Russell Rothstein has spent his 20+ year career in the enterprise technology industry at the crossroads between technology and business. He has spoken at industry events including Interop, CloudConnect, CMG, Red Herring, and TeleManagement World. Before founding IT Central Station, Russell worked in senior product marketing and product management roles at enterprise tech vendors Nolio (acquired by CA) and OPNET (acquired by Riverbed for $1B). Russell was co-founder and CEO of Zettapoint, a software company that was acquired by EMC, and was co-founder of Open Sesame, a Web 1.0 startup that was acquired by Bowne/RR Donnelley (NYSE:RRD). Russell began his career at Oracle, deploying Oracle Applications for Fortune 1000 companies. Russell received a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University, an MS in Technology and Policy from MIT and an MS in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Naftali Marcus has spent his 20+ year career tackling large and diverse technical challenges in both IT and software development roles. His development experience has ranged from low-level application coding to architecture, deployment scripting and website production. Naftali spent 9 years in the IT department at the United Nations where he worked on, among other things, remote system deployment and training. Previously, Naftali was in development roles at Comverse (Nasdaq:CMVT) and PictureVision (acquired by Kodak). Naftali began his career as Architect in AT&T Labs. Naftali holds a BA in Computer Science and History from Yeshiva University and a MS in Computer Science from NYU.
Tom brings to IT Central Station deep industry marketing and sales experience, having previously worked at companies such as Gartner and IDG Enterprise. Tom is driven not only by results, but also by the commitment to ensure that he and his team are trusted advisers to IT Central Station customers. Earlier in his career, Tom accrued several years of patent law and prosecution experience as Patent Examiner at The United States Patent and Trademark Office. Tom received a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering from The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York and an MBA in Strategy from Baruch College.
Eric Dirst joined DeVry in 2008 as Vice President and CIO. He brings 24 years of experience within the information technology field. Dirst joined DeVry from SIRVA Inc., a global provider of relocation and moving services for consumers, corporations and governments. SIRVA's brands include Allied International, Allied Van Lines, North American Van Lines, and SIRVA Relocation. While at SIRVA, Dirst served most recently as Vice President and Chief Information Officer where he was responsible for streamlining business processes, consolidating operations and maximizing ROI. Under Dirst's leadership, SIRVA was named to CIO Magazine's Top 100 Innovative Organizations in 2006 for its effective use of IT to create business value. Prior to SIRVA, Dirst held senior positions with firms including IQ4hire Inc., KPMG Peat Marwick, and Covansys, a NASDAQ company which was acquired by Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in 2007. Dirst holds a Bachelor of Science double major in Applied Computer Science and Business Operations from Northern Illinois University. He is also a governing body member of the CIO Executive Summit, and a member of the CIO Leadership Network and the Midwest Technology Executives Club.
Warren Kudman has gone from directing e-commerce at Sealed Air to controlling all information systems for the global manufacturing giant. Those systems span operations in 51 countries and form the backbone for a company producing $8.0 billion in annual revenue. Kudman is responsible for delivering solutions that enable the execution of Sealed Air's strategic objectives, support new sources of revenue, improve the customer experience, and enable continuous improvement in operations. He is also a member of the company's Senior Management Team. He is also led the integration of Sealed Air and Diversey. The new Sealed Air is the global leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection with approximately $8 billion in sales and over 25,000 employees. Scope included implementation of a new organization model, identification and execution of cost savings opportunities, and implementation of integrated processes and policies across all business units and functions. Warren spent 6 years as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. He hold a BS in Computer Science from Lehigh University and an MBA from NYU.
Diane is a senior IT executive with 20+ years experience building and leading best in class IT teams. She is currently VP and CIO at Textron, ranked 236th on the Fortune 500 list, with total revenues of $11.3 billion, and 32,000 employees with facilities and presence in 25 countries. Textron is an industry leader in many industries with strong brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee. Diane brings a strong set of expertise in core IT disciplines with ERP, strategic planning, staff development, and business results. She has a reputation as a creative and results-oriented leader with a proven track record for problem solving, motivating, and effective communications. Diane's work experience at global leading enterprises includes Sonitrol, Nestle, Ernst and Young, Steelcase and Honeywell. Diane holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Notre Dame and an MBA from The University of Chicago.
Gil Shaked is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, and previously CIO of Capital Markets Technology – Americas, at Societe Generale. Gil has more than 20 years of global financial services technology experience in a vast array of leadership roles, including trading, Prime Services, E-Commerce, risk management, research, operations and infrastructure. He specializes in helping develop global businesses, innovate, and deliver efficient and commercial solutions to clients, as well as provide best in class client services. Prior to joining Societe Generale, Gil was the CEO of Correlix, a technology company focusing on Electronic Trading optimization. Prior to that, Gil was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse responsible for the Global Prime Services, Research and Alternative Investment technology teams. Prior to that he was with Lehman Brothers and Bankers Trust in several technology leadership roles.
Marty is a seasoned IT executive who brings 20+ years of experience to his role as GreenSky's Chief Information Officer. Over his successful career, Marty has created technology strategies for multiple high-growth ventures including ChoicePoint, Home Depot and TheraTx. As CIO of ChoicePoint, Smith presided over a technology strategy that supported millions of insurance, public record, background and drug-screening inquiries per day. Smith was also part of the leadership team in the technology department at The Home Depot during their highest growth years. He helped create the infrastructure that supported the company during a time when it opened a new store every 23 hours, hired 400 people per day and handled over 1,000 register transactions per second. At TheraTx, a health care services company, Smith created the technology infrastructure to support more than 700 clinics nationwide by charting nearly 10,000 patient visits per day. Marty enjoys cooking and outdoor activities including camping, freshwater fly-fishing and saltwater deep sea fishing. Marty lives with his wife, Lynn, in Roswell, Ga.
David Jackson is the founder and CEO of Seeking Alpha. He worked for five years as a technology research analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York and left in early 2003 to manage money (long/short) and explore new approaches to financial publishing, ultimately leading to the creation of Seeking Alpha. Prior to Morgan Stanley David worked in technology venture funding and macro-economics (HM Treasury in London and The Bank of Israel). He has a B.A from Oxford University and an MSc from The London School of Economics.