Melissa Stevens, Chief Digital Officer & Head of Omnichannel, Fifth Third Bank

Melissa StevensMelissa creates the strategic plan for an integrated omnichannel customer experience, including sales and service, for all lines of business. She guides her team through innovation and agile development, directing tactical execution in implementing new functionality, processes and systems.

Christina Bencho-Bost, Managing Director, Technology Strategy, BNY Mellon

Christina BenchoChristina became part of the technology senior leadership team at BNY Mellon when she was named Chief Administrative Officer in 2014, as one of the youngest Managing Directors in company history. Since that time, she has served as a technology strategist and was responsible for the creation of strategies advancing BK as technology leader in financial services.  Currently, Christina is focused on the biggest challenge facing the technology industry; talent acquisition and retention strategies.  In her spare time, Christina is an avid real estate investor and has several holdings including her own hotel.  She is passionate about technology and incorporating it into real estate design and has progressed BK by designing several innovation centers including an award winning center in Pittsburgh, PA.


Risé Jacobs, SVP / CTO, Astoria Bank

Rise JacobsRisé F. Jacobs, MBA, NACD Governance Fellow
Risé Jacobs is a Senior IT Executive with over 20 years of experience achieving excellence in service while implementing creative solutions and curtailing costs.  Most recently she has been the SVP & CTO at Astoria Bank and is responsible for collaborating with business leaders to design and deliver IT services.  Under her leadership, the Bank achieved a higher rating from federal regulators and a 99.6% reduction in IT Audit findings. Ms. Jacobs has received several industry awards and is a respected speaker and thought leader.  She is on the Boards of the Society for Information Management and LISTnet, and serves on advisory boards.  As a subject matter expert in governance, cyber security and technology, Ms. Jacobs chaired a client consortium of banks to oversee technology-related governance and regulatory issues at FIS. Ms. Jacobs has an MBA from Baruch College and holds several certifications, including a Corporate Board Governance Fellowship from the NACD, Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Adeel Saeed, SVP, CIO Corporate Technology, State Street

Saeed AdeelAdeel Saeed is a senior vice president and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Corporate Technology Services at State Street. Prior to joining State Street, he was the chief information officer for Group Corporate Technology of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) where Management and Information Security. He led technology transformation he was responsible for the Group’s Corporate Systems, PMO, Business through technology modernization and cost efficiencies by enhancing and consolidating group infrastructure onto a common platform. He has held various senior technology positions at various financial institutions, including, American Stock Exchange and Millennium BCP. Adeel holds a degree from New York Institute of Technology.


Louisa Wong, Chief Digital Officer, Amplifi US, Dentsu Aegis Network

As Chief Digital Officer for Amplifi, Dentsu Aegis Network, Louisa oversees digital activation, ad operations and investment and works closely with agency partner executives and client leaders to deliver first-class digital solutions. Her passion and “move the dial” mentality have led her to become a highly respected industry thought leader. Her broad experience working across publishers, broadcaster and ad technology companies (CNET, AOL/ADTECH, BSkyB) allow her to speak on topics across the digital advertising eco-system.

Prior to Amplifi, Louisa served as the Global Chief Commercial Officer for Amnet, Dentsu Aegis Network’s global programmatic group. As a founding member of the team, she developed the Amnet business across 13 territories in EMEA before taking up the global role in London.

Now based in New York, when she’s not immersed in all things digital, you will likely find her at the nearest tennis court advising Novak Djokovic on how to improve his backhand.

Danielle Schmelkin, SVP, Head of IT for Kate Spade, Tapestry

Danielle SchmelkinDanielle Schmelkin is Senior Vice President, IT for Tapestry, Inc., a global house of brands including Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman. Danielle is Head of IT for Kate Spade and Head of Enterprise Solutions across Tapestry which includes responsibility for Business Intelligence and Analytics, Customer Relationship Management, Data Management, and Digital Workplace solutions. Prior to joining Coach, Danielle held positions of increasing responsibility at Barnes & Noble, Campbell Soup Company, PepsiCo, and Andersen Consulting all focused on statistics, Business Intelligence and Data Management, and overall IT enablement. Danielle holds her B.S. in Statistics and Biometry from Cornell University.

Catherine Devine, Chief Digital Officer, American Museum of Natural History

Catherine DevineCatherine Devine, Chief Digital Officer, American Museum of Natural History, oversees the Museum’s digital transformation.  Her “digital layer” approach blends interpretation and logistics to create unified digital-and-physical visitor experiences, including cutting-edge projects such as development of the personalized indoor wayfinding application Explorer (Webby Awards and American Alliance of Museum Muse Award Honoree), multichannel digital ticketing, and website redesigns.   Catherine has 25 years of experience in technology development and strategy, prior to joining the Museum five years ago. Catherine was named Top 50 Chief Digital Officers by Chief Digital Officer Summit, 2017.

Christina Callas, FMR Chief Digital Officer, The Children's Place

Christina Callas Christina Callas is a dynamic digital-retail leader with a proven track record of developing digital capabilities and driving rapid, profitable growth for iconic omnichannel retailers. Christina has held senior executive positions and led ecommerce and marketing efforts for The Children’s Place, Hudson’s Bay Company and Aeropstale. In these roles, she also spearheaded significant advancements in digital technology infrastructure, user experience and omnichannel strategies. In addition to her retail career, Christina has ten years of experience managing multiple departments for Bank of America’s private wealth management group and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Christina lives in New York City with her husband and son.

LeeAnn Murray, CIO Investment Technology , Manulife

LeeAnn MurrayLee Ann Murray is the SVP & Chief Information Officer, Investment Division for Manulife Financial/John Hancock. She is responsible for the oversight and management of Investment Division’s application services and information risk management. Adept at formulating practical technology strategies and influencing key stakeholders to commit to implementation & transformation strategy. Extensive experience in driving business value through technology, affecting large scale organizational transformation and change. Prior to joining Manulife/John Hancock, Lee Ann was the CIO/Managing Director, Investments, Technology & Operations at MetLife. In this role, she oversaw information technology strategic planning, program delivery, operating policies and financial management to support a portfolio of $400B assets under management. During her time at MetLife, Lee Ann partnered with the business units and the investments planning board to develop and execute a global technology strategy with a focus on enabling revenue protection and growth, increasing efficiencies, mitigating risk, improving productivity and reducing operational complexity. Previously, Lee Ann was with JP Morgan (JPM)/Bank One for 10 years where she held various positions within the Credit Trading Technology Group. Having experience working in both the business and technology, Lee Ann has proven that she has the leadership skills and the business acumen to drive strong and effective partnerships between both organizations in order to ensure strong operational support for global business delivery.

Brian Stevens, CTO, Google Cloud

Brian StevensBrian Stevens is VP and CTO of Google Cloud, where he’s part of the senior leadership team. Brian’s responsible for guiding product strategy and leading the Office of the CTO. Brian joined Google from Red Hat, where he was CTO and EVP of Worldwide Engineering. Brian joined Red Hat in 2001, and led its shift to the enterprise across Linux, virtualization, storage, middleware, and cloud. Brian began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he was a developer on the first commercial release of the X Windows System.


Elizabeth Austin, CIO, Curvature

Elizabeth AustinAs the CIO of Curvature, Elizabeth leads the global information technology team as it continues to develop infrastructure, applications and scalable tools within our rapidly growing base of global operations, as well as perform ongoing management of all client-driven and mission-critical information systems. Previously, Elizabeth was the CIO at SMS for three years. Prior to joining Curvature, Elizabeth was the Vice President of IT Application Services at Family Dollar. She has held positions with Premier Systems Integrators, Powersoft, Inc., Computer Solutions, Inc. and Burroughs Corporation. Elizabeth is a Past President of the Charlotte SIM (Society of Information Management) and STEM Special Advisor.  She serves as Treasurer for Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative (CATC), a 501c3 non-profit supporting STEM education and WISE (Women in Science Empowered).  Elizabeth was named a Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Achievement Winner for the Class of 2018.


Leah Kraus, CIO, North Carolina Central University

Leah KrausLeah Kraus has over 26 years of experience in technology and education. Her work prior to being a CIO included: high school teacher, program coordinator and help desk director. Her first CIO role was in 2001 at Guilford College, moving to UNC Wilmington in 2007. Leah became CIO at North Carolina Central University in 2014. There she is responsible for providing innovation, vision and strategic leadership for the campus. In 2015 Leah was named Best CIO Public University by Triangle Business Journal. She is engaged in digital literacy, access and inclusion work and serves on industry and non-profit Advisory Boards.

Sherry Aaholm, CIO, Cummins

Sherry AaholmSherry Aaholm is currently the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Cummins Inc.  Aaholm joined Cummins in 2013 after more than 15 years at FedEx Services where she served as Executive Vice President, Information Technology. At Cummins she is responsible for the IT transformation strategy involving daily operations of the global infrastructure footprint and leads the Digital Accelerator. Sherry received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin and recently was awarded a Master’s of Science in Sustainability from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. Sherry is married and has one daughter.

Ginny Davis, CIO, Technicolor

GinnyGinny Davis, Group CIO/CSO based in Burbank, Ca leads both the Information Technology and Global Security organizations for Technicolor . Ginny Davis and her team develop, execute and provide operational services for strategies across both of these key domains. The Technicolor IT organization consists of all aspects of Technicolor’s global information systems function. Her team of  IT professionals support, along with key strategic partners critical applications, networks, data centers, mobility and  other IT services used by all Technicolor employees, customers, and suppliers across 28+ countries and more than 200 sites.  In addition this team define and implement new technologies to continuously improve the organization’s productivity for both internal and external customers,.  A significant part of these new technologies was the development and execution of Technicolor Cloud strategy where they are recognized as thought leaders and proving to be a cornerstone for the future. In leading the global security organization, Ginny sets the global strategy for Security for the organization and manages a team of skilled security specialists supported by strategic partners. This includes an internal assessment team, security operating center (SOC), physical security and governance, risk and compliance operational teams. Davis is an active member in the following organizations: Southern California CIO Governing Body Co-Chair, CIO Academy at UC Berkeley, Kudelski Security Advisory Board, Convergence Technology Council for the Media and Entertainment industries and the International Corporate Executive IT Board participating in reviewing standards, trends and the latest innovations in Information Technology. Ginny studied Computer Science at the University of Michigan as well as Business Management at the London Business School.

Theresa Bamrick, CIO, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Theresa BamrickTheresa Bamrick, is the Chief Information Officer, at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center/ SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and is the first female CIO in SLAC’s 50-year history. Theresa has a rich history of technical, business, and management excellence, and has been a driver of IT transformation at SLAC for more than five years. Passionate about developing talent and building great teams, Theresa is a pioneer graduate of the Stanford GSB LEAD program in Corporate Innovation, and a Premajor student Advisor. Theresa has served as a circle leader in the Stanford University Clayman Institute “Voice & Influence” program and has forged partnerships between SLAC and Stanford University IT, the Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (, and with key Silicon Valley corporations. Theresa is also a member of the governing board for the Evanta (a Gartner company) CIO summits. An avowed foodie, Theresa’s interests include emerging technology, language, music & visual arts, travel, and damn fine wine.

Sheila Jordan, CIO, Symantec

Sheila JordanSheila Jordan is chief information officer at Symantec, where she has set the IT vision and strategy, developed an experienced leadership team, and insourced IT operations by building Symantec’s next generation secure data center in the company’s virtual private cloud. She was named CIO of the Year, innovation and transformation category, in 2015 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for leading the effort to split IT operations when Symantec separated its security and information management businesses. Prior to joining Symantec, Sheila held senior leadership positions at Cisco Systems and The Walt Disney Company. She serves on the FactSet Research Systems Inc. board of directors (NYSE:FDS) (NASDAQ:FDS), and holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology.

Rashmi Kumar, SVP & CIO U.S. Pharmaceutical, McKesson

Rashmi KumarRashmi Kumar is SVP Data and Analytics with McKesson based in San Francisco. In 4 years with McKesson she has also played the role of US Pharma CIO, and VP of Architecture and Product Management. She is a seasoned data and analytics leader with wide ranging experience in IT Leadership, consulting services, electric utilities, financial services, information technology, Media & Entertainment and steel industries.  With more than 25 years of experience, Mrs. Kumar’s primary areas of focus include Data & Analytics, CTO/CIO office, strategic planning, EA, and large scale business process transformations. Prior to joining McKesson Mrs. Kumar’s Alvarez &Marsal experiences includes leading consulting engagement for large Electric and Gas Utility in the area of  CTO Office, Enterprise Architecture, Smart Grid, Contact Center and Information Security.  She lead an initiative to help client re-organize and improve performance of CTO Office & Enterprise Architecture function. Mrs. Kumar was also responsible for delivery of rate case filing for multiple projects under Smart Grid initiative. She was responsible for bringing Electric Operations, Information Technology and Regulatory Regulations group together to create a traceable, and defendable cost estimate for various T&D and EP projects. She was responsible for kicking-off Information Security and Compliance program which eventually resulted in re-charter of cyber security function with a risk management emphasis. Prior to joining A&M, Mrs. Kumar was CTO at Toyota Financial Services where she created, implemented, and led the Enterprise Architecture function and IT Strategic Planning. She also provided thought leadership in developing creative solutions to challenging business problems in Toyota Financial Services’ application and data center separation from Toyota Motor Sales, their New Field Sales Business Model (FSBM) aimed to consolidate 33 field offices to 12, and the Loan Origination System (LOS) project to support FSBM.  Mrs. Kumar also worked on the Sales Force Automation project to support FSBM, TFS’ Call Center process optimization and future technology roadmaps, and multi channel customer interaction strategies and technology roadmaps. Before joining A&M Mrs. Kumar’s notable accomplishments include multiple business process integration projects at Southern California Edison in Transmission and Distribution Business Unit (TDBU), Generation Business Unit (GBU), and Power Procurement Business Unit (PPBU). At SCE, Mrs. Kumar worked with California ISO and various standards bodies (EPRI, FERC, CPUC) to create requirements and implement following solutions: $56MM Energy Management System, $13MM Design Service Request and Pricing end to end process, $9MM Scheduling and Dispatch business process integration, $64MM Work Management System, and a $11MM Integration Bus System. Previously, Mrs. Kumar also created and ran EAI technology practice for a boutique consulting firm where she was responsible for various project sales to Entertainment and Manufacturing clients, vendor partnerships and agreements, and hiring, training and team leadership. In addition, she led project architecture, program management and delivery along with being held accountable for client engagement, satisfaction and repeat business. Mrs. Kumar earned a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Bihar Institute of Technology in Sindri, India.  She also holds an Executive MBA from the University of California, Irvine; Paul Merage School of Business. She is very passionate about the topic of equality and is executive sponsor for various ERG’s and sits on Diversity & Inclusion Steering committee for McKesson. She is an active mentor for young resources both at McKesson and in the industry in general.

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