Featured Speakers

Join these industry-leading speakers at the Modern Finance Experience 2016. Check back often for additions to the lineup.

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Eric Adams


Deloitte Consulting

Mr. Adams leads our FSI Oracle practice in North America.  Eric focuses on large scale global technology implementations including Cloud solutions, Oracle, PeopleSoft, and HFM on-premise solutions. He has extensive experience in managing large Finance Transformations and Merger and Acquisition advisory work for Fortune 100 companies over the past 23+ years. Eric has extensive experience in financial services, while focusing most of his time working with clients in banking & securities, hedge funds, asset management, real estate, insurance and private equity companies.

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Andrew Boucher

Vice President of FP&A

Western Alliance Bancorporation

Andrew is currently Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis and Western Alliance Bancorporation.  He has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry in the areas of strategic financial planning, treasury and asset/liability management, M&A, and financial/operational analytics.

 He has demonstrated success in transforming financial processes at MBNA/Bank of America, Asta Funding, and Western Alliance Bancorporation.  This includes the implementation of Hyperion Planning at MBNA and Oracle EPM Cloud at Western Alliance.  Andrew holds an MBA degree in investment management from Drexel University and a BA degree in Accounting from Penn State University.

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Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine; Award-winning Author and Broadcaster

Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on the most significant trends and issues impacting business and the economy. As Fortune magazine’s Senior Editor-at-Large, Geoff has an insider’s perspective fueled by longstanding relationships with the world’s top leaders in business and government. He knows what they’re seeing, thinking, and planning and reveals how they’re leading, making choices, and responding to today’s challenges in ways that others can learn from.

In his fourth decade at Fortune, Geoff Colvin’s breadth of experience is impressive. He is one of journalism’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, management, globalization, regulation, corporate governance, competition, the economy, the infotech revolution, human performance and related issues. Geoff’s regular column and frequent cover stories in Fortune have earned him millions of loyal readers. His new newsletter—Power Sheet, available weekdays, free through Fortune.com—provides a detailed look at how individual leaders are shaping today’s tumultuous world.

Geoff is also one of America's preeminent business broadcasters. He is heard every day on the CBS Radio Network, where he has made over 10,000 broadcasts and reaches seven million listeners each week. He has appeared on Today, The O’ReillyFactor, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, ABC's World News Tonight, CNN, PBS's Nightly BusinessReport, and dozens of other programs. He served as anchor of Wall $treet Week with Fortune on PBS, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America.

Geoff is a respected author whose groundbreaking international bestseller, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World- Class Performers from Everybody Else, has been published in a dozen languages. The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times was named “Best Management Book of the Year” by Strategy + Business magazine. Geoff’s latest book (August, 2015) is called Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will. It’s based on the idea in his wildly popular article in the 2014 Fortune 500 issue – “In The Future Will There Be Any Work Left for People to Do?” It looks at the trend of technology displacing more jobs than it creates and the ways people will create value for their organizations and their careers in the changing economy. The ideas have profound implications.

A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Geoff Colvin is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University.


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Joel Daum

Chief Financial Officer

Empire City Casino

Joel Daum is a CPA with over 25 years of financial management experience, including over 14 years of senior financial management experience in the casino industry, with deep experience in SEC-level reporting, investor relations, and direction of cost control for efficient casino operations. At Empire City Casino Joel is responsible for all financial facets of the company, including Financial Accounting, Planning and Analysis, Revenue Audits, Drop/Count and Cage Areas, Investor Relations, Quarterly and Annual Reporting and Earnings Calls, and more. Joel’s previous experience includes senior positions at various gaming and resort companies.

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Kimberly Ellison-Taylor

Vice Chairman

American Institute of CPAs

Kimberly N. Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA, is Vice Chairman of the American Institute of CPAs' Board of Directors for 2015-2016.

Ellison-Taylor has a lengthy history of volunteering for the profession, including serving as a member of the AICPA Business and Industry Executive Committee as well as the AICPA Board of Directors where she served as a member of the Audit and Finance committees. Ellison-Taylor also worked with the Benevolent Fund, and has served as a Council representative.

She is a past Chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs, and has served on many of its committees, including the New Young Professional Network and Tomorrow's CPA.

Ellison-Taylor is currently the Global Accounting Strategy Director for the Financial and Professional Services Industries for Oracle America, a leader in cloud solutions and enterprise technology. In this capacity, she provides insight to help drive innovation in this important domain, particularly as the computing paradigm shifts to Cloud and SaaS.

Previously, she served as the Global Practice team leader for Health and Human Services, working with teams worldwide where she developed and executed strategies on Cloud, Big Data, Security, Fraud Prevention/Detection, Customer Experience, and Modernization. Prior to Oracle, Kimberly worked in leadership roles at numerous other major companies and organizations, including the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Motorola; KPMG; and Prince George's County Government, where she served as Chief Information Technology Officer.

Ellison-Taylor received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; an Accounting Certificate from the Community College of Baltimore County, an MBA from Loyola University and Master's of Science in Information Technology and a Chief Information Officer Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.

She currently resides in Maryland with her husband and two sons.



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John Faherty

Vice President, Enterprise Resource Planning

KBACE, A Cognizant Company

John Faherty is Vice President, Enterprise Resource Planning at KBACE. He has over 22 year’s experience with Oracle ERP Applications. His professional experience combines practice management, client relationship, project management and systems implementations across various industries. He has a proved track record leading Oracle ERP practices, Oracle implementations, business process and operational re-engineering projects.

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John Hill


City of Detroit

John W. Hill currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of the City of Detroit Michigan since November 2013. The emergency Financial Manager, Kevyn Orr, and the Mayor, Mike Duggan jointly appointed him for a term to expire at the end of Emergency Manager’s tenure. Mayor Mike Duggan has reappointed Mr. Hill to serve as Detroit’s CFO in the post bankruptcy period.

Mr. Hill is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of JHill Group LLC, a consulting company formed in late 2012. He has more than three decades of experience in financial management, organizational design and development, and strategic business planning. Mr. Hill has a proven track record leading high-performing organizations across diverse industries, comprising government, non-profit and for-profit entities. Mr. Hill served for eight years as Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the improvement of Washington DC. He also previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of In2Books, Inc., a partner with Andersen, LLP, Executive director of the DC Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority (Control Board) and as Director of Audits in Marriott Corporation’s Internal Audit Division, among other financial leadership positions.

In September 2012, Mr. Hill was elected to the Board of Costar Group, Inc. where he currently serves as Chairman of the audit committee. Mr. Hill also serves as a Trustee of Chesapeake Lodging Trust   Corporation where he chairs the compensation committee, is a member of the audit committee and a member of the trustees committee. Previously, Mr. Hill served on the Board of Directors and was a member of the audit and compensation committees for Highland Hospitality, Inc. He has served in board leadership positions with a number of public government-related and non-profit organizations in the Washington, DC region. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in accounting and passed the CPA exam in 1977. He has received many awards and recognition over the years for his work.

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Bob Hughes

Director of Enterprise Applications

Arby’s Restaurant Group

Bob Hughes is responsible for the corporate applications at the Arby’s Restaurant Group, where he supports and oversees the Oracle e-Business Suite Applications, Hyperion Financial Management and Planning environments, and associated integrated applications.  He also is responsible for the infrastructure and database technologies that support the EBS environment.

Bob has 30 years of experience in information technology, primarily supporting manufacturing and financial operations in the chemical, textile, automotive, high-tech, electronic security, commercial aviation, metals, and retail industries.  Prior to joining the Arby’s Restaurant Group in 2013, he was the North American Director of Information Technology at Novelis, responsible for applications and infrastructure for the corporate and regional headquarters, as well as the manufacturing operations.  Earlier, Bob was the information systems director at LiveTV, the in-flight entertainment company of JetBlue Airlines.  Bob spent eight years with United Technologies Corporation, holding a number of leadership positions in several areas of the company, including global director of information technology in their electronic security company. Bob also served as the information technology audit manager and lead the development of the company’s Sarbanes-Oxley IT compliance program.

Prior to joining UTC, Bob held senior level positions with Lydall, Inc., The Siemon Company, Kayser-Roth Hosiery, and Ciba-Geigy (now Novartis).  He has lead several global ERP and CRM implementations, built infrastructure, data centers, and applications in support of 24x7 call centers, and has directed numerous challenging and geographically diverse assignments.    

Bob grew up in Durham, North Carolina, holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Wake Forest University, and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Economics and Business Information Systems.  He lives in Sandy Springs with his wife, Cathy.  Daughter Emily is a graduate of the University of Texas, currently living and working in Los Angeles.

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Chad Kelley


Irving Materials

Chad B. Kelley graduated from Purdue with a degree in electrical engineering and spent the first 12 years of his professional life working in the automotive industry.  During this time he earned an MBA from Butler University.  After leaving the automotive industry Chad joined Irving Materials, Inc. where he serves as controller, supervising the accounting, payables, billing, and receivables departments. 

Chad  is a Certified Management Accountant by the Institute of Management Accountants.  He also passed all three exams for the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, but has not applied for the CFA charter.

When not at work, Chad enjoys spending time with his spouse of 22 years and two children, coaching youth sports, serving as financial secretary for his church, reading, and exercising.  He also recently began learning Mandarin in preparation for the adoption of his third child.

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Michael Lewis

Journalist and Best-Selling Author of The Big Short, Flash Boys, Moneyball, and The Blind Side

Financial journalist and New York Times best-selling author Michael Lewis has published more than a dozen books on subjects ranging from politics to Wall Street. Lewis’ latest release, the NYT #1 best-seller Flash Boys, has taken the financial market and business world by storm since its release in March 2014. The story reveals how the legal — but highly questionable — practice of high-frequency trading (HFT) has allowed certain Wall Street players to work the stock market to their advantage, and has been called one of the most provocative books to hit shelves since Lewis’ The Big Short. In The Blind Side, published in 2006, Lewis tells the story of NFL offensive tackle Michael Oher, and how his life is transformed from being a teen living on the streets of Memphis after he is adopted by white Evangelical Christians. Before that, Lewis wrote Moneyball, a book ostensibly about baseball, but also about the way markets value people. Both of his books about sports became Oscar-nominated films.

Two of his most popular releases, The Big Short and Boomerang, are narratives set in the global financial crisis. His other works include The New New Thing, about Silicon Valley during the internet boom; Coach, about the transformative powers of his own high school baseball coach; Losers, about the 1996 Presidential campaign; and Liar’s Poker, a Wall Street story based in part on his own experience working as a bond salesman for Salomon Brothers.

Mr. Lewis is a columnist for Bloomberg News and a contributing writer to Vanity Fair. His articles have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Gourmet, Slate, Sports Illustrated, Foreign Affairs, and Poetry Magazine. He has served as editor and columnist for the British weekly, The Spectator, and as senior editor and campaign correspondent for The New Republic. He has filmed and narrated short pieces for ABC-TV’s Nightline; created and presented a four-part documentary on the social consequences of the internet for the BBC; and recorded stories for the American public radio show, This American Life.

Mr. Lewis grew up in New Orleans and remains deeply interested and involved in the city. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Princeton and a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Tabitha Soren, and their three children: Quinn, Dixie, and Walker. In 2009, he published Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood, about his attempts to raise them.

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Karen McLoughlin

Chief Financial Officer


Karen McLoughlin is Cognizant’s Chief Financial Officer overseeing the company’s worldwide Financial Planning & Analysis, Accounting & Controllership, Tax, Investor Relations, Treasury, Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management functions.

Prior to being named CFO in 2012, Karen was Senior Vice-President, Enterprise Transformation and Financial Planning & Analysis – leading teams that she architected and built during her time at Cognizant. During her tenure at Cognizant, Karen has spearheaded several critical transformational initiatives that made significant contributions to the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations. Through this work, she developed a deep understanding of Cognizant from both financial and business operations perspectives.

Prior to joining Cognizant in 2003, Karen spent six years at Spherion Corporation (acquired by Randstad in 2011) and three years at Ryder System Inc. where she held key financial management positions. Prior to joining Ryder, she spent six years in the South Florida Practice of Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Karen is a member of the Board of Directors of Best Buy Co., Inc.

Karen obtained her Bachelor's degree in Economics from Wellesley College and her MBA from Columbia University.

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Dwayne Naylor

Chief Operating Officer

Local Government Federal Credit Union

Dwayne Naylor is Chief Operating Officer at LGFCU. He brings years of successful organizational positioning, direction-setting and growth to the Credit Union. He most recently worked as Executive Vice President at Langley Federal Credit Union in Virginia before returning to LGFCU, where he previously served as Executive Vice President. While at Langley FCU, he established a commercial lending department with a portfolio of $120 million, launched business deposit services and served as a Board member of a business services CUSO with $150 million portfolio. He also serves on the Board of LGFCU Financial Partners, a commercial lending CUSO. Mr. Naylor started his credit union career at State Employees’ Credit Union where he rose through the ranks to become Vice President of Audit Services.

Mr. Naylor earned a Global MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Naylor also received a B.S. from East Carolina University. He is a 2015 graduate of Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Wharton. He holds a Wharton Leadership Certificate, the Certified Chief Executive (CCE) designation, Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) and Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE).

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James Richards


GE Healthcare

James is the Chief Information Officer for GE Healthcare, based in Chicago, IL.  He was appointed to his current role in March 2016.

Prior to joining Healthcare, James was the CIO – Finance, based in Fairfield, CT.  This role was created in Jan 2014, and was responsible for Enterprise & Finance Systems strategy, operations and deployments across the company.  He partnered closely with the Finance, IT, and Global Operations teams in driving these priorities.

Previously, James was the Managing Director, Intercompany Financing at GEC Treasury.   He joined Treasury in November of 2011, and was responsible for all transactional, process improvement, and governance activities for GE Capital’s internal funding structures.

Prior to Treasury, James was the CFO for Franchise Finance, a business unit within GE Capital – Americas.  James provided finance and operational leadership for the $12B platform, which primarily finances restaurant franchisees and limited-service hotel operators.

James joined GE as an FMP with the Plastics business in 1999.  After completing FMP, he spent the following 6 years with GE’s Corporate Audit Staff.  After graduating as Executive Audit Manager for GE Commercial Finance, he spent the next 14 months as FP&A Leader for GE Capital Solutions (predecessor of GE Capital – Americas).  In 2008, he moved to Arizona to take the CFO role for Franchise.

James is a graduate of the University of Vermont.  He currently lives in CT with his 6-year old son.

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Jacob Thomas

Executive Vice President & Managing Partner


Jacob oversees Drivestream’s Account Management Group that provides strategy and advisory services to enterprise and midmarket clients across all industries. He is also responsible for Drivestream marketing, branding and go to market for the company, as well as managing alliances with strategic partners like Oracle and Wipro Limited. Jacob has been instrumental in designing innovative Drivestream Cloud solutions like Cloud Assure, Complete Cloud and Drivestream BPO services. Prior to Drivestream, Jacob held senior positions at IBM, Unisys, and PWC. He is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Maryland.

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Steve Van Houten

Chief Financial Officer

The Rancon Group

As Chief Financial Officer of the Rancon Group, Steven Van Houten oversees the financial and reporting disciplines for the Rancon Group divisions and more than 90 limited liability companies and partnerships. He is responsible for the financial management and relationships with existing financial resources including institutional lenders and private equity investors. He works closely with the Development and Investment Divisions in property acquisition and disposition coordinating pro forma modeling, residual analysis and business plans with project managers. Mr. Van Houten is a member of the Rancon Group Executive Board and plays a key role in strategic planning.

Mr. Van Houten has more than 20 years of experience in finance, accounting and real estate. He served as Director of Finance and Controller for Shea Homes, Southern California Division, where he was responsible for accounting, financial reporting, pro forma modeling, budgeting, forecasting, joint venture accounting, cash management, financing and investor relationships. Prior to working for Shea, Mr. Van Houten served as the Real Estate Controller for Fluor Corporation where he was responsible for accounting, planning, capital expenditures, portfolio optimization and the analysis of real estate transactions. His expertise includes financial modeling and analysis, portfolio management, project management, systems implementation and six sigma initiatives.

Mr. Van Houten received his MBA from the University of Southern California and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from California State University, San Bernardino. He is a Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) and is active in the local chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

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Karen Walker

Chief Accountant and Controller

Uber Technologies

Karen is a finance executive with over 20 years of experience. She has held a variety of leadership positions giving her both broad and deep experience in finance including compliance, technical accounting, strategy, financial planning, finance operations and process design.

Karen is currently the Chief Accountant and Controller at Uber Technologies.

Karen earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at Southern Methodist University. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and is a novice wine collector and crossfitter. She is also an active volunteer with the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association.

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David Warr


Chicago Sun-Times

David Warr is the Controller of the Chicago Sun-Times.  He brings the perspective of many years of experience in the financial vertical with all aspects of financial operations.  His diverse experience allows him to set strategic direction for Sun-Times financial departments and provide oversight with critical operations. David has led organizations using Oracle EBS, and now Cloud.  A proponent of Cloud and state of the art technology, David is leading a program to transform the Sun-Times into a Cloud organization for financial and other operations.  David holds a Masters of Accounting from the University of Wyoming.

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Richard Wong

VP FP&A, Treasury and Sales Commissions


Richard Wong is the vice president of financial planning and analysis at LinkedIn, where he leads a team of over 75 people responsible for global financial planning & analysis (FP&A), global treasury, and global sales compensation.

Wong started at LinkedIn pre-IPO when the company was approximately $200M in revenues and 600 people and helped the company scale to nearly $3 billion in revenues and 8k+ employees.  During the last five years, he helped establish and scale three critical functions for LinkedIn: global FP&A, procurement (vendor management and strategic sourcing), and investor relations. 

In addition to his experience at LinkedIn, Wong has over 16 years of combined experience working for companies such as Yahoo! Inc., Banc of America Securities, Lucent Technologies and JPMorgan in the areas of financial planning, analysis, corporate development, and performance management.   

Wong holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

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Linda Zukauckas

EVP, Corporate Controller

American Express

Linda has been EVP & Corporate Controller of American Express since November 2011.  In this role, Linda leads the Global Controllership and Global Tax teams, comprising 900 employees in over 35 countries.  Linda is a member of American Express’s Global Management Team and sits on several committees: Risk Management, Credit Reserve, Financial Disclosure, Basel, Data Governance, etc.  Linda is the executive sponsor of the Company’s Executive Women’s Interest Network.  Linda is a member of the Board of Directors of American Express Global Business Travel, a 50/50 joint venture between American Express and a third-party investor group.

Prior to joining American Express, Linda held various senior leadership roles at Ally Financial (formerly GMAC Inc), including Managing Director – Corporate Strategy at Ally Financial, where she had responsibility for bank strategy matters, including M&A.  Previously she was Chief Financial Officer of North America Auto Finance, Ally Financial’s largest business segment; Group Vice President – Finance, where she led Finance transformation; and Global Head of Internal Audit. 

Prior to joining GMAC, Linda held senior leadership roles at Deutsche Bank/Bankers Trust, including Chief Auditor of the Global Investment Bank, and Director of Audit in the Asia region, during which time she was based in Singapore.  She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Linda is active in the finance profession. She is the Past President of the New York City Chapter of Financial Executives International and also serves, together with other Fortune 100 Controllers, on FEI’s Committee on Corporate Reporting.  Linda also serves on the Board of Directors of FEI at the National level.  Linda is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) degree from Texas Tech University. She resides with her husband in New York City.

Oracle Thought Leaders

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Safra A. Catz

Chief Executive Officer


Safra A. Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company's Board of Directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company's chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle's chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as senior vice president from April to October 1999. She has also served on the Board of Directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, since 2008.

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Sheila Dietsch

Executive Director, Oracle ERP Cloud


Dietsch is executive director, global sales support, with Oracle’s ERP Cloud product business group, focused on, championing the power of the Oracle ERP Cloud - and the extended Oracle Cloud suite - to enable customers to modernize and grow their business, empower their people, and maximize their value.  Dietsch is responsible for go-to-market sales strategy for Oracle ERP Cloud, working jointly with sales, development, and Product marketing to drive pipeline, enable the sales teams, and provide strategic account support.

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Pam Fisher

Senior Director, Oracle Consulting Services


Pam Fisher is a senior director with Oracle Consulting Services, where her main focus is ERP applications business consulting, implementations, and upgrades. She has more than 22 years experience working in accounting, business consulting, and financial systems. Fisher has a unique combination of business and interpersonal skills, and has filled a wide variety of roles including executive sponsor, global program manager, project manager, team leader, team member, and sole developer. She is currently managing Oracle Consulting's North America ERP Solution Design Innovation Team. Fisher's skill set covers the entire project life cycle including global design and business transformation, program and project management, strategy, requirements analysis, design, testing, training, implementation, and post-implementation support on both the local and international levels.

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Michael Gobbo

Master Principal Solution Consultant


Michael Gobbo is a Master Principal Solution Consultant and has been with Oracle for over 9 years. During that time he has been assisting customers and prospects understand how to best leverage Oracle solutions in the context of their business challenges in the area of Finance and Accounting. He has helped Fortune 1000 companies streamline business processes and architected comprehensive solutions optimizing enterprise performance management. Michael brings his experience at implementing, administering, and positioning Oracle EPM solutions at numerous businesses worldwide like, Facebook, Lululemon, Deckers Outdoors, Beats by Dre, Allianz Global Investors, LegalZoom, Cochlear, to name a few.

Prior to joining Oracle, Michael spent over 10 years in the Media and Entertainment industry bringing best practices to Finance and Accounting organizations using technology.  While at NBC Universal, Michael managed the implementation of shared service center for Accounts Payables, Vendor Master Management, and Cash Management.  Additionally, he led efforts in converting the enterprise into a paperless environment for procurement, authorization requests, project tracking, to name a few.  While at Technicolor, Michael was the global process owner for finance and led ERP/EPM implementation in Europe instilling best practices.   Michael has over 20 years experience with ERP and EPM systems and started his career in public accounting.


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Mark Hurd

Chief Executive Officer


Executive Biography

Mark Hurd is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company’s board of directors. He joined Oracle in 2010, bringing more than 30 years of technology industry leadership, computer hardware expertise, and executive management experience to his role with the company. Hurd is also a member of the Baylor University Board of Regents.

Corporate Direction and Strategy

Mark Hurd oversees the corporate direction and strategy for Oracle's global field operations, including sales, support, consulting, marketing, and alliances and channels. He focuses on strategy, leadership, innovation, and customers. Says Mr. Hurd, "It's our job as a company to help our customers save money and innovate."

Before joining Oracle, Mark Hurd served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President of HP, where his focus on customers, innovation, improved operational efficiency, and execution led to significant company growth. Prior to that, he spent 25 years at NCR Corporation, where he held a variety of management, operations, sales, and marketing roles, ultimately serving as the company's Chief Executive Officer and President and leading a successful effort to improve operational efficiency, strengthen the product line, and drive growth.

Since joining Oracle, Mark Hurd has worked to share Oracle's strategy and vision with customers, partners, shareholders, and investors. "Our strategy is complete stack, open, best-of-breed at every single layer of the architecture," he says. "We vertically integrate those best-of-breed pieces for extreme performance and total-cost-of-ownership benefit to give you differentiation. Our products are designed to be the best technology at every single layer of the stack, and then be vertically integrated. We want to give customers choices for how they access that technology—on premises, building a private cloud, using a public cloud, or a hybrid cloud combination. It's your choice how you get access to all of this technology."

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Craig Barrow

Vice President, EPM Global Market Development


Craig Barrow is vice president of EPM Global Market Development and is responsible for driving global adoption of Oracle’s enterprise performance management solutions. He has extensive experience leading change management initiatives in industries and companies and has been quoted in the London Financial Times for his innovative work in the area of management reporting. Barrow holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, as well as a JD. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University’s Graduate School and in the Lourdes University MBA program.

Prior to joining Oracle, Barrow was chief financial officer at several public and private companies, including both for profit and not-for-profit institutions. He has also served as vice president of finance, marketing, and sales during the course of his career, which includes experience in manufacturing, healthcare, information technology, software, professional services, and retail.

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Karen dela Torre

Vice President, ERP Cloud Product Business Group


Karen dela Torre leads a team of global product marketers and solution specialists for Oracle’s ERP applications. In this role, she is responsible for developing go-to-market strategies for Oracle's ERP cloud applications. She is also responsible for developing thought leadership content on the evolving role of the CFO and how technology can enable finance to be a more strategic partner to the business. Dela Torre holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Santa Clara University.

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Rod Johnson

Group Vice President, Oracle ERP, EPM & SCM Applications Sales & Global Cloud Go-To-Market


Rod Johnson is Group Vice President of Oracle's North America ERP, EPM & SCM Apps Sales & Global Cloud GTM, which includes Sales & GTM strategy, product marketing and global sales support.  Mr. Johnson is focused on driving growth and customer success of our Software-as-a-Service businesses by making it easier to evaluate, buy, and adopt the application portfolio.  His team is responsible for Cloud Sales & GTM efforts of our Enterprise Resource Planning, Enterprise Performance Management and Supply Chain Management product portfolios.

During his 8-year tenure at Oracle, Mr. Johnson has been instrumental in building Oracle’s Industry Solution and Key Account strategy.  Mr. Johnson was responsible for the development and go-to-market execution of Oracle’s Industry Solutions, which are end to end offerings targeted at our customers’ most critical business challenges and opportunities.

Prior to Oracle, Mr. Johnson spent 8 years at Gartner Group where he held several key research leadership roles in ERP, E-Commerce and Customer Relationship Management practices. In the role, he was a noted thought leader, consulted with hundreds of Global 2000 clients and regularly spoke at key industry events.

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Douglas Kehring

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO


Douglas Kehring has served as Oracle's executive vice president, chief of staff since March 2015. He also continues to serve as the head of Oracle's corporate development group, a position he has held since 2005. The corporate development group provides planning, advisory, execution, and integration management services to Oracle on mergers and acquisitions, source-code and object-code licensing, strategic investments, joint ventures, and other related transactions.

Kehring began his career at Oracle in 2000 as part of the Oracle Venture Fund. He joined Oracle after working for the investment banks of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Dain Bosworth. Kehring is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Business.

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Loren Mahon

Vice President, Global Finance Systems, Office of the CEO


Ms. Mahon is responsible for driving the internal use of Oracle applications and partnering with development, IT, and lines of business in defining best practices around the use of applications and in designing operations to maximize efficiency, effectiveness, customer service, internal controls, and data integrity, especially in a shared services environment.  Ms. Mahon has spent the last 26 years at Oracle managing various functions within Oracle finance including North America finance, contracts, incentive compensation, FP&A, projects administration, order management, license management services, and customer data administration and has participated in numerous internal application development and implementation efforts. She is a frequent speaker on Business Transformation, Finance Best Practices, and Shared Services. Prior to joining Oracle, Ms. Mahon spent nine years in various analyst roles at several public sector and non-profit organizations. She holds Masters Degrees in Applied Anthropology and Business Administration.

Ms. Mahon currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. She is currently on the Committee for Finance and IT and the Board of directors for FEI and a member of the Silicon Valley FEI chapter. She is on the Scholarship Committee for the Professional Business Women of California, a member of the Advisory Board for the Alliance for Girls, and is a member of the Executive Committee for OWL, Oracle’s Women’s Leadership initiative.

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Cheryl McDowell

Vice President, Finance


Cheryl McDowell is the VP Finance and Business Operations for Latin America at Oracle Corporation. She runs the Global Business Finance and the Business Operations teams in Latin America supporting the software, hardware and consulting businesses. During her career at Oracle she was also responsible for the Engineered Systems Program Management Office during the first years after the Sun acquisition and also LAD Market Intelligence. Cheryl has been with Oracle for 18 years residing in Miami, FL.

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Russell Pike

Group Vice President


Mr. Pike is the Group Vice President of Sales Consulting at Oracle Corporation and has been with Oracle for 24 years.  He leads a large team of sales professionals in the USA and Canada with responsibility for supporting more than 1Billion dollars in Oracle revenue.  In this role he leads the Sales Consulting teams that support Oracle’s business applications and applications technology across all product lines including Oracle’s Cloud applications, eBusiness Suite, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft and other products.   Mr. Pike began his career in 1990 as one of the first employees at Oracle in New Zealand and moved to the USA in 1995 as the team leader for the Global Applications SWAT Team.  The SWAT team worked for Oracle’s President Ray Lane and was responsible for executing the largest, most complex and competitive sales cycles anywhere in the globe.  He has worked in more than 30 countries for Oracle and in the Support, Sales, Development and Pre-Sales lines of business.  As a senior leader he is a regular keynote speaker with Oracle’s customer base at meetings, conferences and user groups across the country.

Mr. Pike holds a degree (BCom) in Management Science and Information Systems and Marketing/International Business from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and a Masters degree (MS) in Leadership from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker, guest lecturer and expert panelist on technology and leadership topics at industry events, academic institutions, conferences and other diverse business events such as Auckland and Georgetown Universities, Technology and Industry conferences and the US Army War College in Carlisle PA where he has participated as a guest participant for their Masters in Strategic Studies Program.

The real life practice of Leadership and the study and development of leaders has been a long held passion.  Mr. Pike developed and personally executes “Leader’s Day” one of the most successful leadership programs for Senior and High potential employees at Oracle.  He also delivers regular keynote addresses and executive classes for current and future leaders across the USA, is a highly sought after executive coach and a certified DiSC coach and instructor.

As an expat New Zealander he is a founding member of the Washington D.C. KEA organization and regular contributor to programs promoting New Zealand interests abroad.  He is an avid traveler, sports fan and a Partner in two Northern Virginia wineries.

He lives in Chantilly VA with his wife Julia, daughter Sophia and son William.

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Matt Stirrup

Vice President of Finance, North America Applications and Managed Cloud Services


Matt Stirrup is vice president of finance for North America applications and managed cloud services. He joined Oracle five years ago as part of the Sun Microsystems acquisition. Stirrup has driven the transformation of the global business finance group in North America from a traditional FP&A organization to a true business partnering approach, ensuring better financial decisions are made through business insight.

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Corey West

Executive Vice President, Corporate Controller & Chief Accounting Officer


Corey  Mr. West was appointed corporate controller and chief accounting officer of Oracle Corporation in April 2007, with responsibility for global financial and SEC reporting, management reporting, revenue recognition, ... technical accounting, and merger and acquisition financial due diligence, among other duties. He was promoted to Oracle Executive Vice President in 2015, and now leads a team of 2,100 finance professionals operating in nine global finance shared services around the world. 

Mr. West brings to his position over 30 years of finance, accounting and executive management experience and expertise.  Mr. West began his career with Arthur Andersen in 1984, as part of the accounting and audit practice.  He served clients in a variety of industries for 14 years and left Arthur Andersen in 1998 as a partner.  After leaving Arthur Andersen he worked in finance, accounting and executive management positions at RPC, Adecco, Cadence Design Systems, The Gap and Intuit. 

Mr. West graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in business, accounting and finance concentration. He is a Certified Public Accountant in California.  Mr. West is responsible for overall global accounting, procure to pay, order to cash, revenue recognition, SOX and financial reporting functions at Oracle, reporting directly to Oracle CEO Safra Catz.