2018 Speakers

Cortnie AbercrombieCortnie Abercrombie

Founder AI Truth,
CDO and AI Expert & Speaker

Announced as one of “12 Brilliant Women in Artificial Intelligence & Ethics to Watch in 2018” by Medium and one of “10 Big Data Experts to Know” by Information Management, Cortnie Abercrombie is the founder of AI Truth, an organization that educates, equips and advocates for the responsible creation and use of AI. At IBM she pioneered AI solutions for Fortune 500 companies and is world-renowned for establishing Chief Data Officers and data-driven organizations. Her coverage includes Forbes, Inc, Medium, CRN, KD Nuggets, The Cube, CEO Forum, Chief Content Officer, and O’Reilly media.

Dr. Ahmed AbukhaterDr. Ahmed Abukhater

An award-winning author and TED speaker, Dr. Ahmed Abukhater is an architect, environmental scientist, and an urban and regional planner by trade. He is the author of the book “Water as a Catalyst for Peace – Transboundary Water Management and Conflict Resolution” and the upcoming book “Palestine: Peace by Piece.” Dr. Abukhater is a noted expert in a number of areas including geospatial and navigation solutions, strategic marketing and product management, sustainable community development, and trans-boundary water resources management and conflict resolution.

Throughout his career, he served in a variety of senior and executive positions in both governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including Digital Aviation Leadership at Boeing, Senior Director of Mapping and GIS at Trimble, Global Director of Product Management at Pitney Bowes, Esri’s Global Industry Manager for Planning and Community Development and Director of PLACES (Planning, Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Sustainability). As a practitioner, he strives to promote a holistic approach to addressing organizational needs through the creation of effective, robust and compelling solutions that add demonstrable value to its operation.

He holds a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, Executive Education in Public Leadership from Harvard Kennedy School, Executive Management and Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a dual Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering. Throughout his career, Dr. Abukhater has authored numerous publications, served on many governing and advisory boards, and received over 20 prestigious awards for his work.

Robert AudetRobert Audet

PwC Public Sector

Mr. Audet is a Director with PwC Public Sector and leads the Public Sector Data Management Competency. He focuses on helping organizations extract value from data assets and establishing the necessary capabilities to effectively manage data. Mr. Audet also has over 20 years of experience in advising CIOs, CDOs, and IT leadership across different industries and the following disciplines: Information Strategy, Data Management Maturity Assessments and Strategic Planning, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing, Data Governance, portfolio management, organizational design, SDLC optimization, organizational change management, and complex program management.

Elena AlikhachkinaElena Alikhachkina

Elena Alikhachkina is the data and technology leader with Johnson & Johnson Consumer and CMD businesses. As WW Head of Data, Analytics and Insights solutions, she is driving the enterprise-wide technology strategy for the data and analytics to ensure that Johnson & Johnson Consumer maximizes the power of data as a competitive advantage.

Elena has a strong track record in building and growing data capabilities across multiple industries, including telecommunications, healthcare, media, publishing and information services. Before J&J, Elena led multi-channel data capabilities for GSK Pharma, including their global multi-channel data platform implementation across 22 countries. Prior to that Elena held analytics, data and technology roles of increasing responsibility at Novartis, The Wall Street Journal and News Corp companies.

Lynda M. Applegate

Baker Foundation Professor
Harvard Business School

Lynda M. Applegate is the Baker Foundation Professor at HBS. She was recruited to join the HBS faculty in the mid-1980s and helped build the school’s Technology and Innovation Special Interest Group. In the mid-1990s, she helped launch the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at HBS and headed the unit for many years. Lynda continues to play a leading role in developing HBS Executive Education Programs for entrepreneurs and business owners. She has also held a variety of leadership positions at HBS, including serving as the Co-Chair of the MBA program, Chair of Field Based Learning and as a founding member of the HBS Technology Board. She has also held a number of Harvard University leadership positions, including serving as the Co-Chair of the Harvard Policy Group on Networked Government Services and on the Harvard University Provost’s Technology Advisory Board. Prior to joining the HBS faculty, Lynda was on the faculty of the University of Michigan, University of Washington and University of Arizona. In addition to her academic positions, Lynda also held a variety of leadership positions in the health care industry.

Lynda’s research and publications focus on the challenges of building new ventures and leading radical business innovation in the face of significant industry, technological, capital market, and regulatory turbulence. A second stream of research examines emerging governance models to support inter-firm collaborative innovation. She is currently embarking on a study of the evolution of entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging markets and technology clusters and is also conducting a global study of high impact women entrepreneurs. Lynda recently served as Series Editor for Harvard Business Publishing’s Core Readings in Entrepreneurship. She is the author of over 40 articles, books, and book chapters, and over 350 published case studies, online learning DVDs, and course materials.

Lynda is the recipient of numerous HBS awards for her research, teaching, and service to the school. Most recently, she was awarded the Robert F. Greenhill award for her outstanding contributions to HBS over the course of her career. She has also received Harvard Business School’s Berol Award for Research Excellence and its Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching. She has won numerous “Best Paper” awards for her academic research on 21st century business models and executive team decision-making and collaboration when developing and launching strategic innovations, and she has served as a Senior Editor and on the editorial boards for leading research journals in the field of technology innovation.

Lynda is an active international consultant and has served on the board of directors of public, private, non-profit and venture-backed companies. She is an advisor and advisory board member for entrepreneurs launching new ventures and for senior executives leading innovation in established companies. She is currently on the board of two non-profit organizations Endeavor Detroit and the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and two privately-held firms. She has also served as a member of the Industry Advisory Board for NASDAQ, as a policy advisor on a Blue-Ribbon Panel to define a National Research Agenda on the development of the Network Economy, and as a member of a roundtable panel for President Clinton’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Luk ArbuckleLuk Arbuckle

Chief Methodologist
Privacy Analytics

As Chief Methodologist, Luk Arbuckle works consultatively with all functions at Privacy Analytics, providing strategic leadership in how to unlock the value of data while respecting privacy. Luk was previously Director of Technology Analysis at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada leading a highly skilled team that conducted privacy research and assisted in investigations when there was a technology component involved. He has also developed de-identification methods and re-identification risk measurement tools, participated in the development and evaluation of secure computation protocols, and led a top-notch research and consulting team that developed and delivered data anonymization solutions.

Luk is co-author of the O’Reilly book Anonymizing Health Data, as well as a numerous papers and guidance documents. Previously he did graduate and industry research in the area of digital image processing and analysis, and in the area of applied statistics. He has been awarded numerous scholarships and bursaries, including a Canada Graduate Scholarship doctoral award.

Matt BairdMatthew Baird

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Matthew is currently the CTO and one of the co-founders of AtScale. He has a Statistics and Computer Science double major from Queen’s University. He has built software and managed teams at companies like PeopleSoft, Siebel Systems and Oracle. He loves the open source movement, and building scalable, innovative enterprise software. Prior to AtScale, Matt held positions as the VP engineering at Ticketfly which was acquired for $450M by Pandora and as the CTO at Inflection, an enterprise trust and safety software platform, where his team developed Archives, a leading genealogy site that was acquired by in 2012.

Randy BeanRandy Bean

Founder and CEO
NewVantage Partners

Randy Bean is Founder and CEO of NewVantage Partners, a management consulting and strategic advisory firm to Fortune 1000 clients. He is a recognized industry authority and thought-leader in the areas of Big Data, AI, and business innovation. Randy writes and speaks extensively on the topics of data-driven organizations and data-driven business cultures. He is a contributor to Forbes, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and wrote a monthly column on Big Data for the Wall Street Journal for two years. Randy holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Gil Benghiat

Data Kitchen

Gil Benghiat is one of three founders of DataKitchen, a company on a mission enable analytic teams deliver value quickly and with high quality. Gil’s career has always been data oriented starting with collecting and displaying network data at AT&TBell Laboratories, managing data at Sybase, collecting and cleaning clinical trial data at PhaseForward, integrating pharmaceutical sales data at LeapFrogRx, and liberating data at Solid Oak Consulting. Gil has a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics/Biology from Brown University.

Chris BerghChris Bergh

Data Kitchen

Christopher Bergh is a Founder and Head Chef at DataKitchen, the DataOps company. Chris has more than 25 years of research, engineering, analytics, and executive management experience. Previously, Chris was Regional Vice President at Model N. Before Model N, Chris was COO of LeapFrogRx, a descriptive and predictive analytics software and service provider. Prior to LeapFrogRx Chris was CTO and VP of Product Management of MarketSoft. Prior to that, Chris developed Microsoft Passport. Chris began his career at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and NASA Ames Research Center. Chris served as a Peace Corps Volunteer Math Teacher in Botswana, Africa. Chris has an M.S. from Columbia University and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ron Bodkin

Technical Director
Applied Artificial Intelligence

Ron is a Technical Director on the Applied Artificial Intelligence team. In this role, Ron provides leadership for AI success for customers in Google’s Cloud CTO office. Ron engages deeply with Global F500 enterprises to unlock strategic value with AI, acts as executive sponsor with Google Product and Engineering to deliver value from AI solutions, and leads strategic initiatives working with customers and partners. Previously, Ron was the founding CEO of Think Big Analytics. Think Big provides end to end support for enterprise Big Data including data science, data engineering, advisory and managed services and frameworks such as Kylo for enterprise data lakes. Think Big was acquired by Teradata in 2014 and was the leading pure play big data services firm. At Teradata, Ron led Think Big to grow globally, to develop the Kylo open source data lake framework, and to expand to architecture consulting. In 2017 Ron led the creation of an Artificial Intelligence incubator at Teradata. Previously, Ron was VP Engineering at Quantcast where he led the data science and engineer teams that pioneered the use of Hadoop and NoSQL for batch and real-time decision making. Prior to that, Ron was Founder of New Aspects, which provided enterprise consulting for Aspect-oriented programming. Ron was also Co-Founder and CTO of B2B applications provider C-Bridge, which he led to team of 900 people and a successful IPO. Ron graduated with honors from McGill University with a B.S. in Math and Computer Science. Ron also has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from MIT, leaving the PhD program after presenting the idea for C-bridge and placing in the finals of the 50k Entrepreneurship Contest.

Shelly BrownShelly Brown

Principal Lead – Data and Analytics
Booz Allen Hamilton

Shelly Brown is a Principal lead in Data and Analytics for Booz Allen Hamilton’s commercial and defense clients. She helps clients use data science to make decisions, solve problems and move their organizations into the future. Shelly is currently consulting for a Fortune 500 company to enhance their data-driven decision making processes, where she is focused on developing enterprise-wide analytic practices and driving adoption of a data-driven culture.

Prior to her current leadership role, Shelly worked with the Data Solutions and Machine Intelligence group, driving analytics into the Navy Marine Corps market and helping define how the Navy can use data science to become a more mission-ready organization. She also worked for multiple organizations within the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, where she led teams that performed mission-based analytics for critical infrastructure protection by combining massive amounts of data across all infrastructures to achieve mission-based results.

Shelly has also lead strategic Booz Allen data science investments to help make data science concepts more easily understandable for all staff, enabling them to start a data science dialog with their clients. Her efforts have been a force multiplier for data science, propagating it across Booz Allen and external client organizations.

Shelly enjoys the challenge of helping a client unlock the mystery of their data and expose the data to a larger analytic-focused group. She developed data science hackathons that enable clients to uncover their own data to increase the value from it. The data science hackathons help clients find underutilized organization data, define specific problem sets, and get academia and potential start-up partners excited about the volume of data that exists and the hard problems that they must solve. With today’s millennials’ desire to literally “change the world” and support critically-important projects, hackathons also satisfy clients’ need for innovative thinking while attracting and engaging a new generation of thought leaders.

She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State and an M.S. in the Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia and is PMP Certified.

Jeff ButlerJeff Butler

Data Management Division Lead
IRS Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics Organization

Jeff Butler leads the Data Management Division of the IRS Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics organization where he is responsible for managing a peta-scale data environment for advanced analytics that he co-founded. He also spends time leading enterprise data strategy at the IRS. Previously he was Associate Director, Office of Statistical Computing, Department of Transportation where he created DOT’s largest data warehouse and e-Gov initiative, consisting of over 100 transportation databases used for research by universities, trade associations, state DOTs, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Congress, and the public at large. His emphasis is on large-scale, enterprise-wide projects that use data, advanced analytics, and cutting-edge computing technology to drive new discovery and innovation.

He has over 25 years of experience in statistical computing, machine learning, and data warehousing. He has taught multiple courses in these fields and published or presented at numerous academic, government, and industry venues or conferences. He has a total of seven industry awards for innovation and best practices in data management and data warehousing. He holds a B.A and M.A. in Economics and has completed M.S. Statistics coursework.

Joe CasertaJoe Caserta

Founding President
Caserta Concepts (Caserta)

Joe Caserta is an entrepreneur, technologist and founding President of Caserta Concepts (now Caserta). He is one of the most respected data technologists and thought-leaders in the industry today. His work was first publicized in 2003 when his innovative approach to Clickstream analytics was featured in Intelligent Enterprise magazine, which became the standard for analyzing web data.

In 2004 Joe co-authored The Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit, an industry bestseller that has become the de facto standard for preparing data for analytics. He is currently an established authority on enterprise data analytics and his relentless creative thinking allows him to continually innovate and invent new ways to stream and analyze data.

In 2009 Joe had the vision to align Caserta to big data methods and technologies, and it has since remained at the forefront of the “big data revolution,” devising some of the most unique and advanced analytics environments in use today. He is an internationally recognized public speaker on data analytics and entrepreneurial leadership. When not working, Joe can be found riding his motorcycle, playing bass, or scuba diving a coral reef.

Christina ClarkChristina Clark

Chief Data Officer
GE Power

Christina is the Chief Data Officer for GE Power within GE’s Digital Technology organization, which redefines the function formerly known as Information Technology (IT). GE recently formed an enterprise team that is bringing together all data & analytics talent into one team across the company. Their mission is to establish a robust data foundation, accelerate business outcomes, and drive a data-centric culture.

Christina started at GE in the Financial Management Program (FMP) with GE Plastics. She then joined GE Corporate Audit staff, the Company’s premiere leadership development program, working across many GE businesses, industries, and countries with a primary focus in financial services in GE Capital. Ultimately, Christina was promoted to Executive Audit Manager for GE Capital. Christina held leadership positions within GE Capital including finance leader for the Regulatory & Compliance organization and Enterprise Data Leader where she established the first centralized data management function for the Company.

A native of Rochester, New York Christina is a graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Additionally, Christina studied abroad in the Netherlands at the University of Maastricht where she focused on economics. Christina resides in Tarrytown, New York with her husband, son, and daughter.

Chris CrottsChris Crotts

Group Manager

Chris is responsible for driving data/analytics strategies that enable self-service, integration of data silos, and ensuring integrity of assets for Toyota North America. Key strategic initiatives include driving a data science competency center, regional Mfg. IOT platforms, and redefining analytics delivery through agile methods for Toyota Motor North America to drive the digital competencies needed to be a data-driven organization.

Chris has been with Toyota for a total of 13 years in various capacities within Information Systems. In 2014, he began managing Toyota data platform and engineering teams and eventually moved into the overall executive leadership role for Toyota North American Data in 2017. Previous to 2014, he spent 9 years managing Mfg. & Quality systems across Toyota’s 11 North American locations. Prior to Toyota, Chris spent 3 years in Financial Analytics with ConAgra Foods as well as IT Management with Guardian Automotive.

Ralph DiCicco

Acquisition Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force

Ralph is in charge of developing architecture, data strategy, systems migration plan, and a portfolio management process for the acquisition domain, which is part of the Air Force enterprise architecture. He spent 25 years on active duty in the Air Force and retired as a colonel in April 2006. As an Air Force officer, he served as an acquisition program manager, test manager, and in various staff positions involved in planning, resource allocation, and congressional appropriations liaison. He joined Federal service as an Air Force Civilian in 2006 and served as acting director of the Air Force Acquisition Center of Excellence as well as program manager of a Major Automated Information Systems.

Wayne EckersonWayne Eckerson

Wayne W. Eckerson is an internationally recognized thought leader in business intelligence and analytics who thinks critically, writes clearly, and presents persuasively about complex topics. He is a sought-after consultant, noted speaker and bestselling author. Eckerson is founder and principal consultant at Eckerson Group, a research and consulting firm that helps business leaders use data and technology to drive better insights and actions. He can be reached at

John Eltinge

Assistant Director for Research and Methodology
United States Census Bureau

John Eltinge is the Assistant Director for Research and Methodology at the United States Census Bureau. Before moving to the Census Bureau in 2016, he served as the Associate Commissioner for Survey Methods Research at the Bureau of Labor Statistics for twelve years; and previously served as a senior mathematical statistician at BLS, and as an associate professor with tenure in the Department of Statistics at Texas A&M University. He earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University; is a fellow of the American Statistical Association; is an associate editor for the Journal of Official Statistics and for the Survey Methodology Journal; and is the chair of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology. His research interests include design optimization; integration of multiple data sources; imputation; time series; and small domain estimation.

Ruhollah FarchtchiRuhollah Farchtchi

Chief Technology Officer

Ruhollah Farchtchi is the CTO at Zoomdata. He has over 15 years experience in enterprise data management, architecture and systems integration. Prior to Zoomdata, Ruhollah held management positions at BearingPoint, Booz-Allen and Unisys. He holds an M.S. in Information Technology from George Mason University.”

Kevin Fleet

Vice President
Informatica Professional Services

Kevin Fleet is Vice President of the Professional Services organization at Informatica. In this role, Kevin has global delivery responsibility for Informatica’s customer adoption services program. Kevin’s team is focused on ensuring Informatica’s most strategic subscription customers quickly realize value from their investment, which is achieved by leveraging his group’s unparalleled experience, industry leading best practices, and world-class solution delivery capabilities.

Prior to joining Informatica in 2011, Kevin was Executive Director of Global Data Management at Pfizer. In this role, Kevin was the global leader for data management, with responsibility for developing and delivering shared technology, solutions and support services for data warehousing, data integration, master data, and analytics. Kevin also established and chaired the Pfizer Data Governance Council, and was the de facto Chief Data Officer, responsible for driving an aligned data strategy across the Pfizer organization.

Kevin’s technology career spans over 20 years working in both business and technical capacities across various industries including Manufacturing, Technology Services, Life Sciences, and Healthcare. He has a broad and deep technology background, ranging from ERP implementation to database administration, application development, and analytics solution delivery. More recently, Kevin actively participates as a thought leader in the data management industry, speaks at industry events and conferences, has authored multiple blogs and white papers on the topic, and co-authored “The Data Strategy Playbook: A CIO’s Practical Guide to Driving Change”. Kevin holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Richard GengenbachRichard Gengenbach

Managing Director, Global Head
Enterprise Data Office – Morgan Stanley

Richard Gengenbach is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley in the Finance Division based in London.   He heads the Firm’s Enterprise Data Office and also has global Finance Change responsibilities.  He joined the firm in 2005, and has held roles in Technology, Firm Management, and Finance.

Previously, Rich worked for Evolve Partners as a Technology Management Consultant, and prior to that, managed the start-up of the New York branch of CoreTech Consulting Group serving as their New York Regional Manager.  He graduated from the University of Rochester with a Major in Optical Engineering and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Goods of Conscience, a Non-Profit organization.

He moved to London in January 2016 and resides there with his wife Michelle and their two daughters, Grace and Clare.

Carl Gerber

Chief Data Analytics Officer

Carl Gerber recently founded Analytic Leaders, a consultancy specializing in Data Strategy, Analytics Modernization, Data Landscape Rationalization, Global Data Privacy, Data Quality, Master & Reference Data, Data Risk & Regulatory Compliance and Data Governance.

Gerber has led enterprise-wide data transformations as the Chief Data Officer for AIG Commercial Insurance and Pearson. His teams have established end-to-end data strategies, roadmaps, and execution plans that improved data quality for enhanced decision making, operational efficiency, regulatory compliance and other business outcomes. He is known for building data management cultures where information is readily available, trusted and leveraged to deliver value aligned to the business plan and priorities.

Gerber’s teams have established global data platforms and services, and his teams delivered master data for global Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) consolidation programs. At TIAA-CREF, his team achieved sustainable data quality, controls, and delivery improvements across the company. His program realized over $30M in data infrastructure savings; reduced uncontrolled annual database growth from 20 to 5 percent; increased the amount of data under quality management by 50 percent YOY; and resolved regulatory and compliance data controls issues impacting core business growth.

In recognition, he was named a 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader, and his data program received CIO Magazine’s Top 100 Innovation Award and The Data Warehouse Institute’s Data Management Best Practice Award for 2014.

Mr. Gerber also held data and analytics positions at Procter & Gamble, American Financial Group, and Essilor of America. He began his career as a Communications & Computer Officer with the United States Air Force. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a member of the IT Leadership Academy and the CIO Solutions Gallery. He co-founded the Columbus Business Intelligence Roundtable and is a past President of the Southwest Ohio Data Management Association.

Jon GottsegenJon Gottsegen

Chief Data Officer
State of Colorado

Jon Gottsegen serves as Chief Data Officer for the State of Colorado within the Governor’s Office of Information Technology. In this position, Jon is responsible for developing enterprise processes and systems to facilitate data sharing and interoperability and for enhancing data governance and management of state data assets to preserve and maximize their value. The former involves addressing organizational issues in data sharing and promoting the technological platforms for data exchanges across the state, which will be based on an API centric approach. The latter entails developing best practices and a common framework for data governance. Jon also continues to manage the state’s GIS Coordination and Development Program. He has served as the State Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator for the State of Colorado for 14 1/2 years. In this position he has worked with other state agencies and local governments to make geographic data discoverable and accessible and to enhance the sharing and maturity of geographic data and information systems across the state.

Before coming to Colorado, Jon managed GIS support for a consulting company in Salt Lake City focusing on emergency management and disaster planning. He began his career in 1985 implementing and managing a GIS for the Office of State Planning in New Jersey. This also involved data sharing and exchange of geographic data as a rubric to compare state and local land use plans. Jon has a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania but is happy to be close to mountains and loves sharing the Colorado outdoors with his sons or others whenever possible.

Stephanie GruberStephanie Gruber

Sr. Director

Stephanie Gruber is a Sr. Director in SAP NA CIO Office with strong business experience and education with diverse background including 20+ years in software application, business processes, governance and security. Stephanie has a Master in Finance and received a Graduate Level Academic Certificate in the field of Cybersecurity. She has worked with SAP customers 10+ years on compliance, securing access, and protection of data.

Salahaldin HusseinSalahaldin Hussein

PwC Financial Services Advisory

Sal is a Director in PwC’s Financial Services data analytics group, with 10+ years of experience helping financial services clients address their most pressing data and analytics challenges. He has significant experience with foundational data programs such as building up and implementing pragmatic data governance and quality disciplines as well as transformational “Next-Gen” data initiatives including Big Data and analytics, interactive visualization, and AI / Machine Learning adoption.

Sal has deep knowledge of the FRB and OCC compliance frameworks, including regulatory data requirements (e.g. CCAR / DFAST, BASEL III) and cross-functional expertise in banking and capital market products. Sal is especially passionate about helping client pursue innovative techniques to embedding analytics in their compliance and growth efforts. He has co-authored publications on the evolving role of the Chief Data Officer and leads’ PwC’s Financial Services Global CDO Survey.

Sal graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a M.A in Management Information Systems and is based in New York City.

Mark JohnsonMark Johnson

Strategic Data Management & Analytics Executive
Fusion Alliance

Mark Johnson is a Strategic Data Management & Analytics Executive at Fusion Alliance. Mr. Johnson’s distinguished career spans more than 30 years in the IT industry, with a deep concentration on data management and analytics over the most recent 25 years. At Fusion Alliance Mr. Johnson is responsible for formulation and alignment of Data Management and Analytics Consulting Services Strategy and Solutions with consulting and technical capabilities to meet client data management strategies and needs. Mr. Johnson also engages directly with our most strategic clients to help develop and enable successful execution of enterprise data management and analytic programs. In this capacity his focus is on optimizing adoption and engagement of strategic data management and advanced analytic technologies, and supporting business processes through transformation of people, process, technology, and data to drive competitive advantage.

Milind Kamkolkar

Chief Data Officer

Milind Kamkolkar is the CDO of Sanofi, a company focused on empowering lives through human health. Milind’s focus is driving and transforming Sanofi from a data generation organization to an insights generating organization where data is a monetizable asset class on par with product and shareholder value. Milind joined Sanofi from a career spanning big pharma (Novartis), big and boutique consulting (Cognizant and PA Consulting), and numerous technology and software startup companies focused on health, technology and data mining blending insights and approaches across industries to solve complex human health problems at scale. Milind is a featured speaker and thought leader in Digital Health, AI & Big Data, serves as a Board Advisor and mentor to 3 exciting startups hacking education/mental health, deep learning for research technologies, Honorary Lecturer for physician entrepreneurship at BartsX, Faculty at Exponential Medicine and Special Advisor to the UN Global Sustainability program.

Erin KenneallyErin Kenneally

Program Manager
U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate – Cyber Security Division

Erin Kenneally is currently a Program Manager in the Cyber Security Division for the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate. Her portfolio comprises cybersecurity research infrastructure, privacy, security economics, and technology ethics. She manages the IMPACT (Information Marketplace for Policy and Analysis of Cyber-risk and Trust), CYRIE (Cyber Risk Economics), and Data Privacy programs. Kenneally is Founder and CEO of Elchemy, Inc., and served as Technology-Law Specialist at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and the Center for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) and Center for Evidence-based Security Research (CESR) at the University of California, San Diego. Erin is a licensed Attorney specializing in information technology law, including privacy technology, data protection, artificial intelligence ethics and legal risk, trusted information sharing, technology policy, cybercrime, data ethics, and emergent IT legal risks. She holds Juris Doctorate and Masters of Forensic Sciences degrees and is a graduate of Syracuse University and The George Washington University.

Rene KimRené Kim

Senior Vice President
Charles Schwab – Global Data Office

René Kim is senior vice president at Charles Schwab. In her 14 year career at Schwab she has led teams responsible for driving profitable innovation at Schwab Bank and Charles Schwab & Co across the deposits, lending, payments, retirement product and planning, client reporting, infrastructure and Schwab Charitable Fund areas. Prior to Schwab she spent 10 years in the banking industry focused on consumer and small business clients.
She displays her passion for advancement of women in the workforce through her recent service as a two term president and board chair of the Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC) and her current service as a director at large for Jewish Vocational Services of San Francisco.

Her educational background includes bachelor degrees in English and Italian and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Davis.

Tyler KleykampTyler Kleykamp

Chief Data Officer
State of Connecticut

Tyler Kleykamp is the State of Connecticut’s Chief Data Officer, within the Office of Policy and Management (OPM); and is responsible for directing, managing, and overseeing staff and activities related to the collection, analysis, and dissemination of the State’s enterprise information assets. In doing so, he leads the State’s efforts to use data to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of state programs and policies. Tyler has previously served as Chair of the Connecticut Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Council as well as the State GIS Coordinator. In addition, he has led numerous initiatives to improve data and information sharing including; emergency management and disaster response, transparency and accountability during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; and land use and economic development activities. In 2016, Tyler was the recipient of the U.S. Open Data Institutes’ “Open Data Pioneer” award and was named a “Data and IT Innovator” by the Atlantic Media Group’s Route Fifty.

Dr. Murat KristalDr. M. Murat Kristal

Associate Professor of Operations Management and Information
Schulich School of Business, York University

Founding Director – Master of Business Analytics Program
Schulich School of Business, York University

M. Murat Kristal, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Operations Management and Information at the Schulich School of Business, York University. He is also the Founding Director of the Master of Business Analytics program at Schulich. His research areas include adaptive enterprise, agile manufacturing, management science – modeling and analysis, mass customization, statistical research methods in operations management, and business analytics. Professor Kristal completed his Ph.D in Operations, Technology and Innovation Management in 2005 at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A. Aside from his academic work; Professor Kristal works with organizations in various analytics projects.

Mark KrzyskoMark Krzysko

Deputy Director for Enterprise Information
Department of Defense, OUSD(A&S)/ARA

Mr. Mark Krzysko leads Enterprise Information Department of Defense (DoD) on behalf of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. His focus is on transforming the way the Department thinks about and uses data. He leads data governance, management, analytics, and access and dissemination control to give analysts and decision makers the information they need to manage and make decisions about the Department’s $1.9 trillion portfolio of major defense programs.

Andrew LaingAndrew Laing

Chief Data Officer
State of Vermont

Andrew serves as the State of Vermont Chief Data Officer under a newly created Agency of Digital Services overseeing the broad range of data management functions across the State. In this new role, Andrew is helping the State unlock the power of its rich data assets through governance, integration and intelligence efforts. Before taking on this role, Andrew directed the Systems Engineering team for Vermont’s Health and Human Services and developed strategic, operational, and information architecture that drove IT and business change projects. He is trained as an electrical engineer, lives in Burlington VT with his three kids, loves the outdoors and gardening, and even roasts his own coffee!

Andrew LambertAndrew Lambert

Vice President, Sales
Privacy Analytics

Andrew Lambert, Vice President, Sales, joined Privacy Analytics as an experienced healthcare business leader with a strong clinical informatics and analytics background. He has over 30 years of healthcare executive leadership experience with a successful track record of growing revenue across multiple venues and sizes of organizations, and growing world-class teams. He’s held senior leadership roles at Symphony Performance Health Solutions, Mediware, Inc., Cognovant, Inc., Press Ganey Associates, Thomson Healthcare (Thomson Reuters), Eclipsys Corp., Cerner Corp., Phillips Medical Systems and Johnson & Johnson – that included domestic and international business growth and experience.

Doug LaneyDoug Laney

Vice President and Distinguished Analyst
Chief Data Officer Research – Gartner

Doug Laney is a Gartner analyst leading the firm’s research on information innovation, value and strategy. He is an accomplished practitioner, author and executive advisor on information management, analytics, big data, data monetization and information governance best practices, and has provided training and consulting to numerous CDOs. Doug originated the field of infonomics, developing methods to measure information’s economic value and apply asset management practices to information itself. He lectures on infonomics and related topics at leading business schools. Doug also is on University of Illinois Department of Accountancy advisory board, helped setup and manage the Deloitte Analytics Institute, and is a contributing writer for Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. Doug lives outside Chicago where he enjoys competitive tennis and not-so-competitive golf.

Barbara Latulippe

Executive VP, Enterprise Data Management

Barbara Latulippe, Executive VP, Enterprise Information Management, CoreLogic, has more than two decades’ experience in information supply chain, healthcare and high tech industries. She has provided expertise and leadership in the areas of Information Management, MDM, Governance, Data Quality, Data Science as a Service and most recently Big Data Governance. Her broad experience in technology and business processes drives strategic change and organizational transformation. Barbara’s approach of “actionable data governance” leverages information assets based on consumption value. This approach results in prescriptive insights which in turn, enable business outcomes. Barbara’s leadership at CoreLogic is focused on optimizing the information supply chain and transforming to a knowledge management governance model leveraging an Information Marketplace.

Barbara is a recognized thought leader and industry advocate for innovative approaches and effective use of technology to improve business performance. She delivers solutions to business challenges by democratizing information for advanced analytics, operational efficiency and personalized consumer experiences. Her past experiences at Dell/EMC, Smith and Nephew and Philips has given her the passion to enable a culture focused on information knowledge management, innovation and insight.

Denise LetcherDenise Letcher

Chief Data Officer
The PNC Financial Services Group

Denise M. Letcher is Executive Vice President, Chief Data Officer within Independent Risk Management for PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. In this role, she leads Enterprise Data Management, which includes Data Strategy, Data Risk Framework, and Risk Information. She is also the Director of Corporate Insurance.

Ms. Letcher’s primary responsibilities include overseeing the data warehouse, analytics infrastructure investment and delivery, data quality and remediation, data governance, which includes data risk metrics and aggregation, as well as regulatory information and reporting. As Director of Corporate Insurance, she ensures the group provides risk balanced insurance solutions.

Ms. Letcher has over 25 years of experience in the financial sector. Prior to rejoining PNC in 2010, she was the Director of Risk Management Technology for both Wachovia and Wells Fargo. In those positions, she was responsible for compliance and operational risk, technology and information strategy.

Ms. Letcher is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in business economics, with a concentration in accounting.

Valerie Logan

Research Director – Data and Analytics, Office of the CDO
Gartner, Inc.

Former Global Vice President, Strategy and Portfolio – Information Management & Analytics Services
Hewlett-Packard Company

Valerie joined Gartner in 2015 as a Research Director in the Data and Analytics group, where she covers information management strategies, advanced analytics and related change management topics. She is a member of the Office of the CDO (Chief Data Officer) research team- where she leads Gartner’s Annual CDO Survey, as well as the CDO Circle executive training and networking event, which she designed from scratch. She is also pioneering research in the area of Data Literacy, and nurturing the “speaking of data” with Information as a Second Language (ISL).

Ms. Logan has more than 25 years of experience, including two decades of global consulting practice management in the information and intelligence domains across industries, and five years of applied experience in the telecommunications industry at both field and enterprise levels.

Ms. Logan is an active and passionate thought leader in the areas of information and decision science strategies, supporting clients with their information and analytics evolution. She is a natural systems thinker – able to understand and distill complex concepts and systems for general understanding.

Ms. Logan is recognized as a pioneer in innovative consulting practices – recognized by Consulting Magazine in 2008 as one of eight top women in global consulting. She is known as an inspiring motivator, genuine advisor and change agent – driven by a passion to synthesize information to solve real-world problems.

When not busy traveling or working, Valerie works closely with youth and young adults- helping them to discover their unique skills, passions and esteem. Her commitment to mentoring students and professionals is in recognition and appreciation for early contributors to her life and career- just “paying it forward”.

Valerie holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from New Mexico State University with a concentration in Operations Research. She is based in the Adirondack Mountains with her husband Brian in Brant Lake, New York.

Robert LuttonRobert Lutton

Vice President
Sandhill Consultants

Robert Lutton, runs Sandhill Consultants North America and had been directly responsible for creating an organization that delivers technology, service, products and training in the areas of Enterprise Data Governance and Data Architecture.

Robert has used his vision to develop, market and deliver innovative solutions of exceptional value in the area of Model Driven Enterprise Architecture, Data Design Management and Data Governance to Sandhill customers. Robert has built a highly skilled organization, known in data community for its expertise and responsiveness to its customers’ needs.

Sandhill Consultants is a recognized CMMI / DMM Partner as well as a Valued Partner in the Enterprise Modeling Space. With over 25 years of broad business and technical experience, Robert has enabled Sandhill Consultants to expand to address all of its current business and operations aspects including, Strategic Planning, Marketing and Sales, Customer Service, and Consulting.

Robert continues to guide Sandhill Consultants growth and will continue to lead the organization to expand its reach in every aspect of the Enterprise Data Management business.

Dr. Stuart MadnickDr. Stuart Madnick

John Norris Maguire Professor of Information Technologies,
MIT Sloan School of Management and Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT School of Engineering
Founding Director of MIT’s Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, USA

Dr Madnick’s involvement in cybersecurity research goes back to 1979, when he co-authored the book Computer Security. Currently, he heads MIT’s Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, ­aka (IC)3.

Dr Madnick holds a PhD in computer science from MIT and has been an MIT faculty member since 1972. He served as the head of MIT’s Information Technologies Group in the Sloan School of Management for more than 20 years. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 books, articles and reports. Besides cybersecurity, his other research interests include Big Data, semantic connectivity, database technology, software project management and the strategic use of information technology.

Dr Madnick has been active in the industry as a developer of IBM’s VM/370 operating system and Lockheed’s DIALOG system. He has served as a consultant to major corporations and has been the co-founder of five high-tech firms and currently operates the 14th century Langley Castle Hotel in England.

Dave MarianiDave Mariani


Dave Mariani has been in the technology and data business for nearly 30 years, first as an engineer and now as co-founder and CEO of AtScale Inc. Drawing from a solid educational background—David has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economic s from UCLA— Dave ran Yahoo! data pipelines and analytics teams at the time Hadoop was born. After Yahoo!, he went on to run engineering at Klout, where he managed a 200+ node cluster and Hive Data Warehouse of over one trillion rows. He founded and now leads AtScale Inc, helping Fortune 100 customers run their BI on Big data.

Jeremy McQueenJeremy McQueen

Chief Data Officer
State of Alabama

Jeremy McQueen was appointed to the Chief Data Officer (CDO) position on May 1, 2018. As CDO, Jeremy primarily works on the State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS). Additionally, Jeremy provides OIT with data engineering, analytics and data governance.

Jeremy brings to the State over 12 years of experience in data management, governance, research, automation, master data management, business intelligence and data science. Prior to this appointment Jeremy served as the Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Analysis for the University of Alabama Birmingham, where he led the project management, solutions development and system support teams, which provided institutional insights to improve academic processes optimizing student retention and institutional effectiveness.

Jeremy has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master’s of Business Administration in Information Systems from Troy University, Dothan.

Jeremy has been married to his wife, Gloria for 23 years and has five children, one who serves in the Alabama National Guard.

Jeffrey G. McMillan

Chief Analytics & Data Officer
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Jeff McMillan is Managing Director, Chief Analytics & Data Officer for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, where he is responsible for all aspects of Wealth Management’s strategy to leverage analytics, data and artificial intelligence to drive growth and efficiencies across the firm. Jeff’s is a leader in Wealth Managements efforts to transform its operating model to deliver even higher quality advice and scalable solutions, leveraging the most advanced analytical and artificially intelligent capabilities available. Jeff is a member of the Wealth Management Operating and Risk Committees as well as the firm’s Securities Operating Committee. He is also Co-chair of Morgan Stanley’s Veterans Employee Network. Prior to his current responsibilities, Jeff has held a variety of leadership roles at Morgan Stanley, including leading the integration of the firm’s advisor and client platforms as part of the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney merger, overseeing the firms digital strategy and development of all product and advisory platforms, as well as owning the build out of Wealth Managements Research capabilities. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Jeff had a variety of roles within financial services, with a deep focus on business transformation, digital enablement, and analytics. Jeff is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a BS in economics. Upon graduation, he served on active duty as an armor officer and scout platoon stationed in South Korea and Fort Knox, KY.

Daniel MorganDaniel Morgan

Chief Data Officer
United States Department of Transportation

Daniel Morgan is the first Chief Data Officer of the United States Department of Transportation. As the CDO, he has overall responsibility for the Departmental data program and data compliance across the Department. He is responsible for establishing a clear vision of the data managed in DOT and the application of DOT data for decision-making. He serves as data strategist and adviser, steward for improving data quality, liaison for data sharing and developer of new data products.

Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Morgan spent 15 years as a management consultant, providing services to public and private sector clients in a variety of areas, including: open government, information technology governance, capital planning and investment control, enterprise architecture, and human capital planning.

Mr. Morgan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jodi MortonJodi D. Morton

Vice President, Data Governance and Management
Single Family Division – Freddie Mac

Jodi Morton is vice president of data governance and management for Freddie Mac’s Single-Family Business. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the Single-Family data strategy, which includes: (1) Data governance, policies, standards, and practices, (2) Data quality transparency and reporting, (3) Advancement of data acquisition strategies and analytic capabilities.

Morton began her Freddie Mac career in 2004. Since then, she has served in a variety of roles within the finance division, most recently as chief financial officer of the Single-Family Business.

Morton earned a Master’s degree in finance from American University, a B.S. in accounting and B.S. in business administration from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.

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BGen Kevin J. Nally, USMC (Ret.)

BGen Kevin Nally was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in May 1981, after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Natural Resources.

After completing The Basic School and Communications Officer Course, he was assigned to the 1st Marine Amphibious Brigade where he served as a Communications Platoon Commander for the Marine Service Support Group-37 and later as a Communications Platoon Commander for the Brigade Service Support Group. During this tour, BGen Nally attended SCUBA School, Pearl Harbor where he served in an additional duty capacity as a search and rescue diver.

In 1985, he was reassigned to Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Los Angeles, California where he served as an Officer Selection Officer. In 1988, BGen Nally attended Command, Control, Systems Course in Quantico, Virginia. After graduating in 1989, BGen Nally was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division where he served as the Communications Platoon Commander during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Following this, he was assigned to Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division as the Executive Officer.

In 1992, BGen Nally was assigned as the Operations Officer, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island. In 1995, BGen Nally was transferred to the 3rd Marine Division where he served as the S-6, then the S-3, and finally as the Executive Officer for the 4th Marine Regiment. In 1996, he served as the Commanding Officer, Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. In 1998, BGen Nally was assigned as the Deputy Director, J6, United States Forces, Japan and completed a Masters in Information Systems Management. From 2000 to 2002, BGen Nally was the Commanding Officer of Support Battalion, MCRD/ERR, Parris Island.

From May of 2002 to July 2003, BGen Nally was the Director, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. BGen Nally is a 2004 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces with a concentration in Information Strategy. Following this assignment, he served from 2004 until 2006 as the Deputy Director for C4, United States Central Command where he deployed twice in support of OIF/OEF. In 2006, BGen Nally was transferred to Camp LeJeune, NC, where he served as the II MEF AC/S G-6 and subsequently as the II MEF Chief of Staff. From 2007 until 2009, he served as the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Communications-Electronics School in 29 Palms, CA, and as the AC/S, G-6, MCAGCC/MAGTF-TC.

He is currently serving as the Chief Information Officer for the US Secret Service. His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with one gold star), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Steve Orrin

Federal CTO
Intel Corporation

Steve Orrin is the Federal CTO for Intel Corporation. Steve has held architectural and leadership positions at Intel driving strategy and projects on Identity, Anti-malware, HTML5 Security, Cloud and Virtualization Security. Steve was previously CSO for Sarvega, CTO of Sanctum, CTO and co-founder of LockStar, and CTO at SynData Technologies. Steve is a recognized expert and frequent lecturer on enterprise security and was named one of InfoWorld’s Top 25 CTO’s of 2004 and, in 2016, received Executive Mosaic’s Top CTO Executives Award. He is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies and a Guest Researcher at NIST’s NCCoE.

Keri PearlsonKeri Pearlson

Executive Director
Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan
MIT’s Sloan School

Keri Pearlson is the Executive Director of the Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan: The Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (IC)3 at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Dr. Pearlson has held positions in academia and industry including Babson College, UTexas-Austin, Gartner’s Research Board, CSC, and AT&T. She founded KP Partners, a CIO advisory services firm and the IT Leaders Forum, a community of next generation IT executives. She’s the founding Director of the Analytics Leadership Consortium, at the International Institute of Analytics. Dr. Pearlson began her career at Hughes Aircraft Company as a systems analyst.

Dr. Pearlson’s research spans MIS, business strategy and organizational design. Her current research studies how organizations build a culture of cybersecurity and how organizations build trust to share mitigations for cyber breaches. She’s the co-author of Managing and Using Information: A Strategic Approach 6thed and of Zero Time: Providing Instant Customer Value. Her work has been published in Sloan Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Information Resources Management Journal and Harvard Business School Publishing.

Dr. Pearlson holds a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) in MIS from Harvard Business School and a MS in Industrial Engineering and BS in Mathematics from Stanford. She’s the founding President of the Austin Society for Information Management(SIM) and was named “2014 National SIM Leader of the Year”.

Mark Ramsey, Ph.D.

Dr. Ramsey holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science , an MBA with specialization in Computer & Information Security, and a Ph.D. specializing in Applied Computer Science. His dissertation work on Exploring the impact of inferred social networks on the accuracy of churn prediction models in the mobile phone industry resulted in a US patent.

Dr. Ramsey joined GSK as Senior Vice President, Head of R&D Data in 2015 reporting to the President of R&D. He is responsible for driving the utilization of information as a strategic asset through data consolidation, metadata, business intelligence, big data, and advanced data mining.

Prior to GSK, Dr. Ramsey was the first Chief Data Officer (CDO) for Samsung Mobile, reporting directly to the President. He was responsible for enterprise-wide governance and utilization of information as an asset, through data consolidation, business intelligence, big data, and advanced data mining. Prior to Samsung, he held the position of Vice President, Business Analytics & Optimization, Growth Markets for IBM. In this role, he was responsible for setting the strategic direction and operational management of the IBM Business Analytics & Optimization services division for eight growth markets including South East Asia, India and South Asia, Greater China, Korea, Australia/New Zealand, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa and Latin America. Dr. Ramsey started at IBM in 1995 and was one of the pioneers in the creation and expanded focus on data and analytics. Ramsey was named an IBM Master Inventor in 2010 for his role as an inventor in over 50 patent filings which resulted in the issuance of 28 patents focused on business intelligence and business analytics.

John RoeseJohn Roese

Chief Technology Officer
Dell EMC

John Roese is the Chief Technology Officer of Dell EMC. In this role, John is responsible for ensuring Dell Technologies anticipates customers’ needs and leads the technology industry in a scalable, coordinated and efficient manner. John’s organization provides the foundation, tools and processes needed to both foster innovation and optimize Dell EMC technology and R&D capabilities. This is an expansion of John’s existing role as EMC’s Chief Technology Officer. John joined EMC in the fall of 2012 and was instrumental in shaping EMC’s technology strategy as the company embarked upon a new of growth and leadership across three of the most transformative trends in the history of IT – Cloud, Big Data and Trusted IT.

Prior to EMC, John was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the North American R&D Centers at Huawei Technologies responsible for advanced technology development across the entire product portfolio ranging from photonics to cloud computing and consumer technology. Having previously served as CTO at four large corporations in the telecom and IT sector over the past two decades (Nortel, Broadcom, Enterasys and Cabletron), John has developed a broad understanding of the total ICT ecosystem and its diverse global customer base. In addition to his roles as CTO, John has been a Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Information Officer in publicly traded companies. This expertise has allowed John to become an extremely well-rounded senior executive and an expert in both establishing the long-term strategy of a company and the near-term tactical execution to reach those goals. John is a published author; holds more than 20 pending and granted patents in areas such as policy-based networking, location-based services, and security. John has sat on numerous boards, including ATIS, OLPC, Blade Networks, Pingtel and Bering Media. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, the leading open source platform for cloud native applications.

Kris Rowley

Chief Data Officer
General Services Administration

Kris is responsible for developing and implementing the GSA strategic vision for data management. He has operational oversight for Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) activities, data marts, and business intelligence reporting. He coordinates and champions the public release of GSA data assets, establishes and maintains the clearance processes, and leads prioritization the data assets for release.

Dr. Prakriteswar Santikary

Vice President & Chief Data Officer

Dr. Santikary is an accomplished technology executive with over 20 years of experience across a variety of business, architecture and technology domains, encompassing modern data architecture, distributed computing, cloud computing, big data architecture, advanced analytics, business intelligence, and data science. His business domain experience covers several industries including clinical research, pharmaceutical, e-commerce, banking, financial and energy sectors.

In his current role as Chief Data Officer at ERT, a global data and technology company supporting clinical trials for bio pharmaceutical, medical device and bio technology companies, Dr. Santikary leads the vision, strategy and execution of ERT’s global data and platform architecture, including cloud architecture, data science, data governance and master data management. His data office focuses on building innovative data products with three big goals in mind – additional revenue through new product offerings, cost savings through efficiency gain, automation and technology consolidation, and risk mitigation to clinical trials by allowing our customers a consolidated real time view of the trials and their potential risks using predictive modeling, thereby reducing cost overrun of a clinical trial and accelerating time to market of life savings drugs, therapies and procedures for millions of patients.

Before joining ERT, Dr. Santikary held various technology executive roles, including serving as Head of Data Engineering and Director of Engineering at eBay; VP of Engineering at Zeta Global; Chief Architect and Technologist at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals; Director of Data Science and Engineering at EnerNOC; Chief Data Scientist at PNC Financial and Research Scientist at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

A thought leader and a data evangelist, Dr. Santikary has been a frequent speaker and thought leader at conferences, summits and meet-ups on advanced software architecture and emerging computer science topics including artificial intelligence, big data platform and machine learning.

Dr. Santikary earned his PhD in Computer Simulations from Indian Institute of Science (I.I.Sc), Bangalore, India, and published several research papers in peer-reviewed journals as part of his doctoral and post-doctoral research work. He is also the recipient of several national and international research fellowships, including a doctoral fellowship from I.I.Sc, a post-doctoral fellowship from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and an advanced research fellowship from The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India.

During his leisure time, Dr. Santikary enjoys listening to music and practicing yoga.

Bobby SaxonBobby Saxon

Chief Technology Officer
Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Colonel Bobby Saxon, USA Retired, is the Chief Technology Officer for the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS). Colonel Saxon is responsible for leading the architecting, development, and implementation for all information technology for the Insurance Marketplace and the Affordable Care Act.

Colonel Saxon has over 25 years of information technology leadership experience including seven years at the Pentagon. As a Division Chief on the Army staff, he led the Army G-3/5/7 (Operations and Plans) Capability Management Office for Global Force Information Management and the development of the multi-award winning Enterprise Management Decision Support system. Colonel Saxon previously served at the Pentagon as the Assistant Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Operations and Plans.

Colonel Saxon began his IT career in 1991 as a medical software sales consultant before becoming a regional, then national sales manager for multiple software companies specializing in Electronic Health Records (EHR). Before re-entering active military service after the events of 9/11, Colonel Saxon founded a Customer Relationship Management company to provide collaboration and data analytic solutions to Fortune 5,000 organizations.

Colonel Saxon holds a Master of Science (MS) degree in Government Information Leadership, w/CIO concentration, from the National Defense University (NDU) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management degree from Georgia Southern University. He also holds graduate certificates for Global Strategic Leadership and Chief Information Officer from NDU and is a previous AFCEA Distinguished Graduate of the NDU CIO Leadership Development Program. Additionally, Colonel Saxon is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses.

Colonel Saxon has been recognized for government and industry awards including: the 2017, 2015, and 2014 FedScoop 50 Federal Leadership Award, the 2014 GTRA GOVTek Executive Government Technology Award for Excellence in Big Data, and the 2013 CIO Magazine “Ones to Watch” Award. His military awards and badges include the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star as well as the Combat Action Badge, Paratrooper Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

Under Colonel Saxon’s leadership, the EMDS program received the 2014 & 2013 FedScoop 50 Federal IT Program of the Year

Peter Serenita

US Chief Data Officer

Peter Serenita is the US Chief Data Officer for Scotiabank, responsible for defining and implementing data management capability to improve data quality and leverage data for business enablement. He is the Chairman of the Enterprise Data Management Council, trade organization advancing data management in the financial services industry. Prior to joining the Scotiabank, Peter was the Group Chief Data Officer and was responsible for building the data management and analytics practices across all businesses and global functions at HSBC, focusing on improving data consistency across the firm. Previously, Peter was a 28-year veteran of JPMorgan having held several key positions in business and information technology including the role of Chief Data Officer of the Worldwide Securities division. Mr. Serenita holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from New York University.

Ra'ad SirajRa’ad Siraj

Director of Data Management
MIT’s Investment Management Company

Ra’ad Siraj is the Director of Data Management at MITIMCo (MIT’s Investment Management Company), is an Adjunct Professor at Boston College’s Carroll School Of Management where he teaches a graduate course on Machine Learning for Business Intelligence, and is the former Head of Data Solutions at State Street Global Exchange (SSGX) where he established a business around data aggregation that can act as a platform for actionable data-based insights for Asset Managers and Asset Owners. Prior to SSGX, Ra’ad was Chief Technology Officer for The Boston Company Asset Management (a division of BNY Mellon), was part of high-growth pre-IPO firms including Endeca (as VP and CIO), was Chief Information Officer for Eaton Vance, and was senior director and chief information strategist at Investors Bank & Trust (now part of State Street). Ra’ad began his career as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little.

Ra’ad serves on the boards of The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, Ascent Venture Partners, as well as several startups. He also serves as a juror for the Lemelson-MIT $500K and student prizes.

Ra’ad holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees both in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and Harvard University.

Della SheaDella Shea

Vice President, Privacy & Data Governance, CPO

Della Shea is the Vice President of Data Governance and Chief Privacy Officer for Symcor Inc. She is responsible for leading the organization’s data governance, data management, privacy, data protection , digital ethics and regulatory compliance functions. Prior to this role, Della was appointed executive lead over new product development and innovation as well as Symcor’s healthcare expansion strategy. Under Della’s leadership, Symcor was recognized internationally with the 2010 Privacy Innovation Award presented by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). In 2013 she was selected as Canada’s Information Security Executive of the year by Technology Executive Network. Prior to joining Symcor, she was the Director of Privacy and Information Risk for the Royal Bank of Canada where she provided strategic guidance and direction that helped launch many of the Bank’s most innovative and challenging initiatives involving behavioral advertising, mobile and social media.

Passionate about the nexus of where opportunities and risk intersect, Della’s work has been featured in various publications including a cover story of SC Magazine and a highlight of her career has been addressing global leaders at the 39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Hong Kong. Della has a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University)/Schulich School of Business (York University) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University. Della is an international board member of the Information Accountability Foundation, an advisory board member of the Conference Board Council of Chief Analytics Officers and well as the Council Chief Privacy Officers. She is an advisory board member of Acadia University’s Fred Manning School of Business and a former advisory board member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (Canada). Della holds numerous designations including Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/C), Certified Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), PCI DSS Internal Security Assessor (ISA) and Pragmatic Marketing Certified (PMC).

Jim ShortJim Short

Lead Scientist and Co-Founder – Center for Large-Scale Data Systems Research
San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego

Jim Short is Lead Scientist and co-founder of the Center for Large-Scale Data Systems Research, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego. Previously he taught Management Information Systems and Business Strategy at the MIT Sloan School and London Business School. He has served as a lead researcher on several nationally known studies, including the MIT Management in the 1990s program, and the How Much Information? series on digital media and information growth. His projects include a study on data and information growth, a valuation model for estimating the asset and activity value of enterprise data and information, and an analysis of data and information use by information workers. His current work focuses on blockchain technologies and distributed value. He has published in The Accounting Review, MIS Quarterly, the Journal of MIS, the Journal of Management Studies, the International Journal of Communications, Sloan Management Review and in the business press, including The Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. He holds SB, SM and PhD degrees from MIT.

John P. Skudlarek, CAP – CISSP

Deputy Chief Information Officer
Federal Communications Commission

John P. Skudlarek joined the Federal Communications Commission as Deputy Chief Information Officer in May, 2014. Mr. Skudlarek works closely with the FCC CIO to execute FCC IT Transformation that fosters innovation, transforms business processes, speeds delivery, reduces costs, and improves security. John directs capital planning, budget, and acquisition activities; leads stakeholder outreach; establishes and oversees IT governance; and coordinates FCC information technology plans. Mr. Skudlarek served as Acting FCC CIO in 2015 and 2016. In June 2016, John was awarded the FCC’s Catherine Forster Public Service Award.
Mr. Skudlarek was Deputy CIO at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, United States Department of Commerce, from 2012 to 2014. He oversaw IT budget planning and execution, enterprise planning, governance, acquisition, and information assurance activities. John was instrumental in improving NTIA’s IT information security posture and was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for Superior Federal Service in December, 2013.
Mr. Skudlarek served as IT Portfolio Manager for the United States Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation from 2010 to 2012. He directed PBGC IT Capital Planning and Portfolio Management activities for over $100 million in IT investments and served as Chair of the Agency’s IT Investment Review Board. During 2009, Mr. Skudlarek served as a Senior Enterprise Architect supporting the DoD Chief Information Officer’s Enterprise Architecture and Standards Directorate. He was played a key role in standing up the CIO’s DoD-wide Architecture and Standards Review Group, developed and coordinated DoD policy on Enterprise Architecture implementation, and authored Departmental performance objectives as a member of the CIO’s strategic planning working group.
From 2006 until 2008, Mr. Skudlarek was Chief Information Officer of the Defense Security Service, United States Department of Defense. John provided enterprise IT capabilities to 120,000 government and industry security professionals supporting over four million cleared individuals and 12,500 cleared contractor facilities, and provided the full range of information technology services to DSS employees at over 70 locations nation-wide. He oversaw development and operations of the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) and Industrial Security Facilities Database, and co-chaired the DoD-wide JPAS Executive Steering Committee.
Prior to beginning his civilian career, Mr. Skudlarek served in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He served both as an Infantry officer and as a member of the Military Intelligence corps. John has over ten years overseas experience serving in Europe and Asia, and speaks fluent French and German. His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and French Brevet Technique.
John P. Skudlarek is a 1983 graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence degree from the Defense Intelligence College, Washington, DC in 1987 and a Master of Science in Information Management degree from Syracuse University in 2005. John was awarded an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership in 2017 from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Authorization Professional (CAP).
Mr. Skudlarek served as Vice-Chair of the Fairfax County, Virginia, IT Policy Advisory Committee, Vice-President for Education of the AFCEA’s Northern Virginia Chapter, and as President of the Mount Vernon Civic Association. John received the AFCEA International Meritorious Service Award in 2014. In 2015, he was the recipient of a Cloud Innovation award from the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center and a team award for Leadership in Cloud Computing from the Association for Federal Information Resources Management.

Chuck SmithChuck Smith

VP Data Strategy

Chuck Smith is the VP, R&D Data Strategy at GlaxoSmithKline and is responsible for building strategic organizational capabilities, platforms, data assets and processes that leverage data in support of R&D.

Prior to GSK, Chuck was responsible for the Data Analytics team at Samsung Electronics America where he focused on establishing analytical capabilities to support decision making for Marketing, Product Development, Customer Loyalty, Customer Service, eCommerce and Retail Sales.

Chuck also spent seventeen years with IBM as an executive consultant and Partner in the Business Analytics and Optimization consulting practice. During that time, he helped to establish the business analytics competency, led dozens of data and analytical engagement teams and was responsible for the delivery of numerous innovative Data solutions.

Michael StonebrakerMichael Stonebraker

Co-Founder and CTO

Michael Stonebraker has been a pioneer of database research and technology for more than 40 years, and is the author of scores of papers in this area. Before joining CSAIL in 2001, he was a professor of computer science at the University of California Berkeley for 29 years. While at Berkeley, he was the main architect of the INGRES relational DBMS; the object-relational DBMS POSTGRES; and the federated data system Mariposa. After joining MIT, he was the principal architect of C-Store (a column store commercialized by Vertica), H-Store, a main memory OLTP engine (commercialized by VoltDB), and SciDB (an array engine commercialized by Paradigm4). In addition, he has started three other companies in the big data space, including Tamr, oriented toward scalable data integration. He also co-founded the Intel Science and Technology Center for Big Data, based at MIT CSAIL.

Derek Strauss

Founder, CEO and Principal Consultant

Founder, CEO and Principal Consultant of Gavroshe. Former Chief Data Officer at TD Ameritrade for approximately 5 years; was responsible for Data Governance, Data Science & Advanced Analytics, Data Architecture & Management, and Development and Maintenance of Enterprise-class Data Assets. A career of over 3 decades, mainly in the Data Management and Information Resource Management (IRM) fields. Established Office of the CDO, Data Resource Management, Architecture and IRM Functions in multiple large Corporations. Established and managed numerous enterprise programs and initiatives in the domains of Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Data Quality Improvement, and IRM. Bill Inmon’s Corporate Information Factory and John Zachman’s Enterprise Architecture Framework have been the foundational cornerstones of the above work. Served as VP Programs for DAMA SW Ohio. Active member of MIT’s Chief Data Officer Roundtable and Forum, and Founding Member of the International Society of Chief Data Officers. Co-authored “DW 2.0: The Architecture for the Next Generation of Data Warehousing” Inmon, Strauss and Neushloss (Book published 2008 by Morgan Kaufman, Series in Data Management Systems).


Colonel Nevin “Mustang” Taylor is a decorated combat veteran with a distinguished 32-year military career that includes leading one of the nation’s largest logistical activities following the initial cessation of hostilities in Iraq. An Air Force Senior Officer with a decade of command time, he has served as the Sr. IMA to the Deputy Under Secretary Policy Integration and Chief of Staff, Military Advisor to both the Under Secretary of Defense Policy and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During his tenure, he has chaired the Strategic Advisory Board for USAF Task Force Cyber, and led the DoD CIO’s Enterprise Services and Data Panel Tiger Team Enterprise Search and Catalog. An innovative leader and seasoned data, cyber, and space professional in corporate, public and military service, he has relocated two Air Wings, built an air base, and oversaw the standup of the first space communications squadron coupled with the nation’s only Joint Space Operations Center. He has served as the Deputy Regional Director Liaison Officer Air Force Academy, Honor Guard Commander for President Ronald Reagan at his Presidential Library, Naval Destroyer modernization technologist, Cyber Subject Matter Expert underway onboard the USS Carl Vinson and Deputy Director Warfighter Integration Senior Executive Service bridge. He is currently the Co-Chair of the United States Data Cabinet and their four working groups; Policy, Governance, Talent, and Analytics as well as the NSTC’s Data Science Interagency Working Group. As a reservist, Colonel Taylor serves on the Air Staff as the Air Force Deputy Chief Data Officer, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Special Programs, and Cyberspace Strategy and Policy IMA. A published author, he is currently working to support the development of a strategic framework to operationalize a data driven organization. Additionally, he is one of the founders of the Secretary of the Air Force’s AFWERX innovative initiative to transform and modernize their ability to Fly, Fight and Win our Nation’s Wars. A Harvard University National and International Security and Senior Executive fellow as well as a Cyber Policy credentialed professional he is one of MIT’s Big Data and Social Analytics credentialed expert and technology anti-tamper professional. A National Defense University Credentialed Chief Information Officer and lecturer of “The Power of Information.” This Georgetown University’s Transformational Leadership alumni serves as the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute orator lecturing on “Leaders Inspire T.H.E.M.” This credentialed Stanford University’s Strategic Decisions Management and Oxford University Planning Foresight, Innovation, Knowledge, and Change Management certified professional has served as the White House international visionary on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and national lead for the Camp David Summit on developing a data driven organization.

David TesterDavid Tester

Head of Data Science and Engineering

David Tester is the Head of Data Science and Engineering at Sanofi – where he is building a team of world-class data scientists and engineers to solve complex “big data” and machine learning problems across all segments of the company. This brings him and his team into contact with a wide range of biopharma domain challenges and computing techniques.

David was previously at Google/Verily where he led or contributed to several projects including causal modelling of clinical data and many projects in cloud-based genomics. Some of these were developed in conjunction with the Broad Institute where he was a visiting researcher.

Prior to Google he worked at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research where he led the integration of genomic data, other ‘omics data, and complex phenotypes into a scalable knowledge graph comprising trillions of edges. David’s deepest interests include large-scale computing, causal inference, and genomics. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois, Oxford University, Johns Hopkins University, and is based in Cambridge, MA.

Asim TewaryAsim Tewary

Head of Data Science & Advanced Analytics

Asim Tewary is the Enterprise Head of Data Science & Analytics at Verizon driving revenue growth, churn mitigation, digital transformation, and data monetization for $120 Billion business across Wireless, FIOS, IoT, and enterprise businesses across 130+ Million customer base.

His current focus is building cognitive self-learning capabilities to augment employee intelligence (digital employee) and personalize customer experience across channel using customer DNA and propensities derived by deep learning algorithms.

Asim manages 350+ full time employees in United States as well as in India. His responsibilities extend across all aspects of Data Investment, Management, and Monetization including Budgeting, Infrastructure & Operations, Governance, Business Intelligence, Data Science & Advanced Analytics, and End-to-End Solutions Design & Implementation.

Prior to joining Verizon, he was Managing Director for PwC’s Financial Services Analytics practice across banking, capital markets, insurance, risk, and asset management business and Chief Data Officer at AIG. He has over 20 years of experience and has held senior leadership positions managing analytics organizations at Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and other financial services companies.

Charles ThomasCharles Thomas

Chief Data and Analytics Officer
General Motors

A. Charles Thomas is the newly appointed Chief Data and Analytics Officer at General Motors. Reporting to Alan Batey, President GM North America, Charles has Global, Enterprise accountability for, in the words of Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, “further strengthen[ing] a data science and analytics culture at General Motors… play[ing] a crucial role in GM’s digital transformation, and ensur[ing] GM customer, corporate and business data are managed as a strategic asset.” He will partner with the business and IT to accomplish these goals for the company.

Charles is an Enterprise Data and Analytics leader who maximizes the impact Data & Insights have on business results, operational efficiency & effectiveness, and fact-based cultural change. A three-time Chief in the data domain, he’s led these efforts for brands such as HP, USAA, and Wells Fargo.

He has expertise leveraging data to drive strategy across B2B and B2C segments, digital and traditional routes to market, multiple regions, and industry verticals such as energy, high-tech, pharma, retail, and financial services.

Charles is committed to increasing the role of “Activist Analysts” in organizations, and driving a diversity and inclusion agenda in technology, particularly in the Data Sciences. He sits on the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Information advisory panel, and consults to numerous programs across the country.

He holds a PhD in Sociology (Organizational Behavior and Quantitative Methods) from Yale University, is headquartered in Detroit, and lives in Austin with his wife and two children.

James Tyo

Vice President, Chief Data Officer

James (Jim) Tyo is the enterprise Chief Data Officer for Nationwide. He is responsible for overall strategic vision, planning, execution and management of all activities related to operation of the Enterprise Data Office (EDO) for Nationwide. With the overarching goal of providing trusted data services for business optimization, they own and deliver on the data and analytics strategy by enabling alignment of needs, skills, and governance across the lifecycle of solutions through improved data accessibility and analytic capabilities. They are the champions of data as a strategic asset to challenge and improve current products, services and processes. Jim formerly worked at BB&T; one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S., where he was their first enterprise CDO, and USAA; a member-owned association dedicated to providing financial services to the military community and their families, where he began their first Chief Data Office. Prior to USAA, Jim held senior positions within GE Capital and Key Bank.

Eric VanderburgEric Vanderburg

Vice President of Cybersecurity
Technology Concepts and Design Inc.

Eric Vanderburg is the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI where he and his cybersecurity team protect companies from cyber threats, investigate data breaches, and provide guidance on security governance and compliance. Vanderburg has an MBA from Kent State University and several undergraduate degrees. He has also obtained over 40 security and technology certifications.

Vanderburg is a well-known author, blogger, and a thought leader. He is best known for his insight on cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and storage and has published books on storage networking and cloud computing. Vanderburg is passionate about sharing cybersecurity and technology news, insights and best practices. He regularly presents on security topics and publishes insightful articles. You can find him throughout the day posting valuable and informative content on his social media channels.

Gerard VerweijGerard Verweij

Global Data and Analytics Leader

Gerard Verweij is the Global Data and Analytics Leader for PwC. In his leadership role Gerard is responsible for driving the strategy and direction for PwC’s Data and Analytics capabilities across all of our businesses with a focus on helping clients with all data and analytics challenges as well as embedding data and analytics in everything we do.

Prior to this title, Gerard was PwC’s Technology Consulting Leader responsible for the US, Japan, Hong Kong/China and Mexico, a member of the US Advisory Leadership team and the US Extended Leadership team. He continues to serve several of the firm’s key clients particularly in the Retail and Consumer Goods industry and also leads several technology enabled transformation engagements.

Most recently, Gerard led the PwC US Alliances and Channels program in addition to leading the Global Oracle alliance. In these roles he was responsible for strengthening PwC’s major alliances to drive growth across the firm and specific to Oracle, he was responsible worldwide for all Oracle solutions and services as well as the Oracle relationship and practice. In the past, Gerard has acted as the US Advisory CIO for PwC with the responsibility for overseeing the Advisory IT organization and the development, maintenance and support of the Advisory-specific technology products and solutions.

Gerard has over 28 years of experience and is trained in Business Applications, Information Systems, Information Security, Information Management and IT auditing. Gerard has been IT-auditor, consultant and project manager for global clients in a wide variety of industries, including Retail, Technology, Financial Services, Consumer Goods, Industrial Manufacturing, Healthcare and Utilities. He possesses extensive knowledge and expertise in leading and supporting large enterprise projects for global organizations, such as Technology Enabled Business Transformation, Cyber Security projects, global strategic sourcing projects, as well as year 2000 and Euro conversion projects.

Gerard has an IT Auditing degree from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and holds a B.S. in Business Information Systems. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a Certified Information Security Manager and he is also an IAAP member.

Maria Villar

Head of Enterprise Data Transformation

Maria Villar is Head of Enterprise Data Transformation. In this role, she advises SAP customer’s on the crucial role of data management in the digital transformation, leveraging our internal best practices, to assist our customer’s implementation.

She reports into SAP’s NA Chief Innovation Officer. Maria joined SAP in 2009, following a 15 year career as a respected practitioner, author, trainer and consultant in helping major companies build and execute enterprise strategies in Enterprise Information Management.

Over the last 7 years, she’s built SAP’s internal data management program, reporting to SAP’s COO. SAP’s approach to managing its most critical master data is a successful, business led program with over € 70 Euro benefit since inception. These data management capabilities are foundational to our ability to analyze and predict our operational metrics with the Digital Boardroom and our internal process transformation to become a cloud company powered by S4 Hana.

In addition to the business value realized internally, SAP’s data management program has been recognized externally with 3 industry awards.

In addition to her SAP experience, Maria has built data management organizations in 2 other companies in the financial services and the technology industry.

She has authored a book, “Managing your Business Data from Chaos to Confidence.” Also, published 2 online classes and numerous articles, most recently “Time to Level Up: The Evolving role of the Chief Data Officer”

Burt WalshBurt Walsh

Chief Data Officer
Florida Agency for State Technology

Burt Walsh brings over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry in various technical and management roles. He has extensive knowledge of programming languages, enterprise systems, technology frameworks, data conversion, operating systems and design methodologies.

Prior to joining AST, Burt served as Development Lead – Cloud Services with Amazon Web Services and Principal Software Engineer with Computer Science Corporation. Some of his previous roles include Lead Architect with the Office of Early Learning, Lead Architect/Project Manager with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and various roles with Bank of America.

Burt holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Florida State University and a Master of Science in Computer Science.

Bill Winkler

Chief Technology Officer
Global IDs

Bill Winkler is Chief Technology Officer at Global IDs, a firm specializing in building large scale data management and governance tools. Mr. Winkler’s IT career spans over 35 years. He has been involved with large scale data and systems integration, rationalization, merger and divestiture projects in the Telco industry for the last two decades. He was a lead principle data architect at AT&T, working as a specialist on service oriented and distributed systems architectures. Mr. Winkler designed and implemented some of the first real-time customer data integration services at SBC, linking customer, product, and location information across former Southwestern, Pacific and Nevada Bell application databases. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and a masters in distributed information processing from Webster University. ”

Barbara WixomDr. Barbara Wixom

Principal Research Scientist
MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research

Barbara Wixom is a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). MIT CISR was established in 1974 as a non-profit research group, and it currently is funded by 100 corporate sponsors and patrons. The center undertakes practical research on how firms generate business value from digitization. Barbara’s work focuses on how organizations effectively deliver value from their information assets.

Since the mid–90’s, Barbara has deeply explored data warehousing, business intelligence, analytics, and big data. She is a leading academic scholar, publishing in such journals as Information Systems Research; MIT Sloan Management Review; MIS Quarterly; and MIS Quarterly Executive. Barbara presents her work globally to academic and business audiences.

Lin Zhang

Lin Zhang, a Washingtonian since 1995, is an electrical engineer by training and has worked in technology fields such as system engineering, application design, data architecture, and solution deployment for both private industry and the Federal Government. Lin is extremely passionate about data, not only for what data can tell us, but also for the things data can help us to accomplish. Lin is currently working with the twelve bureaus and offices that make up the U.S. Department of the Interior on Data Resource Management and Open Data, and leads the Data Governance Working Group for the U.S. Data Cabinet. Lin’s favorite quote is by William Bruce Cameron but is frequently attributed to Albert Einstein: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and Not everything that counts can be counted. “