C-Suite Spotlight is pleased to announce The Top 25 IT Services Executives of 2023. With society growing more connected to the rapidly evolving digital landscape, one crucial contributor to economic stability is the field of IT services. Empowering private and public companies all over the globe, IT services encompass a wide range of offerings. This includes software development, system integration, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and many other areas. Notably, the IT services executives on this year's list have proven themselves to be worthy of adulation because of their leadership and expertise. These men and women ensure the smooth operation of IT systems, provide technical support to users, and facilitate the implementation of innovative solutions that enhance productivity, security, and business processes. As such, the awardees for this year's list play a vital role in not only the vision of the companies they lead, but also in the growing influence of technology in today's digital era.
Among the notable individuals recognized this year, Amy Gilliland stands out as the President of General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a $8.5 billion global technology enterprise with operations supported by 30,000 employees in 30 countries worldwide. Before joining General Dynamics, Gilliland served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, Congressional Affairs Liaison Officer, and Public Affairs Officer. Meanwhile, Michael Dell serves as Chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies. After founding Dell Technologies with only $1,000 in 1984, at the age of 19, Dell has turned his brainchild into one of the most iconic names in technology. And Cliff Skelton, President and CEO of Conduent, is leveraging his over 20 years as a military officer and fighter pilot (including serving as a pilot for the elite Blue Angels squadron) to navigate his company towards continual growth and long-term success.
Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 25 C-Suite IT Services Executives of 2023.
1. Ravi Kumar S
Ravi Kumar S was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant in January 2023. In his role as CEO, Kumar sets the strategic direction of the company, promotes Cognizant’s client-first culture, and focuses on ensuring sustainable growth and driving long-term shareholder value. Notably, Kumar is a highly accomplished services industry executive with experience across digital transformation, traditional technology and engineering services, data and analytics, cloud and infrastructure, and consulting.
Prior to Cognizant, Kumar served as President of Infosys from 2016 to 2022, where he led the global services organization across all industry segments and served as Chairman of the Board of Infosys BPM Ltd. Previously, he was the Group Head for the Insurance, Healthcare, and Cards and Payments unit, and led the Global Delivery organization where he built the Oracle and CRM practices. Before joining Infosys, Kumar served in positions of increasing responsibility at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cambridge Technology Partners, Oracle and Sapient (now Publicis Sapient). The early part of his career was spent as a nuclear scientist at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center of India.
Kumar is a member of the Board of Directors of TransUnion and Digimarc Corporation. He is also on the Board of Governors of New York Academy of Sciences and is on the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Shivaji University and an MBA from Xavier Institute of Management, India.
2. Enrique Lores
President and CEO, HP
Enrique Lores is the President and CEO of HP, a global technology leader and creator of solutions that enable people to bring their ideas to life and connect to the things that matter most. Based in Palo Alto, California and operating in more than 170 countries, HP delivers a wide range of innovative and sustainable devices, services and subscriptions for personal computing, printing, 3D printing, hybrid work, gaming, and more. Lores became CEO in November 2019 and is driving a bold strategy to position HP for the future, focusing on building a more growth-oriented portfolio, becoming a more digital company, and making the company the leading place for talent development.
During his more than 30-year career at HP, Lores has held senior leadership positions spanning HP’s Personal Systems, Print, Industrial, and Services businesses across country, region, and worldwide roles. Notably, as President of the company’s $20 billion Imaging, Printing, & Solutions business, he consistently outperformed the company’s peer set with a focus on differentiated innovation, business model evolution, and strategic M&A —including the company’s acquisition of Samsung’s printer business in 2017. He was also a key architect of the separation of Hewlett-Packard Company in 2015, one of the largest and most complex corporate separations in business history. Furthermore, he was instrumental in transforming HP’s cost structure while simplifying the organization and creating the capacity to invest in innovation to drive profitable top and bottom-line growth.
3. Chris Caldwell
President and CEO, Concentrix
Chris Caldwell, President of Concentrix Corporation, is a performance-driven, insightful leader with a passion for encouraging innovation to transform business outcomes. Throughout his 25+ years of global business experience, Caldwell has driven businesses to higher than organic industry growth rates, disrupted traditional business models and run startups to large enterprises. Notably, Caldwell led the acquisition of Concentrix for SYNNEX in 2006. As President, he has since grown Concentrix from 25 staff to more than 225,000 team members located around the world at 275 sites in 40 countries with an annual revenue of close to $4.7 billion.
Previously, Caldwell joined SYNNEX when it purchased EMJ Data Systems, where he was the Executive Vice President. He subsequently held several roles at SYNNEX including Vice President of Financial Operations for Canada and Vice President of Corporate Development, where he was responsible for handling all M&A activity and integration globally before becoming the Senior Vice President of Global Business Services.
Over the years, Caldwell has been recognized by peers, clients and the industry. He has won multiple awards for innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership, including The Young Entrepreneur Award from Business Development Bank Canada at age 20 and the Top 40 Under 40 CEOs for Canada. In addition to the many accolades, Caldwell has served on numerous boards in a variety of global business service organizations including: HiChina Web Services, Digital Internet Group, Microland and SB Pacific.
4. Tiger Tyagarajan
President and CEO, Genpact
Tiger Tyagarajan is President and Chief executive officer of Genpact. Thyagarajan is one of the industry leaders who pioneered a new global business model and transformed a division of General Electric (GE Capital International Services) into Genpact, a global professional services firm delivering digital transformation solutions for clients. As of December 31, 2022, Genpact has more than 115,000 employees and annual revenues of $4.37 billion. Tyagarajan was appointed as Genpact’s President and CEO in 2011 after serving as the COO of the company. In his role, Tyagarajan counsels and collaborates with C-suite executives of large global corporations, helping them drive change in their companies to improve their competitiveness.
Prior to Genpact Tyagarajan spent many years at the Unilever Group, Citibank, and GE Capital in a variety of roles spanning sales, global operations, risk management, and business leadership. Away from the office, he frequently writes and speaks on such topics as digital disruption, global talent issues, continuous skill development, and the importance of building a strong corporate culture. Tyagarajan is also on the Board of Kantar, a leading data, insights, and consulting company where he brings his expertise in contributing to their business innovation and transformation agenda.
Tyagarajan is especially passionate about diversity and serves on the board of directors of Catalyst, a global non-profit organization working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs to help build workplaces that work for women. Tyagarajan has a degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.
5. Michael Dell
Chairman and CEO, Dell Technologies
Iconic tech figure Michael Dell is chairman and chief executive officer of Dell Technologies, an innovator and technology leader providing the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important information. With revenue of more than $102 billion, Dell Technologies is one of the world’s largest IT companies serving the needs of global corporations and governments to small businesses and consumers.
Dell’s story started when he founded Dell Technologies with $1,000 in 1984 at the age of 19. Notably quoted as saying that “technology is about enabling human potential,” Dell’s vision of how technology should be designed, manufactured and sold forever changed the IT industry. In 1992, Dell became the youngest CEO ever to earn a ranking on the Fortune 500. Known and admired for his astute business vision and bold moves, Dell took Dell Technologies private in 2013, setting the stage to architect the largest technology deal in history with the combination of Dell and VMware in 2016 and the subsequent relisting of Dell Technologies on the public markets in 2018.
Dell continues to serve as chairman of the VMware board of directors following the spin-off of VMware from Dell Technologies in 2021. In addition, he is an honorary member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum; and is an executive committee member of the International Business Council. He is also a member of the Technology CEO Council and the Business Roundtable. He serves on the advisory board of Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China – and on the governing board of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India. Furthermore, he is a board member of Catalyst and also served as the United Nations Foundation's first Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship. A writer, Dell is also the author of two books, “Direct from Dell” and “Play Nice But Win.” He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin.
6. Mike Salvino
Chairman, President, and CEO, DXC Technology
Mike Salvino is Chairman, President and CEO of DXC Technology, the world's leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, serving nearly 6,000 private and public-sector customers in 70 countries and from a diverse array of industries. Salvino, who became CEO in September 2019, also serves on the DXC Board of Directors, where he has been a member since May 2019 and chairman since July 2022.
Prior to joining DXC, Salvino served as managing director of Carrick Capital Partners from 2016 to 2019, where he was directly involved with Carrick's portfolio companies and in sourcing new investments, growing and managing large-scale tech-enabled services businesses, specifically business process outsourcing, security and machine learning. Prior to his tenure at Carrick, from 2009 to 2016, Salvino served as group chief executive of Accenture Operations, one of Accenture’s five businesses, where he led a team of more than 100,000 consulting and outsourcing professionals focused on providing business process outsourcing, infrastructure, security and cloud services to deliver business value and drive productivity and digital improvements for customers. Prior to that, he held leadership roles in the HR outsourcing business at Hewitt Associates Inc. and as president of the Americas Region at Exult Inc.
Salvino is a board member of the Atrium Health Foundation, the largest healthcare system in the Carolinas, where he serves on the Investment Oversight Committee for both the hospital and the foundation. Salvino graduated from Marietta College with a BS degree in industrial engineering. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering.
7. Antonio Neri
President and CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Antonio Neri is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), responsible for leading the development and delivery of enterprise technology solutions and services that help organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere.
Since being named CEO in February 2018, Neri has leveraged his deep experience as a business leader and technologist to transform HPE into the global edge-to-cloud company. He has led the introduction of leading innovations such as HPE GreenLake, the company’s unified, automated, and secure hybrid-cloud experience, and Frontier, the world’s first supercomputer to break the exascale speed barrier. Neri has accelerated the company’s innovation organically and through acquisitions, including Athonet, Axis Security, Cray, Determined AI, Pachyderm, Silver Peak, and Zerto, among others. Prior to his role as CEO, Neri spent more than 20 years at Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) and HPE, holding numerous leadership positions, including President; Executive Vice President & General Manager of HPE’s Enterprise Group; leader of HP’s Server and Networking business; and head of HP’s Technology Services business.
Currently, Neri serves on the Board of Directors of Elevance Health, Inc. (formerly Anthem, Inc.) and on ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Advisory Board. He also serves on the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and on the Technology Committee of the Business Roundtable. Neri graduated from Escuela Nacional de Educación Técnica in Argentina and attended the Universidad Tecnólgica Nacional.
8. Arkadiy Dobkin
CEO & Principal Founder, EPAM Systems
Arkadiy Dobkin is the CEO, President and Chairman of the Board at EPAM Systems, a leading digital transformation services and product engineering company. Under Dobkin’s leadership, EPAM has grown from a New Jersey-based start-up with Eastern European roots to become the foremost global digital transformation services provider. Today, EPAM is a Forbes Global 2000 company and a part of the S&P 500 Index. The company is recognized by leading independent research agencies, including being listed among the top 15 companies in Information Technology Services on the Fortune 1000; and ranked as the Top IT Services company on Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list for the last three consecutive years. Additionally, in 2022, EPAM was named a Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Company.
Dobkin is known as a pioneer in the software product engineering and IT services industry. He has been an instrumental force in opening the vast software talent pool of the Central and Eastern European regions to the international business community. In 2021, he was recognized by GLOBSEC with the Tatra Summit Business Leadership Award for his impressive contribution to development of the tech business environment across the CEE region and beyond. He was also named as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs.
Prior to founding EPAM in 1993, Dobkin held technical and product leadership positions at SAP, Prudential Insurance, and Colgate-Palmolive. In addition, he was inducted into the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Academy; and to the elite Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame. He holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from the Belarusian National Technical University.
9. Cliff Skelton
Chief Executive Officer, Conduent
As Conduent’s President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Member of the Board, Cliff Skelton is focused on leading his company to growth and long-term success. In his current roles, Skelton is driving Conduent’s strategy to deliver technology-led mission-critical services and solutions to global businesses and governments: creating exceptional outcomes for them and the millions of people they serve.
Notably, Skelton joined Conduent from Fiserv Corporation, where he most recently served as President of Fiserv Output Solutions, providing services for companies across multiple industries and driving both top-line and bottom-line growth. Prior to that, he was the Group President and Chief Information Officer at Fiserv, where he drove a large-scale transformation of the company’s technology services. Earlier, during his tenure at companies such as Ally Financial (formerly General Motors Acceptance Corporation) and Bank of America, he held several strategic roles, such as Global Head of Technology and Operations, Transition Executive, and other positions as part of both companies’ management operating committees.
Previously, Skelton served for over 20 years as a naval officer and fighter pilot. He commanded a Navy F/A-18 squadron, flew as a pilot with the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (The Blue Angels), and served in the Class of 1997-98 White House Fellows program. Skelton holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also recieved a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California.
10. Martin Migoya
Co-Founder & CEO, Globant
Since 2005, Martin Migoya has served as Globant’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He co-founded the company two years earlier. A respected voice in the industry, Migoya is frequently invited to lecture at various conventions and at universities like MIT and Harvard. In 2005, he was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur. Three years later, he won a Konex Award as one of the most innovative entrepreneurs of 2008. The following year, he was selected as an Argentine Creative Individual (Círculo de Creativos de la Argentina); and that same year, he received the Security Award as one of the most distinguished Argentine businessman.
Migoya has won a wide range of awards over his long career. In 2009 he also received the America Economía Magazine’s “Excellence Award”, which is given to entrepreneurs and executives that contribute to the growth of Latin American businesses. In 2011, Latin Trade recognized Migoya as Emerging CEO of the Year. In 2013, Migoya received the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” from Ernst & Young. In 2019, he was named Top CEO of the Year at the 2019 CEO World Awards and CEO of the year by El Cronista Comercial (Argentina).
Migoya holds a degree in electronic engineering from Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP) and an MBA from the Universidad del Centro de Estudios Macroeconómicos de Argentina. He co-authored two books, "The Never Ending Digital Journey" and "Embracing the Power of AI.”. In addition, since July 2021, Migoya has served as the Manager of Enigma.art LLC. He is also a member of the Young President’s Organization and a board member of Endeavor Argentina.
11. Amy Gilliland
President, General Dynamics Information Technology
Amy Gilliland is president of General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a business unit of General Dynamics Corporation. GDIT is a $8.5 billion global technology enterprise with operations in 30 countries worldwide and 30,000 technologists and services professionals delivering critical mission capabilities across defense, civilian and intelligence agencies. Gilliland has more than 25 years of public sector experience including service in the U.S. Navy and nearly two decades in leadership positions at General Dynamics. Gilliland has built an employee-focused culture that delivers mission-critical solutions with speed and accountability. This involves equipping the workforce with advanced technical skills and certifications and developing thousands of early career professionals to meet the evolving requirements of customers today and into the future.
Prior to her current role as president, Gilliland served as senior vice president of operations at GDIT. She has also held a variety of leadership roles at General Dynamics including senior vice president of human resources and administration, chief of staff for the chief executive officer and staff vice president of strategic planning, and staff vice president of investor relations. Before joining General Dynamics, Gilliland served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, Congressional Affairs Liaison Officer and Public Affairs Officer.
Gilliland earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s degree from Cambridge University and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University. Gilliland was elected to the Board of Directors of BNY Mellon in April 2021 and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Economic Club of Washington, DC, as well as Vice Chair for the Northern Virginia Technology Council. She has been recognized as one of Virginia Business Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Virginians, a Washingtonian Tech Titan and is a five-time Wash100 award winner. Gilliland is also involved in raising Rett Syndrome awareness through the Rett Syndrome Research Trust.
12. Sean Casey
President, Apex Systems
Sean Casey currently serves as President for Apex Systems. In his current role, he is responsible for running daily operations, managing the overall performance, and ensuring that his company is poised for success today and in the future. With over 25 years of experience in the IT services and consulting industry, Casey strengthens his company’s focus on its operational results and productivity. Throughout all of his roles with Apex Systems, Casey’s focus remains on its people – with the goal of uniting Apex and ASGN's many divisions across one global front.
Casey began his career as Apex’s 9th employee. Since then, he’s helped grow the company's geographic reach across North America and Canada. Later, he also served as Vice President for 17 years. He then spent three years as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Casey graduated from Syracuse University with an undergraduate degree in communications.
13. Kevin Shank
Kevin Shank is CEO of Compucom, a leading IT and technology Managed Services Provider (MSP). Providing global leadership to advance Compucom’s mission and strategy, Shank is enabling Compucom to deliver best-in-breed IT services to our enterprise customers, harnessing our company’s capabilities and team members to pursue market opportunities that drive profitable growth.
Throughout his career, Shank has combined his passion for technology with his strategic vision to lead successful business transformations among leading managed services providers. Known as an inspiring and motivational leader with extensive expertise in identifying and driving growth, he returns to Compucom where he served as a senior executive from 2005-2014. Most recently Shank was President of Computacenter North America following its acquisition of Pivot Technology Solutions in 2020 where he served as CEO for many years. During his tenure, he led both organizations through extended periods of substantive growth, market expansion and digital innovation. Previously, Shank also held key leadership roles across many industry leaders, including General Electric and GE Capital IT Solutions.
Shank is a graduate of Indiana University-Fort Wayne with dual degrees in Finance and Marketing. In college he played basketball and was an NCAA Academic All-American.
14. François Locoh-Donou
President and CEO, F5
François Locoh-Donou is F5’s President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors. He joined F5 in April 2017, bringing to the office nearly two decades of enterprise technology experience building a wide range of products, teams, and operations around the world.
Previously, Locoh-Donou held successive leadership positions at Ciena, including Chief Operating Officer; Senior Vice President, Global Products Group; Vice President and General Manager, EMEA; Vice President, International Sales; and Vice President, Marketing. Prior to joining Ciena, Locoh-Donou held research-and-development roles at Photonetics, a French opto-electronics company.
In addition, Locoh-Donou serves on the board of Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF). He is also the co-founder and Chairman of Cajou Espoir, a social enterprise focused on cashew processing that employs several hundred people in rural Togo – 80 percent of whom are women. Locoh-Donou holds engineering degrees from École Centrale de Marseille and Télécom ParisTech in France and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
15. Eugene Goland
President & CEO, DataArt
Eugene Goland is an entrepreneur and executive with over 25 years of experience in the IT market. Goland is the founder and president/CEO of DataArt, working closely with the leadership team, and contributing to the company’s strategic planning, development, and global management. He oversees investor and stakeholder relationships and is in charge of corporate governance, legal, finance, and compliance.
Goland's areas of expertise include digital transformation and enablement technology project management and partnerships corporate governance doing business in Eastern Europe capital markets and software outsourcing early-stage companies’ life cycles. Goland holds a BS from NYU and an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
16. Naozer Dalal
CEO, Allsec Technologies Limited
Naozer Dalal is the CEO of Allsec Technologies Limited. Notably, Dalal is an alumni of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has 33 years of post-qualification experience across the Banking and Business Process Management (BPM) industries. Over his long illustrious career, Dalal has held a number of CXO level positions in major multinational brands like Standard Chartered Bank, Prudential UK, and as the Chief Executive Officer for e-Nxt Financials – a TATA Enterprise.
Most recently, Dalal served as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Conneqt Business Solutions Limited – a subsidiary of Quess Corp (formerly Tata Business Support Services Ltd). Conneqt is India’s largest domestic focused digitally enabled BPM company – covering Customer Lifecycle Management, Back Office, Collections & Shared Services (Finance & Accounting / HR Shared Services), where he led a 45k strong team, applying his executive leadership strength to the Service Delivery function (with P&L responsibility), for both domestic & international clients, across Banking & Financial Services, Telecom & Media, Auto, Manufacturing, Government, Retail, & E-Commerce.
On top of that, Dalal is well-acknowledged in the wider industry for his passion, leadership mentoring qualities, strategic thinking, connect with staff productivity / process orientation – which translates into significant value for stakeholders & customers, both internal and external.
17. Mark Sears
Founder and CEO, CloudFactory
Mark Sears began his professional career 24 years ago. Today, he is the Founder and CEO of CloudFactory, a global leader in combining people and technology to provide workforce solutions for machine learning and business process optimization. The company's professionally managed and trained teams work with high accuracy using virtually any tool. It processes millions of tasks a day for innovators including Microsoft, GoSpotCheck, Hummingbird Technologies, Ibotta, and Luminar.
Sears first got his start in 1999 as a software developer at Sun Microsystems. From there, he went on to AudeSi Technologies, before eventually rising to founder and CEO at Sprout Technology, his most recent position prior to joining CloudFactory. Sears graduated from the University of Alberta with an undergraduate degree in computer science.
18. Michelle O'Connor
President and CEO, MEDITECH
As President and CEO of MEDITECH, Michelle O’Connor ensures their Electronic Health Record meets today’s evolving industry and regulatory standards, while providing the optimal user experience for our customers. This includes her integral role in developing MEDITECH’s intuitive Expanse user interface and web-based future.
O’Connor takes pride in maintaining a strong balance between the needs of the business and the needs of her staff, which she sees as closely aligned. She views a passionate and talented workforce as integral to the company’s innovation and personalized customer support. She has been at the forefront of rejuvenating our approach to staff retention through volunteerism opportunities, professional growth, and increased executive interaction with staff, all while maintaining the company’s unique family-oriented culture.
O’Connor first joined MEDITECH as an implementation programmer in 1988, and soon after pursued a management path overseeing process changes and shaping technical support procedures. As vice president of product development, she was known for her positive approach to problem-solving. In this role, O’Connor was instrumental in modernizing the look and feel of our legacy applications, overseeing our physician product development, and working towards an agile development platform. Her development experience has driven her passion for understanding user stories and identifying the root cause of any issue, whether it’s a customer requesting a software change or an employee struggling with a process. O’Connor is a graduate of Bridgewater State College, with a dual degree in math and computer science.
19. Darko Dejanovic
CEO, Solera, Inc.
Darko Dejanovic has served as Chief Executive Officer of Solera since November 2019. He is driven by a passion for using technology to revolutionize business. At Solera, that means helping businesses and people take full advantage of connected mobility by keeping their vehicles on the road and operating safely.
Dejanovic previously served as Operating Principal and President of Vista Intelligence Group at Vista Equity Partners. Before joining Vista, he was Executive Chairman, CEO, President, and Chief Technology, Product & Innovation Officer of SaaS technology company ACTIVE NetworkⓇ. Before leading The ACTIVE Network, Dejanovic worked as Global CIO and Head of Product at Monster Worldwide and as CTO of Tribune Company.
Additionally, Dejanovic currently serves on the Board of Directors for Solera and StatsPerform. He earned an MBA degree from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
20. Sachin Alug
Chief Executive Officer, NLB Services
As Chief Executive Officer of NLB Services, Sachin Alug is responsible for driving business strategy and spearheading growth. For more than a decade, he has led NLB Services through strong growth phases – during which he has overseen several digital capability expansion efforts. Previously, Alug has helped develop market-leading solutions in Recruitment Process Outsourcing and Managed Services Programs globally delivering added value to clients across industries. He has also enabled businesses worldwide to achieve their critical goals through his expertise in IT strategic planning, business solutions, global team leadership, and lean Six Sigma activities. Starting with a single office in the U.S., NLB Services has notably expanded its presence to 15 offices across the world under Alug’s leadership.
Prior to his current role, Alug was leading the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Center of excellence team executing global oracle implementations for GE Energy. He started his career with GE in 2000. Prior to his role in ERP center of excellence, Alug managed the Supply Chain and e-Engineering IT organizations for GE Rail, where he successfully led multiple digitization programs focusing on process improvements across Supply Chain, Engineering, Manufacturing and Commercial operations.
An avid reader, Alug also writes content focused on talent, strategy, business transformation, leadership – and is a regular contributor to various media publications. He holds a bachelor’s in Business and Accountancy from the University of Delhi and an MBA in Finance/Information Systems from Clarkson University, NY. On top of that, Alug is a certified six sigma black belt. He is also a GE Information Management Leadership Program Alumni.
21. Talbott Roche
Chief Executive Officer and President, Blackhawk Network (BHN)
Talbott Roche is CEO and president of Blackhawk Network (BHN). As BHN’s co-founder, she was integral to the company’s evolution from a gift card network in one grocery chain to a global prepaid leader. Before becoming CEO, she served as BHN’s president through its successful IPO in 2013, and led the growth of the company’s retail and digital businesses. Under Roche's leadership, BHN strengthens relationships between brands and their customers, employees, and partners by transforming transactions into connections. Notably, BHN’s portfolio includes: Gift Card & eGift products, promotions and distribution that grow revenue faster; Rewards & Incentives that build loyalty and acquisition and are integrated into today’s leading platforms; and Payments that enable businesses and customers to access and disburse funds in convenient and innovative ways. BHN’s network spans across the globe with over 400,000 consumer touchpoints.
Prior to BHN, Roche held leadership roles with News America Marketing, a News Corp company, and The Clorox Company among others. Roche sits on the board of directors of Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) and board of directors of Achievers, a leader in employee rewards and recognition. She previously served as an executive board member of the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association (NBPCA), now the Innovative Payments Association (IPA).
Over the years, Roche has received awards recognizing her professional achievements, most notably the PYMNTS Innovator Award for Women Driving Innovation in Payments, and Paybefore’s Industry Achievement Award. She is regularly asked to speak on payment innovation and was also included in Progressive Grocer’s list of Top Women in Grocery and the San Francisco Business Times’ list of the Most Influential Bay Area Women. In terms of education, Roche holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford University.
22. Chris Adams
President & Chief Executive Officer, Park Place Technologies
As President and CEO of Park Place Technologies, Chris Adams is an architect of leadership, innovation, and change. Since being named CEO in 2019, Adams has set a new path for growth and customer excellence. He is committed to extending the traditional strengths of Park Place in maintenance and support to meet changing needs of customers in an era of digital transformation. To that end, Adams is leading the category development of DMSO (Discover, Monitor, Support, Optimize), a new approach to bringing order to managing an organization’s critical infrastructure while eliminating chaos and accelerating business transformation.
Adams joined Park Place in 2006 as CFO. Most recently, he served as the company’s COO, where he oversaw global operations, information & technology, new product development, international expansion and all mergers & acquisitions activity.
Adams received his BBA in Accounting from the University of Toledo and his MBA in Entrepreneurship from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
23. Jeremy Johnson
CEO and Co-Founder, Andela
Jeremy Johnson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Andela. Founded in 2014, Andela is a global talent network that connects companies with remote engineers in emerging markets. Broadly recognized as a leader in the transition to remote work, the company has catalyzed the growth of tech ecosystems across Africa and become a trusted talent partner for hundreds of leading engineering firms, including GitHub, Cloudflare, and ViacomCBS. A global organization spanning four continents, Andela is backed by investors including Generation Investment Management, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Spark Capital, and Google Ventures.
Prior to founding Andela, Johnson co-founded 2U, one of the most respected education technology companies in the world. While there, he served in multiple leadership roles and helped to take 2U public (NASDAQ: TWOU) shortly before stepping down in 2014.
Outside of Andela, Johnson serves on the Presidential Advisory Board for Job Creation for the African Development Bank; is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and served as a Member of The Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. On top of that, Johnson co-authored a book for the World Economic Forum: “Education & Skills 2.0: New Targets & Innovative Approaches.”
24. Abhinav Shashank
Abhinav Shashank is the CEO and Co-Founder of Innovaccer, a leading San Francisco-based healthcare technology company. Shashank built the foundation for Innovaccer’s success as a leader in population health management and machine learning-oriented healthcare solutions. Over the years, Shashank’s company has been recognized by Gartner, KLAS, Forbes, Black Book Market Research, and others.
Shashank’s efforts and ambition enabled his company to flourish in the health information technology space. Over the years, the company has acquired over 25 healthcare organizations as customers – with more than 25,000 providers using Innovaccer’s solutions daily. In addition, Shashank’s work has resulted in the latest round of Series C investment led by Dragoneer, Tiger, Steadview Capital and M12, Microsoft’s venture fund. With his vision for seamless care delivery using unified patient records, Shashank is now leading the team towards $1 billion in savings for U.S. healthcare.
Additionally, Shashank is an influential thought leader and a renowned author. He has published over 300 articles for various international media outlets. He was also bestowed a coveted spot in Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia 2017: Enterprise Tech.” In 2019, he was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the “Top 60 rising leaders in U.S. healthcare under 40.”
25. Usman Asif
Founder & CEO, Devsinc
Usman Asif initially began his career as a Full Stack Developer, gaining experience both individually and within teams, assuming leadership roles and working with diverse groups ranging from large corporations to startups. He then transitioned into a serial entrepreneur, with various businesses.
It is worthy to note that Asif is known for founding ‘Devsinc’ in 2008, a software development company renowned for delivering web and mobile application development services to clients worldwide. Currently, Devsinc boasts a workforce of over 1500 employees and is the fastest-growing IT firm in Pakistan.
Asif holds academic credentials from esteemed institutions such as FAST NU, LUMS, and Stanford University. Presently, his focus is on expanding Devsinc to become Pakistan's largest employer with 80,000 personnel, aiming to address the country's unemployment and economic challenges. Furthermore, Asif has achieved several successful exits both in Pakistan and the United States.