Programs

CTO & CIO Forum

Information and technology executives will provide a deeper understanding of the current technology landscape, how it relates to their respective Fortune companies, its impact on their industry and the medium, small and minority businesses that they work with, sell and/or buy from.

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Jacob Hsu 2018

Jacob Hsu

CEO

catalyte

Jacob Hsu

CEO
catalyte

Jacob Hsu is a Silicon Valley based executive, entrepreneur, and corporate advisor. Mr Hsu is currently the CEO of Catalyte (www.catalyte.io), a company that leverages data science to redevelop American non- technical workers to become software developers, creating thousands of new jobs in the knowledge economy. Prior to Catalyte, Mr. Hsu was CEO of Symbio, a global software engineering and R&D services company, which he transformed from an early stage startup company to global diversified IT services company with over 23,000 employees around the world.

Mr. Hsu has also co-founded or been a founding investor in over thirty other companies in the United States and Asia. Before joining Symbio, he was the founding CEO of Trilogica, a data aggregation software company, and founding CEO of Epitome, a banking applications company. Mr. Hsu began his career in investment banking focused on mergers & acquisitions.

Mr. Hsu received his bachelors from Wharton and was named by Chief Executive Magazine as one of the world’s Top 12 Young Global Leaders of Tomorrow and as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Scott Dillion

Scott Dillon

Executive Vice President, Head of Enterprise Information Technology

Wells Fargo

Scott Dillon

Executive Vice President, Head of Enterprise Information Technology
Wells Fargo

Scott Dillon is head of Enterprise Information Technology at Wells Fargo and the company’s Chief Technology Officer, one of the country’s largest and most innovative information technology groups with more than 17,000 talented team members who help keep Wells Fargo at the forefront of America’s diversified financial services companies.

Under his leadership, technology team members set IT strategy, deliver systems software design and development, and provide Wells Fargo global customers ‘round-the-clock’ banking access through in-store, online, ATM, mobile device and telephone transactions. They serve customers directly through systems availability and security, as well as indirectly, through internal business partners who deliver a wide range of financial products and services.

During his nearly two decades with the company, Scott has held various executive positions, including global head of Technology Infrastructure Services, head of Enterprise Hosting Services, chief information officer for Wholesale, Trust and Investment Banking, and head of Payment Strategies – where he created and led the Strategic Alliances & Ventures groups.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Scott was a Partner at Deloitte Consulting holding various leadership positions in the Strategy and Financial Services practices while also acting as a Lead Client Services Partner for multiple top 10 financial services organizations.

Scott received a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

Steve Hagood

Steve Hagood

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Ingersoll Rand

Steve Hagood

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Ingersoll Rand

Steve Hagood is senior vice president and chief information officer at Ingersoll Rand and a member of the company’s Enterprise Leadership Team.

Steve leads the company’s global information technology (IT) organization and is responsible for the development and execution of Ingersoll Rand’s information technology strategies, including enterprise technology infrastructure, information security, and business IT solutions.

Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, Steve spent 19 years with the Goodrich Corporation, most recently as the company’s vice president and chief information officer. With more than 30 years of experience, he has held multiple executive and financial leadership roles in the aerospace and defense, manufacturing and service industries.

Steve currently chairs the Charlotte CIO Executive Summit and previously served as the chair of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce IT Summit. He is a past director and Board Chair of Apparo, a Charlotte-based nonprofit organization, and a prior director for the Charlotte Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Technology Advisory Board.

Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal as ‘CIO of the Year’ in 2014.

Guru Vasudeva

Guru (Guruprasad) Vasudeva

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer Prog & App Services

Nationwide Insurance

Guru (Guruprasad) Vasudeva

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer Prog & App Services
Nationwide Insurance

Guru Vasudeva is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Program & Application Services at Nationwide Mutual Insurance, a $27 billion revenue financial services and insurance company. In this role, Guru manages a shared services organization that provides program and project management, application development, and requirements and testing for the enterprise. He is also responsible for the delivery of large and complex programs, Lean and Agile transformation of application development and maintenance functions across Nationwide.

Prior to this role, Guru held several senior leadership positions at Nationwide including Enterprise Chief Technology Officer, Business Unit CIO, and Chief Architect.

Faye Francy

Faye Francy

Executive Director

Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC)

Faye Francy

Executive Director
Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC)

Faye Francy is the Executive Director for the Auto-ISAC.  This non-profit organization was established in August of 2015 and serves the global automotive industry through the analysis and sharing of trusted and timely cyber threat information about existing or potential cyber-related threats and vulnerabilities for on-road vehicle electronics and associated networks.  The ED is actively engaged with private-sector stakeholders, partners and government agencies to facilitate information sharing and strengthen the industry's capability and capacity to detect, prevent, respond to, and mitigate disruptions related to the connected vehicle and supporting infrastructure.

Jin Zhang

Jin Zhang

Vice President of Product

CA Technologies

Jin Zhang

Vice President of Product
CA Technologies

Named “Women of Influence 2017”, Jin Zhang is currently VP of Product at CA Technologies.  Prior to this she led Apigee to its IPO as their VP of Engineering.  Jin was an engineering executive with IBM, responsible for managing large teams as well as delivering 8-digit revenue. Jin is a member of Palo Alto Lean In Circle, and one of the sponsors / speakers for Bay Area Girls Geek Dinner.  A frequent speaker and CIO Reviewcontributor, Jin is passionate about diversity and mentoring, and her favorite technology topics includes data, cloud, and design thinking.  Jin spent her spare time teaching and inspiring at Stanford University as well as Menlo College.

Faraz Iqbal

Faraz Iqbal

Chief Operating Officer

Naranga

Faraz Iqbal

Chief Operating Officer
Naranga

George Linares

​George Linares

Chief Technology Officer

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

​George Linares

Chief Technology Officer
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

George Linares is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As CTO, George serves as one of the Agency's principal officials responsible for information technology (IT) at CMS in the following areas: systems architecture & security, platforms and networks. George advocates the optimization of CMS' IT investments and proposes enhancements to CMS IT and information technology practices to maintain cost-effective offerings, with an emphasis on the ever evolving and maturing of CMS’ technical environment.

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Scott Dillion

Scott Dillon

Executive Vice President, Head of Enterprise Information Technology

Wells Fargo

Scott Dillon

Executive Vice President, Head of Enterprise Information Technology
Wells Fargo

Scott Dillon is head of Enterprise Information Technology at Wells Fargo and the company’s Chief Technology Officer, one of the country’s largest and most innovative information technology groups with more than 17,000 talented team members who help keep Wells Fargo at the forefront of America’s diversified financial services companies.

Under his leadership, technology team members set IT strategy, deliver systems software design and development, and provide Wells Fargo global customers ‘round-the-clock’ banking access through in-store, online, ATM, mobile device and telephone transactions. They serve customers directly through systems availability and security, as well as indirectly, through internal business partners who deliver a wide range of financial products and services.

During his nearly two decades with the company, Scott has held various executive positions, including global head of Technology Infrastructure Services, head of Enterprise Hosting Services, chief information officer for Wholesale, Trust and Investment Banking, and head of Payment Strategies – where he created and led the Strategic Alliances & Ventures groups.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Scott was a Partner at Deloitte Consulting holding various leadership positions in the Strategy and Financial Services practices while also acting as a Lead Client Services Partner for multiple top 10 financial services organizations.

Scott received a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

Steve Hagood

Steve Hagood

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Ingersoll Rand

Steve Hagood

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Ingersoll Rand

Steve Hagood is senior vice president and chief information officer at Ingersoll Rand and a member of the company’s Enterprise Leadership Team.

Steve leads the company’s global information technology (IT) organization and is responsible for the development and execution of Ingersoll Rand’s information technology strategies, including enterprise technology infrastructure, information security, and business IT solutions.

Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, Steve spent 19 years with the Goodrich Corporation, most recently as the company’s vice president and chief information officer. With more than 30 years of experience, he has held multiple executive and financial leadership roles in the aerospace and defense, manufacturing and service industries.

Steve currently chairs the Charlotte CIO Executive Summit and previously served as the chair of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce IT Summit. He is a past director and Board Chair of Apparo, a Charlotte-based nonprofit organization, and a prior director for the Charlotte Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Technology Advisory Board.

Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal as ‘CIO of the Year’ in 2014.

Kishore Khandavalli

Kishore Khandavalli

CEO & Chairman

Itech Global Group

Kishore Khandavalli

CEO & Chairman
Itech Global Group

Kishore Khandavalli founded SevenTablets in 2012 as a part of the iTech group of companies. He started iTech in 2003 and he remains the group’s CEO & Chairman today. Under Mr. Khandavalli’s leadership, the company has evolved into a global group, established key partnerships and acquired numerous clients, many of which are Fortune 100 organizations. Currently managing over 1,200 employees, three offices outside the U.S., and five within the United States and Canada, he steered iTech to be the fastest growing technology company in New England. Over the last few years, he made strategic acquisitions to make iTech into a consortium of companies with global delivery centers offering solutions in IT services (www.iTechUS.comwww.SmtWorks.com) mobile technologies (www.SevenTablets.com), software solutions and data management (www.iTechDataServices.com). Before founding iTech, Mr. Khandavalli founded Primesoft in 1997, which was later merged with another software company. He spearheaded the merger and subsequently led the combined organization until 2002. Prior to venturing into the IT industry, Mr. Khandavalli worked as a chemical engineer at Enerfex, a technology think tank in Vermont where he developed a unique patented technology to capture greenhouse gases and reuse them as byproducts.  He was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year finalist for two years in a row in 2009 & 2010. He was also a Wells Fargo Asian Business leader finalist in 2010. He is an avid flying enthusiast and a private pilot and holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron in Ohio.

Krish Krishnan

Krish Krishnan

Chief Technology Officer

Ampcus, Inc.

Krish Krishnan

Chief Technology Officer
Ampcus, Inc.

Krish Krishnan is the Chief Technology Officer of Ampcus Inc, a Business and Technology Consulting Services Company based in Chantilly, Va. He is a recognized expert worldwide in the strategy, architecture and implementation of Big Data, Text Analytics, Analytics and Data Warehousing. His team focus at Ampcus is to provide leading innovation and solutions to Clients across Federal and Commercial. He leads the development of algorithms and solution frameworks that Ampcus will leverage across all solutions. Krish brings a vast experience of 24+ years with clients including USPS, eBay, Experian, Walgreens, Allstate, CNA Insurance, Cars.Com, Fox, State Street Bank, EMC, Elsevier, RBS, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, Reliance Communications, Singtel, Electronic Arts, Brocade, Cisco and many others. Krish has written three books “Building the Unstructured Data Warehouse” with Bill Inmon and “Data Warehousing in the Age of Big Data” and “Social Analytics” with Shawn Rogers, and working on two more to come in 2017/2018. Krish is a featured speaker at many conferences globally and a faculty at TDWI.

Gopa Kumar

Gopa Kumar

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Information and Technology Services

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Gopa Kumar

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Information and Technology Services
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Gopa began his career with the Bank in 1994 as an applications manager and was promoted to senior vice president in 2010.

Prior to joining the Bank, Gopa was the system manager and chief architect at Providian Financial. Gopa holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, India.

Gopa serves in leadership roles on several key Federal Reserve System workgroups, including Technology Service Council, Application Development Leadership Team, and the information Security Council.  Gopa is a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee.

Gopa is a governing body member of the San Francisco CIO Executive Summit, and is also the co-chair of the San Francisco CIO Mid-Market Executive Summit.

Chintan Mehta

Chintan Mehta

Chief Technology Officer

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Chintan Mehta

Chief Technology Officer
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Chintan is the CTO of Walgreens Boots Alliance and is responsible for all consumer facing experiences across all digital channels globally. As a part of this role Chintan also heads the innovation team responsible for all our work across new areas like telemedicine, in-store digital experiences etc. Prior to WBA Chintan was Vice President of Engineering at American Express responsible for developing a range of digital payments capabilities and Solutions. Chintan has a Masters in Computer Science from University of Hertfordshire.

Ralf Nickel

Ralf Nickel

Global Director IT & Chief Contracting Officer

General Motors Company

Ralf Nickel

Global Director IT & Chief Contracting Officer
General Motors Company

Ralf is currently Global Director IT & Chief Contracting Officer.  He has held this role since December 2015.  Prior to this position, he was the Purchasing Director for Infotainment, Semiconductors and Software.

Ralf began his career in 1996 at Opel located in Bochum, Germany.  In 1998, he moved to Opel Rüsselsheim, Germany.  In 2000, he transitioned to an international assignment in Rochester, NY, working on Fuel Cells, and localized to GM a few years later. In 2007, Ralf moved to Michigan.  He has held several positions in Purchasing and Program Management in the areas of Fuel Cells, Electrification, New Technology, as well as Commodity Purchasing and Crisis Management.

Ralf was born in Hildesheim, Germany.  He has a dual masters equivalent degree in mechanical engineering and business administration (“Diplom Wirtschaftsingenieur”) from the University of Paderborn, Germany.  He speaks German, English, Spanish and basic French.

Michael Nolfo

Mike Nolfo

Senior Vice President, Information Technology

Enterprise Holdings Inc.

Mike Nolfo

Senior Vice President, Information Technology
Enterprise Holdings Inc.

Mike Nolfo is a senior vice president in Information Technology at Enterprise Holdings Inc. Mike leads the development of innovative, consumer-focused solutions and services that meet the dynamic needs of the entire entity and its customers. He has responsibility for the daily technical operations of a global IT team of nearly 2,000 employees.

Mike joined Enterprise Holdings in 1995 as a process manager in application development. During his tenure, he has had led diverse functions within IT, including application development, infrastructure, security and other key IT functions. Prior to joining Enterprise Holdings, Mike was a consulting manager at Ernst and Young.

Enterprise Holdings and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management offer a total transportation solution. These businesses achieved $20.9 billion in revenue and operated nearly 1.9 million vehicles in more than 85 countries throughout the work in fiscal year 2016.

Joshua Soliz

Joshua Soliz

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

MGM Resorts International, Inc.

Joshua Soliz

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
MGM Resorts International, Inc.

Joshua Soliz has held the position of Vice President and Chief Technology Officer with MGM Resorts International since 2012. In this position he leads the strategic direction for the MGMRI Architecture, Engineering and Innovation Delivery teams. This includes Architecture and Engineering of critical services for MGM Resorts International such as Infrastructure, Cloud (IaaS and SaaS), and commercial applications. He is also the primary advisor on multiple innovation initiatives and is leading a small team of staff for mode 2 delivery.

Prior to his promotion in 2012, Joshua was the Vice President of Global Infrastructure Management for MGM Resorts International Information Technology Department.

Joshua has over 18 years of experience in hospitality. Prior to joining the company, Joshua was the Director of IT Infrastructure for a global timeshare company, Sunterra Corporation (now Diamond Resorts International) in North Las Vegas and has worked for very large companies such as General Motors and AT&T. Joshua has been working in IT Infrastructure for over 25 years and is known for his excellence in crisis management while providing innovation, value creation, and technology leadership.

Joshua is the president of the Technology & Diversity for Charity board of directors and is a member of the Collaboration Leaders Council for Switch Data Centers.

Joshua is a native of Ohio and was educated at Purdue University and UNLV and holds various technology and process improvement certifications.

Jim Tussing

Jim Tussing

Vice President, Enterprise Chief Architect

Nationwide Insurance

Jim Tussing

Vice President, Enterprise Chief Architect
Nationwide Insurance

Jim Tussing is an Information Technology executive with over 29 years of experience spanning application development, application integration, infrastructure and data.

Jim is currently serving as VP, Enterprise Chief Architect for Nationwide Insurance, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Nationwide is the 7th largest homeowners insurer, the 8th largest auto insurer, the 8th largest life insurer, and the number one small business insurer in the U.S.  In his current role, Jim has responsibility for Enterprise Architecture for Nationwide’s IT applications, infrastructure, and data, and the continued development and evolution of the IT Architecture capability.
 
Prior to his current role, Jim served as Infrastructure CTO for Nationwide, leading Nationwide’s adoption of cloud computing through the development and deployment of an internal private cloud and adoption of public cloud services. Jim’s prior focus areas have included server virtualization, implementation of Service Oriented Architecture application integration capability, and enterprise application integration across multiple platforms.

Jin Zhang

Jin Zhang

Vice President of Product

CA Technologies

Jin Zhang

Vice President of Product
CA Technologies

Named “Women of Influence 2017”, Jin Zhang is currently VP of Product at CA Technologies.  Prior to this she led Apigee to its IPO as their VP of Engineering.  Jin was an engineering executive with IBM, responsible for managing large teams as well as delivering 8-digit revenue. Jin is a member of Palo Alto Lean In Circle, and one of the sponsors / speakers for Bay Area Girls Geek Dinner.  A frequent speaker and CIO Reviewcontributor, Jin is passionate about diversity and mentoring, and her favorite technology topics includes data, cloud, and design thinking.  Jin spent her spare time teaching and inspiring at Stanford University as well as Menlo College.