James Barrese is Chief Technology Officer at PayPal. In this role, he is responsible for providing a world-class payments platform and technology infrastructure that powers PayPal’s innovative payment products and services for its merchant partners and millions of account holders worldwide. He has deep experience in building innovative new products, large-scale systems and strategic platforms. Having served in a multitude of technology leadership roles at eBay and PayPal, James' most recent position was as vice president, PayPal global product development. Working at eBay since 2001, James led the strategic re-architecture and scaling of eBay, along the way building world-class teams developing the open platforms, infrastructure, software, analytics systems and site operations that power the world’s largest marketplace.
Kia Behnia is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for BMC Software. He is a recognized luminary in the IT industry and brings his considerable expertise to determining BMC's vision and direction across its entire portfolio of solutions, including mainframe, IT service management, virtualization management and cloud computing. Additionally, He leads BMC's marketing and communications organization, thus ensuring that BMC's marketing and communications activities directly align to the vision and objectives of the company. Under his leadership, BMC has developed industry-leading cloud management solutions and continues to drive innovation for businesses that need to implement a cloud computing strategy. Further, he has been instrumental in developing BMC's Business Service Management into a world-class technology platform. During his tenure at BMC, he has also served as BMC's chief corporate architect and held the role of chief technology officer (CTO) for the change and configuration products.
Eric Billingsley is currently leading Apple's evolution from the world-changing computer and device company, to becoming one of the best Internet Service organizations on the planet as well. His organization is focused on scaling and optimizing infrastructure software, site reliability and system administration, technical operations and high performance capacitization. Prior to joining Apple, he was Engineering Director at Google. Through his career, Eric has helped the most successful Internet companies - Google, eBay and AltaVista - dramatically scale their infrastructure during times of exponential growth. He is motivated by the challenges of a fast-paced and growing business with technology at its core, and enjoys building self-motivated teams that innovate for the business and inspire those around them to succeed.
Rickey Burks directs the activities of USAA’s Architecture, Applied Research, Innovation and Technical Fellow community in providing business focused technology innovation, strategy, design, and governance in support of key goals and future direction of the company. He joined USAA in 1985 as a Programmer Analyst, since that time he has held several positions including; Bank Systems Executive, Vice President, IT Architecture and current position as Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer. Rickey has over thirty five years of experience in information technology related to banking and the finance industry. Prior to joining USAA, Rickey's experience included information technology positions at Republic National Bank, Dallas, Texas and Frost National Bank, San Antonio, Texas.
Joe Burton serves as Chief Technology Officer, responsible for setting and driving Plantronics' technology direction and leading the company's global engineering teams and programs. Prior to joining Plantronics, he has held several key executive, engineering leadership and architecture-level positions at Polycom, Cisco, and Active Voice. During Burton's 10 year career with Cisco, he served as Cisco's Chief Technology Officer for Unified Communications, encompassing call management, IP phones, contact center, conferencing, unified messaging, unified communications applications, and advanced technologies and products. He was most recently EVP, CTO, Chief Strategy Officer, and General Manager for Service Provider at Polycom where he led Polycom's long-term strategic agenda and next-generation focus areas.
Stephen Bye, CTO and Vice President of Technology Development & Strategy, is responsible for driving Sprint’s technology strategy, architecture and global standards; innovation center and labs; emerging business and service model development. Bye has more than 20 years of engineering, operations, product development, business planning and marketing experience with telecom, cable and wireless service providers. Prior to joining Sprint, Bye was vice president of Wireless at Cox Communications. He has also held executive positions with AT&T, inCode Wireless, BellSouth International, Optus Communications and Telstra.
Dr. Steven D. Gray is CTO and SVP of Engineering leading innovation and product development for CSR’s entire portfolio or products including hardware, embedded software and data center solutions. His leadership responsibilities encompass ASICs for connectivity, location and SoCs products as well as our cloud infrastructure for CSR's Service Delivery Platform. A key initiative Dr. Gray led is the creation of the Internet of Things (IoT) solution combining silicon, software and services allowing CSR to create competitive differentiation. Prior to joining CSR in November 2011, he was Vice President for Huawei Technologies where he lead teams architecting the next generation content-oriented networks, media-oriented collaboration tools for next generation telepresence and a IT cloud services platform. Prior to Huawei, Dr. Gray held positions with Marvell Semiconductor, Intel and Nokia. Dr. Gray’s was CTO of the Cellular and Handheld Group originally part of Intel’s Mobility Group that was sold in 2006 to Marvell Semiconductor. While with the Cellular and Handheld Group, Dr. Gray was GM of the Convergence Products for smart phones and Director of Advanced Development leading 3G-modem and Next Generation Application Processor development. Dr. Gray held several positions during his 10 year tenure with Nokia including GM and Vice President of Corporate R&D US and Head of the Radio Communications Lab where he was a co-inventor of Bluetooth Smart (formerly called Wibree) and started the LTE program for mobile cellular high speed data. Dr. Gray is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and is a member of the honorary engineering societies Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.
In his role at PepsiCo Mehmood Khan has led a strategic transformation to transform, grow and continually enhance the company’s global portfolio of high-quality food and beverage offerings. Under his leadership, the R&D team has led the development of important nutrition platforms such as fruits and vegetables, dairy, baked grains, and hummus and other fresh dips. Over the past six years, in an effort to further develop categories and capture the growth opportunities of the future, the R&D function has expanded its research capabilities by recruiting highly regarded clinical and food scientists, global health leaders and medical experts, in addition to launching research projects with leading universities worldwide.
Dr. Omkaram (Om) Nalamasu is senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) for Applied Materials. He brings extensive experience and passion to the role of CTO, where he is leading the development of new product pipelines, securing government funding for key strategic projects and building a world-class team to maintain Applied Materials’ technology leadership in the industries it serves and enable growth into new markets. Dr. Nalamasu is also the president of Applied Ventures, LLC, the venture capital fund of Applied Materials, overseeing the financial and strategic investments in early and growth-stage privately held companies. A world-renowned expert in materials science and technology and one of our industry’s respected forward thinkers, Dr. Nalamasu has championed a renewed focus on the company’s innovation culture through various internal development programs and open innovation methods. He has strengthened Applied Materials’ strategic relationships with universities and research institutes around the world including IIT Bombay.
Rajesh “Nat” Natarajan is responsible for setting the strategic direction of TurboTax technology and product experiences with the design team. He is a Silicon Valley veteran with more than 20 years of Web-scale technology and product development experience. He is an accomplished leader and engineer of innovative software and services, most recently serving as vice president, global credit expansion at PayPal, an eBay company. He held multiple senior roles in his eight-year tenure at PayPal, including vice president global product development and vice president of platform engineering and operations. A seasoned product leader, he led PayPal’s engineering teams in eight locations around the world. He has launched multiple innovative products and has deep expertise in cloud-based engineering at scale, agile development and quality. Prior to PayPal, he held e-commerce product and technology leadership positions at Sabre-Holding and Travelocity.com.
Pirooz Parvarandeh, Chief Technology Officer at Maxim Integrated, champions efforts to stimulate technical innovation throughout the company. He manages the Technology Development and Infrastructure Group which comprises Process Technology R&D, Electronic Design Automation, Modeling, and ESD. He also oversees Maxim Labs, an organization chartered to deliver fundamental innovative, breakthrough technology for the company. Under his leadership, selected engineers have the opportunity to focus for long periods of time on difficult problems without interruptions. In recent years Maxim has seen a significant rise in the number of its patent applications. Over the years he has been an industry leader in developing new technologies. He holds two patents in the U.S. and has four other patents pending.
Todd Schofield is Managing Director of SC Studios, LLC, Standard Chartered Bank’s technology outpost office in San Francisco. He joined Standard Chartered in 2008 as an IT Domain Head in Singapore. He relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010 to establish SC Studios as part of the Group CIO’s initiative to bring advanced technology insights and innovation opportunities to the Bank. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Schofield was Chief Technology Officer at International SOS. He was previously a Global IT Director at DFS Group and an IT Manager for DFS Group’s parent company, Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton SDG. Prior to DFS/LVMH, he held IT Management positions with Cost Plus World Market and Discovery Channel Retail.
Paul Chapman serves as Chief Information Officer of HP Software. In this role, he is responsible for the IT organization supporting the development and delivery of IT solutions for HP Software. He has more than 25 years of IT experience with particular expertise in rapid growth companies. He is experienced in all areas of management, including global service delivery, applications development, quality assurance, support, operations, call center support, strategy and transformation. He has a track record of accomplishments founded on a business client focus, strong team-building, solid program management disciplines and outside-in thinking. He has previously held roles at VMware, Affymetrix, Sun Microsystems, AT&T and NCR.
Paul Chapman is currently Senior Vice President and CIO for Gap. He directs the eCommerce division of Gap Inc. that operates the websites for some of the most powerful retail brands in the world including Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Piperlime. In this role, he is responsible for developing and executing the company’s ecommerce and store technology, strategies, and directs all aspects of IT operations, application development, support and technical services for this billion dollar global ecommerce business. Paul is a high energy leader who has a deep passion for technology, and process and organizational optimization. He has spent his entire career in Information Technology, having first worked for many large companies in the Los Angeles area before operating his own successful technology consulting firm for over 10 years. Prior to joining Gap, Paul helped grow and operate two Internet startups.
Paul Lehman is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer responsible for the Global Technology Services organization at Experian. From 1996 to 2010, he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), a Xerox company where he was responsible for commercial and government sector operations. Prior to ACS, he served in various leadership positions with Andersen Consulting, FedEx, MCI Telecommunications and NCNB National Bank of Florida. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Christian Brothers University.
Sherrie Littlejohn leads the Enterprise Technology Architecture and Planning (ETAP) group at Wells Fargo with responsibility for architecture governance, EA, technology strategy, system review and the IT operating model program. With nearly 30 years experience in the telecommunications industry, Sherrie has lead efforts in voice, data, applications, systems, instrumentation, network and overall IT technology development. Sherrie holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois.
Ralph Loura is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Clorox. He is responsible for the company’s worldwide use of information technology. In his role, he leads the global IT organization and directs the company’s strategic technology initiatives in support of Clorox’ goal of making everyday life better, every day. Prior to joining Clorox he served as SVP and CIO for Medicis, VP and CIO for Symbol Technologies and held IT leadership positions at Cisco Systems, Lucent Technologies and AT&T.
Patty Morrison is EVP of Customer Care Shared Services and Chief Information Officer of Cardinal Health. In this role, she is responsible for the company's enterprise-wide information technology. She is also responsible for the Customer Contact Centers and Contracts and Pricing. Previously, she was EVP and CIO for Motorola, where she oversaw all strategic, operational and financial aspects of the company's information technology architecture, systems, tools, processes and infrastructure. Her prior experience also includes CIO of Office Depot, Inc.; and senior-level information technology positions at General Electric Co., PepsiCo, Inc., The Procter & Gamble Co. and The Quaker Oats Co.
Paul Moulton currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Costco. He lived and worked in the U.K. starting Costco Europe until 1995 when he moved to Asia to start Costco operations in Korea, Taiwan and Japan. He returned back to the US in 1997 to become the head of Costco’s information technology. He graduated from the University of San Diego.
Mark Settle is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for IHS. He manages and directs information technology (IT) strategy and operations globally to enable continued successful profitable growth of IHS. With overall responsibility for the entire enterprise IT function, he ensures that the company’s systems and infrastructure anticipate both current and future needs, are scalable with continued growth, and are efficient and secure while employing innovative data strategies and architectures. Prior to joining IHS, he served as the CIO of five Fortune 500 companies and worked in a variety of industries including enterprise software, consumer products, high-tech distribution, financial services and oil & gas. He has supported the global business operations of companies with high transaction rates and stringent “up time” requirements, including Visa International, Arrow Electronics, Corporate Express, Occidental Petroleum and ARCO.
Douglas Smith currently serves as Vice President of Architecture and Solution Management for McKesson. In this role he has responsibility for technology strategy and architecture within McKesson's Enterprise IT function. He has been with McKesson for eight years in various roles including most recently the leader of McKesson's IT transformation. He holds a masters degree in International Business from Duke University.
Judith Spitz is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for IT Strategy and Planning. She is responsible for developing IT-enabled business and technology strategies that drive competitive advantage in the marketplace, establishing and implementing enterprise-wide standards for IT computing infrastructure and systems architecture, for IT portfolio management, talent management, process and technology transformation, IT governance and compliance, and for integration with corporate strategy and product development. In 2012 she received the Leadership and Service in Technology award from PACE University and the Purchase College Entrepreneurship Award. InfoWorld named her as a 2009 CTO 25 award winner. Computerworld magazine named her to its CIO 100 Honoree list in 2007 and CIO Magazine placed Spitz on its “Ones to Watch” list in 2005. She has received Verizon Communications’ Quality and Excellence Awards three times.
Prior to becoming President of Integnology, Farhat Ali was President and CEO of LENSOO, a startup focusing on eLearning. He has broad experience in all facets of business and operations. He is former president and Chief Executive Officer of Fujitsu America. He successfully orchestrated mergers of various subsidiaries of Fujitsu to form Fujitsu America which provides Information Technology based business solutions. His contributions at Fujitsu include building an effective executive team, revamping the sales structure, and developing a world/class supply chain. Prior to joining Fujitsu, he spent over 20b years at Amdahl Corporation where he held senior management positions including Vice President of operations, Vice President of Customer Service and Chief Financial Officer of Amdahl Global Services.
Professor Burgelman is the Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management and the Executive Director of the Stanford Executive Program (SEP) of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he has taught since 1981. Robert Burgelman carries out longitudinal field-based research on the role of strategy in firm evolution. He has examined how companies enter into new businesses and leave others, and how success may lead to co-evolutionary lock-in with the environment. His research has focused on organizations where strategic action is distributed among multiple levels of management. He has written some 100 case studies of companies in many different technology-based industries. He currently focuses on the challenges posed by nonlinear strategic dynamics.
Basheer Janjua is the Founding Chair and President of CTO Forum and its focused workgroups, The CIO Council and The CTO Institute. CTO Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a trusted, creative, and non-commercial network of the brightest minds of our generation. He is known for his passion to advance our modern world. He has served as a board member of the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. He also serves as the Chairman and CEO of Integnology, a consulting practice.