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.

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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
CES Government 2019 Technology Leadership Award
Executive Assistant Director, Cyber Division FBI

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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

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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

CES Government 2019 Technology Leadership Award

Executive Assistant Director, Cyber Division FBI
Amy Hess
CES Government 2019 Technology Leadership Award
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 U.S. Customs and Immigration Services
Justin Legary
Branch Chief
Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate U.S. 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

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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