SPEAKERS

2019 SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

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Clemens Aichholzer
Sr. VP of Game-based Assessments
HireVue

Clemens Aichholzer is the Sr. VP of Game-based Assessments at HireVue. Clemens is responsible for expanding HireVue’s assessment capabilities by combining game technology with AI and cognitive neuroscience. His vision is to create next generation hiring tools that are highly engaging and candidate-centric as well as data-driven and scientifically valid.

Clemens was previously the founder and CEO of London-based startup MindX, which was acquired by HireVue in May, 2018. MindX was a predictive hiring and talent analytics platform integrating gamification, machine learning, and psychometrics with the objective to improve talent identification and selection whilst reducing bias. Prior to founding MindX, Clemens was an investor and financial advisor with Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Lombard Odier in London and Geneva. Clemens has earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MA in Commerce from Vienna University of Economics.

Stephen Bailey
CEO and Founder
ExecOnline

Stephen brings a passion for helping executives and their companies solve their most pressing strategic challenges through innovative technology solutions. Before ExecOnline, he served as the CEO of Frontier Strategy Group (FSG), a venture-backed software and information services business serving Fortune 500 executives who have responsibility for emerging economies. Stephen grew the business from an early-stage start-up to a company that serves nearly half the Fortune 500 across a range of international markets and business functions. Stephen is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Truman National Security Project and the Glenn Pelham Foundation. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Emory University and holds a JD from the Yale Law School.

Tim Coates
US Head of Blockchain
Synechron

Tim Coates is the US Head of Blockchain at Synechron based in New York, leading solution design and strategy, and application development for 40+ blockchain projects at over 20 financial institutions across 4 platforms – Quorum, Corda, Fabric and Ethereum. He works day-to-day with Synechron’s clients and combines analytical, visualization and technology insights to develop highly-tailored solutions that resolve complex client business challenges.

Coates has helped Synechron’s clients to understand how new regulations and digital technologies will impact their business operations and was instrumental in developing Synechcron’s KYC utility and insurance blockchain accelerators. Prior to Synechron, Coates was a Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young, and he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Sydney.

Peter Coffee
VP for Strategic Research
Salesforce

Coffee has been with the company for ten years. His global work supports Salesforce efforts in CIO strategies, security practices, and delivery of connected product and “big data” solutions through collaboration with account teams in many industries.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Peter spent eighteen years as a technology analyst, columnist, and editor for IT publications including eWEEK and PC Week, while also contributing to other journals including Computer Language and AI Expert. He has written widely on cloud security and privacy, and was a chapter contributor to Prentice Hall’s Nanotechnology: Science, Innovation, and Opportunity. He previously served as the first Manager for Desktop Computing Planning at The Aerospace Corporation, where he also worked in space-asset applications of AI techniques. Before that, he held project management roles at Exxon Corporation including arctic resource development.

Peter received his engineering degree from MIT in 1978 and an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1985; he has held college faculty appointments in expert-systems programming, IT management, and business analytics, while also lecturing at Stanford, CalTech, Harvard Business School, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT as well as other institutions in Europe, Asia and South America. He advises on curriculum and degree program planning in analytics and “big data” initiatives for three U.S. universities.

Claudia Crummenerl
Managing Director
Global Practice Lead People and Organization Capgemini Invent

Claudia is an expert in the people perspective of digital, automation and AI. She collaborates and support clients in how leadership in the digital age is evolving, how workforce and organizations transform through automation and AI, how the HR function is composed and how to engage with employees during the process. Her particular project expertise lies in the rollout of large transformation programs in an international context.

Claudia combines Industry and Consulting expertise. She started and spend half of her career in the automotive industry in various positions in Germany, US and Japan driving change and HR projects. Since joining Capgemini Invent for their reputation in organizational transformation and change management, Claudia has been part of the German consulting team and now is Managing Director for the global People and Organization capability.

With Capgemini Invent’s strategic focus on Digital Transformation, Claudia has focused her thought leadership on how digital is transforming leadership, workforce and organizations. She regularly authors studies with the reputed Capgemini Research Institute and speaks at conference and client events.

Abhi Ingle
Senior Vice President – Digital, Distribution & Channel Marketing
AT&T Business

Abhi Ingle currently serves as Senior Vice President – Digital, Distribution & Channel Marketing for AT&T Business. He is responsible in developing and managing all go-to-market strategies and industry programs to drive networking services, mobility, cloud and cybersecurity solutions for business and government customers. He also leads distribution and digital strategy for AT&T Business, operating all of AT&T’s business digital platforms and properties. Mr. Ingle has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, consulting, and technology solutions. Before joining AT&T, he held the CMO role at technology startups, and spent several years at McKinsey and Company advising clients on strategy, marketing and sales.

Mr. Ingle holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics from Oberlin College.

Kevin Jestice
Principal, Head of Enterprise Advice
The Vanguard Group

Kevin Jestice, CFA, CIPM, is a Vanguard principal and head of Enterprise Advice. He leads a cross-functional department responsible for developing and maintaining the investment methodology and technology required to deliver advice to our investors globally.

Previously, Mr. Jestice led Vanguard Institutional Investor Services where he was responsible for a team of investment and client service professionals who served defined contribution, defined benefit, corporate asset, endowment, and foundation clients. Before joining Vanguard in 2007, Mr. Jestice was an investment consultant with Ennis Knupp & Associates, where he managed consulting assignments for a select number of retainer and project clients, contributed to the firm’s investment manager research efforts, and authored topical research papers.

Mr. Jestice earned bachelor’s degrees in finance and management with honors from Loras College and an M.B.A. with honors at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Matias Klein
President & CEO
Kognition

Matias is a visionary entrepreneur and innovator with a long and successful track record of launching groundbreaking new software solutions. Most recently Matias was Vice President of Product Management at McKesson (NYSE: MCK) where he was responsible for driving growth and innovation in a $1B financial services software portfolio. Prior to McKesson, Matias was SVP of Technology and led R&D and technology operations at Portico Systems, which McKesson acquired for $90M. Matias joined Portico’s leadership team when they acquired his first startup, Ethidium Health Systems.

Rajesh Kumaran
Head – Life Sciences Industry Unit, US East
Tata Consultancy Services

Rajesh heads TCS’ Life Sciences business unit for the East region in the US. This includes major pharmaceutical, med tech, CRO, diagnostic lab companies in the region. A graduate of TCS’ Executive Management program from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Rajesh has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology from Mumbai University, India.

Rajesh has been with TCS for close to 22 years, joining the firm straight out of graduate school as a trainee engineer. Over the years Rajesh has worked with TCS customers in various industry segments including transportation, insurance, retail and life sciences. Since 2003, Rajesh has been focused exclusively on life sciences customers and has led TCS’s relationships with a top pharmaceutical manufacturer, top 10 medical device manufacturer, top 3 pharmaceutical wholesaler, top 3 pharmaceutical retailer, top US provider of diagnostics lab testing services and a leading global pharmaceutical market intelligence and information provider. This has enabled him to understand and gain first hand experience of the end to end Pharmaceutical and healthcare value chain which he leverages to help his customers in their transformation journey.

In his current role, Rajesh works with the majority of TCS’ Life Sciences customers in the US East region helping them achieve their business and IT transformation objectives leveraging TCS’ Business 4.0 framework. Rajesh is current actively engaged with his customer base in a number of digital innovation and transformation initiatives in the areas of digital marketing, cloud, automation, AI & ML, etc.

Debajani Mohanty
Bestseller Blockchain Author, Mentor, Practitioner
NIIT Technologies

Debajani Mohanty is a Blockchain evangelist, practitioner, author and keynote speaker. She has written many Blockchain bestsellers as “BlockChain from Concept to Execution”, “Ethereum for Architects and Developers”, “R3 Corda for Architects and Developers” (upcoming) published by leading publishing houses as Springer Nature and BPB publications. Her books are also translated to other international languages as German and Chinese to reach out to the masses.

Debajani is an independent consultant who is currently working as advisor to many Banking and Fintech clients in Asia and Europe helping them to build innovative solutions using emerging technologies as Blockchain. Throughout the past 18 years in the industry, Debajani has held several roles including Senior Architect with NIIT Technologies Ltd at their Centre of Excellence. She also works as a mentor at Amity International University, Delhi/NCR educating seasoned experienced professionals in the development and practical application of emerging technologies.

Vikram Nair
Former SVP & CIO
Viking Cruises

Vikram Nair is a senior business and technology executive with a passion for leading technology-enabled change. Vikram’s has held several global technology leadership roles, most recently as Chief Information Officer for Viking Cruises, the world’s top-rated ocean and river cruise line. He was previously Vice President for Global IT Strategy, Planning, and Experience Innovation at Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest leisure travel company, and Vice President and Global Business Technology lead for Pfizer’s Animal Health division (now Zoetis), the world’s largest animal health company. Vikram holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Brown University, respectively.

Ken Nessel
Senior Director & Lead, Blockchain Strategy & Execution Team
Pfizer

Ken Nessel is the Senior Director and lead of the Blockchain Strategy & Execution team at Pfizer Inc – the global pharmaceutical company. As a center of excellence for blockchain at Pfizer, Ken’s team is responsible for developing an in-depth understanding of this emerging technology, identifying high potential use cases and jump-starting execution across the enterprise. Ken is also a member of the Digital Solutions and Emerging Technology Leadership Team. Ken has been at Pfizer for 20 years and has held a diverse set of roles in Business Technology. Most recently he led the Solution Center for Pfizer’s R&D business line. Ken is based at Pfizer’s R&D headquarters in Groton, CT.

Oleksandr Rivkind
CEO & Co-Founder
SigmaLedger

Oleksandr Rivkind is CEO and co-founder of SigmaLedger – company that offers blockchain based solution for supply chain traceability and counterfeit prevention. Before SigmaLedger, he worked as a Director at EPAM Systems providing services to their top clients. Throughout the career, Mr. Rivkind played different roles including but limited to Solution Architect and Product Manager for more than 20 years, specializing on creation of ultra-low latency, mission-critical, distributed and big data systems. Mr. Rivkind has background in Applied Math and Software Engineering; spent most of his career working in financial services and capital markets domains.

Scott Snyder, PHD
Partner, Digital and Innovation
Heidrick Consulting

Senior Fellow, The Wharton School
Adjunct Professor, Penn Engineering

Scott Snyder is a recognized thought leader in digital transformation and innovation, having held leadership roles at GE and Lockheed Martin, launched three new technology ventures including Mobiquity, led technology and innovation for venture capital firm, Safeguard, and now leads Digital and Innovation at Heidrick & Struggles. He is the author of two books, Goliath’s Revenge: How Established Companies Turn the Tables on Digital Disruptors and The New World of Wireless: How to Compete in the 4G Revolution and has lectured at top universities on emerging technologies, digital strategy, and innovation including Wharton, MIT, Babson, Duke, and INSEAD.

Samuel Stern
Principal Analyst Serving Customer Experience Professionals
Forrester

Sam is a principal analyst in Forrester’s customer experience research practice. His research topics include customer-centric culture, employee engagement in delivering better customer experiences, and how to deploy different research techniques to create better experiences. Sam is also the host of CX Cast, Forrester’s weekly customer experience podcast.

Prior to joining the research team, Sam launched and managed Forrester’s Customer Experience Council and Customer Experience Executive Program, which are peer networks for customer experience executives. In his role, Sam and his team supported more than 170 chief customer officers and other customer experience executives at large companies in North America and Europe, partnering with them to help them drive customer experience transformations at their respective companies.

Previously, Sam managed Forrester’s customer experience consulting practice.

Michael Tirozzi
CIO
iRobot

Michael Tirozzi is a forward-thinking, technology executive with experience ranging from rapid-paced start-up companies, a mid-cap global IT services company, and a high-growth technology company. Tirozzi serves as CIO of iRobot which designs, builds, and markets robots for the consumer market and the smart home. In his current role he is focused on driving digital and data transformation, enabling an IoT strategy as well as driving the globalization and modernization of Enterprise IT. Prior to iRobot, Tirozzi was the Vice President of IT for Keane/NTT Data leading a diverse IT team with a focus on the efficiencies of IT globalization and value creation. He also has been part of several start-ups, is an author, believes in the power of teams and has a passion for big ideas that can become reality.

Mr. Tirozzi holds a BA degree from Northeastern University.

Jessica Turner
Executive Vice President
North American Digital Payments and Labs and Global Customer Engagement
Mastercard

Jessica Turner is Executive Vice President, Digital Payments and Labs for North America and Global Customer Engagement for Mastercard. In North America, Mrs. Turner leads the strategy, commercialization and product management of digital payments products, which includes; Masterpass, Mastercard Digital Enablement Service (MDES), Personal Payments and Labs. Additionally, she is responsible for Customer Digital Engagement with key issuers globally, leading a product team to collaborate with the largest global issuers worldwide to advance digital solutions and payments.

Brock Weatherup
Chieft Strategic Innovation & Digital Experience Officer
Petco

As Chief Strategic Innovation & Digital Experience Officer, Brock is responsible for fostering and accelerating innovation across Petco’s business, incubating new ideas and ensuring the company’s long-term relevance. Additionally, Brock leads Petco’s eCommerce and digital strategy. Brock joined Petco in 2017 when the company acquired PetCoach, of which he was CEO and co-founder. Previously, Brock was a Venture Partner of tech accelerator ICONYC Labs and Managing Director of his angel investment fund, Atai Ventures. Brock also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at PetSmart after selling Pet360, a venture-backed leading consumer engagement, digital media and subscription ecommerce company, where he was CEO for five years. Brock was also co-founder and CEO of startup, Fathead and a senior leader at InterActiveCorp, a media entertainment company.

Chris Wilhelm
Vice President of Business Consulting
EPAM

Chris is Vice President of Business Consulting for EPAM Systems, responsible for advising clients on business solutions, as well as the benefits and cost savings that can be realized by applying leading-edge business practices, industry trends, innovation, automation, analytics, and digital solutions to create new business and operating models.

With over 20 years of experience in professional services, Chris has worked with various Philadelphia-area and other Fortune 500 clients to solve their most challenging business problems in verticals such as telecommunications, utilities, life sciences, and consumer products/ services. He is an alumni of North Highland Worldwide Consulting, Andersen, and the Hay Group, where he drove firm growth via delivery of management and technology consulting services, thought leadership, relationship management, and recruiting.

Chris has a B.A. in Economics from William & Mary, and was a Hermes Scholar at Columbia Business School, where he received an M.B.A. in Finance.