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Aron J. Ain
Chief Executive Officer
Kronos Inc.

 
Since he joined Kronos in 1979, Aron Ain has played a role in nearly every functional department at the organization, helping to build what is today a $790 million global enterprise software powerhouse. Ain was the company's first service person in 1979 and first sales person in 1980. He served as vice president of worldwide sales and service in the 1990s, and became chief operating officer in 2002. In October 2005, Ain was named chief executive officer and a member of the Kronos Board of Directors.
 
Ain's interactive and engaging leadership style is credited with creating an energized corporate culture at Kronos. He believes that employee retention inevitably leads to loyal and satisfied customers. According to Ain, "Employees who feel valued stay longer and develop a deeper understanding of and stronger relationship with our customers. It is their experience and knowledge that allows Kronos to deliver the best products and customer service." Ain's focus on customer service never waivers and is the reason that a customer-centric orientation is a core value intricately woven into the fabric of the company.
 
In 2007, Ain played the leading role in negotiating the sale of Kronos to private equity firm Hellman & Friedman for $1.8 billion. A leading authority on the subject of managing a global workforce, Ain has been a driving force in expanding Kronos' footprint to meet the workforce management needs of organizations around the world. Ain has travelled extensively to meet with customers, prospects, partners, and industry influencers in countries such as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S.
 
Ain believes that being an active participant in the broader community brings balance to his life. Among his volunteer commitments, he is the vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of MetroWest Medical Center, one of the largest community healthcare systems west of Boston. Ain also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. In addition, Ain helps promote the next generation of business leaders in startup organizations such as Abroad101, where he serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Abroad101 is dedicated to providing a meaningful study abroad experience to students.
 
In addition to a bachelor's degree in economics and government from Hamilton College, Ain has participated in a series of executive education programs, including the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute at Stanford University.

 


 
Gary S. Foster
Chief Technology Officer
MBTA

 
Gary joined MBTA in January 2008 as Chief Technology Officer and Director of Information Technology. He is responsible for Enterprise Systems, Information Security, the MBTA web presence, systems and network infrastructure. As Chief Technology Officer, Gary is also responsible for enabling and supporting technology innovation and implementation across the MBTA.
 
Gary Foster previously served as Managing Director of Product Development at Omgeo LLC. Omgeo is a solution provider in the global Financial Services Technology market. To this position, Gary brought more than 25 years developing solutions for global security markets. He was responsible for the creation and leadership of Omgeo's product strategy. A member of the executive team since Omgeo's inception, Foster's leadership was crucial in the growth and creation of Omgeo.
 
In his previous role as the Chief Technology Officer at Omgeo, Foster was responsible for the launch of Omgeo's premier product into the marketplace - Omgeo Central Trade Manager. In this role he directed the technology development and support of all of Omgeo's core products. As CTO, Foster transformed Omgeo's approach to product development through the introduction of the Omgeo Product Development System. Foster lead the redesign of the technology function at Omgeo and was responsible for successful introduction of offshore outsourcing to the company.
 
Prior to his appointment to CTO in 2000, Foster held numerous senior technical management positions at Thomson Financial. His career highlights at Thomson include his leadership role in the technical integration and reengineering of SEQUAL, an acquisition from the London Stock Exchange and a major role in the development and introduction of two of Thomson's premiere products - First Call and The Bond Buyer's Munifacts Plus.
 
Foster joined Thomson Financial in 1987 from John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company where he worked for 13 years as part of the Group Pension business focused on business process automation and large scale IT programs. Foster is a well-versed speaker and has presented at industry events on a variety of topics. He studied software engineering at Harvard University Extension School and has extensive leadership training, including a "Instructive Leadership" at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

 


 
Gary Gardner
Batterymarch Financial Management, Inc.
Director, Information Technology

 
Gary joined Batterymarch as the Director of Information Technology in 2006.
 
Gary was previously the Head of Information Technology at Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo & Co LLC and Santander Global Advisors, Inc.
 
Prior to that, Gary was responsible for technical strategy at Baring Asset Management. He also held positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and Cullinet/DMS. Gary has 20 years of experience in the investment industry.

 


 
Stephen W. Golden
Chief Technology Officer
Expressive Design Group/LBW Group

 
Stephen Golden has served as the Chief Technology Officer for several companies in the areas of sourcing and manufacturing. He is involved in developing and implementing multinational order processing, tracking and sourcing systems accessible from multiple locations in several languages.
 
Mr. Golden has worked on Electronic Data Interchange as an active participant in the GS1-US (formerly Uniform Code Council - UCC). He was a member of the Trade Item Identification Committee (TIIC) and the Global Trade Item Numbering (GTIN) Committee. In addition, Stephen was Chair of the Small Business Task Group that assisted small companies in implementing EDI.
 
Stephen Golden was a frequent presenter on 'EDI-101, What is EDI?' for new attendees of the UCC Conference. He has presented 'Why Do I Need EDI?' to buyers at large retail organizations as well as to the National Credit Managers Association. He has also been a frequent presenter and panel member at national EDI conferences.

 


 
Aaron Lapat
Park Square Executive Search
Managing Partner

 
Aaron is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Park Square Executive Search. Park Square specializes in the recruitment of executive leadership and board members for companies and organizations that are changing the world through innovation. Aaron's expertise is in recruiting CEOs and functional leaders for private equity and venture capital-backed companies in the information technology arena.
 
Prior to Park Square, Aaron was with J. Robert Scott, a global retained executive search firm. Aaron built and led the firm's Information Technology practice and worked with leading investor groups and management teams in the US, Europe and Asia to build world-class organizations.
 
Aaron also co-founded CompStudy (www.compstudy.com) with Professor Noam Wasserman of Harvard Business School. Aaron continues to run CompStudy with Professor Wasserman and Aaron's partners at Park Square. CompStudy is a comprehensive annual survey and analysis of board and executive compensation for privately held Technology, Cleantech and Life Sciences companies.
 
Aaron holds a B.A. in Anthropology as well as an M.B.A. from Boston University.

 


 
Kavin Moody
Babson Executive Education - Center for Information Management Studies
Executive Director, Center for Information Management Studies

 
Kavin Moody is the executive director of the Center for Information Management studies at Babson College, a regional consortium of academic leaders and industry professionals from more than 40 companies working together to promote the effective use of information technology (IT). He has held this position since 2002.
 
Moody has more than 35 years of experience in industry, consulting and education. He joined Babson College in 1996 as executive in residence, where he worked extensively with the Center for Information Management Studies and as a faculty advisor to students within the MBA program. Moody also has served on advisory boards to several technology companies and has actively consulted to the IT industry and corporate information services organizations. Prior to joining Babson, he was a consultant with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and a senior IT executive at Gillette and Bank of Boston. Moody started his career at Corning, Inc. where he worked on new business ventures in industrial, consumer, and health care industries.
 
Throughout his career, Moody has been an advocate of professional development activities. He has published numerous articles in business and professional journals and is a frequent speaker at industry events and professional groups. He is a trustee and past President of the Boston chapter of the Society for Information Management and has served on IT advisory boards at area colleges. While at Gillette, he was a founding sponsor of the Center for Information Management Studies and in 1995 was honored as the first recipient of the Babson College CIMS IT Achievement Award for, "his outstanding contributions to the field of IT, his assistance to the education community, and his commitment to broadening a network of IT professionals."
 
Moody earned a BS in mathematics and an MBA from SUNY Albany.

 


 
Paul Neilson
Chief Technology & Chief Product Officer
ClickFuel.com

 
Paul joined ClickFuel developer of the Fuel Station marketing dashboard, winner of the 2011 MITX innovation award, from PlumChoice, a successful industry leader providing Premium Technical Support for the homes and small business, where he was CIO. Prior to PlumChoice Paul held the position of Senior Vice President of Technology at Monster.com and played a key role in the growth and globalization of the company, helping to take it from $20 million to $1.1 billion over a period of almost eight years.
 
Paul then held senior technology positions for a variety of start-up and large companies, in the financial and professional services arena, leading software engineering and growing and managing their technology infrastructures.

 


 
Jonathan Rider
Vice President, Business Systems
PTC

 
Jonathan Rider is the Vice President, Business Systems at PTC. His prior roles have included the Principal at HeliDesigns, Vice President/CIO at Gilbane Building Company, and Vice President at Monster Technologies.
 
John is a visionary and goal-oriented IT Executive with demonstrated experience in planning, developing and implementing information technology solutions to address challenging business opportunities and improvements. History of successful project management and application development utilizing proven methodology and advanced IT practices worldwide. He has managed teams of Program and Project Managers, Service and Support Engineers, Developers and System Architects spanning 20 countries and 3 global development centers. Developed strategic plans and implemented worldwide engineering and operational projects spearheading the architecture, design and support of global company applications, systems and hardware. Additional roles include $80M+ annual budgets, P&L, contract negotiation and vendor relationship management for all business technology groups.

 


 
Steve Rubinow
Chief Information Officer, Information Technology
NYSE Euronext

 
Steve Rubinow is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, NYSE Euronext. He is responsible for most technology endeavors at the company.
 
Prior to joining NYSE Euronext, Mr. Rubinow was Chief Technology Officer of Archipelago Holdings, Inc, before its merger with the NYSE in 2006. Mr. Rubinow also worked in Silicon Valley as Chief Information/Technology Officer at NextCard, Inc., a leading Internet provider of consumer credit that had a successful IPO in 1999 and at another successful start-up, AdKnowledge, Inc. which was acquired by CMGI in 2001.
 
Earlier, Mr. Rubinow was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments where he developed and deployed an enterprise Information Architecture, critical systems for use in the core mutual fund investment area and evaluated new companies as potential candidates for investment by Fidelity Ventures. He served on the adjunct faculty in Computer Science at DePaul University from 1986-1994.
 
Steve earned the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry and a M.B.A. at the University of Illinois (ranking first in his class) as well as a M.S. in Computer Science at DePaul University.

 


 
Jay Scheiner
 
Jay Scheiner has over 20 years of executive experience in managing the operations of a corporate enterprise, including management information systems, merchandising, store operations, distribution center logistics, customer service, marketing, and financial controls. He is a strong leader and has the ability to combine management with new technology to increase productivity and profitability.
 
Jay has been the CIO and Executive Vice President at Casual Male Corporation, the COO at Work 'N Gear, and the COO at Atsco Footwear LLC.
 
From these roles and others, Jay has managed all aspects of various corporations, ranging in size from startups to $1B businesses in the retail, wholesale, logistics and software industries.

 


 
Colin Sledge
Chief Technology Officer
Fixed Income and Cash Asset Mgmt Service Company, a BNY Mellon affiliate

 
Colin is Chief Technology Officer for the Fixed Income and Cash Asset Mgmt Service Company, a BNY Mellon affiliate. As CTO Colin is responsible for all aspects of IT for a number of BNY Mellon Asset Management firms.
 
He joined BNY Mellon in 2000 from Harvard Management Company, where he was Director of Information Technology. Previously he has held a number of management positions in Information Technology in Europe and in the U.S. Colin has a B.SC in Computing Science from Glasgow University in Scotland, and has over 20 years experience managing technology in the financial services sector.

 


 
Bob Suh
CEO & Founder
On Corps

 
Bob is the founder and chief executive officer of OnCorps. He is also the managing general partner of OnCorps Capital. He is the retired chief technology strategist for Accenture. In this role, he served as the chief strategist for the firm's $11 billion global software, systems integration, and technology consulting business. At Accenture, Bob led the firm's entry into software-as-a-service and open sourcing and helped cultivate the firm's technology presence in China. Prior to Accenture, Bob was a division president at Perot Systems [now Dell Services], reporting to Ross Perot, and helped take the company public. Bob is a director of SkySQL AB and Open Logic. Bob is an Overseer at the Boston Museum of Science and a member of the Dean's Alumni Council at The Harvard Kennedy School. Bob was named one of the Top 25 consultants in 2005 and holds a master in public administration degree, with a concentration in political economy, from Harvard University, where he studied under the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economics, Tom Schelling. Bob also received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. Bob lives in Boston.
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