Date: March 17th, 6pm.

Location: The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s, 2748 Post Rd, Darien, CT.


Come listen, learn and engage with experts on cloud technology. We are excited to invite you to an informative and dynamic evening with Len Peters, CIO of Yale University and John Hill, COO of Virtustream/EMC and formerly CIO of Veyance Technologies, Jeff Pinals, Sr. IT Manager – Enterprise Financial & HR Applications at XL Catlin and Larry Biagini, Chief Technology Evangelist at Zscalar. Our moderator for the evening will be Norm Jacknis, most recently Chairman Emeritus of SIM FF/Westchester and a Senior Fellow with the Intelligent Community Forum.

Our panelists have both had considerable experience planning and leading their organizations through cloud migrations. We will hear their value propositions for taking this approach, how they socialized and sold their senior management on their plans and the processes, vendor selection and organizational challenges they encountered during implementation. These executives have been successful, so we can learn a lot from them. They can also share with us their “lessons learned”.

This program will appeal to anyone who is thinking about or planning to migrate systems to the cloud and also to those who are in the process now.

We will leave ample time for questions.  We expect you will take away a better understanding of what is involved in bringing cloud technology into an organization.

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About the Speakers:

Hill_John photoJohn Hill is an IT executive with extensive global IT transformation experience for multi-billion dollar enterprises, skilled at leading all aspects of the IT function.  As COO, John has overall responsibility for Virtustream’s full revenue cycle including Professional Services, Cloud Platform Delivery and Global Data Center Operations.

Prior to Virtustream, John was Global CIO and Vice President of Global Shared Services at Veyance, a private equity owned company by the Carlyle Group.  Veyance was spun out of Goodyear in 2007 and was sold to Continental AG on February 1, 2015. While at Veyance, John transformed the IT function with the explicit objective of releasing enterprise value. He did this by leveraging mature cloud technology, rebuilding the IT organization, standardizing on ITIL  IT service delivery, and focusing IT talent on delivering customer value. The result was a global scale IT business transformation including the creation of global shared services in Manila, Philippines and SLP, Mexico.  The shared services implementation involved building a captive center consolidating the back office functions of Finance, Customer Service, HR, Procurement, Master Data Management, and IT Service Desk from 13 countries and 25 locations.

John was also CIO/CTO for Siemens IT Solutions and Services responsible for the Innovation and Offering Development  function in North America. He modernized the application portfolio through the implementation of SAP ERP and led the architecture, development and deployment of a robust Private Cloud offering providing  SIS with a leading IaaS capability. Prior to Siemens, he was CIO of Praxair, the largest industrial gas company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, and CIO of Applera, one of the largest international biotechnology companies based in the United States.

John has a Bachelor of Arts in politics/philosophy from Princeton University and completed the Harvard Executive Programs in accounting and finance.


lenPetersLen Peters is currently the University Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President at Yale University. In his role he is responsible for advancing all technology in support of teaching, learning, research and administration across the campus. Additionally, Len manages the complex systems and infrastructure required of a world-class research university.

Len is also an Adjunct Professor at both Yale University and Columbia University. There he teaches a course called Managing Strategic Technology Portfolios. The course provides an introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems. Classroom discussions focus on what these systems encompass, examining case studies on actual project implementation and their impact, developing IT portfolios as well as current and emerging trends in technology.

Len is currently a student at Northeastern University pursuing his Doctor of Education degree. Len holds an MS in Technology Management from Columbia University and is a graduate of Columbia Business School’s Senior Executive Program (CSEP). His undergraduate degree is from Molloy College in business management. Len completed his graduate studies at Columbia writing his thesis on Cloud Computing.

He began his career at Merrill Lynch and has worked at GE as Chief Technology Officer, a Berkshire Hathaway company as e-Business CIO and was the SVP and CIO at Trilegiant a Cendant company. Prior to Yale Len was the Dean of Technology and CIO at Columbia Business School.

larrybiaginiLarry Biagini recently retired as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of GE.  While at GE, Larry’s focus was on contemporizing infrastructure, employee services and deploying cloud technology enabling secure usage of those services by GE’s employees, customers and partners.   Larry career has spanned 35 years in technology covering manufacturing, logistics and financial systems.  Industrial verticals include healthcare, media, aviation and energy.

In his 26 years at GE Larry held various positions in Information Technology including Vice President, IT Risk having responsibility for all aspects of risk, governance and security; Vice President & CIO, GE Capital; Chief Technology Officer, CIO & Services Delivery for GE company and Chief Technology Officer for GE Aviation.  During his tenure at GE Larry was instrumental in driving successful technology integrations of global mergers, acquisitions and divestures.  In 2012 Larry was named a GE Company Officer.

Prior to GE, Larry led International Applications for Emery Air Freight and was Director of Financial Applications for Olin Chemical.

Larry is a recognized global leader in creating environments enabling businesses to take advantage of new technologies in a reliable and secure manner.


Jeff Pinals is a Technology Manager with over 25 years of financial industry experience developing and executing IT strategies for top tier firms on Wall Street, in Invest Management private sector and in the Insurance Industry. He has an established track record as a leader & business partner who collaborates across organizations at all levels leveraging technology to transform and simplify business processes while delivering bottom line measurable benefit.

He is a diversified manager who has broad practical experience in project management, business analysis, software development management, quality assurance, release management, production support, vendor selection and integration, disaster recovery planning, organizational design, recruiting and training development.

He started his career delivering custom software platforms in support of global balance sheet funding needs, cash management, collateral management, client servicing and derivative operations for Goldman Sachs and then went to manage Operations and Portfolio Accounting technology for Bridgewater Associates.

Jeff is currently a Senior IT Manager for XL Catlin, a global insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world. He has lead technology management for their Investments team, HR, Legal, Compliance and Facilities groups. He is now responsible for all Finance system capabilities in support of Treasury, Tax, Finance Planning and Analysis, ERP Finance Operations, Financial Regulatory and Internal Reporting and Procurement functions. As of late, he has moved his company’s HR and Facilities Management platforms out to Cloud.

In his spare time, you will find him outdoors around Fairfield County and beyond, hiking with his wife, 2 children and insanely exuberant puppy!


Larry holds a B.S. in accounting for Fairfield University.
Dr. Norman J. JacknisJacknis_Norm headshot has decades of executive and leadership experience in the public and private sectors. He has successfully led organizations to adopt innovations, upgrade technologies, and embrace data-driven cultures.

Dr. Norman Jacknis is currently Senior Fellow at the Intelligent Community Forum as well as the National Association of Counties. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Gotham Innovation Greenhouse, a collaborative cross disciplinary group that blends technology and design for exciting new urban experiences. He is on the faculty of the Executive Masters programs in technology at Columbia University. Before that, starting in 2008, Dr. Jacknis was Director of Cisco’s IBSG Public Sector Group, where he worked extensively and in-depth with governments and businesses around the world on open innovation and pro-bono strategies.

Before joining Cisco, he served more than ten years as CIO and commissioner of Westchester County, NY government, where he was responsible for all technology, analytics, Internet and broadband activities, as well as technology-based economic development. In addition to the County government, he provided these services to municipalities and other non-profit community organizations. He also was co-chair of Technology and Enterprise Architecture in New York State Government’s CIO Council and a member of the Partnership For Intergovernmental Innovation. Government Technology Magazine selected him as one of the nation’s “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers who, using technology … broke bureaucratic inertia to better serve the public”. Under Dr. Jacknis’s leadership, Westchester County won numerous awards, including the Center for Digital Government’s top ten digital counties in the country, American City & County’s Crown Communities Award for technology and was selected as one of the top seven Intelligent Communities in the world.

Prior to his public service, Dr. Jacknis had diverse experience as an executive in the software industry, with emphasis on Internet applications and distributed computing. His recent publications include the Looking Forward blog, “Beyond Smarter City Infrastructure – The New Urban Experience” in the recently published Smarter Cities for a Brighter Sustainable Future – A Global Perspective (2015), “A New Kind Of Public Square For Urban America” in Transforming American Governance: Rebooting The Public Square (2011), and “Government’s Role In Facilitating An Innovative Economy” for the International Journal on Innovation Science (2011), among others. Dr. Jacknis received his Doctorate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Princeton University. Among many activities beyond his work, he has been a mentor for several years in the Master’s program in Technology Management at Columbia University and Chairman Emeritus of the regional chapter of the national association of CIOs (SIM). He is a trustee of the Westchester County Community College and President of the New York Metropolitan Library Council, among several leadership positions in the library community.