Tuesday 21st May, 2013
9:00am to 11:00am
SVP & Chief Information Officer, Adobe
As senior vice president and chief information officer, Gerri Martin-Flickinger oversees Adobe’s global Information Technology team, providing strategic direction and management for the company’s IT infrastructure worldwide, including its hosted services. In partnership with the business, Martin-Flickinger also has responsibility for developing innovative enterprise solutions built with Adobe products and technologies that solve business issues and reduce IT costs.
Martin-Flickinger has more than 20 years of experience leading large-scale global IT organizations for companies experiencing explosive growth through acquisition, global expansion and/or implementing new business models. Her expertise includes leading organizations through transformational change, connecting IT to the needs of the business and aligning IT costs.
Before joining Adobe, Martin-Flickinger was CIO of VeriSign, where she oversaw corporate information technology services for the company’s 60 offices worldwide. Prior to VeriSign, she served as CIO for Network Associates, Inc. and McAfee Associates, Inc. Before joining McAfee, Martin-Flickinger held several senior systems roles at Chevron Corporation, including serving as process consultant to Chevron’s executive staff.
Martin-Flickinger holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Washington State University.
EVP & President, Global Market Development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Peggy Johnson is executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and president of global market development where she is responsible for commercializing new business opportunities and developing strategic relationships for the company. Notably, she oversees Qualcomm Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. that serves as an incubator focused on launching new businesses and products, as well as exploring new market segments for Qualcomm technologies. Johnson also serves as a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee.
In the 23 years Johnson has worked at Qualcomm, she has held positions in nearly every facet of the company. She started her career as a software engineer within Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions and worked her way up to vice president of technology. She joined Qualcomm Consumer Products in 1997 as vice president of business development and was appointed vice president of sales shortly thereafter. Johnson then went on to serve as president of Qualcomm Internet Services and MediaFLO Technologies, where she was integral in establishing the foundation for bringing next-generation wireless technologies for mobile applications and mobile broadcast video to market.
Under her leadership, Qualcomm developed and commercially launched the BREW platform, which pioneered the world’s first large-scale mobile app store, helped developers monetize their applications and inspired the growth of a global ecosphere that has generated $3 billion in revenues to date.
Johnson most recently served as executive vice president of the Americas and India where she played an instrumental role in the global development and adoption of 3G wireless broadband technology and services in those regions.
Johnson has been recognized by multiple organizations, a few of which include, STEM (“100 Women Leaders in STEM, 2012”), Athena (“2011 Pinnacle Awards”) and Fierce Wireless (“Most Influential Women in Wireless, 2011”).
EVP, Target Technology Services & Chief Information Officer, Target
As the Executive Vice President of Target Technology Services and Chief Information Officer for Target, Beth Jacob leads a team of more than 8,000 technology professionals and oversees the Information Technology operations for the company’s stores, digital channels, distribution centers, headquarters locations and international facilities.
In her role, Beth has helped to introduce an entirely new and enhanced version of Target.com, and is focused on delivering the systems which will power Target's entry into Canada. Beth partners with teams across Target to provide a seamless multichannel experience and oversees the delivery of fast, reliable and innovative technology solutions. She is an advocate for comprehensive enterprise technology architecture and leads a robust development agenda for Target.
Beth first joined Dayton’s Department Stores (now Target) as Assistant Buyer in 1984. After leaving to take a leadership role in a leading financial services firm, she returned to Target in 2002 as Director of Guest Contact Centers. In 2006, she was promoted to Vice President, Guest Operations, and was promoted to her current position in 2008.
Beth balances her dedication to her work with a focus on family life and community service. You can follow Beth on Twitter @jacob_beth.
President, Global Connected Consumer
On May 1, 2012 Mary Chan joined General Motors in a newly created role as President of Global Connected Consumer. In this capacity she reports to GM Vice Chairman Stephen Girsky and has responsibility over the recently formed global Infotainment Business Unit as well as OnStar’s global business operations.
With her background in the consumer electronics/ enterprise solutions business and experience in the global wireless networks space she is driving the set up and execution of GM’s strategic global infotainment plans, OnStar’s global expansion, as well as a strong integration of all in-vehicle connectivity services and solutions across the GM vehicle brands.
Mary joins GM from Dell Inc., where she was senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Mobility Solutions & Services since 2009.
Prior to Dell, Mary held various senior executive positions at Alcatel-Lucent and Lucent Technologies Inc. as president of 4G/LTE Wireless Networks and president of Global Wireless Networks. She also spent time at AT&T Network Systems earlier in her career. In 2008, Mary was selected as the “Top Woman in Wireless” by the Fierce Wireless Industry Daily, a wireless industry trade publication.
Mary holds a M.S. and B.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University in New York.
VP, Global Marketing & Communications
Allison Cerra is Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications for Alcatel-Lucent. In this capacity, Allison oversees marketing strategy and communications, and engages with service providers around the world on go-to-market strategies for new product launches, including video, broadband and mobile services.
With more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Allison has worked in both the service provider and equipment vendor categories. She has led the marketing, sales and product strategy efforts for several new technologies, including broadband, mobile and video services.
In addition, Allison is the co-author of several books on the interplay of communications technology, identity, and end-user trends. They include the recent Transforming Business: Big Data, Mobility, and Globalization, Identity Shift and The Shift: The Evolving Market, Players and Business Models in a 2.0 World. Allison also has published several whitepapers and articles about emerging end user broadband trends and market potential for next-generation services.
A recipient of numerous industry and academic awards, Allison was recognized as Outstanding Young Alumna from Southern Methodist University in 2011, and named CMO of the Year for 2011 by the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the American Marketing Association. She was also named to both the Global Telecoms Business and Dallas Business Journal’s lists of the top 40 under 40 in 2012.
Allison holds two Bachelor degrees from the University of South Florida, and Masters of Business Administration and Telecommunications degrees from Southern Methodist University.
She is Vice Chair of the board for the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and serves on the boards of the Telecommunications Industry Association and the Institute for Communication Technology Management.
President & CEO, U.S. Cellular; 2013 CTIA Chairperson
With 26 years of experience leading consumer-driven businesses, U.S. Cellular's President and CEO Mary N. Dillon is passionate about leveraging consumer insights and customer-focused strategies to propel share gains and profitable growth. With Dillon's strategic direction, the company has focused on delivering the best wireless experience through its array of industry-first initiatives that reward loyalty and inspire customer advocacy.
Under Dillon's leadership, U.S. Cellular has accelerated its 4G LTE deployment and implemented aggressive strategies to offer high-demand devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S III. The company has expanded into new distribution channels while maintaining industry-leading customer satisfaction levels that advance the brand and drive profitability and shareholder value.
Prior to joining U.S. Cellular in June 2010, Dillon served as global chief marketing officer and executive vice president for McDonald's Corporation. She led the company's worldwide marketing efforts and global brand strategy. Prior to joining McDonald's, Dillon was president of the Quaker Foods division of PepsiCo Corporation and was responsible for business operations. She held several positions of increasing responsibility at PepsiCo, including vice president of marketing for Gatorade.
Dillon has been on the board of directors for Target Corporation since 2007. She also serves as CTIA Chairperson. In addition, she is on the board of trustees for Loyola Academy, the board of directors for Northshore University Health System and serves on the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago. She is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network. Dillon was named one of FierceWireless' "Most Influential Women in Wireless" in 2011 and 2012 and was named a "Top Woman in Wireless" by RCR Wireless News in 2012.
The Chicago native earned her bachelor's degree in marketing and Asian studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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