Speakers at the CIO Decisions Conference

Phil Murphy, Principal Analyst

Forrester Research, Inc.

As a principal analyst at Forrester Research Inc., Phil Murphy provides advice to CIOs and IT managers seeking to improve the strategic planning for, and management of, application-related people, process and technology issues in large and medium-sized IT organizations. Murphy's coverage areas include strategic application planning, application portfolio management, application rationalization and integrated IT management.

Murphy's practical IT experience dates back to 1982, working with diverse organizations such as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston University, Cullinet Software, Arbella Mutual Insurance Co. and the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), where he held the top management position in NCCI's $26 million year 2000 program office. He joined Giga Information Group in 1997, and moved to Forrester after its acquisition of Giga.


Mykolas Rambus, CIO
Forbes Media

Mykolas is a recent addition to the Forbes team, the majority of his time is devoted to strategic initiatives critical to business growth, and in addition, oversight of the company’s technical strategy and operations.

Before joining Forbes, Mykolas was a Partner with KAHLEPartners, the Washington, DC-based CIO advisory firm, where he directed sales and business development activities. In addition, he has held positions as Chief Information Officer of W. P. Carey, a public Real Estate Investment Trust, Chief Executive Officer of LOBBY7, a venture capital-backed telecommunications software company, and in 2006 earned a CIO Decisions Midmarket Leadership Award.


Conference Chair

Anne McCrory, Editorial Director

CIO Decisions Media

Anne McCrory, editorial director of TechTarget’s CIO Decisions Media, develops the CIO Decisions Conference program in concert with an advisory board of esteemed technology executives and past participants. McCrory, who also directs the group’s two Web sites, SearchCIO.com and SearchCIO-Midmarket.com, was a founding editor of CIO Decisions magazine (2005-2007). She has 15 years’ IT journalism experience and has also served in business roles in marketing and strategy consulting. She holds an MBA with honors from Boston University.


George Bock, Vice President of IT

Sole Technology Inc.

George Bock is vice president of IT at Sole Technology Inc., a globally recognized leader in authentic action sports footwear and apparel with operations in the U.S., Europe and China. Bock oversees all global technology, telecommunications, development, infrastructure, disaster recovery and IT strategy for the company. He has more than 18 years' experience in IT, accounting/finance, procurement and consulting and specializes in the strategic assessment, evaluation, alignment, restructuring, deployment and governance of technology in rapidly changing IT and business environments. Bock has a diverse background spanning multiple industries including real estate and relocation, recycling and metals, systems integration, Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance, biomechanics, and footwear and apparel manufacturing and distribution.


Larry Bonfante, CIO

United States Tennis Association

As CIO of the United States Tennis Association, Larry Bonfante and his team are responsible for all IT-related services supporting 700,000 members and the US Open, the largest and most highly attended annual sporting event in the world. Bonfante’s 25-plus years of experience include 10 years at Pfizer Inc., where he served in various leadership capacities including director of global network services and director of global IT planning.

Bonfante has also held leadership positions in the financial, nonprofit and consulting industries. He serves on the boards of the Fairfield/Westchester chapter of the Society for Information Management, the Technology Managers Forum’s Futures Advisory Board and the Center for Business Information and Technologies at the University of Bridgeport. He is also a mentor and adjunct faculty member of the Columbia University Executive Masters program in Technology Management. 


Susan Cramm, Leadership Coach and Founder


Susan Cramm is a leadership coach and founder of Valuedance. She has helped pioneer the field of IT leadership coaching through her passion and gifts for developing others, as well as her keen insights regarding IT leadership, which are derived from extensive research and years serving in executive-level positions. Cramm has worked with executives from a number of Fortune Global 200 clients. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and an award-winning columnist.

Cramm is the former CFO and executive vice president at Chevy’s Mexican Restaurants, and was CIO and vice president of the information technology group and senior director for financial and strategic planning at Taco Bell Corp. She received her master's degree in management from Northwestern University, specializing in finance, marketing and quantitative methods, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University California, San Diego, summa cum laude, specializing in management and computer science.


Fernando Gonzalez, CIO

Byer California

Fernando Gonzalez is CIO of Byer California, a privately held, $400 million-plus garment manufacturer with 1,500 employees. A CIO for the past 20 years, Fernando has worked in industries from health care to aerospace to medical device manufacturing, for a variety of companies including EDS, Rand, International Rectifier Corp., Hexcel Corp. and Informix. In more than 40 years in IT, he has worked as a programmer, systems programmer, database analyst and business analyst, and held many IT management roles. He was educated at San Diego State University.


Erin Griffin, CIO

Screen Actors Guild

Erin Griffin is CIO for the Screen Actors Guild, where she serves on the strategic management team and oversees the Guild’s technology-related operations. Formerly vice president for IT and CIO at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, as well as CIO at St. John's College, she previously served in the U.S. State Department in Germany and the U.S. Navy in Japan, Italy and at the United States Naval Academy. In addition to professional and diplomatic service, Griffin has presided over and served on the boards of several industry and volunteer organizations.


Charles Kramer, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Social & Scientific Systems Inc.

Charles Kramer is a senior vice president and the chief technology officer at Social & Scientific Systems Inc., a government contractor in Silver Spring, Md., that focuses on worldwide public health issues. He has been with the company for 22 years and has more than 30 years' experience in the technology sector. Kramer is very active in the Tech Council of Maryland, on the board of directors and treasurer of Family Services Agency Inc., and on the Technology Advisory Board of Howard Community College. He also speaks to parent and civic groups on the topic of online safety for children and teens. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and an MBA.


Stephen A. Morin, CIO

TAC Worldwide Cos.

Steve Morin is CIO of TAC Worldwide Cos., a global staffing and workforce management company, where he oversees the strategy, development, planning and management of IT. Morin also plays an active role in customer acquisition and retention. He brings 25 years of experience in business and information systems innovation and transformation, as well as mergers and acquisition experience, in industries including staffing, professional services, retail/distribution, high-tech and telecommunications industries. Prior to joining TAC Worldwide in 1999, Morin served as senior director of IT at BBN and GTE Corp. (now Verizon); director of technology at CVS/pharmacy; and in IT management, systems analysis and development positions at Melville Corp., Computervision Inc. and Salomon/North America Inc. He is a sustaining executive member of the Society for Information Management and holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Salem State College. Morin also received a certificate in foreign languages at the Université de Caen, France in 1981.


Niel Nickolaisen, CIO and Director of Strategic Planning

Headwaters Inc.

Niel Nickolaisen is CIO and director of strategic planning at Headwaters Inc., an energy and building products firm. He has held technology executive (CIO) and operations executive (COO) positions, typically in turnaround roles. His wide-ranging experience includes extensive use of strategic and operational frameworks -- including one he developed -- to significantly improve the benefits and reduce the costs and risks of IT and business investments.

Nickolaisen holds a Master of Science degree in engineering from MIT and a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Utah State University. He writes the “Practical CIO” column for the CIO Leadership Network and the “Real Niel” column for SearchCIO-Midmarket.com. He is also one of the founders of Accelinnova LLC, a think tank focused on improving organizational and IT agility.


Richard Soley, Chairman and CEO

Object Management Group

Dr. Richard Mark Soley is chairman and CEO of Object Management Group Inc. (OMG), a nonprofit computer industry consortium responsible for enterprise integration standards. As chairman and CEO, Dr. Soley is responsible for the vision and direction of the OMG, which he joined as technical director in 1989. He is also executive director of the SOA Consortium, an advocacy group composed of end-user organizations, service providers and technology vendors. He has led the development of OMG's world-leading standardization process and the original Common Object Request Broker Architecture specification. In 1996 he led the effort to move into vertical market standards (starting with health care, finance, telecommunications and manufacturing) and modeling, leading first to the Unified Modeling Language and, later, the model-driven architecture. Previously Dr. Soley was a co-founder and the former chairman and CEO of A.I. Architects Inc., maker of the 386 HummingBoard and other PC and workstation hardware and software. He began his professional life at Honeywell Inc., working on the Multics operating system. Dr. Soley holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Kurt Sowa, IT Director

Deckers Outdoor Corp.

Kurt Sowa has been IT director at Deckers Outdoor Corp. since 2002. During his tenure, the fashion/sports shoe and apparel distribution company, whose brands include Uggs, Teva and Simple footwear, has enjoyed a five-fold increase in revenues. Prior to Deckers, Sowa spent three years as director of engineering at Kinko's Inc., a provider of copy and print office services. Sowa began his management career at Northrop Grumman Corp., a major aerospace company, where he managed all IT services for the Advanced Technical Design Center as the IT program director.

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