SVP & Chief Global Security Officer, Aflac
Tim Callahan joined Aflac as CISO in 2014, responsible for the Aflac information security program, which includes threat and vulnerability management, security operations and incident response, information technology compliance and risk management, security engineering, and disaster recovery.
Prior to Aflac, Callahan was SVP of business continuity and information assurance at SunTrust Bank. Callahan led a team of professional risk managers in ensuring the protection, preservation and availability of critical corporate information and resources. Callahan integrated these functions, building a capability that provided a unified approach in determining threats, developing mitigation strategies and solutions, and managing through incidents. Callahan also served as first VP of technology risk management and CISO at Peoples United Bank and served on the state of Connecticut judicial committee on identity theft. Callahan was a career military professional, serving in leadership positions throughout his 23-year career.
Callahan is a sought-after and frequent speaker, panelist, moderator and chair on topics ranging from leadership, technology, information security, information governance, governance risk and compliance, and cybersecurity. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards and is a CISSP, CISM, CRISC and a certified project manager. Callahan holds a B.S. from University of the State of New York.
CIO, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Suja Chandrasekaran serves as CIO of Kimberly-Clark Corporation. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of global IT and for supporting the growth of Kimberly-Clark’s business through technology.
Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Chandrasekaran served as SVP, global chief technology officer and chief data officer at Walmart Stores Inc. In this role, she led technology and digital transformation for Walmart US, Sam's Club and Walmart International. More specifically, Chandrasekaran focused on enabling cloud-based technologies capable of offering Walmart customers personalized retail experiences.
Before joining Walmart, Chandrasekaran worked at The Timberland Company where she served as the global CIO. She was accountable for the retailer's technology, ecommerce and digital transformation strategies.
Chandrasekaran has also held senior level roles in the technology departments of both PepsiCo and Nestle Americas. At these organizations, she was responsible for leading the digital and technology strategies as well as delivery for various business units.
Both inside and outside the office, Chandrasekaran enjoys coaching and mentoring others in technology, including CEOs of Silicon Valley startups.
Chandrasekaran holds a master of business systems from Monash University located in Melbourne, Australia, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Madras located in India.
VP & CIO, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Yanni Charalambous is VP and CIO at Occidental Petroleum Corp., an international oil and gas exploration and production company, and one of the largest oil and gas companies in the U.S., based on equity market capitalization. He is responsible for the IT organization and the strategy and deployment of IT across Occidental’s worldwide oil and gas, midstream, chemicals, and corporate operations.
Charalambous was appointed VP of IT in 2012. In this role, he led all aspects of the company’s global IT operations including field and plant automation, exploration and production systems, information management, business systems, and process change. He joined Occidental in 2002 and led systems and infrastructure organizations in IT.
Charalambous holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and a master of computer science from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers where he chairs the digital energy technical section, represents Occidental Chemical on the executive committee of American Chemistry Council’s ChemITC committee and sits on the board of ESCAPE Family Resource Center, a nonprofit organization serving the Houston area.
SVP & CIO, Aflac
Julia Davis joined Aflac in 2013 as senior vice president and CIO. Currently, Davis oversees the day-to-day operations and the strategic initiatives of Aflac’s information technology division. Before joining Aflac, she served as CIO at American Safety Insurance.
Prior to her tenure at ASI, she served as CIO of the equipment finance division for GE Capital Healthcare Financial Services and GE Capital Business Productivity Solutions. Additionally, she held IT leadership positions at GE Energy, Armstrong World Industries, Information Builders, Ogden Government Services and CRSS Services Inc.
Davis has been honored with several prestigious awards and recognitions, including Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2015 Women Worth Watching award; Insurance Networking News’ 2015 Women in Insurance Leadership; the Silver Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year; Evanta’s 2015 Breakaway Leadership Award, and she was named a finalist to the 2015 Georgia CIO of the Year award. Davis has been selected as one of Computerworld's Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2016.
Davis began her career in the U.S. Air Force as a software engineer and earned the rank of captain. She received a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in system administration from St. Mary’s University.
Global VP, CISO & Privacy Officer, Carnival Corporation
Gary Eppinger conceives, implements and leads technology solutions that protect corporate assets, increase organizational capability and advance productivity of Fortune 100 companies. He has a deep understanding of business goals and drivers, and how to apply technology to achieve and support them. Eppinger has exceptional communication, interpersonal and technical skills and is ranked 24th in ExecRank’s Top Security Executive Rankings. He is recognized internally and globally as a highly valued resource with exceptional ability to build and develop IT teams that deliver critical business objectives in companies within transformation. Eppinger is an active speaker on IT and cybersecurity while helping numerous companies as a valued board advisor.
Eppinger has an extensive background in enterprise information security, risk management, business transformation, IT controls and cybersecurity. Eppinger has significant experience leading complex, global change management programs.
Most recently, Eppinger was IT CISO and VP of RMD, legal and pharmacy for Supervalu, and IT security and privacy director at Delphi. Eppinger has previous experiences in IT security, infrastructure and engineering systems at Rockwell Automation and GE Healthcare. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Campbell University, advanced leadership certificate from Cornell University and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt from GE Healthcare.
EVP, Digital & CIO, Bloomin' Brands, Inc.
Donagh Herlihy is executive vice president and digital and chief information officer for Bloomin’ Brands. In this position, Mr. Herlihy is responsible for overseeing the global strategy, development and implementation of all digital consumer and business technology initiatives for Bloomin’ Brands.
Mr. Herlihy has 25 years of technology leadership experience in various industries. He joined Bloomin’ Brands following a six-year tenure with Avon Products, Inc., where he served as CIO and SVP, IT and eCommerce. In that role, he led all aspects of the technology supporting Avon’s internal business operations and enabled eCommerce for more than 6.5 million Avon representatives worldwide.
Prior to Avon, he was the CIO for the Wrigley Company. In addition to his role as CIO, he served successively as the VP of HR and the VP of Supply Chain Strategy and Planning. Prior to Wrigley, he led the IT function for Duracell, a division of the Gillette Company.
Mr. Herlihy has a BSC in Industrial Engineering and an MA from the Institute of Technology and Trinity College in Dublin. He has completed the Executive Program at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.
EVP for Genomic Medicine, HudsonAlpha
Howard Jacob, a faculty investigator and EVP for Genomic Medicine at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, uses molecular genetics to understand complex, multifactorial disease. In his role, he leads the clinical genomics team and is heavily involved in its two clinical enterprises-- the Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine and the Clinical Services Lab. Jacob also runs a research lab at HudsonAlpha where his research focus is verification of specific changes to DNA that are disease causing, and pinpointing those genetic changes quickly enough to benefit patients. His passion for improving the lives of critically ill patients has been the catalyst for his determination to bring whole genome sequencing into a clinical setting.
Jacob has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts and book chapters. He has served on the editorial boards for multiple peer-reviewed journals, NIH study sections, and is currently a member of the National Advisory Board for the National Human Genome Research Institute.
He received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Iowa in 1989. He completed two parallel postdoctoral fellowships in functional genomics and molecular genetics and genomics at Harvard, Stanford and MIT.
New York Times Bestselling Author, Co-Founder & Director of Research, Flow Genome Project
Steven Kotler, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and the co-founder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project, is one of the world's leading experts on ultimate human performance.
His work has been translated into over 40 languages and has appeared in 80 publications, including the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, Wired and TIME. He also appears frequently on television and radio and lectures widely on technological, scientific and cultural issues.
His NYT Bestseller, “The Rise of Superman” was the first book in history to chart simultaneously in four different categories on national bestseller lists (sports, science, psychology and business). His book, “BOLD: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World” has been included on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Amazon bestseller lists and “Abundance” spent 10 weeks atop the New York Times bestseller list and appeared on four prestigious "Best Book of the Year" lists.
Kotler’s latest publication is “Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy Seals, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work.” In it, he and co-author Jamie Wheal investigate the pioneering work of scientists and the leading edges of this human high-performance revolution.
SVP & Group CIO, Allstate Insurance Company
Peter Logothetis joined Allstate Insurance in late 2011 as the divisional CIO for claims. Prior to Allstate, he spent more than five years as head of technology services (CIO) at QBE the Americas, a member of the Australia-based QBE Group.
Logothetis has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry. He has worked in the manufacturing, banking, insurance and consulting industries for such well known companies as Continental Bank, CNA Insurance, Kemper Insurance and Liberty Mutual Insurance.
He has been very active in industry initiatives, conferences and IT forums. He also participates in mentorship programs and school board memberships.
Since 1980, he has been a part-time IT instructor at DePaul University, where he earned his MBA in information systems.
SVP & CIO, Vistra Energy
VP, Global Bus. Solutions & CIO, General Mills, Inc.
Mike Martiny is vice president of global business solutions and CIO, with responsibility for leading the global shared services, employee services, continuous improvement, information technology and business systems organizations for General Mills since 2012.
At General Mills, Martiny led supply chain strategic initiatives and global sourcing development, he was promoted to vice president in 1995, leading international operations. Subsequent roles included global engineering and Pillsbury’s SAP implementation. Prior, Martiny joined The Pillsbury Company in 1992 and began his career at Kraft USA in engineering and manufacturing management.
Martiny is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, and serves on the board of directors for The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.
Author of "Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less"
An experienced marketing executive, successful entrepreneur and author, Joe McCormack is recognized for his work in narrative messaging and corporate storytelling. His new book, “Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less,” tackles the timeliness of the “less is more” mandate.
A passionate leader, McCormack founded The BRIEF Lab in 2013 after years dedicated to developing and delivering a unique curriculum on strategic narratives for U.S. Army Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He actively counsels military leaders and senior executives on key messaging and strategy initiatives. His clients include W.W. Grainger, Harley-Davidson, USG Corporation, BMO Harris Bank, SAP, MasterCard, Heinz, Hoffman-La Roche and Jones Lang LaSalle.
McCormack founded and serves as managing director and president of The Sheffield Company, an award-winning boutique agency. He speaks at diverse industry and client forums on the topics of messaging, storytelling, change and leadership.
He received a bachelor’s degree in English literature with honors from Loyola University of Chicago.
Peyton McNully, CIO for HudsonAlpha, he heads the IT division as well as leads a team providing technology services to 700 additional people in 34 for-profit companies that call HudsonAlpha’s 155 acre campus home. In his role, he is responsible for the caretaking strategy for an organization producing 1 petabyte every two months.
In addition to his work at HudsonAlpha, McNully is the founder of two Alabama-based companies: Ploid, Inc., a genomics data storage company; and Leavendary, Inc., which grows and provides food-quality strains of yeast for craft beer brewers across the Southeast. He also serves on the board of directors of the Alabama Supercomputer Authority and also on the board of advisors of Alabama CIO Association.
Previously, McNully was COO of Motion Reality, Inc., providing immersive military and law enforcement training simulation. Prior to that, he served combat tours in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa as a military intelligence noncommissioned officer supporting Combined Joint Special Operations Task Forces. He directed intelligence-gathering operations and the coordination of multi-sensor and platform efforts for the military in wartime. McNully, a gifted developer, designed and wrote the methods by which this time-sensitive discovery was delivered to U.S. leaders.
CEO & Co-Founder, Onapsis, Inc.
As CEO and co-founder of Onapsis, Mariano Nunez manages the software company’s overall strategic direction. Nunez, a respected authority in the business-critical application security and SAP cybersecurity field, was the first to publicly present on cybersecurity risks affecting SAP platforms and how to mitigate them. He is frequently invited to lecture at major security conferences, as well as at Fortune 100 companies, security agencies and military organizations. As an industry thought leader, he developed one of the first open-source SAP and ERP penetration testing frameworks. Additionally, he has been interviewed and featured in mainstream media such as CNN, Reuters, WSJ and The New York Times and was distinguished by MIT in its list of 35 innovators under the age of 35.
Nunez holds a bachelor of science in computer science and has completed executive training programs at Harvard Business School and Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Krish Rao Aedla
Vice President, Tata Consultancy Services
Krishnakar Rao Aedla is VP and head of North America for manufacturing, life sciences, energy, resources, utilities and government business group for Tata Consultancy Services. He is responsible for overseeing the acquisition of new business and developing customer relationships and plays a key role in TCS North America strategy formulation as part of the leadership team.
Krish has been with TCS for the past 27 years, holding a variety of positions, most recently as VP of manufacturing sales. Previously, he served as director of sales and operations for large and strategic customers in the auto manufacturing, high-tech and computer-services industries in North America. Prior to that, he served as regional director of North-East Operations, where he managed the acquisition of several new large customers and strengthened many of TCS’ key customer relationships in the U.S. and Canada.
Krish holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in machine dynamics.
EVP, Operations, Digital and Technology, McDonald's Corporation
As EVP of operations and technology systems at the McDonald's Corporation, Jim Sappington is responsible for improving McDonald’s business results by providing secure information and process capabilities through the efficient and flexible use of technology. Sappington is passionate about the role of innovation in driving an enhanced experience with prior experience leading efforts to upgrade the company’s global information and technology platforms. Chiefly, he is focused on developing and maintaining the customer experience to exceed changing expectations.
During his most recent years with McDonald’s, Sappington has held a number of positions including U.S. VP and CIO, corporate VP of global technology and global CIO. Sappington brings deep experience on the front lines of the business, with experience working behind the counter as part of an accelerated operations program and as VP and general manager of the Northwest region. His McDonald’s career started in 1987 when he landed a position as an accounting manager.
He holds a bachelor of science in Accounting from the University of Missouri and an MBA with an emphasis in management information systems from DePaul University.