CTO & CIO Forum
As the world transitions to the 4th Industrial Revolution with disruptive technologies such as Blockchain, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, innovation and new solutions are being created by businesses on all levels – from startups, small and medium enterprises to Fortune powerhouses. A must-attend forum to hear what technology thought leaders, drivers and diverse innovators think of this transformative and emerging frontier that could signify “business unusual” from here on out.
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer Prog & App ServicesNationwide Insurance
Guru (Guruprasad) Vasudeva
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer Prog & App Services
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.
Senior Vice President & Chief Information OfficerCenterPoint Energy
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Gary is Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for CenterPoint Energy. He is responsible for technology operations solutions and infrastructure across CenterPoint Energy’s electric transmission and distribution and power generation, natural gas distribution and competitive energy business, which serves more than 7 million customers in eight states.
With 40 years of utility experience, Gary previously worked for TXU Energy where he led the delivery & operations of customer solutions for the retail, operating and marketing technologies. Prior to that, he was at Deloitte Consulting in the energy practice. Gary delivered consulting services on strategy, operations and large-scale implementation of customer, field services and enterprise solutions for regulated and deregulated companies providing electric, gas and competitive services. His energy career started at Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, a regional regulated utility providing services to customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas. At OGE, he was involved in the construction of three 550 megawatt power plants as well as the expansion of service and electric facilities across OGE’s service territory. He led the transmission engineering and land management departments. In 1996, he also led the SAP implementation for transmission and distribution operations, field services, facilities and transportation management.
Gary received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University and is a registered professional engineer and land surveyor.
Chief Technology OfficerCVS Health
Chief Technology Officer
Claus Jensen is the Chief Technology Officer for CVS Health, leading Technology Innovation, Business Transformation Incubation, Architecture Planning, Delivery and Forensics, Digital Integration and M&A activities across CVS Health. Plays a pivotal role in becoming a trusted health partner delivering a connected experience.
Claus is a transformational change agent. He and his team have been instrumental in critical initiatives such as defining and executing the Next Gen Platform strategy, creating a 3 year business platform transformation roadmap, launching the Digital Transformation program and optimizing the quality of Provider Directories.
Claus has been with CVS Health/Aetna since February 2015. His prior background spans 20 years of transformational leadership roles at Danske Bank and IBM. During his time at IBM he was a trusted advisor on business and IT transformation journeys for many of the Fortune 100 companies.
Claus enjoys learning about world history and spends his vacations exploring different parts of the United States with his wife and two daughters.
Claus has a PhD in Computer Science from Aarhus University, Denmark. He is a thought leader in business and IT integration, holds 14 patents, and is a published author of five books and numerous articles.
Vice President, Strategy and ModernizationICF International
Vice President, Strategy and Modernization
Evan Lee is currently the Vice President, Strategy and Modernization for ICF International, a global consulting and technology services company. Prior to joining ICF, Evan served as the Chief Technology Officer for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.
Evan was responsible for helping HHS-OIG adopt proven industry IT practices and modern technologies to enhance mission capabilities in fighting fraud, waste and abuse in the $1.2 Trillion HHS portfolio. Evan’s focus was to establish Digital Service, implement federal mandates for IT Modernization, Data Accountability and Transparency, and Developing a Modern Workforce. In less than two years, Evan’s team rapidly and successfully deployed a secure and compliant multi-cloud hybrid infrastructure, enabling modern descriptive analytics, and high-performance computing, machine learning based predictive analytics. Previously, Evan served as the Chief Architect for the Administrative Offices of the U.S. Courts, where he led efforts in modernizing legacy systems, implementing Agile transformation, and adopting cloud computing.
Evan has also led multiple cloud, DevOps, and Digital Services related efforts throughout the Department of Homeland Security. Evan’s team deployed the first fully functional continuous integration, continuous delivery and continuous deployment platform in Amazon Web Services for the award-winning myUSCIS program at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The program was featured with President Obama at SXSW 2016, and TED Talks 2016 as the model for delivering modern digital government services. Before joining the government in 2012, Evan was the Vice President of Technology for a successful startup that focused on developing personality, cognitive and attitude assessments for hiring, training, and employee development. Evan is a graduate of George Mason University, with a B.S. in Computer Science.
Deputy Chief TechnologistNASA Johnson Space Center
Deputy Chief Technologist
NASA Johnson Space Center
Ronnie Clayton is the Deputy Chief Technologist at the NASA Johnson Space Center, serving as a principal advisor to the Center Director for technology, and assisting the JSC Chief Technologist as the Center points of contact for the Agency Chief Technologist and the Space Technology Mission Directorate. He helps guide JSC’s technology investment strategy and integrating and managing the comprehensive technology portfolio.
Ronnie’s previous assignments were in the Space Shuttle Program (SSP) Office at JSC. He worked in both the SSP Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) Office and the SSP Cargo Integration Office. In the SE&I Office he provided systems engineering for the Space Shuttle Main Propulsion System and Avionics Electrical Systems. He also coordinated Electromagnetic Environmental Effects analyses and testing for the Shuttle Program. In the Cargo Integration Office he provided electrical integration of Space Shuttle payloads and other Orbiter and crew electrical support equipment. The payload electrical integration included negotiating and defining the payload electrical interfaces with the Space Shuttle Orbiters and analyzing and integrating those requirements for each specific mission. Electrical interfaces were provided for both cargo bay payloads and pressurized crew compartment payloads and experiments. He negotiated interfaces and configured the Orbiter vehicles for payloads including Hubble Space Telescope, Spacelab, Spacehab, Tethered Satellite, Shuttle-MIR docking and ultimately ISS assembly and docking.
Ronnie earned a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He was awarded a NASA Silver Snoopy for his cargo integration work.
Ronnie is married and the proud father of three daughters. In his spare time, he kayaks, golfs, bicycles and spends time with his family.
Global Chief Information Officer & Head of OperationsVeeva Systems
Global Chief Information Officer & Head of Operations
Catherine is an industry-leading technology executive with extensive experience in roles spanning the commercial and industrial software business, from strategy through delivery. Her experience includes large and small enterprises in both the commercial and non-profit sectors, and she has led both technology and business operations. She has additional expertise in contract and intellectual property law and has served as liaison with counsel in several leadership positions.
In her current role, Catherine serves as Global Chief Information Officer and Head of Operations at Veeva Systems, a fast-growing enterprise cloud software provider headquartered in Silicon Valley with 2,800 employees and offices around the world (NYSE: VEEV). Catherine also serves as the site leader of Veeva’s second U.S. corporate hub office in Columbus, OH.
Catherine serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati, a consortium of Cincinnati Fortune 100 executives, civic leaders, and secondary educators focused on STEM education and technology career readiness for high school students. She also serves on the Advisory Boards for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University and the School of Information Technology at the University of Cincinnati.
Previously, Catherine served as both Chief Information Officer and Chief Operating Officer at KnowledgeWorks, a social enterprise focused on reinventing secondary education in America. Catherine’s IT team developed and supported a large SaaS LMS and technologies that enable the analysis of national education and community data. Catherine also lead the Foundation’s strategy, Board of Directors, HR, and Legal departments.
Catherine was responsible for the Software Engineering Division at The Kroger Company, the $180B national leader in grocery retail. Her team of 200 developed solutions for Kroger’s stores, customers, distribution centers, logistics, employee base, and manufacturing facilities, utilizing a broad base of technologies, from J2EE to .NET to SOA.
Prior to Kroger, Catherine served as President and CTO of a SaaS business that provided internet search, shopping, and advertising solutions to media companies throughout the US. She also served as VP & GM of the software division of The Standard Register Company, where her team designed and produced digital graphics and print software, digital asset management, and eProcurement solutions. Catherine’s early career was spent in Silicon Valley at PeopleSoft, Inc., where she spent 12 years in various executive roles including as a Vice President in the Tools & Technology products organization. She was responsible for product development teams, maintenance development, the global support center, security, and maintaining executive level relationships with PeopleSoft's C-level customer base.
Catherine is a Level 1 Sommelier and a concert pianist that performs regularly with high school instrumentalists.