CIO Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
Kim Barrier is CIO for Bio-Rad Laboratories, a $1.9B multi-national manufacturer supplying instrumentation, laboratory apparatus, reagents, test kits and informatics to the life science research and clinical diagnostics markets. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is headquartered in Hercules, California and serves more than 85,000 research and industry customers worldwide through its global network of operations. The company employs more than 7,500 people with significant research and manufacturing activities in the U.S., France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the U.K.
Barrier is an IT executive with global experience in IT strategy, application delivery, technical operations and infrastructure support across multiple businesses and technologies. She has served in IT leadership positions for Johnson & Johnson, Lucent Technologies and Space Systems/Loral. She also served in the U.S. Army for 10 years as a helicopter and airplane pilot where she commanded two aviation companies. Her assignments have taken her to Germany, Korea, Panama and Washington DC.
Barrier is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and holds an M.B.A. from Strayer College.
CIO LA Fitness International LLC
George Bedar is CIO for LA Fitness International based in Irvine. His focus at LA Fitness emphasizes leveraging technology to signiﬁcantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of business processes, simplifying the administrative activities of its thousands of employees, increasing membership sales, enhancing the experience of members to retain them longer, and reducing the cost of operating the business.
Bedar joined LA Fitness as CIO in 2005. Prior to that, he held a variety of technology related positions from both sides of the technology business. These positions included program management in the support organization at Microsoft, CIO of CKE Restaurants, and a consultant engaged in major software development projects for the U.S. Department of Defense and the Iceland Air Defense System.
Bedar holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Houston and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stephen F. Austin State University.
CIO World Vision International, Inc.
Adam Bricker began his career as an aerospace engineer at General Dynamics in 1985, where he had the opportunity to work on cruise missiles, the Space Shuttle and hypersonic missiles. Bricker moved on to tracking advanced technologies and becoming the Chief Systems Engineer of a major weapon system. He then had a short stint in consulting to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of IT department performance improvement. He then joined Southwest Airlines as Director of Purchasing and then as Director of Information Systems. Four years later, Bricker joined the global restaurant company, Yum!, as their VP of IT to design, develop and implement a new operations system in 30,000+ restaurants in more than 100 countries.
In 2006, Bricker began working at World Vision. As the global CIO, he is responsible for several of the ‘Big 5’ and other partnership-wide initiatives, such as a global program management system, enterprise portal, communities of practice systems and a suite of microfinance operational processes and systems.
Bricker has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Mathematics and Applied Physics.
VP & CIO Intel Corporation
Diane Bryant is corporate VP & CIO of Intel Corporation. Bryant is responsible for the corporate-wide use of IT. Intel’s IT organization delivers leading technology solutions and services that enable Intel’s business strategies for growth and efficiency. The IT organization is comprised of more than 6,000 IT professionals worldwide.
Previously, Bryant was the General Manager of the Server Platforms Group, responsible for Intel’s server, workstation and storage business. She was also Director of the Corporate Platform Office, responsible for driving the transformation of Intel from a CPU company focused on performance to a platform company focused on user experience. Prior to this role, Bryant was Director of Engineering, leading the development of Intel’s next generation of Xeon and Itanium microprocessors for the server market.
Bryant received her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Davis in 1985 and joined Intel the same year. She earned her M.B.A. from Stanford and holds four U.S. Patents.
FBI Special Agent, San Francisco Division Federal Bureau of Investigation
John Chesson, Special Agent, FBI is a 1986 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, in Lexington, Virginia with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the FBI in 1990 and was assigned to the Philadelphia Division of the FBI, where he spent the majority of his 21-year career involved with infrastructure protection and computer intrusion investigation assignments.
In 1998, he was named the Philadelphia FBI InfraGard Coordinator. In 2006, he served as Supervisory Special Agent at FBIHQ, Washington, D.C. assigned to the cyber division. During his tour at FBIHQ, he earned his M.S. in Information System Security from Colorado Tech University. In 2007, he returned to the Philadelphia Division and was assigned to investigate computer intrusions. During this time he initiated a special project known as the Computer Intrusion Threat Assessment System (CITAS). In March 2011, he reported to FBI San Francisco Division and was assigned to a Counterintelligence Computer Intrusion Squad in San Jose and was named the San Francisco Bay Area FBI InfraGard Coordinator.
CIO, Chevron Corporation and President, Chevron IT Company
Louie Ehrlich is CIO for Chevron Corporation and President of Chevron IT Company. In this capacity, he is responsible for setting and achieving Chevron’s information technology strategy and providing information technology services worldwide. Chevron IT is headquartered in San Ramon, CA, with locations across the globe.
Ehrlich joined Chevron in 1981 as a Programmer Analyst in New Orleans. After serving in multiple technology positions of increasing scope and import, he was appointed Manager of Central Information Services for the Upstream Technology Company, supporting a global internal customer base.
In 2006, Ehrlich was promoted to VP of Services and Strategy and CIO for Chevron’s Global Downstream operations which include: refining, supply and trading, lubricants, fuels marketing, and convenience store retail operations.
Ehrlich earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and an M.B.A. from Houston Baptist University.
AVP & CIO University of California, Office of the President
David Ernst was appointed in 2008 to the position of CIO and Associate VP for the University of California system in the Office of the President. In this role he provides leadership and support for IT planning and implementation at the system-wide level as well as supporting those activities on the 10 University of California campuses. Major areas of focus include the creation of a UC cyber infrastructure serving teaching and research, as well as enabling administrative efficiencies through the strategic use of IT.
Ernst serves as Board Chair of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, Board Chair of the Corporation for Educational Networking Initiatives in California, and recently completed five years as a faculty member of the EDUCAUSE/CAUDIT Australian Management Institute. He also serves as a member of the Oracle Research and Education Advisory Board and the BlackBoard Client Strategy Council.
Prior to his appointment at the University of California, Ernst was the CIO for California State University (CSU). He provided IT leadership for the 23-campus, 420,000 student CSU system. His major focus included eight key academic technology initiatives, the final phases of implementation for higher education’s largest ERP project and a comprehensive system-wide network infrastructure installation.
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Kaiser Permanente
Philip Fasano is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan and health care provider, with annual operating revenue in excess of $42B. A nationally recognized leader, Fasano was named one of Computerworld’s Top 100 IT Leaders for 2010 for exceptional technology leadership and effectively managed IT strategies. Since joining Kaiser Permanente in 2007, Fasano has been directing the 6,000 employees of the IT organization in support of a vision of real-time, personalized health care for its members.
Passionate about using transformative technology to make lives better, Fasano provides technology and health care industry leadership as a member the board of directors of NICRE-Veterans Health Research Institute, the Oracle CIO Customer Advisory Board, and Sierra Ventures CIO Advisory Board.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Fasano served in IT leadership roles in some of the nation’s top finance companies, including Capital One Financial Group, JP Morgan, and Deutsche Financial Services, a division of Deutsche Bank. Fasano earned MBA from Long Island University and his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the New York Institute of Technology.
Former Lead Solo Pilot Blue Angels
John Foley logged thousands of hours in the cockpit of F/A-18s and other jets when he was an aircraft carrier pilot, a Naval instructor pilot for the Marines and a member of the Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron. He’s logged thousands more hours traveling the world as a much-in-demand keynote speaker.
Foley is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former lead solo pilot for the Blue Angels. He holds Masters’ degrees in Business Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (as a Sloan Fellow), in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, and in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Before launching his speaking career and training businesses, Foley worked with a venture capital team in California.
In addition to delivering 60 — 100 keynote presentations each year, Foley also runs his own company and a foundation. He is the Founder and President of CenterPoint Companies, which provides business performance training to Fortune 500 corporations, professional associations and educational organizations around the world. His Glad To Be Here Foundation funds charitable works all across the globe.
Partner, Business Development Sierra Ventures
Gamiel Gran is a Venture Partner at Sierra Ventures. His role is unique for most venture firms in that 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 services providers such as Angel investors, recruiters, Venture Banking and law firms. Gran is also responsible for the Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Incubation program.
Gran has more than 25 years of 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.
During his career, Gran has been recognized for successfully establishing strategic relationships and launching channels and indirect sales models publications such as VAR Business and CRN have captured these skills with various industry awards.
IBM Fellow & CTO, Global Business Services IBM
Kerrie Holley is one of 67 IBM Fellows, IBM's highest technical honor. Fellows are selected for sustained and distinguished technical achievements in engineering, programming and technology. Since the program began in 1963, only 194 people have been designated IBM Fellows. Holley is the CTO of IBM’s Global Business Service, Application Innovation Services and IBM’s SOA Center of Excellence. He is an IBM Master Inventor and a member of IBM's Academy of Technology.
As an IBM Fellow, Holley helps define IBM’s strategy and direction in various technical areas. His responsibilities include technical leadership for SOA projects, architecture and design, technical oversight for complex projects, enterprise architecture design and IT strategy. As CTO, Holley focuses on helping customers realize sustained benefits in application innovation, SOA, and business process management. He is an author and holds multiple patents.
Holley holds a B.A. in Mathematics from DePaul University as well as a J.D.
Lyn Jeffery, Ph.D.
Director, Technology Horizons Program Institute for the Future
Dr. Lyn Jeffery leads the Institute for the Future’s (IFTF) Technology Horizons Program, which conducts independent, original research on emerging technologies and cultural change. Dr. Jeffery is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the shifting nature of identity and reality in a blended digital physical world. She has a special interest in technologies that support creative expression, as well as in the Chinese-language internet. Dr. Jeffery works with private and public sector clients on mobility, social media and the future of work. She has led the Global Ethnographic Network, a multi-year ethnographic research program that experiments with reflective personal forecasting methodologies with families in Brazil, Russia, India, China and Silicon Valley, in order to integrate their voices more fully into IFTF’s forecasts.
In the mid-1990s she was awarded a Fulbright doctoral dissertation grant, and in 2001 she received a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where her research explored the emergence of Chinese capitalism through the lens of network marketing. She is the co-editor of China Urban: Ethnographies of Contemporary Culture, as well as author of articles on post-socialist entrepreneurialism and Chinese network marketing.
CIO Pacific Coast Building Products
Mike O’Dell has earned a reputation as a results-oriented leader due to his ability to move beyond the concept of IT ‘alignment’ with business to instead making IT goals and deliverables an integral, seamless part of business operations and strategies. Since he joined Pacific Coast Companies (PCCI) in 2000, O’Dell has consolidated legacy systems and implemented a single SAP ERP solution across Pacific Coast Building Products’ seven companies and more than 80 locations.
O’Dell is also the founder and principal of the BestXperts technology consulting organization, which is a unique business model of having the Pacific Coast IT team provide SAP, project management and infrastructure consulting to companies outside of the Pacific Coast family. This innovative approach has enabled the IT department to be a profit center for the company and has also provided the technical challenges that talented IT staff need to stay motivated and engaged.
O’Dell earned his Electrical Engineering degree while in the Marines and did graduate work in computer science. He has been an active member of the Americas 'SAP Users’ Group (ASUG) CIO/CTO Executive Exchange since its inception, and joined the ASUG board in 2006 as a director at large focused on the influence and benchmarking programs.
Co-Founder, CTO and Board Member Yammer, Inc.
Adam Pisoni oversees engineering and the development of all software at Yammer.
Before Yammer, Pisoni served as Software Architect at Geni - the company in which Yammer was originally created. Prior to Geni, Pisoni was Director of Web Engineering at Shopzilla, playing a pivotal role in systems architecture and product development. Adam also co-founded and served as CTO of Cnation, a web development consultancy with clients including CBS MarketWatch, BizRate.com, Fox Interactive, Nissan of Japan, and Honda. Cnation's work for Honda earned them the 1997 Clio award for interactive design.
Satya Ramaswamy, Ph.D.
Global Head, Mobility Solutions Unit Tata Consultancy Services
Dr. Satya Ramaswamy is currently global head of TCS Mobility Solutions Unit, the global organization within Tata Consultancy Services responsible for bringing the benefits of mobility to customers across different industry verticals. Ramaswamy has seen and contributed to the global mobile industry from the days of the earliest digital phones to today’s application-rich smartphones, with more than 17 years of post-Ph.D. experience in mobility. His experience spans every aspect of mobility technology, including mobile phones, mobile packet switching infrastructure and high-reliability mobile application infrastructure.
He started his career with Motorola where he was instrumental in the creation of Motorola’s TDMA digital mobile product line serving operators such as AT&T Wireless, Bell South and Southwestern Bell. Throughout his career he has contributed to the creation of mobile web browsing, served as a strategy consultant with tier-1 telecom operators, and helped create and market award winning mobile applications used by millions of users.
Ramaswamy holds five U.S. patents with eight more pending. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Chennai, and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management.
VP, Security Services Savvis
Chris Richter is VP of Security Services at Savvis, a leading network, hosting and security services provider, where he is responsible for the managed-security line of business. He leads the effort behind implementing standardized control frameworks and risk management processes across Savvis’ dedicated and cloud-based services.
Richter has assisted many enterprises in adapting their premise-based infrastructure risk management programs and security controls to outsourced virtualized and shared-infrastructure services. Richter is a member of ISSA and ISACA, and for more than 20 years has held various security and IT services management and consulting positions. He holds Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certifications.
Holly Schroth, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer U.C. Berkeley
Holly Schroth is a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the M.B.A. program at Santa Clara University. Prior to joining the faculty at the Haas School of Business in 1992, she was a visiting scholar at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. She received an M.A. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Schroth teaches negotiations and conflict resolution and organizational behavior to both M.B.A. candidates and undergraduates. She has won several awards from M.B.A. students for teaching excellence and was voted ‘favorite professor’ by a BusinessWeek online poll (Sept. 2006) of undergraduates across the United States.
She has published several articles on negotiation and procedural justice in leading journals and has created several negotiation exercises in collaboration with the Dispute Resolution Research Center at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Schroth is one of the leading authors of negotiation exercise materials which are used worldwide by educators and trainers.
SVP & CIO Flextronics International Ltd.
David Smoley is the SVP and CIO of Flextronics, a position he has held since 2006. InformationWeekly recently ranked Smoley one of the ‘Top 50 Global CIOs — IT Leaders Changing the Business World.’
Prior to Flextronics, Smoley served as VP and CIO of Honeywell’s Aerospace Electronics Systems. Smoley’s extensive IT career also includes management positions with General Electric where he most recently held the position of Director and CIO for GE Power Controls in Barcelona. Smoley holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Clemson University and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Flextronics is a $26B global manufacturing and services provider operating in more than 30 countries worldwide. Flextronics designs, builds and ships complete packaged products for its OEM customers. Additionally, Flextronics provides logistics, after-market and field services to support customer end-to-end supply chain requirements.
Doug Solomon is CTO at IDEO, working with clients to leverage technologies that create both business and social value. With more than 25 years of leadership experience in the IT industry, Solomon has a particular interest in and knack for collaborative technologies that enable greater community engagement and participation.
Prior to joining IDEO, he was VP of investments at Omidyar Network, where he helped pioneer a new approach to socially responsible investing. He was also SVP of Corporate Development and Chief Strategy Officer at both Apple and Palm, and he held leadership positions at Interval Research and several technology start-ups. Solomon began his career by applying marketing and other business concepts to public health programs in Asia, where he learned the importance of cultural awareness and community involvement in achieving meaningful social change.
Solomon earned a Master’s degree from the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. in Communication Research from Stanford University.
EVP & CIO Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
John Strain is the EVP and CIO for Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Strain joined Williams-Sonoma in 2006 and is responsible for the vision, delivery and operational management for all technology functions. During his tenure with Williams-Sonoma, Strain has been focused on evolving the PMO function, transitioning to an SOA strategy, rebuilding operational capabilities, replatforming the websites and improving the IT governance processes.
Prior to Williams-Sonoma, Strain was Vice President of IT for Gap Inc. In this role, Strain was responsible for the technology strategy and delivery, including the award-winning re-platform, of all the Gap websites (gap.com, oldnavy.com, and bananarepublic.com). Prior to Gap, Strain was an Executive Vice President at Fort Point Partners, an eCommerce strategy and systems integration consultancy where he worked with premier companies such as J. Crew, Best Buy, Nike, Martha Stewart, Kmart/Bluelight.com, and Estee Lauder. Strain began his career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where he worked in the San Francisco, Chicago and Tokyo offices.
Strain is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a B.S. degree in Finance and was a member of the Retail Management Institute.
Mike Surface is the Advisory Consulting Practice leader for the U.S. Western Region and focuses his time on the marketing, sales and client delivery activities in the Region. Based in Los Angeles, Surface has more than 25 years experience helping clients transform their business' through operational and technological excellence.
Surface joined the firm as part of PwC’s acquisition of a substantial portion of BearingPoint's Commercial Services Consulting Practice. At BearingPoint he was part of the Commercial Services Executive Leadership team and was responsible for the largest portion of the BearingPoint's Commercial Services Consulting Practice.
Since joining PwC he has been involved in multiple client delivery roles and is currently serving clients such as DirecTV, Newmont Mining, NetApp and California Steel Corporation.
Surface holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Business Administration from California Polytechnic University, in Pomona California.
CISO Visa Inc.
Gary Warzala is CISO for Visa. He began his IT career with GE Aerospace in upstate NY. During his career at GE he transitioned from technical infrastructure roles to senior management positions in telecommunications, architecture, application development and information security. In 2003, he was recruited by Aon where he developed a global IT risk management organization with programs covering information security, IT compliance and privacy, continuity services and information management. In 2010 Gary joined Visa as their Chief Information Security Officer.
Gary has a B.S. degree from Utica College of Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from Xavier University