Sanjay Poonen joined VMware in August 2013 and is responsible for worldwide sales, services, ecosystem and alliances, global marketing and communications and cross-portfolio product marketing.
During his tenure at VMware, Poonen held the role of Executive Vice President and General Manager for the End-User Computing business unit. In this role, he was responsible for strategy, products, engineering, marketing and sales across all of VMware's End-User Computing offerings.
Before VMware, Poonen was president and corporate officer of Platform Solutions and the Mobile Division at SAP AG. During his more than seven years at SAP, Poonen held several executive-level roles in product development and sales, including leading SAP’s Analytics, Big Data, Mobile and all Industry Business Units, driving many solutions to industry-leading market positions.
Prior to SAP, Poonen held executive roles at Symantec, VERITAS and Informatica, and he began his career as a software engineer at Microsoft, followed by Apple.
Poonen holds two patents as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated a Baker Scholar; a master's degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University; and a bachelor's degree in computer science, math and engineering from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Ms. McKenna is currently the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for the NFL. She is responsible for their technology strategy, shared service delivery and management of the league’s technology activities.
Ms. McKenna joined the NFL from Constellation Energy where she was the Chief Information Officer. She led the acquisition of competitive energy businesses and the ultimate merger with Exelon.
Prior to joining Constellation Energy, McKenna was President of Vision Interactive Media Group, where she was responsible for marketing, technology, business development, operations and finance.
She has extensive experience in the media and entertainment industry as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Universal Orlando Resort. In this role, she was responsible for the innovation, oversight and leadership of technology at Universal Orlando Resort, including the launch of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
McKenna was also Senior Vice President, CRM & Chief Information Officer at Centex Destination Properties. She also had a 13-year career with The Walt Disney World Company in a variety of executive positions in Resort Development, Finance, Marketing, Operations and Technology.
McKenna is a certified public accountant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Auburn University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park Florida. She has been a guest on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Morning Joe, Good Day New York and is a sought after speaker on topics of technology, operational change, and women in leadership.
Steve Gold is Vice President of Cybersecurity Solutions at CIS®, the Center for Internet Security.
Steve joined CIS in April of 2018 from Varonis Systems, where he established the company’s State, Local and Education (SLED) business. In his current position at CIS, Steve leads the organization’s efforts to promote the CIS portfolio of low- cost and no-cost Cybersecurity products and services that help private and public organizations stay protected in the connected world.
During his more than 20 year career, Steve has led teams responsible for developing and implementing technology solutions at some of the industry’s most recognized companies, including Dell and VMWare. His expertise includes Cloud Computing, Channel Development, Territory Management and government sales.
For the past decade, Steve has focused on helping State, Local and Educational organizations secure their data and worked to assist them in implementing technology solutions that address their major business challenges. Steve is a graduate of SUNY Farmingdale with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He resides in Hopewell Junction, N.Y. and is based at CIS headquarters in East Greenbush, N.Y.
Lauren E. Nelson, Forrester’s private infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud lead, is an analyst based in Cambridge, Mass., serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals. Her coverage area spans the IaaS space with extensive knowledge of solutions (including internal private, hosted private, and public IaaS), enterprise adoption trends, the current state of cloud standardization, and cloud metrics creation. Her coverage also includes strategic rightsourcing of applications, cloud strategy development, customer use cases, cloud adoption trends, cloud economics, and the green implications of cloud computing. Lauren has advised hundreds of enterprises on these topics through speeches, workshops, webinars, inquiries, advisory, and reports.
John is Senior Director of Cloud Optimization Services for Groupware Technology, a leading IT solutions provider based in Campbell, CA. In his role with Groupware, John works with customers to optimize their cloud platform for cost-effectiveness and manageability. John is a seasoned information technology executive with extensive experience in the design, development, operation and automation of large-scale data centers and fulfillment systems. He has managed all types of on-prem solutions during his career including cloud design and deployment. John holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Scranton and a Masters in Management from Penn State University.
Beginning his career at Groupware Technology resolving customer issues on Help Desk calls, Parker has worked his way through the Data Center and into the Cloud. As an Associate Cloud Engineer, he utilizes CloudHealth in working with customers to understand their cloud environment and implement automation policies to not only keep costs under control but to make room for growth. Groupware's Cloud Optimization team believes that infrastructure visibility is the key to success and growth in the Cloud.
Stephen builds and maintains tools to help developers understand how their systems run in the cloud. For Yelp, accurate cost attribution is a key prerequisite to empower engineering teams with the ability to make optimization vs ROI tradeoffs for the systems they run.
Mathieu Frappier has been working as an SRE at Yelp for more than 3 years, ensuring reliability while optimizing efficiency of an ever growing infrastructure in a fast moving organization. He joined the Observability team in 2018 to ensure all engineers have the right visibility on their microservices health, costs and efficiency.
James Fogerson is an experienced IT architect with over twenty five years of IT and consulting experience in the implementation of enterprise applications. For the past 7 years, James has focused on cloud computing, primarily with Amazon Web Services. He is currently leading the adoption of Amazon Web Services and related process, procedures, and technologies for Robert Half.
Geoff Davies is Co-founder and Director of FutureProof, a leading specialist in cloud migration and transformation for corporate and enterprise organisations. Geoff has worked for over 25 years in the technology business almost exclusively with large enterprises. Having started out with American Express in a technical capacity he progressed into project management and consultancy. He has delivered technology transformation programmes and consulting engagements globally for a range of organisations including Barclays, the UK’s Department for Transport, ABN Amro (Singapore), Abu Dhabi Police and Moody’s Analytics (London and Toronto).
As the Senior Manager of Business Finance & Strategy at Acquia, Nick is responsible for leading cost optimization, customer analytics, and business strategy initiatives focused on driving top and bottom line growth. Nick acts as a strategic financial partner to senior leadership across the organization leveraging solutions such as Cloudhealth to drive data driven decision making.
Dieter Matzion is a member of Intuit’s Technology Finance team supporting the AWS cost optimization program. Most recently, Dieter was part of Netflix’s AWS capacity team, where he helped develop Netflix’s rhythm and active management of AWS including cluster management and moving workloads to different instance families. Prior to Netflix, Dieter spent two years at Google working on the Google Cloud offering focused on capacity planning and resource provisioning. At Google he developed demand-planning models and automation tools for capacity management. Prior to that, Dieter spent seven years at PayPal in different roles ranging from managing databases, network operations, and batch operations, supporting all systems and processes for the corporate functions at a daily volume of $1.2B. A native of Germany, Dieter has an M.S. in computer science. When not at work, he prioritizes spending time with family and enjoying the outdoors: hiking, camping, horseback riding, and cave exploration.
Jay leads Forrester's research and advisory for global channels, alliances, and partnerships. He focuses on B2B marketing in the age of the customer; understanding and navigating the complexity of multiple routes to market; ensuring contextual and relevant content to accelerate the indirect sales process; and describing the technology infrastructure to build and support channel relationships.
His background is in channel leadership, sales, marketing, and operations, with a specific emphasis on indirect sales strategy/execution, covering multiple industries, segments, and underlying technologies. Jay is renowned for his industry thought leadership and expertise in partner recruitment, development, and acceleration through effective partner coverage, enablement, communication, and incentives. He is an expert in building and leveraging channel communities and one of the global leaders in social media, partner marketing automation, and other indirect growth strategies.
Jay provides research, advisory, and consulting to companies ranging from Fortune 100 vendors to startups on the entire scope of their channel and alliance strategies. He is a contributing author and has been cited in numerous channel media publications, including Channel Reseller News (CRN), ChannelPro, ChannelE2E, The VAR Guy, MSPMentor, Channelnomics, Computer Dealer News (CDN), Australia Reseller News (ARN), eChannelNews, Business Solutions Magazine, ChannelLine, ChannelInsider, SearchITChannel, Redmond Channel Magazine, Vertical Systems Reseller, Channel Buzz, and SMB Nation. He also maintains a popular blog on channel trends. Jay is based in Florida but advises vendors, distributors, and partners around the world.
Drew Firment has over twenty years of experience leading large-scale programs, enterprise platforms, and cultural transformations in a fast-paced agile environment. As Director of Cloud Engineering at Capital One, Drew led enterprise cloud operations and migrated the early adopters of Amazon Web Services (AWS) into production.
To enable a scalable and sustainable transition to cloud computing, Drew founded Capital One's cloud engineering college to accelerate an enterprise-wide talent transformation. He earned a patent for measuring cloud adoption and pioneered the intersection of strategy, governance, engineering, agile, and cloud education within a Cloud Center of Excellence.
Drew is currently pursuing his passion for large-scale cloud transformations as the SVP of Strategic Partnerships at A Cloud Guru. He works closely with leaders who seek to accelerate cloud adoption for their organization using A Cloud Guru's world-class training solution that delivers proven results. Drew is recognized by Amazon as both an AWS Community Hero and Alexa Champion for his to efforts to build learning communities.
Will leads a Service Development Team for Softcat Plc, a leading Technology Solutions and Services provider based in the United Kingdom. In his role Will is responsible for bringing new Cloud Services to life and has been key to the development of Softcat’s Cloud Intelligence Service delivering Cost Visibility and Optimisation to their customers.
A seasoned change agent Will has worked in a variety of roles during his career from leading Business Intelligence Teams to Business Improvement Functions and holds a BA in Business from Nottingham Business School.
Jason Cornell is the Lead Business Information Security Advisor at Cox Automotive, the world’s leader in solutions that make buying, selling, owning and using cars easier for everyone. Mr. Cornell is responsible for Security and Risk for the Enterprise Platforms including enterprise wide services such as public cloud landing zones, financial, marketing, sales and back office solutions.
Mr. Cornell has been with Cox Automotive for 12 years most recently establishing the Cloud Engineering and Operations practices for the enterprise from the ground up before transitioning into his new role in Security and Risk. He has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise IT strategy, architecture, design and implementation of complex systems. Prior to joining Cox Automotive Mr. Cornell worked in consulting delivering solutions for many Fortune 500 companies across verticals including distribution, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, online media and higher education.
Nick Mehta is CEO of Gainsight, the Customer Success Company. He’s a big believer in the Golden Rule and tries to apply it as much as he can to bring more compassion to his interactions with others. Under Nick's leadership, Gainsight was named the second fastest growing private software company in 2015 by Inc. Magazine. On top of that, Forbes ranked Gainsight as the Best Enterprise Software Company to Work For based on Glassdoor ratings. As Nick likes to say (a little too fast and a little too often), that's awesome. Previously, Nick worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence with Accel Partners developing opportunities in the enterprise applications and infrastructure markets. He was also CEO of LiveOffice, where he led the company’s profitable growth to $25 million in revenue and through its successful sale to Symantec in 2012 for $115 million. LiveOffice was recognized as a Visionary by Gartner, as an Inc. 5000 company, and as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Before joining LiveOffice, Nick was a Vice President at VERITAS Software (acquired by Symantec). Don't get him started on theoretical physics or Steelers football—he'll talk your ear off!
Kolby Allen serves as a Platform Operations Architect at Zipwhip. He has formerly held positions as an IT and Networking Consultant, Cloud Platform Engineer, Cloud Architect working with AWS, and DevOps Engineer. He is also one of the co-organizers for the Seattle AWS Architects and Engineers Meetup. Kolby is passionate about automation, microservices, containers, security, and creatively utilizing the cloud to provide the best tools possible.
Gordana Neskovic is a Senior Product Marketing Manager for Wavefront by VMware. Gordana has held Data Scientist / AI Architect roles at Wells Fargo, Pinterest, and SFO-ITT. Her current interests are at the intersection of cloud monitoring, operational analytics, and data science. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.
Richard Murillo has been working in technology space for the past 19 years. His current role is Senior Cloud Analyst at Harvard University IT where he consults and assists clients with understanding the cost implications of migrating and running their applications in the cloud. This includes on-premises to cloud migrations and the ongoing performance and cost optimization of applications running in AWS. Before working at Harvard, Richard held numerous roles managing end user technology, network engineering and datacenter teams.
Rona Spiegel has been working in Technology in the Bay Area for over 20 years. A former Deloitte Consultant, and early Customer Experience and Digital Content practice builder, she has served companies such as Apple, HP, and Pixar. Rona most recently formed and now leads the first central Cloud Operations team at Cisco.
Hemal Surti is a Cloud Solution Architect with 25 years of design experience, spanning a variety of start-ups, and 13 years at Cisco. He has keen interest in distributed computing architectures and data strategy. In his current role as Technical Leader for Cloud Operations, Hemal focuses on Operational SLA based deployment designs and automation for Cisco public, hybrid and multi-cloud deployments.
Jason has diverse company experience, from founding two successful startups to building and running a $1B portfolio for an industry-leading public company. He has defined, launched, and marketed hundreds of products across the cloud, networking, and security spaces. He is a top rated company spokesperson with worldwide experience reaching business and technical audiences across enterprise, telco, and web-scale companies. Jason co-founded the public cloud security platform CloudCoreo (now rebranded as VMware Secure State) and joined VMware as a part of its acquisition in 2018.
Rachel Dines leads product marketing at CloudHealth by VMware, the leading multicloud management platform. Previously, Rachel held product marketing positions at NetApp and Riverbed as well as at Forrester Research as an industry analyst covering resiliency, backup, and cloud. Her research has paved the way for cloud-based resiliency and next generation backup strategies.
John Purcell is the Senior Director of Product Management at CloudHealth by VMware.
John is responsible for designing and delivering industry-leading products and services that manage cloud applications and infrastructure complexity at scale. His mission is to build a world-class team that is passionately and relentlessly focused on customers, and to build products which those customers love.
John has spent 20 years focusing on customers in the telecommunications and IT industries. He has created, sold, and delivered software products and services designed to solve critical business challenges for companies of all sizes, around the globe. Prior to CloudHealth Technologies, John was Vice President of Products at SmartBear Software, and Senior Director of Products at LogMeIn. John has also held various operational and leadership roles at Redbend (now HARMAN) and LogicaCMG (now Xura).
Joe Kinsella is an entrepreneur and technologist who’s passionate about Boston, baseball, and all things cloud (not necessarily in that order). He founded CloudHealth in 2012 with the goal of disrupting the growing complexity of cloud computing; the company was bought by VMware in October 2018, after becoming a global leader in public and private cloud management for enterprises, partners and SMBs.
Joe was previously VP of engineering at the Amazon-backed cloud archiving company Sonian, where he was a pioneer of using the multiple public clouds at scale, and also building one of the earliest Cloud Centers of Excellence (CCoE). He was also a managing director at Dell, where he led global engineering teams delivering multiple SaaS products, and VP of Engineering at SilverBack Technologies (acquired by Dell), where he helped pioneer remote IT management software. Joe also has the unusual distinction of having been a member of the “first Scrum team”, as a founding member of the Easel Synchronicity team before the advent of the Agile Manifesto.
Tom Axbey is Vice President of CloudHealth by VMware.
Tom was formerly President and CEO of CloudHealth Technologies, until the company was bought by VMware in October 2018. A veteran software executive, Tom was previously CEO of venture-backed Rave Mobile Safety where he spearheaded the turnaround, growth and acquisition of Rave by a leading West Coast growth equity firm.
Prior to joining Rave in 2008, Tom held two executive posts at IBM. He joined IBM after Tivoli’s business unit acquired publicly traded Micromuse, where Tom served as senior vice president and GM of the Americas. Earlier, he held executive roles at venture-backed American Internet and Quallaby Corp., where he spearheaded the successful acquisitions by Cisco and Micromuse, respectively. Tom remains a board member at Rave and also serves on the board of Tervela and BUILD Boston.
Sharon is an active leader with a strong record of developing and managing technical training and enablement organizations. She has lead the CloudHealth training team for the last two years to create innovative solutions that help customers, partners, and employees master complex technical products and meet business goals. Her team delivers world-class training, including virtual instructor-led training, on-site training, self-paced product training, and certification.
Adam Schepis has been working as an engineer and architect at CloudHealth by VMware for five years. In that time he has worked on nearly every part of the platform, including spending a year as the lead for the CloudHealth governance functionality. He is currently leading teams in building next-generation features to enable large organizations to be successful with multicloud environments. Over his more than 15 years in engineering, Adam has developed a strong interest in treating programming as a craft. He believes that engineers should put the same level of love, care, and quality into their code that a master craftsman puts into his work.
Greg has spent much of his career advising enterprise customers in the finance and technology sectors. With a focus on cost optimization, Greg has served as a Senior Technical Account Manager for CloudHealth, helping East Coast enterprise customers with their infrastructure, and assisting with their cloud initiatives.
Samir Mehra is the Director of Products at CloudHealth by VMware, shaping new strategic initiatives across Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and Data Center infrastructure. Prior to CloudHealth by VMware, he was the Director of Product Management at Transitional Data Services.
Recently named to CRN's 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs, Bob Kilbride is responsible for leading global channel sales strategy and execution for CloudHealth by VMware. In this role he and his team are focused on building a strong managed service provider community that leverages the CloudHealth platform to offer leading cloud management services. He has been a software and solutions sales professional for over 25 years, including 5 years at Microsoft prior to joining CloudHealth by VMware
Sam Byrne is the Manager of Partner TAMs, Americas at CloudHealth by VMware. His team is accountable for the successful onboarding and enablement of CloudHealth’s North and South American Partners. Prior to CloudHealth, Sam worked in Solutions Design at Amazon Robotics.
Marie Burke is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at CloudHealth by VMware. Over the past several years she has collaborated with the product, sales, and customer success teams to analyze the cloud management market and develop content to support the CloudHealth AWS, Azure, and Partner Platforms. Previously, Marie was a product marketer at NetApp, responsible for the OnCommand Management Suite and AltaVault product.
Georges is the Global Director of Partner Customer Success at CloudHealth by VMware. His technical account management team is accountable for onboarding and enabling CloudHealth’s partners. Georges was the first Technical Account Manager in the early days of CloudHealth and helped build the customer success organization globally.
Prior to CloudHealth, Georges worked in client solutions at Kiva systems (acquired by Amazon). Georges has an M.S. in computer science and a Ph.D in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering.
As the Manager of Cloud Cost Governance at Verizon, Karen has extensive experience in managing cloud programs for both individual business cases and the overall funding process. Karen has been instrumental in driving a number of cost optimization initiatives at Verizon - targeting both the engineering community and business portfolio leaders. By providing value tracking analytics and portfolio support, she has been able to proactively identify and effectively communicate savings opportunities across all business lines.
Ennio Carboni is the Director of Product Management for CloudHealth by VMware. Ennio and his team of PMs drive requirements enabling 5k+ customers to cloud journey across AWS, Azure, GCP, DC and VMC. CloudHealth is driving new, efficient ways to visualize, optimize, and automate cloud environments. Prior to CloudHealth, Ennio served 20 years in high impact GM, product and operational executive roles for companies like SevOne, Ipswitch Software (acquired by Progress) and RSA Security.
Sonali Desai is a Product Marketing Manager for VMware Cloud on AWS at VMware, Inc. Sonali has been working in IT industry for more than 15 years with experience ranging from Software Development, Product Management to Product Marketing. In her current role, she focuses on increasing the product awareness, launching new product features, social evangelism of the product and helping customers resolve their hybrid cloud challenges.
Cathal manages the Cloud Center of Excellence at VMware. His team is tasked with providing governance and oversight of Public Cloud usage and providing a Public Cloud Advisory service to help the VMware lines-of-business use public cloud. Cathal began his career at VMware in 2009 as a pre-sales Systems Engineer in Ireland. He relocated to VMware Palo Alto, CA office in 2016. Cathal has a Masters Degree from Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland.
Tim Buntel is VP of Application Security Products at Threat Stack. Prior to this role, Tim has built globally recognized software businesses for 20 years at startups, mid-sized companies in transition, and the largest global brands, including Atlassian, Adobe, Microsoft, and XebiaLabs with an emphasis on developer tools and platforms; helping developers build better software. He is also a founding mentor and Board member at Smarter in the City, a non-profit high-tech accelerator with a mission to diversify Boston’s startup sector by providing support and resources for local minority-run ventures.
Travis Cole is an Infrastructure Engineering leader with nearly 20 years of experience building infrastructure and teams for fast growth technology companies. He is currently Director of SRE at Segment, ensuring the reliability and cost efficiency of Segment's cloud infrastructure.
Tony has spent his career holding numerous positions within IT including, system administration, software development, quality assurance, and architecture. In his current role as Senior Director at WarnerMedia (formerly Turner Broadcasting), Tony manages cloud and data architecture teams, focusing on migrating existing workloads to the cloud while maintaining an optimized cloud infrastructure.
David is Director of Strategic Technology at Zendesk. In addition to a long career at Cloud and Internet companies, David is active in IEEE and has contributed many talks and papers to the software industry. David graduated at UCSC and started his career in a Unix startup in Santa Cruz.
Chris is a Senior Technical Account Manager at CloudHealth by VMware. Over the past three years he has worked in-person with direct customers and partners across multiple geographies. Certified on both AWS and Azure, Chris prides himself on building strong client relationships and helping customers meet their business goals. Aside from his 10 plus years in account management, Chris enjoys playing a variety of sports as well as spending time in the great outdoors. Chris holds a master’s degree in Information Technology and a MBA from UMass.
Andy Cronin works as a Product Manager in Air New Zealand’s Cloud and Infrastructure team, where he helps define the technical direction and delivery of the company’s internal Cloud Platforms. He has spent the last 5 years working with cloud platforms, primarily Amazon Web Services as a Technical/Product manager for technical teams, taking them on the journey from old school delivery methods to efficient, modern techniques.
Joe Kinsella is the CTO and Founder of CloudHealth Technologies. He is an entrepreneur, technologist and executive who's passionate about Boston, startups, baseball, and all things cloud (not necessarily in that order). He founded CloudHealth in 4712 with the goal of disrupting the growing complexity of cloud computing. His company has rapidly grown into a global leader in public and private cloud management for the enterprise, partners and SMBs.
As a member of the Cloud Cost Governance Team at Verizon, Kevin has identified a number of Cost Optimization strategies to drive savings across the enterprise. Kevin is responsible for leading the cost optimization team which is made up of individuals from across Verizon IT, focusing on driving waste out of Verizon's cloud spend. Through providing value tracking analytics/metrics, KPI's and portfolio support he has been able to proactively identify and effectively communicate savings opportunities across all the business lines.