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.
Executive vice president and chief people officer, Red Hat
DeLisa Alexander leads the department responsible for global human resources, including Red Hat University. The department's mission is to be a strategic partner to the business in acquiring, developing, and retaining talent and to enhance the Red Hat culture and talent brand. During Alexander's tenure, Red Hat has grown from 1,100 to more than 8,000 associates and is now recognized by multiple publications as one of the best places to work in the world.
Alexander is the founder of the Women's Leadership community at Red Hat. She serves on the executive committee for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development; the board of directors for Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Innovate Raleigh; and the board of advisers for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Bull City Ventures, North Carolina State University Poole College of Management, and SoarTriangle.
Prior to joining Red Hat, Alexander was associated with Kilpatrick Stockton where she focused on mergers, acquisitions, venture capital, and intellectual property licensing.
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.
Senior vice president and general manger, Global Services, Red Hat
John Allessio, senior 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.
CEO and founder, H2O.ai
SriSatish Ambati is the CEO and Founder of H2O.ai – the maker behind H2O, the leading open source machine learning platform used by 18,000 companies and hundreds of thousands of data scientists. Prior to H2O.ai, he co-founded the big data analytics company Platfora. His professional career also spans technical and executive roles at Datastax, Azul Systems, and RightOrder. His academic career involved sabbaticals in theoretical neuroscience at Stanford and Berkeley and an M.S. in math and computer science from the University of Memphis. He was recently recognized by Datanami as one of the 12 People to Watch 2019.
Sri is known for his knack for envisioning the killer apps in fast evolving spaces and assembling stellar teams towards productizing that vision. A regular speaker in the AI, ML and Big Data circuit, Sri leaves a trail @srisatish
Dr. Christoph Baeck
Head of IT infrastructure, Hilti
For the last 12 years, Baeck has been working in different roles in Hilti IT, ranging from SAP CRM process consultant to various project management and people leadership positions. In 2011 he accepted the role of Head of IT Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he tripled the team size and established a stable team setup. From July 2015 to December 2018, Baeck assumed responsibility for the area of Enterprise Computing, Mobile Applications, and PMO for Hilti Corp. In this role, he and his team started the company’s cloud transformation. Christoph started in his current role as head of IT infrastructure services in 2019.
Baeck holds a master’s and doctorate degree in law from the University of Innsbruck, and was a research assistant for 3 years in the areas of international law and European Union law.
Senior vice president, Customer Experience & Engagement, Red Hat
Marco Bill-Peter is the Senior Vice President of Customer Experience and Engagement (CEE) at Red Hat. CEE is responsible for increasing the value customers and partners receive from their relationship with Red Hat. In addition to technical support delivery and strategic customer engagement, Bill-Peter's organization is responsible for the award-winning Red Hat Customer Portal, quality engineering, DevOps, product certifications, product security, product documentation, and translation services.
Bill-Peter has driven the expansion of support at Red Hat from reactive interactions to high-value, proactive, and collaborative customer engagements. Bill-Peter's vision continues to go beyond the standard industry definition of support to include a strategic focus on innovation that better serves customers and delivers greater customer value.
Vice president, Product Development, Products and Technologies, 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.
Principal software engineer, OPTUS
As principal software engineer at OPTUS, Vasily Chekalkin is the lead architect and contributor to the OPTUS Cloud Core platform that uses cloud-native app development and AI to create the next step in the evolution of telephony. At OPTUS, he has been a team lead and principal architect on a number of innovation initiatives, including designing and building microservices ahead of the general adoption, as well as introducing event-driven architecture at large scale.
Chekalkin has had a dedicated interest in programming since a very young age, developing his first product—a learning tool for children in local schools—when he was only 12. After earning a master's degree in applied mathematics and computer science, he joined Yandex as an engineer, where he lead a portal development team, focusing on the design and implementation of the end-to-end technology stack.
Vice president and general manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Business Unit, Red Hat
Dr. Stefanie Chiras is the vice president and general manager of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Business Unit at Red Hat. She joined Red Hat in July 2018 and has worldwide business responsibility for the successful definition, execution, and delivery of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux product line. Prior to this role she was the vice president of offering management for IBM Cognitive Systems. As part of the Cognitive Systems brand team, she led the worldwide business for the systems portfolio, AIX, IBM i, Linux, the system software portfolio, and the cloud stack. Within that responsibility she drove the strategic implementation of transforming the portfolio to support both enterprise workloads as well as AI, ML and DL and ensuring the portfolio delivered leadership in both. Stefanie comes to Red Hat with a breadth of technical and business experiences. Her technical roles span silicon technology to system architecture, both Power Systems and System z processor design, and she has been a member in IBM’s Research Division, IBM Systems and Technology Group Development, and the Power Systems Brand.
Dr. Chiras obtained her bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University and then went to the University of California, Santa Barbara for her Masters and Doctorate in Materials Science. Upon completion of her degrees she joined the Princeton Materials Institute of Princeton University in a research post-doctoral capacity collaborating with the Mechanical and Aerospace Department.
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.
Research director, Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment; Co-founder of Farm Hack, GOAT, and farmOS communities, farmOS
Dorn Cox is the research director for the Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment in Freeport, Maine and farms with his family in Lee, New Hampshire. He is a founder of the farmOS software platform, GOAT (Gathering for Open Ag Technology), and the Farm Hack community and is active in the U.S. soil health movement. In 2018 his work was recognized with the inaugural Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for excellence in conservation given by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). Cox serves as a NACD Soil Health Champion. He speaks nationally and internationally about participatory science, open agricultural knowledge exchange, soil health, and climate smart agriculture. He is passionate about the potential for open source agriculture to accelerate innovation and quantify environmental services. He holds a doctorate in natural resources and earth systems science from the University of New Hampshire.
Vice president, Marketing Communications and Brand, Red Hat
Leigh Day is vice president of Marketing Communications at Red Hat. Day's team includes brand, contact strategy, and customer references, corporate communications, content marketing, global event strategy, marketing resources, creative strategy and design, analyst relations, and social media. This team develops, refines, and delivers compelling and effective messaging and creative assets using corporate communications, digital, and social media, redhat.com, traditional channels, and live events. This team works with associates and teams across Red Hat to plan, create, and deliver the right material at the right time to bring Red Hat’s brand vision to life. This includes generating media coverage with outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Barron’s, Fox Business, MarketWatch, Inc., Business Insider, and Investor’s Business Daily; building and executing digital and social media campaigns across Red Hat’s blog space on redhat.com and across multiple social media channels; creating video and content assets used for illustrating Red Hat’s products, customers, innovations, and partnerships; and developing the U.S. and global events and sponsorships where Red Hat participates.
Head of Test Technology, Volkswagen AG
Over the past 20 years, Denecke has led several teams within Volkswagen IT. Currently, he is responsible for hardware testing and cloud infrastructure virtual test environments. Prior to this role, he was head of research and development for IT where he managed security, infrastructure, and operations for the department.
President of Information Technology, UPS
Ken Finnerty is currently president of Information Technology at UPS. He is responsible for the development and integration of software and technology solutions for various functions within UPS including contract logistics, forwarding, airline, HR, finance, CRM, shipping, tracking, advanced analytics, and ups.com.
Ken is a member of the UPS IT Strategy & Planning Committee, which directs UPS technology investments ensuring alignment with business strategy.
During his 28 years with UPS Ken has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility including director of Global Network Systems, director of UPS Airline Applications, senior director of Systems Programming, and vice president of Customer Technology before being named to his current role in 2017.
Ken has a bachelor’s degree in business logistics from Penn State University and has received a number of technology industry awards including; “Computerworld Premier 100”, “SuperNova Award for Matrix Commerce”, and the Constellation Research “Business Transformation 150”. Ken is a member of the Stevens Institute of Technology Electrical & Computer Engineering Board of Advisors and he also serves on the Board of Trustees for the United Way of Northern New Jersey.
Minneapolis Public Schools teacher Michael Bratsch (affectionately known as ‘Mr. B’ to his students) recognized an opportunity to change his school, and the future of his students, for the better.
In 2015, he had an idea for a project that would rally the students and increase morale and school pride. He founded a program called The Future Boys and Girls and enlisted a diverse group of students to create a school song—everything from the lyrics to the recording and the production was created by this group. The output: a school that is more unified than ever, and a commitment to using open strategies for learning.
Mr. B and members of his Future Girls program participated in Red Hat’s CO.LAB experience in October 2018. They’re joining us on the mainstage at Red Hat Summit to share what they learned during this experience, and what using open source methodologies means for schools and middle school students.
Director, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms; Chair, Fab Foundation, MIT
Neil Gershenfeld is the director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, where his unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from pioneering quantum computing to digital fabrication to the Internet of Things. He is the founder of a global network of over 1,000 fab labs. He chairs the Fab Foundation and leads the Fab Academy.
Managing director, global head of Cloud, Application and Integration Platforms, Deutsche Bank
Tom Gilbert joined Deutsche Bank in 2001 to design and build the company’s first real platform-as-a-Service offerings for web and application hosting. He is now responsible for cloud, application, and integration platforms that host almost half of the Deutsche Bank’s application workloads. He is also responsible for public cloud strategy and the company’s Centre of Excellence. He introduced the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform at Deutsche Bank as part of Fabric, the Bank’s strategic hybrid cloud platform.
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.
HPC solutions architect, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Robin Goldstone is a computer scientist working in the High Performance Computing (HPC) center at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Goldstone is a member of LLNL’s HPC Advanced Technologies Office where she is involved in technology evaluation and planning for next generation HPC and data-centric systems. She also leads strategic planning activities around I/O and cloud solutions for HPC. Goldstone was previously involved in the hands-on deployment of some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, including ASCI White and BlueGene/L. She holds a master’s degree in computer science from California State University, Chico.
Dr. Ellen Grant
Director, Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center, Children's Hospital Boston
Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital
Dr. Grant holds a master’s degree in physics and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Toronto. She completed her radiology residency at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada, and her fellowship in adult and pediatric neuroradiology at the University of California, San Francisco. She is now a professor of Radiology and Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Grant headed the Division of Pediatric Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital for five years before moving to Children's Hospital Boston to become the founding director of the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center and the first incumbent of Children's Hospital Boston Chair in Neonatology. At Children's she holds appointments in the Division of Newborn Medicine and the Department of Radiology. Dr. Grant is a co-author of two popular textbooks for clinical neuroradiology and has won a number of awards for her research efforts as well as recognition for her clinical excellence.
Senior vice president of technology, Kohl’s
Ritch Houdek, senior vice president of technology oversees Kohl’s Infrastructure, Operations, Enterprise Architecture, DevOps, and Cloud Platform Automation organizations. Houdek further serves as executive sponsor of Kohl’s enterprise-wide commitment to cloud computing, a multi-year investment to migrate the company’s systems and applications to the cloud.
Houdek has held a number of progressive positions during his time at Kohl’s. He joined Kohl’s in 2010 as a director of technology and was promoted to vice president of technology in 2011. Prior to joining Kohl’s, Houdek served in various technology leadership positions at Wells Fargo Bank and GE Healthcare. Houdek holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.
Chief executive officer, PerceptiLabs
Martin Isaksson received his master’s degree in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) from the Royal Institute of Technology and UPC Barcelona in 2017.
In the summer of 2017 Isaksson presented a deep neural network that he built for segmentation of muscular stem cells in microscopy images, at the first Deep Learning Symposium in Sweden.
He started the AI company PerceptiLabs with Robert Lundberg in 2017, where he works to make it easier to build AI systems.
Dr. Edmund Jackson
Chief data scientist, HCA Healthcare
Dr. Edmund Jackson is chief data scientist at Nashville-based HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. He is responsible for raising the bar for the organization’s use of data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to improve clinical quality and operational efficiency. This entails identification, prioritization, and resourcing of data science opportunities followed by successful creation, deployment, and ongoing support of data science products. Critical components of this work involve technical and cultural transformations necessary for successful application of data science signals in the real world. Jackson builds and leads HCA Healthcare’s teams of analysts, data scientists and engineers, who together are inspired daily by their potential to positively impact caregiver and patient lives.
Prior to joining HCA Healthcare, Jackson worked as a quantitative analyst in the London hedge fund industry for many years. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in electronic engineering, followed by a doctorate in statistical signal processing from Cambridge University. In his spare time Jackson enjoys CrossFit, gardening, and playing music with more enthusiasm than skill.
Solution architect, ProphetStor
Brian was born in Columbus, Ohio and moved to California at 5 years old. He grew up in the bay area until the age of 18, when he moved to southern California to attend university. In 2013 Brian graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
Almost immediately after graduating, Brian was brought on by ProphetStor and has been working there ever since.
Vice president, Computing Software, NVIDIA
Chris Lamb leads software engineering for the CUDA platform, DGX systems, data-center distributed systems such as Kubernetes, and NGC, a registry for accelerated solutions on NVIDIA platforms. Over his career, he's worked in diverse areas from core computer architecture, compiler, and performance tools engineering, to embedded systems, microwave communication, networking, and distributed systems. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Alexander Lenk
Lead architect Connected Vehicle, Digital Backend, Big Data, Blockchain, BMW Group
Dr. Alexander Lenk is the lead architect for Digital Backend, Big Data and Blockchain at BMW Group. Almost all cars the BMW Group ships are delivered with BMW ConnectedDrive, the company’s digital product that connects the driver and vehicle with a range of services and apps that provide the driver with vehicle-related information, assistance, and entertainment during journeys or allows them to remotely access the vehicle. Alexander has written more than 20 scientific publications with over a thousand citations in the fields of cloud computing and smart data, which are available on Google Scholar.
Chief technology officer, PerceptiLabs
Robert received his M.Sc. in Robotics/Artificial Intelligence from the Royal Institute of Technology in 2017.
At the age of 12, Robert built his first robot and has been passionate about electronics and software ever since.
He started the AI-company PerceptiLabs with Martin Isaksson in 2017, where he is working towards making it easier to build AI-systems.
Chief executive officer, Microsoft
Satya Nadella is chief executive officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.
Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.
Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. In this role he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.
Originally from Hyderabad, India, Nadella lives in Bellevue, Washington. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Nadella serves on the board of trustees to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as well as the Starbucks Board of Directors. He is married and has three children.
Senior innovation manager, OPTUS
Guillaume Poulet-Mathis is the senior innovation manager at OPTUS, responsible for leading research and development of new network and IT capabilities. He plays a key role in identifying new opportunities and mobilizing talents to redefine the future of telecommunications. He is also the product owner for OPTUS Cloud Core, a cloud-native telephony platform developed at OPTUS.
As an engineer, Pulet-Mathis has a keen interest in the convergence of IT and software-driven network infrastructure. In the past, he was involved in various ventures, including being CTO of a startup digitizing real estate transactions.
Data scientist, Upstream Digital Transformation, ExxonMobil
Reznik is a data scientist responsible for solving complex analytical problems for ExxonMobil Upstream scientists and engineers. As a former full stack developer, she constantly searches for innovative ways to deliver solutions and applications to her clients. Over the past 2 years, she has developed various data science containers with machine learning libraries such as tensorflow and scikit learn using languages such as python and angular JS. In piloting Red Hat OpenShift (within the UDT organization), she has been responsible for enabling over 60 clients (data scientists, geologists, engineers) to use data science containers in order to help them solve their data problems.
Prior to joining ExxonMobil, Reznik worked as a senior full stack developer for over 11 years. She has earned 2 bachelor’s degrees in computer information systems and geoscience, as well as a master’s degree in geoscience. She enjoys working with data to solve the world’s toughest energy problems with her colleagues.
Vice president, Cloud Platform, Emirates NBD
Over the last 15 years, Ali Rey has built an international track record in leading and delivering wide-scale IT transformation in the banking industry. Having worked across his native Australia—as well as across Asia, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates—Ali’s expertise focuses on program delivery, cloud, security, data, and analytics. As vice president, Cloud Platform, Rey ensured Emirates NBD was the first bank in the Middle East to introduce private cloud, using the Red Hat OpenShift® platform. Rey fosters innovation at Emirates NBD by adopting new and emerging technologies such as big data platforms, DevOps and CI/CD, developer portal, automation, API development, and blockchain platforms.
Chairman, president and chief executive officer, IBM
Since becoming CEO in January 2012, Ginni has led IBM through the most significant transformation in its history, reinventing the company to lead in the new era of AI, blockchain, cybersecurity, and quantum technologies, all delivered on IBM’s enterprise-strength cloud platform. Today, IBM is the world leader in AI and cloud computing for business, underpinned with trust and security.
Under Ginni’s leadership, IBM has helped ensure that society is prepared for a new era of data. This includes equipping workers for “new collar” job roles in emerging technology fields; being the first company to publish long-held principles of trust for AI, data responsibility, and data transparency; and advancing IBM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Beginning her career with IBM in 1981, Ginni has held a series of leadership positions, including the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University. She serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University, and the boards of overseers and managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
The Red Hat Open Source for Education (ROSE) Project is a 5-year, cross-community effort that brings students from Tira and Yonatan Middle School in Ra'anana to Red Hat offices in Israel to learn about Linux and Python programming. Students meet weekly for 6 months to work and learn together. At the graduation ceremony, executive members of both municipalities present students’ awards. This is the first Red Hat volunteer project in Israel to include both Arab and Israeli students.
Executive vice president and chief information officer, Delta Air Lines
Rahul Samant is executive vice president and chief information officer responsible for the airline’s information technology strategy, applications, cybersecurity and infrastructure, which are a vital part of nearly every aspect of the customer experience.
Samant joined Delta in February 2016 from AIG, a multinational insurance corporation with more than 88 million customers in 130 countries. At AIG, he was chief digital officer, responsible for internal- and external-facing web, mobile, and social assets, and harmonizing efforts across contact centers, social media, web, and the company’s intranet. Samant also led AIG’s captive IT unit in Manila and managed the company’s use of vendor resources overseas.
Prior to joining AIG, Samant held various roles at Bank of America for 20 years, most recently leading the Global Supply Chain Management organization. His other leadership roles included consumer channel technology CIO, CIO for global wealth & investment management, and managing director for the Bank’s extensive global delivery organization.
Samant is an engineering graduate from Bombay University and earned his MBA from Wake Forest University.
Founder and educator, Food Computer Program
Melanie Shimano is the director and founder of the Food Computer Program in Baltimore City Public Schools and the data automation & technology analyst for Baltimore City’s Department of General Services. Her work focuses on effectively implementing technology when designing solutions to community challenges and providing meaningful and innovative STEM education for Baltimore City students. Shimano was most recently featured as a speaker at SXSW, SXSW EDU, and PyCon UK where she led sessions about the importance of using open source technology in education and aligning these projects with education standards and civic engagement. In 2018, she was named one of Maryland’s Leading Women and has been recognized for her work with technology educational programming in The Baltimore Sun, American City & County, and The Johns Hopkins Magazine. Melanie holds both a master’s degree in engineering management and a bachelor’s degree in chemical & biomolecular engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.
Container platforms product owner, ExxonMobil
Austen Smack is the Container Platforms Architect at ExxonMobil. In this position, he leads global teams who support container clusters in multiple datacenters and who have onboarded over 100 developer teams to containerization and utilization of container platforms over the past two years. He is passionate about driving disruptive innovation towards technical solutions that support the scientists and engineers at ExxonMobil who solve the world’s most difficult energy problems. He previously worked as a Linux® engineer focused on automation and optimization. Austen received his Master of Information Systems Management from Brigham Young University at the Marriott School of Management.
Director of developer experience, Red Hat
A lifelong developer advocate, community organizer, and technology evangelist, Burr Sutter is a featured speaker at technology events around the globe—from Bangalore to Brussels and Berlin to Beijing (and most parts in between)—he is currently Red Hat’s director of developer experience. A Java Champion since 2005 and former president of the Atlanta Java User Group, Burr founded the DevNexus conference—now the second largest Java event in the U.S.—with the aim of making access to the world’s leading developers affordable to the developer community.
Vice president and chief technology officer, Red Hat
Chris Wright is vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) at Red Hat. Wright leads the Office of the CTO, which is responsible for incubating emerging technologies and developing forward-looking perspectives on innovations such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, distributed storage, software defined networking and network functions virtualization, containers, automation and continuous delivery, and distributed ledger.
During his more than 20 years as a software engineer, Wright has worked in the telecommunications industry on high availability and distributed systems, and in the Linux industry on security, virtualization, and networking. He has been a Linux developer for more than 15 years, most of that time spent working deep in the Linux kernel. He is passionate about open source software serving as the foundation for next generation IT systems. He lives in sunny Portland, Oregon, where he is happily engaged in open source projects such as OpenDaylight, Open vSwitch, OPNFV, OpenStack, Open Container Initiative, and Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
Executive vice president and chief marketing officer, 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.