The Technology Executive Council Summit will convene TEC members to discuss digital transformation, technology leadership, and critical technology themes debated throughout the year, and will look ahead to what’s next in 2020.
TEC is the premiere council of technology executives assembled exclusively by CNBC. This is an all-new, event-led CNBC editorial initiative, presenting 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.
Summit audience includes TEC members across a wide range of industries and companies, technology stakeholders in the government and nonprofit sectors, academics, business leaders, and technology influencers. The TEC Summit is an exclusive event for members; learn more about the TEC and apply for membership.
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Nikesh Arora joined as chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks in June 2018. Before joining Palo Alto Networks, Nikesh served as president and chief operating officer of SoftBank Group Corp. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Google, Inc. during a 10-year span, including senior vice president and chief business officer, president of global sales operations and business development, and president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Google, Nikesh held the role of chief marketing officer for the T-Mobile International Division of Deutsche Telekom AG. He was chief executive officer and founder of T-Motion PLC, which merged with T-Mobile International in 2002.
Nikesh serves on the board of Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A., a public Switzerland-based luxury goods holding company, and Tipping Point, a non-profit organization that fights poverty in the Bay Area. Previously, he served on the boards of SoftBank Group Corp., Sprint Corp., Colgate-Palmolive Inc. and Yahoo! Japan, among others. He holds an M.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University, an M.S. in finance from Boston College and a B. Tech. in electrical engineering from the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University.
Mr. Cuddy joined Toromont as General Manager, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer in 1995 and became Vice President and Chief Information Officer in 2004. He held various positions previously with Ontario Hydro, Imperial Oil and Bell Mobility, and holds a BSc and an MBA, both from the University of Toronto.
Alan Davidson is Vice President of Global Policy, Trust and Security for Mozilla. He is responsible for leading Mozilla’s public policy work promoting an open Internet and a healthy web around the world. He also supervises a trust and security team promoting innovative privacy and security features that put people in control of their online lives.
Prior to Mozilla, Alan was a Senior Program Fellow with New America in Washington D.C., and a Mozilla Fellow. Until early 2017 he served as the first Director of Digital Economy at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he led the Department’s efforts on Internet and digital economy policy.
Earlier, Alan opened Google’s public policy office in Washington D.C. and scaled its policy team in the US. He led the company’s public policy and government relations efforts in North and South America for seven years. He has also held a number of public interest leadership roles, serving as Director of New America’s Open Technology Institute and early in his career as Associate Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology.
Alan holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science and a Master’s degree in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a graduate of the Yale Law School and a member of the D.C. Bar.
Michelle Garvey joined J Crew in 2016, and currently serves as Executive Vice President/Chief Information Officer. The J Crew group is an internationally recognized omni-channel retailer of women's, men's and children's apparel, shoes and accessories. The J. Crew Group makes timeless clothes that last a lifetime paired with of-the-moment styles, and as of March 20, 2019, the Company operates 202 J.Crew retail stores, 131 Madewell stores, jcrew.com, jcrewfactory.com, madewell.com, and 174 factory stores (including 42 J.Crew Mercantile stores).
Michelle graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Civil Engineering and continued at Cornell to earn her MBA at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. After starting her career with Andersen Consulting, Michelle focused on information technology roles with such iconic retailers as Brooks Brothers, Crate and Barrel, and Ann Taylor. She is a strategic and transformational digital technology executive who drives improved profitability through delivery of innovative technology solutions. Michelle prides herself on modeling collaboration across business units and functional disciplines, while motivating teams to deliver high value results the right way.
Recent Industry honors include being named by CIO Magazine to the CIO Hall of Fame, being named one of the Top 10 Women in Retail Tech by Chain Store Age Magazine, and appointment as an HMG Strategy "Top Executive to Watch" for 2019.
Michelle is an active board member of the Fairfield County Community Foundation, working to make Fairfield County (CT) an ever more vital and inclusive community where every person has the opportunity to thrive. She is a past board chair of the Unitarian Church in Westport, and a past treasurer and board member of the Wonderland Wizards Youth Hockey organization. She is active in causes encouraging STEM education and careers for girls, diversity in the workplace, and leadership development. Michelle is a frequent speaker at industry and technology events.
She has been married to Luke Garvey, a psychotherapist in private practice, since 1982. Michelle and Luke live in Connecticut, and have two adult children who live and work nearby.
Theresia Gouw is a founding Partner of Acrew Capital, an early stage venture capital firm that recently spun out from Aspect Ventures. In 2014, Theresia co-founded Aspect Ventures where she served as a Partner and led early investments in Cato Networks, Deserve, Exabeam, The Muse, Crew, ShieldX and PredictHQ. Prior to Aspect, Theresia was a Managing General Partner at Accel. Theresia been fortunate to work with many successful companies through IPOs or acquisitions including: Forescout (FSCT), Imperva (IMPV), Trulia (TRLA), Hotel Tonight (Airbnb), Astro (Slack; WORK), LearnVest (Northwestern Mutual), Jasper Design (CDNS) and Kosmix (WMT).
As an entrepreneur, Theresia was founding VP of Business Development and Sales at Release Software, a venture-backed company that provided SaaS to enable digital rights management and payment technologies for the software industry. Earlier, she worked at Bain & Company and as a product manager at Silicon Graphics. Theresia graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and received her MBA from Stanford University.
Theresia is a first-generation immigrant and a passionate supporter of educational causes and increasing diversity in the tech industry. Theresia was named to Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list, has been recognized 8 times on the Forbes Midas List, including 2019, was named one of the 40 most influential minds in tech by Time Magazine, as well as being named to the Carnegie Corporation’s annual Distinguished Immigrants list.
Brad Keywell is a lifelong entrepreneur and co-founder of seven technology companies, a cultural curator of innovation platforms, and a philanthropist. Brad was named the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2019. He is the founder and CEO of Uptake Technologies, an Industrial AI software platform harnessing predictive analytics to deliver outcomes of increased productivity, reliability, safety, and cybersecurity to global industry.
Uptake was named “Startup of the Year” in 2015 by Forbes, has been a CNBC Disruptor for three years (2019, 2018, 2017), and was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.
Imran Khan is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Verishop, an e-commerce company built with the mission to help its brand partners thrive. Prior to that, Imran served as Snap Inc.’s Chief Strategy Officer, where he oversaw the company’s corporate strategy, revenue generation, business operations and partnerships. Under his leadership, Snap’s annual revenue run rate increased to $1.2 billion from zero in less than four years.
Previously, Imran was a Managing Director and Head of Global Internet Investment Banking at Credit Suisse where he advised on more than $45 billion-worth of Internet M&A and financing transactions. Before joining Credit Suisse, Imran held the role of Managing Director and Head of Global Internet Research at JPMorgan Chase.
Megan joined DuckDuckGo in 2018 to expand its public policy efforts. She has focused on Information, Internet, Innovation, and Intangibles for almost 25 years as a corporate counsel, litigator, lobbyist, and regulator for startups, established companies, non-profit organizations, trade associations, and government agencies. In the privacy arena, Megan has led several ground-breaking projects, including the first case alleging violation of a FTC Consumer Privacy Consent Order (Google/Safari, $22.5 million settlement) and the first lawsuit against a leading Internet company for privacy violations (AquaCool v. Yahoo). As a Fellow at Stanford's Center for Internet & Society, Megan recently published a detailed analysis of FTC Privacy "Audits." Megan resides in Washington, DC with two great kids, too much email, and too little patience.
Andrew Ng is Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Landing AI; Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Coursera; and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. He was previously VP & Chief Scientist of Baidu.
In 2011 he led the development of Stanford University’s main MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform and also taught an online Machine Learning class to over 100,000 students, leading to the founding of Coursera. Ng’s goal is to give everyone in the world access to a great education, for free. Today, Coursera partners with some of the top universities in the world to offer high quality online courses, and is the largest MOOC platform in the world.
Ng also works on machine learning with an emphasis on deep learning. He founded and led the “Google Brain” project which developed massive-scale deep learning algorithms. This resulted in the famous “Google cat” result, in which a massive neural network with 1 billion parameters learned from unlabeled YouTube videos to detect cats. More recently, he continues to work on deep learning and its applications to computer vision and speech, including such applications as autonomous driving.
Jon Fortt is co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk Alley" (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET) broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. Previously, he was an on-air editor based at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Fortt joined CNBC as technology correspondent in July 2010, working from CNBC's Silicon Valley bureau where he covered the companies, start-ups and trends that are driving innovation in the industry. He also contributes to CNBC.com.
He came to CNBC from Fortune magazine, where as a senior writer he covered both large technology companies— such as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft—and trends, including cloud computing and the smartphone revolution.
Before joining Fortune in 2007, Fortt was a senior editor at Business 2.0magazine where he produced the "What Works" section.
From 1999 to 2006, Fortt wrote and edited at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's hometown newspaper. There he contributed to several efforts that won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
As a personal technology writer, his coverage duties included Apple, Palm and Adobe. He also served in roles outside the business department, covering education, editing local news and developing technology strategy. As the newspaper's senior Web editor, he helped develop a blog and podcast network, managed the creation of multimedia projects and served on the board of the Associated Press Managing Editors.
Fortt graduated from DePauw University as a Media Fellow, with a B.A. in English.
Follow Jon Fortt on Twitter @jonfortt. Listen to his podcast, Fortt Knox.
Tyler Mathisen co-anchors CNBC's "Power Lunch" (M-F, 1PM-3PM ET), one of the network's longest running program franchises. He is also Vice President, Events Strategy for CNBC, working closely with the network's events team to grow the rapidly expanding business.
Previously, Mathisen was co-anchor of "Nightly Business Report," an award-winning evening business news program produced by CNBC for U.S. public television. In 2014, NBR was named best radio/TV show by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). Since joining CNBC in 1997, Mathisen has held a number of positions including managing editor of CNBC Business News, responsible for directing the network's daily content and coverage. He was also co-anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell."
Mathisen has reported one-hour documentaries for the network including "Best Buy: The Big Box Fights Back," "Supermarkets Inc: Inside a $500 Billion Money Machine" and "Death: It's a Living." Mathisen was also host of the CNBC series "How I Made My Millions."
Prior to CNBC, Mathisen spent 15 years as a writer, senior editor and top editor for Money magazine. Among other duties, he supervised the magazine's mutual funds coverage, its annual investment forecast issue and its expansion into electronic journalism, for which it won the first-ever National Magazine Award for New Media in 1997.
In 1993, Mathisen won the American University-Investment Company Institute Award for Personal Finance Journalism for a televised series on "Caring for Aging Parents," which aired on ABC's "Good Morning America." Mathisen served as money editor of "GMA" from 1991 to 1997. He also won an Emmy Award for a report on the 1987 stock market crash that aired on New York's WCBS-TV.
A native of Arlington,Va., Mathisen graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia.
Ylan Q. Mui is CNBC’s Senior Congressional Correspondent based at the network’s bureau in Washington, D.C., reporting on Capitol Hill and economic policy. She also plays a key role covering the power struggle between Big Tech and Washington as they continue to debate on Capitol Hill. Her reporting appears on television and CNBC’s digital platforms. Mui joined CNBC in February 2017 as a reporter focusing primarily on economic and regulatory policy.
Prior to CNBC, Mui spent nearly 15 years at The Washington Post, most recently as White House economic policy correspondent. She previously covered the Federal Reserve and the macroeconomy, subprime lending, consumer finance, retail and education. In addition, Mui reported on major international stories, including the Greek financial crisis and Brexit, as well as national disasters such as the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina.
Mui began her career as a receptionist and obituary writer at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where she was born and raised.
Mui graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with a major in communications and a double minor in biology and philosophy. She is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, where she is a past vice president of the Washington, DC chapter. She is also a graduate of AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program.
Kate Rogers joined CNBC in September 2014 as a reporter based at the network's Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Rogers covers small business and entrepreneurship for the network appearing on CNBC's Business Day programming and providing daily stories and videos to CNBC.com. She will also contribute to the network's overall markets coverage.
Previously, Rogers was a personal finance and small business reporter for FOX Business and FOXBusiness.com. While there, she reported across FBN's and FOX News' daily programming. She also created and hosted a web series on entrepreneurship and startups called "Growing Your Business" for FOXBusiness.com.
Prior to FBN, Rogers was a reporter at the Nonprofit Times covering the business aspect of nonprofit management, and was an editor at the Union County Local Source.
Rogers holds a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Women's Studies from the University of Delaware.
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