CIO Executive Development : Instructors

The CIO Executive Development program instructors are current and former Bay Area CIOs.

Davood Ghods, Chief, Office of Technology Services, California Department of Technology is our keynote speaker.

The following instructors are confirmed for the May 2015 program:

Chris Gates, CIO, Under Armour

Chris Gates, CIO, UnderArmour

Chris Gates is the former CIO for Under Armour, the fastest growing sports brand in the world. A $3B Global, leading brand in sports apparel, footwear and connected fitness with over 10,000 teammates in 200+ locations globally. Chris was responsible for leading the global information technology team with a focus on authentic connections with customers, an Omni Channel brand experience, cyber security, driving international expansion and building a foundation for rapid growth. Gates’ career spans more than 20 years with Fortune 100 companies in industries including manufacturing, packaged goods, energy, aerospace and retail. Prior to joining Under Armour, Chris held a variety of CIO roles during his 13-year tenure at GE, most recently as CIO of GE Lighting, a $3 billion global manufacturer and supplier of commercial and consumer lighting. He also previously served as the CIO of GE Energy, Measurement and Controls Systems, CIO of Shared Services for GE Energy and as the CIO of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for GE Aviation. Earlier in his career, Chris held positions with Xerox and Proctor & Gamble. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and alumni of the GE’s EIMP Program.

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Skip Glass, Operating Partner, Foundation Capital

Skip Glass, Operating Partner, Foundation Capital

Skip Glass is a partner at Foundation Capital where he invests in and advises companies in market sectors including software, networking, and security. He is on the Board of Directors at Guardian Analytics, Venafi, SpringCM, and Cantaloupe Systems. In his role at Foundation Capital he has advised portfolio boards and senior management at companies, including Cloudshield (acquired by SAIC), Tealeaf (acquired by IBM), Interact (acquired by Constellation Software) and MSDS Online (acquired by ICG). He has also been instrumental in assisting a number of additional portfolio companies with executive recruiting, corporate strategy, and establishing senior customer relationships. Glass came to Foundation Capital in 2007 from Canaan Partners, where he sat on the boards of Voyence (acquired by EMC), Groundwork Open Solutions, and VUE Technology (acquired by Tyco). He has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor to dozens of companies. He never became the journalist he wanted to be growing up. But he did take on—and succeed at—several challenging roles in his career, such as the CEO and President of URoam (acquired by F5), COO of Kiva (acquired by Netscape), VP of Field Operations at Illustra (acquired by Informix), VP of Marketing at Sybase (IPO), and trading area manager at IBM. As an early stage investor, Glass has invested in several technology startups including Sygate (acquired by Symantec), SleepyCat Software (Acquired by Oracle), eHealth Insurance (IPO), Responsys (IPO) and Riverbed Technology (IPO).

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Mark Grimse, CIO, Rambus

Mark J. Grimse, CIO, Rambus

Mark J. Grimse, vice president of information technology at Rambus Inc., joined Rambus in March of 2005. Mr. Grimse is responsible for Rambus' global information technology strategic direction and execution. Mark currently sits on the advisory board for the Fisher Information Technology Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, he was named a San Francisco Bay Area Finalist for Best CIO from a Public Company from the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. Prior to Rambus, Mr. Grimse led IT at All Covered, where he converted IT from an overhead department to a profit center and led the company's transition into managed services. Previously, Mr. Grimse held senior operations and product management jobs at Internet companies. He was also at Apple Computer Inc. for 12 years in a variety of senior information systems management positions. Mr. Grimse holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Ferris State University.

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Greg Higham, CIO, Marketo

Greg Higham, CIO, Marketo

Greg Higham is an information technology executive with a compelling record of success in the areas of technology vision and strategy, global operations management, acquisition integration, and scalable business growth. He is a motivational leader who builds business-centric teams focused on corporate objectives, revenue growth, customer service, and optimizing IT investments. With more than 25 years of leadership experience in fast-growing global organizations, Higham brings a unique blend of technology experience and business acumen with a direct focus on IT and strategy, operations management, business process reengineering, customer service, security and governance, new business growth and staff development. Currently serving as the CIO at Marketo, Greg is responsible for leading the company’s focus on its world-class technology infrastructure, including implementing and evolving information systems and tools that enable aggressive business growth. Previously, Higham served as CIO at FrontRange Solutions, where he was responsible for all information technology, SaaS operations and facilities functions for the company. Prior to that, Higham served as vice president of information systems and technology at Witness Systems, a $250 million public company, and as vice president of worldwide customer services for Epiphany (acquired by SSA Global). He has held leadership positions at Inovis, Peregrine Systems, Harbinger, Premenos and Tandem Computers. Higham holds a degree in computer technology from CDI, San Francisco and is also a graduate of Stanford University’s Professional Education program.

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Shawn C. Wilde, former CIO, Trimble Navigation; currently with The Office of the CIO

Shawn C. Wilde, former CIO, Trimble Navigation, currently with The Office of the CIO

Shawn Wilde is a strategic leader who excels in applying technology to business problems. It is his passion for being a catalyst for growth and transformation and his strengths in team building and instilling dedication to team success that has made him so effective. Shawn’s most recent position was the Chief Information Officer at Trimble Navigation. Over 12 years, he directed the IT integration of over 70 acquisitions and joint ventures and managed the coordination of 10 federated IT organizations. Over that period the company grew from $440m to over $2B in revenue. Prior to joining Trimble in 2001, Shawn was the director of software engineering at a PC manufacturing start-up and prior to that a senior engineering manager at a DSL start-up. Shawn also spent 15 years with Bell Northern Research/Nortel Networks as a senior engineering manager in product development and software development tools. Previous experience includes various IT roles in government, insurance and aircraft manufacturing. Shawn graduated from the University of Guelph with a bachelor’s degree in computer & information science. He is a chapter co-author of the book, CIO Perspectives, and serves as a CIO advisor to several valley early stage start-ups and is a board member of an InfoSec related start-up.

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Tony Young, CIO, GoPro

Tony Young, CIO, GoPro

Tony Young is the chief information officer at GoPro. In this role, he is responsible for world-wide Information Technology. Prior to GoPro, Tony served as senior vice president for Informatica Cloud and Subscription Sales. There, he was responsible for further establishing and growing Informatica Cloud business globally. Previously Young was based in Beijing, China, where he was the executive director of North Asia as well as served as senior vice president and chief information officer of Informatica. While in China, Young was responsible for Informatica’s go-to-market strategy in Greater China in addition to the strategic direction of Informatica's global information systems and technology infrastructure. During his tenure at Informatica, Young and the information technology department have won prestigious industry awards, including being recognized by CIO Magazine in the 2012 and 2011 as a CIO 100, selected as a finalist in the 2011 American Business Awards for Information Technology Executive of the Year, was a finalist for the 2011 Award for Innovation Leadership by MIT Sloan, named as a 100 Best Places to Work in IT by Computerworld in 2007, awarded the 2006 CIO Decisions Midmarket Leadership Award and was the Winner of the Ventana Research IT Performance Management award in 2006. Prior to joining Informatica in 2002, Young worked at Mindcrossing and Converge where he was responsible for overseeing product development and product management. Young began his career at HP where he served for 11 years in a number of information technology and marketing roles. A major milestone at HP included building the first partner portal, as well as building an enterprise portal and e-commerce infrastructure. Young earned a bachelor's degree in Information Systems and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.

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