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October 2014

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Mary Alice Annecharico

Mary Alice Annecharico (pronounced Anna Kara Coo), R.N., MS, is senior vice president and chief information officer for Henry Ford Health System. She is responsible for Henry Ford's strategic planning and delivery and support of its integrated delivery systems including the Project Helios revenue cycle, electronic health record, physician and patient portals, as well as IT improvement services. Mary Alice is recognized for her ability to transform information technology services into highly effective, cross-disciplinary teams responsible for using technology resources to improve services and realize the strategic goals of the organization. Mary Alice is a registered nurse with an extensive nursing leadership background and more than 20 years in transforming clinical and business environments through the uses of technology. She has been actively engaged in national efforts to create a sustainable, secure, statewide health information exchange, offering interoperability between regional and national health information networks to provide access to clinical data and improved, measurable health outcomes.  A fellow in the Health Information Systems Society (HIMSS), Mary Alice serves as editor for the peer reviewed Journal of Health Information Management, the digital publication of HIMSS. View Guest page

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Joshua Beeman

Joshua Beeman is the University of Pennsylvania's Information Security Officer. The Office of Information Security at Penn establishes, implements and maintains security programs to assist with the protection of computing resources and associated information assets against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure. For more information on ISC Information Security, visit www.upenn.edu/computing/security Previously, Mr. Beeman was a senior manager for Customer Value Partners in Washington, DC, working as a program manager on an Information Assurance contract for the federal government and on the development and refinement of the company's Information Assurance practice. Prior to his stint in Washington, Mr. Beeman was the team leader of the Senior Cyber Security Advisor program at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where he worked with senior lab management on the identification, management and mitigation of information security risks. Before those positions, he was employed at Penn for over ten years, first as IT director of Hospital Systems at the School of Veterinary Medicine, and then as a Senior IT Security Specialist in the Office of Information Security. Mr. Beeman is CISSP, GSEC and GCIH certified and received BA and MA degrees in Archaeology from UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. View Guest page

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Scott Blanchette

Scott Blanchette is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Vanguard Health Systems (NYSE: VHS), a Fortune-500 company.  He is also Founder and President of Hangar9 Solutions, a professional services firm that provides IT services to small and mid-sized hospitals and health care systems across the country.  As CIO, he is responsible for the technology strategy, execution, and business operations of departments across Vanguard’s $7B portfolio of assets, including hospitals and hospital systems, ambulatory clinics, health plans, lab companies, and more than fifty related health and health care business ventures.  He also has substantial responsibilities leading design and development efforts for multiple Accountable Care Organizations across the company.  As Founder and President of Hangar9 he is responsible for transitioning Vanguard’s information technology capabilities into an independent, externally-focused profit center, generating growth, contribution margin, and service excellence to a broad, diverse, and expanding customer base.      Prior to joining Vanguard, Scott was Senior Vice President of Product Development and Chief Information Officer at Healthways, Inc (NASDAQ: HWAY), the world’s leading provider of health and wellness programs.  In his last capacity, he was responsible for leading the design, development, implementation, and operation of Healthways 225 uniquely differentiated products inside their portfolio.  He managed design and development operations across the globe, including the oversight of more than 700 designers and developers in seven states and four countries.  He started at Healthways in 2006 as the Chief Technology Officer, and became CIO in 2007.  While CIO, he garnered multiple awards for innovation, including being recognized by Information Week as the 8th (2011) and 35th (2010) most innovative technology leader in the US.  In addition, CIO Magazine (2011) recognized him with the CIO-100 “Plus One” award for leading the organization delivering the greatest social impact. View Guest page

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Gregory E. Buoncontri

Gregory E. Buoncontri is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Pitney Bowes Inc. He is responsible for management of the company’s IT Shared Services unit (known as TechCentral) on a global basis which provides systems development and maintenance, computer and network operations, technical support services, project management, technology planning and assessments, and relationships with key technology suppliers and partners. Mr. Buoncontri is a corporate officer and a member of the Senior Management Committee. He also chairs the company’s Transformation Steering Committee which oversees productivity and business process initiatives. Mr. Buoncontri held similar responsibilities for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (formerly Sandoz Pharmaceuticals) commencing in 1994 when he joined the pharmaceutical industry. Following the merger of Sandoz and Ciba-Geigy in December of 1996, he directed the integration of those companies' IT functions as the CIO for Novartis IT activities in the U.S. Prior to this, he held senior executive positions in IT at both ABB and Combustion Engineering, where he led the deployment of state-of-the-art financial, manufacturing, engineering and scientific systems. Mr. Buoncontri grew up in New York City and he holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from Fairfield University. He and his wife, Barbara, have three children and two grandchildren. View Guest page

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Daniela Crivianu-Gaita

Daniela Crivianu Gaita was appointed Chief Information Officer in 2006. She joined SickKids in 1998 as a systems analyst and led the successful organization-wide implementation of the Picture Archiving and Communication System, used for computerizing, displaying, manipulating, transferring and archiving medical images. She then became a team leader and project manager and, in 2005, Director of Information Services. As CIO she leads the selection and implementation of innovative technologies in support of the SickKids strategic directions. She ensures participation in regional, provincial and national e-health initiatives, and leads the development and implementation of technologies, policies and procedures to support privacy legislation. A native of Romania, Daniela Crivianu Gaita was Head of the Computer Department at the County Hospital of Timisoara from June 1990 to December 1998, and was a system engineer at the Metallic Construction Enterprise in Bocsa, Romania. View Guest page

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Brenda Decker

Brenda Decker was appointed as the Chief Information Officer for the State of Nebraska by Governor Dave Heineman on February 4, 2005. Prior to this appointment, Brenda held various IT positions within the State for several years. Brenda is a member and/or chair of numerous commissions and councils in Nebraska State Government. She holds membership in numerous professional organizations and has a national certification as a Professional Manager from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers. As a member of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, she has served as the Co-Chair of the Awards Committee and the Security and Privacy Committee, an Executive Board member, as well as serving as the current Vice President of the organization. In 2012, through Governor Heineman’s nomination, Federal Communications Commission Chair, Julius Genachowski appointed Brenda to serve on the FCC Technical Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability. In 2003, Government Technology magazine recognized Brenda nationally as one of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of Information Technology, and in 2007 as one of the “5 Most Influential Women CIOs” Brenda was selected as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2008 by Computerworld Magazine. In April of 2008, the AIM Institute honored Brenda with the Outstanding Community Service in Technology Award. The National Association of State Chief Information Officers honored Brenda with their 2010 Meritorious Service award in September. View Guest page

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Richard Fichera

Richard is a member of Forrester's Infrastructure & Operations research team and has coverage responsibilities for servers and data center architecture and transformation. Among the core technologies he focuses on are blade and modular servers, converged infrastructure, virtualization and management of virtual data center resources, enterprise cloud infrastructure, and techniques for data center transformation. Richard recently returned to Forrester after spending four years as director of BladeSystem strategy at Hewlett-Packard. He was responsible for planning future technology products as well as serving as an executive sponsor for large financial service companies; participating in merger and acquisition projects; and serving as a member of HP's Technology Advisory Council team, which solicited input from a group of senior customer representatives. Richard was also a member of the startup team at Egenera, an early blade server and virtualization pioneer. During his 10-year tenure at Forrester, Richard consulted with many large companies on their technology road maps and strategy, emerging technologies and their role in the organizations, vendor management and selection, and data center migration and transformation View Guest page

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MICHAEL HUGOS

MICHAEL HUGOS is an author, speaker and principal at Center for Systems Innovation [c4si]. He specializes in elegant solutions to complex problems in supply chains, business analytics, and new business ventures. He spent six years as CIO of a national distribution organization developing a suite of supply chain systems that transformed the company's operations and revenue model. He won the CIO 100 Award and the Premier 100 Award for this work. He earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and is author of several books including Business Agility: Sustainable Prosperity in a Relentlessly Competitive World. View Guest page

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Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Technology Services at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PNNL is a Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory that solves complex problems in energy, national security and the environment, and advances scientific frontiers in the chemical, biological, materials, environmental and computational sciences. PNNL employs 4,200 staff, has a $750 million annual budget, and has been managed by Ohio-based Battelle since the lab's inception in 1965. Jerry is responsible for IT Infrastructure involved in the information intensive business of scientific research and technology development, including a high performance network supporting one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, unique information discovery and retrieval tools, and trusted capabilities for collaborating with researchers world-wide. Jerry also represents PNNL interests concerning information technology to DOE and other federal and state agencies, and develops strategic relationships with other Battelle and DOE laboratories, universities, business partners, and suppliers. Jerry chairs the DOE National Laboratories CIO Council and the Virtual Possibilities Network (VPnet) Board of Directors, and represents PNNL in the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium. View Guest page

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Vince Kellen

Vince Kellen is the Chief Information Officer of the University of Kentucky, one of the top comprehensive research universities in the country. Mr. Kellen brings a rare combination of business, academic and IT architecture experience to his role, with a focus on transformational leadership within IT. Mr. Kellen is a senior analyst with the leading IT industry think-tank, Cutter Consortium, where writes on business and IT strategy. Mr. Kellen also speaks nationally and international on IT strategy topics.  Since 1998, he has served as a faculty member and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on IT and strategy, enterprise architecture and information systems. In his CIO role, Mr. Kellen leads a staff of 250 supporting 28,000 students, 18 colleges and 13,000 employees and manages the planning of and support for enterprise software, academic and research computing, data centers, cloud services and regional network architecture. Mr. Kellen serves on advisory boards to top IT companies including Dell, AT&T, Apple and Blackboard and co-hosts with IT futurist Thornton May, a regional Kentucky CIO forum called The CIO Practicum. Mr. Kellen is a recipient of the coveted CIO Magazine Top 100 award in 2007, author of four books on database technology and more author of more than 200 articles and presentation on IT and business strategy topics. View Guest page

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Bryson Koehler

Bryson Koehler is Chief Information Officer (CIO) of The Weather Channel Companies. He is responsible for setting the strategic vision, financial planning, technical operations, direction and execution of strategic technology initiatives for TWCC. Koehler came to TWCC from Exigen Capital, a private equity firm, where he was an operating partner overseeing the firm’s investments and operations in the travel and entertainment sectors.  Prior to his time at Exigen Capital, Koehler spent 10 years at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the world’s largest hotel company, most recently as the senior vice president of global revenue and guest technology. Koehler also served as vice president and director of global distribution technology earlier in his tenure at IHG. Prior to IHG, Koehler served as director of global technology sales for Vicorp.com and held various technical leadership positions for USWeb, where he managed the technical relationships for a broad array of clients. He began his technology career at Arthur Anderson as a technology strategy consultant, where he helped implement knowledge-sharing platforms on emerging Internet technologies for a diverse group of clients. Koehler earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and in communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC and in 2010 was named CIO Magazine’s One to Watch winner. He has lived in the Atlanta area for 15 years and has two children. He is active in his community with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Duke Cancer Research Hospital and American Red Cross disaster relief.  He is also the chief of his son’s YMCA Indian Guides program. View Guest page

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Michael B. Koval

Michael B. Koval, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Long and Foster. View Guest page

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Ronald E. Lejcar

Ron Lejcar is currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Ingredion [NYSE: INGR], a leading global ingredient provider to the food, beverage, brewing and pharmaceutical industries as well as numerous industrial sectors. As CIO, Mr. Lejcar is responsible for setting the IT strategy and delivering and supporting technology solutions on a global basis. This includes all aspects of technology from desktops through major enterprise systems, such as SAP. His organization is globally led and managed at a regional level to ensure alignment with the business structure. Since joining Ingredion in 2006 as CIO, Mr. Lejcar has built a global IT organization to meet the increasing IT demands for solutions that support the business’ aggressive growth strategy and help enable efficiency improvements throughout the operations. During his tenure, he has led the organization through the successful implementation of SAP on a global basis and recently completely the integration of a large acquisition. Mr. Lejcar earned a BS degree in business from Elmurst College and a MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. View Guest page

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Michael J. McGuire

Michael J. McGuire is a member of the Littler's eDiscovery Practice Group, which was created to reinforce the firm's commitment to providing its clients with cutting-edge solutions in the rapidly-developing and challenging area of electronic discovery. He advises the firm's lawyers and their clients on electronic discovery issues, including the preservation, collection, review, and production of electronically stored information. Michael has represented companies in both state and federal courts and has served as trial counsel in jury trials. He also handles mediations and arbitrations. Michael is a frequent lecturer on technology and eDiscovery issues, including: • Ethics rules applicable to eDiscovery • Case law and industry standards • The complexities of using search and retrieval tools • Trends in eDiscovery He also was an adjunct professor of internet law at William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota.Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, Michael was the managing director of legal operations for the mortgage division of an integrated financial services company where he led the development of a cross-functional team to in-source nearly all of their eDiscovery processes. Before that, he was a partner in the litigation and corporate departments at a Minneapolis firm focusing his practice on the legal issues arising from the intersection of technology and law, including electronic discovery, privacy and Internet issues. View Guest page

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Tom Peach

Tom Peach is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for North America Commercial of Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich). Mr. Peach has been a long-serving and key member of Zurich's North American Operations team and has extensive insurance knowledge, especially in the area of underwriting and agent/broker automation channels. Mr. Peach joined Zurich North America in 1999. Since that time, he has held various technology and management positions within the organization. Prior to being appointed CIO in 2010, Mr. Peach was the Director of the Underwriting technology solutions team, which focuses on implementing strategic technology solutions across all of Zurich in North America. During this tenure in the underwriting solutions area, Mr. Peach gained expertise in underwriting automation including policy administration, agency upload/download, rating and print technologies. Mr. Peach was an industry pioneer for the distribution of commercial lines through the internet. He also holds two patents for agency automation solutions. As CIO for Zurich North America Commercial, Mr. Peach is responsible for end-to-end delivery of all technology services including application development, infrastructure and desktop services. His technology team is comprised of approximately 1700 team members who are employed by both Zurich and various sourcing partners. In addition to significant work experience in IT, Mr. Peach has an Information Systems Management degree from the University of Maryland. He has also participated in executive course work from Northwestern Kellogg School of Business and the Center for Creative Leadership. View Guest page

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Carlos Ramos

Throughout his career, Carlos Ramos has been a leader on many of California's key technology initiatives. He has served as Director of the Office of Systems Integration - with a $4.5 billion portfolio of California's largest technology projects. He also concurrently held the position of Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services (HHS) and was the Agency's senior technology executive. Carlos was the principal technology advisor to the Secretary and was responsible for the entire HHS IT portfolio. He helped architect the consolidation of the state's largest data centers and the creation of California's Department of Technology Services. Carlos served as Director of the then Teale Data Center - one of the largest public-sector data centers in the world, with an annual budget of $200 million and over 200 government agency customers. He also previously served as the CIO for California's Department of Social Services, managing a large computing infrastructure and a statewide data communications network. During his state career, Carlos has been directly involved in many of the largest enterprise IT initiatives that the State has undertaken including: Establishment of the State's Office of System Integration (OSI) The State's automated child support system Consolidation of the Teale and Health and Human Services Data Centers Development of a state IT project oversight model Development of the state's IT project governance model Development of innovative and effective IT procurement models Development of enterprise IT security operations and oversight models Development of a multi-data center collaborative which developed strategies for a number of critical IT issues (e.g. operational recovery, information security, mutual aid in succession planning and staff development and software procurement) Establishment of the CA.GOV state internet portal Carlos has held many leadership commissions throughout his career in state government including: Chair - State of California IT Strategic Plan Committee Chair – State of California SOA Governance Workgroup Executive Member - Information Technology Council Member – Governor's E-Government Policy Advisory Group Chair – Data Center Directors Policy Council Chair - Government Technology Conference Chair - the California IT Executive Institute Carlos returned to state service after three years leading an independent consulting practice, during which he served as a member of the Human Services IT Advisory Group, as an ERP advisor to the State Controller's Office, an ERP advisor to the Department of Corrections and a senior fellow with the Center for Digital Government. View Guest page

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Peter Ransom

As Head of the IS Division Peter is responsible for managing a team of IT professionals in the UK HQ in Oxford and Internationally supporting all of Oxfam GB’s employees, operating in 56 countries with 2 data centres, 22 Offices in the UK, 200 globally, 700 shops and logistics operations. Systems range from EPOS in shops, logistics, Satellite and International MPLS networks, Data centres, Private Cloud, Web and Intranet through to HR and Finance PeopleSoft ERP systems. View Guest page

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Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon is the Chief Information Officer of Dechert LLP responsible for the Firm’s technology strategic direction. Before joining Dechert, Michael was the Global Core Technologies Manager for Bristol-Myers Squibb, a Consultant and Systems Engineer, and a Machine Designer for automated assembly systems. Michael has an Associate of Science Degree in Robotic Engineering, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology, and a Masters in Business Administration from Temple University. View Guest page

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David Sherry

David Sherry is the Chief Information Security Officer at Brown University, with university-wide responsibility and authority regarding matters of information security and privacy. He leads the Information Security Group, charged with the development and maintenance of Brown's information technology security strategy, IT policies and best practices, security training and awareness programs, as well as ongoing risk assessment and compliance tasks. As the university spokesman for both information security and privacy, Sherry also plays a key role in the records management program, regulatory compliance, and copyright law.  David came to Brown in 2008 with over 20 years of experience in information technology. He most recently worked at Citizens Bank where he was Vice President for Enterprise Identity and Access Management, providing leadership for compliance and security governance. He had also served as Citizens' Vice President for Enterprise Information Security, overseeing the company's security operations and controls. David sits on the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council, and is a frequent contributor to Information Security Magazine. A graduate of Providence College, with an MBA from Northeastern University, he is a frequent conference speaker on emerging security topics and best practices, a guest-lecturer throughout the academic year at several New England institutions, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). View Guest page

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Michael Versace

Michael Versace is a Research Director at IDC Financial Insights, focusing on the Global Risk end-user and technology marketplace. The global risk advisory service covers retail banking, cash and treasury management, payment services, insurance, core corporate banking technologies, and capital markets. This service helps financial institutions make mission-critical decisions on their investments in a variety of risk technologies and advises providers of these technologies on strategies for success in the market. Mr. Versace contributes to the FinTech blogs in the IDC Financial Insights Community. Michael’s 25 year career in financial services has included extensive interactions with central bankers, financial services agencies, corporate and retail banks, investment firms, and the risk technology communities at both an enterprise and industry level. As a risk management practitioner, consultant, industry representative, and analyst, Mr. Versace has the background and experience to bridge a wide range of business and technology challenges facing today’s global risk managers and technology executives. Michael’s experience is drawn from the investment services and banking sectors through positions with Fidelity Investments, the Federal Reserve Banks, including a program of financial infrastructure innovation with the United States Treasury Department Financial Management Service, and BayBanks. At Fidelity investments, Michael was Director in the Corporate Risk Oversight office, responsible for driving improvements in internal and technology control and risk mitigation across institutional investment and brokerage, transfer agent, management, and strategic investment companies. At the Federal Reserve Banks, Michael was part of nationwide leadership team responsible for the design and launch of FEDNET and FedACH, the Federal Reserve Banks payments network and central clearing and settlement hub. While at the Fed, Michael also founded and directed the Emerging Payments System office, working with the United States Treasury, commercial banks, and technology companies to design and prototype Internet and electronic money systems and related risk management policies, rules, and standards. View Guest page

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CIO Talk Radio

October 15, 2014
Hosted by Sanjog Aul

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CIO Talk Radio

Wednesday at 7 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

Technology is only as good as its execution. On “CIO Talk Radio”, Sanjog Aul interviews CIOs, CTOs, and other decision makers about their insights in dealing with technology. Learn directly from these subject matter experts how to get the best returns out of your investments in IT. Know ahead of time, what problems and challenges you face in executing IT strategies in the real world. If you are a technology manager, consultant, or advisor, you cannot afford to miss out on what today’s technology thought leaders have to say about today's most urgent IT issues. Listen to “CIO Talk Radio,” with Sanjog Aul, every Wednesday, at 7 AM Pacific (10 AM Eastern) right here on the bottom line in business talk – VoiceAmerica Business.

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Sanjog Aul

Sanjog Aul is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and the Executive Vice President with AVVAL, an Oakbrook, IL based professional services firm providing IT staffing and outsourcing services. With educational background in Computer Science and extensive consulting experience in IT Management and Implementation, Sanjog is known to dig deeper into current and chronic technology management/implementation issues to find the root cause. During his career, Sanjog has helped numerous businesses learn how to use technology for competitive advantage.

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