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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 is executive chairman of Oracle Corporation and chief technology officer. He was CEO of Oracle from 1977, when he founded the company, until September 2014. 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.

Jeffrey O. Henley

Vice Chairman of the Board, Oracle

Henley was Oracle's Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Vice President from March 1991 to July 2004, and he has been a member of Oracle's Board of Directors since June 1995. He was Chairman of Oracle from January 2004 until September 2014. He also serves on Oracle's Executive Management Committee.

Thomas Kurian

President, Product Development, Oracle

Thomas Kurian is president of Oracle product development and reports to Oracle executive chairman and chief technology officer Larry Ellison.

Bob Evans

Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, Oracle

Bob Evans is chief communications officer for Oracle. He joined the company in May 2012, reporting to Larry Ellison. Evans 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, and 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.

Shawn Price

Senior Vice President, Global Cloud Go-to Market and Product Business Groups, Oracle

Shawn Price is senior vice president, Global Cloud Go-to-Market for Oracle. Price is a proven leader in building and transforming cloud companies at scale on a global basis. His 20-plus years of experience include leading several companies from founding to successful IPO. Most recently Price was the president of SuccessFactors Cloud and his responsibilities expanded to manage all of the SAP cloud portfolio, reporting to the SAP Board of Directors.

Steve Miranda

Executive Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle

Steve Miranda is executive vice president of Oracle Fusion Middleware application development for Oracle. 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. Johnson is focused on driving growth of Oracle’s software-as-a-service businesses, and helping to simplify the marketing, sales, and delivery of the application portfolio. His team is responsible for the go-to-market efforts of Oracle’s 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 customer experience (CX) applications business group at Oracle. In this role, he guides and supports Oracle's CX go-to-market efforts across verticals globally. In previous roles in Oracle, Balakrishnan 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, among 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. She is skilled in a broad spectrum of functional domains including manufacturing, financials, and human resources in addition to technical tools, implementations, and methodologies. Bear 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 Oracle Cloud Social platform.

Reggie Bradford

Senior Vice President, Product Development, Oracle

Veteran technology and management executive Reggie Bradford brings more than 20 years of experience across the technology, internet, and marketing sectors. Prior to joining Oracle, Bradford 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 Scholar in the Media-X Program, DISCERN, and Stanford University, @psaffo

Paul Saffo is a forecaster with more than 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 University, where he is a consulting professor in the School of Engineering, and is a visiting scholar in the Stanford Media-X Program. Saffo 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 cofounder 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 and 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, 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

Brad Webb is a professional yachtsman with 20 years experience, including six America's Cup campaigns, four of those with ORACLE TEAM USA. The team won the 33rd America's Cup in February, 2010, with Webb in the position of bowman. In the 34th America's Cup in September, 2013, Webb was in the position of backup grinder and USA 17 boat captain. Webb founded ACsailingSF, Inc. in November, 2010, with the entrepreneurial mission to bring sailing and the America's Cup to a wider audience.

Alan Lepofsky

Vice President and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research

With almost two decades of experience in the software industry, Lepofsky helps organizations understand how to develop, purchase, and implement collaboration solutions. Rather than evangelizing how social software can change the way people work, he instead focuses on how organizations can improve their existing business processes by providing access to the colleagues, content, and communities that can help people get their work done more effectively. His research agenda around the future of work includes digital proficiency, innovation, purposeful collaboration, social task management, collaborative innovation, next-generation content creation and sharing, gamification, and social analytics.

David Rock

CEO, NeuroLeadership Institute

Dr. David Rock coined the term ‘Neuroleadership’ and is the Director of the NeuroLeadership Institute, a global initiative bringing neuroscientists and leadership experts together to build a new science for leadership development. With operations in 24 countries, the Institute also helps large organizations operationalize brain research in order to develop better leaders and managers.

Jacqui Grey

Managing Director, Neuroleadership Institute Europe

Jacqui and her team represent the Neuroleadership Insitute in Europe. The Neuroleadership Institute is a global organization with 38 offices across 24 countries, specializing in research, education and leadership solutions to top FTSE companies. In addition to advising and training, Jacqui is an expert on building resilience in 21st Century organizations through the application of Neuroscience.

Mike Brown

Principal, Deloitte Consulting

Mike’s focus at Deloitte Consulting is helping clients make the most of their technology investment and enabling them to run their businesses more effectively, whether it’s implementing an advanced, enterprise application infrastructure or establishing enterprise-wide solutions for systems integration and business intelligence.

Abbie Lundberg

President Lundberg Media, Contributing Editor Harvard Business Review

Abbie Lundberg is a business technology analyst, writer and professional speaker with 25 years’ experience reporting and commenting on the use of technology in business.

Russell Pearson

Global Oracle Alliance Leader at PwC

Russell Pearson leads the US and Global Oracle practice for PwC. He has over 20 years of experience serving clients both in Europe and the United States, as they have undertaken large scale business transformation projects. Mr. Pearson has specific experience in ERP implementation, revenue cycle and finance function process design and implementation, cost analysis, and enterprise performance management.

Patrick Benson

CIO, Ovation Brands

Patrick leads all technology, roadmap, innovation, and go-to-market solutions for Ovation Brands corporate and restaurant operations, recently completing a successful enterprise-wide migration to Oracle HCM Cloud, Oracle ERP Cloud, and Oracle/Micros Simphony.

Michael Pearl

US Technology Consulting Leader - TICE Industries / Global Cloud Computing Leader at PwC

Mike serves as PwC's US Cloud Computing Leader and a leader of PwC's Digital Transformation initiatives

John Rymer

Vice President, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research

John serves Application Development & Delivery (AD&D) Professionals. He is a leading expert on enterprise middleware. Included in his coverage are the Java application servers from IBM, Red Hat JBoss, and Oracle, as well as Microsoft's .NET platform and SharePoint.

Terry Young

CEO, sparks and honey

Terry is the Founder and CEO of sparks & honey – a new agency model that helps organizations bring the future to the present. By leveraging the power of culture, sparks & honey open minds and create possibilities in the now, next and future.