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.
IT at the Speed of Business

Today's IT pros are no strangers to change. With the onset of the consumerization of IT and BYOD, IT must know how to evolve with the shifting business landscape, and also understand how to get ahead of it. However, the challenge for most IT decision makers is shifting from a model of central control to one that puts the user - and their important business content - at the center of a technology strategy. In this session, you will hear how two of today's most innovative IT leaders have transformed their organizations with cloud technology to keep up with the pace of today's competitive business environment. They will also provide insight into the enterprise cloud capabilities that IT leaders should look for as they evaluate potential cloud service providers to help make their companies run more efficiently, at scale.

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.

R

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

R "Ray" Wang

Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman, Constellation Research, Inc.

R "Ray" Wang is the Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Constellation Research, Inc. He's also the author of the popular business strategy and technology blog "A Software Insider’s Point of View". With viewership in the 10's of millions of page views a year, his blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models impact the enterprise. Wang has held executive roles in product, marketing, strategy, and consulting at companies such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Ray's a prominent and dynamic keynote speaker and research analyst working with clients on digital, innovation, business model design, engagement strategies, customer experience, matrix commerce, and big data. His Silicon Valley research firm advises Global 2000 companies on the future, business strategy, and disruptive technology adoption. Wang is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and well quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNBC TV, Reuters, IDG News Service, and other global media outlets.

 
 
Steve Comstock

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

Steve Comstock

VP Site and IT Infrastructure, CBS Interactive
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Shadow IT

A new breed of Shadow IT has emerged. This new breed has created greater opportunities for our customers to adopt products that better support their business needs while further excluding IT from the decision making process. Instead of focusing on the exclusionary aspect of Shadow IT, we should use Shadow IT as the opportunity to generate conversations, learn the business challenges, and become business partners.

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.

 
John Jeremiah

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

John Jeremiah

Mobile Lifecycle Product Marketing Lead, HP
Mobility Without Compromise

We are in the midst of a revolution driven by big data, the cloud and mobility. The revolution is touching every aspect of our lives from home to work, our lives and business are rapidly changing and the traditional IT response to change is to minimize the impact. Success in this new era will go to those who can embrace change and ride the wave of change to discover new ways to connect and serve customers, new ways to empower employees and new ways to innovate.

John Jeremiah is a product marketing leader with the HP Software Applications Delivery Management team, focusing on the mobile applications lifecycle. He is a software professional with over 20 years of experience including a variety of leadership roles with the U.S. Navy, IT consulting and Fortune 500 IT organizations. His previous roles span from application developer, project and program manager, Director of Testing Services, and Delivery Process and Methodology Director. Prior to joining HP, he was director of Testing Services and Project Delivery Services for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, where he led the adoption of CMMI Maturity Level 3 process framework.

 
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.

 
Mark Thomas

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

Mark Thomas

SVP, Technology Program Management, HBO

Mark Thomas is senior vice president, Technology Program Management, for Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for program management of all technology initiatives across the organization. He was named to this position in January 2014.

Thomas joined HBO with more than 18 years of experience in the high tech industry, including building and managing teams, software production, platform and portfolio management, relationship management, deal development, contract negotiation, business development, hardware development and developer support.

Prior to HBO, Thomas was director, Business Development and senior manager, Business Development & Chief Console Strategist, at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in Seattle, WA, where he worked from 2007 to 2013. He was also senior manager, ISV Relations, at ATI Research, from 2004 to 2007, and worked at Microsoft from 1996 to 2007, holding several positions including group program manager for the Xbox Advanced Technology Group.

Thomas holds a BA from Hampshire College. He has served on a variety of industry panels and is the author of numerous gaming publications.

 
Sujai Hajela

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

Sujai Hajela

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Networking Group, Cisco
Transform Your Network from Aging to Agile

Mobility, cloud and big data are disrupting business models in every industry with faster service delivery, real-time analytics, and personalized offers. And the rise of the 'Internet of Everything' promises to accelerate these changes at a level we can hardly imagine today. As your organization navigates these changes, the network connecting the user to the service will be even more critical to your success. Learn how networks are evolving across the branch and WAN to keep pace with business demands and user expectations.

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.

 
Mark Lohmeyer

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

Mark Lohmeyer

VP, Enterprise Routing, Cisco

Mark Lohmeyer is Vice President of Enterprise Routing for the Enterprise Networking segment at Cisco. He oversees the product management, business development and technical marketing for the company’s multi-billion dollar router portfolio. As part of this, Lohmeyer’s charter includes looking after the fast changing Wide Area Network (WAN) market, and helping customers build out their network infrastructures to support future business requirements.

Previously, Lohmeyer held a VP position at Schooner, a web-caching and database appliance start-up. Prior to joining Schooner, Lohmeyer served as the VP and GM of Symantec’s Cluster Server Product Group, leading a global team across the U.S., India, and China, driving product strategy, engineering and technical field enablement. His broad background also includes experience in business strategy consulting, and managing strategic alliances with major IT vendors such as Oracle, SAP, and BMC.

Lohmeyer holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

When Lohmeyer is not focused on his passion for software, he enjoys traveling with his family.

 

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