Session

Scale Innovation at Speed with Hybrid Cloud

Cloud

More than ever, enduring enterprises need an adaptable technology strategy that ensures business continuity - solving urgent problems and securing the long-term. Cloud and AI together accelerate innovation in today’s uncertain global environment. Join IBM President Jim Whitehurst to hear the latest about IBM’s leading hybrid cloud capabilities, built with Red Hat run-anywhere technology. Learn how IBM is helping healthcare, financial, and other customers succeed in today’s changing world and prepare for what’s next with Cloud.

Speakers

Jim Whitehurst

President, IBM

Jim Whitehurst is the President of IBM. He is responsible for the IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software organization, and Corporate Strategy. He is an advocate for open principles as a catalyst for business innovation. With a background in business development, finance and global operations, he has proven expertise helping companies flourish — even in the most challenging environments. Prior to IBM, Whitehurst served as the President and CEO of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise software solutions. At Red Hat, Whitehurst grew its influence with key milestones — including becoming the first $1 billion revenue open source software company in 2012 and, most notably, the landmark acquisition of Red Hat by IBM for $34 billion in 2019. He has grown revenue from more than $500 million for its 2008 fiscal year to $3.4 billion for its 2019 fiscal year. At Delta Air Lines, Whitehurst drove significant global expansion and, as chief operating officer, oversaw all aspects of airline operations, from sales to strategy. He began his career at The Boston Consulting Group in 1989.

Hillery Hunter

CTO and VP, IBM Cloud; IBM Fellow, IBM

Hillery is CTO of IBM Cloud, responsible for technical strategy for IBM's cloud-native and infrastructure offerings. Prior to this role, she served as Director of Accelerated Cognitive Infrastructure in IBM Research, leading a team doing cross-stack (hardware through software) optimization of AI workloads, producing productivity breakthroughs of 40x and greater which were transferred into IBM product offerings. Her technical interests have always been interdisciplinary, spanning from silicon technology through system software, and she has served in technical and leadership roles in memory technology, Systems for AI, and other areas. She is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and was appointed as an IBM Fellow in 2017. Hillery is a BS, MS, and PhD graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Vishant Vora

Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Idea Limited

Vishant Vora is the Chief Technology Officer of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31stAugust 2018. A member of the National Leadership Team, Vishant is responsible for networks, IT operations and overall technology strategy. Prior to his present role, Vishant was Director–Technology at Vodafone India where he spearheaded the technology and network infrastructure for the company. A career telecom professional, Vishant has spent more than two and half decades in telecom technology building his expertise across three continents –USA, Europe and Asia. He graduated as Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Lawrence Technology University in Michigan, USA.