Connect 2011

Track Keynote Speakers


Rob Cocorocchia

Rob Cocorocchia
Director, Application Platform Business Development, Microsoft

Rob Cocorocchia leads Application Platform Business Development at Microsoft. His team of business developers and solution architects is focused on helping enterprise customers maximize the value of their Microsoft platform investment through strategic SIs such as Infosys. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, Rob held key business IT roles at McKinsey & Company, Price Waterhouse and Rand Technologies.

 

Dan J. Mahowald

Dan J. Mahowald
Vice President, Enterprise Mobility, SAP Americas

Dan Mahowald is the vice president of Mobility for SAP Americas. In this role, Dan is leading NA Mobility Sales team and works closely with SAP’s Mobility Development Organization and the SAP Americas Executive Team to formulate the strategy and overall plan for mobility. SAP’s mobility strategy is a key pillar in the company’s product strategy: On Premise, On Demand, On Device, with Orchestration.

Previously, Dan was group vice president for the SAP Premier Customer Network, responsible for the business relationships for the most strategic global accounts in the North America region. Dan has over 17 years of experience in the enterprise software market. Prior to joining SAP in 2004, Dan held various executive management positions in several publicly traded companies, including Siebel Systems Inc., and Onyx Software Corporation. He also spent five years with Accenture in Seattle, WA. Dan earned both a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University and founded www.connectedEDU.org, a non-profit foundation that educates high school students on core business disciplines and leadership principles.

 

Rick Hutley

Rick Hutley
Vice President, Global Innovations Practice, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group

Hutley is vice president, Global Innovations Practice for the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG)–the company's global strategic consulting arm. It is in this capacity that he advises business leaders in every industry about how technology – especially intelligent network technology – can help businesses achieve their goals. His counsel is underpinned by his extensive knowledge of every major enterprise technology available today – from call center, collaboration, and supply chain to data center, virtualization, security, and business continuity. His insight is a culmination of significant industry experience. Before joining Cisco, Hutley was CIO of British Telecom’s Concert Communications Company, and prior to that, director of information systems for Syncordia Corporation.

 

Raj Verma

Raj Verma
Vice President, Worldwide Marketing TIBCO Software

Verma is known for his vision into – and insightful strategy with – new and emerging technology markets. Responsible for TIBCO’s product strategy, product management, product marketing, field marketing, corporate communications, branding, and customer programs worldwide, Verma has made major contributions to TIBCO’s continued acceleration in the enterprise software market. His work has been instrumental in the development and marketing of TIBCO’s real-time, events-based 21st century platform.

Prior to being tapped for the role of TIBCO’s vice president, Worldwide Marketing, Verma was vice president of TIBCO’s Composite Applications Group. In this role, he led product management and strategy for TIBCO’s business process management and service-oriented architecture products, ensuring that countless TIBCO deployments were seamless – from concept to execution. Raj received his engineering degree in computer science and technology from Bangalore University in 1992.

 

Robert Lusk
MSCRM Director, Microsoft

Robert Lusk is the CRM director for Microsoft’s Western Region. Lusk and his team of CRM specialists are responsible for serving all customers and the vast partner community in the Western Region. This team ensures that Microsoft and its ecosystem of partners deliver CRM technology-based business solutions to meet the unique needs of this complex market.

Lusk joined Microsoft in 2004 with 15 years of sales and consulting experience in enterprise software and services. Before joining Microsoft, Lusk spent five years driving the CRM business within the financial services vertical at Siebel Systems. Previous to Siebel, Lusk worked for Fair Isaac, marketing and selling decision support systems in the financial services sector, and at EDS driving IT outsourcing engagements into the Fortune 500. Lusk began his career as a consulting and training manager at Watson Wyatt software.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, cycling, camping and playing golf.

 

Mark Krinhop
National Business Development Manager, Microsoft

Mark Krinhop is a national business development manager for Microsoft in the United States. He specializes in Microsoft Dynamics technologies, including CRM. He works with global systems integrators to expand their Microsoft Dynamics CRM presence in North America and abroad. This includes sales readiness, technical enablement, and adding velocity to sales cycles.

Mark joined Microsoft in 2006, and prior to this he was the national sales manager for a systems integrator in the Twin Cities specializing in Microsoft technologies. He lives in the Twin Cities with wife Jennifer and their three boys. Besides spending time with his family, Mark enjoys sports including golf.

 

Panelists

Atul Apte

Atul Apte
Principal Enterprise Architect, WellPoint

Apte has more than 25 years of experience in software development, R&D, and enterprise architecture across banking, finance, retail, telecommunications, logistics, technology and healthcare industries. He has experience in building enterprise solutions for global and Fortune 500 companies. Apte has authored two books – Integrating the E-business Enterprise, and Java Connector Architecture. He has also written research papers on preventing road map redundancies. Apte’s passion and interests include innovation, continuous improvement and empowerment.


Tim Haynes

Tim Haynes
Director, Global Financial Services and Americas Infrastructure at Nissan

Haynes is responsible for the IS global vision and leadership within Nissan’s financial services companies worldwide. He directs the development, maintenance, and support of the application portfolio. He is responsible for all aspects of the application development process and IS / IT delivery to financial services business units. Additionally, Haynes is responsible for infrastructure services for Nissan’s Americas region. Prior to joining Nissan, Haynes was the director of application development at GMAC. While at GMAC he developed the IT vision for the North American Operations and had responsibility for project delivery, support, and operations. Haynes has also held technology and consulting positions with Accenture, Frontier Communications, and the Handleman Company. Haynes has graduated from Walsh College in 1996 with a degree in business. He received a master’s in information technology management in 2002 from Carnegie Melon University.


Steve Ruschill

Steve Ruschill
Director of Digital Development and Delivery, Hallmark

Steve has spent 16 years in Internet development and Internet commerce – from project managing the build out of Web hosting data centers for Sprint to early interactive websites for Commerce Bank and Interstate Brands. Over the last 11 years, he has been at Hallmark, leading various aspects of their e-commerce initiatives from developing startup business for personalized cards and e-cards to leading two platform migrations. Steve has also led various projects to integrate consumer online and offline data for great visibility of multichannel shopping behavior. Currently, Steve’s team is building an integrated consumer ecosystem, which brings together various touch points, including desktop, mobile and Facebook applications.


Ed Robben

Ed Robben
SVP and CIO, Information Technology, JCPenney

Ed joined JCPenny in 2007 as SVP of Core Applications Development. Most recently, he directed information technology for the company’s merchant, sourcing, and direct organizations. He is responsible for the company’s information technology platform, including the design and development of systems and infrastructure. Prior to joining JCPenney, he held a vice president position at EDS, implementing technology solutions for the Navy Marine Corps Intranets (NMCI) program. He previously served as a consultant at the Feld Group, an IT management consulting firm later acquired by EDS.

 

John D. Barone

John D. Barone
Vice President, Global Strategic Alliances, Pegasystems

John joined Pegasystems in 2001 as director of North America Financial Services – Sales. John has since held several senior management positions across the organization. In 2007, John developed and launched the Global Strategic Alliances Corporate initiative. In 2011, the chief executive officer and Board of Directors promoted John to vice president, Global Strategic Alliances. Prior to joining Pega, he held several senior executive roles, including president and chief executive officer of Engage, a CMGI Company, and global head of sales for Clarify. John holds a bachelor’s degree in arts from University of Massachusetts.

 

Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy
Founder & CTO, BackOffice Associates

Tom is the founder, chairman and chief technology officer of BackOffice Associates, and creator of CranSoft. He has been designing and building technology since 1978. Tom has developed ground-breaking technologies, including several 4th generation languages through the 1980s and 1990s. He built complete suites of fully integrated financial and accounting applications using his development platforms and 4GLs.

In 1997, he began development on the first version of CranSoft, a new development engine that allows for direct rendering of dynamic Web pages. This technology and Web development methodologies are used in leading global companies to enhance the value of integrated ERP systems. He was the CEO of Kennedy & Associates in Richmond, Virginia. Kennedy & Associates provided 4GLs and integrated accounting and custom-developed applications for Johnson & Johnson, UPS, Otis Elevator, Citrus World and many other global corporations. Kennedy co-founded BackOffice Associates in 1994. His vision and design have extended into the Oracle marketplace and other leading application vendors. He continues to develop innovative and industry changing solutions. His vision and technology leadership has enabled the company to exploit one of the highest growth markets in the technology arena. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, arts and economics from the University of South Florida.

 

Sonny Singh

Sonny Singh
Senior Vice President, Industries Business Unit, Oracle

Sonny is the senior vice president of Oracle’s Industries Business Unit, which includes global application, technology, and industry business teams. Oracle’s Industries Business Unit is responsible for defining their go-to-market strategy and driving business value into all customer interactions. During his 21-year tenure at Oracle, he has been instrumental in driving Oracle’s industry strategy in sales, consulting and marketing organizations. Today, Sonny leads a cadre of resources that aligns Oracle’s industry and product offerings around the globe. Prior to his current position, he was a group vice president of Oracle Consulting, where he was responsible for deployment of Oracle’s enterprise solutions in North American Strategic accounts.

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