Principal Executive Advisor, CEB
CIO & VP, Kaiser Permanente
Jim Crawford is VP and group business information officer for Kaiser Permanente’s 3.5 million Southern California members and more than 200 thousand members in Hawaii. As the BIO, Crawford is responsible for the delivery of IT for the 4000 Physicians and the 45,000 Health Plan employees in the Southern California region, as well as 400 physicians and the 4400 health plan employees who work across the Hawaiian Islands.
Crawford has more than 20 years of experience working in IT organizations. Prior to joining the Southern California region in 2006, he was the senior director of planning and operations for the Care Delivery Portfolio and regional CIO organization. He was also the regional CIO for the Georgia region. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, he worked at Tempus Entertainment as the director of information systems and retail operations and served in a similar role for the outdoor retailer Patagonia.
Crawford holds a bachelor’s from UCLA with additional training from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and The Kenan-Flager Business School. He chairs the board of Health-e-LA and is a board member for the LANES collaborative, the Barlow Foundation and is on the CIO Executive Summit Governing Body.
SVP & CIO, Qualcomm Incorporated
CIO, Molina Healthcare, Inc.
Rick Hopfer is the Chief Information Officer at Molina Healthcare, Inc. As CIO, Hopfer manages and leads the IT department to align enterprise objectives, programs, and strategies. Hopfer has extensive experience leading large, complex IT operations in a variety of industries. Most recently, Hopfer worked for Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he served as CIO for four years and as SVP of IT prior to that. Before Sony, he served as CIO for Homestore.com and then as chief technology officer for Homestore International. Rick also has held senior IT leadership positions at Simon and Schuster, Bankers Trust Company, and Aetna Life and Casualty, among others.
Hopfer is a graduate of Arizona State University and holds a B. S. in computer information systems. He is actively involved in a number of CIO—related technology and advisory boards.
International Leadership & Innovation Expert, Author & Thought Leader, "Thoughtfully Ruthless"
Internationally acclaimed innovation expert Val Wright was named as one of the top 50 resources for chief operating officers by ClickSoftware. She’s one of only 64 experts inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant Hall of Fame. The global clients who’ve requested her help include Starbucks, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Financial Times and DreamWorks Animation. Wright’s corporate experience includes tenures during dramatic growth periods at Amazon, BMW, Microsoft, Harrods, Marconi and Sema Group.
Wright participated on the small team that created the fastest selling device of all time, Kinect for Xbox, which won a Guinness Book of World Record, selling more than 20 million devices. This contributed to the turnaround of Microsoft’s entertainment business from a billion-dollar loss to a multimillion-dollar profit machine.
Her unique approach, trademarked as Thoughtfully Ruthless, has produced typical client results of market domination in extraordinarily short time frames along with compassionate truth telling, fearlessness, and extensive creative, technical, and leadership gains.
Wright’s forthcoming books include “Thoughtfully Ruthless: The Key to Exponential Growth” and “Innovation Trifecta: How to Catapult Innovation by Creating a Symbiotic Relationship between Creative, Business, and Technical Teams.” She’s a regular contributor on CNBC Magazine, Business Insider, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Reuters, LA Times, MSN and Today.