CIO Boot Camp Speakers

Learn from successful CIOs at billion dollar organizations—industry leaders with insight and experience to help you land and excel in IT's job.


  • Thornton May, Futurist, Executive Director and Dean, IT Leadership Academy

Posse Members:

  • Bruce Barnes, CIO Emeritus, Nationwide Financial Services
  • Louis Gutierrez, CIO Emeritus – Commonwealth of Massachusetts; CIO Emeritus Harvard-Pilgrim Healthcare
  • John Lever, Deputy CIO, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command [CNMOC], United States Navy
  • Thomas Mantz, Managing Director, MNL Associated, LLC; CIO Emeritus – Praxair Corporation
  • Mykolas Rambus, CIO, Forbes Media
  • Dr. Robert Rennie, VP, Technology & CIO, State College of Florida at Jacksonville

Sponsor Speakers:

  • Harry Labana, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, XenApp Product Group, Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • Apurva Davé, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Riverbed Technology
  • Emile Rashkovich, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Sentinel Real Estate Corporation

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Photo of Thornton MayChairperson: Thornton May
Futurist, Executive Director and Dean
IT Leadership Academy

Thornton May is America's leading CIO career doctor, tirelessly researching the environmental and psychological diseases that destroy IT leadership careers. On the road over 250 days a year making 'house calls' with leading CIOs, Thornton has assembled one of the world's most respected medicine chests of empirically tested job-saving, business-growing remedies in the IT business today.

In addition to career doctoring, Thornton teaches Executive Education at four major universities, writes columns on technology for two leading publications, advises major organizations and government agencies on how to think differently about the future, all the while conducting seminal anthropological field research into technology use behaviors of the various tribes comprising modern society.

Thornton brings a scholar's patience for empirical research, a second-to-none gift for storytelling and a scathingly honest sense of humor to his audiences. His exuberance is infectious. After prolonged exposure you go home and wring the personality out of your clothes. Most importantly you will be refreshed, revitalized and re-armed to win the career wars in front of you.

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Photo of Bruce BarnesBruce Barnes
CIO Emeritus
Nationwide Financial Services

Mr. Bruce Barnes has over thirty-six years of experience as a senior level officer in the technology arena, including very influential roles in Fortune 100 companies. He has received numerous industry accolades, including having been recognized by the industry press as one of this country's most noted CIOs. He is a recognized voice at national industry events and in major industry publications. He is an ongoing advisor and retained coach for a number of successful senior level corporate leaders.

Currently, Mr. Barnes is the founder and CEO of BOLD VISION®, a senior management consulting consortium comprised of "C Level" executives, which operates as a trusted advisor and consultant to a number of noted CIOs and other I/T leaders, as well as to several large I/T product providers.

Prior to this current role, Mr. Barnes served as the Vice President of I/T Strategy and Planning for the Nationwide Enterprise, a $200B international insurance and financial services company. There, he was responsible for the overall technology strategy, I/T architecture, information security, and I/T governance processes for the global enterprise.

Prior to that, Mr. Barnes served as VP and Chief Information Officer for Nationwide Financial Services, a $100B international financial services company, where he oversaw all facets of technology services and operations within that publicly-held organization.

Prior to that, he served as Chief Information Officer for Ohio's largest privately owned HMO, and he also held various management positions with an international library/information services company, the Washington (DC) office of a major technology vendor, and as an officer in the United States Army.

He is a co-founder for the nationally acclaimed "CIO Solutions Gallery" at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business.

He is a graduate in five sciences from The Ohio State University.

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Photo of Apurva DavéApurva Davé
Senior Director, Product Marketing,
Riverbed Technology

Apurva Davé is Senior Director, Product Marketing for Riverbed Technology. Previously, he served as Director of Product Marketing for Fast Forward Networks and Inktomi. Apurva holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an AB in Computer Science from Brown University.

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Photo of Louis GutierrezLouis Gutierrez
CIO Emeritus – Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
CIO Emeritus Harvard-Pilgrim Healthcare

Louis Gutierrez was Chief Information Officer of the Information Technology Division (ITD), the department that oversees information technology operations and planning for executive branch agencies of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Before becoming CIO of the Commonwealth, Gutierrez was Chief Technology Strategist at the Commonwealth Medicine Division of UMass Medical. While at UMass Medical, Gutierrez directed a team that provided technology support during Operation Helping Hand, the state assistance effort for Hurricane Katrina evacuees who came to Massachusetts.

Prior to working at UMass Medical, Gutierrez was Chief Information Officer for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), the largest state secretariat with 23,000 staff and more than $12 billion in annual spending. While at HHS, Gutierrez led the development and implementation of the state's Virtual Gateway, an online portal that integrated the web presence of 16 agencies into a user-friendly format that improved service delivery and reduced costs.

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Photo of John Lever John Lever
Deputy CIO
Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command [CNMOC]
United States Navy

Mr. John A. Lever is the Deputy CIO for the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (COMNAVMETOCCOM). He supports the IT strategy and technical programs to be undertaken for Command operational, scientific, and management users. Also, he provides leadership in the formulation of mid- and long-range goals and objectives; synchronizes the business technology planning and execution with the Command’s Strategic Plan; establishes timetables for the performance of IT support functions; formulates the IT budget and plans; and formulates the IT requirements of the Command.

Mr. Lever received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Mississippi College in 1976. He held a Haskell B. Curry Fellowship in Mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University and received a Master of Arts in Mathematics in 1978. Mr. Lever earned a Master of Science in Information Resource Management from Syracuse University in 2003.

In 1978 he began his employment with the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) in the Fleet Applications Department, Environmental Systems Division. While there, he contributed to numerous environmental prediction systems; in particular, he was the principal software architect for the NATO Integrated Command Anti-Submarine Warfare Prediction System (NATO ICAPS). He was also the lead system integrator for the Tactical Environmental Support System (TESS). While serving in the Integration and Technology Division at NAVOCEANO, Mr. Lever served as the program manager for multiple major IT programs. Mr. Lever was appointed to the position of Chief Information Officer for NAVOCEANO in 1998 and served in that role through 2004.

Mr. Lever has received numerous citations for support of on-scene prediction systems and several citations for participation in Navy initiatives, including the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

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Photo of Thomas R. Mantz Thomas R. Mantz
Managing Director, MNL Associated, LLC;
CIO Emeritus – Praxair Corporation

Tom Mantz served as the first Chief Information Officer for Praxair, a global provider of industrial gases. In this role, he led the development of a virtual, global IT resource from previously independent country-based IT organizations. His efforts led to the adoption of global IT standards and the implementation of a common, global communications infrastructure. Working with business partners, Mr. Mantz provided IT direction for global ERP initiatives.

Prior to joining Praxair, Mr. Mantz served as Vice President and co-founder of the Renaissance Strategy Group, a global consultancy focusing on the application of the Balanced Scorecard methodology to issues associated with the development and implementation of business strategy. While at Renaissance, he applied Balanced Scorecard techniques to the development of IT Strategy. Mr. Mantz began his career at Nolan, Norton & Co., a leading IT strategy firm. Over 14 years, he served in a number of roles, eventually becoming Partner with responsibility for the firm's IT executive education programs.

Mr. Mantz now serves as Managing Director of MNL Associated, where he consults with major organizations on improving the return from information technology. His practice specializes in the design of benefits-focused IT implementation programs. During his more than 25 years of IT leadership and management, Tom has concentrated on the development of business aligned IT strategies, the implementation of IT human resource processes and the delivery of executive education programs.

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Photo of Mykolas Rambus Mykolas Rambus
Forbes Media

Mykolas Rambus is CIO of Forbes Media. He has held IT leadership and general executive roles in management consulting, real estate, and start-up ventures. Mykolas is a frequent commentator on executive issues, has been quoted in numerous media outlets, and is a regular keynote speaker and guest lecturer. He is also a contributor to Greg Smith's book, 'Straight to the Top, becoming a World-Class CIO'. Mykolas studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he concentrated on Operations Research and Information Technology, and remains an avid fencer.

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Photo of Dr. Robert Rennie Dr. Robert Rennie
VP, Technology & CIO,
State College of Florida at Jacksonville

Dr. Rob Rennie has been the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Vice President, Technology for Florida State College at Jacksonville, Florida since 1997.

Prior to taking his current position, he was the CIO for Mt. San Antonio College in Los Angeles, is a former principal of the technology strategy practice of Xentrek Systems, Inc. and held a visiting scholar faculty appointment in Information Systems at the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. Rob has been a CIO for over twenty years and is known for building the reputations of organizations on a foundation of innovation, value creation, excellence and technology leadership. Dr. Rennie serves on Software AG's International Executive Committee, is a member of Apple's University Executive Forum and is a board member of Curriki.

Florida State College has won numerous awards for its highly innovative and successful technology environment having been ranked first in the Nation three of four years by the Center for Digital Education, rated 'Most Wired' by Yahoo, and having been featured by several major technology firms for best practices and successful innovations. In 2004, Dr. Rennie was honored as one of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT leaders.

Rob received his Bachelors degree from Rollins College, Masters from The University of Oklahoma, and Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

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Photo of Harry Labana Harry Labana
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
XenApp Product Group, Citrix Systems, Inc.

Harry Labana joined Citrix in July 2009 as vice president and chief technology officer of the Citrix XenApp product group. He is a member of the XenApp leadership team that charts the technological direction and product roadmap of Citrix's $1 billion flagship product line. As CTO, he is also responsible for helping to communicate the strategic direction of the company's desktop virtualization solutions to internal and external audiences. As part of the Citrix Office of the CTO, Harry collaborates with other Citrix CTOs to drive the company's overall technology direction and product strategy and advises the executive management team.

Prior to joining Citrix, Labana was at Goldman Sachs for nine years and was most recently a vice president in the Technology division, leading the global engineering and architecture efforts for desktop virtualization. Labana also worked closely with the Office of the CIO to advise clients, internal bankers and research analysts on trends and investment opportunities as well as leading software entrepreneurs and established leaders on strategy and to influence their respective roadmaps.

Harry Labana has 14 years' experience in numerous infrastructure, architecture, project management and software development roles in financial services firms, such as Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers, and he was a Citrix customer for many years.

Harry holds a bachelor's degree in electronic systems engineering with honors from the University of Manchester (UK).

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Photo of Emile Rashkovich Emile Rashkovich
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Sentinel Real Estate Corporation

Emile Rashkovich is a Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Sentinel Real Estate Corporation, a real estate operating company. He is responsible for all the software, hardware, telecommunications and technology services for the firm. This includes software development and quality control for all internal applications; server, desktop, mobile, storage and security devices on the corporate Wide Area Network; the Network Control Center and the web services, utilized at the New York headquarters and the company's other 200 US locations.

Prior to joining Sentinel in 1996, Mr. Rashkovich was the Vice President of Information Services at Bear Stearns, and was responsible for managing Emerging Technology applications, Corporate Information Security and computer support for the Investment Banking and Trading desks; and a Manager of Systems and Networks at IBM/Prodigy Services Company, where he was responsible for the development and operation of that on-line service. Mr. Rashkovich is a member of the ICSA and ACM.

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