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CES Government 2020 Speakers

CES Government 2020 Keynote

General John F. Kelly, USMC (Ret.)

Former White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of Homeland Security and Former Head of Southern Command

Before serving as President Trump’s White House Chief of Staff, the fifth Secretary of Homeland Security, and the head of Southern Command, General John F. Kelly had a remarkable 45-year career in the United States Marine Corps. Some of his most notable work included rebuilding our military, defending our Nation, and securing our borders.

Government Keynote

Richard Haley, Executive Assistant Director, FBI

Richard L. Haley, II was appointed as the executive assistant director of the FBI’s Information and Technology Branch in June 2019. He most recently served as the assistant director of the Finance and Facilities Division.

As executive assistant director of the Information and Technology Branch, Mr. Haley will be in charge of three divisions that meet and support the FBI’s IT needs. About 1,800 federal employees and contractors work in the branch, providing support and services to the FBI around the world.

Industry Keynote 

Greg Hughes, Veritas Chief Executive Officer    

As an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience as an executive in enterprise software, Greg leads Veritas, a global leader in data protection and availability. Previously, Greg was the CEO of Serena Software, where he led the successful turnaround and sale to Micro Focus International Plc. Greg has also held executive roles in technology investment firms HGGC and Silver Lake Partners.

Greg joined Symantec through the acquisition of Veritas, where he was Executive Vice President of Global Services. Prior to Veritas, Greg was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he founded and led the Software Practice.

Critical Infrastructure Keynote    

The Infrastructure keynote will feature three of the world’s most recognized professionals in digital transformation of global transportation infrastructure.

John P. Wagner
Deputy Exec. Asst. Commissioner
US Customs & Border Protection
Bio  
Rich Ceci
Intelligent Cargo Management
Sr. Vice President, Technology and Projects Port of Virginia
Bio  
Sjoerd Blum
Chief Information Officer
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Bio  

Featured Speakers

Dominic Cussatt
Deputy Asst. Secretary
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs

James Geurts
Assistant Secretary
US Navy Research, Development & Acquisition

Beth Capello
IT Management and ICE Mission Support
Acting Chief Information Officer US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Rich Ceci
Intelligent Cargo Management
Sr. Vice President, Technology and Projects Port of Virginia

Amy Hess
Executive Asst. Director, Cyber Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Rich Ceci

Rich Ceci

Intelligent Cargo Management

Sr. Vice President, Technology and Projects Port of Virginia
Rich Ceci
Intelligent Cargo Management
Sr. Vice President, Technology and Projects Port of Virginia

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James Geurts

James Geurts

Assistant Secretary

US Navy Research, Development & Acquisition
James F. Geurts
Assistant Secretary
US Navy Research, Development & Acquisition (ASN (RD&A))

On Dec. 5, 2017, Mr. James F. Geurts was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)), following his confirmation by the Senate November 2017. As the Navy’s acquisition executive, Mr. Geurts has oversight of an annual budget in excess of $100 billion and is responsible for equipping and supporting the finest Sailors and Marines in the world with the best platforms, systems and technology as they operate around the globe in defense of the Nation.

Mr. Geurts previously served as the Acquisition Executive, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), at MacDill Air Force Base (AFB), Florida, where he was responsible for all special operations forces acquisition, technology and logistics. In this position his innovative leadership and technological ingenuity provided rapid and affordable acquisition that positively impacted the USSOCOM acquisition work force and the special operations forces capability on the battlefield. These contributions were recognized by both private and public institutions during his tenure to include earning the Presidential Rank Award, USSOCOM Medal, William Perry Award and Federal Times Vanguard Award for Executive of the Year.

Prior to Senior Executive Service, Mr. Geurts began his career as an Air Force officer where he served as an acquisition program manager with engineering and program management leadership positions in numerous weapon systems including intercontinental ballistic missiles, surveillance platforms, tactical fighter aircraft, advanced avionics systems, stealth cruise missiles, training systems and manned and unmanned special operations aircraft.He has over 30 years of extensive joint acquisition experience and served in all levels of acquisition leadership positions including Acquisition Executive, Program Executive Officer and Program Manager of Major Defense Acquisition Programs.Mr. Geurts is a distinguished 1987 ROTC graduate from Lehigh University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB and in National Security Resourcing from Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. Mr. Geurts also attended executive leadership and international studies programs at Harvard Kennedy School and George Washington Elliot School.

Harrison Smith

Harrison Smith

Chief Procurement Officer, IRS

US Dept. of Treasury
Harrison Smith
Chief Procurement Officer
Internal Revenue Service, US Dept. of Treasury

Harrison Smith is the Chief Procurement Officer (Acting) at the Internal Revenue Service within the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Mr. Smith is responsible for all acquisition programs and contractual commitments for equipment, supplies, and services for IRS and Treasury Departmental Offices (approximately $2.4 billion annually).

Prior to joining the IRS, Harrison served in various roles at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Naval Sea Systems Command. As the Industry Liaison for DHS, he was responsible for providing leadership and direction for DHS offices and outside officials for all aspects of the DHS industry engagement program. He also promoted rapid and innovative approaches to solving complex problems and served as a principal advisor to the Chief Procurement Officer on matters relating to all aspects of procurement.

Harrison has over 15 years of operational procurement experience, including acting as the Contracting Officer for several multi-billion dollar IT procurements. As the Director of the Enterprise Acquisitions Division with DHS, he was responsible for a portfolio of 25 strategically-sourced contracts with a cumulative value of $68 billion. He has also worked in policy and strategic analysis positions for the U.S. Congress, and has supported the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy for Business Initiatives and the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel under the auspices of the Presidential Management Fellows program. Harrison holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in U.S. Foreign Policy from The American University, and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. Harrison brings a wealth of leadership, acquisition, and operational experience and a high standard of professionalism. Currently, Harrison is focusing on leveraging the financial underpinnings of major IT agreements to accelerate and amplify the value of IT projects, and creating a repeatable and flexible structure for deploying innovative processes to support the government’s contracting needs.

John P. Wagner

John P. Wagner

Deputy Exec. Asst. Commissioner

US Customs & Border Protection
John P. Wagner
Deputy Exec. Asst. Commissioner
US Customs & Border Protection

Executive Assistant Deputy Commissioner, US Customs and Border Protection. John is the architect of the successful US Global Entry and TSA pre-check programs and is at the forefront of facial recognition and biometric authentication technologies to streamline air, land and sea travel and security.

Beth Capello

Beth Capello

Acting CIO

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Beth Cappello
Deputy Chief Information Officer
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Beth Cappello is the Deputy Chief Information Officer, performing the duties of Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) for U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Office of the CIO (OCIO) provides mission-critical Information Technology (IT) services and products that enable ICE and DHS to meet their respective missions. OCIO has modernized vital IT systems, matured the organization to contemporary IT management disciplines, and significantly enhanced the cyber defense posture of the enterprise.

Ms. Cappello is a veteran senior executive with significant leadership and management expertise from a career spanning 29 years in government service. Prior to joining ICE, Ms. Cappello served as Executive Director, Field Support Directorate within U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Information and Technology. There she led a geographically diverse team of over 750 Program Managers, Information and Telecommunications Technicians, and Mission Support specialists supporting approximately 62,000 CBP personnel. Ms. Cappello was responsible for a highly complex portfolio of technology including traditional IT systems such as local area networks and desktops, voice, video, and wireless radio communications, as well as law enforcement specific technologies serving both the law enforcement and travel / trade facilitation missions at over 1400 locations worldwide.

Dominic Cussatt

Dominic Cussatt

Deputy Asst. Secretary

US Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Dominic Cussatt
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary/Deputy CIO
US Department of Veterans Affairs

Widely regarded as one of the government’s most accomplished technology executives, Dominic Cussatt is central to cloud-based migration of major VA systems that directly affect millions of veterans who depend on VA’s massive health care network – the world’s largest healthcare network. Security is central to all IT management and Dominic brings to his position extensive experience and success, most visibly as the CISO for the US Department of Defense, where he worked on mission-critical DoD security protocols and processes, as well as on security policies across government and to include NATO and US national security agencies.

Michael Dent

Michael Dent

Chief Information Security Officer

Fairfax County, Virginia
Michael Dent
Chief Information Security Officer
Fairfax County, Virginia

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Eric Gillespie

Eric Gillespie

Founder and Executive Chairman

Govini
Eric Gillespie
Founder and Executive Chairman
Govini

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Amy Hess

Amy Hess

Executive Assistant Director, Cyber Division

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Amy Hess
Executive Assistant Director, Cyber Division FBI

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Francis Bedel

Francis Bedel

International Association of Railways

Chief Information Officer
Francis Bedel
International Association of Railways
Chief Information Officer

Francis Bedel is the principal technology executive for the organization that represents 200 national railroads in 140 countries on all five continents. With digital transformation of the top priority for railroads globally, Francis has set an ambitious agenda that regularly brings together top rail executives in efforts to advance technology utilization and security in the global rail system. Uniform standards, pilot tech testing, and tech information sharing are priorities he continues to pursue.

Mittal Desai

Mittal Desai

Senior Advisor and Former CISO

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Mittal Desai
Senior Advisor and Former CISO
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

A recognized and respected government technology leader, Mr. Desai holds executive responsibility for the development, implementation, and maintenance of FDIC’s information security systems, processes, and policies that are required to protect the expansive breadth of the enterprise systems and data. Mr. Desai joined FDIC in July 2018, prior to which he served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He provided strategic direction for and managed the Commission’s information security, systems assurance, records management, and privacy programs. He has also held multiple positions within FERC, ranging from a regulatory policy analyst to leading the annual Inspector General FISMA audit. Mr. Desai joined FERC in 2007, prior to which he worked for KPMG in their Advisory Services practice supporting numerous commercial clients with IT general and automated controls evaluation.

Adam Lee

Adam Lee

Vice President, Chief Security Officer

Dominion Resources
Adam Lee
Vice President, Chief Security Officer
Dominion Resources

As Dominion Resources’ first Chief Security Officer, Mr. Lee is responsible for all physical and cyber security across Dominion’s national footprint. He directs development and implementation of all policies and procedures that protect both physical and cyber assets. He is point for interaction with government and all levels of law enforcement, and he is charged with privacy governance and compliance with all security regulations, laws and evolving protocols. He brings to his position more than 20 years senior executive experience with the FBI, most recently as Special Agent in Charge for the Richmond, Virginia office.

Justin Legary

Justin Legary

Branch Chief, Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate

US Customs and Immigration Services
Justin Legary
Branch Chief, Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate
US Customs and Immigration Services

Mr. Legary plays a central role in technology management in support of the USCIS mission to provide trusted and timely immigration, employment and identity information through a number of technology-driven programs.

Jaspal Sagoo

Jaspal Sagoo

Chief Technology Officer

Centers for Disease Control
Jaspal Sagoo
Chief Technology Officer
Centers for Disease Control

Jaspal Sagoo brings 40 years of technology experience to his position. As CTO’s point for driving innovation into the Agency’s priority missions, Mr. Sagoo oversees and manages a team of direct reports, with a focus on research and development (R&D) and infrastructure architecture that cut across the nation’s premier public health agency. His team develops and implements IT standards, best practices, and strategic initiatives in support of the CDC’s business and scientific mission priorities. Mr. Sagoo provides ongoing advice to all levels of CDC executive leadership, public/private sector CIO/CTO peers, local/state health departments, foreign officials, vendors, and other Federal agencies. He is accountable for the CDC’s strategic and tactical capabilities, which are essential for effective responses to public health emergencies.

Ian Liddel-Grainger

Ian Liddel-Grainger

Member of Parliament for Bridgwater and West Somerset

Member of Parliament for Bridgwater and West Somerset
Ian Liddel-Grainger
Member of Parliament for Bridgwater and West Somerset
Member of Parliament for Bridgwater and West Somerset
Shaun Khalfan

Shaun Khalfan

VIce President Information Security

Freddie Mac
Shaun Khalfan

Vice President Information Security, Freddie Mac

Shaun leads Freddie Mac’s information security program and strategy, including security architecture, operations and engineering in alignment with the Three Lines of Defense. In this role, he leads a multiyear roadmap to mature the program, enable digital transformation initiatives, and reduce security risk to Freddie Mac. Shaun previously served as the Head of Information and Technology Risk for Freddie Mac, where he established and operationalized a second line of defense information and technology risk function for the company. Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Shaun served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He led the development and execution of the cybersecurity strategy and was responsible for aligning security initiatives with enterprise programs and business objectives, ensuring that systems and information are adequately protected.

Prior to joining CBP, Shaun served as director of cybersecurity with the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, where he led a team of senior Navy civilians and military officers to deliver strategy, governance, policy, and oversight of Department of the Navy cybersecurity initiatives. Shaun’s previous roles include serving as security operations center (SOC) manager, security architect, technology program manager, and Army combat veteran.

Gundeep Ahluwalia

Gundeep Ahluwalia

Chief Information Officer

US Dept. of Labor
Gundeep Ahluwalia

CIO, US Dept. of Labor

As a tech leader focused on IT innovation, Mr. Gundeep Ahluwalia leads the growth and transformation of the Department of Labor’s Information Technology (IT). Since assuming the CIO post in October 2016, Mr. Ahluwalia has provided strategic leadership for the Department’s IT planning, initiatives, staffing and services—ultimately advancing the mission critical work that the Department delivers to support American citizens. Mr. Ahluwalia engages and collaborates with senior DOL leadership, DOL agencies leaders, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and other key stakeholders to formulate IT strategies, governance policy, budget, and IT investment processes. Under his leadership, he directs IT Modernization projects, ensures information.

Bryan Slater

Bryan Slater

Asst. Secretary for Admin and Management

US Dept. of Labor
Gundeep Ahluwalia

Asst. Secretary Admin & Mgmt., US Dept. of Labor

Bryan Slater was appointed by President Trump to serve as the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management in October 2017. He directs all Department processes governing the mission portfolio of the Department to include its IT infrastructure.

Prior to his role as the Assistant Secretary, Mr. Slater was appointed by Secretary Elaine Chao and approved by President Trump to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). At DOT, Mr. Slater managed all facilities operations, acquisition, human resources, security, Working Capital Fund and operations activities at the Department. In his role, he was also instrumental in driving the development of key priority government reform goals, including launching the Department’s enterprise/shared services program.

Mick Stawasz

Mick Stawasz

Deputy Chief for Computer Crime

US Dept. of Justice
Michael ‘Mick’ Stawasz

Deputy Chief for Computer Crime, US Dept. of Justice

Michael ‘Mick’ Stawasz is a pioneer in the enforcement and prosecution of cybercrime. For more than 15 years he has fought cybercrime and prosecuted cyber criminals in the United States and abroad. He leads the Department of Justice team that prosecutes computer attacks and intrusions, and he continually supports efforts to improve the collection of electronic evidence. The case histories he and his team establish are shaping in real time our national cyber security legal framework. Mick Stawasz also leads a comprehensive outreach program designed to both educate and engage industry in the defense of cyber-attacks and cyber crime.
Dale McFee

Dale McFee

Chief of Police

Edmonton Police Service  (Canada)
Dale McFee

Chief of Police, Edmonton Police Service

Chief Dale R. McFee, OOM is the 23rd Police Chief for the Edmonton Police Service. He has an extensive background in policing, including 26 years as a police officer in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (nine years as Chief of Police) and six years as the Deputy Minister of Corrections and Policing in the Ministry of Justice for the Saskatchewan government. He has been promoted by the Governor General of Canada to the Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. He is a Governor General Leadership alumnus, former Citizen of the Year within his home community, and the recipient of a Provincial Policing Leadership award. He lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of leadership and change management in private and public sector organizations.
Paul Thanos

Paul Thanos

Director Office of Finance and Insurance Industries

US Dept. of Commerce
Paul Thanos

Director Office of Finance and Insurance Industries, US Dept. of Commerce

Based in Washington DC. Mr. Thanos is responsible for executing policy, analysis, and promotion initiatives pertaining to finance and insurance industries, trade and project finance, financial technology, and access to finance. His focus includes how blockchain technology is impacting the financial services, global supply chains, and international trade. In May 2018 he was an invited speaker highlighting U.S. perspectives on blockchain technology during the Blockchain Game Changer Summit at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. He leads the U.S. delegation to the OECD Insurance and Private Pensions Committee. His team manages and leads
the Department of Commerce’s Trade Finance Advisory Committee which makes recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce on how business and government can work together to expand access to private sources of trade finance. His team closely collaborates with several USG agencies and organizations including the Department of Treasury, USTR, Export- Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Federal Reserve. He is a regular guest lecturer across the United States on topics ranging from trade policy, impact investing and the intersection of services and manufacturing industries.
Maria Roat

Maria Roat

Chief Information Officer

US Small Business Administration
Maria Roat

Chief Information Officer, US Small Business Administration

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Maria A Roat became the Small Business Administration Chief Information Officer in October 2016 bringing 30 years of professional experience in information technology.

Ms. Roat served more than 2 years as the U.S. Department of Transportation Chief Technology Officer and was responsible for establishing and leading DOTs technical vision and strategic direction, driving innovation and planning for technology growth supporting internal and external facing mission activities.

Ms. Roat served 10 years at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) joining in June 2004 in a number of capacities including Federal Risk Management and Authorization Program (FedRAMP) Director, FEMA Deputy CIO, Chief of Staff for the DHS CIO, USCIS Chief Information Security Officer and CIO Chief of Staff, and Deputy Director, Technology Development, for TSA’s Secure Flight Program. 

Bill Marion

Bill Marion

Chief Information Officer

US Air Force
Bill Marion

Chief Information Officer, USAF

As CIO, Bill Marion provides executive leadership in support of three directorates and supports 54,000 cyber operations and support personnel across the globe with a portfolio valued at $17 billion. He provides oversight of the Air Force’s Information Technology portfolio including the Information Technology investment strategy, networks and network-centric
policies, communications, information resources management, information assurance, and related matters for the Department of the Air Force. As Deputy Chief Information Officer, Mr. Marion provides oversight of portfolio management, delivers enterprise architecture, and enforces freedom of information act and privacy act laws. He integrates Air Force warfighting and
mission support capabilities by networking air, space, and terrestrial assets. Additionally, he shapes doctrine, strategy and policy for all cyberspace operations and support activities.
Lim Vermeer

Lim Vermeer

Chief Executive Officer

QPR Cost Control
Lim Vermeer

Chief Executive Officer, QPR Cost Control

Lim Vermeer’s nearly 20 years of experience in implementing Action Based Costing has effectively positioned QPR Cost Control as a global leader in financial management process software for health care, government, manufacturing, logistics and finance. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Lim Vermeer splits his time between Europe and Washington/Baltimore.

Teddy Vagias

Teddy Vagias

Partner

Mason Harriman Group
Teddy Vagias

Partner, Mason Harriman Group

Theodore Vagias, Teddy is the Founder of Mason Harriman Group and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vagias serves as a Member of The Advisory Board at Strategic Enterprise Solutions Inc.

Sjoerd Blum

Sjoerd Blum

Chief Information Officer

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Sjoerd Blum

Chief Information Officer, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

 One of Europe’s most accomplished CIOs and ranked second globally on the Global Airport Innovation Power List, Sjoerd leads the digital transformation of Europe’s busiest airport (aircraft movement) and third busiest in terms of passenger travel.

Renee P. Wynn

Renee P. Wynn

Chief Information Officer

NASA

Renee P. Wynn

Chief Information Officer, NASA

Renee Wynn came to NASA from the Environmental Protection Agency where she had served as the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information since July 2013. Ms. Wynn has 28 years of federal service and 25 of those years were with EPA. Ms. Wynn has been working in the federal CIO world since 2011 and has been able to bring her experience working on environmental policy, budget formulation and analysis plus program management to her role as CIO.

Tom Soderstrom

Tom Soderstrom

IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

Tom Soderstrom

Tom Soderstrom

Chief Information Officer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

As JPL’s IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Tom leads research and hands-on experiments with emerging technologies. Currently the most interesting is the intersection of Internet of Things, Robotics, Advanced Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence.

Watch for future speaker announcements from the following

  • US Customs and Border Protection
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporate
  • Fannie Mae
  • US Department of Treasury
  • US Department of National Intelligence
  • US Department of Interior
  • DARPA
  • US Department of Health and Human Services
  • CMS
  • Department of Defense
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • US Department of Commerce
  • US Department of Labor
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • NASA Texas, Arizona, Virginia, North Carolina, Vermont
  • Fairfax County, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami Dade
  • United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, Panama
  • US Customs and Border Protection
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporate
  • Fannie Mae
  • US Department of Treasury
  • US Department of National Intelligence
  • US Department of Interior
  • DARPA
  • US Department of Health and Human Services
  • CMS
  • Department of Defense
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • US Department of Commerce
  • US Department of Labor
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • NASA Texas, Arizona, Virginia, North Carolina, Vermont
  • Fairfax County, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami Dade
  • United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, Panama
  • US Customs and Border Protection
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporate
  • Fannie Mae
  • US Department of Treasury
  • US Department of National Intelligence
  • US Department of Interior
  • DARPA
  • US Department of Health and Human Services
  • CMS
  • Department of Defense
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • US Department of Commerce
  • US Department of Labor
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • NASA Texas, Arizona, Virginia, North Carolina, Vermont
  • Fairfax County, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami Dade
  • United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, Panama

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