Digitize | Transform | Lead | Secure


April 27, 2018 | New York, NY

Facilitators Include:

Mary LeBlanc
President and Principal Consultant
Bridger Val Associates LLC

Mary LeBlanc is President and Principal Consultant for Bridger Val Associates LLC. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Easton Technology Management Center at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Mary’s experience includes Chief Information Officer (CIO) roles in multiple global environments and industries including Pharmaceuticals, Hospitality, Agribusiness, Oil & Gas and Chemicals. Most recently Mary was the Global Pharma CIO for Novartis Pharmaceuticals where she drove several significant digital health initiatives.

Mary has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.



Randy Paez
Chief Innovation Officer
York Risk Services Group

Randy Paez has held the positions of Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Information Officer, and President, SaaS. The areas of expertise uniquely positions him to set the strategy for the technology products and services for the enterprise, industry, and marketplace.

Randy’s background began writing Medical Bill Review and Claims Management software. He left the insurance industry to run an education startup tutoring kids under the No Child Left Behind legislation and then moved into the consumer web and publishing world, leading the engineering and product teams at prior to joining York Risk Services Group. This mix of industry and experience uniquely positions Randy to disrupt any space he enters. In his off time, you’ll find him CrossFitting, playing basketball, or generally any outdoor activity. Randy resides in NJ, just outside of New York City.

Nicholas Diieso
Senior Vice President

Nick Diieso is a Senior Vice President with Citigroup responsible for Operational Risk coverage for Markets and Securities Services in the Americas. Prior to Citi, Nick was globally responsible for Operational Risk in the infrastructure functions at Deutsche Bank, served as a first line risk director and business CAO for the Specialty Commercial arm of Santander Bank, and as an auditor at GE Capital. Nick attended the John F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University for undergraduate studies and Stanford University for graduate studies.

Grace Monahan
Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer
Henry Schien, Inc

Grace is responsible for the company’s global Information services which include: business systems application development, sales and marketing systems, digital technology, and I.S. infrastructure. She is responsible for the worldwide systems integration of acquisitions, having completed over 30 integrations in her time at Henry Schein Inc. The Company’s Creative Services group also reports into Grace. Grace’s organization is made up of a worldwide team of over 400 Team Schein members.

Prior to joining Henry Schein in 1998, Grace was Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for CMP Media, Inc., a business-to-business publishing company based on Long Island, where she was responsible for all IS activity. Grace held prior positions as EVP Operations and Technology, directing circulation development, magazine production, creative services, human resources, facilities, customer service, market research and direct marketing.

Grace is a graduate of the Higher Achievement Leadership Program (HALI). She is a Board Member of LISTNET (Long Island Software and Technology Network). She is also a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Grace earned a BS in Business Administration with a major in Marketing from Long Island University, C.W. Post College.


Vijay Vikayasankar
Chief Technology Officer

Vijay Vijayasankar is Partner in IBM Services and serves as the Chief Technology Officer for North America. Vijay is a technologist at heart and is a hands-on developer. His current focus includes Applied AI, Robotics, Cloud and Quantum computing.
Before he took on the CTO role, Vijay was the General Manager of Cognitive Business Decisions in North America. Vijay has consulted with Fortune 100 companies in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to IBM, Vijay was a General Manager at MongoDB and a Global Vice President of Engineering at SAP Labs. He is an avid blogger ( and can be found on Twitter as @vijayasankarv. He is a mechanical engineer by training and holds an MBA as well.

Lynne Chernow
Senior Technology Executive
Fordham University

A technology leader with more than 25 years of experience in information systems, Lynne serves as a strategic consultant to CIOs and CISOs in the NYC area and is currently at Fordham University.

Previously, Lynne was SVP for HBO, guiding all aspects of running the media company’s IT department, including IT Business Strategy, Organizational Design, and Financial Management. As SVP of Software Engineering, she developed and managed teams building applications across the media supply chain in support of content distribution to HBO GO, HBO On Demand, iTunes, Xbox, and Amazon domestically and in international markets.

Lynne was named a National Fellow of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute. She volunteers with many organizations, with a focus on facilitating underserved women’s entry into technology careers.

Raj Ramasamy
Chief Information Officer
TE Connectivity – SubCom

Raj Ramasamy is currently employed as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for TE-Connectivity-SubCom, an electronics manufacturing and industrial products company with annual revenues exceeding $12 Billion. Previously he was the Vice President & CIO for 10 years at Thales Group, a large European multi-national company serving Aerospace and Defense markets. He has more than 30 years of IT and Technology experience of which 15+ years of continuous leadership (VP/Sr. Director level) experience leading large multi-national companies with IT strategies, global ERP/PLM/CRM implementation, Digital Transformation, and large-scale IT operations.

Raj holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from California State University, a Master’s degree in Mathematics, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Software Engineering from India. During his successful career, Raj has worked and lived in many parts of the world including Australia/New Zealand, Arabian Gulf countries, India, Europe, and North America.

Walter Kerner
Information Security Executive
Fashion Institute of Technology

Walter is an Information Technology and Information Security executive with extensive experience in a variety of corporate and higher education settings. He has led security, governance, application development, and infrastructure teams in industries including media, sports management, insurance, and direct marketing. In higher education Walter has held key roles at St. John’s University and his current role as Chief Information Security Officer at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He holds an MBA from New York University and a CISSP certification.

Louise O’Donnell
CIO & Senior Manager

NCS Madison Corp.

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