Agile, Adaptive, Resilient, Bold

February 23, 2021 | Southeast | Virtual Event


Prashant Nema, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Information Officer
Arch Capital Group, Ltd.

Prashant Nema, the CIO of Arch Capital Group, is an accomplished and highly effective technology strategist and digital transformation agent. He is dedicated to creating agile, responsive IT infrastructure to help businesses become more efficient, intuitive, and profitable. Prashant is especially well-versed in the financial services sector, banking, and insurance, where he has devoted the past 15 years of his career.

Possessing a strong engineering background, Prashant has previously held positions at BP, Xoriant, and Oracle in areas including product engineering and service and software provider roles. He was also the CTO and CIO at Silicon Valley Bank.

Prashant’s areas of expertise include integrating digital investments with technology to promote growth, differentiation, and value to build successful companies. Agile software product development for private and established public companies. As well as technology transformation for banking, insurance, and global companies aiming to maximize their use of technology in a dynamic industry

Prashant holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering.

Michael Owens, Business Information Security Officer

Dr. Michael Owens is a senior-level global business leader, entrepreneur, and cybersecurity executive with over 25 years of experience within corporate, government, and military organizations. He is the Business Information Security Officer for Equifax’s largest business unit
functioning, a senior level role with the Global Security organization with the responsibility of leading a high-performing team of information security directors and analysts and to provide ownership, advice, and counsel to Business, IT, and Operations executives regarding key initiatives that could be impacted by compliance, risk, and cybersecurity issues.

He ran as a candidate for U.S. Congress in Georgia’s 13th Congressional District from June 2019
until June 2020. The goal was to become the first member of Congress with a working background in cybersecurity. Michael is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is a member of theWorld Affairs Council of Atlanta, a Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project, and VP – Board of Directors with LISTA’s Georgia TechLatino Council.

Michael’s educational background includes North Carolina A&T State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, California Intercontinental University, U.S. Army War College, and HarvardUniversity.

Murali Bandaru, Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer
American Tire Distributors

As EVP/Chief Information & Digital Officer at American Tire Distributors (ATD), Murali Bandaru is responsible for all facets of Information Technology, Digital, and Data Management in defining and implementing ATD’s Digital Transformation journey to be an insightful automotive solutions provider and to help its customers thrive and drive into the future.

In his current role, Murali has responsibility for all Digital, Data Management, and core IT functions like Infrastructure & Operations, Digital Security, Application Development across Digital Commerce Solutions, Enterprise Applications, Integration Technologies, and emerging IT functions like Cloud Native Architectures and AI/ML.

Murali joined American Tire Distributors (ATD) in 2018. He is an accomplished Information Technology Executive, with more than 25+ years of experience. Before joining ATD, he served as Vice President for various technology functions at Belk Department Stores in Charlotte, NC, and various other positions with several consulting companies before that.

Murali enjoys building high performing teams and mentoring aspiring IT leaders at all levels across organizations and industries. Being a technologist by education and experience, he is a key proponent of technological innovation at all levels in an organization and brings his thought leadership in areas of Automation, Cloud Native Architectures, and AI/ML.
Murali has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology in India and an MBA from UNC Charlotte.

Matthew Clark, Leader, Global Information Security

Matthew Clark is the Global Information Security Leader for Pentair, where he currently leads cybersecurity, governance, risk management, and compliance efforts for 10,000 employees in 34 countries. He has over 20 years of experience in information security, infrastructure, and IT operations. Matthew is a proven leader and technologist with experience building effective information security programs and developing and mentoring others. He has a passion for enabling business success through secure use of technology, process improvement, and innovation. Matthew is a member of the CISO Advisory Board for EC-Council, the CISO Executive Summit Governing Body, the CIO Executive Leadership Summit, and Infragard. Matthew has an MBA from Averett University and holds numerous security certifications including CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CDPSE, and CGEIT.

John F. McClure

John F. McClureChief Information Security Officer
Laureate Education, Inc.  

John F. McClure is the Chief Information Security Officer at Laureate Education, Inc. Mr. McClure is a trusted and proven information security and business leader. Mr. McClure is a proud military veteran, who upon leaving military service continued to support the US Government leading large information security programs before entering the private sector. Mr. McClure is a strategic thinker who has built and improved information security programs to increase an organization’s security postures while reducing risk. Mr. McClure has been instrumental in advancing business and technology goals by providing greater visibility into organizational risks and creating comprehensive initiatives to reduce risk.

Mr. McClure is a trusted, engaging, and thoughtful member of the C-suite. Mr. McClure retains a strong technical competency and stays abreast of new business, technology, and security developments and trends so that he can easily translate highly technical concepts into language that is easily consumed by other C-suite members, business leaders, and the board.

Mr. McClure remains highly supportive of educational initiatives to include having taught post-graduate courses at the University of Virginia, participating as a speaker at various international conferences and educational events, and founding a thriving information security professionals’ community in South America.

Ryan Segar

Ryan Segar, Vice President Global Solutions Engineering

Ryan Segar is Global VP, Solutions Engineering for Sisense. He has over 10 years of experience in the analytics industry, having worked on/for IBM Research, Apple Research, Periscope Data, and Sisense. Ryan has spoken at IBM Pulse, Dreamforce, Oracle Openworld, AWS, Forrester, and Gartner events worldwide.

LaVon Edwards

LaVon Edwards, Sales Director
Singtel USA Eastern Region

LaVon Edwards is an Information and Communication Technologies industry executive with over two decades of sales leadership experience for global companies. In his current role, he leads the Singtel Global Enterprise Business Sales Team on the East coast.

He understands the critical role that technology plays in the corporate ecosystem, and over his career has assisted the top Global 1000 Enterprise companies, as well as “Born-in-the-Cloud” leading edge start-ups to leverage technology solutions most effectively, efficiently, and securely. His expertise in EMEA and APAC uniquely positions him to help businesses take advantage of the opportunities to expand and grow into these markets.

Outside of the workplace, LaVon has served on numerous non-profit, philanthropic, and advisory boards, including United Way, St Vincent De Paul Homeless Shelter, Salt Lake Rescue Mission & Salt Lake Rescue Haven Women’s Shelter. LaVon holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Utah & enjoys spending time with family, cooking, outdoor activities & college sports.

Nicole Swords

Nicole Swords, Cyber Security Executive

Nicole Swords is a Cyber Security Executive at Darktrace, the world’s leading AI company for cyber defense. At Darktrace, Nicole works with leading organizations in a range of industries to deploy and operationalize cutting edge technologies. During Nicole’s tenure at Darktrace, the company has grown to over 4000 customers and has been the recipient of numerous achievements, including the 2020 Golden Bridge Award for Company of the Year and The Alconics 2020 Winner for Best Enterprise AI Solution. Nicole holds a bachelor of arts degree from Emory University and is based in Darktrace’s Atlanta office.

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Ben Moore, SE Director – Large Enterprise
Arctic Wolf Networks

An NC native, Ben grew up fishing on green-and-black screens at Odell Lake. In the ’90s, like many in his generation, his curiosity led him to broad frontiers via dial-up Internet and the world of BBSs. Ben’s passion grew while he earned Journalism and IT degrees at UNC, and he has spent the next 20 years working in university and healthcare IT, for partners and a few OEMs too. He enjoys working in “transformational technology” and helping customers align IT investments with business purpose. In his spare time at home in Asheville, Ben and his wife Sarah enjoy being outside with their three dogs.

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Jamie Holcombe, Chief Information Officer

Henry (Jamie) Holcombe is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, he is the principal advisor to the agency on the design, development, and management of its information systems and technology.
Most recently, Mr. Holcombe served as the Chief Executive Officer of Visium Technologies, a cybersecurity startup, and Chief Operations Officer for TJ Westlake LLC, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business. Prior to these executive roles, he served as the Vice President and General Manager for Harris CapRock Critical Networks segment, providing managed security services supporting air traffic management, energy and maritime communications, ground network operations, and sustainment, and high-value IT and engineering cyber services.

Mr. Holcombe began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army where he served as company commander in the 1116th Signal Battalion and was awarded both the Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award and Most Outstanding Officer of the Year. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree, finishing first in his class in computer science. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree in information systems from Chaminade University in Honolulu, and a Master of Science degree in computer science from George Washington University.

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Katie Arrington, Chief Information Security Officer for Acquisition and Sustainment
Department of Defense

Katherine “Katie” Arrington is a member of the Senior Executive Services and serves as the Chief Information Security Officer for Acquisition and Sustainment (CISO(A&S)) within the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)). In this position, she serves as the central hub and integrator within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)) to align acquisition and sustainment cyber strategy and efforts to enhance cyber security within the Defense Industrial Base.

As the CISO(A&S), Ms. Arrington is responsible to ensure the incorporation of integrated security/cyber efforts within USD(A&S) with the purpose of providing a focused and streamlined governance approach, provide a central coordination point and common compliance standard that serves to synchronize the various existing disparate cyber security efforts and standards across the Department and Industry as it relates to Department of Defense acquisition and sustainment efforts.

Ms. Arrington is married to Robert and resides in Summerville, South Carolina and is a proud parent of three children and grandparent to four grandbabies.

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Bob Hansmann, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Security

Bob Hansmann has been in the cybersecurity field for over 20 years, working on the commercial, government, and vendor side of the conversation. He helped launch the industry’s first security offerings for file servers and web gateways in the ’90s as a product manager and continues to work on innovative security initiatives and best practices. Today, Mr. Hansmann is focused on making threat intelligence more actionable, automated, and quickly available across a broad spectrum of the security portfolio.

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