Executing Business Inside & Outside of Corporate IT at New York Institute of Technology's Conference Center
An Exceptional line-up of Panelists Joined together to discuss the major elements of business in whcih CIO's today are finding themselves engaged - and how this experience leads to broader roles of impact within the corporationa and in career roles beyond.
Harry Waellessa – CEO - The W Group - Formerly President Safeguard Scientifics, Chairman of Compucom, CIO of Campbell Soup Company
Tom Gilley – CTO- Vidavee - Formerly Founder of Apple Technology Group Concept Itegration Labs, Technical Strategist Investment Banking for Compass Advisers, and Serial Entrepreneur
Allan Hackney – CIO, - Over 50 M&A Transactions for Global consumer & Commercial Lending businesses at AIG, Bank of America adn GE Capital
Martha Heller - Managing Director, ZR Group (IT Executive Recruiting), Contributing Editor to CIO Magazine
Moderator and Host:
Tom Oser – Founder/President, Oser & Company Consulting, Adjunct Faculty in Technology Management graduate studies at the Wharton School & School of Engineering at University of Pennsylvania, and Wharton Executive Education The Event:
Second in a the Series: Industry forces drive today's Chief Information Officer (CIO) and IT Executives to focus more on business, and then on technology. This panel of senior executives explored some of the 'business' issues that CIO's and IT Execs are handling, including:
M&A Due Diligence and post merger integration
Technology Investment Strategy
How CIO's effectively build and run service companies
"Intrapreneuring", venture capital and private equity
Strategic Business Planning for the business as well as IT
IT Executive attendees from diverse industries, including banking, media, Web 2.0 and software met the panelists and networked among peers both before and after the panel program.
Allan T. Hackney
Hackney is a businessman with a significant record of achievement in the
financial services industry having held senior positions with three of the
world’s largest corporations.Professionally and experientially he brings considerable knowledge and
in-depth experience to the Information Systems, Operations and Finance
functions.He has knowledge of a broad
range of broad range of global and consumer
and commercial financial services with particular depth in credit card
operations, distribution finance, and banking products.
Due diligence assessment and integration of more than fifty
international merger and acquisition transactions contributed to building GE’s
most profitable business.Mr. Hackney
developed and executed on the vision that positioned AIG's disparate consumer
finance and banking back office, call center and technical infrastructure into
a global expansion platform capable of supporting an exponentially higher
growth rate.He has also identified and
accelerated consolidation opportunities at Bank of America through practical
application of extensive GE technical and Six Sigma quality training.
Most recently, Mr. Hackney was Operations & Technology
Executive, and CIO of AIG Consumer Finance Group, Inc.Prior to this role he served as SVP –
Information Technology for Bank of America Commercial Finance.He started his career at GE where he held a
number of technical, finance and quality positions including Six Sigma Quality
Leader for GE Capital Corporate Technology and CIO – GE Capital Japan.He graduated from ColgateUniversity with a BA in Computer and
Information Science, and resides in New
Harry Wallaesa, an accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience, is currently the President and CEO of The W Group, a technology management consulting firm. The W Group is adept at providing strategic consulting, negotiating and structuring outsourcing agreements and integrating IT functions and operations. The W Group assists Fortune 500 companies to better leverage their technology investments.
Prior to The W Group, Harry was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Safeguard Scientifics (SFE – NYSE), a technology holding company. Harry also served as the Chairman of Compucom (CMPC – NASDAQ) a leading computer reseller and technology services company. Prior to joining Safeguard, Harry was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of aligne Inc., a management consulting firm.
Previous to founding aligne, Harry served as the Chief Information Officer of Campbell Soup Company. Technology innovation enabled the company to elevate in prominence as one of the premier consumer package goods companies in the world. During this period, Campbell Soup experienced its greatest period of growth and delivery of shareholder value.
He currently serves as a director of Bowne, Inc. (BNE – NYSE) and has also served as a Trustee for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Harry holds a bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University.
Thomas Gilley - CTO & Co-Founder of Vidavee, Inc. is a technologist and entrepreneur with a broad range of experience in systems architecture. In the past 20 years he has invented, patented and successfully brought to market advanced technologies for new markets. Gilley founded and managed the Apple Technology Groups Concept Integration Lab, which was responsible for IP development and rapid transition of technology to product. The lab's efforts included early networked video, peer to peer computing, QuickTime architecture and QuickTime VR systems; along with the handheld computer that started General Magic (Crystal); the handheld CD-ROM device that started Kaleida (Sweetpea); the many digital camera designs that began the Kodak relationship; and, finally, the controversial pen-based Macintosh program (Scribe, Penlight, Rosetta). Gilley's last endeavor at Apple was the management to manufacturing of the first high volume laptop computer with a track pad and pc-cards.
After leaving Apple in 1993, Gilley founded several successful start-ups: FutureTel (MPEG video broadcast equipment; the first in the category) and then PicoStar (technology investment). FutureTel invented interactive compressed video in the early 90's that became today's IPTV, PVR, web video and the basis for Vidavee. At PicoStar, Gilley incubated Super11 (the fastest growing destination portal in Brazil) and Cobalt Networks (open source server appliances, which sold to Sun Microsystems).
Coming to NYC in 2001, he led a strategic technology advisory group at COmpass Advisers, an international investment bank providing services to private equity firms and public companies in connection with M&A and investments.
Tom Oser, PhD: Oser is a strategy and management consultant for clients ranging from the
Global Fortune 500 through early stage venture capital start-ups. His clients include: Verizon, Microsoft, Bank
of Montreal, HBO, Time Warner, Mount Sinai NYU Health Services, Abbott
Laboratories, PSE&G, INTTRA, J-M Manufacturing and Pershing.
Oser’s consulting experience ranges from strategy, execution and
driving change through professional development.His professional history includes executive
roles in the telecommunications industry and consulting services and executive
leadership roles at:Ernst & Young and
Cap Gemini where he began in emerging technology consulting and eCommerce; Infosys
Consulting where he led the development of the telecommunications industry
sector management consulting practice focusing in part on Infosys’ renowned
global delivery model; and strategy consulting and scenario planning with the
strategy boutique Decision Strategies International where he served CEOs and
executive teams of global client companies.
As Chairman of the “Wharton Technology and Finance Council” a
technology special interest group of Wharton Club of New York, Oser hosts
industry speaking and panel events for Wharton community for the capital
markets and investment community interested in tech, the technology industry
sector itself, and enterprise technology managers and executives.His
firm also sponsors “The Evolving CIO Series”, a sequence of industry
professional panel events in New York
City, for IT Executive issues and development.
He has an MBA in finance and strategy from The Wharton School, and
holds a B.E. and Ph.D. in computer and information engineering from Stevens
Institute of Technology, and an MS from the Southern Methodist University.
Martha Heller is Managing Director, IT Leadership Practice, ZRG and a Contributing Editor, CIO magazine. At ZRG, Martha recruits IT executives for senior level positions across all industries and geographies.Prior to joining ZRG, Martha was co-founder and managing director of CIO magazine's CIO Executive Council, a professional organization for CIOs.
At the Council, Martha developed programs that allow CIOs to share leadership development ideas and hiring and retention best practices.She led advocacy programs to improve the IT workforce and better the standing of the CIO in the executive suite, and she ran research projects on IT staffing trends. Prior to this, Martha developed and directed the CIO Best Practice Exchange, a members-only network of CIOs from top-tier organizations, as well as CIO Select, a peer-to-peer program for IT executives.During her seven-year tenure at CIO magazine, Martha wrote a weekly column on IT leadership and led a series of executive events on IT staffing, career development, and leadership. Before joining CIO magazine, Martha was an acquisitions editor at Rutgers University Press.
Martha continues to write for and speak to CIO audiences. She contributes a monthly column on IT executive careers for CIO magazine and has been a featured speaker at the CIO Executive Summit, the United Nations, CIO Decisions, SIM, and numerous executive education events.