New Data-Driven World

Trust, Drive, Adopt, Align

April 13, 2021 | Virtual Event

Facilitators Include:

Haroon Abbu, Vice President of Digital, Data, and Analytics
Bell and Howell

Dr. Haroon Abbu is Vice President of Digital, Data, and Analytics at Bell and Howell. Haroon is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of industry experience in leading technology-enabled business transformation using digital technologies and advanced data analytics. He is currently leading a team of data scientists and solution architects to build the next-generation analytics products and service capabilities powered by IoT, machine learning, and advanced analytics to drive service efficiencies and data monetization. In addition, Haroon conducts research in the field of digital transformation and has published his work in industry publications and top-ranked academic journals. He recently co-authored a book TRUST: The Winning Formula for Digital Leaders. A Practical Guide for Companies Engaged in Digital Transformation featuring research and interview chapters with proven digital leaders.

Vijay Gandapodi

Vijay Gandapodi, Senior Director – Information Technology – Data, Reporting, Analytics
Reynolds American Inc.

Dr. Vijay Gandapodi is a seasoned senior executive, keynote speaker, panelist, and board member with a track record of delivering technology solutions for fortune five hundred firms. Dr. Vijay is currently the Head of IT – Data Reporting, Analytics at Reynolds American Inc. He is an expert in delivering complex data science/NLP/Artificial Intelligence (Deep Learning) solutions to drive revenue. Prior to joining Reynolds American Inc, he was the Global IT Head – Marketing Analytics & Data Science at The Coca-Cola Company. Dr. Vijay has is experienced in managing large teams and multi-million budgets to transform the organization. He has 20+ years of experience in providing International business solutions for businesses operating in 200+ countries.

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Nancy Wang, General Manager AWS Data Protection, Compliance and Governance Business
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Nancy Wang is a technical leader at Amazon Web Services, where she leads P&L, product, engineering, and design for its data protection and governance businesses. Prior to Amazon, she led SaaS product development at Rubrik, the fastest-growing enterprise software unicorn, and built for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Passionate about advancing more women into technical roles, Nancy is the founder & CEO of Advancing Women in Tech, a global 501(c)(3) nonprofit with 16,000+ members spanning three continents.

Nancy is an angel investor in data security and compliance companies, and an LP with several seed-and growth-stage funds such as Operator Collective and IVP. She earned a degree in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Karl Hightower, Chief Data Officer, Senior Vice President – Data Products and Services
Novant Health

Since 2018, Karl works with leaders from across the Novant Health system to provide the digital products and services required to deliver remarkable care to the patients and communities we serve.​

Karl has held executive roles in large retail and energy trading companies and has held pivotal roles in telecommunications, manufacturing, supply chain, insurance, government, banking and finance, and food and beverage. ​

In these roles, Karl set strategic direction and created alignment to direct structures during the pivot years of these industries, devised and led game-changing initiatives, increased revenue, became an early champion and expert in cloud adoption, personalization through social media data, real-time pricing structures, and extreme automation through machine learning and AI-based algorithms.

Justin DonlonVice President Process Innovation and Analytics

Justin is the VP of Process Innovation and Analytics at CarGurus, a leading online automotive marketplace. He leads Enterprise Applications, IT, and Analytics Engineering – driving innovation to enable maximum effectiveness for the business.

Justin is also a prolific writer, YouTuber, and speaker at industry events; focusing on technical leadership and productivity.

Christian Hecker

Christian Hecker, Vice President, Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Christian Hecker is heading Intelligent Data & Analytics as Vice President at SAP. In this role, he is responsible for providing steering-relevant insights to all levels and areas of the company and to run the analytical landscape within SAP. This comprises delivering against the analytical requirements of the business in an efficient and effective manner and delivering highly performant analytical assets. With Intelligent Data & Analytics, Christian is also driving SAP’s own internal agenda towards becoming an intelligent enterprise by applying advanced analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in close collaboration with his peers under the CIO / COO umbrella. In his former role, Christian has been the CFO for the Development Organization at SAP led by Bernd Leukert. In that role, he was overseeing a P&L of more than 3.5bn EUR and a global organization with more than 20.000 employees. During that time, he also played an essential part in driving the Cloud Margin improvements for key product lines such as S/4HANA, Digital Supply Chain, and the former SAP Cloud Platform. Christian started his career at SAP within Global Controlling and held several roles within the Finance area along SAP´s value chain, and recently worked as the right hand in the office of Christian Klein (in his roles as COO and later Co-CEO of SAP). Christian holds a bachelor’s degree from the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) and finished successfully the Executive MBA program at Mannheim Business School in 2019.

Robin Bienfait

Robin Bienfait, Chief Executive Officer

Robin Bienfait was the Chief Enterprise Innovation Officer and senior advisor for Samsung. Robin joined Samsung with 30 years of experience in mobility, security, business development, enterprise sales, wireless network operations and engineering. As a global intrapreneur, Robin launched Samsung Business Services and advised on the B2B investment strategy. Now as CEO for Emnovate, Robin is advising and providing leadership to emerging businesses. Prior to Samsung, Robin served as chief information officer for BlackBerry, where she led the enterprise business unit and software development team, end to end product security, tier 3 technical customer service, global network services, corporate security and corporate IT. Robin held senior leadership positions across AT&T including Bell Labs, Global Network Services/GNOC, business continuity and disaster recovery, and compliance. As an officer at AT&T, Robin’s last role was leading of global network services and chief compliance officer, environment, health and safety. A global influencer holding 15 patents, she is the recipient of several awards and was recently named as one of the top 100 CIO’s in STEM and Inc.’s top 18 women to watch in 2018.

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Charles HoliveChief Monetization Strategist

Charles Holive is a recognized industry thought leader in data monetization, business innovation, analytics, and AI.

Charles is the Chief Monetization Strategist at Sisense, a leading platform for modern analytics builders. Prior to joining Sisense, Charles spent 15 years in various leadership roles globally at GE Healthcare.

Charles holds an engineering and business master’s degree from the French École Centrale de Lille. Outside of the office, Charles has a passion for creating music.

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Ted Kaczmarski, Vice President, Global Enterprise Applications
Cushman & Wakefield

Ted Kaczmarski is a senior technology executive and strategic business partner with 17+ years of expertise leading global technology organizations, business transformation strategies, and delivering enterprise programs to drive ongoing operational efficiencies, revenue growth, and EBITA contribution.

Currently serving as VP, Global Enterprise Applications, leading Cushman & Wakefields’ global Salesforce platform, Workday Integrations and Operations, Enterprise Release Management, and Financial Master Data Management teams.

Ted is career-focused on building business partnerships and technology strategies aligning to organizational objectives resulting in cost control, revenue growth, and process rationalization.

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Prakriteswar Santikary, PhDVice President, Chief Data Officer

Dr. Santikary is an accomplished technology executive and a disruptor with over 25 years of industry experience in architecting, building, and commercializing software products, platforms, and solutions at scale by employing modern techniques of distributed computing, cloud computing, modern software architecture, and artificial intelligence. In his current role as Vice President and Global Chief Data Officer at ERT – a global data and technology company in clinical trials and drug discovery industry – Dr. Santikary leads the vision, strategy, and execution of ERT’s global data and platform architecture, cloud architecture and AI.

A thought leader and a data evangelist, Dr. Santikary is a frequently invited speaker at global software architecture conferences including the IBM Chief Data Officer summit and MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Conference. Prior to joining ERT, Dr. Santikary held several 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, and Research Scientist at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Santikary earned his Ph.D. in Computer Simulation at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, and post-doctoral research at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Justin Litz, Vice President, Analytics and Data Innovation

Justin helps customers evolve their analytics capabilities that are foundational to becoming an Intelligent Enterprise. With over 19 years of experience, Justin guides customers on how to implement effective analytics practices, which complement the Enterprise Data strategy. Most recently, he was the SAP Global Head of Data Governance & Process, Business Partner Center of Excellence.

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Tom NatsDirector of Customer Solutions

Tom Nats is Director of Customer Solutions at Starburst. He has over 20 years of hands-on experience in data warehousing, data lakes, data integration, and architecture. His current technical focuses include assisting customers with architecting the next generation of data analytics infrastructure including helping with the quickly growing adoption of Presto as the industry-standard query engine of choice.

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