Dan Hebda, Chief Strategy Officer, MEGA International


Jim Desmond is a career security professional and the Chief Security Officer at Elevate, a financial technology firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. He has over 20 years of experience in technology & security leadership with a primary focus on financial services working for such companies as National City Bank (now PNC), Intuit, Merrill Lynch and Vantiv. Jim holds an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, a masters degree in Information Assurance from Norwich University and multiple security certifications including CISSP and CFE. He is an inveterate fan of all Cleveland sports, yes, even the Cleveland Browns.


Chittu Muthiyan, Vice President, Information Technology, Cision


Chittu Muthiyan is a creative result oriented IT leader with a strong technical, operations and management background. He has over 20+ years of experience in leveraging technology to engineer world class IT solutions to drive organizational growth, performance and profitability in medium to large enterprises.

He has been mentoring many upcoming, experienced professionals about value based leadership, empowerment, strategic thinking, high performance through optimal outcome based team management and IT development.

Chittu is extremely proud of and feels very much gratified to see many people he coached, mentored, trained being successful as both entrepreneurs and senior IT managers, leaders and engineers in esteemed organization such as Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Accenture, eBay, BCBS, John Deer, Cognizant, Wipro, NTT Data and many more throughout the world. He considers those opportunities to mutual learning as very important and critical to both personal advancements and of the growth/profitability of the organizations worked for.

He brings a deep, real world understanding in the use, architecture, design, deployment and support of distributed, web enabled, data driven systems. Chittu offers excellent reputation in delivering large-scale, mission-critical projects within quality, time, cost and usability specifications. He is often considered critical change agent who exemplifies managerial capabilities with expertise in leading, motivating, and coordinating technical/business teams. While he is a strategic thinker, he is also highly analytical, enjoys root cause analysis/problem solving on complex multi-faceted issues.

Chittu is well respected by everyone around him for his knowledge, integrity, energy, can-do attitude, excellent communication skills and commitment to excellence.

He lives in the western suburb of Chicago, enjoys reading, sports, hiking. He also volunteers at a native language (Tamil) school as a teacher/school coordinator on weekends.


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Mythyly Putcha, Vice President, Information Technology, Zurich Insurance


Building innovative and peak performing teams by breaking down silos…Impacting business growth through cultivation of key relationships. Rare, quality-driven, and passionate technology leader who offers a hybrid of technology bent, team mobilization, and business acumen. Solutions focused executive who excels at aligning highly technical teams with short and far-sighted strategic business goals. Trusted adviser to C-suite team, earning a brand as a deeply analytical yet flexible strategist who conceives complex technology roadmaps, assists in the transformation of enterprise-wide plans to help companies retain an enduring competitive edge.

History of achievements as an internal consultant and partner to executives of Fortune 50/100/500 client companies overcoming cultural differences, bridging the gap between business and technology across national and international borders. Cultivator of a holistic perspective and proven methodologies that turnaround performance to drive operational efficiency impacting profit maximization, stakeholder satisfaction, and alliance building across the organization.

Altruistic nature, serving as a mentor under own volition: “Woman Leader representative” for Allstate on the National Center for Women in Information Technology council. Key member of employee engagement and social responsibility programs.

Experience includes Digital Commerce, RPA, ML, AI, Cloud Computing, DevOps, ESB, Mobile, Agile Development, BPO, SAP, HANA, SalesForce, Hybris, Big Data, Hadoop, Multi-Tier App Development, Financial Budgeting, Cost Savings, Capacity Mgmt, Business Intelligence & Analytics, M&A Integration, Program Management, Vendor Oversight, Team Building, Service Oriented Architectures etc.