The CIO Executive Development program instructors are current and former Bay Area CIOs.
- Stuart Appley, CIO, Shorenstein Realty Services LP
- Chris Bedi, CIO, JDSU
- Bob Concannon, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry
- Walter Curd, VP, CIO, Maxim Integrated Products
- Mike Dauber, Principal, Battery Ventures
- Mark Egan, Partner, StrataFusion
- Scott Fenton, VP, CIO, Wind River Systems
- Doug Harr, CIO, Splunk
- Arif Janmohamed, Partner, Lightspeed
- Jason Kranz, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
- Tony Leng, Managing Director, CIO Practice Leader, Diversified Search
- Hunter Muller, President, CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC
- Matt Ocko, Co-founder, Co-managing Partner, Data Collective
- Bob Quinn, VP & CIO, Palo Alto Networks
- Lars Rabbe, Partner, StrataFusion
- Michael Skaff, VP IT, Masons of California
- Patrick Steele, EVP, CIO, Delta Dental of California
- Cynthia Stoddard, SVP & CIO, NetApp
- Ricardo Sunderland, Global FinTech Leader, Egon Zehnder International
- Timothy Weaver, VP, CIO, Del Monte Foods, Inc.
- Kirsten Wolberg, Vice President, Technology Business Operations, PayPal
Stuart Appley, CIO, Shorenstein Realty Services LP
Stuart Appley is the chief information officer at Shorenstein, a leading national investment and real estate management firm. Mr. Appley is a cloud evangelist, having instituted a ‘cloud first’ strategy at Shorenstein, while frequently speaking on the subject, along with sharing best practices for using technology in the real estate and investment management sectors. He is a member of the Consortium of Information System Executives and the Realcomm Advisory Council, and a board member of the CISE Education Fund. Mr. Appley was also a contributing author on the book CIO Perspectives. Prior to Shorenstein, Mr. Appley was the CIO at Walden International, a global venture capital firm, where he had worldwide responsibility for the firm’s technology needs. Additionally, Mr. Appley acted as an adviser to Walden International’s portfolio companies, while also participating in the due diligence of Walden’s investments in IT related companies. Prior to Walden, Mr. Appley held senior level technology and management positions at LGT Asset Management, First Nationwide Bank, and Lomas & Nettleton Information Systems. Mr. Appley graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in finance, and from San Francisco State University with an M.B.A. in finance.
Chris Bedi, CIO, JDSU
Chris Bedi has been the chief information officer of JDSU since December 2011. Prior to JDSU, Mr. Bedi served as chief information officer of Verisign. His career also includes executive positions at Verisign, including VP of Corporate Development and VP of Human Resources. Prior to joining Verisign, he worked as an IT strategy consultant at KPMG Consulting. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan .
Bob Concannon, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry
Bob Concannon is a senior client partner within the San Francisco office of Korn Ferry. He is a member of the Firm’s Global Technology Market. Mr. Concannon brings to Korn/Ferry over 10 years of technology executive search experience, leading numerous CIO and CTO searches across industries. He also serves on Korn/Ferry's Information Technology Officers Center of Expertise. Furthermore, Mr. Concannon leads searches in the software and IT communities on assignments for clients in the areas of cloud, mobility and enterprise software. Venture capitalists and private equity firms look to his expertise around helping Internet startups migrate to the next executive level as they receive their post Series B and C funding rounds. Prior to his current position, Mr. Concannon served as the managing director of another global executive search firm, leading the technology practice, U.S. Additionally, he led the firm’s global technology vertical for seven years, coordinating worldwide search activity in the technology sector with Fortune 100 top accounts. Previously, Mr. Concannon served in sales and marketing roles for both Pioneer Electronics and Sony Corporation. Mr. Concannon served the Internet industry from its early inception in the 90s by working with then unknown startups Netscape and Yahoo! His portfolio clients have included well-established companies like Microsoft, Oracle, 3Com, Cisco and Nokia, and a host of start-up companies funded by tier-1 venture capital. He has completed over 500 search projects in his career with many of those projects reaching successful IPOs. Published and quoted often in The Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, CFO and CIO Magazines, as well as being featured twice on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings in their Silicon Valley report, Mr. Concannon has served as an expert on Silicon Valley trends for over 15 years. He has been a guest lecturer at The University of California Berkeley and Stanford University. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific.
Walter Curd, VP and CIO, Maxim Integrated Products
Walter Curd has been VP and CIO for Maxim Integrated Products since 2008. Maxim is a leader in the analog semiconductor market with $2.5B in annual revenue. In his current position he has led a transformation of the Information Technology organization to a true strategic business partner that is measured based on the business benefit it provides. Walter has insured that Maxim is an early adopter of consumer technologies, cloud computing, and most recently enterprise social networking. Maxim has been recognized as having one of the most innovative IT organizations in the Information Week 500. Prior to joining Maxim he built the Information Technology Services organization for Marvell Semiconductor to support their growth from $300M to over $3.0B during his tenure. He has also led the IT organizations for Fujitsu, Electroglas, and CyberIQ Systems. He has an MS and MBA from the University of Virginia.
Mike Dauber, Principal, Battery Ventures
Mike Dauber has been with Battery since 2008, and as a Principal in the firm’s Menlo Park office he’s focused on entrepreneurs, ideas and companies building disruptive technology for the enterprise. Mike has been involved with Continuuity, a stealth big data startup born out of Battery’s Entrepreneur in Residence program, since the company’s inception, and is also engaged with Calxeda, Nutanix, Platfora and RelateIQ. He is also on the teams that invested in Delphix and Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK). A hardware engineer at Velio Communications early in his career, Mike went on to hold sales, business development and marketing roles at Altera and Xilinx prior to joining Battery. During this time, Mike was responsible for developing product vision, defining launch strategies, and managing business development programs at major communications OEMs. While in sales, Mike served as the account manager for Cisco. He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Mike contributes to Battery’s infrastructure blog and also speaks frequently at industry conferences. .
Mark Egan, Partner, StrataFusion
Mark Egan is a partner at StrataFusion Group, Inc. and has more than 25 years of information technology experience, with expertise in IT transformation, information security, and mergers & acquisitions. His extensive experience includes managing global IT organizations with over 1,200 employees, budgets in excess of $350 million, and IT integration for over 60 mergers and acquisitions. Mark has been repeatedly recognized for his leadership and success in scaling IT organizations to support rapid growth companies. Prior to joining StrataFusion, Mark was a CIO at VMware where he led the company from a server virtualization vendor with $2 billion in revenue to a $5 billion market leader of cloud solutions. During his 6 years as CIO at Symantec, Mark’s leadership in IT was instrumental in supporting the company’s transformation from $600 million consumer software publisher to a $5 billion market leader of enterprise security solutions. He held senior level positions with companies in a variety of industries, including Sun Microsystems, Price Waterhouse, and Wells Fargo Bank.Mark holds a master’s degree in finance and international business from University of San Diego and a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences from University of Clarion. Mark developed and taught a graduate class, “Building Business Value through IT Innovation”, at the Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley.
Scott Fenton, VP, CIO, Wind River Systems
Scott Fenton is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Wind River Systems in Alameda, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation. Wind River is the global leader in embedded software systems and their technology is currently deployed in more than 300 million devices worldwide by industry leaders like Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Nokia, Motorola, and Mitsubishi. Scott has over 25 years of experience in IT. He has worldwide responsibility for all business systems, global networks and infrastructure, and telecommunications. He has expertise in strategic planning and ensuring companies obtain the maximum return from their IT investment. He previously held positions at Peregrine Systems, HP, Fujitsu, and Tektronix. Fenton holds a Master’s Degree in Information Management from the University of Oregon.
Doug Harr, CIO, Splunk
Doug Harr is the chief information officer at Splunk. He is responsible for the deployment and management of technology at the company. Doug and his team serve Splunk’s information technology needs using private and public cloud solutions, while managing web functionality and global facilities. Doug oversees corporate analytics, an internal Splunk implementation to deliver web analytics, application management, security forensics and operational intelligence for the company at large. Doug has been leading IT organizations for most of his career, at companies such as Ingres Corporation, Portal Software and Hewlett Packard. The rest of the time he has been in the IT consulting field, focused on delivering enterprise business applications to clients and technology companies like Symantec, VMware and Activision. Doug holds a B.S. degree in business from Cal Poly, SLO. He is engaged in the CISE CIO consortium, lectures at several local universities and is a faculty member for the CIO Executive Development Program at San Francisco State University.
Arif Janmohamed, Partner, Lightspeed
Arif Janmohamed joined Lightspeed in 2008 and focuses primarily on investments in the areas of cloud and datacenter technologies, as well as enterprise mobile and SaaS solutions. Arif is currently working closely with the teams at Avi Networks, Memoir Systems, Netskope, Nutanix, Pertino Networks, Qubole, Xova Labs and Virtual Instruments. He was also involved in several Lightspeed investments which have had successful exits including Edgespring, IO Turbine, RAPsphere and StreamOnce. Prior to joining Lightspeed, Arif worked in the Corporate Business Development group at Cisco Systems where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, strategy, and investments in the Unified Communications, Enterprise Collaboration, Mobile, and SaaS market segments. Before joining Cisco Systems, he was with Novitas Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. Earlier in his career, Arif worked in technical development and product management roles at WebTV, Andes Networks, and Sun Microsystems. Arif holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Jason Kranz, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
Jason Kranz is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Menlo Park office, focusing on recruiting officer and vice president-level candidates for private, venture-backed and publicly traded companies in the technology sector. He has expertise across multiple verticals including enterprise software, web services, semiconductor, security, storage, wireless, telecommunications and database technologies. He partners with clients to develop efficient hiring processes and define position requirements, screen potential candidates and assists with the execution of each search. Previously, Jason served as the director of recruiting at Onvia.com, where he was responsible for more than 400 hires (pre- and post-IPO), ranging from help desk to vice president positions. Prior to that, he was an executive recruiter for an information technology recruiting firm, specializing in executive, middle management and senior level technology positions. He is a member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC). Jason holds a bachelor's degree from Washington State University.
Tony Leng, Managing Director and CIO Practice Leader, Diversified Search
Tony Leng is a Managing Director of Diversified Search and leads the CIO and Technology practices. He also manages the firm’s San Francisco office. Previously, Tony was Managing Partner of Hodge Partners. Tony has conducted senior IT management searches for organizations such as Delta Dental, Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Franklin Templeton Investments, AmeriHealth, Visa, Greater Bay Bank, Esurance, Levi Strauss, Asurion, Otis Spunkmeyer, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, University of California System, TE Connectivity and Kitchell. He has also conducted technology searches for companies such as Broadvision, Hypercom, JDA Software, Symmetricom, Backflip Software, QRS and OpenTV. Prior to his executive search experience, Tony was a Board member of three public companies and CEO of a $600 million public IT company. Before that, Tony ran a $1 billion division of a telephone company focused on corporate users and had responsibility for all data services and networking products. While at the telephone company, he was founder and Chairman of its ISP and a board member of its 2 million-subscriber cell phone associated company. Tony specializes in CIO search and is a frequent speaker at CIO conferences. He has written numerous papers on technology leadership and the challenges facing CIOs today and authors a blog, “Resources for the Modern CIO” (www.tonyleng.com). Tony Leng has facilitated the Fisher CIO Forum for the past eight years. The Forum is a monthly venue for CIOs to discuss topics of relevance in their daily lives, and has afforded CIOs the opportunity to develop a close network to discuss current challenges in a peer group environment on a confidential basis.
Hunter Muller, President, CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC
Hunter Muller is the President and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC, the fastest growing provider of innovative thought leadership and networking events for CIOs and senior IT executives. Hunter is a globally respected IT strategist with more than 20 years of experience in IT leadership consulting and research. His concepts have been used successfully by corporations worldwide to improve executive performance, enhance collaboration, elevate the role of IT, and align strategy across the enterprise. Hunter’s focus over the past seven years has been researching the work and leadership styles of top transformational executives at leading organizations around the world. He has built an extensive network of senior IT leaders at companies such as: IBM, Microsoft, VMware, Boeing, McKesson, Caterpillar, Flextronics International, Intel, Waste Management, Shell Oil, CVS Caremark, Terex, Boston Scientific, Salesforce.com and many more. Given his research findings, Hunter has published several books: The Transformational CIO (Wiley, March 2011) and On Top of the Cloud (Wiley, January 2012). Given the unprecedented opportunity IT leaders have today to drive innovation and business results, Hunter’s third book, Leading the Epic Revolution, was published in early 2013. As a result Hunter’s unique position of knowing the thoughts, challenges, and opportunities of the IT Leader, he is asked to speak at a variety of venues such as IBM’s Cloud Expo and on TheStreet.com. Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of IT related charities, and Hunter personally gives back his time and ideas as a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management, serving as the Vice President of Programs.
Matt Ocko, Co-founder, Co-managing partner, Data Collective
Matt Ocko, co-founder and co-Managing Partner of Data Collective, has three decades of experience as a technology entrepreneur and VC, in the US and globally. His prior investments include Cotendo (AKAM), Zynga (ZNGA), Facebook (FB), XenSource (CTRX), UltraDNS (NSR), FlashSoft (SDNK), Fortinet (FTNT), Aggregate Knowledge (NSR), Virtuata (CSCO), DataMirror (IBM), Couchbase, Ayasdi, Kenshoo, D-Wave Systems, MetaMarkets, Uber, AngelList, and many others, including multiple additional acquisitions by Google, Facebook, Netapp, and other Fortune 1000 tech companies. Matt founded Da Vinci Systems, a pioneering e-mail software vendor with over 1 million users world-wide prior to its acquisition. He is an inventor on over 40 granted or in-process patents in areas as diverse as enterprise hardware and social games. He holds a degree in Physics from Yale University and has been active in helping develop China's venture capital and technology regulatory framework for two decades.
Bob Quinn, VP & CIO, Palo Alto Networks
Robert (Bob) Quinn is responsible for global IT and Technical Operations, including the hosting of cloud services for Palo Alto Network’s security subscription offerings. He has impressive leadership experience at an array of companies, including British Petroleum, Sun Microsystems, eBay, KLA-Tencor, Genentech, and Blue Coat Systems, where he has developed a reputation for successfully tackling the most challenging projects, providing innovative approaches to the most difficult problems, and developing highly motivated and organized teams. He has helped develop businesses from scratch, adapted extremely fast growing organizations to be successful in the global marketplace, and evolved very large organizations to become nimble and highly functional. Bob holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Economics & Accounting from Baldwin-Wallace University (1978). He has been a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and has spoken widely at University lecture forums and industry thought leadership conferences.
Lars Rabbe, Partner, StrataFusion
Lars Rabbe brings over 30 years of executive-level IT experience to the StrataFusion Group. He has been a Senior Executive / CIO at companies such as Skype, Yahoo, Lucent Technologies, Fidelity Investments, Intuit, Redback Networks, Octel Communications and NeXT Computer. Lars is a recognized industry expert in SAAS/Cloud Computing; Global IT and IT Transformations. As CIO for Skype, Intuit, Yahoo and Redback Lars was responsible for the overall strategic direction and execution of global information technology infrastructure, as well as global data centers and networks. At Skype Lars led the global technology group from the EBay spin off through to the acquisition by Microsoft. At Yahoo Lars also led the development of advertising and billing systems. His career has spanned more than 40 years of technology management experience in the financial services, retail and software/hardware sectors. Lars has managed groups of over 1,500 employees in over 50 countries with budget responsibility of over $1B. He successfully developed, acquired and implemented large company wide systems in many industries including high tech, financial services, media and retail. Lars has a track record as a change agent in both large and small environments with experience in mergers, acquisitions, as well as outsourcing on-shore and off-shore. Lars was a co-founder of the CISE (Consortium of Information Systems Executives), and serves on a number of boards and advisory boards. He has served on the Committee for Economic Development (CED)-Digital Connections Council. Lars holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
Michael Skaff, VP IT, Masons of California
Michael Skaff is the Vice President of Technology for the Masons of California. Previously, Skaff was the CIO of LesConcierges where he was responsible for the enterprise and customer-facing technology strategy for this Global Concierge Services company which counts as customers the world’s largest financial institutions, and helps drive ultra-high net worth cardholder loyalty. He also served as CIO of the San Francisco Symphony and ran Technical Services at Bare Escentuals Beauty, Inc, a large public cosmetics company which was acquired by Shiseido. Earlier in his career, Skaff ran IT and Network Operations at AdSpace Networks (later branded CoolSign Media), a leading provider of digital public advertising, and was the Director of IT for NativeMinds, a natural language software company that was acquired by Verity. With over 20 years of experience in enterprise technology, from global strategy to technical architecture, he is active in the technology industry as a published author and a frequent speaker at industry events. Skaff also serves as an advisor to select group of technology and media companies and venture firms.
Patrick Steele, EVP, CIO, Delta Dental of California
Patrick Steele is Executive Vice President and CIO for Delta Dental of California and a member of the Senior Executive Management Team. Delta Dental is part of a $7 billion enterprise and one of the largest dental benefit administrators in the nation. Mr. Steele has 47 years of experience in healthcare, insurance, corporate retail, wholesale, supply chain, merchandising, information technology (IT), dot.com profit & loss, and worldwide retail exchange functions. Prior to joining Delta Dental, he was involved in consulting and business development, and was active in establishing several technology companies that serve the retail sector. As a former member of the executive management team for a $37 billion retailer, Mr. Steele led numerous strategic projects, inclusive of both large and small mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Steele sits on the Advisory Board for a Venture Capital firm and is active in the evaluation of new companies for the firm to invest in. Mr. Steele is also a Board Member of Dignity Health, a large multi-state healthcare delivery company based in San Francisco. Mr. Steele holds a B.A. in business administration and a B.S. in mathematics, both from the University in Washington. He has been active in numerous civic organizations.
Cynthia Stoddard, SVP & CIO, NetApp
Cynthia Stoddard is the senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) at NetApp. In her role as CIO, she is responsible for providing a long-term technology vision that supports and is aligned with the company’s strategies and goals, business plans, operating requirements, and overall efficiencies. She provides leadership to the Global IT organization to enable delivery of worldwide business solutions and infrastructure that support the company's growth. Additionally, she acts as the primary advocate of NetApp to external markets to promote further awareness of the NetApp on NetApp initiative. Cynthia has over 25 years of business experience and IT expertise leading large global organizations in supply chain, retail, and technology companies. Before joining NetApp, in 2010, she was group vice president, Information Technology, at Safeway Inc. Other positions she has held include group CIO for NOL Group, the parent of APL Ltd., a global transportation and logistics company; as well as executive and technical IT roles in both U.S. and global companies. While she was CIO at NOL Group, the organization was named in the Top 100 of Information Week’s Top 500 innovative users of technology for 4 successive years Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Western New England University, from which she graduated cum laude; and an MBA from Marylhurst University.
Ricardo Sunderland, Global FinTech Leader, Egon Zehnder International
Ricardo Sunderland is a member of Egon Zehnder International’s San Francisco office where he focuses on the Talent Management needs of the Financial Services sector in the West Coast of the USA, with particular focus on Banking and Insurance services. He also leads the Firm’s “FinTech” practice group globally. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder International, Mr. Sunderland was the Managing Director of the Latin America Financial Services practice at BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting), a top five Systems Integration and Management Consulting Firm, where he lead large and complex transformational mandates within the Banking and Insurance sectors. Earlier, Ricardo held various Management roles for Citigroup, including Senior Vice President of its Global Consumer Business e-Commerce B.U. with Finance accountability over thirteen countries. The early stages of Mr. Sunderland’s banking career centered on risk management cycle responsibilities within the Retail Banking product suite, including credit cards, auto & personal loans, and home loans. Ricardo has an MBA from the IPADE University and a B.S. in finance & marketing from Iberoamericana University.
Timothy Weaver, VP, CIO, Del Monte Foods, Inc.
Timothy Weaver is the VP/CIO of Del Monte Foods Inc., one of the country’s largest producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food products for the U.S. retail market. Del Monte’s brands include S&W, Contadina, and College Inn. He was previously the CIO for Group Danone’s North America businesses – including Dannon, Stonyfield, and Evian and served over 11 years as a top IT executive for Red Bull Energy Drink in multiple international roles. Tim’s focus is on the early identification and utilization of new technologies that bring competitive advantage to the organization.
Kirsten Wolberg, Vice President, Technology Business Operations, PayPal
Kirsten Wolberg, VP, Technology, joined PayPal in June 2012 to lead the chief operating functions for PayPal Technology. Her team is responsible for technology strategy, planning, mergers & acquisitions, centralized quality and infrastructure, metrics reporting, tools, Agile practice, operational excellence, training, communication, employee engagement and the PayPal Open Source Office. Kirsten serves on Advisory Boards for companies with cloud-based delivery models including Socialware, CollabNet and New Charter University. Previously, she was Chief Information Officer at salesforce.com responsible for all elements of IT Service Delivery, including IT architecture, client portals (corporate website, online help and training, e-commerce), corporate systems, and end-user services. Before joining salesforce.com, Kirsten spent seven years at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., where she led Corporate Technology, offshore development, and technology education & leadership development. Prior to joining Schwab, she held a variety of product development, operations and consulting positions in the financial services industry. Under Kirsten’s leadership, salesforce.com’s IT team was recognized for several industry awards, including InformationWeek 500, Most Innovative Business Technology Organizations (2009 #4 and 2010 #5), and was ranked #10 on Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT for 2010 and #8 in 2011. Kirsten was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area, 2011 by the San Francisco Business Times. For the past eight years, Kirsten has served in leadership roles with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and is on the Board of Trustees of the Greater Bay Area chapter. She is a local Board Member of Year-Up, an organization with a mission to close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support to empower them to reach their potential. Kirsten is also a board member of the International Women’s Forum– Northern California. Kirsten holds a BS degree in Finance from the University of Southern California and an MBA degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern.