Ernest Lefner

Co-Founder and
Co-Chairman of ONUG
Bank of America
SVP Architecture &
Engineering Executive

Nick Lippis

Co-Founder and
Co-Chairman of ONUG
Lippis Enterprises
Independent Industry Analyst

Harmen Van der Linde

Co-Chairman of ONUG
Global Head,

Chris Drumgoole

Chief Technology Officer

Pablo Espinosa

Director, Global Network Services

Joe Ferrell

VP, IT Architecture &
Engineering: Network, Cloud, and Platforms

Vishal Goradia

Gap Inc.
Director of Network
Architecture & Engineering

Aryo Kresnadi

Technical Fellow

Andrew Kulawiak

TD Ameritrade
Director, Cloud Strategy and Engineering

Fred Lima

Principal Network
Security Architect

Carlos Matos

Bank of America
Senior Vice President,
Infrastructure Automation

Conrad Menezes

Bank of America
SVP, Architecture &
Engineering Executive

Snehal Patel

Gap Inc.
Network Architect

Lane Patterson

VP of Global Network

Vesko Pehlivanov

Credit Suisse
Vice President, Cyber
Security Product

Neal Secher

BNY Mellon
Managing Director and Head of Network

Keith Shinn

Fidelity Investments
SVP Wholesale IT,
Fidelity Technology Group

John Storm

Morgan Stanley
Executive Director,
Institutional Securities Division

Gene Sun

FedEx Corporation
Vice President,
Global Network and
Communication Services

Nelson Tai

Senior Manager, Hosting and Connectivity Services

About ONUG

ONUG was created in early 2012 as the result of a discussion between co-founders Nick Lippis, of the Lippis Report, and Ernest Lefner, formerly of Fidelity Investments, about the need for a smaller, more user-focused open networking conference.

From there, the two brought together the founding board of IT leaders from the likes of Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, and Gap Inc. Managed by Nick and Ernest, the board worked together to create the first ONUG event, held on February 13, 2013 at the Fidelity Auditorium in Boston, Massachusetts.

Today the ONUG Board has grown to include Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FedEx, Fidelity, Gap Inc., GE, Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, TD Ameritrade, UBS, Yahoo, and The Lippis Report. ONUG prides itself on functioning as the collective voice of the enterprise IT community. Throughout the year, ONUG organizes Working Group Initiatives, bringing together IT executives, academics, researchers, government representatives, vendors, and cloud/service providers to contribute to the advancement of products and services required for an open cloud-based software-defined market to develop at scale.

The ONUG semiannual conferences function as a product and reflection of the work being done in the working groups throughout the year. The conferences include keynotes from enterprise IT business leaders as they address their open software-defined cloud-based infrastructure journeys, updates from the Working Group Initiative members, hands-on tutorials and interactive labs, real world use cases, proof of concept demonstrations, and a vendor technology showcase.

The goal of all ONUG events and initiatives is to bring together the full IT community to allow IT business leaders to learn from peers, make informed open infrastructure deployment decisions, and to open up the dialogue between the vendor and user communities to collectively drive open infrastructure.