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Jared Anderson is the Senior Manager of Customer Experience Research for Best Buy. As the leader of the Customer Experience Research group, Jared is responsible for setting the strategy behind customer experience research methodology and its analytic application for the enterprise.
Four years ago, Jared led a movement to internalize the majority of primary customer research resulting in the implementation of structured and unstructured data design, collection and analytics platforms that have created a self-sustaining research environment saving the company millions of dollars while increasing the research output and amount of consumer listening posts available to the enterprise.
In addition to managing the enterprise customer experience research function, he is leading work to understand customer engagement / irrational connection to the brand and the impact of various channels of customer interaction (both branded and public) on the larger perception of the company by its customers.
Léo Apotheker is chief executive officer and president of HP and a member of the company’s board of directors. He has served in these roles since joining HP on Nov. 1, 2010. As CEO of the world’s largest information technology company, Apotheker is helping lead HP into a new phase of growth by focusing on innovation, employee engagement and operational efficiency.
Prior to joining HP, Apotheker served as CEO of SAP and as a member of SAP’s executive board from 2002 until 2010. He began his career at SAP in 1988 and, over the next 20 years, was integral in helping build the company into one of the world’s leading providers of enterprise software. During this time, Apotheker gained a reputation as an outstanding manager of customer relationships, an acute business strategist and a technological thought leader.
Prior to being CEO, Apotheker served as: co-CEO, deputy CEO, president of SAP EMEA, CEO of the South-West Europe region, CEO and founder of SAP France and SAP Belgium, president of Global Customer Solutions and Operations and head of North American operations.
Apotheker was the founding president and chief operating officer of ECsoft BV, one of the largest European venture capital start-ups, from 1992 to 1994. He also has held leadership and management positions at ABP Partners, McCormack & Dodge Europe, S.W.I.F.T. and Altex GmbH.
Apotheker was born in Aachen, Germany and graduated with a B.A. in economics and international relations from Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is fluent in English, Dutch, French, German and Hebrew and was awarded the French Légion d’honneur in 2007.
He currently serves as vice chairman of the supervisory board of Schneider Electric SA and is a member of the board of directors of GT Nexus and the board of PlaNet Finance, a not-for-profit organization.
Torsten Buhrke is an internationally experienced executive working for or with top automotive OEMs mostly in a consulting position. He joined Kia Motors America, Inc. in 2001 and leads the Corporate Planning department since 2006. His responsibilities include corporate strategy, strategic planning, internal consulting projects, market research and business intelligence. In Corporate Planning Torsten works with all business unites (Sales, Marketing, Retail Development, Service and Parts) as well as supporting units to develop and help to implement a unified growth strategy for KMA in the U.S. In this position he also advises departments in new and emerging technology that can provide benefits to their operations.
Prior to KMA, Torsten headed the Dealer Network Consulting department of ProQuest Alison (now Snap-On Business Solutions), a specialty information services provider to the automotive industry, headquartered in Reading, England.
From 1991 to 1994 Torsten joined a Marketing Consulting company in Wiesbaden, Germany as Consultant. Major tasks included consulting Volkswagen retailers in all Marketing aspects as well as other consulting assignments for AVIS, Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Bundesbahn.
From 1987 to 1991 Torsten Buhrke worked for Urban Science Applications, a company specializing in dealer network analysis systems and consulting for automotive OEMs in Detroit and Ascot, England.
Torsten Buhrke earned the equivalent of an MBA from the University in Cologne, Germany. He lives in Seal Beach, California with wife Shawna and two children.
Robert B. (Rob) Carter is executive vice president of FedEx Information Services and chief information officer of FedEx Corporation. He is a member of the five-person Executive Committee, which plans and executes the corporation's strategic business activities. Carter is responsible for setting technology direction, as well as the corporation's key applications and technology infrastructure. FedEx applications, advanced networks and data centers provide around-the-clock and around-the-globe support for the product offerings of FedEx. Carter joined FedEx in 1993 and has over 30 years of systems development and implementation experience.
Carter was born in Taiwan. He earned his bachelor's degree in computer and information science from the University of Florida and his master's degree from the University of South Florida. Carter's professional awards include: Fast Company magazine named #18 on "100 Most Creative People in Business" (2010); Information Week Chief of the Year Award (2000, 2001, 2005); CIO magazine's 100 Award (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006); and InfoWorld Chief Technology Officer of the Year (2000). Carter is a member of the Saks Inc. (NYSE: SKS) and First Horizon Corporation (NYSE: FHN) Boards of Directors, and the University of Florida Foundation Board of Trustees.
Mike Cuddy is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Toromont Industries Ltd. Toromont Industries is a Canadian public company with operations in Canada and the United States. Toromont operates multiple business units involved in the design, construction and sale of specialized industrial equipment and is the authorized Caterpillar dealer in Ontario, Manitoba, Nunavut, Newfoundland and Eastern Labrador. Toromont employs approximately 3,500 people in more than 100 locations.
Mr. Cuddy joined the company in 1995 as General Manager, IT, when the company employed approximately 1,500. During his tenure, the core infrastructure was constructed and through acquisitions, Mr. Cuddy now oversees the operations and management of 100 networked locations, 3,000 connected employees and multiple ERP and EIS management systems. Mr. Cuddy was appointed Vice President and CIO in 2005 and is an officer of the corporation.
Toromont operates through multiple independent business units, and has completed multiple ERP conversions and implementations. Toromont develops managerial reporting and analysis systems in-house, with a dedicated software team of approximately 30 staff located in Toronto, Canada. Toromont has also sold its software to approximately 40 other companies worldwide.
Prior to joining Toromont, Mr. Cuddy was Director, Systems Planning for Bell Mobility, one of Canada's two major cellular carriers. During his employment with Bell, Mr. Cuddy was responsible for strategic planning, systems assessments and project management.
Prior to Bell Mobility, Mr. Cuddy was employed for 10 years by Imperial Oil Limited, Exxon Mobil's Canadian affiliate. During this time he held positions in IT, Finance and Accounting, Logistics and Supply, and Product Marketing.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, and an MBA, both from the University of Toronto. Mr. Cuddy's opinions have been referenced in Information Week, CIO Canada, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and Canadian Business Magazine.
Michael A. Davis is the CEO of Savid Technologies, Inc., a technology and security consulting firm in Chicago. Savid specializes in risk assessments, IT Security consulting, compliance, enterprise networks and application security.
He is the author, Hacking Exposed: Malware and Rootkits where he addresses how malware works and how to defend against attacks. He is also a contributing author to Hacking Exposed, the number one book on hacker methodology. Michael is a Senior Contributing Author for InformationWeek magazine where he provides in-depth analysis on security methodologies for over a million readers and was voted one of the Top 25 under 25 in Business by BusinessWeek. Michael is an active developer in the Open Source community and has ported many popular network security applications to the Windows platform including the Snort Intrusion Detection System, honeyd, dsniff, and ngrep.
Prior to Savid Technologies, Michael has worked with McAfee, Inc., a leader in anti-virus protection and vulnerability management, as Senior Manager of Global Threats where he led a team of researchers investigating confidential and cutting edge security research. Michael has also worked for companies such as 3com and managed two Internet service providers.
- Voted one of the Top 25 under 25 by BusinessWeek
- Fastest growing security consulting firm as reported by Inc. Magazine (#611 out of 5000)
- Author of “Hacking Exposed”, the definitive Computer Security book
- Speaker and trainer at many security conferences including: Blackhat, Defcon, InfoSecWorld, Interop, and ISSA/ISACA.
- Teaches students about Risk Assessments at Northwestern and DePaul University
- Board Member for the Arts and Business Council in Chicago
- Porting Sebek, the HoneyNet kernel monitoring tool, to Windows NT/2000/XP
Paul DePodesta has made a career of evaluating, measuring and assigning value to talent, and is currently Vice President of Player Development and Scouting for the New York Mets.
Formerly the Executive Vice President of the San Diego Padres, and General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2004-05 seasons, DePodesta was the third-youngest person ever to assume the role of Major League GM. Assigned the task of turning around a team that had not won a postseason game since 1988, DePodesta guided Los Angeles to a playoff berth in his first season at the helm.
Prior to joining the Dodgers, DePodesta served as Assistant General Manager of the Oakland Athletics from 1999 to 2003-a tenure during which the A's tied for the best winning percentage in baseball (392-255). At the time of his hire, Oakland was one of the worst teams in the league, coming off of six losing seasons while posting one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. Entrenched in ingrained thinking and outdated systems, the stagnant team needed the unique management and creative approach that A's GM Billy Beane and DePodesta brought to the table.
The conventional wisdom in Major League Baseball is that wealthy teams - who spend three times as much on talent as poor teams - will win out. But in DePodesta's four seasons in Oakland, the A's won more regular season games than the New York Yankees, who during the same period spent $350 million more on player payroll than did the Athletics. In rethinking how the system works by asking what DePodesta calls the naïve question - "If we weren't already doing it this way, is this the way we would start?" - he and Beane revolutionized the way baseball teams are built.
Michael Lewis documented the A's remarkable success - despite a shoestring budget - under the Beane/DePodesta team in his New York Times best-seller Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. The book is a hit not just with baseball fans but also with business leaders looking for new approaches to stagnant systems. Overhauling - rather than merely tweaking - the thought processes behind an outdated organization is essential for innovation and success, something DePodesta knows better than most. At the podium, he discusses the innovative strategies he used to create a winning team, as well as the application of these strategies in the corporate world.
At A Glance: After graduating Cum Laude from Harvard College with a degree in economics, DePodesta worked in the Canadian Football League and the American Hockey League. He then joined the Cleveland Indians Baseball Club as an intern in Player Development. Within a year, the Indians made him the advance scout for the Major League team, and two years later he was appointed Special Assistant to the General Manager.
In 1999, DePodesta's first season as Oakland's Assistant G.M., the Athletics enjoyed their first winning season in seven years and began a run of four consecutive playoff appearances, including three American League West Division Titles. Amidst the remarkable run, the Toronto Blue Jays offered to make DePodesta the youngest General Manager in the history of Major League Baseball (an offer he declined). His work has been recognized by various publications, including Fortune, who named one of the Top 10 innovators under 40.
He is married and lives in southern California
Joseph Eng has been a C level business and technology leader for multiple industries. Most recently Joe has been the EVP and CIO of JetBlue Airways. There he has led significant business enabled technology transformation as the airline has returned to profitability and put in place a sustainable platform for marketplace change and growth, all happening in especially challenging economic and energy times. JetBlue is known for its award winning customer service and technology is a strategic asset in the ability to consistently deliver on customer expectations. This can be evidenced at JetBlue's JFK T5 terminal that opened in late 2008, in its customer digital experience through jetblue.com, social media, and mobile means for the customer and JetBlue to interact with each other, and the recurring J.D. Power awards.
Prior to JetBlue, Joe has served as the Chief Information Officer of SWIFT, the mission critical financial services messaging network. SWIFT's network enables the secure and reliable communications between the world's financial institutions of trillions of USD value per day. He also was the President and CEO of Spectrum Systems a provider of mission critical services to various enterprises and industries and held various senior positions in the telecommunications industry at Ameritech now part of AT&T and Bellcore since renamed Telcordia Technologies.
He and his teams have been widely recognized for their accomplishments in leadership and innovation. These include several CIO 100, ComputerWorld, and InformationWeek recognitions.
Jonathan Feldman, in his role as director of IT Services for the City of Asheville, NC, fosters innovation through the application of business technology. Asheville is a rapidly growing city; it was recently named Fodor's top travel destination and has been recognized nationally and internationally (including the International Economic Development Council New Media and the GMIS Best Practices awards) for improving services to citizens and reducing expenses through IT innovation.
Jonathan's 20 years' experience with government, military, law enforcement, financial services and healthcare technology informs his work with IT innovation. He's written, taught and consulted extensively on security, human resource management and IT soft skills, notably as co-author of "Maximum Security" and author of "Teach Yourself Network Troubleshooting." As a consultant and award-winning Network Computing and InformationWeek contributing editor, he has worked with dozens of public- and private-sector organizations, helping them calculate the real business benefits, risks and appropriate governance of new technologies and surrounding practices and policy.
Jonathan is a frequent speaker at venues including Interop and Cloud Connect, and holds an MS degree from Georgia Tech.
Michael Finneran, principals of dBrn Associates, is an independent consultant and industry analyst specializing in wireless technologies, mobile unified communications, and fixed/mobile convergence. He has more than 30 years in the networking field and is the author of Voice Over Wireless LANs: The Complete Guide (Elsevier, 2008). His expertise spans the full range of wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi, 3G/4G cellular, WiMAX, and RFID.
In the consulting area, Mr. Finneran has provided assistance to carriers, equipment vendors, end users, and investment firms in the United States and overseas. He has appeared at hundreds of trade shows and industry conferences, including Enterprise Connect (formerly VoiceCon), Interop, Mobile Business Expo, and BlackBerry World. He now serves as the program chair for wireless and mobility at Enterprise Connect.
Michael is also a prolific writer. For 23 years he wrote the Networking Intelligence column for Business Communications Review. He now contributes on wireless and mobility to InformationWeek and other publications. As an educator, he has conducted more than 2,000 seminars on networking topics, including the Graduate Telecommunications program at Pace University and programs at the Center for the Study of Data Processing at Washington University in St. Louis. A longtime member of the Society of Telecommunications Consultants, Michael holds a master's degree in marketing and management information systems from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Robert Grazioli has been a CIO and specialist in information technology management, strategy and leadership for 25+ years. Most recently, Bob joined Successfactors from Plateau, a Leading provider of cloud based Learning Management Systems. Prior to Plateau Bob spent most of his career building a resume of providing technology solutions in the financial services industry. Bob's experience gives him a global perspective and understanding of what it means to manage an international organization with operations and data centers spanning both domestic and international time zones.
Bob has served as an advisor for M&A activities and placed on the board of directors of technology start-ups. A founder of an on-line European financial service company with operations all across Europe. His extensive management and technology experience provides a level of experience that uniquely qualifies Bob as a leading expert in technology service solutions.
Michael Healey is the president of Yeoman Technology Group, a business process firm that focuses exclusively on the impact of web centric technologies. He has more than 25 years experience in IT with a specific focus on technology integration and its impact on the business.
He is also a contributing editor for InformationWeek and InformationWeek Analytics providing research and analysis reports on major technology trends including cloud computing, social networking, outsourcing, and convergence.
Prior to founding Yeoman, Mike served as the CTO of GreenPages Technology Solutions. He joined GreenPages as part of the acquisition of TENCorp, where he served as president for 14 years. He has his BA from UMass Amherst and his Masters from Babson College.
Jerry Johnson is CIO at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL, operated by Battelle Memorial Institute for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is a multi-program laboratory conducting basic and applied research to deliver energy, environmental, and national security for our Nation. With nearly 5,000 employees and hundreds of visiting scientists each year, PNNL has a research business volume of over $1.1 billion.
Jerry joined PNNL in 1978 after graduating from the University of Washington with an MBA and B.S. Electrical Engineering. After serving in technical and leadership roles in IT operations, application development and cyber security, he was named CIO in 2004. As CIO, Jerry is accountable to the Laboratory Director to continuously improve the deployment, use, management and protection of information resources to increase research productivity and operational effectiveness of PNNL.
Jerry is a past Chair of the DOE National Laboratories CIO Council, is a board member of the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium, and serves on the Washington State Information Services Board as an appointee of Governor Gregoire. Jerry has been twice named to the InformationWeek Government CIO 50 and is a member of the InformationWeek Editorial Advisory Board.
Abha Kumar is a principal in Vanguard's Information Technology Division. As head of Corporate Systems Integration, she is responsible for the leadership, vision and operational support of the global strategic portfolios of corporate systems, international business systems and the Enterprise 2.0 agenda at Vanguard.
Prior to joining Vanguard, Ms. Kumar was VP, Divisional Information Officer, at Dow Jones & Company where she was responsible for corporatesystems, enterprise portals, business intelligence and offshore services. Prior to that, she was a Group Director at The New York Times where she was responsible for the corporate portfolio and shared services.
Ms. Kumar has a Masters from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and a BA from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science. She frequently speaks at enterprise 2.0 industry conferences.
Jason Maynard is a managing director and senior technology analyst in the Equity Research department at Wells Fargo Securities. Maynard leads the tech research effort and covers the convergence of software, internet, and hardware firms including Microsoft, Google, Apple, Oracle, salesforce.com, and VMware to name a few.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Maynard was with Credit Suisse from 2005-2009. For the majority of his tenure at Credit Suisse, Jason was the senior analyst directing the firm's software research coverage. Bloomberg named Jason its Top Technology Analyst in 2006. Maynard also served as the IPO analyst for VMware, NetSuite, Omniture, Demandtec, Kenexa, and Deltek. He also worked as a technology analyst in global proprietary trading on a $250 million tech fund.
Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2005, he was the global software coordinator and senior software analyst for Merrill Lynch. He worked on the Blackboard and JAMDAT Mobile IPO. In February 2004, he was the first analyst to articulate the rise of software as a service and launched the On-Demand Index to measure the transformation. He was named Information Week's Influence and Innovator in 2005 in recognition for this effort.
Jason started his sell-side research career at Wells Fargo (Wachovia) in 2000 after working in the software industry. Maynard co-founded Verix Software, a Java CRM provider, which was acquired by Inference in 1999. He worked in various business development and product marketing roles.
Jason is a member of Information Week's editorial advisory board, currently serves on the advisory boards of a few private technology companies, and has provided seed financing for several Silicon Valley-based technology companies including Siperian (recently acquired by INFA), Anaplan, and Desktone.
Amylin Pharmaceuticals, is a leading provider of drugs for the treatment of diabetes. Steve Phillpott has over 20 years of broad experience in information technology and management that includes Fortune 500 and large global manufacturing companies.
Prior to joining Amylin, Steve was CIO of Proflowers.com, a high volume e-commerce retailer. Steve was vice president of IT for global enterprise applications at Invitrogen (now Life Technologies Corp). Prior to that, he held various leadership positions at companies including Memec (Avnet), Gateway and Qualcomm. Steve received his BS in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and has his MBA in technology management.
Seth Ravin is a 30 year enterprise software industry veteran who pioneered the third-party enterprise software support industry. The Enterprise Software Observer named Mr. Ravin one of the 25 next-generation leaders of the enterprise software industry. In 2010, Mr. Ravin was featured in Vinnie Mirchandani's book, The New Polymath: Profiles in Compound-Technology Innovations, where he is credited with enacting a visionary, disruptive strategy for dramatically reducing the cost of enterprise software support and ushering in a new era of customer choice.
In September 2005, Mr. Ravin launched Rimini Street, Inc. with a mission to redefine enterprise software support using innovative, next-generation support services delivered at more than a 50 percent savings in fees compared to a software vendor's annual support program. Rimini Street currently offers support services for Siebel, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Oracle E-Business Suite and SAP products.
Prior to his success launching third-party maintenance and support programs, Mr. Ravin was an executive with PeopleSoft, Inc., where he served most recently as vice president of the customer sales division. Earlier in his PeopleSoft career, Mr. Ravin held several senior roles of increasing global responsibility, including corporate director of customer services and programs and corporate manager of upgrades and installations. Mr. Ravin's PeopleSoft responsibilities included worldwide release support policy; release retirement programs; account management; Y2K software update and readiness program management for thousands of licensees; and development and delivery of special support programs for customers with unique needs. To meet the needs of customers who wished to run a mature software release for many additional years beyond the official supported life span of a release without mandatory upgrades, Mr. Ravin successfully designed and launched the enterprise software industry's first specialized extended support programs for Fortune 500, public sector and midmarket organizations.
Mr. Ravin also served as vice president of customer sales for Saba Software, Inc., worked in Russia on defense conversion programs, and worked in Washington, D.C. assisting the Clinton Administration with Congressional passage of the GATT global trade agreement in 1994.
Mr. Ravin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Sir Ken Robinson PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries.
He works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world's leading cultural organizations. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders across the Province. He was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.
For twelve years, he was professor of education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now professor emeritus. He has received honorary degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, Ringling College of Arts and Design, the Open University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, Birmingham City University and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He was been honored with the Athena Award of the Rhode Island School of Design for services to the arts and education; the Peabody Medal for contributions to the arts and culture in the United States, the LEGO Prize for international achievement in education and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2005, he was named as one of TIME/FORTUNE/CNN's 'Principal Voices'. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies.
His book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin/Viking 2009) is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into twenty-one languages. His latest book is a 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Capstone/Wiley). Sir Ken was born in Liverpool, UK, as one of seven children. He is married to Therese (Lady) Robinson. They have two children, James and Kate, and now live in Los Angeles, California.
Bill Schlough oversees a team of dedicated professionals that provide day-to-day technical support while collaborating with internal clients to set the technological direction for the organization. Since his arrival in 1999, the Giants have enhanced the fan experience through innovations such as the "Double Play Ticket Window," universal gift cards, contactless payment systems, "SplashTix," pervasive Hi-Definition video displays, "Digital Dugout," and the first 100-percent wireless venue in professional sports. Schlough's IT team has also implemented an array of revolutionary systems to create a competitive advantage on the field.
An Olympic enthusiast, Schlough is a board member of the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC) and served as a technology lead for San Francisco's bids to host both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. His event experience includes assignments at the 1994 World Cup along with Olympic Games in Atlanta, Salt Lake and Torino, Italy. Previously, he worked as a consultant with Booz-Allen & Hamilton and Electronic Data Systems, supporting a diverse collection of clients including AMD, Northrop Grumman and General Motors. He also serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Northern California and is a strong supporter of the Giants Community Fund.
A San Francisco native, Schlough holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School. He is an Ironman triathlete and was named to Sports Business Journal's 2010 "Forty Under 40" class of the most respected young executives in the sports industry.
Larry Stofko is Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for St. Joseph Health System (SJHS), a $4.3 billion integrated Catholic healthcare delivery system based in Orange County with 24,000 employees, 14 hospitals and 6,000 physicians. In this capacity, he has corporate-wide responsibility for the development of information technology strategy and the delivery of information services at SJHS.
Mr. Stofko brings to his role at SJHS more than 20 years of experience in healthcare information technology and was previously honored with CIO Magazine's inaugural "Ones to Watch" award as an up-and-coming IT executive. SJHS has ranked in the top 100 companies by Information Week 500 through Mr. Stofko's leadership in performance improvement and adoption of innovative clinical and business technologies.
Mr. Stofko joined the health system in 2000 as Vice President, IT Strategy and Innovation. During his tenure at SJHS, Mr. Stofko has directed the ongoing implementation across the health system of the "Design for Perfect Care" initiative that incorporates the "meaningful use" of bedside nursing documentation, medication, administration, and computerized physician order entry modules and PACS digital radiology; deployment of an enterprise-wide physician web portal, a fully automated electronic health record, practice management, and managed care system for more than 150 medical foundation model physicians in 17 office locations; and integration of other emerging technologies such as wireless smart pumps, eICU©, bar-coding, RFID, and smartcards into the clinical setting.
Mr. Stofko's previous experience includes fulfilling the role of Director of Healthcare Consulting for Perot Systems Corporation, a provider of IT services. While at Perot, he led a team of managers and business consultants that provided business strategy, information technology strategy, process redesign and change management for the company's health industry clients. He also served as a Senior Systems Analyst for Charter Medical Corporation in Macon, Georgia.
Mr. Stofko has received a Master of Science in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University (2010), a Graduate Certificate in Health Administration from Trinity University (1994), and his undergraduate degree in Business Information Systems from Georgia College & State University (1987). He serves on the Board of Directors for The Wooden Floor, a non-profit organization serving low-income youth and families through dance, education, and family programs and Taller San Jose, an innovative non-profit program that walks young people out of poverty through job training that leads to a productive and self-reliant future
Robert Urwiler was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer in June 2011. He joined the company in August 2006 as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Mr. Urwiler is a 25-year veteran of corporate information technology management and most recently was Senior Vice President and Chief Information officer of Macromedia where he led all aspects of global IT including business application delivery, technology infrastructure management, web and eCommerce engineering and product hosting. In addition to IT, he was responsible for leading Macromedia's worldwide Customer Care organization. From 1999-2002, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Peregrine Systems. Prior to Peregrine Systems, Mr. Urwiler served in IT leadership roles at Scientific-Atlanta and Sprint and was a Management Consultant at Price Waterhouse. Robert holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University and is a Founding Member of the CIO Executive Council. Under Robert's leadership, Vail Resorts was the proud recipient of 2009 and 2011 CIO 100 awards for technology innovation.
Sean Valcamp, with more than 20 years of technology experience, is the director of enterprise architecture and security services for Avnet, Inc., a global technology distributor which generated $26.5 billion revenues during its 2011 fiscal year. His responsibilities include leading the company's global service-oriented architecture (SOA) team, establishing policies and procedures related to IT governance, and regulating Avnet's global information security policies and procedures.
Since joining Avnet in 2001, Valcamp has led multiple IT projects and initiatives that have helped the company accelerate its success and delivery of services. He and his team developed Avnet's global SOA, which helped to increase Avnet's revenues and the flexibility of its IT architecture. This project and its business results helped Avnet rank third on the InformationWeek 500 in 2004. Valcamp and his team also architected and deployed an identity access and management system for Avnet, which strengthened Avnet's IT security. Valcamp recently completed the development of Avnet's smartphone policy to provide employees with more flexibility and choice in the consumerization of IT era.
Valcamp is recognized for his SOA expertise. He has spoken on this topic at several industry events, including SOA World, SoftwareAG SOA Summit, Gartner SOA Conference, and SoftwareAG Integration World. Additionally, he provided subject matter expertise and a case study for the reference guidebook, "Service-Oriented Architecture for Dummies."
Prior to joining Avnet, Valcamp held a variety of IT architecture positions. These included working for companies such as HL Yoh, LLC; Sunquest Information Systems; and London Drugs, Ltd.
He attended the University of Phoenix and earned a bachelor of science degree in computer information systems. He is also a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD).
Eric Williams serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Catalina Marketing Corporation (CMC). In this capacity Williams is responsible for directing the strategic technology, research and development, and new application development for the company.
During his tenure with CMC, Williams led the development of Catalina's multi-terabyte data warehouse (now one of the largest transaction-level databases in the world). In addition, Williams was instrumental in the development of the first "Internet-delivered" loyalty marketing solution for basket-level data management. This solution is now utilized as the Frequent Shopper data management application by some of the largest supermarket retailers in the US and internationally.
Previously, Williams served as the Vice President of research and development for Catalina Marketing and vice president of retail for Catalina's SuperMarkets Online division. Williams brings more than 25 years of experience and a broad industry perspective to CMC. His background includes management, sales, marketing, systems design and development, and operations positions with retailers, software development and information technology companies. Prior to joining CMC, he acted as the vice president of retail operations for Catalina Information Resources (CIR), where he developed and implemented leading-edge technologies needed to supply daily scanning data for inventory control and logistics management to top CPG (consumer package goods) companies and retailers throughout the US.
Williams previously served as the Regional Sales Manager for Retail Management Systems, a company which developed one of the first commercially available DEX/UCS (Direct Exchange/Uniform Communications Standards) DSD (Direct Store Delivery) systems. Williams also spent 12 years with Datachecker Systems (formerly National Semiconductor Corporation), where he worked as an account executive, marketing manager, systems analyst, and a field operations manager. During his tenure, Williams assisted in the development and implementation of many "first use" technologies in the supermarket arena including automated time and attendance, automated cash control systems, and radio-frequency in-aisle price verification applications.
Editors & Moderators
Editor, InformationWeek Government
John Foley began his career as a technology journalist inside the Washington beltway, covering the breakup of AT&T and the deregulation of the telecom industry. Since joining InformationWeek, he has written or managed many stories on IT implementation by local, state, and federal agencies and governments. In the mid-90's, Foley reported on efforts by the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal agencies to deploy Microsoft's Windows operating system while complying with open systems requirements. He also led InformationWeek's coverage of government adoption of data warehousing technologies and, following 9/11, efforts to increase data sharing and collaboration among intelligence and other agencies. More recently, he has followed and reported on the growing use of Web 2.0 tools in government, including NASA's experimentation with social networking, and the heightened interest among government IT professionals in cloud computing services. With the launch of InformationWeek Government, Foley is the editorial team leader for InformationWeek's expanded coverage of technologies and strategies for CIOs and IT professionals in the government sector.
Executive Editor, InformationWeek
Doug Henschen is Executive Editor of InformationWeek, where he covers the intersection of enterprise applications with information management, business intelligence and analytics. He previously served as editor in chief of Intelligent Enterprise and he has covered IT and data-driven marketing for the last 14 years of his 29-year career in publishing.
Chris is editor of InformationWeek and a writer for InformationWeek Global CIO. He writes regularly on IT management issues. Before joining InformationWeek, Chris was editor of the Budapest Business Journal, a business weekly in Hungary, and a daily newspaper reporter in Grand Rapids, Mich. Chris holds a B.A. in economics and journalism from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.
SVP and Editorial Director, InformationWeek
Fritz is senior vice president and editorial director of InformationWeek, and executive producer of TechWeb TV, the multi-media production arm of UBM TechWeb. He has been an employee of UBM TechWeb for 18 years, including as editor in chief of Network Computing, publisher, publishing director and vice president and group director. Prior to joining UBM TechWeb, Fritz worked with Martin Marietta's Computing Standards group -- a team that tested and evaluated technology, and whose objective was to set corporate computing and networking standards. Fritz was a technical writer for USBI, a subsidiary of United Technologies that manages parts of the solid rocket boosters for the space shuttle program. Fritz graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in journalism.
Vice President and Editor In Chief, InformationWeek
Rob oversees the editorial direction of the world's leading business technology media brand. Rob works with an award-winning team of more than 30 writers, editors, and market experts to deliver practical and thought-provoking analysis on business technology issues and trends. InformationWeek helps millions of Web site users, magazine and newsletter readers, and conference attendees frame and define their business technology objectives and make technology purchasing decisions. Rob's two decades in technology journalism span senior editorial management positions at UBM TechWeb's Network Computing, InternetWeek, CommunicationsWeek International, and CommunicationsWeek. Rob has a bachelor's degree in journalism from St. Bonaventure University and a master's degree in economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton.