Protecting your organization against digital disruption
March 5 - 6, 2014 | Fluno Center | Madison, WI
March 5-6, 2014 | Fluno Center | Madison, WI
Fusion 2014 Speakers
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Steve Cretney is the VP and CIO for Colony Brands, a family of direct to consumer brands located in Monroe, WI. Steve has over 25 years of IT experience with an innate ability to lead technology organizations and deliver business results.
Prior to joining Colony Brands, Steve led the global information technology concerns for Lands’ End. Additionally, in role of President and COO at TASC, a third party administrator of employee benefit services, Steve had the unique opportunity to help develop business strategy and lead various business units, including Sales and Operation. Steve is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Erdman Center for Operations and Technology Management as well as a member of TASC’s Board of Advisors.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Founder and CEO
Founder and CEO of Chicago-based AHEAD®, Dan Adamany’s contribution to data center evolution is an innovative business model that helps organizations align information technologies with business processes, value chain partner and employee expectations, and customer relationships. A mechanical engineer by training, Adamany is responsible for the AHEAD corporate vision and strategy.
Adamany learned the fundamentals of IT within the sales organization at IBM. From there he refined his financial, management, and sales skills in roles of increasing responsibility at EMC, ultimately serving as Global Account Manager. In 2007, recognizing the need for a new breed of IT firm designed around changing technology consumption models, Adamany launched AHEAD.
Adamany is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and serves on the board of directors for Getting Ahead, a non-profit dedicated to helping those with financial need pursue their academic dreams. He is also involved in several entrepreneurial ventures within various industries, including real estate, hospitality, and entertainment, where he lends his experience and vision to drive success.
President and CEO
John Baumann has served as President and CEO of Colony Brands, Inc. (formerly The Swiss Colony, Inc.) since May of 1996. He first joined the company in August of 1985 when he was hired as Manager of New Customer Development. He was promoted to Director of Marketing in 1987, Executive Director of Marketing in 1988, Vice President Strategic Marketing in 1989 and Senior Vice President Strategic Planning in 1995. Prior to his arrival at The Swiss Colony, Baumann served as a sports reporter (1982-1983) for the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper, Madison, Wisconsin.
In addition to his roles as President of Colony Brands, Inc, Baumann serves as President of the organization's data center, SCDC, and various catalog titles.
In 1985 Baumann earned a Masters of Business Administration degree with majors in Marketing and Finance from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, Illinois. Baumann is a 1982 graduate of The University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.
Vice President and Head of
Peter Coffee, VP and head of platform research, joined salesforce.com in January of 2007. He previously spent 18 years as a senior contributor to the enterprise IT journals eWEEK and PC Week. Based in the Los Angeles area, he works with IT professionals and ISVs to build a global community based on the Force.com enterprise cloud computing platform.
Coffee has 28 years’ experience in guiding the introduction and adoption of new technologies and practices as a developer, consultant, educator, and internationally published author and lecturer. He has appeared on national newscasts in the U.S., Mexico and India addressing a broad range of eBusiness issues. He chaired the four-day Web Security Summit conference in Boston during the summer of 2000; he has been a keynote speaker, moderator or workshop leader at technical conferences, business computing events and academic gatherings throughout the U.S. and Asia as well as in Australia, Canada, Latin America and western Europe.
Coffee was previously the first manager of desktop computing integration at The Aerospace Corporation, where he also worked in space systems project management and in space-asset applications of artificial intelligence techniques. Before that, he held various project management roles in arctic development, chemical facility construction, and alternative-fuels production for Exxon operations in New Jersey, Louisiana, California and Alaska’s Beaufort Sea. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, where he also served as an instructor for core classes in IT management; he has held faculty appointments in computer science (artificial intelligence) at UCLA and in business analytics at Chapman College. He is the author of two books, How To Program Java and Peter Coffee Teaches PCs.
Kenexa, an IBM Company
Tim Geisert is a Kenexa Principal and serves as the Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to this role, he was the Vice President of Sales for Recruitment Process Outsourcing and Employment Branding Practices from 2007 to 2010.
Before joining Kenexa, Geisert was the Chief Marketing Officer from 2000 to 2007 at Bailey Lauerman, a nationally recognized, independent marketing communications firm. Geisert also served as Vice President, Account Management from 1995 to 2000 at The Martin Agency, consistently ranked as one of the top ten most-awarded creative agencies in the country.
During his storied career, he has worked with a variety of global organizations in the Fortune 500, including Disney, Bayer AG and Union Pacific Railroad. Tim has published numerous articles on employment branding, cultural insight, organizational discovery and effective recruitment practices.
He holds a degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he has also taught communications research and strategy courses as an adjunct professor.
VP of Operations
OneNeck IT Solutions
Jim Hertle, OneNeck IT Solutions Vice President of Operations has over twenty years of global leadership in IT Operations, Semiconductor Engineering, Capital Equipment and Construction Services. He has held numerous leadership positions within Operations and Engineering, most recently as the COO of OneNeck IT Services. Prior to joining OneNeck, Jim spent more than a decade with Freescale Semiconductor /Motorola in progressively responsible positions in their Microcontroller, Memory, RF, and Networking businesses. Prior to Motorola, he was a Mechanical Engineer at Advanced Semiconductor Materials and General Signal Thinfilm Company. Jim received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University, an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix and is Six Sigma certified.
President and CEO
University of Wisconsin Foundation
Michael M. Knetter joined the University of Wisconsin Foundation as president and chief executive officer on October 16, 2010 after eight years as dean of the Wisconsin School of Business. As dean, he orchestrated the novel $85 million Wisconsin Naming Gift, the expansion of Grainger Hall, and the restructuring and improved national standing of the full-time MBA.
Prior to joining the UW-Madison in 2002, he was associate dean of the MBA program and professor of international economics in the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He also served as senior staff economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisors for former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
A native of Wisconsin, Knetter is a director of American Family Insurance and serves as a trustee of Neuberger Berman Funds. He recently chaired the capital campaign for The Road Home Dane County, a non-profit that assists in finding housing and work solutions for homeless families in Dane County.
EY Advisory Services, CIO Services
Jeff has been leading IT transformations in many forms for over 25 years. This includes planning, estimating, designing and building leading edge, high scale software. His experience covers the gamut of business technology use cases with a focus on large scale system integration and business transformation programs. He has planned, estimated, and delivered solutions across the full life-cycle from upfront solution planning/forecasting, through design, and delivery. Sector focus includes US Federal (US Census Decennial Address Canvassing application being the most recent), Technology, Health Care, Financial Services and Manufacturing.
Prior to joining EY, Jeff was the lead Partner for Accenture’s architecture practice with global responsibility for program definition, delivery, and review. Past clients include Cisco Systems, the US Census Bureau, EMC, Sears Holdings, Sun Microsystems and Best Buy, to name a few.
I/S Shared Services AVP
American Family Insurance
James Madden is the I/S Shared Services AVP at American Family Insurance and is responsible for enterprise architecture, application development, project management and testing shared resources along with I/S strategic, operational and financial planning. His recent work has been focused on usage based insurance (UBI), enterprise data and analytics, customer relationship and interaction management, and analyzing and acquiring new affiliate organizations. In addition, James has more than 20-years of insurance industry experience in numerous functions including I/S, Corporate Finance, Underwriting & Rating, and Product Management.
SVP, Corporate Marketing
Jonathan Martin is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing at EMC Corporation. With revenues of $22 billion in 2012 and approximately 65,000 people worldwide, EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect, and analyze their most valuable asset – information – in a more agile, trusted, and cost-efficient way.
Martin joined EMC in March 2011 and is responsible for global corporate marketing including brand & creative, paid media, EMC’s web, social, community, and mobile presence, marketing analytics and corporate events. In his role, Martin’s charter is to make the EMC brand synonymous with IT transformation, big data, and security.
Prior to EMC, Martin was the Worldwide Vice President and General Manger of the Information Management and Commercial Solutions divisions at Hewlett Packard. Previously, Martin has held executive marketing positions over the last 18 years at large and small B2B companies including Hewlett-Packard, salesforce.com, VERITAS Software and a number of venture-backed companies.
Martin holds a BSc (Honors) and MSc in computer science and is a member of the CMO Council, and Forrester’s CMO Group.
University of Wisconsin Foundation
Kari Myrland is the CIO at the University of Wisconsin Foundation assuming the position in early 2013. In this role she is responsible for overall IT operations and data management, including the current implementation of Blackbaud’s CRM and Financial Edge systems. While new to the Higher Education space, Kari is a seasoned IT executive with experience leading large, enterprise software projects. Before landing at the University of Wisconsin Foundation, Kari was the Senior Director of Information and Communications technology at Promega Corporation where she was responsible for both IT and Marketing Communications. Kari earned a BS from James Madison University.
VP & Gartner Fellow
Tina Nunno is a research vice president in Gartner's CIO Research group based in Stamford, Connecticut. Ms. Nunno is responsible for conducting research and developing publications aimed at helping CIOs and their organizations around the world improve their performance and contribution. She specializes in CIO-related management issues including working with the board of directors, executive communication strategies, change leadership and governance strategies. She also focuses on issues specific to women in technology, and has co-authored Gartner's Annual CIO Agenda report. Ms. Nunno's most recent research deals with navigating complex CIO decisions and sensitive organizational politics issues. She focuses on specific strategies and tactics for managing IT political land mines, and CIO power politics. Ms. Nunno also explores the use of more extreme political tactics in her research titled, "Machiavelli's Guide to IT."
Prior to joining Gartner in 1997, Ms. Nunno worked for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. As part of her work for the Congressional Research Service, she led interparliamentary technical assistance programs. She also conducted research on a variety of issues related to international affairs, national defense and United Nations-related issues.
Senior Vice President & CTO
Austin Park serves as SVP and CTO of PDS, where he is responsible for architecting a cohesive strategy for the organization. He directly oversees research and development, consulting services, and project execution. He also leads the development of the company’s cloud offerings, including the Cloud Extension Center.
Park joined PDS in 2004 as VP of Infrastructure Services. In this role, he built out new advanced technology solutions and organized the services group to build strong technical depth in the company’s core disciplines. He was promoted to CTO in 2007, at which time he began managing PDS technology competencies and service operations.
Senior Manager, Technology Planning and Sandbox Development
Paul Pebbles is responsible for managing GM’s Global connectivity roadmaps and Sandbox developments efforts, including GM’s Smart Grid strategy & services.
Paul has been with GM and OnStar for 14 years, with a broad background in Product Development, IT management, Program Management and Marketing. Most recently Paul lead the product development for Volt services, including Remote Link App, MyVolt.com and unique OnStar e-mail
From 1993 to 1999, Paul was an engineer working at Motorola on Automotive control modules and engineering manager on the Iridium Satellite Phone. Prior to that, Paul worked at Amphenol engineering connectors for the International Space Station.
Paul holds an Associates in Engineering Science from SUNY Alfred, a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA in Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Strategy from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
VP, Wealth Mgmt Partner Mobility
Brian Robinson is a Vice President at The Northern Trust Company, serving as the head of Employee Mobility. His team is delivering new tools, applications and devices focused on supporting Northern's employees and keeping them connected while working with clients away from the office.
With over 11 years in Product Management and Development, Brian worked on the development of applications to support trust and investment account administration, client trust statements and Northern's client facing web application, Private Passport. Prior to working in Product Management, he worked for 7 years with clients in administering trusts at Northern Trust.
He graduated from Bradley University with a B.A in 1994.
Founder and CEO
J is the Founder and CEO of Solstice Mobile, the midwest’s largest enterprise mobile boutique. J’s mission is to help transition enterprises into the era of contextual computing. Solstice provides many of the nation’s leading brands with mobile strategy, architecture and app development services.
J received his bachelors in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and began his career at Andersen Consulting. His work has been featured in Computerworld, Information Week and CIO Magazine. J also founded the Chicago Mobile Meetup, the largest mobile SIG in Chicago with over 2,000 members.
Chief Strategy Officer
Dave Wright is Chief Strategy Officer for ServiceNow. In this role, Dave is responsible for working with internal and external resources to establish areas of expansion and directional strategies for ServiceNow
Dave has more than 20 years experience in the IT industry, specifically within Virtualisation, Cloud Infrastructure, service management, performance management, data centre automation and software development.
Prior to joining ServiceNow in 2010, Dave Spent over six years with VMware as Vice President of Technical Services for EMEA, where he was responsible for all pre-sales, professional services, training and technical account management delivery across this region.
Dave also headed up the technical division for Northern and Southern Europe for Mercury Interactive and spent six years at Peregrine Systems, where he held a variety of senior technical and marketing positions. Previously, Dave worked for Boole & Babbage (BMC) and Candle Services (IBM).
Director of Information Technology University of Wisconsin Foundation
Frank Ace graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1984. He has held a variety of technical and management positions in both private sector and government organizations, including the title of CIO for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. While at the DOJ Frank has served as Vice Chair, and Chair of the Wisconsin State IT Directors Council, and as Co-Chair of the Wisconsin State Technology Leadership Council. Frank is now the Director of Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin Foundation.
Director of Business Intelligence
and Performance Management Solutions
During his 20 year career in the enterprise software industry, Mr. Banks has held management positions in sales, product marketing, product management, and quality assurance. He has played key roles in the development of major technologies, including business intelligence, integration middleware, data warehouse, and application development.
Mr. Banks also serves as a corporate representative, evangelizing about the company and software solutions. An award winning presenter, Mr. Banks engages his audience with his unique style and delivery, allowing people to gain a different perspective on current issues in their respective industry, along with an attainable plan for success. In his free time, Mr. Banks is a published and commercial photographer.
Senior Manager - Application Development
Abdul Bazzi is responsible for managing all of GM – OnStar’s application development efforts worldwide.
Abdul has been with GM - OnStar since 2008 and has a broad background in Product Development, Software Development, IT and Project Management. Most recently at On-Star, Abdul lead several highly successful and award winning projects that focused on fostering innovation and IT efficiency.
He has also held IT leadership positions at Ford, NCR, HP and Compuware.
Abdul holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Wayne State University along with a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering from Central Michigan University
CIO, VP of Business Technology
Spectrum Brands, Inc.
Director - M2M Solutions
CW Professional Services
Vijitha is responsible for delivery and operations of accounts focused on telematics, infotainment, machine to machine (M2M) and more. She is primarily responsible for the Global Connected Consumer Account at General Motors.
Prior to joining Compuware in 2008, Vijitha served as the Engineering Program manager for GE Transportation and was the Electrical Program Management team leader for Ford Motor Company. While at Ford, Vijitha was responsible for managing the development, delivery and operations of electrical/electronic systems for various new model and current model vehicles. She is a graduate of the two-year Ford College Graduate Program that provided a holistic study of the automotive OEM business. She holds a Master’s in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Electronics & Communications Engineering.
Vice President of Digital Business and CIO
Mr. Curran leads Brady’s digital transformation focusing on delivering a superior customer experience at all touch points, working with Brady’s global team to deliver the capabilities required to better serve Brady customers, including on-line, off-line and mobile. A s CIO, he is responsible for leading the global IT team to d eliver the value technology provides to the organization and it's customers.
Mr. Curran has served Brady since 1999 in various leadership roles including CIO, Vice President – IT,and Director IT – Global Infrastructure. Mr. Curran received his bachelor’s degree in business from Marian University. In addition, Mr. Curran also serves on various groups, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison eBusiness Consortium Advisory Board and the Brady Corporation Foundation Board.
President & CEO
Rick Davidson has over 30 years experience as a senior executive and business consultant, leading the development and execution of business and information technology strategies that have significantly improved the performance of numerous organizations. His experience spans several industries, including industrial manufacturing, consumer products, professional services and insurance. He has implemented several transformation initiatives in the areas of supply chain, product lifecycle management, ERP, CRM, e-commerce and web 2.0.
Specialties: Designing, planning and implementing numerous software-as-a-service solutions, global enterprise resource planning software suites and product design and engineering systems; IT transformations; IT cost reduction; business and IT strategic planning; IT governance (ITIL); Web 2.0 and social networks; IT due diligence, divestitures, carve-outs and mergers.
Director of Technology Performance Services
CW Professional Services
Bharath Gowda is Director of Technology Performance Solutions (TPS) within the Professional Services Division of Compuware. As leader of TPS, Bharath is driving the overall strategy, business development, technology partnerships and operations of the business area. At Compuware, he has had the opportunity to engage with customers across products and solutions spanning software engineering, quality, performance management and IT portfolio management.
Bharath holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. And he is a proud Wolverine after graduating from the Stephen M Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Don Hughes joined Colony Brands, Inc. in January 2009 as the Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. He currently has full responsibility for management of the Financial Department, IT Department, Quality Assurance, Security and Maintenance.
Prior to joining the company, Hughes began his career at Arthur Andersen in Milwaukee for three years. He joined Lands' End in Dodgeville in 1987 as a senior staff accountant. He was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2000, positions he held until he left the company in 2004. Hughes was one of the founders of Fair Indigo, a new "fair trade" women's apparel and accessories company. He was the Chief Operating Officer when he left the company in November of 2008.
Hughes has a bachelor's degree in accounting from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is a CPA. He is a former Chairman of the UW-Whitewater Foundation Board and was previously the chairman of the audit committee and a board member for a public company in Seattle called Celebrate Express.
Founder and CEO
Tom Koulopoulos is Chairman and founder of Delphi Group, a Boston-based think tank providing advice on leading edge technologies and futures to Global 2000 organizations and government agencies for the past 25 years. He has also been the Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Business Innovation, an Executive in Residence at Bentley University, and the leader of a global Innovation Lab for Perot Systems (now Dell).
Named one of the industry’s most influential information management consultants by InformationWeek magazine, he is an authority on the implications of trends in technology, society and business for global organizations. His articles and market insights have appeared in national and international print and broadcast media such as BusinessWeek, FastCompany, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, CNBC, CNN and NPR.
CIO and Vice Provost for IT
Bruce Maas is the CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has served the University of Wisconsin System in a variety of roles over a career of more than 30 years, including Budget Manager, Assistant Dean for Business Affairs, PeopleSoft Project Manager, Deputy CIO, Service Center Transition Coordinator, and CIO at two UW institutions.
Bruce has served as the Director of the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute, a faculty member of the institute, and as chair of the Midwest EDUCAUSE conference. Presently, he is serving a 4 year term on the EDUCAUSE Board from 2012 to 2016. Bruce is a member of the Internet2 External Relations Advisory Committee, and serves as the co-PI of two NSF infrastructure grants.
Bruce is focused on the core mission of teaching, learning, service and research at the University of Wisconsin and believes it is a distinct privilege to serve that mission.
Managing Director, Management Consulting
Mark McDonald is a Managing Director and Digital Business Lead in Accenture’s Management Consulting practice, which helps clients to strategize, architect and innovate to create value and revenue from digital capabilities. He has responsibility for digital business strategy and architecture in North America.
In the recent past, Mark was a Group Vice President and Fellow at Gartner a technology research and advisory company. At Gartner, Mark was a member of the Executive Programs Leadership Team and Head of Executive Programs Research. He is the author of The Digital Edge: Exploiting Information and Technology for Business (2012), The Social Organization: How to Use Social Media to Tap the Collective Genius of Your Customers and Employees (2011) and the eProcess Edge: Creating Customer Value & Business in the Internet Era (2000).
Mark was named in the Huffington Post as one of the 100 most influential technology bloggers. He is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Financial Times and other publications on issues of technology and strategy. He has lectured at Oxford University and currently teaches courses at Columbia University in New York and the University of Wisconsin Business School.
Executive Vice President,
Strategy & Services
For over 30 years Mitch has been a trailblazer in the development and implementation of business technology strategies. His passion for process and innovation serve him well as leader of the AHEAD consulting services group.
Prior to joining the AHEAD team Mitch was instrumental in driving early adoption of virtualized data center environments as CEO of RapidApp. While there, his proprietary Rapid Deploy framework was embraced by a significant number of Fortune 500 firms anxious to move towards cloud-enabled environments.
With the sale of RapidApp to Glasshouse Technology he further honed his consulting skills while leading the firm’s strategy and service development group. That led to a stint as managing partner of Ouray Technologies, recognized as an industry leader in private cloud strategy design and deployment. At AHEAD Mitch utilizes the firm’s trademarked Think | Look | Plan | Move framework in developing, designing, planning, and implementing forward-thinking solutions that fit today’s changing IT consumption behaviors—establishing the team as the go-to partner in data center optimization and transformation.
Vice President of Product Marketing OpenText
Lubor Ptacek joined OpenText in 2008 and in his current role as the Vice President of Product Marketing, he is responsible for a variety of corporate-wide marketing functions related to product marketing, corporate messaging, thought leadership, industry marketing, and technical marketing. Prior to joining OpenText, Lubor worked at EMC, Documentum, Vignette, and Novell. Currently, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Intelligent Information Management (AIIM). He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.
Lubor holds a computer science degree from Technical University Ilmenau in Germany and has an MBA from Santa Clara University in California.
Rena Rasch, Ph.D.
IBM Smarter Workforce Institute
Rena Rasch is the manager of the Kenexa High Performance Institute’s Minneapolis team, which she joined in 2008. She also manages the Institute’s WorkTrends™ study, an annual employee opinion survey of over 33,000 workers in 28 countries around the world. Rena strives to provide empirically-based solutions to HR practitioners’ biggest questions. Topics of interest include employee engagement, generational differences in the workplace, trust in leadership, work-life balance and work stress, unionization intent, why employees join and leave their organizations, and many others. Rena received her Ph.D. in I/O psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Dale "Dr. Z" Zabriskie
As an Evangelist for Symantec Corporation, Dale “Dr. Z” Zabriskie consults with IT professionals across the globe, advising on strategies for securing and managing their information. He is a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), certified in Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), and is known for his ability to relate both technically and conceptually in an authoritative yet entertaining style. In his 12-plus year tenure with Symantec, Mr. Zabriskie has worked with organizations in over forty countries.
Private sector clients include AT&T, Boeing, FedEx, Honeywell, eBay, ING, Shell, BP, and Rio Tinto as well as public sector agencies such as the City of Los Angeles, the Internal Revenue Service, the International Monetary Fund, Saudi Aramco, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the Ministry of Railways of the People’s Republic of China, and the Ministry of the Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has also been a popular moderator and participant in numerous industry panels. His expertise is supported by over thirty years of career experience in information technology, regulatory compliance, research and development, healthcare, manufacturing, and sales with companies such as IBM, SunGard, IKON, Fisher Scientific, and VERITAS.
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