Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers

At Oracle OpenWorld, you’ll meet the minds behind the breakthrough ideas that are changing the world. Get inspiration from the thought leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and shapers of the future who are changing the face of business as we know it. They’ll give you insights that can revolutionize your organization, markets, customers—and perhaps even society itself.

Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer, Oracle

Keynote

Larry Ellison is chairman of Oracle Corporation and chief technology officer. He founded the company in 1977 and served as CEO until September 2014. He also races sailboats, flies planes, and plays tennis and guitar.

Safra Catz

Safra Catz

Chief Executive Officer, Oracle

Oracle Leaders Circle

Safra 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 served on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, from 2008 through 2015.

Dr. Vishal Sikka

Dr. Vishal Sikka

Founder and CEO, Vianai Systems, Inc.

Oracle OpenWorld

Dr. Vishal Sikka is the Founder and CEO of Vianai Systems, a startup based in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides advanced technological software and services in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to large companies around the world. Dr. Sikka also serves on the Supervisory Board of the BMW Group and on the Advisory Council for the Stanford Institute for Human-centered AI (HAI).

Dr. Sikka is especially known for his championship of technology as an amplifier of human potential and his passion for applying software in purposeful ways to address some of the biggest global challenges. His experience includes research in artificial intelligence, intelligent systems, programming languages and models, and information management—at Stanford University, at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and as the founder of several startups.

Dr. Sikka has a distinguished background in the field of Artificial Intelligence. His Ph.D. was in AI from Stanford University. Prof. John McCarthy, known as the father of AI, was the head of his qualifying exam committee. Vishal’s thesis was on integrating multiple “specialist” AI techniques into general-purpose reasoning, a foundational problem in AI that is a glaring weakness of current AI techniques. In addition to his Ph.D. from Stanford, he has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Queensland in Australia. Dr. Sikka is an adjunct professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and an adjunct professor of Computer Science at East China Normal University in Shanghai. He also has served as the co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s council on AI & Robotics.

Ian Bremmer

Ian Bremmer

President and Founder, Eurasia Group

Oracle OpenWorld

Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including Time magazine, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. Dubbed the “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, he teaches classes on the discipline as global research professor at New York University. His latest book, Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World, hit shelves in May 2015.

In 1998, Bremmer established Eurasia Group with just US$25,000. Today, the company has offices in New York, Washington, and London, as well as a network of experts and resources in 90 countries. Eurasia Group provides analysis and expertise on how political developments and national security dynamics move markets and shape investments across the globe. As the firm’s president and most active public voice, Bremmer advises leading executives, money managers, diplomats, and heads of state.

Bremmer is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets—he created Wall Street’s first global political risk index (GPRI)—and for establishing political risk as an academic discipline. His definition of emerging markets (“those countries where politics matter at least as much as economics for market outcomes”) has become an industry standard. G-Zero, his term for a global power vacuum in which no country is willing and able to set the international agenda, is widely accepted by policymakers and thought leaders.

Bremmer actively discusses the intersection between politics and markets in speeches and the media. He has published nine books including the national bestsellers Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World and The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? He is a regular columnist for the Financial Times A-List, and has written hundreds of articles for many leading publications. He appears regularly on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, CNN, the BBC, and other networks.

Bremmer earned a PhD in political science from Stanford University in 1994 and was the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. In 2007, Bremmer was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, where he is the founding chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk. He is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and serves on the President’s Council of the Near East Foundation, the Leadership Council for Concordia, and the Board of Trustees of Intelligence Squared.

Bremmer grew up in Boston and currently lives in New York and Washington.

Annette Rippert

Annette Rippert

Senior Managing Director – Accenture Technology, North America

Oracle OpenWorld

Annette leads Technology in North America. She is responsible for driving the growth of Accenture Technology’s largest market by helping clients achieve digital transformation, anticipate technology trends, transform through technology, and innovate at scale. Annette is accountable for defining the Technology growth and innovation strategy, shaping key offerings, and leading Accenture’s growing team of technology professionals across North America.

With a continuous focus on rotating our clients and our people to the NEW, Annette leads North America programs for Intelligent Platform Services, Intelligent Software Engineering Services and Intelligent Automation Services, which include a complex ecosystem of platform businesses such as Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Salesforce, Google, Amazon and Workday. Annette is a frequent speaker on topics of technology, innovation and leadership, and is passionate about championing women in tech and STEM education. She is a member of the North America Leadership team, Accenture Global Leadership Council, as well as Accenture’s Technology Executive Council.

Prior to this role, Annette has held numerous leadership positions across Accenture, including Atlantic Client Service Group Lead for Accenture’s Communications, Media and Technology (CMT) operating group; Accenture Federal Services (HPS) Technology Lead for Applications and Cloud; Accenture’s Global Network Service Line Practice Lead; Accenture’s Cable Industry Practice Lead, Accenture’s Communications Industry Mobility Practice Lead; and numerous Client Account Lead roles. These roles have included responsibility for top-level client relationships, technology innovation, investment strategies, alliance partnerships, market positioning and talent development, as well as sales, delivery, client satisfaction and business performance.

In 2017, Annette was honored by Women in Technology with an award for leadership in the corporate large market sector. Recognized for her extraordinary vision, talent and mentorship in the field of technology, the award celebrates the accomplishments of women who are leading the way in the technology industry.

Annette was recognized with a 2018 Women of Excellence Award from the National Association for Female Executives for her work as a STEM champion for women and girls in technology.

Annette earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at Northwestern University and her Masters of Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Today she serves on the McCormick Advisory Council for the Northwestern School of Engineering.

Atri Kalluri

Atri Kalluri

Senior Advocate, Response Security and Data Integrity, U.S. Census Bureau

Oracle OpenWorld

Atri Kalluri, as the Senior Advocate for Response Security and Data Integrity, is responsible for coordinating a unified approach to securely managing census operations and systems, and related communication. Atri has over 24 years of experience leading Information Technology programs and projects, first in the commercial sector, then in the federal government. Atri is a proven technology leader and innovator with a track record in implementing enterprise solutions in support of national programs and initiatives. He successfully delivered many critical IT systems in his career starting with the satellite data calibration and processing system for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s polar satellites, to the modernized and one of the world’s largest geospatial systems, the Master Address File (MAF)/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER) system, and most recently, systems and solutions in support of various decennial census tests and the 2020 Census. Atri has been with the Census Bureau since 1996, and supported multiple decennial censuses starting with the 2000 Census. He led the crucial geospatial production operations management effort for the 2010 Census, and successfully produced and delivered scores of address extracts and over 17 million maps for field operations. He led the development of solutions, systems, and services that are playing a critical role in the creation and dissemination of authoritative data.

Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries

Former Stockbroker, Economist, TV Host

Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Leaders Circle

Former Merrill Lynch stockbroker turned author and Keynote Speaker, Mark Jeffries, has become a trusted adviser and communications consultant to some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations. He speaks at and moderates conferences, summits, sales meetings, user forums and conventions all over the world for clients including IBM, Ernst & Young, SAS, HP, Zurich Insurance, Gartner, Microsoft, Royal Bank of Canada, Deltek & Bank of America.

Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice

Pro Football Hall of Famer

Oracle OpenWorld

Hall of Fame wide receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion Jerry Rice is widely regarded as the best wide receiver to ever play in the National Football League, and arguably the greatest player of all time. During his 15-year career with the San Francisco 49ers, Rice won three Super Bowls (Super Bowl XXIII (’88), Super Bowl XXIV (’89) and SB XXIX (’94)) and one Super Bowl MVP. He enjoyed three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, including a Super Bowl appearance and one season with the Seattle Seahawks before retiring in 2005. Rice was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in January 2010, his first year of eligibility.

Mick Ebeling

Mick Ebeling

CEO & Founder, Not Impossible Labs

Oracle OpenWorld

Most recently named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders, a recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. As a career producer and filmmaker and now founder and CEO of Not Impossible, Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world.

His mantra of “commit, then figure it out” allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing accessibility for all. This unconventional approach brought to life highly acclaimed initiatives—the EyeWriter, Project Daniel, Don's Voice and most recently Music: Not Impossible—that brought the ability to draw back to a paraplegic street artist, 3D-printed arms to Sudanese amputees, a ‘voice’ to an ALS patient who hadn’t spoken in 15 years, and wearables that let deaf and hearing people alike feel music in a “surround body” experience.

Named one of Wired's ‘Agents of Change’, a two-time SXSW innovation of the year award winner, a two-time Tribeca Disruptor innovation winner, a fellow with The Nantucket Project, and recipient of every major creative and advertising award, Ebeling is on a mission to provide “Technology for the Sake of Humanity.”

Kate Darling

Dr. Kate Darling

Leading Expert in Social Robotics and MIT Media Lab Research Specialist

Oracle OpenWorld

A leading expert in robot ethics, Dr. Kate Darling is a research specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Dr. Darling explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Dr. Darling’s writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades.

Forever interested in how technology intersects with society, she has a background in law and economics as well as intellectual property. Dr. Darling has researched economic incentives in copyright and patent systems and has taken a role as intellectual property expert at multiple academic and private institutions. Named one of the “Women in Robotics You Need to Know About” by Robohub, she currently serves as intellectual property policy advisor to the director of the MIT Media Lab.

Her passion for technology and robots has led her to interdisciplinary fields. After co-teaching a robot ethics course at Harvard Law School with Professor Lawrence Lessig, she increasingly works at the intersection of law and robotics, with a focus on legal and social issues. Kate is a former fellow and current affiliate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and a former fellow at the Yale Information Society Project and is also an affiliate at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

Kate’s work has been featured in Vogue, The New Yorker, The Guardian, BBC, NPR, PBS, The Boston Globe, Forbes, CBC, WIRED magazine, Boston Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, Die Zeit, The Japan Times, and many more major publications and outlets. She is a contributing writer to Robohub and IEEE Spectrum and speaks and holds workshops covering some of the more interesting developments in the world of robotics, and where we might find ourselves in the future.

Kate graduated from law school with honors and holds a doctorate of sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and an honorary doctorate of sciences from Middlebury College. In 2017, the American Bar Association honored her legal work with the Mark T. Banner award in Intellectual Property. She was also recognized in 2017 as a “Radar Thinker” by Thinkers50. She is the caretaker for several domestic robots, including her Pleos Yochai, Peter, and Mr. Spaghetti.

Julian Guthrie

Julian Guthrie

Journalist, Author

Oracle OpenWorld

Julian Guthrie is a best-selling author, keynote speaker and journalist. She is the author of three books, including two national best sellers. Her latest book, Alpha Girls, is the untold story of pioneering women in Silicon Valley. Described as Hidden Figures meets The Social Network, Alpha Girls—is the story of the real unicorns of Silicon Valley. The women who bucked the system and found ways to survive and thrive in the cutthroat, high-stakes, male-dominated world of Silicon Valley.

As a journalist for twenty years at the San Francisco Chronicle, she won numerous awards, including the Best of the West Award and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Public Service Award. Her feature writing and enterprise reporting were nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize. Her articles have also been published by The Wall Street Journal, Time, Salon.com, Forbes, and The Huffington Post.

Stephen Young

Stephen Young

Senior Partner, Insight Education Systems

Oracle OpenWorld

Stephen Young is the Senior Partner of Insight Education Systems, a management consulting firm specializing in leadership and organizational development services. As a recognized leader and foremost expert in this field, Mr. Young frequently consults with senior executives and management teams of Fortune 500 companies.

Juan R. Loaiza

Juan R. Loaiza

Executive Vice President, Mission-Critical Database Technologies, Oracle

Oracle OpenWorld

Juan Loaiza is executive vice president of mission-critical database technologies at Oracle; he reports to Oracle Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. Loaiza is responsible for leading product strategy, product development, and product management for the world’s leading transaction processing and engineered systems technologies, in the public cloud and on premises.

Loaiza holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1988, he left the MIT doctoral program to join the Oracle Database engineering team and has been an innovator in database technologies ever since.

Tracy Edwards

Tracy Edwards

MBE, Round the World Sailor and Social Activist

Oracle OpenWorld

Tracy was expelled from school at the age of 15 and with no exams or qualifications she left to travel the world. She began working on charter yachts in Greece at the age of 17 and learned how to sail. Tracy took part in her first Whitbread Round the World Race as cook aboard ‘Atlantic Privateer’ in 1985/86 becoming the first woman to race around the world on a Maxi.

Upon completion she decided to enter the first all-female crew in the 1989/90 Whitbread and ‘Maiden’ crossed the start line on 2nd Sept 1989 and sailed into the history books. ‘Maiden’ went on to win two of the legs and came second in class overall. The best result for a British boat since 1977 and the best result for an all-female crew ever. Tracy was awarded the MBE and became the first woman in its 34 year history to be awarded the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy.

Duncan Wardle

Duncan Wardle

Founder of iD8 & innov8 and former Head of Innovation and Creativity, Walt Disney Resorts

Oracle OpenWorld

As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan Wardle and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Parks innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe.

As founder of iD8 and innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience to audiences around the world using a unique approach to design thinking that not only places the end user at the core of the creative thinking process but also looks in new and usual places to uncover insights for innovation, helping people capture unlikely connections and leading to fresh thinking and disruptive ideas.

Delivering a series of keynotes, workshops, and ideation forums, his unique design thinking process helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA.

Wardle is a multiple Ted X speaker and contributor to Fast Company magazine. He teaches master classes at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and the University of Florida. In 2008 he received the American Citizen of Choice Award at the White House. In 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh University in Scotland. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award, presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Andrew Mendelsohn

Andrew Mendelsohn

Executive Vice President, Oracle Database Server Technologies, Oracle

Solution Keynote

Andrew Mendelsohn is executive vice president for database server technologies at Oracle. He is responsible for the development and product management of Oracle’s family of database products, including Oracle Database, Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database, Oracle Berkeley DB, and Oracle NoSQL Database. In addition, Mendelsohn is also responsible for Oracle Database Cloud services including Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud and Oracle Autonomous OLTP Database Cloud, and for engineered systems such as Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, and Oracle Big Data Appliance.

Mendelsohn has been at Oracle since 1984. He began his career at Oracle as a developer on Release 5.1 of Oracle Database. Prior to joining Oracle, he worked at HP and ESVEL.

Mendelsohn holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University and performed graduate work in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Steve Miranda

Steve Miranda

Executive Vice President, Applications Product Development, Oracle

Solution Keynote

Steve Miranda is executive vice president of Oracle Applications product development. He is responsible for leading all aspects of product strategy, product development, and product delivery for the entire portfolio of Oracle Applications and related services. Miranda’s primary focus is on delivering the industry’s most complete, proven, and innovative set of cloud solutions encompassing enterprise resource planning; supply chain, human capital, and enterprise performance management; customer experience; and Oracle Data Cloud applications.

Miranda joined Oracle in 1992 and has held a variety of leadership positions within the development organization. In 2007 he was asked to lead the engineering of Oracle’s next-generation suite of software applications, Oracle Fusion Applications. Under his leadership, Oracle has delivered on its promise to help applications customers innovate and remain competitive while leveraging their existing IT investments and increasing the value of those investments with new Oracle products and services.

Prior to Oracle, Miranda worked at GE Aerospace. He holds degrees in mathematics and computational sciences from Stanford University.

Rob Tarkoff

Rob Tarkoff

Executive Vice President and General Manager, CX Cloud, Oracle

Solution Keynote

Rob joined Oracle in 2018 as EVP, leading CX Cloud product and strategy across marketing, sales, commerce, and service. His goal is to build products that help companies succeed in the Experience Economy. In this new paradigm, the customer experience is paramount; inseparable from the value of the good or services a company provides. And at its helm are today's consumers, driving innovation and pushing the boundaries.

Rob spent the last 15 years focused on the customer experience, developing products for both large and early-stage companies. Most recently, as President and CEO of Lithium Technologies, Rob created the leading software in online communities. Prior to that, he ran the Digital Enterprise business for Adobe. Rob brings an outside-in perspective to Oracle and to each project, realizing that the way we and our customers work is rapidly changing, pushing us to adapt and transform in ways we never even imagined.

Edward Screven

Edward Screven

Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle

Solution Keynote

Edward Screven is chief corporate architect at Oracle. Reporting to Executive Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Larry Ellison, he drives technology and architecture decisions across all Oracle products to ensure that product development is consistent with Oracle's overall strategy. An Oracle veteran since 1986, he is responsible for Oracle’s open-source businesses, including Linux, virtualization, and MySQL. Screven also leads company-wide strategic initiatives, including industry standards and security.

T.K. Anand

T.K. Anand

Senior Vice President, Analytics, Oracle

Solution Keynote

T.K. Anand is Senior Vice President, Analytics at Oracle Corporation, reporting to Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. He is responsible for the Analytics product strategy and portfolio which includes Oracle Analytics Cloud, Oracle Business Intelligence and Fusion Analytics Warehouse.

Prior to joining Oracle in 2018, T.K. spent over 20 years at Microsoft Corporation working on a number of products and services including SQL Server, Power BI, Azure data services and Excel. Most recently, he was General Manager and Partner Director of Engineering in the Cloud & AI Division at Microsoft where was responsible for Business Intelligence products including Power BI and SQL Server Analysis & Reporting Services.

T.K. has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He also has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, Canada where his research focused on database systems.

Matt Bradley

Matt Bradley

Senior Vice President, Development for Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Oracle

Oracle OpenWorld

Matt Bradley is currently the Senior Vice President, Development for Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) at Oracle, responsible for delivering both PaaS/SaaS based solutions as well as for the more traditional on premise based deployments. He is an experienced executive with global hands on experience running large and small teams in product strategy and engineering. Matt joined Oracle in 2007 as part of Oracle's Hyperion acquisition. As a Vice President of Product Development at Hyperion, Matt helped lead the charge in establishing Hyperion as the market leader within EPM. Prior to joining Hyperion in 2000 Matt held several development lead positions at various medical information companies supporting EMR, Casemix Analysis, Decision Support, and related subjects. Matt and his family moved from Ireland to the Bay Area back in 1993. Matt holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Queens University, Belfast.

Wim Coekaerts

Wim Coekaerts

Senior Vice President, Software Development, Oracle

Solution Keynote

Wim Coekaerts is senior vice president of software development at Oracle. Coekaerts is responsible for managing a number of projects and cloud services including Oracle Linux and Virtualization, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Management Cloud Service, Visual Builder Cloud Service and Oracle Database Cloud Service. He is a well-known developer in the open source community and serves as Vice Chairman for the Linux Foundation.

Mark Hura

Mark Hura

Senior Vice President, North America Technology, Oracle

Oracle OpenWorld

Mark M. Hura is the Senior Vice President of North America Technology, reporting directly to Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. Mark is responsible for helping our installed base customers with their technology platform strategies, expanding our ISV Ecosystem and Public Sector agencies. Prior to this, Mark was the SVP of Global Sales for Oracle’s Utilities Global Business Unit, leading strategic accounts, license/SaaS, and consulting. Prior to Oracle, he spent 17 years at GE in leadership positions in Sales, Marketing and Commercial Operations at a global level. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Clay Magouyrk

Clay Magouyrk

Senior Vice President, Software Development, Oracle

Solution Keynote

Clay Magouyrk is senior vice president of engineering for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. He is responsible for engineering and technical operations for Oracle’s enterprise-focused infrastructure-as-as-service (IaaS) platform and focuses on service delivery for an expanding product portfolio including compute, storage, networking, edge, and containers.

Magouyrk is a founding team member of Oracle’s cloud engineering development center in Seattle, tasked with building and deploying Oracle’s next-generation cloud infrastructure. He now leads a team of thousands of cloud engineers focused on supporting customers’ most mission-critical workloads via best-of-breed products and solutions.

Prior to joining Oracle in 2014, Magouyrk spent four years as a senior engineer at Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Before that, he spent two years at Hilton Hotels in engineering. His experience has been focused on highly secure, reliable, performance-based systems. Magouyrk holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Memphis.

Chris Leone

Chris Leone

Senior Vice President, Oracle Applications Development

Oracle OpenWorld

Chris Leone is senior vice president of development for Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, including Oracle Global HR Cloud and Oracle Talent Management Cloud. In this role, Leone is responsible for the strategy, product management, product development, and product go-to-market functions that deliver modern HR in the cloud to global users. Recently, he was named #16 on Business Insider’s Most Important People in Cloud Computing list.

For more than 20 years, Leone has developed enterprise software applications for large and midsize companies. He came to Oracle via its acquisition of PeopleSoft, where he was responsible for the product management activities for the company’s financial and project management and enterprise performance management product lines. Prior to joining PeopleSoft, Leone was vice president of products at Hyperion, where he was responsible for business performance management applications.

Leone earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.

Rick Jewell

Rick Jewell

Senior Vice President, Oracle Applications Development

Oracle OpenWorld

Rick Jewell is senior vice president of Oracle Applications development. Jewell has been with Oracle since 1989 and has overall responsibility for Oracle’s supply chain management applications. In addition, his responsibilities include Oracle's recent acquisitions in supply chain, specifically the transportation management, demand planning, advanced planning and scheduling, and product lifecycle management products.

Prior to Oracle, Jewell spent nine years with a large global systems integrator and he also served as CIO for a Bay Area-based medical-device manufacturing company. Jewell is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received a BA in economics and an MS in industrial engineering.

Hillel Cooperman

Hillel Cooperman

Senior Vice President, User Experience Design

Oracle OpenWorld

Hillel Cooperman is senior vice president of user experience design at Oracle, where he is transforming Oracle’s user experiences for customers. Cooperman is focused on bringing state-of-the-art, consumer-grade user experiences across devices to enterprise software scenarios. His goal is to raise the bar on every interaction customers have with Oracle software and with Oracle itself.

Most recently Cooperman served as design director of Microsoft’s Azure Data and Machine Learning Platform. Prior to that he was cofounder of Jackson Fish Market, a design and digital transformation agency that he built with longtime colleague Jenny Lam. Previously, Cooperman worked for Microsoft from 1997 to 2006. His most recent role during that stint was as product unit manager of the Windows User Experience team delivering the Windows AERO desktop user experience. Cooperman has also been a speaker at numerous design and industry events including San Francisco Design Week, the Seattle Interactive Conference, DesignThinkers, CreativeMornings, Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference, O’Reilly Tools of Change, Microsoft Ignite, and TED.

Cooperman has a BA in history from Brandeis University, and his interests are diverse. He is the coauthor of a series of design books called Making Things Special and a series of novels called The Madrona Heroes Register. Cooperman has served on the board and as a technical advisor for BlackPast.org—the largest resource of African-American history on the internet. He was also the first food blogger to ever be nominated for a James Beard award.

Ali Alasti

Ali Alasti

Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, Oracle

Oracle OpenWorld

Ali Alasti is Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering for Oracle. His team is responsible for HW development of all Oracle systems. Some of these systems are SPARC servers, x86 servers, Archive systems, Networking and Storage HW. These are also the fundamental building blocks for Oracle Engineered Systems such as Exadata, Oracle Database Appliance, ZDLRA, Oracle Big Data, etc. They are also the building blocks for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (SaaS/PaaS/IaaS) and all Cloud@Customer systems. All of these systems are co-developed with other Oracle Engineering teams (Unbreakable Linux, OVM, Solaris, Database, Middleware, Applications, System Management, ...) to provide Oracle customers the highest performance and value attainable. Ali Alasti joined Oracle through acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in January of 2010. He had worked at Sun since April of 2004 as VP of Engineering for its x86 division. He has over thirty years of industry experience having worked mainly at different start-ups (NeXT computer, Kealia, Chromatic Research, etc.) before joining Sun Microsystems (thru acquisition of Kealia by Sun), working on servers, circuits, networks and multimedia technologies.

Corey West

Corey West

Executive Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, Oracle

Oracle OpenWorld

Joyce Westerdahl

Joyce Westerdahl

Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Oracle

Oracle OpenWorld

Joyce Westerdahl is leading Oracle HR’s cloud transformation to ensure that business leaders and more than 135,000 employees are enabled to achieve Oracle’s mission to be the number one cloud company in the world. Since taking the lead of Oracle HR in 2000, she has continuously implemented a roadmap of progressive HR modernization initiatives intended to keep Oracle at the leading edge of technology innovation.

In 1999, Westerdahl led the effort to convert HR management from manual processing to a web-based, self-service model, increasing organizational agility. In 2000, she continued the HR transformation taking Oracle from multiple instances to a global, single instance of the HR information system (HRIS), which vastly streamlined HR processes and reporting, and ensured the company could deliver on its robust acquisition strategy. Since 2005, Oracle HR has integrated more than 100 acquisitions.

Westerdahl continues to transform HR by leveraging Oracle HCM Cloud technology to provide better visibility, utilization, and development of the company’s talent pool; more insightful analytics to drive informed business decisions; improve the impact of compensation models; and more effectively recruit, hire, and onboard the right talent. The latest effort in the modernization of Oracle HR is moving self-service transactions to a more user-oriented experience and taking advantage of the continuous product innovation cycle in Oracle HCM Cloud.

Westerdahl joined Oracle in 1990 and has held positions in both line and corporate HR. She is passionate about sharing best practices and frequently speaks with customers and partners about Oracle HR’s journey and the results that continue to transform the HR organization and the business. She has participated for more than 15 years as a mentor for young women and contributes her time to helping students gain industry-relevant skills prior to entering the workforce through Oracle Academy and the Oracle Education Foundation. She is also the executive director for the Oracle Women’s Leadership program (OWL).

Douglas Kehring

Douglas Kehring

Executive Vice President, Corporate Operations, Oracle

Oracle OpenWorld

Doug Kehring joined Oracle in 2000 and is currently executive vice president of Corporate Operations. His responsibilities include oversight of corporate development, corporate systems, cloud data center strategy, and business transformation. As part of Oracle’s internal transformation to the cloud, Kehring coordinates the design and implementation of reimagined business processes to ensure that the company is effectively serving customer needs, that Oracle is the #1 reference for its cloud technologies, and that employees have a superior user experience. He also assists with data center investment planning efforts at Oracle as the company expands the number of data centers around the world to support its fast-growing cloud business.

Kehring continues to serve as the head of Oracle's corporate development group, a position he has held since 2005. The group provides planning, advisory, execution, and integration management services to Oracle on mergers and acquisitions, source-code and object-code licensing, strategic investments, joint ventures, and other related transactions.

Kehring began his career at Oracle in 2000 as part of the Oracle Venture Fund. He joined the company after working for the investment banks of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Dain Bosworth. He is a graduate of the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Rondy Ng

Rondy Ng

Senior Vice President, ERP Applications Development, Oracle

Oracle OpenWorld

Rondy Ng is Senior Vice President of ERP Applications Development at Oracle with responsibility for leading all aspects of product strategy, product development, and product delivery for Oracle’s ERP applications and cloud services.

Under Rondy’s leadership, Oracle has developed and delivered the award-winning Oracle ERP Cloud, with rapid adoption from thousands of mid-sized, large and global organizations. He has worked closely with C-suite executives and heads of finance, operations and strategy to reimagine their business processes while taking advantage of the latest technologies in pursuit of new business models and growth.

Rondy’s vision for Oracle ERP Cloud has helped customers implement the latest innovations in artificial intelligence, digital assistants, natural language processing, blockchain, and the Internet of Things to enhance productivity, reduce costs and improve internal controls. Three years in a row since 2017, Oracle ERP Cloud was named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises and positioned for the highest ability to execute.

Rondy joined Oracle in 1990 and has held a variety of product development leadership positions within Oracle. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

David Hovstadius

David Hovstadius

SVP, Finance Operations, Hearst

Oracle OpenWorld

David Hovstadius is senior vice president, finance operations at Hearst Communications. With over 300 businesses, Hearst is one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with ownership in newspapers and magazines, cable television networks and television stations, information and services businesses, and global financial services leader Fitch Group.

David is responsible for Hearst’s finance operations, with a focus on continuous process improvement and operational excellence. He is the executive leader for the company’s finance transformation initiative, successfully implementing Oracle’s cloud ERP and EPM suite of products. The program is one of the largest enterprise initiatives in Hearst’s history, and has established a modern platform for the company’s continued growth.

Prior to joining Hearst, Mr. Hovstadius was a managing director at Accenture, specializing in enterprise transformation programs. In that capacity, he worked with many global leaders in the communications, media, and technology industries. Mr. Hovstadius holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Connecticut.

Susan Cosgrove

Susan Cosgrove

CFO, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation

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Susan Cosgrove is Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, leading DTCC’s global finance, treasury, strategic sourcing, real estate, corporate services, and new initiatives oversight teams.

Susan is a member of DTCC’s Management Committee, Management Risk Committee, and co-chairs the Investment and Operating Committee. Susan also serves on the DTCC Deriv/SERV board of directors and the DTCC ITP board of managers. In addition, she is a member of the Wisdom Tree Financial board of directors, and vice chair of the board of directors of PENCIL, a not-for-profit organization leading collaboration between the business and public education communities.

Prior to her current role, Susan was Managing Director and General Manager of Settlement and Asset Services, overseeing all depository businesses, and the General Manager for DTCC’s Equity and Fixed Income Clearing Services. Before joining DTCC in 1999, she served as a senior vice president at Lehman Brothers in charge of audit and compliance for the company’s Americas division. Before Lehman, she worked at Maxcor Financial Group for 10 years as chief financial officer and head of compliance. Susan began her career as a senior auditor in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ financial services group.

Sandra Clarke

Sandra Clarke

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Blue Shield of California

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Sandra Clarke is senior vice president and chief financial officer at Blue Shield of California, a 4-million-member nonprofit health plan with more than $17 billion in annual revenue that serves the state’s commercial, individual, and government markets.

Clarke oversees the company’s financial strategy and operations and is responsible for capital planning, budgeting, forecasting, and financial accounting and reporting. She also oversees the actuarial functions within the company.

Before joining Blue Shield in 2018, she served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Daiichi Sankyo Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Tokyo-based Daiichi Sankyo Ltd., which develops and markets a range of pharmaceuticals. Clarke also held senior finance roles at Philips Healthcare, where she served as chief financial officer of its North & South America Commercial Group, and at Siemens Water Technologies Group, where she was vice president of finance and controller.

Clarke has a Bachelor of Science in finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in accounting from Bentley University.

Derrek Gafford

Derrek Gafford

Executive Vice President and CFO, TrueBlue

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Mr. Gafford brings over 25 years of business experience and serves as Executive Vice President and CFO of TrueBlue, a NYSE listed company providing an assortment of human capital services to over 100,000 customer that connect over 700,000 people to work each year. Mr. Gafford is responsible for the strategy, investor relations, M&A, accounting, FP&A, risk management, order-to-cash, and internal audit functions. He has been a key leader in transforming the company from a provider of general labor staffing to a specialized provider of workforce solutions. Under his tenure, the company has tripled in size from both organic growth and over 20 acquisitions.

Similar to TrueBlue, his prior experience is largely in multi-location businesses, including Albertsons and Metropolitan markets and currently serves as a director for Heritage Distilling, the most awarded craft distillery in North America. His initial career experience started with Deloitte.

Mr. Gafford has been recognized by the Staffing Industry Analysts as One of Most Influential People in Staffing and helped TrueBlue earn recognition from Forbes as One of Americas Most Trustworthy Companies based on its accounting and governance practices. He has also been recognized by Treasury and Risk Magazine as a Corporate America Outstanding Executive and by the Puget Sound Business Journal as Public Company CFO of the Year.

John O’Connell

John O’Connell

Vice President, Finance and Systems, Hudson’s Bay Company

Oracle OpenWorld

John O’Connell is Vice President, Finance and Systems with Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). John joined HBC in 2014 to build HBC’s finance transformation strategy and lead the execution of significant organization change, process and policy redesign, and systems renewal across the company. Initiatives under the transformation have spanned all areas of finance and range from the tactical to the strategic. Since 2018, John also leads HBC’s finance systems teams, who are responsible for the ongoing functional and operational support of HBC's on-premise and expanding SaaS/cloud platforms. John has 25 years of global experience in finance, operations and transformation across a number of industries and countries.

Salvatore Ancoretti

Salvatore Ancoretti

Head of Customer Marketing, Ferrari

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Salvatore Ancoretti joined Ferrari in 2008 and demonstrated great experience in product development, operational marketing in subsidiaries, and central marketing functions.

He is passionate about the “Top end Customer Experience” and showed strong ownership of the “Customer Centric Project”, where he mapped and digitalized Ferrari’s customer journey.

Eric Grancher

Eric Grancher

Head of Database Services, CERN

Oracle Leaders Circle

Eric Grancher leads the database services group in the CERN IT department, supporting databases related to mission-critical assets such as the particle accelerator and experiments that supports CERN’s infrastructure and research. Since joining CERN in 1996, Grancher’s responsibilities have included work on Oracle RAC application scalability, storage scalability for databases, and high-availability architectures. Prior to joining CERN, he graduated as engineer at the French school Telecom ParisTech, and earned an MSc at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. He has been an OakTable member since April 2005 and has specific interest in database applications and performance. Grancher is a frequent speaker at industry events and Oracle community forums where he shares his vision, strategy, and experience in managing and driving unique databases.

Dhanurjay Patil

Dhanurjay “DJ” Patil

American Mathematician and Computer Scientist

Oracle Leaders Circle

Dhanurjay “DJ” Patil is an American mathematician and computer scientist who served as the Chief Data Scientist of the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2015 to 2017. He is the Head of Technology for Devoted Health. He previously served as the Vice President of Product at RelateIQ, which was acquired by Salesforce.com, as Chief Product Officer of Color Labs, and as Head of Data Products and Chief Scientist of LinkedIn.

Jeff Register

Jeff Register

Deputy Director, Defense Human Resources Activity

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Jeff Register, a member of the senior executive service, is currently the deputy director, defense human resources activity (DHRA) in the office of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness (OUSD (P&R)) in the US Department of Defense (DoD). As the deputy director, Register serves as principal advisor to the director in overseeing and coordinating the work of the field activity that maintains comprehensive personnel database repositories, directly administering personnel policies, and managing DoD-wide education, outreach, and personnel support programs.

Prior to this assignment, Register served as the chief of staff for DHRA, where he was responsible for the direct management and day-to-day oversight of DHRA headquarters, including resource management, procurement, legal, operations, information technology, and human resources directorates. Register also previously served as a policy lead within the DoD identification card policy office, where he was responsible for coordination and resolution of cross-cutting and complex policy, and technical and business process issues related to the implementation of the DoD next generation common access card.

Register graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering. He also holds of Master of Science degree in engineering management from George Washington University and a Certificate in Identity Management from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Register served on active duty for nine years in the United States Navy as a naval aviator in the E-2 Hawkeye community. After leaving active duty, Register worked in the private sector as a federal security and identity management consultant before returning to the Department of Defense.

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