Mike Gualtieri

VP & Principal Analyst – Forrester Research

Mike specializes in AI tech, aiding tech pros in delivering apps for exceptional digital experiences and operational efficiency. His focus includes AI and emerging technologies enhancing software’s speed, intelligence, and transformation for global enterprises. He counsels worldwide business and tech leaders at the AI-business-strategy crossroads. With 130+ reports authored, Mike received the Forrester Courage Award for inciting great decisions. A prominent speaker, his tailored speeches resonate. He guides tech vendors with practical advice on trends, strategy, messaging, and more. He also offers investment guidance for products in his purview.

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Brian Baker

Vice President, Information Technology – Resonetics

Brian leads IT at Resonetics, a global contract micro manufacturer focusing on components and assemblies for medical device and diagnostics manufacturers. He is an accomplished technology and business leader with more than 25 years of industry experience partnering with business leaders to develop and execute on IT strategy that enables corporate objectives. He specializes in Data and Analytics and has led successful initiatives in the areas of ERP, Web, Infrastructure, Security, and Operations.

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David Elam

Senior IT Manager – Hanes Brands

David is a Senior Manager on the Hanes BI team. David has been at Hanes in BI for ~25 years. Over these 25 years he has used many technologies and platform in the BI space, i.e…Oracle, SQL Server (SSAS,SSIS,SSRS), Azure SQL Server, Databricks, Tabular Models, Power BI, SAP AFS & BW to build a Global reporting and analytics landscape. We are now moving to S4 / DSP / SAC

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Dylan Smith

Sr. Managing Consultant – TekLink International LLC

Dylan is the Advanced Analytics practice lead and has 8+ years experience working as a developer and architect in many environments across the analytics landscape, designing and implementing data solutions on cloud and on-prem platforms. His expertise ranges across the cloud landscape, including all things Microsoft Azure and Data ingestion and warehousing within AWS. He has also worked extensively in Databricks, building ML pipelines to solve a wide variety of data problems. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Analytics from the University of Chicago.

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Hana Wyles

Senior Manager, USA Digital Media – Walmart 

Hana Wyles is a Senior Manager of Digital Media focusing in Brand Engagement, Community Management, and Customer Insights on Walmart’s Brand Social Team. She leads the team’s engagement strategy across social channels where the team has garnered millions of likes on comments in the past year on viral social content. In addition, Hana oversees social care and service; helping to connect customers with solutions and providing insights for partners.

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Hemant Varshney

Chief Architect, Cloud Analytics – TekLink International LLC

Hemant has 25+ years of experience in providing architecture and advisory services, focused on Enterprise Data Programs in areas of Data Strategy, Data Analytics, Data Architecture, Data Governance, and Master Data Management. He is an Architect and Technology expert in Cloud Data Analytics and Data Governance with considerable experience in complex Program Management for multi-vendor environments across Retail & Consumer, Technology, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Insurance industries.

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Jake Crandlemire

VP of Corporate Finance – HMSHost

Jake is the VP of Corporate Finance at HMSHost where he oversees the FP&A function, including forecasting, budgeting, and the long-range plan, as well as Treasury, M&A, Risk Management, and Labor Finance.

Prior to his current role, Jake oversaw the Development Finance group within the organization, which performs the diligence and underwriting of over $100 million of annual capital expenditures.

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Jerry Komitas

Director of Finance – Conagra Brands

Jerry is the Director of Finance at Conagra Brands, where he leads Finance Modernization efforts and supports various financial reporting tools and systems. He has 14+ years of experience, spending time with both early-stage startups and established Fortune 500 companies. With his deep understanding of technical SAP systems, Jerry easily bridges the technical divide between finance and IT, giving him a unique perspective and vast array of technical skills. He has a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Illinois.

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Laura Cicchelli

Principal Consultant – HGS Digital

Laura is a classically-trained brand marketer who has worked for multi-national, private-equity and mid-sized organizations. She brings C-level marketing expertise from CPG, hospitality, energy and retail industries to her projects and enjoys marrying technology solutions to business challenges to maximize the customer experience. A hands-on leader, Laura’s breadth of responsibilities have included managing contact centers, building e-commerce sites and omnichannel marketing plans, enabling customer acquisition and retention strategies and the related analytics, and leading the teams behind implementing loyalty and CRM platforms.

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Mario Arias

Sr. Managing Consultant – TekLink International LLC

Mario Arias is Sr Managing Consultnat with over 9 years experience in implementation of Planning, Consolidation and Reporting Solutions in various technologies such as SAC Planning and Visualization, BPC, Anaplan and Microsoft Azure DevOps, PowerBI and Analysis Services. His expertise ranges across the FP&A landscape from having delivered entire global FP&A planning and reporting solutions, to cost allocation, reporting, and visualization, to consolidation solutions. Mario has a strong combination of business process knowledge, data analytics knowledge, and technical skills to provide a view from all business perspectives.

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Ming-Ming Chen

Enterprise Account Executive – HGS Digital

Ming-Ming is a seasoned professional with over 8 years of exceptional experience in sales and fostering client relationships with Fortune100 companies. With a remarkable track record of success, Ming-Ming has honed her expertise while contributing her skills to industry-leading companies like Oracle, Twilio, and now HGS.

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Pravin Gupta

Sr. Director, EDW & SAP – TekLink International LLC.

Pravin has over 20 years of analytics and EDW experience. He has led successful SAP EDW (BW and HANA), BPC, Enterprise Analytics, Data Integration and Enhancement projects at Fortune 500 corporations where he designed complex Supply Chain, Inventory, Distribution, FP&A and Procurement solutions. He is also a noted speaker at events such as ASUG Annual Conference, SAPinsider, and SAP TechEd.

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Roberto Pasquier

Vice President, Data & Analytics – Giorgi Global Holdings

Highly experienced IT strategic leader with a record of developing successful solutions that incorporate a wide range of technologies and enhance bottom-line performance. Consistently recognized for improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency through the application of extensive industry knowledge.

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Rory Gentry

Assistant Vice President, Digital Transformation – HGS Digital 

Rory Gentry is AVP, Digital Transformation specializing in social media.  Current award-winning Account Manager who owns success, management, and day-to-day operations of the client relationship.  Rory brings four years of in-depth cultural understanding and knowledge of a Fortune 1 and Fortune 100 people, processes, and things. During her tenure with the business unit, her team has won multiple internal performance awards surrounding her practice.

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Sandeep Khare

Sr. Director, Advanced Analytics – TekLink International LLC.

Sandeep leads Cloud Analytics, Big Data and Advanced Analytics practice at TekLink. He is an accomplished technology and business consultant with over 30 years of industry experience in leading, architecting, designing and implementing Enterprise Applications and Analytics solutions.

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Scot Feinberg

Assistant Vice President, Digital Transformation – HGS Digital

Scot Feinberg – AVP, Digital Transformation for HGS Digital with extensive experience presenting and implementing digital strategies. Customer-focused communicator capable of building strong relationships with executive stakeholders, focusing on providing results for clients.

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Sharath Tadepalli

Director & Global Practice Leader – Data Science, AI & Analytics 

Sharath Tadepalli as Director – Data Science and Analytics is the global practise leader for data sciences, AI, ML, CV, NLP, and research in the HGS Digital – Austin office.

Sharath holds a MS in Civil Engineering (Geomatics) and a MS in Applied Statistics (spatial and temporal statistics) both from Purdue University, IN, USA and has attended graduate school at Marquette University, WI, USA working towards a MSM (MBA) degree in engineering and technology management.

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Terence Tung

Head of Engineering – TikTok U.S. Data Security

As the distinguished Head of Engineering for Site Reliability at TikTok, Terence Tung, is responsible for ensuring the seamless functioning and high availability of one of the world’s most dynamic and engaging social platforms. With over 20 years of experience at tech giants such as Meta, Yahoo, and Workday, Terence brings an extraordinary skill set to engineering, devops, and data security to TikTok. Throughout his distinguished career, Terence has been the driving force behind groundbreaking initiatives, propelling organizations to new heights of efficiency, reliability, and innovation. Terence’s comprehensive expertise also extends beyond technical acumen, encompassing strategic foresight, team leadership, and a commitment to cultivating a culture of collaboration and excellence.

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