2010 Speakers and Advisory Board

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.

Tim Schaefer

Chief Information Officer, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

Tim Schaefer is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, WI. In this role, Tim has responsibility for planning, development and deployment of the company’s information technology resources to meet the business needs of the company’s risk and investment product lines, corporate functions and the almost 7,000 financial representatives in 350 network offices across the United States. Tim has been with Northwestern Mutual 20 years serving in a number of IT and non-IT leadership roles. Tim earned a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Masters degree in organizational behavior from Silver Lake College and has completed the Leadership at the Peak Program at the Center for Creative Leadership. In the community, Tim is on the Board of Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Rick Roy

CIO, CUNA Mutual Group

Rick Roy is the Chief Information Officer for CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, Wisconsin. He directs the strategy, planning, and deployment of all information technology functions for CUNA Mutual and its affiliates. Before being named CIO in October 2008, Rick served as Senior Vice President of Customer Operations for the company from 2006 to 2008. He directed all customer service and operations functions including claims, call centers, and customer implementations and training.

Prior to joining CUNA Mutual, Rick was Senior Vice President and General Manager of product development at Metavante Corporation. He was responsible for product development and technology architecture for Metavante’s software product portfolio. As a member of Metavante’s executive team, Rick participated extensively in merger and acquisition activities, and directed software development functions across six cities in the United States and Canada.

Rick holds a Master’s Degree in business from Marquette University and a Bachelor’s Degree in management information systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Rick has completed additional management programs at Harvard Law School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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.

Kristin Kirkconnell

Senior Vice President I/S, American Family Insurance

Kristin Kirkconnell joined American Family in November 2008 as senior vice president, information services. Prior to joining American Family, Kristin served as chief information officer and senior vice president of information services and technology for Atlanta-based natural gas distribution company, AGL Resources, Inc. Kristin was responsible for leading the technology strategies, operations, implementation and support for this Fortune 1000 company, which provides natural gas services to 2.2 million customers in Georgia, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee and Florida.

A graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia, Kristin has had additional executive experience with many large companies across varied industries.

Davor Grgic

Senior Vice President of Technical Services, Kohler Co.

Over the course of more than 27 years at Kohler Co., Davor has held a series of management and executive positions. He was named Vice President-Corporate Information Systems in 1997 and Vice President-IT and Global Procurement in 2002.

In 2005, he was appointed Sr. Vice President-Technical Services. Within this group, Davor oversees a variety of functions that provide specialized services to the company’s business units and staff areas. Functions in Technical Services include Kohler Operating System (including Corporate Program office for Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing), Corporate Information Technology, Global Procurement, Corporate Logistics, Environmental Health & Safety, Facilities and Architectural Engineering.

Davor is a 1980 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Additionally, he is a 1982 graduate of University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, having earned a master’s degree in business administration. He reports to David Kohler, President and Chief Operating Officer.

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.

Brent Leland

CIO, Trek Bicycle Corp.

Brent Leland brings over 20 years of business and information technology experience to his Chief Information Officer role at Trek. He joined the company in 2007 to focus on modernizing Trek’s systems and creating business driven information solutions. He is passionate about IT taking a proactive role in implementing better business processes.

Prior to joining Trek, Brent worked as the Director of Business Information Technology at Spectrum Brands (formerly Rayovac) where he was involved in the acquisition and integration of more than a dozen companies. Previously, he held various business and engineering roles for Hewlett-Packard, Space Systems/Loral, and General Dynamics.

Brent holds an MBA from Stanford and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida.

Headquartered in Waterloo, Wisconsin, Trek Bicycle Corporation is a global leader in bicycle design and manufacturing. From the original hand-built steel touring frames introduced in 1976 to the revolutionary OCLV Carbon first introduced in 1992, Trek’s passion for innovation, quality, and performance leads the industry with next-generation thinking and cutting-edge technology. With countless professional wins, Trek enjoys a rich tradition of victory in the world’s premier cycling events. Today, with a broad range of bicycles and cycling products under the Trek, Gary Fisher, and Bontrager brand names, Trek continues to pursue new ways to bring the joy of cycling to all people. Per Hoover’s, Trek’s 2007 annual sales were $600 million. It employs over 1900 people.

Michael M. Knetter

Dean, UW-Madison School of Business

Michael M. Knetter joined the Wisconsin School of Business as its dean in July 2002. As dean, he has orchestrated the novel $85 million Wisconsin Naming Gift, the expansion of Grainger Hall, the restructuring and improved national standing of the full-time MBA, and the restructuring and expansion of the Enterprise MBA. Prior to joining the school, he was associate dean of the MBA program and professor of international economics in the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Prior to joining the Tuck School of Business in 1997, Dean Knetter was vice chair of the Department of Economics at Dartmouth. He also served as a senior staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors for former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He is a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Knetter completed his undergraduate studies in economics and mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University.

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.

Greg Pfluger

AVP Business Systems Transformation, American Family Insurance

Greg is responsible developing new business processes and systems to support American Family’s Property and Casualty business. He came to American Family after seven years at Sentry Insurance, where he was Vice President, IT and Corporate CIO. Prior to joining Sentry, Greg worked as a consultant for ten years. His clients included many of Wisconsin’s leading companies, including Miller Brewing, Harley-Davidson, Kohler Co., Pleasant Company, and American Breeders Service.

Greg is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with degrees in Computer Engineering and English Literature. Greg and his wife Connie McElrone have two children and live in Madison.

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.

Denis Edwards

CIO, Manpower

Denis Edwards is Manpower’s Global Chief Information Officer and a member of Manpower’s Executive Management Team, following his promotion from Vice President – Global Solutions Delivery in January 2009. As CIO, Denis has overall responsibility for leading and coordinating information technology functions across Manpower’s operations in 80 countries and territories. Denis joined Manpower in 2007 and has played a significant role in developing key transformational technology solutions for Manpower’s global operations that benefit the company’s clients and associates.

Prior to joining Manpower, Denis was Vice President – Global Solutions and Architecture for Cadbury-Schweppes, the world’s largest confectionery company. Denis has also held senior IT roles with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he served as Managing Director of Application Services; Marriott International, as Vice President of IS Strategy; and Marriott Vacation Club, as Chief Technology Officer. In addition to his Fortune 500 expertise, Denis has served as Chief Technology Officer for several successful start-up organizations.

Denis holds a Master of Science Certificate in Information Technology from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University, where he graduated with honors. He is a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society.

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.

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.

David E. Lundal, MBA

VP & Regional CIO, SSM Integrated Health Technologies

David E. Lundal came to SSM Integrated Health Technologies in July 2003 as regional IS director for SSM Health Care of Wisconsin. In September of 2006, he was promoted to V.P and Regional CIO.

In David’s role, he also co-leads the Wisconsin Integrated Technology & Telemedicine Systems, LLC (WIIITTS). WIITTS is a joint-venture between Dean Health System and SSM Health Care of Wisconsin. The primary purpose of WIITTS is to implement advanced clinical systems, like Epic, in the Dean/SSMW integrated delivery network. David co-leads with the Dean VP of IS, Jerry Roberts.

David came to Wisconsin from South Bend Indiana, where he was the Director of Home Care and Physician System for Saint Joseph’s Regional Health System. David worked at Saint Joseph’s from 1995 to 2003. From 1991 to 1995 David worked at Systems Management, a practice management consulting firm based in South Bend.

David is a native of Indiana where he earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his MBA from Bethel College.

Steve Cartwright

Director and Chief Information Officer, IT Services, We Energies

Steve Cartwright was appointed director and chief information officer – IT Services for We Energies in 2005. Cartwright leads the company’s information technology infrastructure initiatives and operations, and is responsible for technology security and corporate center application areas.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., We Energies, with approximately 5,200 employees, serves more than 1.1 million electric customers in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and more than 1 million natural gas customers in Wisconsin. We Energies is the trade name of Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas LLC, the principal utility subsidiaries of Wisconsin Energy Corporation (NYSE: WEC).

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.

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

Vice President 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.

Steve Cretney

VP CIO, Lands’ End

Steve Cretney rejoined Lands’ End in 2010 to lead the IT organization through a new era growth and expansion for Lands’ End. Steve has nearly 25 years of IT experience with an innate ability to lead organizations and deliver results. In his previous position as 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 Operations. Prior to his position at TASC, Steve was with Lands’ End as the leader of IT

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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.

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.

Vinnie Thousand

CIO, Department of Workforce Development

Vinnie Thousand has been the IT Director for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development since 1998. She worked at DWD in a variety of programmer and management positions since 1978 following a few years in Madison private industry.

Vinnie’s experience has primarily been in large applications development projects crossing a variety of platforms. She has been an officer of the Wisconsin State IT Director’s Council. Vinnie received her BBA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Troy Lethem

VP & CIO, Capitol Insurance Companies

Troy Lethem became the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Capitol Insurance Companies in September 2004. Throughout his 25 year career as an Information Technology professional, he has provided vision, planning and leadership in the Insurance and Financial Services industries. His roles have included consultant, Manager, Director and most current as Vice President/CIO. His experience includes 5 years in IT sales and consulting, eight years with National Guardian Life and seven years with CUNA Service Group, Inc.

Susan Watson

VP, Radical Simplification & Process-Led Enterprise Integration, Enterprise on Demand Transformation, IBM

Susan Watson has 11 years of executive experience in various parts of IBM‘s business transformation and IT community. In her present position, she is responsible for driving integration and alignment across business transformation and IT through process-led strategic planning, enterprise architecture, initiative management, and governance.

Ms. Watson joined IBM in 1983 as a programmer. She held a variety of technical and managerial assignments in strategy, development, test, and customer support in S/390 mainframe development and AIX and OS/390 operating system development. She was also Executive Assistant to the GM of the Network Computer Division and PCD Development. Her previous executive assignments have included supporting System Group’s business transformation efforts and responsibility for IBM‘s TeleWeb strategy and execution.

Ms. Watson is a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science with a minor in speech and media studies.

Russell Doby

Vice President, Application Management Services, IBM

Mr. Doby is currently the IBM executive with P&L responsibility for IBM’s Global Application Services business focused on Mid-market companies with a US presence. In this capacity, he works with various companies to successfully implement global sourcing strategies, optimized across the world.

Mr. Doby is a 28 year veteran of the IBM Company, where he has held a number of executive positions in our Strategic Outsourcing, eBusiness Hosting, and IT Services businesses.

Mike Riley

Central Area CIO, NetApp

Mike Riley has been with NetApp over 10 years and currently serves as the CIO for Central Area Sales and Director of Technology and Strategy for Americas sales. Mike represents NetApp as a panelist/speaker at storage seminars; conducts training for new engineers and sales staff; and travels the U.S. and abroad listening and talking to customers about storage challenges. Mike joined NetApp in 1999 and previously worked on the customer side in various roles from capacity analyst to systems administrator. Mike has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Loyola University.

Paul Czarnik

Senior VP of Technology & CTO, Compuware Corporation

As Senior Vice President of Technology and CTO for Compuware Corporation, Paul provides leadership for the company’s technology strategy and product delivery.

A programmer at heart, Paul thrives on understanding the vast and wide-ranging technology industry so that he can directly and immediately apply that knowledge to his work. He leads a team of more than 800 employees whom he refers to as “proficient and prolific technicians.” This team delivers world-class Compuware products to customers around the world.

Czarnik brings 33 years of software development experience to his role. He first joined Compuware in 1981, and has held technical and executive positions in the Services, Products and IT organizations. In addition, during his career in the software industry, Czarnik has held technical, strategy and management positions in medical software development, and was a founder of medical and EDI software companies in Michigan.

Stephen C Savage

Corporate 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.

Jon Peirce

Vice President of IT Infrastructure & Services, EMC Corporation

As Vice President of IT Infrastructure and Services for EMC Corporation, Jon Peirce holds worldwide responsibility for application hosting services, storage management, systems management, data center operations, local and wide-area-network services, end-user computing, service desk and end-user technical support. Mr. Peirce joined EMC Corporation in 1992 as Plant Manager responsible for US Manufacturing Operations before becoming VP of Engineering Services in 1999, VP of IT Applications Development in 2002 and ultimately VP of Infrastructure and Services in May of 2006.

Before joining EMC, he was the Senior VP of Operations and Engineering for Boston Digital Corporation, and prior to that held positions in materials management, manufacturing management and operations management at both Teradyne, Inc. and Westerbeke Corp.

Mr. Peirce holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College.

Trae Chancellor

VP of Enterprise Strategy,

Trae Chancellor joined as CIO in 2006. Under his leadership, the IT division successfully transitioned its operations to the ‘cloud’. Building on’s own platform as a service,, Trae & his team deployed new automation systems that effectively supported the business as it grew from $400 million in annual revenue to $1 billion.

Today Trae serves as’s VP of Enterprise Strategy. In this role, Trae shares his experience of ‘taking it to the cloud’ with large enterprises, helping them construct best-practices model for how to successfully adopt cloud-based computing. Additionally, Trae will transform these best practices into market-meeting requirements for’s emerging applications & platform.

In 2009, Trae was recognized by Information Week as one of the Top 5 Innovators in information technology worldwide for his leadership in cloud computing and IT transformation.

Prior to, Trae was V.P. of IT Application Engineering at PeopleSoft/Oracle. While there, he drove the implementation of enterprise client/server applications for the business. Trae also led the team responsible for merging J.D. Edwards’ IT environment into PeopleSoft.

As a pioneer in software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology and operational models, Trae was part of the original engineering team at ExpertCity (acquired by Citrix) who built GoToMyPC and GoToMeeting.

Trae holds a B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M.

Rob Zanella

Vice President of IT Compliance & Security, CA, Inc.

Rob Zanella is Vice President of IT Compliance & Security for CA and is responsible for all compliance and security activities within Information Technology. Rob joined CA in 2005 as Director of Internal Audit to develop the company’s first IT Audit practice. Upon establishing the practice, Rob next assumed responsibility for the IT Compliance function to advise on controls optimization opportunities and to manage CA’s IT risk and controls profile. Since then Rob has also assumed responsibility for both the Global Enterprise Security group as well as the Application Security function.

Rob has 25 years of IT experience in operations, software development, project management, auditing, compliance and security. Before joining CA, he was Director of IT Audit for 5 years at SIAC, the technology arm of the NYSE. Prior to the NYSE, Rob was a Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche for 7 years implementing ERP solutions as part of their Enterprise Risk Services group for several large clients. In addition, he held various software development and project management positions within Savings Bank Trust Company and Union Savings Bank while developing and implementing lending software.

Rob has been a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) as certified by ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) since 1995. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Hofstra University and a Master of Business Administration from Adelphi University.

Sanju K. Bansal

Vice Chairman of the Board, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary, MicroStrategy

Sanju K. Bansal has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer since 1993 and was previously vice president, consulting since joining MicroStrategy in 1990. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of MicroStrategy since September 1997 and has served as vice chairman of the Board of Directors since November 2000. Prior to joining MicroStrategy, Mr. Bansal was a consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton, a worldwide technical and management consulting firm, from 1987 to 1990. Mr. Bansal received an S.B. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

Peter Strombom

FCHIME and Past Chair, CHIME; President, Strombom Associates; Conference Chair

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.

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