Alumni Spotlight is pleased to announce The Top 100 Chief Technology Officers for 2022. As digital and technological transformations continue to be a high strategic priority for many organizations, the chief technology officer has become a key player in making important decisions on the strategic direction of their organization. The CTO title has been in use for decades but as technology grew, so did the role as it expanded outside of traditional operational areas. These executives are recognized for being technology architects, engineers, and innovators. This year’s awardees carry impressive track records in organizations across nearly all industries making impactful changes to the environment, food production, transportation, education, manufacturing, employment, and so much more.

Awardee Aaron Myers, CTO of Suited, has spent years developing a deep understanding of the human biases that plague the hiring process and has used his expertise to co-found an AI-based recruiting start-up that eliminates some of the hiring challenges of today. Meanwhile Abe Askenazi, the CTO of Zero Motorcycles, is using his passion for engineering and love for motorcycles to lead the company in manufacturing 100% electric motorcycles to significantly reduce CO2 and noxious fumes emissions while also saving oil reserves. Awardee Sri Viswanath is making his mark as the CTO of Atlassian, guiding the company with their well-known product portfolio of software like Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, and Trello, forever changing the way teams around the world work together as one.

These awardees have proven their exceptional command of various unique fields in technology. Year after year they expand their own expertise as the world changes around us and lead their organizations to greater efficiency and better performance by adopting innovative solutions. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of the Top 100 Chief Technology Officers of 2022.

 

1. Zulfikar Jeevanjee
SVP & Chief Technology Officer, CVS Health
Washington University in St. Louis

Zulfikar Jeevanjee is the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of CVS Health. He first joined the company in 2021. CVS Health is the leading health solutions company that delivers care in ways no one else can. They reach people in more ways and improve the health of communities across America through their local presence, digital channels and nearly 300,000 dedicated colleagues, including more than 40,000 physicians, pharmacists, nurses and nurse practitioners.

Previously, Jeevanjee was an SVP of enterprise architecture and innovation at Allstate. Before that, he spent 11 years with Wells Fargo in various roles including SVP, CTO and chief architect and is the co-founder of ITSC Inc. and Ixion Software. He first got his start in 1990 as a manager with Price Waterhouse Management Consultants. Jeevanjee graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science.

 

2. Ryan Burkhardt
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, BurkCo Labs
Cornell University

Ryan Burkhardt is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of BurkCo Labs. He founded the company in 1993. BurkCo Labs invests in startups focused on solving tough problems in cyber security and health. They also focus their time on providing agile and innovative technology and leadership consulting and coaching. In addition to his roles with BurkCo Labs, Burkhardt is the director of engineering with Apple

Previously, Burkhardt was a VP of engineering at GoDaddy and before that was a partner and senior director of engineering with Microsoft. Earlier in his career he worked with Goldman Sachs as an IT analyst. Burkhardt earned an undergraduate degree in computer science from Cornell University.

 

3. Ray Bajaj
SVP & Chief Technology Officer, Cardinal Health
Columbia University

Ray Bajaj began his professional career 25 years ago. Today, he is the SVP and Chief Technology Officer at Cardinal Health. Cardinal Health is a distributor of pharmaceuticals, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical and laboratory products, and a provider of performance and data solutions for healthcare facilities. With operations in more than 30 countries and approximately 44,000 employees globally, Cardinal Health is essential to health care.

Bajaj first got his start in 1997 as a technology development manager and software engineer at Cambridge Technology Partners, Oracle. From there, he went on to Ford Motor Credit before eventually rising to become a managing vice president at Capital One, his most recent position prior to joining Cardinal Health. Bajaj graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with an MS in management and information technology and from Michigan State University with an MBA in strategy, product development and integrative management.

 

4. Steve Fernandez
Global Chief Technology Officer, AIG
Northwestern University

Steve Fernandez began his professional career 26 years ago. Today, he is the Global Chief Technology Officer of AIG. AIG provides a wide range of property casualty insurance, life insurance, retirement solutions, and other financial services to support their clients in business and in life through our general insurance, life & retirement, and investments business units. Whether serving those facing natural disasters or millions of Americans striving for a financially secure retirement, they have the specialist expertise to help clients better manage risk.

Fernandez first got his start in 1996 as a manager at Ford Motor Company. From there, he went on to General Electric, before eventually rising to become the global CTO at L'Oréal, his most recent position prior to joining AIG. Fernandez graduated from the University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business with an MBA and from Northwestern University with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.

 

5. Lance Haines
Chief Technology Officer, Schneider Electric
Rice University

Lance Haines is the Chief Technology Officer of Schneider Electric. He first joined the company in 2009 as director of engineering and process improvement. Schneider Electric's purpose is to empower all to make the most of its energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. It drives digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries.

Previously, Haines was a senior staff program manager at American Power Conversion and before that an engineering manager at Solectria. Haines earned an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and Spanish from Rice University.

 

6. Kent Helfrich
Chief Technology Officer & Vice President, General Motors
Duke University

Kent Helfrich is the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of General Motors. He first joined the company in 2016 as an executive director. General Motors’ vision is to create a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, and they have committed themselves to leading the way toward this future.

Previously, Helfrich was a vice president and chief technical officer at Flex and before that an executive director of global electrical systems at General Motors. Earlier in his career he worked with General Motors as a senior project engineer for GM powertrain. Helfrich earned an MBA in international management from Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University.

 

7. Vijay Sankaran
Chief Technology Officer, Johnson Controls
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Vijay Sankaran is the Chief Technology Officer of Johnson Controls. Johnson Controls transforms the environments where people live, work, learn and play. As the global leader in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, its mission is to reimagine the performance of buildings to serve people, places and the planet. With a global team of 100,000 experts in more than 150 countries, Johnson Controls offers the world`s largest portfolio of building technology, software as well as service solutions with some of the most trusted names in the industry. Sankaran has 27 years of experience. He began his career in 1995.

Before joining Johnson Controls, Sankaran was a chief information officer at TD Ameritrade and before that an IT chief technology officer at Ford Motor Company. Earlier in his career he worked with Ernst & Young as a consultant. Sankaran graduated from Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business with an MBA and from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science.

 

8. Jim Carroll
Chief Technology Officer, Capgemini
Harvard University

Jim Carroll began his professional career 31 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Capgemini. Capgemini is a global leader in partnering with companies to transform and manage their business by harnessing the power of technology. The group is guided everyday by its purpose of unleashing human energy through technology for an inclusive and sustainable future. It is a responsible and diverse organization of 300,000 team members in nearly 50 countries with a strong 50-year heritage and deep industry expertise.

Carroll first got his start in 1991 as a database and business intelligence consultant at Microsoft, before eventually rising to CTO at HubOne Pty Ltd, his most recent position prior to joining Capgemini. Carroll earned an undergraduate degree in political science and government from Harvard University.

 

9. Al Hamid
Global Chief Technology Officer, IBM
The Ohio State University

Al Hamid is the Global Chief Technology Officer of IBM. IBM is a global technology company that provides hardware, software, cloud-based services and cognitive computing. Founded in 1911 following the merger of four companies it has been a leading technology company across the world. Hamid has 33 years in the information technology and services industry. He began his career in 1989.

Before joining IBM, Hamid was a principal at Infotech Systems. Earlier in his career he worked with IRD Mechanalysis as a lead software engineer. Hamid graduated from The Ohio State University with an MS in computer science and from Capital University with an MBA.

 

10. Jamie Voris
Chief Technology Officer, Walt Disney Studios
University of Michigan

Jamie Voris began her professional career 20 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Technology Officer of Walt Disney Studios. From classic animated features and exhilarating theme park attractions to cutting edge sports coverage, and the hottest shows on television, The Walt Disney Company has been making magic since 1923, creating unforgettable stories that connect with audiences around the world.

Voris first got her start in 2002 as a vice president of technology at Playboy Enterprises, before eventually rising to chief technology officer at the National Football League, her most recent position prior to joining The Walt Disney Studios. Voris graduated from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree in industrial and operations engineering.

 

11. David Ravichandar
Chief Technology Officer & Solution Architect, Leidos
Oklahoma City University

David Ravichandar is the Chief Technology Officer & Solution Architect of Leidos Company. He first joined the company in 2016 as chief solutions architect & principal investigator. Leidos is a science and technology solutions leader working to address some of the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and healthcare markets. The company’s 43,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers.

Previously, Ravichandar was a chief solutions architect and oracle SME at Lockheed Martin Corporation-Information Systems & Global Solutions and before that a technical director at Wexler Technical Solutions Inc. Earlier in his career he worked with GTE Government Information Systems as a member of the software engineering team. Ravichandar earned an MS in computer science from Oklahoma City University.

 

12. Taylor Smith
Chief Technology Officer, Honeywell
Dartmouth College

Taylor Smith is the Chief Technology Officer of Honeywell. He first joined the company in 2005 as a product marketing manager. Honeywell is a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies to address tough challenges linked to global macrotrends such as safety, security, and energy. With approximately 110,000 employees worldwide, including more than 19,000 engineers and scientists, they have an unrelenting focus on quality, delivery, value, and technology in everything they make and do.

Earlier in his career, Smith worked with Venture Development Corporation as a senior market analyst. Smith earned an MBA from Wake Forest University and a master’s in engineering management and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Dartmouth College.

 

13. Daniel Parkes
Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson
Harvard University

Daniel Parkes is the Chief Technology Officer of Ericsson. Ericsson is one of the leading providers of information and communication technology to service providers. They enable the full value of connectivity by creating game-changing technology and services that are easy to use, adopt, and scale, making their customers successful in a fully connected world. Parkes has 21 years in the information technology & services industry. He began his career in 2001.

Before joining Ericsson, Parkes was the co-founder and CTO at Placecast, and before that a lead architect at Manhattan Associates. Earlier in his career he worked with Evant as a senior software engineer. Parkes graduated from Stanford University with a master's degree in computer science and from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in cognitive neuroscience.

 

14. James Faist
Vice President and Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, CACI International
Virginia Military Institute

James Faist is the Vice President and Chief Technology & Strategy Officer of CACI International. CACI International provides information systems and technology and professional services providing the unique expertise and distinctive technology that address their customers’ greatest enterprise and mission challenges. Its culture of good character, innovation, and excellence drives its success and earns its recognition as a Fortune World's Most Admired Company. Faist has 43 years in the information technology & services industry. He began his career in 1979.

Before joining CACI International, Faist was a director of defense research and engineering for advanced capabilities at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and before that a chief engineer for space and airborne ISR systems at Northrop Grumman. Earlier in his career he worked with the United States Air Force as a captain. Faist graduated from Cornell University with an MS in electrical engineering and from Virginia Military Institute with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.

 

15. Aaron Myers
Chief Technology Officer, Suited
University of Texas

Dr. Aaron Myers is the CTO of Suited, an A.I. powered, assessment-driven recruiting network used by professional services firms to accurately, confidentially, and equitably discover and place early career candidates from all backgrounds into competitive early-stage career opportunities.

Prior to Suited, Myers was the co-founder of another AI-based recruiting start-up, dedicated to removing bias from the recruiting process. During this time, he built products that were able to source and evaluate talent in ways that were predictive of future performance while not unfairly measuring candidates on attributes that cause adverse impact. Myers received his PhD in computational science, engineering, and mathematics from the University of Texas with a focus on building machine learning models.

 

16. Steven Tamm
Chief Technology Officer, Salesforce
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Steven Tamm began his professional career 25 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Salesforce. Salesforce brings companies and customers together on the #1 CRM tool. They help marketing, sales, commerce, service, and IT teams work as one from anywhere so they can keep their customers happy everywhere.

Tamm first got his start in 1997 as a senior software engineer at Calico Commerce. From there, he went on to SAP Markets, before eventually rising to become a principal architect at Salesforce.com, his most recent position prior to becoming CTO. Tamm graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a ME in computer science and electrical engineering.

 

17. Abe Askenazi
Chief Technology Officer, Zero Motorcycles
University of California - Berkeley

Abe Askenazi began his professional career 27 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Zero Motorcycles. Zero Motorcycles is the global leader in electric motorcycles and powertrains. Designed and crafted by hand in California, Zero Motorcycles combines Silicon Valley technology with traditional motorcycle soul to elevate the motorcycling experience for intelligent, innovative riders around the world.

Askenazi first got his start in 1995 as an analysis engineer at Buell Motorcycle Company, his most recent position prior to joining Zero Motorcycles. Askenazi graduated from the University of California - Berkeley with an MS and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.

 

18. Andy Hendrickson
Chief Technology Officer, Aristocrat
University of California - Berkeley

Andy Hendrickson began his professional career 25 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Aristocrat. Aristocrat is an ASX20 listed company and one of the world’s leading providers of gaming solutions. They’re licensed in over 300 jurisdictions and operate in over 90 countries around the world. They’re also proud to have a team of over 7000 employees that deliver outstanding results by pushing the boundaries of innovation, creativity and technology each day. They offer a diverse range of products and services including electronic gaming machines, social gaming and casino management systems

Hendrickson first got his start in 1997 as a director of computer systems at Advanced Pathology Systems. From there, he went on to Industrial Light & Magic before eventually rising to become the CTO at Prysm Collective LLC, his most recent position prior to joining Aristocrat. Hendrickson earned an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of California - Berkeley.

 

19. Nizar Trigui
Chief Technology Officer, Bridgestone
The Ohio State University

Nizar Trigui is the Chief Technology Officer of Bridgestone. He first joined the company in 2017. Bridgestone is a global leader providing sustainable mobility and advanced solutions. They develop, manufacture and market a diverse portfolio of original equipment and replacement tires, tire-centric solutions, mobility solutions and other rubber-associated and diversified products that deliver social and customer value. These best-in-class offerings are sold to consumers and fleet customers around the world under the trusted Bridgestone and Firestone brand names.

Previously, Trigui was an EVP and CTO at Dura Automotive and before that a business executive and global chief engineer at Ford Motor Company. Earlier in his career he worked with Ford Motor Company as a product manager. Trigui earned a PhD in mechanical engineering, an MS in mechanical engineering and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, all from The Ohio State University.

 

20. Charles Beadnall
Chief Technology Officer, GoDaddy
Northwestern University

Charles Beadnall is the Chief Technology Officer of GoDaddy. He first joined the company in 2013 as the vice president of engineering. GoDaddy helps the world easily start, confidently grow, and successfully run an online presence. GoDaddy was born to give people an easy, affordable way to get their ideas online. Today, it has millions of customers around the world, but its goal hasn't changed.

Previously, Beadnall was a senior director of engineering at Yahoo and before that a VP at Metaweb Technologies, Inc. Earlier in his career he worked with WR Hambrecht + Co as a director of auction operations. Beadnall earned an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.

 

21. Ramon Felciano
Chief Technology Officer, QIAGEN
Stanford University

Ramon Felciano is the Chief Technology Officer of QIAGEN. QIAGEN is the leading global provider of sample to insight solutions that enable customers to gain valuable molecular insights from samples containing the building blocks of life. QIAGEN provides solutions to more than 500,000 customers around the world in Molecular Diagnostics (human healthcare) and Life Sciences (academia, pharma R&D, industrial applications, and primarily forensics). Felciano has 33 years of experience. He began his career in 1989.

Before joining QIAGEN, Felciano was a founder and principal at Digital Alchemy and before that a founder, CTO, and VP of research at Ingenuity Systems. Earlier in his career he worked with Stanford University School of Medicine as an associate director. Felciano graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine with a PhD in biomedical informatics and MS in biomedical informatics and from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in computer science and English & French literature.

 

22. Jeff Pinner
Chief Technology Officer, Lyft
Princeton University

Jeff Pinner is the Chief Technology Officer of Lyft. Lyft was founded in 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation and is available to approximately 95 percent of the United States population as well as select cities in Canada. Lyft is committed to effecting positive change for its cities by offsetting carbon emissions from all rides, and by promoting transportation equity through shared rides, bikeshare systems, electric scooters, and public transit partnerships. Pinner has 14 years of experience He began his career in 2008.

Before joining Lyft, Pinner was a senior staff software engineer at Twitter and before that, a systems engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Pinner graduated from Stanford University with an MS in aeronautics and astronautics and from Princeton University with an undergraduate degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

 

23. Sri Viswanath
Chief Technology Officer, Atlassian
Clemson University

Sri Viswanath began his professional career 26 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Atlassian. Atlassian supports an international group of 170,000+ customers. It builds tools like Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, and Trello to help teams across the world become more nimble, creative, and aligned. Over 200,000+ customers use Atlassian to empower their teams and drive their missions forward.

Viswanath first got his start in 1996 as a software engineer at Siemens. From there, he went on to Sun Microsystems, before eventually rising to CTO and SVP of engineering and operations at Groupon, his most recent position prior to joining Atlassian. Viswanath graduated from Stanford University with an MS in management and from Clemson University with an MS in computer science.

 

24. Carlonda Reilly
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Kennametal
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Carlonda Reilly is the VP and Chief Technology Officer of Kennametal. She first joined the company in 2018. At the forefront of advanced materials innovation for more than 75 years, Kennametal is a global industrial technology leader delivering productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency.

Earlier in her career Reilly worked with DuPont as a global technology director for nylon enterprise, polyester and filaments. Reilly earned a PhD in chemical engineering and MS in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

25. Diana Pan
Chief Technology Officer, The Museum of Modern Art
Columbia University

Diana Pan is the Chief Technology Officer of The Museum of Modern Art. Established in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art is the world’s preeminent institution dedicated to the art of today. With a dynamic exhibition program and one of the world’s largest collections of modern and contemporary art, MoMA bridges the past and present and the established and the experimental, bringing new ideas to over three million onsite visitors per year, and many more millions in the digital realm. Pan has 26 years of experience. She began her career in 1996.

Before joining The Museum of Modern Art, Pan was the VP of technology services at New Madison Ave and before that a director of technology at Scholastic Inc. Earlier in her career she worked with Remedy as a software engineer. Pan graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with an MS and an undergraduate degree in computer science.

 

26. Eddie Schutter
Chief Technology Officer, Switch
University of California - Los Angeles

Eddie Schutter began his professional career 13 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Switch. Switch designs, builds, and operates the highest-rated data center ecosystems in the world. Switch is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the internet. The company’s founder has developed more than 500 issued and pending patent claims covering data center designs that have manifested into the company’s world-renowned data centers. Switch has more than 800 clients, including many of the world's leading global enterprises and Fortune 100 corporations. Schutter has over 25 years of experience.

Schutter has vast experience in leadership in the data center and information technology industry for organizations including eBay, AT&T, DCF Technologies, The Green Grid, Data Center Pulse, and other various advisory boards. He is a director on the iMasons BOD, executive advisor of the Technical Curriculum Advisory Board for CNET Training, and Engineering Advisory Board for SMU Lyle School of Engineering. Schutter graduated from University of California - Los Angeles with an undergraduate degree in computer technology and computer systems technology.

 

27. Jonathan Siegrist
Chief Technology Officer, Cepheid
University of California - Los Angeles

Jonathan Siegrist began his professional career 15 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Cepheid. Cepheid set the standard for innovation in automated molecular diagnostics with its first system and they’ve never looked back. And now, even with the largest installed base of any molecular platform, Cepheid is constantly innovating and evolving its capabilities. Its technology has been heralded as game-changing by healthcare leaders world-wide. They envision a better way for clinical institutions of any size, from small medical clinics to high-volume reference laboratories and major hospitals, to access the power of molecular diagnostics.

Siegrist first got his start in 2007 as an R&D biochemist and in RNA amplification development at Hologic (formerly Gen-Probe). From there, he went on to Symbient Product Development, before eventually co-founding Monitoring R&DCo where he served as an engineer, his most recent position prior to joining Cepheid. Siegrist graduated from the University of California - Irvine with a PhD and an MS in biomedical engineering and from the University of California - Los Angeles with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.

 

28. Sydney Lovely
Chief Technology Officer, Grass Valley
Oregon State University

Sydney Lovely is the Chief Technology Officer of Grass Valley. He first joined the company in 2012 as a director of research and development. Grass Valley's end-to-end ecosystem of reliable, open standards-based solutions help content creators, broadcasters, and media organizations to produce brilliant content and build successful media businesses. Its award-winning technology and trusted industry expertise empower its customers to create captivating experiences that connect people anywhere, on any device, through the magic of media.

Previously, Lovely was a development manager at Harmonic. Earlier in his career he worked with Omneon Video Networks as a system architect. Lovely earned an undergraduate degree in electrical and computer engineering from Oregon State University.

 

29. Matt Lasmanis
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Sage Therapeutics
Boston College

Matt Lasmanis is the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of Sage Therapeutics. He first joined the company in 2020. Sage Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing novel therapies with the potential to transform the lives of people with debilitating disorders of the brain. Sage is a place where unconventional thinking to solve problems with new ideas is welcome and where unconventional thinkers can imagine what’s possible and do big.

Previously, Lasmanis was a chief information officer at GSK and before that a chief information officer at Stiefel, a GSK company. Earlier in his career he worked with Havas as an architect, for data and analytics. Lasmanis earned an undergraduate degree from Boston College.

 

30. Regis Luther
VP of Engineering & Chief Technology Officer, AM General
The Johns Hopkins University

Regis Luther is the VP of Engineering and the Chief Technology Officer of AM General. AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for commercial and military customers. The AM General business units also include two wholly owned subsidiaries, General Engine Products, a diesel engine manufacturer, and General Transmission Products, an automatic transmission manufacturer. Luther has 31 years of experience. He began his career in 1991.

Before joining AM General, Luther was a VP of products management and defense engineering at Navistar. Earlier in his career he worked with BAE Systems as a VP. He is a recipient of the 2012 Sid Olsen, Engineering Executive of the Year, from the Society of Automotive Engineers. Luther has been awarded 4 patents in energy and survivability, with 4 additional patents pending. He holds both a Commercial Driver’s License and is an ASE certified Truck Technician. Luther graduated from Johns Hopkins University with an MS in chemical engineering and from the University of Houston with an MBA in business and international finance.

 

31. Michael Schmidt
Chief Technology Officer, DataRobot
Cornell University

Michael Schmidt began his professional career 11 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of DataRobot. DataRobot is the AI cloud leader, delivering a unified platform for all users, all data types, and all environments to accelerate delivery of AI to production. They are trusted by global customers across industries and verticals, including a third of the Fortune 50, delivering over a trillion predictions for leading companies globally. DataRobot was founded in 2012 to democratize access to AI.

Schmidt first got his start in 2011 as a founder, data scientist and engineer at Nutonian Inc. Schmidt graduated from Cornell University with a PhD and an undergraduate degree in electrical and computer engineering.

 

32. Nicholas Bayless
Chief Technology Officer, Centivax
Yale University

Nicholas Bayless is the Chief Technology Officer of Centivax. Centivax is a healthcare-based agency that provides biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturing and therapeutics services. Bayless has 15 years of experience. He began his career in 2007.

Before joining Centivax, Bayless was a senior research scientist at Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and before that a PhD candidate and graduate researcher at Stanford University School of Medicine. Earlier in his career he worked with Bottlenotes Inc as a podcast production manager. Bayless graduated from Stanford University with a PhD, from New York University with an MS in biotechnology and from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in molecular biochemistry and biophysics.

 

33. Benny Joseph
Chief Technology Officer, Allbirds
University of Chicago

Benny Joseph began his professional career 20 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Allbirds. Allbirds is a global footwear and apparel brand with roots in New Zealand and its headquarters in San Francisco. Since 2016, they’ve been on a mission to prove that comfort, design, and sustainability aren’t mutually exclusive. Its commitment to creating better things in a better way is fueled by a belief that the fashion industry needs to focus less on flash and more on thoughtfulness.

Joseph first got his start in 2002 as a software engineer at E*TRADE Financial. From there, he went on to Waterfall Mobile, before eventually rising to director of engineering at Intuit, his most recent position prior to joining Allbirds. Joseph graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with an MS in computer science, from The University of Chicago with an MBA in entrepreneurship, finance, accounting and from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree in computer engineering.

 

34. Arnold Blinn
Chief Technology Officer, LegalShield
Carnegie Mellon University

Arnold Blinn is the Chief Technology Officer of LegalShield. He first joined the company in 2020. LegalShield protects and empowers people with the tools and services needed to affordably live a just and secure life. Through affordable legal services, LegalShield has recovered and saved its members over $22 million in 2020. With its privacy and identity theft protection services, it saved its members an additional $5,000,000. With more than 1.8 million family members and 100,000 small business members, LegalShield brands provide access to technology and professional experts to make life better.

Previously, Blinn was a chief architect at GoDaddy and before that a partner architect at Microsoft. Earlier in his career he worked with Oracle. Blinn earned an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics and computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

35. Satwik Seshasai
Chief Technology Officer, Clearco
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Satwik Seshasai is the Chief Technology Officer of Clearco. He first joined the company in 2021. Clearco is a suite of performance financing products and services tailor-made to help founders succeed. A pay-as-you-grow pioneer and the world’s largest ecommerce investor, their mission is to remove the barriers between brilliant ideas, and brilliant businesses. Clearco has invested $2.5 billion into 5,500+ companies using data science to identify high-growth funding opportunities. This data-driven approach takes the bias out of decision-making and helps Clearco fund 8x more female founders than traditional VCs across 6 countries. Their portfolio spans small businesses across the world to some of the biggest brands today, like unTUCKit, Vanity Planet, Andie Swim, Haus, and Farmgirl Flowers. Seshasai has over 20 years of experience building technology platforms to serve the world’s most complex sectors.

Seshasai joined ClearCo after serving as an engineering leader at Compass for three years leading up to their IPO in 2021. Previously, Seshasai was the founding CTO and head of sales at Segovia, where he partnered with leading telecommunications firms’ mobile money services to build a licensed payment platform with presence in over a dozen African countries. During that time, Seshasai also helped develop the World Economic Forum’s Principles on Humanitarian Payments. Prior to Segovia, he was the Chief Technology Officer of NextDocs, one of INC500’s top 10 software companies in the country. He began his career at IBM, where he focused on cloud computing and collaboration. Seshasai earned a PhD and MS in engineering systems from MIT and a BS and MEng in computer science from MIT.

 

36. Robert Cordova
Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, Milwaukee Bucks
Yale University

Robert Cordova is the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer of Milwaukee Bucks. He first joined the organization in 2018 as CTO. Milwaukee Bucks is preceded by a lengthy history of success in the NBA, highlighted by the franchise’s NBA Championship in 1971. Bucks earned the distinction of owning the quickest rise from expansion team to champion in any of the four major North American professional leagues. The Bucks also count two conference championships, 13 division titles and 27 postseason appearances among the team’s many accomplishments. Cordova has 38 years of experience. He began his career in 1984.

Before joining Milwaukee Bucks, Cordova was a principal architect and regional CTO with AT&T and before that, a mobile solutions director at the Sara Lee Corporation. Earlier in his career he worked with Northrop Grumman as a product planner. In his early years he spent time working in aerospace technology, designing microchips for missile systems, as well as transistor layouts and logic boards for submarines. Cordova graduated from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.

 

37. Mark Stewart
Chief Technology Officer, BoomTown
Loyola University - New Orleans

Mark Stewart is the Chief Technology Officer of BoomTown. BoomTown is a software platform designed to help real estate professionals generate leads, manage contacts, and run their business better. Over 40,000 of the industry’s best use their products to close more deals. Their success is trademarked with growth. Stewart has 21 years of experience. He began his career in 2001.

Before joining BoomTown, Stewart was an SVP of engineering and general manager at Bullhorn and before that a director of application development at Interthinx. Earlier in his career he worked with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab as a software engineer. Stewart graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with an MS in computer science and from Loyola University - New Orleans with an undergraduate degree in computer science.

 

38. Joseph Benjamin
Chief Technology Officer, Behavox
University of California -Berkeley

Joseph Benjamin is the Chief Technology Officer of Behavox. He first joined the company in 2021. Behavox provides AI-powered insights that protect companies and their employees from illegal, immoral, and malicious behavior. Insights are generated by analyzing communication data from email, instant messaging, voice, and video conferencing platforms. By proactively monitoring these platforms using AI rather than manually reviewing content, employees are protected while maintaining their privacy. Founded in 2014, Behavox is headquartered in New York City.

Previously, Benjamin was a group VP and CTO at Oracle and before that a CTO at DataLogix, Inc. Earlier in his career he worked with NREL in desktop and network support. Benjamin earned an MBA from the University of Denver - Daniels College of Business and an undergraduate degree in history and economics from the University of California - Berkeley.

 

39. Brian Hough
Chief Technology Officer, Curology
The Ohio State University

Brian Hough began his professional career 12 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Curology. Curology is headquartered in the Embarcadero neighborhood of San Francisco and has a second office in San Diego. At Curology, they provide prescription medications custom-formulated for each patient's skin and shipped directly to their door. It tailors the entire Curology experience specifically for patients with acne and anti-aging concerns, allowing them to provide incredibly personalized, effective, and affordable care at scale.

Hough first got his start in 2010 as a front-end web developer and designer at CBS Radio. From there, he went on to Determine (Formerly Selectica), before eventually rising to CTO at Beam Dental, his most recent position prior to joining Curology. Hough graduated from the University of Akron with a graduate degree and from The Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in sociology and economics.

 

40. Peter Theunis
Chief Technology Officer, Perforce Software
University of California - Berkeley

Peter Theunis is the Chief Technology Officer of Methodics at Perforce Software. He first joined the company in 2020. Founded in 1995, Perforce Software is a leading provider of highly scalable development and DevOps solutions designed to deliver dynamic development, intelligent testing, risk management, and boundaryless collaboration. It partners with organizations that must accelerate time to market and reduce risk in environments where the cost of failure is high.

Previously, Theunis was a CTO at Methodics Inc. and before that a principal engineer at Yahoo. Earlier in his career he worked with Bitlocker as a software engineer. Theunis earned an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of California - Berkeley.

 

41. Charles Taylor
Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Heartflow
Stanford University

Charles Taylor is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Heartflow. HeartFlow is a medical technology company transforming the way cardiovascular disease is diagnosed and treated. With its HeartFlow Analysis, a non-invasive personalized cardiac test, physicians are able to make better care decisions for their patients with suspected coronary artery disease, the number one killer of men and women worldwide. Taylor has 35 years of experience. He began his career in 1987.

Before joining Heartflow, Taylor was an adjunct professor of bioengineering at Stanford University and before that a teaching assistant at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Earlier in his career he worked with General Electric as a mechanical engineer. Taylor graduated from Stanford University with a PhD in mechanical engineering and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an MS in mathematics and mechanical engineering and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.

 

42. Helen Johnson
Chief Technology Officer, Data Dynamics
Cornell University

Helen Johnson began her professional career 29 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Technology Officer of Data Dynamics. Data Dynamics is the pioneer of unified unstructured data management software. With 26 of the Fortune 100 as customers around the world, Data Dynamics enables organizations to analyze, move, manage, and modernize their data anywhere. Data Dynamics accelerates the adoption of hybrid, public and multi-cloud strategies, builds higher quality SLAs, and improves business process modernizations.

Johnson first got her start in 1993 as a software engineer at FactSet Research Systems. From there, she went on to Bloomberg, before eventually rising to become a transition executive and global head of IT delivery partnerships at AIG, her most recent position prior to joining Data Dynamics. Johnson graduated with a degree in computer science and economics from Cornell University.

 

43. Zack Storer
Chief Technology & Product Officer, Health Carousel
University of Cincinnati

Zack Storer is the Chief Technology and Product Officer of Health Carousel. He first joined the company in 2021. Health Carousel is a total talent management company with a leading portfolio of healthcare staffing and workforce solutions. It was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2004 with a vision to build a company that could ensure that US patients have access to qualified healthcare professionals when and where they need them. The founders developed service lines that helped US healthcare organizations address their short-term and long-term workforce challenges.

Previously, Storer founded and served as the CEO for ZSC Solutions before moving onto International Paper where he worked in IT architecture, operations, and engineering. He spent 11 years with Kroger working in various roles including GM, senior executive director, and enterprise technology leader. He served as CTO with Grainger and Bowery Farming before moving into his current role with Health Carousel. In addition to his current responsibilities, Storer is the founder of Sigma 7 Labs and Angel Equity. Storer earned an undergraduate degree in information engineering and technology from the University of Cincinnati.

 

44. Alex Victoria
Chief Technology Officer, ZenBusiness
Carnegie Mellon University

Alex Victoria is the Chief Technology Officer of ZenBusiness. ZenBusiness is a trusted partner for business owners who want to start, run, and grow a business. It uses technology and automation to provide fast and low-cost services, expert support, and a personalized dashboard that puts everything their clients need at their fingertips. ZenBusiness is democratizing the entire process of forming a business. Victoria has 23 years of experience. He began his career in 1999.

Before joining ZenBusiness, Victoria was a CTO at Civitas Learning and before that a global VP at HomeAway. Earlier in his career he worked with Trilogy as a consultant. Victoria graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an MS in information systems, public policy and management and an undergraduate degree in information and decision systems.

 

45. Naresh Singh
Chief Technology Officer, Lenox Advisors
New York University

Naresh Singh began his professional career 25 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Lenox Advisors. Lenox Advisors builds custom solutions that integrate the financial needs of high-net-worth individuals, their families and corporate clients. As an advocate, they take the time to deeply understand their client’s goals and values and then develop strategies to help protect and preserve their wealth. Backed by a team of highly trained professionals, their advisors have access to a broad range of financial solutions to assist in financial planning, asset management, insurance and risk management, employee benefits and executive benefits.

Singh first got his start in 1997 as a systems operator with New York University - Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He later spent time as a system and support engineer with ING Barings Prime Brokerage and ABN AMRO Prime Brokerage. Over the years he has held several executive positions with companies like Pali Capital, Artio Global Investors and Fifth Avenue Financial. Singh earned a bachelor's degree from New York University and is in the process of obtaining his MBA from Boston University.

 

46. Phil Richards
Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Clairvoya
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Phil Richards is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Clairvoya. Clairvoya helps organizations gain full visibility and command over their data landscape with enterprise-class, cloud-based software that goes beyond best-in-class security, risk mitigation and compliance to deliver real-time intelligence and insight. Clairvoya empowers data security, privacy, and governance leaders to address today’s information management challenges and answer tomorrow’s privacy questions with confidence and ease. Richards has 24 years of experience. He began his career in 1998.

Before joining Clairvoya, Richards was a chief technology officer at DiscoverReady and before that a senior vice president and senior financial manager at Bank of America. Earlier in his career he co-founded Noveena Wireless. Richards graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an MBA and an MS in electrical engineering and computer science.

 

47. Dennis Parrington
Chief Technology Officer, Radancy
The Johns Hopkins University

Dennis Parrington is the Chief Technology Officer of Radancy. He first joined the company in 2021. Radancy is a global talent technology leader intelligently solving the most critical challenges for employers and delivering results that strengthen their organizations. Its unified platform, augmented by rich data and deep industry expertise, is revolutionizing how employers attract and hire the talent they need.

Previously, Parrington was a CTO at TMP Worldwide and before that a director of technology at Dow Jones. Earlier in his career he worked with PFS Marketwyse as a web developer. Parrington earned an MS in technology management from Columbia University in the City of New York and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Johns Hopkins University.

 

48. Dan O'Bryan
Chief Technology Officer, Ezoic
University of Notre Dame

Dan O'Bryan is the Chief Technology Officer of Ezoic. Ezoic is an award-winning technology partner for digital publishers and content creators. Its unique solutions allow independent websites and video publishers to increase their revenue and grow their audiences without depending on big tech or relying on a long list of 3rd-party service providers. Ezoic is a Google Certified Publishing Partner. O’Bryan has 25 years in the information technology and services industry. He began his career in 1997.

Before joining Ezoic, O’Bryan was a director of technology at Acknowledge and before that a software engineer at Honeywell. Earlier in his career he worked with Barrios Technology as an engineer. O’Bryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.

 

49. Bron Hafner
Chief Technology Officer, Celtic Capital
University of California - Berkeley

Bron Hafner began his professional career 38 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Celtic Capital. Celtic Capital specializes in providing asset-based financing from $500,000 to $5,000,000 for manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and service providers throughout the United States and serving companies that don't qualify for traditional bank financing. Celtic Capital understands the business climate in the communities in which they serve and has the flexibility to react quickly to market needs.

Hafner first got his start in 1984 as a programmer and analyst at William Stucky & Associates. From there, he went on to MAXXUS, before eventually rising to become a project manager at Gateway Container Corporation, his most recent position prior to joining Celtic Capital. Hafner graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of California - Berkeley.

 

50. Peter Bartlett
Chief Technology Officer, Hennessy Automobile Companies
University of Michigan

Peter Bartlett began his professional career 13 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Hennessy Automobile Companies. Hennessy Automobile Companies represents eleven brands in ten locations around the Metro Atlanta area. Since opening their doors in 1964, they have worked diligently to provide wholesale distribution of automobiles. The company offers used and new passenger cars, trucks, and finance options.

Bartlett first got his start in 2009 as an engineer with Bath Iron Works. From there, he went on to Michigan Marijuana Forms, before eventually rising to director of data science at Verusen, his most recent position prior to joining Hennessy Automobile Companies. Bartlett graduated from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree in naval architecture and marine engineering.

 

51. Aditya Jami
Chief Technology Officer, Meltwater
Stanford University

Aditya Jami is the Chief Technology Officer of Meltwater. He first joined the company in 2016 as a senior director of engineering. Meltwater helps companies make better, more informed decisions based on insights from the outside. It believes that business strategy will be increasingly shaped by insights from online data. Organizations will look outside, beyond their internal reporting systems to a world of data that is constantly growing and changing. More than 27,000 companies use the Meltwater media intelligence platform to stay on top of billions of online conversations, extract relevant insights, and use them to strategically manage their brand and stay ahead of their competition.

Previously, Jami was a co-founder and CTO at Predict Effect and before that a technical lead at Netflix. Earlier in his career he worked with Yahoo! Cloud Computing as a senior software engineer. Jami earned an MS in computer science from Stanford University.

 

52. Andrew Peret
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Webtalk
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Andrew Peret is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Webtalk. He founded the company in 2017. Webtalk is a global big data software technology company focused on relationship-based data mining, storage, and search technologies to power the next generation communication and commerce utility. Using a patent-pending data labeling process, Webtalk has been able to reinvent online relationship management through a user experience unparalleled in the industry thus creating an entirely new class of product to manage contacts, communication and content seamlessly.

Previously, Peret was a VP of information technology at American Express and before that a technical lead at Revolution Money (acquired by American Express). Earlier in his career he worked with University of Wisconsin - Madison, Division of Information Technology as an application software engineer. Peret graduated with a degree in business information systems analysis and design from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

 

53. Rebecca Jones
Chief Technology Officer, Trove
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Rebecca Jones is the Chief Technology Officer of Trove. Founded as a California Benefit Corporation, Trove was founded by individuals who strongly believe that circular sustainability is the only way forward for retail. It provides a white-label circular shopping solution that empowers premium brands to take back supply and control their own resale channel and customer experience. Trove is the leader in branded resale managing programs for innovative brands including Levi's, Patagonia, Eileen Fisher, Arc'teryx, and REI. Jones has 29 years of experience. She began her career in 1993.

Before joining Trove, Jones was a VP of engineering at Credit.com and before that a VP of software engineering and software architecture at Innovative Interfaces. Earlier in her career he worked with UCG as a software engineer. Jones graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science.

 

54. Ben Nguyen
Chief Technology Officer, Pragmatics
Harvard University

Ben Nguyen began his professional career 30 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Pragmatics. Pragmatics is a leading cloud, development, security, operations, and data solutions provider for software and systems engineering. Pragmatics combines the latest cloud offerings with their streamlined DevSecOps processes to accelerate their clients through their digital transformation, modernization, and cloud migration journey. Their data scientists and engineers collaborate with clients to identify, promote, and leverage new patterns, insights, and predictive analytics through advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms, approaches, and tools. Pragmatics brings together an enterprise vision with deep technical expertise for comprehensive client

Nguyen first got his start in 1992 as a resident physician at UCLA Health. From there, he went on to Inova Health System, before eventually rising to become a partner at Atlantic Brain & Spine, his most recent position prior to joining Pragmatics. Nguyen graduated from Harvard Medical School with an MD and from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in biology and biological science.

 

55. Mikhail Romanov
Chief Technology Officer, Playphone
Saint Petersburg State University

Mikhail Romanov is Chief Technology Officer for Playphone. He first joined the company in 2019. Playphone is the premier mobile games platform for the world's largest and fastest growing markets. Playphone operates game stores throughout the world. They enable game developers to launch and monetize games globally with a single integration SDK. Their platform enhances user engagement with games by providing a rewards system that is fully integrated with Amazon gift cards and more. With thousands of games available and hundreds more being integrated every month, Playphone is a global leader in mobile gaming distribution

Previously, Romanov was a senior software developer at Microsoft. Earlier in his career he worked with Moscow Center of SPARC Technologies as a software developer. Romanov earned a MS in theoretical and mathematical physics, PhD in mathematical and theoretical physics and an undergraduate degree in theoretical and mathematical physics all from Saint Petersburg State University.

 

56. Demetris Agrotis
Chief Technology Officer, Clear Lens Robotics
The Ohio State University

Demetris Agrotis is the Chief Technology Officer of Clear Lens Robotics (CLR). CLR is a new firm, committed to solving the problem of continuous, unimpaired vision for military robotic platforms, as well as manned platforms equipped with remote or semi-autonomous weapons, sensors, LIDAR, or sights. Its system offers a modular approach to assuring continuous Electro-Optic sensor availability across the full range of military operating environments. The LCS is designed for low space, weight, and power applications, and can provide on-demand cleaning for a variety of lens sizes, shapes, materials, and coatings. Agrotis has 32 years of experience. He began his career in 1990.

Before joining Clear Lens Robotics, Agrotis was an EVP at Nartron and before that a CEO at Island Components Group Inc. Earlier in his career he worked with General Motors as an engineer. Agrotis graduated from the University of Dayton with a doctorate in electrical engineering and an MS in electrical engineering and industrial management, and from The Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.

 

57. Adam Sypniewski
Chief Technology Officer, Deepgram
University of Michigan

Adam Sypniewski is the Chief Technology Officer of Deepgram. Deepgram is the only true end-to-end Deep Learning Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) offering real-time transcription, built to scale. They’ve reinvented ASR with a complete, deep learning model that allows companies to get faster, more accurate transcription, resulting in more reliable data sets on-prem or in the cloud. Sypniewski has 13 years of experience. He began his career in 2009.

Before joining Deepgram, Sypniewski was a research scientist at Soar Technology, Inc. Sypniewski graduated from the University of Michigan with a PhD and from Alma College with an undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics.

 

58. Collin Davis
Chief Technology Officer, Pindrop
University of California - Los Angeles

Collin Davis began his professional career 21 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Pindrop. Pindrop solutions are leading the way to the future of voice by establishing the standard for security, identity, and trust for every voice interaction. Pindrop solutions protect some of the biggest banks, insurers, and retailers in the world using patented technology that extracts an unrivaled amount of intelligence from every call encountered.

Davis first got his start in 2001 as a software engineer at Symantec. From there, he went on to Amazon Web Services as a GM for AWS productivity apps, his most recent position prior to joining Pindrop. Davis graduated from the University of California - Los Angeles with an undergraduate degree in computer science.

 

59. Ali Azarbayejani
Chief Technology Officer, Cogito Corp
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ali Azarbayejani is the Chief Technology Officer of Cogito Corp. He first joined the company in 2009. Cogito provides human aware technology to help professionals elevate their performance. Cogito’s contact center AI instantly analyzes hundreds of conversational behaviors to provide live in-call guidance combined with a real-time measure of customer experience.

Previously, Azarbayejani was a consultant and owner at Azarbayejani Consulting and before that a principal technical staff member at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs. Earlier in his career he worked with Alchemy 3D Technology as a founder and president. Azarbayejani earned a PhD in computational geometry, an MS in electrical engineering, computer science and aerospace engineering and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

60. Nicholas Walker
Chief Technology Officer, LivingTree
University of Michigan

Nicholas Walker began his professional career 22 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of LivingTree where he led the growth and scalability of the LivingTree platform from 20K to 1M+ users. LivingTree is a platform built in the context of optimizing community, family, and student engagement for the full range of K-12 school systems. It empowers education leaders to connect, share, and engage their families at every level. It became the mission of the company to improve student outcomes by helping classrooms, schools, and districts build and connect with their communities. Walker has over 20 years of engineering technology, product management, and business leadership experience.

Walker previously founded Manticore Technology where he spent 12 years as the CEO and CTO. Manticore provided an available/scalable SaaS marketing platform and became a multimillion-dollar recurring revenue business utilizing only a small amount of seed capital. He later executed a strategic merger of Manticore with Sales Engine International (SEI) and, after serving as CTO he served on the SEI Board of Directors. Earlier in his career, Walker led Hewlett Packard’s CloudFoundry strategy as part of the initial launch of the HPE Helion Development Platform, including advising on investment in the CloudFoundry open-source community and recommending M&A targets. Walker graduated from the University of Texas with an MBA and from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering.

 

61. Dale Remmers
Chief Technology Officer, Mentalix
University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Dale Remmers is the Chief Technology Officer of Mentalix. Mentalix provides complete identity management solutions which support maximum re-use of fingerprint or palm print data. Its FBI-certified products enable multiple methods of capturing and utilizing fingerprints, including live scanning, card scanning, card printing, mobile ID, and fingerprint-based identity and background checks. Remmers has 37 years of experience. He began his career in 1985.

Before joining Mentalix, Remmers was a software engineer at Texas Instrument. Remmers graduated from Northwestern University with an MS in computer science and from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with an undergraduate degree in computer science.

 

62. Gustavo Rivera
Chief Technology & Services Officer, Mojix
University of Michigan

Gustavo Rivera began his professional career 27 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology and Services Officer of Mojix. Mojix is a global leader in item-level intelligence solutions for manufacturing, supply chain and retail. The firm is leading the way in item-level traceability solutions utilizing its high security, globally scalable cloud-hosted SaaS platform. Founded in 2004, the company has deep domain expertise in serialization technologies such as RFID, NFC, and print based marking systems.

Rivera first got his start in 1995 as a senior director of engineering at Rustnet. From there, he went on to MatchLogic, before eventually founding TierConnect where he served as CTO, his most recent position prior to joining Mojix. Rivera graduated from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree in computer science and engineering.

 

63. Jack Yang
Chief Technology Officer, American National Bank of Texas
The University of Texas at Austin

Jack Yang is the Chief Technology Officer of American National Bank of Texas. He first joined the bank in 2018. American National Bank of Texas (ANBTX) has been a community bank deeply involved with local business owners, possessing a clear understanding of their challenges, goals, and financial needs. It strives to build lifelong relationships by listening first and then building an integrated product and services mix from its portfolio, including cash management, merchant services and loans and lines of credit. Its commitment begins with its relationship managers who are dedicated to customer success.

Previously, Yang was an independent consultant and fractional CTO at Hostelworld Group and before that a VP of engineering for Asia Pacific at HomeAway.com. Earlier in his career he worked with Crop Growers Software as a lead engineer. Yang earned an undergraduate degree in economics from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

64. Steve Zicari
Chief Technology Officer, California Safe Soil
Cornell University

Steve Zicari is the Chief Technology Officer of California Safe Soil (CSS). He first joined the company in 2017 as the director of engineering and R&D. CSS manufactures crop fertilizers as well as pet nutrition product inputs. Their fertilizer products help agricultural customers save money, increase crop yield, and reduce nitrate runoff. Additionally, CSS is manufacturing wet and dry plant products for pet food. As a result, the company is greatly improving the world’s air, water, and soil environment, while employing safe, efficient, and effective solutions that meet the needs of their customers.

Previously, Zicari was a postdoctoral researcher at University of California - Davis and before that a senior project engineer at HMI Energy. Earlier in his career he worked with Microgy, Inc. as a senior project and process engineer. Zicari earned a PhD in biological and biosystems engineering from the University of California - Davis, and an MS in biological and environmental engineering and an undergraduate degree in agricultural and biological engineering from Cornell University.

 

65. Prineha Narang
Chief Technology Officer, Aliro Quantum
Caltech

Prineha Narang is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Aliro Quantum, a VC-backed US quantum network company. Aliro is a quantum networking platform company that spun out of NarangLab at Harvard University. Aliro is leading the charge on quantum network market creation by offering the foundational technologies needed for organizations around the world to build powerful quantum systems. At Aliro, she has led efforts in quantum information, towards commercializing scalable quantum networks. Further, she has advised IBM, Applied Materials and Northrop Grumman over the last years on building and expanding their quantum technology programs.

In addition to her role of CTO at Aliro, Narang is an assistant professor of computational materials science at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University where she leads an interdisciplinary group working on topics at the vibrant intersection of computational science, condensed matter theory, quantum photonics, and quantum information science. Prior to joining the faculty, Narang came to Harvard as an environmental fellow at HUCE and worked as a research scholar in condensed matter theory in the Department of Physics at MIT on new theoretical methods to describe interactions in quantum matter. She received an M.S. and Ph.D. in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology.

 

66. Jeffrey Gomez
Chief Technology Officer, Nitya Capital
The University of Texas at Austin

Jeffrey Gomez began his professional career 21 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Nitya Capital. Nitya Capital is a privately held real estate investment firm that focuses on the acquisition of opportunistic and value-add multifamily properties. Nitya’s objective is to enhance the value of its investments through extensive renovations while maximizing returns to investors and providing residents with a safe environment and enhanced quality of living.

Gomez first got his start in 2001 in web development at IBM. From there, he went on to Optimized Systems & Solutions, before eventually rising to project manager at Enablon, his most recent position prior to joining Nitya Capital. Gomez graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in computer science.

 

67. Prakash Mohan
Chief Technology Officer, Funeral Services
Florida State University

Prakash Mohan is the Chief Technology Officer of Funeral Services, Inc. (FSI). FSI is a preneed administration and contract record-keeping company that provides trust solutions to funeral homes, cemeteries, industry associations and financial institutions. It offers web-based technology designed for preneed and perpetual care programs and expert knowledge of the death care profession. FSI is a company created by death care professionals who have more than 35 years of industry experience and actively serve more than 500 clients in 19 states.

Mohan first joined FSI in 2009 as a programmer analyst before being promoted to his current role where he leads a team in the IT department and is focused on enhancing FSI’s PRISM system, a software that allows clients to streamline their records management program and see a complete picture of their trust at all times. Mohan received his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in India and a master’s degree in computer science at the Florida State University.

 

68. Tad McGeer
Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Aerovel
Princeton University

Tad McGeer is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Aerovel. He founded the company in 2006. Aeroval is a global buyer and distributor of excess OEM manufacturer traceable aircraft and helicopter rotable and expendable spare parts and components.

Previously, McGeer was a chairman and CTO at Insitu Inc and before that a chief scientist at Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation. Earlier in his career he worked with Simon Fraser University as an assistant professor. McGeer earned a PhD and MS in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.

 

69. Robert Vogt
Chief Technology Officer, Voyomotive
University of Michigan

Robert Vogt began his professional career 20 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of Voyomotive. Voyomotive is the world's most advanced connected car platform that provides advanced telematics and diagnostic data to channel partners and enables development of new products for their customers. The Voyomotive controllers are ideally suited for third party hardware developers that need access to vehicle data such as AI, camera developers and driverless car systems.

Vogt first got his start in 2002 as a strategy director at University of Michigan Solar Car Team. From there, he went on to Toyota, before eventually rising to become a principal engineer at Caflor Industries, his most recent position prior to joining Voyomotive. Vogt graduated from the University of Michigan with a master’s in computer science in engineering and from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree in computer engineering and computer science.

 

70. Rio Vetter
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer, NeuroNexus
Arizona State University

Rio Vetter is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer of NeuroNexus. NeuroNexus is a global leader for innovative neural interface products and technologies to meet both current and upcoming needs in neuroscience research, neurosurgery, and neuromodulation. The NeuroNexus data analytics software platform provides powerful, scalable, cross-platform analytical and visualization tools for managing and analyzing neurophysiological data. Vetter has over 17 years in the medical device industry. He began his career in 2004.

Vetter graduated from the University of Michigan with a PhD in biomedical engineering and from Arizona State University with a master’s and an undergraduate degree in bioengineering.

 

71. Tom Warmbrodt
Chief Technology Officer, ShipEngine
University of Texas at Austin

Tom Warmbrodt began his professional career 27 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of ShipEngine. ShipEngine is the leading multi-carrier shipping API. Their highly efficient API helps brands, platforms and third-party logistics providers drive efficiency and cost savings through a network of 70-plus carriers worldwide. ShipEngine’s users report that shipping-related tasks that once took minutes now take seconds, and that ShipEngine’s features help unlock thousands in savings.

Warmbrodt first got his start in 1995 as a webmaster at PrintNet. From there, he went on to Display Graphics, before eventually rising to CTO at ShipStation, his most recent position prior to joining ShipEngine. Warmbrodt graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in physics.

 

72. Andy Walker
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, GentiBio
University of Washington

Andy Walker is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of GentiBio. GentiBio is an early stage biotherapeutics company co-founded by pioneers in Treg biology and synthetic immunology to develop engineered regulatory T cells (EngTregs) programmed to treat autoimmune, alloimmune, autoinflammatory and allergic diseases. GentiBio is at the forefront of leveraging a unique therapeutic modality that can be used to address the fundamental cause of many diseases that result from overshooting and/or malfunctioning of the immune system. Walker has 21 years in the biotechnology industry. He began his career in 2001.

Before joining GentiBio, Walker was a CEO at Jewel Biotherapeutics and before that an SVP for technical operations at Juno Therapeutics. Earlier in his career he worked with Sandia National Laboratories as a senior member of the technical staff. Walker graduated from the University of California - Berkeley with a PhD and from the University of Washington with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.

 

73. Ken Walker
Chief Technology Officer, Owl Cyber Defense
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Ken Walker is the Chief Technology Officer of Owl Cyber Defense. He first joined the company in 2019. Owl Cyber Defense cross domain, data diode, and portable media solutions provide hardened network security checkpoints for absolute threat prevention and secure data availability. For over 20 years, clients worldwide in defense, intelligence, and infrastructure have trusted Owl’s unmatched expertise to protect networks, systems, and devices. Owl is also certified by the U.S. government, independent testing authorities, and international standards bodies.

Previously, Walker was a CTO at Tresys Technology and before that a senior security architect at SecureMethods. Earlier in his career he worked with Booz, Allen & Hamilton as a security consultant. Walker earned an MS in computer science from The Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree in computer engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

 

74. Thomas Neal
Chief Technology Officer, Stackry
United States Naval Academy

Thomas Neal is the Chief Technology Officer of Stackry. Stackry is a leading company in the package forwarding industry. By leveraging the latest technologies and relationships with the world's top international shippers, Stackry provides tools and pricing to make shopping stores in the USA as easy as shopping at home. It provides easy access to USA merchants. Their users utilize its online tools to manage the processing and shipping of their packages to doorsteps across the US. Neal has 20 years of experience. He began his career in 2002.

Before joining Stackry, Neal was a technology manager for Partner SOA Platforms at Vistaprint and before that a VP of technology and operations at Urbissimo Inc. Earlier in his career he worked with the IdentiCert as a VP of technology and operations. Neal graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in electrical engineering and business administration and from the United States Naval Academy with an undergraduate degree in systems engineering.

 

75. Jennifer Mathieu
Chief Technology Officer, Graphika
Boston University

Jennifer Mathieu began her professional career 26 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Technology Officer of Graphika. Graphika leverages the power of artificial intelligence to create the world’s most detailed maps of social media landscapes. It pioneers new analytical methods and tools to help its partners navigate complex online networks.

Mathieu first got her start in 1996 as a startup consultant at Aquaculture Technology Inc. From there, she went on to Ionics Inc., before eventually rising to chief technologist for social analytics and integrity at MITRE, her most recent position prior to joining Graphika. Mathieu graduated from Cornell University with a PhD in biological and environmental engineering, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a master’s in biosystems engineering, and from Boston University with an undergraduate degree in chemistry and environmental science.

 

76. Young Jo
Chief Technology Officer, Amogy
Rice University

Young Jo is the Chief Technology Officer of Amogy. He first joined the company in 2021. Amogy is a VC-backed start-up, located in Brooklyn, New York, and is working on a novel carbon-free energy system using ammonia as a fuel. The innovative solution enables the decarbonization of ground, sea, and air transportations, accelerating the journey towards the Net Zero Economy. Amogy was founded by four MIT PhD alumni who shared the vision of a decarbonized future transportation system.

Previously, Jo was a senior research scientist at Korea Institute of Science and Technology and before that a research scientist at Shell. Earlier in his career he worked with Rice University as an undergraduate research assistant. Jo earned a PhD and MS in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University.

 

77. David Bankston
Chief Technology Innovation Officer, TrueElements
Purdue University

David Bankston is the Chief Technology Innovation Officer of TrueElements. He first joined the company in 2020. True Elements, based in Florida, is committed to improving water sustainability through transparency of data on water quantity, quality, and use. Intelligent water quality data is generated through advanced technologies and AI pulling data from sensors around the country. That data is blended with private sources to provide an actionable water quality score, TrueQi™. TrueElements is the first and only company developed from the ground up to focus on the ability to forecast the future quality of the world’s water.

Previously, Bankston was the co-founder, CEO, and CTO at Sparksfly Technologies and before that a technical advisor at Deep North. Earlier in his career he worked with LexisNexis as a senior programmer in the web technologies group. Bankston earned an undergraduate degree in cloud computing and services from Purdue University and from The Ohio State University with a degree in computer software engineering.

 

78. William Blake
Chief Technology Officer, Sherlock Biosciences
The Johns Hopkins University

William Blake is the Chief Technology Officer of Sherlock Biosciences. He first joined the company in 2019. Sherlock Biosciences aims to disrupt molecular diagnostics with better, faster, and affordable tests. With its unique engineering biology platforms, they are on the cusp of solving challenges ranging from faster pathogen detection and simpler testing for cancer to improved food safety. They envision a world where their products will enable users to make more effective decisions in any environment, whether in hospitals, industrial settings, the developing world, or at home.

Previously, Blake was a business development lead at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and before that a VP of research and development at GreenLight Biosciences. Earlier in his career he worked with Boston University Department of Biomedical Engineering as a postdoctoral associate. Blake graduated from Boston University with a PhD and MS in biomedical engineering, and from the Johns Hopkins University with an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering.

 

79. Michael Babincak
Chief Technology Officer, RatePlug
University of Notre Dame

Michael Babincak is the Chief Technology Officer of RatePlug. In RatePlug, homebuyers can view live, interactive mortgage payment and qualifying information for each property listing and identify potential properties more efficiently. RatePlug is the only technology that partners loan originators with their agents directly within the local MLS system. In 2021, RatePlug was used by 5.3 million homebuyers and displayed on more than 120 million property report views. Babincak has 28 years of experience. He began his career in 1994.

Before joining RatePlug, Babincak was a web developer at McDonald's Corporation. Babincak graduated from the University of Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in computer engineering.

 

80. Nancy Zayed
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, MagicCube
American University

Nancy Zayed began her professional career 28 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of MagicCube. MagicCube is the world’s only software TEE (Trusted Execution Environment) security platform for mobile and IoT devices. It was built as a solution to a better way to secure apps and devices while leading mobile payment and security teams at other Fortune 500 companies.

In 1994, Zayed served as a senior tech lead and engineering manager at Apple. From there, she went on to Palm, before eventually rising to become a principal at 3D Consulting, her most recent position prior to joining MagicCube. Zayed graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an MS in software management and from American University with an undergraduate degree in computer science.

 

81. Darwin Melnyk
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, FarmOp Capital
Emory University

Darwin Melnyk is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of FarmOp Capital. He founded the company in 2018. FarmOp Capital is a team of proven agricultural, finance and technology experts who joined forces with leading capital management firms to reinvent farm operating loans. The company provides production loans to farmers in 21 states.

Previously, Melnyk was a founder, CEO, and president of Iron Solutions. Earlier in his career he founded and served as the CEO of Consonus Inc. Melnyk earned a graduate degree from Friends University and an undergraduate degree from Emory University.

 

82. Jennifer Le Roy
Chief Technology Officer, Novoloop
Trent University

Jennifer Le Roy is the Chief Technology Officer of Novoloop. Novoloop gives plastic trash new life. It transforms packaging waste into high-performance materials used in shoes, cars, homes, and more. Novoloop’s materials perform like those made from virgin fossil fuels and they reduce carbon emissions by 46%. The company’s low-carbon manufacturing method offers meaningful sustainability while maintaining quality for consumers, brands, and the materials industry as a whole.

Le Roy first started with Novoloop in 2019 as a product development scientist before rising to become the director for research and development. Prior to joining Novoloop, Le Roy conducted research with The University of Ottawa and the University of Oxford. Le Roy graduated from The University of Ottawa with a PhD in chemistry and from Trent University with an undergraduate degree in chemistry.

 

83. Luke Matkins
Chief Technology Officer, LifeStreet
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Luke Matkins began his professional career 23 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of LifeStreet. LifeStreet is the leading programmatic marketing platform for app developers. Its platform is deeply trusted by app developers all over the world, because of its full transparency, granular controls, and unrivaled integrity. LifeStreet maximizes clients’ return on investment at scale by building custom deep learning models and high performing ad experiences.

Matkins first got his start in 1999 as a senior software engineer at Akamai Technologies, his most recent position prior to joining LifeStreet. Matkins graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an undergraduate degree in computer science.

 

84. Shing Lin
Chief Technology Officer, Intrepid Networks
The University of Texas at Austin

Shing Lin is the Chief Technology Officer of Intrepid Networks. He first joined the company in 2021. Intrepid Networks mission is to provide critical operational support to both government and commercial organizations so that team members can instantaneously communicate, collaborate, and coordinate. Intrepid provides both standard products for mission and business critical operations as well as custom development for government agencies including, unique software applications, embedded firmware design, and low-cost communication hardware.

Previously, Lin was a CTO with Harris County, Texas and before that he was on the executive advisory council at Public Safety Technology Alliance. Earlier in his career he worked with BMC Software as a programmer analyst. Lin earned an MBA from the University of Houston and an undergraduate degree in computer science from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

85. Hoa Nguyen
Chief Technology Officer, OK International - a Dover Company
Columbia University

Hoa Nguyen is the Chief Technology Officer of OK International. OK International is a global manufacturer delivering market leading quality and innovation for benchtop soldering and dispensing solutions in electronics and industrial product assembly. Their signature brands include Metcal, a leader in hand soldering, convection rework and fume extraction bench tool solutions, and Techcon, an innovator of fluid and adhesive dispensing technologies. They have facilities in Cypress California (US), Chandlers Ford (UK) and Shenzhen (China) supporting our customers worldwide. Nguyen has 28 years of experience. He began his career in 1994.

Nguyen joined OK International in 1998 as the VP of research and development. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in data science, from UC Irvine with a degree in electrical and electronics engineering, and from the University of Louisiana and Orange Coast College with degrees in computer science.

 

86. Kermit Falk
Chief Technology Officer, NeuvanaLife
The Johns Hopkins University

Kermit Falk began his professional career 26 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of NeuvanaLife. NeuvanaLife created the first non-invasive, consumer Vagus nerve stimulator that delivers an electronic signal through headphones, synchronized to the user’s choice of music. NeuvanaLife is constantly working to refine and improve its technology so that they can provide customers with the best possible product on the market.

Falk first got his start as a mechanical and test engineer at Dais Analytic Corporation. He graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with an MS in materials science and engineering and from Georgia Institute of Technology with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.

 

87. Francesco Fabbrocino
Chief Technology Officer, QuickFee
University of Southern California

Francesco Fabbrocino began his professional career over 26 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of QuickFee. QuickFee is a financial technology and payment solutions company that enables its clients to accept payments anytime, anywhere, and through any channel, while providing a secure, seamless, and enjoyable payment experience for end consumers. It offers a comprehensive suite of electronic payment and funding solutions, including debit and credit card processing, ACH processing, financing, and Buy Now, Pay Later.

Fabbrocino first got his start in 1995 as a research and programmer analyst at UCLA. From there, he went on to Panther Software, before eventually rising to CTO at Casting Networks, his most recent position prior to joining QuickFee. Fabbrocino graduated from the University of California - Los Angeles with an MS in computer science and from the University of Southern California with an undergraduate degree in computer science.

 

88. Russ Berman
Chief Technology Officer, Eikon Therapeutics
UC Berkeley

Russ Berman is the Chief Technology Officer of Eikon Therapeutics. He first joined the company in 2020 as an SVP of engineering. Eikon Therapeutics is a new biopharmaceutical company employing revolutionary technology at the interface of biology, engineering, and chemistry to discover novel treatments for life-threatening diseases. They are a pioneering drug discovery and development company that leverages superior engineering and high-performance computing to analyze single molecule protein behavior in living cells.

Previously, Berman was a VP of engineering at Pacific Biosciences and before that a director of core software engineering at Agilent Technologies. Earlier in his career he worked with IBM as an electromechanical engineer. Berman earned an MS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley.

 

89. Nick Graham
Chief Technology Officer, Cambridge Investment Research
Clemson University

Nick Graham is the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Cambridge Investment Research. Cambridge Investment Group is an internally controlled financial solutions firm focused on serving independent financial professionals and their investing clients with a broad range of choices regarding financial solutions. Graham joined Cambridge in 2017, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in product development, consulting services, and business development across a variety of markets, including the financial services industry.

In his current role, Graham leads one of the most innovative financial professional workstations in the industry, featuring financial professional-friendly technology that is customizable for the broadest range of independent business models across financial professional business channels. Before joining Cambridge, Graham was a management consultant at ViaWest and before that a VP of operations at Brandwise. Earlier in his career he worked with the Naval Air Warfare Center as a laboratory architect. Graham graduated from Clemson University with an undergraduate degree in computer engineering.

 

90. Hoon Joo
Chief Technology Officer, Kashable
Cornell University

Hoon Joo is the Chief Technology Officer of Kashable. He first joined the company in 2014. Kashable's is a socially responsible financing solution for employees offered as an employer-sponsored voluntary benefit. Kashable deploys innovative technology to offer immediate access to low-cost credit. They offer an economical, fast, and responsible alternative to employees that may otherwise be driven to take loans against retirement plans, predatory lenders or high-rate credit cards to bridge short term gaps in their finances.

Previously, Joo was a senior solutions architect at Provenir Inc Financial and before that an analyst at IBM. Earlier in his career he worked with Firstrade Securities as an application developer. Joo earned an M.Eng. in operations research from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree in computer science from Cornell University.

 

91. Michael Escuti
Chief Technology Officer, ImagineOptix
Drexel University

Michael Escuti began his professional career 20 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Technology Officer of ImagineOptix. ImagineOptix is an emerging entrepreneurial company which focuses on optics technology used in virtual and augmented reality devices. It creates innovative solutions for optical and opto-electronics challenges in displays, telecommunications, imaging, optical storage, spectroscopy and many others.

Escuti graduated from Brown University with a PhD in electrical engineering and from Drexel University with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.

 

92. Roger Obando
Chief Technology Officer, Loyalsnap
Duke University

Roger Obando is the Chief Technology Officer of Loyalsnap. He first joined the company in 2021. Loyalsnap is a premier, full-service provider of automated marketing and customer retention strategies for fitness studios. They assist with conversion of new clients into members, engagement with current clients, and retention of past clients.

Previously, Obando was a principal startup solutions architect at Amazon Web Services and before that a strategic advisor at Trym. Earlier in his career he worked with Sapient as a senior engineer. Obando earned an undergraduate degree in computer science and visual design from Duke University.

 

93. Andrew Begun
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Docugami
Carnegie Mellon University

Andrew Begun is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Docugami. Docugami is a Seattle-area document engineering company that transforms how businesses create and execute critical business documents. Applying breakthrough artificial intelligence to unstructured and semi-structured information, Docugami enables organizations to radically improve productivity, compliance, and insight.

Before joining Docugami, Begun was a principal software engineering manager at Microsoft. Begun graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an undergraduate degree in computer science.

 

94. Raquel Romano
Chief Technology Officer, Threadloom
Harvard University

Raquel Romano began her professional career 18 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Technology Officer of Threadloom. Threadloom's mission is to restore authenticity to the Internet, beginning with shopping. It's the maker of Primary, a browser extension that takes unfiltered, raw product reviews buried deep in forums all over the web and brings them to shoppers in an easy-to-use interface. Threadloom’s data engine maps billions of forum posts across 100s of thousands of interest categories from over 1,000 forums reaching 100M+ users.

Romano first got her start in 2004 as a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. From there, she went on to Google, before eventually rising to become the engineering lead at United States Digital Service, her most recent position prior to joining Threadloom. Romano graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a PhD and MS in computer science and from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in mathematics.

 

95. Max Rye
Chief Technology Officer, TurtleTree Labs
University of California - Davis

Max Rye is the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Strategist of TurtleTree Labs. He first joined the company in 2019. TurtleTree is a biotech company dedicated to producing a new generation of nutrition, one that’s better for the planet, better for the animals, and better for people everywhere. Utilizing its proprietary, cell-based technology, the company is creating better-for-you milk ingredients sustainably and affordably, with benefits that extend beyond the dining table and into the heart of humanity.

Previously, Rye was a senior information technology specialist at Mahler Enterprises. Earlier in his career he worked with Royal IT as a CEO. Rye earned an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of California - Davis.

 

96. Christopher Hwang
Chief Technology Officer, Transcenta
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Christopher Hwang is the Chief Technology Officer of Trancenta. He has over 25 years of experience in development, technology transfer/scale up and manufacturing support. Transcenta is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that fully integrates antibody-based biotherapeutics discovery, research, development and manufacturing. They are developing nine therapeutic antibody molecules for oncology and selected non-oncology indications including bone and kidney disorders.

Previously, Hwang was the EVP of process and product development at Hangzhou Just Biotherapeutics and before that the head of biomanufacturing at Sanofi. Hwang graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a PhD in biomedical engineering and an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.

 

97. Lisa Schutte
Chief Technology Officer, Kumanu
Michigan State University

Lisa Schutte began her professional career 29 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Technology Officer of Kumanu. Kumanu transforms how organizations approach the emotional and social wellbeing of their workforce by addressing root causes missed in traditional programs. By blending neuroscience and behavior design into digital and live experiences, they help people live with purpose, connect to opportunities, and bring their best selves into each day.

Schutte first got her start in 1993 as an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. From there, she went on to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, before eventually rising to VP of technology at Ideomed, her most recent position prior to joining Kumanu. Schutte graduated from Stanford University with a PhD in mechanical engineering, from Michigan State University with an MS in mechanical engineering and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.

 

98. Vincent Furia
Chief Technology Officer, Kleos
Carnegie Mellon University

Vincent Furia is the Chief Technology Officer of Kleos. He first joined the company in 2021 as technical director. Kleos delivers RF Reconnaissance Data as a service, enhancing geospatial intelligence to help disrupt hidden and illicit activities around the globe. This complementary and cost-effective data can be used to tip and cue existing datasets to enhance intelligence capability, even when traditional sources are compromised by weather, distance, or sea-state.

Previously, Furia was a director of space operations at Spire Global and before that, a systems engineer at RT Logic. Earlier in his career he worked with Carnegie Mellon University as a network developer. Furia earned an undergraduate degree in discrete mathematics and logic from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

99. Andrew Laytin
Chief Technology Officer, FormFire
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Andrew Laytin is the Chief Technology Officer of FormFire. FormFire is the country’s leading player in bringing digital online processes to the paperbound world of small group health insurance quoting, sold case installation, and group renewal for employees, employers, brokers, and carriers. FormFire's technology covers every step of the quoting process, including gathering employee personal and health information, collection of electronic signatures, and the digital transfer of the information to insurance carriers. Laytin has 24 years in the insurance industry. He began his career in 1998.

Before joining FormFire, Laytin was a manager of application development and database administrators at University Hospitals of Cleveland and before that a project development manager at 1 EDI Source, Inc. Earlier in his career he worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant. Laytin graduated from Northwestern University with an MS in computer information systems and from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an undergraduate degree in business administration.

 

100. Jim Lovewell
Chief Technology Officer, ElectrIQ Power
Stanford University

Jim Lovewell is the Chief Technology Officer of ElectrIQ Power. Electriq Power, a US-based company, has developed a premier smart home battery storage solution for homes and small businesses. ElectrIQ helps homeowners harness the power of smart batteries to achieve a more renewable energy solution. Lovewell has 28 years of experience. He began his career in 1997.

Before joining ElectrIQ Power, Lovewell was a project manager at DFine, Inc and before that a system engineering manager at AngioDynamics. Earlier in his career he worked with VidaMed as a senior project electronic and software engineer. Lovewell graduated from Stanford University with an MS in electrical and electronics engineering and from Iowa State University with an undergraduate degree in electrical and electronics engineering.