Verizon Enterprise Solutions – Vice President, Managed Services
Scot Allen brings nearly two decades of industry experience to his role as Vice President of Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ Managed Service & IoT portfolios. In this role, he is responsible for determining the platform innovation direction & go to market strategies along with ensuring delivery of the optimal customer experience for Verizon’s global clients.
Scot has also led global consulting engagements developing customized solutions to help Verizon’s Fortune 1000 clients gain a competitive operational and go-to-market advantage.
Scot frequently speaks at event like Enterprise Connect, Avasant IoT and the National Association of Manufacturers innovation seminar. He is also very active on social media leading discussions on innovation and CX.
Based in Princeton NJ, Scot has been with Verizon for 16 years. Everyday Scot has a unique opportunity to interview clients and understand their challenges. Applying a diversity of perspectives and strategies to solve business problems is what he enjoys most about his role.
Scot graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor degree in Science and Psychology. Additionally, he holds several technology, process improvement and industry certifications. Scot’s MBA is from University of Maryland University College.
Scot is married and has two young sons. He enjoys golf, running, Bikram, mountain biking and international travel. He has completed the Army 10 Miler, Marine Corp Marathon and Baltimore Half Marathon several times.
Deloitte LLP – Senior Manager, Regional Network Services
Maxime Bugat oversees the strategic direction of the IT infrastructure of Deloitte’s U.S. practice offices and also operates Deloitte’s global network. He provides vision and leadership for the operation, development and deployment of IT infrastructure technologies in the areas of networking (e.g., WAN, switching, routing, WiFi, WOC), cellular enhancement, field computing (server, system and storage) and UPS.
Maxime joined Deloitte almost 20 years ago. One of his first projects was to migrate from NetWare 3.11 to version 4. He has held a variety of different roles at Deloitte prior to his current position and also received ITIL and PMP certifications during his tenure.
Before joining Deloitte, Maxime worked as a consultant for a professional services firm in France where he initially developed electronic cards for PCs and Macs. He then switched to cabling, networking and systems. Maxime holds a Masters degree in engineering from EFREI (Engineering School of Information and Digital Technologies – www.efrei.fr).
Maxime grew up in Thomery, France, a bucolic town with 2,500 inhabitants located 50 miles southeast of Paris. He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Paris and moved to the U.S. with his American wife in 1996. Maxime has two daughters, a tween and a teen, who keep him on his toes.
Apstra Inc. – Founder and Chief Scientist
Stanford University – Professor
David Cheriton is an expert in distributed systems, an academician, investor and entrepreneur who has developed game changing architectures and technologies and identified and backed teams that have designed and developed critical technology turning points in networking, virtualization, search and storage. He is professor of Computer Science and Distributed Systems at Stanford University, and founded and led the Distributed Systems Group which developed the V operating system. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Stanford, David is chief scientist, investor and co-founder of Apstra, which is delivering data center network automation solutions.
David is also a co-founder, investor and former Chief Scientist at Arista which went public on the NYSE in 2014 (ANET). David co-founded Granite Systems, which was sold to Cisco Systems in 1996 (worked at Cisco from 1996-2003), and Kealia which was sold to Sun Microsystems in 2004. David was an early advisor to Stanford students Larry Page and Sergey Brin and an angel investor in Google. He was also an early advisor to Diane Green and Mendel Rosenbaum, and an angel investor in VMware, as well as other companies.
David received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of British Columbia, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in Computer Science. He holds 30+ patents and has received the SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievement award- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). David enjoys windsurfing, classical guitar and musical theatre.
451 Research – Research Director
Peter is the Research Director of 451 Research’s Networking Practice. For more than 30 years, Peter has worked with segment leaders in a spectrum of IT and networking technologies. He managed software and system technology for companies including HP, Sun, IBM, Digital Equipment Corp and Apple. Peter was founder and VP of Software at MasPar Computer, a midrange SIMD HPC provider. He was also the Founder and Principal Analyst of the Internet Research Group. In that role, Peter has been a recognized leading analyst in networking and SDN and has worked with countless vendors, service providers and end users in an advisory capacity. Networking is at a watershed point in its evolution. Improved connectivity is at the heart of the tectonic shifts in the industry, including the move to converged infrastructure and cloud computing. Software-defined networking represents a broad effort to better integrate with and automate networking, as well as a necessary reimplementation of the network as conventional software. Peter helps 451 Research clients understand how these trends impact them, and how they can best capitalize on them. Peter is a frequent speaker at leading industry events. He majored in Applied Math at Harvard College and did graduate work in EECS at UC Berkeley.
Exceptional Leaders International – Partner
Cisco – Senior Director of Product Management
Mike Cohen is Senior Director of Product Management at Cisco Systems. Mike began his career as an early engineer on VMware’s hypervisor team, prior to its acquisition by EMC, and subsequently worked in infrastructure product management at Google and Big Switch Networks. Mike holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dr. Douglas Comer
Purdue University – Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Douglas E. Comer is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. Formerly, he served as VP of Research at Cisco Systems. As a member of the original IAB, he participated in early work on the Internet, and is internationally recognized as an authority on TCP/IP protocols and Internet technologies.
Dr. Comer has written a series of best-selling technical books on Computer Networks, Internets, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture. His 3-volume Internetworking series is cited as an authoritative work on Internet protocols and technologies. Dr. Comer’s books have been translated into 16 languages, and are used in industry and academia in many countries.
Dr. Comer consults for industry, and has lectured to thousands of professional engineers and students around the world. For twenty years he was editor-in-chief of the journal Software – Practice and Experience. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the recipient of numerous teaching awards.
Sequoia Capital – Partner
Bill Coughran is a technologist specializing in large-scale computing and networking systems with general management experience, now coaching and investing in technology-centric startups as a partner at Sequoia Capital. Prior to joining Sequoia in 2011, Bill was Senior Vice President of Engineering at Google, on the executive committee and an advisor to the founders and Eric Schmidt. Bill’s engineering responsibilities included Chrome, YouTube, maps, google.com (search), underlying infrastructure systems, security, and research. During Bill’s tenure, Google’s engineering organization grew from hundreds to more than 10,000 across North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Before Google, Bill was the CEO and co-founder of Entrisphere, a telecom equipment start up. Earlier, Bill was Vice President of Bell Labs’ Computing Sciences Research Center where C, C++, Unix, Plan 9, and Inferno were created. Bill has held visiting faculty roles at Stanford University, Duke University, and ETH Zurich. Bill has a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from Caltech and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford.
Cisco Systems – Chief Technology Officer, Insieme Business Unit
Tom Edsall is a Cisco Fellow and serves as Chief Technology Officer for the Insieme Business Unit at Cisco Systems. Previously, he was the Chief Technology Officer and a co-founder of Insieme Networks, acquired by Cisco in November 2013. Tom is responsible for the overall system architecture and for product evangelism.
Before Insieme Networks, Tom held various roles including Cisco Fellow in the Server and Access Virtualization Business Unit, Senior Vice President and CTO of the Data Center, Switching and Services Group at Cisco. He also served as General Manager of the Cisco Data Center Business Unit responsible for the MDS and Nexus 7000 product lines, and served as CTO and co-founder of Andiamo Systems, another Cisco spin-in. Prior to Andiamo, he served as Vice President of Engineering at Cisco and was one of the system architects responsible for the Cisco Catalyst 5000 and 6000 product lines. Tom was a co-founder and a member of the senior engineering management team at Crescendo Communications, Cisco’s first acquisition.
Tom holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he enjoys guest lecturing from time to time. Tom is particularly passionate about innovation in the network and holds more than 70 patents.
Lightspeed Venture Partners – Founding Partner
Barry is a Founding Partner of Lightspeed and focuses primarily on information technology infrastructure, with a specific interest in bid data, cloud, IoT, networking, and storage. He has 18 years of venture capital experience, 10 years of operating experience and has been named to the Forbes Midas List of top 100 investors multiple times.
Barry is a board member of Avi Networks, Dremio, MapR Technologies, Mosaixsoft, and Parsable. He previously led investments in Nimble storage (Public NMBL), Piant Technology (acquired by Sandisk), Calista Technologies (acquired by MSFT), Arbor Networks (acquired by DHR), Growth Networks (acquired by CSCO), Maker Communications (Public, acquired post-IPO by CNXT), Memoir Systems (acquired by SCMR, and Telogy Network (acquired by TI).
Prior to joining Lightspeed, Barry held executive roles in business development and general management at Cisco Systems from 1991-1997. While at Cisco, Barry established many of the company’s largest distributions channels across OEMs, Service Providers, Distributors, and VARs. He also developed Cisco’s initial M&A process and directed the first wave of acquisitions and integrations for the company.
Barry holds a BA in Economics and Business from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Barry is a member of the UCLA Economics Board of Visitors.
Something most people don’t know about Barry:
Barry is a fourth generation Californian. “I grew up here in Sillicon Valley and can remember when it was filled with cherry and apricot orchards.”
Intuit – Director of Network Engineering
As Director of Network Engineering, Pablo Espinosa oversees Strategy, Architecture, Engineering, and Operations at Inuit. Previously, Pablo was responsible for Network Architecture, engineering and design across a global footprint of production, non-production and test environments at Gap Inc. He’s responsible for developing a network infrastructure roadmap, enterprise network strategy and network technology adoption plans. His organization leverages convergence of voice/video, security and data into a unified network infrastructure that enables the Brands (Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Outlet, GID (e-commerce), Athleta and Piperlime to explore new technologies, scale and adapt to future privacy and security requirements.
Mr. Espinosa partners with Capacity and Performance engineering peers for network resource optimization, resolution of production issues and on-going maintenance of application and systems. His group works closely with infrastructure service delivery to delegate and prioritize portfolio initiatives. His group is responsible for design and delivery of network infrastructure disaster recovery that meet Tier 1 conforming requirements and network security infrastructure services that meet all security and privacy requirements.
Mr. Espinosa is responsible for the management of Network Infrastructure Fiscal Planning portfolio, Operating Costs and Capital expenditures and decisions of Network Infrastructure and services for outsourcing providers and vendor management.
Arizona State University – Director of Research & Computing
Jay Etchings is a well-known industry professional with 20 years of progressively versatile, cross-platform experience in management of open systems architecture. With the bulk of a 10 year technical consulting career spent in gaming and connected lotteries, emerging data management technologies have been a longtime passion deploying the first of its kind, next generation WAN connected Class 2 Lottery System. As an audit contractor for the centers for Medicaid/ Medicare (CMS-RAC) he focused on DISA-STIG compliance and Health Information Management Systems. Currently Etchings and his team are deploying campus wide Research as a Service over SDN-Networks on Internet2 supporting inter-intra university NSF funded projects as well as international research efforts such as ICTBIOMED.
Jay Etchings is an active research member of both the Open Daylight Foundation and Open Networking Foundations.
Princeton University – Professor, Computer Science Department
Nick Feamster is a professor in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University. Before joining the faculty at Princeton, he was a professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Computer science from MIT in 2005, and his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2000 and 2001, respectively. His research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, with a focus on network operations, network security, and censorship-resistant communication systems. In December 2008, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his contributions to cybersecurity, notably spam filtering. His honors include the Technology Review 35 “Top Young Innovators Under 35” award, the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF CAREER award, the IBM Faculty Fellowship, the IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize, and award papers at the SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference (measuring Web performance bottlenecks), SIGCOMM (network-level behavior of spammers), the NSDI conference (fault detection in router configuration), Usenix Security (circumventing web censorship using Infranet), and Usenix Security (web cookie analysis).
Kaiser Permanente – Director of Cloud Services Group
Sam is an executive with extensive expertise in all areas of IT including design, development, and operations of various types of applications.
Gap Inc. – Director of Network Architecture and Engineering
Vishal recently joined Gap in late 2015 after stints at Restoration Hardware and Xerox. In his current role, he’s shepherding Gap’s Network Infrastructure as it relates to WAN, supply chain, and data centers. Dedicated to helping Gap achieve its digital transformation and to lay the foundation for the next set of technology services, he is responsible for global architecture, roadmap, strategy and building an engineering team that will be deliver enhanced network/infrastructure services.
Vishal’s current focus is on building the next generation of data centers and WAN, including network automation and Orchestration. This also includes hybrid, private and public clouds, OpenStack running our production environment and continuation of our SD WAN deployment and execution of our roadmap in addition to partnering with our cloud automation team to identify our PaaS and IaaS strategy.
Prior to Gap, Vishal managed Network Engineering, Architecture and Strategy at Restoration Hardware with ownership of service delivery of RH’s Network and Telecom services for all of their retail, supply chain, corporate and data center locations.
Prior to moving to San Francisco Bay Area, he spent more than a decade at Xerox in multiple engineering and management positons with the most recent managing the corporate network infrastructure supporting global data centers, 400+ branch offices and campuses supporting > 130,000 users in addition to program management of a managed service provider and developing technology strategies/roadmaps to meet it’s strategic near and long-term business objectives.
Vishal holds both an MBA in Finance and Economics from Simon Business school (university of Rochester) and MS in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.
JPMorgan Securities – Senior Analyst
Rod Hall joined J.P. Morgan in September 2006 and covers Communications Equipment, Handset and Data Networking stocks. Rod was top 3 ranked by Institutional Investor for his coverage of communications equipment stocks in Europe. Before joining J.P. Morgan, he worked for eight years at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein as a Director on the #1 ranked Telecoms Equity Research team there. Rod began his career at AT&T, where he worked for 8 years in the US and Europe in both the business services and consumer services business units. Rod studied Electrical Engineering as an undergrad and got his MBA at INSEAD in France. He is interested in the economics of new technologies and speaks regularly on the subject at industry events.
Stealth Startup – Leading Technology
Asad is leading technology at a stealth startup, he was most recently and notably the CTO at Restoration Hardware, a $2B+ luxury furniture retailer. At RH he lead Infrastructure, Technical Operations, ecommerce, Information Security and Enterprise QA and Support groups.
He was instrumental in scaling technology infrastructure and systems for RH from a $500M run rate to a $2B+ over a 6 year span. He cultivated technical teams into designers, innovators and entrepreneurs. He lead initiatives in operational excellence, infrastructure software engineering, vendor strategy, enterprise cloud services, information security, advanced network solutions, managed services and productivity tools.
Prior to RH, he was with Hallmark Cards. Asad started his career at Cisco Systems and then went on to work in a enterprise software startup – Blue Pumpkin Software (now Verint) leading Engineering, IT and hosted solutions (ASP/SaaS) groups.
Asad has a rare blend of technical and operations experience. Consistent track record of translating customer business needs into successful enterprise software deployments and services, and facilitating high-level communication throughout the organization.
Asad is an avid technologist, investor and an entrepreneur. He sits on advisory boards of many well known enterprise technology startups. He likes pushing boundaries with technology to realize risk vs. reward balance. He studied electrical engineering and loves getting in the trenches to solve complex problems.
Cisco Systems – Lead Developer/Architect, Project Contiv
Vipin Jain is the lead developer/architect on Project Contiv, an open-source initiative sponsored by Cisco, to address networking and storage challenges for containerized applications in the DevOps world. As Distinguished Engineer at Cisco, prior to Contiv he worked on ASIC design and software implementation for highly successful Nexus, ACI and UCS products at Cisco. He worked in multiple successful startups with the lead technical and management roles.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise – VP & CTO of Communications Solutions Business
In October of 2015 Roy accepted the above position within the newly formed Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. In this new role, Roy will help bring together the varying technology and business plays already existing with CSB as well as look at partnerships and acquisitions to broaden the offers that CSB can bring to bear. In addition, Roy will play a key role setting and implementing HPE’s Telco strategy as the company evolves. This new business opportunity covers the entire stack of infrastructure, applications and services in the heterogeneous cloud ecosystem.
In 2013 Roy was appointed as the CTO of the IP-Platforms Business Line within the revamped Alcatel-Lucent. In this role he was responsible not only for the technology aspects of the IP-Platforms portfolio of applications, but also as the lead for the implementation of NFV across all of Alcatel-Lucent products.
Previously, Roy was the COO and VP of Support in the Optical Division of Alcatel-Lucent where he managed the operational aspects of the Division while driving an aggressive and ultimately successful transformation program in refreshing its portfolio.
In 2008 Roy moved to Paris, France, to take on the global role as the Senior Director for all platforms in the Application Division. At this time he also acted as Senior Consultant advising the VP of Alcatel Lucent’s LTE Solutions team and the President of the Optics Division on design, testing, organizational and quality aspects of the products and R&D teams.
Earlier in his career, Roy undertook a variety of R&D roles starting as a development and design engineer and moving on to be the lead software architect across a broad range of technologies including Class 5, ATM, Broadband and Photonic Platforms. This also included the development of the common platform used across the Lucent Wireless portfolio.
Roy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from Butler University and obtained a Master of Science in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
Today Roy is based in the greater Chicago-land area and works extensively with his partners globally.
FedEx – Technical Fellow
As Technical Fellow for FedEx Enterprise Network Architecture, Aryo Kresnadi responsible for setting network architecture guideline, future and solution for FedEx Global Enterprise Network supporting all FedEx information movement to ensure on time delivery for all FedEx packages. Current responsibility for research, design and implementation of the next generation network for FedEx, including: future direction of networking technology, all aspect of SDN architecture, cloud capability, global foot print, WAN architecture/connectivity and next generation network management.
Joining FedEx in 1998, Aryo has been involved in Network Operation Center, network management system and architecture, network compliance (SOX/PCI) area, ITIL process and Network WAN/LAN/DC design, deployment and architecture.
Aryo holds Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from The Ohio State University and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from University of Pittsburgh. Aryo currently based in Collierville, TN, the home of FedEx World Technology Center.
Bank of America – SVP, IT Architecture Executive
Andy Kulawiak has over 19 years working in the banking and financial services industry. He joined Bank of America in July of 2014 and is responsible for global architecture and engineering of the firms Data Network and Cyber Security infrastructure. Andy came to Bank of America from Morgan Stanley where he served as Global Head of Voice and Data Architecture and successfully led the banks global network transformation program and Data Center consolidation strategy. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Andy held Senior Technical Leadership roles at Goldman Sachs, Cantor Fitzgerald and Bankers Trust.
ONUG – Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
Bank of America – Senior Vice President Network Engineering
Ernest is responsible for building internal infrastructure at Bank of America to deliver greater flexibility and optimize the company’s data center enabling IT to better support the company’s business goals.
Ernest co-founded ONUG with Nick Lippis after realizing that the user community needed to take control of their own destiny and expedite the network transformation. At the time he was VP of the Internetwork Engineering organization at Fidelity Investments and under his leadership Fidelity hosted the first ONUG in Boston in February 2013.
A 12-year veteran of Fidelity, Ernest was responsible for leading the team that engineered world class network, security, and application delivery services driving value to the customer beyond infrastructure management. Ernest also managed the Network and Voice service portfolio as well as Global Network Operations LAN/WAN teams and has held various technical and leadership roles.
Andreesen Horowitz – General Partner
Peter Levine is a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He was previously senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center and Cloud Division at Citrix where he was responsible for revenue, product management, business development, and strategic direction. Peter joined Citrix in 2007 through its $500 million acquisition of XenSource, the leading provider of enterprise-class open source virtualization software, where he served as CEO, leading its 600 employees and establishing strategic agreements for the XenServer product family with customers such as Microsoft, Symantec, HP, NEC and Dell.
Prior to XenSource, Peter was a general partner at the Mayfield Fund. Before Mayfield, he was an early employee of VERITAS Software. During his 11-year tenure with the company, he helped to grow the organization to over 5,000 employees and more than $1.5 billion in revenue. Peter served as executive vice president and was responsible for worldwide marketing, OEM sales, business development, and several product divisions. He began his career as a software engineer at Spectrum Software and was later a software engineer at MIT’s Project Athena.
Peter holds a B.S. in Engineering from Boston University and attended the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is currently a management lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a former entrepreneurship lecturer at the Sloan School.
Peter serves on the board of the following Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies: Actifio, Alluxio Inc., Arimo, Bromium, Coho Data, Cumulus Networks, Cyanogen, DataGravity, DigitalOcean, GitHub, Instart Logic, Maxta, Mesosphere, Mixpanel, and Udacity. He is also on the board of trustees for Boston University and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and the Dean’s Advisory board for MIT Engineering.
Visa, Inc. – Chief Security Architect
Fred has been with Visa for 17 years, in different roles of increasing responsibilities in network engineering and architecture, enterprise architecture, and security architecture. Fred currently leads Security Architecture for Networks and Cloud Infrastructure, which includes the software-defined security program and virtualized network security functions. He oversees security for private cloud programs, which includes OpenStack, and also leads virtualization security and next-gen based architectures for network and infrastructure. Prior to current role, Fred led various infrastructure architecture initiatives which also included the company’s Network Blueprint. Fred also led engineering teams responsible for the Network architecture, design, and implementation of the world’s most secure and largest electronic payments transactions IP network: Visanet.
Fred holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Universidade Catolica de Pernambuco – Brazil, and also a MBA degree with focus on Strategic Management from California State University, East Bay. He also holds various certifications such as TOGAF-9 and CISSP, among several others.
ONUG – Co-founder and Co-chairman
Nick Lippis is an authority on corporate computer networking. He has designed some for the largest computer networks in the world. He has advised many Global 2000 firms on network strategy, architecture, equipment, services and implementation including Hughes Aerospace, Barclays Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Eastman Kodak Company, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Liberty Mutual, Schering-Plough, Sprint, WorldCom, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and a wide range of other equipment suppliers and service providers.
Mr. Lippis is uniquely positioned to comment, analyze and observe computer networking industry trends and developments. At Lippis Enterprises, Inc., Nick works with entrepreneurs evaluating new business opportunities in enterprise networking and serves as an independent investor and advisor.
Salesforce – Network Architect, Network Applied Research
David is Network Architect for the Salesforce production infrastructure. This entails evaluating and driving emerging trends and technologies in the industry, while determining their value to the Salesforce cloud strategy. He also works with hardware and software development managers from vendors to help steer efforts and priorities.
Cutting his teeth with a decade in the hosting space, David changed gears and moved into the content and cloud computing space in 2008. He hasn’t looked back since.
Fidelity Investments – Director, Global Network Architecture
Carlos has been with Fidelity for 15 years in multiple areas including Operations, Engineering, and Architecture. Currently as Director of Global Network Architecture, in addition of being the Architect for the External infrastructure (Internet and Extranet), he leads the emerging technologies, (NSV/NFV) Network Service/Function Virtualization, and (SDN) Software Define Networking Programs.
Carlos has been the Network Architect for the Click-to-Compute private cloud project from its inception, overseeing the entire design, automation of network Services, and creation of Network self-service offerings. He was also part of the group who designed the Next generation data center, next generation firewall, NG monitoring projects among many others.
While taking a leave from Fidelity to later return, he worked as a Chief Architect as part of the Divx Professional Services group, consulting, designing, and deploying video over IP and Content Delivery Networks for Fortune 100 Companies.
Prior to Fidelity Carlos worked for The Venezuelan Revenue Service, and Verizon Wireless as Chief Internal Auditor among other positions.
He has a bachelor degree in Business, and Management of Information Systems from the University JMV, Venezuela, and an MS in telecommunications and Data Networks from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Bank of America – SVP Architecture and Engineering Executive
Conrad Menezes brings over 20 years of global experience to Bank of America where he is Senior Vice President, Architecture & Engineering Executive. Conrad has successfully engineered and led large scale voice & data network transformations helping companies achieve significant operational cost savings and business competitiveness; leading with vision and innovative design, open standards systems/protocols, re-engineering and strategic sourcing. He has a proven track record of developing and executing on business focused IT strategies, eliminating traditional and converged network complexities, simplifying and securing networks commensurate with high levels of efficiency, scalability, availability, performance, breach resistance and information security/regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining Bank of America, Conrad served as Vice President, Network & Information Security at Sears Holdings, where he led the network & information security program and practice, modernizing and transforming the company wide telecom, network & information security infrastructure. In this position, he led strategic planning, engineering, operations support and compliance across all sears retail formats and subsidiaries. Prior to Sears, he provided data center, network and information security consulting to Fortune 1000 and private firms. Conrad has held a number of IT leadership positions over the years, in his last position at American Express he was Vice President, Technologies Integrator with the Technology Strategy & Operations Group, leading the global network strategy, architecture, standards and engineering for voice, data, and information security across all bank, card and travel business units.
Conrad holds a B.E. degree in Electronics & Telecommunications from Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College, India and a M.S.E.E. degree from The University of Toledo, Ohio, and is the author and co-author of several engineering and research publications. He has presented at several industry leading CIO/CISO networking and security conferences and serves on the advisory board at a number of technology firms.
Brocade Communications – CTO and Chief Scientist
David Meyer is currently CTO and Chief Scientist at Brocade Communications, where he works on future directions for Internet technologies. Prior to joining Brocade, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, where he also worked as a developer, architect, and visionary on future directions for Internet technologies. He is currently the chair of the Technical Steering Committee of the OpenDaylight Project. He has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) of the the IETF (www.ietf.org) and the chair/co-chair of many working groups. He is also active in the operator community, where he has been a long standing member of the NANOG (www.nanog.org) program committee (and program committee chair from 2008-2011). He is also active in other standards organizations such as ETSI, ATIS, ANSI T1X1, the Open Networking Foundation, and the ITU-T.
Mr. Meyer is also currently Director of the Advanced Network Technology Center at the University of Oregon. One of his major projects at the University of Oregon is routeviews (see www.routeviews.org) and a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oregon.
Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Scientist, Chief Technologist and Director of IP Technology Development at Sprint.
Visa, Inc. – Chief Security Architect
Zakir is a Chief Security Architect at Visa, with primary focus on Infrastructure and Network Security architecture and solutions for their global network. For over the last 20 years Zakir has held various positions progressively, in the networking field designing and implementing large highly available enterprise networks. He joined Visa Inc. in 2002, and as a Network Architect at Visa, Zakir lead the Architecture, Design and implementation of global WAN, Campus and large Data Center Networks with a focus on Security and High-availability.
Prior to joining Visa, Zakir as a Sr. Network Consultant for Corliant Inc. (now Accenture) has helped Technology, Financial and Education firms deploy next-generation solutions that positively impacted Customer’s business.
Zakir holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering and Master of Science in Information Systems and Management and number of industry certifications including CCIE, CISSP, ITIL Expert, SCPM. He served as a member of leading Inter-Networking Vendors Customer Advisory Board and Forums.
Moor Insights & Strategy – Founder, President, and Principal Analyst
Moor Insights & Strategy is a unique technology industry analyst and disruptive strategy firm dedicated to advising, researching, problem-solving, and communicating at the ecosystem intersections inside and between the client, infrastructure and content. Ecosystems include the hardware, software, content, and services required to deliver a holistic solution.
Recognized by clients, the media, and analyst peers as experts in software defined products, server architecture, networking, datacenters, hyperscale architectures, and the Internet of Things, Moor Insights & Strategy brings executive experience in marketing, research, strategy, and product management to help clients solve their most difficult problems.
Baird – Senior Analyst
Jayson Noland is Baird’s senior analyst covering IT Solutions & Networking. Prior to joining Baird in 2005, he worked for technology firms in the Silicon Valley in engineering and business development roles. In 2015, Jayson was ranked by StarMine as the No. 1 stock picker in Communications Equipment. In both 2008 and 2009, he was included in The Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” analyst rankings – Computers and Office Equipment. In 2009, he was designated as an Institutional Investor “Best Up and Comer” – IT Hardware. Jayson received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago.
Gap, Inc. – Network Architect and SD-WAN Subject Matter Expert
Snehal Patel is a Network Architect and SD WAN Subject Matter Expert at Gap Inc. He leads the design and deployment of WAN architectures at Gap Inc.’s more than 3,000 stores, data centers, corporate offices, and distribution centers. Snehal also participates in the architecture and designs Gap Inc.’s retail and e-commerce data centers. Snehal plays a key role in all the network-related POC at Gap Inc. Snehal’s current focus is on Network design for Private and Hybrid clouds, OpenStack, and PaaS platform. He collaborates regularly with network vendors, business partners, and the operations team.
Snehal has been at Gap Inc. for four years. Recently, he has been at the forefront of Gap Inc.’s retail and corporate SD WAN deployment with Viptela. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University with a specialization in Network Systems. Prior to joining Gap Inc., Snehal was a Network Operations engineer at Yahoo for about three years. Snehal regularly goes to meet-ups and tries to remain up-to-date on the latest technology trends, like SD WAN, data center SDN and cloud technologies.
Yahoo – VP of Global Network Infrastructure
After serving in many roles in telecom and Internet companies, Lane Patterson joined Yahoo in 2015 and is currently Vice President of Global Network Infrastructure. In this role, Lane is responsible for overall architecture and DevOps and reports to Yahoo Co-Founder and Chief Yahoo, David Filo. Previously, Lane served as Vice President of Global Network at Symantec. Prior to joining Symantec, Lane was Chief Network Architect at Equinix. Before that, Lane was Director of IP Network Management Systems for Global Crossing, Inc. where he supported a global IP backbone and first generation content distribution centers. At Metropolitan Fiber Systems, he lead operations of mid-Atlantic Frame Relay, ATM, and related data networking services, as well as the MAE-East Internet exchange point during the first wave of commercial ISP growth. Lane has a deep background in the technologies related to telecommunications, Internet routing, and data center computing infrastructure.
Lane received a B.A. in Physics from Cornell University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Credit Suisse – Vice President, Infrastructure Architecture and Strategy Team
Vesko Pehlivanov is a Vice President in the Infrastructure Architecture and Strategy team at Credit Suisse. Credit Suisse Group is a leading financial services company, advising companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland, in all aspects of finance across the globe.
Vesko joined Credit Suisse in July 2010 as an Infrastructure Architect responsible for network and network security strategy and architecture across a global footprint of production, non-production and test environments. In this role, he evaluates emerging technologies and companies in the software defined networking, network virtualization, data center and cloud networking and unified communication areas.
In addition to working closely with Credit Suisse’s engineering and operations teams, Vesko also serves as technical advisor to the Technology Investment Banking, Equity Research, and Prime Investments business units.
Vesko has an MS in Computer Science from Columbia University with concentration in Network Systems and Network Security. He is currently based in New York City.
Tony Scott (invited)
United States Government – U.S. Chief Information Officer
Tony Scott is the third Chief Information Officer of the United States, appointed by President Obama on February 5th, 2015. Prior to his position in the White House, Mr. Scott led the global information technology group at VMware Inc., a position he had held since 2013. Prior to joining VMware Inc., Mr. Scott served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Microsoft from 2008 to 2013. Previously, he was the CIO at The Walt Disney Company from 2005 to 2008. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Scott served as the Chief Technology Officer of Information Systems & Services at General Motors Corporation. He received a B.A. from the University of San Francisco and a J.D. from Santa Clara University.
BNY Mellon – Managing Director and Head of Network Architecture
Neal is a Managing Director and Head of Network Architecture at BNY Mellon, a world-renowned leader in Investment Management and Investment Services. He has spent his career working at leading firms within the Financial Services and Financial Services Technology industries. Neal has extensive experience with designing network architectures for cloud systems, large-scale data centers, latency-optimized network fabrics, software defined networks, secure business-to-business and Internet perimeters, and advanced instrumentation tool-sets. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Neal served as an Executive Director and Head of Network Architecture at Morgan Stanley. Previous to his time at Morgan Stanley, Neal was a Senior Vice President and Head of Network Architecture and Engineering for the Systematic Trading Infrastructure group at Citi. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University and is pursuing an MBA from Fordham University.
VMware – VP & GM vCloud Air
UC Berkeley – Computer Scientist and Doctoral Candidate
Justine Sherry is a computer scientist and doctoral candidate at UC Berkeley. Her interests are in computer networking; her work includes middleboxes, networked systems, measurement, cloud computing, and congestion control. Justine’s dissertation focuses on new opportunities and challenges arising from the deployment of middleboxes—such as firewalls and proxies—as services offered by clouds and ISPs. Justine received her MS from UC Berkeley in 2012, and her BS and BA from the University of Washington in 2010. She is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, has won paper awards from both USENIX NSDI and ACM SIGCOMM, and is always on the lookout for a great cappuccino.
Big Switch Networks – Chief Technology Officer
Rob serves as the CTO for Big Switch Networks, where he spends his time internally leading software architecture and externally evangelizing SDN to customers and partners. Rob is an active contributor to open source projects such as Switch Light and Floodlight as well as the Open Compute Project. He was the former Chair of the ONF’s Architecture & Framework Working Group as well as vice-chair of the ONF’s Testing & Interoperability Working Group. Rob prototyped the first OpenFlow-based network hypervisor, the “FlowVisor”, allowing production and experimental traffic to safely co-exist on the same physical network and is involved in various standards efforts and partner and customer engagements. Rob holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Fidelity Investments – SVP Wholesale IT, Fidelity Technology Group
Keith Shinn is Senior Vice President, Wholesale IT of Fidelity Technology Group (FTG), a division of Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm. Mr. Shinn joined Fidelity in Nov 1987 and is currently responsible for Wholesale IT Architecture and Strategic Services which responsibilities includes IT Strategy Network, Server, Storage, Middleware, Database, Cloud, Big Data, and development of “Click2Compute” the Cloud services offering for Fidelity IT departments.
Mr. Shinn has over 25 years of experience in the IT and has held leadership roles at First Data Corporation, Neiman Marcus and RepublicBank. He began his technology career in 1981 with RepublicBank.
H. Tayloe Stansbury
Intuit – Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
H. Tayloe Stansbury is a recognized and respected technology and business leader with more than 30 years of experience, including more than 15 years as a senior executive in public software companies.
Tayloe currently serves as executive vice president and chief technology officer of Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU), with responsibility for all product engineering and information technology. He previously served as chief information officer of VMware. Earlier he was executive vice president of Ariba, where he led product management, engineering, hosting and customer support. Before that he held executive engineering and general management roles at Calico Commerce and Xerox. In addition, he led developer tools engineering groups at Borland International and Sun Microsystems, and did research in computational linguistics at Xerox PARC.
Tayloe’s experience also includes serving on the board of directors for Coupa Software, the leader in cloud-based spend management, in addition to several nonprofit organizations. Currently, he is trustee and chair of the advancement committee at Harvey Mudd College, and was instrumental in launching the college’s first capital campaign in more than 15 years.
Tayloe earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in applied mathematics from Harvard University. He also completed graduate coursework at Stanford University in computer
Morgan Stanley – Executive Director, Institutional Securities Division
John Storm is an Executive Director within Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities division. He is currently in the Enterprise Infrastructure CTO organization focused on architecture and long term strategy related to enterprise network connectivity including Software Defined Networking, End User/Campus and Market Data/Exchange connectivity. Before joining the CTO organization, John managed Morgan Stanley Enterprise Telecommunication’s global network architecture and engineering organizations. During his tenure at Morgan Stanley John has worked in various areas including the strategic development of future infrastructure and technologies to support very large-scale computing requirements, high performance computing, data center strategies, telecommunications and data networks. Before Morgan Stanley, Johnwas associated with the University of Utah where he served as the Assistant Director of the Utah Supercomputing Institute and later as Associate Director for the Department of Telecommunications and General Computing. John sat on the Cisco technical advisory board for six years and a past member of the US Council for Competitiveness HPC Advisory Committee. He is currently a member of Insieme’s technical advisory board. John holds a B.S. from the University of Utah with a specialty in large-scale satellite image processing.
New York University – Associate Professor, Courant Institute
FedEx – Vice President, Global Network and Communication Services
Gene Sun joined FedEx in 1997 as a System Analyst, focusing on the design and implementation of large-scale eCommerce and Data Warehouse applications.
In 2000, he entered into management and assumed leadership roles including Manager, Managing Director, and Vice President responsible for the creation of the first-generation FedEx pricing system that supported the global FedEx sales force as well as the entire customer base. He also led FedEx’s global Information Security and Risk Management program for four years ensuring security, brand protection, and regulatory compliance.
In his current role as Vice President of Global Network and Communication Services, Gene is accountable for:
1) Long term strategic vision and business plan for Global Network and Communication program
2) Multi-hundred million dollar budget and globally diverse organization
3) Architecture, implementation and operation of global data, voice, video, customer service/call centers and telecom infrastructure as well as social/collaboration tools/solutions
In May 2008, The ComputerWorld magazine named Gene to the “40 under 40 IT Innovators” list of the most promising IT leaders under 40 years old.
Prior to his studying and working in the United States, Gene was employed for two years in China as a sales engineer for Hewlett-Packard, China, LTD.
Gene holds both a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from The University of Memphis.
Pfizer Inc. – Senior Manager, Hosting and Connectivity Services
Nelson Tai is a Network Engineering and Strategy lead for the Hosting and Connectivity Services group at Pfizer, the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company. His responsibilities have included developing and leading global initiatives for Network Technologies, WAN Optimization, Data Center and Load Balancing to meet business requirements. Nelson also held technical leadership roles in Pfizer Operations and Global Engineering and is an IT business leader and CCIE with over twenty years of experience leading or managing teams in Network Operations, Engineering and Architecture. He has worked across multiple industries including Financial Services, Service Providers, Networking and Pharmaceutical. Prior to Pfizer, Nelson held senior technical Sales positions at Cisco Systems and Predictive Systems. Nelson lives in NY with his wife and twin boys.
Intuit – Senior Network Engineer, Performance Analysis
Ted is a member of the dynamic network team at Intuit, focused on performance of networks and applications. Ted’s most recent achievement was the review and performance guidance of new business systems for Intuit including Money Finder, ACA, and a new platform to take Intuit technologies into the next decade. For the next step, Intuit (and Ted) is baking software defined networking and automation into the DNA of business operations
Coho Data – CTO and Founder
Andy is an established researcher in computer systems, specializing in storage, virtualization, and security. At Coho Data, Andy leads the technology vision and directs the engineering team in building elegant and functional systems that enable customers to focus on the data and applications instead of the underlying infrastructure that drives them.
As a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, he was one of the original authors of the Xen hypervisor, and has since done award-winning research in virtualization and high availability. At XenSource and Citrix Systems, he was the Technical Director for Storage & Emerging Technologies.
Marc has over 30 years of experience in mission and software-defined critical networks. Marc joined vArmour as CTO, EMEA in December, 2014. Prior to this role he was a Technology Fellow and CTO for Networking at Goldman Sachs, and the founder and leader of the Security Working Group within the Open Networking Foundation. Earlier in his career he managed infrastructure at Cantor Fitzgerald and Coutts & Co. Marc has over a decade’s worth of experience of architecting and implementing datacenter software automation, and private cloud architectures.
UBS – Director, Infrastructure Research and Development
James Younan works within UBS’s CTO organization in the IT Research and Development group. He currently runs an engineering lab where his role is the evaluation of strategic technologies spanning multiple disciplines including network, compute, and storage. His current focus is in enterprise utility or “cloud” space including system and network virtualization, monitoring, storage. His expertise spans advanced systems architecture, network architecture, network applications and development in a wide range of sectors including financial services, brokerage, hedge funds and telecoms. He has cutting-edge, hands-on experience in high-speed low-latency networking. He is also an expert in HPC environments used for financial modeling and advanced mathematical systems.
Prior to joining UBS, Jim worked as a Senior Architect/Engineer in the Research and Strategy team in Bank of America / Merrill Lynch where he was responsible for defining the firm’s internal cloud architecture, contributing to the firm’s overall storage strategy, and engineering the firm’s electronic trading platform. James also designed a branch architecture for Merrill’s International Private Client group including branches distributed throughout the world. He has also worked as a Senior Systems Engineer at JP Morgan Chase, Smith Barney, AT&T Wireless Services, ADP and Goldman Sachs.
James studied at DeVry Institute, Woodbridge, New Jersey.
Maj Gen Sarah E. Zabel, USAF
Defense Information Systems Agency – Vice Director
Air Force Major General Sarah E. Zabel is the Vice Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In this role, she helps to lead a global organization of military, civilian, and contract personnel who plan, develop, deliver, and operate joint, interoperable, command and control capabilities and a global enterprise infrastructure in direct support of the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders, Department of Defense components, and other mission partners across the full spectrum of operations.
Maj Gen Zabel leads the efforts of an 8,000-member global organization and manages a $10-billion-dollar annual budget.
Maj Gen Zabel earned her commission from the U.S Air Force Academy in 1987, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. She earned a Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
She has served within the communications and cyber field as the 43rd Communications Squadron commander at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, a computer security evaluator at the National Security Agency, a computer and network programmer, an Air Force Academy instructor, and as a staff officer at two combatant commands, the Joint Staff, and the Air Staff. She has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels.
Prior to her current assignment, Maj Gen Zabel was the Director, Cyberspace Strategy and Policy, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.
Maj Gen Zabel’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Excellence Award, and National Defense Service Medal.