Innovate | Adapt | Transform | Secure

January 30-31, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA | Ritz-Carlton 

Confirmed Facilitators Include:

Robin Bienfait
Valor Ventures

Former Chief Enterprise Innovation Officer – Senior Advisor
Samsung Electronics

Robin Bienfait is a global senior executive and board member with 30 years of leadership experience in enterprise technology, mobility and security. Presently the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Emnovate, Chairman of Global Aviation, Partner with Valor Ventures. She previously excelled in C-level roles for Samsung Electronics, BlackBerry and AT&T. Robin has an extensive board leadership background, including seats on the advisory boards of Hewlett Packard and Cisco. Her specialties are in multibillion-dollar P&L management, strategic planning, vendor management, data analysis, business development and matrixed team leadership. A global influencer with 15 patents, Robin has presented at the CIO Forum, Gartner and Forrester, and has received highly visible exposure in Forbes, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal.

Assad M. Shaik
Chief Data Scientist
Cuna Mutual Group

Assad M. Shaik is a well-known Chief Data Scientist with international repute for his expertise in the areas of large scale data processing, data management and data mining. Mr. Shaik is acclaimed and well respected in the emerging areas of Big Data and large scale Machine Learning, especially in fields of Customer Centricity, Anti-Money Laundering, BCBS239 and Customer Lifetime Value. As a practitioner with extensive industry expertise in Banking and Financial Markets, Mr. Shaik currently holds a critical position of essential capacity in a large national bank with a distinguished reputation. He has also formerly served in other executive positions at large multinationals.

Mr.Shaik is also a prolific author and speaker in the field of data science and data mining. He has authored books and has original publications in cutting edge industry techniques in the areas of Master Data Management and Customer Journeys.

RG Conlee
Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer

RG Conlee SVP, Chief Innovation Officer for Conduent (formerly Xerox Services), has successfully managed the services innovation program since November of 2011.

In January of 2016, RG added an additional role as the Automation, Analytics, and Innovation Capability leader. In this position, he is responsible for reducing touch points and enabling tighter coordination of the innovation work and to increase the deployment of automation and analytics in the services Xerox offers to customers.

Mike Benson
Former Chief Information Officer

Mike Benson is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for DIRECTV, Inc. He created and maintained information cutting edge technology solutions for DIRECTV’s fast paced global business operations. He oversaw customer care and billing, reporting, analysis and infrastructure requirements as well as financial, marketing and sales support.

Mike Benson is a strategic IT thought leader, architect, and agent for change and growth with 28 years of proven solutions delivery in the information technology field.

He builds execution-focused, high performing, innovative IT teams who are forward thinking learning organizations that deliver competitive business solutions. Corporate University’s Innovative Technology and Learning Award have recognized his award winning visionary leadership, and he has been named to the CIO 100 in 2014. He is a transformative leader with deep technical acumen and strong business knowledge that leads his IT organization to next generation performance results.

Subbu Murthy
Chief Information Officer
Howard Building Corporation

Dr. Subbu Murthy is CIO at Howard Building. Under his leadership, he is helping departments to radically alter the ecosystem by using analytics and technology to improve the quality and profitability of the delivered projects and services.

Before that, he was a senior partner at Relsys, which was acquired by Oracle. He developed the SQA framework for the Medical Device and Drug industry. He helped launch this business line with leading medical device makers such as Alcon, Allergan, Baxter, Boston Scientific, and J&J. He designed the EasyTrak product line, which provided efficient tracking of user complaints.

Thomas Cowan
Associate Director, The Center for Technology Management
Columbia University

Thomas Cowan is Associate Director of the Center for Technology Management at Columbia University. This follows a career building software companies and working for IBM. Tom has been CEO, Board Director, and Chairman for ten companies and boards of directors, including public, private, non-profit, and academic organizations.

His focus is on the strategic use and management of technology and on practical approaches to leadership and execution. Tom’s market expertise is in enterprise software and data. Tom serves as board director and strategic advisor to a number of technology companies and private equity investment firms.

Juan Fontanes
Vice President of IT & Chief Information Officer 
NEC Corporation of America (NECAM) 

Juan Fontanes serves as Vice President of IT and Chief Information Officer for NEC Corporation of America (NECAM). His 30 years of experience include various roles involving direct P&L management, business transformation and IT leadership. Juan is responsible for strategy, design, development and deployment of corporate information systems, applications and infrastructure for NECAM.

He possesses extensive knowledge in delivering key business system functionality, productive IT innovation and transformational business acumen.  He previously served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Executive Vice President (EVP) with Associa, Strategic consulting for Vonage’s CIO, Information Technology Officer (ITO) Global Data PepsiCo, Vice President Application Development for Frito-Lay, Director – Global Supply Chain Systems, Worldwide Operations IT for Dell Computer Corporation, and VP of Consulting for i2 Technologies.

Jerry Sto Tomas
Chief Information Security Officer
Apria Healthcare

Jerry Sto. Tomas is the CISO for Apria Healthcare. As the CISO, he is responsible for the development and execution of enterprise information security strategic plan and road map.

He has more than 20 years of IT, privacy and information security experience. As the head of global information security at Allergan for eight years, he established the information security department and executed successful global security programs such as security awareness, data loss prevention and privacy, vendor risk management, and e-discovery. He was also the chief security officer for Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc. and global information security advisor for Celestica Inc. where he was involved in various aspects of information and physical security such as strategic planning, architecture design, incident response, and security audit and assessments.

He studied business administration at the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines and Colorado Technical University. He also holds a master’s degree in information assurance from Norwich University, and is a CISSP and a CISM.

Dan McKeon
Vice President, General Manager IT Infrastructure

Daniel (Dan) McKeon is Vice President of the Information Technology Group and General Manager of IT Infrastructure at Intel Corporation. His organization drives engineering and operations for Intel’s worldwide information technology services, including data centers, network, clients, collaboration and communication.  Before assuming his current role, McKeon was general manager of Product Development IT, partnering with Intel’s Business Unit and Engineering leaders to continuously improve Intel’s products and services.

McKeon spent 15 years working on Intel’s supply chain in both IT and Intel’s Customer Fulfillment Planning and Logistics Group in various roles, including director of Supply Chain Strategy and Development, director of the Global Transportation Logistics and Outsourcing Group, and director of Strategic Capacity Planning. Earlier in his Intel career, he spent time in product marketing and sales and marketing.

Jon Grunzweig
Former Chief Information Officer
CIM Group

Mr. Jon Grunzweig is the Former Chief Information Officer, CIM Group where he created a vision and strategy for enterprise technology improvement to develop a single source of truth for reporting and operations.  Mr. Grunzweig devised a project and resource governance framework for allocating limited resources for technology delivery.

With a financial, business, and technology background, Mr. Grunzweig brings a unique perspective to the delivery of technology.  His work as a CPA, business owner, and experience in non-technology roles has provided a solid foundation for viewing the delivery of technology from an outsiders’ view.  His perspective is based on 30 years of delivering solutions both as a consultant and in the major management positions across dozens of industries and organizations ranging from mid-market to Fortune 500 with both domestic and global organizations.

David Michell
Associate Vice President, Business Solution Area Leader
Nationwide Pet

David is the Associate Vice President and Business Solution Area Leader for Nationwide Pet (formally VPI). As head of Information Technology, he has end-to-end accountability for Nationwide Pet’s technology systems. Nationwide Pet is the oldest and largest pet insurance company in US insuring over 500K pets.

Prior to that David was the CTO for Nationwide’s Enterprise Applications having technology accountability for Nationwide’s Human Resources, Finance, Investments, and Marketing systems. David has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a Master’s of Science Administration, and holds a Professional Architect Certificate from Carnegie Mellon.

In 2013, David earned the ITIL Expert certification.

Matthew Lampe
Assistant General Manager
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Matt Lampe is an Assistant General Manager at the Los Angeles Water and Power focused on a special assignment with litigation support. For 8 years, Matt served as Chief Information Officer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, coming to LADWP in November 2007. At LADWP, Matt established the IT Strategic Agenda for the phased modernization of the IT application portfolio and infrastructure, a structured change management and continuous improvement, and development of an information security program. After “warm-up” projects of implementing a new call center system with self-service integration, a new print to mail platform, customer centric website with numerous self-service capabilities, and a new procurement system with on-line bidding, LADWP replaced the 39 year old core customer service and billing application, a complex project that also included mobile workforce management, water trouble, meter reader routing, and enterprise integration systems, all which went live in September, 2013.

Previously, Matt Lampe was the Chief Technology Officer of the City of Portland, with responsibility over the City’s e-government initiative, the telecommunications infrastructure, and business, utility and public safety applications. The City of Portland provided extensive GIS services to the public and a unified web portal supporting internet, intranet, extranet, and blog capabilities. During his tenure, the utility billing system was replaced.

Prior to Portland, Matt held a number of leadership positions with the City of Seattle in technology, technology policy, and development regulation and project management. Matt Lampe has Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Michigan.

Joyce Swanke
Senior Director, Customer Innovation and Enterprise Platform

Joyce Swanke is a Sr. Director in the Customer Innovation & Enterprise Platform team at SAP and focuses on helping customers drive process improvements and business transformation with Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and Predictive Analytics.

She has been with SAP for 12 years, with previous roles in Solution Management, Solution Engineering, Industry Principal for both Discrete & Process Manufacturing industries, and Business Transformation Services (BTS) consulting.

She is a Six Sigma Black Belt, a Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM) through APICS, certified as a Business Transformation Program Manager (BTPM) through SAP, and has recently become certified as a Solution-Focused Coach through Erickson International.  In addition, she has a BS in Industrial Engineering (BSIE) and a dual MBA in Operations Management/Finance & Accounting.

Joyce is Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Colorado Chapter of Women in Manufacturing (WiM).

Adam Mardini
Vice President, Development Architecture, Customer Innovation, and Enterprise Platform

Adam Mardini is a Chief Architect responsible for assisting elite customers plan roadmap for their digital transformation utilizing the latest of cutting edge in technology like HANA, Vora, S/4HANA, and BW4HANA. He has 29 years technical experience with professional background in enterprise architecture, projects implementation and management includes successful experience in positions demanding strong analytical, organizational, management and communicative skills; As well as working knowledge of various hardware, operating systems and business applications. He joined SAP in 2005 as part of the office of the CEO working on cross-functional and technical projects of various SAP modules.

He has been advocating digital transformation through SAP In-Memory platform as foundation for solving critical business problems outside the norm of SAP portfolio using systematic approach to innovation with strategic customers around the world following the principles of Design Thinking and utilizing the best of technology to showcase innovative architecture solution.

He holds degrees in both computer science and computer engineering with minor in math.

Haseen Alam
Chief Information Officer
Johnson Brothers Wholesale Liquor Co

Haseen Alam is CIO for Johnson Brothers Liquor Co., a family-owned wine, spirits, beer and nonalcoholic beverages distributor with headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota. The company was founded in 1953 and now operates in 22 states as a modern, dynamic, progressive beverage sales and distribution company grounded with old-fashioned values of hard work, loyalty, and a genuine commitment to excellence.

Alam is responsible for the overall IT strategy, direction and operations for Johnson Brothers Liquor Co. He has extensive experience in communications, infrastructure, mobility, application development, process improvement and standardization, systems integration and automation, project and portfolio management, data warehouse and analytics, and business continuity planning.

Prior to taking on the CIO role at the corporate office, Alam was IT director for one of the affiliate companies where he built a team to develop their in-house manufacturing, forecasting, purchasing, production scheduling, warehousing and distribution systems. He has been with Johnson Brothers family of companies since 1993.

He holds a B.S. in computer science, a B.S. in computer engineering, and an M.S. in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

Lilian Coral
Chief Data Officer
City of Los Angeles, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

Lilian Coral is the Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles, working within the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this role, she has taken the Mayor’s directive on Open Data beyond the lens of transparency and towards his vision of a data-driven Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, after having spent 15 years working on a wide range of health and human services issues as an advocate and executive leader. Having had the opportunity to work with labor unions, NGOs, foundations, and human service agencies at all levels of government, she felt inspired to apply her experience to re-thinking the way in which government uses data and technology to serve its citizens.

Most recently, as the founding Director of 2–1–1 California, she led a network of 26 non-governmental organizations, available to over 33 million Californians. The most significant challenge faced was: transforming legacy systems into state-of-the-art services that leverage technology to improve the lives of the most under-privileged in our communities. 2–1–1 programs throughout the U.S.A. and Canada provide the public with information, assessment and linkages to a wide range of public and private community resources, health and human services, and disaster response assistance.

Ms. Coral hold a master’s degree in public policy from UCLA and is a native of Colombia, a place from where much of her inspiration for innovation and social justice emerged.

Clayton Dewberry
Director, Advanced Solutions Group

With over 25 years of experience in various positions at companies like Symantec, Veritas, and others, Clayton now oversees Commvault’s Advanced Solutions Group for the western region. Clayton is a key change advocate for Commvault helping customers transform their data into a powerful strategic asset, with data protection and information management solutions that enable them to protect, access, and use all of their data — anywhere and anytime. Clayton is an alumni of the University of California, Davis and is a long-time resident of the San Francisco Bay area.

Sam Soheil Farajian
Chief Information Officer
Toastmasters International

Sam Soheil Farajian is the Chief Information Officer for Toastmasters International in Southern California. Toastmasters International is a professional association with 350,000 members in 135 countries. Toastmasters’ mission is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

Sam is an experienced IT Executive serving for profit, nonprofit and startup organizations for more than 25 years. In recent years his focus has been in the areas of digital strategy, IT governance and process improvement.

Sam holds a B.S. in Computer Science/System Architecture and M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee.

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