Presenters at the 11th Annual CIO Forum
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
Baer serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Comcast
Cable Communications, LLC. In this role, he is responsible for developing
Comcast’s internal Information Technology (IT) strategy that aligns technology
to meet overall business needs and objectives, including development and
oversight of the company’s customer care, billing and ordering systems; network
and service assurance management tools; financial and human resource tools; and
other corporate systems.
Prior to joining Comcast in 2006, Andrew most recently served as Vice
President of Business Platform Services for AOL in Dulles, VA, where he managed
several of the information technology initiatives required to transition a
subscriber-based ISP to a premium services and advertising-driven web portal
company. A 20-year veteran of the IT sector, he also served as Chief Information
Officer for Verestar and Vice President of Customer Care Systems for Verizon.
Andrew holds an MBA from Cornell University as well as a BS in Finance and
Economics from the University of Maryland.
Spain “Woody” Hall
Vice President of IT and Chief Information Officer
General Dynamics Information Technology
Hall is vice president of information technology (IT) Strategy and chief
information officer (CIO) for General Dynamics Information Technology. In this
role, Woody is responsible for the company’s overall strategic planning as it
relates to information systems and technology. Woody also provides valuable
insight and support to key General Dynamics Information Technology operational
and business development initiatives.
Previously, Woody served as senior vice president for Homeland Security
Programs at SAIC. As the strategic account manager for the Department of
Homeland Security, he directed company-wide initiatives enabling homeland
security customers to meet diverse national security missions.
Prior to entering the defense industry, Hall served as assistant commissioner
and CIO for the U.S. Customs Service, which merged into the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) in March 2003. During his five-year tenure, he led a
major reorganization to improve technical support to the diverse Customs mission
and significantly improved the agency’s IT investment management structure and
performance efficiency. Hall also served as deputy assistant secretary and CIO
for the Department of Energy. In this role, Hall managed a staff of federal and
contractor information systems professionals and provided policy, guidance and
oversight for Department-wide IT expenditures. Hall began his career with the
U.S. Air Force, where he fulfilled numerous executive assignments in
communications and computer systems.
Hall was the recipient of Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 award in 2002.
He was awarded Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive Award from the U.S.
Department of Treasury in 2000 and the Presidential Rank of Distinguished
Executive Award from the Department of Energy in 1997. The U.S. Department of
the Air Force bestowed the Meritorious Civilian Service Award upon Hall in 1991.
Hall holds a BS in Industrial Management from Purdue University and a MS in
Management Science from the University of Dayton. In addition, Hall has
completed the Program for Senior Officials in National Security at Harvard
University and the Executive Excellence Program at the Federal Executive
President and Chief Executive Officer
Patel is the founder of Isilon and is recognized for pioneering scale-out
storage as an innovative technical architecture and creating this new sector of
the enterprise storage market. Sujal has served as president and chief executive
officer since Oct. 2007. He served as Isilon's chief technology officer from
2001 to March 2008 and as president and chief executive officer from the
founding of Isilon in 2001 until Aug. 2003. From 1996 to 2001, Sujal served in
various engineering roles at RealNetworks, Inc., in part as chief architect
behind the company's second-generation core media delivery system. Sujal holds a
number of patents and pending patents, including those for the Isilon OneFS™
distributed file system. Sujal holds a BS in computer science from the
University of Maryland at College Park.
Chief Operating Officer
Asbill was a co-founder and the chief content officer of AmieStreet.com, the MP3
download store that pioneered a dynamic, community-driven pricing model. Because
of Amie Street's social approach to content pricing and discovery, its founding
team was recognized on BusinessWeek's "Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25" list and
Billboard's "Top 30 Music Executives Under 30" list. In Aug. 2010, Amazon.com
purchased AmieStreet.com's IP, after leading Amie Street's Series A in 2007, and
the Amie Street team turned their attention to a new online radio service,
Songza.com. Peter is currently the chief operating officer of Songza, a free
music website that allows you create and listen to custom radio stations with
Brown was a founding member of comScore, Inc. in 1999. He leads the software
engineering efforts of the company to measure Internet activities. In this
position, he helped the company build the world’s largest Decision Support
Systems on the Windows platform. This system currently has over one year of data
online and captures over 120 billion rows of new data every week to measure the
Internet in over 40 countries. He also has been responsible for over fifteen
patent applications at comScore. Three of these patents have already been issued
by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Prior to joining comScore in 1999, Mike worked on several different projects
for companies in the Washington, D.C. area. One of these projects included
working on a large help desk deployment and modernization effort for Deutsche
Bahn in Frankfurt, Germany.
In 1993, Mike cofounded Pragmatic Image Technologies with several associates
from IBM. This consulting group focused on the implementation of IBM’s ImagePlus
technologies at several different firms. One of the core projects completed was
the successful role out of IBM’s ImagePlus product at Pennsylvania Blue Shield
to over 1,200 users resulting in the largest image workflow installation on the
east coast at that time.
Mike began his career at IBM in 1989 at the age of 19 in the image processing
team in Gaithersburg, MD. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science
at night at the University of Maryland University College in 1992 and earned his
Master’s degree from Hood College in Computer and Information Science in 1997.
Geographic Information Officer
Federal Communications Commission
is the geographic information officer (GIO) for the Federal Communications
Commission. He is the former GIO for the State of California and an expert in
the design, development, implementation, and use of geographic information
systems (GIS) for research and policy. He has served as chair of the California
GIS Council, a member of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee, and sits on
the board of directors for both GreenInfo Networks and the National States GIS
Byrne holds a masters degree in geography from the University of California
at Davis and is a certified GIS professional.
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Martin Colburn is the executive vice president and chief technology officer
for FINRA. As such, Mr. Colburn provides strategic and operational oversight for
all of FINRA's technology. He manages the technology staff and oversees all
technology-related, third-party service contracts. Mr. Colburn began his tenure
with the organization in Aug. 2001 as part of NASD, which consolidated with NYSE
Member Regulation in 2007 to form FINRA.
Before joining NASD, Mr. Colburn was the chief operating officer and the
chairman of the Australia Asia Joint Venture from 2000 to 2001 for Metiom, Inc.
From 1996 to 2000, he worked for Fannie Mae as the senior vice president of the
Technology Management Center. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Colburn was the vice
president for Customer Service, Technology. He began his stint with Fannie Mae
in 1988 as a director of UNIX Technical Services. From 1985 to 1988, Mr. Colburn
was the vice president for Advanced Technology Planning for Sovran Bank. He
began his technology career with the Marriott Corporation in 1980.
Mr. Colburn earned a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland, College
Park. Additionally, he has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Montgomery
College and also holds an Advanced Business Management certificate from the
Harvard Business School. Mr. Colburn was a Corporal, Special Services, with the
United States Marine Corps for three years prior to his technology career. He
serves on the boards of the Universities at Shady Grove and Montgomery College
Larry Fitzpatrick, Computech's President, leads a thirty-one-year-old IT
application development firm with particular expertise in online auctions, data
driven dashboards, and legacy system replacement. His record of successful
software delivery and transformational software management has spanned academia
and government, commercial software product development, and corporate IT for
over 25 years.
Prior to joining Computech this year, he served as Senior Vice President of
the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). While at FINRA, during a
time of substantial change in the financial sector, he created the architecture
group, built an application development team of over 500 individuals, and led
the delivery of numerous key systems.
Prior to joining FINRA in 2002, Mr. Fitzpatrick consulted to a number of
technology firms. Until 1999, he led delivery of commercial software products as
Technology Vice President at Open Text Software (OTEX), and as Chief Technology
Officer at Personal Library Software. He has specialized in high performance
computing and database systems and delivered industry-leading commercial
software that has been widely used. He has taught several university courses in
database and programming. Mr. Fitzpatrick has a Masters in Biomedical
Engineering (Informatics) from The University of Virginia, and Bachelor of
Science in Biology and minor in Computer Science from Georgetown University.
Vice President of Marketing
15 years of management experience spans several online community and publishing
businesses. He co-founded and led multiple online communities, including Zeal
Media, a community-built web directory, where he was CEO. Zeal Media was later
bought by LookSmart, where Brian held numerous senior positions, including
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Brian was also an early team
member at CitySearch.com and a consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Brian graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Chemistry, magna cum laude. He also holds a Master of Science degree in
Economics from the London School of Economics.
CIO, Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Ken Ritchhart is the CIO, Customs and Border Protection, for the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security. Ritchhart’s IT experience has included serving
as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) chief of data and information
management, chief of data engineering and integration, chief of it systems
development, and deputy assistant director for it systems development. His
responsibilities encompassed overseeing the creation of a comprehensive
enterprise capability to securely store, retrieve, and share agency-wide
information. Ritchhart holds a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a
master’s in computer science from the University of Oklahoma.
Acting Executive Director, Information Sharing
Executive Director, National Information Exchange Model
Applied Technology, Office of the CIO, Department of Homeland Security
Roy serves as the CIO’s executive for information sharing for the Department of
Homeland Security. She is actively is engaged in helping DHS lay the foundation
and building blocks for an information sharing environment and drives policy
development for the CIO. She served as the director of the Enterprise
Architecture program where she was engaged in ensuring the optimization of the
$6.4 billion IT spend for the department. Ms. Roy joined the DHS Office of the
CIO in Dec. 2006 as the director of the Enterprise Data Management Office
(EDMO). As the EDMO Director, she was responsible for the development of a DHS
strategy for the management for all data collected, created, used, managed,
maintained, shared, and stored by DHS, and sponsors the implementation of
initiatives set forth in the strategy. As a collateral duty, she serves as the
executive director for the National Information Exchange Model, a Department of
Justice, DHS and Global Justice information sharing initiative.
Ms. Roy served as the vice president of Product Development for a Fortune 200
company as well as serving as the vice president for a major data operations
division. She has over 27 years of IT experience, culminating her data-oriented,
enterprise-wide view for the implementation of standards to increase operational
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Arjun is responsible for setting the overall strategic vision for
Lolapps and guiding the development of fresh, high quality social products.
Prior to Lolapps, Arjun was the CEO and founder of ROFLplay, a social gaming
startup which was acquired by Lolapps in July 2009. Arjun initially served as
the Head of Business and Corporate Development for Lolapps and was named CEO in
March 2010. Previously, Arjun has held various management roles with the Carlyle
Group and Saset Healthcare. In 1999, he also co-founded Advanced Tuning
Products, a manufacturing company within the automotive industry.
Arjun currently serves on the Board of Advisors for isocket and is an active
angel investor. Arjun holds a BA in History and a BS in Economics from the
University of Maryland, College Park.
Deputy Director for Information Sharing & Knowledge Development
National Counterterrorism Center
Travers serves as the National Counterterrorism Center’s (NCTC) deputy
director for information sharing and knowledge development. He manages NCTC’s
terrorism information sharing initiatives, NCTC’s advanced analytic research
efforts, the maintenance of the USG’s terrorist identities database, the
tracking of worldwide terrorist incidents, and the Interagency Threat Assessment
and Coordination Group which facilitates Federal support for non-Federal
During 2001-2003 Travers was the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Deputy
Director for Policy Support, he was responsible for intelligence support to the
Office of the Secretary of Defense, managed the activities of Defense
Intelligence Officers and overseas liaison offices, coordinated National
Intelligence Estimates, administered Special Access Programs, organized Agency
support to Homeland Defense, and overseeing foreign disclosure and exchange
He served as Chief, Defense Intelligence Liaison in London during 1999-2001.
Attached to the Chief of Defence Intelligence, British Ministry of Defence, he
managed defense intelligence coordination between the US and UK.
Travers began his DIA career as a Soviet analyst (1982-1989). He focused on
Soviet military doctrine, developing Soviet threat perceptions, and the
conditions leading to the collapse of the U.S.S.R.
Travers passed the Virginia Bar in 1986 (JD National Law Center, George
Washington University, Washington, D.C.). In 1982 he received his MBA (Chapman
College, Orange California) and in 1978, he received his BA Government/BA
Economics (College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA).
Travers has also written the following unclassified publications: "Failures,
Fallacies and Fixes:
Posturing Intelligence for the Challenges of Globalization", JMIC 2005; “The
Coming Intelligence Failure”, Studies in Intelligence 1997; and “A New
Millennium and a Strategic Breathing Space”, Washington Quarterly, 1997.
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Ajay Sravanapudi is a media veteran with a deep understanding of the
interactive industry and digital advertising management platforms. He is a
founder and perpetual driving force behind LucidMedia's highly successful
patented targeting technology. In this role Ajay has spent the last four years
transforming LucidMedia from an enterprise software vendor into the leading
media management software as a service (SaaS) provider in the online advertising
space. Ajay divides his time equally between corporate headquarters in the
Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and New York City, where he is deeply
involved at all levels in the display ad industry. Previously, he was the vice
president of product architecture at Versatility where he led the development of
large-scale call centers and enterprise CRM software. Ajay has held high-level
technology positions at American Management Systems and OMC Computers Ltd. He
earned a MS in Information Management from Penn State University in 1990 and a
BS from IIT Madras in 1987.