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Basheer JanjuaPresident, CTO Forum

Basheer Janjua is the Founding Chair and President of CTO Forum and its focused workgroups, The CIO Council and The CTO Institute. CTO Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a trusted, creative, and non-commercial network of the brightest minds of our generation. He is known for his passion to advance our modern world. He has served as a board member of the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. He also serves as the Chairman and CEO of Integnology, a consulting practice.

Basheer Janjua

Raji ArasuSenior Vice President, Platform and Core Services, CTO-Dev, Intuit

Raji Arasu is Intuit’s Senior Vice President of Platform and Services. In this role she leads the development of the company’s platforms and core services to enable Intuit’s product development teams to build innovative products and services. Prior to Intuit, she served as chief technology officer for eBay subsidiary StubHub, after holding a variety of leadership roles at eBay.

Raji Arasu

Shankar ArumugaveluCIO, Verizon

Shankar Arumugavelu is Chief Information Officer for Verizon Wireless and is responsible for the company’s Information Technology strategy, its systems portfolio development and operation of all supporting infrastructure. Previously, he served as SVP and CIO for Verizon’s consumer and mass business group. He was responsible for information systems strategy, architecture, development and management of the systems portfolio enabling sales, delivery and assurance of voice, data and video services to consumer and mass business customers in Verizon’s operating areas. He was also responsible for the development and support of Verizon FiOS TV and Internet products and services. Prior to this, he has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Verizon and its predecessor companies. He began his career at GTE Data Services in 1997 as a Member of Technical Staff in the Enterprise Systems Group and advanced to increasing levels of responsibility in IT. In 1998 he was named Chief Architect of the group and was responsible for the design, development and maintenance of GTE’s service provisioning system. He was promoted to Executive Director of the Provisioning and Activation Systems group in 2002.

Shankar Arumugavelu

Eric BillingsleyDirector of Internet Services Operations, Apple

Eric Billingsley is currently leading Apple's evolution from the world-changing computer and device company, to becoming one of the best Internet Service organizations on the planet as well. His organization is focused on scaling and optimizing infrastructure software, site reliability and system administration, technical operations and high performance capacitization. Prior to joining Apple, he was Engineering Director at Google. Through his career, Eric has helped the most successful Internet companies - Google, eBay and AltaVista - dramatically scale their infrastructure during times of exponential growth. He is motivated by the challenges of a fast-paced and growing business with technology at its core, and enjoys building self-motivated teams that innovate for the business and inspire those around them to succeed.

Eric Billingsley

Ivo BolsensSVP & Chief Technology Officer, Xilinx

Ivo Bolsens is senior vice president and chief technology officer, with responsibility for advanced technology development, Xilinx research laboratories (XRL) and Xilinx university program (XUP). He came to Xilinx in June 2001 from the Belgium-based research center IMEC, where he was vice president of information and communication systems. His research included the development of knowledge-based verification for VLSI circuits, design of digital signal processing applications, and wireless communication terminals. He also headed the research on design technology for high-level synthesis of DSP hardware, HW/SW co-design and system-on-chip design.

Ivo Bolsens

Cary BranVP, Corporate Strategy & Innovation, Plantronics

Cary Bran serves as Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Innovation at Plantronics. In this role he is responsible for setting strategic direction and leading innovation efforts associated with research and development of next generation communications solutions that enhance the human experience. As part of this scope, Bran also directs PLT Labs, a multi-disciplinary team within Plantronics that is working to identify and develop advanced, concept communications technologies. Bran is also responsible for overseeing Clarity, a division of Plantronics that creates smart communications solutions to help seniors live richer, more engaged lives. Bran joined Plantronics in 2011 as Senior Director of Advanced Software Technology and Architecture. Subsequent roles included Senior Director of Innovation and New Ventures, and Vice President of Innovation and New Ventures. Bran’s background includes more than sixteen years of experience developing enterprise collaboration and communications software solutions. Prior to joining Plantronics, Bran was at Cisco Systems, Inc., where he held increasingly senior management positions in software architecture, business development and technical strategy. During this time Bran led Cisco’s WebRTC evangelism efforts and contributed to the IETF and W3C WebRTC standards development. Bran graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science degree (Cum Laude) in Computer Science, and holds a MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Additionally, Bran holds several patents related to communications, augmented reality, and user experience. He is also on the board of the Bluetooth SIG.

Cary Bran

Paul ChapmanEVP & Chief Information Officer, Gap

Paul Chapman is currently Senior Vice President and CIO for Gap. He directs the eCommerce division of Gap Inc. that operates the websites for some of the most powerful retail brands in the world including Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Piperlime. In this role, he is responsible for developing and executing the company’s ecommerce and store technology, strategies, and directs all aspects of IT operations, application development, support and technical services for this billion dollar global ecommerce business. Paul is a high energy leader who has a deep passion for technology, and process and organizational optimization. He has spent his entire career in Information Technology, having first worked for many large companies in the Los Angeles area before operating his own successful technology consulting firm for over 10 years. Prior to joining Gap, Paul helped grow and operate two Internet startups.

Paul Chapman

Scott CrowderCIO, BMC Software

Scott Crowder is Chief Information Officer at BMC Software. He is an Information Technology executive with 25 years of experience, who has created, developed, and enhanced IT and Engineering organizations. He has proven track record of taking organizations to the next level while creating strong team morale and collaboration.

Scott Crowder

Dr. Evren EryurekTechnical Director, Office of CTO - Google Cloud Platform, Google, Inc.

Evren Eryurek joined Google as the first external member to take the leadership role as a Technical Director within the CTO Office of Google Cloud Platform. Transitioning from GE, Eryurek was Software Chief Technology Officer where he lead software technology programs across the entire GE Healthcare portfolio focused on driving customer success and on helping providers deliver improved patient outcomes. He began his GE career at GE Transportation, where he served as General Manager of the Software and Solutions business. He led the development of GE’s Movement Planner system. Before joining GE in 2005, he was with Emerson Process Management group for over 11 years, where he held several leadership positions as a member of PlantWeb Technology leadership team. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Eryurek holds a master’s and doctorate degree in Nuclear Engineering and has been awarded over 60 US patents.

Dr. Evren Eryurek

Steven GraySVP of Engineering, Qualcomm

Dr. Steven D. Gray is SVP of Engineering leading Qualcomm's engineering for the Internet of Everything (IoE) and Automotive businesses. Prior to that, he was the CTO and SVP of Engineering at CSR where he led innovation and product development for CSR’s entire portfolio or products including hardware, embedded software and data center solutions. A key initiative Dr. Gray led is the creation of the Internet of Things (IoT) solution combining silicon, software and services allowing CSR to create competitive differentiation. Prior to joining CSR in November 2011, he was Vice President for Huawei Technologies where he led teams architecting the next generation content-oriented networks, media-oriented collaboration tools for next generation telepresence and a IT cloud services platform. Prior to that, he held positions with Marvell Semiconductor, Intel and Nokia.

Steven Gray

Jeremy KingEVP & CTO, Walmart US & eCommerce, Walmart

Jeremy King leads @WalmartLabs where he is responsible for product, engineering, and webops teams who develop Walmart’s online business on a global scale. He has been on the forefront of cloud computing and brings over 20 years of experience. His focus has been on highly available and scalable web technologies, engineering methodology and productivity, and developing SaaS technology platforms and presentation layer frameworks to support global e-commerce operations.

Jeremy King

Robin LandeckCIO & VP of Engineering, GE Healthcare

Robin Landeck is the VP of Engineering Excellence for GE Healthcare, which is an $18 billion division of GE. She is a professional Change Agent who has been assigned to numerous initiatives by Senior Leaders to course correct programs facing cost overrun and delay challenges. Every assignment has resulted in excellent outcomes. In 2016, Robin was recognized by GE CEO Jeff Immelt as GE Healthcare’s Women in Technology award winner. Robin joined GE Healthcare in 2005 as an engineering manager focusing on verification and validation testing. This developed into a Center of Excellence where other engineering disciplines were incorporated under her direction including performance/interoperability testing, workflow solutions testing, engineering tools and practices, technical communications, Agile/Lean coaching, and DevOps. Prior to joining GE, she held several leadership roles during 15 years in the telecommunications industry. Her expertise spanned field engineering, systems engineering, and operations. In all these roles, she consistently built high performing global teams, created cultures of accountability and innovation, and nurtured close partnerships to ensure customer success.

Robin Landeck

Paul LehmanCIO, Optiv

Paul Lehman is an experienced senior executive and leader with more than 25 years of business, technical, operational and financial experience. As chief information officer (CIO) for Optiv, he is responsible for spearheading the company’s information technology vision, strategy and execution of enterprise-wide information technology initiatives to better serve internal and external clients, and help optimize business results. He has a long track record of accomplishments while leading large international teams and transformational programs. He also has extensive experience in leveraging the power of technology and operations to achieve business goals. Before joining Optiv, he served as CIO and senior vice president of global technology services for Experian. Prior to Experian, he spent nearly 15 years with Affiliated Computer Services, a Xerox Company, in various CIO and senior vice president roles for a number of business groups.

Paul Lehman

Sherrie LittlejohnEVP & Head of Enterprise Architecture, Wells Fargo

Sherrie Littlejohn leads the Enterprise Technology Architecture and Planning (ETAP) group at Wells Fargo with responsibility for architecture governance, EA, technology strategy, system review and the IT operating model program. With nearly 30 years experience in the telecommunications industry, Sherrie has lead efforts in voice, data, applications, systems, instrumentation, network and overall IT technology development. Sherrie holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois.

Sherrie Littlejohn

Omkaram NalamasuSVP & CTO, Applied Materials

Dr. Omkaram (Om) Nalamasu is senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) for Applied Materials. He brings extensive experience and passion to the role of CTO, where he is leading the development of new product pipelines, securing government funding for key strategic projects and building a world-class team to maintain Applied Materials’ technology leadership in the industries it serves and enable growth into new markets. Dr. Nalamasu is also the president of Applied Ventures, LLC, the venture capital fund of Applied Materials, overseeing the financial and strategic investments in early and growth-stage privately held companies. A world-renowned expert in materials science and technology and one of our industry’s respected forward thinkers, Dr. Nalamasu has championed a renewed focus on the company’s innovation culture through various internal development programs and open innovation methods. He has strengthened Applied Materials’ strategic relationships with universities and research institutes around the world including IIT Bombay.

Omkaram Nalamasu

Mark PapermasterSVP & CTO, AMD

Mark Papermaster is chief technology officer and senior vice president of Technology and Engineering at AMD, responsible for corporate technical direction, product development including system-on-chip (SOC) methodology, microprocessor design, I/O and memory, and advanced research. He also oversees Information Technology to deliver AMD’s compute infrastructure and services. His more than 35 years of engineering experience includes significant leadership roles managing the development of a wide range of products, from microprocessors to mobile devices and high-performance servers. Before joining AMD in October 2011, Papermaster was the leader of Cisco’s Silicon Engineering Group, the organization responsible for silicon strategy, architecture, and development for the company’s switching and routing businesses. He served as Apple Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering, where he was responsible for iPod and iPhone hardware development. He also held a number of senior leadership positions at IBM overseeing development of the company’s key microprocessor and server technologies. Papermaster received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and master’s degree from the University of Vermont, both in Electrical Engineering. He is a member of the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board, Olin College Presidents Council, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Mark Papermaster

Fidelma RussoCheif Technology Officer, Iron Mountain

Fidelma Russo is CTO of Iron Mountain where she provides the leadership, vision and roadmap for how technology can further strengthen the company’s current and future product offerings, service delivery and overall business. Russo came to Iron Mountain from Dell EMC, where she led the company’s Enterprise Storage and Software Solutions team, driving significant business growth through focused product sales, investments in disruptive technologies and markets, and workforce globalization and service delivery automation. Prior to her tenure at EMC, she was Chief Operating Officer for Sepaton/HDS, a provider of storage and software products and services, where she drove significant year-over-year growth for the company’s intelligent data protection products and also helped raise more than $25 million in venture funding to spur that growth. She has also held senior business and technology leadership roles at HP, Sun Microsystems/Oracle, Data General Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Russo earned an engineering degree from University College Cork (Ireland) and holds a masters in Computer Science from Boston University, holds two US patents, and serves on the board of Wolters Kluwer BV.

Fidelma Russo

Joseph SantamariaCIO & VP of IT, PSEG

Joseph Santamaria is Vice President – Information Technology (IT) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for PSEG Services Corporation, as of October 2012. He is responsible for leading, directing, planning and managing all activities relating to the company’s information technology needs and for ensuring innovative, reliable, timely, cost-effective and secure delivery of information technology to all areas of PSEG. Mr. Santamaria previously served as CIO at UIL Holdings Corporation, an electric and gas utility servicing New England. While at UIL, he successfully integrated IT activities of a major acquisition, integrated operational technologies with IT, established a best-in-class cyber security framework, and led the company to receive the 2011 SAP Best Run Utility Award for excellence in business transformation. Prior to his role at UIL, Mr. Santamaria worked at Pitney Bowes in several capacities, including global vice president-enterprise business applications. Before then, he was a principal consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, managing commercial and delivery aspects of large, global business transformation projects. With 15 years of experience in global Fortune 500 companies and an extensive technology background, Mr. Santamaria has successfully managed business process transformation, strategic planning, merger and acquisitions, and enterprise application development. Mr. Santamaria holds a Master of Business Administration degree from ESADE, in Barcelona, Spain, and a Master of Science in Applied and Industrial Physics from the University of Barcelona, Spain.

Joseph Santamaria

Eric SmithVP & CTO, USAA

Eric Smith is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for USAA. Prior to his CTO role, Eric held various leadership roles in Architecture and the Member Contact Applications group, a team focused on providing a best in class USAA member and employee contact application infrastructure. Eric has been a member of the USAA team since July of 2006, when he joined the CTO organization as aTechnical Architect with responsibility for the IT Service Management Domain. Prior to joining USAA, Eric was a Director of Client Services for Maryville Technologies, a Service Management and Infrastructure consulting entity. In the Client Services capacity, Eric was responsible for managing the technical consultants providing support to Maryville's clients in addition to overseeing strategic client relationships. During his tenure at Maryville, Eric had the opportunity to manage relationships and key enterprise technical initiatives with several Fortune 500 companies to include Sprint PCS, Sysco Corporation, Southwest Airlines, and Texas Instruments.

Eric Smith

Shankar ArumugaveluCIO, Verizon

Shankar Arumugavelu is Chief Information Officer for Verizon Wireless and is responsible for the company’s Information Technology strategy, its systems portfolio development and operation of all supporting infrastructure. Previously, he served as SVP and CIO for Verizon’s consumer and mass business group. He was responsible for information systems strategy, architecture, development and management of the systems portfolio enabling sales, delivery and assurance of voice, data and video services to consumer and mass business customers in Verizon’s operating areas. He was also responsible for the development and support of Verizon FiOS TV and Internet products and services. Prior to this, he has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Verizon and its predecessor companies. He began his career at GTE Data Services in 1997 as a Member of Technical Staff in the Enterprise Systems Group and advanced to increasing levels of responsibility in IT. In 1998 he was named Chief Architect of the group and was responsible for the design, development and maintenance of GTE’s service provisioning system. He was promoted to Executive Director of the Provisioning and Activation Systems group in 2002.

Shankar Arumugavelu

Paul ChapmanEVP & Chief Information Officer, Gap

Paul Chapman is currently Senior Vice President and CIO for Gap. He directs the eCommerce division of Gap Inc. that operates the websites for some of the most powerful retail brands in the world including Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Piperlime. In this role, he is responsible for developing and executing the company’s ecommerce and store technology, strategies, and directs all aspects of IT operations, application development, support and technical services for this billion dollar global ecommerce business. Paul is a high energy leader who has a deep passion for technology, and process and organizational optimization. He has spent his entire career in Information Technology, having first worked for many large companies in the Los Angeles area before operating his own successful technology consulting firm for over 10 years. Prior to joining Gap, Paul helped grow and operate two Internet startups.

Paul Chapman

Scott CrowderCIO, BMC Software

Scott Crowder is Chief Information Officer at BMC Software. He is an Information Technology executive with 25 years of experience, who has created, developed, and enhanced IT and Engineering organizations. He has proven track record of taking organizations to the next level while creating strong team morale and collaboration.

Scott Crowder

Paul LehmanCIO, Optiv

Paul Lehman is an experienced senior executive and leader with more than 25 years of business, technical, operational and financial experience. As chief information officer (CIO) for Optiv, he is responsible for spearheading the company’s information technology vision, strategy and execution of enterprise-wide information technology initiatives to better serve internal and external clients, and help optimize business results. He has a long track record of accomplishments while leading large international teams and transformational programs. He also has extensive experience in leveraging the power of technology and operations to achieve business goals. Before joining Optiv, he served as CIO and senior vice president of global technology services for Experian. Prior to Experian, he spent nearly 15 years with Affiliated Computer Services, a Xerox Company, in various CIO and senior vice president roles for a number of business groups.

Paul Lehman

Sherrie LittlejohnEVP & Head of Enterprise Architecture, Wells Fargo

Sherrie Littlejohn leads the Enterprise Technology Architecture and Planning (ETAP) group at Wells Fargo with responsibility for architecture governance, EA, technology strategy, system review and the IT operating model program. With nearly 30 years experience in the telecommunications industry, Sherrie has lead efforts in voice, data, applications, systems, instrumentation, network and overall IT technology development. Sherrie holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois.

Sherrie Littlejohn

Joseph SantamariaCIO & VP of IT, PSEG

Joseph Santamaria is Vice President – Information Technology (IT) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for PSEG Services Corporation, as of October 2012. He is responsible for leading, directing, planning and managing all activities relating to the company’s information technology needs and for ensuring innovative, reliable, timely, cost-effective and secure delivery of information technology to all areas of PSEG. Mr. Santamaria previously served as CIO at UIL Holdings Corporation, an electric and gas utility servicing New England. While at UIL, he successfully integrated IT activities of a major acquisition, integrated operational technologies with IT, established a best-in-class cyber security framework, and led the company to receive the 2011 SAP Best Run Utility Award for excellence in business transformation. Prior to his role at UIL, Mr. Santamaria worked at Pitney Bowes in several capacities, including global vice president-enterprise business applications. Before then, he was a principal consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, managing commercial and delivery aspects of large, global business transformation projects. With 15 years of experience in global Fortune 500 companies and an extensive technology background, Mr. Santamaria has successfully managed business process transformation, strategic planning, merger and acquisitions, and enterprise application development. Mr. Santamaria holds a Master of Business Administration degree from ESADE, in Barcelona, Spain, and a Master of Science in Applied and Industrial Physics from the University of Barcelona, Spain.

Joseph Santamaria

Farhat AliPresident, Integnology

Prior to becoming President of Integnology, Farhat Ali was President and CEO of LENSOO, a startup focusing on eLearning. He has broad experience in all facets of business and operations. He is former president and Chief Executive Officer of Fujitsu America. He successfully orchestrated mergers of various subsidiaries of Fujitsu to form Fujitsu America which provides Information Technology based business solutions. His contributions at Fujitsu include building an effective executive team, revamping the sales structure, and developing a world/class supply chain. Prior to joining Fujitsu, he spent over 20b years at Amdahl Corporation where he held senior management positions including Vice President of operations, Vice President of Customer Service and Chief Financial Officer of Amdahl Global Services.

Farhat Ali

Basheer JanjuaPresident, CTO Forum

Basheer Janjua is the Founding Chair and President of CTO Forum and its focused workgroups, The CIO Council and The CTO Institute. CTO Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a trusted, creative, and non-commercial network of the brightest minds of our generation. He is known for his passion to advance our modern world. He has served as a board member of the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. He also serves as the Chairman and CEO of Integnology, a consulting practice.

Basheer Janjua