Executive Speakers

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Executive Speakers

Kevin Bloch

Kevin Bloch

Chief Technology Officer
Cisco

"My job is to communicate our technology vision in ways that inspires our customers to expand their own businesses by leveraging technology"

Kevin Bloch is Chief Technology Officer at Cisco. He provides leadership of technology vision as well as leadership of people within Cisco to communicate and execute on that vision. Kevin is a member of the global Cisco CTO Forum, Cisco's most senior technology leadership board, representing APAC, Japan and China (APJC). He is also currently active on external commercial and government technology advisory boards.

Before joining Cisco 13 years ago, Kevin held senior positions with other telecommunications equipment manufacturers, systems integrators and service providers including Lucent, JNA Telecommunications and Telstra. Kevin is the author of six technical reference books.

Scott Brown

Scott Brown

Vice President, Technology Solutions and Architectures
Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China
Cisco

Scott Brown leads the Technology Solutions and Architectures sales organisation for Cisco in Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC). He is responsible for driving architecture product and solutions sales across all customer segments and technology areas. His team engages customers with specialist sales, engineering and consulting experts. He is also responsible for cross-architecture solution creation, technology thought leadership, elevating industry relevancy and leading the interlock process with Cisco product development for the APJC Region.

Scott has more than 25 years of business experience in the ICT industry. Scott held several key leadership roles in Cisco, most recently as Vice President of the APJC Partner Business Group with responsibilities for managing relationships with the company's 16,000+ channel partners that drove 93% of revenues across the region. Before relocating to APJC, Scott was Vice President of Worldwide Distribution Sales, where he was responsible for leading and growing Cisco's distribution business from $9.6 billion to $13.8 billion in three years. Prior to this, Scott led Cisco's Worldwide Sales Enablement organisation as Vice President for six years, successfully delivering sales and educational services to support the Cisco sales force.

Scott also spent eight years in other senior field sales roles leading teams across Enterprise, Commercial and Public Sector, with management responsibility for sales, systems engineering, consulting, administrative, and regional management staff as well as managing partner relationships and marketing activities. Before joining Cisco, Scott held a number of sales management positions in the ERP software marketplace and has an extensive knowledge of application software.

Scott has taught in several MBA programs at prestigious American Colleges and Universities, notably e-business Strategy in the MBA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Enterprise Technology Strategy for General Managers in the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and the capstone Concentration in Marketing course in the Executive MBA program at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Scott holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master of business administration degree from Loyola University-Chicago. Scott, his wife Sara and their four children reside in Singapore.

Greg Duncan

Greg Duncan

IT Director, Network Services Project Management Office, Global Infrastructure Services
Cisco

Greg Duncan is responsible for the Project Management Office (PMO) of Cisco’s Global Network Services. His globally distributed team provides Project and Program Management for Network Service projects. Greg also leads Cisco’s IT Security Portfolio and is the Country Lead for IT Australia New Zealand.

Along this journey, Greg has had to lead several large-scale enterprise programs including the complete re-architecture of cisco.com; the largest implementation and systems migration to Cisco’s UCS platform and the design and deployment of Cisco’s cutting-edge active-active resilient data centres.

With Greg’s 14 year experience in Cisco, he has lead several global IT teams, including the IT Design Organisation, IT Architecture Services Organisation and has completed International assignments, leading Infrastructure and Operations teams in Japan and San Jose.

Prior to joining Cisco, Greg held Management and IT consultancy roles at Compaq, CSL and Charles Darwin University.

Greg currently resides in Sydney with his wife Tania and two children, Luke and Alannah.

V C Gopalratnam

V C Gopalratnam

Vice President, Information Technology
Cisco

As the leader of IT Globalisation, V. C. Gopalratnam (Gopal) is responsible for providing key IT enablers to help Cisco connect emerging and mature markets and thereby equalise its interactions with employees, partners, and customers around the world. His team focuses on unifying core business and technology architectures to deliver innovation, operational excellence, and improved client experience through its IT Centers of Excellence (CoEs), regional teams, and global programs. In his role as the IT leader for Cisco's Asia Pacific and emerging markets countries, Gopal manages a group of regional executives who are chartered to establish Cisco IT as a trusted advisor, with internal business leaders and Cisco's customers and partners. He is also a core member of Cisco's executive leadership team in India.

Gopal has worked in the hi-tech industry for over 20 years in consulting, re-engineering, management, and leadership capacities for multinational corporations. He has extensive skills in areas of information technology; risk management; supply chain services; compliance and auditing; and business process re-engineering. Over this career, Gopal has always maintained focus on metrics-driven success and growth for global businesses.

Before joining Cisco in 2008, Gopal ran General Electric Capital International Services as the business leader of the Global Analytics practice, a team of over 1800 professionals. Prior to that role, he led GE's Global e-Engineering/Collaborative Engineering practice.

Gopal has a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Chennai, India. He pursued graduate studies in the United States receiving an M.S. in Chemical Engineering, an M.S. in Environmental Risk Studies, and an M.B.A. in MIS/ Finance. Gopal currently resides in Bangalore, India with his wife and two children.

Giri Govindarajulu

Giri Govindarajulu

Director, Information Technology
Cisco

Giri is the Cisco East Site Leader for Communication and Collaboration IT and a 14 year Cisco veteran. He helps transform business by connecting people and process with technology and the Internet of Things.

Along with his role in Collaboration, he specialises in financial and employee service applications making these available anytime, anywhere and in any device. Giri also leads the convergence of 'Building Systems' and Enterprise solutions to create higher sustainability in the workplace, and is instrumental in influencing and supporting Cisco's product roadmap for Smart+Connected communities.

As a leader, Giri is passionate about finding the right balance between innovation and operational excellence. He is recognised by his team and peers for success in driving innovation and for highlighting the importance of technology's role in the Connected Workspace. He is based in Bangalore, India and brings over 20 years of industry experience.

Rick Hutley

Rick Hutley

Vice President, Internet of Everything Solutions
Cisco Consulting Services
Cisco

Rick Hutley is vice president of Cisco Consulting Services, leading the rollout of technology-based business and IT solutions to enterprise and service provider customers globally. His work is focused on how the Internet of Everything (IoE) will drive innovation and transform business operations and profitability over the next decade.

Rick has extensive experience in successfully guiding some of the world’s largest and most complex customers through their use of technology throughout the Internet era. He is now using that experience to help companies navigate the transition from the Internet age to the age of the Internet of Everything, including their use of ‘things’, Big Data, and analytics to drive innovative customer experiences, employee productivity, and new business models.

Prior to Cisco, Hutley was chief information officer for British Telecom’s Concert Communications Company, a $1.5 billion global telecommunications service provider operating through 53 distributor companies around the world. As CIO, he was responsible for the development and operation of Concert’s network and business management systems, including its intranet and extranet solutions for both Concert and its global partners.

Prior to Concert, Hutley was director of information systems for Syncordia Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia, responsible for the development and operation of all systems for the first global telecommunications outsourcing company.

Hutley holds an honors degree in computer science from Hatfield University, United Kingdom, and an MBA from Cranfield University, United Kingdom. He has appeared on BBC Television’s series on computing and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and seminars.

Peter Jaegar

Peter Jaegar

Program Manager
CITS Connected Architecture Practice
Information Technology, Cisco

Peter Jaeger is the Program Manager responsible for Cisco's Global IT Architecture Practice. His charter is to drive the maturity of the global architecture practice including architecture processes, tools, governance, talent and community. Peter has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry across banking, financial services, manufacturing and information technology sectors.

Jay Joiner

Jay Joiner

Vice President, Information Technology
Cisco

Jay Joiner is the IT Vice President for the Asia Pacific Region. This includes the APAC, China and Japan Theatres, where he is responsible for developing the local relationship with executives and business stakeholders. He also serves as the IT Leader for the region representing all IT functions.

Jay comes to Cisco as a Business and Information Technology executive with broad experience in Engineering, Construction Management, Manufacturing and Consulting Services. Over his 35 year career, Jay has had extensive global experience in IT infrastructure deployments, offshore programs, strategic outsourcing, ERP implementation, technology strategies, shared services and program management.

Prior to joining Cisco, Jay was with Fluor Corporation based in Shanghai, China, where he was responsible for managing the Business Office functions (Finance, Human Resources, Administration, IT and Prime Contract Management) associated with a $6.0 Billion USD Copper and Gold Mine Project located in the Southern Gobi Desert region of Mongolia. Prior to this operational assignment he was the Fluor IT Executive responsible for Global IT Service Delivery and IT Shared Services.

Prior to working for Fluor Corporation, Jay was Vice President of IT Technology Services at Tyco Fire and Security, where he had global responsibility for IT Service Delivery at a $12 billion USD Services and Manufacturing firm headquartered in Florida. Additionally, Jay has contributed to the growth of DYNEGY Corporation where he was Managing Director for IT Shared Services and Foster Wheeler Environmental Corporation where he was Vice President and CIO.

Jay has served as a Technology and Shared Services advisor for several multi-national firms. He holds a degree in Business Administration and he currently resides in Shanghai, China with his wife Sue.

Aaron Leung

Aaron Leung

General Manager
Telstra

Aaron Leung is the General Manager of Telstra’s Managed Network Services Practice in Melbourne.  Aaron’s team provides thought leadership within Telstra and assists in the development of new service offerings for Telstra customers in the areas of Wi-Fi Services, Network Automation and Enterprise Mobility.  Aaron joined Telstra in 2000 spending his time entirely in the Managed Services side of the business.  Prior to Telstra Aaron worked as a Sys Admin, Network Operator and Solution Architect before moving into sales and market facing roles.  In recent years, he leveraged his background in technology to approach BYOD as one of the key trends in enterprise IT, where he has provided a leading customer experience voice in Telstra for both their own approach to enterprise mobility, and how to take this to the enterprise market.

Scott Lovett

Scott Lovett

Vice President
Cisco

As Vice President of Cisco's Worldwide Security Sales, Scott Lovett is an energetic, hands-on leader, who is responsible for driving $1.5 Billion of annual revenue. In his current role, Lovett leads an organisation focused on defining the company's go-to-market strategy for the Security architecture. By working closely with a variety of cross-functional teams, including technology business units, the Cisco Partner Organisation, and other sales organisations across Cisco, Lovett and his organisation help customers successfully leverage technology to solve complex business issues. In doing so, customers assemble a wealth of competitive advantages by increasing productivity, profitability, and corporate agility.

Lovett has more than 20 years of experience in the networking and telecommunications industries, and has been with Cisco since 1994. In his previous role, Lovett was Vice President of Sales for the Americas Enterprise Architectures, which drove $5.6 Billion of annual revenue. During his tenure with the company, he has held pivotal sales leadership positions in the Collaboration Architecture, Enterprise, Public Sector, and Service Provider organisations. Prior to Cisco, Lovett held numerous technical and sales leadership roles at Lightstream Corporation, Memorex Telex, and Ungermann-Bass.

In addition to being an active member of Cisco's Diversity Board, Lovett speaks frequently to professional and educational groups on topics including the impact of technology on business transformation and the characteristics of successful matrix leadership.

John Manville

John Manville

Senior Vice President, IT - Global Infrastructure Services
Cisco

John Manville is Senior Vice President of Cisco IT Global Infrastructure Services. In this role, Manville leads the strategy and operations for Cisco networks, data centres, middleware, and databases. These systems provide the technology infrastructure services for Cisco's global workforce of more than 75,000 people.

His primary focus is on addressing critical business requirements while maintaining a balance of operational excellence and innovation. Among other achievements, Manville successfully led the transformation of Cisco's data center strategy, implementing Cisco's internal cloud data center services while significantly improving Cisco's resiliency posture, time to capability, and cost structure.

In keeping with the philosophy that "Cisco is its first and best customer," Manville continues to showcase the real-world benefits of Cisco's technology solutions throughout its own network and data centers. This practice has contributed to the reduction of Cisco's carbon footprint through significant savings in power and increased asset utilisation.

Since joining Cisco in 2007, Manville has played a key role in establishing Cisco IT as a trusted advisor to business partners, both internal and external to Cisco. He drives collaboration with external partners to integrate their technologies with Cisco's, demonstrating the value both provide as one integrated solution.

Prior to Cisco, Manville held a variety of IT positions with some of Wall Street's most respected financial companies. With a career spanning North America and Europe, he began in the industry as a network engineer, designing packet switching networks for customers in the United Kingdom.

Manville holds an electrical and electronic engineering degree from University College, London University, and an executive master's degree in technology management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mike Paranihi

Mike Paranihi

Director, IT - Service Owner of DC Facilities and DCaaS
Cisco

Mike is a Director of IT at Cisco Systems. Mike currently leads the DC Facilities, and Data Centre as a Service organisation within Cisco's Global infrastructure Services function. In this role Mike and his team are responsible for 32 of Cisco IT's Data Cenre Facilities working to ensure Cisco gets the most effective use of its Data Centre assets. Mike's team also work within the Infrastructure Provisioning process to make doing business with Infrastructure easy enabling the rapid deployment of Cisco's internal Cloud. Mike has worked in IT for over 15 implementing large enterprise ERP solutions, web based revenue earning business and most recently in the Data Centre. Mike has worked in the Telecommunications, advertising, and online newspaper industries. Mike's spare time is taken up looking after his family of 4 however when he gets the chance, it's either spent coaching rugby or on the water or the ski field.

Evan Parthenis

Evan Parthenis

IT Manager
Cisco

Evan is an IT Manager in the Collaboration and Communication team at Cisco.  He is a passionate believer in the Any Device, Any Ownership, Anywhere concept, and a strong advocate of cloud services in enterprise IT.  Evan orchestrated Cisco's Post PC strategy and was instrumental in the creation of its original Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.  Prior to joining Cisco Evan has worked in the Finance, Media, and Professional Services sectors. Evan is based in Sydney Australia and has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and Bachelor of Information Technology from the University of Technology Sydney.

Robert Roffey

Robert Roffey

Director IS
Cisco

Robert is currently the Director of Strategy and Planning for the Regional IT Teams.  In this role Robert is responsible for developing and implementing a unifying strategy and operating model that aligns the four regional leaders and their globally distributed teams.  The primary objective is to improve the client experience of the IT consumers in the regions.  Prior to his current role Robert worked as the strategic planning and operations leader in two other Cisco IT organisations.  In those roles he was responsible for Finance, HR, Planning, Vendor Management, etc. and also supported corporate IT initiatives such as our Services Transformation.

Prior to joining Cisco Robert spent eight years with Deloitte Consulting leading SAP, Oracle, and Ariba implementations across a diverse client set.  Virtually all of Robert’s consulting engagements were business facing roles, leading major organisational transformations enabled through technology.  Robert’s experience includes work within High Tech Manufacturing, Semiconductor, Mobile Telecom, Service Provider Telecom, Media and Entertainment, Oil and Gas, Healthcare, and Pharmaceuticals. 

Prior to consulting, Robert spent ten years leading procurement organisations in the Networking and Semiconductor industries.  Robert has a Bachelor’s degree in Business, and a Master’s degree in Management.