About

Roundtable Members

  • Bill Blausey

    SVP and CIO
    Eaton Corporation
    Americas Chapter Member

    Bill Blausey is vice president and chief information officer of Eaton Corporation, a global $14 billion diversified industrial manufacturer. Mr. Blausey assumed his current position in January 2006 after serving as vice president, Information Technology for Eaton’s Fluid Power Group beginning in 2001. Prior to Eaton, he worked at Aeroquip-Vickers, first as a programmer and then holding positions of increasing responsibility in financial applications and manufacturing systems including directing ecommerce initiatives for Aeroquip-Vickers. The company was acquired by Eaton Corporation in 1999. Mr. Blausey earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

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  • Max Braun

    CIO
    Swarovski
    European Chapter Member

    After graduating with a degree in economic and business science at Innsbruck University, Max Braun joined Swarovski (Wattens, Austria) in 1984, as an SAP Consultant and IT Project Manager. Over the next few years, the company consolidated several independent IT units into a single global Corporate IT organization. In the course of this process, Max held the lead position for various business application areas within Corporate IT, continuing to focus on SAP. From 2006 until 2011, he managed a new unit called ‘IT Business Application Services’. This unit supported all IT business solutions for Swarovski on a global basis. In 2011, Max was appointed as CIO for the company and continues in this role today.

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  • William Braun

    CIO
    Chevron Corporation
    Americas Chapter Member

    William (Bill) Braun is Chevron’s chief information officer and the president of its Information Technology Company. Bill assumed this role in 2015 and is based in Houston, TX.

    Bill joined Chevron in 1991 as a programmer, and has held technical and management positions across the organization, including Chevron North America Exploration & Production, Supply & Trading and ITC. These positions included responsibilities in telecommunications, fraud management, project management and operations. He has served with the corporation in Texas, California and Singapore.

    Bill received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, and completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2014. He serves on the Board of Directors for SEARCH Homeless Services of Houston and as a co-chair for the Governing Body of the Houston CIO Executive Summit.

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  • Chris Clark

    SVP & CIO
    Levi Strauss & Co
    Americas Chapter Member

    Chris Clark is senior vice president and chief information officer at Levi Strauss & Co. responsible for technology investments globally. Since Chris joined LS&Co. in 2015, his leadership has been instrumental in establishing global supply chain capabilities, including end-to-end planning, global master data management, analytics platforms, and stabilizing and enhancing our warehouse management systems.

    Previously, Chris was vice president, Supply Chain Solutions at lululemon athletica with accountability for the supply chain portfolio of initiatives across design, merchandising, planning & allocation, sourcing, logistics, and distribution. Prior to that, he was vice president, Global Supply Chain Systems at Gap Inc. During this time, Chris had accountability for application delivery and support across product development, merchandising, sourcing, and logistics. Chris also oversaw infrastructure services and application support for the sourcing offices in New York, Miami, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, India and Turkey.

    Prior to his career in retail, Chris spent over a decade in the semiconductor industry and over 5 years as an aviation officer for the US Army.

    Chris holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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  • Luis German

    Chief Process and Information Officer
    Tenaris
    Americas Chapter Member

    Luis joined Tenaris in 2001 to be part of the Team managing the merge of several Mills around the globe.  He started his career leading the efforts that integrated the Company’s Commercial and Supply Chain operations. Years later, he moved into the IT department to continue his work managing several teams.  His expertise is focused on business process management, information technology, operations and logistics management , and management of large and complex transformation projects. During those years at Tenaris, he held several positions in Supply Chain, Logistics, IT (applications and infrastructure) and business process transformation roles. Previously, he served as Head of the Commercial and Strategic Planning for Siderar, and Business Development Manager for the Automotive Business unit.  He started his career working on R&D on Solar Energy topics and then switched to Tribology research in steel.

    He was appointed CPIO of Tenaris on May 2016.

    Luis holds a Physics degree from the University of Buenos Aires where he received the National Atomic Energy Commission (Argentina) scholarship , and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received the Rocca Fellowship.

    He is married and has two teen daughters. He enjoys outdoor activities and has been a trekking guide in Patagonia for many years while in school.

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  • Martin Hofmann

    Group CIO
    Volkswagen AG
    European Chapter Member

    Martin Hofmann has been the Group CIO and Organizational Development of Volkswagen AG since December 2011. He has held various other positions at Volkswagen AG, including Head of Organizational Development until November 2007, and Head of Group Procurement Process and Information Management until 2001. Prior to joining Volkswagen AG, Martin served at Executive Director Digital Supply Chain at EDS in Plano, TX, USA from 1995-2001. He holds a PhD in engineering from ETH Zürich, and has a degree in business informatics and business administration from the University of Mannheim.

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  • Khushnud Irani

    SVP & CIO
    LafargeHolcim
    European Chapter Member

    Khushnud Irani is Senior VP and CIO at LafargeHolcim. He is driving the IT Transformation within the new Group which is the industry leader formed by the merger of the top 2 industry players Lafarge and Holcim in 2015. He is also actively driving the digital agenda within the Group. In the past, whilst being the CIO at Holcim, he has introduced modern cloud based delivery model within the Group. Embracing this model brings a fundamental shift in the way IT services are delivered within the Group, reducing the technical complexities of internal operations and instead allows IT personnel to focus on closer involvement with their business counterparts in creating deeper business value.

    Prior to joining Holcim, Khushnud was EVP and CIO at Qualiflyer Loyalty Ltd—a Group company of SWISS International Airlines responsible for managing the Frequent Flyer Customer Loyalty program for several million members worldwide.

    Apart from IT, Khushnud led the various operational business shared services areas which included member servicing and back-office operations. He led major outsourcing initiatives which saved the company 40% yearly costs and improved customer satisfaction & operational efficiencies.
    Khushnud holds an Executive MBA degree from IMD Lausanne and has graduated in Physics from Mumbai University. He has also attained his Honours Diploma in Systems Management. He is based in Switzerland since 2000.

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  • Volker Laska

    SVP & CIO
    Clariant
    European Chapter Member

    Volker Laska studied Physics from 1973 – 1979 at the University of Cologne in Germany. He has more than 30 years of management and leadership experience in various IT functions and international projects and assignments, with solid experience in business process re-engineering and change leadership/change management programs, and a broad understanding of the chemical and pharmaceutical business.

    After several years in hardware and software development and in business consulting, he joined the IT department of Bayer AG in Leverkusen/Germany in 1985 to work on laboratory information systems for Bayer’s polymers and agro businesses. In 1990, Volker transferred to Bayer’s US subsidiary Mobay and established a technical and scientific computing department for the chemical businesses.

    After returning from the US in 1993, Volker took over the responsibility for IT in the Pharma research and development area of Bayer (with major research sites in the US, Japan and Germany), and 2 years later, he became global head of Pharma IT. Major work areas were the worldwide harmonisation of the R&D systems, the standardisation of the IT infrastructure including first outsourcing concepts, and the global SAP rollout for Bayer’s Pharma business with one of the first APO implementations in the chemical industry. This included new supply chain concepts and the introduction of standard costing at the headquarter in Germany.

    In 2002, Volker joined the specialty chemicals maker Clariant in the position of global CIO. Major work areas are the standardisation of the IT infrastructure, worldwide SAP rollouts, the support for Clariant’s transformation program with acquisitions and divestitures, operational and structural improvement programs, a renewed focus on how to support innovation and profitable growth from the IT side, and a more centralized governance model of the group.

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  • Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet

    Director of Communication and Information Management
    International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
    European Chapter Member

    Career:
    Director of Communication and Information Management the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) a post she has held since July 2010
    Deputy Director of Communication, ICRC, January 2004-July 2010
    Deputy Head of Division for Policy and Cooperation within the Movement, ICRC, 2003,
    Head of Women and War Project, ICRC, 1998-2003
    Between 1993 and 1998, missions for the ICRC in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kenya, Rwanda, Tajikistan and Croatia in a range of functions from Head of office and programme Coordinator

    Education:
    Masters degree (MSc. Hons.) in Communication Management
    Honours degree (BA Hons.) in Business Studies majoring in law and marketing

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  • Mark Meyer

    Head, Global Information Management
    Tetra Pak
    Americas Chapter Member

    Mark Meyer is Head of Global IM at Tetra Pak.  He has been a part of Tetra Pak’s Globalization efforts over the past 15 years.  He has been a part of implementing a single SAP solution that now covers Tetra Pak’s entire global business as well a single global IT organization and common shared infrastructure.

    Mark holds a B.A. in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin (class of 1986) and has lived and worked in both the US and in Sweden (15 years). His early experience comes from IT Services in support of the Primary and Secondary Mortgage Industry in the US and the later years from IT Services support in the Food Packaging and Processing Industry in Europe. He has participated in various cross industry groups and holds a Certificate of Mastery in Process Reengineering from Hammer and Company.

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  • Dickie Oliver

    VP & CIO
    Airline Reporting Corporation

    Dickie Oliver is Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC).  For more than half a century, ARC has been a trusted provider of settlement services for the airline industry.  ARC operates at high volume, settling more than $86 billion in transactions between airline carriers and travel agencies each year.  Because of its unique history, ARC has become the single record of truth for data collection of airline ticket transactions, covering approximately 60 percent of the world’s passenger air tickets.

    In this role, Dickie is responsible for all aspects of IT including setting ARC’s information technology, cyber security and disaster recovery strategy. He is also modernizing ARC’s data, and infrastructure while implementing a cloud strategy, which will accelerate and expand the company’s settlement and data product deliveries. Thus ensuring ARC continues to provide world-class customer service and products to the airline industry.

    Mr. Oliver came to ARC in October 2016 from Restaurant Supply Chains Solutions, A YUM! Brands Co-op, where he was VP of IT and was responsible for all aspects of IT including Business Supply Chain Technology, ERP, Infrastructure, PC Support, Security, and the Data Center.  Prior to that, he spent 18+ years at YUM! Brands in various capacities including Vice President of Global Technology, Vice President of Shared Services and Vice President of Infrastructure. He began his career at DuPont / Westinghouse Savannah River Company as a senior systems analyst. Mr. Oliver also served as a consultant and project leader at PowerCerv Corporation.

    Mr. Oliver is currently a board member for Volunteers of America in Louisville.  He has presented at multiple IT conferences and won the Westinghouse Malcolm Baldridge award for IT excellence.

    Mr. Oliver earned his BBA in Finance, his BBA in Management and his minor in Computer Science from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY.  He lives in Louisville, KY along with his wife Linda and their three children: Kelsey, Ryan, and Kyle.

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  • Martin Petry

    CIO, Head of Business Excellence
    Hilti
    European Chapter Member

    Martin Petry became Hilti’s CIO in 2005. He is responsible for 400 IT employees based in Schaan,Tulsa, Oklahoma and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In recent months, Martin was asked to be in charge of Hilti’s Business Excellence initiatives. He first came to Hilti in 1993 and has held various leadership roles, including project manager of Oracle Applications implementations in Great Britain and in Japan, head of second-level support for Oracle Applications, IT Strategy development. Mr. Petry currently heads Hilti’s global SAP implementation project of standard business processes and SAP (global single system/single instance approach with ERP, BI, CRM and SCM) now being used by 15,000 users in 40 countries. He has headed up Hilti’s global SAP implementation since 2000. Mr. Petry earned his PhD in applied mathematics from Georg-August University in Göttingen.

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  • Dieter Schmidbaur

    CIO
    Airbus Defence & Space
    European Chapter Member

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  • Wayne Shurts

    EVP & CTO
    Sysco
    Americas Chapter Member

    Wayne Shurts joined Sysco in October 2012, after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for SUPERVALU. Prior to that, he was with Cadbury Schweppes, first serving as Senior Vice President-Information Technology and then becoming Chief Information Officer in 2008. He began his career in 1981 as a management trainee at Nabisco, where he stayed for 20 years, progressing through a series of roles with increasing responsibility, including Vice President-Sales Operations, Vice President-North American Supply Chain Process and Vice President-e-Business. He left Nabisco to become president of the Principles Group, a consulting firm, where he assisted companies such as IBM, Avaya, and Johnson & Johnson with technology-enabled business transformation strategies.

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  • Keith Sturgill

    VP & CIO
    Eastman
    Americas Chapter Member

    Keith Sturgill is vice president and chief information officer at Eastman. Prior to this role, he was the director of the IT Program Office at Eastman Chemical Company. Mr. Sturgill has broad responsibility for enabling business value through the application of information technology. His organization delivers technology to nearly 11,000 Eastman employees spread throughout the company’s international operations. Mr. Sturgill’s management responsibilities have included the development, support, and implementation of global marketing, business and supply chain systems and leading IT architecture efforts that enable Eastman to continue delivering mission critical applications that are reliable, cost effective and flexible. He is also responsible for delivering integration services including B2B, EDI, internal integration, web services and BPM to the corporation. Mr. Sturgill holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Virginia Tech.

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  • Donna Vinci

    Group Chief Operations, Digital and Information Officer
    Bank of Queensland
    Americas Chapter Member

    Donna joined BOQ as Group Executive Enterprise Solutions in July 2015 and leads the Bank’s Operations, Enterprise Program Office and Information Technology teams. Donna’s extensive experience in operations, risk management and technology, and her track record of delivering digital disruption and transformation projects for major financial services organisations globally will enable her to play a key role in BOQ’s own transformation as it continues to digitise it’s business and customer experience.

    Donna joined BOQ from IAG where she was Group General Manager, Group Digital and Group CIO, prior to that, she was Chief Operations and Information Officer of Westpac’s Institutional Bank for four and half years. Donna has also held many executive management roles at Citigroup over a span of fifteen years, including Regional CIO and Global Head of Technology Risk Management and held other senior management roles at Potter Warburg and was a Director at Country Natwest.

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