As one of the nation’s most respected authorities on cybersecurity, Theresa Payton is also a highly sought-after AI keynote speaker. Theresa is a visionary in the digital world leading the way as an inventor of new security designs and has an approved US patent in security. She captivates audiences by drawing from her experience as a veteran cybercrime fighter and entrepreneur, masterfully blending memorable anecdotes with cutting-edge insights.
She identifies emerging trends and techniques to help audiences combat cyber threats, from the impact of the Internet of Things to securing Big Data. Payton is the cybersecurity expert that organizations turn to for discreet help during data breaches and to improve IT systems and strategies. She made history as the first female to serve as White House Chief Information Officer and currently helps organizations in both the public and private sectors protect their most valuable resources.
Managing cybersecurity risk is what Payton knows and does best. Before overseeing IT operations as CIO for President George W. Bush and his administration, she held executive roles in banking technology for two of the country’s top financial institutions. After serving in the White House, she went on to co-found Dark3, a cybersecurity product company, and Fortalice Solutions, a world-class cybersecurity consulting firm ranked a “Top 5 Most Innovative Cybersecurity Company” in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and DC.
Named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in Security” by Security Magazine, Payton was also featured in the book 100 Fascinating Women Fighting Cybercrime and honored as the 2019 Woman Cybersecurity Leader of the Year. Business Insider named her one of the top 50 Cybersecurity Leaders of 2020 and CISO Magazine named her Cybersecurity Crusader of the Year (2020). She is the author of several publications on IT strategy and cybersecurity, including Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth, released in April of 2020. Cyber Security Experts named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in Cyber Security in 2021.
Payton is sought out by media news outlets to explain complex security issues and help viewers understand how to protect their privacy. She has been a frequent guest on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox Business, and Fox News and has been featured on CBS News, CNN, NBC News, and MSNBC, as well as Canadian and Irish news outlets. She also starred on the reality TV series Hunted, where real people attempted to drop off the grid while highly trained investigators (including Payton) “hunted” to catch them.
Reshma Saujani is a leading activist and the founder of Girls Who Code and the Marshall Plan for Moms. She has spent more than a decade building movements to fight for women and girls’ economic empowerment, working to close the gender gap in the tech sector, and most recently advocating for policies to support moms impacted by the pandemic. Reshma is also the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect, and her influential TED talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection,” has more than five million views globally. Reshma began her career as an attorney and Democratic organizer. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. Reshma lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their sons, Shaan and Sai, and their bulldog, Stanley.
Rajiv is the President and CEO of Nutanix. He joined in December, 2020 from VMware, where he served as Chief Operating Officer of Products and Cloud Services. Prior to this role, Rajiv led VMware’s Networking and Security business, one of the fastest-growing units in the company, as executive vice president and general manager. Before joining VMware, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Infrastructure and Networking at Broadcom, where he established Broadcom as a leader in data center, enterprise and carrier networking. In his prior General Manager roles at Cisco, he led multibillion dollar product lines in switching, data center and storage and optical networking. Earlier in his career, he held various leadership positions at Nortel, Tellabs and IBM. Rajiv earned his BTech in Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology and his Master’s and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow and holds 36 patents, primarily in optical networking.
Ben Gibson is the Chief Marketing Officer of Nutanix where he oversees the company’s global marketing strategy to accelerate customer adoption of its enterprise cloud solutions. Before joining Nutanix, Ben was Chief Marketing Officer at F5 Networks, where he was responsible for leading the application networking and security company’s global marketing. Before F5 Networks, he served as Chief Marketing Officer at Veritas, where he supervised a global team of marketing professionals and led the company’s rebranding efforts following a spin-off from Symantec. Prior to Veritas, Ben spent five years as Chief Marketing Officer at Aruba Networks. During his tenure at Aruba the company tripled its annual revenue as it expanded from wireless networking into mobile security and location services. Earlier in his career, Ben held several marketing leadership roles at Cisco, including Vice President of Data Center/Virtualization Marketing. In this role he ran the outbound marketing strategy and execution for a number of Cisco’s application networking products. Ben holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State University - Long Beach.
Tarkan Maner is the Chief Commercial Officer at Nutanix where he leads global business development and corporate development efforts, with a focus on strategic partnerships, alliances, system integrators, and service providers. Additionally, his responsibilities include leading critical hybrid cloud-focused strategy and product teams including Nutanix’s core virtualization platform (AHV), software-defined networking, and some of the key hybrid cloud services. Before joining Nutanix, he served as Chairman and CEO at Nexenta Systems, Inc., leading the organization from its open-source focus through its acquisition by DataDirect Networks (DDN) in May 2019. Prior to Nexenta, he was the President and CEO at Wyse Technology, one of the virtual desktop computing pioneers acquired by Dell in 2012. He also held executive roles at Dell, CA Technologies, IBM, and Sterling Software. Tarkan serves and served on the boards of several organizations including Teradici, CloudCheckr, Wheels, and leading non-profit organizations in Silicon Valley.
Rajiv has held various engineering leadership roles in the areas of networking and application security. Most recently, he was vice president of engineering at Citrix where he led research and development on the NetScaler product line. Prior to joining Citrix, Rajiv was a co-founder and vice president of engineering at Teros, a pioneering company in the area of application firewalls. Teros was acquired by Citrix in 2005. Rajiv holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
As the CIO of Nutanix, Wendy's focus on enterprise adoption of modern technologies fuels the company's global mission. Wendy also serves on the boards of Qualys (NASDAQ: QLYS), SADA Systems and the American Gaming Association (AGA). A consumer tech enthusiast, Wendy has led technology and operational functions for Robert Half, GoPro, Yahoo! and Cisco. Wendy's recent accolades include being named one of Technology Magazine's Top Women in Tech, Silicon Republic's Tech Titans, ORBiE Bay Area Enterprise CIO of the Year and 2021 National CIO of the Year Finalist, the Fisher Center for Data Analytics' CIO of the Year, and one of HMG's Top Technology Executives. She was also ranked first on Enterprise Management 360's list of Top 10 Tech CIO's, named one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence and listed as one of the National Diversity Council's Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology.
As SVP Product Portfolio Management, Thomas is responsible for driving consistency of experience across our portfolio of products and services on all clouds, public and private. Thomas brings more than 20 years of experience in product and engineering leadership roles in enterprise infrastructure software, cloud, storage and data management. Most recently, he was at Rubrik leading the Data Acquisition product team. Prior to Rubrik, he was Chief Product Officer at Nexenta (acquired by DataDirect Networks), leading the transformation of the company’s software-defined storage solution from its open-source roots into a critical component of 5G telco clouds. Before that, he held senior product roles working on scale-out analytics databases and big data platforms at Greenplum (acquired by EMC), all-flash storage at Violin Memory, and cross platform storage and availability management software (VxVM, VxFS, CFS and VCS) at Veritas / Symantec. Thomas holds an MBA from MIT Sloan in Cambridge, MA and a Master in EE/CS from CentraleSupélec in France.
As Senior Vice President of Product and Solutions Marketing, Monica drives the global go-to-market engine including strategy, messaging, thought leadership, category creation campaigns, sales programs and enablement. Monica started working at Oracle in 1997 and her most recent role before joining Nutanix was Vice President of Oracle Cloud Platform Marketing where she led global product marketing for the company’s flagship data management portfolio, including Autonomous Database. In her tenure at Oracle, Monica launched several industry-leading products in the Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service markets and built businesses from idea to hyper-growth. Before joining Oracle, Monica worked in product marketing at Informix. She currently serves on the board of directors at Watermark. Monica was recognized by CDA Consulting Group as a “2017 Powerful Women of the Bay” and a “2017 Women of Influence” by The Silicon Valley Business Journal. Monica holds a B.E. in mechanical engineering from Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur and an MBA from San Jose State University.
Jason Ader, CFA, partner, co-group head of the technology, media, and communications sector, focuses on infrastructure software. He joined William Blair in September 2008 after serving as a managing director at Thomas Weisel Partners, LLC for more than eight years and as a research analyst at H.C. Wainwright & Co. for three years. Before joining the financial services industry, he worked for three years at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., where his tasks included speechwriting and establishing the embassy's first internet-based communications and outreach programs. Ader holds a B.A. in comparative religion from Duke University and an M.A. in international relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Marco Bill-Peter is Senior Vice President of Customer Success at Red Hat. Customer Success at Red Hat is responsible for ensuring that our customers and partners achieve their business goals with Red Hat products and services. Customer Success includes more than just the strategic account and technical guidance provided by Technical Account Managers and Customer Success Managers, but also our consulting and training services which enable our customers throughout their entire journey.
Bill-Peter continues to challenge the standard industry definition of customer success, with a strategic focus on innovation that better serves customers and creates more value throughout each phase of the customer lifecycle.
Martin Casado is a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz where he focuses on enterprise investing. He was previously the cofounder and chief technology officer at Nicira, which was acquired by VMware for $1.26 billion in 2012. While at VMware, Martin served as senior vice president and general manager of the Networking and Security Business Unit, which he scaled to a $600 million run-rate business by the time he left VMware in 2016.
Martin started his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he worked on large-scale simulations for the Department of Defense before moving over to work with the intelligence community on networking and cybersecurity. These experiences inspired his work at Stanford where he created the software-defined networking (SDN) movement, leading to a new paradigm of network virtualization. While at Stanford he also cofounded Illuminics Systems, an IP analytics company, which was acquired by Quova Inc. in 2006.
For his work, Martin was awarded both the ACM Grace Murray Hopper award and the NEC C&C award, and he’s an inductee of the Lawrence Livermore Lab’s Entrepreneur’s Hall of Fame. He holds both a PhD and Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Victoria Hurtado is the Director of Technology Operations for Kern Health Systems (KHS) in Bakersfield, California. She has been with Kern Health Systems for nine years, where she has had the opportunity to demonstrate her abilities in both a technical and business operations capacity. She has developed extensive experience in project portfolio management, problem solving, risk management, process improvement, and strong leadership skills. During her time with KHS, she has managed complex technical disciplines including IT Architecture, Systems and Networking, Helpdesk, Security, Enterprise Configuration, Technical Operations, Process Improvement, and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
Victoria provides leadership for the continued development of strategy in Information Technology, Project Management, and Business Operations to maximize business efficiency and customer satisfaction while ensuring regulatory compliance and adherence to policy. She is an advocate to bridge the gap that naturally exists between business and technology by leveraging demonstrated operational knowledge of industry and business operations while staying abreast of information technology changes.
Victoria has a Master’s Degree, PMP certification, DASM and a Scrum certification. She is affiliated with several Boards, Associations, and Leadership programs. Some include Project Management Institute, Information Systems Security Association, Leadership Bakersfield, Bakersfield Young Professionals, and QNXT User Group Board Member.
Christian Abou Jaoude is the Chief Technology Officer of Keck Medicine of USC. He oversees all aspects of I.S. infrastructure, security and compute space currently supporting the enterprise. Christian focuses heavily on introducing and maintaining enterprise-level solutions in alignment with corporate strategic initiatives and improving the efficiency of our I.S. environment.
Christian is a leader that pushes standardizing which he strongly believes is the best way to create the most common user experience across large organizations. He applies special attention to introducing scalable solutions that are able to meet the needs of the enterprise across multiple verticals.
He earned his degrees from UC San Diego, with a BS in Mathematics and Computer science and a Master’s in Business Administration. With 22 years of experience in Healthcare IT, Christian has participated in and led many large-scale initiatives, making him a source of knowledge and expertise in the challenges faced in this space.
For Christian, growing up in Southern California was a dream. He currently resides in Santa Clarita with his wife and two kids. He spends his free time with his family, enjoying the outdoors, and working on projects around the house.
Laura Jordana is a Principal Technical Marketing Engineer at Nutanix based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. In this role, she is primarily focused on creating technical content, demos and videos on various topics about the Nutanix platform, while also helping to develop and support the Nutanix Test Drive platform. She studied Computer Science at San Jose State University.
Jeremy Launier is Senior Director of Product Management at Nutanix where he has been leading and driving Era database and Move migration product innovations for the last 7 years. Prior to joining Nutanix, Jeremy had spent the last 25 years in various IT leadership roles in the Silicon Valley.
Eric Lockard is Corporate Vice President for Azure Dedicated, the engineering group responsible for extending Azure to include non-cloud native hardware and software platforms via partnerships and dedicated networking, management, provisioning and integration engineering.
From 2015 to 2018, Eric led Microsoft’s Universal Store Team (UST), which built and operated the company’s commerce, store, support, partner, developer, and volume licensing services, platforms, and user experiences powering most products and services at Microsoft including Windows, Xbox, Surface, Office 365, Azure, Bing and more.
Eric first joined Microsoft in 1989 as a program manager in the LAN Manager group and spent the next 16 years in systems and engineering management roles for Microsoft Exchange Server, Windows Server, Windows Small Business Server, Microsoft BackOffice, and Windows Host Security.
After a short hiatus that included a year sailing with his family and two years as a Senior Principal at Amazon, Eric returned to Microsoft as Director of Development for Xbox Live. In 2013, he became lead of Microsoft’s Commerce Platform team which in 2015 was combined with other store and commerce teams to form UST.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Washington State University and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as minor degrees in mathematics and artificial intelligence.
Harry D. Moseley brings to Zoom a blend of transformational leadership, disruptive innovation, and corporate growth strategies. As the former CIO & Managing Director for KPMG, Harry was responsible for technology and innovation to support the firm's competitive growth. Over five years he identified and replaced legacy technology to dramatically improve productivity, security, and reliability. Before joining KPMG, Harry served as CIO & Senior Managing Director - Partner for Blackstone, where he led the company's transformation to the world's best digital alternative asset manager. Prior to Blackstone, Harry was a Managing Director for Credit Suisse, where he served as the CIO of Global Investment Banking, and Global Co-Head of Application Development / Co-CIO of the firm. Before Credit Suisse, Harry served as CTO & Managing Director for UBS Americas.
Harry has been inducted into CIO Magazine's Hall of Fame, recognized as one of the world's top 100 CIOs by Computerworld, and honored by Irish Magazine (twice) as one of its Annual Wall Street 50. Harry is an Advisory Board Member of BioDental Sciences, a Board Member of Rewards Network, was a National Board member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is a member of the Advisory Board of the New York City Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and a sponsor of nPower. He is a former Board Member of Bi-Sam (since acquired by Factset), a former Advisor to Aquiline Capital Partners, a former Board Member of iLevel Solutions (since acquired by Ipreo), and led Blackstone's investment in Watchdox (since acquired by Blackberry).
Sridhar Mullapudi is Executive Vice President of Product Management and is responsible for driving product alignment, innovation and growth across the Citrix portfolio.
Most recently he served as SVP of Product Management and led Citrix’s Workspace product team and cloud services. In his more than 20 years at Citrix, Mullapudi has held a variety of leadership roles across both product management and engineering providing him a with deep knowledge of market dynamics in the enterprise and service provider segments and their customers.
In his roles, he has been a key driver in evolving the Citrix portfolio from point products into an industry leading unified Workspace solution, and he drive the integration and transition of Citrix solutions to the cloud.
Mullapudi holds an MBA from the University of Florida as well as a master’s degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Jawaharial Nehru Technological University.
As the product management lead for Hybrid Cloud at Nutanix, Saveen is responsible for driving Nutanix product and business strategy across private and public cloud. Most recently, Saveen led Software-defined Edge at Riverbed. He held product management lead role in transforming the management paradigm for enterprise storage (VMAX) at EMC. Prior to that, he transitioned storage management and high availability product portfolio to virtualized environments at Veritas/Symantec. Saveen earned his MBA at Carnegie Mellon University, MS in Computer Science at University of Delaware, and BE at University of Mumbai.
As the Product Management lead for Nutanix Cloud Management portfolio, Anindo Sengupta is responsible for defining strategy and vision for the comprehensive Nutanix’ multicloud management solution set and Nutanix Control Plane. Anindo joined Nutanix as part of its acquisition of Minjar Inc, a global leader in intelligent cloud optimization solution. With over 2 decades of experience spanning end-customers like GE, enterprise technology firms, global system integrators (SIs) and startups, Anindo has a proven track record of building and growing B2B SaaS products.
Ketan Shah leads product management for Data Services and Security at Nutanix. Ketan has more than 20 years of product experience in high growth markets spanning infrastructure, security, and data services. Before Nutanix, Ketan led products at two successive startups in cloud security and virtualization where he helped with market entry and growth. He has also worked at Symantec driving industry-leading data governance and data loss prevention offerings. He holds an MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and a BS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Brigham Young University.
Jason Stump is the CIO for Wynn Resorts. Prior to joining Wynn Resorts, Jason spent 2 years at the Wynn Encore Boston Harbor where he led a highly successful opening of the $2.8B integrated resort. Prior to joining Wynn, Jason spent 1.5 years at Westgate Las Vegas Resort. He was previously with Affinity Gaming as the Sr Vice President & CIO for 3 years.
Jason has over 25 years of experience in the gaming industry, beginning his gaming career at Harrah’s Entertainment in 1993. He spent 7+ years in various properties and corporate positions before joining Argosy Gaming Company. He then spent the next 8 years at Argosy Gaming Company in a Corporate IT Leadership role before joining Pinnacle Entertainment in various senior management roles that spanned the next 5+ years.
In my role as a Systems Engineer @Veeam for the past 5 years I am responsile for positioning Veeam products to both partners and end-users, providing product demos, POCs, best practices and act as a technical advisor for Veeam products.
With a 12+ year experience in IT, I am mostly focusing on IT infrastructure security and backup and always avid to know more about all kinds of technologies from satellites & telescopes to cloud services to sophisticated gadgets we enjoy in our daily lives.
I am a trustworthy and hardworking individual, taking pride in the quality of my work. Most people see me as a cheerful person, easy to talk to, a good listener and always ready to help and motivate people.
When not working, I enjoy spending time traveling, always discovering new places in the world, getting to know the people, their art, culture and traditions.
Mike is the senior architect for the Cloud + Data Center Transformation division of Insight. He’s a 12 year veteran of the IT industry, during which time he has designed and deployed enterprise computing, storage, data protection, virtualization and hybrid cloud solutions. In his current role, Mike help clients achieve their transformation goals. Through his consultative approach and expertise, he designs and architects solutions to help organizations achieve agility and speed — what every business needs today to compete effectively — by using modernized approaches for infrastructure both in the data center and public cloud.
Mr. Cutrone has been with the HP family since 1999 and is currently leading the worldwide Compute OEM, Service Provider, and Major Accounts business unit within Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Phil is responsible for driving growth across multiple segments in the HPE Compute business unit. Key segments OEM, Tier2/Tier 3 Service Provider and SaaS, Major Accounts and the Nutanix partnership/business. His team supports the unique customer requirements for these segments through technical expertise, custom engineering, program management and business development efforts. He is a passionate leader that exudes an energy that is contagious. He focuses his passion and effort on delighting customers.
Mr. Cutrone has held several leadership positions within HPE prior to his current position. He led the infrastructure software and strategic partnership business focused on both HPE Server Management software and third-party software including OS, Cloud, Virtualization and Database. He developed new and managed existing partnerships to drive joint sales collaboration. He architected new business models and go-to-market strategies to address emerging customer needs.
Mr. Cutrone also led HP Americas Solutions Business in the Personal Systems Group. The Solution Business included the HP Software Licensing and Management Service (SLMS) business, a large reseller of third-party software. It also included the third-party hardware portfolio that enabled the creation and delivery of integrated vertical solutions for Healthcare, Retail Point of Sale, Self-Serve Kiosk, and Digital Classrooms.
Before joining HP, Mr. Cutrone led the Services business unit at Trimble Navigation Aerospace. In his early career, he also served honorably in and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Mr. Cutrone graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and International Business as well as an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Valérie joined the Greenlake Cloud Business Services Business Group last November to lead our Global sales for Enterprise and Cosell.
Prior to this role she led our joint go to market business and strategy for our Ecosystem partner Accenture globally.
During her 14 years at HP(E), she has led various sales/Business development roles with partners and customers in different parts of the organization.
Valérie has over 10 years of experience in the Retail & Consumer Goods Industry, having worked in Account and Sales Management roles. She joined HP in 2006 within Managed Enterprise Services in the printing business, to lead Retail Sales Solutions in EMEA, then moved three years to the Worldwide Enterprise Business Development team, as the Marketing and Production Leader for various industries until she was appointed Global Account General Manager for Carrefour.
Prior to joining HP in 2006, Valérie served as Retail sales manager for DUNI, a Swedish company, leading sales in Western Europe.
She holds a Master Degree in International Business from the University of Dijon.
Jason Dalessio is passionate about helping customers find the right solution for the right problem. He is a Sales Engineering Leader at HYCU based out of Tampa, Florida. Jason has wide ranging IT and customer problem solving experience. His experience in working with a number of implementations and strategy development for customers helps him build the skills to deliver the best solution that matches the customer needs. Jason’s current focus revolves around simplifying Private and Public Enterprise Cloud Backup, DR, and data protection initiatives.
Adam is a technologist and currently leads the Technical Marketing group at Rubrik. Previously, Adam was a part of and eventually lead the Technical Marketing group in the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware for nearly 7 years. Most of his time has been spent in the data center virtualization space but continues to learn new technologies as much as possible. Outside of work, Adam is an avid motorcyclist (on-road and off) and is a huge fan of space exploration.
Paul Fazio’s team owns the alliance relationships between SUSE and their largest Integrated Hardware Vendors (IHVs). He also owns distribution and the national direct integrators. He has been with SUSE for 3 years.
Paul previously spent 18 years at Cisco where he owned the Channel go-to-market strategy for Cisco’s architectures in the Central Area. His team worked with partners to develop their unique differentiation around Enterprise Networking, Collaboration, Data Center and Security.
A Kansas City native and a University of Kansas graduate, Paul has resided in Zionsville, IN for the past 15 years with his wife and two children.
Greg Gibby is a technology industry veteran with over 25 years of experience. He has held positions at leading technology companies like Texas Instruments, Dell and AMD. He is currently leading the AMD EPYC Solutions Development initiatives focused on Virtualization and Hyperconverged Infrastructure solutions.
For more than two decades, Jim has helped Fortune 500 companies exceed their business and strategic goals through use of the latest in tailored technology. His perspective and expertise, coupled with his focus on learning every customer's business from the ground up, bring an unmatched level of partnership and consultation that ensure positive outcomes and future-proof solutions. Jim is a member of multiple high-tech professional organizations, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University.
Samuel Grover is a Sr Product Manager at Commvault. He is currently managing Virtualization and Cloud technologies. He has overseen Commvault’s integration with Nutanix technologies over the past four years. He’s been with Commvault for fourteen years and in the tech industry for twenty-four years. Along the way, helping enterprises of all sizes manage, secure, and make better use of their business data. Follow him on Twitter at @grovergeek.
Nigel has been with Veeam for 3.5 years and in the Storage and Backup industry for 20+ years. He currently heads the EMEA team that owns the relationships with our biggest technology partners and System Integrators.
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Ritu Jain assumed the role of Senior Product management at ISG, Lenovo in February, 2020 focused on ThinkAgile HX. Ms. Jain brings more than 9 years of experience in Software Defined Infrastructure, Converged and Hyperconverged solutions.
Prior to her appointment at Lenovo, Ms. Jain worked at Dell EMC and Cisco in Hyperconverged and Enterprise Hybrid Cloud space.
She earned Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California and holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics and Communication.
Ms Jain is married, has one child, and was Madhya Pradesh (India) State Level Swimmer in 2002.
Dominique Jänike is Product Manager for PRIMEFLEX for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud at Fujitsu Europe. She has been with Fujitsu for the past 1,5 years and has a demonstrated 4 years history of working in different industries within Product Management and Marketing. Dominique is inspired to challenge the status quo and to realise the potential that new technologies and people have to digitally transform the world. She is from North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and is a passionate biker.
Sridhar Kayathi is a Senior Technical Solutions Specialist within the Intel Optane Group and current focus is Sales & Marketing enablement of Intel® Optane™ Persistent Memory & SSD Solutions. Sridhar has over 18+ years of industry experience including working as a Tech Solutions Specialist, Solutions Architect, Platform Architect and System Administrator. Sridhar works with Enterprise to Cloud customers deployments to deliver innovative solutions with SQL DB - Oracle DB, MS SQL, SAP HANA, MySQL, RocksDB, MariaDB, PostgreSQL; NOSQL/Document DB - Redis, Cassandra, MongoDB; Infrastructure - VMWare, vSAN, Nutanix AHV/HCI, Hyper-V … Containers like Dockers, Kubernetes & OpenShift. Follow Sridhar @kayathi.
Swapna Kotagiri, a Senior Technical Program Manager at Microsoft. She spent 10+ years in software engineering building full stack applications and switched to being an engineering PM driving Automated Cloud Migration, Azure Resource Optimization, Enterprise Network Segmentation, Express Route automation, Network Security etc. Now, supporting the Nutanix Clusters on Azure driving the Network Stack beneath the Bare Metal.
Praveen is a Senior Product Manager at Microsoft focusing on BareMetal workloads on Azure Cloud. He has more than 15 years of experience working as an Engineer, Architect, TPM and Product Manager. He has extensive knowledge and experience delivering Private, Public and Hybrid cloud solutions to both internal and external Microsoft customers.
I have spent the last 15 years working for CDW first as a delivery engineer and then a Solutions Architect. Prior to CDW I worked in the IT industry for 10+ years working in Unix administration to Web development. Also, spent 4 years teaching a technical certification track at UW Parkside part time as an adjunct professor. Recently I took the position of Nutanix Team lead have been largely focused on enterprise Nutanix customers.
He has over 22 years of Infrastructure transformation experience specialized in organization and technology design, solution assurance, business development, and program delivery across all global regions. With a transformation program delivery background as core, he moves across various portfolios, the most recent being the global lead for transformation services for the cloud and infrastructure business for Wipro. He has incubated new practices, such as E2E Service management and Cloud automation, during this tenure at Wipro. Working across regions and with organizations with a pan-geo presence has given him good exposure to working cultures and an ability to navigate the best value for the efforts. He also specializes in Commercial models and business case analysis, essential for driving ROI/TCO for large transformation programs, securing budgets for clients, and adopting modern technology practices and new ways of working in large client engagements.
Frederic Lhoest is Sr Technology Architect at PCCW Global, with 20+ years of experience in the IT field. Frederic is passionate about disruptive IT technologies and automation. As a part-time consultant and blogger, he spends a lot of time testing new hardware/software related to IT infrastructure.
Matt Marsala is the lead product manager for Peer Software, responsible for overseeing product development, partner integrations, and launch lifecycles for Peer’s data replication solutions that have been implemented by over 10,000 customers worldwide.
Since graduating with honors from the University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business, Matt has honed his skills in a variety of IT and software development roles. He is a regular presenter at technical conferences, delivers training courses to both live and online audiences, and works with Nutanix and other leading technology partners to design and optimize monitoring APIs.
Dhananjay is a customer-obsessed Product Leader currently working as a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft. He drives technology solutions for Azure Arc enabled data services global partner program (OEMs, ISVs, IHVs and SIs). He has over 20 years of experience in distributed, scalable systems, Cloud services (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS), Azure, AWS, GCE, container platforms, Microservices, SOA, middleware and consumer platforms. He has worked on Azure developing Enterprise hybrid and public cloud products at Microsoft. He was also involved in the early stages of developing Oracle cloud infrastructure and delivering multi-cloud platforms for Enterprise customers at Avanade.
Christine McMonigal is a strategic marketing leader directing hyperconverged strategy and partner engagements for Intel’s Data Platforms Group. She has over 20 years of experience in the computing industry across products and services for networking and communications, PCs, handhelds, servers and storage systems. She holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University.
Alok K Srivastav, is a Sr. Solutions Manager responsible for helping Supermicro customers along their journey to AI/ML and HPC solutions. He is an interface with customer and SMCI leadership, driving collaboration among the other core account groups like Sales, FAE, Support, Solutions Architecture and Professional Services, product/engineering teams, and customer teams, a key part of supporting the customer. He also translates strategic initiatives in the account plan into executable actions. With more than two decades of industry experience, He has founded a cloud solutions company in the past and has earned Bachelor’s degree in Science and an Advanced Diploma in Software Technology.
Allan Mugu leads the global strategic partnership with Nutanix and is responsible for the end-to-end business management for the alliance. He is passionate about driving business growth and collaborating with partners to offer technology solutions that generate the greatest value and business outcomes for customers.
Allan has been with HPE for 13 years and was previously the North America business development leader for the worldwide OEM business. He has also held a variety of leadership roles at HPE within product development, operations management, and business strategy/planning.
He is based in Houston and joined HPE in 2008 after four years at Computer Technology Solutions (now part of CGI Group) where he led consulting engagements with Fortune 500 companies enabling clients’ business objectives through leveraging information technology solutions.
Allan earned a Master’s in Business Degree, Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from University of Alabama at Birmingham and Executive Education from Harvard Business School and The Wharton Business School.
As B&TS CBO Global Chief Architect and Head of T&I, N.A., Monto is a senior CBO executive responsible for providing IT strategy advisory services to customers, leadership accountability for innovation, and fostering and cultivating enterprise architects in CBO.
Monto brings over 25 years of IT leadership experience delivering technology transformational solutions and executing IT strategies for fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining TCS, Monto provided technology strategy consultation services to the financial and insurance industries.
Monto’s cumulative global business expertise has involved him in all areas of IT strategy and planning. He is a strategic thought leader that has led global IT transformation programs for large enterprises and consistently delivered innovative solutions to address customer challenges.
Steven Riley serves currently as a Partner Engineer Lead assisting Palo Alto Networks partners with architecture, design, integrations, and positioning use cases with customers and developing enablement for Sales Engineering and Support as needed with Palo Alto Networks VMSeries. Previous position as a Solution Architect for GSI’s working specifically with IBM across the entire Palo Alto Networks portfolio. In this role, he works to maximize opportunities for creating offerings with IBM Security Services by selling security solutions and services across IBM’s vast services portfolio to help enterprise customers manage risk and compliance requirements.
Marcus Schneider runs the Data Center Product Management and the Technical Competence Team at Fujitsu Europe. This includes Server, Storage and Integrated Systems. He has been with Fujitsu for more than 30 years and served in various Product Marketing, Product Management and R&D positions. HE has quite some background in storage and served for some time at the European Board of SNIA.
He is part of the team that started the FUJITSU/NUTANIX business partnership. Marcus is from Porta Westfalica, Germany. He is married and has one daughter, and is a passionate supporter of the football team Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Zac started his first business at the age of 10 mowing lawns with his brother. For the past 20 years, he has been focused on using software to build automated infrastructure platforms, helping to grow Voxel, a Linux-based hosting platform sold to Internap in 2011, into one of the early leading cloud hosting companies.
In 2014, he co-founded Packet to empower technology-enabled Enterprises with automated bare metal infrastructure no matter where it was, what it was or who owned it. Backed by SoftBank, Dell Technologies, Third Point and Battery Ventures, the business became the leader in bare metal compute automation and was acquired by Equinix in March 2020. Zac now serves as Managing Director at Equinix, leading the strategy, product and go to market for Equinix’s bare metal compute and edge services platform.
Zac lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children. He graduated from the Julliard School in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performance.
Sreenevas Subramaniam (Sree) is a Director of Product management at ServiceNow based in Silicon Valley and leads the product team for IT Operations Management LOB. Prior to joining ServiceNow, Sree held a number of leadership positions in companies like HP, Walmart. Sree has 15+ years of Industry experience in the field of Service Management, IT Asset management and CMDB.
Subbiah Sundaram is VP of Products at HYCU. For more than twenty-five years, Subbiah has focused on data storage, infrastructure management and backup and recovery, and he is now leading the way in delivering next-gen monitoring and data protection solutions as the VP Products at HYCU. Prior to HYCU, he has held senior executive positions at BMC, CA, DataGravity, EMC and Veritas and has extensive experience in product development, planning and strategy. He holds a MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Steve Bandrowczak is President and Chief Operating Officer at Xerox. Mr. Bandrowczak has more than 30 years of experience as an IT professional. He is an accomplished executive with a history of highly effective leadership within a diverse range of technologies. He has a proven track record of growing businesses consistently through innovation, and enhancing competitive positions while increasing profits.
Mr. Bandrowczak is the former Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer of Alight Solutions, where he oversaw the application portfolio and technical infrastructure of the organization, including digital and print operations, operational performance, enterprise risk management, real estate, and supply chain.
Previously, Mr. Bandrowczak was the President of Telecommunication Media and Technology at Sutherland Global Services. He also served as the Senior Vice President for Global Business Services at Hewlett Packard Enterprises, where he transformed its 16,000-employee shared service organization into a highly efficient operation with a focus on automation, business intelligence and labor optimization. In addition, he led the business process outsourcing (BPO) practice in the Enterprise Services Group.
Prior to joining Hewlett Packard, he held senior leadership positions for various multi-billion-dollar global companies, including Avaya, Nortel, Lenovo, DHL, and a privately owned SAP consulting company.
Mr. Bandrowczak serves as Chairman of the Board for The Samfund and was named one of the Top 100 CIOs by Computerworld. He frequently headlines conferences and teaches leadership at educational institutions.
Tiffani Bova is the chief growth evangelist at Salesforce and the author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book GROWTH IQ: Get Smarter About the Choices that Will Make or Break Your Business. Bova has been named to the latest Thinkers50’s list of the world’s top management thinkers and is a welcomed guest on Bloomberg, BNN, Cheddar, MSNBC, and Yahoo Finance, among others. She also contributes her thinking to publications including Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Diginomica, Quora, Thrive, Rotman School of Management and Duke Dialogue Review. She is a change maker who’s thought-provoking and forward-thinking insights have made her a frequent guest on a variety of industry-leading podcasts and live broadcasts.
As host of What’s Next! with Tiffani Bova, an iTunes’ all-time business and management bestseller and a top sales podcast according to Top Sales Magazine, Bova has interviewed a growing number of exceptional humans including Arianna Huffington, Chester Elton, Dan Pink, Ginger Hardage, Bonin Bough, Mark Victor Hansen, Seth Godin and Tom Peters.
Bova is a top Twitter influencer in Business Growth, Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, the Future of Work, and Sales. She was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 37 Sales Experts You Need to Follow on Twitter, a LinkedIn Top Sales Expert to follow in 2018, 2019 and 2020, a Top 100 Women in Tech, a Brand Quarterly Magazine Top 50 Marketing Thought Leader, and one of the most Powerful and Influential Women in California according to the National Diversity Council.
Her book Growth IQ was one of 800-CEO-READ’s top 5 strategy and leadership books of 2018, the #1 Salesforce, Dreamforce Bookstore seller in 2018 and continues to be a monthly bestseller on Porchlight (formerly 800-CEO-Read) in 2019 and 2020.
Having delivered over 500 keynote presentations on sales transformation and business model innovation to over 400,000 people on six continents, Bova is highly sought-after keynote speaker. Prior to working with Salesforce she was a sales, marketing and customer service executive for startups as well as Fortune 500 companies where she was recognized as being one of the first to develop a robust go to market model for cloud-based solutions, and indirect channel strategies to accommodate changes in buying behavior. She left the corporate world and joined Gartner becoming a Distinguished Analyst and Research Fellow where she won the Thought Leadership award and earned accolades from the best leaders in the technology world for her cutting-edge analysis and her skill at architecting bold new strategies for sales and growth.
Bova’s time on the front lines of sales, marketing and innovation, combined with her insightful candor, has resulted in a unique perspective that continues to inspire businesses and individuals to get smarter about the choices they make, think forward and increase their Growth IQ.
Nicholas Donofrio is a 44-year IBM veteran who led IBM’s technology and innovation strategies from 1997 until his retirement in October 2008. He also was Vice Chairman of the IBM International Foundation and Chairman of the Board of Governors for the IBM Academy of Technology. His most recent responsibilities included IBM Research, Governmental Programs, Technical Support & Quality, Corporate Community Relations, as well as Environmental Health & Product Safety. Also reporting to Mr. Donofrio were the senior executives responsible for IBM’s enterprise on demand transformation. Mr. Donofrio led the development and retention of IBM’s technical population and enriched that community with a diversity of culture and thought.
In 2008, IBM Chairman Sam Palmisano elected him as an IBM Fellow, the company’s highest technical honor. Mr. Donofrio joined IBM as a college co-op student in 1964 and worked on the memory technology for the legendary IBM System/360 mainframe computing system. In 1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Engineering from Polytechnic University. In 2002 he received an honorary doctorate in Sciences from the University of Warwick in England. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Technology from Marist College, and in 2006 he received an honorary doctorate in Sciences from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Pace University awarded him an honorary doctorate in Sciences in 2009, and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth awarded him an honorary doctorate in Sciences in 2010.
Mr. Donofrio is the holder of seven technology patents and is a member of numerous technical and science honor societies. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fellow of the UK-based Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the US-based National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Board of Directors for the Bank of New York/Mellon, a member of the Republic of China’s Science and Technology Advisory Group Board, a member of the Board of Trustees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a member of the Board of Directors of Liberty Mutual, a member of the Board of Directors of AMD, a member of the Board of Managers of the Delphi Company, a member of the Board of Trustees of The MITRE Corporation and a Senior Fellow of the Kauffman Foundation. In 2010, Mr. Donofrio became a member of the U. S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board (SEAB).
Robert Duncan serves as the Chief Information Security Officer for Direct Line Group plc, a FTSE 100 constituent and the largest general insurer in the United Kingdom. In addition to its own brands, Direct Line Group provides insurance products via brand partners such as Nationwide, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and Prudential plc.
Mr. Duncan is responsible for the overall Information Security Strategy as well as Technology Risk and has oversight of various core teams: Security Architecture, Security Engineering, Security Enablement and Awareness, and Cyber Intelligence. He is also very active on the European speaking circuit, attending and speaking at events such as the Financial Times Cyber Security Summit, the e-Crimes congress, EU focused conferences in Brussels and various others.
Mr. Duncan has extensive international experience, having been based in New York, London, Hong Kong, and Australia. Prior to Direct Line Group, he was CISO for Euronext which operates regulated markets in Belgium, France (French Stock Exchange), the Netherlands, Portugal, and the U.K. and lists roughly 4 trillion USD of financial products. He was also Head of Global Risk and Governance for Prudential plc PGDS division for many years, supporting the division globally with extensive travel of Asia and the U.S.
Mr. Duncan holds an L.L.B. in Law (London), M.B.A. (Cranfield), and a postgraduate qualification in Executive IT Management from Columbia University in New York.
Chris Hetner is a Senior Executive, Board Director, and leader in Cybersecurity recognized for raising cyber risk to the Corporate Board level in order to protect industries, infrastructures, and economies. He creates operational resilience by aligning robust Cybersecurity strategies with business objectives. Mr. Hetner’s professional judgment combined with a public company perspective and SEC regulatory and investor oversight experience has led to his success in corporate and government roles. Currently, he is an Expert Advisor to the Institute for Defense Analyses (US Dept. of the Treasury), the Special Advisor for Cyber Risk for the NACD, and a National Board Member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Identifying potential risks and initiating solutions that can be replicated across industries is a hallmark of his career.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hetner has created and launched Cybersecurity programs in the public and private sectors. As business functions transfer to the cloud, he has consistently elevated the issue of enterprise-wide preparedness and continuity to Boards and Executive Management teams. The Covid-19 global pandemic has magnified cyber risks across sectors. Based on the growth of the distributed workforce and the increase in the prevalence of bad actors, the threat and severity levels of cyber breaches have become a security and operational resilience priority. According to the 2018 SEC Cyber guidance on board oversight responsibility, Mr. Hetner is primed to discharge his in-depth knowledge and experience in line with heightened regulatory and investor expectations in an executive role.
He served as the Senior Cybersecurity Advisor to the Chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and as Head of Cybersecurity for the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examination at the SEC. He also represented the Chair of the SEC as a senior member of the US Department of the Treasury Financial Banking Information Infrastructure Committee. His greatest contributions included vision for and implementation of the first agency wide Cybersecurity governance structure, threat intelligence program, and incident response capabilities. The Cybersecurity framework he implemented improved the National Examination Program’s ability to monitor and respond to Cyber risks and threats across the US Securities market.
Mr. Hetner has also led efforts across financial, regulatory, and government agencies to enhance Cybersecurity coordination in the financial services sector. He successfully led diverse teams, in multiple global locations, through transformative thinking about cyber-risk management, Cybersecurity policy, and regulatory compliance to embrace change and become cultures of action and collaboration. He established governance and risk management structures aligned with strategy and business objectives, while integrating resilience into corporate DNA.
Mr. Hetner’s thought leadership is actively sought by governments, private and public entities, industry associations, and media outlets as the threats to critical infrastructure and economies increase. Throughout his career he has shared his professional expertise by mentoring students at Columbia University, New York University, Fordham School of Law, and Pace University.
He is a Certified Information Security Manager (ISACA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (ISC2), and holds a high-level USA security clearance. Mr. Hetner earned a MS, cum laude, in Information Assurance from Norwich University and a BS in Security Management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Prior to Parsons, Kippelman was the SVP and CIO for Platform Specialty Products, a global, diversified producer of high-tech specialty chemicals and provider of technical services. The business involves the formulation of a broad range of solutions-oriented specialty chemicals, which are sold into multiple industries, including agrochemical, animal health, electronics, graphic arts, plating, and offshore oil production and drilling.
Kippelman previously served as SVP and CIO for Covanta. He led all aspects of global IT, leveraging innovative technologies to transform the way the business runs and generates revenue. For his transformational work at Covanta, Stuart received numerous prestigious industry recognitions including Top 100 CIO's in STEM 2015, Computerworld’s 2014 Premier IT Leader Award and the CIO.com Top 100 Award in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Prior to joining Covanta, Kippelman held many leadership and technical roles of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson. He was Corporate Director of Technology M&A and Emerging Market Growth, CIO/CTO of Health & Wellness, VP of Global Infrastructure Technology Engineering, and Development, as well as other roles in engineering, architecture, research, portfolio management, deployment, and operations.
Kippelman is a monthly guest columnist on WSJ, and is a featured blogger on Computerworld.com. He holds multiple patents in data mining, and Business Intelligence. As an accomplished speaker, he is a frequent presenter at many major industry conferences, delivering keynote presentations on a wide variety of topics ranging from Leadership, Innovation, Mobile Computing, Consumerization of IT, Cloud, and Cybersecurity.
He is actively engaged in helping guide and develop the next generation of IT leadership and serves as a career mentor for the CIO Executive Council Pathways program.
Kippelman holds an M.B.A. in Technology Management and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Arthur M. Langer is Director of the Center for Technology Management, Professor of Professional Practice and Academic Director of the Master in Science in Technology Management programs at Columbia University. He also serves on the faculty of the Department of Organization and Leadership at the Graduate School of Education (Teachers College), and is the Faculty Director of the Advanced Certificate in Workforce Education and Development Program.
Dr. Langer is the author of Analysis and Design of Next Generation Software Architectures: 5G, IoT, Blockchain and Quantum Computing (2020), Strategic Information Technology: Best Practices to Drive Digital Transformation (2nd Ed., 2018 with Lyle Yorks), Information Technology and Organizational Learning (3rd Ed., 2018), Guide to Software Development: Designing and Managing the Life Cycle (2nd Ed., 2016), Analysis and Design of Information Systems (2007), Applied Ecommerce (2002), and The Art of Analysis (1997) and has published numerous articles and papers relating to service learning for underserved populations, IT organizational integration, mentoring and staff development.
Dr. Langer is the Chairman and Founder of Workforce Opportunity Services, a 501(c)(3) charity, consults with corporations and universities on information technology, staff development, management transformation, and curriculum development around the globe. Prior to joining the full-time faculty at Columbia University, Dr. Langer was Executive Director of Computer Support Services at Coopers and Lybrand, General Manager and Partner of Software Plus, and President of Macco Software.
Frits van Paasschen is a seasoned global executive and the author of The Disruptors’ Feast. His thirty years of experience inside global companies has afforded him a unique perspective on the current trends that are impacting business around the world. Frits shares his deep understanding of the forces that are disrupting the status quo to help businesses evolve and thrive in changing environments.
Frits served as CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts from 2007-2015. Before that, he spent three years as CEO at Coors Brewing Company. Frits also held several management positions at Nike, ultimately becoming Nike’s President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to working for Nike, he worked in finance in Disney’s Consumer Products Division. While Frits has a long history of executive roles, his career began in management consulting. At The Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company, he primarily served retail and consumer clients.
Advising on strategic direction is a passion of Frits’ and he has served on a variety of boards throughout his career. He has been a Non-Executive Director at Barclays (FTSE) and as a member of the board of Directors of two NYSE-listed companies, Jones Apparel and Oakley. While at Nike, Frits served as Chairman of the European-American Industrial Council, and he later served on the boards of the U.S.-India and U.S.-China business councils. For several years, he was a member of the board of the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business at Conservation International.
Frits holds a BA in Economics and Biology from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. At Harvard, he was also a Teaching Fellow in Economics. Originally from the Netherlands, Frits holds dual U.S. and Dutch citizenship. A passionate traveler, he speaks five languages and has visited more than 110 countries. In his free time, he enjoys endurance sports, including marathons and triathlons. He has been married 25 years and has three children.
Christian Alvarez is Senior Vice President of Worldwide Channels at Nutanix. As a member of the executive leadership team, Christian has responsibility of the strategic direction of Nutanix’s channel partner ecosystem, fostering strategic relationships and developing global sales and distribution programs for value- added resellers (VARs), distributors, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), global system integrators (GSIs), and Telco/XSP partners. Christian has a deep commitment and passion for partners and has responsibility for managing and supporting the partner organization which represents the company's primary route to market.
Christian has a track record of leading high-performance teams in executive management roles at some of the world’s leading telecommunications and technology companies. In his nearly 26-year career in technology, his focus has been on transforming organizations to achieve significant growth, while effectively managing profitability, accretive contributions and developing his teams to achieve their full potential.
Prior to joining Nutanix, Christian held a number of senior leadership positions in companies like Cyan a Ciena Company, Avaya, eLandia Group, Connexion Technologies and Terremark Worldwide a Verizon Company. Most recently, Christian served as Worldwide Head of Channels & Distribution at Juniper Networks with responsibility of over 14,000 partners and 50 distributors around the world. Christian’s people-first leadership style drives his commitment to creating amazing experiences for customers and to fostering a positive, inclusive corporate culture.
Claudia is a consummate builder, having started up multiple new businesses during her career in tech. She currently leads the WW Partner Marketing function at Nutanix, focused on delivering delight and high performing marketing results for a global community of thousands of channel and alliance partners. Before joining Nutanix, she led Cloud/Service Provider solutions marketing at Commvault. Prior to that, Claudia held several roles at Dell Technologies including establishing a brand-new product line and new product marketing practice specifically for the China market. Throughout her career, Claudia has been inspired by success through delivering win-win outcomes for stakeholders, partners, and customers. She holds an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BS from University of Pennsylvania.
Maria Alejandra Ali is a solutions marketing manager covering Nutanix Frame. She has 10+ years of experience in the End-User Computing (EUC) Industry and has held roles in the engineering, sales enablement and marketing departments throughout her career. She is currently responsible for the messaging and positioning of Nutanix Frame, and working closely with the field sales and marketing teams on executing activities that drive the product to market.
Kees Baggerman is a Technical Director for the Desktop Services Business Unit at Nutanix Inc. In his role, Kees leads a team that develops methods for successfully implementing applications on the Nutanix platform. In addition, he also delivers customer projects, including defining architectural, business, and technical requirements, creating designs, and implementing the Nutanix solutions.
Sahil works as the product marketing lead for the Nutanix hybrid multicloud platform. These hybrid cloud capabilities help customers to seamlessly migrate their applications between on-premises datacenters and public clouds while also managing their infrastructure across multiple clouds from a unified cloud management console. Sahil comes from a strong academic and research background, transitioning to a business role. At Nutanix he helps bring voice to our core hybrid cloud capabilities helping drive businesses towards an era of invisible computing, anywhere.
Raj Bikky is the Senior Product Manager for Nutanix X-Ray in the SaaS engineering group. He leads all things X-Ray, ranging from product launches, increasing adoption and expanding the use cases for HCI Performance and Resiliency testing with X-Ray. Raj has a diverse background with experiences in HW, SW and product management. Raj received his Masters of Business Administration from Duke University and he also holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.
Mark, a 7-year Nutanix veteran, is responsible for the Nutanix Certified Expert-Multicloud Infrastructure (NCX-MCI) and Nutanix Platform Expert (NPX) certification programs globally. Prior to Nutanix he spent 9 years at VMware as an Instructor, Developer, and Manager of training and enablement programs for Customers, Sales Reps, SEs, and Consultants. His responsibilities included managing the VCDX Program, VMware’s flagship certification for Enterprise Architects. Prior to Joining VMware, Mark was a Member of Technical Staff at Hill Associates where he spent 10years delivering technical training programs for AT&T, Fujitsu, Motorola, Qwest, Sprint, Verizon, and other telecommunications providers and equipment manufacturers. He is a technical expert with over 25 years of experience working with telephony and switching systems, wired and wireless networking, mainframe, mini, and microcomputers, storage, virtualization technologies, and HCI.
Jason Burns is a Principal Technical Marketing Engineer at Nutanix, Inc. and CCIE Collaboration #20707. He designs, tests, and documents virtual workload networking on the Nutanix platform, creating guides, demos, and training for customers and the field. Jason has designed and supported network infrastructure in the enterprise for the past decade, connecting hundreds of thousands of end-users. Outside of his day job, he has an unusual passion for certificates, security, and rock climbing.
Steve Carter has dedicated 10+ years to pioneering and advancing hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, making cloud architectures accessible to Enterprise IT organizations. Having left Salesforce in 2011 to join Nutanix, he started out in engineering, and quickly turned his attention to educating the market about HCI as a transformational model for IT. He has spent considerable time coaching customers around best practices, and has recently led go-to-market efforts. Steve has a Computer Science degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara.
Luke Congdon is a Director of Product Management at Nutanix based in Silicon Valley and leads the product team for AHV, the Nutanix native hypervisor, and Karbon, the Nutanix Kubernetes and Cloud Native platform. Prior to Nutanix, Luke has built and brought numerous products to market including start-up MVPs and billion-dollar product lines at seminal Silicon Valley technology companies including VMware, NetApp, and Sun Microsystems. Luke travels the world speaking to customers running world-class data centers, discovering customer needs, and building products that solve customer problems.
Luke received his Masters of Business Administration at Santa Clara University, and has been embedded in Silicon Valley technology companies since 2000.
Dan Cowan is an accomplished healthcare IT industry expert. Having spent his entire career dedicated to the healthcare IT space, Dan’s experience allows for a unique perspective regarding challenges, solutions, emerging technology and trends in this space. He leads healthcare alliances and strategy at Nutanix and is responsible for developing partnerships with the industry’s leading software providers. Dan has overseen the rapid growth of Nutanix’s healthcare team and business, and enjoys working with customers and partners to design solutions for life-critical application workloads. Prior to Nutanix, Dan spent time at Cerner and VMware, where he gained experience in partnerships, solution development, and technical planning. Dan has extensive specialized knowledge of application architectures, cloud solutions, data storage and protection, server and desktop virtualization, medical device connectivity, and patient room technologies. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and an MBA from University of Missouri, KC. Dan, his wife, and two daughters reside in the Kansas City area.
Caity Curtis works at the intersection of private and public sectors to create transformational social impact and stronger, more inclusive communities where businesses can thrive. In her current role as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Nutanix, she oversees the company’s strategy, implementation and marketing of community investments, employee giving and volunteerism, sustainability, and diversity and inclusion programs. Prior to Nutanix, Caity has experience creating and leading CSR programs for Fortune 500 companies as well as fundraising and development for international nonprofits. Her expertise includes financial literacy, affordable housing, education, sustainability, youth empowerment, workforce development, disaster relief, diversity and inclusion, and military and veteran support. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and skiing the mountains of Colorado, traveling, yoga and enjoying time with family and friends.
Pradhan Das is the Member of Technical Staff at Nutanix, where he handles the SAP HANA Copy Data Management (CDM) related portfolio in the ERA team.
Prior to the current role, Pradhan Das was working in SAP Labs India Pvt Ltd as an Area Owner for Unattended Installation team in HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) team in automating the installation of Databases and various Applications including BOBJ. My areas of expertise include Installation, upgrades, migration, auditing, Security, Change & Transport System, Spool Management, Client Copy, and Performance Monitoring, Patch administration using SPAM, database restore, recovery, refresh & DBA activities in HANA and Sybase.
Aniket is a Director of Product Management of all things Networking at Nutanix. Prior to Nutanix, he built his career across engineering and product management roles at network equipment vendors - Force10, Allied Telesis, Cisco and Juniper, in Silicon Valley.
Most recently, at Juniper Networks, he led the Product Management for the Security and Multicloud product lines under the Contrail portfolio of Network Virtualization products.
Aniket has a Bachelors of Engineering degree in Computer Science from Mumbai University, followed by a Masters of Science in Computer Science from University of Southern California and a graduate certificate in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
Magnus Andersson is a Principal Solutions Architect at Nutanix targeting hyperconverging clouds, automation, orchestration and database as a service. He is involved in developing Nutanix solutions, features and functionality to improve the Nutanix offering as well as writing reference architectures and best practices.
Pradhan Das is a Member of Technical Staff at Nutanix, where he handles the SAP HANA Copy Data Management (CDM) related portfolio in the ERA team.
Prior to the current role, Pradhan Das was working in SAP Labs India Pvt Ltd as an Area Owner for Unattended Installation team in HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) team in automating the installation of Databases and various Applications including BOBJ. His areas of expertise include Installation, upgrades, migration, auditing, Security, Change & Transport System, Spool Management, Client Copy, and Performance Monitoring, Patch administration using SPAM, database restore, recovery, refresh & DBA activities in HANA and Sybase.
Steeve Delmotte is Channel Sales Manager at Nutanix. This is his 15th year in the IT industry, he has explored some technical functions to now integrate the Channel team. He knows that the success of a project depends on listening carefully. Until now and for the past 3 years, he has been focused on service providers and cloud strategy at Nutanix! Steeve was at the beginning of the story between OVH and Nutanix and he focused on the development of current and future offerings. He loves science and culture, learning.
Aaron Delp, Solutions Marketing, End User Computing. Aaron comes to us most recently from Rubrik and has a history of Solutions and Marketing experience from Cohesity, SolidFire/NetApp, Citrix, and VCE. Aaron has a varied background including roles in Technical, Product, and Channel Marketing as well as leading Field Architect, Competitive, and lab Solution delivery teams.
Bhavik Desai is a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer based out of the Durham office. Bhavik has a background in systems performance and was part of the performance engineering team at Nutanix before making the transition to Technical Marketing. He helps spread the goodness of Nutanix AOS and private cloud solutions in his current role. Bhavik has a Masters in Computer Science from Clemson University.
Jeff Echols is the VP of OEM Alliances where he leads business development and planning efforts with a focus on global, OEM partnerships. Before joining Nutanix, he served as the Senior Director of Product Marketing & Strategic Alliances at Commvault, leading the organization through its cloud strategy and OEM partnerships. Prior to Commvault, he was the Senior Manager of product management for backup products at Dell Technologies where he also spent time in outbound marketing and sales. Jeff has a bachelors of science degree in mechanical engineering and a masters in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Bhavik Desai is a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer based out of the Durham office. Bhavik has a background in systems performance and was part of the performance engineering team at Nutanix before making the transition to Technical Marketing. He helps spread the goodness of Nutanix AOS and private cloud solutions in his current role. Bhavik has a Masters in Computer Science from Clemson University.
Felipe leads Nutanix's Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) to the NEXT level and drives Nutanix's Open Source efforts. He's a hands-on contributor responsible for AHV's host software and continuously focusing on high performance and efficiency improvements.
Jarian Gibson is a staff solutions architect on the End User Computing Engineering team at Nutanix. In this role, Jarian researches best practices for running VDI and RDSH-based workloads along with related technology components, writes reference architecture and helps design, test, and build EUC solutions on top of Nutanix Enterprise Cloud. Jarian has a strong background in desktop virtualization. Jarian has presented EUC-related content at various events and conferences along with being a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP).
With more than 15 years experience working with enterprise systems, Phill has expertise in installation, break-fix, presales, solutions architecture, evangelism and product management, working for partners, vendors and as a customer. Phill employs a customer-first approach centered around product experience to improve the way customers use our products.
As Sr Director of Product Management at Nutanix, Jasnoor is responsible for the Nutanix Calm product offering as part of the Nutanix Control Plane. He spends most of his time working with customers to enable their use-cases around self-service, automation and devops. Prior to Nutanix, Jasnoor was the product guy at Calm.io. Before that, he spent time working on enterprise products at companies such as Zynga and BMC Software.
Jasnoor holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and a BTech in Electronics from AIT, Pune.
Tuhina is a technology enthusiast and leads product marketing for Unified Storage and Business Continuity solutions at Nutanix. She is a data-driven product marketing leader with more than a decade of experience and a demonstrated track record of taking products to market and driving growth. Her experience spans across product management, product marketing, business development, and engineering all focused on helping organizations move past traditional IT barriers. She is currently focused on extending those experiences in creating value-focused SaaS solutions and providing digital experiences for organizations across a wide array of industries. Tuhina is based in San Jose, California. Outside of work, Tuhina enjoys traveling, hiking, and backpacking. She also volunteers as a costume designer for a local theater group in the bay area.
Mayank is Director of Product Marketing for Cloud management at Nutanix. He's given numerous talks and spoken at industry events on hyperconverged infrastructure, automation and hybrid cloud management. Before joining Nutanix, Gupta worked for the Datacenter group at Intel. He has over 18 years of experience in the Compute and Storage space. He holds an MBA from Berkeley-Haas and B.Tech from IIT Bombay.
Jon Hall began his career in IT as a technical educator for companies like SMC Networks, Compaq, and HewlettPackard, where he focused on networking, storage area networking, server administration, and datacenter virtualization technologies. Eventually, he became involved in technical certification and has continued to focus on certification for the past 15 years. Jon considers certification to be a critical part of the IT industry, and indeed it has become his passion. As a certification manager at VMware, Jon built an industry-leading program from a single certification to more than a dozen certifications across various technologies and levels of expertise. On the way, he helped over 100,000 IT professionals become virtualization evangelists. Today, Jon works as the certification manager for Nutanix, where he continues to create new evangelists in the hybrid and multicloud spaces.
Ray is a Staff Solution Architect at Nutanix. He designs, tests and validates Reference Architectures for both Big Data and Cloud Native applications on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud. Ray has worked on both clustered systems and storage for most of his career. He has been with Nutanix almost 9 years and initially joined as part of the SRE team.
Sarah Hernandez has a passion for bringing simplicity to IT Operations. She began at Nutanix as a front-end-developer building features in Prism such as X-Play, the easy to use automation engine. Since then she has moved into a customer facing role as a Product Manager, where she can continue leveraging that passion and helping customers maximize operations efficiency with Prism. Prior to joining Nutanix in 2016, she studied Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley.
Rohit Jain is a Principal Engineer in the Core Data Path at Nutanix. Over the last ten years, he has worked on improving data path performance and enabling new workloads, hypervisors and storage media on the Nutanix platform. Prior to Nutanix, he spent six years at VMware working on CPU and memory virtualization and four years at Intel working on performance simulators for new microprocessors. Rohit holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BTech in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Chris is a Principal Product Manager with Nutanix who helps organisations make their internal data centre infrastructure invisible. With over 15 years of operational and architecture experience in some of the largest data centres in the world, Chris takes great pride in delivering outcomes focused on operational excellence and efficiency. At Nutanix, Chris’ focus includes simplified deployment, upgrades, serviceability and performance management. Some of Chris’ previous projects include work with National Australia Bank and IBM.
Michael Jones is a Presales Solutions Architect in the NY region and National Xpert Team Leader for the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity group at Nutanix. In this role, Michael is responsible for a number of large Financial and Enterprise accounts where he architected and helped to test solutions running such workloads as VDI, High Performance Databases and overall Server Virtualization. He also works directly with the Product Management team in helping to continue to develop and evolve Nutanix products based on customer and market needs. Michael has been at Nutanix for 5 years in September.
Prior to joining Nutanix, Michael worked at Infoblox where helped the company go public in 2012 and was amongst the top 5% earners of the Sales team year over year. His background for the last 28 years in IS/IT has spanned from building an ISP in the early 90's, consulting server/network/security technologies and finally being in a Presales capacity the last 21 years.
Ken is a Principal Product Manager at Nutanix based in the US HQ. He is a PM lead for NX platforms and ROBO solutions responsible for building a simple, scalable Nutanix HCI ROBO solution for enterprise IT customers. Ken has a Master degree in Computer Science. Currently, he is pursuing an MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Harsha drives Nutanix’s strategy and global thought leadership on Cloud solutions in State, Local and Education verticals. His experience ranges from being an infrastructure practitioner to management consultant helping clients with Cloud solutions and now a product marketer driving innovative Cloud solutions for building better government and to promote learning excellence.
As Principal DevOps Advocate, Mark adapts advanced engineering methods, technology, and culture to accelerate the business needs of Nutanix customers, partners, and employees.
Dwayne Lessner is a Principal Technical Marketing Engineer on the Product and Technical Marketing team at Nutanix, Inc. In this role, Dwayne helps design, test, and build solutions on top of the AOS. Dwayne is always willing to assist customers and partners build the right solution to fit the project. Dwayne covers on-prem & Cloud DR along Nutanix Clusters within the Nutanix portfolio.
Jim leads end-user computing and cloud partner portfolio stategy, plan and execution across product, go-to-market and sales with select strategic partners and related ecosystem. Previous to joining Nutanix, Jim held a partner development leadership role at Citrix leading a team responsible for technology partnerships and has held other market and channel development leadership roles at Ariba and Intel.
Yashesh has extensive experience in design and development of cloud control and management plane services for managing data at scale. He is a Senior Engineer at Nutanix and a founding member of the Nutanix Era team.
Timothy McCallum serves Nutanix as Director Customer Success Finance leading a global team of business & finance professionals. Tim has enjoyed a 26-year career providing IT to the telecom industry, Financial Engineering, and strategic business planning. Tim brings a unique foundation of diverse technology experience and financial understanding. Tim has been providing financial engineering (TCO/ROI) consulting with NetApp and Nutanix since 2012. NetApp honored Tim with the FY2015 West Area MVP award and Nutanix awarded Tim with FY2017 Top Contributor award for efforts in transforming financial analysis and technology into customer strategic business objectives. Most recently, Tim has contributed material and insights to Steve Kaplan’s book The ROI Story.
Mike has 20+ years of experience in the IT industry and is currently focused on assisting customers and partners better understand the core functionality of the Nutanix platform. Mike has responsibilities around Nutanix Files, Nutanix Volumes, Metro Availability and the Microsoft ecosystem of products including Hyper-V. Prior to Nutanix, Mike worked for EMC as a Systems Engineer with a focus on storage technologies, virtualization and their intersection with hybrid clouds. Mike has carried several certifications over the years including MCP, MCSE, MCDBA and NPP.
Bill O’Donnell is Nutanix’s Principal Security Product Management. With over 25 years’ experience in information technology, Bill has been involved in security design, architecture, and product management of a wide range of challenging security solutions in software and hardware products. Formerly worked as a senior security leader in IBM spearheaded secure, flexible, and cutting-edge solutions, where he was the chief security architect for IBM WebSphere Brand as well as authored several security papers and blogs including the company’s Security Intelligence blog.
Chris has 19 years of experience in IT, with most of that time spent leading and managing systems engineering/infrastructure teams. Chris is currently a Solutions Marketing Manager for Nutanix, focusing on the Era database services platform.
Shravan Satish Palyam is striving for simplified IT Operations as a Software Developer on the PrismOps team. He works on X-Play, Alerts and developer productivity with an aim to ease processes for Nutanix customers and engineers alike. Before joining Nutanix in 2018, he worked at Cisco with the Collaboration Business Unit. Shravan got his Masters Degree in Computer Networks from North Carolina State University.
Matt joined Nutanix in 2015 in the Consulting Services organization, where he focused on delivering robust architectures, designs, and solutions on the Nutanix platform as well as running the East Coast Services organization. In 2019, Matt shifted roles into Technical Marketing Engineering where he focuses on Digital Experiences and Programs, such as Test Drive, Technology Bootcamps, and Hands on Labs.
Prior to joining Nutanix, Matt worked for The University of Georgia, followed by Accenture, where he gained hands-on experience with various infrastructure and virtualization technologies, such as VCE Vblock, NetApp FlexPod, VMware vRA/vRO, Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp, and RedHat RHEV-M. Matt is passionate about open-source technologies (Linux, Apache, KVM), automation, and scripting. While at Accenture, he lived in Melbourne, Australia for two years, and now lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two dogs.
Tanu Sood is the Senior Director of product marketing for the Nutanix Cloud Platform. In her current role, Sood is responsible for driving go-to-market strategy, thought leadership and marketing for Nutanix’ proven hybrid and multi cloud platform. Sood is no stranger to the Cloud world having joined Nutanix from Oracle where she had mostly recently led product marketing for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure platform services including AI/ML, blockchain, app and data integration, data science, content management, mobile and chatbots. With over 20 years of technology marketing and business development experience across both enterprise and startup firms, Sood’s areas of expertise span across Cloud platform, AI/ML, information security and identity management, integration, and more.
Mandar Surkund works as Pre-Sales Solutions Architect (North America) at Nutanix supporting opportunities in Business Critical Databases and Applications focusing on Oracle Databases and Oracle Apps and also as a Nutanix Era Specialist . Mandar has been with Nutanix for 3 years and 8 months.
He has given numerous talks and spoken at Nutanix events and Industry events on Oracle Database workloads on Nutanix. Before joining Nutanix, Mandar He has over 17 years of experience in the Enterprise Data Centers Databases/Apps/Compute/Storage working for VERITAS for 10 years and multiple all-flash Storage vendors supporting Database Customers. He holds a Master's Degree from Santa Clara University and B Tech from University of Bombay.
Vidhi Taneja is the Director of Product Management at Nutanix where she leads hybrid product offerings to bring Nutanix onto public cloud providers, accelerating the company’s transformation to a multi-cloud company. She is passionate about delivering delightful experiences to the end-users, with a firm belief in less (and relevant)-is-more. Vidhi has over 12 years of product management and engineering experience in her prior roles at Apple and Goldman Sachs. She holds an MS degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
David is a Technical Marketing Engineer at Nutanix where he creates content for Nutanix's database as a solution software Era. Before he joined Nutanix he was a Virtual Server Architect, SQL Database administrator and 2019 Nutanix Champion.
Ricky Trigalo is Director of Product Management at Nutanix AOS, driving HCI storage solution and performance. With over 20 years of experience, she is passionate about delivering high-performing scalable workloads with ease-of-use mindset products. Prior to joining Nutanix, Ricky held a variety of positions in engineering, product management and solution architecture in the cloud and storage virtualization industry.
A British IT technologist and seasoned industry trade-show speaker, Marc Trouard-Riolle is a Director of Product Marketing for Nutanix focused on simplifying customers’ IT with cloud technologies.
With an extensive 20-year background in IT infrastructure, Marc has worked on numerous IT infrastructure projects and technologies for prominent companies such as Citrix, LinkLaters, HSBC and Amadeus Marketing SARL and in a variety of consultative, product management and product marketing capacities.
Sherry drives Nutanix’s strategy and global thought leadership on Cloud solutions in the Federal (National) Government vertical. Her experience ranges from marketing and sales enablement to management consulting. Sherry is now a product marketer driving innovative Cloud solutions for advancing the Cloud Smart agenda of government to simplify operations, increase agility, and better support the mission.
Allan has been in software sales and marketing roles for over 20 years. He’s been working with software defined and hyperconverged products for the past five years and now focused on private and hybrid cloud solutions.
Greg leads workload and use case-based solutions marketing at Nutanix. He has worked in the technology industry with hardware, software and services companies for over 18 years. He is focused on helping organizations find solutions for their data and application deployment, day 2 operations, growth and lifecycle management problems on systems that span from the data center to endpoints and to the cloud. Greg earned a Bachelor degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Harry has extensive experience in building management solutions for the modern data center. At Nutanix, Harry founded and is leading the AIOps business, dedicated to providing an end-to-end solution for the next generation of IT Ops. Before Nutanix, he led the product management of cloud management solutions in VMware, BMC Software, and Adobe. He also led the development in Oracle and a few startups. Harry earned his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and holds an MS degree in computer science and a BS in electrical engineering.
Yangzhi Zhao is a Product Director for Nutanix and brings over 14 years of experience in the end-user computing (EUC) industry. He started his career as a consultant/architect for Citrix where he helped deliver hundreds of customer projects. He has also spent several years as VP of Business Development at an implementation partner, specializing in EUC technologies.
Yangzhi joined Nutanix at the beginning of 2019 and is now responsible for product management for Frame, which is an industry-leading hybrid and multi-cloud Desktop as a Service solution. Yangzhi lives in Denver with his wife and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.