EVP & CIO EMC Corporation
Vic Bhagat is EVP of enterprise business solutions and CIO at EMC Corporation. A 30-year industry veteran, Bhagat joined EMC in 2013 to lead EMC’s Information Technology, Global Centers of Excellence, Global Business Services and Indirect Procurement organizations. Together, Bhagat and the global unified enterprise business solutions team are responsible for providing the technology, services and support to enable EMC to optimize enterprise processes; further global sales and R&D relationships in BRIC and emerging countries; and deliver world-class services that drive innovation and revenue generation for EMC.
During his more than 20-year tenure at GE, Bhagat served as CIO for multiple GE organizations including GE Aviation Services, GE Global Growth and Operations, CNBC, GE Corporate, and GE India and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining EMC, Bhagat helped establish Accenture’s worldwide Big Data analytics practice for natural resources.
Bhagat earned his bachelor’s degree in information management and marketing from the University of Louisville and a diploma in physics and mathematics from Agra University in India. He previously served on several advisory boards including AT&T Utilities & Field Services and Fairfield University School of Software Engineering, and worked closely with University of Connecticut’s School of Business.
VP & CIO Harley-Davidson, Inc.
As VP and CIO, Dave Cotteleer is responsible for providing strategic direction and management of information services for Harley-Davidson Motor Company and its business units and subsidiaries worldwide. Cotteleer brings significant strengths to this role including strong relationships and credibility with stakeholders, a deep understanding of Harley-Davidson’s business strategy and culture, and broad experience in process design and performance improvements.
Since joining Harley-Davidson in 1998, Cotteleer has delivered results through effective development and execution of strategies in alignment with company goals. He has held leadership positions in operations, supply chain, sales and product development, and has a well-established track record of strong leadership and capabilities. Prior to being named CIO in 2011, he served as senior director of international strategic projects, responsible for leading the development of Harley-Davidson’s Street 500 and 750 motorcycle platform along with key market entry initiatives. In addition, he has held senior leadership positions at Sara Lee Corp. and Action Packed Inc.
Cotteleer holds a bachelor of science in finance from Northern Illinois University, and a master of science in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
EVP & CIO Schneider
Shaleen Devgun is executive vice president and CIO at Schneider, a premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services. In this role, Devgun leads the company’s strategic technology, logistics engineering, business transformation and enterprise security teams as a member of the executive team.
Devgun previously served as vice president of strategy, planning and solution delivery where he was accountable for Schneider’s technology strategy and application development, and where he led a multilayered organization team of 120 staff and 250 consultants deployed in a global delivery model and a yearly operating budget more than $80M. Devgun joined Schneider in 2009 as vice president of strategy, planning and business analytics.
Prior to joining Schneider, Devgun spent 12 years in management consulting with DiamondCluster International and Deloitte, where his experience included corporate venturing, formulation and execution of business and technology strategy, program leadership, and operational design for multiple Fortune 500 corporations.
Devgun holds a MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy and undergraduate degrees in economics and engineering from the University of Pune.
AVP Global Data Center Practice Zensar Technologies, Inc.
David Eichorn has more than 20 years of experience in IT and telecommunications. He is currently responsible for Zensar’s global data center practice and solutions portfolio, consisting of a range of multivendor consulting, integration, support and managed services. Prior to that, he was the company’s product champion for its data center maintenance services business. Before coming to Zensar, Eichorn worked for 15 years with Alcatel-Lucent in a variety of leadership positions across product and services organizations, driving record-setting revenue in data switching and establishing the company’s managed services and network operations programs.
VP & CIO Rockwell Automation, Inc.
Jerry Fox Jr. has more than 30 years of IT experience. As vice president and chief information officer at Rockwell Automation, Fox is responsible for IT strategies and solutions globally. In this role he led the transformation efforts to redefine IT’s role as a co-innovator with business units, while driving increased value from the global systems portfolio. Prior to joining Rockwell Automation in 2007, he served as a senior IT leader at Dana Corporation, a Toledo, Ohio-based automotive parts supplier.
Throughout his career, Fox has held IT leadership positions across a diverse set of industry segments. Before joining Dana Corporation, he served as principal contributor towards driving companywide IT synergy and standardization at Cardinal Health, a Fortune 20 medical service organization. He provided IT leadership at Reynolds and Reynolds, a provider of information management systems. Fox began his professional IT career at Lexis-Nexis, a Dayton, Ohio-based electronic publisher.
Fox holds a bachelor’s degree in MIS and an MBA from Ohio University.
CIO Plexus Corp.
As CIO for Plexus Corp., Steve Gearhart is responsible for global IT including solutions, application development and infrastructure. Plexus is a $2B global contract manufacturer. He has more than 20 years of operations experience in a variety of industries and functions including IT, supply management, program management, engineering and quality.
Prior to joining Plexus, Gearhart was vice president of solution management for Flextronics, responsible for global applications development. He joined Flextronics in 2007 as part of the Solectron acquisition. At Solectron, he held the position of vice president of IT operations which included applications development and the IT program management office. At Solectron he held several roles in IT and supply management. Before joining Solectron he was director of supply management and IT for Otis Elevator.
Gearhart holds a bachelor of science in engineering from Marquette University and a master of science in industrial administration from the Krannert Graduate School of Business at Purdue University.
SVP Information Technology & Interim CIO Aurora Health Care
Sony Jacob is currently SVP of information technology and interim CIO at Aurora Health Care, a $4.6B integrated health system based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Technology is a key differentiator in Aurora’s care delivery model, and Jacob was bought in to Aurora Health Care in 2012 to implement a three-year integrated EMR deployment across all of Aurora’s hospitals and clinics.
Additional IT leadership experience includes five years as VP and CIO at Tecta America Corporation, a $500M in revenue commercial construction and roofing company, from 2004—2009. Jacob helped define and then implement a technology strategy to combine accounting, project management and sales activities across 33 operating companies with revenues ranging from $10M to $60M. He led multiyear successful ERP, CRM and infrastructure projects across all 33 operating companies. He then moved on to the hospitality industry in 2010 with PSAV, providing technology leadership for both corporate IT and a HSIA service offering to more than 100 hotels. This involved managing an IT organization of more than 100 employees across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and European Union.
Jacob holds a master’s in technology management from DeVry University and an executive MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Founder NeXtGen Advantage
Chad Kopitzke is a Gen Xer stuck between two of the largest generations in American history: millennials on one side and boomers on the other. Through his background of managing internship programs on a state university campus, Kopitzke has effectively played the third party between companies and students. He hears what business leaders need and what keeps them up at night and he understands today’s college kids, how they think and what they value. Kopitzke’s own mentors have been C-level corporate boomers, which means he can also relate to how they operate and what they expect. All of this places Kopitzke at a unique vantage point in modern business culture. His focus is to help generations connect, rather than collide, for the sake of business growth.
CIO Marquette University
Kathy J. Lang is the chief information officer at Marquette University. She is responsible for the strategic direction of technology, IT project management, technology infrastructure, applications, IT security, research computing and technology support services.
Lang joined Marquette in 2002. Prior to her position at Marquette, she was the chief information officer at the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse and the IT director at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.
Lang received the 2013 IT Executive of the Year Award from the Society of Information Management — Wisconsin for the nonprofit category. She also received a 2008 Midmarket IT Leadership Award from CIO Decisions and under her leadership, Marquette University IT services was the recipient of the Institutional Excellence in Information Communications Technology Award from ACUTA in 2009. Lang is a member of several IT advisory boards and is frequently asked to speak and consult on IT leadership and management topics.
Lang holds a master’s degree in business administration from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and computer information systems from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Director, Information Security Brunswick Corporation
Chris Merkel leads Brunswick's information security office, which is responsible for security within the organization and in the design of its digitally enabled products. Brunswick is a global leader in the recreational goods industry with leading brands in the boating and fitness industries. Merkel's office resides in the Mercury Marine headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Chief Information Security Officer CUNA Mutual Group
Kevin Miller is vice president of IT strategy and architecture for CUNA Mutual Group. In this role he is responsible for IT strategy, enterprise architecture, business intelligence/data warehousing and the enterprise testing center. Miller joined CUNA Mutual Group in 2006 as vice president of IT customer operations and sales before accepting his current position in 2011.
Prior to joining CUNA Mutual Group, Miller worked for Accenture for 11 years in the insurance practice focusing on technology delivery including field sales, policy administration, claims, security and IT strategy and enterprise architecture.
Miller graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in business and computer systems with a minor in technical communications. Outside of work, Miller serves as a mentor for the UW Wisconsin Mentor program and has been quoted in many trade press magazines including Insurance & Technology.
Corporate VP & CIO Johnson Outdoors Inc.
John Moon is the vice president and chief information officer of Johnson Outdoors Inc., a leading global outdoor recreational products company. Moon is responsible for the company’s information technology function, and defining and implementing the company’s strategic use of information technology globally.
Prior to joining Johnson Outdoors, Moon enjoyed a successful 23-year career at Baxter International Inc. and Caremark International where he held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility before being named Baxter’s chief information officer in 2000 and corporate vice president in 2002. Prior to joining Baxter, Moon held positions in the telecommunications and software industries.
Moon was named CIO of the Year in 2001 by the Association of Information Technology Professionals and was selected as a Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld Magazine in 2003.
Moon earned a bachelor of science in computer science, and holds a master’s degree in management information systems from Northern Illinois University. He is an active member of the Society of Information Management and the Association of Information Technology Professionals.
CISO Johnson Controls
Bio coming soon.
Amit has more than 17 years of experience in enabling Fortune 500 companies to address their security, governance and compliance challenges. He has defined several strategies and successfully led IAG and security deployments for securing critical assets on enterprise, cloud and mobile. He holds various industry certifications including CISSP, CISA and TOGAF.
Director, Technical Alliances PhishMe
Mike Saurbaugh is the director of technical alliances with PhishMe. Prior to PhishMe, he spent nearly two decades in financial services and was the head of information security for 12 years.
Saurbaugh is a faculty member with IANS Research and was involved with SecurityCurrent when it launched, serving as the research director leading a number of strategic projects for global security vendors. Recently, Saurbaugh was added to the faculty at Excelsior College in their information security program as a course developer and adjunct. Saurbaugh started a security consulting company where he conducted independent engagements and has been involved in providing advisory services to a number of stealth mode security startups.
Saurbaugh holds a master of science in information assurance from Walsh College and is a member of two college information security curriculum advisory committees.
VP & CIO Oshkosh Corporation
Dave Schecklman is VP and CIO, a position he was appointed to in 2013. Most recently, Schecklman served as VP of global information technology. In his current role, Schecklman oversees all aspects of information technology for the Oshkosh Corporation enterprise.
Since joining Oshkosh Corporation in 1995, Schecklman has had roles of increasing responsibility within information technology including program director for Oshkosh’s ERP program at McNeilus, director of information technology at McNeilus, as well as various roles at Pierce Manufacturing, Oshkosh Defense and Oshkosh Corporate.
Schecklman earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in management of information systems and computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Vice President, Local Affairs We Energies
Thelma Sias became vice president of local affairs, effective with the closing of the Integrys acquisition. Sias is responsible for building and enhancing long-term relationships with community leaders and local government to garner support and approval for critical corporate initiatives. Sias directs activities to monitor community concerns and negotiate with local governments on policies that impact company operations. Under her leadership, local affairs addresses the service needs of We Energies’ municipal customers and school districts with a total annual revenue that exceeds $230M.
Sias joined the company in 1986 and has served in a variety of leadership roles within the organization. As a member of the customer relations leadership team in the roles of director of community affairs and director of local affairs, she has laid the groundwork for several key growth initiatives for the company. In 2002, Sias was named assistant vice president of local affairs. Sias also is a board member of the We Energies Foundation.
Sias received a bachelor’s degree from Clark College, now Clark Atlanta University, in Atlanta.
VP, Security Architecture & Technology Target Corporation
Krishnan Srinivasan is vice president of security for Target. In this capacity, he is responsible for shaping the strategy for architecture and technology in Target. Prior to joining Target, he served as CISO for GE Healthcare. He was responsible for leading global teams covering architecture, operations, cyber intelligence, identity management and privacy. Over the last 14 years, he has had numerous technical leadership roles.
Srinivasan holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Madras in India and a master’s degree in computer engineering from Western Illinois University.
Tim Van Ryzin
Sr. Director, Cybersecurity - Information Technology ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Tim Van Ryzin joined ConAgra Foods in July 2015 as the first head of an independent IT security group. ConAgra Foods is an $18B global producer of consumer packaged foods such as Marie Calendar, Slim Jims, Orville Redenbacher, Crunch and Munch, Reddi Wip, and Hunt’s ketchup. Before moving to ConAgra he was the director of IT risk management for Regal-Beloit Corporation. While there he was responsible for IT security, disaster recovery and regulatory compliance. Additionally he was the director of IT for Regal’s Unico and Milwaukee Gear divisions. His industry experience prior to that was as the manager of IT audit for Harley-Davidson. Before industry, he had 10 years of security consulting experience with Arthur Andersen and Deloitte.
Before college he spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Van Ryzin’s certifications include CISSP, CISM, CISA, PMP and Six Sigma Black Belt. He is an adjunct instructor in the School of Business Administration at Cardinal Stritch University.
Van Ryzin holds MIS and MBA degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dan Vanden Brink
VP, Engineering & Advanced Analytics Schneider
Dan Vanden Brink has more than 25 years of experience in operations and supply chain management across several industry verticals including CPG, transportation, electronics and industrial.
Vanden Brink began his career working in operations at ITT Industries then moved to U.S. Robotics/3Com where he worked on developing operational strategy and various technology leadership roles. In 2005, Vanden Brink joined LogicTools as the vice president of consulting, a company founded by David Simchi—Levi and led a variety of engagements for Fortune 500 companies utilizing advanced optimization and analytics technology. Through a series of acquisitions, first by ILOG and then by IBM, Vanden Brink led IBM’s worldwide optimization and supply chain team and was a key member of the team driving the analytics and smarter commerce initiatives at IBM.
Currently, he leads the advanced analytics and engineering team at one of the most progressive logistics firms worldwide applying Big Data analytics and optimization to some of the most challenging problems in industry.
Vanden Brink holds a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Iowa State University and received his MBA in operations from Illinois Institute of Technology where he also served as an adjunct professor while working toward his Ph.D. in operations research.
CISO Oshkosh Corporation
Mike Warner is the CISO for Oshkosh Corporation. He works with executive management across the corporation to determine acceptable levels of cybersecurity risk. His office is responsible for establishing and maintaining a corporate-wide information security program. He has led the successful effort to increase the corporation’s cybersecurity maturity, balancing government and commercial information assurance requirements. His office is continually identifying and evaluating cybersecurity risks, creating policies and security controls, conducting security audits, and ensuring compliance across the enterprise.
Warner joined Oshkosh Corporation in 2004 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility, leading efforts to standardize, modernize and centralize the enterprise IT infrastructure. He has also held senior leadership positions in the fire and emergency business segment, corporate shared services and corporate IT infrastructure groups.
Warner holds a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.S. from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He also has numerous IT certifications and is a licensed professional engineer.
CISO Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.
Ted Wiessing is vice president and chief security and privacy officer at Telephone and Data Systems Inc. Wiessing oversees the TDS corporate information security and privacy programs and coordinates the TDS enterprise-wide security initiatives.
Wiessing joined TDS in 2002 as senior director of IT operations and has also held the position of senior director IT application development and support. Prior to joining TDS, he held senior IT consulting positions with Accenture for a broad range of communications industry clients.
Wiessing has a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign.