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An accomplished and results driven technology executive, Cheryl has built high performing, global product and technology teams that have created some of the web’s most innovative, popular and award-winning consumer experiences, and has spearheaded transformational change within organizations to drive business results at-scale.
As SVP New Businesses & Emerging Tech for Walmart Global Tech, Cheryl leads a team of technologists with a mission to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts by delivering value, speed, efficiencies and operational excellence for retail and emerging tech capabilities.
Prior to Walmart, Cheryl was COO of D2L, a software-as-a-service organization that works with schools and businesses to help transform the way the world learns. There, she was responsible for all product management, development, delivery and support functions for the company’s industry leading Brightspace cloud-based learning management system.
Previously, Cheryl was SVP of Product Development at Intuit, where she led the development of the company’s platforms and core services for four years. Before joining Intuit, Cheryl spent eight years at Yahoo! where she was SVP for global service engineering, leading the teams that managed the company’s applications in production worldwide. In addition, she led the teams that developed and managed the media products reaching more than 70 million people worldwide. She also spent 15 years in technical leadership positions at companies including Broderbund Software, Genealogy.com, Healtheon/WebMD, Informix Software and Impac Medical Systems.
Cheryl is a recipient of the YMCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award, which recognizes women who have excelled in their fields and made significant contributions to industry in executive, managerial and professional roles. Cheryl was also a recipient of the 2013 Intuit CEO Leadership Award. She has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University – Leavey School of Business.
Vittorio Cretella is P&G’s Chief Information Officer, responsible for every aspect of P&G’s ongoing
IT and Digital transformation. He is an experienced IT leader who is passionate about driving
technology change to deliver business value.
In his 26 year career with Mars, Inc., where he held the Global CTO and Global CIO positions,
Vittorio led and transformed the IT function by developing talent and capabilities, consolidating
and streamlining the organization, and adopting cloud and Agile to increase flexibility and
He led numerous waves of digital transformation throughout a diverse and global business,
championing the concept of data as an essential asset for future growth, while leading the IT
dimension of several large scale mergers, acquisitions, and restructuring initiatives.
Vittorio served as advisor to Fortune 500 global companies on digital transformation roadmaps
and evolution of IT capabilities. He is a member of the Board of Directors at NPower , and serves
on the Growth Advisory Board of Tricentis
Kent Helfrich was appointed Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Global Research and Development for General Motors and President, GM Ventures on August 1, 2021. In these roles, Helfrich is responsible for innovation and technology solutions in the development of GM vehicles.
Helfrich previously was GM’s executive director of Global Electrification and Battery Systems, responsible for GM electrified vehicle hardware development and the overall electric vehicle propulsion calibration and driving performance.
Prior to re-joining GM in November 2016, Helfrich was vice president and CTO at Flex Automotive, splitting his time between Detroit and Silicon Valley.
In earlier GM positions, Helfrich was executive director and global functional leader for Vehicle Electrical Systems and executive director of Electronic Controls and Software for Powertrain and Vehicle systems. Between these two roles, Helfrich was globally responsible for all unstyled electrical systems in the vehicle, as well as defining electrical architecture and software architecture strategies.
Helfrich earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Dr Tolga Kurtoglu is HP’s Chief Technology Officer and Global Head of HP Labs. In this role, Tolga leads HP Labs, one of the world’s most preeminent and seasoned industrial research laboratories, committed to cutting-edge research and innovation. He leads the company’s technology strategy and engagement with the technical and scientific communities.
Tolga is a technology executive with a long track record of success spanning research and development, business strategy and technology commercialization. He is the former CEO of Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a renowned scientific research and open innovation company that brings leading scientists, engineers and designers together to explore emerging areas of science and technology.
Tolga was previously the Head of Global Research at Xerox, where he oversaw the company’s research centers and distributed advanced technology and engineering teams.
Tolga has a wealth of research experience, including numerous patents and publications in the fields of automation and machine intelligence, fault tolerant system design, and 3D/digital manufacturing.
As Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer for the NBA, Krishna Bhagavathula is responsible for leading the league’s Information Technology department. He leads efforts to further strengthen the NBA’s technology strategy and vision, delivering best-in-class applications, systems and infrastructure to support the league and its 30 teams.
Prior to joining the NBA in September 2017, Bhagavathula served as Chief Technology Officer for NBC News Digital, where he led their technology team with a focus on developing web and mobile platforms and products for NBCNews.com, MSNBC and shows including TODAY, Nightly News and Meet The Press. Before joining NBC News in 2013, he spent eight years with WebMD Health, most significantly as Vice President of Engineering, where he led development teams responsible for WebMD’s internet properties, mobile applications, content management and search/discovery platforms.
Bhagavathula has also held management consulting positions with BearingPoint, IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers after starting his career as a software developer at Convergys. He has extensive experience driving technology strategy as well as leading and implementing business and technology solutions across a wide range of organizations, from startups to multi-billion dollar corporations.
Bhagavathula received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He lives in Short Hills, N.J., with his wife and two daughters.
Kirsten Davies currently works as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Unilever. Davies was previously CISO at the Estée Lauder group. An experienced security leader, she has previously led the security function at Siemens, HPE, and more recently, Barclays Africa – where she designed and led the Converged Security function for Barclays Africa (now known as Absa) amidst the bank’s complex separation from Barclays PLC.
Davies also established Barclays’ Converged Security Academy, which guided applicants through a 14-week immersion course to re-skill them for entry level cybersecurity positions – with training spanning cybersecurity, information security, fraud defence, physical and executive security, and forensics/investigations.
Prior to her role with Barclays, Kirsten Davies served in two capacities at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE): VP & Deputy CISO, and VP for Enterprise Security Strategy, heading up one of four worldwide, strategic customer-facing areas for HPE. During her tenure with HPE, she achieved the first-ever Cyber Security Master Agreement with the German Workers Council, now replicated across HPE’s 20+ Works Councils in EMEA.
A specialist in guiding large-scale global transformation programs focused on cyber and information security, technology, business process, and organisational transformation, Kirsten Davies joins as Unilever CISO as the €50 billion by annual revenues consumer goods company goes through a sweeping digital transformation.
Brett Craig is executive vice president and chief information officer for Target and a member of its leadership team. He leads the strategic direction and management of the enterprise technology systems that elevate Target’s guest and team member experience. In this role, Brett is responsible for the company’s technology roadmap and oversees Target’s global product engineering, infrastructure, cybersecurity, data sciences, and architecture teams.
Brett joined Target in 2008 and has held a variety of leadership roles across the company. Prior to his promotion to chief information officer in 2022, Brett was senior vice president of Target’s digital team. He oversaw the site merchandising, digital solutions, product and user experience functions, and led the teams responsible for Target’s differentiated digital shopping experience. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of merchandising capabilities and spent ten years on Target’s technology team. Before joining Target, Brett worked at The Hartford Financial Services Group.
Brett earned his B.S. in Management from Cardinal Stritch University. He currently serves on the board of directors for Baxter Credit Union.
Ron Kim is a technology leader who has achieved executive success in all arenas from Corporate Fortune 100 to Silicon Valley private equity to global “Big 5” consulting. Ron is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Merck, a $45B global Pharmaceutical leader. Ron joined Merck in August 2020 and his role is to “SUPERCHARGE” IT efforts to drive the best business outcomes. Ron focuses on game-changing technology initiatives in the areas of data and analytics, AI/ML, automation, journey to cloud, innovation and enterprise architecture.
Prior to joining Merck, Ron was the CIO/CTO/CISO expert advisor for TPG Global, one of the nation’s leading private equity firms with a $120B portfolio of 100+ companies. In this role Ron drove technology activities for acquisitions, mergers and carve-outs in a portfolio that included J. Crew, IQVIA, Cirque du Soleil, Caesar’s Palace/Entertainment, McAfee, Rodan and Fields, Life Time Fitness and many others. Before joining TPG in 2015, Ron was the Chief Information Officer of the $18B Exelon Utilities business, the largest set of energy utilities in the U.S. Prior to joining Exelon, Ron spent the first 17 years of his career at Accenture, where he was a Partner in their Technology Consulting practice driving technology solutions and innovation for various Fortune 500 companies.
Ron attended the University of Michigan for both his undergraduate computer science degree as well as his MBA from the university’s Ross School of Business.
John Roese is Global Chief Technology Officer at Dell Technologies. In this role, John is responsible for establishing the company’s future-looking technology strategy and fostering innovation to make sure Dell Technologies is at the forefront of the industry with ground-breaking technologies that anticipate customers’ long-term needs today, tomorrow and beyond.
John joined Dell EMC in 2012 and was instrumental in shaping Dell EMC’s technology strategy as the company embarked on new growth and leadership across three of the most transformative trends in the history of IT – Cloud, Big Data and Trusted IT.
Prior to joining Dell EMC, John was the CTO, GM, and leader of several technology companies including Nortel, Broadcom, Futurewei, Enterasys, and Cabletron systems. In addition to his roles as CTO, John has been a Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Information Officer in publicly traded companies.
John is a published author and holds more than 20 pending and granted patents in areas such as policy-based networking, location-based services, and security. John has been active in numerous boards, including ATIS, OLPC, Blade Networks, Pingtel, Bering Media, and the Cloud Foundry Foundation. He currently serves as a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council, NYU Wireless Industry Advisory Board, and the Purdue Research Foundation / Purdue University Lab to Life Technology Leaders Advisory Board.
Mark Papermaster is Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Technology and Engineering responsible for Advanced Micro Devices’ (AMD) technical direction and product development including microprocessor design, I/O and memory, system-on-chip (SOC) methodology, and advanced research. He led the re-design of engineering processes at AMD and the development of the award-winning “Zen” high-performance x86 CPU family, high-performance GPUs and the company’s modular design approach, Infinity Architecture. He also oversees Information Technology (IT) that delivers AMD’s compute infrastructure and services.
His 40 years of engineering experience includes significant leadership roles managing the development of a wide range of products, from microprocessors to mobile devices and high-performance servers. Before joining AMD in October 2011 as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Papermaster was the leader of Cisco’s Silicon Engineering Group, Apple Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering for iPod and iPhone and held multiple IBM roles in technology and server development.
Papermaster received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and master’s degree from the University of Vermont, both in Electrical Engineering. He is a member of the Global Semiconductor Alliance Board of Directors, IEEE Industry Advisory Board, University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board, and most recently the Purdue University Semiconductor Degrees Leadership Board.
Julie Durham is a Chief Technology Officer at UnitedHealthCare, where she is responsible for the strategy and execution of $3.5B of technology investments that drive the company’s revenue globally.
Prior to her current role, Julie was the CIO for Optum Payment Integrity and Optum Connect, serving on the senior pursuit team that led the M&A integration of Equian for $3.2B. She also worked as a Senior Director, IT Geek Squad and Services at BestBuy, accountable for all aspects of technology for 20,000 members of different teams.
Julie is also a Board Member of the Minnesota Technology Association, which is serving as a unifying voice and trusted convener for technology-driven companies in Minnesota.
Neeru is currently SVP, CIO for Volkswagen Credit Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America, where she is leading a complete business and technology transformation. She is an enterprising and progressively minded information technology and business executive who has served as an industry leader for over 20 years.
Mike was appointed Takeda’s first Chief Digital Trust Officer in April 2022, since joining as Chief Information Security Officer in August 2018. Mike is accountable to ensure Takeda meets its critically important security and trust responsibilities, as deeply embedded and as consistently as possible, in a rapidly disruptive landscape of data, digital and technology innovation across healthcare. Data and digital aspirations across life sciences present new challenges across privacy, security, ethical, and reputational risk areas. Digital Trust capabilities, platforms, and services will be expanded to reflect this critical shift in business strategy. Data, digital and cloud centricity underscores all parts of the biopharmaceutical value chain; Mike and his team are evolving to ensure the focus of protection extends to enabling and assuring Trust and Resiliency. As healthcare continues to extend data and digital products to providers, patients, donors, and other external stakeholders, the “users” will number in the tens of millions. Trust and reputation will be directly linked to these digital engagements.
Prior to joining Takeda, Mike was CISO at Allergan plc and before that, VP, Information Security Assurance at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). He has led due diligence and integration efforts for more than 50 acquisition and divesture transactions throughout his career, including four major acquisitions and one significant divestiture each valued at more than $40 billion.
Mike was enshrined into the CSO Hall of Fame in 2021, recognized within HMG Strategy’s 2020 Global Technology Executives That Matter and 2019’s 100 Technology Executives to Watch and was awarded Information Security Executive of the Year within the Northeast region and Healthcare industry in 2020 and 2015. He is a regular speaker, author, and expert panelist on digital trust, information risk, healthcare resiliency and cybersecurity. Mike passionately advocates cross-industry sharing and collaboration and has served on the Board of Directors for the Health Information Security & Analysis Center (H-ISAC) since 2017. Mike is a venture capital Board Advisor for Cyberstarts, and sits on the executive advisory boards for Okta, Armis and Palo Alto.
Mike holds an MBA from St. Joseph’s University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Mike splits his time between his home office in Cambridge, MA USA, and offices in Zurich and Tokyo.
Karl Weiss is a senior vice president of Caterpillar Inc. with responsibility for the Integrated Components and Solutions Division and Chief Technology Officer.
Since joining Caterpillar in 1988, he has had various assignments within product development at Caterpillar’s Decatur, Joliet, and Aurora facilities, primarily focused on large machine structural design. Weiss subsequently transferred to Geneva, Switzerland, with Caterpillar Global Mining as an Equipment Management Consultant serving mining customers and dealers in Europe and Africa. He then became the Large Wheel Loader New Product Introduction Manager in Aurora, Ill. He and his family then moved to Beijing, China, for four years where Weiss served as the Wheel Loader Product Manager for the Asia Pacific Region. In that role he managed the integration of Shandong Engineering Machinery (SEM) as Caterpillar’s entry into the China Wheel Loader market. Weiss served as the worldwide product manager for Medium Wheel Loaders in Aurora. In 2013, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Weiss vice president of the Earthmoving Division. He was then named vice president of Material Handling & Underground in August of 2017 and vice president of the Innovation & Technology Development Division and Chief Technology Officer in May of 2019.
Weiss, a native of Hagerstown, Indiana, graduated from Purdue University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural engineering. He received a MBA from Northern Illinois University in 1999.
Brian Tilzer is the chief digital, analytics and technology officer for Best Buy Co. Inc. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of information technology and digital at Best Buy to create a seamless and superior multichannel customer experience in support of the company’s Best Buy 2020 growth strategy. He also leads Best Buy’s enterprise data and analytics capability.
With more than 25 years of experience in strategic business development, operations and information technology, Brian has deep expertise in understanding, defining and delivering the technology necessary to provide a superior customer experience in a multichannel environment.
Prior to joining Best Buy in 2018, Brian served as chief digital officer at CVS Health, the largest pharmacy health care provider in the U.S. He also has served as senior vice president of e-commerce for Staples and senior vice president of strategy and business development for Linens ’n Things. Before that, he held leadership roles with Accenture, including helping Best Buy with several growth and performance-improvement programs.
Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the board of directors for Signet Jewelers, the largest retail jewelry chain in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom.
Dalia Powers is a technology executive focused on transforming organizations in Digital, Analytics, Data and core technology. Sets strategy, and drives results across industries including creating innovative digital products powered by AI/ML that reimagine customer experiences. She is experienced in leading global organizations of ~1,800 resources and ~$307M annual budget. An authentic and trusted leader who is passionate about developing and empowering the next generation of executives, Dalia is recognized for accelerating Agile Transformation, Cloud adoption, encouraging innovation, improving delivery and enhancing quality. Energetic leader with a broad perspective and deep technical roots.
Sheila Jordan is Honeywell’s Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Technology Officer. In this role, she is responsible for all digital transformation efforts across the company, including transformation platform construction and adoption, and delivering value across Enterprise Data activities.
In addition, she has broad oversight and responsibility for IT infrastructure, end user support, the more than 100 services delivered through applications, and the expansion of software development to support Honeywell’s digital initiatives and go-to-market offerings.
Before Honeywell, Sheila was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Symantec, where she was responsible for Symantec’s IT strategy and operations. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President of Communication & Collaboration IT at Cisco Systems. Sheila also worked for Walt Disney World, where she was the Senior Vice President of Destination Disney.
Sheila is the recipient of multiple industry awards and recognitions, including being named one of the 2022 Top 100 Women in Technology by Technology Magazine and a 2019 Women of Influence from Silicon Valley Business Journal. Sheila was also recognized as one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Cybersecurity in 2019 by The Software Report.
Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology. She is also the author of You are NOT Ruining Your Kids: A Positive Perspective on the Working Mom.
As Chief Digital Officer and CIO, Jen Felch drives the strategy, direction and delivery for Dell Digital while leading the transformation and adoption of digital technologies across Dell.
Jen’s position combines the traditional roles and responsibilities of a CIO, along with the emerging role of change agent for digital transformation. She leads the organization in the Dell Digital Way – a simplified and innovative approach to quickly introducing new products and capabilities that provide Dell with an unrivaled competitive edge.
Prior to her current role, Jen was a senior vice president in the Office of the CIO, leading corporate supply chain, IT strategy and business operations. Before that, Jen dramatically improved the order experience for businesses throughout Dell and held several global business architecture, supply chain and factory operations roles. Prior to joining Dell, she held a variety of engineering and leadership roles at Boeing, Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), and successful software startups.
Jen has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and is an alumnus of the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MIT, where she earned her MBA and an MS in Computer Science.
As the Head of Digital Transformation and IT – R&D, Amanda is responsible for the co-creation of R&D digital strategy to transform product design and development using advanced analytics and automation and maximize product value through improved product characterization and performance. She and her team partner with stakeholders in IT and R&D to ensure orchestrated delivery of a technology platform across software, data assets, and analytics that enables connected decision making and accelerates product delivery from the lab, greenhouse, or field. Amanda is also a member of both the Crop Science IT Leadership Team and Research & Development (R&D) Leadership Team.
Previously, Amanda served as VP Head of Trait and Pipeline Delivery in R&D Breeding, where she was responsible for the early development of new seed and trait products in row crops and the production of seed for testing. In this role, her team also created best-in-class global planning and logistics capabilities for breeding operations and developed global protected culture facilities to improve product delivery. Throughout her tenure at Bayer, Amanda has played various critical roles in R&D, such as helping to develop new high-throughput genotyping platforms and elucidating the mode of action of trait product concepts.
Amanda has a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. from Duke University in Biochemistry. Amanda is actively involved in the St. Louis community as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Guardian Angel Settlement Association. She is passionate about people development and enjoys coaching through various business resource networks both within and outside of Bayer.
Jeremy Legg, Chief Technology Officer – AT&T oversees the technology organizations for Business, Consumer, Data & Analytics, IT & Cloud, Network Architecture & AT&T Labs, Security and New Product Development.
Jeremy’s AT&T Technology Services (ATS) organization is helping AT&T modernize its legacy IT infrastructure and migrate as much of it as possible to the cloud while retiring outdated systems. In addition, Jeremy’s team also includes network, business and consumer technology platforms as well as experts developing new products and services built on AT&T’s leading-edge 5G and fiber connectivity.
ATS also includes AT&T’s chief data office and chief security office, as artificial intelligence and machine learning make customers and employees more efficient and innovative, while security is vital in a connected world of constantly evolving threats.
Prior to joining AT&T in June 2020, Jeremy was executive vice president and CTO for WarnerMedia, responsible for all technology strategy, development and operations, as well as the technology development of the video streaming platform HBO Max.
He previously served as the executive vice president and CTO for Turner, where he was responsible for the overall technology strategy and all aspects of Turner’s linear and digital technologies and resources.
Before that he led technology strategy and product monetization for TBS, Inc. and as the former senior vice president of business development and multi-platform distribution for TBS, Inc., Jeremy oversaw TV Everywhere and all non-linear and product distribution and strategy across broadband, iTV and wireless. He has also held management positions at AOL, Oracle and Accenture.
Jeremy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Brown University. He serves on the Customer Advisory Boards for Microsoft & IBM and is a regular speaker and panelist at events such as CES and other industry events. He is recognized as one of the top 50 tech leaders on Forbes CIO Next 2022 and received Broadcasting & Cable’s Technology Leadership Award in 2016.
Juan Jose Pajon is the Business Technology Global Senior at Grupo Bimbo, where he has been recognized as Mexico CIO of the Year in 2021 and one to the Top Ten Influencers in Latin America for Digital Transformation. He is one of the leaders responsible for GB’s digital transformation globally, where he leads Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, Apps and Cloud.
Prior to this role, he was CIO Global Operations IT Latin America for GE, where he was responsible for the digital transformation of General Electric´s Shared Service Center for Latin America and Corporate IT lead for the region. Previously, he led the Apps Globalizations team at Oracle for Latin America working directly with the ERP development’s team to ensure market competitiveness.
He has also extensive experience in relevant topics such as ERP, Applications, Blockchain, and recently, in all Web3 technologies including Metaverse. He currently gives CIO Certification classes in one of the most prestigious universities in Mexico.
Juan Jose earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the University of Buenos Aires, and a General Management certification degree at IPADE Business School (including a Stanford Graduate School of Business General Management certification).
He was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and resides in Mexico City with his wife Laura and his children Juan Cruz and Lara. He is also an avid Boca Juniors’ fan.
Andrew Stanley is a seasoned technology executive who has spent 25 years across multiple industries building strong teams, driving transformation programs, and delivering novel solutions to difficult technology problems. He is continuously recognized by his teams as a strong, engaged leader who
empowers his teams to decide and succeed.
Since early 2022, Andrew Stanley has served as the Chief Information Security Officer & Global Digital Operations VP for Mars, Incorporated, a $45B global consumer goods, Petcare, veterinary health, and personal health device company headquartered in McLean, VA.
Mr. Stanley initially joined Mars, Incorporated in 2017 as the Chief Information Security Officer brining a deep background in cybersecurity, which started in his pre-university years designing cryptographic algorithms and conducting independent security research. More recently he has expanded his role to integrate the pre-existing IT Core Services organization with Cybersecurity under his leadership. This new organization, entitled Global Digital Operations, is responsible for the development, deployment, and operation of all digital services across Infrastructure, Applications, and Cybersecurity for Mars, Incorporated. In addition, it houses the digital Compliance and Assurance function.
His current work spans technology leadership, corporate strategy, and government/diplomatic affairs. During his time at Mars, Incorporated he has created and lead a transformation of cybersecurity at the company, integrating security from across the enterprise into one security function. By integrating manufacturing, corporate, product, and healthcare operations he has given all stakeholders a holistic view of the challenges the firm faces.
Previously, Andrew worked with the World Economic Forum, the Coalition for Responsible Cybersecurity, and as a CISO Ambassador for the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Stanley is also a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Business, focused on new ways of driving change within large enterprises. Mr. Stanley and his teams led cybersecurity regulatory reform efforts at the local, national, and diplomatic levels; influencing policy in Washington, Brussels, and the United Nations.
Before his current role, Mr. Stanley served as the Chief Information Security Officer for Philips, a $25B, 130,000 employee global healthcare and lighting company headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands. During his time at Philips, he led a complete transformation of cybersecurity, initiating and delivering a two year improvement program that created an enterprise wide information security function. His novel approach created a business and product focused organization underpinned by the fusion of product hardware and software security research, digital and human intelligence, operations, government affairs, and risk management.
Mr. Stanley holds an MBA from the University of Virginia. He was previously a board member for Cloud Nine Rescue, a now closed non-profit emergency air transport service. Additionally, he supports the fundraising efforts of Angel Flight East, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, and the Epilepsy Foundation. He resides in the Boston area and spends his spare time sailing with his family in the Gulf of Maine.
Gregory S. Smith is an internationally recognized IT executive with decades of experience managing complex IT and business systems. Mr. Smith serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the American Kidney Fund in Maryland. Previously, Mr. Smith served in a variety of CIO roles with organizations including the Pew Trusts, ASCD, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Mr. Smith’s for-profit experience includes a decade in U.S. national security, financial services 100 at SallieMae, and consulting experience as a principal consultant in the management consulting group at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Mr. Smith is the honoree of several awards including: SmartCEO magazine’s Top 10 CIOs in the Washington DC area, Computer World’s Premier 100 IT leaders, and CIO magazine’s CIO 100. Mr. Smith was also recognized by CIO Insight magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential CIOs in the United States.
Mr. Smith also serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, graduate programs. Mr. Smith is the recipient of the 2017 and 2022 Tropaia Outstanding Faculty Award for Technology Management at Georgetown University. He has over 20 years of higher education experience teaching the next generation of IT and business leaders.
Nathan Tate, Jr. has had an extensive 40-year career in consulting for commercial Broadcast and Telecommunications businesses. Before accepting the position of Chief Technology Officer at Mississippi Public Broadcasting, he served as Assistant Broadcast Director for Alabama Public Television.
Other notable positions include serving as Chief Engineer of Broadcast One Inc., as well as serving as a professional engineering tutor at J.F. Drake State Community & Technical College. Nathan Also Served as SR Alarms / I&R Technician for the International Communications Group (ICG). Nathan has been notably active in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for over a decade. During his tenure with CAP, he has held various positions such as Wing Transportation Officer, Assistant Wing Logistics Director, Communications Officer, and currently holds the Rank of Captain.
Nathan holds a dual degree in Industrial Electronics and Computer Applications. Nathan is a certified member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, GVF ASPC He is an avid Amateur Radio operator.
Andrea joined McKesson in January 2020 in the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Information officer for McKesson Canada. McKesson Canada plays a pivotal role in the Canadian healthcare supply chain by providing solutions to manufacturers, pharmacies, hospitals and various healthcare institutions who serve the needs of Canadian patients every day. McKesson Canada is the largest pharmaceutical distributor in Canada. It owns and operates 6 retail banners and 2,300 independent community pharmacies. It is also Canada’s leading online destination for health, wellness, beauty and baby products through Well.ca
Prior to joining McKesson, Andrea held the position of Vice-President Information Technology at SNC Lavalin where she was responsible for the IT Application landscape including design engineering solutions. SNC-Lavalin is a leading engineering and construction company employing over 50,000 resources in some 100 countries. She has also held senior roles at Bombardier Aerospace where she lead global technology and business transformations.
Andrea holds a Masters of Business Administration from the John Molson School of Business, Concordia.
Alex Tulchinsky – UNOS Chief Technology Officer since 2014, reports to the CEO and is a member of the UNOS executive team. He leads continued digital transformation of the technologies that match donated organs with patients nationwide, advancement of clinical decision-making through improved information gathering and analytics on organ donors, transplant candidates and recipients. Mr. Tulchinsky champions efforts to consumerize transplant tools and services, dramatically reduce data burden as well as advance secure sharing of clinical information. He partners with technology companies to develop new innovative solutions for the benefit of the transplant community.
Mr. Tulchinsky has over 25 years of technology and executive leadership experience with industry-leading organizations in healthcare, telecommunications, financial services, as well as internet and information services. Before joining UNOS he was Senior Vice President of Infrastructure and Operations at Neustar, Inc., an information services and analytics provider based in Sterling, Va. His prior experience includes technology leadership roles at AOL (formerly America Online, Inc.), MCI Telecommunications, Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation, Citibank and other financial services companies.
Mr. Tulchinsky is a member of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Technology Council and an Advisory Board Member of the Virginia Commonwealth University Information Systems Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer and information sciences from Temple University.
Robert Sheesley is a senior executive leader with experience driving business and technology transformational change and growth across mid-market and global Fortune 100 organizations. He is well known for being a people-focused leader recognized for building teams of experts, cultivating critical mass, and delivering exceptional results. A strategically focused executive who leverages a unique blend of information technology, business architecture, and mergers and acquisitions knowledge and experience to consistently align vision, mission, and strategy. His past responsibilities include leading transformations for scale to achieve measurable business value and navigating starfish and spider organizations with a consistent record of leading from various starting points and translating complex challenges into opportunities.
In his current role as Chief Information Officer of Wrench Group, Robert is responsible for the information, technology and computing platforms enabling and supporting Wrench Group’s enterprise goals and driving technology innovation and the adoption and use of technology across the enterprise to support business expansion, data and information-based decision making and digital transformation to create competitive advantage and drive organic and transactional growth. Robert oversees all information, technology, and systems functions for Wrench Group and its twenty-six brands across twenty-five cities and fourteen states in the United States, serving two million customers.
A United States Marine and Operation Desert Storm Veteran, Robert is a three-time finalist in three separate categories for GeorgiaCIO of The Year and is an active member of the GeorgiaCIO Advisory Board and the Pennsylvania Region 13 Counter Terrorism Task Force. He holds a MBA and Bachelor of Science Degree of Communications from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a Cyber Security Leadership Certification and Enterprise Architecture Certification from Carnegie Mellon University, a TOGAF 9 Enterprise Architecture Certification from The Open Group, a Business Architecture Certification from the Business Architecture Guild, and a Merger and Acquisition Integration Advisor Certificate from Pritchett, LP.
Ms. Guay is Vice President, Technology, Optimization & Innovation. Prior to this role, she was Vice President, Technical Services (2018 – 2022) and has held several other key positions at Agnico Eagle including Senior Corporate Director Technical Services, Corporate Director Business Strategy, Program Manager, Meliadine and Corporate Director, Metallurgy.
Ms. Guay has worked in the mining industry for nearly 25 years and has extensive technical and operational expertise. Prior to returning to Agnico Eagle she worked Coffey Mining in Australia and as a consultant with SNC-Lavalin in Montreal. She also worked with ArcelorMittal as processing plant director for their large open pit iron ore operation and on Cambior’s gold and polymetallic mines.
Ms. Guay holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering (Laval University).
Alexis Bernard has joined Hubbell Incorporated as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In this newly created position, Alexis will lead the Company’s efforts to accelerate technical innovation and growth across all groups, including the expansion of existing product lines and new product development. He will also lead a cross-functional effort to identify and implement process improvements. Alexis will report to President & CEO, Hubbell Incorporated and will be based in the Shelton, CT office.
Alexis’ most recent role was CTO for Knowles Corporation, a $1 billion global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic, specialty components and human interface solutions in the mobile communications, consumer electronics, medical technology, military/space and other industrial end markets. Previously, he served in technology and corporate strategy roles with industry-leading technology companies such as Audience, Nokia and Texas Instruments. In addition to beginning his career as a research scientist and engineer, Alexis spent five years at McKinsey & Company in the firm’s telecom, media and technology practice in New York.
EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS
Alexis earned his BA in philosophy and MS in electrical engineering from Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain, Belgium; and a MS and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from UCLA. He is first author of more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and holds numerous patents in the field of digital signal processing and communication.
Karen is the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Maricopa County. She leads the Office of Enterprise Technology’s (OET) Advanced Services division, which includes Applications Development, Enterprise Application Architecture, Business Analysis, and Database Management. She is an accomplished executive IT Leader with over 20 years of IT experience in both the private and public sectors. In 2018, Karen was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Technology in the Statescoop publication. Since being with County, she has participated as a member of the CivicPlus Customer Advisory Board as well as the Accela Customer Advisory board. Before joining Maricopa County, Karen spent several years with the State of Arizona working in the Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology organization, where she was responsible for services following under the Workplace & Collaboration tools, and Security services portfolio. In addition, Karen has held several executive Vice President Positions for Actuate Corporation, heading up their worldwide professional services organization for three product lines. Karen has also held several VP of Technology positions for American Express in the Merchant Services Technology and IT Operations organization.