2010 Speaker List

Hear from IT leaders and industry experts in more than 100 sessions at the leading business technology event.

Cheryl Smith

Principal, Smith & Associates

Ms. Smith is an experienced business leader and information technology (IT) expert. She has senior executive experience as a CEO and CIO, and has worked in the energy, health care, telecommunications, manufacturing, and consulting industries, and with federal agencies.

Career Summary:

Cheryl Smith is a principal at an expert IT consulting firm that offers services in IT Crisis Management. The firm specializes in providing support to companies facing an IT crisis or major “one-time” IT-related event (www.smithandassociates.us.com). She has been responsible for the successful turnaround and completion of critical IT projects and ventures throughout the world.

Prior to her work in IT crisis management, Ms. Smith was the CEO of a technology startup company, utility.net. utility.net offered Broadband over Power Line (BPL) networks to the major US electric companies for commercial sale of broadband to customers in their rural territories, and SmartGrid applications for utility use. She was the global CIO for McKesson Corp—a Fortune 15 health care company; the CIO for KeySpan (now National Grid)—one of the largest energy companies in the US; the VP for Strategic Systems at Verizon; and the MIS Director for Honeywell Federal Systems. She was a Principal at Ernst & Young, one of the “Big 6” consulting firms, for 7 years, successfully managing major IT efforts for a number of Fortune 100 companies in the US and around the world. Her initial years in the industry were spent building 3 core systems that remain in use on Capitol Hill (the electronic voting system on the House floor, the House publication system, the cable communication system used by both the House and the Senate) at the U.S. House of Representatives.

She is the co-founder of the CIO Institute, a certificate program for IT leaders at UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. In addition to teaching and international speaking engagements, her articles on IT problems, issues and challenges—with ‘insider information’ on how to resolve—have been published worldwide. Smith holds both Bachelor and Master degrees from Penn State.


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