Speakers at the IT Leadership Strategies Conference

 
Ruben Chacon
Ruben D. Chacon is currently working as Associated Director of Information Security for Kraft Foods Global Inc. With over 18 years of diversified IT and business experience, Ruben is skilled at managing risks to information assets, has strong experience at creating the strategy for and building operational IT security and privacy programs that systematize processes, eliminate control redundancies, reduce costs, increase employee accountability, and create competitive advantage. Ruben has international experience working in North America, Latin America, and Europe, successfully leading global, multicultural teams geographically dispersed in matrix organizational environments. Ruben holds multiple internationally recognized certifications including CISSP, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CIPP, ITIL, Prosci Change Management.
 

Shouvik Dutta

Shouvik Dutta is the CIO of Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, based in Elmhurst, IL. He is responsible for overall IT strategy and developing innovative solutions for the EMS market. He brings over 20 years of IT leadership experience in leading and implementing fundamental change in global organizations. His experience includes technology innovation, diverse systems development, outsourcing technology and process, building teams, technical infrastructure design and worldwide business strategy. He has led and managed successful transitions in technology in both packaged ERP solutions and custom developed ERP solutions. He holds a MBA from University of Notre Dame and a MA in Economics from Tufts university.

 
Aaron Erickson
Aaron Erickson is a software delivery manager for ThoughtWorks. He is responsible for managing delivery of software using teams that span four different continents. His lifeís work is helping convert the best human capital into results for companies that empower both the knowledge workers who produce software, and the people in the companies whom we serve.
 
Alison Kassel
Alison Kassel is the Chief Information Officer for SeatonCorp, a $400+ million staffing, recruiting and outsourcing firm that operates under the Staff Management, PeopleScout, and StudentScout brands. SeatonCorp is growing at over 40% annually and was recently named as Chicagoís third fastest growing privately held company. She is a versatile business technology leader, with experience in developing strategies, transforming organizations, and delivering solutions enabling organizations to achieve their strategic and operating plan objectives.
Prior to joining SeatonCorp, Alison has held significant IT roles for highly respected organizations such as U.S. Cellular, McDonalds, Motorola, Cap Gemini, and Andersen Consulting.
Alison has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa and has completed Executive Education programs at The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She is Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), and is a Certified Change Agent. 
 
Jim Haviland
Mr. Haviland is a highly accomplished entrepreneurial executive with start-up, turn-around, and merger experience and proven strengths applying engineering discipline, business acumen, and agile methodology to improve the quality and efficiency of projects and operations. Mr. Havilandís 15 years in technical and management consulting includes engagements with Microsoft, Amazon, Baker Hughes, Principal Financial Group as well as a successful stint as the Vice President of Consulting Services for MCPc, Inc. during which time he led the mobility practice that eventually became Vox Mobile.
Jim earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and completed a certificate in Entrepreneurship from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Jack Leifel
Jack V. Leifel, Executive Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Moraine Valley Community College, has over 30 years of experience in the information technology field. His experience spans both the education and business fields with ten plus years in his current position at the second largest community college in Illinois and six years as the CIO of a $5 billion business at Motorola.
In his current role, Jack is responsible for providing the overall leadership/ coordination of information technology at the college. This includes business computing, Web technology, network operations, instructional technology, computer labs, smart classrooms, distance learning, multimedia services, security, and computer maintenance/help desk support. Some of Jackís accomplishments at Moraine Valley include implementing emergency response systems, saving over $1 million in contract negotiations, and leading a team planning a $5 million technology upgrade for the existing campus and the new buildings that came online in 2009/2010.
Jack earned his Master in Business Administration degree in Quantitative Methods and Computers from Loyola University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago. In addition to his broad industry experience of over 20 years before joining Moraine Valley, he was a member of Purdue Universityís Corporate Partners Council and DePaul Universityís MBA/MIS Advisory Committee. He is currently a member of the Executive Advisory Council for the CIO Forum and Executive IT Summit; a member of the Gartner EXP; a member of the PMI Chicagoland Executive Council; and a member of SIM.
 
 

Peter Logothetis

Peter joined Allstate Insurance in late 2011 as the Divisional CIO for Claims. Prior to Allstate, he spent 5.5 years as Head of Technology Services (CIO) at QBE the Americas, a member of the Australia-based QBE Group.

Peter has more than 25 years of experience in the information technology industry. He has worked in the manufacturing, banking, insurance, and consulting industries for such well known companies as Continental Bank, CNA Insurance, Kemper Insurance, and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Peter has been very active in industry initiatives, conferences, and IT forums. He also participates in mentorship programs and school board memberships.

Since 1980, Peter has been a part-time IT instructor at DePaul University, where he earned his masters in business administration and information systems.

 
James MacLennan
James P. MacLennan (Jim) is Vice President, Information Technology at Reynolds Services Inc., a privately held producer of foodservice/food packaging and consumer products. Jim has direct responsibility for multiple functional areas within IT, including Supply Chain Systems, Information Management, SAP Application Support, and International IT providing support for three business units (CSI, Reynolds Consumer Products, and Pactiv LLC). Jim also serves as the CIO for Pactiv LLC, and drives the IT Project Management Office.
Jim has over 20 years experience in a progression of roles, translating the strategic drivers of a variety of business models and markets into tactical plans and tangible results. His career spans multiple industries, including real estate / property management, building construction and maintenance services, pharmaceuticals, consumer durables, and consumer package goods, with multiple companies including Culligan International, Monsanto, Searle Pharmaceuticals, and Schindler Elevator. Jim started his career at a software development and consulting firm, which gives him a unique insight to vendor relationships and the role of IT in driving business value.
Jim has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a Marketing MBA from DePaul University. He also maintains a web site and blog (www.cazh1.com), where he writes on his experience and insights on the intersection of business and technology.
 
Sean Reynolds
Sean Reynolds is an Executive Vice President with Jones Lang LaSalle and is the co-leader of the Midwest Chicago Data Center Services. Focusing exclusively in tenant / user representation, Sean assists his clients in data center and office strategic real estate planning, acquisition and disposition of real estate assets, financial analysis, lease analysis, and market valuations.

Sean started as an Associate at The Staubach Company in 2000 and worked his way to Principal in 2007. In the time Sean has been with Jones Lang LaSalle, he has been involved in the acquisition of over 2,785,000 rsf valued at over $682 million, and the disposition of 1,005,000 rsf of excess real estate valued at over $126 million. Seanís list of clients includes Comcast, Walgreens, Computer Associates, Huron Consulting, Roosevelt University, Karbal Cohen Economue Silk & Dunne, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Williams Lea, the Chicago Housing Authority, Geneva Investment, Kovitz Investment Group and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
 
Bob Ruf
Mr. Ruf is Managing Director of the Chicago and Milwaukee markets for Judge Technical Staffing, a subsidiary of The Judge Group.

Mr. Ruf has 14 years of experience in technical staffing and human resource consulting. Prior to Judge, he was a senior account manager for a leading IT staffing firm, where he successfully managed the staffing and professional development needs for various Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Ruf received his bachelor's degree in business marketing from Eastern Illinois University.
 
Sanjib Sahoo
As a CTO, Sanjib directs all aspects of information technology for optionMONSTER Holdings online retail brokerage, tradeMONSTER.com, and its financial media site, optionMonster.com. Sanjib has been with OptionMONSTER since it was founded in 2006 and was the visionary architect of our innovative, award winning brokerage technology platform. During his tenure at OptionMONSTER, he led and masterminded the entire technology brokerage platform which is now rated as one of the top 3 trading companies in North America and also the top options trading platform nationally by Barronís. As a CTO, Sanjib also oversee software development, quality assurance, production support, hardware and network infrastructure and is also a member of the senior executive team. Being a leader, he strongly focuses on aligning the IT initiatives with business strategic goals while working within budgetary and timeline constraints. He has been engaged with technology for financial services businesses for over 14 years and have a wide range of expertise in technology management, architecture, open source platforms and design, project management and building real time trading systems. Previously, Sanjib has architected and built trading/financial platforms for XpressTrade (now OptionsXpress), Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Desjardins Bank and several other organizations. Last year, Sanjib was recognized as most innovative CIOís in the CIO Magazine for innovation and collaboration in technology. Sanjib has also been recognized by AITS as a Strategic CIO for building a successful IT team and recently the Heller Report Blog interviewed him to know how his radical approach helped him in leadership development within the team. Sanjib has spoken at several events and IT conferences focusing on option Monsterís innovation in technology and how his right leadership style at optionMONSTER has build a successful IT team for the company . Sanjib has been part of various panel discussions and an active speaker at various Camp IT conferences  and other events. 
 

Yvonne Scott

Yvonne Scott is Chief Information Officer for Crowe Horwath, LLP.  She joined Crowe in February, 2008 and is responsible for directing all aspects of the firmís information systems related activities.  Prior to joining Crowe, Yvonne was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for GATX Corporation, a Fortune 1000 NYSE traded company that specializes in the leasing of long-lived assets to corporate customers.  Her responsibilities included the management of all Information Systems related activities.  Yvonne joined GATX in 1990 as Manager, Information Systems Audit and held the positions of Assistant Director of Information Technology; Director, GATX Chemical Logistics; Vice President, Integrated Solutions Group; Vice President, Strategic Initiatives GATX Rail, and Vice President and CIO GATX Rail.   Prior to joining GATX, Yvonne worked for over ten years at Unocal Corporation in various positions, including internal consulting services.  Yvonne currently serves on the board of directors of i.c. Stars, a non-profit organization that trains and prepares inner-city youth for careers in information technology.  She is also a member of this organizationís strategic planning committee.  Yvonne has a Masters degree in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management and Accounting from Purdue University.  In addition, Yvonne has published articles in professional journals, presented seminar topics on third-party managed services, and served as a CIO panelist at several conferences and seminars.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Certificate in Data Processing

 
Christian Teeft
Christian is an accomplished and forward-thinking engineering professional, with over 16 years of experience managing large technology teams and driving development strategies for a wide range of innovative data center solutions. A pioneer in virtualization, Christian was building clouds long before they were clouds. Teeft is the architect behind Latisysí next generation managed hosting and cloud services platform and is responsible for enabling Latisys to deliver innovative, scalable IT Outsourcing solutions to enterprise customersótoday and tomorrow.
For nine years prior to joining Latisys, Teeft served in various capacities with NTT America, most recently as VP of Product Development, Engineering and OSS. In that role, Teeft served as a core member of the management teamódriving the companyís technology strategy and leading multiple engineering teams responsible for Platform, Storage, Network, OSS and Custom Engineering. He also led R&D for new products and services and managed the hosting infrastructure for several data centers.  
 

Jim Vaselopulos
Jim Vaselopulos is a seasoned business executive with domain expertise in Financial Services, Marketing, Manufacturing and Service Industries. Jim works closely with many firms to help align business needs and technology for competitive advantage. His many roles include Senior Vice President at PSC Group, LLC, interim CIO at several organizations and strategic business consultant to many others. His speaking engagements include regional executive events, various podcasts, industry organizations and technology-centric educational institutions such as the University of Illinois. Jim holds an Engineering degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Marquette University.

 
Steve Wrenn
Steve is a member of the Senior IS Management team, reporting to the Corporate CIO. In this role Steve is responsible for Corporate IT & Enterprise IT Operations across CVS, a $100B Retail and Health Care company. Steve and his team are responsible for leading Enterprise IT Services which includes Corporate IT Systems and Development, IT Architecture and Engineering, IT Service Management, Enterprise Infrastructure, Project Management Office, Process Improvement Office, and IS Security Operations (CISO). He is directly responsible for a team of 1,100+ and a budget of >$600M, in support of over 225,000 employees, and 7,200 stores.

Steve has been with CVS Caremark since April of 2009. Prior to joining CVS, Steve worked at Liberty Mutual Group, where he served as Vice President of IS Quality & Business Process Improvement. Prior to Liberty, Steve held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Enterasys Networks, Cisco Systems, and Hewlett-Packard. He has built and led both professional and technical organizations in both the US and abroad, and is a much sought after speaker around global IT leadership and operations.

Steve holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and earned an MBA from the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire, where he has also been an Adjunct Professor of Global Operations in the Executive MBA program for the past 11 years.  
 

Bob Zimmerman

Bob focuses on setting teams up to deliver successfully every time.
Bob's distinguished career in I.T. spans more than three decades and has been largely dedicated to common-sense best practices that innovate how technology organizations deliver business value. Bob is a specialist in creating alignment between I.T. and business objectives.
He has collected best practices and delivers the Getting Predictable mantra to raise the bar on I.T. and business collaboration.
Bob's uniquely practical, common sense approach to software development enables him to coach and mentor people at all levels. Throughout his career, Bob has shared his passion on software delivery with both executive and software development teams, enabling alignment and success throughout the organizations he touches.