CDAIT Board

Executive Advisory Board
  • Alan Atkins

    Dr. Alan Atkins

    Vice President and Global Head of Internet of Things, Wipro

    Alan’s career started nearly four decades ago as a research scientist with Raychem Corporation in England working on communications systems for high voltage environments that led to an invention that revolutionized the telecommunications business, allowing new operators to enter the scene in the new deregulated world. Being the main inventor of the technology, Alan became a founder and General Manager of Focas Ltd that would go on to commercialize the Technology, leading to the Joint venture company with Ericsson, (Erifocas AB), for which Alan took the role of President based in Sweden. During ten years at Ericsson, Alan founded another Ericsson company holding the position as President before becoming Vice President of the main stream Ericsson Technologies. After a two year assignment in the Middle East, founding and setting up Foss (Qatar) PTY Ltd, Alan returned to Sweden in 2004, entering the IT world with Logica/CGI where he was responsible for building up the M2M/IoT business. Alan joined Wipro Technologies, in early 2013, as Vice President and Global Head of IoT as part of their increased focus and investment in the IoT business. Alan was educated in the UK obtaining PhDs from London and Reading Universities as well as an MBA from London Business School. Alan also has 17 patents to his name in the areas of Electrical Engineering, Polymer Science and Telecommunications.


  • Blake Brannon

    Mr. Blake Brannon

    Vice President, Product Marketing, VMware AirWatch

    Blake Brannon serves as vice president of product marketing at VMware overseeing the overall marketing strategy for AirWatch. Brannon was one of the first employees at AirWatch responsible for building the global pre-sales engineering and product strategy team. In February 2014, VMware acquired AirWatch for $1.54 billion and now serves more than 20,000 customers. Before AirWatch, Brannon worked as a research engineer at Georgia Tech while earning his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (2005) and a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (2006). He served in the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory and the Smart Antenna Research Laboratory, focusing on wireless mobile computing and computer security.


  • Mike Dennison

    Mr. Mike Dennison

    President, Consumer Technologies Group, Flex

    Mike Dennison is President of the Consumer Technologies Group at Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX). Flex is a leading sketch-to-scale™ solutions company that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world. With more than 200,000 professionals across 30 countries and a promise to help make the world Live Smarter™, the company provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets. Since joining Flex in 1999, Mr. Dennison has served in a number of leadership roles, including most recently as Senior Vice President of Business Management for High Velocity Solutions. Additionally, he has served as Senior Vice President of Business Management for the Mobile and Consumer Segment, Senior Vice President of Consumer Digital Products, and Senior Vice President of the NOVO. Mr. Dennison also led procurement and global supply chain organizations for the company. Prior to joining Flex, he was the Regional Director at Arrow Electronics, based in New York. Mr. Dennison holds a bachelor's of arts degree in liberal arts from Oregon State University.


  • Jeff Evans

    Mr. Jeff Evans

    Chair, CDAIT Executive Advisory Board

    Jeff Evans is the Director of the Information and Communications Laboratory (ICL) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). He has extensive research experience in the communications field, in particular in broadband wireless networks and emerging mobile communication services. ICL conducts research in computer science; information technology; communication; networking; and socio-technical systems. Jeff oversees and directs research for public and private clients in various domains such as national security; emergency response; integration of health care systems; interoperability and security of interconnected systems; education and learning; technology strategy, planning, and decision support; development of public policy; and commercial product realization. ICL is home to a number of nationally and internationally recognized programs including the FalconView™ Program; the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) information exchange standards; communications research and antenna networks, both for troops and for evaluating Improvised Explosive Device (IED) countermeasures; as well as emergency management technologies. He has recently been invited to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Telecommunications. Jeff holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


  • Jeff Evans

    Mr. Douglas Guthrie

    Senior Vice President, Comcast Big South Region

    Doug is the senior executive responsible for operations, financial performance and customer experience for one of the largest regions within Comcast serving more than 2-million customers residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Doug has 30 years of experience in the communications industry, holding a variety of senior management, operations and marketing positions with Comcast and its predecessor companies, including AT&T Broadband, MediaOne and Continental Cablevision, where he began his career in Massachusetts in 1985. His previous roles include serving as the Senior Vice President for the Houston Region, Senior Vice President for Comcast’s Western New England Region, and Vice President of Advanced Services for Comcast’s former Northern Division. Doug is very involved in many industry and community organizations. He actively supports Atlanta’s Special Olympics and personally mentors three individuals. He is also a strong supporter of industry groups such as Women in Cable Telecommunications and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications. Currently, he serves as the executive champion for Comcast’s Employee Resource Group for Black Professionals. In Houston, Doug was a board advisor for the Texas Chapter of NAMIC in 2012. There, he was honored with the President’s Award for outstanding support to the growth of the organization. A native of Western Massachusetts, Doug earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Bridgewater State University.


  • Amit Jain

    Mr. Amit Jain

    Director, Strategy, Market Intelligence and Business Development, Verizon Telematics

    An industry-recognized domain expert; since 2011, Amit has been responsible for providing thought leadership and developing strategies which inform Verizon’s position and actions in “Internet of Things.” In his current role, Amit is responsible for leading strategy, market intelligence and business development functions at Verizon Telematics. Prior to joining Verizon, Amit was a Product Leader at General Electric where his team developed an award winning technology solution. He also led the M2M/IoT practice at AberdeenGroup, a technology analyst firm. Additionally, as a management consultant, Amit also provided strategic guidance to companies in the transportation and financial services sector. Amit has served on the leadership circles of Intelligent Transportation Society of America and University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center. Amit was also nominated to FCC’s Technological Advisory Committee on “Internet of Things.”


  • Brian Koster

    Mr. Brian Koster

    Vice President of Digital Excellence, Stanley Black & Decker

    Brian Koster is a veteran technology professional with experience across a wide range of technologies and vertical markets. He excels at leading complex cross functional efforts, strategic change initiatives and innovation. Brian is currently responsible for Digital Excellence across all of Stanley Black & Decker, an initiative aimed at infusing Digital into the DNA of the company. In this capacity Brian focuses on innovative business models, digital products and extending Digital into Stanley’s physical offerings. Previously, Brian was the CIO for the Construction & DIY business, the leader in Power Tools, Hand Tools and Accessories. Brian started his career at Shell Oil Company and worked in a variety of Information Technology areas including application development, infrastructure management and operations. Prior to joining Stanley Black & Decker, Brian was Executive Director at Dell Inc., leading the technology strategy, delivery and operations for Dell.com and associated mobile offerings.


  • Sebastien Lafon

    Mr. Sebastien Lafon

    VP Global Digital Business, Analytics, and Market Intelligence, Merial

    Sebastien Lafon is the Global Head of Digital Business, Analytics, and Market Intelligence at Merial (Boehringer Ingelheim) where he currently leads the digital and analytics transformation. Prior to this, Sebastien was CFO and Business controller of the Merial North America Business Operations. Sebastien also worked in the UK and France in various corporate finance, manufacturing and supply chain roles, leading projects to transform shared business services around Financial processes, inventory management business intelligence strategy¸ SOX and ERP implementation. He graduated from Group EuroMed Management in France and from the Middlesex University Business School in London, and completed his Executive Education at Harvard Business School.


  • Jim Wook Lee

    Dr. Jin Wook Lee

    Vice President, Samsung Electronics

    Dr. Jin Wook Lee has led several R&D teams for researching on Digital Convergence Technologies as a Vice President of Samsung Electronics as well as productizing standards-based technology for interoperability. Currently, he is leading a SW team focusing on developing open IoT connectivity technologies for Mobile, TV, Home Appliances, Wearable, Gateway Devices, and so on and contributing the deliverables into Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and IoTivity Project. He enjoys working with partners in IoT-related global consortia like OCF, Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), and OneM2M. He had graduated from Arizona State University with a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering in 2005. His major research topic was ®Embedded Wireless Sensor Network Protocol, which is known as a technical and use-case perspective predecessor of Internet of Things.


  • Dr. Karen I. Matthews

    Dr. Karen I. Matthews

    Manager of Technology and new Business Development, Science and Technology, Corning

    Dr. Karen Matthews, a native of Baltimore, MD, began her academic career at the US Naval Academy, received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University (1989) and a MEng (1991), a PhD in Electrical Engineering (1998) and an MBA (2007), all from Cornell University. Prior to pursuing an MBA, Karen held senior positions in Corning Incorporated’s Science & Technology Division in opto-electronic packaging and as a systems research scientist. After completing her MBA, she worked as a technology and market development manager for Corning’s Specialty Materials division. Upon returning to Science and Technology, she now works in early innovation stage markets and technologies for the optical communications sector to identify and help implement new growth opportunities. Dr. Matthews has authored several publications and patents and is a member of several technical and professional organizations.


  • Mr. Yasir Qureshi

    Mr. Chris O'Connor

    General Manager, IBM Watson Internet of Things Offerings

    Chris O’Connor is the General Manager, IBM Watson Internet of Things Offerings. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a focus on the recent maturity of device intelligence which has created a wealth of information, data, that can be arranged for operations, value, and insights. While it relies heavily on existing internet technologies, it expands in scope to include physical devices (e.g. robots, cars, home appliances), specialized protocols (e.g. Modbus, OPC, DNP3), physical analytics (e.g., pressure, temperature, torque), and a unique partner network. Chris's current responsibilities are focused on growth of this area for clients and IBM. Prior to this role, Chris was responsible for the product strategy and engineering of the IBM Tivoli Software Division in IBM and similarly for the Industry Solutions Software division around Smart Commerce and Smart Cities. His roles have involved successive responsibilities around arranging patterns of software for industry as well as IT data center value. This included a 2 year role as IBM's lead Security Products Strategist. Chris is an active member of the IBM Growth and Transformation Team and has served on the IBM Technology Team. This role reports directly to IBM's CEO and senior leaders. He has been active in the IT Industry for the past 25 years both within IBM and at other industry software providers.


  • Mr. Yasir Qureshi

    Mr. Yasir Qureshi

    Global Head of Sales and Business development, Service Provider-Internet of Things, Cisco

    With a current focus on mobility within the service provider business group at Cisco, Yasir has an extensive experience in the telecommunications industry. He started his career at AT&T in the U.S. and, later on, held a variety of senior positions from engineering to sales and business development. Yasir is a firm believer in the Internet of Things' transformational capabilities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he specialized in telecommunications and RF design, and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University with emphasis towards Finance and Marketing.


  • Brian Rose

    Mr. Brian Rose

    Senior Vice President, Infor Labs

    Brian is the Senior Vice President of the Infor Labs team at Infor. In this role, he is responsible for Infor’s Global Demo Environment, the Cloud Operations team, the Launch and Release team, the Reference Architecture team, the Performance Engineering team and the DevOps team. Brian has been with Infor for 11 years. During that time, he spent the majority of his time with the consulting services team, leading large, diverse consulting practices across numerous industries. He was responsible for consulting services for the Healthcare Industry, HCM and the Technology competency center. Brian also served as CIO at Infor from 2007 - 2010. Brian brings over twenty five years of experience in business consulting, consulting management, hosting and cloud operations, development and application managed services in the enterprise software business. He holds a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.


  • Mark Ryland

    Mr. Mark Ryland

    Chief Architect, World Wide Public Sector Team, Amazon Web Services (AWS), amazon.com

    Mr. Ryland leads a team of Solutions Architects and Professional Services Engineers who provide AWS technical evangelism, architectural guidance, knowledge transfer, and cloud implementation services to government and education customers around the globe. He is an expert in distributed systems, networking, cyber security, and identity and access management. Ryland has extensive experience in the technology industry, beginning with Microsoft Federal Systems in the USA, where he began his technical career as a Senior Architectural Engineer in 1991. He continued at Microsoft for ten years, serving in a variety of software engineering and technical marketing roles in the Systems Group. In the late 1990s he started and ran the first standards organization at Microsoft, serving as Director of Standards Strategy until 2000. Subsequently, Ryland served as CTO of two start-up companies, as well as Vice-President and Director of the Washington DC office of a Seattle-based public policy group. He rejoined Microsoft in 2008 as National Standards Officer for the USA, later switching back to an engineering role as a principal program manager in Microsoft’s identity and access team, before joining AWS. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.


  • Tim Weidenbach

    Mr. Tim Weidenbach

    Senior Vice President, Sales and Customer Operations, Landis+Gyr North America

    Tim Weidenbach serves as Senior Vice President of Sales and Customer Operations for Landis+Gyr North America. In this role, Mr. Weidenbach is responsible for leading the teams that sell, deliver, implement and support the entire portfolio of solutions Landis+Gyr offers to the utility market. He is instrumental in establishing strategy and serving as a primary customer advocate within the organization. Prior to his current role, Mr. Weidenbach served as Senior Vice President Customer Delivery, Vice President Product Management and Director of Programs for Landis+Gyr. Mr. Weidenbach has worked in the electric utility industry for twenty five years with management roles in transmission and distribution organizations and now in the Smart Grid Infrastructure industry. His experience includes direct industry experience with fifteen years at the Southern Company in leadership positions. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.


  • Mike Zeto

    Mr. Michael Zeto

    General Manager and Executive Director, AT&T Smart Cities

    Michael Zeto is the General Manager for AT&T’s Smart Cities business unit. Michael is responsible for the teams that drive the strategy, product development, business development and go to market for this emerging business unit inside of AT&T’s Internet of Things Division. Prior to that Michael was a Director of Strategy at AT&T in the Mobile & Business Solutions organization. Michael focused on technology related, organic and in-organic emerging growth opportunities for AT&T in the areas of IOT, Big Data, Consumer Engagement and Cloud technologies. Prior to this, Michael was the co-founder and CEO of Proximus Mobility, a location based consumer engagement software company. Michael has successfully served in various general management, corporate development and enterprise sales roles with technology companies throughout his career.