CIO & CISO STRATEGY MEETING
Rethink | Adapt | Digitize |Secure
April 23, 2019 | Boston, MA
Nirva Fereshetian, Chief Information Officer, Associate Principal
Nirva Fereshetian is the Chief Information Officer at CBT Architects, Boston based design firm with a diverse practice of national and international projects that range from urban district master planning to large-scale mixed-use developments, hospitality environments, multi-family residential, academic, civic and corporate workplace. She heads the Business Technology, Infrastructure and Digital Design Practice Groups leading VR/AR, Computational Design Research with goals to align technology strategy with business objectives. She has extensive experience efficiently managing projects, delivering on schedule and budget. She has an interdisciplinary background in architecture/construction/technology with capacity to bridge that knowledge to enable informed business decisions.
Nathan McBride, Vice President of Global Information Technology
Starting his career as a Director of Technology for a prestigious boarding school in Western Massachusetts, Nathan went on to lead an IT Team at Transkaryotic Therapies, start a Research and Development division of IT at Cubist Pharmaceuticals, lead a highly innovative Cloud Architects team as the CIO of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc and is currently building out a global IT strategy for Orchard Therapeutics. Having supported multiple commercial drug launches, several transformative acquisitions and with expertise ranging across a wide spectrum of technology and business areas, Nathan has developed multiple successful innovative processes to drive business strategy for both the short and long term.
Vikas Singhvi, Chief Information Officer
Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Vikas Singhvi is Chief Information officer of Harold Grinspoon Foundation. He is responsible for overseeing all aspect of information technology, information security, enterprise systems, data management, compliance, client support services of the foundation. Vikas is leading many technology transformational initiatives such as digital transformation, agile transformation and cybersecurity initiatives at the foundation.
Prior to joining Harold Grinspoon foundation in 2014, Vikas served as Director of Engineering at SS&C technologies managing TNR private equity technology product suite. TNR solution was used by some of the biggest private equity companies, hedge funds and asset managers to manage of over 500B of assets.
Vikas moved to SS&C in 2010 as a part of SS&C’s acquisition of a fintech startup TheNextRound Inc where he held Director of Applications position. Vikas led software development group of TheNextRound through a rapid growth phase and scaled both application suite and development team to support around 250 clients.
Vikas began his career at Patni Computer Systems in India where he provided both offshore and onsite software consulting services to major global corporations.
Vikas holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from MBM Engineering College, Jodhpur, India. He also holds a Certified Alternative Investment Analyst certificate.
Alina Aronova, Vice President of Technology Operations, Chief of Staff for Global Product Technology
Alina Aronova is Chief of Staff for the Global Product Technology organization at Cengage. She is responsible for driving meaningful business transformation and operational maturity through the development and implementation of strategic and tactical initiatives across all functional areas of the technology group. She is also in charge of the management and execution of all activities for the Chief Technology Officer’s Transformation Office and oversees the Program Management Organization and Agile teams.
With a strong track record in business transformation in diverse functional areas, industries, and organizations from start-ups to global enterprises, Alina is committed to tackling the challenges and complications that companies face in a multitude of stages. She has an ability to build actionable and executional workflows to deliver results.
Prior to joining Cengage in 2014, Alina was VP of Process Management for Euro-Pro LLC where she drove new business development, built a center of excellence, and overhauled the talent strategy in the program management function. Prior to Euro-Pro, she spent three years at the John Hancock Life Insurance Company, where she was responsible for ensuring the completion of global regulatory and compliance initiatives, rolling out project management processes and infrastructure and directing global-scale IT projects.
Alina has a reputation amongst her colleagues as a trusted advisor, natural relationship builder and persuasive change evangelist. She holds an MBA from Babson College and a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. She resides in Newton, MA with her husband and two sons.
Katrina K. Jagroop-Gomes, Chief Information Officer
Katrina Jagroop-Gomes is the Chief Information Officer at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Katrina has over 20 years’ experience in both the Public and Private Sectors with expertise in operations, finance, compliance and technology. She has held IT positions in organizations such as WGBH, Suffolk University and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Katrina has worked with business heads to help create business strategies and how best to leverage technology. Re-organized multi-department IT divisions, lead various energy efficient Data Center builds, relocations and consolidations, built and managed high performance IT organizations while driving operational efficiencies and standards.
Katrina earned an MBA in Information Technology from Southern New Hampshire University, a Bachelor of Science in Management from Suffolk University; she is a Certified Scrum Master and is one of the recipients of the 2017 Massachusetts Excellence in Technology, Leader in Digital Government Award. She is an active volunteer in her community with special focus on teenage girls and women at risk, served on the Haverhill Cultural Council and inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Brad Horst, Former Chief Information Officer
EYP Architecture and Engineering, Inc.
Brad is the former CIO for EYP and was responsible for driving the technical and strategic vision of the firm’s IT organization. In addition to IT planning, operations, and administration, he leads technology initiatives related to advancing sustainable design, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and Integrated Project Delivery to support strategic business objectives. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, as a registered architect, Brad enjoys working with project teams and clients to deliver critical technologies to support optimal project outcomes. A speaker and author, his publications include a series for Design Intelligence and an article for the 15th edition of the AIA book, The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice.
Bob Litterer, Vice President, and Chief Information Security Officer
As CISO for Biogen Mr. Litterer is responsible for enterprise information security, risk management and compliance practices across a global organization of +8,000 employees in +30 countries. These practices include responsibility for cyber security operations, strategy and architecture, governance policies and compliance, and risk management practices that protect the interests of patients, employees and other critical stakeholders. Mr. Litterer joined Biogen in 2019 and has over 20 years of Security and IT leadership experience primarily focused in biotech and pharma. Mr. Litterer has an MA in and BA from the University of Minnesota and holds CISSP and CRISC certifications.
Wayne Dunn, Senior Vice President, and Chief Technology Officer
Wayne F. Dunn is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for HarborOne Bank in Brockton, Massachusetts and its wholly owned subsidiary HarborOne Mortgage based in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is responsible for establishing strategic direction and initiatives that will leverage technological investments and provide operational efficiencies throughout the organization. He is also responsible for the development and integration of technology solutions that support the organization’s strategic mission. Mr. Dunn’s accomplishments include developing and directing technology implementation to support the growth from a 1.2 billion dollar in assets credit union to a 3.7 billion in assets public bank with a large and successful mortgage subsidiary. In addition, he has directed the implementation of a cyber-security architecture including firewalls and managed Security Event and Information Management (SEIM). He is responsible for efforts to improve strategic planning through the implementation of an enterprise Business Intelligence platform and dashboard and enterprise CRM.
Arthur F. Ream, Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Director of Applications
Cambridge Health Alliance
Arthur Ream is the Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Information Technology Applications at Cambridge Health Alliance, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has been in healthcare for 15 years in various IT positions at UMass Memorial Healthcare – University of Massachusetts Medical School, Youville Rehabilitation Hospital (Spaulding Rehab Affiliate), and Jewish Memorial Hospital and Rehabilitation. He returned to Boston, accepting a position at Cambridge Health Alliance as a Chief Information Security Officer and Director of IT Applications. He currently holds this dual role overseeing a multi-disciplined team of analyst managing a portfolio of applications, integration and information security for the organization. He is a regular speaker and panelist for Bentley University’s Executive Leadership Program, and International Program with Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Donald Borsay, Business Unit Security Officer
Donald Borsay is a thought leader, consultant, and educator, with over 35 years in IT and 15 years dedicated to IT Security. Prior to coming here to CIO & CISO Strategies Boston, Borsay has spoken at SC Congress, IoT Security Summit, SecureWorld, ISSA, ISACA, and Infragard. Borsay has a diverse industry background, working in insurance, gaming, defense, education, government services, and manufacturing. He is the Business Unit Security Officer (BUSO) at John Hancock and the information security practice leader for Securitybeat Advisors. Previously, Don was president of Infragard Rhode Island the CISO for the Commonwealth’s Executive Office for Labor and Workforce Development.
Tejaswi Rampure, Information Technology Leader
Century 21 Department Stores
IT executive with 20+ years of experience in Manufacturing and Retail domains. Led teams globally in transformation of Enterprise applications, Cloud migration & SD-WAN. Delivered high-quality results in the following key areas: Digital Transformation / Digital Strategy, IT Optimization, Roadmap infrastructure, ERP Strategy, eCommerce, IT Cost Rationalization, Cloud Migration, program management office(PMO), Analytics Architecture and Strategy including Data Strategy and also led teams to perform due diligence for M&A and Carve out (IT separation activities).
Elie Abouzeid, Vice President, Information Security
Accomplished Information Security thought leader, technologist, and attorney with a history of successfully engaging the Board of Directors, Clients, Executive Management, and Regulatory Agencies for creating an Information Security program. Vast expertise in Information Security across multiple industries, including Healthcare, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, and Technology. Consistent track record of designing security programs from the ground up, with a focus on Security Monitoring, Vulnerability Management, Application security, Data Loss Prevention, Security Awareness, Incident Response, Enterprise Risk, and IT Audit. Strategic thinker with a history of achieving success through focus on high performance risk metrics, process improvement, and cost-reduction measures. Accomplished change agent and visionary. Exceptional ability to energize and engage teams across many skill levels and functional areas.
Ben R. Howard, Head of Information Security
Momenta Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Ben R. Howard has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, and is the Head of Information Security for Momenta Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA where he currently leads a strategic initiative to rapidly mature the cybersecurity program in alignment with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. He has previously provided security and compliance consulting services in the Boston area. Ben started his information security career as an Information Assurance Manager for the US Army and Department of Defense providing information security services for the NATO KFOR and SFOR peacekeeping missions in the Balkans. Ben also has a passion for mentoring and teaching. He is a SCUBA instructor, taught MCSE courses, and Information Assurance Computer Network Defense classes. Ben holds an MS in Information Technology from the University of Massachusetts and is currently working on an MBA from Boston University. He also has numerous security and technical certifications including the CISSP and C|CISO.
Kathryn Moore, Regional Manager
Kathryn Moore is a Regional Manager at Darktrace, the world’s leading machine learning company for cyber defense. She has worked extensively with clients across numerous industry verticals, from financial services to aviation, helping them deploy Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System, the only AI technology capable of detecting and autonomously responding to early-stage cyber-threats. Moore graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and is based out of Darktrace’s New York office.