Roundtable Members

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    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

    Vice President

    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

    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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    Edward G. Happ

    Global CIO
    International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

    European Chapter Member
    Edward G. Happ is the Global CIO of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and Chairman of NetHope, a U.S. based consortium of 41 leading international relief, development and conservation nonprofits focused on information and communications technology (ICT) and collaboration. He is the former Chief Information Officer at Save the Children in Westport, CT.  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.

    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 35 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 Mr. Happ as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT and one of the Top 100 CIOs. In 2008, the Center for Digital Strategies at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth appointed Mr. Happ as Executive Fellow and first CIO in residence for the spring term. In 2010, the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) honored Mr. Happ with a Lifetime Achievement Award for technology leadership in the nonprofit community. In 2011, he was selected to be a Fellow and Practitioner in Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, where he began work on a book on collaboration. In 2012, Mr. Happ was invited to be a Technical Advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 2008, Mr. Happ has volunteered as a software design and grants judge in the Microsoft Imagine Cup, the world’s largest student software competition.

    He is a recognized thought leader in the NGO sector and the author of numerous articles,  blogs, presentations and publications, including the chapter on the future of IT in the NTEN book Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission.

    He began his career as an Assistant VP, Equity Research at the First Boston Corporation.  Mr. Happ is a graduate of Drew University where he also did graduate work.  He is also the founder and editor of The Fairfield Review, Connecticut’s first on-line literary magazine.  Further information on Mr. Happ may be found on his web page.

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    Mike Hayashi

    EVP, Architecture, Development & Engineering
    Time Warner Cable

    Americas Chapter Member
    Mike Hayashi was appointed Executive Vice President, Architecture, Development and Engineering for Time Warner Cable in March, 2008.  Since joining Time Warner Cable in 1992, Mike has been the creative engineering force behind most of Time Warner Cable’s technological endeavors.  His contributions include involvement in digital television, Video on Demand, HD and DVRs.  He is currently responsible for all engineering development activities within Time Warner Cable.

    Mike joined Time Warner Cable in 1992 as Vice President International Development where he guided external technology partners in advanced technology product development as part of the then newly-formed Time Warner Entertainment unit.

    Prior to joining Time Warner Cable Mike held various positions at Scientific-Atlanta in Georgia including Vice President Video Product Line and Marketing Director Interdiction and International markets.  There he developed requirements for the first integrated electronic program guide and achieved the #1 market share slot in the UK and the #3 slot in Japan.  Mike started his career at Pioneer Communications of America as staff engineer for  Warner Cable’s Qube project.  Mike graduated from St Joseph College in Yokohama, Japan in 1974, earned a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California in 1978 and an MBA from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1986.

    Mike is a member of CableLabs “OpenCable” initiative and Chairman of the “OpenCable” Certification Board.

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    Dr. 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

    European Chapter Member
    Khushnud  Irani is Senior  VP and CIO at LafargeHolcim. In this role, he has recently introduced  the modern cloud based delivery model for a single communication and collaboration platform across the Holcim Group. Embracing this model brings a fundamental shift in the way IT services are delivered at  Holcim, 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, Mr. Irani 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 3.4 mln members worldwide.

    Apart from IT, Mr. Irani led the various operational shared services areas which included  member  servicing  and  back-office  operations.  He  led a major outsouring initiative which saved  the company 40%  y-o-y and improved customer satisfaction & operational efficiencies.

    Mr. Irani 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.

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    Volker Laska

    SVP & CIO

    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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    Stephen Little


    Americas Chapter Member
    Stephen Little is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Xerox. He was named to this position in January 2014 and appointed a vice president of the corporation at that time.

    As CIO, Little is responsible for the global IT strategy and program execution, information security, governance processes and delivery of the IT infrastructure across the company. In addition, he brings a sharp focus on infrastructure simplification and disciplined execution to his organization, providing IT solutions that deliver value and keep business operations running smoothly.

    Prior to becoming the global CIO, Little was the vice president of Program Assurance for Xerox. In that position, he led a highly skilled team who consulted with business leaders to solve challenging technical problems and expedited the completion of complex IT programs.

    Little has spent his career leading large IT organizations within multibillion-dollar corporations, including former roles as the director of Infrastructure Services for ITT and as the senior vice president and Chief Information Officer for Schneider Electric. During more than 20 years at Schneider, he held a variety of IT leadership positions and supported business teams all over the world to standardize and simplify IT, enterprise wide.

    Little received a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

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    Mark Meyer

    Head, Global Information Management
    Tetra Pak Inc.

    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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    Michael Nilles


    Americas Chapter
    Michael Nilles is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Schindler and serves as the CEO of Schindler Digital Business AG. Michael is responsible globally for Digital Business, Information Technology, Business Process Management and Business Shared Services at Schindler. He is based at the Global Headquarters in Lucerne, Switzerland.

    Previously, Michael worked as Group CIO for Schaeffler AG and before he was the Group CIO for Bosch Rexroth AG where he also held positions as CIO Americas, Program Director Global SAP and IT Director Greater China. Michael started his career as SAP consultant for Supply Chain Management in the Asian/Pacific Region. During his international assignments Michael was living 5 years in China and 5 years in the USA. 

    Michael is Member of the Board of Directors of global medical devices company Medela Holding AG. 

    Michael holds a Master’s degree from the University of Cologne/Germany in Business Administration and Information Systems and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL/USA.

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    Dickie Oliver

    VP, Global IT
    YUM! Brands, Inc.

    Americas Chapter Member
    Dickie Oliver is Vice-President of Global IT for Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE:YUM) the world’s largest restaurant company in terms of system units with over 37,000 restaurants in more than 120 countries and territories. Yum! Brands, with more than 1.4 million employees and franchise associates worldwide, is the parent company to KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.  In 2011, Yum! Brands generated more than $12 billion in total revenues, including company sales and franchise fees.

    As VP of Global IT, Dickie is responsible for Architecture, Security, Compliance, Messaging, Networks, Applications and Monitoring on a global basis for Yum! Brands.  He has spent 14+ years at Yum! Brands, in various roles of increasing accountability within the Yum! IT organization.  This has included IT leadership positions within individual Yum! Brands, Yum! Shared Services and Yum! Corporate organizations.  Dickie has 20 years of experience in IT related areas including Development, Consulting, Project Management and IT Leadership.

    Prior to joining Yum! Brands in 1996, Dickie was an Engineering Consultant and Instructor at PowerCerv, Inc. in Augusta, GA.  PowerCerv is a small consulting firm specializing in relational database education and PowerBuilder knowledge with Fortune 500 clientele.  Prior to PowerCerv, he served as Sr. Development Engineer at DuPont de Nemours, Inc. and Westinghouse, Inc.  His responsibilities included all areas of project management and all levels of development and DBA work.

    Dickie 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.

    Dickie earned his BBA in Finance, his BBA in Management and his minor in Computer Science from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY.

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    Carlos Pappier

    Tenaris SA

    Americas Chapter Member
    Mr. Pappier currently serves as the chief information officer at Tenaris. Previously, he served as planning director. He began his career within the Techint group in 1984 as a cost analyst in Siderar. After holding several positions within Tenaris and other Techint group companies in 2002, he became chief of staff of Tenaris. He assumed his current position in May 2010. Mr. Pappier is an Argentine citizen.

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    Martin Petry


    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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    Geir Ramleth

    SVP and Chief Strategy Officer

    Americas Chapter Member
    Geir Ramleth joined Citrix in 2014 and is responsible for building, communicating and driving Citrix’s corporate strategy.  In that role, he drives Citrix’s strategic planning processes, CTO office, Citrix Labs and Accelerator, the advanced platform team and the internal implementation of our own solutions.

    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 also held management positions with Oracle, PageMart, and PacTel Personal Communications (now a part of Vodafone).

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    Esat Sezer

    SVP & CIO
    Coca-Cola Enterprises

    Americas Chapter Member
    In October 2006, Esat Sezer was named Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Coca-Cola Enterprises. Mr. Sezer oversees the company’s technology and information capabilities. Esat has more than 20 years of global IT experience. Most recently, Mr. Sezer served as Corporation Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Whirlpool Corporation, a position he held since 2002.

    Prior to joining Whirlpool Corporation as Vice President, Global Information Services in 2001, Mr. Sezer held several positions of increasing responsibility with Colgate-Palmolive Co. From 1988 to 1991, he was a senior consultant at Andersen Consulting in London. Born and raised in Istanbul, Mr. Sezer received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and his Master of Science in Quantitative Analysis from Istanbul University.

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    Keith Sturgill

    VP & CIO

    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 General Manager and Group Chief CIO

    Americas Chapter Member
    Donna has over 30 years IT and financial services experience. During her career she has taken on large scale, senior corporate roles across technology, risk and operations, in Australia and overseas, culminating in her current global role in IAG.

    Prior to joining IAG, Donna held 3 concurrent positions at Westpac Institutional Banking: Chief Operations Officer, Chief Information Officer and Head of Investment Portfolio. Before that, Donna held a significant role within the world’s largest financial services organisation as CIO for Citigroup Australasia.
    Donna’s colleagues don’t see her as a typical technology head, they see an executive with diverse experience across technology, risk and operations in very complex environments. Donna is a uniquely skilled, experienced resource who interprets how to enhance business opportunities ensuring that the business strategy is the driver while maintaining effective alignment between strategy and execution.

    Donna has held Board and Board Advisory level positions in the not-for-profit sector commercial organisations.

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