2008 Speakers and Advisory Board

Paul Purcell

Chairman, President & CEO, Robert W. Baird & Co.

Paul E. Purcell is Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Baird Holding Company, Baird Financial Corporation and Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. Paul Purcell joined Baird in 1994 and served in a variety of capacities, including Chief Operating Officer, before becoming President & Chief Executive Officer in 2000. He added the title of Chairman in 2006. Paul Purcell is a member of the Baird Financial Corporation board of directors and Robert W. Baird & Co. board of directors. Prior to joining Baird, he spent 22 years with Kidder, Peabody & Co., where he was a Managing Director and head of the Midwest Investment Banking Group.

In addition to his duties at Baird, Paul Purcell serves on the Alverno College board of trustees, Chairman Cristo Rey Jesuit High School board of directors, Vice Chairman and member of the board of directors of Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Advisory Council, University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business Advisory Council, board of directors of RC2 Corporation and the Greater Milwaukee Committee board and executive committee.

He received an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1971) and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (1969).

Mark J. Hennessy

Vice President and CIO, IBM Corp.

Mark J. Hennessy is Vice President and Chief Information Officer, with responsibility for leading technology operations and strategic business initiatives to enable innovation and growth for IBM.

Prior to becoming VP and CIO of IBM, Mr. Hennessy was General Manager of IBM‘s Global Distribution Sector, Vice President of Distribution Channels Management, Vice President System Sales Asia Pacific based in Tokyo and Vice President Of Personal Systems Group Sales for the Americas. Mr Hennessy is a member of IBM‘s Performance Team and Integration & Values Team. He is also the Partnership Executive for several of IBM‘s largest clients.

A graduate of Boston College, Mr. Hennessy, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1980. In 1990, he earned a MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Mark, his wife, and two children reside in Westport, Connecticut.

Thomas Koulopoulos

Founder and CEO, Delphi Group

Tom Koulopoulos is founder and CEO of Delphi Group, a Boston-based thought leadership firm providing advice to Global 200 organizations and governments for the last 15 years. Koulopoulos was named one of the industry’s six most influential information management consultants by InformationWeek magazine. He is recognized as an authority on the implications of information technology on global organizations, with articles appearing frequently in national and international print and broadcast media including BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNBC, CNN and NPR.

Koulopoulos is an author of six books, adjunct professor at the Boston College Graduate School of Management, and guest lecturer at Boston University School of Management and Harvard University. He is one of the industry’s most prolific thought leaders. His insights provide a beyond-the-edge view of the turbulence created by the collision of technology and business. Tom Peters has called his writing “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.”

His insights have received wide praised highly by luminaries such as Peter Drucker, Dee Hock (founder of Visa International), and Jim Champy (co-author of Reengineering the Corporation). According to Peter Drucker, “Tom’s writing makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.” His current book, Smartsourcing the Enterprise: How to Drive Innovation, Jobs, and Growth in the age of Globalization, looks at the core drivers and and broad implications of outsourcing and globalization.

Stephen C Savage

Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, CA Inc.

Stephen Savage is senior vice president and chief information officer at CA, responsible for the company’s global IT strategy, IT compliance, international IT organization and infrastructure. Additionally, he manages the implementation of a global ERP system and oversees the internal adoption and implementation of CA solutions based on the company’s Enterprise IT Management (EITM) vision.

Stephen has built his career primarily overseas in sales, consulting and operations. Prior to his current role, he was responsible for the business planning cycle and the significant corporate transformation that redefined the company’s business processes. Stephen has also been responsible for corporate strategy and SOX compliance and has held international roles within CA, which included running the Application Products Group in Europe as well as European professional services.

Before joining CA, he was responsible for international operations of a consulting services company that was purchased by CA in 1998. Earlier in his career, Steve was general manager of Singer Sewing Machine Corporation.

Mark McDonald Ph.D.

Group Vice President, Head of Research, Gartner Executive Programs

Mark McDonald heads up the global research team for Gartner Executive Programs, a $150 million dollar business unit at Gartner Inc headquartered in Stamford CT. Mark is responsible for the global CIO agenda and developing market leading research supporting more than 3,500 CIO members.

Mark has extensive experience working with business and technology executives. Prior to joining Gartner, Mark was a partner with Accenture where he was responsible for the Centre for Process Excellence. Prior to those responsibilities, Mark was a release manager and solutions developer for Accenture.

Mark currently lives outside Chicago, he graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics, he has a Masters from Trinity College, Hartford CT in Economics and Finance and a Ph.D. in Technology Policy Management from TU Delft in the Netherlands.

Mark is the co-author of The e-Process Edge (McGraw Hill 2000) and Architecting the Enterprise (TU Delft 2005). He has also authored numerous articles and studies on the application of technology to create business value.

Peter Coffee

Director of Platform Research,; Former Technology Editor, Eweek (PC Week)

Peter Coffee joined in January of 2007, after spending 18 years as an analyst and columnist at the enterprise technology journal eWEEK (including time under its former title PC Week). He currently works with corporate and commercial application developers to build a community based on the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

Peter has almost 25 years’ experience in guiding the adoption and management of innovative information technologies and practices as a developer, consultant, educator, and internationally published author. He has appeared on CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, and PBS newscasts addressing Internet security, the Microsoft antitrust case, wireless telecommunications policies, and other eBusiness issues. He chaired the four-day Web Security Summit conference in Boston during the summer of 2000, and has been a keynote speaker, moderator or presenter at technical conferences and IT leadership events throughout the U.S. and in England, Canada and Australia.

Peter was previously the first manager of PC planning at The Aerospace Corporation, where he also worked in space systems project management and in applications of artificial-intelligence programming techniques. Before that, he was a Senior Engineer working in arctic project management and chemical facility construction management for several divisions of Exxon Corporation. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, where he also served as a faculty member for information systems management; he has held other faculty appointments in computer science 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.

Byrne Chapman

CIO, American Family Insurance

Byrne Chapman is the vice president of Information Services (I/S) Division for American Family Mutual Insurance Company. He is responsible for the division’s strategy, results, operational budget and more than 1,000 employees.

Byrne began his career at American Family in 1985 as I/S technical support manager for central systems. In this role, he was responsible for all mainframe computing and database management systems on all company platforms. In 1999, he was appointed Vice President of I/S. Prior to joining American Family, Byrne served as the I/S manager at Wisconsin Physician’s Service for eight years.
Byrne earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business from Edgewood College, in Madison, Wisconsin. He is an active board member of the Ronald McDonald House and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Consortium for Global Electronic Commerce. He has received several national industry honors, including being named one of the 2001 “Elite 8” chief information officers (CIOs) by the editors of Insurance and Technology magazine, and one of the 2002 “Premiere 100” IT leaders by Computerworld magazine.

Paul Shain

CEO of CDW Berbee; SVP of CDW Corp.

Paul Shain is senior vice president and executive committee member of CDW, a FORTUNE 500 company and a leading provider of technology products and services for business, government and education.

Shain also serves as chief executive officer of Madison, Wisconsin-based Berbee Information Networks Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation, acquired in October 2006. At CDW, Shain is responsible for leading the Berbee business and jointly overseeing all aspects of the transition of Berbee into CDW.

Shain joined Berbee in 2000 as president, and was appointed chief executive officer in 2005. Prior to joining Berbee, Shain was managing director and director of research for Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc. At Baird, he was the senior IT services analyst and was responsible for the overall supervision and administration of Baird’s equity research efforts.

Shain graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and a Master of Business Administration in finance. In addition, Shain holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He serves on Executive Partner Councils for both IBM Corporation and Cisco Systems. In addition, Shain is on a number of charitable boards associated with education. He has served on the Deans Advisory Board of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, and the Madison Area Technical College Foundation — an organization dedicated to financial scholarships for students who otherwise would not be able to attend school.

Brian Brylow

CTO and Managing Director, Robert W. Baird & Co.

Brian Brylow oversees the Information Technology Department at Robert W. Baird & Co. (Baird). He is the chair of Baird’s Technology Committee and also participates in a number of internal committees and advisory councils. Brian has over 20 years of information technology experience in service management, systems implementation and development. He has helped develop and manage a number of local technical services organizations. Prior to joining Baird in 1998, Brian was a lead technical consultant with Greenbrier & Russel. He is a former chef and graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College. Brian has been featured in the media, including the Wall Street Journal, and has contributed articles to publications such as Computerworld and eWeek. Brian serves on the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Association of Wisconsin.

Rick Davidson

Senor Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer, Manpower Inc.

As Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer, Rick Davidson has overall responsibility for leading global IT functions across Manpower’s operations in 72 countries and territories. He is in charge of developing and deploying an information technology strategy that accelerates Manpower’s positioning as the technology leader in the workforce solutions industry. He joined the company in January of 2003.

Prior to Manpower, Davidson worked at the Feld Group, where he was the acting Global CIO for Manpower through a consulting agreement. Prior to joining the Feld Group, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at CNH Global N.V. (formerly Case IH). Davidson also worked for Haworth, Inc., a global furniture manufacturer, as Vice President of Global Information Services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.

Peter Strombom


Peter has been in information technology in diverse industries for the last 36 years and is acknowledged for his leadership role in the evolution of information technology management in healthcare.

Recognized as a Fellow of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), where he was a founding member in 1992, Peter is past Chair of the organization and of the CHIME Foundation. He has also served as Chair of the Information Executive Council of Voluntary Hospitals of America (VHA) and of numerous industry advisory boards. Peter’s broad experience, keen vision and innovative approaches to issues enabled many accomplishments under his leadership. Peter has presented and effectively participated in a variety of regional and national forums covering the spectrum from advocacy to national security.

Peter has recently retired as Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of a horizontally integrated regional healthcare system in the US. He is now focusing on helping accelerate strategic innovation in the field through facilitation of synergistic partnering between industries and with government. Additional initiatives address business continuity and health records interoperability. He is also actively engaged in corporate and individual mentoring.

Leslie Hearn

CIO, TDS Telecom

Leslie Hearn is Vice President Information Systems and CIO of TDS Telecom. She oversees support of internal applications, as well as TDS’ internet service provider, in the areas of systems development and support, computer operations, infrastructure planning and management, advanced technology planning, and project/portfolio management.

Leslie joined TDS Telecom in March 1996 and has held leadership roles in product development, information technology and telecommunication network operations. Prior to joining TDS, she spent seven years in IT consulting and seven years with telecom carrier, USWest.

Leslie completed both her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Her Masters degree is in Finance with a focus on business modeling.

Alex Yarmulnik

CIO, Midwest Airlines

Alex Yarmulnik is the Vice President and the Chief Information Officer for Midwest Airlines. He joined Midwest Airlines in 1999 with the specific goal of improving the company’s IT capabilities, developing IT long term strategy, and aligning technology to support the rapidly changing airline environment.

Prior to joining Midwest, Alex held the position of Director of Applications Development for department store chain, Saks Inc. (formally Carson Pirie Scott). He also spent 8 years with e-Funds, a leading provider of EFT software and hosting solutions. Alex’s 20+ years of IT experience include responsibilities over software development, infrastructure deployment, project management, strategic planning, vendor management, and security. He also served 7 years as an adjunct faculty in the Computer Science department at Lakeland College.

Alex holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from Seton Hall University and an MBA from Marquette University with a focus on Finance and Marketing.

Sue Peterson

Senior Director of IT, Sargento Foods

As Senior Director of Information Technology (IT) of Sargento Foods Inc., Sue oversees all of the Sargento IT functions, including the development, implementation and support of information systems, security and compliance, data management and integrity, and project/portfolio management. Sue’s unique background allows her to work closely with departments to properly align IT and business strategy. Sue joined Sargento in 1997 and has held various management positions in Finance, including supporting the Consumer Products Division business decisions and leading the implementation of key software solutions. Prior to her current position in IT, Sue was the Assistant Treasurer. Before joining Sargento, she spent twelve years with the Kohler Co. in various Finance and Accounting roles.

Sue is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in Finance, and also earned an MBA from UW-Milwaukee. Sue is also a licensed CPA. She is President of the Plymouth Board of Education and serves on the board of the Family Resource Centers of Sheboygan County. Sue is married and lives in Plymouth with her husband and two children.

Oskar Anderson

CIO, WI Department of Enterprise Technology

Oskar Anderson is the administrator of the State of Wisconsin’s Division of Enterprise Technology (DET) within the Department of Administration. He has been in that role since March 2007, and as the state’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) he oversees state government’s IT operations and investments.

Anderson served as CIO for the state Department of Revenue (DOR) from 2001 until joining DET. He also the administrator of the Systems and Information Services Division and CIO for the Alberta Solicitor General Department for six years early in his career.

In addition to the time spent in public sector CIO positions, Anderson has worked about half of his career in the private sector as a systems and management consultant. Anderson has managed system development projects for Transportation, Motor Vehicle, Corrections, Finance, Policing and Corporate Licensing business areas. As a management consultant he was a member of the team that proposed and helped set up the Canadian Center for Justice Statistics and has led several organizational studies. He also has led business process re-engineering and strategic planning projects for transportation, corrections and policing organizations.

Anderson received his computer science education at the University of Alberta.

David Cagigal

Chief Information Technology Officer, Alliant Energy

David Cagigal is a seasoned executive with over 25 years experience in information technology management. The combination of IT and other technologies is a key part of David’s role as CITO at Alliant Energy.

Prior to Alliant Energy, David served as Director of Information Services with DeVry, Inc. where he managed a mission-critical $3M Application Service Provider (ASP) contract with eCollege to ensure a reliable eLearning platform (course availability) for the fastest growing segment of the corporation. Prior to DeVry, David was the Director, Information Application Services for DePaul University, managing three product lines of a PeopleSoft ERP investment for Student Administration, Finance and Human Resources university-wide, as well as an infrastructure group.

David also worked at Maytag in various IT capacities, notably as General Manager within the Strategic Business Development Group, in which he developed an Intelligent Appliances (eCommerce) Strategy and Business Plan centered on consumer value, technology feasibility and profitability.

David holds a BS and MBA from DePaul University.

Gregory Smith

SVP and CIO, Wheaton Franciscan

Gregory A. Smith is senior vice president and chief information officer for Wheaton Franciscan Services, Inc. Smith joined the organization 20 years ago. Since that time, he has served in various leadership roles throughout the Covenant Healthcare System in Milwaukee including director of marketing, vice president of marketing and senior vice president of corporate services. Eventually Smith assumed the role of executive vice president for Covenant. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and a master’s degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Smith also serves on the McKesson Provider Technology Strategic Advisory Council.

Frank Ace

CIO, Department of Justice

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 private sector insurance and financial services organizations for 10 years. He came to the State of Wisconsin, Department of Health and Family Services to manage their Applications Development efforts in 1994 amd took the positions of IT Director at the Department of Justice in 1998. 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.

Peter Logothetis

SVP and CIO, QBE Regional Insurance

Peter Logothetis is senior vice president and CIO of QBE Regional Insurance, formerly Winterthur US Holdings. He has over 30 years of experience in IT management – mostly in the insurance industry with organizations like Kemper and Liberty Mutual. With QBE Regional, he oversees an IT staff of 290 people and IT functions in multiple U.S. locations. Logothetis holds an MBA in information systems from DePaul University and served as an adjunct professor of computer science.

Mike Jackson

VP of Global Business Services and CIO, Rockwell Automation

Mike Jackson joined Rockwell Automation in July, 2003, as Vice President, Information Technology and CIO. He added shared services responsibility to his role in December 2005 when he was appointed Vice President, Global Business Services (GBS). In addition to Information Technology, GBS includes shared transactional and other business services supporting Human Resources, Finance and other functions.

He had previously served as Vice President for Information Technology – Pet Health and Nutrition for Procter and Gamble (Dayton, Ohio). Prior to P&G, he was CIO of the Iams Pet Food Company and VP of Information Technology for Mead Paper Company’s Zellerbach Division. He spent the first 15 years of his career in various information technology roles with DuPont, including leading information technology teams supporting Asia Pacific (located in Tokyo, Japan from 1988–1992) and the Freon® and Teflon® businesses.

Philip Loftus

CIO and VP of IS, Aurora Health Care

Philip is the VP of IS and CIO at Aurora Health Care, where he is responsible for defining and implementing the IT component of Aurora’s strategic goal of providing an integrated approach to health care delivery. Previously, he was SVP and CIO at Caremark where he implemented the move to a paperless mail order pharmacy system based on electronic documentation and workflow, developed one of the major systems supporting the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, and launched a high performance eBusiness Internet website with several million active users. He has 25 years of IT experience in the pharmaceutical industry with GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and what is now AstraZeneca, working extensively in both Europe and the US.

Ed Meachen

CIO, UW System

Edward Meachen is Associate Vice President for Learning and Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin System. In June 1997 he was asked to step into the position on an interim basis and was officially appointed Associate Vice President in March 1998. Prior to coming to UW System Administration, Ed was Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Services at UW-Parkside for eight years and the Director of the Library Learning Center at UW-Parkside for two years. In 2000 Ed helped establish the Academic ADL Co-Lab and continues to serve as the Co-Lab Commission Chair.

He was appointed as a member to the Council of Chief Information Officers for the UW System in 1995 and currently serves as its Chair. He has served as a member of the UW System Distance Education Steering Committee as well as the UW System Task Force on Academic Computing and Emerging Technology.

Jane Durment

CIO, Marcus Corporation

Jane Durment is the Chief Information Officer of The Marcus Corporation, a NYSE company headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis. She joined The Marcus Corporation in 1996, assuming responsibility for a complete upgrade of enterprise and property systems and networks, and to develop and launch the company’s new e-commerce, distribution and intelligence plans.

Prior to joining The Marcus Corporation, Jane had 20+ years of experience working for technology vendors with responsibilities including consulting, customer support, strategic planning, risk management, project planning and major accounting marketing. She holds a computer science degree from the University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana and an MBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Jane also works to advance technology in the company’s two industries, serving on the board of Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) and as a member of the NATO (North American Theatre Owners Association) Technology Committee.

Ron Kraemer

CIO, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ron Kraemer is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Vice Provost for Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In this capacity, he provides leadership for the use of information technology to enhance teaching, learning, research, and administrative services across the campus. Kraemer serves on various leadership committees in the UW System for identity management, student services, course management services, the campus portal, administrative leadership, research computing, equity and diversity, and crisis management. Kraemer also serves on several regional/national leadership groups, including the EDUCAUSE Advisory Group on Enterprise Information Systems and Services (AEGIS), the Board of Directors for WiscNet (Wisconsin’s statewide education and research network), the Oversight Group for BOREAS-Net (the Broadband Optical Research, Education and Sciences Network), and is Vice President of the Northern Tier Network Consortium.

Ann Marie Durso

CIO, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Ann Marie Durso is the CIO at the University of Wisconsin Parkside. In this capacity Ms. Durso is responsible for setting Information Technology Strategies and Directions for the campus administrative and academic computing infrastructure and systems. Ms. Durso is also responsible for all Computer, Network, Helpdesk, Labs, Classroom Technology and administrative business systems management and support. Recent projects have included migration to PeopleSoft Student System, numerous infrastructure upgrades and enhancements to support services.

Karl T. Richards

Vice President of Technology, Dean Health Insurance

Karl Richards is Vice President of Technology for Dean Health Insurance and is responsible for the company’s technology strategy, strategic business initiatives, technology operations, and security. Dean Health Insurance is one of the largest and most diversified managed care organizations in the Midwest, and maintains a position of leadership in insurance services through a physician-led integrated health system that improves the health status of its members, while delivering a superior level of service and care.

Karl joined Dean Health Insurance in 2002 as Director of Information Technology, and was appointed Vice President of Technology in 2004. Prior to joining Dean, Karl served as the Director of the Midwest Development Competency Center for Liberty Mutual Insurance. Earlier in his career, Karl also held leadership positions at Nationwide Insurance and General Electronic Medical Systems. A graduate of Michigan Technological University, Karl earned a BSEE and is currently pursuing his MBA in Health Care Management.

James Herzfeld

VP of IT & CIO, Journal Sentinel Inc.

James Herzfeld is the Vice President of Information Technologies and CIO for Journal Sentinel Inc. Jim is also responsible for facilitating the CIO group for all Journal Communications companies.

Jim has been an Information Technologies professional for 25 years. Jim has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management Information Systems. He has experienced and implemented manufacturing change from very manual processes to full computerized automation workflows.

Jim was made Vice President and CIO of Journal Sentinel in January of 2000.

Jim holds memberships and positions in board member of the Center for Technology Innovation – University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, strategic board member of Entech (Empowering Non-profits through Technology), board member of the Waukesha County Information Management Panel and past President and member of the Milwaukee IT Leadership Forum.

Erik Phelps

Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP

Erik Phelps is a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP in Madison, where he provides strategic business counsel to clients on legal, transactional, and technology issues on a wide variety of IT and Internet related matters, including those related to online marketing and brand protection. Erik returned to Michael Best (where he’s previously worked) after nearly six years as the Associate General Counsel at international clothing retailer Lands’ End, Inc., where he dealt with nearly all of the company’s Internet, information systems and other technology related matters, including all aspects of online marketing. He was instrumental in the company’s efforts to address online brand-related issues, including investigation and litigation related to online fraud. Erik also worked in the Media and Information Technology group at Dow, Lohnes in Washington, D.C., and before becoming a lawyer, he was the information systems manager at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in Washington, DC. and a technology consultant to members of Congress with House Information Systems. Erik is an honors graduate of the George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the law review and President of the Trial Court Board. He also holds a B.A. in Economics and Management from Beloit College.

Melanie Holmes

Vice President, World of Work Solutions, Manpower

Melanie Holmes is Vice President, World of Work Solutions. In this position, she is dedicated to advancing Manpower’s position as the thought leader in the contemporary world of work. She shares Manpower’s extensive knowledge while building strategic partnerships with government, universities and other leadership organizations across the country. Melanie is also responsible for social responsibility at Manpower, which includes diversity, volunteerism, community involvement, community relations, philanthropy and workforce development.

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