Keynote Speakers

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Wednesday - Thursday, October 1 - 2, 2014

Interop brings IT practitioners, industry leading companies, and inspiring individuals to the keynote stage. This year’s keynote speakers will include:

Access to Wednesday Keynotes requires Expo Plus Pass or above. Expo Pass holders will only have access to Thursday Keynotes. Choose the pass that's right for you.

Seth Meyers

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 9:00-10:45 AM

Seth Meyers

Host, Late Night with Seth Meyers

In early 2014, Emmy Award winner Seth Meyers joined -NBC’s extraordinary late-night legacy as the host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Succeeding Jimmy Fallon in the 12:35 am spot, Meyers continues to entertain the nation with his wit and perfectly timed comedy.

Meyers began his TV career on Saturday Night Live in 2001. After completing his 13th season on the legendary sketch comedy program, he had served as head writer for nine seasons and Weekend Update anchor for eight seasons. Viewers recognize Meyers for his sharp, satirical commentary on topical events and newsmakers, and hilarious interactions with the wide array of guests that visit the Weekend Update desk.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Meyers studied and performed at ImprovOlympic before moving on to the Boom Chicago Theater in Amsterdam, Holland. His acclaimed show “Pick-ups and Hiccups,” with partner Jill Benjamin, toured Europe and eventually caught the eye of SNL.

Meyers also lends his voice to Hulu’s animated superhero show The Awesomes, which he co-created with Mike Shoemaker. The show premiered August 2013 and quickly became a hit before being picked up for a second season. Meyers hosted the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN and headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner to rave reviews.

In 2011, Meyers won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue, and has also garnered 10 additional Emmy nominations for his work as a writer in television. TIME magazine named him one of their “100 Most Influential People” in 2014.

Meyers currently resides in New York City with his wife, Alexi, and their dog, Frisbee.

 
Ben Haines

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 9:00-10:45 AM

Ben Haines

VP IT/CIO, Box Inc.

A transformational CIO, Ben is focused on liberating companies from the legacy world of expensive and unproductive Enterprise Software and Information Technology.

As the first VP CIO for Box Ben is responsible for building out the Enterprise IT function utilizing the existing suite of cloud based solutions and enhancing where needed.

Prior to joining Box Ben was the CIO for Pabst Brewing Co. where he transformed the traditional IT infrastructure and application environment into a service orientated organization delivering business value. Prior to Pabst Ben spent 9 years with Red Bull leading teams across Asia Pacific, Europe and Americas. With grounding in ITSM Ben quickly moved into the application and BI space delivering mobile applications, BI solutions and a global portal and a collaboration platform.

 
Steve Comstock

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 9:00-10:45 AM

Steve Comstock

VP Site and IT Infrastructure, CBS Interactive

Steve Comstock is Vice President of Site and IT Infrastructure at CBS Interactive.

Comstock oversees global IT and site infrastructure teams that manage video engineering and infrastructure (encoding and player technology), collaboration tools (email, calendaring, social), telephony and video conference technology, vendor management, internal engineering efforts and application/infrastructure security.

Under his leadership, CBS Interactive has advanced productivity and efficiency through the modernization of workforce technology, optimized infrastructure support through strategic vendor product decisions, reduced overall operating costs through improved process/structure, created and implemented incident response/remediation processes, creation of a vendor management organization and implemented a global single sign-on solution helping identify and securing over 130 applications.

Prior to joining CBS Interactive in 2010, Comstock’s 20-year career in technology developed with Sendmail Inc., Oracle Corporation and the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) in various roles within engineering and IT.

Comstock earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Regis University. Outside of the office, Comstock enjoys spending time with his family, binge-watching television shows/movies and channeling his inner foodie.

 
Harper Reed

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 9:00-10:45 AM

Harper Reed

CEO, Modest Inc.

Harper Reed is a US-based technology engineer, innovator and entrepreneur. He has been called a “tech pioneer”, a “digital wizard” and “hard to miss in a room”. He is fascinated by how technology continues to shape, transform and empower human behavior. He is currently the CEO of a funded mobile commerce company in Chicago called Modest, Inc.

In 2012, Harper was responsible for delivering Barack Obama’s online campaign and get-out-the-vote program. As Chief Technology Officer at Obama’s campaign HQ in Chicago, Harper was the man who was responsible for engineering perhaps the most sophisticated political campaign of all time.

From 2005 to 2009, Harper was the CTO of Chicago-based clothing company Threadless, one of the first successful crowdsourcing companies, and helped increase revenue tenfold during that period. From 2009 to 2012 he consulted for companies like Rackspace, an innovative cloud-based website host, and Sandbox Industries, a forward-thinking venture capital company which funds hundreds of tech projects in their early stages and then launches the best few. Harper has also developed a number of community-based apps in Chicago.

 
Michael Bryzek

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 9:00-10:45 AM

Michael Bryzek

Co-Founder and CTO, Gilt

Michael brings to Gilt extensive experience in developing user-focused Internet software and a deep passion for leveraging technology. Prior to Gilt, Michael founded Volunteer Solutions, an Internet-application service provider for the philanthropic sector. Volunteer Solutions was acquired by United Way of America in 2001. Michael then served as chief technology officer for United eWay, the United Way of America's technology subsidiary. He holds a BSc and Masters in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 
Sujai Hajela

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 9:00-10:45 AM

Sujai Hajela

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Networking Group, Cisco

Sujai Hajela is Senior Vice President of Product Management and Strategy for the Enterprise Networking Group (ENG). He is responsible for the vision, solutions, and product strategy of Cisco’s Enterprise Routing, Switching, and Mobility (Wireless LAN) portfolios. His global organization interfaces with customers and partners to understand their challenges and work with engineering to create and take to market, networking solutions that help IT navigate technology transitions including mobility, cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Previously, Hajela was Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless and Cloud Networking Group. He recently led the Cisco acquisitions of ThinkSmart and Meraki. He has been instrumental in crafting the vision of Cisco Unified Access, an intelligent platform that enables new connected experiences and operational efficiencies to accelerate business innovation and growth.

Before joining Cisco, Hajela was Vice President and General Manager at Motorola where he was responsible for the wireless network solutions business, including wireless LAN, wireless security (Air Defense), management (Wireless Valley), wireless broadband, private broadband and voice over WLAN. In that role, he established Motorola's vision for the wireless enterprise and led the development of the distributed next generation WLAN architecture (WiNG). Hajela has also held domestic and international positions with Nortel, and Hewlett-Packard.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science and Technology from Bangalore University, India, and Master of Business Administration degree from Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

 

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