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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 Mashariki

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.


Amit Kama


CDO Club Israel

CEO and Founder of Kamedia Digital an Israeli based interactive studio and digital strategic consulting company focused on making design-driven digital products in a new era of connected customers and digital businesses. Founder of the CDO Club in Israel, the first and largest Israeli community of C-suite digital, data and innovation leaders.

Anna Frazzetto

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

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 Bray

Dr. David A. Bray

Senior Executive & Chief Information Officer

Federal Communications Commission

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

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.

David Tucker

David Tucker

Executive Vice President of Technology

Universal Mind

David Tucker serves as the Executive Vice President of Technology at Universal Mind. In leading Universal Mind’s Technology practice, he works closely with clients to develop an effective technical strategy for emerging technologies as well a process for optimizing digital value delivery. Prior to this role, David co-led the Research & Development team at Universal Mind; before this, David was a software architect for 14 years.

David regularly speaks on topics such as DevOps, agile methodologies, innovation, and enterprise development. He provides industry commentary to sites such as Mashable, VentureBeat, and Smashing Magazine, among others while speaking at events like Interop, Future Insights, AdTech, and DigSouth. David has published works with O’Reilly and His work has been recognized as a W3 Gold Award Winner, Webby Honoree, and Adobe Max Award Finalist. As well, he was the co-winner of People’s Choice Webby Award for Mobile Innovation & Experimentation.

During his career in consulting David has worked with industry-leading companies like Adobe, FedEx, Sony Music, Intel, Oracle, AT&T, HermanMiller, Principal Financial Group, Comcast, and Steelcase.

Dez Blanchfield

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.

Ganesh Bell

Ganesh Bell

Chief Digital Officer

GE Power

Ganesh Bell is the Chief Digital Officer of GE Power, GE’s largest industrial business, with more than $27 billion in revenue in 2016, and approximately 57,000 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries. GE Power’s technology generates one-third of all the world’s electricity. As CDO, Ganesh leads GE Power Digital Solutions, GE’s largest and fastest growing software business. His team is applying data science and software to monitoring, predicting and ultimately optimizing electricity generation, transmission, distribution and consumption. Named a top 20 influential Chief Digital Officer by CxOTalk, Ganesh joined GE in 2014 from Service Source, where he was EVP, GM & Chief Products Officer. He was previously VP of Product Strategy & Management at SAP, led platform strategy at PeopleSoft, and was Chief Software Architect at J.D. Edwards.


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.


Jo Ann Saitta

Chief Digital Officer

Omnicom Health Group

Jo Ann has over 20 years of experience in driving sustainable competitive advantage through transformational technologies. Her experience includes Fortune 100 and mid-sized public firms in the biopharmaceutical, technology, and financial industries. Prior to Omnicom Health Group, Jo Ann held leadership positions at a contract sales organization for the pharmaceutical industry called PDI, Inc., Prudential Financial, and IBM. She contributes to life science and marketing publications and speaks publicly on digital transformation in healthcare.

Through Jo Ann’s leadership, The Omnicom Health Group launched iVenturesHealth in 2015, which is a division that applies technology to solve healthcare communication challenges. As Chief Digital Officer, she is leading the advancement of proprietary marketing software and data intelligence solutions, and the expansion of digital technology consulting services. These products and services include the development of a Digital Health Check product, essi™ a proprietary media management platform, DriiverSeat™, a patent pending technology that connects two iPads for co- navigation of digital content, and VIA 3.0, a proprietary healthcare agency workflow management platform.

In June 2016 MM&M recognized Jo Ann as one of the top sixteen women changing healthcare. She was also recognized as one of 2016 PM3690’s Elite 100 award for Digital Disruption. She has been recently recognized in the January 2016 Sync Magazine issues for her role and contributions as a Chief Digital Officer, and in 2013 by The NJ Technology Council as 2013 CIO of the Year for enabling business transformation through technology and being at the forefront of data-driven solutions.

Jo Ann has her Masters in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and her Bachelors of Computer Science and Bachelors of Political Science from Rutgers University. Jo Ann is a member of the Central NJ Board of Directors for the American Heart Associate and American Stroke Association, and is an advocate for the Go Red For Women campaign.


John Hall

Former Congressman for NY's 19th District, Musician, Songwriter, Co-Founder of Orleans, and

Author of “Still the One: A Rock'n'Roll Journey to Congress and Back”

John Hall is looking forward to the CDO Summit, as he’ll tell some stories, play songs and talk with anyone interested in communication, music, science, public service, and optimism.

His memoir, STILL THE ONE: MY ROCK’n’ROLL JOURNEY FROM CONGRESS AND BACK tells the story about the man best known as the founder of the band Orleans, with hits including “Still The One,” and “Dance With Me.” John co-wrote Janis Joplin’s “Half Moon,” Steve Wariner’s #1 country hit “You Can Dream of Me,” and also “Power,” which became the theme of the NO NUKES concerts in the 1970s. John has collaborated in the studio or on the stage with Little Feat, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash, Chet Atkins, Carly Simon…

His environmental concerns led him into community activism, which also got him on the road into politics, first serving in the Ulster County, New York legislature, then as trustee and president of the Saugerties school board. Hall won a seat in Congress in 2006, and returned to music in 2011 with Orleans.

John’s optimism comes through in stories from his life in the musical and political worlds in STILL THE ONE: A ROCK’n’ROLL JOURNEY TO CONGRESS AND BACK.


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

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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Niall Brennan

Former Chief Data Officer

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Niall Brennan is CMS’ Chief Data Officer and the Director of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA). In this capacity, he oversees improvements in data collection and dissemination at CMS and efforts to help CMS better harness its vast data resources to drive higher quality, patient-centered care at a lower cost. Niall directs leading-edge research and analysis published by CMS, as well as efforts to make its considerable data sets available to external researchers seeking to promote better understanding of health care in the United States. He also manages CMS’ extensive data and information product portfolio. Prior to joining CMS, Niall worked at the Brookings Institution, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the Congressional Budget Office, The Urban Institute, and Price WaterhouseCoopers. He is a graduate of University College Dublin, and earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University.


Niels Aillaud

Head of Digital

Whirlpool Corporation

Niels Aillaud is responsible for Digital Strategy and Innovation for Whirlpool Corp. today. For the last 18 years, Niels has leveraged his deep understanding of technology and the evolution of consumer’s behavior to expand his clients’ success in the digital realm.

Prior to Whirlpool, Niels was responsible for Global Digital Marketing at Logitech. Before that he led all digital marketing initiatives for LG Mobile, where he was the recipient of multiple awards (Webby, EFFIE, OMMA, Cannes Bronze Lyon).

Simon Pomeroy

Simon Pomeroy


Fulcrum Ltd

Simon is listed in FinTech Asia’s top 100 leaders as well as FST media’s top 10 AsiaPac leaders to watch. In 2015 he was one of a handful of global leaders to be interviewed by Ginni Rometty, President and CEO of IBM, for his views on data and digital disruption and innovation.
He has significant experience in delivering digital solutions that bridge customer and commercial outcomes and enable organisation wide transformation. This includes commercial, cultural and customer change. He has also brokered world-class strategic partnerships and has brought entrepreneurial capability and execution into corporate environments. All resulting in the ability to execute faster transformation and in-year ROI.

He is considered a thought leader in customer engagement strategy and has been recognised by commentators such as the Corporate Executive Board and Mckinsey & Co as global best practice.

Simon was responsible for developing and implementing Westpac’s digital which have won a number of NZ and international awards, including in 2015 and 2016 Westpac New Zealand being awarded Asian Banker Best Retail Bank of the year, Canstar Online Bank of the year and the Direct Marketing Associations ‘Organisation of the year’.

Previous leadership of Air New Zealand’s customer loyalty strategy played a key role the airline winning multiple awards, including Airline Of The Year in 2012.

Simon lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife Suzanna and three children.


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.

Michael Li

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

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.


Usama Fayyad


Open Insights

Dr. Usama Fayyad is Chief Data Officer and Group Managing Director at Barclays Bank in London UK, where his responsibilities include data governance, information risk management and the data infrastructure for BI, data warehousing, Big Data and analytics technologies across the Barclays Group globally. He has published over 100 technical articles in the fields of data mining, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, and databases.

Dr. Usama Fayyad holds over 30 patents, is a Fellow of the AAAI (Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) and a Fellow of the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery), has edited two influential books on the data mining and launched and served as editor-in-chief of both the primary scientific journal in the field of data mining (Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery) and the primary newsletter in the technical community published by the ACM: SIGKDD Explorations. He continues to be active in the academic community serving as Chairman of ACM’s SIGKDD Executive Committee which runs the world’s premiere data science, big data, and data mining conferences: the KDD international annual conferences. He is a recipient of the ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award (2007) and Service Award (2003) – the only person to receive both awards.


Yair Schindel

Former CEO, Digital Israel

Office of the Prime Minister of Israel

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07:00 - 08:20: Registration,Breakfast, and Networking.
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.
10:45-11:15: Fireside Chat
11:15-12:00: Keynote
12:00-13:30: Lunch.
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
16:00-16:30: Keynote
16:30-17:15: Panel
17:15-17:45: Featured Speake
17:45-18:00: CDO of the Year award
18:00-END: Networking Cocktail Reception