Our 2017 speakers
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.
Chief Purchasing Officer
DK has 28 years of leadership experience in industrial/energy management, consumer product, technology, auto, and power equipment manufacturing environment with direct experience in engineering and supply chain including procurement (direct and indirect), logistics, supply-demand, inventory management, and operations.
DK is currently a Chief Purchasing Officer for the Schneider Electric with a global procurement responsibility of $15B spend. He has been with Schneider Electric since August 2014.
Prior to his current position at Schneider Electric, DK spent eight years at ConAgra Foods as a CPO and had the responsibility of enterprise procurement with $10B global spend. Prior to this, he spent three years at Motorola where he held the roles of senior executive in Procurement. He was the Vice President of Procurement for the Motorola’s Mobile Devices Group and had the responsibility of $12B Sourcing for the cell phone business. DK was also the Vice President with Motorola’s Global Procurement function with the responsibilities of Indirect Global Sourcing with $6.0B+ spend.
Before joining Motorola in 2003, DK spent 15 years with IBM Corp in many different leadership roles including product development, engineering, logistics, supply/demand, inventory mgmt, and Global Procurement. His last responsibilities at IBM included managing Global Services Procurement with significant responsibilities.
DK has a Master’s in Industrial Engineering, a BS in Mechanical Engineering and has been a registered Professional Engineer (PE). He has published many articles related to manufacturing and supply-chain in external and internal journals. He has been on the Advisory Board for Resin Technology, NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council) and works closely with USPAACC.
Gary (Emritus) Kallenbach
As the Chief Procurement Officer for UPS, Gary Kallenbach and his team manage all indirect and enterprise-wide complex commodities, including system technologies (hardware and software), professional services, energy and fuel purchases (diesel, air, LNG, propane). In addition, he is responsible for the UPS procure-to-pay process redesign and strategy. Gary also leads the company’s supplier diversity initiatives.
Prior to his current role, Gary served in a variety of executive level procurement positions at UPS. Before that, he was a Region Controller in the Midwest, District Controller for Long Island and New York, and an Accounting Manager in Chicago. He began his career with UPS as a loader, unloader and driver before beginning his management career as an Accounting Supervisor in Wisconsin. He has been with UPS for more than 39 years. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
In addition to his Procurement responsibilities, Gary currently serves on the board of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC). He actively supports organization like the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), and National Urban League, to name a few. Previously he served on the board of directors for Ramapo College of New Jersey. Internally, Gary serves on UPS’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.
Under his supplier diversity leadership, UPS has received numerous awards, including the Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses, America’s Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities, and America’s Top Corporation for Women Business Enterprises from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. UPS is one of only three companies to have received this honor for 17 consecutive years.
SVP & CPO
Tom D. Lutz joined U.S. Bancorp as Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer in April, 2008. He is responsible for the corporate procurement organization involved with strategic sourcing, vendor management, and supplier diversity. Since joining U.S. Bancorp nine years ago, Tom has focused on delivering significantly greater value across the enterprise through more effective internal alignment, improved vendor relationships, strategic talent management, and a shareholder-centric view of operating costs and business practices.
Tom has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of procurement, supply chain management, and information systems. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Tom spent twenty years with General Mills in a variety of roles, and three years with Pulte Homes as National Vice President of Procurement.
Tom is a native of Minnesota, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Systems Analysis from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
Senior Director, Supplier Diversity
Fred Lona is the Senior Director Supplier Diversity and Performance Management for Hilton Worldwide which is based in McLean, Virginia. Mr. Lona directs the development, administration and execution of the Hilton Supplier Diversity Program and supplier performance processes. In his current capacity he is also responsible for the oversight of the Global Travel and Expense Services Program and the Marketing and Communications department for Hilton Supply Management. While ensuring compliance with the corporate-wide diversity strategy, he also seeks to incorporate innovative best practice programs in supplier processes and supplier diversity.
Exemplifying his commitment to supplier diversity, Mr. Lona serves on numerous prestigious and diverse organizations that impact the hospitality industry, including: Chair of the Capital Region MSDC; Chair of the NMSDC Hospitality Industry Group; Chair of the ISM Supplier Diversity Group; Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Board member of the United Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Lona has earned numerous awards and recognitions, including: “Corporate Champion of the Year” (United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce), “Advocate of the Year” (Asian Business Association), “Volunteer of the Year” (National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development). Under his leadership Hilton’s supplier diversity program has earned numerous awards and recognition.
Mr. Lona holds a BS in Marketing from California State University Long Beach and has completed two years of studies at the University of San Francisco Law School. Mr. Lona is also certified by the Institute for Supply Management as a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD).
Supplier Diversity Manager
Jackie LaJoie has overall leadership responsibility for Supplier Diversity and Supplier Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand. In this role, she is responsible for building a world class program, driving results and integrating supplier diversity and supplier sustainability into the corporate strategy throughout the enterprise.
Prior to joining the Council, Jackie served as Vice President of the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council, Director of Supplier Diversity at Merck and Manager of Supplier Diversity at legacy AT&T. She has more than 27 years of experience in successful program development and implementation.
Jackie has been recognized nationally for her leadership and service in the Supplier Diversity field. She has a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from High Point University and an MBA from Wake Forest University.
Senior Vice President, IT Chief Financial Officer and CPO
Angie Klett is senior vice president IT CFO and Chief Procurement Officer (CPO). As CFO, Angie is a strategic business partner to CIO Mike Keller, providing financial planning and reporting on the $1B+ IT budget. Since a great deal of technology spend is sourced externally from suppliers, there’s a tight link to Angie’s responsibilities as CPO where she leads $13B of strategic sourcing and procurement for Nationwide.
Previously, Angie served as Vice President CFO for P&C Personal Lines and Standard Commercial lines where she was responsible for developing the 5-year financial plan, forecasting and reporting for both agency and direct.
Angie began her career as an accountant in the financial services side of Nationwide. She held a number of roles in finance before jumping into the property and casualty business where she spent nearly half of her career in leadership positions across sales and service centers, marketing, and product management.
Angie holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Chartered Financial Consultant designation and is a CPA. She currently serves as Treasurer and chair of the finance committee on the Berger Health System board in her local community of Circleville Ohio. Additionally, she and her husband own and operate Burr Oak Nursery on their 70 acres.
Senior Vice President, Head of Innovations and R&D
Bipin Sahni is a senior vice president and leads the Innovation and R&D team, which focuses on working with future technologies and defining Wells Fargo’s future vision for customer interactions, mobile experience, mobile payments, authentication, and big data, among other initiatives.
He co-leads the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator, which mentors and helps startups refine their potential breakthrough technologies for financial services, and sits on the program’s Investment Committee. He also co-led the development of the Wells Fargo Wallet solution for Android.
Prior to his current role, Bipin led the customer-facing front-end channels for Wholesale Services Group. His portfolio includes the award-winning Commercial Electronic Office® (CEO®) Portal, CEO Mobile®, and authentication and entitlement systems for Wholesale. Bipin also led the Research & Development team, which looked at emerging technologies, and the Data Migration Team, which was responsible for data conversion programs for legacy Wachovia customers.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Bipin worked for Hexaware InfoSystems in India as an application developer. He graduated from D Y Patil University, College of Engineering & Technology, in India, and received his MBA from University of Phoenix.
Bipin continues to serve as an advisor to several Bay Area startups, and works closely with notable venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.
RedOctane and Guitar Hero
Charles Huang is a co-founder of RedOctane and the co-creator of the Guitar Hero video game franchise. In 2005, the company published Guitar Hero, which went on to become the fastest video game to reach $1B in sales. Guitar Hero was the best selling video game in the world in 2007 and 2008.
In 2006, Mr. Huang, along with his brother Kai, was elected as one of the top 50 producers in New Media by the Producers Guild of American New Media Council membership which includes such famed movie directors as Jerry Bruckheimer and Brian Grazer.
Mr Huang left Guitar Hero in 2010. He’s been and adviser to many IOT start ups. He’s a board member of Steel Wool, a virtual reality games studio based in Oakland. His lab is Indigo 7, where he works on various music or fashion or health tech projects such as a Singtrix, a karaoke system that integrates professional grade audio engineering.
Mr. Huang immigrated to California as a young child and currently resides in Silicon Valley with his wife and two daughters. Mr. Huang holds BA’s in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. He currently sits on the UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees.
Walgreens Boots Alliance
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.
Director of Procurement
Christina (Chris) Najjar is the Director, Procurement & Operations for AARP and was hired in 2013 to strategize and implement an extensive transformation of the department. Chris has responsibility for managing, developing and implementing supply chain strategies to mitigate risk and streamline operations for the Procurement and Requisitioning Teams. Chris leads a team of professionals who provide sourcing and contracting expertise to internal business clients which includes the Offices of the CEO/CFO/COO, Brand, Media, Research, Foundation, State and Local Communities, Multicultural Markets, Consulting and Professional Services. Chris and her team manage the RFP and negotiations process supporting all client commodities.
Chris graduated with honors from Virginia Tech and has completed the HBS General Management/High Potential Leaders Program.
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.
VP of HS&E and Workforce Development
Associated Builders and Contractors
Greg Sizemore is the Vice President of HS&E and Workforce Development for the Associated Builders and Contractors in Washington, D.C., and has over 30 years as a leader in the engineering and construction industry championing organizational development initiatives and developing and implementing competency-based professional and craft workforce development programs. Under his leadership, his teams have designed and implemented multiple nationally recognized and award-winning educational and workforce development programs and training interventions that have brought value to the companies he has worked with. Sizemore is past chair of the ABC National Craft Championships Committee and NCCER Workforce Development Committee, and he currently serves on several boards. He has been the keynote speaker at workforce development conferences across the country on topics such as high performance work teams, effective communications, and generations in the workforce.
Vice President of Supply Management
Sempra Energy Utility (San Diego Gas & Electric and SoCalGas)
Denita Willoughby is vice president of supply management for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. She is responsible for overseeing the areas of supply management and supplier diversity. Willoughby previously served as regional vice president of external affairs for SoCalGas, where she led the company’s community relations, public affairs, and media & employee communication efforts.
Before joining Sempra Energy, Willoughby held leadership positions at AT&T, which included vice president of television programming during the roll out of U-Verse; vice president of external affairs, leading the company’s government and community affairs activities; and regional sales vice president for SBC Communications.
She serves on the boards of The Center for Global Supply Chain Management at USC, Vision to Learn, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and as board chair for UNITE-LA. She is an advocate for improving educational outcomes for all children and dedicates time to mentoring professionals wishing to advance their careers.
Willoughby has a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Red Kite Business Advisors
Evelyn is an experienced marketing executive with 30+ years in management roles. She managed media budgets exceeding $60 million and worked for companies such as Goodyear, Foodmaker (Jack-in-the-Box Restaurants), and Jenny Craig International. Prior to co-founding Red Kite as a marketing consultancy in 2007, she was with Aviatech, a full service ad agency specializing in digital marketing. In five years she served as SVP Marketing, CMO and COO helping it grow from 12 to 45 employees and revenues from $2M to $10M.
A female pioneer in management at Goodyear, she started in the secretarial pool and helped pave the way for other women to hold management positions in a male workforce, as one of five female managers at the time in the company. Red Kite is certified as a WBE with WBENC, advocating for supplier diversity by working with other WBEs and minority-owned businesses. She’s a former Chair of WBEC-West San Diego Leadership Forum and a Platinum Supplier Program graduate. She has been recognized twice as a finalist for Woman of the Year by San Diego Magazine, and was a recipient of Women Who Mean Business Award from San Diego Business Journal. Active in her community, she serves on several boards of non-profit organizations, including San Diego State University’s Campanile Foundation. Evelyn is a trained professional public speaker, writer, director and producer and assists in live corporate events. She and her husband Bill and two adult children live in San Diego.
VP, Enterprise Chief Architect
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.
Joseph A. Maralit is a Senior Buyer for Powertrain components within the BMW Group’s Purchasing and Supplier Network, America. His current purchasing responsibilities include Exhaust Systems, Rear Differentials, Engines, and Output Shafts for the X3, X4, X5, and X6 Sport Activity vehicles.
Over his 21 year experience at BMW, he has developed extensive knowledge and experience working alongside a number of global Tier 1 suppliers both in their production and aftermarket network. In addition to his involvement of improving supply-chain stability and manufacturing efficiencies, he was also directly involved with the localization of a number of drivetrain components to the NAFTA region.
Initially starting his career in Program Management of new-model launches, he transitioned to the purchasing role in 1999 which encompassed regional responsibilities for Engine Cooling, Transfer Cases, Transmissions and Air Induction systems.
Mr. Maralit is a current member of the BMW – Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research Steering Circle focused on strategic areas including manufacturing and materials, automotive engineering, and industry-relevant projects. His current interests revolve around smart-factories and the use of technology and data to further improve manufacturing throughput and efficiencies.
His community work includes being a volunteer-driver for Loaves & Fishes, a food-rescue ministry, Habitat for Humanity, and supporting the Sunday ministry at The Haven Assisted Living facility, all of which are located in upstate South Carolina.
Mr. Maralit graduated from the University of South Carolina where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, he earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Management from Clemson University.
When not at work, Joseph can often be found in the stands cheering for his wife or any one of his five children; all who play basketball for local leagues around Greenville, SC. Happily enjoying the simple pleasures of life, Joseph and his wife of 22 years currently reside with their family in Taylors, South Carolina.
Director, Global Procurement
Mark Balog joined Ingersoll Rand in July 2012. He has overall commodity management leadership responsibility for Electronics. In this role, he is responsible for building a world class supply base, driving results and integrating supplier diversity and supplier sustainability into the supply base
Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, Mark worked as a commodity director for Motorola and Delphi Automotive Systems (formerly Delco Electronics). Mark began his career as an engineer in reliability and quality. His experience includes supervisory roles in manufacturing in the US and Mexico. Mark became the materials manager for a maquiladora facility before returning to procurement in 1995.
Mark has been active in identifying, mentoring and engaging diverse suppliers for Ingersoll Rand. He works across all commodities selecting suppliers who meet Ingersoll Rand’s needs and values. In prior roles, he helped implement second-tier reporting for electronics suppliers.
Mark’s experience and expertise have been utilized to improve the diversity program at Ingersoll Rand to maximize the identification of quality suppliers. Over the past five years he has participated in the following industry diversity activities:
- BMW diversity initiative and conference
- NMSDC conference
- USPAAC Procurement Conference
- Ingersoll Rand Diversity Day
He has more than 25 years of experience in supply chain including procurement, materials management and operations. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Mark and Karen, his wife, reside in Mooresville, N.C. and have two children. Away from work, Mark enjoys serving his church and is a leader with the Boy Scouts of America.
Michelle Hawkins is Group Vice President of Procurement at Charter Communications and is located in Denver, Colorado. She joined Charter in June 2012 to develop and transform their Procurement organization. Michelle and her team provide Strategic Sourcing expertise aimed at bringing business value to functional areas across the enterprise. The organization also includes the centralized Purchasing and Contracts Administration functions and is responsible for Charter’s Supplier Diversity program.
Michelle’s career began in the telecommunications industry. She spent 22 years at Motorola in various leadership positions in both Direct and Indirect Strategic Procurement. While at Motorola, she had global responsibility with team members in 16 different countries. Michelle also spent one year at Nokia Siemens Networks while she led the procurement integration after the acquisition of the former Motorola Networks business.
Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Materials and Logistics Management from Michigan State University and a MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI and holds a Global Leadership Certificate from Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 2010, she was a Board Member of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Michelle also was an instructor for “Leadership in Supply Management” at DePaul University as part of their continuing education program in effort to prepare participants for ISM’s CPSM certification. Michelle is a 2016 BMLI Graduate, Class #33 and a member of WICT.
Co-founder of Hobo Labs Founder, Former CEO of Rotten Tomatoes Executive Producer of "The Heavenly Kings
Rotten Tomatoes, Hobo Labs
Co-founder of Hobo Labs, making guild-based casual mobile games.
Co-founder and former CEO of alivenotdead.com, an online community for artists and their fans. Sold to mig33 February 2014.
Executive Producer of “The Heavenly Kings”, directed by Daniel Wu (Best New Director, 2007 Hong Kong Film Awards).
Co-founder and former CEO of Rotten Tomatoes, a leading entertainment website focused on movie reviews and news and one of the top 600 most trafficked sites in the world. Sold to IGN Entertainment June 2004.
Co-founder and former CEO of Design Reactor (designreactor.com), an internet marketing firm focused on the entertainment industry. Clients included Disney, ABC, Warner Bros., and Artisan Entertainment, among others.
Advisor to Casetagram, Instaread (IDreamBooks), LEEO, Frenzoo, and SupportBee.
Mentor at various SOSV Accelerators (MOX, Chinaccelerator, Leap.Axlr8r), Founder Institute, Gateway Incubator, Berkeley LAUNCH Startup Accelerator, nest.vc, and CoCoon HK.
#55 on Bizzabo’s list of
“The 100 Most Wanted Speakers at Tech Conferences” (Mar 12, 2014):
Holds a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Global Supply Chain
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
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.
Senior Manager of Supply Chain
Southern California Edison
Scott Yoshikawa is a Sr. Supply Chain Manager at Southern California Edison. He manages roughly $300M in annual direct service procurements covering a variety of categories including Environmental Services, Transportation, Civil Construction and Electrical Generation. Southern California Edison is the primary electricity utility company in Southern California providing over 85 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to 15 million people covering a territory of 50,000 square miles.
SVP & CIO, Information Technology
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.
VP of Purchasing
Wes joined Clark in 1996 as a Project Engineer with the Company’s Purchasing Department. In the years since, he has been responsible for purchasing an abundance of projects throughout the country, including the Roman L. Hruska U.S. Courthouse in Omaha, Nebraska and San Antonio Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Promoted to Purchasing Agent in 1999, Wes was instrumental in successfully purchasing the American Red Cross and National Institute of Standards and testing projects in the Mid-Atlantic Region. In 2002, he was promoted to Senior Purchasing Agent where he continued to strengthen the Company’s relationships with its subcontractors on projects such as 575 7th Street and 901 New York Avenue in Washington, DC and Largo Station in Largo, Maryland. Most recently, Wes led purchasing efforts on the Waterview project – a landmark, one-million-square-foot, mixed-use complex in Arlington, Virginia and the $408 million dollar, one-million- square-foot, Design/Build DC Major League National’s Ballpark.
Wes holds bachelor’s degrees with a concentration on facilities management from Norfolk State University and Widener University. He is an active leader in a number of Company initiatives, including the Clark Corporate University and Boot Camp and is involved in community outreach programs for So Others Might Eat (SOME), Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April and Peaceoholics.
Wes and his wife, Michelle, live in Great Falls, Virginia with their two daughters, Loren and Reilly. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, traveling, community service and spending time with his family.
Wes’s Purchainsing Team develops bid packages, conducts pre-bid-conferences, performs scoping activities, negotiates subcontracts and purchase orders, drafts subcontract scope descriptions, assembles and distributes subcontracts and purchase orders, tracks all activities and ensures that they are executed properly. His Team also assists in the procurement of fast-track components in order to make certain that critical milestone dates are maintained and achieved to ensure each projects success.
Wes also commonly serves as the CBE Coordinator to ensure that the goals of each projects minority subcontracting plans are achieved. Wes developes bid packages specific to the minority business community, coordinates opportunity fairs and other activities in support of Clark Project Team’s. Because so much of the subcontracted work needs to be procured as “fast-track” or “early release” packages, it is critical that Wes be involved from the very onset of the project to ensure that the Clark Team maximizes opportunities for the certified business enterprises. By being involved early on, Wes’ Team can help both monitor and drive subcontractor interest, and can help align appropriate subcontractors with suitable work packages.
SVP Global Directs/ AMENA Procurement
Brian joined PepsiCo in June of 2015 to lead the strategic sourcing and procurement agenda for PepsiCo’s Direct Procurement area and is accountable for $10 billion spend annually. His areas of responsibility include global rigid and flexible packaging, energy, sweeteners and print graphics and quality. He also has Procurement responsibility for the AMENA sector.
Brian joined PepsiCo from Mondelez/Kraft where he spent 20 years in roles of increasing responsibility. He had roles in commodities, direct materials, indirect materials & services, 3rd party manufacturing and strategy and has been based in both Chicago and Atlanta. He then moved to Singapore where he led Kraft Foods’ Asia Pacific Procurement organization. During those five years, he integrated the acquisitions of Danone biscuit and Cadbury with new geographies, organizations and product portfolio. Most recently he spent four years in Zurich where he was responsible for the global Chocolate Category Procurement organization.
Brian holds a BS in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and an MS in Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
PG & E
Gun S. Shim is Vice President of Supply Chain Management for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is responsible for PG&E’s Supply Chain policies and standards, responsible for Strategic Sourcing, enhancing supplier relationships, materials and inventory management, logistics, Supplier Quality Assurance, and Logistics Emergency Response.
Shim has over 25 years of supply chain and procurement experience. Before joining PG&E in September 2009, he was the Vice President, Procurement with T-Mobile USA. Prior to this role, Shim spent over 17 years with SBC Communications, now AT&T, where he held various vice president positions within Shared Services and Supply Chain. At SBC, Shim was one of the leaders who led supply chain merger integrations which included some of the largest mergers at that time.
He was also a principle owner of GS and Company that provided project management and strategic sourcing solutions. As a principal, Shim specialized in raising venture capital for web-enabled buying portals and forming consortium buying groups targeted at specific categories.
Shim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. He serves on several boards that help advance supply chain principles and practices.
Vice President, Operational Services and Chief Procurement Officer
Southern California Edison
Douglas Bauder is vice president, Operational Services and chief procurement officer at Southern California Edison (SCE). He is responsible for the strategic direction of Operational Services, including supply chain management, supplier diversity and development, transportation services, environmental services and corporate real estate. As chief procurement officer, he oversees purchasing of services and materials in excess of $4 billion annually to support the company’s goals to provide safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy.
Prior to this position, Bauder served as vice president and station manager for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). After joining SCE in February 2009, Bauder was responsible for all aspects of a dual unit nuclear plant. He was in charge of strategic planning and improvements in station regulatory performance and industry excellence. Bauder also provided oversight of day-to-day plant activities associated with the operation and maintenance of the plant, security, training, engineering, procurement and the implementation of major projects.
Before his tenure at SCE, Bauder served as the plant general manager for Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Maryland. During his 20 years at Calvert Cliffs, he led all aspects of plant management and implemented a site excellence plan, as well as a standard integrated program, that directly contributed to improved business performance functions.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. Bauder also served as a United States Naval Submarine Officer in Norfolk, Virginia. He is also a graduate of Edison International’s Executive Edge Program.
VP and Chief Technology Officer
MGM Resorts International, Inc.
Joshua Soliz has held the position of Vice President and Chief Technology Officer with MGM Resorts International since 2012. In this position he leads the strategic direction for the MGMRI Architecture, Engineering and Innovation Delivery teams. This includes Architecture and Engineering of critical services for MGM Resorts International such as Infrastructure, Cloud (IaaS and SaaS), and commercial applications. He is also the primary advisor on multiple innovation initiatives and is leading a small team of staff for mode 2 delivery.
Prior to his promotion in 2012, Joshua was the Vice President of Global Infrastructure Management for MGM Resorts International Information Technology Department.
Joshua has over 18 years of experience in hospitality. Prior to joining the company, Joshua was the Director of IT Infrastructure for a global timeshare company, Sunterra Corporation (now Diamond Resorts International) in North Las Vegas and has worked for very large companies such as General Motors and AT&T. Joshua has been working in IT Infrastructure for over 25 years and is known for his excellence in crisis management while providing innovation, value creation, and technology leadership.
Joshua is the president of the Technology & Diversity for Charity board of directors and is a member of the Collaboration Leaders Council for Switch Data Centers.
Joshua is a native of Ohio and was educated at Purdue University and UNLV and holds various technology and process improvement certifications.
Government & NGOs
OSDBU - Department of Energy
Christy Jackiewicz is the Acting Director for the Department of Energy’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (DOE- OSDBU) and leads the charge to institutionalize the use of small businesses and fully integrate them into the Department’s competitive base of contractors.
Prior to joining OSDBU, Christy spent her career at the General Services Administration (GSA) in various managerial capacities, most recently as the National Director of Customer Care and Outreach, Office of Small Business Utilization. In this role, she was instrumental in creating efficiencies for businesses to contract with the government through strategic and innovative customer relationship management and program process improvements. Prior to that, she was the Principal Advisor to the Associate Administrator and helped develop and implement the agency’s comprehensive small business program strategies. Christy began her career as a contract specialist, with a focus on acquisition policy, where her passion for small business blossomed.
Michelle E. Warren
OSDBU - U.S. Department of Agriculture
In October 2010, Michelle Warren was assigned Program Manager in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) within U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In December 2015, Michelle was appointed Deputy Director in OSDBU and still holds that position. It is her responsibility to provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to participate in USDA contracting activities. Michelle coordinates and participates in events all over the country with high level USDA officials and others to promote federal contracting opportunities for small businesses.
Michelle’s philosophy is, “Think about what you want to do, DO IT, then think about what you have done!”
E. Darlene Bullock
OSDBU - Department of Homeland Security
E. Darlene Bullock began serving as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in June 2015. Ms. Bullock is also a Senior Procurement Analyst in the OSDBU serving as the Program Manager for several small business programs to include: 8(a), small disadvantaged, and women-owned. She also is a Desk Officer providing technical procurement and small business support to four DHS operational contracting offices.
Ms. Bullock has over 25 years of experience in procurement, federal assistance, and acquisitions management. Ms. Bullock has held leadership positions at several Federal and local agencies including the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters, U.S. Agency for International Development, U. S. Department of Commerce, District of Columbia Government, and the U.S. Army.
Asian American, Other Minority & Small Businesses
Co-Founder & President
As Co-founder and President of Akraya Inc., a multiple award-winning solutions staffing firm, Sonu Ratra is a strong believer that with success comes with responsibility. An entrepreneur with a charitable heart and a never-say-die spirit, Ratra is passionate about giving back to the community. Over the years, she has been an avid supporter for women’s empowerment and is currently spearheading an initiative called “Women Back to Work,” a workforce re-entry program for women.
In the staffing industry, Ratra has been recognized as a highly motivated and focused thought-leader. Besides leading Akraya’s aggressive growth strategies, Ratra serves on the Board of Directors at the Institute of Economic Empowerment for Women to support their Peace through Business program. She is also part of the Northern California Astra Women’s Business Alliance leadership group.
A past winner of the Enterprising Woman of the Year Award, Ratra has received several accolades including the Woman of Influence Award, the Stevie Award for Women Helping Women and the Soroptimist Ruby Award, amongst others.
Akraya, Inc. is a multinational IT staffing and managed servicesfirm headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Akraya specializes in contingent staffing, permanent placement, managed services and managed projects in the areas of IT, Engineering, Creative and Marketing. This year Akraya celebrates 15 years of providing preferred staffing solutions to Fortune 500 enterprises and innovative start-ups. Named Best Places to Work for three consecutive years, Akraya’s other accolades include being namedBest Staffing Company to Work For, Best Staffing Company to Temp For and Healthiest Employer.
Founder & CEO
Brian Wong is the 26-year-old co-founder and CEO of Kiip. Kiip (pronounced “keep”) redefines how brands connect with consumers through a rewards platform that targets “achievement moments” in mobile games and apps. This innovative approach to mobile marketing creates meaningful engagements between consumers and brands. Backed by Verizon Ventures, AmEx Ventures, US Cellular, North Atlantic Capital, Hummer Winblad, Relay Ventures, True Ventures, and others, the company has raised over $32 million in funding to date.
Kiip has been recognized by Forbes as one of the “4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List,” named on the Dow Jones “FasTech50” and is listed on Fast Company’s “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.” Once the youngest person to ever receive venture capital funding, Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18, after skipping four K-12 grades.
Brian has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including:
- Business Insider’s “Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley,” “30 Under 30 in Advertising” and “18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising”
- Forbes’ “30 under 30” for three years in a row, and then a judge for 2016
- Mashable’s “Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch”
- iMedia’s top “25”
- AdAge’s “Creativity Top 50”
- Canadian Business’ Change Agents for 2016
Before starting Kiip, Brian led key publisher and tech partnerships at the social news website Digg.com, where he accelerated the company’s mobile presence by launching the Digg Android mobile app.
Brian launched his first book, The Cheat Code, in September 2016, published by Crown Business / Penguin Random House. The Cheat Code contains 71 bitesized and virtually effortless shortcuts to get a leg up on the competition, garner attention for creative thinkers and their ideas, and to accelerate success. The book has been featured by Forbes, CNBC, Elle, The Telegraph, The Globe and Mail, and many more publications around the world, and is quickly becoming the go-to book for entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial advice for our generation.
CEO & Chairman
Itech Global Group
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.
David U. Lee
David U. Lee is the founder and CEO of Leeding Media, a production, finance and marketing company that serves as a bridge between the U.S. and Chinese entertainment industries. The company works with American studios, filmmakers and rights holders as well as Chinese investors, distributors and media companies to identify, negotiate and execute mutually beneficial partnerships and co-productions. Lee’s expertise on business opportunities and practices in China and the U.S. is highly sought after by prominent companies in both countries.
Since its formation in 2007, with offices in both Los Angeles and Beijing, Leeding Media has become the premier independent aggregator and marketer of world-class films in China. In collaboration with its partners, Leeding Media has marketed 12 feature films theatrically and controls exclusive digital distribution rights to nearly 500 titles in China. They include such award-winning and critically acclaimed films as Million Dollar Baby, Whiplash, Nightcrawler, Rush, Bobby, A Single Man and Kinsey, as well as blockbusters including Divergent, Insurgent, Ender’s Game, Ghost Rider 2 and Underworld.
In 2014 the company helped orchestrate the launch of the groundbreaking Chinese subscription streaming service Lionsgate Entertainment World, a joint venture between Alibaba Group and Lionsgate. Leeding Media continues to aggregate and license Chinese digital rights to titles from the libraries of companies including IM Global Films, Exclusive Media, Lakeshore Entertainment, Myriad Pictures, Voltage Pictures and Intermedia.
Lee has played instrumental roles in five groundbreaking film productions in China. Most recently he served as U.S. post-production producer on director Jiang Wen’s Gone with the Bullets. In 2011 he produced Inseparable, starring two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey. In 2009 Lee advised China Film Group Corporation on the structuring of its co-production with Sony Pictures Entertainment on The Karate Kid, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. Lee is a co-executive producer of Shanghai starring John Cusack, Gong Li and Chow Yun-fat, and The Forbidden Kingdom, the most successful China-U.S. co-production in history, which stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
In 2009 Lee was named an inaugural member of The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation Asia, which honored rising young stars of Asia’s media and entertainment industry. He is frequently invited to speak at major China-U.S. entertainment industry conferences.
Lee was born in China and raised in Los Angeles. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California before starting his entertainment career at Miramax and serving in various positions at Telemundo, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Revolution Studios.
After returning to USC and receiving his MBA in 2004, Lee move to Beijing where he joined the venture-capital arm of American publishing firm IDG Asia. As director, and later vice president of business development for IDG, he oversaw the launch of the Chinese edition of entertainment-industry trade paper Variety.
Wu & Associates
A licensed architect in numerous states with over 20 years of building industry experience, Kirby Wu brings a unique blend of design and construction knowledge to the Wu & Associates design-build practice, a second-generation family-owned business founded in 1990.
After graduating with honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Industrial Management, Mr. Wu worked as a Project Architect for a prominent design firm prior to joining Wu & Associates in 1996. He advanced to Vice President after obtaining a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University, and became President in 2010.
Through Mr. Wu’s leadership, Wu & Associates has grown its portfolio to deliver multi-million dollar construction projects nationally to the nation’s most distinguished clients, ranging from federal agencies to Fortune 500 customers. With an award-winning project list including military complexes, national historic monuments, nuclear submarine berths, and educational facilities, the firm’s success is reflected in the national recognition it continually receives for demonstrating excellence in construction, sustainability, safety, and diversity. Another hallmark of leadership is the company’s achievement of the U.S. Green Building Council’s first LEED Platinum Certification for Existing Buildings in the entire State of New Jersey.
Outside of Wu & Associates, Mr. Wu serves as the past Northeast Region Vice Chair and current Diversity Committee Member for the Associated Builders and Contractors, a national organization of 70 chapters and 21,000 members; he also serves as the current Northeast Region President for the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, a national organization promoting Asian American-owned businesses. Mr. Wu is a sought-after lecturer on business and architecture for professional audiences, and an avid mentor for small and diverse businesses.
Tim is currently the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a realtime legal analytics platform that uses AI and natural language processing to help global organizations take control of their government risk and understand the law. The 150person company now powers some of the world’s largest and most influential law firms, legal departments, and governments. With Hwang’s technology and over $30M+ in funding from the likes of Mark Cuban, Jerry Yang, Steve Case, NEA, Renren and others, FiscalNote is revolutionizing access to legislation, regulations, and court cases for organizations around the world.
Prior to starting FiscalNote from a Motel 6 in Silicon Valley, Hwang started his career in politics as a field organizer for the Obama ‘08 campaign. He was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education a year later, overseeing a budget of over $4 Billion for 22,000 public employees. Tim also served as the President of the 750,000 member National Youth Association and the founder of Operation Fly. Inc., a national 501(c)(3) organization that served innercity children in underprivileged areas around the country.
Tim was profiled in Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc. 30 Under 30, CNN’s Top 10 Startups, Business Insiders Top 25 Hottest Startups, and many others. He is a graduate of Princeton and currently deferring Harvard Business School. He is also currently a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and a member of the The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
Softpath System LLC
Sushumna Roy began her career in HR over 20 years ago, her ability to quickly understand the needs of a customer along with her dedication and commitment to excellence in her profession led her to Co-Found Softpath System in 1999 with Ravi Chander. Softpath System is a certified Women and Minority Owned Business Enterprise. Softpath is a Workforce and Solutions provider to businesses of all sizes including some of the Fortune 500 companies across the United States.
As Softpath System’s President, Sushumna Roy Jalajam is responsible for Company’s day-to-day operations, as well as leading the company’s Staffing and Technology strategy. Today the company has about 500 employees with a team that represents the industry’s best and brightest talent. Recently Softpath was awarded the Investment Partner of the Year-2014 by Informatica for its contribution to Informatica and MDM Technology. Sushumna has nearly 20 years of experience in management in the IT industry including 3 years in the educational industry. Sushumna and her team are committed to providing unparalleled service and value to their customers.
Sushumna holds a Master’s Degree in Literature with honors from Osmania University, India and has earned a Master’s in Business Management from the prestigious IMS, India.