Oracle Modern Finance Experience 2015 Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers

Join these industry-leading speakers at the Modern Finance Experience.

Safra Catz
Safra A. Catz
Chief Executive Officer, Oracle

Safra A. Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company's board of directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company's chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle's chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as senior vice president from April to October 1999. She has served on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, since 2008.


Patrick Collison
Patrick Collison
CEO and Cofounder, Stripe

Patrick Collison is the CEO and cofounder of Stripe, the online payments company that is expanding internet commerce by making it easy to process transactions from anywhere.

Collison and his brother John started Stripe in 2010, while the former was studying mathematics at MIT. Their goal was to make accepting payments online simpler and more inclusive, after learning firsthand how difficult it was. Today, the 250-person (and growing) Stripe team powers online businesses around the world.

Prior to Stripe, Collison cofounded Auctomatic, which was later acquired by Live Current Media for $5 million in 2008. Originally from Limerick, Ireland, Collison resides in San Francisco, California, where Stripe is based.


Dave Hagan
David Hagan
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Boingo Wireless

As Boingo's CEO since 2004, David Hagan has been instrumental in setting the company's strategic course and growing it from a small startup to a public company with global impact. He is responsible for the company's vision and strategic direction. Hagan joined Boingo as president in 2001. Before joining Boingo, he served as chief executive officer for FirstSource Corp. and as president and chief operating officer of Ticketmaster Online CitySearch.

Hagan has more than 20 years experience in senior management roles in the internet and telecommunications industries in the United States and Canada. He holds an MBA from Baker University as well as a BS from the University of Kansas. He is vice chair of the Consumer Electronics Association's 2015 Executive Board.


Jeffrey O. Henley
Jeffrey O. Henley
Vice Chairman of the Board

Jeffrey O. Henley is vice chairman of Oracle Corporation. He served as Oracle's chief financial officer and an executive vice president from 1991 to 2004, and has been a member of Oracle's board of directors since 1995. Henley was chairman of Oracle from 2004 until 2014. He also serves on Oracle's Executive Management Committee.

Prior to joining Oracle in 1991, Henley served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Pacific Holding Company, a privately held company with diversified interests in manufacturing and real estate, and as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Saga Corporation, a multibillion-dollar food service company. He also served as director of finance at Memorex Corporation in its large-storage division, and as controller of international operations at Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation.

Henley is a member of the board of governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and serves on both the Chancellor's Advisory Council and the International Advisory Council of the Engineering College for the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is also a member of the board of directors of Digital Consumer Solutions, which operates a digital out-of-home signage network for retail advertisers. He serves on the advisory board of InTouch Technologies, a provider of remote-presence solutions for healthcare providers.

Henley has a BA in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA in finance from UCLA. In 2004, he received the UCLA Anderson School's Outstanding Alumnus award.


Jeremiah Owyang
Jeremiah Owyang
Founder of Crowd Companies

Jeremiah Owyang is the founder of Crowd Companies, which focuses on how large companies tap the collaborative economy, maker movement, and customer collaboration. Prior to this, he was a founding partner at Altimeter Group and an industry analyst at Forrester Research, covering social computing—the first phase of digital making and sharing.

Owyang focuses on how disruptive technologies—such as social media, mobile, and the internet of things—power the collaborative economy and impact the relevance of corporations to customers today and in the future. He is well-recognized by both the tech industry and the media for his grounded approach to deriving astute insights through rigorous research.

Owyang's site "Web Strategy" is one of the premier blogs on how corporations connect with their customers using web technologies. He is frequently quoted in top-tier publications and cited in books and press and media. Owyang was featured in the "Who's Who" in the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and his Twitter feed was named one of the top feeds by Time magazine.


The Honorable Henry M. Paulson, Jr.
The Honorable Henry M. Paulson, Jr.
Chairman, the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago; Secretary of the Treasury, 2006-2009; Former Chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs

Henry M. Paulson, Jr. is the Chairman of The Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago, which he founded in 2011 to address global issues, including efforts to strengthen the important relationship between the United States and China.

Previously, Paulson served under President George W. Bush as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury from July 2006 to January 2009. As Treasury Secretary, he was the President's leading policy advisor on a broad range of domestic and international economic issues. In February 2010, he published his first book, On the Brink, detailing his experience leading the Department of the Treasury during the global financial crisis.

Before going to the Treasury Department, Paulson had a thirty-two year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since the firm’s initial public offering in 1999. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was a member of the White House Domestic Council, serving as Staff Assistant to the President from 1972 to 1973, and as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon from 1970 to 1972.

Paulson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968 and received an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1970. He is involved in a range of conservation and environmental initiatives having served as Chairman of The Peregrine Fund, Inc., Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Nature Conservancy and was Co-Chairman of its Asia/Pacific Council. He and his wife, Wendy, have two grown children and four grandchildren.


James Richards
James Richards
CIO of Finance, GE

James Richards is the CIO–Finance for GE, based in Fairfield, Connecticut. This role was created in January 2014; Richards is responsible for enterprise and finance systems strategy, operations, and deployments across the company. He partners closely with the finance, IT, and global operations teams in driving these priorities.

Prior to his current role, Richards was the managing director of intercompany financing at GEC Treasury. He joined Treasury in 2011, and was responsible for all transactional, process improvement, and governance activities for GE Capital’s internal funding structures.

Prior to Treasury, Richards was the CFO for Franchise Finance, a business unit within GE Capital–Americas. He provided finance and operational leadership for the $12B platform, which primarily finances restaurant franchisees and limited-service hotel operators.

Richards joined GE as an FMP with the Plastics business in 1999. After completing FMP, he spent the following 6 years with GE’s corporate audit staff. After graduating as Executive Audit Manager for GE Commercial Finance, he spent the next 14 months as FP&A leader for GE Capital Solutions (predecessor of GE Capital–Americas). In 2008, he moved to Arizona to take the CFO role for Franchise.

James is a graduate of the University of Vermont.


Robin L. Washington
Robin L. Washington
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Gilead

Robin L. Washington joined Gilead in 2008 and is currently executive vice president and chief financial officer, overseeing the global finance and information technology organizations. She was previously chief financial officer of Hyperion Solutions, which was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2007. Prior to that, Washington served in a number of executive positions with PeopleSoft, most recently in the role of senior vice president and corporate controller. She previously served on the boards of directors of Tektronix, Inc. (acquired by Danaher), MIPS Technologies Inc. (acquired by Imagination), and the San Jose Children's Discovery Museum and board of visitors. She is currently a member of the boards of directors of Honeywell International, Salesforce.com, and the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.

Washington is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Pepperdine University.