IBM Edge2013 | June 10 - 14 | Las Vegas

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Alex Yost

Vice President and Business Line Executive, IBM PureFlex, System x and BladeCenter

Twitter: @alexfyost

Alex Yost is VP and Business Line Executive for IBM PureFlex, System x, and BladeCenter.

Previously, Alex was Director of Product Management responsible for hardware, options and storage offerings for IBM’s Industry – Standard x86 servers.

Prior to that, Alex was the IBM executive responsible for the Intel Alliance. Alex also worked for IBM in Tokyo Japan as Sales Executive for IBM eServer xSeries in Asia Pacific and Brand Manager for IBM eServer xSeries in Asia Pacific.

Alex has a long history with IBM in the Intel - based server business, and has held various responsibilities in the organization including Worldwide Manager of Product Marketing for IBM eServer xSeries and was operations manager for brand’s Worldwide Marcomm organization before taking brand management responsibility. 

Alex has been with IBM System x since 1997. Before coming to IBM, Alex held sales and channel management positions with Xerox.

Alex has a degree in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from Duke University, in Durham, NC.


Ambuj Goyal

General Manager, Systems Storage and Networking

Twitter: @ambuj_goyal

Ambuj Goyal leads IBM’s System Storage & Networking business, which addresses the urgent requirements among enterprises and governments worldwide for efficient ways to store, manage and extract value from information. As an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created daily around the globe, the highly competitive market for storage and networking solutions represents a large, fast-growing business opportunity. Through development and strategic acquisitions, IBM is advancing its storage and networking portfolio with new technologies, hardware and software products and innovative capabilities designed for the data-centric, cloud-enabled workloads of the new era of IT.

Prior to assuming his current assignment in January, Goyal was general manager of IBM Systems and Technology Group’s global Development and Manufacturing organization. Consisting of more than 23,000 engineers and programmers working in 37 labs in 17 countries, this team is responsible for engineering and development of IBM’s server and storage systems hardware and software. Goyal also led IBM’s microelectronics business, which includes semiconductor process technology development and semiconductor manufacturing operations for microprocessors and application-specific integrated circuits used by IBM and its OEM clients.

Earlier, Goyal served as general manager of the Business Analytics and Process Optimization unit of IBM’s Software Group. In that role, he was responsible for creating and delivering solutions that help organizations transform and improve their businesses through use of IBM’s analytics and process optimization capabilities and industry-aligned expertise across software, hardware and services organizations.

He was general manager of IBM Information Management Software from 2005 to 2009, driving IBM’s emergence as a leader in the business analytics space, combining software innovation with strategic acquisitions including Cognos, and FileNet.

From 2003 to 2005, he served as general manager, Workplace, Portal, and Collaboration Software, planning and executing the transformation of IBM Lotus Software by expanding its focus beyond the traditional “Collaboration” marketplace to encompass the “People Productivity” market. In addition, he set the business strategy and direction for the Websphere Portal, the Lotus Software, and the IBM Workplace product sets.

Goyal served from 2001 to 2003 as General Manager, Solutions and Strategy, IBM Software Group, and also served as Chief Technology Officer, Application & Integration Middleware Division, which includes the WebSphere and MQ product families.

In 1996, Goyal was named Vice President, Services and Software, and Director, Computer Sciences. In this dual role, he was responsible for setting IBM’s long-term research direction in computer sciences, as well as ensuring that the best emerging technologies contribute to IBM’s services offerings and software products. He had approximately 1,500 researchers reporting to him in seven labs worldwide. 

He joined IBM Corporation in 1982 as a research staff member at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, N.Y. His early work in scalable databases led to IBM’s Universal Database (DB2) family. He also was responsible for setting the early direction in Web application servers, which led to the WebSphere product family. He also led the research efforts to create the RS/6000 SP supercomputer and the Deep Blue World Chess Champion computer.

Goyal has authored more than 25 articles in various fields and has received five Outstanding Innovation awards from IBM for his work. He is an IEEE Fellow as well as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. Dr. Goyal received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982, and his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, India in 1978.


Andy Monshaw

General Manager, PureFlex, IBM Systems and Technology Group

Andy Monshaw is general manager, IBM PureFlex. He is responsible for IBM’s worldwide Expert Integrated Systems business, including worldwide sales, development, product management, marketing and support functions.

Most recently, Andy was general manager, Global Mid market with the responsibility of leading IBM’s company-wide focus on expanding sales to small and medium business and working with the Business Partner ecosystem to deliver innovation. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of IBM Japan. In this capacity, he was responsible for sales, marketing, communications, finance and operations for IBM Japan. Prior to that Andy was the General manager for IBM System Storage business, and during that tenure led several market changing acquisitions including XIV and Diligent. 

Andy has more than 28 years experience in the information technology industry and has held executive positions in IBM’s Global Sales and Distribution, Europe, Japan, U.S., and IBM’s Systems and Technology Group including CFO for IBM’s Hardware businesses.


Brian Hamel

Vice President, Worldwide PureSystems Sales, IBM Systems and Technology

Brian Hamel is Vice President, Worldwide PureSystems Sales, Systems and Technology Group. In this position Brian has responsibility for leading IBM’s global sales for the PureSystems family of products.

Prior to this assignment, Brian was Vice President, Systems and Technology, IBM Europe, based in Madrid, Spain. IBM Europe is comprised of UKI, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, Israel and Luxembourg. In this position Brian was responsible for IBM’s Systems and Technology business including the IBM Server, Storage, Networking and Systems Software lines of business. Brian was also responsible for the IBM Systems and Technology strategic growth initiatives under the IBM Smarter Planet strategy, which are designed to help IBM clients drive costs down while improving their overall IT infrastructure efficiency. The strategic growth initiatives are the foundation of IBM’s Smarter Computing strategy which drives IT infrastructure solutions such as Server Consolidation, Virtualization, Security, Information and Data Management, Business Resiliency, Business Analytics and Cloud Computing.

Brian has held various IBM executive positions within the Systems and Technology group, including Vice President, Global Sales, Major Markets (2008), Vice President, Global Storage Sales (2006), Vice President, Storage Sales, North America (2005) and Vice President, Storage Sales, Asia Pacific (2002). Brian was based in Tokyo, Japan from 2002-2005 leading IBM’s Asia Pacific Systems Storage business. In his Asia Pacific role Brian had responsibility for IBM’s System Storage business in Japan, China, India, Korea, Southeast Asia and Australia/New Zealand.

Brian is a 28 year veteran with IBM, beginning his career in Washington, DC in the IBM marketing and sales organization. Over the years, he has held various sales management positions, including IBM Client Executive, Client Unit Director and Global Industry Segment Executive before moving into the IBM Systems and Technology business in 2000.


Bruce Hillsberg

Director, Storage Systems

Twitter: @brucelight

Bruce Hillsberg is the Director of Storage and Synaptic Systems Research at IBM Research - Almaden and is responsible for IBM storage research activities world wide. He joined IBM in 1981 and has held numerous positions technical and management positions throughout his career. Mr. Hillsberg has worked on systems and network management products, middleware integration and ease of use initiatives, business to business systems, IBM Year 2000 readiness, Internet appliances, and most recently, storage system strategy and storage technology for government applications. Mr. Hillsberg received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Syracuse University.


Cindy Grossman

Vice President, Systems and Technology Group Business Line Executive, Analytics Solutions

Cindy Grossman is vice president for IBM’s Analytics Solutions, IBM Tucson’s Site Location Executive, and IBM’s Senior State Executive for Arizona. In this vice president role, she oversees the offering strategy, growth plays and ongoing planning and execution for enhancing the IBM Smart Analytics System for IBM clients. In this role, she aligns analytics capabilities with the key Business Analytics and Optimization initiatives across IBM. As Senior State Executive, Ms. Grossman provides leadership to ensure that site and community activities are aligned closely with IBM’s strategic initiatives, and spearheads initiatives to improve workplace climate. She also works with state and local elected and appointed officials to execute key priorities of IBM’s Governmental Programs department.

Prior to her current assignment, Cindy was vice president for IBM’s Tape and Archive Storage Systems where she was responsible for all aspects of the tape and archive storage business within IBM including profit and loss, product portfolio investments; go to market strategy and execution and customer support.

Cindy began her career at IBM in June 1980, as a Software Engineer working with IBM printer technology and has held positions in software and hardware product development and test, field support, service planning, program management for disk and tape products, cost management, and worldwide storage marketing. Cindy has been working with IBM storage solutions since 1994 in various job functions, which has allowed her to gain an in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of the storage industry from different perspectives across the entire storage portfolio.

Cindy has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. Cindy has been an IBM Certified Project Manager since September 1998.


Dave Turek

Vice President, Exascale Computing

Dave Turek is currently the Vice President of Exascale Systems at IBM with responsibility for IBM’s overall high performance computing strategy. In previous executive positions Dave helped launch IBM’s Grid Computing business, and started and ran IBM’s Linux Cluster business. As a development executive he had responsibility for IBM’s SP supercomputer program as well as the mainframe version of AIX and other Unix software. In that capacity, he orchestrated the initial IBM development effort in support of the US Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. 

He has been recognized for his contributions to the Roadrunner program at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Congressional Record and sits on the Advisory Committee to the National Simulation Center at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dave has degrees in Philosophy and Mathematics from the University of Rochester, a Masters Degree from Trinity College, and advanced study at the University of Pennsylvania in Operations Research.   


Deepak Advani

General Manager, Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure

Twitter: @deepakadvani

Deepak Advani is the General Manager of IBM’s Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure software division (formerly known as Tivoli). Before that he owned the strategy and product development mission for IBM’s business analytics portfolio. He also had P&L responsibility for the Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics segment. 

From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Advani was the Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of eCommerce for Lenovo. Before joining Lenovo, Mr. Advani worked at IBM for 13 years where he held several global executive positions -

  • VP and Business Line Executive, High End Intel Servers 
  • Vice President, Linux Strategy 
  • Director, High Performance Computing Software Development Lab

Mr. Advani has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business. He has an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Wright State University. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University. He serves on advisory boards at Wharton and Yale universities.


Ed Walsh

Vice President, Marketing & Strategy, IBM Storage

Ed Walsh is the Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for the Storage Division of IBM. Mr. Walsh comes to IBM with over 24 years of storage Industry experience. Mr. Walsh came to IBM through acquisition of Storwize, where he was CEO in August 2010. Mr. Walsh has held multiple CEO and executive positions in the storage industry including; VP and GM for EMC (Information Management/Data Protection), CEO of Avamar (a pioneer in Data Dedup), CEO of Virtual Iron (Server Virtualization), SVP of CNT (DR infrastructure and services) and Co-founder of Articulent (Storage Services Provider and IBM VAR).


Jacqueline Woods

Global Vice President, Systems Software & Growth Solutions, IBM Systems and Technology Group

Jacqueline Woods is the Global Vice President of Systems Software and Growth Solutions for the IBM Corporation. In this role, she leads the organization’s marketing for Cloud, Analytics and Technical Computing. She’s also drives business development for Competitive Independent Software Vendors, such as SAP and leads the Transformation account strategy for the division. In total, this represents a portfolio totaling ~ $ 12B.

In this role she creates “blueprints for growth” designed to profitably accelerate sales. By building partnerships among channels (direct, indirect, and online) and other constituents (sales, operations, etc.), she unifies teams for a singular winning purpose. Her collective experience and body of work includes consumer and enterprise organizations for the Communications Sector (Energy, Telco, Media & Entertainment), the Financial Sector (Retail Banking, Commercial and Insurance), Distribution Sector (Consumer Packaged and Retail) and the Industrial Sector (Chemical, Petroleum and Electronics).

In each of her roles, she’s specialized in helping C-level executives of Fortune 500 companies reach their goals through a designed approach, which at its core is focused on understanding customer needs more effectively and driving growth based on those needs. These efforts have generated more than a billion dollar in revenue across the following sectors – Communications, Energy, Industrial, Transportation, and Financial Services.

Ms. Woods was featured in Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America in 2003, Ebony’s Top 15 Women in Business in America in 2004, and Black Enterprise’s Top 50 Black Female Executives in February 2006. She’s also been featured in the NY Times and Wall Street Journal. She’s also presented at Harvard, the Kennedy School of Government, the Organization for Cooperative Economic Development, and various customer experience and marketing conferences.

Ms. Woods is a Merit Fellow and holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, with a concentration in marketing and venture management. She holds a BS from the University of California, Davis in Managerial Economics. She also served as member of the Dean’s Council for the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University from 2003-2009.


Jamie Thomas

General Manager, Software Defined Systems

Twitter: @tjamieibm

Jamie Thomas is the General Manager for Software Defined Systems in the IBM Systems and Technology Group.

Jamie owns software delivery and strategy for traditional and next generation data center environments with a focus on IBM’s software defined environment strategy.

Jamie leads a worldwide team responsible for delivering solutions that will be central to software across the portfolio. She is also responsible for leading the business management teams responsible for prioritization of strategic investments in software.

During the last twenty five years at IBM, Jamie has held numerous other roles in IBM Software, most recently as the Vice President of IBM Tivoli Strategy and Development. In that role she focused on strategic solutions in support of smarter physical infrastructure and cloud. Prior to that she was the Vice President of Rational Development and Client Support, and has also served as Vice President of WebSphere Server Development for the Application Integration Middleware software organization.


Jane Munn

Vice President, Business Line Executive for Cloud Computing

Jane Munn is vice president and business line executive for cloud computing in IBM Systems and Technology Group. She is responsible for defining STG’s cloud strategy, offering roadmap and partner ecosystem in conjunction with the overall IBM Cloud strategy and IBM SmartCloud portfolio. Previously, Ms. Munn was vice president of business strategy for IBM Systems and Technology Group. Ms. Munn had held multiple executive positions in many parts of IBM in development, business line, marketing and sales.


Jason McGee

IBM Fellow, CTO PureApplication System

Twitter: @jrmcgee

Jason McGee is an IBM Fellow and CTO, PureApplication System. Jason is currently responsible for defining technologies and products related to running middleware on expert integrated systems and cloud infrastructures. Previously Jason has served as Chief Architect of WebSphere Extended Deployment (comprised of WebSphere Virtual Enterprise, WebSphere eXtreme Scale and WebSphere Compute Grid), WebSphere sMash, and WebSphere Application Server on distributed platforms. Jason joined IBM in 1997 and has been a member of the WebSphere Server team since its inception. Jason graduated with a B.S. degree in computer engineering from Virginia Tech in 1995. 


Jeff Howard

Vice President, Marketing, IBM PureFlex System

Twitter: @jlhowardibm

Jeff Howard is the Vice-President for IBM PureFlex System Marketing in IBM Systems and Technology Group responsible for launching and marketing IBM PureFlex System offerings. Jeff is based in Raleigh, NC at the IBM Research Triangle Park campus.

Jeff is responsible for managing the category and product marketing teams for the IBM PureFlex System members, including the IBM Flex System building blocks, of the new IBM PureSystems family of expert integrated systems. The IBM PureSystems family includes capabilities and expertise from across IBM’s systems, software and services teams and integrates them into an entirely new class of systems that include compute, storage, systems networking, virtualization and management. Jeff’s teams manage the marketing positioning, messaging, go-to-market plays, digital marketing strategies, and more for these offerings.

Jeff has been with IBM for over 27 years and most recently spent 8 years leading Power Systems marketing, having launched POWER5, POWER6, and POWER7 generations of Power Systems as well as the operating systems, virtualization, and management software that supports them. Jeff holds 7 US patents including on packaging and networking technologies that enable integrated systems. Jeff has previously led marketing teams for Tivoli in IBM Software Group, IBM Software Small and Medium Business marketing, and the market management team for several of IBM’s personal computer operating system products. Jeff is a published author and has been a leader in multiple marketing areas within IBM. Jeff has been featured in IBM Systems Magazine as well as in pieces on CNN and the NY Times, along with being quoted in many industry publications. Jeff is a member of the Auburn University Mechanical Engineering External Board of Advisors having graduated from Auburn in 1984.


Julianne Garry

Manager, Power Systems Category Marketing

Twitter: @JulianneGarry

As WW Program Director for IBM Power Systems Category Marketing, Julianne Garry is responsible for all aspects of the Power Systems brand health supporting the billion dollar Power Systems franchise. In this capacity, Ms Garry leads the positioning strategy and marketing design for the Power Systems brand through messaging, enablement, social and digital strategies, User Group and community relations and marketing communications. While at IBM, Ms Garry has held previous roles as Program Director driving Market Management for IBM Enterprise Content Management, leading Channel Strategy and Development for Tivoli Software and has served as Program Director in the IBM Business Partner Organization driving the smarter planet strategy for IBM Business Partners.

Prior to joining IBM in 2000, Ms Garry held senior marketing positions at Time Warner, Thomas Register of American Manufacturers and the Thompson Corporation. Ms Garry holds a B.A from Washington University in St. Louis in French and Psychology and certificates from the University of Paris, Sorbonne.


Laura Voglino

Vice President Channels and Routes Transformation

Laura Voglino leads IBM’s Global VP Business Partners, distributors, System Integrators, ISVs and Alliances Marketing for its Hardware division. Responsible for the development and execution of world-wide marketing strategies for distribution channels, Manage Service Providers and Strategic Alliances

Before this role, Laura led STG marketing and communication for the Growth Market Unit (Shanghai, China). During her two year tenure, this unit, composed of 144 emerging markets countries across Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, grew double digit YTY. Before departing to Asia, she led marketing to-and-with Business Partners across IBM as Vice President of IBM’s PartnerWorld Programs.

Laura joined IBM in 1999 as a marketing manager on the Market Intelligence team, bringing to IBM several years of experience as Head of Research and Development of a chemical company and as Vice-president and founder of an entrepreneurial manufacturing enterprise.

During her 13 years at IBM, Laura has held several Marketing positions. She’d directed the Software Group marketing channel enablement team and led market management efforts for the Tivoli IT optimization, including service support and security portfolio.

Laura holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry, and an MBA from the Kenan-Flager Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Mike Kuhn

Vice President and Business Line Executive, Flash Systems

Michael Kuhn is Vice President and Business Line Executive for IBM Flash Systems within IBM’s Systems & Technology Group. He is responsible for the business strategy and world wide execution of flash optimized solutions, one of IBM’s fastest growing technologies. Through development and strategic acquisitions (including Texas Memory Systems in 2012), he is leading a team focused on advancing the storage and systems portfolio designed for the new era of IT.

Prior to this role, Mike was Vice President of Lab Services and Technical Training for IBM’s Systems & Technology Group. He has also held the positions of Director, Technical Sales & Support Centers for STG, Director of Product Marketing for Mainframe Systems (now IBM Systems z) and Director of Strategy & Operations for IBM’s Enterprise Server business. In addition, he has held the positions of Program Director within IBM’s UNIX (now IBM Power Systems) and several roles within IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY. He began his career as an analyst in Endicott, NY. 

Mike graduated from Penn State University (BS Comp Sci), University of Scranton (MBA) and The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business (Executive Development Program).


Nancy Pearson

Vice President, Expert Integrated Systems Marketing

Twitter: @nancy_pearson

Nancy Pearson is the Vice President of Expert Integrated Systems Marketing, IBM Corp. Nancy leads all aspects of global marketing for the multi-billion dollar division that includes category marketing, Web and digital demand generation, and field marketing. Her leadership includes experience in Systems and Software marketing, Management consulting and Corporate marketing.

Prior roles have included Vice President of WebSphere Marketing, Cloud Computing, Global Marketing & Channel for the IBM Information Management business. Nancy also led the global marketing for IBM Tivoli Software. In her leadership roles she has been responsible for the marketing integration for over 20 IBM acquisitions across multiple brands in IBM including, Cognos Software and Rational Software. Nancy has 25 years experience in IBM in marketing, consulting, technical education and sales. She has been involved in many new growth related efforts in IBM where driving change and setting the agenda were required. She has also been recognized in Working Mother’s Magazine 2007 Hall of Fame and has a dedicated chapter in Karen L. Rancourt’s book Empowered professionals: Making a Difference. Nancy holds both a BA degree from Pace University and a Masters degree from Fordham University. She holds degrees in Psychology and Adult Education, and a Market Management Certification from Columbia University.


Paulo Carvao

Vice President, North America Systems & Technology Group

Twitter: @pcarvao

Paulo Carvao is responsible for setting and driving the sales and go-to-market strategy for IBM’s multibillion hardware business unit in North America (United States and Canada). He is a member of IBM’s Integration & Values Team, the senior leadership team in the company that helps with strategy, execution and transformational projects.

Prior to his current role, from October 2009 to December 2012, he was the head of global sales for the System z line of IBM Mainframes. While being accountable for the profitable growth of the product line, he also oversaw the global executive team responsible for the growth of the System z stack, including hardware, software, services and financing assets.

Until September 2009, has was the IBM Software Group Vice President for WebSphere Foundation Sales. In that capacity, he led the worldwide sales team for IBM’s WebSphere Application Infrastructure portfolio (including the WebSphere Application Server across all platforms, distributed and host), DataPower SOA appliances, Voice technologies and the Application & Integration Middleware components of our System z mainframe software portfolio.

From April 2004 to September 2007, he was responsible for worldwide sales of large systems software. In that role he led the sales force responsible for System z software solutions, helping large or fast growing customers modernize and enhance productivity in their mainframe based environments while leveraging their infrastructure and application assets.

Prior to this assignment, Mr Carvao has acted as the Vice President for Sales of the iSeries server brand in the Americas, responsible for sales of this midrange product to customers in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

He joined IBM in 1985 as an engineering trainee in Brazil and held several positions in sales and marketing within IBM Brazil until the mid 1990s. In 1995, Mr Carvao participated in IBM’s management acceleration program in New York and, upon return to Brazil in 1996, started up IBM small business operations in the country, was the Executive Assistant to the General Manager of IBM Latin America based in New York, PC Sales Executive for Latin America, launching the direct sales channel for desktop, notebook and Intel based servers for large accounts in the continent and managed the IBM PC business in Brazil in the late 90’s. Back in the United States, from 1999 to 2000, he managed the mainframe hardware business in Latin America and, after that, acted as the General Manager for Latin America’s Andean Region (Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela) and as the operations executive for IBM Latin America.

Mr Carvao has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from IME (Brazil), Masters in Marketing from PUC (Brazil), and has attended Executive Education at Wharton on Finance and Human Resources. He is married and has two children.


Peter Nichol

General Manager for Platform Computing Business

Peter Nichol is the General Manager for IBM Platform Computing. Peter has over 25 years of management experience in sales, marketing and general management. Prior to IBM acquiring Platform Computing in 2012, Peter was General Manager at Platform, running all aspects of its business. Before coming to Platform, Peter was Vice President and General Manager of Professional Services at Cadence Design Systems in Japan. Peter’s business career spans across Europe, North America and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin.


Renato Recio

IBM Fellow and System Networking CTO

Renato Recio is IBM Fellow & System Networking CTO, focusing on System I/O and Network Architecture, Strategy & Standards.

For the past 15 years, he has played a leadership role in the strategy, architecture and design of future IBM system IO and networks. He is currently responsible for the cross-IBM Data Center and Virtual Switch Networking product strategy and roadmap.

He’s been a founding engineer & author of several system IO and Network industry standards, including: InfiniBand (cluster network), iWARP (Remote Direct Memory Access, RDMA, over TCP/IP), PCI IO Virtualization, Convergence Enhanced Ethernet (CEE), Fibre Channel over CEE & Ethernet Virtual Bridging Protocols (IEEE 802.1Qbg).

He created the IBM’s I/O Technical Community (IOTC), which serves the networking, education and support needs of over 750 IBM IO professionals. He chairs the IBM Leadership Development Series that helps develop the business & leadership skills of early career professional.


Ron Kline

Director, Director of Marketing for Growth Solutions in IBM’s Systems and Technology Group

Twitter: @rfk5

Ron Kline is Director of Marketing for Growth Solutions in IBM’s Systems and Technology Group (STG) Division. In this role he has Global responsibility for Cloud, Analytics and Technical Computing marketing for STG as well as a cross IBM role for these areas.

Prior to STG, Ron was Director of Marketing in IBM’s Midmarket and Business Partner Organization, where he had global responsibility for market management, digital marketing and social media for IBM’s midmarket segment. Ron led IBM’s Midmarket Advisory Network program, building a community of clients to help pull direct client insights into IBM’s Midmarket strategies and execution.

Ron has held positions in IBM’s Global Technology Services as a practice area lead in CRM Business Transformation Outsourcing, and as Director of Strategy and Marketing in, IBM’s Tele and Web business unit.

Ron joined IBM in 1982 and has held management positions in Finance, Pricing, and Procurement, as well as Market Planning and Strategy. Ron has held management roles in various parts of IBM’s business including the Technology Division, Software Group and EMEA where he was Manager of Hardware pricing, and in the IBM Internet Division when it was first formed.

Ron holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Systems from West Virginia University and a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.


Sean Poulley

Vice President, Strategy & PureFlex Market Development

Twitter: @spoulley

As Vice President, Strategy, Sean is responsible for the future direction and transformation of Systems and Technology Group, with specific focus on growth initiatives. In previous roles in IBM he developed the strategic direction which led IBM into Cloud Computing, Social Business and Smart Commerce.

In his previous role as Vice President for the Online Collaboration Business, Sean led the sales, design, development and delivery of software-as-a-service offerings for the IBM suite of products including LotusLive. Sean had responsibility for the Strategy and Business Development Groups overseeing strategic alliances and driving the overall strategy for the division. Sean established the strategy for cloud collaboration, setting up and heading this business unit for IBM. Besides managing the business worldwide, he spearheaded key acquisitions in the SAAS portfolio including WebDialogs (web conferencing) and Outblaze (web based email).

Earlier at IBM, Sean served in senior leadership positions at IBM as Vice President for Business Development for Workplace, Portal & Collaboration. Sean oversaw strategic alliances for this division of the IBM Software Group portfolio including establishing relationships with SAP, Yahoo, AOL and Google.  He also maintained specific channel responsibility for Global Independent Software Vendors and Global Systems Integrators. In previous roles, he held similar responsibilities for the Websphere Brand specifically focused on Websphere Business Integration.

Before joining IBM, Sean held various positions with independent software vendors. After leading the successful start up of CrossWorlds, in Northern Europe, Sean assumed responsibility for alliances and channel strategy worldwide as vice president of business development. CrossWorlds was ultimately acquired by IBM. Prior to CrossWorlds, Sean held various sales roles at Systems Software Associates, an ERP application software vendor. Sean began his IBM career at IBM UK in the Information technology industry. Sean graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.


Sebastian Krause

Vice President, Global Storage Sales

Twitter: @SebKrause

In January 2011, Sebastian Krause was named Vice President, Global Storage Sales, IBM Systems and Technology Group. In this position he is responsible for IBM’s world-wide sales of the entire storage portfolio.

From 2008 to 2010, Sebastian Krause held the position of Vice President, Software Group in region Northeast Europe. In this role he was responsible for marketing, sales and the support of the IBM software portfolio in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

From 2005 to 2008, Sebastian Krause held the position of Vice President Software Group in Germany.

From 2003 until 2005, Sebastian Krause worked in the IBM headquarters in Paris as Director of Sales Operations, Software Group, EMEA. In this role he was also a member of the IBM Software Group EMEA Executive Board.

From 2000 until 2003, he was Business Unit Executive for Information Management in IBM Software Group, EMEA Central Region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and a member of the Software Group, EMEA Central Region management team.

Sebastian Krause started his career with IBM Software Group in 1995 as European Key Account Manager and in charge of major OEM and retail clients. Since then he has held numerous sales and development positions with industry and territory focus across European countries. Sebastian Krause has a degree in Business Economics and Information Technology from the Technische Fachhochschule, Berlin and an MBA from the Henley Management College, London.


Stephen Leonard

General Manager, IBM Systems and Technology Group

Stephen Leonard leads sales for IBM’s Systems & Technology Group, where he is responsible for setting and driving the global sales and go-to-market strategy for IBM’s $21 billion hardware business unit.

Prior to his current role, Stephen was the Chief Executive for IBM in the UK and Ireland.

In addition to his responsibilities, Stephen is Chairman of the (BITC) Business Action on Economic Renewal Leadership Team.

Born and raised in Scotland, Stephen holds a degree in applied physics and electronics from Dundee University.


Steve Hunter

IBM Fellow, CTO PureFlex System

Steve Hunter is currently an IBM Fellow, CTO for the PureFlex System, an Adjunct Professor at NC State University, and a Senior Member of IEEE. He holds patents spanning hardware and software technology, has published numerous papers, and has presented at a variety of conferences and symposiums.

Steve began his IBM career initially in the Networking Division where he worked on networking products, technology, and standards. Steve later transitioned to IBM’s x86 server organization where he was systems architect and CTO for IBM’s BladeCenter and led industry activities to define server cluster standards and technology. He has continued developing next generation system concepts, broadening into areas of high availability, power-efficiency, workload acceleration, and most recently analytics.

Steve is an ECE alumnus of Auburn (BS ’84), NC State (MS ’88), and Duke (PhD ’97) Universities.


Tim Tsao

Global MSP Marketing Leader

Twitter: @timothy_tsao

Tim Tsao is the global marketing leader for the Managed Service Provider customer set, including strategy, cross-brand IBM offerings, ISV and sector partnerships, go-to-market, and launches.

Tim started with IBM in 2003 and has the unique perspective of having left IBM for several years to help run a midsize manufacturing firm, where he was an IBM customer and used a local MSP for IT needs. He has 18 years of sales and marketing experience, including previously working for Sterling Commerce and KPMG.

He has an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and enjoys sailing and running.


Tom Rosamilia

Senior Vice President, IBM Systems and Technology Group

Tom Rosamilia is Senior Vice President of IBM Systems & Technology Group and IBM Integrated Supply Chain. He has global responsibility for all aspects of IBM’s semiconductor, servers, storage, and the system software businesses; all of IBM’s supply chain; and the company’s Global Business Partners organization.  

Prior to this role, Mr. Rosamilia was Vice President of Corporate Strategy and General Manager of Enterprise Initiatives. In this role, he was responsible for IBM’s strategic direction as well as developing IBM’s path forward in the new era of computing. 

Mr. Rosamilia joined IBM in 1983 as a software developer for the MVS operating system. He held a variety of programming and management positions in software development in the S/390 organization and became Vice President of S/390 Software Development in 1998. Following a number of leadership roles in IBM Software Group (Vice President of WebSphere, Vice President of Development for Data Management, and General Manager of IBM’s Silicon Valley Laboratory), Mr. Rosamilia became General Manager of IBM’s WebSphere software division.

In 2009, Mr. Rosamilia joined IBM Systems & Technology Group as General Manager of System z and, soon after, Power Systems as well. In this role, he was responsible for all facets of both businesses, including strategy, marketing, sales, operations, technology development and overall financial performance. 

Mr. Rosamilia received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, with majors in computer science and economics. In 2004, he completed the IBM Strategic Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School. Mr. Rosamilia has also served on the boards of the United Way of Dutchess County, the United Way of Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group and the California Manufacturing and Technology Association.