCAA include all aspects of strategic planning, budgeting, implementation and support of IT initiatives across the national office, membership and events.
Prior to joining the NCAA, Williams was recruited into the FBI Special Advisor Program in 2007. He was named acting deputy senior executive of IT business operations in 2009, where he helped oversee a budget of more than $300M and more than 1,000 staff, and was then promoted to senior IT manager and unit chief in 2010, where he oversaw three different operational IT groups and was the youngest unit chief in the FBI’s IT branch. Prior to the FBI, he worked for SAIC, Northrop Grumman and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
He holds a bachelor of science in business administration with a major in management information systems and a master of science in MIS from Auburn University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.