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Thought Leader Speakers

Keynotes for Oracle CloudWorld have included the following thought leaders. To find out who is speaking in your city, please refer to the individual event agenda.

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Larry Ellison

Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer

Larry Ellison has been CEO of Oracle Corporation since he founded the company in 1977. He also races sailboats, flies planes, and plays tennis and guitar.

Mark Hurd

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Hurd is Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company's Board of Directors. He joined Oracle in 2010, bringing more than 30 years of technology industry leadership, computer hardware expertise, and executive management experience to his role with the company.

Thomas Kurian

Executive Vice President, Product Development, Oracle

Thomas Kurian is Executive Vice President of Oracle Product Development and reports to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

Bob Evans

Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, Oracle

Bob Evans is chief communications officer for Oracle Corp. He joined the company in May 2012, reporting to Larry Ellison. He oversees the company's Public Relations and Analyst Relations teams, and helps articulate Oracle's strategic directions, the wide range of business value Oracle creates for its customers and partners, the company's unique competitive advantages. Before joining Oracle, Evans was a tech-industry analyst and commentator, as well as a media/content executive. You can follow him on Twitter at @bobevansIT.

Steve Miranda

Executive Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle

Steve Miranda is Executive Vice President of Fusion application development for Oracle Corporation. He is responsible for development of Financials, HR and Payroll, Procurement, CPM, Projects, CRM, SCM, and the functional architecture group.

Rod Johnson

Group Vice President, Applications and Industries Solutions Group, Oracle

Rod Johnson is Group Vice President of Oracle's Application Business Group, which includes application product marketing, global sales support and industry solution marketing and is responsible for defining Oracle's go-to-market strategy and driving business value into all customer interactions. Mr. Johnson is focused on driving growth of our Software-as-a-Service businesses, and helping to simplify the marketing, sales and delivery of the application portfolio. His team is responsible for the GTM efforts of our Human Capital Management, Customer Experience, Enterprise Resource Planning, and Supply Chain Management product portfolios.

Arvindh Balakrishnan

Vice President Application, Application Business Group, CX, CRM, Oracle

Arvindh Balakrishnan manages the CX applications business group in Oracle. In this role, he guides and supports Oracle's CX go to market efforts across verticals globally. In previous roles in Oracle, he has managed Oracle's life sciences industry business unit, Oracle's consulting sales in life sciences, and delivery and sales of services to high tech accounts amongst others.

Meg Bear

Group Vice President, Oracle Cloud Social Platform, Oracle

Meg Bear lives and works at the intersection of people, business and technology. With well over 10,000 hours and nearly 20 years experience in Enterprise Applications she is seasoned yet optimistic. Skilled across a broad spectrum of functional domains including: Manufacturing, Financials and Human Resources in addition to technical tools, implementations and methodologies. Meg has a proven track record of on time product delivery and an industry leading return on investment. She is currently in charge of the development of the Cloud Social Platform for ORCL.

Reggie Bradford

Senior Vice President, Product Development, Oracle

Veteran technology and management executive Reggie Bradford brings more than 20 years of experience across technology, Internet and marketing sectors. Prior to joining Oracle, he was founder and CEO of Vitrue, where he developed the company into the leading provider of social marketing publishing software for global brands and agencies. Vitrue was acquired by Oracle in May 2012 and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle.

Paul Saffo

Managing Director of Foresight, and Associate Professor & Visiting Scholor in the Media-X Program, DISCERN, and Stanford University, @psaffo

Paul Saffo is a forecaster with over two decades experience exploring long-term technological change and its impact on business and society. He advises private and governmental clients worldwide, and teaches at Stanford where he is a Consulting Professor in the Engineering School, and is a Visiting Scholar in the Stanford Media-X Program. Paul writes a column on technology issues for ABCNews.com, and his essays have appeared in a wide range of publications including The Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Fortune, Wired, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New York Times and the Washington Post. He is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.

Tom Koulopoulos

Author, Futurist, President and co-founder of Delphi Group, @TKspeaks

In addition to being an Author and futurist, Thomas M. Koulopoulos is President and founder of Delphi Group, a Boston-based Think Tank and advisory firm. Delphi was Founded in 1989 and has served nearly 20,000 clients across all industries, federal and state government agencies around the world.

Ray Wang

Principal Analyst and CEO, Constellation Research, @rwang0

R "Ray" Wang currently is a Principal Analyst and CEO at Constellation Research. He previously was a founding partner and research analyst for enterprise strategy at Altimeter Group and the author of the popular enterprise software blog "A Software Insider’s Point of View". With viewership in the millions of page views a year, his blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models impact the enterprise. A background in emerging business and technology trends, enterprise apps strategy, technology selection, and contract negotiations provides clients and readers with the bridge between business leadership and technology adoption.

Dr. Harikesh Nair

Associate Professor of Marketing, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Dr. Harikesh Nair is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Using a Fortune 500 firm that implemented a state-of-the art model to better predict sales behavior, Dr. Nair will discuss how critical analytics can design far better incentive compensation schemes. At this session, you will get valuable insight into how to use metrics and data to design better compensation plans - that can help your organization grow more.

Brad Webb

Team Captain and Bowman, ORACLE TEAM USA

Professional yachtsman with 20 years experience. Six America's Cup campaigns, including four with ORACLE TEAM USA. Won the 33rd America's Cup in February, 2010 in the position of "Bowman". Won the 34th America's Cup in September, 2013 in the position of backup "Grinder" and USA 17 "Boat Captain". Founded ACsailingSF, Inc. in November, 2010 with entrepreneurial mission to bring sailing and the America's Cup to a wider audience.