Presenter: James L. Doti, Ph.D, President at Chapman University
James Doti earned his B.S. degree in economics from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He has been president of Chapman University since 1991 and holds the Donald Bren Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics.
Dr. Doti joined the Chapman faculty in 1974. In 1978, he founded the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research to encourage faculty and students to engage in economic and business research of high quality and to disseminate the results of this research to the business community. Under his leadership, the Anderson Center became nationally recognized, with its economic forecast and other research results cited in Business Week, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and USA Today.
Dr. Doti’s articles have appeared in academic journals as well as periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the co-author of two econometrics texts and co-editor of a collection of readings in free enterprise that received the Templeton Honor Award for Scholarly Excellence.
Dr. Doti is a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading, distance running and mountain climbing. He recently published a children’s book, A Christmas Adventure in Little Italy, which was selected by Italian America magazine for its fall Book Club.
||Presenter: Mario Leone, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Ingram Micro
Mario Leone serves as executive vice president and chief information officer of Ingram Micro Inc. Based at the company’s headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif., Leone is responsible for Ingram Micro’s worldwide information and business systems ensuring a stable, effective platform for profitable growth. He leads an information services organization that supports hundreds of thousands of transactions per day through operations on five continents. He joined the company in 2009.
Leone has nearly 30 years of experience providing marketing and technology solutions for large global corporations. Before joining Ingram Micro, he served as senior vice president and chief information officer at Federal-Mogul Corporation, a global supplier of powertrain and safety technologies serving the automotive, industrial and worldwide after-markets. He served on the company's strategy board and led a global team of information professionals, directing information strategy, shared services and integration activities to support company operations in 35 countries.
Prior to joining Federal-Mogul, he served as senior vice president and chief information officer at FIAT, and its business unit IVECO, a leading European industrial vehicle company. While there, he developed and implemented a global corporate IT strategy that helped the company return to profitability and increase sales in all major business units.
Leone has also held senior management positions in business management and information systems for Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide Corporation.
Leone earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology from Boston University and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Babson College in Massachusetts.
||Presenter: Renee Bergeron, Vice President, Managed Services and Cloud Computing at Ingram Micro
Renée Bergeron serves as vice president, managed services and cloud computing, Ingram Micro North America. She leads the Ingram Micro Services Division and has responsibility for the division’s organizational management as well as its strategic direction, sales growth and business development activities. With more than 25 years of business-unit leadership experience, Bergeron is a driving force behind identifying and cultivating new opportunities in cloud computing for Ingram Micro.
Bergeron joined Ingram Micro in September 2010. Most recently, she led the $300 million IT Services Solutions business at Fujitsu America. At Fujitsu America Bergeron oversaw the development of innovative solutions, most notably the company’s managed security, data center virtualization and cloud computing offerings. Prior to joining Fujitsu, she led information technology divisions at media and banking companies and was a director at a prominent international technology consulting firm.
Bergeron holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Sherbrooke University in Sherbrooke, Canada, and a master’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is based at Ingram Micro’s headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif.
||Presenter: Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., Dean at Chapman University, Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor in Computational Physics
Dean, Schmid College of Science & Technology, Vice Chancellor for Special Projects, Chapman University
Dr. Menas Kafatos joined Chapman University in 2008 as the Vice Chancellor for Special Projects, is also Founding Dean of the Schmid College of Science & Technology, Director of the Center for Excellence in Applied, Computational, and Fundamental Science, and is a Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics. He received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972.
He has wide interests in several fields of science and information science: Interdisciplinary Earth System Science/Earth Observing/Remote Sensing; natural hazards and climate change; content-based Earth science data browsing and associated technologies as well as in Astrophysics and Space Sciences and high-energy physics and quantum theory.
He has 36 years experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. He has published numerous books including The Conscious Universe, The Non-local Universe, Principles of Integrative Science, and more than 250 articles on computational science, astrophysics, Earth systems science, hazards and global change, general relativity, cosmology, foundations of quantum theory, and consciousness. He is an honorary member of the Romanian Academy of Sciences, has served in various leadership positions, and is member of several boards, including the University Space Research Association, and presently OCTANe. He was also recently awarded the IEEE Orange County Chapter – Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award for 2011.
||Presenter: Narinder Singh, Chief Strategy Office at Appirio
As Chief Strategy Officer at Appirio, Narinder is responsible for overseeing the company's strategy and marketing. A co-founder of Appirio, Narinder brings more than 15 years of software and business innovation experience and plays a key role in keeping Appirio at the forefront of cloud computing.
Prior to Appirio, Narinder worked at SAP in the Office of the CEO as a part of the Corporate Strategy Group. Working with the management board and other executives, Narinder led initiatives on sales, maintenance and competitive strategies, as well as potential business and technology disruptions, including software on demand.
Prior to SAP, Narinder managed R&D, sales and marketing activity as vice president and general manager of webMethods (WEBM) workflow business unit. Narinder previously led R&D for the company's business process management (BPM), workflow, B2B and industry products. He joined webMethods in 1998 as one of its first forty employees, and subsequently founded webMethods' Trading Networks product, the most successful add-on product in the company's history.
Narinder began his career with Accenture at its Center for Strategic Technology working on leading edge initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. He pioneered early efforts to internet-enable business applications (SAP and Peoplesoft) at companies such as Motorola, Bell Atlantic and Autodesk.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Wharton School. Narinder also has worked with several non-profits on their development and supports a number of causes including Room to Read, Worldvision, and Ensaaf. He also works closely through Appirio's Silver Lining program with Architecture for Humanity and has served on the board of the Sikh Coalition since its inception in 2001.