Innovate, Inspire, Protect, Perform

December 1, 2022 | Southeast


Michael Owens, Business Information Security Officer

Dr. Michael Owens is a senior-level global business leader, entrepreneur, and information technology executive with over 20 years of experience within military, corporate and government organizations.  His professional focus is on Cybersecurity, Cyber Policy, International Security and Strategic Technology Planning.

As the USIS Information Security Officer, Michael leads the client facing security team and security program covering compliance, cybersecurity and risk.  In addition to his role at Equifax, he is the CEO of the U.S. Global Center of Cyber Policy.  Prior to joining Equifax,  Michael gained extensive knowledge and experience concentrated in Global Cybersecurity initiatives, Data Privacy, Secure Network and Computing systems, Cyber Crime and Critical Infrastructure working at companies such as EY, Cisco Systems and Coca-Cola.

Michael is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is a member of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, the state political director with the Truman National Security Project and formerly served as VP – Board of Directors with LISTA’s Georgia TechLatino Council.

His educational background includes NC A&T State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, California Intercontinental University, Harvard University and the Army War College.

Carlo Spada, Global Director IT Audit, Essilor

Carlo Spada is an international CIO/CISO/CTO with +20 years of managerial and technical hands-on experience and expertise in business, information technologies, security programs, policies, regulations, compliance, and security operations. A successful record in developing and leading corporate IT and information security programs for global organizations. Advisory Board Member, committed transformation agent, translator between business and technology & security, cross-functional strategic and tactical approach ensuring enterprise security initiatives.

Carlo is currently Global Director IT audit at EssilorLuxottica a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of ophthalmic lenses, frames and sunglasses including the legendary Ray-Ban and Oakley, lens technology brands including Varilux and Transitions, and world-class retail brands including Sunglass Hut and LensCrafters as well. In 2020, EssilorLuxottica had over 140,000 employees and consolidated revenues of Euro 14.4 billion.
Carlo holds a Master’s Degree in Business Sciences and several professional certifications, including C-CISO. He also has extensive knowledge and experience of ISO27k, Digital Transformation, Change Management, and Compliancy. He previously worked in several industries in different companies such as Packared Bell / Nec, Wolters Kluwer, Iddink, Monuta and Trivento.

Robin Bienfait

Robin Bienfait, Chief Executive Officer

Robin Bienfait was the chief enterprise innovation officer and senior advisor for Samsung, responsible for building strong partnerships with large global customers to deliver enterprise class services. Robin joined Samsung with over 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 software solutions 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. For the majority of her career, 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 global network services and chief compliance officer, environment, health and safety.

Robin holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Central Missouri State University and a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in management of technology. A global influencer holding 15 patents, she is the recipient of several awards and was named as one of the top 100 CIO’s in STEM. Robin currently serves on multiple boards as an independent director, Empower Retirement, Putnam Investments, GW Lifeco and MUFG.

Robin Bienfait

Jim Hinchey, Senior Solutions Engineer

Jim Hinchey is a longtime developer and data jockey. He started his career as a Co-op student with IBM at Georgia Tech, before moving around the East Coast with IBM as an internal developer. For the last 25+ years, I have been selling Data and Integration solutions to customers in the SouthEast. I believe in the value of accelerating transformation through reusable, low-risk, and standardized methods across the business.

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