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Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory And Stephen Gillett Create Chronicle To Revolutionize CyberSecurity

Peter High interviews Stephen Gillett, Co-Founder and CEO of Chronicle. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • Stephen’s transition from Symantec to Google/Alphabet, including how his original role as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at GV led to his work with their moonshot factory, X
  • X’s process for identifying which moonshots to pursue, which include (1) addressing a huge problem, (2) employing a radical solution, and (3) using relatively feasible technology
  • Stephen’s ambition to work on an ambitious enterprise security project, and how that led to a cybersecurity project within X that resulted in Chronicle
  • A high level overview of Chronicle, which will offer an intelligence and analytics platform to help enterprises manage their own security-related data, and a malware intelligence service
  • The benefits of being an Alphabet company, including the ability to leverage Google’s infrastructure and machine learning expertise, their ability to attract talent, and the credibility they have with potential customers
  • Stephen’s diverse career and how that prepared him to be a CEO, such as honing the ability to see things from a holistic perspective, which is one of the advantages IT has over many other functions within an organization
  • Stephen’s perspective on digital, having been one of the first executive to carry the digital title, such as how digital can be applied to internal operations as well as to the customer experience

Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory And Stephen Gillett Create Chronicle To Revolutionize CyberSecurity

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Carnegie Mellon Establishes The First Undergrad Degree In AI

Peter High speaks with Carnegie Mellon University’s Reid Simmons about their first-of-its-kind undergraduate degree in artificial intelligence. Carnegie Mellon Establishes The First Undergrad Degree In AI

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$11B Unum Names Puneet Bhasin As Chief Information and Digital Officer

Puneet Bhasin joined Unum in March 2018 as chief information and digital officer — a new position that recognizes technology’s central role in achieving operational excellence and the company’s long-term business objectives. $11B Unum Names Puneet Bhasin As Chief Information and Digital Officer

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Pawan Verma Leads Customer Experience As CIO And CTO Of Foot Locker

In this interview, Peter high interviews Pawan Verma, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Foot Locker. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • Pawan’s diverse role as Global CIO/CTO, which encompasses overseeing Foot Locker’s global technology function, the digital supply chain, digital marketing and the customer experience across physical and digital touchpoints, and driving loyalty
  • How Foot Locker uses customer journey mapping to activate strong signals and amplify weak signals to better understand the rapidly changing expectations of their customers
  • Why machine learning and data analytics is playing an increasingly important role in enabling rapid decision making, and the ways in which the technical team of data scientists collaborates with the business
  • The three foundational elements of Foot Locker’s customer loyalty strategy, which include (1) engage and earn, (2) redeem, and (3) freshness
  • The customer-facing aspects of Pawan’s responsibilities, and how having end-to-end visibility enables him to find synergies, respond to customers more quickly, and serve them in a more meaningful way
  • Eye on the Trends: artificial intelligence, blockchain, experiential commerce, connectivity and networks

Pawan Verma Leads Customer Experience As CIO And CTO Of Foot Locker

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Fannie Mae Promotes Kimberly Johnson From Chief Risk Officer To COO

5/8/18 By Peter High, published on Forbes In March of this year, Kimberly Johnson was promoted from Chief Risk Officer to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Fannie Mae. In that role, she is responsible for leading technology, data, enterprise models, operations, the enterprise program management office, and resiliency. These shared services are […] Fannie Mae Promotes Kimberly Johnson From Chief Risk Officer To COO

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$6B Magellan Health’s CIO And CTO Drives A Humanized Digital Experience

Peter High interviews Srini Koushik, CIO and CTO of Magellan Health. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • An overview of Magellan’s business, including its two primary growth platforms: healthcare and pharmacy benefits management
  • Magellan’s Massive Transformative Purpose of “Leading humanity to healthy, vibrant lives,” and how that leads them to unconventional but extremely impactful offerings such as Magellan Complete Care, a first-of-its-kind benefits plan aimed at the seriously mentally ill in Florida, or managing specialty care
  • How Srini leverages innovative organizational techniques and emerging technologies to compete with larger healthcare companies, a concept he calls Exponential IT. Some examples of this include leveraging cloud services instead of building solutions in-house, adopting platforms its employees were already familiar with such as Workplace by Facebook to reduce training needs and facilitate adoption, and building solutions for tomorrow’s technology like 5G, instead of yesterday’s technology
  • How operating in a high-touch industry that requires the company to be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of its customers has shaped its approach to digital
  • The unique perspective on technology that Srini has developed over his career, which includes both time at large companies like IBM, Hewlett Packard, Nationwide, as well as entrepreneurial experience as CEO of a startup

$6B Magellan Health’s CIO And CTO Drives A Humanized Digital Experience

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Lowe’s Much Admired Innovation Chief Leaves To Establish Uncommon Partners

Peter High announces Uncommon Partners, the new organization from former Lowe’s Innovation Lab Director Kyle Nel. Lowe’s Much Admired Innovation Chief Leaves To Establish Uncommon Partners

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The Head Of New York Life Ventures Invests $200M In Start Ups

Peter High discussed New York Life’s venture capital arm, New York Life Ventures, with Joel Albarella, who has run the venture arm since its founding in 2012. The Head Of New York Life Ventures Invests $200M In Start Ups

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With A Major Digital Transformation In Place, SunTrust CIO Anil Cheriyan Exits

Peter High interviews Anil Cheriyan, the former CIO of SunTrust. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • Anil’s plans after he retires from SunTrust, including traveling, continuing to serve on advisory boards for late-stage growth startups, continuing to consult and advise companies, and pursuing a board position at a public company
  • How Anil came to advise growth-stage startups by developing relations during his tenure as CIO, and the ways in which startups benefit from a CIOs perspective, such as on the topics of attracting talent and pursuing revenue opportunities
  • How Anil addressed SunTrust’s fragmented approach to digital by hiring business segment CTOs, a Chief Data Officer, and an enterprise-level Chief Digital Officer, all of which reported to him as CIO
  • The siloed state SunTrust’s technology group was in when Anil joined, and how Anil broke those silos down over the course of a six-year transformation that implemented a new operating model to drive alignment, cost transparency, and strategic investment decisions
  • The advantages Anil sees to having been a consultant earlier in his career, including gaining experience in driving change management and business alignment, as well as working closely with the leadership team at SunTrust
  • SunTrust’s transition from an innovation strategy of ad hoc hackathons and collaborative office hours to a comprehensive framework that leveraged an agile way of working, a DevOps mindset, and new technologies like the cloud and AI

With A Major Digital Transformation In Place, SunTrust CIO Anil Cheriyan Exits

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CNET And Salesforce Co-Founder Halsey Minor Focuses On Crypto Currency And VR

Peter High speaks with CNet and Salesforce co-founder Halsey Minor about Bitreserve and Live Planet, his new blockchain-based startups. CNET And Salesforce Co-Founder Halsey Minor Focuses On Crypto Currency And VR