Executive Exchange

at Red Hat Summit

Boston, MA  |  May 6 - 7, 2019

Executive Exchange presented by Red Hat and Accenture

Connect with other executives to learn how they’re making an impact in their industries, how they got there, and how they plan to expand.

About the event

Executive Exchange is a full-day event for executives looking to expand their impact.

It’s a familiar refrain—CEOs want IT to help grow the business. And IT leaders know that keeping up with leaner, more agile competition means crafting a strategy that makes an impact where it matters most. If you’re asked to generate new revenue, then you should start by demanding more from what you have.

Encouraging change and action is a lot easier from the right foundation, one that grows with you without weighing you down. A flexible core—built with open source technologies—lets you aim for higher, bigger, better goals for your organization this year, next year, and all the years to follow.

Why attend

Connect with other executives asking the same questions as you.

Exchange ideas with Fortune 500 executives and the leaders behind today’s most innovative startups.

Explore what processes support the best ideas and what solutions may solve our most pervasive challenges.

Featured Speakers for 2019

At this event, you’ll hear from Red Hat executives, partners, and customers.

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Jim Whitehurst

Red Hat

Jim Whitehurst

President and chief executive officer, Red Hat

Jim Whitehurst is president and chief executive officer of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT products and services. Whitehurst is an avid advocate for open software as a catalyst for business innovation. With a background in business development, finance, and global operations, Whitehurst has proven expertise in helping companies flourish—even in the most challenging economic and business environments. Since joining in January, 2008, he has more than doubled the company’s revenue. Under his leadership, Red Hat was named to Forbes’ list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” in 2015, 2014, and 2012.

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Ed Alford


Ed Alford

Vice president, Digital Transformation, BP

Ed Alford has more than 25 years of international business experience in the IT industry, and has worked in the oil industry as a global CIO and senior VP in BP’s Top 100 Leadership team for the last 10 years. At BP, he has been instrumental in bringing a commercial digital focus to the way a CIO’s role is delivered. As the global CIO for 2 major businesses—Global Retail and Global Fuels and Marketing—Alford has implemented the technology to enable the joint venture with Marks and Spencer in the UK, and the creation of the first integrated fuels value chain. In the last year Alford has led and driven the diversity and inclusion agenda within BP, most notably with the development of a web and mobile platform to help promote STEM subjects in schools, and STEM careers for young women.

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John Allessio

Red Hat

John Allessio

Senior vice president and general manger, Global Services, Red Hat

John Allessio, vice president of Global Services at Red Hat, is responsible for consulting services, training services, and business partner enablement globally. He oversees an organization of over 1,200 professionals whose mission is to ensure client success with Red Hat technologies. Previously, Allessio was vice president of Software Services, Support, and Success—Industry Solutions at IBM. He was responsible for software lab services, education, technical support, and accelerated value program offerings globally for the Industry Solutions software division. He also led the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Operations and Client Success organization, consisting of software consultants and support engineers in more than 35 countries.

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Michael Cawood

Lockheed Martin

Michael Cawood

Vice president, Product Development, Lockheed Martin

Michael Cawood is vice president, Product Development, F-16/F-22 Programs for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. He leads an industry team of partners focused on enhancing the Viper’s and the Raptor’s future capabilities and maintaining affordable sustainment of the platforms.

Cawood has 33 years of experience integrating advanced technologies on tactical fighter and mobility aircraft. Michael His career has focused on strategic planning and discretionary resource processes, planning, and execution. He has received numerous Lockheed Martin awards and is recognized as an Associate Fellow with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Michael has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin and Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

He serves on the Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC) Board of Directors, is a member of the Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Texas, Austin, is president of the Longhorn Council for Boy Scouts of America, is the chair of Southwest Christian School Board and serves on the board of the Tarrant County American Heart Association.

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Paul Cormier

Red Hat

Paul Cormier

Executive vice president and president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

Paul Cormier leads Red Hat's Products and Technology organizations, including Engineering, Product Management, and Product Marketing for Red Hat technologies. He joined Red Hat in May 2001 as executive vice president of Engineering. Before Red Hat, Cormier served as senior vice president of Research and Development at BindView, helping the company achieve market leadership in 2000.

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Megan Crespi

Ally Financial

Megan Crespi

Chief technology officer, Ally Financial

Megan Crespi is the chief technology officer for Ally Financial where she is responsible for technology strategy and execution for the Engineering and Operations, Enterprise Architecture, and DevOps teams. Prior to this role, Crespi served as the chief information officer for the Auto Finance and Insurance businesses in Ally Financial, and as technology executive for Consumer Credit and SmartAuction. Crespi has a diverse technology background having held executive positions at General Motors, after starting her career in the Data Warehousing practice of Price Waterhouse Coopers. Crespi holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a Masters of Science in information systems management from Carnegie-Mellon University.

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Margaret Dawson

Red Hat

Margaret Dawson

Vice President, Portfolio Product Marketing, Red Hat

Margaret is a technology executive and strategic marketer, who is currently vice president of Portfolio Product Marketing at Red Hat. With more than 20 years experience in the tech industry, she has established a reputation as a builder, a change agent, a technology evangelist, and a coach. Margaret is a frequent author and speaker on digital disruption, emerging technologies, open source, and women leadership. Ranked as one of the top Women in Cloud Computing, Margaret is an advisor to Women of the Channel, Cloud Connect and the Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW) as well as to multiple early-stage companies and CEOs. She is an active mentor for men and women in technology and was recently named Business Role Model of the Year for Women in IT, and Mentor and Coach of the Year in the Stevie Business Awards.

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Al Gillen


Al Gillen

Group vice president, Software Development and Open Source, IDC

Al Gillen is the group vice president overseeing IDC’s Software Development and Open Source research. Research disciplines in this group include developer research, platform and cloud application services for developers, and development lifecycle and quality assurance products. Gillen jointly oversees IDC's DevOps research program, and runs a program focused on the ecosystem of open source software across industries. He is in his 20th year at IDC, and has closely followed open source software and companies that commercialize open source software through his entire career at IDC.

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David Gledhill

DBS Bank

David Gledhill

Group chief information officer and head of Group Technology & Operations, DBS Bank

Under Gledhill’s leadership, DBS Bank has consistently delivered business value through the innovative use of technology. He was a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan CIO Leadership Award, and was the first CIO from an Asian company to have won the accolade. Gledhill also leads the bank’s innovation agenda, which encompasses design thinking, agile, data analytics, fintech partnerships, and hackathons.

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Arvind Krishna


Arvind Krishna

Senior vice president, Cloud and Cognitive Software, IBM

As IBM’s senior vice president of Cloud and Cognitive Software, Krishna leads a business unit that provides the cloud and data platforms on which IBM and its clients build the future.

His responsibilities include IBM Research, Hybrid Cloud, Security, and Cognitive Applications, as well as the impending acquisition of Red Hat. He also guides IBM’s overall strategy in core and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), quantum and blockchain technologies, cloud platform services, and nanotechnology.

Previously, Krishna led several organizations at IBM, including IBM’s Systems and Storage Development and Manufacturing. He also led IBM’s Information Management unit, comprised of database and big data software solutions, and led the company’s software strategy. He has held several key technical roles in IBM Software and IBM Research, where he pioneered IBM’s security software business.

Krishna has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He is the recipient of a distinguished alumni award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his doctorate. The co-author of 15 patents, Arvind has been the editor of IEEE and ACM journals and has published extensively in technical conferences and journals.

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Jeanne W. Ross


Jeanne W. Ross

Principal research scientist, MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR)

Jeanne Ross is a recognized expert in enterprise architecture. Her book, “Enterprise Architecture as Strategy” (2006), was recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of 13 must-read books for technology executives. Ross’s current research focuses on how established companies will transform themselves for success for the digital economy. She has helped bring architecture into senior management strategy discussions at companies like Aetna, China Mobile, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, CEMEX, Schneider Electric, and PepsiCo. Ross has published in major practitioner and academic journals, including The Wall Street Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Harvard Business Review. She is currently writing her fourth book, which will examine architectural requirements for digital companies.


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Tim Yeaton

Red Hat

Tim Yeaton

Executive vice president, Corporate Marketing, Red Hat

Tim Yeaton brings more than 35 years of software and technology management and marketing experience to Red Hat. Yeaton was CEO at Black Duck Software, where—under his leadership—the company experienced greater than 30% annualized year-over-year growth, completed 3 major acquisitions, created a joint venture in greater China, and expanded its worldwide operations to 23 countries. Before joining Black Duck, Yeaton was chief marketing officer at Equallogic, prior to its acquisition by Dell.

Yeaton spent several years at Red Hat as senior vice president of worldwide marketing and as general manager of Enterprise Solutions. During his first tenure at Red Hat, Yeaton helped expand the company’s business into the developer and middleware markets with acquisitions of JBoss and MetaMatrix, and built go-to-market partnerships with major software companies, including IBM, HP, Dell, and Oracle. Yeaton was named one of Mindtouch’s Most Influential People in the Open Source Software Industry in 2009, a COPU Think Tank Advisor—which recognizes global influencers in open source software—and a finalist for the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council’s CEO of the Year.


Learn how the power of open source collaboration shapes more than technology–from Red Hat’s new logo and beyond–with community-powered innovation.


Monday, May 6

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Executive Exchange welcome reception and dinner – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Tuesday, May 7

7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Executive tour & panel discussion: Red Hat Open Innovation Lab Register here

9:00 a.m.

Red Hat Summit breakout sessions

12:00 p.m.

Executive Exchange Lunch

1:00 p.m.

Executive Exchange General Session

  • 1:00 p.m. : Welcome from Tim Yeaton (Red Hat)

  • 1:10 p.m. : Jim Whitehurst (Red Hat) - “Where we’ve been since last year”

  • 1:15 p.m. : Jim Whitehurst (Red Hat) and Al Gillen (IDC)

  • 1:45 p.m. : Jeanne Ross (MIT CISR)- Digital Transformation

  • 2:30 p.m. : Break

  • 3:00 p.m. : Paul Cormier (Red Hat) - “What’s next?”

  • 3:30 p.m. : Paul Cormier (Red Hat), Arvind Krishna (IBM), and Margaret Dawson (Red Hat) as Moderator - Fireside Chat

  • 3:50 p.m. : Customer panel: John Allessio (Red Hat), Michael Cawood (Lockheed Martin), Megan Crespi (Ally Financial), David Gledhill (DBS Bank), Ed Alford (BP)

4:30 p.m.

Reception and VIP experience in Ecosystem Expo

5:45 p.m.

Red Hat Summit opening general session

Wednesday, May 8

7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Red Hat Summit general session

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Red Hat Summit breakout sessions

Join us at Red Hat Summit

Registering for Executive Exchange gives you access to Red Hat Summit—an annual event that’s all about open source. Red Hat Summit is located in the same city at the same time as Executive Exchange, so extend your stay in Boston and learn about the ideas leading the open source industry.

Venue and logistics

Executive Exchange 2019 will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. All accommodations will be provided by Aloft Boston Seaport District and can be booked through the Executive Exchange registration page.

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Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

Aloft Boston Seaport District

Aloft Boston Seaport District
401-403 D St
Boston, MA 02210

Executive Exchange registration is complimentary and includes:

  • Access to all Executive Exchange and Red Hat Summit sessions, meals, and events.
  • Hotel accommodations for 2 nights at Aloft Boston Seaport District on the evenings of May 6 and 7.