Ingram Micro Cloud Summit 2018 Recap
Transformational Leadership | Innovation | Education
Bill McDermott is chief executive officer of SAP, the world’s business software market leader. Since becoming CEO in 2010, Bill’s innovation-led strategy has resulted in expansive increases in customers, total revenue, market value and profitable growth. One of the most popular leaders in business, Bill’s approval rating from SAP employees on the Glassdoor website hovers around 99%. As the only American in history to lead Europe’s most valuable technology company, Bill advises world leaders and policymakers on issues including youth unemployment, digital government, and international trade policy. A member of the European Roundtable of Industrialists and the U.S. Business Council, he also serves on the boards of directors for performance apparel maker Under Armour; engineering software maker ANSYS, Inc.; and security solutions leader Dell SecureWorks.
Sanjay Poonen joined VMware in August 2013 and is responsible for worldwide sales, services, ecosystem and alliances, global marketing and communications and cross-portfolio product marketing. Previously, he was executive vice president and general manager for the End-User Computing business unit at VMware. Before VMware, Sanjay was president and corporate officer of Platform Solutions and the Mobile Division at SAP AG. During his more than seven years at SAP, he held several executive-level roles in product development and sales, including leading SAP’s Analytics, Big Data, Mobile and all industry business units, driving many solutions to industry-leading market positions. Prior to SAP, Sanjay held executive roles at Symantec, VERITAS and Informatica, and he began his career as a software engineer at Microsoft, followed by Apple.
Bob Lord is IBM’s first Chief Digital Officer, where he is missioned with unleashing IBM to empower the world – giving business leaders, developers, startups and business partners an unparalleled experience with IBM’s products and services.
Bob leads the company’s Digital Strategy & Platforms, Digital Sales & Routes to Market, Developer Advocacy and Venture Groups, Client Experience, and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) & Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) solutions.
He has a wealth of experience in leading businesses through transformation, and brings deep technical and marketing expertise to his role. Before joining IBM, Bob was President of AOL, where he oversaw the company’s unified global advertising operations and previously served as CEO of AOL’s flagship technology group, AOL Platforms – used by over 2,500 brands and agencies and over 40,000 publishers.
Prior to AOL, Bob was Global CEO of Razorfish, one of the early web design and digital agencies. He held several leadership roles at the company before becoming CEO.
As a member of the executive team for the world’s largest technology distributor and supply-chain services provider, Nimesh is responsible for designing and implementing harmonized global business practices throughout the organization and architecting world-class solutions to meet our diverse customer needs. Prior to joining Ingram Micro, he served as senior vice president of commercial operations, strategy and supply chain solutions for Tech Data Europe. In this role, he led several major transformation initiatives and spearheaded the formation of a supply chain services division. Before taking on the operations and strategy role, Nimesh held senior executive roles in information technology in the Americas and Europe, where he led major ERP, infrastructure and commerce application deployments.
As executive vice president of human resources for Ingram Micro Inc. since May 2015, Scott Sherman is responsible for the identification, development and implementation of the company’s human resources strategies in support of the organization’s global objectives. He has a successful track record of leading complex business initiatives, driving functional and operational excellence and building strong collaborative relationships. Prior to joining Ingram Micro, Scott most recently served as executive vice president of human resources and a member of the executive committee at Allergan from September 2010 to March 2015. Before Allergan, he worked at Medtronic, Inc, for 15 years, where he held positions of increased scope and responsibility, the last as vice president of Global Total Rewards and HR operations on the corporate staff.
Phil Wilmington is vice chairman at Workday, and focuses on building and expanding relationships with global customers, prospective customers, and strategic business partners, in addition to helping mentor the next generation of Workday sales leaders. Previously, from 2015 to 2018, Phil served as co-president.
Phil has more than 20 years experience in the enterprise software industry, most of which has been in executive management and leading customer-focused field operations. Prior to joining Workday, Phil served as president and chief operating officer at Tidemark Systems. Before Tidemark, he was president and CEO at OutlookSoft. Phil also previously served as co-president at PeopleSoft and held senior leadership positions at TriNet and Tesseract.
As vice president of the worldwide Internet of Things Device Experience and Mixed Reality sales team, Rodney Clark is responsible for building intelligent solutions, from edge to cloud, with the more than 9,000 ecosystem partners. In addition, he drives sales and go-to-market execution to accelerate partner solution deployment. A 19-year Microsoft veteran, Rodney has held several executive positions within the company, including general manager of the Samsung Alliance, general manager of Operations & Sales Excellence for the worldwide small, mid-market solutions and partner team, general manager and global business leader for the worldwide SMS&P public sector, general manager of Microsoft Across America, a technical sales and marketing evangelism organization. Prior to Microsoft, he spent nine years with IBM in sales, marketing and management.
Michelle Bailey is group vice president, general manager and IDC Research Fellow for IDC’s Cloud, Datacenter and Digital Transformation services. Her focus is articulating the short- and long-term impacts of emerging and disruptive technologies for enterprise IT vendors, IT professionals and cloud service providers. This includes building market models, conducting survey research and leveraging advanced data analytic capabilities to provide clients with prescriptive guidance on how digital transformation will impact their business. In addition, Michelle provides clients with recommendations on how to future-proof their organizational strategy.
Renée leads the global cloud go-to-market organization and has responsibility for the division’s organizational management as well as its strategic direction, sales growth, marketing and business development activities. With more than 25 years of business unit leadership experience, she is a driving force behind identifying and cultivating new opportunities in cloud computing for Ingram Micro. Prior to joining Ingram Micro, Renée led the $300 million IT Services Solutions business at Fujitsu America, where she oversaw the development of innovative solutions. Before Fujitsu, she headed information technology divisions at media and banking companies, was a CIO at a financial institution and was a director at a prominent international technology consulting firm.
A recognized Fortune 500 technology executive, Richard has significant experience in cloud, platforms and digital transformation. He is responsible for growing the world’s largest cloud platform business at Ingram Micro Cloud, which involves leading a team of nearly 200 people covering 250 customers in every major country around the world. Richard previously led all U.S. sales and channels at Symantec Norton Business. He was voted Young Australian Citizen of the Year in 1999 and ran with the Olympic Torch at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
As a member of the global cloud executive management team, he is responsible for all technology development, IT and datacenter operations, vendor recruiting and onboarding, product management and product marketing. Before joining Ingram Micro, Wippich served as CEO and CTO of Ensim Corporation. Prior to that, he was president and chief operating officer at Active ISP, one of Europe’s largest hosting service providers, where he pioneered Microsoft-based services on a highly scalable pan-European platform.
Previously, Wippich was executive vice president at ConnectInc.com, a high-volume e-commerce platform provider. In addition, he was vice president and general manager for the internet and embedded products division of Phoenix Technologies and Award Software, where he focused on BIOS, Firmware, System on a Chip and Web-based thin client technologies. In the early days of Acer, Wippich also held a variety of senior management positions. He attended Stanford University and Southern Oregon University.
As the global head of IoT at Ingram Micro. Ben Xaing is responsible for the overall IoT strategy, solution development and execution across the company. Not only does he work with country leaders on local execution and go-to-market, he is also responsible for strategic initiatives with HNA Group, the parent company of Ingram Micro. Previously, Xaing was director of special projects for the office of the CEO, where he advised on key strategic initiatives and M&A. He was also part of the corporate development and strategy team that was involved in numerous key M&A transactions.
Prior to Ingram, Xaing worked in Asia as head of a boutique management consulting firm based in Hong Kong focusing on IT strategy, M&A and China strategy. He was also based in Beijing and worked for the CITIC Group, the fourth largest conglomerate in China, on media & entertainment investments. Xaing holds a degree in finance and management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently on the board of directors of Sunwest Bank with headquarters in Irvine, California.
Mike Zilis serves as executive vice president and group president for Ingram Micro. In this role, he is responsible for driving the strategy and execution of Ingram Micro’s operations in Latin American, Eastern European, ASEAN and Hong Kong markets. Zilis was named to this position in July 2015 and is based in Irvine, California. In his prior role at Ingram Micro, as executive vice president – Asia Pacific, he was responsible for supporting oversight of the region’s operations, while also leading special projects for the region, including the company’s recovery program in Australia and assisting with the integration of Ingram Micro’s Middle East acquisition of Aptec. Prior to joining Ingram Micro in 2006, Zilis served as VP, Corporate Controller, for Avnet and Senior Manager – Audit Practice at Arthur Anderson.
Nir Gaist, founder and CTO of Nyotron, is a recognized information security expert and ethical hacker. He started programming at age 6 and began his studies at the Israeli Technion University at age 10. Nir holds significant cyber security experience, including serving as a security consultant to some of the largest Israeli organizations, such as the Israeli Police, the Israeli parliament, and Microsoft’s Israeli branch. He also wrote cybersecurity curriculum for the Israel Ministry of Education and for the Israel Council of Higher Education. He has vast experience in network penetration testing as well as deep knowledge in security breaches and 0-day threats. Nir holds patents for the creation of programming language used to map operating system behavior for the purposes of threat-agnostic protection.
Tim FitzGerald serves as the vice president of cloud channel sales for Ingram Micro Cloud North America. In this role he is responsible for accelerating the growth and furthering the development of Ingram Micro Cloud’s platforms, marketplace and services throughout the U.S. and Canada spanning across the IT and telecom ecosystems.
FitGerald joined Ingram Micro in July 2017. Prior to joining Ingram Micro, he served as the vice president of digital transformation for Tech Data and spent more than two decades with Avnet, leading the value-added distributor’s emerging technologies’ team and spearheading its cloud solutions business. He is a recognized industry leader and has earned the title of one of the “World’s Top MSP Experts” from MSPmentor, as well as a top 10 position in CRN’s “Top 100 U.S. Channel Services Executives” and “Cloud Computing Advocates You Should Know.”