Meet the 2017 Speakers



Geoffrey moore

Renowned author, speaker, and advisor, Geoffrey Moore splits his consulting time between start-up companies in the Mohr Davidow portfolio and established high-tech enterprises, most recently including Salesforce, Microsoft, Intel, Box, Aruba, Cognizant, and Rackspace. 

Moore’s life’s work has focused on the market dynamics surrounding disruptive innovations. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, focuses on the challenges start-up companies face transitioning from early adopting to mainstream customers. It has sold more than a million copies, and its third edition has been revised such that the majority of its examples and case studies reference companies that have come to prominence from the past decade. Moore’s most recent work, Escape Velocity, addresses the challenge large enterprises face when they seek to add a new line of business to their established portfolio. It has been the basis of much of his recent consulting.


Paul ballew

Paul Ballew is the Global Chief Data and Analytics Officer at the Ford Motor Company. Appointed in December 2014, Ballew leads Ford’s global data and analytics teams including development of new capabilities supporting connectivity and smart mobility. Prior to joining Ford, he was Chief Data, Insight & Analytics Officer at Dun & Bradstreet. In this capacity he was responsible for the company’s global data and analytic activities along with the company’s strategic consulting practice.

Previously, Ballew served as Nationwide’s Senior Vice President for Customer Insight and Analytics. He directed customer analytics, market research, and information and data management functions, and supported the company’s marketing strategy. His responsibilities included development of Nationwide’s customer analytics, data operations and strategy. Ballew joined Nationwide in November 2007 and established the company’s Customer Insights and Analytics capabilities.

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Jerry Kaplan

Jerry Kaplan is widely known in the computer industry as a serial entrepreneur, inventor, scientist, and author. He is currently a Fellow at The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. He also teaches Philosophy, Ethics, and Impact of Artificial Intelligence in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University.

Kapan co-founded several ventures including (social games); (online auctions); GO Corporation (tablet computers); and Teknowledge (expert systems). He wrote best-selling non-fiction novel, Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure, which was selected by Business Week as one of the top ten business books of the year, and optioned to Sony Pictures. He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Red Herring, and Upside, and is a frequent public speaker.



Cole tells stories with data. She is the author of 2015’s “Storytelling With Data,” a well-received guide to data visualization that brings strong design and the audience’s perspective to the critical need for clear communication of data and analytics within an organization. Her unique talent was honed over the past decade through analytical roles in banking, private equity, and most recently, as a manager on Google’s People Analytics team. At Google, she used a data-driven approach to inform innovative people programs and management practices, ensuring that Google attracted, developed, and retained great talent and that the organization was best aligned to meet business needs. Cole traveled to Google offices throughout the US and Europe to teach the course she developed on data visualization.

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David Hardtke

David Hardtke is Director of Advertising Science at Pandora, where he leads a team of engineers and scientists who use machine learning, A/B testing, and controlled experimentation to optimize the experience on Pandora for both advertisers and listeners. Prior to Pandora, David led Careers Relevance at LinkedIn, a team building data tools to help job seekers find their ideal job and explore their career options. David was previously Chief Scientist at (acquired by LinkedIn) and Director of Search at Cloudant (acquired by IBM).

David learned what has become known as data science during his career as an experimental nuclear physicist. He worked at both particle physics facilities (CERN, Brookhaven National Lab) and on the IceCube neutrino observatory at the South Pole. As part of his research, he was routinely dealing with massive data rates (>100MB/s), and built statistical models and software systems to analyze these large data sets. His research work has been cited thousands of times.


Todd Holloway

Todd Holloway is Director of Content Science & Algorithms at Netflix.  The Content Science team is Netflix's data science team in Los Angeles, and it supports the company's studio efforts including predicting how well shows will perform on the service.  Todd is active in the data science community, teaching part-time in Berkeley's MS Data Science program, and organizing data science events.  Prior to Netflix, Todd led data science at Trulia, and worked in a variety of domains including drug discovery, local business search, and shopping search.

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Sanjay poonen

Sanjay Poonen joined VMware in August 2013. As Chief Operating Officer of Customer Operations, he is responsible for worldwide sales, services, ecosystem and alliances, global marketing and communications and cross-portfolio product marketing. Previously, Poonen held the role of Executive Vice President and General Manager for the End-User Computing business unit at VMware. 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. 


Todd M. Sanger, Ph.D.

Dr. Todd M. Sanger is currently a Research Fellow in Advanced Analytics where he leads the Business Analytics group supporting Sales and Marketing at Lilly. From 2010 to 2012 he was a member of Global Statistical Sciences (GSS) supporting the Men’s Health and Diabetes areas. From 2002 to 2009, Dr. Sanger was the Senior Director of Global Statistical Sciences. He was responsible for all areas of statistics within Global Brand Development as well as for Global Statistical Operations at Lilly. From 1999-2002, Dr. Sanger was the manager of operations for the Symbyax Product Team where he was responsible for all aspects of the development and registration of the combination product. Prior to that, he was the principal statistician for the Zyprexa Product Team leading the team through numerous submissions and approvals for the treatment of psychosis and bipolar disorder. 

Dr. Sanger is an author of over 25 manuscripts and 100 presentations, many in the field of psychiatry. His current interests include data mining, marketing analytics, linear models, causality analysis, and statistical computing. Also, Dr. Sanger is a member of the American Statistical Association, including the Biopharmaceutical Section, Marketing Section, and the local Central Indiana Chapter.


Joe DeCosmo

Joe DeCosmo is Chief Analytics Officer at Enova International, where he leads a multi-disciplinary team of 50+ analytics professionals that provide end-to-end data and analytics services including data warehousing, business intelligence, business analytics, fraud, credit risk, and marketing. His team supports the global online financial services offered by Enova International and delivers real-time predictive analytics solutions to clients through the Enova Decisions brand.

Prior to joining Enova in 2014, Joe served as Director and Practice Leader of Advanced Analytics for West Monroe Partners. He has also held a number of executive positions at HAVI Global Solutions and the Allant Group. Joe received a B.A. in economics from Lewis University and an M.A. in economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Joe is Immediate Past-President of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association and on the advisory board of the UIC College of Business Administration.  


Kathleen keyes

Kathleen Keyes, Global Head, Marketing Technology and Analytics, joined Beam Suntory in April 2016.  Kathleen is responsible for launching Marketing Technology and Analytics capabilities at Beam Suntory. Specifically, instilling the thought leadership, discipline and rigor to capture and use data, data science, analytics predictive modeling, content and communication to build consumer relationships and identify the most-effective campaigns and go-to-market strategies.

Prior to her role at Beam Suntory, Kathleen was Senior Director, Global Analytics Solutions at the Kellogg Company where she launched Analytics and Data Science capabilities across the global enterprise.


Ty Henkaline

Ty rapidly prototypes analytics solutions.  He is Chief Analytics Innovator at the Columbus Collaboratory, a first-of-its-kind cooperative that brings together seven large companies and several regional partners to synergistically accelerate analytics-driven business value delivery.  Ty and his team are pioneering a process and set of technologies that minimize the time it takes to create a minimally-viable analytics solution, or prototype.  Such prototypes solve for several key challenges to injecting analytics into large, long-standing companies – including accelerating stakeholder buy-in, increasing speed-to-value, and decreasing cost-of-failure.

Ty combines deep expertise in both data science and human behavior with rich experience in business and technology to creatively solve for some of analytics most pressing challenges.  Prior to joining the Collaboratory, Ty led the Data Science team at Huntington Bank, and was a key contributor to Nationwide and the Ohio State University’s nationally-recognized academic-corporate analytics collaborative.


Jack Phillips

Jack Phillips is the CEO and co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics. IIA marks his sixth successful start-up venture over the past 20 years. Jack specializes in spotting emerging job functions, and building successful information publishing and research firms to help those professionals make better decisions. Prior to joining IIA, Jack held operating and founding roles at INFONXX (now kgb USA), ISI Emerging Markets (now Euromoney, PLC), CCBN (now Thomson/Reuters) and the Institute for Applied Network Security (recent private sale). Jack began his career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York, and at the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan in Tokyo, and held senior operating positions at various McGraw-Hill business units in 1994 before becoming an entrepreneur. Jack is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Williams College, and lives with his wife and three children in Portland, Oregon.