Information and technology executives will provide a deeper understanding of the current technology landscape, how it relates to their respective Fortune companies, its impact on their industry and the medium, small and minority businesses that they work with, sell and/or buy from.
Senior Vice President & CIO Enterprise Holdings Inc.
Craig Kennedy, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Enterprise Holdings Inc., is responsible for maintaining and expanding the company’s information technology (IT) platform to support growth, as well as introducing innovative technology to improve the customer experience.
Enterprise Holdings operates – through an integrated global network of independent regional subsidiaries and franchises – the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands, as well as more than 9,600 fully staffed neighborhood and airport locations in more than 85 countries. Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in the world, as measured by revenue and fleet. In addition, Enterprise Holdings is the most comprehensive service provider and only investment-grade company in the U.S. car rental industry.
The company and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management together offer a total transportation solution, operating nearly 1.9 million vehicles throughout the world. Combined, these businesses – accounting for more than $20.9 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2016 – include the Car Sales, Truck Rental, CarShare, Rideshare vanpooling, Zimride, Exotic Car Collection and Flex-E-Rent services, all marketed under the Enterprise brand name. The annual revenues of Enterprise Holdings – one of America’s largest private companies – and Enterprise Fleet Management rank near the top of the global travel industry, exceeding many airlines and most cruise lines, hotels, tour operators, and online travel agencies.
After more than seven years of working in IT in the retail and telecommunications sectors, Kennedy began his career with Enterprise in 1989 as a Programmer/Analyst and was quickly promoted to Programming Supervisor in 1990. The following year, he was selected to start the company’s Advanced Technology group and oversee research into new technologies.
In 1992, Kennedy was promoted to Director of Software Development and took on the responsibility of running all of Enterprise’s application development functions. He was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 1993 and to Vice President of Information Systems in 1996, a title he held until 2002, when he was promoted to Chief Information Officer. Kennedy was named Senior Vice President in 2003.
During Kennedy’s tenure, the company’s number of locations has increased more than tenfold, and he has played a key role in expanding information technologies to support the rapid growth. He has led the organization through continuous transformation − from proprietary systems to open systems, to the world of online, mobile, cloud computing and the Internet of Things.
Outside of work Kennedy’s hobbies include photography, videography, hiking and playing the bass. He is involved in several charities. Most of the charities he supports, including KDHX and the Museum of Transportation, involve the arts. He also supports and promotes local musicians.
Chintan is the CTO of Walgreens Boots Alliance and is responsible for all consumer facing experiences across all digital channels globally. As a part of this role Chintan also heads the innovation team responsible for all our work across new areas like telemedicine, in-store digital experiences etc. Prior to WBA Chintan was Vice President of Engineering at American Express responsible for developing a range of digital payments capabilities and Solutions. Chintan has a Masters in Computer Science from University of Hertfordshire.
Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Information and Technology Services Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Gopa began his career with the Bank in 1994 as an applications manager and was promoted to senior vice president in 2010.
Prior to joining the Bank, Gopa was the system manager and chief architect at Providian Financial. Gopa holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, India.
Gopa serves in leadership roles on several key Federal Reserve System workgroups, including Technology Service Council, Application Development Leadership Team, and the information Security Council. Gopa is a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee.
Gopa is a governing body member of the San Francisco CIO Executive Summit, and is also the co-chair of the San Francisco CIO Mid-Market Executive Summit.
Jim Tussing is an Information Technology executive with over 29 years of experience spanning application development, application integration, infrastructure and data.
Jim is currently serving as VP, Enterprise Chief Architect for Nationwide Insurance, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Nationwide is the 7th largest homeowners insurer, the 8th largest auto insurer, the 8th largest life insurer, and the number one small business insurer in the U.S. In his current role, Jim has responsibility for Enterprise Architecture for Nationwide’s IT applications, infrastructure, and data, and the continued development and evolution of the IT Architecture capability.
Prior to his current role, Jim served as Infrastructure CTO for Nationwide, leading Nationwide’s adoption of cloud computing through the development and deployment of an internal private cloud and adoption of public cloud services. Jim’s prior focus areas have included server virtualization, implementation of Service Oriented Architecture application integration capability, and enterprise application integration across multiple platforms.
John Evans is vice president, Global Procurement for Ingersoll Rand. He was appointed to the position in October 2015.
John is a growth-oriented leader with two central beliefs: winning requires us to fully understand the needs of end-user customers, and serving end-user customers successfully stems from operational excellence, business transformation and employee engagement.
John has been with Ingersoll Rand since 2000 in a variety of roles of increasing importance. Prior to his appointment as leader of Global Procurement, John was the President of the Power Tools Strategic Business Unit (SBU) for Ingersoll Rand. Power Tools offers a robust portfolio of assembly, industrial, cordless, construction and vehicle service tools and accessories, and has a long-standing reputation for being powerful, ergonomically designed, reliable and efficient.
Prior to his role in Power Tools, John was the President of Residential Security Solutions at Ingersoll Rand where he had full profit and loss responsibility for the business including product and business development; sales and service; and accountability for operational excellence across global manufacturing and distribution.
Previously, John served as vice president of marketing and product management for Residential Solutions as well as vice president of operations for the company’s Climate Control Technologies sector; and vice president of enterprise services, helping to lead the integration of Trane into Ingersoll Rand. John has championed innovative product and solutions launches and executed and integrated acquisitions that expanded technologies and product portfolios. He has a passion for product and category management, and the creation of highly strategic marketing, channel and e-commerce programs that drive end user loyalty.
Before joining Ingersoll Rand in 2000, John was vice president of North American operations at Leoni Wiring Systems; worked as an operations manager at Marley Cooling Tower; and held a variety of positions at Electro-Wire Products. John began his career as a supplier quality assurance engineer in electronics at Cummins Engine Company.
He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University.
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Global Supply Chain AT&T
Rachel Kutz, VP Strategic Initiatives, is responsible for the overall supply chain strategy, purchasing operations, corporate sourcing functions and critical Enterprise-wide programs including supplier diversity, compliance and sustainability. She also sets strategic direction for supply chain systems and tools to improve the efficiency of AT&T processes through the use of data analytics and automation.
Prior to her current role, Rachel was the AVP of Product Logistics and Quality supporting AT&T’s Entertainment Group. Rachel led a diverse team of over 300 people who managed customer product forward and reverse logistics and teams who managed product quality. She has also led teams responsible for managing supplier and product selection, pricing, inventory and supply planning, procurement, and quality control for all AT&T consumer products.
Rachel joined AT&T as a wireless network radio frequency (RF) performance engineer and rapidly rose to Executive Director, Wireless Network of AT&T’s HQ market. In her progressive roles in AT&T’s wireless network organization, she successfully dealt with state and local governments resolving cell site zoning and RF spectrum issues. Rachel designed smarter cell site building plans that expanded networks and also enabled local sales teams to more effectively market products and reduce customer churn.
Rachel is an engaging, insightful and decisive leader who uses good communication skills to adapt to any situation. She has lived and worked across the US including Michigan, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada and Georgia. This geographic diversity has provided her with an invaluable local and regional perspective, as well as an adaptive, problem solving mindset.
Although she lives in Texas, Rachel calls Colorado home. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Astrophysics (obviously to create better ski jumps through math and science) but cooking and tennis are the only things she loves as much as work.
Global Director IT & Chief Contracting Officer General Motors Company
Ralf is currently Global Director IT & Chief Contracting Officer. He has held this role since December 2015. Prior to this position, he was the Purchasing Director for Infotainment, Semiconductors and Software.
Ralf began his career in 1996 at Opel located in Bochum, Germany. In 1998, he moved to Opel Rüsselsheim, Germany. In 2000, he transitioned to an international assignment in Rochester, NY, working on Fuel Cells, and localized to GM a few years later. In 2007, Ralf moved to Michigan. He has held several positions in Purchasing and Program Management in the areas of Fuel Cells, Electrification, New Technology, as well as Commodity Purchasing and Crisis Management.
Ralf was born in Hildesheim, Germany. He has a dual masters equivalent degree in mechanical engineering and business administration (“Diplom Wirtschaftsingenieur”) from the University of Paderborn, Germany. He speaks German, English, Spanish and basic French.
Executive Vice President, Head of Enterprise Information Technology Wells Fargo
Scott Dillon is head of Enterprise Information Technology at Wells Fargo and the company’s Chief Technology Officer, one of the country’s largest and most innovative information technology groups with more than 17,000 talented team members who help keep Wells Fargo at the forefront of America’s diversified financial services companies.
Under his leadership, technology team members set IT strategy, deliver systems software design and development, and provide Wells Fargo global customers ‘round-the-clock’ banking access through in-store, online, ATM, mobile device and telephone transactions. They serve customers directly through systems availability and security, as well as indirectly, through internal business partners who deliver a wide range of financial products and services.
During his nearly two decades with the company, Scott has held various executive positions, including global head of Technology Infrastructure Services, head of Enterprise Hosting Services, chief information officer for Wholesale, Trust and Investment Banking, and head of Payment Strategies – where he created and led the Strategic Alliances & Ventures groups.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Scott was a Partner at Deloitte Consulting holding various leadership positions in the Strategy and Financial Services practices while also acting as a Lead Client Services Partner for multiple top 10 financial services organizations.
Scott received a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
Steve Hagood is senior vice president and chief information officer at Ingersoll Rand and a member of the company’s Enterprise Leadership Team.
Steve leads the company’s global information technology (IT) organization and is responsible for the development and execution of Ingersoll Rand’s information technology strategies, including enterprise technology infrastructure, information security, and business IT solutions.
Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, Steve spent 19 years with the Goodrich Corporation, most recently as the company’s vice president and chief information officer. With more than 30 years of experience, he has held multiple executive and financial leadership roles in the aerospace and defense, manufacturing and service industries.
Steve currently chairs the Charlotte CIO Executive Summit and previously served as the chair of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce IT Summit. He is a past director and Board Chair of Apparo, a Charlotte-based nonprofit organization, and a prior director for the Charlotte Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Technology Advisory Board.
Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal as ‘CIO of the Year’ in 2014.
Kishore Khandavalli founded SevenTablets in 2012 as a part of the iTech group of companies. He started iTech in 2003 and he remains the group’s CEO & Chairman today. Under Mr. Khandavalli’s leadership, the company has evolved into a global group, established key partnerships and acquired numerous clients, many of which are Fortune 100 organizations. Currently managing over 1,200 employees, three offices outside the U.S., and five within the United States and Canada, he steered iTech to be the fastest growing technology company in New England. Over the last few years, he made strategic acquisitions to make iTech into a consortium of companies with global delivery centers offering solutions in IT services (www.iTechUS.com, www.SmtWorks.com) mobile technologies (www.SevenTablets.com), software solutions and data management (www.iTechDataServices.com). Before founding iTech, Mr. Khandavalli founded Primesoft in 1997, which was later merged with another software company. He spearheaded the merger and subsequently led the combined organization until 2002. Prior to venturing into the IT industry, Mr. Khandavalli worked as a chemical engineer at Enerfex, a technology think tank in Vermont where he developed a unique patented technology to capture greenhouse gases and reuse them as byproducts. He was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year finalist for two years in a row in 2009 & 2010. He was also a Wells Fargo Asian Business leader finalist in 2010. He is an avid flying enthusiast and a private pilot and holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron in Ohio.
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