Edward G. Happ
Edward G. Happ is the Global CIO of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), based in Geneva, Switzerland, and Chairman of NetHope (www.nethope.org), a U.S. based consortium of 31 leading international relief, development and conservation nonprofits focused on information and communications technology (ICT) and collaboration. Prior to this position, he served as the chief information officer at Save the Children, where he worked for seven years. During his first year at Save the Children, in March 2001, he presented a paper to Cisco on "Wiring the Virtual Village," which became the basis for NetHope, a consortium of 20 international relief, development and conservation nonprofits focused on communications technology and collaboration, which he chairs. Before joining Save the Children, he was a senior partner and founder of HP Management Decisions Ltd., a management consultancy, and has held a variety of corporate management positions, to the senior vice president and general manager level, with Wall Street data providers, service and software product companies.
His thirty years of professional experience include all facets of managing information services and high technology businesses, including general management with P&L responsibility, operations, product management, sales, marketing, customer service, human resources management, technical consulting, manufacturing, and both software and hardware development.
In 2007, the editors of eWEEK, CIO Insight, and Baseline selected Ed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT and one of the Top 100 CIOs.
Adam Golodner is a Partner in Kaye Scholer’s Complex Commercial Litigation Department and Leader of the Global Cybersecurity & Privacy Group. With a unique career spanning more than 20 years of leadership positions in business, academia and government, Adam is well recognized for providing high-impact strategic advice and resolving complex issues at the intersection of technology, security, national security, innovation and economics.
Prior to joining Kaye Scholer, he spent ten years running global cyber policy for Cisco Systems, Inc., and served in government (Justice Department, Agriculture Department, The White House), and academia (Dartmouth College, ISTS). He has deep experience with the issues facing private and public-sector clients in critical information infrastructure sectors and focuses on existing and proposed cybersecurity laws and policies, litigation, corporate governance and transactions. He also advises on regulatory and compliance matters, including in the antitrust arena, helping clients to develop effective and efficient programs and representing them in investigations and related litigation brought by various US and international regulatory regimes.
Adam is also a Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group and a member of Business Executives for National Security.
Sam Kinney T'90
Sam Kinney brings a history of innovation and success to Right Hand Manager. He was co-founder of FreeMarkets, Inc., the company that "marketized" industrial sourcing through the use of online negotiation technology, beginning with real-time online purchasing auctions. In his tenure with FreeMarkets, he participated in technology development, strategy, marketing, customer service, and helped to lead its record-setting IPO in 1999. He was a frequent expert lecturer at industry conferences, government hearings, and academic gatherings. He is co-inventor of numerous patented and patent-pending technologies at FreeMarkets. Prior to FreeMarkets, he served as a budget director for a manufacturing firm, and twice as a management consultant, with McKinsey & Company and Booz-Allen & Hamilton.
Sam holds an MBA with highest distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Blair LaCorte T'90
Mr. LaCorte is Global President of Production Resource Group, LLC. Mr. LaCorte is an accomplished leader and strategist with a long history of leveraging his change management skills to drive operational alignment and growth within companies. Most recently, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer at XOJET. Under his leadership, strategic direction and management of global operations, XOJET became one of the fastest growing aviation companies in history.
Prior to XOJET Mr. LaCorte was an Operating Partner at TPG, a premier Private Equity firm with over $58B in investments globally. At TPG he worked with over 40 companies across Entertainment, Industrial, Logistics, Heavy Asset, Services, Technology and Energy practices.
In the prior 25 years, Blair has held executive positions across numerous Industries in both private and public companies.
Mr. LaCorte graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Dartmouth’s Tuck School. He is also a distinguished graduate of General Electric’s Financial Management Program.
Mr. LaCorte has received numerous industry awards, including being named one of the Top Ten Marketers of the Year by Ad Age and Innovator of the Year by NASA. He is currently a Senior Advisor to TPG, an Executive Fellow at Dartmouth’s Tuck School and holds numerous non-profit board positions including the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), Kairos Society, and Graduate Business Foundation (GBF).
Mark Lange is a technology and investment firm advisor with three decades of public sector, private equity and venture development experience. He provides executive and advisory services to public and private companies, venture and private equity funds, international humanitarian agencies and non-profits.
Mark advises executives and boards on high-growth business strategy and go-to-market, private equity, M&A, placements, sales and marketing, product strategy, positioning, channels and business development.
He has launched and grown innovative web, SaaS and cloud ventures in talent management, social e-commerce, consumer health information and IT management, two of which were acquired for over $200 million. He has also accelerated large enterprise software businesses for major technology companies, including PeopleSoft, SAP and CA Technologies.
While a student at Dartmouth in 1982, Mark began his career as an analyst in the U.S. Treasury Department. He was appointed to the White House as speechwriter to the President in 1989, focusing on economic and foreign policy and writing the 1991 State of the Union address during the first Gulf War.
After an MBA from Stanford, Mark ran acquisitions for a KKR private equity fund, where he led $586 million in deals for information and database companies. He has led or seconded a total of nearly $1 billion in transactions.
Mark’s opinion columns on business, workforce policy, health care and job creation have run in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor, where his work was awarded “Best Series” by the National Association of Opinion Page Editors, and was entered by the Monitor for a Pulitzer Prize in 2008.
Dave Margulius is CEO at Quizlet. Dave focuses on enabling the Quizlet team in everything they do. Previously he worked at Boston.com, Netscape, Evite and Enterprise Insight. He has degrees from Stanford Business School, Brown University, and Swampscott High School. See his blog at davemargulius.com.
A frequent moderator of CIO roundtables and speaker at industry events, Dave is a member of the Board of Directors of Silicon Valley's Churchill Club, and a regular contributor to IDG's InfoWorld.com. He's also involved in a number of new technology ventures as co-founder, advisor, or board member, including The Collectors Weekly and Merced Systems. And for the past several years, he has worked with the Center for Digital Strategies in developing and facilitating its Roundtables on Digital Strategies series.
He also founded Enterprise Insight and co-founded The Boston Globe's internet subsidiary, Boston.com, now one of the top ten newspaper sites. Dave holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and a Computer Science degree from Brown University.
John Marshall T'92
John is a senior partner based in Lippincott’s Boston office and is the global director of strategy with over 20 years of consulting and operating experience. A seasoned general manager and marketing executive, John has worked with many of the nation’s largest companies in crafting and executing strategies to create long-term growth and shareholder value.
His clients have included 3M, AT&T, Avaya, Brunswick, CA Technologies, Caterpillar, Clear Channel, Fidelity Investments, General Motors, Grainger, LL Bean and The Weather Channel.
John is a frequent conference presenter for the ANA, the AMA and other industry forums. He also co-authored “How to Activate a Brand Internally,” an article published in AMA's Marketing Management magazine on how to receive a higher ROI on your marketing investments, and wrote “The New Brand Steward,” an article published in ANA Magazine Spotlight edition on the ever broadening role of the CMO. Additionally, he is the co-author with David Kenny of “Contextual Marketing: The Real Business of The Internet,” published in the Harvard Business Review.
A chartered financial analyst and a graduate of Princeton University, John earned his MBA with Distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar. He has moderated two Roundtables on Digital Strategies with the center; "Channel Management Strategies" in 2002 and "Enabling a Customer-Focused Organization" in 2003.
Steve Plume has divided his Silicon Valley career between strategy consulting and hands-on operations, in companies ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 100. He is currently marketing director in Dell’s new Software group, “the world’s largest start-up.” Prior to this role, Steve led the marketing team at Dell/KACE, one of the cornerstone software acquisitions of Dell Software.
Before Dell, Steve was a founding executive of Accept Software, a provider of SaaS-based enterprise solutions for product management and portfolio strategy. While helping to build Accept from zero to an acquisition by Artemis Software, Steve had hands-on executive responsibility in Finance, Marketing, Alliances, and Professional Services.
During the consulting part of his career, Steve’s practice focused on B2B/enterprise technologies, especially working with companies to identify and execute high-growth strategies. Steve’s clients included Apple, Adobe, Cisco, HP, IBM, Motorola, PeopleSoft, and Siebel among large technology companies, and a host of smaller companies, including some of the most successful IPOs of the 1990s.
Steve is a Venture Affiliate of The Entrepreneurs’ Funds, an early-stage venture group, and a guest lecturer on strategy at both the Presidio Graduate School and the Hult International Business School in San Francisco, where twice a year he enjoys being a judge in the school’s business plan competition.
Mr. Ramleth is the owner of GeirHeads, an information technology investor and advisory company.
From 2002 until 2013 he was senior vice president and chief information officer of Bechtel Group, Inc., where he led the global Information Systems and Technology organization.
Prior to rejoining Bechtel Mr. Ramleth held leadership positions for a variety of companies in the technology and communications industry. Among his responsibilities in those roles, he defined strategy and market position and secured multiple forms of financial resources.
Previously, Mr. Ramleth served as chairman and CEO of DigiPlex S.A., based in Zurich, Switzerland, which owned and operated large communications and networking facilities throughout Europe.
He also served as president and CEO of Genuity, a Bechtel Enterprises company formed to deliver Internet and data services.
Mr. Ramleth has held management positions with Oracle, PageMart, and PacTel Personal Communications (now a part of Vodafone).
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