Technical Director, Applied Artificial Intelligence
Ron is a Technical Director on the Applied Artificial Intelligence team. In this role, Ron provides leadership for AI success for customers in Google’s Cloud CTO office. Ron engages deeply with Global F500 enterprises to unlock strategic value with AI, acts as executive sponsor with Google Product and Engineering to deliver value from AI solutions, and leads strategic initiatives working with customers and partners.
Previously, Ron was the founding CEO of Think Big Analytics. Think Big provides end to end support for enterprise Big Data including data science, data engineering, advisory and managed services and frameworks such as Kylo for enterprise data lakes. Think Big was acquired by Teradata in 2014 and was the leading pure play big data services firm. At Teradata, Ron led Think Big to grow globally, to develop the Kylo open source data lake framework, and to expand to architecture consulting. In 2017 Ron led the creation of an Artificial Intelligence incubator at Teradata.
Previously, Ron was VP Engineering at Quantcast where he led the data science and engineer teams that pioneered the use of Hadoop and NoSQL for batch and real-time decision making. Prior to that, Ron was Founder of New Aspects, which provided enterprise consulting for Aspect-oriented programming. Ron was also Co-Founder and CTO of B2B applications provider C-Bridge, which he led to team of 900 people and a successful IPO.
Ron graduated with honors from McGill University with a B.S. in Math and Computer Science. Ron also has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from MIT, leaving the PhD program after presenting the idea for C-bridge and placing in the finals of the 50k Entrepreneurship Contest.
Acquisition Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
Ralph is in charge of developing architecture, data strategy, systems migration plan, and a portfolio management process for the acquisition domain, which is part of the Air Force enterprise architecture. He spent 25 years on active duty in the Air Force and retired as a colonel in April 2006. As an Air Force officer, he served as an acquisition program manager, test manager, and in various staff positions involved in planning, resource allocation, and congressional appropriations liaison. He joined Federal service as an Air Force Civilian in 2006 and served as acting director of the Air Force Acquisition Center of Excellence as well as program manager of a Major Automated Information Systems. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Chief Data Analytics Officer
Carl Gerber recently founded Analytic Leaders, a consultancy specializing in Data Strategy, Analytics Modernization, Data Landscape Rationalization, Global Data Privacy, Data Quality, Master & Reference Data, Data Risk & Regulatory Compliance and Data Governance.
Gerber has led enterprise-wide data transformations as the Chief Data Officer for AIG Commercial Insurance and Pearson. His teams have established end-to-end data strategies, roadmaps, and execution plans that improved data quality for enhanced decision making, operational efficiency, regulatory compliance and other business outcomes. He is known for building data management cultures where information is readily available, trusted and leveraged to deliver value aligned to the business plan and priorities.
Gerber’s teams have established global data platforms and services, and his teams delivered master data for global Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) consolidation programs. At TIAA-CREF, his team achieved sustainable data quality, controls, and delivery improvements across the company. His program realized over $30M in data infrastructure savings; reduced uncontrolled annual database growth from 20 to 5 percent; increased the amount of data under quality management by 50 percent YOY; and resolved regulatory and compliance data controls issues impacting core business growth.
In recognition, he was named a 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader, and his data program received CIO Magazine’s Top 100 Innovation Award and The Data Warehouse Institute’s Data Management Best Practice Award for 2014.
Mr. Gerber also held data and analytics positions at Procter & Gamble, American Financial Group, and Essilor of America. He began his career as a Communications & Computer Officer with the United States Air Force. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a member of the IT Leadership Academy and the CIO Solutions Gallery. He co-founded the Columbus Business Intelligence Roundtable and is a past President of the Southwest Ohio Data Management Association.
Milind Kamkolkar is the CDO of Sanofi, a company focused on empowering lives through human health. Milind’s focus is driving and transforming Sanofi from a data generation organization to an insights generating organization where data is a monetizable asset class on par with product and shareholder value. Milind joined Sanofi from a career spanning big pharma (Novartis), big and boutique consulting (Cognizant and PA Consulting), and numerous technology and software startup companies focused on health, technology and data mining blending insights and approaches across industries to solve complex human health problems at scale. Milind is a featured speaker and thought leader in Digital Health, AI & Big Data, serves as a Board Advisor and mentor to 3 exciting startups hacking education/mental health, deep learning for research technologies, Honorary Lecturer for physician entrepreneurship at BartsX, Faculty at Exponential Medicine and Special Advisor to the UN Global Sustainability program.
Executive VP, Enterprise Data Management
Barbara Latulippe, Executive VP, Enterprise Information Management, CoreLogic, has more than two decades’ experience in information supply chain, healthcare and high tech industries. She has provided expertise and leadership in the areas of Information Management, MDM, Governance, Data Quality, Data Science as a Service and most recently Big Data Governance. Her broad experience in technology and business processes drives strategic change and organizational transformation. Barbara’s approach of “actionable data governance” leverages information assets based on consumption value. This approach results in prescriptive insights which in turn, enable business outcomes. Barbara’s leadership at CoreLogic is focused on optimizing the information supply chain and transforming to a knowledge management governance model leveraging an Information Marketplace.
Barbara is a recognized thought leader and industry advocate for innovative approaches and effective use of technology to improve business performance. She delivers solutions to business challenges by democratizing information for advanced analytics, operational efficiency and personalized consumer experiences. Her past experiences at Dell/EMC, Smith and Nephew and Philips has given her the passion to enable a culture focused on information knowledge management, innovation and insight.
Research Director- Data and Analytics, Office of the CDO
Former Global Vice President, Strategy and Portfolio-
Information Management & Analytics Services
Valerie joined Gartner in 2015 as a Research Director in the Data and Analytics group, where she covers information management strategies, advanced analytics and related change management topics. She is a member of the Office of the CDO (Chief Data Officer) research team- where she leads Gartner’s Annual CDO Survey, as well as the CDO Circle executive training and networking event, which she designed from scratch. She is also pioneering research in the area of Data Literacy, and nurturing the “speaking of data” with Information as a Second Language (ISL).
Ms. Logan has more than 25 years of experience, including two decades of global consulting practice management in the information and intelligence domains across industries, and five years of applied experience in the telecommunications industry at both field and enterprise levels.
Ms. Logan is an active and passionate thought leader in the areas of information and decision science strategies, supporting clients with their information and analytics evolution. She is a natural systems thinker – able to understand and distill complex concepts and systems for general understanding.
Ms. Logan is recognized as a pioneer in innovative consulting practices – recognized by Consulting Magazine in 2008 as one of eight top women in global consulting. She is known as an inspiring motivator, genuine advisor and change agent – driven by a passion to synthesize information to solve real-world problems.
When not busy traveling or working, Valerie works closely with youth and young adults- helping them to discover their unique skills, passions and esteem. Her commitment to mentoring students and professionals is in recognition and appreciation for early contributors to her life and career- just “paying it forward”.
Valerie holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from New Mexico State University with a concentration in Operations Research. She is based in the Adirondack Mountains with her husband Brian in Brant Lake, New York.
Jeffrey G. McMillan – Chief Analytics & Data Officer
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Jeff McMillan is Managing Director, Chief Analytics & Data Officer for Morgan Stanley Wealth
Management, where he is responsible for all aspects of Wealth Management’s strategy to leverage analytics, data and artificial intelligence to drive growth and efficiencies across the firm. Jeff’s is a leader in Wealth Managements efforts to transform its operating model to deliver even higher quality advice and scalable solutions, leveraging the most advanced analytical and artificially intelligent capabilities available. Jeff is a member of the Wealth Management Operating and Risk Committees as well as the firm’s Securities Operating Committee. He is also Co-chair of Morgan Stanley’s Veterans Employee Network. Prior to his current responsibilities, Jeff has held a variety of leadership roles at Morgan Stanley, including leading the integration of the firm’s advisor and client platforms as part of the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney merger, overseeing the firms digital strategy and development of all product and advisory platforms, as well as owning the build out of Wealth Managements Research capabilities. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Jeff had a variety of roles within financial services, with a deep focus on business transformation, digital enablement, and analytics. Jeff is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a BS in economics. Upon graduation, he served on active duty as an armor officer and scout platoon stationed in South Korea and Fort Knox, KY.
BGen Kevin J. Nally, USMC (Ret.)
BGen Kevin Nally was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in May 1981, after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Natural Resources.
After completing The Basic School and Communications Officer Course, he was assigned to the 1st Marine Amphibious Brigade where he served as a Communications Platoon Commander for the Marine Service Support Group-37 and later as a Communications Platoon Commander for the Brigade Service Support Group. During this tour, BGen Nally attended SCUBA School, Pearl Harbor where he served in an additional duty capacity as a search and rescue diver.
In 1985, he was reassigned to Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Los Angeles, California where he served as an Officer Selection Officer. In 1988, BGen Nally attended Command, Control, Systems Course in Quantico, Virginia. After graduating in 1989, BGen Nally was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division where he served as the Communications Platoon Commander during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Following this, he was assigned to Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division as the Executive Officer.
In 1992, BGen Nally was assigned as the Operations Officer, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island. In 1995, BGen Nally was transferred to the 3rd Marine Division where he served as the S-6, then the S-3, and finally as the Executive Officer for the 4th Marine Regiment. In 1996, he served as the Commanding Officer, Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. In 1998, BGen Nally was assigned as the Deputy Director, J6, United States Forces, Japan and completed a Masters in Information Systems Management.
From 2000 to 2002, BGen Nally was the Commanding Officer of Support Battalion, MCRD/ERR, Parris Island. From May of 2002 to July 2003, BGen Nally was the Director, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.
BGen Nally is a 2004 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces with a concentration in Information Strategy. Following this assignment, he served from 2004 until 2006 as the Deputy Director for C4, United States Central Command where he deployed twice in support of OIF/OEF. In 2006, BGen Nally was transferred to Camp LeJeune, NC, where he served as the II MEF AC/S G-6 and subsequently as the II MEF Chief of Staff. From 2007 until 2009, he served as the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Communications-Electronics School in 29 Palms, CA, and as the AC/S, G-6, MCAGCC/MAGTF-TC. He is currently serving as the Chief Information Officer for the US Secret Service.
His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with one gold star), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Charles K. Pickar
Charles K. Pickar is a member of the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a retired Army officer with extensive experience in project management, systems engineering, international security affairs and strategic planning and is fluent in German and Italian. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, a Master’s from The Johns Hopkins University in Systems Engineering, as well as a Master’s in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a graduate of the US Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). His professional experience includes executive management positions at Lockheed Martin and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). His research interests focus on applying a systems approach to acquisition management problems.
Mark Ramsey, Ph.D.
Dr. Ramsey holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science , an MBA with specialization in Computer & Information Security, and a Ph.D. specializing in Applied Computer Science. His dissertation work on Exploring the impact of inferred social networks on the accuracy of churn prediction models in the mobile phone industry resulted in a US patent.
Dr. Ramsey joined GSK as Senior Vice President, Head of R&D Data in 2015 reporting the President of R&D. He is responsible for driving the utilization of information as a strategic asset through data consolidation, metadata, business intelligence, big data, and advanced data mining.
Prior to GSK, Dr. Ramsey was the first Chief Data Officer (CDO) for Samsung Mobile, reporting directly to the President. He was responsible for enterprise-wide governance and utilization of information as an asset, through data consolidation, business intelligence, big data, and advanced data mining. Prior to Samsung, he held the position of Vice President, Business Analytics & Optimization, Growth Markets for IBM. In this role, he was responsible for setting the strategic direction and operational management of the IBM Business Analytics & Optimization services division for eight growth markets including South East Asia, India and South Asia, Greater China, Korea, Australia/New Zealand, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa and Latin America. Dr. Ramsey started at IBM in 1995 and was one of the pioneers in the creation and expanded focus on data and analytics. Ramsey was named an IBM Master Inventor in 2010 for his role as an inventor in over 50 patent filings which resulted in the issuance of 28 patents focused on business intelligence and business analytics.
Chief Data Officer, General Services Administration
Kris is responsible for developing and implementing the GSA strategic vision for data management. He has operational oversight for Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) activities, data marts, and business intelligence reporting. He coordinates and champions the public release of GSA data assets, establishes and maintains the clearance processes, and leads prioritization the data assets for release.
Peter Serenita is the US Chief Data Officer for Scotiabank, responsible for defining and implementing data management capability to improve data quality and leverage data for business enablement. He is the Chairman of the Enterprise Data Management Council, trade organization advancing data management in the financial services industry. Prior to joining the Scotiabank, Peter was the Group Chief Data Officer and was responsible for building the data management and analytics practices across all businesses and global functions at HSBC, focusing on improving data consistency across the firm. Previously, Peter was a 28-year veteran of JPMorgan having held several key positions in business and information technology including the role of Chief Data Officer of the Worldwide Securities division. Mr. Serenita holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from New York University.
John P. Skudlarek, CAP – CISSP
Deputy Chief Information Officer
Federal Communications Commission
John P. Skudlarek joined the Federal Communications Commission as Deputy Chief Information Officer in May, 2014. Mr. Skudlarek works closely with the FCC CIO to execute FCC IT Transformation that fosters innovation, transforms business processes, speeds delivery, reduces costs, and improves security. John directs capital planning, budget, and acquisition activities; leads stakeholder outreach; establishes and oversees IT governance; and coordinates FCC information technology plans. Mr. Skudlarek served as Acting FCC CIO in 2015 and 2016. In June 2016, John was awarded the FCC’s Catherine Forster Public Service Award.
Mr. Skudlarek was Deputy CIO at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, United States Department of Commerce, from 2012 to 2014. He oversaw IT budget planning and execution, enterprise planning, governance, acquisition, and information assurance activities. John was instrumental in improving NTIA’s IT information security posture and was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for Superior Federal Service in December, 2013.
Mr. Skudlarek served as IT Portfolio Manager for the United States Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation from 2010 to 2012. He directed PBGC IT Capital Planning and Portfolio Management activities for over $100 million in IT investments and served as Chair of the Agency’s IT Investment Review Board. During 2009, Mr. Skudlarek served as a Senior Enterprise Architect supporting the DoD Chief Information Officer’s Enterprise Architecture and Standards Directorate. He was played a key role in standing up the CIO’s DoD-wide Architecture and Standards Review Group, developed and coordinated DoD policy on Enterprise Architecture implementation, and authored Departmental performance objectives as a member of the CIO’s strategic planning working group.
From 2006 until 2008, Mr. Skudlarek was Chief Information Officer of the Defense Security Service, United States Department of Defense. John provided enterprise IT capabilities to 120,000 government and industry security professionals supporting over four million cleared individuals and 12,500 cleared contractor facilities, and provided the full range of information technology services to DSS employees at over 70 locations nation-wide. He oversaw development and operations of the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) and Industrial Security Facilities Database, and co-chaired the DoD-wide JPAS Executive Steering Committee.
Prior to beginning his civilian career, Mr. Skudlarek served in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He served both as an Infantry officer and as a member of the Military Intelligence corps. John has over ten years overseas experience serving in Europe and Asia, and speaks fluent French and German. His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and French Brevet Technique.
John P. Skudlarek is a 1983 graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence degree from the Defense Intelligence College, Washington, DC in 1987 and a Master of Science in Information Management degree from Syracuse University in 2005. John was awarded an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership in 2017 from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Authorization Professional (CAP).
Mr. Skudlarek served as Vice-Chair of the Fairfax County, Virginia, IT Policy Advisory Committee, Vice-President for Education of the AFCEA’s Northern Virginia Chapter, and as President of the Mount Vernon Civic Association. John received the AFCEA International Meritorious Service Award in 2014. In 2015, he was the recipient of a Cloud Innovation award from the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center and a team award for Leadership in Cloud Computing from the Association for Federal Information Resources Management.
Founder, CEO and Principal Consultant of Gavroshe. Former Chief Data Officer at TD Ameritrade for approximately 5 years; was responsible for Data Governance, Data Science & Advanced Analytics, Data Architecture & Management, and Development and Maintenance of Enterprise-class Data Assets. A career of over 3 decades, mainly in the Data Management and Information Resource Management (IRM) fields. Established Office of the CDO, Data Resource Management, Architecture and IRM Functions in multiple large Corporations. Established and managed numerous enterprise programs and initiatives in the domains of Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Data Quality Improvement, and IRM. Bill Inmon’s Corporate Information Factory and John Zachman’s Enterprise Architecture Framework have been the foundational cornerstones of the above work. Served as VP Programs for DAMA SW Ohio. Active member of MIT’s Chief Data Officer Roundtable and Forum, and Founding Member of the International Society of Chief Data Officers. Co-authored “DW 2.0: The Architecture for the Next Generation of Data Warehousing” Inmon, Strauss and Neushloss (Book published 2008 by Morgan Kaufman, Series in Data Management Systems).
NEVIN “Mustang” TAYLOR
Colonel Nevin “Mustang” Taylor is a decorated combat veteran with a distinguished 32-year military career that includes leading one of the nation’s largest logistical activities following the initial cessation of hostilities in Iraq. An Air Force Senior Officer with a decade of command time, he has served as the Sr. IMA to the Deputy Under Secretary Policy Integration and Chief of Staff, Military Advisor to both the Under Secretary of Defense Policy and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During his tenure, he has chaired the Strategic Advisory Board for USAF Task Force Cyber, and led the DoD CIO’s Enterprise Services and Data Panel Tiger Team Enterprise Search and Catalog.
An innovative leader and seasoned data, cyber, and space professional in corporate, public and military service, he has relocated two Air Wings, built an air base, and oversaw the standup of the first space communications squadron coupled with the nation’s only Joint Space Operations Center. He has served as the Deputy Regional Director Liaison Officer Air Force Academy, Honor Guard Commander for President Ronald Reagan at his Presidential Library, Naval Destroyer modernization technologist, Cyber Subject Matter Expert underway onboard the USS Carl Vinson and Deputy Director Warfighter Integration Senior Executive Service bridge.
He is currently the Co-Chair of the United States Data Cabinet and their four working groups; Policy, Governance, Talent, and Analytics as well as the NSTC’s Data Science Interagency Working Group. As a reservist, Colonel Taylor serves on the Air Staff as the Air Force Deputy Chief Data Officer, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Special Programs, and Cyberspace Strategy and Policy IMA. A published author, he is currently working to support the development of a strategic framework to operationalize a data driven organization. Additionally, he is one of the founders of the Secretary of the Air Force’s AFWERX innovative initiative to transform and modernize their ability to Fly, Fight and Win our Nation’s Wars.
A Harvard University National and International Security and Senior Executive fellow as well as a Cyber Policy credentialed professional he is one of MIT’s Big Data and Social Analytics credentialed expert and technology anti-tamper professional. A National Defense University Credentialed Chief Information Officer and lecturer of “The Power of Information.” This Georgetown University’s Transformational Leadership alumni serves as the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute orator lecturing on “Leaders Inspire T.H.E.M.” This credentialed Stanford University’s Strategic Decisions Management and Oxford University Planning Foresight, Innovation, Knowledge, and Change Management certified professional has served as the White House international visionary on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and national lead for the Camp David Summit on developing a data driven organization.
Vice President, Chief Data Officer
Head of Enterprise Data Transformation
Maria Villar is Head of Enterprise Data Transformation. In this role, she advises SAP customer’s on the crucial role of data management in the digital transformation, leveraging our internal best practices, to assist our customer’s implementation. She reports into SAP’s NA Chief Innovation Officer. Maria joined SAP in 2009, following a 15 year career as a respected practitioner, author, trainer and consultant in helping major companies build and execute enterprise strategies in Enterprise Information Management. Over the last 7 years, she’s built SAP’s internal data management program, reporting to SAP’s COO. SAP’s approach to managing its most critical master data is a successful, business led program with over € 70 Euro benefit since inception. These data management capabilities are foundational to our ability to analyze and predict our operational metrics with the Digital Boardroom and our internal process transformation to become a cloud company powered by S4 Hana. In addition to the business value realized internally, SAP’s data management program has been recognized externally with 3 industry awards. In addition to her SAP experience, Maria has built data management organizations in 2 other companies in the financial services and the technology industry. She has authored a book “ Managing your Business Data from Chaos to Confidence.”Also, published 2 online classes and numerous articles, most recently “Time to Level Up: The Evolving role of the Chief Data Officer”