Shawn is a member of the Information Officers (IOP) and FinTech Practices within the Global Technology Sector (GTS) at Russell Reynolds Associates. He is a trusted advisor to clients on the convergence of talent and technology across all facets of the enterprise. His efforts have resulted in the succession, selection and recruitment of functional IT practitioners as well as those leaders who reside at the intersection of business and technology. Industry coverage includes financial services, healthcare, academia, telecom/technology, retail/consumer, industrial/natural resources as well as media and Internet. Shawn also has extensive business process outsourcing, process improvement, SaaS and shared services experience. Clients include high growth as well as large corporations, along with extensive work for investors and their portfolio companies. More recently, Shawn has been involved in a variety of efforts to increase technology representation on Corporate Boards.
Shawn is an ex officio board member of the Society for Information Management (SIM), an Advisor to Columbia University's M.A. Technology Program and a contributor to MIT's Annual CIO Symposium. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Boards of three prominent PE portfolio companies.
He received his B.A. from the University of Richmond, VA and his M.A. from the University of Westminster, London.
Founding Executive Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University & Author "In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It"
Tom Kolditz is the founding Executive Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. He designed and directed the core Leader Development Program at the Yale School of Management, served as the chairman of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point, and was the founding director of the West Point Leadership Center. A highly experienced leader, Brigadier General (retired) Kolditz has more than 26 years in P&L level supervisory positions, serving on four continents in his 34 years of military service. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and is a member of the Academy of Management. He serves as a senior advisor to the Future of Executive Development Forum. His most recent book, titled In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It, was based on more than 175 interviews taken on the ground in Iraq during combat operations. He has been named as a leadership Thought Leader by the Leader to Leader Institute and as a Top Leader Development Professional by Leadership Excellence. He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University, three master’s degrees, and a PhD in social psychology from the University of Missouri.
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Chris is currently working as HP Enterprise Services' global CTO for Enterprise Applications. He is working on HP’s HANA as a Servce Cloud architecture, Business Outcomes Service Mgmt, Industrial Delivery System for service- & delivery innovation. He’s involved in major transformation programs for customers, and he also participates in various company and industry architecture boards. Currently supporting some HP’s global accounts like P&G, Mondel?z, MCBC, EADS and BP on Business Outcomes Delivery, Hybrid Cloud for EAS, Industry Analytics, SAP PaaS, RDS, and BS on HANA. Co-innovation in delivery transformation led to SAP’s Pinnacle Award for Run SAP Operations in 2012, Technology Partner in 2013, and the RDS one in 2014.
In 2009-11 worked as Director at HP ES’ EMEA Strategic Sales Centre (SSC) on BD, pursuits & transformation activities with clients at ING Bank, ALU, BP, E.ON, Henkel, APMM, Nokia, Nestle, RMG & SKF. Contributed to HP’s TIBCO COE for the Financial & Telecom industries.
Before HP, he was an SAP Delivery Partner at IBM's GBS, where he led SAP Solutioning at Arla Foods and Ericsson. Worked on Upgrades, SCM and EA programs. Led similar engagements with SCM, CRM TPM at Nestle and SAP SOA transformation at Kraft. Led IBM’s SAP Value Stream transformation project and contributed to Open Group’s OSIMM, TRF and TOGAF 9.x.
From 2002-06, as an Associate Partner he led IBM' SAP Centre of Expertise (COE), responsible for Industry solutions. Established IBM’s eSOA practice and CoE, worked on xApps for LIMS & Trade Funds. In 2007, SAP awarded his team the eSOA Pinnacle Award.
Chris led assignments on IT Strategy, BPM optimization, ITIL-driven ALM, Industry-specific IT Cost Optimization, Outcome-based Change Management and BSLA frameworks. From 2002-4 he was also IBM GBS’ SAP Alliance Lead. From 1997-2002 at PW/PwC, led SCM & SRM practices, gained delivery experience in ERP, SCM, SRM within Nestle, Gillette, Carlsberg, Skanska, Hochtief, Intel, Telefonica, Cisco & Ericsson.
Chris has a M.Sc. in Business Administration & Computer Science from Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and an MBA from University of Texas Austin (UTA). He was awarded an EU-funded Industrial Doctorate on “Collaborative Information Architectures for Supply Networks” with mentors from CBS & MIT in 2009. A father of two boys – he reads, windsurfs, surfs, scuba-dives, snowboards and treks on his spare time.
VP of Product Strategy for Databases and Technology, SAP
Jeffrey Word, Ph.D. is Vice President of Product Strategy for Databases & Technology at SAP. His newest book, Business Process Integration with SAP ERP, was released in 2013. He is also the author of the bestselling books, SAP HANA Essentials, Integrated Business Processes with ERP, Essentials of Business Processes and Information Systems, Business Network Transformation and SAP NetWeaver for Dummies. He has more than 19 years experience in business and IT strategy working for Fortune 1000 companies. Over the last 15 years at SAP, he has worked on technology strategy with focus on corporate process improvement initiatives and enterprise architecture design. He is a frequent speaker at industry events around the world and was a Visiting Professor at the Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid where he taught MBA courses in Supply Chain Innovation.
Dr. Word earned his PhD in Information Systems at Manchester Business School. His research focus was on event-driven process design and next-generation enterprise architecture. He earned an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in European Studies/Spanish.
“SAP HANA can help you dramatically accelerate analytics, business processes, predictive analysis, and sentiment data processing – all on a single in-memory computing platform.” In-memory computing is attaining a lot of hype as a new ...
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