Senior Vice President, Software and Cloud Solutions Group
Robert LeBlanc is Senior Vice President, Software and Cloud Solutions Group. He has global responsibility for the strategy and management of IBM’s industry leading middleware and software solutions portfolio. Mr. LeBlanc also chairs IBM’s Technology Team, a senior executive team responsible for setting IBM’s technology agenda. Previous senior leadership roles include Senior Vice President, Middleware Software; General Manager, Worldwide Software Sales; General Manager, Application and Infrastructure Management; and General Manager, Tivoli. Since joining IBM in 1981, Mr. LeBlanc has held a number of technical, strategy, and sales leadership positions throughout the company’s Software, Services, and Systems groups.
General Manager, Cloud Services Strategy & Business Development
Mr. Rippert is presently IBM’s General Manager, Cloud Services Strategy and Business Development. He began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. Management Information Consulting Division in 1981 – the company now known as Accenture. While there, Mr. Rippert held many different positions including seven years as Accenture’s CTO with customer-facing responsibility for technology. Responsibilities included areas such as research and development, technical architecture, business intelligence and infrastructure. After retiring from Accenture, Mr. Rippert became the President and CEO of Basho Technologies, a fast growing NoSQL database provider. In March 2014, Mr. Rippert joined IBM’s Global Technology Services (GTS) organization as part of that group’s cross – IBM cloud development program.
General Manager, Security Systems
Brendan Hannigan is General Manager of the IBM Security Systems Division in the IBM Software Group and brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his role. Mr. Hannigan was previously the president and CEO of Q1 Labs, the acquisition of which catalyzed the creation of the Security Systems Division. This division brings together many capabilities across IBM to respond to the market need for sophisticated, comprehensive and integrated approaches to enterprise security. Mr. Hannigan held a number of executive positions at Q1 Labs before becoming CEO in 2011. He has a Computer Science degree with honors from University College Dublin, Ireland.
IBM Fellow and CTO, Cloud and PureApplication System
Jason McGee is an IBM Fellow and CTO, Cloud and PureApplication System. Jason is currently responsible for the technical strategy and architecture for cloud and cloud middleware, including middleware services on Bluemix and Patterns. Jason is also the Chief Architect for PureApplication System. Previously Jason has served as Chief Architect of WebSphere Extended Deployment, WebSphere sMash, and WebSphere Application Server on distributed platforms.
Vice President, Cloud Services, North America, Global Technology
Dave Simpson became the leader for IBM’s Cloud Services business in North America in July of 2014. He has the responsibility to drive our sales, revenue and client satisfaction across our client base and ensure IBM and our clients are in a leadership position in driving value from cloud solutions. He was previously the General Manager for the Industrial Sector for Global Technology Services in the US. Dave and his team acquired over a dozen new clients and transitioned them successfully, combined with new scope from the base clients to return this portfolio to growth. They also improved client satisfaction, delivery productivity and expanded margins in this IT strategic outsourcing business. Mr. Simpson has held a variety of leadership roles across IBM’s portfolio.
Inhi Cho Suh
Vice President, Big Data Integration & Governance, IBM Software Group
Inhi Cho Suh is the Vice President of Big Data Integration and Governance for IBM Software Group. She is a thought leader in the information management, big data and analytics marketplace. She is responsible for product portfolio and business direction of the division which is comprised of data management, information governance, information integration, master data management, data security, data privacy, and emerging capabilities such as hadoop, stream computing, and context computing. This area of the portfolio includes brands such as InfoSphere, Optim, Guardium, Watson Foundations and acquisitions such as Ascential, Initiate, Vivisimo, The Now Factory and more. She spends significant time with clients to identify ways IBM can help them manage today's ever-growing explosion of information.