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Robert LeBlanc - Senior Vice President, IBM Software Group


Speaking Tuesday, June 26, 5:30pm

Robert LeBlanc has global responsibilities for strategy and management of IBM software platforms, including Cloud and Workload Optimized Systems, Big Data, Mobile Enterprise, and Security Intelligence. Mr. LeBlanc also chairs IBM’s Technology Team, a senior executive team responsible for setting IBM’s technology agenda.

Mr. LeBlanc has long advocated IBM’s participation in the open source community. When serving as Vice President of IBM Software Strategy, he was responsible for crafting the Linux strategy for the IBM company. Since joining IBM in 1981, he has held a number of technical, strategy, and sales leadership positions throughout the company’s Software, Services, and Systems groups.

Irfan Khan - Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Sybase, Inc., an SAP Company


Speaking Wednesday, June 27, 9:00am

Mr. Irfan Khan joined Sybase in 1992. As Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Khan oversees all technology offices in each of Sybase’s business units, ensuring market needs and customer aspirations are reflected within the company’s innovation and product development. Mr. Khan is also responsible for setting the architecture and technology direction for the worldwide technical sales organization.

As part of CTO responsibilities, Mr. Khan oversees the technology evangelism efforts for Sybase, responsible for seeding new innovation and driving new technologies within Sybase’s most strategic accounts. Mr. Khan also is in charge of the Sybase Developer Network.

In 2010, Mr. Khan received the InfoWorld CTO Top 25 Award and was named to the International Advisory Board of Cloud Expo.

Mr. Khan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science as well as a Master of Science degree in advanced computing from Kings College, University of London in the United Kingdom.

Adam Burden - Executive Director, Cloud Application & Platform Services, Accenture


Speaking Wednesday, June 27, 9:30am

Adam Burden is Accenture’s executive director of Cloud Application & Platform Services. With 20 years of experience in technology consulting and a specialization in software engineering, legacy system modernization, system performance optimization, and application portfolio rationalization, Burden is responsible for guiding the business strategy and operations of a global, cross-industry practice of more than 1,000 dedicated personnel. He also has leadership roles in Accenture’s Application Modernization Practice, Smart Grid business, and is the managing director for 550 employees in Accenture’s Tampa, Fla. office.

Burden received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. His background includes training in the Capability Maturity Model (CMM-SW), IT Transformation & Optimization, as well as graduate studies in Fault-Tolerant digital systems design. An Accenture Partner since 2004, Burden lives in Tampa, Fla. with his wife Allison and three children: daughter Abigail (10) and twins Adam Jr (6) and Anne-Marie (6).

Pauline Nist - General Manager, Enterprise Software Strategy, Intel


Speaking Thursday, June 28, 9:00am

Pauline is a 25+ year industry server veteran. Most recently Pauline was Sr. Vice President of Product Development and Product Management for Penguin Computing, driving x86 clustered systems and software for the HPC marketplace. From 1997-2006 she was Vice President for Hewlett-Packard’s Enterprise Server & Storage Total Quality and Customer Experience Programs. From 1997-2005 she was Sr. Vice President of the Tandem Systems Business and then Vice President of HP’s NonStop Division responsible for NonStop Systems, database and middleware software. There, she was instrumental in re-architecting the product from MIPs to Itanium, including the operating system and software porting. From 1993-1997, Pauline was Vice President of the Alpha and VAX Server Business Unit for Digital Equipment Corporation. Prior to this, Pauline was a Sr. Engineering Manager for the VAX 6000 through the delivery of five generations of CMOS processors. Pauline has an MBA from Clark University, was part of Yale’s Executive Management Program, and has a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from University of Pittsburgh.

Steve Dietch - Vice President, Worldwide Cloud, Enterprise Group, Hewlett-Packard Company


Speaking Thursday, June 28, 8:30am

Steve Dietch is vice president of Worldwide Cloud for ESSN and TS. He is responsible for driving HP’s effort to help clients build cloud environments and work with the global business units to ensure the success of HP’s hybrid delivery strategy. In close collaboration with HP Software, Steve’s charter includes business planning, cross-business unit product management, sales operations and strategic deal support. Steve also partners closely with the global ESSN marketing organization to build out and execute go-to-market strategies to drive awareness, create demand and enable the cloud sales teams.

Mostly recently, Steve was vice president of Marketing of Cloud Solutions & Infrastructure within ESSN responsible for identification and definition of portfolio offerings, driving programs designed to enhance awareness, consideration and preference, and leading efforts focused on demand generation, partner enablement, and customer loyalty.

Prior to this role, Steve served as vice president of Marketing for HP Networking where he was responsible for driving product management/marketing, training & certification, and awareness/demand generation activities. He was also responsible for major elements of the 3Com integration program.

Prior to joining the Networking team, Steve led the HP Communications and Media Solutions (CMS) marketing organization where he was responsible for product marketing, solution marketing, services marketing, marketing communications, partner program, field enablement and awareness, and demand-generation activities.

Prior to the HP-Compaq merger, Steve was with Compaq for four years, directing product and portfolio management for the telecom division, driving business critical solutions in the service provider and emerging markets, and working in business development for Compaq’s high-end solutions in enterprise eCommerce environments.

In addition, Steve has held a variety of management and consulting roles at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, IBM and Wang Labs. Dietch has a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Science in computer science from Boston University, and Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of California.