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Our speakers at Modern Finance Experience represent a range of thought leaders, business executives, and finance practitioners. Here's a preview of this year's featured speaker lineup.
A world-renowned innovation strategy and growth expert, Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen is repeatedly recognized as one of the most influential living management thinkers in the world, topping the Thinkers50 list in 2011 and 2013. He revolutionized conventional management thinking with the New York Times best-seller, "The Innovator's Dilemma," which explored the radical paradox that great companies fail by making the "right decisions" in the "wrong" situations. The idea behind Professor Christensen's book "The Innovator's Solution" is don't sell products and services to customers; address their jobs to be done. The Jobs to be Done theory is the focus of his forthcoming book, "Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice." By understanding what causes customers to "hire" a product or service, businesses can improve innovation track records and uncover new growth opportunities.
A widely sought after speaker, advisor, and board member, Professor Christensen's research continues to be applied to national economies, start-up, and Fortune 50 companies, as well as to early- and late-stage investing. He is also an experienced entrepreneur, having started three successful companies: CPS Technologies, innovation consulting firm Innosight, and investment firm Rose Park Advisors specializing in disruptive innovation.
Yuri van Geest is a passionate professional, author, international keynote speaker and entrepreneur on exponential emerging technologies. He has a strong background in corporates, agencies, central government, startups, and his own innovation company Trend8.
Yuri is co-author of the bestselling book called Exponential Organizations with Salim Ismail, Mike Malone and Peter Diamandis. The book is about the fundamentally new ways startups and corporates are organized internally and externally to deal with disruption, exponential technologies and accelerated change. This the first book by Singularity University Press globally.
Yuri is the Dutch Ambassador of Singularity University, Managing Director of the Singularity University Summit Europe and a triple alumnus of the Singularity University, Exponential Medicine and Exponential Finance. He was co-founder/lead organizer of successful corporate hackathons and non-profit events & communities like Quantified Self Europe and Amsterdam, Mobile Monday Amsterdam, Lean Startup NL and TEDxAmsterdam. Yuri was a key member of the Topteam Creative Industry within the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation in the central Dutch government which focused on driving innovation at the ecosystem level.
Yuri speaks at large conferences for presidents, CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, CMOs, and CHROs, and Boards about how to execute successful corporate transformation in a time of fast-paced change. He also offers workshops (mentor/host), and training on the implementation of methodologies, practices and tools to help your organization to become an Exponential Organization.
Yuri is also passionate about Liberal Arts, Ethics, Values, and Socratic Design Workshops (a new emerging field he's very excited about).
Matt Soderberg is a principal with Deloitte Consulting's Strategy and Operations group and is the Finance Operations Improvement Leader for the U.S. Matt has over 18 years of finance related experience, and focuses on delivering large scale Finance Transformation programs for industry leading clients. As part of these large transformations, Matt works with clients to realize their vision for finance - optimizing financial processes and new capabilities such as robotics process automation (RPA), and cognitive automation (CA). Prior to joining Deloitte, Matt spent several years identifying potential operational improvements and cost savings opportunities at a Fortune 50 technology company.
Dr. Mark M. Zandi is chief economist of Moody's Analytics, where he directs economic research. Moody's Analytics, a subsidiary of Moody's Corp., is a leading provider of economic research, data and analytical tools. Mark is a cofounder of Economy.com, which Moody's purchased in 2005.
Mark's broad research interests encompass macroeconomics, financial markets and public policy. His recent research has focused on mortgage finance reform and the determinants of mortgage foreclosure and personal bankruptcy. He has analyzed the economic impact of various tax and government spending policies and assessed the appropriate monetary policy response to bubbles in asset markets.
A trusted adviser to policymakers and an influential source of economic analysis for businesses, journalists and the public, Mark frequently testifies before Congress on topics including the economic outlook, the nation's daunting fiscal challenges, the merits of fiscal stimulus, financial regulatory reform, and foreclosure mitigation.
He conducts regular briefings on the economy for corporate boards, trade associations and policymakers at all levels. He is on the board of directors of MGIC, the nation's largest private mortgage insurance company, and The Reinvestment Fund, a large CDFI that makes investments in disadvantaged neighborhoods. He is often quoted in national and global publications and interviewed by major news media outlets, and is a frequent guest on CNBC, NPR, Meet the Press, CNN, and various other national networks and news programs.
Mark is the author of Paying the Price: Ending the Great Recession and Beginning a New American Century, which provides an assessment of the monetary and fiscal policy response to the Great Recession. His other book, Financial Shock: A 360º Look at the Subprime Mortgage Implosion, and How to Avoid the Next Financial Crisis, is described by the New York Times as the "clearest guide" to the financial crisis.
Mark earned his B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and three children in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
Matt Bradley is currently the Senior Vice President, Product Development for Enterprise Performance Management at Oracle.
Matt is an experienced executive with global hands on experience running large and small teams in product strategy and engineering. His current role covers Oracle's EPM footprint – Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting, Financial Consolidation and Management Reporting, delivering both SaaS-based solutions as well as for the more traditional on premise based deployments. He joined Oracle in 2007 as part of Oracle's Hyperion acquisition.
As a VP, Product Development at Hyperion Matt helped led the charge in establishing Hyperion as the market leader within EPM. Prior to joining Hyperion in 2000 Matt held several development lead positions at various Medical Information companies supporting EMR, Casemix Analysis, Decision Support and related subjects.
Matt and his family moved from Ireland to the Bay Area back in 1993. Matt holds a degree in Computer Science from Queens University, Belfast. After graduating in 1989 he started his career in information technology at Oracle.
Chris Donato is Senior Vice President of North American Applications Sales for Oracle Americas. He leads the business' day-to-day operations including its rapidly growing, billion dollar ERP, HCM, Sales Automation, and Service SaaS product sales both direct and indirect, alliances and channels, and business go-to-market. He is responsible for leading the digital transformation for North American customers and partners to realize greater business value through the use of Oracle's Public Cloud. His team spans all business segments including enterprise, commercial, small and mid-market.
Mr. Donato is widely known for his focus on building executive customer engagements, compelling value based selling strategies, and his direct and innovative sales leadership. He brings 25 years of technology and applications industry leadership, computer hardware expertise, and executive management experience to his role with the company.
Prior to this role, Mr. Donato was Senior Vice President of North American Technology and led a billion dollar profit center serving the U.S., Canada, of Middleware, Database, and Engineered Systems. He oversaw a team of sales and engineering professionals defining strategy and direction for the North American commercial accounts. He joined Oracle in 1996.
Before joining Oracle, Chris spent four years at Unisys, where he was part of the management team responsible for the Financial Services Vertical.
Chris earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Susquehanna University and earned a finance certification from the Wharton School of Management Executive Program.
Jeffrey O. Henley is Executive Vice Chairman of Oracle Corporation. Prior to that, he was Oracle's Chairman of the Board since 2004. Henley was Oracle's Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Vice President from 1991 to 2004, and has been a member of Oracle's Board of Directors since 1995. He also serves on Oracle's Executive Management Committee.
Prior to joining Oracle in 1991, Henley served as Executive Vice President and CFO at Pacific Holding Company, a privately held company with diversified interests in manufacturing and real estate, and as Executive Vice President and CFO at Saga Corporation, a multibillion-dollar food service company. He also served as Director of Finance at Memorex Corporation in its large storage division, and as Controller of International Operations at Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation.
Henley is a member of the Board of Governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and serves on both the Chancellor's Advisory Council and the International Advisory Council of the Engineering College for the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Digital Consumer Solutions Inc., which operates a digital-out-of home signage network for retail advertisers, and serves on the Advisory Board of InTouch Technologies, a provider of remote presence solutions for healthcare providers.
Henley has a BA in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA in finance from UCLA. In 2004, he received the UCLA Anderson School's Outstanding Alumnus award.
Mark Hurd is Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company's board of directors. He joined Oracle in 2010, bringing more than 30 years of technology industry leadership, computer hardware expertise, and executive management experience to his role with the company. Mark is also a member of the Baylor University Board of Regents.
Rod Johnson is Senior Vice President, North America ERP, EPM & SCM Enterprise Business at Oracle. Rod is leading the fastest growing cloud business in the industry, helping over 3,000 customers modernize their finance, operations, and technology to meet the challenges of the digital age. During his 9-year tenure at Oracle, Rod has been instrumental in building Oracle's Industry Solution and Key Account strategy and responsible for the development and go-to-market execution of Oracle's Industry Solutions, which are end to end offerings targeted at companies' most critical business challenges and opportunities. Prior to Oracle, Rod spent 8 years at Gartner Group where he held several key research leadership roles in ERP, E-Commerce, and Customer Relationship Management practices. In the role, he was a noted thought leader, consulted with hundreds of Global 2000 clients, and regularly spoke at key industry events.
Thomas Kurian is President of Oracle Product Development and reports to Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison. He is responsible for leading software development and transitioning the company's technology to Oracle Cloud. For the past several years, Thomas has been responsible for the Oracle Fusion Middleware family of products. Under his leadership, that business became the fastest-growing within Oracle and the industry's leading middleware product suite. Since 2008, Thomas has also led the development for Oracle's next-generation business applications, Oracle Fusion Applications.
Thomas has been with Oracle since 1996, holding various product management and development positions. Prior to joining Oracle, he worked as a consultant in London, Brussels, and San Francisco with international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, serving clients in the software, telecommunications, and financial services industries.
Thomas has a BA in electrical engineering from Princeton University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He also has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He serves as an advisory member on the boards of several international venture funds and software companies.
Rondy Ng is Senior Vice President of Oracle ERP and CX Applications Product Development. He is responsible for leading all aspects of product strategy, product development, and product delivery for Oracle's ERP and CX applications and related cloud services. Rondy joined Oracle in 1990 and has held a variety of leadership positions within the development organization. In 2007 he was asked to lead the engineering of Oracle's next-generation financial suite of software applications, Oracle Fusion Financial Applications. Under his leadership, Oracle has continually delivered on its promise to help its applications customers innovate and remain competitive while leveraging their existing IT investments and increasing the value of those investments with new Oracle products and services. Rondy holds a Master of Science degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Michelle Alfonso is the Vice President Controller at OpenX, an advertising technology firm based in Pasadena, CA. She is a CPA with a passion for developing small cap companies and taking them to the next level. Having worked in a broad range of companies (Big4, to private, to SEC companies) and industries (technology, financial services and media), her experience covers all aspects of accounting, including technical accounting research, SOX compliance, financial reporting, consolidation, foreign currency, and system implementation.
As the CEO and Co-Founder of The CFO Alliance, Nick is responsible for creating and facilitating meaningful dialogue and connections amongst members, partners, and the business community at large.
Over the past 20+ years, Nick has been able to bring his unique ability of "making connections that count" to finance executives and business leaders across the US and Canada. Nick is a catalyst in creating and executing action steps that lead others to success. He serves as "the voice of the CFO community," representing the more than 6,000 Members of The CFO Alliance.
Nick is a regular speaker at CFO conferences, has appeared on Bloomberg, and is called upon by the press for commentary on the opportunities and issues that drive the global economy. Nick prides himself on his selfless approach and enjoys hearing of success stories long after connections are made.
David Axson is a Managing Director with Accenture Strategy and leads the firm's global CFO Strategies practice. He has more than 30 years experience working with clients in more than 40 countries specializing in strategy, finance, and technology. He is the author of a number of books including The Management Mythbuster (Wiley 2010) and Best Practices in Planning and Performance Management (Wiley 2003).
Prior to joining Accenture, David was a cofounder and Chief Operating Officer of The Hackett Group where he developed many of the firm's market-leading benchmarks and also helped lead the company from start-up to IPO during his 12 years with the firm. He also served as Head of Corporate Planning at Bank of America and prior to moving to the U.S. in 1991, David worked for A.T. Kearney, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, and Lloyds Bank in London, England.
Andrew Boucher is the Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis and Western Alliance Bancorporation. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry in the areas of strategic financial planning, treasury and asset/liability management, M&A, and financial/operational analytics.
He has demonstrated success in transforming financial processes at MBNA/Bank of America, Asta Funding, and Western Alliance Bancorporation. This includes the implementation of Hyperion Planning at MBNA and Oracle EPM Cloud at Western Alliance. Andrew holds an MBA degree in investment management from Drexel University and a BA degree in Accounting from Penn State University.
With over 12 years of diverse management experience, Catherine Chan is the Manager of Global Financial Planning and Analysis at Velcro where she oversees the organization's financial forecast systems and is responsible for corporate financial planning, management reporting, and performance measurement. She is an accomplished planning and analysis professional and a recognized transformational leader who drives operational excellence and performance improvement.
Shannon Castellanos is the VP, Accounting and Finance for The Wonderful Company, overseeing all aspects of accounting, finance and payroll, as well company-wide finance initiatives. She is currently leading the project to move the various Wonderful business lines to a global chart of accounts from multiple independent ERPs, preparing them for the transition to Cloud Financials later this year. Shannon joined FIJI Water, a Wonderful Company iconic brand, in January 2008 as a key member of the Finance organization prior to moving to the parent company in 2014. She earned her BS from Boston College and is a CPA in the state of California.
Chad A. Eckes, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in March 2014.
Chad provides leadership in the areas of Finance, Managed Care, Corporate Revenue Cycle, Human Resources, Information Technology, Enterprise Information Management/Data Analytics, Enterprise Project Management, and Facilities functions. His Finance duties include reimbursement & revenue, financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, budget & financial operations, divisional finance, investor relations, and treasury.
As Executive Vice President of Corporate Services, he and his team provide integrated Corporate Services support for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's operations and ensure alignment with the strategic plan. As Chief Financial Officer, he develops and implements long- and short-term financial strategies to ensure the sustainable growth of the Medical Center.
Prior to joining Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, he was the Chief Strategy Officer for a national for-profit health system. Previously Chad held Chief Information Officer, Vice President, Director, and Controller positions within healthcare, insurance and consulting companies. As a Project Manager by trade, Chad has been responsible for over 3 million project hours and has earned the distinguished Project Management Professional certification.
He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, a master's certificate in project management from Wisconsin-Madison and an M.B.A. from Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Katie Eure is a CPA with 15 years of retail industry experience. As Director of Finance at Alex Lee, Inc., she has been responsible for managing an accounting department, financial reporting and accounting process design and implementation. Most recently she has managed the implementation of Oracle Cloud Financials.
J. Michael Gower is the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration & University Treasurer at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and was formerly Senior Vice President for Finance. Michael is the Chief Financial and Budget Officer for the University and is responsible for financial management, planning, and systems; he is responsible for the financial integration of former units of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) into Rutgers. He also oversees Human Resources and Information Technology through the respective Senior Vice Presidents and provides coordination with the Senior Vice Presidents for Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics, and Compliance. Michael is the primary executive liaison with the Finance & Facilities Committee and the Committee on Audit of the Board of Governors and with the Joint Committee on Investments of the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees.
Prior to Rutgers, Michael was Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer at Yeshiva University where he was responsible for business management, human resources management, procurement services, and student financial services. Previously, Michael was Vice President for Finance and Administration and University Treasurer at the University of Vermont, and he was a higher education management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He spent ten years at Duke University Medical Center where he held various positions including Assistant VP for Finance, Associate Chief Financial Officer (CFO of the School of Medicine), and Director of Financial Planning and Systems. He held earlier accounting and financial management roles at Cornell University and Duke University.
Michael is past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO). He is the former chair of the Research Universities Council, the constituent group for business leaders at research universities, for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO); he is now a member of NACUBO's Board of Directors. He received NACUBO's 2008 Professional Development award for his contributions to professional development for higher education management.
Amy Guay began her career with Partners Health Care System progressing through various positions in financial operations, gaining experience in budgeting, financial modeling, revenue cycle management, and financial information systems.
After serving five years at Partners, Amy joined the health care consulting division of Freely & Driscoll, P.C. She led client engagements and consulting teams evaluating and executing financial performance improvement initiatives for various health care organizations. She led long-term strategic financial planning and operational assessments, including multi-year forecasts, evaluation of proposed programs, alternate operating structures and benchmarking to better measure and improve performance. She also conducted compliance reviews to ensure federal and state regulatory adherence. Amy served as a thought leader resource to her clients through numerous speaking engagements and hosting of roundtable discussion on emerging topics in health care management.
Amy then moved into the position of Senior Director of Finance and Revenue Operations at Boston Medical Center Faculty Practice Foundation. In this role she was responsible to the Foundation Board of Directors to oversee financial operations for twenty-two business units comprising the Foundation. In addition to the preparation of annual operating budgets and monthly financial statements she performed financial modeling of proposed business ventures, evaluation of various physician compensation plans, ensured proper charge capture, coding, and management and optimization of the revenue cycle process.
She was recruited back to Partners Health Care System as the Chief Financial Officer of Pentucket Medical Associates (PMA), based in the Merrimack Valley. In this role she oversees all financial operations and staff, Central Business Office functions, including the entire revenue cycle operation. In her role she negotiates contracts with vendors and manages funds flow between Corporate and PMA.
Ms. Guay currently holds the position of CFO at the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians, the physician group associated with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. HMFP is composed of several 501C3 corporations and has an annual operating budget in excess of $600M.
Amy holds an MPH from Boston University and also holds a bachelor's degree from Bentley University and is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the current Chair of the Finance Group for the Academic Physician Practice Administrative Directors. In addition, Amy holds the CHFP and ACMPE designations.
Trevor Hammond has over 17 years of experience with Oracle ERP, HCM and EPM Products and 12 years of Business Development, Oversite, and Program Management in the Oracle world. With KBACE, Cognizant's dedicated Oracle Cloud organization, his primary focus is delivering and overseeing Oracle Cloud implementations across multiple industries driving the human resources, record to report, project to profit, order-to-cash, and procure-to-pay business flows. Trevor is also a thought leader working with Oracle Centers of Excellence on the emerging topic of Multi-Pillar Cloud Implementations.
Jim Heatherington is the VP of Sales with AVATA, a 20-year Oracle partner with focus areas in JDE, Supply Chain Planning, and Oracle Cloud. He has played a variety of finance, audit, operations, and consultancy roles in his career, with companies including GE, KPMG, Andersen, and now AVATA. For the past 15 years, he has been dedicated to assisting companies create and sustain a consensus Supply Chain Planning (S&OP) process – leveraging appropriate technologies and with an implementation approach that meets the unique needs of client firms. He has worked in the Chemicals, CPG, Food & Beverage, High-tech, and Industrial Manufacturing industries – in North America, EMEA, and Eastern Europe.
Kevin Hebbel is a Senior Manager at SC&H Group, with over 12 years of experience working in finance, accounting, and consulting. In his current role at SC&H, Kevin manages financial transformation projects related to close consolidation, financial reporting, budgeting, and forecasting processes. Kevin communicates directly with clients' executive management and leads the execution of all phases of project implementations including requirements and design, build, testing, training, roll out, and ongoing support of a wide range of EPM and ERP applications. Kevin has led the implementation and support of business intelligence solutions in a vast array of industries ranging from middle-market to Fortune 500 clients. His experience working in Accounting and FP&A at a Fortune 500 company gives him a unique perspective on financial transformation projects and he uses that knowledge to build great applications for his clients. Kevin is a Licensed CPA, has earned his MBA, and is a highly motivated and innovative leader in the SC&H Group consulting practice.
Mark is a Principal within Deloitte's Strategy and Operations practice. Over his 20 year career in consulting, Mark has focused on helping senior leaders structure their organizations; create strategies and deploy technologies to maximize financial performance using analytics. Mark holds a Master's in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor's from Morehouse College.
Chris Hutton is the Director of Business Operations at Carbon, Inc. where he oversees the organizations processes and systems and is responsible for Analytics, Forecasting, and Board and Investor Relations. He is a recognized transformation leader who drives operational excellence and performance improvement. He started his career at GE, where he was for almost 10 years in various finance roles around the world before moving to eBay/Paypal for four years. He is a chartered management accountant.
Brian Hargreaves is Vice President of Financial Systems Hilton Worldwide where he oversees ERP, EPMA and other financial applications and initiatives for the Chief Accounting Officer's (CAO) organization. Prior to Hilton Brian worked in diverse industries including, high tech, media/advertising, telecommunications, and oil & gas. His background is a blend of directly managing all accounting organizations typically within a CAO organization as well as implementing and running multiple large-scale ERP and EPMA applications. Brian holds a BBA in Accounting from Bloomsburg University and is a CPA.
William R. Kager is Vice President, Finance at Hearst Corporation responsible for Hearst's Enterprise Services organization including Finance, Technology, Procurement, HR, and other enterprise activities.
Bill joined Hearst in 2015 from JPMorgan Chase where from 2005 he was Managing Director and Global CFO for Technology, Operations, Real Estate, and Corporate functions.
Previous to JPMorgan Chase, Bill spent over 20 years at General Motors in various capacities including CFO of GM's Global Information Technology organization and head of Corporate Financial Reporting, Financial Planning and Analysis.
Jim Kaitz is President and CEO of AFP, an association that represents over 16,000 treasury and financial professionals globally. The organization established and administers the Certified Treasury Professional® and Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis Professional® credentials, setting standards of excellence in finance. The AFP Annual Conference is the largest networking event for corporate finance professionals.
He was formerly EVP and COO of Financial Executives Institute, a professional association of over 14,000 senior financial executives representing 8,000 companies in the United States. Prior to joining FEI in 1988 as the VP of Government Relations, he was Manager, Trade and Business Affairs at Baxter Healthcare Corporation. He was Director, Government Relations for the Scientific Apparatus Makers Association and joined FEI's Washington Office in 1983. He was legislative assistant to the Honorable James Shannon (D-MA), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Jim is a 1978 graduate of Georgetown University.
Arjun Katyal is a Managing Director in the Financial Services practice of PwC. He currently leads the focus from a Mid-Market Banking perspective, which focuses on advising and executing finance transformation initiatives for the CFO organizations. His focus combines transformation strategy, operating model re-alignment, process re-design, finance systems architecture strategy and business applications implementation. Arjun has extensive experience in managing large, complex, multi-year Finance Transformation & Systems Implementation programs. He effectively aligns to client demands with changing regulatory compliance and performance management needs. He is committed to helping clients achieve an efficient operating environment and effective cost efficiency ratio. Arjun has held a wide variety of roles across industry between corporate and consulting environments with close to 25 years of work experience.
Adil Khan is the Managing Director at FulcrumWay, a firm that has delivered Governance, Risk and Compliance solutions to more than 200 Fortune-500 and middle-market Oracle customers in Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific since 2003. Adil has also authored "Governance, Risk and Compliance Handbook for Oracle Applications" and he serves on the board of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) GRC Special Interest Group. He has given over 50 presentations on GRC trends, best practices and case studies at many industry conferences including Gartner GRC Summit, IIA, ISACA, Collaborate and Oracle OpenWorld. Prior to joining FulcrumWay, Adil served as the Chief Executive Officer and board member at Alternate Marketing Networks, Inc. a NASDAQ listed company where he was responsible for growth strategy, financial restructuring, and corporate governance. Adil has also worked for Oracle Corporation, a Big-4 audit firm, and several startups to gain 25 years of combined experience in enterprise software and risk management services. He graduated from Virginia Tech University in 1987 and the executive MBA program at University of Texas at Dallas in 1993-4.
Steve Kish is Managing Director at Huron. Steve has more than 25 years of consulting and project management experience in Human Capital Management, Financial, and Student System ERP implementations in Higher Education. His most recent roles have been as an executive sponsor on some of the largest and most complex system implementations in Higher Education.
Luis Licea has worked in the Internal Control department at Femsa since 2006. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting, he decided to study this based on his hobby of analyzing different kind of information and the results obtained from it. His experience in Internal Control Audits has inspired him to learn and try to find new tools that add value to his activities and the company´s. Fan of all new technologies, passionate about information and analyzer tools and always open mind to find better and more effective business practices.
John Mageropoulos is the Executive responsible for Cloud ERP implementations as a shared service at GE. Working for GE Digital, John has managed several ERP implementations as a leader in Cloud at GE since 2015. In the last year John successfully led a GE Team in the first Cloud Financials Global roll out in multiple countries, followed by a roll out of ERP Cloud at GE Digital, including Commercial and Supply Chain capabilities.
Neil Martucci is Senior Vice President and Controller of ConnectOne Bank. In his role he oversees the finance/accounting teams as well as the internal controls of the Bank. He has over 20 years of experience in Finance including CFO of a publicly traded pharmaceutical company and VP and Partner of a Wall Street Investment Bank.
Ash Noah, Vice President CGMA External Relations at the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), focuses on introducing, promoting and widening awareness of the Chartered Global Management Accountant® (CGMA) designation among organizations worldwide. He works closely with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and acts as a liaison to the CFOs and CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies and other significant organizations.
Ash has previously served as CFO of the International Unit of the global transport and logistics provider, TNT Express, and has led finance teams in 45 countries through significant transformation. While at TNT, Ash worked with CIMA to help build Business Partnering competencies in the finance function. He has been closely involved in mergers and acquisitions in Brazil, Chile, India, and Spain. He has also led a number of business turnarounds in the Middle East, Africa, Australia, Northern Europe, and Asia.
Ash is a licensed US CPA CGMA and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.
Michele Norin is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. As the institutional leader for technology in a highly complex environment, her primary responsibility is to provide leadership in the strategic adoption and use of information technology in support of the University's vision for excellence in research, teaching, outreach, and lifelong learning. Michele serves as the University's primary advocate and spokesperson for IT strategies and policies; defines and communicates a campus-wide vision for technology; and provides campus-wide oversight for IT-related issues and strategic planning. She also works closely with Big Ten Academic Alliance peer institutions, CIO Research 1 CIO Colleagues in representing RU's IT strategies and partners with the chief information technology officers within the northeast region to achieve synergies in IT. Michele has a Bachelor's degree in MIS from the University of Arizona and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Her career entails 29 years of experience in the field of technology spanning from administrative systems programming to campus IT leadership and strategic planning.
Tina Nguyen is a Senior Manager, Finance in the Service Excellence organization, whose vision is to "drive accounting organization adoption of best practice capabilities and tools to enable strong business partnerships and optimize end-to-end processes." Her role involves partnering with the business to align their goals to accounting and system strategy and roadmap.
Tina has been at Qualcomm for 18+ years and has been involved in various strategic initiatives from establishing offshore global accounting service centers, performance management and system implementations leveraging Oracle Cloud and on-premise. With her accounting, finance, and business process background at Qualcomm, she is currently assisting to setup the Service Excellence organization as part of the Global Accounting Strategy Project. Service Excellence capabilities are processes and roles that will help the organization run with a part focus and performance mindset.
Maryellen Papelian is Director, Enterprise Architect at bluebird bio. Maryellen is a proven IT leader with successful track records within a vast array of organizations from consumer goods to Pharma/Biotech. She is responsible for digital transformations of business processes and enterprises for G&A functions, has functional expertise, a high exposure to fundamental and innovative business processes, and a strong passion about automation and digitalization. As a highly motivated senior-level professional, Maryellen has extensive leadership and business process experience with HR, Supply, Manufacturing, Quality, and Finance.
Philip Peck is the Vice President, Advisory Practice Lead for Peloton Group and brings over 30 years of consulting and industry experience with a specific focus on planning, forecasting, reporting, and business analytics assessment efforts, process transformation, and optimizing technology investments to enable superior performance. He has led numerous process improvement and finance transformation projects for global companies across various industries that span scorecard development and implementation, management reporting and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, information management business requirements, and business transformation roadmap development. Philip is a frequent speaker on planning and performance management subjects and a recognized industry thought leader. He currently serves on the FP&A Advisory Council for the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP).
Prior to working for Peloton, Philip led the Performance Management Practice for the Palladium Group. He was also a key leader in the Planning and Performance Management Group for Answerthink Consulting. Prior to entering consulting, Philip worked in various business planning, finance, strategy, and sales operations capacities for Chicago area companies including Océ-USA, Ameritech, Apollo Travel Services, and RR Donnelley & Sons.
He holds degrees In Industrial Management from Purdue University and a Master of Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Elisabeth Pinekenstein has more than 15 years of experience in Management Accounting and Finance leadership. For the last 10 years her focus has been on finance technology, process reengineering and project management. Elisabeth launched AICPA's Oracle Cloud HCM system in September 2015 and will go live with Oracle Cloud ERP in June 2017.
Carol Sawdye is Chief Operating Officer for the PwC Network, leading Network Operations and driving the budgeting, financial planning and investments processes throughout the Network and collaborating with the global leadership team on Network transformation. Prior to her current role, Carol was Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of PwC US. Carol rejoined PwC in November 2012 after working for the National Basketball Association (NBA), where she served as the Executive Vice President and CFO. Carol also spent eight years at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, initially as CFO and later also assuming responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer. Carol began her career at PwC, and spent her first 17 years (the last six as a partner) mostly serving Fortune 500 public clients, primarily focused on the media and entertainment industry. Carol is a CPA, licensed to practice in NY. She received her B.S. in accounting from the University of Virginia and her MBA, with specialization in international business and corporate finance, from Columbia Business School. She and her husband live in Savannah, Georgia.
Drew is a Principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP. He has 25 years of experience applying his background in finance to managing system- and process-focused engagements that encompass scoping, planning, redesign, and implementation of enterprise-wide information systems for companies in a variety of industries. He leads the National Revenue Recognition initiative for Deloitte's Oracle practice.
Theresa Scavone has over 12 years of finance and accounting experience in start-up and fast growth companies. As Giner's controller, she oversees strategic financial planning, organizational development, process definition and improvement, and project planning and execution, among other areas. Prior to joining Giner, Theresa held positions at Ulvac Technologies, FusionStorm, Open Mile, and ZipCar. Theresa graduated magna cum laude from Fitchburg State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting.
Luke Sinnen is a Director in the Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Consulting practice with SC&H Consulting where he oversees Oracle Hyperion software implementation projects. Luke manages the overall financial transformation – creating company-wide budget and forecast models. Luke communicates directly with clients' executive management to control the quality of work throughout a project lifecycle, as well as reviews and adjusts the SC&H Hyperion implementation methodology to reflect updated guidance and best practices. Luke began his career with SC&H Group over fourteen years ago, and has been instrumental in growing the Oracle-Hyperion consulting practice. His background covers the design, implementation, and maintenance of Hyperion applications, with particular specialization in budgeting and planning solutions.
Luke graduated Magna Cum Laude from Villa Julie College with a B.S. in Computer Accounting and Business Information Systems. He has certifications in Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Essbase, and Hyperion Enterprise. Luke is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a strong accounting and finance background. He is also a member in the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Brian Sullivan's career has focused on large-scale, complex, global deployments of various Oracle technology solutions supporting the CX, HR, Financials and Supply Chain business process areas across a variety of industries and has helped more than 70 clients with their cloud migration initiatives. He is currently responsible for providing sales, solution, and delivery support, for driving capability development through resource skill building and asset creation, and for partnering with Oracle on various cloud investment and growth initiatives.
As Vanderbilt University's Vice Chancellor for Finance & Chief Financial Officer, Brett Sweet is responsible for the financial stewardship of the University, including capital and operating budgets, financial affairs and reporting, procurement and debt/treasury management.
Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Brett was dean of administration and finance of Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In this role he oversaw the financial and administrative operations of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which encompasses Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Division of Continuing Education.
From 2004 to 2008, Brett served as executive vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer at Baylor College of Medicine. He was responsible for the college's finances, capital markets management, information technology, human resources, facilities, research administration, business operations and investment management.
From 2000 to 2004, Brett was a principal with The Boston Consulting Group in the United States and in Europe, where his emphasis was on competitive strategies and change management in large, multinational organizations as well as academic medical centers and colleges.
Brett, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, earned a master of business administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
He spent five years as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and served as a special projects officer with the National Security Agency.
Matt is currently the Head of Finance Business Architecture at Lloyds Banking Group. Working for the Finance COO and in partnership with the Finance Leadership team and the Finance CIO, he is responsible for designing and managing the roadmap and solutions required to transform the Finance Architecture through its investment portfolio.
Matt's core focus for the past year and half has been designing and driving the strategy for how Finance can leverage cloud to meet its emerging challenges while supporting its cost and efficiency objectives. The best example of this has been initiating and designing the strategy and solution to replace LBG's existing leger architecture with Oracle Fusion Cloud.
Matt is a change practitioner and function lead with 15 years' experience developing strategies and implementing solutions addressing some of the most complex business problems facing Financial Services firms. He has worked across numerous firms from both a client and consulting perspective across multiple geographies. His main focus for the past 10 years has been on helping Finance functions transform while meeting their evolving statutory and regulatory demands in complex, legacy, cost challenged environments across their operating model components.
Kathy N. Waller is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. Kathy Waller is responsible for leading the company's Global Finance organization and representing the company to investors, lenders and rating agencies. She oversees M&A, Investor Relations, Tax, Treasury, Audit, Accounting and Controls, Reporting and Analysis, Real Estate and Risk Management.
Waller joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1987 as a Senior Accountant in the Accounting Research Department and assumed roles of increasing responsibility including Principal Accountant for the Northeast Europe and Africa Group, Marketing Controller for the McDonald's Group, Vice President, Chief of Internal Audit and Vice President, Controller.
In addition to her responsibilities at The Coca-Cola Company, she serves on the boards of the Monster Energy Company, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B de C.V. and the Board of Trustees of Spelman College. She also serves on the advisory board of Catalyst, a leading nonprofit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women and business, and the Woodruff Arts Center (WAC) Board of Directors.
Kathy is actively involved with several women's initiatives. She formerly served as the founding Chair of The Coca-Cola Company's Women's Leadership Council and helped develop the company's highly successful Women in Leadership Global Program.
Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Kathy worked for Deloitte. She received her Bachelor's and MBA degrees from the University of Rochester and is a CPA.
Mike is Vice President and Corporate Controller at Thayer Lodging, a leading global hospitality investment company. As Controller, he oversees financial and management reporting, strategic financial planning, internal controls, and process definition and improvement among other areas. Prior to joining Thayer Lodging, Mike worked as the corporate controller at Apple Leisure Group and as a manager at PWC. His experience covers a broad range of companies and industries and all aspects of accounting including financial system implementations. Mike is a CPA and graduated cum laude from Bucknell University with a bachelor's degree in accounting.
Dr. Anderson works with senior executives to facilitate large scale change and organization transformation, with a particular focus on organization design and talent management. He is the author or editor of three books, including the bestselling text Organization Development: The Process of Leading Organizational Change and he has published a number of articles on organizational change. Prior to joining Oracle in 2010, he worked at Sun Microsystems and Storage Technology Corporation in Colorado. Dr. Anderson holds a PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder and master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of California, Davis.
Tom Anthony is responsible for the strategic direction of Oracle Fusion Procurement solutions. Tom has over 20 years of procurement software experience and has delivered solutions to leading companies in the financial services, healthcare, government, utilities, consumer packaged goods, high tech and industrial industries. He joined Oracle from PeopleSoft in 2005 where he had spent the previous seven years responsible for PeopleSoft Supplier Relationship Management product strategy.
Indy Bains is the Senior Director of ERP Cloud Go-to-Market at Oracle, where he is responsible for marketing ERP cloud solutions to all market segments. Indy has held roles as both a Finance and HR practitioner and has also led solution consulting teams across many industries. He has dedicated a big part of his professional career to helping hundreds of organizations evaluate financial management and HR solutions to fit their business needs. Indy's broad and deep background in enterprise applications, cloud leadership and future technology trends, makes his insights both compelling and inspiring for all audiences.
Craig Barrow is the global leader for EPM Go To Market and is responsible driving global adoption of Oracle's Enterprise Performance Management solutions. He has extensive experience leading change management initiatives in industries and companies – both large and small. He has been recognized in the London Financial Times for his innovative work in the area of management reporting. Mr. Barrow holds both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Business Administration, as well as a Juris Doctorate. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University's Graduate School and in the Lourdes University MBA program.
Prior to joining Oracle, Craig was Chief Financial Officer at several public and private companies including both for profit and not for profit institutions. He has also served as Vice President of Finance, Marketing, and Sales during the course of his career which includes experience in manufacturing, healthcare, information technology, software, professional services and retail.
Colleen Baumbach is Vice President, Applications Development at Oracle. Colleen leads the product management and strategy teams responsible for applications that enable project centric companies to align their corporate objectives with operational delivery.
Colleen brings more than 25 years of experience in the software industry to Oracle's development organization, and joined Oracle in 2000. For the last 10 years she has been responsible for driving strategic direction for Oracle's Project Portfolio Management solutions. She spent 5 years in Oracle's consulting practice, working closely with global customers to align their business applications strategies.
Steve Cox leads go-to-market strategy for Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud. Steve joined Oracle in 1997. Prior to his current role, he held various management positions within Oracle product marketing, consulting, and development. He holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Bath. He is the author of Modern Best Practice Explained, an ebook articulating the next generation of business processes needed by organizations embarking on digital transformation.
Steve Dalton is a CPA who leverages his accounting, audit and business process domain expertise to bring to market Oracle's global enterprise ERP software cloud solutions. Steve has worked with Fortune 500 companies to achieve their goals during GRC and financial close software implementations. Steve previously delivered successful financial application releases at Oracle by providing strategic and hands-on product management services.
Steve started his career resolving audit risks during financial statement audit engagements. Steve was a Controller for a medium-sized law firm. Steve also helped organizations enhance and strengthen their financial processes and internal controls.
Stephen Dawson is Vice President Finance for Converged Infrastructure, Hardware Development and Hardware Supply Chain at Oracle. He joined Oracle in 2014 after more than 20 years in operations and finance leadership roles in medical, semiconductor, technology and supply chain leaders Abbott Laboratories, Advanced Micro Devices and Flextronics. Stephen holds a BS Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Texas.
Lara Deen is the Vice President and Strategic Process Owner for Global Revenue Recognition at Oracle Corporation. She joined Oracle over 17 years ago as an analyst in Oracle's finance organization and now leads a team of over 90 professionals across 8 shared service centers in the US, EMEA, Asia, Romania, India, and China. She has a broad knowledge of finance, accounting, revenue recognition, mergers & acquisitions, and a proven track record of leading high risk functions and high touch and high performance teams through corporate growth and change. Lara is also leading Oracle's adoption of ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Prior to joining Oracle, Lara began her career working as a CPA in audit and assurance for PriceWaterhouse Coopers. She graduated from Chico State University with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and Management Information Systems.
As North America VP for Supply Chain and Logistics, Eric Domski has been instrumental in developing an integrated approach between top down Financial Planning through Supply Chain Finance against Supply Chain Operations. With 25 years of experience from consulting through global development and industry lead, Eric has had the opportunity to work with companies across all industries and sizes aligning budgetary goals and targets with operational realities. The inclusion of deep Cost Analytics and simulation to the traditional Finance and S&OP story rounds out the entire Integrated Business Planning conversation. With a BS in Industrial Engineering from Penn State, Eric's background includes plant management, 5 years at Manugistics, 12 years at SAP and now 9 years at Oracle.
John Doyle is Oracle's Vice President of Deal Management, responsible for global contracting and business approvals process across Oracle's 80 contracting entities and 25 languages. John has been with Oracle for 17 years, and has worked in various roles focused on business process transformation, acquisition integration, shared service centers, automation, as well as business analytics. Recently, John has focused on Oracle's Accelerated Buying Experience, making purchasing Oracle's cloud services fast, flexible, and easy for its customers. John graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in English and a concentration in General Management.
Kimberly N. Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA, is chairman of the board of directors of the Association of Certified Public Accountants for 2016-2017, and the global accounting strategy director for the financial and professional services industries at Oracle. Previously, Kimberly served as the global practice team leader for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to Oracle, she held leadership roles at numerous other major companies and organizations, including the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Motorola, KPMG, and Prince George's County Government. Kimberly is a past chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs, and has served on many of its committees, including the New Young Professional Network and Tomorrow's CPA.
She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; an accounting certificate from the Community College of Baltimore County; an MBA from Loyola University; and a master's of science in information technology and Chief Information Officer Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.
Michael Gobbo is a Master Principal Sales Consultant and has been with Oracle for over 10 years. During his tenure he has focused on bringing excitement and value to the Office of the CFO and has assisted numerous Fortune 2000 companies streamline and architect comprehensive solutions optimizing significant business processes. Michael is a Cloud Evangelist and is helping to revolutionize the area of accounting and finance. He is currently working on a groundbreaking initiative to converge the capabilities of Oracle's ERP and EPM solutions into a single, seamless, and unified experience. Prior to joining Oracle, Michael spent over 10 years in the Media and Entertainment industry bringing best practices to Finance and Accounting organizations using technology and started his career in public accounting.
Ivgen Guner is the Senior Vice President of Global Business Finance at Oracle. She is responsible for providing decision support to all business units, strategic planning, financial analysis, business intelligence system management, and management reporting.
Ivgen has more than 25 years of finance, accounting, and executive management experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining Oracle in 1996, Ivgen was with Unisys Corporation for 13 years. At Unisys, she was instrumental and an integral part of the Burroughs/Sperry merger, which formed Unisys, while also holding various financial management roles.
Ivgen holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan and graduated from the Ankara University, Turkey, with a Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering and Food & Fermentation Technology.
Rick Hargarten heads Financial Governance and Compliance at Oracle. He leads a global team that assesses financial reporting risks, partners with business units to develop control processes, continuously evaluates the scope and effectiveness of compliance programs, monitors strategies to remedy control deficiencies, and reports status to the Board and executive management. He provides leadership and technical guidance for Oracle's compliance with PCAOB, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and other country financial control requirements.
Prior to joining Oracle, Rick gained diverse experience in a number of financial and risk management roles in industry, including financial system implementation, financial planning and analysis, technical accounting and financial reporting, business assessment and audit, as well as assurance services with Ernst and Young.
Rick is a Certified Public Accountant and holds Master in Professional Accounting and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dee Houchen is Senior Director of Product Marketing for ERP applications, which includes ERP Cloud, EBS, PeopleSoft and related products. She joined Oracle in June 2013 from Infor where she was Product Marketing Director for all financial products targeted at the Office of the CFO including brands such as SunSystems, Lawson, EPM, Smartstream, etc. She has worked in the financial applications arena for more than 18 years, in roles from product marketing, product management to sales. Dee rejoined Infor in 2011 following a five-year personal gap to travel and live overseas. She previously worked for Systems Union (acquired by Infor in 2006) and she was responsible for the SunSystems product strategy for many years. Before joining Systems Union, Dee worked in both public sector and commercial organizations as an analyst.
Jeff Jacoby is a Master Principal Sales Consultant at Oracle focused on bringing value to the Office of the CFO. Since joining Oracle in 2005, he has enthusiastically advised numerous Global 2000 companies on how to overcome a myriad of business challenges and drive measurable results with Oracle solutions. Jeff is a true Digital Finance Revolutionary and Cloud Evangelist, who is currently working on a groundbreaking initiative to converge the capabilities of Oracle's ERP and EPM solutions into a single, seamless, and unified experience. Prior to Oracle, Jeff spent 15 years in various Accounting and Finance roles with several large corporations.
Josh Kamenecka is Group Vice President Sales Consulting, North America ERP, EPM, and SCM Enterprise Business at Oracle. He leads a team of Sales Engineer experts who specialize in selling to the Office of the CFO as well as End to End Supply Chain. Josh is leading the fastest growing cloud business in the industry, helping over 3,000 customers modernize their finance, operations, and technology to meet the challenges of the digital age.
Josh has more than 27 years of experience in the Software and Manufacturing industry helping Global 2000 companies worldwide overcome significant challenges in their respective businesses. Josh started his career in the late eighties working for Xerox, the Document Company, where he held a number of leadership positions in various lines of business. In early 2000, Josh joined Hyperion Solutions where he was responsible for leading a number of technical field teams, then joined Oracle in 2007 when Oracle acquired Hyperion Solutions.
He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science & Mathematics from University of Rochester and an MBA in Finance, Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business. Josh resides in Rochester, NY.
Doug Kehring has served as Oracle's executive vice president, chief of staff since March 2015. He also continues to serve as the head of Oracle's corporate development group, a position he has held since 2005. The corporate development group provides planning, advisory, execution, and integration management services to Oracle on mergers and acquisitions, source-code and object-code licensing, strategic investments, joint ventures, and other related transactions.
Doug began his career at Oracle in 2000 as part of the Oracle Venture Fund. He joined Oracle after working for the investment banks of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Dain Bosworth. Doug is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Business.
Carol Kelly leads a global organization in support of Oracle's commercial quoting, contracting, ordering and sales incentive administration. In addition to supporting sales transactions, her team leads the integration of acquisitions, process transformation and the internal use of Oracle's applications for these functions. Before this role, Carol was the Vice President of Global Revenue Operations and Source-to-Settle. She has almost 10 years tenure with Oracle. She brings 30 years of global finance and executive management experience and expertise to her role with Oracle.
Prior to joining Oracle, Carol began her career with Honeywell, on their corporate audit staff where she travelled the globe performing financial and operational reviews. She relocated to Europe, then to Honeywell's Industrial Controls headquarters in Arizona, before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area to lead the integration of Honeywell's acquisition of Measurex. With Honeywell she earned a black belt in Six Sigma and was a Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award examiner.
After 14 years she left Honeywell and joined Cisco, then Mercury Interactive. She was with Cisco 6 years where she led global finance organizations in cost accounting, financial planning and reporting, corporate accounting and quote-to-cash operations.
Carol graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a bachelor's degree in accounting and English literature.
Mary Kilmer is a leader for Oracle Healthcare supporting strategy, solutions, acquisitions, and roadmap. She works with customers, Industry leaders and Washington lobbyists to ensure Oracle solutions are relevant and supportive of the industries' focus and mission.
Mary focuses on the entire provider and payer footprint and business processes including applications and technology with a specific focus on HCM, ERP, and Budgeting, Planning, and Costing. Mary is the liaison to Oracle's development in support of healthcare for Oracle's portfolio of applications. She is the point for solutions for operational efficiency, shared services, talent management, and care costing.
She is the on the Board of Oracle's Healthcare Industry User Group, an over 4800 member customer-owned Oracle application user organization and sits on numerous hospital steering committees as Oracle's liaison for their implementation and roadmaps. She has worked closely with many of the over 600 providers to insure they improve their business processes and get the greatest value from their applications. Mary is also currently leading Oracle Healthcare's messaging and solution for Oracle Cloud solutions for healthcare.
Mary is a sought after industry expert and is a frequent speaker at industry events and has written numerous white papers supporting Cloud solutions. She has contributed to articles and webinars for HIMSS, Modern Healthcare, Fierce Healthcare, and other publications.
She has over 40 years experience in the provider industry as a nurse, hospital executive and consultant. She has been with Oracle for over 16 years helping support its growth in the industry.
Christina Kite is vice president of finance at Oracle, currently serving as global finance business partner for the North America Technology Division. She brings to Oracle more than 20 years of experience with Fortune 50 and government organizations, including positions as senior vice president of strategy and operations at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, CFO of the corporate real estate division at Goldman Sachs, and vice president of finance at Cisco. In 2007, Christina was identified by Treasury and Risk Management Magazine as one of the top 100 people in Finance, and one of the top 25 Security executives by Security Magazine. Christina graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Management Science and holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Melissa Kullander is the Vice President Finance, GBF Operations and G&A at Oracle where she is responsible for all budgeting, forecasting and analysis for G&A globally. In her operations role, she focuses on GBF transformation, training, communication and recruitment practices. Melissa combines solid academic success with over 19 years of finance, operations, acquisitions, audit, compliance and business transformation experience in Fortune 500 companies. In her previous role as VP of Global Finance at Hitachi Data Systems, she provided leadership in execution of multinational acquisitions, global cost reduction and process improvement. Prior to Hitachi, Melissa held progressive roles in Honeywell and Freescale Semiconductor, largely involving in BU finance leadership. Melissa holds a B.S in Finance from Arizona State University and a MBA in International Management from Thunderbird. She is also Six Sigma Greenbelt Certified and DFSS trained.
Al Marciante is Oracle's Senior Director of Product Management for Oracle Enterprise Performance Management. Al has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial and enterprise performance management space, beginning his career as a Financial Information Technology professional for a leading electronics and communication company. He implemented applications for the accounting and finance organizations. In 1994, he spearheaded a project to produce consolidation financials, fully burdened profit and loss analysis, and budget reporting that was based on Oracle Financials, custom Oracle development and Arbor Essbase. In 1997, Al moved to a solution consultant role with Arbor, where he helped many customers in the Southern US states achieve significant value purchasing and implementing OLAP and Analytic Applications In 2000, after Arbor and Hyperion software merged to become Hyperion Solutions, Al moved to a Product Management role, and quickly moved to a leadership role in the Product Management organization, and through the decade participated in driving new solutions in the Enterprise Performance Management space. He has since led PM teams not only in the Essbase organization, but also in Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management, Smart View, Financial Reports, Crystal Ball and Disclosure Management. Al is now responsible for Oracle EPM reporting tools and technologies. He had spearheaded new initiatives for Oracle EPM Cloud, including a service focused on collaborative narrative and cross cloud reporting called Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting. He also leads the EPM infrastructure PM team.
As Oracle's Senior Director of Oracle Financials Development, Seamus Moran monitors accounting compliance worldwide (US GAAP, IFRS, transaction regulations, currency adoptions). He also discusses with customers and partners how Oracle product can be deployed to best deliver accounting compliance.
Recently, Seamus has been helping prepare Revenue Management, designed expressly to help you comply with ASC 606 and IFRS 15 both on the Cloud and in EBS.
Seamus joined Oracle Development in 1996, after a 25 year career in corporate and local controllership and external reporting in several European countries and in the USA. He did his public accounting in London, and his CPA in California.
Hari Sankar is responsible for product management of Oracle's Enterprise Performance Management products. Hari has been in the enterprise software technology and applications space for more than 20 years. In his current role at Oracle, he leads a team responsible for product strategy, definition, delivery, and go-to market activities of Oracle's industry-leading enterprise performance management applications.
Early in his career, Hari worked in product management for the Oracle database server and data warehousing products. Subsequently, he was Vice President of Products at Epiphany, a pioneer in CRM analytics applications. He also founded and ran a software startup prior to his return to Oracle.
Hari holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He also holds a Master's degree in Business from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a Masters degree in Engineering from Purdue University.
Lisa Schwartz is a Senior Director for Oracle Cloud Applications Product Marketing who leads a team to develop Oracle's global cloud go-to-market strategy and content.
Lisa has practical and diverse experience spanning several decades in technology; that includes applications programming in ERP, SCM, CRM, managing large IT departments, data centers, contact centers and international networks. She has also managed engagement teams for large consulting firms such as Accenture and Hitachi Consulting to bring about digital transformation and change management for their clients. In addition, Lisa is a published author with many articles in Forbes, and has authored three books on technology, focusing on topics such as user adoption, ROI, customer service and change management best practices. She has an MBA from California State University.
Di Seghposs is Senior Director of Product Marketing at Oracle, where she is responsible for go-to-market strategies for ERP Cloud, Financials, and Project Management solutions. Di is an energetic and disciplined marketing professional with 20+ years of enterprise and retail software marketing experience. Prior to Oracle, Di was the Vice President of Marketing at OnDemand Software (a division of Global Knowledge), where she was responsible for marketing strategy and execution. She was also Vice President of McAfee Retail Division leading the retail sales, marketing, development, and product management teams. Previously she held various marketing roles at Radius and Claris and began her career at Microsoft.
Siddarth Sinha is the Head of Product Strategy and Management for Oracle's Risk Management Cloud. A growing number of organizations use Oracle's Risk Cloud to enable data-driven risk, compliance, security and fraud prevention programs. Sid is responsible for driving the business strategy and product design and leads a team of professional product managers to define the product roadmap and releases.
For more than 15 years, Sid has been developing and deploying business applications. Before joining Oracle, he was a senior product manager for Business Intelligence products at Siebel Systems. Sid earned his MBA from UC Berkeley and has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science.
In his role as Vice President of Finance for North America applications and managed cloud services, Matt Stirrup has driven the transformation of the global business finance group in North America from a traditional FP&A organization to a true business partnering approach, ensuring better financial decisions are made through business insight. He joined Oracle five years ago as part of the Sun Microsystems acquisition.
Jennifer Toomey is Senior Director of Product Marketing at Oracle, where she focuses on enterprise performance management (EPM) and cloud. In this role, she is responsible for developing messaging and go-to-market strategies for Oracle's EPM Cloud and Oracle Hyperion applications. Jennifer is a frequent speaker at Office of Finance events and has more than 20 years experience in the high tech and services industries. She joined Oracle from PeopleSoft, where she was responsible for marketing PeopleSoft's Financials, Analytics, and Corporate Compliance product lines. Jennifer has a BA degree from Harvard University and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management.
Aylin Uysal is a Senior Director for the Oracle Applications User Experience team. Her organization is responsible for the user experience in Human Capital Management (HCM) applications. She has been with Oracle since 1999, mostly supporting Human Capital Management, Student System applications, and BI Dashboards. She worked at Silicon Graphics, Inc. and SAP as a User Experience Designer prior to joining Oracle. She has a bachelor's degree in industrial design and a master's degree in computer graphics.
2017 marks Rich Wilkie's 17th year at Oracle, beginning as a Solutions Consultant at Hyperion Solutions and rising through the ranks of Enterprise Performance Management at both Hyperion and Oracle to his current role of Senior Director, EPM Product Management.
Rich began his career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with Arthur Andersen and later added a Master's Degree in Information Systems. During his career, Rich has helped Oracle increase its lead in the Financial Close domain through continued evolution of its market leading consolidations and close solutions. Rich has helped Oracle constantly evolve existing products, such as Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) or Financial Close Management (FCM), while also bringing new products to market, such as Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud (FCCS) or Account Reconciliation Cloud(ARCS) all with the intent of helping customers solve critical business problems. Rich's contributions help Oracle deliver thought leadership in the EPM domain.
Corey West was appointed Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Oracle Corporation in April 2007. He is responsible for the overall global financial and management reporting. He brings more than 25 years of finance, accounting and executive management experience and expertise to his role at Oracle.
Prior to joining Oracle, Corey began his career with Arthur Andersen in 1984, as part of the accounting and audit practice. He served clients in a variety of industries for 14 years and left Arthur Andersen in 1998 as a partner. After leaving Arthur Andersen he worked in finance, accounting and executive management positions at RPC, Adecco, Cadence Design Systems, The Gap and Intuit. Corey joined Oracle Corporation in April 2007.
Corey graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in business, accounting and finance concentration. He is a Certified Public Accountant in California.
Nigel Youell has over 30 years of experience in business covering a wide range of senior management roles in product development, consultancy services, sales, general management and latterly in marketing. He has worked in end user, management consultancy and software house organizations with both national and international responsibilities. Companies that Nigel has worked for include Hyperion Corp, Comshare Corp, The Strathclyde Institute, Morgan Crucible plc, Marconi plc and Sage plc.
Nigel speaks internationally on Enterprise Performance Management and has also published articles in a number of journals.