Programs

CTO & CIO Forum

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.

Speakers 2018

Jacob Hsu 2018

Jacob Hsu

CEO

Catalyte

Jacob Hsu

CEO
Catalyte

Jacob Hsu is the CEO of Catalyte (www.catalyte.io), one of the largest software engineering services companies in the United States. Catalyte advances human potential for the digital revolution by using artificial intelligence to identify individuals, regardless of background, who have the innate potential and cognitive ability to be great software developers. With development centers in Baltimore, Chicago, Portland, and soon Boston and Salt Lake City, Catalyte has created a diverse and US-based technology workforce to help companies scale software innovation.

Prior to Catalyte, Mr. Hsu was CEO of Symbio, a global software engineering and R&D services company. He transformed Symbio from an early stage startup to a global diversified IT services company. Together with its parent company VXI, Symbio had over 23,000 employees around the world.

Before joining Symbio, he was the founding CEO of Trilogica, a data aggregation software company, and the founding CEO of Epitome, a banking applications company. Mr. Hsu began his career in investment banking focused on mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Hsu has also co-founded or been a founding investor in over thirty other companies in the United States and Asia. He received his bachelors from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and was named by Chief Executive Magazine as one of the world's Top 12 Young Global Leaders of Tomorrow and as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Mr. Hsu is a founding member of the Markle Foundation’s Rework America Task Force, focused on modernizing the nation’s outdated labor market and unlocking economic opportunity for American job seekers, workers and businesses. He is also a board member of Welcoming America, which helps cities in the US be more welcoming of new immigrants.

Scott Dillion

Scott Dillon

Executive Vice President, Head of Enterprise Information Technology

Wells Fargo

Scott Dillon

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

Steve Hagood

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Ingersoll Rand

Steve Hagood

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Ingersoll Rand

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.

Guru Vasudeva

Guru (Guruprasad) Vasudeva

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer Prog & App Services

Nationwide Insurance

Guru (Guruprasad) Vasudeva

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer Prog & App Services
Nationwide Insurance

Guru Vasudeva is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Program & Application Services at Nationwide Mutual Insurance, a $27 billion revenue financial services and insurance company. In this role, Guru manages a shared services organization that provides program and project management, application development, and requirements and testing for the enterprise. He is also responsible for the delivery of large and complex programs, Lean and Agile transformation of application development and maintenance functions across Nationwide.

Prior to this role, Guru held several senior leadership positions at Nationwide including Enterprise Chief Technology Officer, Business Unit CIO, and Chief Architect.

Faye Francy

Faye Francy

Executive Director

Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC)

Faye Francy

Executive Director
Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC)

Faye Francy is the Executive Director for the Auto-ISAC.  This non-profit organization was established in August of 2015 and serves the global automotive industry through the analysis and sharing of trusted and timely cyber threat information about existing or potential cyber-related threats and vulnerabilities for on-road vehicle electronics and associated networks.  The ED is actively engaged with private-sector stakeholders, partners and government agencies to facilitate information sharing and strengthen the industry's capability and capacity to detect, prevent, respond to, and mitigate disruptions related to the connected vehicle and supporting infrastructure.

Jin Zhang

Jin Zhang

Director of Product

Amazon

Jin Zhang

Director of Product
Amazon

Named Women of Influence by Silicon Valley Business Journal, Jin Zhang is a technology executive with both Fortune 100 and startup experience in enterprise software.  She delivered 8-figure revenue at IBM, led engineering at Apigee to its IPO, and is now Director of Product at Amazon. Jin speaks regularly at technical conference and owns multiple patents in analytics.  She is passionate about promoting diversity in technical companies, and she spends her spare time teaching product management and innovation at Stanford University (CSP).

Faraz Iqbal

Faraz Iqbal

Chief Operating Officer

Naranga

Faraz Iqbal

Chief Operating Officer
Naranga

Faraz is a technology executive with over 20 years of expertise in managing software design and development, project management, client services and professional services. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Naranga and is responsible for the day to day operations and general management of the company. In this role Faraz has helped establish Naranga as a Premier Technology service provider in the Franchise Space.

Prior to Naranga, he worked for Velti (a multi-national leader in the mobile marketing space), and led project management, client relationship management, professional services management, client support management and delivery. Faraz also worked in IT Consulting and held various leadership roles, and in Online Marketing creating systems that built online user loyalty (notably for the Official NASCAR Membership Club).

Faraz has an MBA in International Business and a PMP certification.

George Linares

​George Linares

Chief Technology Officer

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

​George Linares

Chief Technology Officer
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

George Linares is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As CTO, George serves as one of the Agency's principal officials responsible for information technology (IT) at CMS in the following areas: systems architecture & security, platforms and networks. George advocates the optimization of CMS' IT investments and proposes enhancements to CMS IT and information technology practices to maintain cost-effective offerings, with an emphasis on the ever evolving and maturing of CMS’ technical environment.