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6920: Think 2019 Chairman's Address: Building Cognitive Enterprises

Smarter Business

Join IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty and some of the world’s top CEOs and leaders as they share their journeys to the Cognitive Enterprise.

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Moscone West Level 2 Ballroom
Tue (February 12), 3:30PM PT


Ginni Rometty

Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM

Ginni Rometty began her career with IBM in 1981 in Detroit. Since then she has held a series of leadership positions, most recently as senior vice president and group executive, IBM sales, marketing, and strategy.
Earlier she served as senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services, where she led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. This acquisition was the largest in professional services history, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts.
Mrs. Rometty serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University, and the board of overseers and board of managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with high honors, in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University.

John Donovan

CEO AT&T Communications, AT&T Communications

Jim Whitehurst

President and Chief Executive Officer, Red Hat

Jim Whitehurst is president and chief executive officer of Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source enterprise IT software solutions and services, and author of "The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance." Whitehurst is an avid advocate for open source as a catalyst for business innovation. Whitehurst has grown Red Hat and its influence by reaching key milestones - most notable in 2012 when it became the first $1 billion revenue open source software company. Under his leadership, Red Hat was named to Forbes' list of The World's Most Innovative Companies six times; Fortune's list of the Most Admired Companies for 2018; the first-ever Fortune Future 50 list in 2017; and the Forbes' Global 2000 list in 2017. In addition, in 2018 Whitehurst was named one of the World's Best CEOs by Barron's. Prior to joining Red Hat, he spent six-years at Delta Air Lines as Chief Operating Officer and held leadership roles at The Boston Consulting Group, where he began his career.

Bernard Tyson

Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente

Bernard J. Tyson is chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals - known as Kaiser Permanente, one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. With annual operating revenue of $73 billion, Kaiser Permanente serves 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. During his Kaiser Permanente career, Tyson has successfully managed all major aspects of the organization, serving in roles from hospital administrator to division president to president and chief operating officer. Under Tyson's leadership, Kaiser Permanente continues to focus on providing access to high-quality and affordable health care and improving the health of its members and communities. Modern Healthcare has named him the most influential health care executive for five consecutive years. In April 2017, he was included on the TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world and was named among the TIME Healthcare 50 in October 2018.

Ted Chung

Vice Chairman & CEO, Hyundai Card Co., Ltd

Ted serves as the CEO of Hyundai Card, Capital and Commercial, the financial arm of the Hyundai Motor Group since 2001. He has been voted to "Top 100 CEOs", 14 years in a row by a leading business publication. Under his leadership the Hyundai finance arm has expanded to six countries including the US.

He is on the forefront of bringing unconventional branding, science and technology to finance such as music curation for Apple Music. More recently Ted has been leading the way to bringing AI and Blockchain technologies to finance and has declared that the company be a digital company not finance
Ted is one of Korea's iconic CEOs with a strong social media presence. He continuously interacts with his followers with posts on business, culture and technology.

Greg Kalinsky

SVP & CIO, Geico

Greg Kalinsky is executive vice president and chief information officer of Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) with responsibilities for all IT operations, actuarial pricing and reserving, underwriting and product management, treasurers and financial control, internal audit, real estate and facilities management, GEICO field representatives, and the company's competitive advantage leadership group. He also serves on the GEICO Board of Directors.

Kalinsky added the underwriting and product management and pricing and reserving management responsibilities to the others he already held in 2016, and added oversight of the treasurers and financial control, internal audit and real estate functions in 2017, and began overseeing the GEICO field representatives operation in 2018. Before being promoted to his current position late in 2016, Kalinsky had been senior vice president and chief information officer at GEICO's headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland, since 2010.

Gabriel Rosa

Software Engineer, IBM

Gabriel Rosa is a software developer working at IBM for over 3 years. He attended IBM’s P-TECH early college high school. The school is a 6-year model that focuses on STEM with the goal of preparing students for successful careers. Students who complete the program graduate with their high school diploma and associates degree. Gabriel completed this program in 4 years and began working at IBM at 17. He currently works on developing next-gen solutions for IBM's digital commerce platforms.

Bryon Thompson

Cyber Security Analyst, IBM

Bryon Thompson is a Cyber Security Analyst, he first began working on information technology systems for his Stepfather’s business in 2001 as a helpdesk technician. During this time, he constantly built desktop systems that were custom orders from the local Eldorado Cyber Café in Casa Grande, AZ his home town. Later he found his passion of technology systems in odd jobs from running Ethernet t cable and learning how to troubleshoot network devices such as routers, switch’s and repeaters. After Bryon had finished his school years and became an adult, he moved to West Virginia in the Summer of 2007 to visit relatives and find where part of his family was from. After working odd jobs for the next year or so Bryon Thompson decided to serve his country and joined the West Virginia Army National Guard on August 8th, 2008.

Priti Shah

IBM Software Engineer, IBM

I work on IBM' Quantum Computing effort as a Software Engineer, writing compilers and debuggers to unleash the capabilities of quantum now, and for the future. I became an IBMer through Tech Re-Entry pathway. I had a professional career for 12 years prior to raising my children.
You hear a lot about reinvention, but I like to think of it as evolution. I am still me; but with a lot more skills, knowledge and personality. I began my career as an engineer in digital image processing, then became a software developer for 3D printers. I choose to be a stay-at-home mom, running an enterprise that guided 2 successful humans, which met both budget and financial growth initiatives. My trophies are my sons! I also became a stakeholder in my community by winning a political campaign, for a seat on the Bernards Township Board of Education.

Karen Amaker

Director, P-TECH Norwalk, P-TECH

Karen Amaker is the founding director of the P-TECH Norwakl the first P-TECH school in the state of Connecticut. She brings over 2 decades of experience leading education initiatives and public-private partnerships. Karen has served as a counselor, program manager, assistant principal and director. Karen holds a B.S. from Wesleyan University, two Masters of Science degrees in Sociology and Community Counseling, as well as a 6th Year Professional Diploma in School Counseling. Karen earned her certification in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University. She is a former Urban School Leaders fellow and Relay Graduate School of Education National Principals Academy Fellow. Karen enjoys spending time with her eight-year-old son, Kristopher. She also enjoys traveling, photography, and reading.