Rethink | Adapt | Digitize |Secure

September 10, 2019 | Minneapolis, MN


Chad Mead, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
United Natural Foods, Inc.

Chad is an experienced Executive, open to relocation, with over 25 years of global, diverse, leadership experience within multiple industries.  Effectively advances revenue streams and directs enterprise level organizations.  Well versed in cutting edge information systems and readily synchronizes business development, operational efficiency, and technology goals.  Excellent communicator who leads large-scale national and international organizations and interfaces with high-profile government and industry leaders.

A veteran of multiple industries within and around the IT function. From Operations to Engineering, Sales to Security, he has led virtually every function in the space. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, advisor to publications and frequent contributor to forums on experience in redefining how the business of IT is delivered in a high functioning, high performing manner and regularly sought out for improvement.

He has a passion around making IT approachable and partnering with the business to ensure that IT is an enabler not a barrier to success. Regardless of the industry, frequently able to reduce the cost of IT while delivering improved quality and timeliness. Strong believer that IT starts with understanding the business and speaking in terms that are understandable.

Chad has experience leading Enterprise, Supply chain, Retail, Manufacturing Logistics, Professional Service and Financial Industry IT and Operations organizations.  He has led major SAP ERP implementations, overseen both insourcing and outsourcing.  Responsible for overseeing due diligence and creating post acquisition and divestiture organizations as well as integrating acquisitions.

Bao-Ha Bui, Vice President of Information Technology
Sign-Zone LLC

Bao-Ha brings more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare, manufacturing, and service industry. She is passionate about aligning technology advancement with business goals to drive innovative growth, as well as leveraging digital transformation for organization continuous improvement. She has a track record of building global, multi-cultural, cross-function teams that deliver and exceed expectation. Bao-Ha is an active board member of the Consortium for Women Leaders in Public Service (CWLPS).

Miles Edmundson, U.S. Chief Information Security Officer

Miles has been in the information security space for over 25 years.  He started getting his hands into external and internal vulnerability and pen testing.   From there he moved to social engineering and the policy and procedure disciplines.   He was Carlson Companies first global information security manager, overseeing 7 lines of business globally.  He has spent 10 years in the banking and finance verticals has the information security officer for a company wholly owned by Wells Fargo and as the CISO for Ceridian (a global payroll company).  He is currently the US CISO for Equiniti, a British company that acquired the shareholder services business from Wells Fargo.  In this role, he represents the US as part of the global Equiniti security.

He very much enjoys the international aspect of information security. 

Christopher Rence, Chief Data Compliance and Operating Officer
Equus Holdings, Inc.

Joining Equus Holdings in 2018, Chief Data Officer Christopher Rence is a solution-focused senior executive with more than 25 years of success spanning global compliance, software and cloud technology, security, telecommunications, e-commerce, and financial services. His broad areas of expertise include SaaS, security systems, data protection, technical infrastructure, global compliance, IT strategy, cloud computing, operations, ERP systems, data centers, and global team management. Prior to joining Equus, Christopher has held leadership positions with Digital River, Inc., FICO, and Accenture.


Dennis Keane, Interim Chief Information Officer
Red Wing Shoe Co.

Dennis Keane serves as the Interim Chief Information Officer at Red Wing Shoe Company. In that role, he provides leadership and direction to all IT functions globally, including Infrastructure, Support, PMO, Application Development, Security, IT Business Partners, Business Intelligence and eCommerce. Prior to joining Red Wing Shoe Company in 2015, Mr. Keane worked for Bosch as Global Head of Engineering responsible for worldwide diagnostic software. Mr. Keane holds a Computer Engineering Degree from the University of Central Florida, and a Mini MBA from the University of St Thomas.

Bil Harmer, Americas Chief Information Security Officer

Bil Harmer is the Americas CISO at Zscaler.  In this role he engages security executives at a peer level to drive strategic change and facilitate industry wide collaboration on emerging security and privacy topics. While developing the Security and Data Protection program for SuccessFactors/SAP he pioneered the processes for security and privacy compliance used by Cloud vendors today.  Prior to joining Zscaler Harmer was the Chief Security Officer at GoodData Corp and the VP Security & Cloud Privacy Officer for the Cloud Division of SAP.  He has provided advisory services to Adallom, Integris, ShieldX Networks and Resolve Systems. He is CISSP, CISM and CIPP certified.

Rob Ludeman, Director of Solutions Marketing for Business Applications
Pure Storage

Rob Ludeman is the Director of Solutions Marketing for Business Applications at Pure Storage with a focus on helping customers simplify and accelerate their Microsoft, Oracle and SAP workloads.  Rob arrived at Pure in 2017 with over 20 years of experience at Oracle and Sun Microsystems in variety of Product Marketing, Sales Enablement and Product Management roles.  In his free time, he enjoys running, travel, watching his 12 year old son play sports, and following Manchester City in the English Premier League.

Richard (Rick) K. Peters, Director, Operational Technology Global Enablement

Rick brings more than 37 years of cybersecurity and global partnering experience working across foreign, domestic, and commercial industry sectors at the National Security Agency (NSA).  As Fortinet’s Operational Technology Global Enablement Director, working for Phil Quade (CISO), he delivers cybersecurity defense solutions and insights for the OT/ICS/SCADA critical infrastructure environments.  Prior to Fortinet, Rick led development of cyber capability across Endpoint, Infrastructure, and Industrial Control System technologies.  Previously, Rick also served as an executive leader supporting the Information Assurance Directorate at the NSA.  Earlier in his career, he served in a broad range of leadership and Engineering roles including Chief of Staff for the NSA Cyber Task Force and a 5-year forward liaison charged with directing integration of cyber and cryptologic solutions for U.S. Air Force Europe, Ramstein AFB, Germany.

Kevin Cloetingh, Account Executive

Kevin Cloetingh is an Account Executive at Darktrace, the world’s leading AI company for cyber defense. At Darktrace, Kevin works with leading organizations in a range of industries from healthcare to financial services to deploy and operationalize cutting edge technologies. During Kevin’s tenure at Darktrace, the company has grown to 3000 customers and has been the recipient of numerous achievements, including: Fast Company Most Innovative Companies 2018, Forbes Cloud 100 2018, and CNBC Disrupter 50 2018. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Jim Barnes, Chief Technology Officer & Chief Information Officer
Vivial, Inc.

With more than 30 years of leadership in sales, management and delivery roles in the technology, consulting, and manufacturing industries, I have broad experience working with companies of all sizes in both the public and private sectors to profitably improve a company’s top line growth and customer satisfaction.  I currently oversee all global technology engineering, infrastructure and operations for Vivial, specializing in technology solutions to simplify complex, ambiguous challenges. I am responsible for all engineering and operations related to mobile messaging services with global leadership spanning the United States, EMEA and near shore development centers. 

Roderick Kaleho, Director Security & Risk

Roderick Kaleho has 20+ years of experience in the IT field with focus on security for the last 16.  He is passionate about integration, analytics, and automation.  His experience extends across Retail, Product, Telecommunications, DoD, Banking/Financial Services and Insurance, and Consulting Services. 

He currently serves as a Director of Risk and Security at Cargill Inc. with focus on Product Development & Delivery within the Technology, Governance, Risk, & Controls team across Identity & Access Management and Automation.  He holds a master’s in Information Assurance and several security and enterprise governance certifications.  

Michael Rogers, Director Cyber Defense
UnitedHealth Group

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