Masters of the Universe

Keynotes and Featured Speakers

Great minds don’t think alike. They think outside the box. We’ve chosen keynote speakers who offer bold wisdom, cunning insights, and inspirational stories that don’t just make a pretty motivational poster but truly rev-up your need to achieve.

Additional Conference Speakers

John Carpenter

Teradata Analytics Universe Steering Committee President
VP, Enterprise Marketing Solutions
SiriusXM Radio

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In this role, John has overall responsibility for the Marketing Database and Campaign/ Strategic Analytics platforms – including Data Development, Data Ownership and Development of application functionality. Previously, John held the position of Sr. Manager of Subscriber Retention Analysis, Segmentation and Optimization within CRM Marketing. Prior to SiriusXM, John held positions within Marketing, IT and Project Management across Subscriber Businesses and Financial Firms – most recently as a Manager of Database Marketing at an Agency where he supported Verizon Wireless National Acquisition efforts – overseeing implementation of a new Marketing Database, Campaign Management Platform and Enterprise BI Reporting Solution.

Matei Zaharia

Assistant Professor at Stanford University, Chief Technologist at Databricks

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Matei Zaharia is an assistant professor of computer science at Stanford University and Chief Technologist at Databricks. He got his PhD at UC Berkeley in 2013, during which time he started the Apache Spark computing engine as well as Apache Mesos and several other projects in large-scale cluster computing. Today, Matei’s research focuses on infrastructure for usable machine learning at the Stanford DAWN lab. Matei’s work was recognized through the 2014 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, the VMware Systems Research Award, and an NSF CAREER Award.

Brian Granger

Associate Professor, Cal Poly,
Co-Founder Project Jupyter

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Brian Granger is an associate professor of physics and data science at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. His research focuses on building open-source tools for interactive computing, data science, and data visualization. Brian is a leader of the IPython project, co-founder of Project Jupyter, co-founder of the Altair project for statistical visualization, and an active contributor to a number of other open-source projects focused on data science in Python. He is an advisory board member of NumFOCUS and a faculty fellow of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Along with other leaders of Project Jupyter, he is a winner of the 2017 ACM Software System Award.

Charles Thomas

Chief Data & Analytics Officer, General Motors

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Charles Thomas is General Motors’ first chief data and analytics officer, reporting to Alan Batey. As leader of the chief data and analytics office, Charles instills a culture of data-driven decision making. The CDAO maximizes the impact data and insights have on business results, operational efficiency and effectiveness. Charles plays a crucial role in GM’s digital transformation to ensure customer, corporate and business data are managed as a strategic asset.

Charles has expertise leveraging data to drive strategy across B2B and B2C segments, digital and traditional routes to market, multiple regions, and industry verticals such as energy, high-tech, pharma, retail, and financial services. This is Charles’ third time as CDO for a major corporation. He’s previously led these efforts for Hewlett-Packard, USAA, and Wells Fargo.

Charles sits on the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Information advisory panel and is a consult for numerous programs across the country. He holds a PhD in Sociology – Organizational Behavior and Quantitative Methods – from Yale University. He is headquartered in Detroit and lives in Austin with his wife and two children.

Ksenija Draskovic

Associate Fellow and Head Data Scientist, Verizon Wireless

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Ksenija Draskovic is Associate Fellow and Head Data Scientist at Verizon Wireless. She has over 15 years of experience in leveraging data science with multi-channel, heterogeneous data and providing actionable insights to the business stakeholders across the Verizon enterprise. She and her data science team are responsible for embedding analytics into day to day business operation and integrating the AI/ML insights into day to day business operation.

She holds a B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering and Masters in Computer Science.

Tad Brockway

General Manager, Azure Media and Entertainment, Azure Storage and Azure Stack, Microsoft

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Tad Brockway is the General Manager for Azure Media and Entertainment, Azure Storage and Azure Stack.

Tad’s recently taken a deep interest in media and entertainment given the strong storage and hybrid components of media workflows. With the sponsorship of Jason Zander (EVP, Microsoft Azure) and Scott Guthrie (EVP, Cloud + AI) he is spearheading a new cloud strategy, focused on content and content creators, across Microsoft.

Tad’s team also drives the customer, product, and business roadmap for Azure Storage which is the core data durability service for the Azure public cloud. Azure Storage includes support for object storage, virtual disks for IaaS, files, tables, and queues. Prior to Azure Storage Tad led a variety of enterprise technology focused teams: Azure Compute, Azure Fabric, Remove FX and Remote Desktop virtualization.

Tad specializes in program management, business leadership, transformation of enterprise workflows and C/C++ development for complex software systems for Microsoft Azure, Linux and Windows.

Tad has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Washington. When not at work, Tad enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, along with mountain biking and running.

Victor Lund

President and Chief Executive Officer, Teradata

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Victor L. Lund has served on Teradata’s Board of Directors since 2007, and has served as chair of its Audit Committee. Previously, Lund was the non-executive chairman of the board of DemandTec, Inc., a publicly-held, on-demand applications company, from December 2006 until February 2012.


Prior, Lund was non-executive chairman of the board of Mariner Health Care, Inc., a long-term health care services company, from 2002 to 2004, and he was vice chairman of Albertson’s, Inc. from 1999 to 2002. Lund was also chairman of the board of American Stores Company from 1995 until 1999 and its chief executive officer from 1992 until 1999. During his 22-year career with American Stores, Lund also held many operating executive positions. He also serves as a director of Service Corporation International and has served on a number of publicly-traded company boards, including Del Monte Foods Company and Delta Airlines.

Oliver Ratzesberger

Chief Operating Officer, Teradata

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Oliver Ratzesberger is chief operating officer of Teradata Corporation, reporting to Vic Lund, president and chief executive officer. Mr. Ratzesberger has global operating responsibility for Teradata’s operations and leads the company’s strategies for go-to-market, products, and services.

Mr. Ratzesberger has an extensive background in analytics, big data and software development.  Prior to Teradata, he worked for both Fortune 500 and early-stage companies, holding positions of increasing responsibility in software development and IT, including leading the expansion of analytics at eBay.

A pragmatic visionary, Oliver frequently speaks and writes about leveraging data and analytics to improve business outcomes. His new book with co-author Mohanbir Sawhney, “The Sentient Enterprise: The Evolution of Decision Making,” was published in 2017.

Oliver earned his engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from HTL Steyr in Austria, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two daughters.

Stephen Brobst

Chief Technology Officer, Teradata

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Stephen Brobst is the chief technology officer (CTO) for Teradata Corporation. He is widely regarded as a leading expert in data warehousing and joined the Teradata team in October of 1999. Previously, Brobst successfully launched three start-up companies related to high-end database products and services in the data warehousing and e-business marketplaces.

These businesses included: Tanning Technology Corporation (IPO on NASDAQ), NexTek Solutions (acquired by IBM) and Strategic Technologies & Systems (acquired by NCR).

Stephen also taught graduate courses at Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in both the MBA program at the Sloan School of Management and in the computer science departments of both universities. He received the instructor of the year award for two of his last five years in the MET Computer Science department at Boston University and continues as a frequent guest lecturer at MIT and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Stephen performed Master's and Ph.D. research at MIT, where his dissertation focused on load-balancing and resource allocation for massively parallel computing architectures. He also holds an MBA with joint course and thesis work at the Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School of Management. Brobst completed his undergraduate work in electrical engineering and computer science in just three years at University of California, Berkeley, and was awarded the highest honor given to a graduating senior in the College of Engineering (Bechtel Engineering Award). Brobst is an elected member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, New York Academy of Sciences, University of California, Berkeley Alumni Scholars Association, and the California Scholarship Federation honor societies. He has served as an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences in the area of IT workforce development and also served in Barack Obama’s first term as a member of the President’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), a working group of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

Stephen Brobst was recently ranked the number four U.S. chief technology officer for 2014. ExecRank screened more than 2,500 Chief Technology Officers from among more than 10,000 CTOs in the United States. The top three CTOs named for 2014 hold positions with, Tesla Motors, and Intel®.

Stephen has authored numerous journal and conference papers in the fields of data management and parallel computing environments and is an internationally recognized practitioner in the area of breakthrough systems implementation. He co-authored Building a Data Warehouse for Decision Support, published by Prentice Hall PTR and is working on a book on Active Data Warehousing® for the real-time enterprise. He has published dozens of technical articles in Intelligent Enterprise Magazine, The International Journal of High Speed Computing, Communications of the ACM, The Journal of Data Warehousing, Enterprise Systems Journal, DM Review, Database Programming and Design, and many others. Brobst has been on the faculty of the Data Warehousing Institute since 1996 and teaches courses related to Real-Time Data Warehousing, High Performance Data Warehouse Design, Data Visualization, and Emerging Technologies in Data Warehousing.

Chris Twogood

Senior Vice President, Marketing, Teradata

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Chris Twogood is Senior Vice President Global Marketing for Teradata Corporation. He is responsible for Teradata Brand, Influencer Relations, Content Marketing, Corporate Communications, Global Events, Demand Generation, Account Based Marketing and Digital for Teradata including Web and Social. Chris has thirty years of experience. Chris has extensive experience in the computer industry specializing in Data Warehousing, Decision Support, Customer Management and Analytics.

Reema Poddar

EVP, Product & Technology, Teradata

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Reema Poddar is Teradata’s EVP, Product & Technology, reporting to Oliver Ratzesberger, Chief Operating Officer. She is accountable for a team of 1,400 and contributes to the overall strategic direction of the company from a product, financial, business and operational perspective; including managing all aspects of engineering and engineering operations, overseeing the company’s software and hardware development teams.

Reema joined Teradata in 2017 and has quickly brought positive organizational transformation to Teradata. Reema has leveraged her deep expertise to unify Teradata’s global engineering organization and deliver on our strategy. She is a proven technology executive, most recently recognized on the cover of San Diego Magazine for her passionate commitment to diversity and women in technology.

She is an active Corporate Executive board member for Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.

Jacek Becla

Vice President of Technology and Innovation, Teradata

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Jacek Becla is the Vice President of Technology and Innovation. Jacek is responsible for Global Architecture; Technology, Research, and Innovation; Artificial Intelligence/Data Science, Product Security, and Technical Communications. Jacek has been at Teradata over a year now. He is driving the AI/Data Science teams to make our customers and our products smarter. He is putting into place the Innovation Framework that will drive innovation into the hands of every employee. He leads the top of the technical funnel research and assessments of emerging technologies as well as academic research and innovation. Jacek is also responsible for assuring the Global Architecture and product security are baked into the DNA of Teradata’s products. Prior to Teradata, Jacek worked at Stanford for 20 years where he was the founder of the global XLDB (Extremely Large Database) Conference, co-founder of SciDB as well as running the data management program for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) program.

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