CIO & CISO STRATEGY MEETING
Rewire, Reinvent, Simplify, Secure
July 21, 2020 | San Francisco, CA | Virtual Event
Herman Brown Jr, Chief Information Officer
Office of the District Attorney | City and County of San Francisco
Herman Brown serves the City and County of San Francisco as the CIO for the SF District Attorney’s Office. His private-sector mentality and a track record of success proved valuable contributions to the City & County for the last 5 years. With over 25 years of experience in IT, Herman’s managed several enterprise initiatives that consolidated services, streamlined processes, and lowered overall city operating costs. His experience spans various industries; defense, manufacturing, healthcare, software development, advertising, and now local government. Herman aims to bring efficiency, transparency, and productivity to the government by leveraging technology. As CIO for the DA’s Office, Herman leads the effort to trans¬form a government law firm laden with paper to a digital one that rivals any private sector organization.
Michael Thiessmeier, Head of Information Security
Michael Thiessmeier is distinguished security professional with more than 18 years of experience in global security, defense, and emerging threats and technologies space. He currently holds the position of Head of Information Security at Enjoy Technology, a Silicon Valley company listed among ‘America’s TOP 50 startups’. Before joining Enjoy he held numerous positions including that of Sr. Manager, Technology and Security Risk Management at Oportun, a FinTech company among Forbes ‘Top 50 most promising companies’ and Manager, Consumer Services Technology at Sony Playstation.
Thiessmeier is a recognized ISACA Subject Matter Expert for Information Security, and shortly thereafter he invited to join the United States National Delegation.
Thiessmeier has participated in IEEE Future Directives, a committee tasked with aligning global research on emerging technologies impacting the future of our species, the United Nations Regulatory Cybersecurity Framework Drafting Group, and various groups at NATO’s Cooperative Cybersecurity Defense Center of Excellence. Before his civilian career, he served as a German officer.
Tony Batalla, Chief Technology Officer, and Head of Innovation, and Information Technology
City of San Leandro
Tony Batalla is Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation & IT for the City of San Leandro, California. He oversees all aspects of technology management, including infrastructure, service delivery, data, and cybersecurity and serves as the senior advisor for City Council on technology issues and policy. Prior to government, he worked for numerous private sector firms, including a global biopharmaceutical company. He holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BS from the University of San Francisco.
Amit Bhardwaj, Chief Information Security Officer
Amit Bhardwaj has over 24 years of experience in companies such as Lumentum, Rodan and Fields, Microsoft, AIG, Clorox, KPMG, and PWC. He has been a Security and Compliance leader having covered areas such as Cyber Security, Security and Risk Operations, Cloud technology assessment, IoT (Internet of Things) security, IT Governance, and Compliance with clients such as Apple, Flextronics, and Philips. He has built multiple departments and security programs from the ground up and speaks at many forums covering topics such as Security Convergence and Future of Identity. Amit advocates – “Security is everyone’s responsibility” and appreciates each one of you in keeping your organizations safe.
Ryan Seifert, Chief Technical Architect
Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.
Ryan Seifert has led and transformed technology teams across many sectors, including mortgage, oil and gas, and field service. He is currently leading the software team at Cornerstone Home Lending, a nationwide mortgage lender. Through setting a deliberate culture around communication, transparency, and collaboration, Ryan has steered a technology department though multiple growth opportunities, including a company acquisition, resulting in a stronger department and process afterward. Ryan has a strong grasp of technology and an innate sense to innovate. These are shown through his publication and patent in the computer security space, focusing on creating military-grade security systems that are more flexible and user friendly.
Spencer Mains, Head of Information Technology
Environmental Science Associates
Spencer Mains brings more than two decades of experience leading information technology and knowledge management for major consulting, branding, and merchandise firms, including 16 years with Landor, a global branding firm. Spencer currently leads the technology and digital workplace mobilization for a leading environmental consulting firm, Environmental Science Associates (ESA), headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Spencer is obsessed with driving digital transformation within large, complex organizations, and has evangelized the need for highly intuitive workplace solutions. His motto that solutions “are so easy even a human can understand them” has translated into higher talent attraction and retention, and new business, at several organizations. Highly energized by workplace brand engagement, Spencer recently drove the implementation of Gap Inc.’s technology onboarding program for North America and is focused on helping staff get up to speed quickly and effectively within ESA. His success in building an award-winning intranet that was recognized by Nielsen Norman Media Group as a “top ten intranet in the world” is among some of his proudest achievements.
Beth Hilbing, Senior Information Technology BDS Business Partner Space and Launch
Beth Hilbing is a versatile, experienced, successful executive with extensive experience in managing infrastructure and global client services for the entertainment, insurance, aerospace, and banking industries.
Beth is a Senior Program Manager and Principal IT Business Partner for Boeing. Beth focuses on innovative technologies in Engineering, Manufacturing, Supplier Management, and Data Analytics. Delivering agile and cost-competitive solutions to reduce costs, drive efficiency, and optimize operations for customers. Manage IT costs and budgets, and IT spend over $85M. Beth also remains a Senior Consultant with Strategic Alliance Consulting Division working with client offerings and key engagements.
Before that, Beth was Director of Global Collaboration Services at Northrop Grumman Corporation (NG), focused on engineering and operations to support collaboration technology spanning domestic and international operations for NG.
Beth’s education includes a Master’s in Business Administration from California State University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Webster University. Additionally, she is a certified Project Management Principal, Six Sigma Black Belt, holds a Top-Secret clearance, and has earned technical leadership certifications.
Pandora Ovanessian, Technology Senior Consultant, Operational Excellence
California Manufacturing Technology Consulting-CMTC
Pandora Ovanessian is a technology executive whose career includes consulting and CIO/CTO roles in startups, mid-size to multi-billion dollar global operations. She drives the information technology vision for companies and leverages customer relationships to provide products and services that increase value. She has been accountable for providing comprehensive solutions that drive productivity for key business and manufacturing processes.
Pandora has diversified manufacturing experience in medical device, pharmaceuticals, food processing, aerospace and apparel.
At California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), Pandora is a Technology Advisor. CMTC is a non-profit that serves California manufactures by providing consulting and manufacturing solutions. She is a trusted advisor dedicated to helping increase revenue, reduce costs and improve employee performance.
She has served as a highly strategic and tactical contributor delivering on innovation and high growth for companies: EasyDial, Inc., Thermo Fisher Scientific/One Lambda Inc., Golden State Foods, NASA JPL
Pandora has an MBA, Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management, BA from University of California, Los Angeles. Project Management Certification, University of Redlands.
Tina Buop, Chief Information Officer & Chief Information Security Officer
Santa Clara County IPA
Tina Buop has 20+ years of technical innovation, alignment, and strategic leadership. Before joining the PPMSI/SCCIPA executive team, Tina served in technology and business leadership positions within Fortune 100 Organizations, Managed Care, IPA’s, FQHCs, and most recently as the CEO of a medical startup.
Tina is a graduate of Cal State University Hayward, has her PMI/PMP and serves on editorial and advisory boards for interoperability. Tina actively participates in HIMSS, CHIME, ACHE, PMI, and Women Who Code. Tina enjoys time with her family, volunteers with pet rescue foundations, and youth mentorships.
Puneet Thapliyal, Chief Information Security Officer
Puneet is the Chief Information Security Officer at Ginger, where he leads the overall strategy, direction of the product and IT security, and member data privacy. He is seasoned cybersecurity and networking executive with previous stints at Yahoo! and Oracle. Puneet is an active member and contributor to the OWASP, Cloud Standards Customer Council, and Cloud Security Alliance. He has extensive experience with cloud security and has helped build one of the first Firewall as-a-Service offerings. He holds multiple technology patents including in the areas of web app security and multicast protocol congestion control. Puneet has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from HBTI, Kanpur, and an MS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Brad Schwarz, Vice President of Sales
Brad Schwarz brings over twenty-five years of technology sales experience to his role as Area Vice President Sales, West at Zerto.
His career includes a significant software focus on systems management, database, financial / HR automation, and backup-archive-disaster recovery platforms. He has spent the major portion of his tenure in the data center transformation space, with long-standing experience leading teams who drove converged and hyper-converged hardware infrastructure adoption in the Fortune 100.
Brad has worked for companies including Sterling Software, Oracle, Loral Space Systems, and EMC/Dell. When not flying five days a week, he prefers to spend time on the water with his Dog Theodore, and his extended human family. In this Time of COVID, it’s reported he misses seat 12C or 4A. As does his family.