Regional Information Security Officer Catholic Health Initiatives
Gregg Braunton serves as the regional information and HIPAA security officer for the Franciscan Health System as part of the National organization, Catholic Health Initiatives. He has worked in healthcare exclusively since 2000 holding a number of technical support and leadership positions primarily in Information Technology departments. Previously Braunton worked at Hewlett-Packard as a HP-UX, Microsoft, and CISCO Services Field Engineer supporting Boeing, Amazon, Starbucks, AT&T, Swedish and Providence Health.
Braunton graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point with a degree in computer science. Following college he served five years active duty in the U.S. Army as a signal officer where he again followed his passion for computers and communications. He served in various tactical and technical roles responsible for building secure, ad-hoc digital voice and data networks to support troops and leaders on the battlefield. He is still active in the U.S. Army Reserves today.
Braunton has extensive civilian and military training and possesses both technical and management certifications in the information security discipline; various Department of Defense security certifications, MCP, C|EH, C|HFI, CSFE, GIAC Gold, and CISSP.
Practice Lead, Advanced Cyber Defense Practice RSA, The Security Division of EMC
Aaron Card is a practice lead for the world-wide advanced cyber defense services practice responsible for overall professional services engagement for global incident response/discovery, breach readiness, remediation, SOC/CIRC redesign and proactive computer network defense.
Prior to RSA, Card was a lead security engineer for the Mitre Corporation and led enterprise-wide cyber security incident response operations for the Raytheon Company.
Card possesses more than 20 years of experience in data security, audit and compliance, counter intelligence planning and operations, cyber investigations and defensive operations, advanced persistent threat defense, and focused human intelligence collection and exploitation. He is a graduate of numerous intelligence and cyber defense training and education programs including the Reid Technique of Interviewing and Investigation, and the intelligence community’s Strategic De-briefer and Counter Intelligence Information Warfare courses, advanced Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Card holds a degree in CIS from Barton College and served as adjunct professor of the M.S. of security administration program at Southwestern College where he taught countering HUMINT and cybersecurity fundamentals. He holds numerous security certifications, including the CISM, GCFA, GCIH, and is also certified in the governance of enterprise IT.
Director, Government Engagement Office of Cybersecurity and Communications U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Kelvin Coleman oversees government engagement for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C). Coleman manages the agency’s relationship with federal and non-federal public sector stakeholders. He is responsible for developing, promoting and implementing policies that fully integrate government agencies of all levels into federal cybersecurity plans, procedures and exercises. Through these activities, CS&C provides government organizations with the leadership, expertise and coordination to assess and mitigate risk to critical cyber infrastructures. Recognizing the shared responsibilities and the interconnected nature of cyberspace, Coleman champions full collaboration and mission integration with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial partners.
Prior to this role, Coleman served as director of state engagement and national security staff — cyber directorate for the White House, and as staff director for the industry executive subcommittee of the president’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). The NSTAC provides the president of the United States with collaborative advice and expertise, as well as robust reviews and recommendations to assure a reliable, secure and resilient national communications posture through any event or crisis.
Director, Knowledge Management & Social Customer Support T-Mobile
Krissy Espindola leads T-Mobile USA's knowledge management and social customer support efforts. Her team is responsible for the delivery and maintenance of internal and customer-facing support content.
Over the past two years, Krissy has focused on consolidation of multiple content management systems, selecting Jive's Social Business Software as T-Mobile's primary content collaboration and delivery platform. Bucking some traditional SBS use cases, she developed a plan to deploy a scalable community, able to meet the needs of the enterprise and T-Mobiles' customer base. In the year since it launched as a pilot, T-Mobile Community has become a mission-critical application used by 30,000 frontline employees worldwide and the 30 million customers they serve.
Her adoption and implementation of social business has reversed the flow of information at T-Mobile. Today, employees and customers are active participants in the content creation process - delivering significant operational savings to her organization.
President & CEO Quantum Corporation
Jon Gacek became president and chief executive officer in 2011. He joined the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2006, upon Quantum's acquisition of Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) and was promoted to executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief operating officer in 2009. Previously, he served as the chief financial officer at ADIC from 1999 - 2006 and also led operations during his last three years there. Prior to ADIC, Gacek was an audit partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and led the Technology practice in the firm's Seattle office. While at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, he assisted several private equity investment firms with a number of mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and other transactions. Gacek serves on the board of directors for Quantum, Market Leader, Inc. and Power-One, Inc.
VP IT REI
Janet Hanson has more than 20 years of experience in retail and consulting. She is an expert in helping organizations achieve revenue growth through business and technology innovation, operational improvements and cost reduction. Her primary focus is IT strategy and governance, ecommerce, and IT performance improvement transformations in the global retail industry.
Before joining REI, Hanson was a senior director with Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting. Hanson advised leading companies in retail industries in a variety of areas, including business process performance improvement, IT strategic planning, cost efficiency improvement and software development.
Prior to A&M, Hanson was SVP & CIO for ten years at Sephora USA, an international beauty and cosmetic retailer and brand. In the role, she drove improvements in the IT cost structure and the company’s operational performance with significant impacts on revenue. She was the executive sponsor and led a series of transformational initiatives across every function within retail, including global ecommerce, loyalty and client relationship management, call center systems, and outsourcing, marketing and client data analytics, point of sale, store labor management, warehouse management, merchandise planning and replenishment, and SAP HR and finance.
Hanson earned a BBA in finance and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
CIO King County, Washington
Bill Kehoe has served as the CIO for King County, Washington and the department director of King County Information Technology since 2010. Kehoe is responsible for a department of approximately 450 IT professionals in KCIT with an operating budget of $76M and has responsibility for and chairs the IT governance and project oversight committees in King County.
Kehoe and his team have consolidated the Executive Branch IT staff and budget into KCIT in 2011, consolidated multiple executive help desks to a single King County help desk, fully implemented an IT service catalog and associated rates, and implemented the 2013 - 2014 KCIT budget solely on customer demand and revenue associated with the external customer services and rates.
Kehoe also serves on many King County project steering and oversight committees. The Puget Sound Business Journal recently selected him as one of the three finalists in the Best CIO — Nonprofit/Government Agency category for 2012.
CIO Washington State Health Benefit Exchange
As the CIO for Washington Health Benefit Exchange, Curt Kwak oversees all technology implementation & maintenance necessary to meet the business requirements of the exchange, as part of the mandate under the Affordable Care Act & other functions determined by the Washington State Legislature. His organization is responsible for all internal IT systems & functions that maintain the exchange, as well as development of efficient interfaces & partnerships with different state agencies while providing technology leadership to enable WHBE to achieve the goal of serving the needs of the citizens of Washington.
Kwak most recently served as CIO at Providence Health & Services and oversaw IT needs of Western Washington Ministries. His organization was responsible for all IT systems and components related to patient care, business delivery and strategic development.
Kawak earned his EMBA and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. He has also successfully completed the CIO certification program from the Haas Business School at UC, Berkeley.
Managing Director Madrona
Matt McIlwain is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Seattle. He invests primarily in software-driven companies and currently serves on the boards of 2nd Watch, Animoto, Apptio, ExtraHop, Mixpo, Optify, PayScale, Placed, Qumulo, Skytap, Smartsheet and Tier 3. He has been a board member for Isilon Systems, Farecast, World Wide Packets, iConclude and Performant.
Before joining Madrona in 2000, McIlwain was vice president of business process for the Genuine Parts Company, and an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing. McIlwain is a board member of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and the Washington Policy Center. He received the Washington Policy Center Champion of Freedom Award in 2011 and was named to the Forbes Midas List in 2008, 2009 and 2011. He also teaches a class on entrepreneurship for the University of Washington Technology MBA Program.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
TCS Principal/Head of Digital Enterprise Consulting and Solutions Tata Consultancy Services
Tonya McKinney leads Tata Consultancy Services’ Digital Strategy Consulting and Solutions capability. She has spent more than a decade innovating and executing integrated, digital marketing practices and programs at companies such as Computer Associates, SBC and Siebel. She has worked with organizations and firms that were first in their space to introduce and execute social strategies and has helped organizations innovate, develop and deliver digital/social offerings to the market place.
McKinney has been actively involved in the launch of solutions that leverage social media and digital strategy across a range of core business functions such as human resources, research and development, and education, sales and support. Many of these solutions focused on leveraging social platforms and programs to interact, exchange information, and connect to a larger internal and external community while achieving business results and objectives.
She has a B.S. in advertising and marketing from Texas Christian University and an M.A. in technical communication from the University of North Texas. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and trade shows on the subjects of social innovation and digital leadership.
Chief Strategy Officer Jive Software
As chief strategy officer, Chris Morace is responsible for turning Jive's vision for social business into tightly aligned execution across departments. Additionally, he leads Jive's thought leadership platform, analyst relations, and partner ecosystem.
Morace joined Jive Software in 2007 and led Jive's product strategy and delivery for several years. Under his direction, the company became the industry-recognized leader in social business software by all of the major analysts. He has an 18-year track record for building high-growth, high-value businesses in the technology sector. Prior to joining Jive, Morace held executive positions including vice president of research & development at Mercury Interactive, (acquired by Hewlett Packard) and vice president of product development at Kintana.
Morace holds a B.S. in biological sciences from Stanford University.
VP, IS & CIO Washington State University
Viji Murali is vice president for information services and CIO at Washington State University since 2007. She is responsible for academic and administrative computing, convergent technologies, distance learning technologies, strategic planning and policy development for the IT enterprise, as well as the university’s marketing and publications services. Her leadership in coordinating a team to successfully complete a two-year project to overhaul WSU’s student information systems has been held as a model for higher education systems.
Murali was previously vice president for information technology and CIO at Western Michigan University for eight years. In 2002, WMU became the largest public research university to be completely wireless. This implementation was profiled as a best practice by Gartner Inc., EDUCAUSE, and Cisco. Intel rated WMU eighth most "unwired campus" in 2003 and second "most wired" in 2005.
In 2009, Computer World named Murali one of the Premiere 100 IT Leaders, and was appointed to the "Governor's broadband advisory council" by the Governor of Washington. Most recently, Murali was named as one of the Women of Power in Technology by Northwest Asian Weekly.
Director of Enterprise Strategy Yammer, Inc.
Brian Murray is Yammer’s director of enterprise strategy where he partners with the company’s Fortune 500 customers to help them maximize the value of their networks. Murray led the design and development of Yammer’s structured rollout methodology, which provides a framework and strategy for customers that want to achieve company-wide adoption of Yammer’s enterprise social network.
Prior to joining Yammer, Murray was a consultant at Deloitte, focusing on change management and technology deployment in large organizations including Chevron, CVS Caremark, and Juniper Networks. He has a B.A. in business economics from the University of California Los Angeles.
Sr. Director, Information Security Websense
Lamont Orange is the senior director of information security for Websense, Inc. In this role, Orange is responsible for developing, maintaining and socializing the company’s internal security program. He also serves as a trusted security resource for Websense customers worldwide.
Orange has more than 15 years of experience in the information security industry. For more than 10 years, Orange was vice president of enterprise security for Charter Communications. During his tenure, he was responsible for safeguarding enterprise information, computing assets, intellectual property and customer privacy, while providing data retention and compliance oversight.
EVP & CIO TrueBlue, Inc.
As EVP and CIO, Billie Otto oversees and directs the technology strategy and execution for the organization. She joined TBI (previously Labor Ready) in 1998, and assumed the role of CIO in 2004. As a member of the executive team, she participates in defining the company’s strategic vision and coordinating that vision with the development of information technology systems. She also oversees IT integration and shared services for TBI's family of brands. Otto has regular reporting responsibilities to the full board of directors as well as to the technology & audit committees. She stays close to TBI customers by working directly with the COO and participating in customer visits, sales training and sales leadership meetings. Previously, Otto served in multiple executive positions, including VP & corporate controller and director of taxation. She is also a past and current board member of several non-profit, educational and private organizations.
Otto is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Western Washington University and a M.S. in taxation from Golden Gate University.
SVP Information Security U.S. Bancorp
Best-Selling Author & Founder Fierce, Inc.
Susan Scott is a best-selling author and leadership development architect who has enabled top executives worldwide to engage in vibrant dialogue with one another, with their employees, and with their customers for two decades.
A recognized thought leader in global business and education, and recipient of the 2008 Stevie award for Entrepreneur of the Year, Scott and her company are committed to large-scale and individual transformation through the principles set forth in Scott’s books and her company’s customized corporate training programs.
In 2002, “Fierce Conversations - Achieving Success at Work and in Life, One Conversation at a Time,” was published in four countries and, shortly thereafter, was listed on The Wall Street Journal and UPI best seller lists.USA TODAY’S named this one of the top 40 business books of 2002. Her much anticipated second book, “Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative to the Worst “Best” Practices of Business Today,” was published in 2009. In its debut week, the book was listed on The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times best seller lists.
SVP, CIO Premera Blue Cross
Simonitsch is SVP and CIO for Premera Blue Cross. She is responsible for IT business systems, infrastructure, governance, information security and the alignment of IT and business strategy for all Premera companies.
Simonitsch joined Premera in 2005, and has since led many important initiatives to develop and grow the IT division, leading to successful outcomes in cost optimization, operational excellence, process improvements, consulting and analytics, and growing the strategic role of IT. She has also demonstrated her leadership by sponsoring company-wide business initiatives beyond IT.
Previously, Simonitsch served as VP of IT infrastructure and information security officer for Premera Blue Cross. She has more than 25 years of experience in information technology. Prior to joining Premera, she served as IT operations VP and general manager at AT&T/Cingular Wireless. She has held a number of leadership roles across multiple disciplines within information technology at the local, regional and national levels.
Simonitsch holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts. Simonitsch was named IT Leader of The Year by the Seattle Business Magazine in 2011.
Director of Corporate Investigations & Digital Forensics T-Mobile
Jim Steele (CISSP, EnCE, ACE, DFCP, MCSE: Security, Security+) has a career rich with experience in the security, computer forensics, network development, and management fields. For more than 20 years he has played integral roles in public safety and mission-critical systems. As a senior technical consultant assigned to the NYPD E-911 Center, he designed and managed implementation of multiple systems for enterprise security; he also performed supporting operations on-site during September 11, 2001, and the blackout of 2003. Steele has also participated in foreign projects such as DT global forensics projects and the development of the London Metropolitan Police C3i Project. His time working in the diverse network security field and knowledge of operating systems and network products and technologies has prepared him for his current position as director of corporate investigations & digital forensics at T-Mobile USA. His responsibilities include performing workstation, server, PDA, cell phone, and network forensics, corporate investigations and eDiscovery. Co-author of five books, on a daily basis he investigates cases of fraud, employee integrity, and compromised systems. Steele is a member of HTCC, NYECTF, InfraGard and the HTCIA.
IT Security Manager Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
VP & CIO Mentor Graphics Corporation
Ananthan Thandri is vice president and CIO of Mentor Graphics. In his role, he oversees global IT, license and install of mentor products, enterprise security, and customer enablement. Since joining the company in 2007, Thandri’s mission has been to transform Mentor’s IT organization from “order taker” to innovative, proactive technology and service provider. His forward-looking, customer service-based approach is complemented by an overall IT spend reduction totaling millions of dollars.
Under Thandri’s leadership Mentor is in the process of consolidating 35 different data centers into two state-of-the-art, highly energy-efficient datacenters in Oregon and in Shannon, Ireland. This initiative focuses on providing highly available, scalable engineering resources to support Mentor’s global engineering workforce, while increasing efficiencies and reducing overall costs.
He has also created ahead-of-the-curve strategies to help employees maximize their work day. These include deploying enterprise social networking and customer collaboration tools, and developing a secure mobile application store complete with employee-developed productivity applications.
Previous to Mentor, Thandri served as vice president of IT for Oracle Corporation. Through his leadership, Oracle’s IT organization supported software development needs for more than 10,000 software engineers working in the server technologies division.
His educational credits include a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Madras, India, and an MBA from St. Mary’s College of California.
John Van Siclen
SVP & GM, Application Performance Management (APM), Business Unit Compuware Corporation
John Van Siclen, formerly CEO of dynaTrace, which was acquired by Compuware in 2011, became the general manager of Compuware’s APM Business Unit in 2011. Van Siclen brings to Compuware more than 30 years of industry experience in both private and public companies such as NetFRAME, Informix and Interwoven. Focusing on exceptional solution value and superior customer success, he has built a number of highly scalable businesses in some of the most competitive markets in the technology space.
He has reshaped Compuware’s APM offering from a collection of brands — Gomez, dynaTrace and Vantage — into a tightly integrated solution set that brings a new generation of value to customers in minutes. CRN Magazine recently named Van Siclen one of the top technology disruptors of 2012.
Strategist, VMware Accelerate Advisory Services VMware, Inc.
Padmaja Vrudhula is a strategist with VMware accelerate advisory services. She has several years of technical leadership, consulting, and process management experience. Vrudhula’s industry experience encompasses: retail, healthcare, life-sciences, high-technology, telecom, and financial services. She is a passionate technologist (with multiple patents), a process wonk (certified PMP, ITIL, Agile Scrum Master, Six-Sigma, BPM), change management specialist, and an experienced product development leader. Vrudhula combines operational experience with thoughtful recommendations for the sustainable success of her clients.
Vrudhula is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, specializing in technology management and entrepreneurship.