Driving Digital Leadership for the New Business Horizon
Bob Bragdon
SVP, Worldwide Managing Director
CSO

As SVP and Worldwide Managing Director of CSO—the leading information resource for security, risk and privacy executives—Bob Bragdon leads all operations for the full CSO product line, including CSOonline.com, the CSO portfolio of national and regional events and the Security Smart Newsletter. A respected name in the both the media and security industries, Bragdon is invited to work closely with risk management and security leaders, as well as security solutions providers —in both the public and private sectors—to identify, interpret and address the challenges of today’s complex security and risk management environments.

A popular public speaker and industry analyst, Bragdon participates in myriad industry events via face to face and webcast appearances, as well as user-group conferences for numerous companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers. Bragdon has been often quoted by major media organizations including CNN.

Prior to his role as publisher, Bragdon served as vice president of event marketing for COMDEX at Key3Media Events where he managed sales, marketing and sponsorships for the six North American Comdex events. He was also responsible for co-developing several security-focused programs and events, providing Bragdon with a first hand look at the evolving security industry. Additionally, Bragdon held various management positions in marketing, sales and product development at SOFTBANK, Ziff-Davis and Cahners Publishing.

 
Christina Corley
Chief Commercial and Operating Officer
CDW

Christina M. Corley is chief commercial and operating officer for CDW. Corley is responsible for all customer-facing units of CDW, including its corporate, public, small business, integrated technology solutions, services, sales operations, and sales residency organizations.  Corley is also responsible for CDW’s international business units.

Since joining CDW in 2011, Corley has held various roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, Corley served as chief operating officer and prior to that, was senior vice president of commercial and international markets for CDW, where she was responsible for all aspects of the corporate sales force and for CDW’s international growth platform, including CDW Canada and CDW UK, CDW’s U.K.-based technology solutions provider with locations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Prior to joining the company, Corley was president and chief operating officer of Zones, where she also served as executive vice president of operations and as president of Corporate PC Source (CPCS), a wholly owned subsidiary. Prior to its acquisition by Zones in 2003, Corley was the chief executive officer of CPCS and with her partners grew it to a $100 million company. Corley began her career in sales and marketing holding various positions at IBM, Dataflex, a value-added reseller, and VisionTek, a PC hardware company.

Corley earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in business administration concentrating on management and strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She serves on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago and Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and is a member of The Chicago Network.

 

 
Pat Gelsinger
CEO
VMware

Pat Gelsinger has been serving as CEO of VMware since September 2012, doubling the size of the company during his tenure. He brings almost 40 years of technology and leadership experience.

Before joining VMware, Gelsinger led EMC's Information Infrastructure Products business as president and COO. A respected IT industry veteran, he was at Intel for 30 years becoming the company’s first CTO and driving the creation of key industry technologies including USB and Wi-Fi. He led Intel to be the dominant supplier of the microprocessor – while in the significant role as the architect of the original 80486 processor.

Gelsinger earned a master's degree from Stanford University in 1985, his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 1983 (magna cum laude), and an associate degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1979, all in electrical engineering. In 2008, he was named a Fellow of the IEEE and that same year awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from William Jessup University. He holds seven patents in the areas of VLSI design, computer architecture and communications.

 

 
Jeff Meek
Product Marketing Manager, Enterprise Networks Switching
Cisco

Jeff Meek is a Product Marketing Manager for Enterprise Networks Switching at Cisco.  Jeff is focused on Catalyst 9000, Cisco IOS XE software and Smart Buildings with the intent to help enterprises, cities and countries around the world to connect everything and everyone by building a highly secure, intelligent platform for digital business.

Over his nearly 20 years at Cisco, Jeff has served as Product Manager and Product Marketing Manager for a variety of Cisco Service Provider solutions, including the development of data visualization systems that demonstrated the linkages between technology and business outcomes. More recently, Jeff has had the privilege to be part of the Enterprise Networks team responsible for the Cisco Catalyst 9000 family of switches, the fastest growing product in Cisco history. Prior to joining Cisco, Jeff held positions at Ameritech, Illinois Bell and Open Port Technology.

Jeff holds a master’s degree in computer science with a focus on AI-based computer learning environments from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in Engineering Management from the University of Illinois.

 
Tony Paikeday
Senior Director, AI Systems
NVIDIA
Tony Paikeday is Senior Director of AI systems  at NVIDIA, responsible for the go-to-market for NVIDIA’s DGX portfolio of AI supercomputers. In his role, Tony helps enterprise organizations infuse their business with the power of AI with infrastructure solutions that enable insights from data. Tony was previously with VMware, responsible for bringing desktop and application virtualization solutions to market, as well as key enabling technologies including GPU virtualization and software-defined data center. Prior to joining VMware, Tony was at Cisco, building its data center solutions. Prior to Cisco, he held business development roles working with enterprise and service provider accounts, after having started his career as a Manufacturing Engineer for Ford Motor Company. Tony holds an engineering degree from the University of Toronto.
 
Sanjay Sood
SVP & CTO
CDW

Sanjay Sood is senior vice president and chief technology officer for CDW. He is responsible for establishing the company’s future technology vision and strategic direction, while building and implementing platforms to support customers, coworkers and partners.  

Sood joined CDW in 2020 and brings over 15 years of experience in driving innovative change within complex technology environments. He previously worked at HERE Technologies for over five years, where he most recently served as vice president/general manager of highly automated driving (HAD) with full accountability for the strategy, execution and rollout for a new global product line of high definition maps to support self-driving vehicles, including both software and hardware development. Sood joined HERE Technologies as vice president of core map engineering in 2014 where he led a global engineering team powering a $1B+ location content business. Prior to working at HERE Technologies, Sood held senior positions at YP (formerly AT&T Interactive), leading product development for the consumer vertical which supported over 70M visitors per month across mobile and desktop. Earlier in his career, Sood worked on core algorithms for contextual search applications at Northwestern University's Intelligent Information Laboratory, out of which numerous technology startups were launched.  Sood holds over a dozen patents for his work in machine learning, information retrieval and digital mapping.

Sood earned both a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in computer science from Northwestern University.

 
Justin Stahl
VP, Information Technology
Chicago Bears Football Club

Justin Stahl is currently in his fifth season with the Chicago Bears.  In his role, he is responsible for the Bears’ technology strategy in alignment with the club’s business and football objectives.  Justin oversees the club’s networking, security, infrastructure, storage, applications, and football systems development in addition to IT operations and end user support.  In his time with the Bears, the IT organization has undergone a large technology transformation and cloud migration, refreshing the club’s infrastructure, application portfolio, and IT operating model.

Prior to his work with the Bears, Justin was a Senior Manager in Accenture’s IT Strategy practice, focusing on retail, CPG, and entertainment industry clients.  Justin is a 2-time graduate of the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA with a concentration in corporate strategy and marketing.

 

 
Tony Surma
Chief Architect
Microsoft
Tony Surma is the Chief Architect of Microsoft’s US One Commercial Partner Organization.  He leads the readiness and execution excellence of our technical strategists and architects who work alongside our software and services partners to build solutions & offerings.  Tony’s architect organization in US OCP spans all technologies across the four solution areas of Modern Workplace, Business Apps, Apps & Infrastructure and Data & AI.  In his 20 years at Microsoft he has always focused on leading technical organizations and building solutions with customers and partners that leverage next generation & emerging technologies.
 
Joyce Tse
Product Marketing Manager, Enterprise Networking
Cisco

Joyce leads product marketing for Cisco DNA Spaces, Cisco’s wireless location services platform. Her role entails product launches, messaging, content creation, and other activities that demonstrate the value of the solution for customers. In her free time, she loves to spend her time around the Bay Area. She enjoys exercising, eating, watching movies, and reading books. She also takes great interest in discovering new music across different genres.

 

 
Matt Watts
Chief Evangelist Worldwide Enterprise & Commercial Field Organisation
NetApp

As CTE, Matt Watts provides guidance on NetApp’s overall strategy and technology solutions to a wide base of customers and the global partner community. Matt is also part of the Global Sales leadership team providing advice and guidance on technology and transformation.
 
He is a sought-after keynote speaker who combines his knowledge of the IT industry with anecdotes and stories. On stage, Matt is known for bringing technology to life with witty, easily understandable examples.
 
Matt started his career in technology as an aircraft engineer and has since accumulated over 25 years of IT experience, 15 of which have been spent with NetApp. Prior to his current role, he oversaw a number of significant IT projects, managed a team of System Engineers responsible for providing installation and onsite support, as well as being responsible for IT outsourcing contracts. This experience has put him in contact with all levels of IT leadership, enabling Matt to understand, communicate with and support clients across a wide range of industries and sizes with their IT strategies.
 
Matt Watts shares his experiences and industry learnings on his personal blog www.watts-innovating.com.