During the pandemic, technology had its moment, transforming the workplace, our homes, and all facets of our lives. Add to that the increased advancements and prevalence of artificial intelligence, the Metaverse, and cybersecurity, and there’s no more critical time to talk about both the benefits and challenges of this new digital frontier.
Bringing together industry thought leaders, stakeholders, CNBC journalists, and Technology Executive Council members, the 4th Annual CNBC Technology Executive Council Summit is the ideal forum to tackle these pressing issues. The half-day summit combines moderated panels, smaller interactive group discussions, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.
MORE ABOUT TEC
TEC is the premiere council of technology executives assembled exclusively by CNBC. Now in its fourth year, this CNBC editorial initiative presents an ongoing discussion focused on how companies employ breakthrough technologies to solve problems and power growth, designed to capture the collaborative spirit of successful organizations and surface best practices of transformative organizations. From corporations — public and private — to nonprofits and government entities, the CNBC Technology Executive Council comprises top tech executives who are transforming organizations by leveraging innovation and disruption.
The TEC Summit is an exclusive event for members; learn more about the TEC and apply for membership at www.cnbccouncils.com/tec.
Read more from our TEC special report on cnbc.com.
Jen Easterly is the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Ms. Easterly was nominated by President Biden in April 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 12, 2021. As Director, Ms. Easterly leads CISA’s efforts to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every day.
Before serving in her current role, Ms. Easterly was the head of Firm Resilience at Morgan Stanley, responsible for ensuring preparedness and response to business-disrupting operational incidents and risks to the Firm.
Ms. Easterly has a long tradition of public service, to include two tours at the White House, most recently as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Counterterrorism. She also served as the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the National Security Agency.
A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Ms. Easterly retired from the U.S. Army after more than twenty years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Responsible for standing up the Army’s first cyber battalion, Ms. Easterly was also instrumental in the design and creation of United States Cyber Command.
A distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ms. Easterly holds a master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the recipient of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation American Hostage Freedom Award and the Bradley W. Snyder Changing the Narrative Award.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French-American Foundation Young Leader, Ms. Easterly is the past recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship, the National Security Institute Visiting Fellowship, the New America Foundation Senior International Security Fellowship, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and the Director, National Security Agency Fellowship.
Robert Enslin is the Co-CEO of UiPath, a leading provider of enterprise automation software. Enslin joined UiPath in April 2022 to work alongside UiPath Founder and Co-CEO Daniel Dines with the goal to extend UiPath’s market leadership to meet the growing demand for automation.
Prior to joining UiPath, Enslin he served as President of Cloud Sales for Google Cloud. In that role, he led global field operations, tripling the size of the sales organization and driving Google Cloud’s growth at scale. Enslin also spent 27 years at SAP in various leadership roles across sales and operations. In his final role with SAP, Enslin served as President, Cloud Business Group and Executive Board Member, where he led the development and delivery of SAP’s portfolio of cloud apps and services.
Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin serves as the Founder and Managing Partner of Liberty Strategic Capital and chairs the firm’s Investment Committee. Liberty Strategic Capital is a Washington, DC-based private equity firm focused on strategic investments in technology, financial services and fintech, and new forms of content. The firm was founded in 2021 and has made significant investments in technology and cybersecurity companies. Prior to founding Liberty, Mr. Mnuchin served as the 77th Secretary of the Treasury from February 2017 through January 2021. As Secretary, Mr. Mnuchin was responsible for leading the U.S. Treasury, whose mission is to maintain a strong economy, foster economic growth, and create job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable prosperity at home and abroad. He was also responsible for strengthening national security by combating economic threats and protecting the U.S. financial system, as well as managing the U.S. Government’s finances. Mr. Mnuchin also oversaw Cybersecurity for the financial services sector and all Treasury bureaus including the IRS. Secretary Mnuchin played a pivotal role in shaping/advancing the Administration’s economic agenda, including the passage and implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the CARES Act. He also led the Treasury’s regulatory reform efforts. Secretary Mnuchin was chair of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and was a member of the NSC.
Joe O’Connor is the chief executive officer of 4 Day Week Global, a not-for-profit company supporting organizations from a diverse range of industries worldwide to trial or transition to reduced-hour, output-focused working.
He is leading the coordination of 4 Day Week Global's pilot programme, with over 180 employers and almost 10,000 employees from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Ireland signing up to participate in four-day working week trials in the first half of 2022 alone.
Joe is from Ireland but currently based in New York City, where he is leading a research project on work time reduction as a visiting scholar at Cornell University.
John Riccitiello currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Unity, the world’s leading platform for creating and operating interactive, real-time (RT3D) content. Riccitiello joined the company in 2014. During his tenure as Chief Executive, he has established the company’s market leadership in games, in which 72% of the top 1,000 mobile games are powered by Unity. He is also driving the company’s RT3D adoption in non-gaming industries including Film & Entertainment, Architecture, Construction, Automotive, and more.
Riccitiello also serves on the boards of Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, and the Board of Councilors for the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He was one of the early investors in Oculus Rift, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014.
Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by an advanced network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market, having been recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services. Visit business.comcast.com/.
Founded in 1911, IBM currently has a worldwide workforce of more than 360,000 people. Today the company is a leader in hybrid cloud, artificial intelligence, blockchain and quantum computing. IBM uses our deep industry expertise to transform our clients’ operations via moving mission-critical workloads to the cloud and infusing AI deep into the decision-making workflows of their businesses. The company has some 30,000 Watson client engagements across 20 different industries and helps secure 95 percent of the Fortune Global 500. IBM is working with more than 20 large consortium networks that are reshaping entire industries with blockchain. More than 100 global clients and 200,000 registered users have run over 160 billion experiments on the IBM Quantum Computation Center’s fleet of 15 quantum systems through the cloud.
Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a global technology company serving the capital markets and other industries. Our diverse offering of data, analytics, software and services enables clients to optimize and execute their business vision with confidence. To learn more about the company, technology solutions and career opportunities, visit us on LinkedIn, on Twitter @Nasdaq, or at www.nasdaq.com.
Salesforce is the #1 CRM, bringing companies closer to their customers in the digital age. Founded in 1999, Salesforce enables companies of every size and industry to take advantage of powerful technologies—cloud, mobile, social, blockchain, voice and artificial intelligence—to create a 360° view of their customers. For information, please visit www.salesforce.com.
Jared Isaacman is the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, the leader in integrated payment processing solutions. He is an accomplished pilot rated to fly commercial and military aircraft and is commanding Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian mission to space, scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021. Named Inspiration4 in recognition of the four-person crew’s mission to inspire support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and send a humanitarian message of possibility, the journey represents a new era for human spaceflight and exploration. Information on the mission and how to participate can be found on the mission website at inspiration4.com. Shift4 provides technology solutions for more than 200,000 businesses and has over a dozen offices across the U.S. and Europe and more than 7,000 partners, securely processing over $200 billion in annual payments volume. Isaacman startedthecompanyin1999 from the basement of his family’s house when he was 16 years old and has built it into an industry-leading payments technology company with over1,500employees. Over the past few years, Isaacman has orchestrated several billion dollars’ worth of strategic transactions, including the acquisition of 3dcart in late 2020 and its relaunch as Shift4Shop, resulting in the dramatic growth of the organization. In 2020, Shift4 Payments became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock ticker symbol FOUR. In 2011, Isaacman co-founded Draken International, which provides tactical aviation services for all branches of the U.S.Military, Department of Defense and global allied militaries. With a fleet of 150 tactical fighter aircraft, Draken owns and operates the world’s largest commercial fleet of ex-military aircraft to support military training objectives around the globe. Isaacman sold the company in 2019 to The Blackstone Group and remained CEO until early 2020.Isaacman holds several world records, including a Speed-Around-The-World flight to raise money and awareness for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He has flown in over 100 airshows as part of the Black Diamond Jet Team, dedicating every performance to charitable causes. He and his companies are dedicated to supporting a range of charities. As part of Inspiration4’s public outreach, Isaacman made a personal $100 million commitment to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in order to raise upward of $200 million to support the non-profit.
Kevin Mandia is CEO of Mandiant, Inc.
Leon Edward Panetta served as the 23rd Secretary of Defense from July 2011 to February 2013.
Before joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Panetta served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from February 2009 to June 2011. Mr. Panetta led the agency and managed human intelligence and open source collection programs on behalf of the intelligence community.
Secretary Panetta has dedicated much of his life to public service. Before joining CIA, he spent 10 years co-directing with his wife, Sylvia, the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay. The Institute is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit center that seeks to instill in young men and women the virtues and values of public service. In March 2006, he was chosen as a member of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan committee established at the urging of Congress to conduct an independent assessment of the war in Iraq.
From July 1994 to January 1997, Mr. Panetta served as Chief of Staff to President William Clinton. Prior to that, he was Director of the Office of Management and Budget, a position that built on his years of work on the House Budget Committee. Mr. Panetta represented California’s 16th (now 17th) Congressional District from 1977 to 1993, rising to House Budget Committee chairman during his final four years in Congress.
Early in his career, Mr. Panetta served as a legislative assistant to Senator Thomas H. Kuchel of California; special assistant to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare; director of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights; and executive assistant to Mayor John Lindsay of New York. He also spent five years in private law practice.
He served as an Army intelligence officer from 1964 to 1966 and received the Army Commendation Medal.
Secretary Panetta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a law degree, both from Santa Clara University. He was born on June 28, 1938 in Monterey, where his Italian immigrant parents operated a restaurant. Later, they purchased a farm in Carmel Valley, a place Secretary and Mrs. Panetta continue to call home. The Panettas have three grown sons and six grandchildren.
Simone Petrella is Founder and CEO of CyberVista, a cybersecurity training company that focuses on developing and providing a metrics driven approach that actually develops a qualified workforce.
Simone has spent over fifteen years in the cybersecurity industry. Prior to founding CyberVista, Simone was a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where she helped build the firm's cybersecurity practice in the commercial sector focusing on the creation of cyber fusion centers and the integration of cyber threat intelligence, security operations, and cyber defense operations into effective cyber security operations. For a decade she led the firm's all source cyber threat intelligence business in the national security and Defense sectors, where she built out a threat capability and team with in depth subject matter expertise in all aspects of cyber threat intelligence, including intelligence support to both defensive and offensive operations. Her areas of specialty included predictive cyber intelligence based on an understanding of the threat adversary and developing service offerings to integrate intelligence into exercises to provide realistic cyber scenarios. Simone received her J.D. with honors from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law and graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government and a M.A. in International Law and Policy. She is a member of Women in International Security and is admitted to the New York Bar. A native of New Jersey, she has resided in Washington D.C. since 2000.