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Inaugural Chief Digital Officer Summit at Thomson Reuters 2013
Scott Singer (DDG), Perry Hewitt (Harvard University), and David Payne (Gannett)
Chief Digital Officer Summit sponsored by Be The Media
Margaret Molloy and Mary Ann Pierce
Jason Seiken (PBS) and Tom Hjelm (New York Public Radio)
Christine Montgomery (The Center for Public Integrity), Tom Hjelm (NY Public Radio)
Teddy Goff: Digital Director, President Barack Obama’s 2008 & 2012 campaigns
Riley McDonough (Thomson Reuters) and Vivian Schiller (NBC News)
Morning Keynote Vivian Schiller: Senior Vice President and CDO at NBC News
Riley McDonough (Thomson Reuters) and Vivian Schiller (NBC News)
David Mathison: Chief Digital Officer Talent Map 2013
David Mathison: Chief Digital Officer Talent Map 2013
David Mathison: Chief Digital Officer Talent Map 2013
Michael Smith, Fred Santarpia, David Kang, Joe Bilman, and Ellie Hirschhorn
Ellie Hirschhorn: Chief Digital Officer at Simon & Schuster
Fred Santarpia: Chief Digital Officer at Conde Nast
Michael Smith: President at
David Kang (Wenner Media) and Joe Bilman (American Media Inc.)
David Kang: Chief Digital Officer at Wenner Media
Daniel Heaf, Jason Seiken, Albert Cheng, Jason Tafler, and Esmeralda Swartz
Daniel Heaf: EVP and Managing Digital Director at BBC Worldwide
Daniel Heaf, Jason Seiken, and Albert Cheng
Jason Tafler: Chief Digital Officer at Rogers Communications
Daniel Heaf, Jason Seiken, Albert Cheng, Jason Tafler, and Esmeralda Swartz
Albert Cheng: EVP & Chief Product Officer, Digital Media at Disney/ABC Television Group
Sree Sreenivasan, Perry Hewitt, and Bernardo Rodriguez
Sree Sreenivasan: CDO at Columbia University (now at the Met)
Sree Sreenivasan: CDO at Columbia University (now at the Met)

Confirmed Speakers

Amen Ra Mashariki

Chief Analytics Officer

NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics

Dr. Amen Ra Mashariki is the City’s Chief Analytics Officer and leads the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA). Dr. Mashariki is an accomplished leader within government, private sector and academia with experience in bringing Big Data processing and analytics for large and complex data management efforts. He started his professional careers as a software engineer at Motorola working on over-the-air data transmission projects and led a team of user-interface developers to build components of security features for handheld devices. Most recently, Dr. Mashariki served as Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Dr. Mashariki previously worked at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab as a computer scientist and research scientist where he led a team working on data mining and data fusion projects in the bioinformatics domain. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director of Informatics at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Research Center and taught computer science courses at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and robotics at Northwestern University.

Dr. Mashariki holds a Doctor of Engineering from Morgan State University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Lincoln University. Amen is a Brooklyn native and attended Brooklyn Tech High School.

Anna Frazzetto

Chief Digital Technology Officer & SVP

Harvey Nash

Anna Frazzetto leads the growth of Harvey Nash digital solutions, outsourcing and offshoring across the North American and Australasian regions. An IT solutions strategist who began her career as a software engineer, Anna plans and implements managed, outsourced and project-based IT initiatives for Global 1000 enterprises and growing multinationals. Today, she focuses on helping clients increase competitive advantage, business intelligence and speed-to-market by expanding digital capabilities and resources in the areas of Big Data, Cloud, social and mobile technology. Anna has directed projects for fast growing start-ups and leading global businesses including Hearst Publications, Omni Comm Group, GroupM, MSNBC, Honda, Hitachi and Clearwire Corporation.

Prior to joining Harvey Nash in 2005, Anna held senior executive and technology leadership roles at AIG, Agility Recover Solutions and Spherion Technology where she developed and led the rapid expansion of key business lines. She is a sought-after industry speaker, member of HDI’s Support Center Leadership Certification Standards Committee and former HDI Strategic Advisory Board member. She is also actively engaged in ARA, an organization dedicated to attracting, retaining and advancing women in technology through mentorship.

Caryl Brzymialkiewicz

Assistant Inspector General & Chief Data Officer

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

As the first Chief Data Officer for the Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Caryl is establishing an office focused on providing more and better access to data and analytics to support OIG’s mission. Her team seeks to improve access to internal and external data; accelerate analytics for use in audits, investigations, evaluations, and compliance oversight; and enhance OIG’s use of data to make more informed decisions.

Prior to joining the HHS OIG, Caryl was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Risk and Decision Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She also previously served as the Operations Research Division Chief at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, and led a team of analysts at the Center for Naval Analyses.

She has a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.

Christine Montgomery

Head of Online and Social Media

The World Bank

Christine leads digital communication and engagement strategy for the World Bank – a global development institution whose goal is to end extreme poverty. She oversees the social, mobile and web platforms the organization uses to connect with audiences around the world. Her team serves as a center of excellence for multimedia content development, social media engagement, and digital analytics.

Prior to joining the World Bank in a corporate communications capacity, Christine was a senior news manager, helping lead the digital transformation and capacity building of some of the country’s most respected media brands, including, and the Center for Public Integrity. She is past president of the Online News Association, the largest organization of digital journalists in the world.

Christine earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida and a Masters in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.

Dave Aron

Global Research Director

Leading Edge Forum

Dave Aron, based in the UK, is Global Research Director for Leading Edge Forum. In this position, he guides a series of global research initiatives aimed at helping CIOs and other Business/ IT leaders reimagine their organizations and leadership for a tech-driven future.

Dave’s key areas of research include digital business, strategy and new business models. Previously, Dave spent more than 12 years at Gartner, as a Gartner Fellow, focusing on strategy and CIO leadership issues. Dave has more than 30 years’ experience in the IT business, and has been writing, speaking and teaching on digital business, IT strategy and other topics around the world for more than a decade.

Dave holds a BSc in Computer Science from Queen Mary College, and an MBA from London Business School.

Dave’s alter ego is Mu, The 21st Century Anti-Strategist, which comprises Dave’s distilled thoughts about what doesn’t make sense as 20th century organizations sleepwalk into the 21st century.

Dr. David A. Bray

Chief Ventures Officer and Director, Office of Ventures

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Dr. David A. Bray began work in public service at age 15 at a 4 GeV high-energy electron beam accelerator facility, later serving in the private sector before returning as IT Chief for the CDC’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program during 9/11, SARS, monkeypox, and other outbreaks. He volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan to “think differently” on military and humanitarian issues in 2009. In 2013, he served as the Executive Director for the bipartisan National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the U.S. Intelligence Community. He holds a PhD from Emory University’s business school and two post-docs from MIT and Harvard focused on collective intelligence and improving organizational resilience in turbulent environments. He has received both the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W.  Jones Award for Executive Leadership in addition to the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal.

Dr. Bray currently is a Senior Executive and CIO for the Federal Communications Commission and through the efforts of a team of positive “change agents” he led the transformation of the FCC’s legacy IT to award-winning tech in less than two years. This included rolling-out new cloud-based IT that achieved results in 1/2 the time at 1/6 the cost. He was selected to be an Eisenhower Fellow to Taiwan and Australia focused on the impacts of the Internet and Everything and the recipient of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Civilian Government in 2015. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2016. He presently serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as a Visiting Associate at the University of Oxford, and as a Visiting Executive at Harvard University focused on issues of transformational leadership and the intersection of technology breakthroughs on foreign policies.

David Mathison

Curator, CDO Summit

Founder, CDO Club

David Mathison is the curator of the Chief Digital Officer Summit and founder of the CDO Club.

He is the world’s leading authority on Chief Digital and Data officers, and has been quoted by the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Computerworld, McKinsey & Company, MIT Sloan Management Review, CMS Wire, ZDNet, Fierce CIO, and I-CIO, among others.

He was previously the founder and Managing Director of the Digital Media practice at Chadick Ellig, a premiere executive search consultancy named by Business Week as “one of the world’s most influential headhunters.

Mathison’s book, BE THE MEDIA, was featured in the NY Times after he pre-sold over 5,000 copies in 11 days via his web site, Twitter, and Facebook.

He has given keynote presentations everywhere from Columbia University to the United Nations (3 times in 2010), from Amsterdam to Zagreb.

From 1999-2001 he was founder and CEO of the Kinecta Corporation where he raised $30 million in under 2 years. Kinecta was acquired and is now part of Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL).

From 1994-1999 Mathison was Vice President with Thomson Reuters, the world’s largest news agency, where he pioneered online content syndication.

Mathison earned his Masters degree from Columbia University in 1995.

Dez Blanchfield

Resident Data Scientist

The Bloor Group

Industry Analyst & Consultant across Digital transformation, Cloud, Big Data, Analytics, Internet of Things, Cyber Risk, Cyber Security & Smart Cities

A healthy track record across key industry sectors such as Federal & State Government, Defence, Banking & Finance, Health & Aged Care, Airports & Aviation, Transport, Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities, Mobile Digital Media & Advertising, and Cyber Security.

I’m passionate about driving outcomes for organisations by leveraging Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Cloud Computing, Big Data & Analytics, Machine Intelligence, Internet of Things, DevOps Integration, Automation & Orchestration, App Containerisation & Micro Services, Webscale Infrastructure, and High Performance Computing to clients for their enduring success.

Gary Coby

Director of Advertising

Republican National Committee

Gary Coby served in a dual role as the Director of Digital Advertising and Fundraising for the Donald J. Trump for President campaign and as the Republican National Committee’s Director of Advertising during the 2016 cycle.

In these roles, Coby built an email file of more than 12M users, raised more than a quarter of a billion dollars online in just 18 weeks, executed $100M in digital media spend, and lead the groundbreaking Trump digital operation, day-to-day.

In addition, Coby has directed the email strategy for Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (’08 cycle), served as the head of strategy and accounts for leading digital media agencies (Engage and the Prosper Group; ’10-’14 cycles), lead conservative publishers (Drudge Report, Townhall, etc.) work to perfect their advertising offering for political and advocacy clients, and managed multiple statewide campaigns (’06 cycle).

Gerrit Lansing

Former Chief Digital Officer

The White House

Mr. Gerrit Lansing is the former Chief Digital Officer of the White House. He was most recently Chief Digital Officer at Republican National Committee Inc., since May 2015. Mr. Lansing joined the RNC from the National Republican Congressional Committee, where he served as Digital Director. Prior to joining the NRCC, he worked as the Press Secretary for the House Budget Committee. He began his career in Washington as the Feature’s Editor for the Heritage Foundation’s Foundry blog.

Inderpal Bhandari

Global Chief Data Officer


Inderpal Bhandari recently rejoined IBM as Global Chief Data Officer. In this newly created role, he will leverage his extensive experience to lead the development of IBM’s data strategy.

Inderpal brings to IBM more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles at such leading companies as Cambia Health Solutions and Express Scripts/Medco Health Solutions. Prior to joining IBM, Inderpal served as Senior Vice President and Chief Data Officer of Cambia Health Solutions where he led the development of Cambia’s data strategy and drove the transformation of the company’s consumer experience strategies.

Prior to that, Inderpal served as Vice President of knowledge solutions and Chief Data Officer at Express Scripts/Medco Health Solutions, where he was responsible for maximizing the utility of the company’s data and its readiness to respond to emerging market trends. Prior to that, he founded Virtual Gold, growing the company into an international market leader for analytics in call centers and professional sports.

Inderpal is an expert in transforming data into business value and improved customer experiences by delivering strategic, innovative capabilities that use analytic insights to enable growth and productivity. He has been featured as an industry expert by Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, US News & World Report, CNN and FOX.

Inderpal earned his Master of Science Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and holds a PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Jay Chakrapani

Chief Digital Officer

Barnes and Noble Education

Jonathan Swan

National Political Reporter


Kelly Tshibaka

Chief Data Officer

USPS Office of Inspector General

In November 2015, Kelly Tshibaka was appointed Chief Data Officer in the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, where data analytics has resulted in more than $920M in financial impact or audit findings in FY16. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Acting Inspector General of the Federal Trade Commission.

Kelly also served in the Office of the Director for National Intelligence (ODNI), conducting civil liberties and privacy oversight and serving as Counsel to the Inspector General. Prior to the ODNI, Kelly served as the Special Assistant to the Department of Justice Inspector General, conducting sensitive investigations; overseeing audits, investigations, and inspections; and assisting in managing employees nationwide.

Kelly is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Harvard Law School. She grew up in Alaska and currently resides in the D.C. area with her husband Niki and five children.

Michelle Gore

Former Chief Data Officer

Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology

Michelle serves as the Chief Data Officer of Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology. She continues Colorado’s work on collecting and harnessing data to inform policy and business decisions. With her passion for data and data analytics, she is taking Colorado’s data initiatives to the next level, developing new data standards, governance and policy. Michelle also leads the Government Data Advisory Board, a public-private sector board tasked with making recommendations to the State Chief Information Officer for developing and implementing interdepartmental data sharing protocol and determining the state’s data strategy, policies, standards, and architecture.

Michelle has worked in both the public and private sectors as a programmer, business analyst, director of IT operations, and a business intelligence manager. She holds a master’s degree in computer information systems and is the inventor of three patents for developing technologies in the “big data” technology space.

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Mike Liddell

General Manager, Digital and
Vice President of Digital Services


Nancy Hensley

Director, Growth & Strategy IBM Analytics

IBM Hybrid Cloud

Rajesh Anandan



Rajesh Anandan is an intrapreneur, entrepreneur and growth architect, passionate about purpose as a motivator and neurodiversity as a competitive advantage. He is the co-creator of UNICEF Kid Power, the world’s first wearable-for-good, and co-founder of ULTRA Testing, a neurodiverse technology company employing individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Rajesh began his career at Microsoft as a program manager, then joined Bain & Company where he focused on business incubation and growth strategy, and for the past decade, he has worked in the impact sector, including launching and running UNICEF Ventures. Rajesh has a BSc and MEng in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT with concentrations in Artificial Intelligence, Systems Dynamics and Economics.

Rich Dill

Enterprise Solution Architect


Rich Dill is an Enterprise Solution Architect at SnapLogic. A software professional with experience cutting broadly across multiple areas of specialization including multi-platform enterprise software, distributed systems, and cloud solutions. He is responsible for technical sales and post sales consulting for global strategic partners and major accounts at SnapLogic. Current research initiatives include Data Lakes, Multi-Cloud, Machine Learning and IoT. He is also a mentor for junior staff as well as providing training and consulting for partners and customers.

Rob Roy

Chief Digital Officer


Sami Hassanyeh

SVP Digital Strategy & Membership


Sami Hassanyeh is AARP’s SVP of Digital Strategy and Membership. Sami has over 20 years of technology and marketing experience and demonstrated success in delivering business value on the web, mobile and social media platforms for AARP. He has developed, executed, and led an aggressive digital strategy that has significantly grown unique visitors, advertising revenue, and digital memberships. Sami is a visionary leader and is passionate about the mission of AARP and its goal of helping people 50+ live their best life.

Thomas Hjelm

Chief Digital Officer


Thomas Hjelm is Chief Digital Officer of NPR. Based in Washington, he oversees NPR’s strategies and roadmaps for reaching and engaging new audiences across new platforms, and works across the public radio system to lead collective strategies for digital innovation and growth. Hjelm previously spent five years leading New York Public Radio’s digital, business and audience development efforts. He has also served in strategic, creative, marketing and business-development roles with NBC Local Media and NBC Entertainment, AOL and two Hollywood-based media startups. Hjelm received a B.A. in English from Swarthmore College and an M.F.A. in Film Production from the University of Southern California.

Tianhui Michael Li


The Data Incubator

Tianhui Michael Li, PhD, is the founder of The Data Incubator, an education startup training STEM PhDs to be data scientists and quants, and providing on-site data science training for companies and government agencies. He has worked at Foursquare, Google, A16Z, NASA, JPMorgan, and D.E. Shaw. He is a Hertz, NSF, and Marshall Scholar and is an alumnus of Princeton and Cambridge. Michael founded a student-run conference in quant trading that features leading industry figures and raises money for educational non-profits like America Needs You.

Tom Cochran

Chief Digital Strategist & Vice President, Public Sector


Tom joins Acquia to help governments across the federal, state, and local sectors leverage cloud and open source to accelerate their digital initiatives. He was most recently a deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of State, where he was responsible for the online and offline platforms for U.S. public diplomacy, focusing on data-driven decisions and international audience engagement. Prior to that, Cochran was the director of digital technology at the White House, where he worked on the President’s Open Government Directive, leading the team that was responsible for providing a secure, stable, and scalable infrastructure across all White House digital properties. His team was responsible for leading the delivery of the “We the People” online petitioning site that connects people directly with the Executive branch. Cochran has also held leadership roles in the private sector, most recently as the chief technology officer at Atlantic Media, publisher of international news outlets including: The Atlantic, Quartz, Government Executive and National Journal.

More Coming Soon

Digital leaders from these companies have spoken at previous CDO Summits:



07:00 - 08:20: Registration,Breakfast, and Networking. Thank you, CDO Club!
08:20-08:30: Welcome
08:30-09:00: Keynote
09:00-09:30: Keynote
09:30-10:15: Panel
10:15-10:45: Mid-MorningBreak. Thank you, CDO Club!
10:45-11:15: Fireside Chat
11:15-12:00: Keynote
12:00-13:30: Lunch. Thank you, CDO Club!
12:30-13:30: TED-style talks
13:30-14:15: Panel
14:15-14:45: Keynote
14:45-15:30: Panel
15:30-16:00: Mid-AfternoonBreak. Thank you, CDO Club!
16:00-16:30: Keynote
16:30-17:15: Panel
17:15-17:45: Featured Speaker
17:45-18:00: CDO of the Year award
18:00-END: Networking Cocktail Reception. Thank you, CDO Club!