Nick Adamo, Senior Vice President, The Americas, Cisco
Nick Adamo is Senior Vice President of the Americas, Cisco's largest geographic region. As such, he is responsible for more than $25 billion in annual sales for the company and over 6500 employees in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. With 28 years of sales experience in IT and communications, Adamo brings a deep working knowledge of Cisco's technology architectures and experience from both Enterprise and Service Provider segments. He is valued for his hands-on leadership style, ability to effectively balance strategy and execution, success at building long-standing customer relationships, and deep commitment to his people. He serves as the executive sponsor for some of Cisco's top customers and partners, fostering strategic relationships, guiding business and technology discussions, and identifying new opportunities that drive shared success.
Before joining Cisco in 1995 as an account executive supporting Merrill Lynch, Adamo spent 11 years with IBM in sales and sales management assignments in the finance industry.
Marc Andreessen, Co-founder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Noted innovator and creator Marc Andreessen is a co-founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that provides seed, venture, and growth-stage funding to technology companies. The firm manages $2.7 billion in three funds, with portfolio holdings that include Airbnb, Actifio, Box, Fab.com, Facebook, Foursquare, GitHub, Jawbone, Lytro, Pinterest, Silver Tail Systems and Twitter. Previously, he co-created the pioneering Mosaic Internet browser and co-founded Netscape, now part of AOL. He also co-founded Loudcloud, which as Opsware became part of Hewlett-Packard. He serves on the boards of eBay, Facebook, Glam Media, Hewlett-Packard, Bump, Kno, Rockmelt, and TinyCo.
Joseph Bradley, Chief Operations Officer, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco
As chief operation officer of Cisco IBSG, Joseph Bradley is responsible for research, economics, communications, and business architecture, including the operational and financial analysis of the value resulting from the implementation, adoption and operation of transformational business and technology solutions. Prior to that, Bradley was director of Cisco IBSG's Global Finance and Research Practice. He has produced several thought leadership papers on economics for Cisco IBSG, including a prescient white paper titled, "Next Generation Service Providers," in which he accurately predicted in 2005 that service providers' existing networks were not agile enough to bring new products and services to market. Bradley's latest thought leadership work, "Embracing the Internet of Everything To Capture Your Share of $14.4 Trillion," assigns and communicates a predicted value to creating networked connections: $14.4 trillion will be "at stake" for private-sector businesses globally for the next decade, driven by "connecting the unconnected" via the Internet of Everything. Bradley continues to engage with Cisco IBSG customers and is working with Cisco Sales to a greater extent. "We want to be leading with the business issues-business architecture, business transformation–and follow with technology. The real key is delivering a high level of value to the customer by showing the company how to be more efficient, more productive, more competitive, and more agile in a rapidly-changing environment."
John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco
John Chambers is Chairman and CEO of Cisco. He has helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to record revenues of $46 billion in FY12. In 2006, Chambers was named Chairman of the Board, in addition to his CEO role. Chambers has received numerous awards for his leadership over his past 17 years at the helm of Cisco, including the 2012 Bower Award for Business Leadership from the Franklin Institute, Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People," one of Barron's' "World's Best CEOs," the "Best Boss in America" by 20/20, one of BusinessWeek's "Top 25 Executives Worldwide," "CEO of the Year" by Chief Executive Magazine, the Business Council's "Award for Corporate Leadership," and "Best Investor Relations by a CEO" from Investor Relations Magazine three times. During his tenure as CEO, Cisco has been named to Fortune's "America's Most Admired Company" list since 1999 ranking number one in the Network Communications category eight times, BusinessWeek's "Top 50 Performers" list six times, Forbes' "Leading Companies in the World," and is one of the top 10 places to work in the United States, China, Germany, France, India, UK, Australia, Singapore, and several other countries.
Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation
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Peter Diamandis is a key figure in the spaceflight industry and co-founder of the Singularity University. His X PRIZE Foundation creates "radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity" through awards of $10 million; one of these, the Ansari X Prize, resulted in the first private-sector manned spaceflight. He spurs innovation in technology through intelligent risk-taking, maverick thinking, and environments where failure is allowed and celebrated. His presentations show how organizations can incentivize breakthroughs for new products and strategies and reinvent their industries. Diamandis holds a graduate degree in aerospace engineering from MIT and an MD from Harvard Medical School.
Carlos Dominguez, Chief Tech-Nowist and Senior Vice President, Cisco
Carlos Dominguez is a Senior Vice President at Cisco Systems and a technology evangelist, speaking to and motivating audiences worldwide about how technology is changing how we communicate, collaborate, and especially how we work. Carlos gives humorous, highly-animated presentations full of deep insight into how technology, and the right culture, can create winning companies. Drawing from his 20 years at Cisco, he talks about how technology is changing the rules of business and how to not get left behind. Carlos addresses many questions about collaboration including what motivates people to collaborate, how to establish rewards for collaborating, how to find the right experts both inside and outside your company, and how to keep people coming together – online and in person.
Dave Evans, Chief Futurist, Senior Director & Chief Technologist, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco
In his roles as chief futurist for Cisco, and senior director and chief technologist of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Innovations Practice, Dave Evans is equal parts blue-sky prognosticator and hands-on builder and tester. On any given day, he might be pondering the social implications of people living to be 200 ("Your 401[k] would surely run out," he muses) or demonstrating a drag-and-drop car dashboard that could be in dealer showrooms in just a few model years.
Sandy Hogan, Vice President, Americas Business Transformation, U.S., Canada, and Latin America Markets, Cisco
Sandy Hogan, the Vice President for Business Transformation in the Americas, is changing the way Cisco sells to its customers and how they, in turn, are using Cisco's technology to address their toughest business challenges. Refined over ten years at the company, her integrated go-to-market approach based on customer intimacy is enabling Cisco to deliver increased business relevance and create new sources of value for the company, its partners and its customers. Such an effort requires integration and collaboration globally. Accordingly, Hogan joins other senior executives in governing the global vision, strategy and execution for Cisco's cross-functional efforts to bring vertical solutions and capabilities to market. Leading complex sales organizations and creating new sales models began when Hogan was at Baxter Healthcare, where she created a model that led to the largest purchasing partnership in Baxter's history. From there she devised customer-centered, business value based sales models at three successive start-ups, which served as the foundation for her work at Cisco. Sandy leads the Chicago Chapter of Connected Women and is a 2012 winner of the YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award, which honors women executives who exemplify excellence in executive-level positions as well as the companies who employ them. She earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Lake Forest College and a master's degree from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
Rebecca Jacoby, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, IT and Cloud & Systems Management Technology Group, Cisco
Rebecca Jacoby is Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Senior Vice President of the IT and Cloud & Systems Management Technology Group at Cisco. Her extensive understanding of business operations, infrastructure, and application deployments as well as her knowledge of products, software, and services helps her advance Cisco's business through the use of Cisco technology. Jacoby has two distinct areas of responsibility at Cisco. As the CIO, she has made the Cisco IT organization a strategic business partner, producing significant business value for Cisco in the form of financial performance, customer satisfaction and loyalty, market share, and productivity. At the Cloud & Systems Management Technology Group, she is leading the strategy for how best to manage and orchestrate the delivery of business technology services for customers. Her strong commitment to operational excellence, innovative approach to business problems, and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally have reshaped and elevated the role of IT at Cisco, resulting in great synergies of IT and Engineering through a history of Cisco on Cisco deployments. Since joining Cisco in 1995, Jacoby has held a variety of leadership roles in operations, manufacturing, and IT. Prior to joining Cisco, Jacoby held a variety of planning and operations positions with other companies in Silicon Valley. Jacoby holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of the Pacific and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.
Colin Kincaid, Vice President, Marketing, Networking Software, Network Operating Systems Technology Group, Cisco
As Vice President of Marketing Networking Software for the Networking Software Group at Cisco, Colin Kincaid leads the teams responsible for the product management, marketing, and messaging of the operating systems software that is shipped on all Cisco routers and switches. His team works with development teams throughout the Cisco Engineering function to deliver the networking protocols, technologies and software that enable Cisco's Intelligent Network. Mr. Kincaid has been a long-time leader of Cisco innovation. He led the complete redesign and production of the extensible, modular, and componentized operating system, IOS-XE, the main operating system that is distributed on several enterprise platforms today. He also managed the Edge Services software development team in the NSSTG organization. Mr. Kincaid spent five years leading international, cross-organizational development of Service Provider subscriber services for Cisco's mobile wireless strategy and hospitality broadband strategy. He ran the Professional Services and integration teams through the deployment of software solutions in Carrier Network and OSS/BSS environments in close partnership with sales and marketing. He managed development efforts on Cisco's 10K platform from its inception, and he was involved with VPN security product development.
Outside of Cisco, Mr. Kincaid served as Vice President of Engineering at TAZZ Networks, specializing in dynamic policy management for key applications in the Service Provider market. TAZZ products have been integrated into various Cisco carrier-grade products. Mr. Kincaid has worked in start-ups as both a software and hardware engineer, guided by business instincts anchored in industry knowledge and market trending. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Boston University and has completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Program for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
A.G. Lafley, Chairman, CEO, and President, Procter & Gamble (P&G)
One of the most celebrated management leaders of the past decade, A.G. Lafley is Procter & Gamble's chairman of the board, CEO, and president, who served from 2000-2010 and then returned in 2013. Lafley led a turnaround at P&G that continues to astound competitors and business observers. During his tenure, sales doubled, profits quadrupled, P&G's market value increased by more than $100 billion dollars, and its portfolio of billion-dollar brands - like Tide, Pampers, Olay, and Gillette - grew from 10 to 24 behind his focus on consumer-driven innovation and reliable, sustainable growth.
A.G. Lafley's presentations are an unprecedented look into the mind behind one of the largest, and most successful, corporations in the world. He helps audiences understand the challenge of achieving sustainable growth - the type of growth that can only be achieved through innovation and by setting and creating goals, strategies, structures, systems, leadership, culture, purpose, and values to support it. A talented and lively lecturer and exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Lafley is perfect for groups of top management teams, global leadership executives, and high-potential leaders who can meaningfully impact the future course of their companies and industries. He is known for his open dialogues during presentations and great for audiences who want more than a canned keynote. Lafley's areas of expertise include industry and company transformations, business strategy, business models, branding, innovation, and leadership.
P&G Professional. Lafley graduated from Hamilton College in 1969 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1970 where he oversaw retail and service operations in Japan for several thousand Navy and Marine corps and their families. After the Navy, he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and joined P&G in 1977. Starting in marketing, Lafley moved up through the company's laundry and cleaning businesses, delivering record results. He went on to run operations in Asia and North America and then started-up P&G's first global beauty business before his CEO appointment in 2000.
Robert Lloyd, President, Development and Sales, Cisco
As President, Development and Sales, Robert Lloyd is responsible for Cisco's development and sales efforts, as the company creates tighter connections between customer requirements and innovation, along with ensuring greater speed-to-market. Lloyd's organization manages the alignment and acceleration of Cisco's technology innovation to enable a faster response to market transitions, increased customer relevance, and growth. Lloyd is also a member of the Cisco Executive Committee, which sets strategic direction for each of Cisco's market segments.
Justin Lyon, Founder and CEO, Simudyne
Justin Lyon is founder and CEO of Simudyne, an enterprise simulation firm that builds places where decisions can be made, tested, and understood. Lyon developed and then sold his first business while still in college, and subsequently joined Agency.com in its Strategy practice. After pursuing graduate studies in system dynamics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he worked as an independent consultant and applied simulation methods to topics such as launching a new fabric conditioner in an Eastern European country, analyzing the growth of radical Islamists in Afghanistan, and studying the conflict and subsequent restoration of peace in Sierra Leone.
Doug Merritt, SVP Product, Solutions and Industry Marketing, Cisco
SVP Doug Merritt is responsible for product, solutions and industry marketing at Cisco. Among his areas of expertise, Merritt speaks passionately about what's necessary to realize the potential of the rapidly emerging Internet of Things. Prior to joining Cisco, he held a number of executive positions at SAP including EVP of Global On Demand Applications, EVP Premier Customer Network, and EVP Business User Applications. He has also held leadership positions at PeopleSoft, Oracle Corporation, and Accenture/Andersen Consulting.
Edzard Overbeek, Senior Vice President, Cisco Services, Cisco
Edzard Overbeek is Senior Vice President for Cisco Services. He manages the Cisco services business portfolio, which delivers unique and strategic consulting, platform, advanced and technical services solutions to customers and partners worldwide. His focus is to help our customers transform their businesses through intelligent networked-based service offerings that support their business goals and increase their competitiveness, as well as ensuring efficient business and technical operations throughout the lifecycle of the network.
Howard Park, Managing Director, Simudyne
Howard Park is an expert in visualization, analytics, and modeling with 20 years of management consulting and operational experience. In a distinguished career, he has implemented several emerging technology applications, including neural-network systems, system dynamics, Monte Carlo simulations, 3D visualization, agent-based models, and other tools used to solve complex business and management problems. Previously, Park was Managing Director of Model Answers, acquired by Simudyne, and has also worked with Fortune 500, private, and nonprofit clients including Amway, BP, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Coca-Cola Foods, Gulf Bank, Halliburton, HP, Humana, Manpower, Rice University, Shell, Sysco, and Taiwan National Semiconductor.
Scott Puopolo, Vice President, Cisco Consulting Services, Cisco
Scott Puopolo is vice president of Cisco Consulting Services, the company's business and technology consulting organization. Puopolo brings significant strategy, operations, and financial experience across industries, including, communications, media, retail, manufacturing, service provider and high technology.
Puopolo is a world recognized thought leader in next generation corporate structure, cloud business models, the television industry, and service provider business strategy. Puopolo was previously vice president of the Global Service ProviderPractice, working with service provider executives to compete more effectively through the delivery of cloud computing services.
Previously, Puopolo was lead partner at Accenture for the North American Telecommunications Strategy practice.
Vishakha Radia, Cisco Consulting Services, Managing Director Collaboration & Video Practice, Cisco
Vishakha Radia and her global team have worked with thousands of Business and IT Executives across multiple industries delivering over $1Bn in value. The Services Practice moves clients through a transformation journey offering 5 key services: innovation and strategy services, business case services, pilot and adoption services. The team helps enterprise clients visualize, implement and adopt powerful 'business enabled by collaboration technology use cases' that deliver critical differentiation, tangible productivity improvements and cost reduction.
Formerly a consultant with Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), Ms. Radia advised senior executives in multiple automotive OEMs to adopt innovative business and technology solutions to transform customer experiences. She also holds a patent pending for an IP connected vehicle integrated interface and is a passionate speaker at leading UC and collaboration conferences.
Prior to her 12 years at Cisco, Ms. Radia has over 13 years of IT and Business leadership experience in Fortune 10 manufacturing companies, Ms. Radia's experience ranges from leading large scale IT strategy, portfolio management, IT applications development, architecture definition and delivery, merging global organizations, and inspiring change through visionary innovation and compelling communications. She has also held staff and line positions in manufacturing and plant floor supply chain and executive roles in corporate strategy and planning.
Ms. Radia has been featured in Computerworld and Consulting magazines and has facilitated multiple CIO sessions in Michigan and with Gartner. She is the VP of Partnership on the Michigan Council Women in Technology Managing Board.
Chris Rezendes, President, Inex Advisors
Chris Rezendes, President of Inex Advisors, has nearly 22 years of experience analyzing, advising, and operating mission-critical technology businesses. Throughout his career, he has worked with some of the largest and most respected companies in the industrial, embedded, defense, infrastructure, and information technology industries. His clients have included nearly three-fourths of the Electronics Business Top 100 OEMs, most of the Information Week 100, every tech-focusedmember of the Fortune 500, and dozens of early stage companies.
Shari Slate, Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist, America Sales, Cisco
Shari Slate is Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist for Cisco's Americas Region. She is responsible for making inclusion relevant in the revenue generating arm of the business and leveraging inclusion to create value for Cisco, its partners, and customers.
In addition to driving an inclusion strategy designed to attract and select new talent, develop and engage existing talent, and create an inclusive environment within the sales organization, Shari's team leads thought leadership focused on the tangible business value of inclusion and the links between inclusion, collaboration, and innovation.
Prior to joining Cisco, Shari served as Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Global Community Affairs at Sun Microsystems. Shari received 2012 Most Influential Women in California Award, 2011 Women Worth Watching Award, The Network Journal's 2009 "40 Under Forty" Achievement Award as well as the prestigious Star Award for sales excellence earlier in her career at Xerox. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis from Mills College.
Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, Cisco
Cisco Chief Technology & Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior is charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape and lead major market transitions. Warrior helps drive technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships; mergers and acquisitions; the integration of new business models; the incubation of new technologies; and the cultivation of world-class technical talent.
Christopher Young, Senior Vice President, Security and Government Group, Cisco
As Senior Vice President of the Security and Government Group at Cisco, Chris Young is responsible for Cisco's overall security vision and the integration of Cisco's product and cyber security into one platform. With security as one of Cisco's top engineering priorities, Young is tasked with the development of industry-leading security products and solutions as well as managing a cross-portfolio security strategy and architecture. He oversees a team of more than 2000 employees combining the security technologies group, the global government security solutions group, and Cisco's own security operations team into a single entity.